Recycle to save energy and water, and reduce pollution; here’s how:

first_imgHere’s what recycling does for the environment, the economy, and the manufacturing industries.Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to make them.Every ton of glass containers recycled saves over a ton of natural resources.For every 10% recycled glass used to make new glass containers, energy costs drop by 2-3%.Recycling aluminium creates 97% less water pollution than making new metal from ore. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely without losing its quality.last_img

Attracting more farmers to participate in water quality efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Skepticism, more than anything else, is keeping farmers from changing how they apply fertilizer to their fields, according to a behavioral scientist at The Ohio State University.Many farmers question whether the conservation measures they are being asked to do, such as applying fertilizer underground rather than on the surfaces of fields, will actually improve water quality in Lake Erie, said Robyn Wilson, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).And they also question whether they can carry out those measures on their farms, particularly small farms that typically have less equipment and fewer workers and financial resources than larger farms have, Wilson said.So, offering farmers more evidence about the link between fertilizer runoff and the degraded water quality in Lake Erie — or even offering them funding to help pay for conservation measures — doesn’t necessary inspire more farmers to change their ways, Wilson said.“We’ve been spending a lot of time and money educating people about what the problems are, but where’s the evidence that it’s working?” Wilson said. “The thinking has been that if we all just better understand what problems we’re having and what strategies might help those problems, then magically everyone will see the light and suddenly say, ‘Oh, I should be doing this instead.’”Experts say the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie are largely caused by phosphorus runoff from farm fields. Phosphorus, a nutrient needed by crop plants to grow, is present in fertilizers and manure.The severity of the lake’s algal bloom this year is expected to be more than double last year’s bloom, but slightly less than the bloom in 2017, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report. Persistent rain this past spring is believed to be a major cause for the predicted size of this year’s bloom.Among the farmers Wilson has surveyed, 60% to 80% report that they would be willing to adopt new measures to try to reduce fertilizer runoff, but less than half of those surveyed actually do, Wilson said. Wilson studies why that’s happening, in her efforts to change the approach that’s been taken to convince more farmers to participate in sustainable measures.“I think we have motivated people who can’t act on their motivation,” Wilson said. “There’s a group of farmers who would be willing to do it, but they’re facing challenges.”Those challenges include not only the added expense and effort of adopting conservation measures, but also, lately, the weather. More rainfall and more intense rain events in Ohio and across the United States increase the risk of fertilizer running off of a field, into a nearby waterway, and eventually into Lake Erie. Also, rain has delayed the planting and harvesting of Ohio’s cash crops, corn and soybeans. So, farmers report that they run out of time in the growing season to plant cover crops, which are typically sown after harvesting cash crops, Wilson said.Similarly, the method of placing fertilizer underground rather than onto the surface of a field, which can significantly reduce fertilizer runoff, comes with challenges as well. The method requires expensive machinery or an attachment to a standard tractor, but that machinery or attachment is not easily available to most small farmers, Wilson said. It also takes twice as long to apply fertilizer underground than at the surface, and farmers might not have the time to do that.The most effective way to help farmers overcome these barriers is to work one-on-one with each farmer, going out to the farm, asking which practices they’re using, and suggesting conservation measures tailored to their particular farm operation, Wilson said.“This isn’t about a bunch of lazy people who don’t care. They care. They just haven’t found a feasible way to do things,” Wilson said.Also, starting co-ops to rent out machinery for the subsurface placement of fertilizer could trigger more farmers to be willing to try out the method, she said.Seeing results is also critical to convincing farmers that the extra time, effort, and expense to put conservation methods in place is worth it. Farmers need to know that any practice they adopt will actually reduce nutrients flowing from their fields into waterways, Wilson said.“We don’t give them any feedback. Is your soil health getting better? Is the local water quality getting better? We can’t say. We can just say, ‘Go do this thing.’”Results that show farmers that their efforts are actually reducing runoff from their farms would go a long way toward motivating them to continue, Wilson said. The situation is akin to a person who is trying to lose weight by eating better and exercising more, she said. He or she is more likely to stay on the new regimen if he or she can get on a scale regularly and see the pounds dwindle.One way to offer such proof of results is to launch small, localized efforts to clean up the nutrients in a stream or lake, generate local support and participation in that effort, and share the results, Wilson said.“People want to know, ‘I did X, and Y happened,’” she said. “They have to see that there’s a direct benefit.”last_img read more

RootsTech: Genealogy Gets Wired to the Gills

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#conferences#web The conference attendees crowded the hall of the Salt Palace to listen to a librarian who specializes in genealogy talk about online tools like the Internet Archive, Flickr and StoryCorps. There was hardly a seat free in a hall that held several thousand. Par for the course for a tech conference. So far. What sets this conference apart is the average age, which can’t have been below sixty, and the nature of the listeners, the overwhelming majority of whom are not developers or tech marketers, but genealogists. Genealogy, or family history research, is an enterprise that used to primarily feature such cutting edge technology as ledgers and later – gasp! – microfiche, has now firmly landed in the 21st century. RootsTech, sponsored by FamilySearch, is one of the first conferences dedicated to the the application of online technology to historical family research. Putting their technology where their conference is, RootsTech is streaming its keynotes online and the flood of family history bloggers are tweeting it with the #rootstech hashtag. Talks include the use of cloud computing in family research and use of media sharing sites to preserve individual family history. Sessions move from very soft tech, like which genealogical websites to use for what, to very hard, including an examination of the the mobile web and “Bringing Distributed Version Control to Arbitrary Object Graphs.” Perhaps the most interesting undertaking is a programming contest. Programmers were invited to use the FamilySearch API to create a genealogical tool. The winners will receive a small cash prize. Taking place in Salt Lake City, the conference is leveraging the Latter Day Saints’ long-standing love-affair with family research. As far as genealogy goes, the church serves the function that Nike does in sports products in the Northwest, as a center-of-gravity and attractant. The area’s genealogical libraries are legendary and were among the first targets of FamilySearch’s move online beginning in 1989, 104 years after the company’s beginning as the Genealogical Society of Utah. It currently has a vast database that includes over a billion names in its searchable database. In the next day or two I’ll examine the API contests’ contestants and winners and talk to its CEO about the technological future of our families’ pasts. Salt Palace photo by Jingles the Pirate. Yep. Editor’s disclosure: RootsTech covered Mr. Hopkins’ airfare and hotel. curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

How Can We Support Returning Veterans and their Families?

first_imgGoogle for Veterans was developed by and for veterans, as well as the families of veterans and friends who work at Google.  There are tools for reconnecting, restarting and transitioning to civilian life.Veterans Education and Transition Services or “VETS” incorporates academics, institutional access, student involvement and research, not only to support the success of enrolled student veterans, but to understand their experiences more authentically and maintain a program that is effective and dynamic. Reunion, Reintegration, ResilienceSoldier Returning from ServiceToday there are nearly two million children who have a parent in the military.  More than 900,000 military children have had a parent deploy multiple times.  In addition to the military-related stressors of multiple moves and schools, children also have had to deal with long-term, multiple deployments and separations from one, or both, parents.But now with the drawdown of our military forces and fewer deployments, many of these service member parents are coming home. Coming home.  What does “coming home” mean to these children?  What does coming home mean to the daily rhythms of family life?  How does family resilience plan a role in reintegration?There’s been months of anticipation and counting the days.  Birthdays have come and gone, holidays have been celebrated and missed and all of the normal, day-to-day ups and downs in a family’s daily routine have somehow managed to take place while mom or dad was deployed.  But now the service member is coming home.  What does that mean for the family?Reintegration means that families need to take time and take stock of what it means to be a family.  Mom, dad and the kids need to tap into the programs available to them that will help them gain a renewed sense of their roles, develop a sense of belonging to a new family unit, and nurture their own resilience.In her recent web conference on the Military Families Learning Network, Balancing Work and Family: Building Military Family Resilience, Angela Wiley, Associate Professor of Applied Family Studies and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois, defined resilience as “a dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity.” She said that families can benefit from, as well as contribute to, a network of relationships and resources in their communities.  Dr. Wiley pointed to the importance of developing new routines, new traditions, new celebrations and expanded social support systems.Resources for returning veterans and their familiesAs veterans and their families re-start their lives, finding new jobs and starting new careers plays a critically important role in reintegration.Hire a SoldierJoining Forces is one of former President Obama’s initiatives to encourage the public to give service members and their families the support and opportunities they need and have earned through their service to our country.  Whether this re-start means creating new routines and developing new family traditions, or is complicated by finding ways to adjust to permanent injuries or other hardships, Joining Forces has created resources specifically designed to help veterans translate their military skills into the civilian workforce.  The Obama Administration has intentionally partnered with corporations and businesses to make it easier for veterans to connect with companies that are ready to hire them and help them re-start their lives. Soldier with Yellow RibbonBeyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources.RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned firm dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams: education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more.Vet Jobs Why hire veterans?  Quite simply, veterans make the best employees!  The U.S. military is the world’s largest technical training school with over 220 occupational specialties.   Veterans represent the most highly trained, technically capable, verifiable, diverse and teamwork oriented work force in the world.  At VetJobs, veterans can find employment assistance, post a resume and search open positions—over 44,00 open jobs are listed!Now it’s your turn. Tell us your story in the comments section below. Are you a returning veteran or have you worked with a returning veteran? Do you have any tips or advice you would like to share?last_img read more

World Cup semifinal Brazil vs Germany match preview: How do they compare?

first_imgBrazil’s David LuizBrazil and Germany are two of the most decorated teams in football, with eight World Cup titles between them. Both have their share of players among the all-time greats, and both entered this tournament being touted among the main favorites. So even without the injured Neymar, Tuesday’s semifinal in Belo Horizonte provides an intriguing matchup for any neutral fan, as Germany and Brazil play each other at the World Cup for the first time since the 2002 final. Here is a look at how the teams compare in 2014: GOALKEEPERS Manuel Neuer has been one of Germany’s best players this tournament, especially in the knockout rounds. He bailed out Germany’s erratic defense numerous times by rushing out to clear ball after ball in the second-round win over Algeria, and made key saves to deny Karim Benzema an equalizer for France in the quarterfinals. The Bayern Munich No. 1 has won just about everything at club level and is widely regarded as one of the top keepers in the world. Julio Cesar used to have that reputation as well, but is arguably not quite the player he was during his best years at Inter Milan. He now plays for Toronto in Major League Soccer. He’s been solid at this World Cup, however, where he has yet to concede more than one goal in a game. And the 34-year-old Cesar has come up big when Brazil needed him to, saving two penalties in the shootout against Chile in the second round. Advantage: Germanyadvertisement —- DEFENSE Brazil has always been known for its attacking play, but this World Cup squad arguably has more impressive names in defense – especially now that star forward Neymar is ruled out. However, the team’s best defender – captain Thiago Silva – is suspended for the semifinal, a big blow for the back four. But Brazil has a good replacement in Bayern Munich’s Dante to put in alongside David Luiz, while coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to decide whether to put Barcelona’s Dani Alves back in at right back or stick with Maicon, who was a surprise starter in the quarterfinals. Real Madrid’s Marcelo should guard the left wing. Germany’s defense looked downright awful against Algeria, and coach Joachim Loew responded by dropping center back Per Mertesacker for the next game and moving captain Philip Lahm to his favorite position as right back instead of midfield. The changes worked, and Germany looked like its old solid self against France. With Mats Hummels back healthy to anchor the central defense – and even scoring the winning goal against France – the Germans have a reliable foundation in front of Neuer. Advantage: Brazil —- MIDFIELD Germany’s midfield has been given a big boost by Bastian Schweinsteiger returning to full fitness after a knee injury. Playing alongside Sami Khedira, Schweinsteiger can control the pace of the game while also helping out defensively, giving Toni Kroos room to work as the team’s main playmaker. While Mesut Ozil has had a fairly lackluster tournament so far, he’s one of the world’s best passers and could still prove crucial for Germany. Brazil’s midfield will likely have a new look for this game as Scolari is expected to replace Neymar with a midfielder – probably Willian. The Chelsea player has enough speed and skill to cause defenders trouble, but doesn’t have the scoring ability of Neymar. Oscar, another Chelsea player, will also need to step up as a playmaker. Luiz Gustavo is back after a suspension, which should help shore things up defensively. Advantage: Germany —- ATTACK With Neymar in the team, the forward line was always a strength for Brazil. Without him, it’s a glaring weakness. Fred has struggled badly as the team’s center forward at the World Cup, scoring just one goal in five games. Hulk has looked lively throughout but has yet to score, while Jo has failed to make an impact when he’s come on as a substitute. Germany, meanwhile, has Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose as its main attacking options. Mueller has four goals so far in Brazil – one short of his tally in South Africa in 2010 – while the 36-year-old Klose has a chance to break the World Cup scoring record. Klose shares the record of 15 career goals with Brazil great Ronaldo, so the Brazilian defenders will probably be extra eager to shut him down. Germany also has better options off the bench, with Lukas Podolski and Mario Goetze to bring on. Advantage: Germany Watch: Neymar speaks in tearful video for Brazil after back injury rules him out of World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

2012 WA North West Championships

first_imgThe newly constructed Glen and Pat Medland Pavilion will play host to teams from Broome, Hedland and Karratha who are competing across the Mixed ‘A’, ‘B’ and Under 18’s divisions. The tournament will commence on Friday afternoon and continue into the night which promises to be an exciting start to the tournament under lights and kick off a big weekend of Touch Football in the North West.This year’s championships will see Karratha returning to defend their title not only as North West Mixed Open champions but also state champions, although this year Broome looks to be strong contenders at the championships entering an extraordinary eight teams into this year’s tournament. Four Broome teams will contest the Under 18’s divisions, while the Mixed ‘B’ division will see three teams from Broome and one from Hedland battle it out. The 2012 event will see the inaugural North West Affiliate Development Conference run in conjunction with the North West Championships taking place from Friday through to Sunday. This exciting new program will enable an expanded and more interactive approach by Touch Football Western Australia in improving all aspects of Touch Football in the North West areas of Western Australia, with affiliates Broome, Port Headland and Karratha taking part. The conference will include a Level 1 Coaching course, a combined Level 2/3 Referee course, School and Junior Development clinics as well as administration and logistical development and education.For further information, updates and results please visit the North West Championships website: read more

10 months agoWim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right time

first_imgWim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right timeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Holland striker Wim Kieft believes Ajax will be facing Real Madrid just at the right time.The two teams will meet next month in the Champions League round of 16.After Madrid’s defeat at home to Real Sociedad, Kieft said: “The way Real Madrid plays … There is no tempo, there is no joy in playing, there is no willingness, it always starts with willingness.”If you see with what ball pace is played by Real Madrid, then it is for Ajax to hope that they can match this level, because then you have a very good chance.”Real Madrid are painful to watch.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Press Release: The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, MP on the Occasion of the Special Luncheon

first_imgREMARKS PREPARED FOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA, THE MOST HONOURABLE ANDREW HOLNESS, MPON THE OCCASION OF THE SPECIAL LUNCHEON HELD IN HONOUR OF HIS EXCELLENCY MR.  MIGUEL DIAZ CANEL-BERMUDEZ, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCILS OF STATE AND MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBAON THE MARGINS OF THE THIRTY-NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)5TH JULY 2018MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Good Afternoon,Our collective presence at this Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, reaffirms the spirit of unity and solidarity which binds us together as a region. It is in keeping with this spirit of one-ness that I extend a special welcome to His Excellency Mr.  Miguel Diaz Canel-Bermudez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, in whose honour I am pleased to host this luncheon.Excellency,On behalf of my colleague Heads, I am pleased not only to welcome you to Jamaica,  but also to receive you into the region’s fraternity of leaders. We note that since your recent election and appointment to office, this will have been your first official engagement with all the Heads of State and Government of this Community. This is therefore a historic moment in our regional cooperation, and is cause for some celebration.Colleagues,As you are aware, CARICOM and the Republic of Cuba have enjoyed meaningful and mutually beneficial bonds of friendship, since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, built on mutual respect, shared interests, extensive bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and a common regional destiny.Since then, Cuba has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the development of a sustained technical and functional cooperation programme with CARICOM in several areas, allowing us to forge a dynamic and mutually beneficial bi-partisan partnership.This valued cooperation is one which covers a wide range of areas of strategic regional importance. These include support for the health sector through Nurse Training and the Eye Care Programme (Operation Miracle), culture, disaster management, security and human resource development –  to name but a few. Under Cuba’s programme of technical cooperation, over 1,500 Cuban nationals serve in all CARICOM countries. Approximately 1,300 of these persons work in the health sector. The remaining persons serve in the education, construction, sport and agricultural fields.In the critical area of education, the granting of scholarships by the Government of Cuba remains a significant feature of Cuba’s cooperation programme with the Community. To date, approximately 5,432 CARICOM nationals have graduated from Cuban tertiary institutions and over 800 CARICOM nationals are currently enrolled.I recall that in 2016, Cuba and Guyana established the Regional Training Centre in Guyana, for young people with disabilities. Jamaica and Cuba are also in the process of finalising plans for a Regional School of Arts, which is envisioned to be a primer “Pre- University level” regional school for the classic and performing arts. This facility will allow our students to transition more easily into undergraduate studies in the Arts.Cuba has also provided invaluable support to the region in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, despite also being vulnerable to the ravages of natural disasters themselves.Undoubtedly, Cuba’s involvement with the region has redounded positively not just for the region’s social, environmental and economic development, but has deepened and cemented the ties of friendship which binds us. For this reason, the Community has continued to be a strong advocate for Cuba’s full involvement in hemispheric affairs, and particularly for the elimination of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed against the country.Excellency,At the 6th CARICOM – Cuba Summit held in Antigua and Barbuda last December, Heads engaged in discussions on issues of economic concerns with Cuban senior officials, towards strengthening our trade and functional cooperation framework.Indeed, we have noted an increase in trade relations, and a growing interest among Caribbean entrepreneurs to develop business and commercial relations with Cuba.This,is testament to the potential for deepening our collaboration and mutual engagement with Cuba towards enhanced economic prosperity for all our peoples. The culmination of that meeting with the signature of the Declaration of St. Mary’s, reaffirms this shared commitment.In closing, allow me to reiterate, Excellency, on behalf of all my colleagues, a warm welcome to  this regional engagement process and best wishes for a prosperous term in office. We very much  look forward to working closely with you for the shared benefit of all our peoples.It is now my honour Excellency, to invite you to address the Community of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community.last_img read more

Legal cannabis tops packed agenda at annual meeting of BCs municipal leaders

first_imgVANCOUVER – Municipalities in British Columbia are clamouring to have a say in the marijuana policies they believe will fall largely on their shoulders to enforce when pot becomes legal next summer.Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang, who is also the city’s point person on marijuana, said municipalities have largely been ignored by the federal government, which has so far taken a “father-knows-best approach.”“I think it’s a bit of snobbery or haughtiness on the part of the federal government,” Jang said.“The rubber hits the road with us. We’ll be the ones having to regulate, enforce whatever the federal laws are through our police, through our zoning, through our business licence processing.”Local government representatives are gathering in Vancouver this week for their annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, and at the top of the agenda is a push to get municipalities at the table in developing the regulatory framework around legalized cannabis.The first resolution to be considered would direct the group’s lobbying efforts to push for meaningful consultation on legal pot, enough funding to cover policing and regulation costs, a fair share of tax revenues, and deference to municipalities’ rights when it comes to zoning and land-use decisions. Members endorsed a similar resolution last year.Municipalities at the convention first voted in favour of decriminalizing pot in 2012.First vice-president Wendy Booth, who is also a director with the East Kootenay Regional District, said so far there has been little consultation with municipalities by the provincial government.“It’s a pretty complex file and we need to come up with a way that works for all of us in B.C., whether it be large communities or small communities,” she said.Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson said B.C. is “absolutely committed” to including local government in discussions around pot legalization and she expects consultation, support for enforcement and tax sharing to be a part of that conversation.Besides cannabis, here are some other resolutions up for debate at the municipal leaders’ convention, which runs Monday to Friday:— Metchosin would like the Union of B.C. Municipalities to support a statutory holiday that celebrates First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada, in keeping with a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.— Penticton wants to make it possible to recall municipal politicians if voters have a change of heart between local elections.— Vanderhoof is railing against noise pollution created by trains and wants to establish whistle-free zones.— Vancouver is in favour of creating a registry and rules restricting municipal lobbyists.— Parksville’s hefty Canada goose population has ruffled the feathers of residents, who want a co-ordinated regional approach to managing the pesky animals, including “population control” measures.— Maple Ridge is keeping composting top of mind by supporting policy that would require the stickers used to label fruit either produced in Canada or imported into the country to be compostable.— Sicamous would like the union of municipalities to offer funds to help educate the public on the threat posed by invasive quagga and zebra mussels.— West Kelowna wants the provincial government to create a B.C.-wide rat reduction strategy after a steady increase in rodent infestation in recent years.last_img read more