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first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today met with 10 other Governors, Cabinet members and high ranking Administration officials to discuss energy policy with President Obama and Vice President Biden.  The President and Governor Douglas agreed that a non-ideological, bipartisan approach is necessary to confront the nation’s energy challenges and investments in biofuels, biomass, hydroelectric, nuclear and other clean forms of power, as well as investments for efficiency will be critical to the America’s energy future.“I appreciate the opportunity to talk with the President on these important issues,” the Governor said.  “As Washington debates our national energy policy, Vermont’s lessons and achievements must be part of that dialogue.  From in-state efficiency measures to our regional partnerships, like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Vermont is confronting the challenges of energy independence and climate change on many fronts.”Vermont is among the leaders nationally in the level of carbon emitted from electric generation.  Governor Douglas was the first governor to sign onto the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  Vermont was a pioneer with the first statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, and currently spends more per capita on energy efficiency measures than any other state.Governor Douglas also spoke today of the need to protect consumers and the economy as national energy policies evolves.  He also encouraged federal policy makers to adopt a non-carbon focused policy that embraces all forms of non-carbon power, including large hydro – affording consumers a wide array of choices and allowing utilities to access resources that ensure a reliable grid.“I often talked about the fact the Vermont has more methane digesters per capita – a fact we are proud of,” said the Governor.  “Combining small scale renewable sources with large scale renewable resources, like hydro power, is critical to maintaining low carbon emission in Vermont.”The Governor also noted in the meeting how investments in Smart Grid technology will further efficiency efforts already underway and help Vermont transition to new environmentally-friendly technologies.  Vermont recently received a nearly $70 million Department of Energy grant, which is in addition to nearly $70 million invested by Vermont utilities, to build-out a statewide Smart Grid.“Transportation remains the largest source of emissions in our state,” the Governor noted.  “A smart grid will not only help Vermonters and Vermont businesses save money by using energy more efficiently, it is a critical component of transitioning to next generation technologies, such as electric cars.”Source: Governor’s office. 2.3.2010.###last_img read more

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first_imgDear Mountain Mama,On a recent paddling trip I saw a sign that made me feel unwelcome. It read, “Please remember the following activities are offensive and illegal: changing clothes in public view, blocking traffic with boats or bodies, and drinking alcoholic beverages in public. Citations will be issued.” After I read that, I wanted to leave town.I mostly paddle in remote areas. Is it common for locals and paddlers to clash?Yours,Feeling Uninvited————————————————————–Dear Feeling Uninvited,I bristled when I first read the same poster. I thought the one-stop light town in the northwestern corner of Maryland tucked between West Virginia and Pennsylvania was quaint. The cute cafe, the local museum, and the community park intrigued me. I thought about eating at the vegetarian restaurant on the river’s edge after paddling. But then I read the sign, and instead of lingering and exploring, I left and ate at a bigger town.But then I got to thinking that as much as I have the I’m-on-a-vacation attitude when paddling, the people living in the towns surrounding paddling destinations are home. They probably prefer not to see me nude as I rush to take off my wet gear and put on dry clothes. They probably don’t want their kids to see adults drinking and getting rowdy. They are in the middle of going about their day-to-day errands and it probably gets annoying to have shuttle vehicles blocking their driveways and gear strewn about in the middle of roads.Since then I’ve visited that small town many times, and now make a point to be polite and kind to locals. I also try to create a better reputation for kayakers by supporting the local economy. I buy postcards, t-shirts, meals, groceries, stay at nearby motels, and participate in community activities. As a result, I’ve had the chance to see guys smash up each others’ cars at a derby and dance in a small town parade.Feeling Uninvited, like any relationship, the more effort paddlers put into the local communities that surround rivers, the better the end result. Instead of leaving, instead of playing into the paddlers vs. locals dynamic, try to give back to river towns.Best,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re familiar with DuPont State Recreational Forest, a Western North Carolina mecca for hikers, mountain bikers, and waterfall chasers, you may know that there is a 476-acre expanse of land in the heart of this public tract that has never been open to the public.Now, thanks to a grant from DuPont Corp. this land belongs to the state of North Carolina and could soon be added to the park that surrounds its boarders.According to State Rep. Chris Whitmire (R-Transylvania), the North Carolina Council of State voted to accept the land—known as the “DuPont Donut Hole” because of its central location in the forest—on Tuesday morning.“Persistence and follow-through are key to successfully accomplishing the most complex objectives, and this morning a major milestone in my three-and-a-half-year quest to unlock the DuPont Donut Hole and eventually bring jobs to the former DuPont industrial site came to fruition when the North Carolina Council of State voted to accept the 476-acre parcel from the DuPont Corp. as a gift to the state,” he wrote in a newsletter.Whitmire went on to say that after preforming environmental remediation on the the site—once the largest X-ray film production plant on the planet—the state will likely utilize the ‘Donut Hole’ for emergency responder training and as a parking area for the surrounding recreational forest, offering increased trail connectivity and easier access to DuPont’s famous waterfalls.Read more here.last_img read more

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first_imgPatricia Henricksen was born in the living room of this house at 86 Johnston St Southport and lived there for most of her life. Picture Glenn HampsonThey were reluctant to knock the existing house down but Ms Henricksen’s death earlier this month halted any thought of demolition.Mr Elliss said they have decided to offer the one-bedroom, one-bathroom home to anyone who will love it as much Ms Henricksen did.“The idea was to do a development there because it’s such a good location,” Mr Elliss, who works as a real estate agent at Harcourts Broadbeach Mermaid Waters, said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Since the time that I bought it, I’ve really started to like the character of the house.”He said it would cost between $15,000 and $18,000 to move the home. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home was built in the 1930s.After cleaning it out and staying the night on occasion, Mr Elliss said he had grown to admire the home.“She left a lot of photos and things like that that I’ve actually found in the cupboard,”he said.Mr Elliss has got to know Ms Henricksen’s family well, even sending old photos to her niece in Melbourne, and has let relatives stay in the house and neighbours use it for a memorial.“I have obviously thought about (knocking it down) but it would be a real shame,” Mr Elliss said. Real estate agent Michael Elliss bought the house and is developing the land. Picture Glenn HampsonA SOUTHPORT home etched in the Gold Coast’s history is being offered up for free – but there’s a catch.The land is not included in the deal and the new owners must pay to relocate the 1930s brick and weatherboard house.The property at 86 Johnston St was home to Patricia Henricksen from the day she was born in the living room in 1935 until it sold at auction last yearMichael Elliss and Cameron Reed of MCM Property Developments snapped it up for $880,000 with plans to build a three-storey unit block.center_img Patricia Henricksen in her living room last year before the house sold. Picture Glenn Hampson“It would be really nice for someone to take it rather than me demolish it, which would be hard to watch.“It’s a good opportunity for someone that wants a bit of extra income or they need somewhere for their parents to live.“The clock is ticking – if no one takes it in the next two to three months then it will just have to come down unfortunately.”last_img read more

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first_img 21 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Spit test ‘improves’ asthma care by: – January 9, 2013 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Salmeterol is taken every day for severe asthmaA simple spit test could identify thousands of children with severe asthma who are taking medication which will never help them, scientists say. One in seven people will not respond to salmeterol, found in purple or green inhalers, which is given to tens of thousands of children in the UK.A study of 62 children showed those patients could be identified and given effective treatment.The results were published in the journal Clinical Science.Salmeterol, which is found in Seretide and Servent inhalers, is used to relax the airways in the lungs. It is taken by children who cannot control their asthma just with a blue inhaler, which is given to all children when they are diagnosed with asthma. The reason why some children do not respond to salmeterol is hidden in their genetic code. The drug acts on beta-2 receptors in the airways, however, one in seven people have a genetic mutation resulting in their receptors being a slightly different shape, which the drug struggles to recognise.DNA taken from a child’s spit can be tested to reveal the shape of their beta-2 receptor and whether salmeterol will work. ‘Striking’The study, by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the University of Dundee, looked at 62 children with the mutation.Half were given salmeterol and the other half were given an alternative asthma drug, montelukast.The researchers said the difference was “pretty striking” as symptoms improved and children had less time off school.Prof Somnath Mukhopadhyay said: “For almost every clinical outcome we were looking at we found that salmeterol either wasn’t working or was working very poorly. Montelukast was very much better.“We’ve shown for the first time that personalised medicine can work in the field of childhood asthma.”He said the test, which is not yet available for use in GPs surgeries, would cost about £15 and that it was “unacceptable” to give children drugs which did not work.Prof Mukhopadhyay added: “It’s a common disease affecting a million children in this country, a common medicine is probably not working in a significant proportion of the population. “I think we need to get some guidance from lead charities and from the Department of Health.”‘Really encouraging’The exact number of children who have the mutation and are taking the drug is unknown, but could be up to 15,000 in the UK.Responding to the study, Malayka Rahman from the charity Asthma UK said the results were “really encouraging” but more research was needed before a decision could be made on introducing such a test.“This exciting area of research has the potential to lead to the tailoring of better treatments for an individual based on their own genetic make-up; ultimately keeping more people out of hospital and preventing unnecessary asthma deaths in the long-term.” The Department of Health welcomed the research and said looking at genes may one day be used to tailor treatments. However, a spokesperson said more work still needed to be done before that stage was reached. Anna Murphy, consultant pharmacist and Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesperson, said: “The study itself was designed to prove that a child’s genetic make-up can have an impact on the effectiveness of treatment rather than to advise on the specific treatments we use for children with asthma. “Therefore it would not be responsible to change prescribing practice at this time.” She said parents who were concerned should speak to their pharmacist or doctor. Prof Stephen Holgate, from the University of Southampton, said the results were “impressive” and were a “wonderful example” of personalised medicine getting closer to the GPs surgeries. “The gene-based test is not yet available to doctors, but should become so if larger trials are equally positive.”By James GallagherBBC Newslast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Former Premier League champions Chelsea have indicated interest in signing Nigeria’s sensation Samuel Chukwueze when the transfer window opens in January. Reports from England indicated that the west London club scouts are compiling a list of forwards they would inject for fresh impetus into the club’s season. Some of the high-profile names listed alongside Chukwueze as head coach Frank Lampard prepares to spend his £150 million transfer budget include Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey. Strikers Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele are also on Chelsea’s radar, but the participation of their clubs in the last-16 of the Champions League would appear to make a January deal for either of them difficult. Asked in the past about Chelsea, Chukwueze said: “I was supporting Chelsea. I used to support every team that featured a Nigerian. So my love for Chelsea then was because of Mikel. “Maybe in the future, a movement is possible but right now my attention is on Villarreal. I want to focus well on my club and gain more confidence. Maybe when the time is ripe, I can move.”Tags: ChelseaFrank LampardSamuel Chukwuezelast_img read more

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first_img Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday night.Dobnak, who grew up a half-hour south of PNC Park in the Pittsburgh suburb of South Park, didn’t walk a batter and struck out just one. The 25-year-old relied on a heavy fastball the Pirates pounded into the ground. Pittsburgh managed just four balls out of the infield against Dobnak, who dropped his ERA to 0.60.Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Twins. Max Kepler gave Minnesota some breathing room in the ninth with a three-run home run off Pirates’ reliever Dovydas Neverauskas.Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams (0-3) became the first Pirate this season to pitch seven innings. Williams allowed just one run, a flare to left field by Gonzalez in the second that scored Jake Cave. The ball was initially ruled foul, but that was overturned by replay, with Cave being awarded home because he was well past third by the time the ball fell in.Williams struck out five against one walk and three hits, but Pittsburgh’s overworked bullpen faltered in the ninth. The Pirates have dropped seven consecutive games, and their 2-10 record is the worst in baseball.Minnesota improved to 10-2 following its sixth straight win, matching the best start in franchise history set by the 1930 Washington Senators.A year after blasting their way to 101 wins and the AL Central title behind a staggering 307 home runs, the Twins are relying just as heavily on pitching and defense to get by in 2020. The work of Dobnak and three relievers dropped Minnesota’s team ERA to 2.69, second-lowest in the American League behind Cleveland.Facing the worst-hitting team in the National League helped. Seven of Pittsburgh’s nine starters Wednesday entered the game hitting under .200 and the team’s batting average dipped to a paltry .189.Josh Bell went 3 for 4 and hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, but the rest of the Pirates lineup went a combined 1 for 26.TATTERED BULLPENThe long list of Pittsburgh relievers who are dealing with an injury now includes Nick Burdi. The reliever’s season is over after he reported right elbow problems after taking the loss in extra innings on Monday. Burdi — who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017 and missed most of 2019 while dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome — was filling in as closer while Keone Kela recovers from COVID-19. … Right-hander Michael Feliz (right forearm strain) is also out for the year while Clay Holmes (forearm) and Kyle Crick (right shoulder strain) are out indefinitely.UP NEXTTwins: Kenta Maeda (2-0, 1.64 ERA) will try to remain unbeaten since being acquired by Minnesota in the offseason. Maeda went 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA in three career appearances against the Pirates while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Pirates: Rookie JT Brubaker will make his first major league start. Brubaker has thrown five scoreless innings in relief this season.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US LIVE TV Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:38 IST Dobnak Shines In Homecoming, Twins Top Reeling Pirates 5-2 Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday night Written By COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:38 IST SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak coach Hebert Addo says his side’s inability to utilize the many goal scoring opportunities created against AS Police is unpardonable.Hearts of Oak began their 2015 CAF Confederation Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over AS Police from Benin at the Accra sports stadium on Sunday. The Phobians enjoyed a lot of possession but could not utilize the chances created throughout the game and only managed to score in the 46th minute when a corner-kick which floated in by Owusu Bempah was headed home by striker Selasi Adjei.Hearts coach Herbert Addo bemoaned his team’s killer instinct in front of goal.“We have to go back to the one goal project because if you look at the chances we created in the second half we should at least have scored three goals, it was just unfortunate we could not utilize the chances created,” said coach Addo“Some of my players were selfish, for me AS Police were just lucky their goalkeeper was superb but having seen them play I think we can go there and beat them. “Before this game we only knew there were leading their local league with 11 points after winning three and drawing two but I believe we have seen them play now so we will know how to approach the next encounter.”last_img read more

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first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The Buss family’s battle for control of the Lakers escalated on Friday.Jeanie Buss went to court to block an effort by Jim and Johnny Buss to vote her off the Lakers’ board of directors, an allegation the brothers’ attorneys say has no basis in reality.The matter came to a quick end when Jeanie Buss withdrew her request for a temporary restraining in Los Angeles County Superior Court after the brothers dropped their request for a board meeting she felt was a move against her, but it might just be the opening skirmish in a bigger family fight over one of the most-storied franchises in sports. A larger lawsuit in probate court is pending.“It is good news for fans that Jim and Johnny backed down in court today, but, sadly, I fear today may be just the beginning,” Adam Streisand, attorney for Jeanie Buss, said in an email to Southern California News Group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe public spat comes just over a week after Jeanie Buss ousted Jim Buss as the Lakers’ executive vice president of basketball operations and replaced him with Magic Johnson. She also fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, who Johnson replaced with player agent Rob Pelinka. “Despite the fact that Petitioner gave Jim more than ample time to prove himself as executive vice president of basketball operations, she could not allow the damage being done over the past several years to continue,” the court filing said. “Petitioner reassigned Jim to a different role within the Lakers organization. Almost immediately, this Notice and the actions described herein followed.”“An injunction is necessary to prevent irreparable injury to the Lakers. A new Controlling Owner would have the power to make changes that could cause serious and irreversible damage to the Lakers basketball team and to the brand, particularly at this key juncture when Petitioner has taken significant steps to attempt to reverse the harm done by Jim.”Well before his passing on Feb. 2013 at the age of 80, the Lakers’ former longtime owner Jerry Buss had set up the family trust for his children, Jeanie, Jim, Johnny, Joey, Jesse and Janie.The six Buss children co-own 66 percent of the Lakers in trust. The three trustees are Jeanie, Johnny and Jim Buss, meaning the two brothers might have thought they had the votes to control the trust’s actions. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Jeanie Buss declined comment, and Jim Buss did not return messages seeking comment.Robert Sacks, attorney for the brothers, told the Associated Press by phone that the brothers have no interest in wresting control from their sister and the entire court fight is unnecessary. “Both Jim Buss and Johnny Buss hoped that any issues would be handled within the family,” Sacks said. He added that the brothers have said both verbally and in corporate documents that they support keeping her as controlling owner. Jeanie Buss’ filing said the brothers had requested a board of directors meeting be held next week and included a list of four proposed directors who could be elected there. That list did not include Jeanie Buss, who is required to be a director in order to be a controlling owner. Buss and her attorneys took that as a sign that they intended to oust their sister, and went to court to stop it. Sacks said the brothers did indeed want a board of directors meeting because the organization was overdue for one, but that it had nothing to do with wresting control from Jeanie Buss.The brothers withdrew their request for the meeting, and Jeanie Buss withdrew the court request to stop it. An initial hearing in a potential probate trial between the siblings is scheduled for May 15. The NBA seems to side with Jeanie Buss, in what could become an ongoing family dispute for control of the Lakers.“Jeanie Buss is the sole Governor of the Los Angeles Lakers and under league rules, she has control over the team,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass wrote, in a statement. “She has not only been a terrific leader for the Lakers organization, guiding the business before and after her father’s passing, but an incredibly influential voice among all our team owners.”“I’m confident we will continue to uphold Dr. Buss’ wishes and Jeanie will remain in control,” Streisand said. The Associated Press contributed to this story.last_img read more

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