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first_imgCall it a class act.Three renovated classrooms in Larsen Hall have received the highest sustainability rating there is — Platinum — from the U.S. Green Building Council.The rating, awarded earlier this month (July), makes these Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) classrooms the first LEED-CI Platinum classrooms in the world.After six months of design work and planning, the renovations were started last summer and completed in October. What was once a two-floor warren of small offices is now space for three classrooms that are muted and serene.“A lot of planning went into this,” said Jason Carlson, director of operations at HGSE, who also directs the School’s 15-member volunteer Green Team.LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification system for green buildings used in more than 30 countries. The Platinum rating is the highest, and the hardest to attain.In the case of the Larsen renovations, “CI” stands for “commercial interior,” a rating system that focuses on interior improvements of new or existing space. Other LEED ratings are for new buildings.The Platinum LEED certification required a complete makeover of lighting, electrical, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems on Larsen’s first and second floors — all with an eye to reducing energy use, water use, and construction waste.The materials used were vetted according to recycled content, origin, and environmental health considerations. About 80 percent of the wood for trim and desks, for instance, is ash from forests that are certified to be sustainable.Of all the materials used, 25 percent (by cost) came from no more than 500 miles away, reducing the energy needed to transport them. Another 23 percent — including furniture, carpet, and acoustic surfaces — contain recycled content. In the hallways, all surfaces are made of PaperStone, the 100-percent recycled product called the “countertop with a conscience.”All paints and adhesives in the classroom spaces are “low VOC” — that is, low in the volatile organic compounds associated with degraded indoor air quality.And all three rooms — with capacity for 50, 60, and 80 students — are fitted with occupancy and CO2 sensors that adjust heating, cooling, lighting, and ventilation. Reduced wattage requirements for lighting alone means the Larsen space is 28 percent more efficient than code.Energy efficiency measures at Larsen will reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of the building by an estimated 5 percent.All these steps “really breathed new life into this building,” said Carlson. He called the Platinum designation “a tremendous honor and a result of the collaborative effort of the entire project team.”Working with Carlson on the Larsen project was Andrea Ruedy Trimble, manager of green building services for Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS).“The Larsen project set very ambitious sustainability goals around lighting efficiency and quality,” said OFS assistant director Nathan Gauthier. “This project is a model for lighting design in a classroom building and will be influential in the design of all future classrooms.”The Larsen classroom renovation project required tearing the first two floors of Larsen right back to the walls.The new ground-floor classroom has 80 seats in tiered rows. Shades move up and down to harvest daylight. On the next floor up is one classroom of 50 tiered seats, and another classroom —“breakout space” — that can accommodate up to 60 students in six groups.“The faculty are thrilled,” said Carlson, who is also a veteran of LEED renovations at Harvard Business School. “This is a much-needed space on campus. It enhances the learning experience.”The LEED-certified classrooms are also a learning experience for facilities managers at Harvard, he added, where cross-School lessons in sustainability are already “iterative and constant.”Meanwhile, said Carlson, the new classroom spaces “support the learning experience of future educators, researchers, and policymakers.”Larsen Hall, a handsome red brick building constructed in 1965, is used for classrooms, offices, and research space. It was named after education reformer Roy E. Larsen ’21, a founder and chairman of Time magazine and other publications.— Includes reporting by the Harvard Graduate School of Educationlast_img read more

London students share experiences of attack

first_imgBenjamin Padanilam | The Observer Following an attack on London’s Houses of Parliament, the University confirmed the safety of ND abroad students.Students studying abroad in London this semester were put on lockdown in the midst of an attack Wednesday near the British Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge. The University confirmed the safety of all 167 students currently studying in London less than an hour after the incident, including nine students interning at Parliament at the time of the attack.Junior and Parliament intern Jim English was at work when the attack occurred and said he had a view of some of the action from his office window.“Outside my window on our ground floor office, there is a parking lot where a lot of [members of Parliament] park their cars,” he said in an email. “I was just chatting with my supervisor and another colleague when there was shouting out in the lot, and … [a] few seconds later, Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed through the parking lot and guided into a car where she was eventually taken away. We then learned that there was a shooting and the policemen were yelling for everyone to stay in their rooms.”Junior Hadyn Pettersen is studying abroad at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland this semester, but he was in London for a brief visit with his dad and uncle. Pettersen said in an email that he saw the aftermath of the attack firsthand.“I was on a tour bus with my dad and uncle, who had flown to St. Andrew’s earlier in the week to visit me,” he said. “… While on Westminster bridge, another passenger pointed across to the sidewalk and gasped. I looked and saw several people on the ground. A few had gruesome injuries. A few were motionless. I first thought a driver had lost control of his car, but looking down the length of the bridge it became obvious to me that the act was intentional.”Junior James Woodley is interning at a school in London through Notre Dame and was at the school when he learned about the attack from a friend interning at Parliament.“I believe the attack happened at [2:40 p.m.] or so, and at [3:05 p.m.] — when class was dismissed — the intercom asked the teachers to not dismiss the students,” he said in an email. “I have a friend who is one of the, I believe, nine interns at Parliament and he texted me explaining what info he had at the time and that he was alright. I stayed put at the school until they released the students, about a half hour later … I have always thought of London as a very safe city, and today was the first day I was worried walking around.”Junior and Parliament intern Caitlin McAuliffe said she had taken her visiting parents on a tour of the Parliamentary estate the day before the incident, but was not at work at the time of the attack.“My backpack was stolen at lunchtime from the pub I had eaten at with my parents, so I was in the Notre Dame building sorting out my stolen laptop, credit cards and phone when my Parliament intern group chat went off with people talking about it and being very upset,” she said. “Right now, I just feel really lucky that I wasn’t at work [Wednesday] or that I wasn’t showing my parents around the Parliamentary estate.”Junior Jaclyn Daily said students in Notre Dame London’s residence buildings generally felt more removed from the “tragic situation.”“Everyone was very calm as we all felt safe and fairly separated from the situation,” she said in an email. “We were on lockdown for 30-60 minutes. … Notre Dame accounted for all students within an hour and was constantly updating us with relevant information via emails.”Junior and Parliament intern Emily Gust said in an email that the quick work of local and Parliament authorities helped her stay calm and feel safe as she waited in lockdown at Parliament.“I was shocked as I saw it unfold, and when I heard it was a terrorist attack it made me a little nervous about a potential further attack,” she said.“But being in parliament, I felt very safe, because I could see all of the police officers and knew they had the area secured. It was a scary situation, but by remaining calm and trusting the authorities to do what was best, it felt a lot less frightening. My office really helped calm me down with their relaxed attitude, and I think that helped a lot.”While he was “shaken up” by his experience, English said he is grateful to those who prevented the situation becoming any worse.“It’s a bit surreal. I kind of feel like I just walked out of the movie theaters or off of a film set, so I don’t know if it’s completely hit me yet,” he said. “I’m definitely a bit shaken up by it, just considering how close I was to everything that happened. But it could have also been much worse, so I am very grateful and blessed at the same time. I’m thankful to all of the men and women who neutralized the situation [Wednesday] at Parliament and I’m grateful for the care and protection Notre Dame provides us with, especially in times of crisis.”Tags: London attack, London program, Parliament, study abroadlast_img read more

More Wet Weather

first_imgGeorgia’s wet summer continued though out August in most parts of the state, and clouds and high humidity kept temperatures below normal for the month. Many areas of the state have already surpassed their annual average rainfall levels with several months left to go in 2013. The frequent rainfall was beneficial for crop dusters, who were still able to apply agricultural chemicals to fields that were too wet to work with tractors. Farmers reported trouble with corn and soybeans crops due to the cool, cloudy conditions and soaked fields. Farm stands reported their sales are down this year due to low yields and high costs of their products. They noted that the wet conditions have reduced sugars in some fruit, making the flavor suffer. Insect populations have also thrived due to the wet conditions after two years of drought. Mosquitoes are still out in force. Yellow jackets have traded nests in the ground for aboveground quarters due to the saturated soils. Cooler average temperaturesIn Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 77.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.9 degrees below normal); Athens was 76.9 degrees (2.7 below normal); Augusta was 78.2 (2.3 below normal); Columbus was 80.4 degrees (1.5 below normal); Macon was 78.4 degrees (2.5 below normal); Savannah was 81.4 degrees (0.1 below normal); Brunswick was 82 degree (0.2 above normal); and Alma was 81.5 degrees (0.2 above normal). A number of temperature records were set or tied in August. In mid-August a wedge of cold air moved into Georgia from the northeast, down the east side of the Appalachian Mountains. This caused unusually cool conditions that are more often seen in October. The last time such a cold event occurred in August in Georgia was at the end of the month in 1986. Warm humid air flowing north from the Tropics rose over the wedge of cold air, causing significant amounts of rain in the southern part of the state.Atlanta set record-low, daytime temperatures on Aug. 16 and 17, when daily high temperatures of 67 and 66 degrees, respectively, were observed. These temperatures broke the old records of 70 and 74 degrees, set in 1892 and 1939, respectively. Columbus reported both a record-low temperature of 66 degrees and a record-low, maximum temperature of 74 degrees on Aug. 16. These temperatures broke the old records of 67 degrees for the low set in 1967, and 77 degrees for the high set in 1994. Macon also broke their record-low, maximum temperature on Aug. 16, with an observed temperature of 71 degrees. This broke the old record of 75 degrees set in 1994. Savannah reported 76 degrees on Aug. 15, which broke the old record-low, maximum temperature of 80 degrees set in 1944. Augusta broke its record-low, maximum temperatures on Aug. 15, 16 and 17. Athens tied its record-low, maximum temperature on Aug. 16. Brunswick tied its record high for Aug. 13 (1963) with 96 degrees. Rainfall records set across the stateThe highest monthly precipitation total reported by National Weather Service observers was 10.2 inches in Macon (6.1 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Atlanta at 5.24 inches (1.34 inches above normal). Savannah received 7.03 inches (0.47 inches above normal); Athens received 5.68 inches (2.15 above normal); Augusta received 5.84 inches (1.52 above normal); Columbus received 8.63 inches (4.86 above normal); Alma received 9.45 inches (4.04 above normal); and Brunswick received 7.9 inches (1.63 above normal). Columbus had their wettest August in 66 years. Macon had the second wettest; Augusta had the third wettest; Atlanta had the fourth wettest; Athens had the sixth wettest; and Savannah the 11th wettest. All of the stations with the exception of Columbus have over 100 years of climate records. Daily rainfall records were set in Atlanta (2.66 inches on Aug. 7), Macon (2.15 inches on Aug. 23) and Alma (2.2 inches on Aug. 16). Columbus received 5.73 inches on Aug. 14, not only smashing the old daily record of 2.04 inches (set in 1952), but also barely missing the all-time, one-day rainfall record of 5.74 inches (set on April 1, 1981). The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers was 5.75 inches near Toccoa in Stephens County on Aug. 8. One Tybee Island observer reported 5.73 inches on Aug. 17. The highest monthly total rainfall was 14.18 inches, observed near Statesboro in Bulloch County, followed by 13.7 inches measured southwest of Sautee in White County. Severe weather was reported on 12 days in August. A small tornado caused minor damage on Aug. 18 along the Alabama border in Heard County. Other damage was due to strong winds and small hail. Flooding led to road closures in northern Georgia on Aug. 7.last_img read more

Guest Column: Should upstate be its own state?

first_imgDon’t laugh. Here me out on this. It actually may be time to seriously consider that question.The reality is that upstate and downstate New York have been living separate lives for years in terms of priorities.For decades, upstate New York’s quality of life has been protected by a balance of power in state government thanks to a Republican majority in the state Senate, which provided checks and balances to the largely downstate-driven Democratic leadership.  That changed in November 2018 with the Senate Democrats taking a 40-seat majority, joining an impenetrable 107-seat Democratic majority in the Assembly and the election of a Democratic governor to a third term.With no Republican majority to serve as a safety valve to stop or at least mitigate some of their extreme, regressive policies, the newly emboldened Democratic majority has passed a litany of measures destined to turn the “Empire State” into the “Empty State.”New York leads the nation in out-migration of residents to other states. More than 189,000 people left the state just last year and 1 million over the past decade. The weather is not why many people left, as our governor has suggested. And it’s not the federal government, as this exodus has been happening for years.It’s the extreme downstate agenda that has driven people and jobs out, making New York one of the highest taxed states in the nation.  Our state consistently leads the nation in highest taxes and is on the list as one of the worst places to retire. The ascendancy of the Senate Democratic majority is only making this geographic discrimination against upstate more obvious and pronounced.I, and many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, have been and will continue to be a strong voice to speak up for upstate and our quality of life. But it may be time to try a new approach to the upstate/downstate divide.My colleagues from western New York, Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Rochester) and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley (R-Batavia), are sponsoring legislation for a non-binding referendum to gauge public support for the separation of upstate and downstate New York into two separate states. I never seriously considered this proposal until recently. But it’s becoming clearer each day that something outside the box must be done to protect upstate’s quality of life and get downstate’s attention that we exist and we matter. Should upstate become the 51st state? Maybe it’s time to see what the voters think.Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) represents the 49th State Senate District, which includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Instead of offering solutions to reverse those alarming statistics, such as lowering taxes, capping state spending and removing obstacles to private-sector job growth, in the past month, the governor and legislative majorities have passed one of the most extreme and radical agendas this or any other state has ever seen.For instance, the governor’s budget proposes to eliminate $60 million in AIM (Aid and Incentives to Municipalities) funding affecting more than 90 percent of towns and villages across the state, especially those cash-strapped municipalities upstate.This is just the beginning of the downstate Democrats’ radical reshaping of our state.This is against the backdrop of the governor’s recent announcement that he wants to give away $3 billion in taxpayer-funded incentives to lure Amazon to New York City.Meanwhile, parts of the 49th Senate District have no broadband or cellular coverage, which is essential for economic development and communications.The governor is in his ninth year of office and I’ve yet to hear a coherent upstate economic plan from his administration.Unfortunately, upstate New York has been an afterthought of the downstate political establishment for a long time. We are like a “flyover state” to them. center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionShould upstate New York become the 51st state?last_img read more

Watanabe vaults barrier to make gymnastics more enchanting, popular

first_imgAs part of the scheme, five Indonesian male gymnasts will go to Japan in April to train for 10 days. International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) president Morinari Watanabe has vowed to improve the sport’s popularity level. Watanabe, of Japan, who took the helm of the federation in 2016 from Bruno Grandi, is trying to provide access for countries to develop gymnastics through what he calls the Family Strategy. “We didn’t promote [the sport]. We didn’t give a lot of money for the athletes. Now that’s changed. For example, the world championship only provides minor prizes and now we are trying to change that as gymnastics is a major sport,” he said. Ita, meanwhile, said her team planned to organize a festival in each region first before holding the major one in the capital. The sport often struggles to fund training for athletes abroad as its lack of popularity has determined the government’s attention toward it. Indonesia currently only has one single promising talent, Rifda Irfanaluthfi, who competes in artistic gymnastics. Rifda won silver in the floor exercise at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, and brought home one gold and three silver medals from the latest Southeast Asian Games in Philippines last December. Despite its status as the mother of sports, gymnastics is still struggling to gain popularity. The sport, which has introduced stars like Simone Biles and Nastia Liukin to the world, is still finding its place, especially in countries where gymnastics is not well supported. “We have to make it interesting. We must change from [only providing a] sport to also [offering] entertainment. Other sports have done that,” he said. Unlike soccer world governing body FIFA, the FIG does not have a development program that distributes funding for national federations. FIFA, through its FIFA Forward Development Program, provides funding for its members with limited financial capacity as aid that can be used for the federations’ daily operations and to design long-term plans. Watanabe’s seriousness in developing Indonesian gymnastics was also seen from his remark where he wanted to make Indonesia the world training center and that the FIG would donate all the equipment required for the facility. However, he said the plan could only be realized if the government could provide the space for the training center first.center_img In Indonesia, gymnastics has also found a similar struggle as the sport has not met with popular support even though it has the potential to boost the country’s achievements in a multi-sports event. “The international federation cannot support every country in the world. We can say, ‘we will support it,’ but the reality is we can’t,” he told journalists. Therefore, he has developed a strategy to assist the gymnastics community in countries like Indonesia in getting access to better training facilities offered by countries with strong gymnastics traditions. The Family Strategy hailed by Watanabe sees the FIG act like a father with strong gymnastics countries like the United States and China playing the role of older siblings. Indonesia and other countries which are trying to develop the sport are treated like junior siblings. In 2018, the FIG started to move further with its development program by naming a development officer for the African continent with the delegate working “to address Africa’s peculiar challenges and to help accelerate the development of gymnastics in Africa.” During his visit to the Indonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) office in Jakarta last week, Watanabe explained that his federation was currently trying to expand by providing access to developing countries to accelerate their gymnastics development. “Of course the FIG is overseeing these big brothers and sisters but they [are expected] to support the developing countries,” he added. Watanabe expressed an interest in working hand-in-hand with the Indonesian Gymnastics Association (Persani) to develop gymnastics in Indonesia. In a meeting with Persani’s chairman Ita Yuliati, Watanabe said he planned to organize a Gymnastics for Life festival in Jakarta, a one-week festival that aims to promote the sport. NOC Indonesia chief Raja Sapta Oktohari said Watanabe’s visit could be an input to involve gymnastics as part of children’s basic education as the way to promote the sport could be through the inclusion of gymnastics in the curriculum.Topics :last_img read more

Top China expert warns of potential second coronavirus wave

first_imgChina faces a potential second wave of coronavirus infections due to a lack of immunity among its population, its government’s senior medical advisor has warned.After months of lockdowns and curbs on travel China has largely brought the virus under control, but fears of a second wave have risen as clusters have emerged in northeast provinces and in the central city of Wuhan.”The majority of… Chinese at the moment are still susceptible of the COVID-19 infection, because [of[ a lack of immunity,” Zhong Nanshan, the public face of government’s response to the pandemic, told CNN. Topics : But he added he believed data published after Wuhan was locked down in late January, and when the central government took control of the response, “will be correct”.The novel coronavirus has killed at least 309,296 people, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP, with scientists around the world racing to find a vaccine.Zhong cautioned that a “perfect” vaccine for a disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) says may never disappear could take “years”.center_img “We are facing [a] big challenge,” Zhong added. “It’s not better than the foreign countries I think at the moment.” Zhong, who helped expose the scale of the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), also said authorities in ground-zero Wuhan had under-reported cases during the early days of the pandemic.”The local authorities, they didn’t like to tell the truth at that time,” said Zhong, who was part of a team of experts sent to Wuhan to investigate the outbreak.”I didn’t believe that result [the number of cases reported] so I [kept] asking and then, you have to give me the real number,” he said.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Four Major Accomplishments of the Fall Session

first_img  SHARE  TWEET By: Mary Isenhour, Chief of Staff October 28, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Education,  Free The Six-Pack,  Liquor Reform,  Memo The 2016 fall legislative session has ended, capping Governor Wolf’s first two years in office. Working with Republicans and Democrats alike, the governor has achieved significant progress on issues that have confronted the commonwealth for years, and in some cases, decades including historic education funding increases at all levels, a fair funding formula, expanding access to health care, fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic, modernizing the sale of liquor and beer, and legalizing medical marijuana.During the fall session alone, Governor Wolf worked with leaders and members of both parties and in both chambers to pass significant legislation. Here’s four of his major accomplishments:Combatting the opioid and heroin crisisIn late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help tackle the opioid and heroin crisis. Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, Governor Wolf made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.During the fall session, we made real progress in helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease. The governor and legislators made significant achievements toward fighting this epidemic by passing five major bills that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of drugs among other important initiatives.Modernizing the sale of beer and liquorIn his first two years, Governor Wolf has worked hard with Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly to modernize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer in Pennsylvania in order to bring the commonwealth’s wine and spirits system into the 21st century.During the fall session, the governor worked with lawmakers to approve the sale of six-packs of beer at distributors throughout the commonwealth. This legislation further enhances the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction to the residents of Pennsylvania.Legalizing ride-sharing across the CommonwealthGovernor Wolf worked with both parties in the legislature to finally pass a long-term solution for ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate everywhere in Pennsylvania.This legislation not only permanently legalizes ride-sharing, but it will also send two-thirds of the revenue derived from ride sharing in the city of Philadelphia to the Philadelphia School District to help the district continue to strengthen its financial footing. This funding is on top of the additional $97 million Governor Wolf worked to secure Philadelphia schools in his first two budgets.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has secured historic increases in his first two years:$415 million in basic education funding.$60 million for early childhood education.$50 million in special education funding.$14.6 million for early intervention$81.4 million for PASSHE and state-related schools.$16.4 million for Community Colleges.Making critical reforms to Unemployment InsuranceThe governor and lawmakers from both parties also came together to pass a necessary and critical reform bill that will provide nearly 50,000 additional people with access to unemployment insurance.This agreement brought together both Republicans and Democrats, as well as advocates in the business community and organized labor, to ensure that we help the unemployed while they try to find work. This was also accomplished in a fiscally responsible manner ensuring we are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.——These accomplishments built on Governor Wolf’s successful first two years, and while we continue to move Pennsylvania forward, there is more work to do. Governor Wolf looks forward to continuing to work with legislative leaders and members from both parties to make Pennsylvania stronger. Governor Wolf’s Four Major Accomplishments of the Fall Session SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Weekly Update: Signing State Related University Funding, Calling for Shale Tax Passage, Supporting PA Jobs and Business

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update On Friday, Governor Wolf signed the funding bills for Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Lincoln, and PennVet. The Wolf administration is now able to release these funds after the General Assembly passed the bills earlier this week.The governor continues to call on House Republican leaders to consider severance tax legislation for a vote. On Thursday, Governor Wolf was joined by Southeast lawmakers to urge the passage of this tax.This week, the Wolf administration announced a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center to create jobs for individuals with disabilities as part of Governor Wolf’s ‘Jobs That Pay’ initiative.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf launched a series of public meetings to hear from small diverse businesses about the issues they face when working to get state contracts. The public meetings are part of a Commonwealth Disparity Study by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity.On Friday, the governor traveled to Bethlehem to announce Manufacturing PA, a new initiative that will support job-creating investments in manufacturing and workforce development.Ensuring that all Pennsylvanians are treated fairly and feel safe in the commonwealth is important to Governor Wolf. This week, Governor Wolf called on the legislature to vote on the PA Fairness Act that would extend non-discrimination provisions in state law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. The governor also urged for the passing of legislation that would provide protections to victims of domestic violence.Governor Wolf’s Week, October 22 – October 28, 2017Monday, 10/23/17Governor Wolf Calls for Vote on Stalled LGBT Non-Discrimination ProtectionsGovernor Wolf Names Five New Members to Commission on Asian Pacific American AffairsGovernor Wolf Sets Special Elections for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional DistrictTuesday, 10/24/17Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Legislation to Protect Victims of Domestic ViolenceWolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs That Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with DisabilitiesGovernor Wolf Announces Record $690 Million in Human Services’ Recoveries and Coast AvoidanceGovernor Wolf Urges House Leaders to Hold Vote on Severance TaxWolf Administration Offers Program to Help Health Systems Seamlessly Integrate with Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramWednesday, 10/25/17Governor Wolf to Examine Overhaul of Pennsylvania’s Professional Licensing SystemGO-TIME: DEP Grant Modernization Is Increasing Efficiency, Improving Review TimelinesGovernor Wolf Kicks Off Sunday to Level the Playing Field of Small Diverse Businesses with State ContractsBreast Cancer Awareness Month, 2017Thursday, 10/26/17Governor Wolf Announces Public Awareness Campaign Launch to Help Pennsylvanians Shop for Health InsuranceGovernor Wolf to Announces Details of New Manufacturing InitiativeGovernor Wolf: Severance Tax Right Thing To DoGovernor Wolf Statement on President Trump Declaration of Opioid Epidemic as Public Health EmergencyGovernor Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf Honor Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the ArtsFriday, 10/30/17Governor Wolf Signs Funding for Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, PennVetGovernor Wolf Announces $25.4 Million Investment in Clean Water Infrastructure Impacting Seven CountiesGovernor Wolf Announces Thousands of Roadway Miles Paved, Hundreds of Bridge Projects Initiated this YearGovernor Wolf Moves to Protect Senior Programs with New Lottery InitiativeGovernor Wolf Launches New Manufacturing PA InitiativeHighlights from The BlogOctober Jobs That Pay Update: #AmazonInPA, Launching Google Skills, Moving Jobs from NYC to the Lehigh ValleyHighlights from TwitterIt’s past time the legislature pass a full non-discrimination law covering sexual orientation & gender identity. https://t.co/Q8iKUGYGn1 pic.twitter.com/Wes6l3E71p— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 23, 2017 October 27, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Weekly Update: Signing State Related University Funding, Calling for Shale Tax Passage, Supporting PA Jobs and Business PA should no longer be the only gas-producing state without a #ShaleTax. The PA House must hold a vote this week. https://t.co/MH9GTvOIQa— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 24, 2017last_img read more

North Shore the right move for Mickan family

first_imgIT’S been a seven months since the Mickan family moved into their newly built home at North Shore.The family of four has never regretted their decision to build in Townsville’s biggest master planned community, describing their four-bedroom property as their ultimate dream home.With plenty of parks, playgrounds and even a tavern nearby, the Mickans are living the life always envisioned.“We moved here from Burdell, so we already lived in the area and knew we wanted to built on this side of town,” Mr Mickan said.“We wanted a bigger block, stay close to town and I also really wanted a shed.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Jason and Nicole Mickan with boys Dylan 6yo and Hilton 8yo.Mr Mickan and his wife, Nicole, eventually found the ideal land parcel that they had been looking for – a 900 sqm block at North Shore.“We moved here in September and love it. I guess you could call this our dream home, which comes with a swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area,” he said.“We already know all of our neighbours and the kids love all the parks nearby.“We’ll be here for a long time to come and it’s nice knowing that our kids will grow up here. That this is their family home.”North Shore, located 20 minutes from the Townsville CBD is North Queensland’s largest master-planned community.last_img read more

Picture of the day: Höegh LNG’s ninth FSRU afloat at HHI

first_imgImage courtesy of Höegh LNGNorway-based FSRU provider, Höegh LNG signed a shipbuilding contract with the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries for its ninth FSRU in January. The vessel, currently known as HN2909 will have a storage capacity of 170,000 cubic meters and a regasification capacity of 1,000 MMscf/day, with full trading capabilities.On Friday, Höegh LNG, through its social media channels, showed the HN2909 hull floating at the South Korean shipyard.The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and it was assigned to serve the charter deal Höegh LNG signed with Pakistan’s Global Energy Infrastructure Limited that had a scheduled start-up in the second quarter of 2018.However, following unsuccessful negotiations with GEIL, the consortium comprising Höegh LNG, Qatar Petroleum, Total, Mitsubishi and ExxonMobil, that was set to develop the project dissolved. Due to the dissolution, Höegh LNG is evaluating its options in regard to the FSRU agreement it has signed with GEIL, and is looking for alternative employment for the FSRU. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more