NERC recognized by EPA for environmental distinction

first_imgThe Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has been recognized by EPA for its outstanding environmental achievements over its 25 year history. In a ceremony at historic Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA, NERC was presented with its award by Curt Spaulding, EPA Regional Administrator, and by Cynthia Greene, EPA New England, Manager of the Energy and Climate Unit. In her remarks, Ms. Greene stated that she had worked with NERC since in 1990, when at the time, â EPA was working to develop recycling markets and divert recyclables from disposal. NERC is an impressive organization and one that the states and EPA relies on for timely research, project development and implementation, and information support. The Council is made up of the state recycling officials from 10 Northeastern states from Pennsylvania to Maine and it is now in its 25th year of work.âMs. Greene added that â this multi-state nonprofit is committed to all aspects of recycling market development through environmental and economic sustainability. NERC has been able to effectively work with manufacturers, business and commodity associations, the waste industry, local, state and federal governments to promote recycling market development. Their reach has been broad, from the typical recyclables such as newspapers to manure and food waste composting, electronics, pharmaceuticals, demolition debris, reuse and environmentally preferable purchasing.âThe EPA Environmental Merit Award recognizes valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving, are a unique way that EPA recognizes individuals and groups that are making significant impacts on environmental quality in distinct ways. Awarded by EPA since 1970, the merit awards honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region’s environment. This year’s competition drew nearly 100 nominations from across New England.”Congratulations to all of our 2012 Environmental Merit Award recipients. These awards are close to my heart because they acknowledge the importance of environmental stewardship,’said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPAâ s New England office.  “As stewards, all of these recipients are making real and lasting differences in communities across our beautiful region. Whether it’s finding innovative ways to safeguard our water resources or conserving the energy our communities use each day, each individual has advanced our mission to protect human health and the environment.”Brattleboro. 4.26.2012.last_img read more

In Pursuit of the Perfect Gift? It’s a Lot Closer Than You Think

first_imgThe New York Times:Traditionalists and etiquette mavens are complaining, but the rest of us can thank social scientists this season. They have come up with experimental evidence to support three revolutionary rules for people who hate shopping for holiday gifts:1. You don’t have to spend any time looking for “thoughtful” gifts.2. You don’t have to spend much money, either.3. Actually, you may not have to spend any money.Yes, I know this sounds too good to be true. I was skeptical, too, if only because it contradicts a previous holiday column of mine. After looking at anthropological research into the potlatch, and talking with a Kwakwaka’wakw Indian chief who carries on this gift-giving ritual in British Columbia, I concluded that lavish presents are essential to social harmony.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Deutsche Bank joins City space rush

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Air Products adds new capacity to Louisiana Hydrogen Pipeline Network

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Retain legal aid bill amendments, MPs urged

first_imgOpponents of the government’s legal aid reforms have united to lobby MPs to retain amendments made by peers when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill returns to the Commons next week. The Law Society and Bar Council, together with bodies representing charities and advice service providers, have issued a joint briefing urging MPs to accept the changes made to the bill last month. According to the briefing, the Lords amendments, which include preserving legal aid for children and in welfare benefits appeals and reviews, will retain 93% of the £350m savings the government says the bill will achieve. Some changes – to impose a duty on the lord chancellor to ensure access to justice, to provide legal aid to all domestic violence victims and to ensure the independence of the director of legal aid casework – will have no extra cost, it says. The briefing adds that alternative savings of £35m could be made to offset the cost of the amendments. Allowing the frozen assets of criminal defendants to be released to fund their defence costs could save £15m a year, and retaining legal aid for expert reports in clinical negligence cases could save between £10m-£18m per year, the briefing suggests. Law Society president John Wotton has written to local media organisations urging them to encourage MPs to back the changes made to the bill. Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img read more

SRA reviews cases for race disparity

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has published details of an investigation into whether black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors are being treated fairly by the regulator. Terms of reference have been agreed for a comparative case review, which the organisation said is ‘designed to further improve transparency’ in the way in which it makes decisions. The review, to be conducted by professor Gus John, will consider whether there is any disproportionality in the decisions made in the cases of BME solicitors, compared with their white colleagues. John will look at a total of 160 files, comprising: 80 files prepared for SDT prosecutions in which the SDT published its findings or judgment; and 80 which were dealt with by internal adjudication. Half the files will relate to BME and half to white respondents. Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of the External Implementation Group (EIG), which was set up in 2008 to work with the SRA to address issues of disproportionality among BME solicitors, said: ‘This review is timely as there are claims by some BME solicitors that they are not being treated fairly, when taken through the regulatory processes. The profession needs to have total confidence that the regulatory processes are not in any way discriminatory. ‘Professor John’s report will be eagerly awaited so that appropriate action can be pursued to enable the SRA and the profession to move forward positively with the implementation of the authority’s equality, inclusion and diversity policies and programmes.’ SRA chief executive, Antony Townsend, said: ‘I am pleased that we have agreed the terms of reference and can proceed with the review, working constructively with EIG and the wider profession. We look forward to the findings so that we can assess what further work may need to be done, to ensure that the SRA carries out its regulatory responsibilities fairly and consistently. ‘We have made a lot of progress in the last four years in addressing disproportionality and promoting equality, but John’s review will help us to identify whether there is still work to be done and how we should take this forward.’ Professor Gus John is honorary fellow and associate professor at the Institute of Education, University of London. For four years he was external evaluator for the Law Society of its performance in promoting equality and human rights. He was an adviser to former home secretary Jack Straw on race and social inclusion. John is expected to complete the review in mid-2013. View full details of the terms of reference.last_img read more

Supreme Court agrees to hear QASA challenge

first_imgThe Supreme Court has granted campaigners permission to appeal against the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA).But the court told opponents it will not hear any appeal on the grounds that the scheme infringes the independence of advocates.The decisions were announced today and open another chapter in a long-running fight between regulators and advocates to bring in a new way of assessing competence.The hearing has been provisionally listed for 16 March. The court said it is prepared to hear argument as to the correctness of the assumptions made by the Court of Appeal last year that QASA is an ‘authorisation scheme’. It will also hear an argument as to whether the appeal court’s approach was too narrow.In May 2013 the Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority and ILEX Professional Standards proposed QASA, whereby criminal advocates wishing to exercise rights of audience at a higher level would be obliged to apply for accreditation. Accreditation would be dependent on assessments carried out by trial judges during trials conducted by the advocate seeking accreditation.If refused accreditation, they would not be permitted to practice at a higher level.The appellants, who are criminal barristers, sought judicial review of the decision to approve the proposed introduction of QASA.The Court of Appeal threw out the challenge last October saying the scheme did not undermine the independence of the advocate or the judiciary and did not interfere with fundamental rights or constitutional principles.The BSB last week announced it had already started to look for other ways of improving and assessing competence while it waits for progress on QASA.In response to the notice, director general of the Bar Standards Board, Dr Vanessa Davies, said: ’The Supreme Court has allowed the claimants in the judicial review of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates to appeal against one aspect of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in relation to the provision of services regulations.‘We are pleased to note that the Supreme Court has refused the claimants permission to appeal on all other grounds – including whether the scheme compromised the independence of the advocate – on the basis that they had “no real prospect of success”.’last_img read more

Finance

first_imgBrazil: BNDES is lending R$231·9m to Ferronorte, to fund construction of 290 route-km between Alto Taquari and Rodonópolis and a bulk freight terminal.China: CR was due to issue last month three-year bonds totalling 2bn yuan to fund the construction of new railways.On January 8 Beijing Subway Co and Eximbank agreed loans worth 14·1bn yuan to fund work on the 40·5 km light rail ring.France: RFF, SNCF, the government and local authorities have signed an agreement to provide funding for capacity enhancements costing Fr1·4bn at Bordeaux, including the construction of a four-track bridge across the Garonne downstream of the existing structure. The first phase is expected to be complete by 2007.The government has given its approval for SNCF Participations to cede its coach subsidiary Cariane to Via GTI. Under the transaction, SNCF Participations is set to increase its stake in Via GTI to 43·5%.India: Canada’s Export Development Corp has concluded an agreement with the Indian Railway Financial Corp to provide C$33·8m for purchase of 10 fully-assembled diesel passenger locos and spare parts.Poland: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide a 100m euro loan to PKP to cover redundancy payments for around 20000 staff.Spain: The European Investment Bank has approved a Pts110bn loan to Barcelona transport authority ATM that will help fund construction of metro Line 9, costed at Pts197bn. Catalunya regional government had already agreed to provide Pts60bn for the initial Badalona – La Sagrera section.USA: Maryland Department of Transportation is to provide $6m of state funds and $24m of federal money for upgrading CSX Transportation infrastructure used by MARC commuter services. In return, CSX will pay penalties if performance drops below 90%.last_img read more

By the numbers: Browns lead NFL in rushing

first_img Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Tom Farmer started loving sports at a very young age. Some of his first memories were playing baseball and basketball for his local recreation center. Tom’s passion for football came in his early teenage years when the Browns came back in ’99. Tom is a season ticket holder for the Cleveland Gladiators that play in the Arena Football League. He will forever represent his Cleveland teams from the womb to the tomb. Cleveland rocks! Related TopicsCleveland BrownsDuke Johnson JrIsaiah CrowellJim Brown Tom Farmercenter_img Aside from the 0-4 record, the Cleveland Browns are actually leading the league in rushing so far this year. Led by RB Isaiah Crowell, the Browns average 149.3 ypg, giving the team an identity which they have been seeking for quite a while now. On Sunday, the Browns accumulated 163 yards (112 yards from Crowell alone) and one rushing touchdown. They have rushed for 120 yards or more in four straight games for the first time since 2009. And with the rushing touchdown from Crowell, they have registered a rushing score in four straight games for the first time since 2012.Crowell leads the team with 386 rushing yards this season which is the most by a Brown through the first four games of a season since Jim Brown in 1965. He is also the first Browns player to record at least 60 rushing yards in each of the team’s first four games since Earnest Byner in 1985. Crowell has a team-high three rushing touchdowns this season and 15 in his career.The team is still improving and trying to get over the hump to record their first win of the season and the run game has given the Browns a fighting chance every game. Duke Johnson Jr. had a costly fumble against the Washington Redskins Sunday but was pushing the piles just as well as Crowell was while racking up 53 yards on nine touches Injuries have plagued the team this season but if the running backs can stay healthy and consistent, they could be looking at a top five running attack not only for this year, but moving forward in years to come. last_img read more