Governor, UVM President sign Vermont Climate Collaborative Charter

first_imgGovernor, UVM President sign Vermont Climate Collaborative CharterMONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas and UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel have formally adopted the Vermont Climate Collaborative framework, which will guide Vermont’s effort to address climate change and further develop the green tech economy.At a charter signing at the Statehouse Wednesday, Governor Douglas called the Collaborative a signature partnership that brings together the state’s higher education institutions, businesses, legislators and nonprofit organizations to allow the state to forge ahead with confidence in protecting and enhancing Vermont’s quality of life.”This charter spells out a foundation and framework for action,” the Governor said. “The Collaborative’s mission is simple: to see that Vermont stays green, leads the nation in environmental policies and creates job opportunities for a thriving green economy.”Douglas created his Commission on Climate Change in 2005, asking its members to enter into a wide-ranging discussion on initiatives that will safeguard Vermont’s way of life, where economic prosperity goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship.Hundreds of Vermonters offered their assistance and expertise to the Commission. In the end, the Commission’s final report focused on six main themes, including this collaborative partnership.Creation of the Vermont Climate Collaborative would be essential to meeting the five other goals, and to implementing policy recommendations contained in the Plenary Group Report, the Commission concluded.”Vermont, as the greenest state in the nation, is again leading the way by developing a far-reaching blueprint that creates and maintains a climate-friendly green infrastructure where man and nature co-exist and thrive together – and because of each other. And that’s what it’s really all about in Vermont,” Douglas said.Now that the Collaborative charter is signed, its members will begin to hold regular public meetings with the first order of business to be writing bylaws and defining the criteria to measure success.UVM President Fogel said Vermont has a robust foundation of environmental research and scientific capabilities that will be meaningful to the Collaborative’s work.”Addressing climate change will not be easy,” said Fogel. “But the Collaborative will become the ‘clearinghouse’ that will help set priorities for action and measure results.”The Collaborative will serve as a coordinating hub to provide connections to appropriate resources and individuals to foster climate change research and activities, Fogel said.”Numerous research efforts are already underway in Vermont to help us understand the impacts of policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Fogel said. “The Vermont Climate Collaborative gives us the opportunity to harness our collective ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also strengthening the green economy in Vermont. The Collaborative framework will enhance the speed at which Vermont is able to move forward with green initiatives.”Fogel pointed to climate change research already taking place at Vermont’s higher education institutions, including the work of Lisa Aultman-Hall and Richard Watts at UVM’s Transportation Research Center, the Carbon Reduction Initiative at Middlebury College, and the work of UVM’s Jennifer Jenkins and William Keeton on biomass, forest dynamics, and carbon storage.The Collaborative members include: UVM Provost John Hughes and ANR Secretary George Crombie will oversee the Collaborative; Dean Domenico Grasso of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; Dean Lawrence Forcier at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources; Dean Thomas Vogelmann at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Frances Carr, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies; Chancellor Robert Clarke at the Vermont State Colleges; Paul Fonteyn, President of Green Mountain College; William Wooten, President of Sterling College; Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn; Transportation Secretary David Dill; Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee; Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien; Senate President Peter Shumlin; Rep. Margaret Cheney of Norwich; Gregg Marston of the Vermont Business Roundtable; Mark Snelling from the Governor’s Council of Environmental Advisors and Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of Vermont Energy Investment Corp.last_img read more

Canada PM working from home as wife tested for COVID-19

first_imgSince the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, 127,070 cases have been recorded in 115 countries and territories, killing 4,687 people, according to an AFP tally compiled at 1200 GMT on Thursday based on official sources. Canada has so far reported nearly 150 cases in six provinces, and one death. Most of the cases have been traced to China, Iran, Italy or Egypt. But seven people who recently returned from the United States also tested positive, public health authorities said.A preschooler and a baby, meanwhile, were identified as the first two minors in Canada to have contracted the virus.Avoid churches: health minister In parliament, Health Minister Patty Hajdu urged Canadians to “reconsider going to areas where there are a large number of people, which might include places like churches, community centres, concerts and various sporting events.”In Quebec province, Premier Francois Legault unveiled the strongest emergency measures yet in this country to combat the spread of the virus.This included asking all travellers returning from overseas trips or persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms to self-isolate at home for 14 days, and a ban on all indoor gatherings of more than 250 people — leading to the cancellation of the city’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade held since 1824.Alberta and British Columbia announced bans on large gatherings too.Quebec, which has 13 confirmed cases of the virus, is also considering placing the entire island of Montreal, with a population of nearly 2 million, under quarantine.In neighboring Ontario, public health officials announced the closure of public schools until April 5, while the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television cancelled this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, scheduled to air on March 29.The television series “Schitt’s Creek” led with 26 nominations for this year’s awards.Canada’s Juno music awards also scrapped its upcoming gala show, planned for Sunday evening in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It would have brought together Canada’s top musical talent.”We are devastated to cancel this national celebration of music, but at this time of global uncertainty, the health, safety and well-being of all Canadians must stand at the forefront of any decisions that impact our communities,” organizers said in a statement.Topics : Trudeau also cancelled a meeting with Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders in Ottawa, but still planned to speak with them and world leaders by phone about measures being taken to curb the spread of the virus in Canada.Gregoire-Trudeau’s symptoms had included “a low fever late last night.” She immediately sought medical advice and testing.Trudeau has exhibited no symptoms, and was advised by doctors “to continue daily activities while self-monitoring.””However, out of an abundance of caution, the prime minister is opting to self-isolate and work from home until receiving Sophie’s results,” said his office. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife announced they were self-isolating Thursday as she undergoes tests for the new coronavirus after returning from a speaking engagement with “mild flu-like symptoms.”At the same time, several provinces unveiled stricter measures to combat the spread of the virus while sporting events and entertainment galas were cancelled.Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau’s symptoms have subsided since she recently got back from Britain, but as a precaution the prime minister “will spend the day in briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home,” according to a statement.last_img read more

Brazil’s Bahia blank Uruguay ‘s Atletico Cerro in Copa Sudamericana First Leg

first_imgSalvador, July 26: Bahia beat Uruguay ‘s Atletico Cerro 2-0 here in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana second-round tie.Neither team was especially impressive on Wednesday night at Salvador’s Roberto Santos Stadium, where police had to break up brawls in the stands between Brazilian and Uruguay fans, reports EFE news agency.Gilberto opened the scoring with a header off a corner kick in the 53rd minute and Regis converted a penalty 20 minutes later to seal the outcome of a match characterized by constant interruptions. IANSlast_img

Syracuse hosts Lindenwood just 1 win away from program record

first_img Published on February 21, 2013 at 1:55 am Contact David: Syracuse has secured the No. 2 seed in the College Hockey America tournament already, but Lindenwood is fighting for the No. 3 seed.The Orange (18-13-1, 12-5-1 College Hockey America) is one win away from a program-high in wins, but this weekend, it might not be so easy for SU to get the victory against the Lady Lions (6-23-3, 6-9-3 CHA).“We recognize full well what Lindenwood is capable of doing,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “We know we’re going to have a good opponent, a hungry opponent, and it’s not just a couple games to finish out the season. I think it’s good that we’re going to have a competitive atmosphere.”Syracuse traveled to Lindenwood more than a month ago and came away with two wins. The Orange outscored the Lady Lions 10-2. But the Lions were without their starting goalkeeper. Flanagan said Lindenwood has everything to play for, which makes this weekend’s series a tougher test.SU doesn’t want to take the game lightly, and the Orange will use the weekend to fine-tune its power plays and stay sharp.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Nicole) Hensley is back in net. We didn’t see her last time, she was injured,” Flanagan said. “She’s having an unbelievable freshman year.”Last weekend, Hensley made 88 saves in a pair of wins against Robert Morris.Finding success on power plays has been an issue for the Orange all season. SU boasts a 10 percent conversion rate on power plays – the worst in the CHA. Lindenwood is third in the league with its 18 percent conversion rate.“We’re addressing our power play woes,” Flanagan said. “Sort of change-up in personnel and trying some different things.”Despite approaching this weekend just one win shy of the most in program history, players think there is a lot they need to work on beyond power plays. SU plans to use the Lindenwood games to sharpen its end zone coverage and forechecks ahead of the CHA tournament semifinals, forward Cara Johnson said.“Just using Lindenwood as practice for the tournament,” she said.Against Mercyhurst last weekend, Syracuse had trouble forcing turnovers on both ends of the ice. Improvement in that area will only help the offense.“I think our D-zone, if we have a strong defense, then we can get offensive opportunities,” forward Shiann Darkangelo said. “I think that’s the biggest thing.”Though this weekend doesn’t mean as much for Syracuse in the standings as it does for LU, these two games will be the last the Orange plays for two weeks.Flanagan and his team will have a bye next week before taking on the lowest remaining seed, according to the CHA website. Though that means the team will have extra time to rest, Flanagan thinks it could hurt SU in the long run.“I’m not a proponent of a bye weekend to be honest. Now that I’ve said that, it can work both ways,” Flanagan said. “In our sport, if you look at statistics, the teams in the other leagues that have had byes, have faltered, have a losing record.Flanagan said he won’t alter playing time dramatically for the team’s top players.“We want to keep our better players playing. Now do we have to push them to the limit, some of our players playing 25-28 minutes? Probably not,” Flanagan said. “We can hopefully work some players in there that don’t typically get too much ice time.”Flanagan said if the team is going to try and work on things to get better against Lindenwood this weekend, he wants to put his best players on the ice.Senior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said Flanagan made that very clear after Saturday’s loss against Mercyhurst.“Coach made a point after the game. He said we can’t look past Lindenwood because we’ve had some close games against them,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “They compete hard so we can’t take a day off, can’t take a shift off.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Keck participates in paralysis research

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC NewsThe Keck School of Medicine of USC is teaming up with two other universities — the University of California, Irvine and the California Institute of Technology — to develop a fully implantable brain-machine interface device that allows people with paraplegia to regain greater mobility. The initiative is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems Frontier five-year grant of $8 million.The focal point of the research is to convert the existing technology into a version that is entirely implantable. The institutions will work together to create a  device that will transmit signals to a robotic exoskeleton that then sends the pulses to the brain. The project will require the skills of all three institutions to restore the sensation and walking ability of those with spinal cord injuries. Clinical studies will then be conducted on volunteers who have previously sustained spinal cord injuries.“The restoration of walking is a very significant goal for patients after spinal cord injury,” said Charles Liu, the principal investigator at the Keck School of Medicine and director of the USC Neurorestoration Center told USC News. “New solutions are possible with the recent advances in neuroprosthetics and regenerative medicine.”Liu’s co-principal investigators on the project are Richard Andersen, the James G. Boswell professor of neuroscience at Caltech; Zoran Nenadic, professor of biomedical engineering at UCI; and An Hang Do, assistant clinical professor of neurology at UCI. The long-standing collaboration between Liu and his colleagues at Caltech and UCI will be maintained through the USC Neurorestoration Center.According to Nenadic, this study also aims to expand knowledge on the human brain’s control of walking and sensation that would give insight into how different diseases may affect mobility-related physical functions.The Cyber-Physical Systems Frontier is one of the largest programs within the organization to provide financial support for scientific initiatives that integrate computation, networking and physical processes.last_img read more