• Change in cycle track policy needed to boost ridership, public health

    first_imgBicycle engineering guidelines often used by state regulators to design bicycle facilities need to be overhauled to reflect current cyclists’ preferences and safety data, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. They say that U.S. guidelines should be expanded to offer cyclists more riding options and call for endorsing cycle tracks – physically separated, bicycle-exclusive paths adjacent to sidewalks – to encourage more people of all ages to ride bicycles.The study appears online May 16, 2013 and will appear in the July 2013 print edition of the American Journal of Public Health.Standards set by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in its Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities generally serve vehicles well but overlook most bicyclists’ needs, according to lead author Anne Lusk, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, who has been studying bicycling patterns in the U.S. and abroad for many years. “In the U.S., the default remains the painted bike lane on the road,” she said, which is problematic since research has shown that women, seniors, and children prefer not to ride on roads with traffic.According to the researchers, the AASHTO guidelines discouraged or did not include cycle tracks due to alleged safety concerns and did not cite research about crash rates on cycle tracks. This study analyzed five state-adopted U.S. bicycle guidelines published between 1972 and 1999 to understand how the guidelines have directed the building of bicycle facilities in the U.S. Read Full Storylast_img read more

  • Year in review: 2016-2017

    first_imgLauren Weldon | The Observer June 1, 2016: Jan Cervelli starts first term as College PresidentCervelli assumed her new role as Saint Mary’s President on June 1 and was officially inaugurated on Nov. 12. At the ceremony, Cervelli said she envisioned Saint Mary’s collaborating with Notre Dame and Holy Cross in the best interest of all three institutions.“There is an energy and momentum and a culture of innovation coursing through both South Bend and the tri-campus community that I hope to develop for our mutual benefit,” she said.To work toward this goal in her first year as president, Cervelli — along with University President Fr. John Jenkins and then-Holy Cross President Br. John Paige — signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding sexual assault. The MOU seeks to open up communication between the institutions so that information and resources can be effectively exchanged.Aug. 19, 2016: Dunne Hall and Flaherty Hall openNotre Dame opened two new dorms — Dunne Hall and Flaherty Hall — in the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, marking the first new residence halls on campus since the opening of Ryan Hall in 2009. “Our undergraduate residential system is such a treasured and distinctive component of a Notre Dame education — and here we are, adding two new halls to this unique tradition,” Heather Rakoczy Russell, vice president for residential life, said in an email to The Observer in August. “These halls are set to impact generations of Notre Dame students, and this year will be very formative in the way in which these communities are launched.”Flaherty Hall — the new women’s hall — has kitchens on every floor, and new men’s hall Dunne Hall has one full kitchen and three kitchenettes in the floor lounges, as well as a food sales space known as “Dungeon Tacos” in the basement.Both dorms have singles, doubles and quads, with six-person rooms also available as an option in Dunne. Each hall also boasts a chapel visible from the exterior of the building.Karen Kennedy, director of housing, said in an August interview that Flaherty Hall was filled with residents who were previously living in Pangborn Hall. Other undergraduate women were also able to apply to live in Flaherty through the interhall application process.Kennedy said undergraduate men applied to live in Dunne Hall through the interhall application process as well. Fr. Matthew Kuczora, the rector of Dunne Hall, said in August that he was looking forward to establishing a new community in Dunne.“I’m most excited about the chance to build a brand new community from the ground up,” Kuczora said. “One of the most distinct things about residential life at Notre Dame is our dorm system. The bonds formed there last a lifetime.”Aug. 2016: Walsh community moves into Pangborn HallStudents received an email from vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffman Harding on Jan. 13, 2016, alerting them of new changes that would affect the dorm’s housing system. Included among these changes was the relocation of the Walsh Hall community to Pangborn Hall during the 2016-2017 academic year while the Walsh Hall building underwent renovations.The residents of Walsh Hall were the first to live in Pangborn Hall under its new identity as a “swing hall” for residents whose dorm buildings will be undergoing renovations. Walsh Hall rector Liz Detwiler said at the time of the announcement that although it would take time for the Walsh community to adjust to the changes, ultimately it would be what is best for their dorm.“When I was told that Walsh would receive a massive renovation on a scale that exceeded anything done before on this campus my initial reaction was relief,” Detwiler said in an email. “Walsh needs this renovation so badly, and I felt relieved that the University had heard my voice and the voices of Walsh women calling for building improvements.”Detwiler also said she thinks the Walsh community will come out even stronger as a result of this move, despite the difficulty of leaving a building its residents had grown attached to.“It will take time for everyone to come to terms with their feelings about the temporary switch, but Walsh has always impressed me, and I have every reason to believe we will rally and be even stronger,” she said. “We are a small community and this is a big moment for us, and the only way I know how to do it is together. It’s how Walsh does everything: together.”The Walsh Hall community will move into its newly-renovated building in the fall, and the next hall community to move into Pangborn Hall for the 2017-2018 academic year will be the residents of Badin Hall.Sept. 2016: Notre Dame breaks ground on Walsh Family HallThe University broke ground on the School of Architecture’s new home — Walsh Family Hall — in September. The building will be located north of Notre Dame Stadium across from Eddy Street Commons, and will include more classrooms, workspaces and a central stoa.The new building was made possible by a $27 million gift from Matthew and Joyce Walsh to replace the School’s current headquarters, Bond Hall.“We were rapidly outsizing [Bond Hall]; we don’t have that much space in the studios,” dean of the School of Architecture Michael Lykoudis said at a presentation to architecture students in September. “We need a different kind of space. Bond Hall is an amazing building, a beautiful building, well-built. The studio layout doesn’t work as studios should. One of the most common complaints I hear is that graduates and undergraduates don’t speak to each other.”Walsh Family Hall is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 fall semester.Sept. 12, 2016: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visits Notre DameWhen asked if she liked to be called “Queen Ruth” at an event in the Purcell Pavilion in September, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “I’d rather be notorious.”The conversation, moderated by U.S. circuit judge for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and class of 1975 law school alumna Ann Williams, discussed Ginsburg’s nickname — The Notorious RBG — her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, and the difficulties of going to law school and practicing law at a time when women were discouraged from participating in the field. After the conversation, Ginsburg took questions from students on issues ranging from the importance of diversity of opinion to how to deal with polarizing cases.Oct. 2016: University begins renovations of North Dining HallAfter announcing plans to renovate North Dining Hall (NDH) at a student senate meeting in September, Campus Dining’s five-phase remodeling plan began over fall break.Phase one started with the north side of the building being shut down while students continued to eat in the south end at mealtimes. The two sides reversed in March, as the renovated north end of the dining hall was unveiled.Director of student dining Scott Kachmarik said NDH was long overdue for an upgrade after going 30 years without one.“Everyone thinks it’s all cosmetic,” he said during an interview in November. “But at this point, a lot of it’s for the infrastructure — everything’s getting pretty old.”The final construction phase will take place over the summer, at which time the renovations will be completed for students to enjoy upon their return in the fall.Nov. 8, 2016: Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United StatesNotre Dame and Saint Mary’s students stayed up through the night of Nov. 8 to watch the results of the 2016 presidential election stream in from across the country. The election of Donald Trump was met across campus with shock, excitement and — in some cases — fear.In the immediate aftermath of the election, students staged demonstrations, Notre Dame community members signed petitions requesting the University be declared a sanctuary campus and University President Fr. John Jenkins hosted an interfaith prayer service at which he expressed his support for undocumented students at the University.“This is Notre Dame,” Jenkins said at the prayer service. “Either we walk together in mutual support, or we do not walk at all. Either we are all Notre Dame, or none of us are.”Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli similarly expressed support for students who were dissatisfied with the election results. She worked with professor of psychology Catherine Pittman to assemble an open discussion about post-election fears students may be facing. When students handed out signs with phrases demonstrating support for their undocumented peers, Cervelli took one and then asked “Can I have an extra one for my car?”Nov. 2016: University students form We Stand For and stage demonstrations in response to Trump’s electionIn response to Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States, Notre Dame students came together to form We Stand For, a student group dedicated to drawing attention to social justice issues on campus and beyond.Since its founding, We Stand For has organized student demonstrations to protest Trump’s election and potential invitation to speak at Commencement, a walk out urging University President Fr. John Jenkins to declare Notre Dame a sanctuary campus, protests against conservative writer Charles Murray after his invitation to speak at Notre Dame, and a Title IX teach-in.According to its Facebook page, the group and its events are intended to promote “human dignity and respect” for all.March 2, 2017: University’s announcement of Vice President Mike Pence as Commencement speaker creates controversyRather than hosting the sitting president as Notre Dame’s Commencement speaker during his first year in office — as has been done on multiple occasions in the past — the University announced Vice President and former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence as the 2017 Commencement speaker on March 2.University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said in a previous interview with The Observer that Pence’s status as a native son of Indiana was a key reason he was invited.“Certainly one of the things that figured prominently was the fact that he was governor in our home state who had just become vice president of the United States,” he said. “ … Governor Pence is a native son of Indiana, and coincidentally we will be celebrating ND’s founding 175 years ago in Indiana. Those were elements of it.”The selection of Pence as Commencement speaker was met with widespread protest across campus, with students citing Pence’s record on LGBT issues as a particular point of contention.“The new Administration has shown a basic disregard for the fundamental rights of so many communities,” the Notre Dame College Democrats said in a statement released in response to the decision. “We are saddened that Fr. Jenkins would invite Vice President Pence to serve as an ambassador of that Administration, as he receives an honorary degree on a stage shared by members of the very communities he marginalizes.”In one of the most visible signs of protest in response to Pence’s impending visit, students organized and distributed a rainbow Pride flag drive to show solidarity against Pence by hanging the symbol of the LGBT community out windows throughout campus.Tags: Commencement 2017, Donald Trump, dunne hall, flaherty hall, Mike Pence, North Dining Hall, Pangborn Hall, President Jan Cervelli, renovations, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, student protests, Walsh Family Hall, Walsh Hall, We Stand Forlast_img read more

  • Courts’ budget being debated

    first_imgThe Florida court system is doing reasonably well as the state House and Senate work on their 2005-06 budgets, but still faces some difficulties, according to State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner.The courts are getting much of what they want in initial budgets approved by the House and Senate early in April, but there are some shortfalls, and much remains to be settled in the closing weeks of the session.“We have a better allocation of dollars in the House budget than in the Senate budget, but we have a lot of opportunities for negotiation in conference [between the two chambers],” Goodner said. “We are very optimistic that those negotiations will go well and we will be treated well in our major budget priorities this year.”Overall, the House budget boosts spending for the judicial branch by $24.7 million, while the Senate is looking at a $9.5 million increase. The branch had requested an additional $72 million.Goodner said that $72 million was based on all 110 new judges requested by the Supreme Court being approved and funded as of the July 1 start of the 2005-06 budget year. The major differences with the legislative budgets is on judges.The House budget has 108 judges [two new requested district court of appeal judges are not in the House plan], with the appointments staggered over the year beginning in the fall. The Senate plan has only 18 judges for 2005-06, and 16 judges the following year.One top priority for the court system is to get enough money for authorized staff positions, which has been a continual problem that has forced the courts to leave some positions unfilled for extended periods.“We are disappointed that we’ve not gotten much response in either house in dealing out our salary budget shortfall problem,” Goodner said. “That has been one of our most significant issues.. . . We’re still working on that issue and we are engaged in dialogue with members and staff regularly to try to persuade them that’s an issue we should have more substantially funded.”The courts are also hoping for an overall boost in salaries for court system employees, although Goodner noted that is typically decided in the last days of the session.“The branch is falling further and further behind the rest of government in terms of the salary and benefits we offer our employees,” she said.Legislators have also recognized maintenance issues, especially with the Supreme Court, and lawmakers have included a $2.7 million security upgrade. However, with the district courts of appeal, “we are still short, in the Senate particularly, on some really critical building and maintenance issues,” Goodner said.The legislature had included new positions for Goodner’s office to help manage the implementation of Revision 7, which last year had the state take over more trial court funding from the county. There is also money for two new security positions and some new administrative positions for the Supreme Court, she said.“There has not been a great deal of new positions funded for the trial courts, but we had a lot of new positions funded last year [as part of Revision 7],” she said.The biggest difference between the two chambers remains the number of new judges. The House originally had 108 new circuit and county judges, while the Senate had all 110 certified by the Supreme Court, including the two DCA positions. But in early April, the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee changed that to 34 judges, 18 this year and 16 next year.At the time, committee chair Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, and other members assured supporters of more judges that the change was only a posturing and negotiating tactic and that Crist and the committee supported at least 55 new judges this year and 55 more next year. The change led to speculation the Senate was using the number of judges as a negotiating “chip” to win other concessions from the House.“There are always so many issues in play with the legislature that it’s hard as an outsider to know what this may be being used against,” Goodner said. “Whether this posturing is about the actual number of judges or another issue, I don’t know.” May 1, 2005 Regular News Courts’ budget being debatedcenter_img Courts’ budget being debatedlast_img read more

  • Leadership Matters: For intuitive decision-makers

    first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a recent article for Fast Company, Liz Funk writes about the secret weapon we all have in making big decisions—gut instinct.Funk recommends a few practices for harnessing the power of intuition at work, including building a routine around reflection time and setting a window in which to make the decision.These are good guidelines. But do they hold up for major decisions, the kind CEOs and executive leaders are often called to make—risky, sometimes irreversible decisions like merging with another credit union, expanding into a new market, or throwing major resources into a mobile strategy?If you’re making a call that will affect the viability of your credit union—and perhaps the livelihoods of dozens or hundreds of people—is “going with your gut” a defensible strategy?When you talk to CEOs about making these kinds of decisions, they will indeed often refer to relying on a special feeling that something was the right course. When I face these big decisions myself, I do listen to my instincts, but I also rely on two resources to test them before moving forward. continue reading »last_img read more

  • iOS 14.3 Developer Beta Brings New Features Like ProRAW Format; Carries References of Apple Headphones, AirTags

    first_imgIt is important to note that ProRAW is limited to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The format essentially combines Apple’s computational photography and multi-frame image processing along with the traditional benefits of the RAW format. This helps enhance image results and ease editing.Alongside ProRAW, the first iOS 14.3 beta brings the new Home app that lets you natively install software updates for third-party HomeKit accessories. This means that you won’t be required to go into the dedicated app of your HomeKit accessories to install their latest updates on your iPhone. The experience is as natural as installing updates for the HomePod through the Home app, 9to5Mac reports.The iOS 14.3 beta also includes Ecosia as a default search engine — alongside the existing options, namely Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. The new beta update also brings the ability to receive Cardio Fitness notifications through your Apple Watch. Apple had teased Low Cardio Fitness notifications for later this year. However, you just need iOS 14.3 on your iPhone and watchOS 7.2 on your Apple Watch to get the latest experience.- Advertisement – With iOS 14.3, Apple is also seen to have started suggesting third-party apps to users during the setup process of a new iPhone. 9to5Mac claims that the latest beta code contains clear evidence of the new change.Apple might not bring third-party app suggestions for all its users globally and implement the change for limited markets initially. The code reportedly says, “In compliance with regional legal requirements, continue to view available apps to download.” This may help the Cupertino company bargain better in the ongoing antitrust and anti-competitive lawsuits.The iOS 14.3 beta also includes an icon suggesting Apple’s over-ear headphones, 9to5Mac reports. The headphones icon was visible in a pairing video of the Find My app in the latest beta version, according to MacRumors contributing writer Steve Moser. Apple has released the first developer beta of iOS 14.3 that suggests a series of features coming to iPhone users. These include ProRAW photo format for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, a new Home app, and an option to consider Ecosia as a new default search option. The iOS 14.3 beta release also suggests Cardio Fitness notifications for Apple Watch users. Additionally, the new beta version includes references to Apple’s rumoured over-ear headphones as well as the much-anticipated AirTags.As reported by 9to5Mac, the first developer beta of iOS 14.3 brings the option to enable the ProRAW format. It can be accessed by going through Settings > Camera > Formats. Once enabled, a new RAW toggle will be visible on the upper-right corner of the Camera app. You will just need to tap that toggle to enable or disable the ProRAW format for your photos.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Apple had previously suggested its new headphones, which are rumoured as AirPods Studio, through two distinct icons available in an early build of iOS 14. Those icons were available in black and white colours, suggesting the hues of the company’s rumoured in-house headphones.If we look at the rumour mill, Apple was expected to unveil its over-ear headphones with a retro look and oval-shaped ear cups. The headphones were slated to debut later this year, though there isn’t any official announcement confirming its launch.Alongside the headphones, the iOS 14.3 beta also includes evidence of the existence of the AirTags. There is a hidden section in the Find My app with a codename “Hawkeye” that could be for AirTags as well as third-party tracking accessories including Tile, says 9to5Mac.The Find My app on the latest iOS beta reportedly shows a guide to users to let them set up tracking tags on their accessories such as bags, suitcases, and key chains and find them directly through the Find My network.As per the details available through the code of the Find My app, users could be able to track their AirTags and other tracking tags even when offline using Bluetooth connectivity. Some sound alerts could also be produced to find lost items that are connected with the tracking tags. Further, the code suggested that AirTags in particular could be connected to an Apple ID for enhanced security.Details about the launch of AirTags are yet to be revealed. Nevertheless, the references available within the iOS 14.3 beta suggest that it could just be a matter of time before they are launched.Apple has just seeded iOS 14.3 beta to developers for testing purposes. However, there is no word on when the new update would reach the general public.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

  • Drastic action needed to save KPK amid controversies, lackluster performance: Activists

    first_imgThis added to the controversies surrounding the KPK under Firli, including reduced efforts to crack down on graft cases in place of focusing on preventing corruption and meetings between leaders and state organizers that have sparked outcry from activists over the fear of compromising the antigraft agency’s integrity.Critics of the current commissioner’s performance also came following attempts to defang the KPK, most notably by stripping the antigraft agency of most of its powers with a repudiated revision to the KPK Law passed last year. The move had eroded public trust in the previously doted-upon KPK, as seen from several public surveys.“If the public no longer believes in the KPK [because of the Firli controversy], it is better for him to resign as the head of the KPK, but I think it will be difficult because asking him to resign from his position as a police officer has been difficult as well,” Kurnia said, referring to Firli’s refusal to resign from the National Police despite concerns of a conflict of interest.Kurnia noted that People’s Consultative Assembly Decree No. 6/2001 on national ethics stipulated that state officials who violated the political and governing ethics, including being honest and modest, should step down from their position.Gadjah Mada University Center for Anticorruption Studies (Pukat UGM) director Zainal Arifin Mochtar also lambasted the supervisory board’s sluggish and secretive handling of the alleged ethical violation reported by the public.He noted that the supervisory board only announced it had summoned Firli for questioning without disclosing whether or not Firli had been found to have committed ethical violations.Read also: Supervisory council questions KPK chairman over alleged ethics violationAdditionally, the activists said the board had been quiet in responding to the other ethical violation reports.Zainal suggested that the public resort to other institutions, such as the Indonesian Ombudsman or the Civil Servants Commission, to report other alleged ethical violations.Alternatively, he said the government needed to establish a new body to fight graft to make the KPK obsolete, noting how the KPK Law revision, which also established the supervisory body, was causing the poor performance of the antigraft agency.“If needed, we can ask whoever the president is in 2024 to establish a new KPK, […] because we have to seek other ways to breathe life back into the antigraft agency,” he said during the discussion.KPK spokesperson for law enforcement Ali Fikri did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s inquiries on activists’ calls for Firli to step down from his position. But he brushed off the critics saying the Supervisory Council had carried out clarification procedures and that the process was still ongoing. Topics : “Can we still trust the KPK leaders? If not, we can use this momentum to rebound to save the KPK,” he said in a discussion held by Indonesia Corruption Watch on Wednesday.KPK chairman Firli Bahuri was recently under fire for his alleged “hedonistic lifestyle” after he was known to take an expensive helicopter ride to his hometown in Baturaja, South Sumatra on a personal trip last month. The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) had filed Firli’s alleged ethics violation with the agency’s Supervisory Council, which later questioned him over the report.Read also: Activists slam KPK for discussing raise for leaders amid declining public faithIndonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana urged Firli to step down from his position as the latter had been at the center of the controversies. Moch. Fiqih Prawira AdjieAntigraft activists have called for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri to step down from his position as part of “drastic measures” to save the agency and the fight against graft in Indonesia amid controversies and what they claim to be a lackluster performance by the agency.Former KPK commissioner Bambang Widjojanto urged for new commissioners amid declining public trust in the agency.last_img read more

  • Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas reveals why Manchester United can’t afford to play Alexis Sanchez

    first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Sanchez has scored once since Solskjaer’s appointment (Picture: Getty)‘I think they’ll miss Lingard slightly more than Martial because I think they have got more cover in the attacking side of things but the thing that they will miss is the options because options are vital,’ said Nicholas.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘What can you bring off the bench? Because at the moment Sanchez is still not right at Manchester United and, for that reason, you need quicker support. Would Ole be bold enough to go back to the old fashioned Manchester United way when he played, with two up front and someone behind. I’m keen to see how he adapts to this‘When you’ve got Sanchez at the moment, the warrior he was, he wants to hog the left and then come in to play a pass but he gives it away very cheaply. So they will miss these two, absolutely no doubt about it.’Sanchez was particularly poor when he replaced Lingard in United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in midweek.Solskjaer, departing from his usual diplomatic demeanour, warned Sanchez after the game that he cannot cure his poor form by himself.‘I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez. When he plays he needs to find himself,’ said Solskjaer.‘That’s the reality, that Jesse and Anthony have been big parts of our squad and second half we didn’t have the pace and movement to get in behind them.’MORE: Nabil Fekir sends message to Chelsea and Liverpool with stunning goal in Lyon’s win against Guingamp Comment Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United future is up in the air (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes Alexis Sanchez is being left out of Manchester United’s side by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because he gives the ball away too ‘cheaply’.The Chilean is one of the few players not to have experienced some form of boost by the Norwegian’s appointment at Old Trafford.Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 but he has just one league goal to his name this term and has made just three starts under Solskjaer.Injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could hand Sanchez a prolonged stint in the side but Nicholas believes he gives up possession too often to become a regular under Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Feb 2019 5:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal hero Charlie Nicholas reveals why Manchester United can’t afford to play Alexis Sanchezlast_img read more

  • Pieridae Energy signs Goldboro LNG benefits deal with Mi’kmaq First Nations

    first_imgCanadian LNG project developer Pieridae Energy has ratified benefits agreement negotiated with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.This benefits agreement establishes the framework under which the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia will benefit economically from the development, construction and operation of the Goldboro LNG project.A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2013 originally outlined the relationship between Pieridae and the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia and this new benefits agreement underscores Pieridae’s commitment to ongoing engagement and relationship building with the First Nations communities in Nova Scotia, Pieridae Energy said.Goldboro is the only LNG project on Canada’s east coast that has both permits for its current stage of development and an offtake customer, Uniper.It is expected to produce about 10 million tonnes of LNG per year and have an on-site storage capacity of 690,000 cubic meters of LNG.last_img read more

  • Ports North’s Port Master Planning Project Moves Forward

    first_imgPorts North’s Port Master Planning Project has taken an important step forward with the appointment of GHD Advisory to undertake a detailed technical plan that will map out options for developing the Ports of Cairns and the Port of Mourilyan over a 30-year timeframe.Commenting the latest news, Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said that the master planning process was fundamental to ensuring Queensland’s ports had a long-term vision for growth and expansion while protecting the environment.“This process will present a pathway for the ports to grow in a way that respects their place alongside the reef and the environmental values shared by the communities in which they are located,” Mr Bailey said.“Queensland’s publicly-owned ports are a critical part of the state’s supply chain and must be supported with a plan that will allow them to grow and increase trade capacity in step with our growing economy.”Development of the plans will be tailored to each port but will include a range of considerations such as:trade demand, forecasting and feasibility analysis – including reef fleet, marinas, cruise, project cargo, bulk cargo, bulk storage, marine maintenance, navy, fishing, break bulk, containers;cargo diversity and emerging opportunities;infrastructure condition, capacity and utilization;maintenance and capital dredging requirements;future land utilization and allocations.Drafts of the master plans for Cairns and Mourilyan are expected in 2020.last_img read more

  • Doctors from Ireland sign open letter opposing legalisation of cannabis

    first_imgUnspoken risks of cannabis useThe Irish Times 20 May 2019Sir, – There is currently a great deal of one-sided discussion about cannabis. This discussion has been driven by two separate debates. First, there is the argument in favour of legalising cannabis for medicinal use. Second, there is the argument criticising the use of criminal sanctions to deter people from using cannabis.Most of the people taking part in these discussions are sincere and well-intentioned. However, as doctors, we are concerned that Ireland is being led down the path of cannabis legalisation. We are opposed to such a move as we strongly feel that it would be bad for Ireland, especially for the mental and physical health of our young people.We are extremely concerned about the increasing health-related problems caused by cannabis across Ireland. There are several reasons for our concern.Cannabis use, especially in adolescent years, is associated with increased risk of development of severe mental disorders particularly psychosis.There is growing scientific data that indicates that cannabis use in young people is related to impairments to memory and thinking, which can endure long after cannabis use has ceased.Cannabis is now the most common drug involved in new treatment episodes at addiction services nationally.Cannabis is also the most common substance involved in drug-related admissions to our psychiatric hospitals.Cannabis smoke contains the same cocktails of carcinogens and toxins as tobacco smoke and therefore it must be assumed that it brings with it all the medical risks associated with smoking cigarettes.In our view there has been a gross failure to communicate to the people of Ireland these harms which are being caused by cannabis. Responsibility for this failure lies partly with the medical profession but also with the Department of Health and the HSE.We are also concerned that these debates have been influenced by those with a legalisation agenda. We recognise that there is a difference between decriminalisation and legalisation, but it worries us that many TDs seem unaware of these distinctions.While there is limited evidence that some products containing cannabinoids have medical benefit in a very small number of conditions, this has, in our view, been grossly distorted to imply that the cannabis plant in its entirety can be considered a “medicine”. Decriminalisation and “medical cannabis” campaigns have proven to be effective “Trojan horse” strategies on the road to full legalisation and commercialisation elsewhere such as the United States and Canada.Both debates have provided an effective platform for the spreading of misinformation to the public, who are being kept in the dark regarding the harmful side to “weed”. Those harmful effects are magnified now with the prevalence of a much more potent form of cannabis than the form which was common in the 1980s and 1990s. There is evidence that cannabis use has increased in the context of this propaganda campaign and the proportion of people in Ireland who see it as harmless has doubled from 10.1 per cent (2011) to 19.5 per cent (2015).The medical bodies in Canada finally spoke up regarding their concerns about cannabis policy on the eve of its recent legalisation in that country, but that was too late for the youth of Canada. We are determined not to make the same mistake in Ireland.We are calling for an urgent and unbiased examination of the evidence about cannabis use and cannabis-related health harms in Ireland and a comprehensive public education campaign. We hope that we can work with the Department of Health and the HSE to address this “ignored” crisis and minimise further harm to the youth of Ireland. – Yours, etc, up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more