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EPA declares ’emergency’ asbestos cleanup in Montana town

Saturday, June 20, 2009

For the past ten years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been overseeing the asbestos clean-up in the small town of Libby, Montana, which has been on the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List since 2002.

On Wednesday, the Obama administration declared Libby and the immediate area a “public health emergency”. Under this state of emergency the EPA is increasing clean-up assistance and medical care. According to federal prosecutors, asbestos has taken 200 lives and is the root cause of at least 1,000 illnesses in the surrounding area.

“This is a tragic public health situation that has not received the recognition it deserves by the federal government for far too long,” according to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

In the 1920’s The Zonolite Company began producing vermiculite, a mineral that is often used in insulation. Between 1963 and 1990, W.R. Grace & Company took over the mine operations. Tremolite asbestos was discovered in the vermiculite product. A study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry discovered that the incidence of asbestosis in the population of the mine site area is far higher than the national average.

Airborne asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a cancer which develops in the sac surrounding the lungs and chest cavity, the abdominal cavity, or the sac surrounding the heart. Prolonged exposure can lead to lung scarring, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma generally are left with six months to a year before death.

We will continue to push until Libby has a clean bill of health.

The tremolite dust from the mine began leaking into the air from the plant in 1919. This resulted in a hazy asbestos dust cloud covering lawns, cars, clothing, and school athletic fields, creating an issue that citizens of Libby had to deal with on an everyday basis. The large amount of dust gave the impression of the aftereffects of a light sandstorm.

W. R. Grace and Company did not deny that asbestos was found contaminating the vermiculite in the old mine. They said they proceeded in a responsible manner to clean up contamination following the mine closure. Grace will reimburse the EPA for US$250 million of the US$333 million that the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services has set aside for medical expenses and asbestos clean-up. This money will be invested over the next five years, and does not include the millions in medical costs already footed by the company for residents of Libby and the nearby town of Troy.

“Today is the day that after years of work we were able to succeed in getting this [emergency declaration] done,” Senator from Montana Max Baucus said, speaking at the EPA press conference. “We will continue to push until Libby has a clean bill of health.”

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European Union to fund scheme to reduce aircraft emissions and noise pollution

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The European Union (EU) has announced plans to fund a private-public scheme dubbed “Clean Sky” to reduce aircraft emissions and noise pollution in European aircraft. Officials claim that the project will have large-scale economic benefits, will reduce jet engine carbon emissions by 20 to 40 percent and will therefore offset the large growth in commercial air travel. The proposal comes at a time when European officials are under heavy criticism for not doing enough to reduce aircraft emissions.

The new proposal is outlined in a document that is reported to be likely to be passed by the European Commission. The document says that “Not launching Clean Sky soon will put the European industry in a position of competitive disadvantage, with negative repercussions not only for the industry itself but also for the EU as a whole,” and goes on to point out that the US has a comparable scheme, the National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy, and points out that progress is beginning to be made in the area by Brazil, Russia, China and India. The paper also highlights the need for public spending in the scheme to ensure it does not fall behind international development. The commission has argued that “the present value, at 2006 prices, of the cumulative direct effect over the period 2010-2035 of Clean Sky on economic output in the EU has been estimated to approximately €100 billion to €160 billion reflecting increased operating profits, labor expenditures, capital investment and other direct effects.”

The proposal calls for the aviation industry to contribute €800 million between 2008 and 2014, with companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Saab, Thales, Dassault and Eurocopter. Universities and research institutions have also pledged support. The funding will be matched with public money from the EU, making the total cost €1.6 billion.

As well as approval by the European Commission, the plan requires approval by the individual EU member states. Britain, though infamously skeptical of large EU projects, has already voiced its support, along with several other countries.

If the project goes ahead, funding will be split between six separate main initiatives, including a “greener” engine, a “smart” fixed wing that continually readjusts itself to maintain best fuel economy, and research regarding lighter materials that could be used to replace metals in aircraft bodies and components.

According to current estimates, the 20 to 40 percent carbon emissions reduction will mean a reduction of two to three billion tons between 2015 and 2050, and the project will also reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 40 to 60 percent in the same time frame, as well as causing a 50 percent reduction in “perceived aircraft noise.”

Submitted by: Irsan Kao

Everyone has felt at some point in their working life the urges not to work. It is a fabulous day outside, the sun is out, it is not humid at all and the Frisbee is calling your name. You groan internally at the mountain of work that is piling on your desk and makes you feel like your lunch might not stay down and you need to get out of the office, and that it has to be NOW.

Unless writing Gone Fishing on a piece of paper and taping it onto your computer screen without fear of reprisals is an option, you probably will need these readymade excuses to get you out of the office without losing face or worse your job.

1. (Ladies only) I am in intense pain with cramps. Consider this before thinking it might not work as nobody can refute your statement. First, the subject is not exactly the kind you discuss by the water cooler and second, you are likely to have sympathy from a female boss and a male boss will not only have any idea but also will be too embarrassed to challenge you on it.

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2. (Gentlemen only) I have terrible runs. Here also, do not be quick to put this one in the trash bin. Here we go with the uncomfortable topic again- specifically for men- no one will doubt the veracity of your statement. In addition, it has the advantage of not being a complicated excuse since details are not needed. You might even get kudos for being candid about it.

3. Use this one with caution: I am reacting badly to _____, I am allergic; and I need 24 hours to recuperate. This one will take some finesse and the memory of an elephant. The internet will be your friend if you need to research symptoms and details of the allergy you are claiming. Make sure need to keep track of your limitations and remember to avoid them at company functions.

4. Although this next one should be used sparingly and wisely, it is always a winner: My elderly grandparent (mother/father) passed away and the funeral is today. This reason is highly likely to get you out of work because of the age factor and your fib will seem plausible.

Also, nobody in your office will risk affronting you in your time of ahem-bereavement. Should you use this one carefully, you could milk it for both sets of grandparents and you could repeat this at another job.

5. I am so sorry, there was a fire at my apartment or neighborhood and there was some damage done to my place. I have to take care of the formalities with my insurance and the authorities. With this excuse, you should emphasize the fact that what happened was through no fault of yours but it is affecting you.

It is crucial to make it short and sweet. This should be perceived as a nuisance rather than a tragedy that befell you. You should aim to let everyone see you as the victim. It should seem as if you would have chosen work over taking care of those pesky details.

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2008 TaiSPO: Interview with Ideal Bike Corporation and Gary Silva

Friday, March 28, 2008

2008 Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle) & Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) not only did a best reunion with conjunctions of the launch of Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition and the concurrent cycling race of 2008 Tour de Taiwan but also provide opportunities and benefits for sporting goods, bicycle, and athlete sports industries to establish the basis of the sourcing center in Asia and notabilities on the international cycling race.

Although the Taipei cycle was split from the TaiSPO since 1988, but the trends of sporting good industry in Taiwan changed rapidly and multiply because of modern people’s lifestyles and habits. After the “TaiSPO Innovation Award” was established since 2005, the fitness and leisure industries became popular stars as several international buyers respected on lifestyle and health.

For example, some participants participated Taipei Cycle and TaiSPO with different product lines to do several marketing on bicycle and fitness equipments, this also echoed the “Three New Movements” proposed by Giant Co., Ltd. to make a simple bicycle with multiple applications and functions. As of those facts above, Wikinews Journalist Rico Shen interviewed Ideal Bike Corporation and Gary Silva, designer of “3G Steeper” to find out the possibilities on the optimizations between two elements, fitness and bicycle.

UK drivers urged not to panic buy during delivery strikes

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UK drivers urged not to panic buy during delivery strikes
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19 Mar

Friday, June 13, 2008

British drivers have been urged not to panic buy fuel because of the 4-day walkout by delivery drivers working for companies delivering to Shell petrol stations. The 600 workers have walked out over pay disagreements, wanting an increase to their current pay of £36,500, however their union Unite turned down a last-minute offer of £41,500.

Hoyer UK, which employs tanker drivers for Shell, said, “We extended our offer to the very limits that our business could sustain.” However Unite said in a press release that, “this dispute could have been resolved if Shell had advanced a fraction of the billions of pounds in profit they make every month”, continuing to say, “one of the world’s richest companies is prepared to play Pontius Pilate and see the British public inconvenienced rather than settle this dispute for a sum smaller than the chairman’s pay increase last year”

Shell admitted that the walkout could leave some of its 1,000 forecourts without fuel, but the UK Petrol Industry Association, which represent oil refiners, said that forecourts would have around 4 days of supply, maintaining usual stocking levels. Shell also commented that the strike impact would be “significant”, as the company runs around 1 in 10 of all petrol stations in the UK.

British Business Secretary, John Hutton, said that “the strike, which will have a disproportionate effect on people in Britain, cannot be justified,” and urged both sides to resume negotiations in order to settle the dispute. “We have been working closely with industry to put in place detailed contingency plans to reduce as far as possible the disruption for the driving public,” he added. Unite’s press release also confirms that “provision has been made for fire, police and the emergency services.”

Tanker drivers on strike have set up picket lines at many of Shell’s UK refineries, including those in Stanlow, Avonmouth, Plymouth, Pembroke, Cardiff, Kingsbury, Basildon, Grangemouth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Jarrow and Luton Airport.

Cook Islands rugby league player Adam Watene dies after training session age 31

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Cook Islands rugby league player Adam Watene dies after training session age 31
Author: 5LTck8

19 Mar

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cook Islands and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats rugby league player Adam Watene has died. The Wildcats announced the death of the 31-year-old earlier today. They reported he collapsed in the gym shortly after a training session.

A spokesman said, “The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are sad to announce the sudden passing of Adam Watene. The circumstances surrounding Adam’s death were sudden and unexpected. Everyone at the Wildcats’ thoughts are with Adam’s family, and we ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.”

Watene started his rugby league with the Castleford Tigers and was later signed by the Bradford Bulls. After a year of playing for the bulls of which he only made five first team appearances, he was allowed to sign for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He played a total of 28 games in the two seasons he was with the club.

The Wildcats also said “There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.” Watene is survived by his wife and two children.

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Kids love going on trips. When needing to transport a great number of people from one place to another, school coach hire Wolverhampton seems like an obvious choice. Teachers, professors will have the certainty that the students will be completely safe and arrive to their destination on time. School coach hire Bromsgrove is far better than any alternative you may think of. Parents cant take children on school excursions, you cant take the train and so on. The only way is to hire a coach. You keep all the children in one place, you can keep an eye on them and know they are sane and safe.

When considering school coach hire Wolverhampton, you should know things are pretty easy. You get in touch with the service providers, tell them you need to hire a coach, the number of people going, where you are going and when and you will receive a free quote. If you are happy with what you hear, book a coach right away. Once you have the means of transport ready, everything else will seem piece of cake. When taking students on school trips, safety is imperative, so you should always hire the best services in the field.

Together with school coach hire Bromsgrove, you will have a capable and experienced driver who is acquainted with all the routes, he will manage to take you wherever you need without a problem. The driver will come with you, stay with you throughout the entire trip and afterwards bring you home safely. It is very important to have with you experienced and devoted drivers because they are dependable and fully committed to their work and clients. When it comes to ensuring the safety of the children, dont settle for amateur drivers with buses, opt for school coach hire Wolverhampton.

Finding reliable school coach hire Bromsgrove is not hard. You just need to know where to start the hunt. Online, you can easily find the professionals who have many coaches you can hire. On their website you have the opportunity to learn more about them and what they can do, you can check out the testimonials since there are many clients who have hired them and who were very pleased with the services they have received. For more information about them, get their contact information and call them right away. They will gladly assist you in any way they can.

Book the coach you need as soon as possible. The sooner you will do it, the higher are the chances to find the vehicle you need available. School coach hire Bromsgrove is exactly what you need. Children will travel very comfortable since the coaches are spacious and they will have the guarantee of having a great time and arrive at their destination completely safe. You can book more than one coach. When you talk to the specialists, tell them the number of people who will go on the trip and they can help you decide whether to take a larger coach or two smaller ones.

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Medvedev becomes Russian president-elect

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Medvedev becomes Russian president-elect
Author: 5LTck8

16 Mar

Monday, March 3, 2008

Dmitry Medvedev, age 42, has won the presidential election in Russia and is expected to take office on May 7, 2008, replacing Vladimir Putin who has served two 4-year presidential terms since 2000.

The elections were held on Sunday, March 2, and participation among registered voters was 69.65%. On Monday morning, Russian Central Election Commission announced that almost all of the votes were counted with Medvedev receiving 70.21% of votes that were cast. In second place was Communist Party leader Gennady Zuyganov with 17.77%, followed by Liberal Democrat Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 9.37%, and Democratic Party candidate Andrey Bogdanov who got 1.29% percent of the votes.

Medvedev is Putin’s announced “successor”. Medvedev has repeatedly promised to continue the political course of the current Russian government. Medvedev officially ran as an independent but was endorsed by United Russia, Fair Russia and other political parties.

Large blizzard sweeps through British Columbia, Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan

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Large blizzard sweeps through British Columbia, Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan
Author: 5LTck8

16 Mar

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


  • 1 Travel shut down
  • 2 SGEU Snowplow operators strike overview
  • 3 Environment Canada Blizzard Warning
  • 4 Weather shuts down Saskatchewan
  • 5 Photographs of the Storm
  • 6 Aftermath
  • 7 Footnotes

What You Should Know About Young And Reckless Shirts And How To Get Them Cheap?}

Submitted by: Calvin Washin

If there is one genre of music that has attracted many fans, it has to be hip hop. This genre of music has become so popular that everyone is listening to it and they have also adopted its mode of dress. Many youngsters have been influenced by their hip hop idols so much so that they not only emulate their way of talking, but also the way they dress. One thing you may be familiar with about hip hop clothing is that it has everything to do with wearing loose apparel or incorporating casual dress with baggy jeans and funky t-shirts. Of course, there is not much difference between the jeans you come across in the stores and the hip hop inspired jeans. The main difference is in the colors, the design as well as the cuts.

What really marks the difference between hip hop clothing and other styles are the t-shirts. Some of the most popular designs you will find are Young and Reckless shirts. The design of these shirts gives an individual a typical hip hop look. According to designers, this type of t-shirt was inspired by street vibe and culture. The main aim was to create a brand that would not only be representative of so-called street culture, but would also be different from other mainstream brands.

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A testament to the popularity of Young and Reckless shirts is the fact that there are over three thousand stores selling them. What is more? There are numerous online stores and companies that stock them too. Alternatively, anyone looking for these shirts can always get them from the manufacturers online store. This can also give you the opportunity to view the various designs that are available from the same company.

Many people have actually thought of Young and Reckless shirts as a label for men only. This is not the case as they are suitable for women as well. This is especially true for plus-sized women. Either way, the loose fit is bound to give slim people a bigger look, while making plump people look a bit slimmer. Of course, it is important to pay attention to the colors of the shirts you like. It is important that the colors of the shirts match the clothes you already own. This will allow you to wear the clothing more often, which means you will get more use out of it.

The available colors of Young and Reckless shirts include red, grey, black, green, and navy blue. It is important to be aware that the prices will differ depending on the logo that is printed on the shirt. There are shirts with reckless, obnoxious and loud captions in quite large fonts and bright colors. Other shirts incorporate simple logos that target conservative people who like to keep it cool and simple. This just underlines the variety of different people who would want to buy these t-shirts.

While this brand has become quite popular, it is important to acknowledge that it does not come cheap. This is especially the case with shirts having loud logos printed on them. While this may deter many people from buying the shirts, you should remember that there are ways in which you can buy them at low prices. How about starting off by looking into secondhand stores? Most of the Young and Reckless shirts you find in these stores are not too worn. You can also be on the lookout for promotions and discount sales that most stores will have at certain times of the year. Summer and winter clearance sales are particularly good times to look for affordable Young and Reckless shirts. Alternatively, you could buy them in large quantities, getting discounts from the stores by buying in bulk.

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