Administration Considers Easing Cleanup-Bonding Restrictions on 3 Recently Bankrupt U.S. Coal Giants

first_imgAdministration Considers Easing Cleanup-Bonding Restrictions on 3 Recently Bankrupt U.S. Coal Giants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Limits on coal company self-bonding will be reconsidered by the Trump administration and possibly rescinded or revoked, the U.S. Department of Interior wrote in a recent report.Interior highlighted potential reversals of Obama administration initiatives in a report responding to an executive order calling for a review of actions that potentially burden domestic energy. One of its targets is an Obama-era policy advisory issued August 2016 in response to bankruptcies of three major coal firms holding approximately $2.5 billion of unsecured or noncollateralized self-bonds guaranteeing reclamation of mined lands. The policy urged discretion and to not accept new or additional self-bonds for any permit until markets reach an equilibrium.All three of those coal companies have now completed bankruptcy restructurings, and Interior said it will reconsider the scope of its U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, or OSMRE, policy advisory and revise or rescind it “where appropriate.”Opponents of the practice worry the public could get stuck with cleanup costs if a company becomes insolvent.More ($): Trump administration giving self-bonding at coal operations another looklast_img read more

Brazilian Navy Acquires Most Modern Science Ship in its Fleet

first_img“For example, if there were an oil spill, we would be able to better understand the behavior of the waters in that area, in what direction the waves would travel, etc.,” Vice Adm. Pontes Lima explained. “What the country manages to demonstrate becomes part of its sovereign territory,” Vice Adm. Pontes Lima said. ”Research conducted by the Vital de Oliveira will undoubtedly contribute to expanding the zone of Brazil’s sovereignty at sea.” Testing sophisticated technology The seabed sampling tool operates at a depth of up to 8,000 meters (4,000 meters more than the ROV) and differs from the underwater robot because it’s launched at sea, from where it drops straight to the ocean floor, while the ROV navigates underwater. Still, the sampling tool has the advantage of penetrating up to 12 meters into the seabed subsoil, a capability that’s important in searching for petroleum or other mineral resources. Delivered to the Navy on July 23, the vessel is undergoing its final phase of testing and crew training in August and September before it’s ready to fulfill its mission: monitoring and preparing physical, chemical, biological, and environmental descriptions of ocean areas of strategic importance for the exploration of natural resources. The Vital de Oliveira’s technological capabilities will help maximize maritime economic opportunities. The ship has two other two laboratories – a “dry lab,” which has computers and data-processing resources, and a “wet lab,” which is equipped to analyze samples of sea water from the seabed and subsoil. The ninth ship in the Brazilian Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation fleet, the Vital de Oliveira is noteworthy for its size – it’s 78 meters long with room for 90 crew members and 40 researchers – and for its equipment, as it has 28 devices or systems, well above the four-to-nine on most of the fleet’s other ships. Boosting the economy Naval authorities and scientists have great expectations for the ROV, an underwater robot that can reach a depth of 4,000 meters and features a video camera, sonar, and pincers, which enable it to collect materials from the seabed with great precision. The Vital de Oliveira is also outfitted with a laboratory exclusively for the robot, the space of which serves as a command module where the robot is controlled and where service members can view images it captures in real time. The Vital de Oliveira’s management committee, responsible for drafting the vessel’s plan of work, hasn’t determined the priority studies for the ship’s first scientific mission, which is scheduled for October. The committee will be comprised of four participants from the agencies in the agreement authorizing the ship’s acquisition: the Ministry of Defense; the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation; state oil company Petrobras; and Brazilian mining company Vale. center_img This collection of marine data will be important for civilian purposes – such as searching for oil – and for Military use, like “creating more complete nautical maps used to improve navigational security and to support Naval operations,” said Vice Admiral Antonio Reginaldo Pontes Lima, Jr., director of the Navy’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation. Researchers have already used the plankton net to collect phytoplankton and zooplankton – organisms analyzed in oceanographic biological research to help authorities identify the richest areas for fishing. The wave measurement devices calculate the height, periods, and direction of waves and will be used to identify water behaviors. Before the Vital de Oliveira becomes active, Naval officials must complete testing on four technologically advanced devices: the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV); a seabed sampling tool; a sound velocity in-water profiler; and a satellite communications system. Everything will be tested by the crew through the end of September while the Vital de Oliveira navigates Rio de Janeiro’s coast. Boosting the Navy’s scientific capacity By Dialogo September 07, 2015 LET’S ADVANCE AGAINST THE WIND AND SEA. BRAZIL IS THE BEST SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY AND THEIR ARMED FORCES ARE EXCELLENT, THE BEST IN SOUTH AMERICA. According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, all coastal states have rights over an exclusive economic zone, which encompasses the waters superjacent (lying above or upon) to the seabed and its subsoil up to 200 nautical miles (approximately 370 kilometers). The convention also allows states the right to exploit the seabed and its subsoil along the extent of the area, provided the nation uses data to prove its continental shelf extends more than 200 nautical miles. Almost half of the equipment on the new ship – like the underwater robot, the seabed sampling tool, the plankton net, and the wave measurement device – are rare in the Navy’s science fleet because they aren’t routinely used by the Hydrography and Navigation Directorate, or were never before available. Underwater robots, a plankton net, and a deep-sea scanner are some of the equipment that make the Hydro-Oceanographic Research Ship, Vital de Oliveira, the most modern of Brazil’s science ships. The name Vital de Oliveira was chosen to christen the science ship in honor of Cmdr. Manuel Antônio Vital de Oliveira, who perished in the Paraguayan War in 1867. However, his feats in hydrography were recognized with awards such as the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, the Portuguese Military Order of Christ, and the Italian Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus.last_img read more

Fun Valentine’s Day date ideas for under $100

first_img 96SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Once again the holidays have come and gone. You’ve put away the decorations, are paying off holiday debt, and now February 14 is right around the corner. Love is in the air. Some dread this cliché-filled holiday of cards and flowers. Others appreciate the day as a special time to show your loved one how much you care. Despite how (or if) you celebrate Valentine’s Day, on your own or with a partner, there are ways to spend the day that won’t break the bank. No matter your interests or lifestyle, here are some ideas under $100 for a fun-filled February 14.For the adventure-seeker:Experience something new together! Make Valentine’s Day a time for thinking outside the box. Is there something both of you have been longing to check out? If your relationship was founded on adventure, try standup paddle boarding, a Segway tour, an all day hike, or a ghost tour.For the romantic:Stay off your cellphone for the evening! Visit a museum, take a dance lesson, or enjoy a wine tasting. Couples can also use February 14 as an opportunity to relive their first date. Replicate the same place and same plan and include as many of the original details as possible.For the low-key couple:Spend quiet quality time at home! This can be the perfect time to get creative and the best way to save money. Create your own scavenger hunt including personal details. Cook something different together or just have a relaxing movie night.For the happy single:Be independent and take yourself out! Who says you need a significant other to enjoy Valentine’s Day? Find time for yourself and try new things around town. Spend the day window-shopping, go see a comedy show, or attend a speed-dating event.last_img read more

Top 5 workplace posts of 2017

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Here’s a look back at the top 5 workplace posts you may have missed in 2017!4 common phrases you should never utter in the workplace4 things you should never say to your boss4 things smart employees never disclose in the office5 things successful people don’t do4 reasons top employees leavelast_img

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

first_imgSince her rise to fame in the early aughts, Malin Akerman has been in numerous films. And while you might recognize her best for all of her famous roles like those in 27 Dresses and The Proposal, there’s still so much you don’t know about her. The actress, 42, opened up exclusively to Us Weekly with 25 things about herself — including what her first Hollywood audition was, who the famous hunk she modeled with was before they both made it big and her biggest dreams. Read on to learn more about Friendsgiving star.1. I used to compete nationally in figure skating for 10 years.- Advertisement – 2. My parents always said you have to empty your pockets in order to fill them again. (It has to do with generosity.)3. I have toe thumbs.4. Right before I got The Comeback, I was considering going back to Canada to finish my degree in psychology.- Advertisement – 5. I am a bit color blind when it comes to black, gray and dark blue.6. My first audition in Hollywood was for The Hot Chick, but Rachel McAdams got [the role].7. Rachel and I had worked together prior to that in Canada on Shotgun Love Dolls.Malin Akerman: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me!Malin Akerman and husband Jack Donnelly. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – 8. I have four tattoos. The one on my left arm is for my son [Sebastian, 7, with ex Roberto Zincone] and my husband [Jack Donnelly].9. My mom was on the Swedish version of Survivor at 70 years old! She’s a true Viking!10. I once pretended to be Catholic so that I could get into my then-boyfriend’s high school. I didn’t want him hanging around all those girls in uniform without me!11. I have a dog but secretly want an owl. My husband won’t let me get one.12. When I moved to L.A., I did a photoshoot for Abercrombie & Fitch with a then-18-year-old Jamie Dornan.13. I love listening to podcasts about cold crime cases.14. The only time I ever tried taking a sleeping pill was on a plane. I woke up on the floor with a flight attendant holding my legs up and calling for an oxygen mask!15. I’m a certified youth and child development coach.16. I am so obsessed with Nutella that I cannot have it in the house.17. One of my favorite movies is Like Water for Chocolate.18. When I was 6, I broke my arm jumping off an old cannon because someone called me a chicken.19. I want to retire in Africa.20. My dream is to go to space. I’m a giant space nerd.21. When we wrapped [2009’s] Watchmen, we played paintball with the whole cast and crew.22. I have been stung by bees and wasps 12 times.23. I have a motorcycle license.24. I love planning birthday parties for others — especially surprises!25. When I first started dating Jack, I dared him to strip for me and my girlfriends poolside because he claimed he had worked as a Chippendales dancer for a summer in England — and he did! That’s when I knew I was going to marry him.Friendsgiving is out in select theaters and available on demand and digital.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Domestic innovation spurs West Java’s COVID-19 response

first_imgTopics : West Java was blessed as the home to about 60 percent of industries in Indonesia and more than 800 state-run and private higher education institutions, Ridwan told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The West Java COVID-19 task force initiated a virtual meeting with some of these companies and universities, asking them to contribute to fighting the disease with their scientific knowledge and manufacturing capability, according to Ridwan.“When the outbreak [was at its peak], the province’s COVID-19 task force decided to have a video conference with all the rectors of universities in West Java, asking them to help fight the disease using the science and knowledge they have in their research centers,” Ridwan said.“We also engaged many strong technological state-owned companies in West Java. After a discussion, we found that, for instance, companies like [state-owned arms manufacturer] PT Pindad, which is used to producing military equipment, can also produce ventilators. So can PT DI [state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia].”Read also: Indonesian defense industry feels COVID-19 pinchPindad and PT DI, along with other entities based in West Java, such as state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma, have been involved in a consortium formed on March 26 by the Research and Technology Ministry and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to use their innovative capacity to fight the outbreak. The program also includes government research agencies, universities and hospitals across the nation.But the program does not necessarily reflect the amount of COVID-19 research currently done across the country, as many universities have conducted separate research.Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also the BRIN head, said any form of support from local governments “would be very helpful”.“We hope that the regional administrations support innovation done by research institutions and universities within their regions. Once there is an outcome, they can make use of the result. For instance, ventilators and test kits [can be used] in hospitals and the surrounding communities,” Bambang said on Tuesday.One of Indonesia’s domestically produced ventilators is the Vent-I, developed by West Java-based Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjajaran University (Unpad) and the Salman Mosque Foundation. The project is included in BRIN’s research consortium.The device offers a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) function for patients with mild to medium respiratory symptoms, said Hari Tjahjono, a spokesperson for the Vent-I development team.To manufacture the product, the team cooperates with several firms, including PT DI, which has produced 100 of the 139 Vent-I units made so far. All Vent-I units have been donated to nine provinces, with East Java and West Java having received the largest supplies.Read also: ITB-led team rolls out free distribution of Vent-I ventilators to COVID-19 hospitalsRidwan recently posted photos on his social media accounts showing the equipment deployed at hospitals in West Java, with a caption reading: “Let’s continue to support the work of the children of our nation.”For COVID-19 testing, Bio Farma recently handed over a mobile biosafety level 2 laboratory to Unpad to improve West Java’s daily testing capacity. The lab is able to test 400 samples per day.Ridwan also said five factories in the province had been able to produce high-quality surgical masks, and some other factories had even exported hazmat suits to Africa and Europe.The West Java-based universities are seeking more innovation, with Unpad and the ITB having worked together to develop Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) sensors.Unpad, in collaboration with private companies PT Tekad Mandiri Citra and PT Pakar Biomedika Indonesia, has also been developing a rapid antigen detection test, CePAD, which Ridwan dubbed “rapid test 2.0”.CePAD and the sensors could be an alternative to rapid antibody tests and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machines, respectively, said Muhammad Yusuf from Unpad’s Biotechnology, Molecular and Bioinformatics Research Center, who was involved in both projects. The prototypes are currently undergoing a series of tests by the Health Ministry for authorization.Ridwan said he was aware of warnings from epidemiologists about a possible new wave of COVID-19 but he was confident about the province’s pandemic response and the capability of its hospitals.“Since we are now more prepared, […], the COVID-19 peak will be lower and lower. At the end of the day, we can live with COVID-19 without worries,” he said.The province, home to 50 million people, said 26.22 percent of hospital beds were occupied on Monday, a decrease from 77.48 percent on April 7, when West Java saw the second-most cases, after Jakarta. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said collaboration of various stakeholders and innovation were among five key measures his administration had been focusing on in its COVID-19 response.The pandemic had caused a dire shortage of health equipment like ventilators, testing kits, reagents and personal protective equipment (PPE) across Indonesia, which has long relied on imported raw materials and goods.Local institutions, both private and state-owned, including those based in West Java, have since racked their brains to meet domestic demand in the face of disrupted global supply chains.Read also: Indonesia looks to domestic innovations to tackle COVID-19center_img West Java — Indonesia’s most populous province — has seen a declining trend of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks, thanks to collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in introducing innovation to fight the pandemic, a top official has said.West Java, once the most affected province in the country after Jakarta, is now the fourth-hardest-hit province nationwide, trailing Jakarta, East Java and South Sulawesi with a total 2,901 confirmed cases and 171 deaths as of Tuesday.last_img read more

Man accidentally shoots himself while shopping at Publix

first_imgOfficials in Florida are reporting that a man accidentally shot himself in the leg while shopping at Publix.The incident occurred Sunday at a Publix in Land O’Lakes, Florida.According to the report, the unidentified man was shopping at the supermarket when the gun he was carrying somehow discharged, sending a bullet into his leg.No other information was released about the incident.last_img

Keshi’s Family Wants Big Boss Buried in Illah

first_imgControversy seems to be trailing the burial ceremony of foremost Nigeria’s ace footballer and coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.At Illah, his hometown in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, the position is clearly that his kith-and-kin are expecting the remains of their beloved son to be brought home for interment.However, some indigenes of the quiet agrarian community expressed worry at the rumour making the round that Keshi might be buried in his in-law’s place outside his native Illah.They said that they feared that some individuals who had in the past distanced themselves from Keshi especially during his trying moments, were now angling to play some central role in the footballer’s burial arrangements, hinting it could be a guise for money making from the death of their illustrious son.Some of those who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that it was impossible to contemplate burying Keshi at his in-law’s place whereas he has a house at his home town, Illah, where he is also a titled chief and his relations are still alive.“We are surprised that at death, so many persons who were not interested in Keshi became so interested based on what they stand to gain,” a close family source confided to newsmen in Illah on Tuesday.The respondent queried, “When Keshi’s wife died, which was not long ago, how many star footballers identified with him? Was the Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick involved? If Keshi was to wake up today, how will they feel?“They are just playing to the gallery. Has NFF met its obligations to Keshi? Let them bring his remains home and allow us to give him a befitting burial deserving of a hero who has served the country meritoriously.“All these interests in Keshi is affecting us, they should not disorganise us because of Keshi’s death, we are seriously pained that people are interested in what they stand to gain rather than giving honour to a hero?” stressed the Keshi family source.Meanwhile, Togo captain, Emmanuel Adebayor, is mourning the death of Keshi his erstwhile coach.Keshi qualified the Sparrow Hawks for their first and only World Cup finals appearance in 2006 and in the first of two spells in charge of the national team.Adebayor was a prominent member of the squad under the former Nigeria international, and has described his former gaffer’s demise as a “great loss to African football”.“I knew Keshi when I was very young. He taught me a lot in my career. His death is a great loss to African football,” Adebayor told AFP .Adebayor was speaking in the aftermath of an exhibition game played in Lome on Sunday in honour of the late tactician. The game, watched by a crowd of almost 8,000 fans at the Municipal Stadium, was between the current Togolese national team and Keshi and Friends. It ended 6-2 in favour of the Hawks.Keshi and Adebayor were involved in a bitter dispute that came to a head when the latter was left out of Togo’s opening game at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, a 2-0 defeat to DR Congo.The official line was that of an injury to the then Arsenal striker, but reports later emerged that there was in-fighting on the Togo team bus, with Keshi being restrained by the rest of the squad from a fist-fight with the player.Keshi, it emerged, felt he was owed a fee for the player’s move from Monaco to Arsenal in the 2006 January transfer window.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram R L: Keshi’s children, Jennifer and Junior and Emeke Enyihor at the NFF secretariat in Abuja …on Monday* Adebayor mourns the former Togo gafferOmon-Julius Onabu in Asabalast_img read more