UN Steps up Action to Make Urban Spaces More Climate-Resilient

first_img Sep 29, 2020 You may be interested in… Sep 10, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture How to build back better after a hurricane with the next one a few months awayOP-ED By Irwin LaRocque and Achim Steiner*  Imagine relocating the entire population of your country in the face of a colossal hurricane and two months later still not being able to get back home. Now imagine spending several nights in a shelter and taking a stroll the next morning only…November 17, 2017In “Anguilla”Caribbean can only ‘build back better’ with international support, urgent climate action – UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of GovernmentNew York, 21 November 2017 – In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the “CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community ” mobilised a broad partnership to support reconstruction efforts, including through over US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in…November 21, 2017In “Anguilla”EU Provides €7M to Strengthen Climate Resilient Health Systems in Caribbean(Pan American Health Organisation Press Release) The European Union (EU), through the European Development Fund has signed a five-year €7 Million agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to enhance coordination and increase the climate resilience of health systems in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) community to better prepare and…June 15, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Finance Ministers Meet to Refine ‘Single Ambitious Menu’ for… center_img ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Sep 9, 2020 Experts at the meeting recognized the fact that climate change will exacerbate the vulnerability of human settlements to natural and man-made hazards globally. This will especially be the case in developing countries, coastal and delta regions, and Small Island Developing States. Read more at: United Nations Framework on Convention on Climate Change Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… UN Climate Change News, 15 February 2018 –  The 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur concluded this week with a call to use the new urban agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support climate action. According to the UN, the world’s urban population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050, with over 90 per cent of this growth to take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This presents an unprecedented opportunity to re-define urban development, including inventing in livable, low-carbon and resilient cities.last_img read more

PACCAR Names New President

first_imgBELLEVUE, Wash. — The PACCAR Board of Directors has elected Ron Armstrong to the position of president, effective Jan. 1, 2011. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Armstrong has 17 years with PACCAR, most recently as executive vice president. He joined the company in 1993 and has had senior management roles with Peterbilt, PACCAR Financial Services and DAF Trucks. Armstrong was also PACCAR’s vice president and controller. Armstrong succeeds Jim Cardillo, who will be retiring in December. Click on the link to learn more about PACCAR.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

LANL Carpenter’s Union Members Beautify Senior Center

first_imgMembers of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Carpenter’s Union are at the Betty Ehart Senior Center today helping the beautify the grounds. Courtesy photo Members of the LANL Carpenter’s Union fill bags with dead leaves, branches and general debris today as they help beautify the grounds at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photolast_img

Messer receives ‘Top 500 Family-Owned Companies’ award

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Europe’s first waste to methanol plant to open in Rotterdam

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Royal Cargo in power haul

first_imgThe generator was delivered from Zagreb, Croatia to the Philippines in November on board a Ukrainian Antonov AN-225, which can carry up to 250 tonnes of cargo – the first AN-225 to make its way to the Philippines.The operation to lift the generator, which urgently needed to be installed at the San Lorenzo power plant due to lack of power, took a whole day.Royal Cargo Combined Logistics is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) network for the Philippines.  www.royalcargo.comwww.wwpc.eu.comlast_img read more

Genoa San Giorgio Bridge inaugurated

first_imgA consortium of Salini Impregilo (now Webuild) and Fincantieri Infrastructure – PerGenova – was tasked with the construction of the bridge following the collapse of the Morandi bridge in August 2018, which cast a light on the poor state of Italy’s road transport infrastructure. Speaking at the inauguration, Webuild ceo Pietro Salini said: “This bridge must remind us of the importance of maintaining the upkeep of the infrastructure that we use every day, and how important it is to give our country new infrastructure that, like this one, can support the economic development of entire cities and regions.” He added that the PerGenova consortium worked alongside more than 1,000 people and 330 small and medium-sized businesses, one of which was engineering and heavy transport specialist Fagioli, during the demolition of the Morandi Bridge and the construction of its replacement. As one of the primary partners, Fagioli was tasked with the transport of new bridge sections. This included 237 sections, weighing between 56 and 89 tons (50.8 and 80.7 tonnes). Components were discharged at the port of Genoa and transferred to the construction site along dedicated routes. To avoid impacting city traffic, Fagioli said that 60 heavy transport operations were carried out at night. The various components were then assembled on the ground and lifted into position, at a height of 50 m. SPMTs were used to move the larger spans, which measured 100 m long and weighed approximately 2,000 tons (1,814.4 tonnes). For these lifting operations, a strand jack system was deployed, along with a 1,250-ton (1,134-tonne) capacity crawler crane. www.webuildgroup.com www.fagioli.comlast_img read more

3 men stole car, killed 6-year-old in back seat

first_img SHARE Published: May 19, 2017 10:19 AM EDT Updated: May 19, 2017 10:52 AM EDT GLUCKSTADT, Miss. (AP) Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead in his mother’s stolen car and the suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference Thursday that authorities plan to charge Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of the child.Authorities found Kingston Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of the city.Frazier had gone missing after 1 a.m. Thursday when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, the state capital, authorities said. About nine hours later, following a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity, a man reported the missing Toyota Camry was beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.Authorities publicly disclosed the boy’s death Thursday morning while surrounded by grieving family members.“A 6-year-old is gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”The three suspects were arrested within hours of the child’s body being found, authorities said, adding video and a witness helped identify them.(From left) Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield are facing capital murder charges for kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Kingston Frazier. Photo via CNNAuthorities said Washington and Wakefield are both 17. McBride’s age was not immediately released.In Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder are tried as adults. The capital murder charge means prosecutors could seek the death penalty if the three are convicted, Guest said.The district attorney also said it was possible the charges might change, adding the three are expected to make initial court appearances on Monday.One lawyer said he is not yet officially representing one of them and declined requests for comment. Guest said the other two do not yet have lawyers.Authorities did not answer questions at the news conference with reporters, and it’s unclear what role each of the three suspects is alleged to have played.Wakefield was a quarterback last year at a high school in Madison County, north of Jackson, county Superintendent Ronnie McGehee told The Clarion-Ledger. McGehee also said Wakefield had been dismissed from the team but didn’t elaborate.The mother, Ebony Archie, left the boy in the car, its engine running, while she went inside the supermarket early Thursday, sheriff’s deputies have said. The store’s parking lot is patrolled by sheriff’s deputies, including one in a golf cart.Security video shows that after Archie left, another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry.A child abduction alert was played repeatedly on local newscasts and police and family members issued public appeals for help.The child’s body was taken for an autopsy at the state crime lab and the car was towed away by police as they continue to investigate. 3 men stole car, killed 6-year-old in back seat center_img Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

5.7 million kids’ water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

first_img Three types of dog foods sold nationwide recalled over high levels of mold by-product Published: August 27, 2019 11:26 AM EDT Updated: August 28, 2019 5:09 AM EDT Travel mug and water bottle company Contigo is recalling nearly six million kids’ water bottles due to a choking hazard.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the affected models to have a clear silicone spout that can detach from the bottle, posing a choking hazard to children.The affected models were sold across the U.S. as well as in Canada and Mexico and will only have a black spout base and spout cover.Affected models only have the black spout base and spout cover. (U.S. CPSC)The specific products are labeled as the Contigo Kids Cleanable water bottles and were sold individually, as well in two-packs and three-packs.The bottles come in three sizes: 13 ounces, 14 ounces and 20 ounces, and four colors including solid colors, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid colors.If you or your child have one of the affected bottles, please stop using them and take them away from children immediately. You are asked to contact Contigo for inspection instructions and a free replacement lid.So far, the company has received 149 reports of the spout detaching, including 18 spouts found in children’s mouths.The bottles were sold between April 2018 and June 2019 at Costco, Walmart, Target and other stores nationwide and online on various websites for between $9 and $24. Writer:Briana Harvath Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 41 people is linked to recalled mushrooms SHARE FORT MYERS 5.7 million kids’ water bottles recalled due to choking hazard Recommendedlast_img read more

Diesel The Search and Rescue Dog Gets His Boots On

first_imgDiesel and Gary working at height during training exercise at CambuslangGary, added: “Diesel has already been deployed around the world, most recently to Nepal following a major earthquake.“But he can also be used to search wide, open spaces or through vehicle wreckage so he has a very wide range of skills that can be used to help protect the communities of Scotland. He has also been called upon to assist Police in locating a missing person.“Diesel treats finding casualties as a game with his handler and, as such, all he asks for in return is to be rewarded with his favourite tennis ball.”.”Diesel with Gary and senior officer Jim Quinn at CambuslangSenior officer Jim Quinn is leading the ground-breaking SFRS USAR project.The Cambuslang-based Station Manager said: “I have seen Diesel at work many times and he is a welcome addition to SFRS’s national USAR response.“We are a single service providing an unrestricted response to emergencies occurring anywhere in Scotland – and beyond – if requested to assist. Diesel is integral to that response.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) recruit is vital to protecting communitiesSFRS search and rescue dog Diesel stands ready for duty – kitted out in special booties and harness.The springer spaniel relies on the protective footwear so that he can search collapsed buildings for casualties.And two torches attached to his body ensure that he can properly see in the dark while a small bell alerts handler Gary Carroll to his location.This clever dog is a vital member of the SFRS Urban Search and Rescue’s National Response as he can detect trapped survivors in a fraction of the time it would take a human – thanks to his powerful nose and agility.Experienced Gary is the SFRS K9 handler and a Crew Manager based at Portlethen, Aberdeenshire.He said: “Diesel is a great asset in urban search and rescue due to the speed at which he operates – as it can take humans quite some time to locate injured casualties in a collapsed building.“But Diesel can race over the top of the rubble and use his nose to achieve the same result in just a fraction of the time. Equally, he will let us know if there are no casualties, meaning we can quickly focus our search on other areas.“Diesel is also far less likely to disturb anything or encounter any trip hazards whilst searching any structure that might collapse at any moment.“He is therefore decreasing the time taken to effect rescues but – equally as important – he is increasing the safety of his firefighter colleagues by reducing the time they are required to operate within the risk area.“It is therefore crucial that he is properly kitted out. His specialist boots protect his feet from broken glass or shattered brick whilst the torches assist him in very dark conditions underground, and the bell allows us to locate him.” Diesel and firefighter Gary were part of a specialist UK International Search and Rescue team who went to assist the people of Nepal during a devastating earthquake in 2015. They formed part of the British Government’s 60-strong UKISAR (UK International Search and Rescue) team.The highly-skilled pair are now available to assist SFRS colleagues and other blue light services at emergencies across Scotland – including searches for missing persons as Diesel can also cover wide, open spaces to locate people at speed.And the duo showed off their professionalism at a UK-wide ISAR training event at the SFRS National Training Centre and Headquarters in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire on Saturday, 9 April.The event included Fire and Rescue dogs and their handlers from Fire and Rescue Services throughout Britain.Together, the team searched collapsed building and vehicle wreckage simulations. Diesel also worked at height during a simulated rope rescue.last_img read more