Amid E-Cigarette Public Health Crisis, Udall And Senators Slam Reversal On Strong Tobacco Regulation

first_imgIn addition to Udall, the letter was signed by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tina Smith (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Amid a national public health crisis, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 22 Senate Democrats to call out the Trump administration’s recent flip-flop to abandon a critical pledge to clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarettes. The latest reversals are part of a larger pattern from the Trump administration of walking back, watering down, and abandoning proposals to address the epidemic of rising youth tobacco use. In 2017, the Trump administration punted critical regulation deadlines of e-cigarettes, allowing products to remain on the market with no review. New data show that between 2017 and 2019, e-cigarette use among high school students has more than doubled, and e-cigarette use among middle school students has more than tripled. The senators continued, “Your Administration’s continued delay in protecting youth from tobacco, including by failing to deliver the policies you promised, is an irresponsible abdication of the government’s obligation to protect the public health. It is unconscionable that the President of the United States is willing to allow special interests to stand in the way of protecting the millions of children using tobacco products that, in your own words, are ‘very dangerous.’” Despite President Trump’s public commitment to pull any unapproved, non-tobacco flavored products from the market in September amid epidemic usage rates by youth and ongoing instances nationwide of severe lung disease, the Trump administration has suddenly reversed course and once again is putting the profits of tobacco companies ahead of the country’s public health. The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 20 hospitalizations of individuals suffering from vaping-related lung disease across the state.center_img “The nation is in the midst of a public health crisis, with millions of children facing potential addiction to tobacco products and people across the country at risk of deadly illness. Yet, according to press reports, you plan to take no meaningful action to address the youth vaping epidemic and vaping-related injuries. Further, your Administration has reportedly backed away from plans to implement a policy to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes,” the senators wrote. U.S. SENATE News: The full letter is available here.last_img read more

Lloyd’s building: the inside-out story

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LSH posts a £12m rise for 2017 auctions

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USA: ORPC to Manage RME’s Yakutat Wave Energy Project

first_imgOcean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) announced that its subsidiary, ORPC Solutions will provide project management and regulatory affairs services for a wave energy project in Alaska.Namely, Resolute Marine Energy (RME) plans to deploy SurgeWECTM wave energy device in Yakutat within its Yakutat Wave Energy Project, which they expect to be completed by 2015.RME has obtained a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit for the site and is now working with a wide range of regulatory agencies to collect data that will be included in a formal license application to the commission.Scott Newlun, General Manager of the City and Borough of Yakutat Power Company said: “I’m very pleased to see the progress that’s being made on the Yakutat Wave Energy Project and we’re very excited that ORPC is now a part of the team.”“I strongly believe that ocean energy will eventually become a large part of the world’s renewable energy mix, and we’re hopeful that Yakutat will be the site of the first commercial wave energy project in the United States.”RME Co-Founder and CEO, Bill Staby welcomed ORPC’s participation in the project being a company with experience in this industry and strong relationships with regulatory agencies that “will be of great benefit as we move from preliminary to final permit status and start deploying our wave energy converters in 2015.”Last year in September, ORPC reached a major milestone by installing a tidal energy device in Cobscook Bay, which was the first of its kind to deliver electricity to the grid in USA.Offshore WIND staff, November 5, 2013last_img read more

沃尔沃建筑设备展示了对未来的展望

first_img未来矿业将会有很大改观沃尔沃建筑设备公司(Volvo CE)近日推出了一个新项目,该项目将考察包括建筑、采矿和基础设施在内的多个行业的未来发展趋势。该公司与专业的未来学家合作——让未来学家预测科学、技术和商业的未来趋势,帮助公司了解今天的创新将如何影响未来的行业。沃尔沃建筑设备美洲区高级副总裁Stephen Roy称,“对未来有良好的认识,才能更好的打造未来。”“虽然没人能百分之百确定未来会发生什么,但这些专业的未来学家可以根据研究、科学和经济趋势给我们一个有根据的预测。”关于建筑方面的一些预测:各种规模的建筑将越来越多地采用模块化,利用更多的预制构件。整个房间和家具将在专门的地点建造,然后在工作地点安装。无人机将监测工地的施工情况,报告关键数据和视觉效果。滚动无人机将在建筑竖井和墙壁后面行驶,以获取读数。新型涂料聚合物将改善空气质量,同时墙面传感器可以监测化学品、烟雾和火灾。整个社区将被3D打印出来,然后用预制构件完成。请观看下面的视频:last_img read more

OHT appoints Thornton

first_imgThornton has over 13 years of management experience in the renewable energy sector. Prior to this role Thornton was UK business development manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier; prior to that he held positions at Fred. Olsen United and turbine supplier Global Wind Service. He also serves as an elected director of the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR).In July 2018, HLPFI reported that OHT signed a contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) for a newbuild semi-submersible offshore wind farm foundation installation vessel.The vessel is designed to take on transport and installation activities for offshore wind farm foundations. OHT said: “Thornton’s knowledge and experience in the renewable sector will further strengthen our organisation and help to build a market-leading transport and installation solution for an expanding sector.”www.oht.nolast_img read more

Crown Estate approves extension projects

first_imgApplications were cleared for up to 317 MW of capacity at Sheringham Shoal, along with 402 MW at Dudgeon, 504 MW at Greater Gabbard, 353 MW at Galloper and 300 MW at Thanet.Off the northwest coastline, approval was given for 576 MW at Gwynt y Mor. An extension to the 400 MW Rampion project can proceed, but Ørsted’s application to extend the 504 MW Race Bank off Lincolnshire was declined.Will Apps, head of energy development at the Crown Estate, said: “Project extensions offer an efficient opportunity to unlock almost a 10 percent increase in the UK offshore wind portfolio, supporting the continued growth of the development pipeline and demonstrating continued strong market appetite for new projects in UK waters.“In today’s increasingly busy sea-space, a collaborative approach will become all the more crucial, ensuring that the continued ambitious growth of offshore wind happens in balance with the wide range of other interests offshore. We’ll continue to work closely with customers, stakeholders and government to address spatial challenges, in support of responsible, future deployment of UK offshore wind.”www.thecrownestate.co.uklast_img read more

Melbourne airport rail link accord

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Development of the long-planned rail link to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is set to move forward following the signing of Heads of Agreement between the federal government and the state of Victoria on March 13.Announced jointly by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, the agreement sets out strategic objectives for the project, along with the governance arrangements and information sharing processes.Pointing out that ‘Melbourne is truly a global city that deserves world-class infrastructure’, Morrison said the people of Melbourne and Victoria ‘had been waiting far too long for the rail link to become a reality’. He reiterated that the government had committed its A$5bn share of the investment as part of the last federal budget. This has been matched by a similar commitment from the state.The Melbourne Airport Rail Link is provisionally costed at between A$8bn and A$13bn. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and take around nine years. The new line would run southwest from the airport to join the existing suburban network near Sunshine, where interchange will be provided with regional services to Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. The Airport line would then continue via Footscray to enter the city from the northwest, connecting with the cross-city Metro Tunnel now under construction. It would also be linked to the planned orbital Suburban Rail Loop, providing access to the city’s northern, eastern and southeastern suburbs.Detailed planning and development is currently underway, and a project team is to be established to develop the business case, which is due to be finalised next year. Rail Projects Victoria has already engaged technical and commercial advisors and commissioned geotechnical investigations.According to Victoria’s Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan, early market engagement attracted more than 100 submissions, and further market sounding will be undertaken to assess the potential for private-sector involvement, including equity partners and other financing arrangements.With Melbourne’s population growing rapidly, traffic through the airport is projected to increase from 35 million passengers in 2016-17 to more than 67 million by 2038. Construction of MARL would help to relieve the Tullamarine Freeway and increase transport capacity for the northwestern suburbs, explained federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure & Population Alan Tudge.last_img read more

Uhuru Kenyatta: China isn’t Kenya’s only lender

first_imgKenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (L), flanked by his wife Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, speaks following the Electoral Commission’s official announcement of the election results on August 11, 2017 at the Bomas of Kenya in Langata, Nairobi.Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner Friday of a disputed election with 54.27 percent of votes, beating his rival Raila Odinga who scored 44.74 percent, the election commission announced. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN MUCHUCHAPresident Uhuru Kenyatta is questioning why Kenya’s debt critics only focus on debt owed to China while there are other states that have lent money to the country in an interview with CNN’S Richard Quest last Friday.As Mr. Quest probed the president on whether he was weary of China’s “alternative agenda” in the loans it is giving to African states.The Head of State further defended the country’s relations with China saying measures are in place to control foreign debt. He also dismissed claims that Kenya is over-borrowing from China adding that the State gets funds from other nations as well.Uhuru reiterated that China was not the only partner that Kenya was engaging citing the US, African Development Bank, France’s AFD, Japan, and the World Bank as some of the key lenders.“I am not worried about us borrowing, my only worry would be if that debt goes to interfere with our current expenditure,” he said.“Our focus for now is to close the infrastructure gap in terms of roads and railway lines while creating businesses and employment for our youth.”Uhuru said: “We are familiar with all arguments about China and their loans, but why focus only on one lender when we have a mix of lenders like Japan, France and USA?”He said Kenya is ready and willing to partner with any country that will help it achieve its development agenda.Still on Politics, the president said: “We don’t always have to agree on everything as leaders but we can all agree to put Kenya first.”During the interview, President Kenyatta has also said that he is not interested in running for office even if he was granted a chance to do so after his term expires in 2022.Kenyatta was responding to Mr. Quest in a question regarding plans to change the Constitution.“I am not seeking to change the Constitution to cling unto power,” Uhuru said.There is an ongoing national debate on whether the country would hold a referendum to change the structure of government.Uhuru said he is keen to steer the country to achieve its development agenda hampered by the chaotic 2017 general elections and reiterated his commitment to save Kenya from the “cyclic chaotic events staged anytime there is an election.”“Kenya is always a gentle and loving country except for when there is an election. This is the belief we are trying to come out of,” he said.“As we strive to work and partner with our brothers in the opposition our main focus is to put Kenya first.” Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta seeks China’s support in enabling SGR reach more African countries   Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC Case Collapses Exclusive: A conversation with President Uhuru Kenyatta Relatedlast_img read more

Haiti floods kill six, damage thousands of homes

first_img Share 118 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Haiti floods kill six, damage thousands of homes by: Associated Free Press – April 7, 2015 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) –The first heavy rains of the wet season flooded parts of the Haitian capital Port-au-Price over the weekend, leaving at least six dead and damaging 8,000 homes, authorities said Monday.Raging floodwaters swept two children aged three and seven to their deaths in the Delmas district of the capital, and a 24-year-old woman was killed when a church wall collapsed on her house.Three more people died in the western, coastal Carrefour district of the city.Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, is prey to torrential Caribbean storms and Port-au-Prince’s garbage-choked drainage channels struggle with the worst downpours.Some citizens are still living rough or in substandard housing five years after a devastating earthquakes killed more than 200,000 people and levelled entire neighborhoods.The head of civil protection in the capital region, Nadia Lochard, said that more than 8,000 homes had been flooded in the latest rains, mostly in the Cite Soleil slum and Tabarre suburb.Officials said the weather forecast looks less menacing for the remainder of the week, but Haiti’s annual rainy season normally begins in April and more storms are expected. Share Sharelast_img read more