Basin rig count unchanged as prices decline

first_imgLocal NewsIn the Pipeline Facebook By Odessa American – May 21, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook The rig count in the Permian Basin was unchanged this week, the latest count Friday by Baker Hughes shows, with 231 rigs active in the region. A year ago, 162 rigs were active in the region.Nationally, the oil and gas rig count is up two from last week at 455 rigs. A year ago, 318 rigs were active. The count shows that 356 rigs sought oil, up four from the previous week, and 99 explored for natural gas, down one from the previous week.The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in August of 2020 at 244.The regional benchmark Plains-West Texas Intermediate Posting ended Friday at $60.06 per barrel, down $1.79 from last Friday’s close. National benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude ended at $63.58 per barrel, down $1.79 from the previous week.center_img TAGSBaker HughesOil Pricesrig count Pinterest Twitter Basin rig count unchanged as prices decline Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 21, 2021Next articlePolice searching for woman connected to husband’s death Odessa American Twitterlast_img read more

Jakarta sets up three new isolation centers as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

first_imgThe second is at Graha Wisata at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in Cipayung, Ceger, East Jakarta.Meanwhile, Graha Wisata Ragunan at the Jaya Raya Ragunan sports complex in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, has been converted into the third isolation facility.According to the gubernatorial decree, the operational costs for the new isolation centers will be taken from the Jakarta regional budget.Despite the Jakarta administration’s decision to reimpose strict large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Sept. 14, the city is still regularly seeing more than 1,000 new confirmed cases daily.According to the official government count, Jakarta has recorded 70,441 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,686 deaths as of Sunday. (nal)Topics : The Jakarta administration has set up three new isolation centers for COVID-19 patients as the capital continues to see a surge in new cases.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued Gubernatorial Decree No. 979 to officially designate the new COVID-19 isolation facilities on Tuesday.The first isolation center is located at the Jakarta Islamic Center on Jl. Kramat Jaya, Tugu Utara Koja, North Jakarta.last_img read more

Fayette Regional receives “huge boost” with one million dollar grant for the development of North Star Recovery residential treatment facility

first_imgConnersville, In. — Fayette Regional Health System is proud to announce that they have received $1M from Purdue Pharma to aid in the development of an adult residential recovery service. This proposed 30-bed substance addiction treatment facility will fall under the scope of services provided by North Star Recovery, and will be in the former GrandView Pharmacy building located at 2330 N Park Rd, Connersville, IN.Fayette Regional Foundation generously gifted the former GrandView Pharmacy building to FRHS in 2017, and FRHS soon began to seek partners through donations and grants to create this complementary service.“We’re very appreciative that Purdue Pharma stepped up to be the first to award a grant to this project,” said Randy White, FRHS President and CEO. “Besides the obvious impact on the substance abuse crisis, we are excited to create new jobs in the community and prepare folks to reenter the workforce as well.”Once complete, North Star Recovery residential treatment will house both male and female patients who will be presented with structured living and programming for a minimum of 28 days. This residency typically follows detoxification treatment, and improves outcomes and chances of long term sobriety. The facility will be staffed with psychiatrists, counselors, social workers and other staff who have experience helping people overcome the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. The hope is to create an adult residential treatment facility that merges innovative care and patient-focused programming in a compassionate setting.This hope gained a significant victory recently with the confirmation of the Purdue Pharma grant.“We still have a journey ahead of us,” said Katrina Norris, Director of Behavioral Health & Addiction Services at Fayette Regional. “However, the generosity of Purdue Pharma is a huge boost, making it possible for us to begin working with local contractors to transition the current building.”Fayette Regional Hospital and its ancillary service locations are in the very heart of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. Fayette Regional is the number one hospital (per capita) in Indiana for saving lives of overdose patients. Within the last year, Fayette County has noted a 40% increase in drug/alcohol deaths with the highest drug poisoning death rate (per capita) of any county in the state of Indiana. Rates in surrounding counties are staggering as well. Fayette Regional currently works with several local and state agencies to advocate for change and share resources in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction.“The national epidemic, created by numerous series of events, requires a shared response by many,” Norris added. “While no single intervention alone will solve this crisis, determination and innovation with the proper partnerships is a step in the right direction.”To learn more about supporting North Star Recovery residential treatment through donations and grant funding, contact Katrina Norris at 765-827-7960 or [email protected] About North Star RecoveryFayette Regional is adherent to the fact that substance abuse is a disease that deserves to be treated like any other debilitating condition. As a hospital that is committed to serving all who come for treatment, North Star Recovery was created to provide a comprehensive continuum of services to promote recovery and allow individuals to fully integrate into society, assist with setting goals, maintain long-term sobriety, access needed social services, transition to the next level of care, avoid gaps in service and provide rapid response to threats of relapse.North Star Recovery currently offers comprehensive outpatient counseling programs and the newly opened withdrawal management services. North Star withdrawal management is an all-inclusive, 4.0 detoxification unit licensed to handle medical/surgical patients in a psychiatric-safe environment with priority given to patients who are HIV positive. The 46-bed unit is located on the third floor of the main Fayette Regional Hospital campus, and made possible by a nearly $10 million federal grant in 2017 from the Indiana State Department of Health through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Part B.In addition, a full continuum of adolescent substance addiction recovery services and comprehensive outpatient counseling programs are offered through Fayette Regional Care Pavilion..About Fayette Regional Health SystemSince our founding in 1913, Fayette Regional Health System has been dedicated to the health of our community, and the quality of life of the residents of the Whitewater Valley.Fayette Regional is headquartered in Connersville, Indiana. Our main facility, Fayette Regional Hospital, contains Surgical Care Center; Cancer Care Center – area’s newest and most advanced linear accelerator; Center for Facial Plastics; Diagnostic Imaging Center – with the area’s largest and fastest MRI and 3D Mammography; Women’s Center; Heart Care Center – coordinated with St. Vincent Heart Center; Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center; Pain Management Center; Emergency Care Department and more.Connersville is also the location of many other FRHS off-campus services and facilities: Primary Care Center; Pediatric Health Group; Healthy Women OB/GYN; Fayette Regional Care Pavilion – adolescent behavioral health with expanded adolescent substance abuse treatment services; Women and Children’s Center, Healthworks, – fitness and wellness center.Fayette Regional emphasizes excellent quality and service provided by a highly skilled team of professionals with state-of-the art equipment and facilities. Serving Fayette, Franklin, and Union Counties, as well as the entire Whitewater Valley.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly urges world cricket to emulate test cricket played in the Ashes

first_imgAdvertisement xcfqd9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3mcbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aWould you ever consider trying this?😱yzlCan your students do this? 🌚l79fRoller skating! Powered by Firework India great Sourav Ganguly has praised the standard of cricket being played in the ongoing Ashes series and has asked the rest of the cricketing world to raise their standards. This year’s edition of The Ashes has produced some exhilarating action in the first two Tests of the five-match series. The former Indian captain tweeted, “The ‘Ashes’ series have kept test cricket alive …. up to rest of the world to raise their standards.”Advertisement Advertisement The 4th Day of the second Test match gave cricket fans round the globe a spectacle as there was a fierce battle between the two great sides. Aussie superstar Steve Smith was at the focal point as he had to deal with two dangerous blows, both of which was bowled by English pacer Jofra Archer. First a hit on the elbow, followed by a deadly hit on the neck which forced him to retire hurt. Cricket Australia later released a statement that Smith had suffered a delayed concussion and was ruled out of the second Test. And on the final day, a Ben Stokes century saw England set a target of 267. The hosts almost got a grip on the match, but in the end, Travis Head and Pat Cummins helped Australia to draw this riveting contest.Earlier in the first test, Nathan Lyon scalped six wickets in the second innings which enabled the Kangaroos to register a 251-run victory. Having won the first Test, Australia is leading 1-0 in the series and both the teams will lock horns for the third Test at Headingley from August 22. Advertisementlast_img read more

Faulty Pipe May Have Been Source of Highlands Beach Pollution

first_imgHIGHLANDS – For several weeks this hot summer, two local borough beaches on Sandy Hook Bay have been closed due to high levels of pollution by raw sewage in the water.But borough officials are feeling confident they have cut off the source of the spill.A sewer inspection company conducted an inspection via cameras of the sewer lines in town on June 30, finding two breaks in piping at the Waterwitch and South Linden avenues intersection. Borough administrator Brian Geoghegan said the raw sewage had made its way to public beaches by “seeping out and finding its way into our storm sewer drains.”Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon said identifying the source was a priority for the shore town and its beachgoers. “Everybody’s concerned for the health of them and their families,” said Broullon. “As soon as we knew about this issue, we jumped on it.”High bacterial counts began showing up in late May and early at Miller Beach and at Highlands Recreation Center when results came back above the state-mandated threshold. Highlands officials shut the beaches down on June 22.Following the discovery of the pipe leak the following week, emergency declaration paper work was filed on July 3. Construction to fix the breaks was delayed by the July 4th holiday but was completed on July 6, when Broullon said crews worked throughout the day to make the repairs.The cost of the repairs is not yet known.Water testing is conducted each Monday by county health officials and results are reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program on NJBeaches.org.The threshold between safe and unsafe water is 104 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters of sample. Any number below that level is safe to swim in, but a reading above that means a beach is put on advisory and tested on subsequent days until it reads clean again.At the Highlands Recreation Center beach, four of 11 tests showed elevated readings so far this summer. The highest was on June 5, when the test came back reporting 920 cfu/100 ml.Down a few blocks at Miller Beach, the most polluted sample was recorded on May 31, coming in at 310 cfu/100 ml. Five of 12 samples at Miller Beach to date were recorded above the threshold.“The numbers we were seeing for both the Miller and Rec beaches did stand out to us,” said Dan Kennedy, NJDEP assistant commissioner for water resource management. By Jay Cook | The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program supervises testing of water samples at over 200 ocean and bay stations throughout the state which are taken each Monday by respective county health officials.The state is on the lookout for enterococcus, a bacterium found in human waste, which can be harmful to humans. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, respirator y issues and flu-like symptoms are all possible ailments associated with swimming in polluted water, per NJDEP.County health officials tested the two Highlands beaches on schedule bright and early on Monday, July 10, and the results provided a glimmer of hope for anxious swimmers.The Recreation Center beach tested at 50 cfu/100 ml, and Miller Beach was marked at 40 cfu/100ml, well below previous readings.“The monitoring program did its job and it has identified issues actively,” Kennedy said.Both the borough and the state noted that one normal reading doesn’t wipe the slate clean. Broullon said Highlands is looking for three consecutive clean reads before they would reconsider opening the beaches. According to the borough website, the mayor and council have requested additional sampling on Thursday. If those results, which are expected Friday, remain within acceptable limits, the beaches will reopen Saturday.The beach closures didn’t stop residents from getting some sun this past weekend. At 1 p.m. on Sunday there were about 40 people at the Recreation Center beach.“I’m disappointed,” said Peri Marando, a Highlands resident of over 20 years, from beneath her beach umbrella. “I hope they can clean up this problem as soon as possible, but I understand it’s not that easy to fix.”Despite a “Water Closed” sign straddled by a red flag and another “No Swimming” notice tied to a vacant lifeguard stand, two people were in the water – a young girl right at the foot of the shore and an older woman with her lounge chair cranked back, lounging as waves washed past her.Broullon is optimistic the borough can put this issue behind them.“We hope this is all fixed and that we can get our beaches back open,” she said.This article was first published in the July 13-20, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Winners Foundation Celebrates Over 30 Years of Service to Employees of CA Horse Racing Industry

first_imgARCADIA – A few months before the doors opened for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park on November 10, 1984, the doors opened for Winners Foundation which, like the Breeders’ Cup, continues working uninterrupted to this day.   But unlike the Breeders’ Cup, which celebrates two days a year, the work of the Winners Foundation is largely uncelebrated 365 days a year, often 24 hours a day as the Foundation continually assists those who work with and care for the horses and the racetracks.The Winners Foundation provides a vital service to the California horse racing community, with a large referral base and relationships with a myriad of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities – both in and out patient, city and county services, sober living environments and mental health practitioners. All arrangements and referrals made by Winners are at no cost to the employee or his/her family member, and confidentiality is paramount.“The racing community has always been about taking care of its own and Winners Foundation is blessed to be allowed to offer and support second chances for those employees who have life style struggles” says Bob Fletcher, Executive Director of the Foundation.In 1984, Lou Rowan, one of the original founders of the Oak Tree Racing Association, enlisted several other prominent horsemen including Gino Roncelli, Herman Smith, Jr., and Joe McAnally to develop a service to help and heal those with these afflictions. From that mission statement, Winners Foundation was established. From the backstretch to the Front Office, Winners Foundation has expanded its reach to help more employees and their families get a second chance at life and at work.“There is little room for error on the track and in the barns when dealing with the power of a race horse,” said one noted Thoroughbred trainer in support of employees helped by Winners Foundation. “We need everyone sharp-eyed and clear-headed when handling these beautiful horses. In this industry, we take care of our own. Good talent is hard to come by. Winners Foundation has counseled several of our employees back to a sense of fulfillment, peace of mind, and a productive life. We want to continue this legacy of taking care of our horses and our workers. Winners Foundation helps us get there.”“Having Winners Foundation and their services available provides an enormous value to the racing industry,” said one California race track executive. “Their referral services, programs and ongoing support allow us to help all our valued employees return to a normal life and regular employment. The return of a renewed employee outweighs the economic cost to us every time.”CONTACT:                     BOB FLETCHER       626-574-6498 OR   626-945-0880JULIE VALLANTE     626-574-6498 OR 626-233Founded in 1984, Winners Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide information, support and referral services to employees and family members of the California thoroughbred horse racing community.Our primary purpose is to assist men and women whose personal and professional lives are being adversely affected as a result of substance abuse, compulsive gambling or mental health issues.We have a large referral network of confidential community-based services and agencies. Each situation is geared to best supporting an individual’s desire to change their lives for the better.For confidential assistance, more information or ways you can help, please call 626-574-6498 or visit us at www.winnersfoundation.org Winners Foundation is a 501 (c) 3.   Tax ID #: 95-3929755last_img read more

Siblings given community service for neighbourhood brawl

first_imgA war of words and a damaged fence has led to neighbours at Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD), being slapped with multiple charges.In evidence, brought before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Monday, it was stated that on May 24, 2016, siblings Rushell Abrams and Marcel Abrams, of Lot 68 Sisters Village, both verbally abused their neighbour, Padmini Fernandes, who was the Virtual Complainant (VC).Marcel Abrams, 34, was also charged for damaging the fence of the VC to the tune of 00. The court heard that Fernandes had also verbally abused the sisters.In her explanation, Marcel said that on the day of the argument, the VC allegedly told her that she would “never get a husband” after which a slew of expletives was traded. The defendant admitted that she later retorted: “I rebuke you! I rebuke you!” while rocking the VC’s fence, thus causing the damage.After hearing the statements, Magistrate Nurse encouraged the neighbours to live in peace, but ordered that the Abrams siblings serve community service as a consequence. Marcel Abrams will serve 30 hours of community service cleaning the windows of the Wales Court and Wales Police Station, effective July 25 to August 5. The Magistrate ruled that her sister, Rushell Abrams, will serve 20 hours cleaning the windows.Magistrate Nurse warned that failure to abide by the court’s ruling will cause the Sisters Village siblings to spend two weeks and one week respectively, in the New Amsterdam Prison. The two women were also placed on a one-year bond to keep the peace and maintain good behaviour. Fernandes, the VC, was also placed on a bond, pending the outcome of the entire matter.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: LETTERKENNY COMPANY REQUIRES PART-TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

first_imgA Letterkenny business requires a part-time office administrator for maternity cover.The right person must have experience in accounts packages and Payroll.Please apply with your CV to [email protected] on or before December 31st. JOB VACANCY: LETTERKENNY COMPANY REQUIRES PART-TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR was last modified: December 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QPR’s Helguson a target for Cardiff

first_imgCardiff City are looking to sign Heidar Helguson from QPR.Helguson, 34, has a year of his contract remaining but is not part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans at Loftus Road, and Rangers have indicated that they will let him go.Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay knows the Icelander from their time together at Watford and is keen to take him to Wales.After initially struggling for fitness and form following his move from Bolton in 2009, Helguson became a key player for Rangers and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.He was also their top scorer in the top flight last season, netting nine goals. But he was troubled by a groin complaint and missed virtually all of the second half of the campaign.Helguson is one of a number of players Hughes is looking to offload this summer.Luke Young is also surplus to requirements but his future is unclear after a potential move appeared to fall through.See also:QPR likely to offload defender Young (29 June)Rangers chief hints at player exits (17 July)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Astrobiology Sky Is Falling

first_imgRocco Mancinelli (Principal Investigator, SETI Institute) made an impassioned plea on Space.com for continued funding of astrobiology projects, calling threatened funding cuts a “national disaster” if not reversed.  And what is astrobiology?  He defined it as “the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.”  His reasons for keeping astrobiology a national priority: trying to understand the origin of life, searching for the extent of life beyond the earth, determining whether Mars will be a safe habitat for humans some day, and advancing the human urge to explore.  Funding cuts would leave thousands of scientists on a limb, discourage a whole generation of young scientists, and cause the USA to lose its leadership in the world, he argued.    For a science born in 1996, its funding record is impressive.  Mancinelli revealed, “NASA essentially developed astrobiology as a whole new interdisciplinary scientific field from scratch.  It now has thousands of researchers, many international affiliates, multiple peer reviewed journals and is growing” (emphasis added).  He continued, “ Even NSF [the National Science Foundation] has been amazed by what NASA’s astrobiology program has accomplished.”  What tangible results other than searching, speculating and writing reports, however, he left unsaid (see 01/28/2005).  Clearly, no one has yet found life in outer space, and what has been found about life is more and more complexity.  Mancinelli also did not specify what kind of space science and engineering would not have gone on without the astrobiology label.  Ironically, the very Mars meteorite that launched astrobiology is now largely believed to be dead (11/15/2003).The smart money is on intelligent design.  The next generation of bright, enthusiastic researchers knows that nanotechnology, biomimetics, genetic engineering and information-based research is where it’s at (e.g., 11/19/2005, 10/29/2005).  Sorry, astrobiology; hope you enjoyed your little philosophical fling on company time (01/07/2005).  Don’t let us stop you.  You can continue all you want – on your own euro.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fifa mulls ‘easier’ 2010 tickets for locals

first_img18 January 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed this week that moves are afoot to change the way tickets are sold in South Africa in order to accommodate local fans.Speaking to BuaNews, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said they had raised the matter with Fifa and that it would be discussed at the next executive meeting to be held in Zurich.At the moment, tickets can be bought by filling in application forms at First National Bank (FNB) branches or fans can apply for tickets online.The process has sparked an outcry from football fans, who complain that it is just too complicated to secure tickets for Africa’s first world cup tournament.Unfamiliar technologySome soccer analysts have also pointed out that ordinary soccer supporters in South African may not be familiar with the internet and other technology used to apply for World Cup tickets.“We are definitely in the process of changing this and as a member of the ticketing committee, I am confident that Fifa will understand our position,” Jordaan said, adding that fans can expect to buy their tickets over the counter from April.Jordaan cautioned though, that people should not wait for that time and should in the meantime use the current process to purchase their tickets: “If you wait for that time, there is danger that there will be few or no tickets at all,” he said.Around 50% of the three-million tickets made available by Fifa have been sold.The move comes with only a week before the closing of the third ticket sales phase for the general public on 22 January.New sales phaseMeanwhile, Fifa also announced the creation of a new sales phase between 9 February and 7 April, to ensure that fans from the qualified associations have more time and easier access to tickets to watch their teams.The arrangement will only cater for supporters of the participating member associations and add to previously taken measures directed at South African residents.“Only one such phase had previously been planned, starting on 5 December 2009 and closing on 13 January 2010. This sales phase will run at the same time as the fourth sales phase for the general public carried out via Fifa.com and the FNB branches (in South Africa only) and will operate on a first-come-first-served basis,” said Fifa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Infographic: Budget 2017 in numbers

first_imgA new tax bracket for the super rich, a sugar tax and an increase in the tax threshold for lower income earners: Pravin Gordhan’s 2017 budget was about bringing the marginalised into the economy. Here, we present to you a visual summary of what the budget’s numbers that matter most to you. For more on the budget, check out:VIDEO: Budget 2017- word on the streetBudget 2017: Radical economic transformation for inclusive growthBudget 2017: Where does the money come from? How will it be spent?Full text: South Africa’s 2017 budget speechWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Researcher Tempers Warning on Insulation Flame Retardant

first_imgA German researcher who earlier this year warned that not enough is known about the potential environmental hazards of a fire retardant widely used in rigid foam insulation has authored another article, this one suggesting that actual risks are probably limited. Christoph Koch, a researcher and faculty member at University Duisburg-Essen, warned in a January paper that a flame retardant called Polymeric FR could degrade when exposed to heat and UV radiation into smaller molecules whose environmental effects aren’t known. The article, published in Environmental Science & Technology, said studies covering these compounds are limited. “As the U.S. EPA and others stated, the long-term behavior of Polymeric FR is largely unknown,” Koch said at the time. Although the flame retardant might indeed be a step in the right direction environmentally, he added, it would take more research to confirm it.RELATED ARTICLESResearchers Raise Questions About Rigid Foam Flame RetardantMaking Healthier, Greener Foam InsulationCalifornia Law Addresses Fire Retardants in Homes In the new article, the authors said, “Detected degradation products cause almost no acute toxicity, whereas chronic toxicity might be relevant. Nevertheless, as long as polymeric flame retardants are only used in building insulation, the actual risk seems to be rather limited.” Based on the few studies that are available, it adds, Polymeric FR is “an important step towards environmentally safer [flame retardants].” Polymeric FR was developed by Dow in 2011 as a replacement for HBCD (hexabromocyclodecane), a brominated flame retardant considered too persistent and too toxic for continued use. U.S. manufacturers of expanded and extruded polystyrene insulation (EPS and XPS) have since switched to Polymeric FR, and millions of pounds of it are produced every year. Dow reacted angrily to the initial report from Koch and his colleagues. The company criticized both Koch and Environmental Health News, which originally reported his findings, for what it claimed were technical lapses. Dow also castigated Koch for failing to reveal that he had a part-time job with Rockwool, a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation and a Dow competitor. One key point of contention was how Polymeric FR was tested. Koch subjected the compound to heat and UV radiation but did not run the same tests on samples of insulation that had been treated with it. That, Dow claimed, skewed the results. Original findings have not changed, author says In a new paper, published by Chemosphere earlier this month, Koch and co-author Bernd Sures said they were summing up what had already been published and reiterated their finding that Polymeric FR could degrade into other molecules under specific circumstances. Koch said in an email that nothing in this new article (the body of which is behind a paywall) changes his original conclusions. “This review does not alter the conclusions of the scientific article which was published earlier this year in Environmental Science and Technology,” he wrote. “This scientific article dealt with the potential degradation of ‘Polymeric FR’ and concludes that degradation of ‘Polymeric FR’ can indeed take place under certain circumstances. The review does not change this conclusion — ‘Polymeric FR’ can still degrade under certain circumstances.” DuPont, however, seized on wording of the second article to claim Koch’s new analysis looked at Polymeric FR more favorably. (Dow and Dupont merged in 2017 before dividing into three separate companies.) “As a result, Koch’s new analysis of his prior research walks back many of his original conclusions,” Greg Bergtold, business advocacy director at DuPont de Nemours, Inc., said in a letter emailed to GBA. He also pointed out that Polymeric FR is currently licensed only for use in plastic building materials — not in textiles, electronics or other consumer products — where it might be exposed to heat and sunlight. Manufacturer submits rebuttal paper DuPont also has submitted a rebuttal to Environmental Sciences & Technology that hat yet to be published, Bergtold said in an email. It repeats arguments that Koch’s original work “contains multiple flaws.” “The speculation by Koch et al. that Polymeric FR technology may lead to degradation products that ‘might have potentially adverse environmental effects’ is both unsupported by the results presented and contradicted by their own work in a separate publication,” the paper says. “On the contrary, studies of Polymeric FR to date show good stability for environmentally-relevant degradation pathways, and show little toxicity concern for degradation that could be expected to occur over the life cycle of PS foam insulation.” Koch, however, said he wasn’t backing away from earlier conclusions. “I understand that it is tempting to focus on the ‘the actual risk seems to be rather limited’ sentence,’ ” he said, “but one should not forget the other parts of the review article in Chemosphere.” Insulation treated with Polymeric FR might pose few risks when protected inside buildings, Koch said, but could be exposed to adverse conditions at the end of its service life — when it was landfilled, for example. Koch said the original article didn’t include any risk assessment because  their work was incomplete. “We were not writing that the actual risk seems to be rather limited because our ecotoxicological experiments were not finished when we submitted the article to [Environmental Science & Technology],” his email said. “Thus we did not say anything specific concerning a risk.” In a footnote to that original research paper in Environmental Science & Technology, the authors said said none of the money for the research came from Rockwool, “nor has there been any other influence regarding this research project.” An addendum to that article said Koch’s affiliation with Deutsche Rockwool DmbH & Co. came after he had started work on his Ph.D. project. “The study was solely supported by university funds,” it says. “The conflict of interest statement and other funding sources are correct as published in this article.”last_img read more

Philip Lutzenkirchen’s High School To Name Football Field In His Honor

first_imgPhil Lutzenkirchen Field is coming in the fall of 2015.Phil Lutzenkirchen FieldPhilip Lutzenkirchen, a former All-SEC tight end at Auburn, passed away last June in a single car crash near La Grange, Georgia. This summer, Lutzenkirchen’s high school, Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, will unveil a new turf field installed in his honor. Thursday, the school board in Cobb County approved a $332,421.68 project (fully funded by the Lutzie 43 Foundation) to have the field completed by the end of July. Here’s more, via AL.com:Frank Filmann Stadium plays host to Lassiter High’s football games. The new field will be named “Lutzie 43 Field.” Lutzenkirchen’s family memorialized Philip inside the high school stadium three days following his shocking death in a single-vehicle accident outside La Grange, Georgia on June 29, 2014.The Lutzie 43 Foundation celebrated the decision by tweeting the news to its followers.#LutzieField is coming this fall! The @CobbSchools board passed it 7-0! pic.twitter.com/WKXWvJQT7Y— Lutzie 43 Foundation (@lutzie43) June 25, 2015[AL.com]last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP warns public of travelling paving business

first_imgRCMP say these individuals are often travelling in rental vehicles and using rental equipment.It is said that they demand payment up front, either never complete the job or do a sub-par job, and leave with your money.Here are some tips to protect yourself from sales crime:If the deal is too good to be true, it probably isResearch any company/contractor prior to hiring themAsk for referencesMake efforts to know who you are speaking toAsk to see their business license and identificationTake steps to verify information prior to hiring a companyDo not pay upfront prior to the start of a jobIf you have any information about similar incidents, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning the public of a travelling paving business following a fraud incident.On the morning of July 4, at around 11:00 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to an incident involving a travelling group offering paving services at discounted prices.According to Police, individuals are travelling door to door offering residential paving for a fraction of the cost claiming to be associated with reputable paving businesses.last_img read more

India is key focus area 3D printers next big thing

first_imgHouston: India is a very attractive market with high brand recognition for a computer hardware producer like Hewlett Packard, said HP Inc’s President for Asia Pacific and Japan, Tian Chong Ng. The Asia Pacific region — in which India is a key focus area — has been the fastest growing for HP and provided 16 per cent revenue growth last year. In Q1 of FY2019 it registered 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said Ng in the course of the HP Reinvent 2019 conference, the company’s largest global partner event. One reason for that is — India – and also the Asia Pacific region — tick marks on demographics trends which provide clear wins for HP: rapid urbanisation and more millennials are joining the work force. While HP is very positive on India and recognises its potential, there are no plans yet for setting up a manufacturing base in India. Ng said it already has a manufacturing base in China apart from others in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. “There is an existing ecosystem in China and we don’t have plans for setting up a manufacturing base in India, he said. One focus area is the 3D printer, which offers HP great opportunity. Construction and automotive sectors are the focus areas here. Meanwhile, an MoU has been signed with the Andhra Pradesh government. “To be successful in India demands that we understand it,” he said. HP is also pushing gaming in a big way. However, this has not led to any thinking for manufacturing mobile phones in India, despite the high number of gamers in the country spurred by affordable android phones and cheap data. “Our strength is the PC business and we offer a whole family of products in that space,” Ng said.last_img read more