Obama to sign toxic chemical rules; 1st overhaul in 40 years

first_imgWASHINGTON | President Barack Obama will sign into law the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years while hailing a rare moment of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.Lawmakers from both parties planned to join Obama on Wednesday for the ceremony, along with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, environmental advocates and industry groups that backed the legislation. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the bill, which passed with broad bipartisan support, was an outlier in a political climate in which the two parties agree on little.“Any time you see Democrats and Republicans come together on a piece of legislation, it does reflect a measure of compromise, which means that there may be some people who will criticize it because it’s not perfect,” Earnest said.In addition to updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals used in household cleaners, clothing and furniture, the bill also sets safety standards for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and styrene. The goal is to standardize on the national level what is currently a jumble of state rules governing the $800 billion-per-year industry.Congress spent more than three years working on the bill, which rewrites the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and aims to “bring chemical regulation into the 21st century,” according to the American Chemistry Council, which backed the overhaul.The bill passed the Senate on a voice vote, reflecting an unusual degree of consensus for legislation that gives the EPA new authority to assess the safety of new and existing chemicals. In recent years, many Republicans have worked to pull funding for the EPA or eliminate it entirely.But business groups had sought a single, federal standard to eliminate the complexity of dealing with state regulations that don’t always line up with each other. Still, some Republicans opposed the legislation and called it an overzealous Washington takeover of a matter they said should be left to the states.The bill’s namesake, former New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, died in 2013 after having worked for years to fix the law.Associated Press writer Matthew Daly contributed to this report.Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/joshledermanAPlast_img read more

Sacchi: ‘Too many colored players’ on Italy’s youth clubs

first_imgIn this Dec. 23, 2004 file photo, former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi, left, speaks with journalists during a press conference at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White, file)ROME (AP) — Former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi was severely criticized Tuesday for saying that “there are too many colored players” in the youth sides of Italian clubs, and that is affecting “national pride and identity.”Sacchi said that he is “certainly not racist and my past as a coach shows that.”But referring to an international youth tournament in Viareggio, he said: “I’ve got to say there are too many colored players, even in the youth squads.”He made his comments at an awards ceremony in Montecatini Terme on Monday night.Cesena’s Carlos Carbonero, right, vies for the ball with Juventus’ Claudio Marchisio during their Serie A soccer match at Cesena’s Manuzzi stadium, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)“I only wanted to underline that we’re losing our national pride and identity,” Sacchi said when asked by sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport to clarify his statements.Sacchi led Italy to the 1994 World Cup final. He now writes a regular column for Gazzetta and appears on TV as a commentator.Government cabinet undersecretary and sports delegate Graziano Delrio called Sacchi’s comments “a serious mistake.”“The Italy of 30 years ago is not the Italy of today, where there are young players who are Italian citizens to full effect, considering that they are born and bred in Italy even if they have parents of foreign origin,” Delrio said. “These are the young generations that attend our schools, fields of play and soccer pitches.”Eliminated after the first round from the last two World Cups, Italy has been under pressure to develop better young players, while the country’s clubs struggle with falling attendance, fan violence and racism.last_img read more

Could Messi or Müller catch James Rodriguez?

first_imgJames Rodriguez still leads the World Cup scoring charts with six – is there anyone out there who can stop him lifting the Golden Ball in Brazil this summer? Miroslav Klose is the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 16 goals and he is also the only player from Germany that was part of the 2002 final. He has a 29% chance of scoring and adding to his legacy on Sunday night. Sport EN Featuring that, and a range of other information, here is Airton Risk’s unique look at Sunday’s final between Germany and Argentina. — Argentina, inspired by Diego Maradona, won the World Cup in 1986 beating Germany 3-2. There is a 2% chance of a repeat scoreline. His protégé Lionel Messi has been involved in five of the last eight Argentina goals in this World Cup (4 goals, 1 assist). He is a 30% chance to win MOTM. And with a Messi double needed just to draw level with the Colombian star, Airton Risk, a division of Paddy Power PLC, reckon Germany’s five-goal forward Thomas Müller is the only man who can stop Rodriguez. No European team has ever won a World Cup in the Americas. Germany have a 55% chance of being the first. Upd. at 20:51 It would take something extremely special from Lionel Messi to stop him, having only scored four in his seven appearances so far. Thomas Müller is Germany’s top scorer with five goals. He needs to get two goals to be sure of winning the Golden Boot ahead of James Rodriquez, he has a 25% chance of catching him. 11/07/2014 Argentina kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 matches and there is a 30% chance that they won’t concede against Germany. It’s their first World Cup final since 1990 when they went on to lose 1-0 to West Germany. There is a 14% shot for a repeat 1-0 victory. CEST Germany’s only defeat in their last 10 matches against South American opposition at the World Cup came in the 2002 final versus Brazil. Argentina have a 28% chance of winning in 90 minutes.last_img read more

Press Council Adjudication

first_imgThe Press Council considered a complaint by Rhonda Hall about an article in The Pakenham Gazette, headed “Devastated Drydens working to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Serious assault in Pakenham

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke Victoria Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding an alleged serious assault in Pakenham. The incident is believed to have taken…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Bombers cruise to Mount Baker Soccer Tourney Title

first_imgL.V. Rogers continued its march toward the post season after the Bombers took home top spot at the recent Mount Baker High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Cranbrook.The Bombers cruised to the title by stopping a team from Kalispell, Montana, 5-1 in the final.Keegan Carmichael, Max Spielman and Moss Caney with a pair scored for the Bombers. The other marker was an own goal by Kalispell that came seconds before halftime, which snapped a 1-1 tie. “(This) was a fairly big win for us, seeing as the only other tournament we’ve won since the 2017-18 season was Nakusp last year,” said Bomber coach Caleb Morton.LVR opened with wins over Sparwood, 9-0, Stanley Humphries of Castlegar, 3-1 and Grand Forks Wolves, 1-0. Milo Klein scored the only goal against the Wolves in a game that sent the Bombers into the final.Other goal scorers for LVR were Fynn Keywood, Norman Poole, Levi Taylor, Adam Kuch and Dylan Moyens.The Bombers will host a playday Monday (October 22) at the Lakeside Pitch. Junior and Senior teams from Vernon, Cranbrook and Castlegar are expected to attend.The tournament, with teams playing 35 minute halves, begins at 10 a.m. with LVR Juniors meeting Stanley Humphries. The tourney comes on the eve of the Kootenay High School AA Zones set for October 27 in Kimberley.Host Selkirk Storm, Stanley Humphries, Grand Forks and Prince Charles of Creston join the Bombers in the five-team tourney to determine the Kootenay rep at the BC High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships. The provincial tournament is set for November 19th-21st in Burnaby.last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin Falls to Illinois-Chicago in WBI Championship

first_imgOn ending this year and moving on to next…”I think you have to build on it. You obviously don’t get complacent. At the end of every year, I think you evaluate your roster and you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your team and how new players can fit in. You’ve got to continue to grow and get better because the bottom line is we didn’t achieve all of the things we set out to achieve this year and obviously we’ll continue to have very high goals and expectations. The Flames hit a basket with 4:16 to go in the first half and to extend the lead back to eight points up 31-23, but SFA switched its defense and took advantage of the mistakes by the Flames to go on a 10-0 run to close the half and take a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Porsha Roberts led the Ladyjacks with 21 points for her third straight game with 20 or more points. She shot 10-of-18 from the field. Three other Ladyjacks joined her in double digits as Tierany Henderson poured in 13 points, Kali Jerrell added 12 and Taylor Ross had 10 points. “We respect the tradition of Ladyjack basketball, and we want to be the kind of program that adds to that heritage. I really feel like this team in particular has added to the heritage of the program,” Head Coach Brandon Schneider said after the game. Rachel Story led the Flames with 27 points, and Ruvanna Campbell had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Flames shot 51.7 percent in the second half to overcome the halftime deficit and get the win while SFA shot just 35.3 percent in the second stanza. SFA graduates just two players off this year’s team that shared the regular season Southland Conference title and advanced to the title game of the Southland Conference Tournament and the WBI. Six returning players have significant starting experience for the Ladyjacks, and a number of key players will be back for the 2014-15 season. Postgame QuotesHead Coach Brandon SchneiderOn this season…”We respect the tradition of Ladyjack basketball, and we want to be the kind of program that adds to that heritage. I really feel like this team in particular has added to the heritage of the program. I thought on two different occasions this year our team showed a lot of character. The first time, when Brittney Matthew went down with the injury and how we responded and came back and stayed the course and eventually won a conference championship. And then after a disappointing loss in the tournament championship,  I thought we showed a lot of character re-invigorating ourselves and going on to continue to win three more basketball games and play in this title game.” In the first half, UIC dominated the glass by out-rebounding SFA 23-11. Ten offensive rebounds for the Flames resulted in 10 points for UIC. SFA only had three offensive boards in the opening period to add three points. SFA (23-13) trailed early in the first half and each team went on small spurts to claim the lead. UIC (26-9) built its lead up to nine points twice. Then, the Ladyjacks responded when they were down 27-18 with a quick 5-0 run to get back within striking distance then shut the Flames down for the final 4:16 of the half. UIC out-rebounded SFA for the game 43-33 and scored 18 second chance points off 16 offensive boards. Five different players had at least five rebounds for the Flames.center_img Stephen F. Austin Recap In the second, UIC went on a 10-0 run to reclaim the lead and go up 50-44 with 8:30 left in the game. SFA was unable to overcome that deficit, reaching within three points twice and two points another time but could not tie it up or reclaim the lead. Turnovers made the difference in the first half as UIC committed 12 miscues leading to 19 SFA points. The Ladyjacks protected the ball well after some early turnovers, and UIC only had seven points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the contest. This marks the second straight year a Southland Conference team has advanced to the championship game of the WBI with McNeese State losing to Detroit-Mercy last year by 11 points. “I think you have to build on it. You obviously don’t get complacent,” Schneider said of looking toward next season. “At the end of every year, I think you evaluate your roster and you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your team and how new players can fit in. You’ve got to continue to grow and get better because the bottom line is we didn’t achieve all of the things we set out to achieve this year and obviously we’ll continue to have very high goals and expectations.” Illinois-Chicago 73, Stephen F. Austin 64CHICAGO – Stephen F. Austin’s historic postseason run came to an end on Saturday with the Ladyjacks falling to Illinois-Chicago in the championship game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational by the final score of 73-64. By advancing to the title game of the WBI, SFA became the first Ladyjacks team in the program’s history to win three games in a postseason tournament. They could not complete the historic run with another win to claim the Southland Conference’s first postseason tournament victory. On the difference in the game…”I thought we got out-physicaled. Their front line was just a lot more physical than ours and that just doesn’t happen to us a lot. The free-throw disparity is a stat the obvious points to that. Porsha takes 18 shots and we only shoot four free throws as a team. That just speaks to they were more aggressive, and it’s something we have to learn from.”last_img read more

Aussies investigate rare dual flameout on Virgin plane

first_imgA Virgin ATR. Photo: Bahnfrend/Wikimedia Commons Australian air safety investigators are looking into a rare double flame-out on a twin-engine commuter plane descending into the nation’s capital.Both engines on a Virgin ATR-72-600 turboprop, registration VH-FVN, experienced problems near Canberra Airport on December 13.Although the disruptions were momentary and the aircraft landed safely, the probability of both engines shutting down during a flight is low and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is treating the incident as serious.Turboprops use gas turbine engines to power the propeller and a flameout occurs when the flame in the combustion chamber is extinguished.  A flameout is believed to occur once in every 100,000 non-military flights, according to Air & Space Magazine.“While the aircraft was descending through 11,000 ft in heavy rain, the right engine’s power rolled back (decreased) and the engine flamed out,’’ The ATSB said. “The engine automatically re-started within five seconds.READ: Jetstar faces $A1.95 million fine for misleading customers.“The descent continued and, while passing through 10,000 ft, the left engine’s power also rolled back and that engine flamed out before automatically relighting.“The crew selected manual engine ignition for the remainder of the flight and the landing.”Although engines are designed to cope with extremely heavy rain, experts say it is normal to switch to continuous ignition as a precaution when heading into storms.This allows an engine to quickly relight in the case of a flameout, as was the case with the Virgin ATR.The aircraft spent three days on the ground before being returned to service. Virgin said the incident had not impacted customers and it was assisting the ATSB with its inquiries.The ATSB has downloaded the flight data recorder and is gathering additional information that will be included in a final report.“Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken,’’ it said.There have been a number of instances of jet engines flaming out in bad weather, not all of them with the happy ending in Canberra.In 1977, a Southern Airways DC-9 was forced to land on a highway in the US state of Georgia after suffering hail damage in a thunderstorm and losing thrust in both engines. Sixty-three people died.In 1988, A Salvadoran Boeing 737 operated by TACA flew through thunderstorms around New Orleans when both engines quit.The crew managed to relight them but they would not accelerate from idle speed and dangerously rising tailpipe temperatures forced the pilots to shut them down again.The captain dead-sticked the aircraft into a levee embankment and ditched the plane without loss of life.In 2002, a Garuda Indonesia Boeing 737 flight encountered severe thunderstorm activity on approach to Yogyakarta and suffered a flameout in both engines.The pilots  tried several times to restart the engines but were forced to ditch in a shallow river with the loss of one life.last_img read more

Remote Configuration – RCT.EXE – HOW TO’s.

first_imgHow do you decipher RCT Codes? Great question. In the Intel AMT SCS Installation and User Maual there is a section of the document focused on the RCT. Here’s the sample uses. This is on Page 70 of the[User Manual.|http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/isn/downloads/Manageability/Intel_AMT_SCS_Installation_and_UserManual.pdf] Also here are the Codes that come back after running. Hope this helps……center_img If your receiving an Error #7 specifically. Here’s more information: ERROR #7. Unable to connect to the SCS. This may be due to a number of causes, such as TCP error, HTTP error, or server not found. This may result from:• An incorrect FQDN for the SCS in the command line.• A failed HTTPS connection due to a missing trusted root certificate.• IIS is stopped on the SCS platform.If you are interested in where this tool is located, Bill York explained in this post. last_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING POSTPONED

first_imgIt is with regret that we advise that the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Annual General Meeting scheduled for the 10 November 2007, has been postponed until further notice.Due to the requirements of the Australian Capital Territory Incorporations Act, TFA will be unable to continue with the meeting.  There has been a dramatic change in the scope of the organisation and it is imperative that under the direction of the new Chief Executive Officer and Board of Management that all matters are checked with due diligence.  Whilst it is unfortunate that this issue has delayed the process, it is also important that the reports are accurate.  TFA ask for your support and understanding as members of the Touch Football community.last_img read more