Workshop encore

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaA common challenge for landscape businesses is bidding on a job. Bid too low and you lose money. Bid too high and you don’t get the job. Fortunately, the University of Georgia takes the guesswork out of it.The UGA “Cost Estimating and Job Bidding Workshops for Landscape Professionals” were filled twice this year. So the university is offering them again May 10-11 in Athens, Ga.”After 26 years in the business, finally, someone made sense out of the bidding madness,” one attender said after the March workshops.UGA horticulturists Gary Wade and Elizabeth Winans and economist Cesar Escalante will provide computer software and show how to use it to estimate overhead, labor and equipment costs.The first day’s sessions will show how to use Hort Scape to figure landscape installation costs. Friday’s program will show how to use Hort Management for maintenance cost estimating.The workshop will start at 8:30 a.m. each day in Room 202 of Conner Hall on the UGA Athens campus. The program is limited to 40 people. Don’t wait to sign up.The registration fee is $100 for one workshop or $150 for both. The fee covers the cost of the software, lunch, refreshment breaks and instruction. When you sign up, you’ll get a parking pass for one or both days, driving directions and a listing of local lodging options.Register online at www.pware.com/2532 or by phone with a credit card at (706) 583-0347. Or download a form (www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/ cceCostEstJobBidRegistration.pdf) and fax it to (706) 583-0348 or mail it with a check to Carla Wood, University of Georgia, 200 Hoke Smith Building, Athens, GA 30602.If you have questions, call Wood at (706) 583-0347. Or e-mail her at carlam@uga.edu.last_img read more

Young Scholars

first_imgThis year, 60 students from across the state and two from outside of Georgia joined the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars research program and broke new ground in the agricultural sciences.For more than two decades, the CAES Young Scholars Program has paired the college’s researchers with high school students to foster students’ love of science and introduce them to the breadth of study that forms the foundation of agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry.During the Young Scholars Program, students are paid to work as research assistants in laboratories across the college to complete real research projects alongside faculty mentors.“Each year, we are pleased with the level of research students are able to accomplish in six weeks,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs. “Many Young Scholars alumni who got their initial exposure to science in this program currently work in labs across this campus and in industry.”The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories on UGA’s Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses during the six-week program. They assisted in research projects led by UGA faculty and, at the end of the program, presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as co-authors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.Ten graduating Young Scholars will have the opportunity to continue their research work when they enroll at CAES in fall 2019.Former Young Scholar Kristen Dunning, now a sophomore studying agricultural communications and horticulture at CAES, told this year’s Young Scholars that her time doing research at UGA helped change her college goals and refine her career plans.“This college encompasses everything I want to do and more, and my heart is truly rooted in it,” said Dunning, who wants to work with a company that makes natural beauty products after graduation. “If nothing else, I hope this year’s students walk away with knowledge about agriculture, and I hope they decide to attend the University of Georgia and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES, urged the Young Scholars gathered for the program’s closing ceremony on July 12 to find career paths that spark passion in their lives.“I hope that whatever dream you have, you will strive to reach it,” Pardue told the students and their parents. “And even if you fall a little short, it is in that effort that I think you will find a great sense of accomplishment and achievement. Life is too short to do things that you are not passionate about, that you’re not enthusiastic about. And I hope this experience here has given you a glimpse of what that may be.”The precursor to the Young Scholars Program began at UGA-Griffin in 1989. The program was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college. Since then, the program has expanded to include scientists at UGA-Athens and UGA-Tifton.Students selected for the program are truly ready to engage in real-world research. Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers while studying at UGA through the college’s undergraduate research program.For more information about the program, visit www.ysp.caes.uga.edu or email David at vdavid@uga.edu. The application period for next year’s program will begin this fall.This year’s Young Scholars:UGA-AthensRon Adams, Shiloh High SchoolEmma Grace Brewer, Camden County High SchoolKyle Brown, Marietta High SchoolCatrina Chamberlain, Woodland High SchoolKhyathi Chava, Eagles Landing High SchoolAynslee Conner, Morgan County High SchoolMikaela Dallas, Oconee County High SchoolDanielle Davis, Academy of Holy AngelsJoan Deitsch, homeschoolAshlyn Donaldson, Eagles Landing Christian AcademyColes Ehlers, Clarke Central High SchoolMikayla Frierson, Buford High SchoolAnia Funny, Union Grove High SchoolSteviana Griffin, Dutchtown High SchoolHenry Huang, Tift County High SchoolAbhinav Iyer, Denmark High SchoolMorgan Lee, Druid Hills High SchoolOlivia Lee, Open Bible Christian High SchoolMatthew Li, Stephenson High SchoolMarin Lonnee, Oconee County High SchoolElizabeth McDonald, Athens Christian SchoolHaley McMillan, Archer High SchoolAdonis Merritt, Newton College and Career AcademyChristian Ona, Oconee County High SchoolCollin Pannell, North Oconee High SchoolPaul Patterson, North Oconee High SchoolShaan Prasad, North Oconee High SchoolAlexis Rooks, Oconee County High SchoolCarson Smith, Eastside High SchoolJ. Mason Taylor, Northview High SchoolUGA-GriffinJada Brunson, Luella High SchoolAustin Clark, Strong Rock Christian SchoolAndrew Collins, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolSamuel Cross, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolJulianna Dalrymple, Eagles Landing High SchoolTamara English, Dutchtown High SchoolEdward Huang, Whitewater High SchoolRachel Ibbetson, Haralson County High SchoolStella Johnson, Flint River AcademyMatthew Kim, Mill Creek High SchoolToni Miller, Griffin High SchoolNyla Neal, Dutchtown High SchoolMadison Riggins, Pike County High SchoolReid Robertson, McIntosh County High SchoolParker Scott, Rock Springs Christian AcademyEmily Shi, McIntosh High SchoolMackenzie Thames, CrossPointe Christian AcademyJolie Turner, Pike County High SchoolUGA-TiftonSam Aultman, Tift County High SchoolCody Beasley, Citizens Christian AcademyAudrey Conner, Tift County High SchoolJordan Daniels, Tift County High SchoolJacob Davis, Westover Comprehensive High SchoolClifton Edwards, Pelham High SchoolAshleigh Hurst, Cairo High SchoolAbbigail Toews, Tift County High SchoolAudrey Young, Tiftarea AcademyLydia Connell, Tiftarea AcademyKirsten Flinn, Tift County High SchoolPorter Hill, Deerfield-Windsor SchoolWalt Sanders, Tift County High SchoolLuis Torres, Tift County High Schoollast_img read more

Heritage Aviation achieves LEED Gold Certification from US Green Building Council

first_imgTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design is pleased to announce that the Heritage Aviation facility at the Burlington International Airport has achieved LEED® Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This major renovation and building addition project for Heritage Aviation started with the complete reconstruction of a vacated 1954 hangar. The original structure was formerly occupied by the Vermont National Guard and has since been repurposed and transformed into a state-of-the-art aviation services facility totaling 75,800 sq.ft. Aviation is an energy-intensive industry, accounting for 3% of global carbon emissions. The Heritage Aviation facility has taken extraordinary measures to counteract this impact and promote a sustainable model for the industry. Some of the most notable environmental accomplishments of the building include these features: * Through the use of multiple on-site renewable energy sources, Heritage Aviation is generating 15% of their energy needs, saving 200 kW Hours per 10-hour daytime shift every day. The majority of this energy is produced by a 100 Kilowatt commercial wind turbine mounted at the southeast corner of the parking lot. This FAA-approved wind turbine was the first community-scaled wind turbine installed at a regional airport in the United States.* An additional 3.4% of the project’s energy needs are met with a roof-mounted, 10-panel 65.2 MBtu solar thermal domestic hot water system and an adjacent 120-panel 25.2 kW solar photovoltaic array.* The building features a 13,742 sq.ft. “green” roof, with several varieties of sedum planted in a waving pattern as seen from the air. The vegetated roof retains the first 1″ of rainfall that falls on it, with the excess directed toward underground irrigation tanks. When installed, this was the largest green roof in New England, and remains the largest in Vermont.* The south parking lot features a porous concrete surface that is designed to absorb all rainfall based on a 100 year storm, eliminating the erosion and polluting affects typically caused by excess stormwater runoff. At 87,117 sq. ft., this is the largest pervious parking lot in Vermont, and one of the largest in New England. A building energy model was used to compute the projected energy savings from the efficiency improvements to the building shell, the mechanical and electrical loads, and the power generated by on-site renewable energy sources. According to this model, the Heritage Aviation facility is realizing a 38% energy savings over a standard commercial building of the same size. Actual data from the first year of operation indicates even better energy performance. The facility has now been in operation since January 2010, and during this time, the building has seen a savings in gas and electricity consumption of 54% over a conventional office/warehouse building. About LEED:The LEED green building certification system is the preeminent program for rating the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED is a program of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. About TruexCullins:TruexCullins is an architecture and interior design firm located in Burlington, Vermont. For over 40 years, TruexCullins has developed lasting relationships with many public and private clients, addressing critical issues related to planning, programming, growth and new technologies. Today, TruexCullins provides the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios in the disciplines of education, workplace, home, resort and interiors.Photos by Jim Westphalen and Susan Teare February 21, 2011, Burlington, Vermont – TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design  www.truexcullins.com(link is external).last_img read more

New Horizon in 2016 for U.S. SOUTHCOM’s Regional Exercises

first_imgThe primary purpose of the BTH and NH exercises is to train U.S. Military forces in their individual and collective skills to improve the capabilities that would be executed during war-time missions. The units train in engineering, medical, and sustainment tasks in the forms of construction projects of schools, clinics, community centers, and water wells, as well as medical engagements for underdeveloped communities. SOUTHCOM initiated these HCA exercises in the region in 1983, when Active Duty and Reserve Component units were paired together to train in Panama. While the exercises in the early 1980s focused on building farm-to-market roads in Central America’s underdeveloped regions, the exercises expanded and now encompass larger missions such as vertical construction projects and medical engagements that help local governments address the needs of underprivileged populations. These missions are part of SOUTHCOM’s priorities, which also dovetail with the U.S. Department of State’s strategies to assist partner nations in need of social and economic development. Seven projects Beyond the Horizon (BTH) and New Horizons (NH) are examples of SOUTHCOM-sponsored, joint engagement programs designed to provide humanitarian and civic assistance support throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. The joint, interagency, and combined field training exercises are executed in the form of Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) construction projects, Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs), and Exercise Related Construction (ERC). In 2016, under the leadership of U.S. Army South, SOUTHCOM’s Army component, BTH, will encompass seven construction projects (five HCA and two ERC), and three MEDRETEs in Guatemala’s San Marcos department. A total of 1,800 U.S. Military service members from all branches will train with 157 Guatemalan Army Troops and five apiece from the Colombian, Chilean, and Peruvian Armies, as well as five from both the Canadian Armed Forces and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Forces. Additionally, the 2016 exercise will count on the participation of Guatemala’s Education and Heath ministries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and privately owned organizations (POOs). By Dialogo March 03, 2016center_img The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) undertakes a number of joint exercises in Latin America every year to engage with regional partners and address common threats. The exercises also provide opportunities for Military and civilian participants to share lessons learned, build capacities, provide humanitarian and civic assistance, and learn best practices from each of the partners involved. In addition to the invaluable training these exercises provide the U.S. Military, the residual impact of the HCA exercises, construction projects, and medical engagements provides the local populations of partner nations with long-term health and educational benefits. This inter-agency commitment to the region exemplifies SOUTHCOM’s desire to help strengthen and support security in the Americas. For its part, NH 2016 plans to execute five construction projects – encompassing four clinics and a multipurpose facility – and eight specialized medical engagements consisting of urology, gynecology, orthopedic surgeries, plastic surgeries, and ear, nose, and throat surgeries in the Dominican Republic’s María Trinidad Sánchez province. U.S. Air Force South is responsible for planning and executing this exercise, with a total of 435 U.S. Military service members from the Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps. They will perform the exercise with 120 Dominican Republic Army and five Canadian Armed Forces members, and participants from the Dominican Republic’s ministries of Education and Health, NGOs, and POOs. hi I want to collaborate More programs like these should be produced, especially healthcare in rural areas, closer relations with participating countries, etc etc The humanitarian work carried out by those organizations is interesting and important for the countries with the most social and economic needs. They collaborate with those towns and peoples who lack Culture, financial resources, health, etc. I would like to support and contribute my best professional, technical, and social resources. Many Blessings to all those people (military and civilian) who dedicate and deliver their good will and hearts to these missions.last_img read more

‘Secret Santa’ donates over 100 bus tickets to people in need of rides

first_imgKilmer told 12 News the passes will be given out by the YWCA on a case by case basis, but the intended purpose is to help people who need rides to work, doctor’s appointments, and the grocery store. “It seems like there’s an awful lot of division at times here, and for someone to be that thoughtful and that kind and considerate, while he said it’s a small gesture, I think it’s gonna have a big impact on a few lives. We appreciate it,” Kilmer said. Working with Broome County Executive Jason Garnar’s office, Kilmer was able to give the bus passes to the YWCA in order for the organization to better help people taking advantage of their services. Kilmer spoke highly of the unnamed man’s generosity, especially just before the holiday season. “He knew that a lot of our riders were either the working poor or very dependent upon public transportation, and that even a couple of dollars could make a difference in their lives,” Kilmer said. “I was so impressed by the gesture that I immediately found another,” Kilmer said in the press release.center_img The ‘Secret Santa’s’ generosity came in the form of 111 single-use passes and 50 two-ride passes. Broome County Transit commissioner Greg Kilmer received a call from a man wishing to remain anonymous, who offered to buy $200 worth of bus passes to give to people in need. VESTAL (WBNG) – A generous donation by a community member will now allow those in need across Broome County move around easier. In an official press release from the County Executive’s Office, Kilmer was taken back by the donation, that he found another person also wanting to give back.last_img read more

Will “Blue Wall” Battleground States Win Biden the Election?

first_imgIn the last days of the election, Mr. Biden’s campaign and allies privately maintained that he could win battleground states across the country, including places like North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia. But, they argued, the trifecta represented their easiest — though perhaps not fastest — path to the presidency. Final returns in all three states are expected to take days, and Mr. Trump tried early Wednesday to set the narrative that Democrats were trying to “steal the election” — a groundless assertion.But the Biden camp wasn’t about to take the bait.“We believe that we are well-positioned in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin,” Jen O’Malley Dillon, Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, said on Monday in a briefing about election night. “We know those states in particular are coming in later, but we think we’re going to win those states. That is our clearest path to victory.” Even that was more attention than Democrats were accustomed to getting from the national party in the traditionally conservative Western states. In Arizona, a state that Mr. Biden visited just once as the party’s nominee, officials said they were satisfied with the campaign’s approach to the state.“They spent a lot of time here; they put in a lot of energy and attention, more than previous campaigns,” said Representative Ruben Gallego, who represents the fast-growing Phoenix area. “And if we win, it doesn’t matter.”In total, Mr. Biden spent $57.8 million on advertising in Texas and Arizona. He spent nearly three times as much — $169.2 million — in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.The decision to focus on the industrial trio was driven by the practicalities of political math. Mrs. Clinton lost those states by tight margins, making them fertile ground for Democrats to begin a comeback. Just winning those three states, along with holding all of the traditionally Democratic strongholds won by Mrs. Clinton, would capture the presidency for Mr. Biden.But it was also a calculation born of cultural affinity. Despite his decades in Washington, Mr. Biden sees himself as a working-class son, just another “middle class Joe” taking the train to work like any other commuter. “If I’m going to beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here,” Mr. Biden, the former vice president, told voters in Pittsburgh during the first address of his primary campaign in April 2019. “Joe, people like him, they don’t dislike him,” Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan said in an interview this fall. “Hillary Clinton’s my friend, but she never walked into a union hall.”Shortly after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in 2016, Mr. Biden recalled feeling disturbed when seeing Mr. Trump strike a chord with voters at a rally near his childhood Scranton home, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. But from the start of his presidential campaign until the final day of the race, the “scrappy kid from Scranton” maintained his bet that winning the White House would come down to rebuilding the Democrats’ once-solid “blue wall” in those three states that crumbled in 2016.And now, with Mr. Biden and President Trump locked in a nail-biter of an election, the ultimate path to 270 Electoral College votes for either man will wind through Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. For Joe Biden, it has always been about Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.Georgia might be turning purple, fueled by fast-changing suburbs. Arizona, reeling from the coronavirus and trending Democratic, was a tantalizing target as well.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Son of a gun — we may lose this election,” Mr. Biden recounted feeling, in an interview in December 2016 with The Los Angeles Times.Mr. Biden crafted his own approach, determined not to repeat what he saw as Mrs. Clinton’s mistakes. Not only did Mr. Biden start and end his campaign in Pennsylvania, he also visited the state more than any other during the campaign. Just a little more than 10 miles from his home in Wilmington, Del., and sharing a common media market, Pennsylvania was a second political home for Mr. Biden long before he started his third presidential bid.“From the time I started as a U.S. senator, Philadelphia has brought me to the dance!” Mr. Biden, a former senator from Delaware, told cheering supporters in the north part of the city, during his last event before polls closed on Tuesday evening.Mr. Biden and some of his allies see the working and middle-class moderate voters of the Midwest as his natural base, and they tried to build a coalition that was made up of more white voters than the base that elected former President Barack Obama and that Mrs. Clinton tried to replicate in 2016.“Biden is from a manufacturing town, and he’s of the right age demographic and financial background,” said Aaron Stearns, the Democratic chairman in Warren County in northwestern Pennsylvania. “People can relate to him in a way that they could not relate to Hillary Clinton.” – Advertisement – Although Mr. Biden visited Arizona and Georgia, his campaign had declined to spend a lot of precious time and money in those states — despite repeated pleas from local Democrats. And when two Democratic billionaires, Dustin Moskovitz and Michael R. Bloomberg, poured money into Texas in the 11th hour, Mr. Biden dispatched only Senator Kamala Harris of California, his running mate, to the state.center_img Some Democrats say it was Mr. Biden’s willingness to focus on the northern states, devoting his limited in-person campaign stops to show up even as coronavirus cases surged across the region, that gave him a chance of winning the states back. – Advertisement – Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:08 a.m. ET After midnight on Wednesday, he declared to supporters, “It’s going to take time to count the votes, but we’re going to win Pennsylvania.” Such discipline is relatively rare in presidential politics — candidates, often times Democrats, usually get swept up with a big map conquest, like Hillary Clinton’s intense focus on Florida in 2016 and even her dalliances with Arizona and Utah.But this race was no ordinary contest: Like voters, activists and officials in his party, Mr. Biden was haunted by the narrow loss in 2016 of 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — the three traditionally Democratic states that cost the party the White House that year. “A lot of the problem was that Hillary Clinton was not here enough in some of the suburban areas that we lost to Trump,” said Jay Costa, the Democratic leader in the Pennsylvania State Senate. “The former vice president did a very good job of not falling into that trap another time.”In the final days of his campaign, Mr. Biden did add a stop in Ohio, a state that many Democrats believe has shifted — perhaps permanently — away from their party. They were proved right last night, when Mr. Trump won the state.Some Democrats attributed the stop in Cleveland to scheduling around events in Pennsylvania. Getting across the country to Arizona would simply take too many precious hours in the final days, given how many stops Mr. Biden’s campaign had planned in the Keystone State.But others ascribed the stop to Mr. Biden’s dogged belief that the Democratic path to the White House still runs through the Midwest.The Biden campaign, unlike the campaigns of Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, did not impose a central strategy on state Democratic parties, said officials in the three states. Instead, the campaign integrated with voter outreach programs that each state had been building since their losses in 2016.“The big gamble for state parties was, would the presidential campaign push all the dishes off the table and start over or integrate with what we had been building?” said Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “They didn’t impose a one-size-fits-all model.”Mr. Wikler said he had been in regular contact with Biden campaign officials beginning last summer to brief them on the program that the state party was building. After Mrs. Clinton failed to visit Wisconsin during her 2016 campaign, Mr. Biden made three visits to the state, which was set to host the Democratic National Convention before it became an all-virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, which is worse in Wisconsin than it is in any other battleground state.Mr. Wikler said the three visits, along with myriad other virtual events that Mr. Biden and his surrogates hosted for local supporters, were sufficient enough to maintain a presence for Wisconsin voters.“Biden has made clear all along that Wisconsin is a top priority,” he said.It may still be some time before the nation knows whether it was enough.Jennifer Medina, Reid Epstein and Nick Corasaniti contributed reporting. By the time Mr. Biden addressed his car-honking supporters on Wednesday morning, the numbers had shifted. He has the edge in Arizona and he remains competitive in Georgia. But even if he wins both of those states, he would still need to prevail in at least one of the blue-wall states.Mr. Trump campaigned aggressively in Michigan, Wisconsin and especially Pennsylvania too. But Mr. Biden’s focus was notable: Many presidential nominees take their eyes off their most critical states, but Mr. Biden never lost sight of his goal to try to win back voters in those three states who abandoned the party four years ago.last_img read more

Allsop: why we had to cancel the auction

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Stockholm Declaration pathway toward 2030 global goals on road safety

first_imgDelegates of 140 countries have adopted the Stockholm Declaration as the final outcome document of the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety: Achieving Global Goals 2030, which was held in Stockholm and ended on Thursday.The declaration aims to strengthen the commitment to achieve global goals by 2030 and emphasize countries’ shared responsibility.“Reaffirm our commitment to the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, recognizing the synergies between the SDG [Sustainable Development Goal] policy areas, as well as the need to work in an integrated manner for mutual benefits,” the declaration’s first of 18 point reads. Swedish Infrastructure Minister Tomas Eneroth said the Stockholm Declaration had forward-looking elements, in that it focused on action and how countries could reach their 2030 targets. The declaration clearly connected road safety to the Agenda 2030, and there was an interdependence between the SDGs and road safety, he went on.Read also: UN calls on nations to make roads safer “Road safety is directly and indirectly connected to several other SDGs and targets, and when we work to ensure road safety, we also contribute to development, equity, gender equality, the fight against climate change as well as creating sustainable cities for all citizens and road users,” Eneroth told journalists on the sidelines of the conference.               The Stockholm Declaration was built on the Moscow Declaration (of 2009) and Brasilia Declaration (of 2015) and prior UN General Assembly and World Health Assembly resolutions, the minister further explained. Some of the declaration’s recommendations were based on input from an independent academic expert group. “We recognize our shared responsibility and call on member states to contribute to reducing road traffic deaths by at least 50 percent from 2020 to 2030,” the declaration further says.Last week, the Swiss government decided to expand its ambition during a meeting in Sweden to reduce road traffic deaths by 50 percent to 2030 and, citing this as an example, Eneroth said he hoped other countries would follow suit.“At least 50 percent […]. If we are serious about halving the number of deaths on our roads by 2030, we need a holistic perspective and include road safety and a safe system approach as an integral element of land use street design, transportation system planning and governance,” he said.According to official data, road traffic injuries rank eighth among the leading causes of death globally and are the number-one killer of people aged between 5 and 29 years. More than 1.35 million people die and up to 50 million are severely injured in road accidents every year. According to the World Bank, reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by half could add 7 – 22 percent to per-capita gross domestic product in five selected low- and middle-income countries over the next 24 years.As a safe system approach, Vision Zero – a multinational road traffic safety project to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries from road traffic – has been implemented in Sweden for 15 years after its first introduction in the 1930s. It had reduced fatalities in the country by 80 percent during, Eneroth said.Looking at Sweden’s experience in road safety, Eneroth said, human error would always be a factor, but technology could be a determining factor in whether accidents would claim human lives. “We need to encourage and incentivize the development, application and deployment of existing and future technology and other innovations to improve all aspects of road safety from prevention to emergency response and trauma care,” the minister said.There are some well-known and proven behavioral road safety measures that could save hundreds of thousands of lives annually; unfortunately, many of these measures are still not being implemented in most countries. “We need to focus on speed management, including the strengthening of law enforcement to prevent speeding and mandate a maximum road travel speed of 30 kilometers [per hour] in areas where vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and public transportation users — and vehicles mix in a frequent and planned manner,” Eneroth asserted.During the two-day conference, delegates had programs with plenary discussions where they had ministers and senior officials discussing the lessons learned from A Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020, which will expire at the end of this year, and setting priorities for the next 10 years. On Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a doubling of its support for global road safety, committing another US$240 million from 2020 to 2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries around the world.To delegates, Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of the late Nelson Mandela, shared her experience as a global advocate and campaigner on road safety since the start of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in 2011.The World Health Organization’s director for social determinants of health, Etienne Krug, said there had been progress in the prevention of traffic deaths and injuries in Southeast Asian countries, such as progress on some legislative issues in the Philippines and Cambodia. Taiwan and India also showed some achievements.“There is progress, but the road is still very long. We need much more enforcement of existing legislation; continue to improve the laws. We also need to make progress on the quality of vehicles,” Krug said.Topics :last_img read more

China’s top lawmakers to discuss Hong Kong security law this week

first_imgChina moved closer Thursday to passing a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that has raised international concerns it will end the financial hub’s limited freedoms.China’s rubber-stamp parliament endorsed the planned legislation last month as the Communist Party seeks to put an end to a pro-democracy movement that has rocked the semi-autonomous city since last year. The draft law was submitted on Thursday to the country’s top lawmaking body, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, which meets until Saturday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Stronger language The business hub has been convulsed by a year of huge and often violent rallies that began with an eventually aborted criminal extradition bill but morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability.Beijing says the new national security law is needed to end the political unrest and restore stability. Xinhua said the draft law “clearly outlines” the four acts prohibited by the controversial law — secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign and external forces to endanger national security — as well as their criminal penalties.The wording of the draft appears to have become stronger than the proposal revealed at last month’s parliamentary meetings, criminalizing “collusion with foreign and external forces” instead of “foreign and external interference in Hong Kong affairs”.According to the draft proposal, the law will also allow mainland security organs to openly establish a presence in Hong Kong, but the scope of their enforcement powers is yet to be revealed.The city’s sole representative to Beijing’s top lawmaking body, Tam Yiu-chung, said on Wednesday that the law could allow for extraditions to the mainland — exactly the topic which triggered last year’s protests.Vice Premier Liu He sought on Thursday to reassure the concerns of the business community, saying that the central government will adhere to One Country, Two Systems and “effectively protect the rights and interests of enterprises and investors in Hong Kong.” Topics :center_img The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Wednesday urged China to reconsider the proposed law, saying they had “grave concerns” it threatens Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.In response, senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said at a high-level meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”, according to a statement.”China resolutely opposes the words and deeds of the US side interfering in Hong Kong affairs and resolutely opposes the statement made by the G7 foreign ministers on Hong Kong-related issues,” Yang saidUnder a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement before Britain handed the territory back to China, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.last_img read more

Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta limited funds in January transfer window

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Arteta watched Man City beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (BPI/REX)However, the report claims that Arteta will be given a bigger budget to work with next summer as he will be looking to address several weaknesses in the Gunners’ squad.Arsenal already face the prospect of losing their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season when his contract will have just one year left to run.And Arteta is also likely to address Arsenal’s leaky defence which has already conceded 27 goals in 17 Premier League matches this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta has reportedly been offered a three-and-a-half-year contract by Arsenal, while City are demanding a £1 million compensation fee for the Spaniard.Pep Guardiola has also given his approval to Arteta after appointing him as his assistant at City in 2016.Meanwhile, Arsenal are also reportedly close to completing a deal for City’s talent-spotter Sam Fagbemi.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal’s hierarchy have warned Mikel Arteta that he will be given limited funds to work with in the January transfer window, according to reports.Metro.co.uk understands that Arsenal expect to reach an agreement with Arteta this week after holding talks with the 37-year-old following Manchester City’s 3-0 win over the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.And the Spaniard immediately faces a difficult task as Arsenal have registered just one win in their last 12 games and are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.During the meeting with Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy at his home which concluded in the early hours of Monday morning, Arteta reportedly discussed potential transfer targets along with the direction he wants the team to move in.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut according to The Sun, Arteta has already been told by Arsenal chiefs that he will have ‘limited funds’ to work with next month. Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta limited funds in January transfer window Comment Advertisementlast_img read more