In Chicago, ‘Healthcare = Life’

first_imgChicago, June 27 — “Don’t Kill Us: Healthcare = Life!” Chicagoans, including dozens of differently abled people, participated in a vigil this evening to demand an end to the assault on health care being crafted by Congress. Speakers bore witness to the vast suffering already being inflicted by the current system, explained that pending proposals to cut back Medicaid would result in thousands of unnecessary deaths and demanded Medicare for all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

‘Green’ image resulting in reduced costs is Key to Business Success

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Free Green Hospitality Programme Workshop takes place in Limerick “WITH further increase in Energy prices expected in October alongside recent landfill waste cost increases – taking control and greening your business has never been more pertinent,” said Maurice Bergin, Director of the Green Hospitality Programme.  Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Green Hospitality Certified Members achieve Energy, Water and Waste costs that are between 25-50% below the Irish average which allows them to compete in these challenging times”.Maurice Bergin was speaking at the launch of The Green Hospitality Programme (GHP) national Workshop series. The GHP which offers Internationally recognised Environmental Certification will continue its very popular 2011 Workshop series during October for its members and is also inviting interested hospitality businesses to attend, to find out how easy it is to become more efficient and reduce costs and also achieve recognised environmental certification. The next Workshop takes place on the October 4 next at the Carlton Castletroy Hotel in Limerick commencing at 9.30am.“By adopting the GHP criteria members are also opening up new markets by tapping into the increasing worldwide demand for more environmentally friendly businesses”, said Bergin. “Whilst cost is still the main driver for consumers purchase decisions, customers are definitely becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their lifestyles”. They are conscious of companies that do things right and in brands that share their own values. The advent of social media means that companies must also be more honest with their customers or they’ll be found out very quickly and that is just as important for the hospitality industry as any other, It’s a win win for business if done correctly!”.The GHP workshops are free of charge and open to anyone who might be interested. For more information or to register your attendance for a workshop, email [email protected] or phone 021-435 4688. Facebook Print News‘Green’ image resulting in reduced costs is Key to Business SuccessBy admin – September 29, 2011 479 center_img Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleCelebrations all aroundNext articleOriental marinated salmon with a zesty chutney adminlast_img read more

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 or by phone with a credit card at (706) 583-0347. Or download a form ( 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 [email protected]last_img read more

On the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud

first_imgOn the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BY ALAN BOYLE for GeekWire: Microsoft is kicking up its targets for environmentally sustainable cloud computing by pledging that half of the electricity to power its data centers will come from renewable sources by 2018.The bar will be raised to 60 percent for the early 2020s. “And then we’ll just keep on getting better from there,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, told energy executives today at a gathering of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, or REBA.Smith’s announcement provided a timely kickoff for this week’s REBA Summit on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. More than 300 representatives of companies that produce, sell and buy electrical power are meeting to trade information, recap successes and failures, and make deals.The stakes are high, especially due to the rapid rise of cloud computing. Analysts say the data centers that provide the infrastructure for the cloud could consume almost 50 gigawatts of power this year. By 2030, communication technology could account for as much as 51 percent of global electricity usage and – be responsible for as much as 23 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions.Two of the Seattle area’s top tech firms, Microsoft and Amazon, are also two of the world’s top companies in cloud computing. Facebook and Google are close behind.“Our data centers, for each company, consume as much electrical power as a small state,” Smith said at the summit. “And there is going to come a time in the future, some decades ahead, when each of these companies will consume as much electrical power as a medium-sized nation.”REBA’s goal is to help companies get that power from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric rather than from fossil fuels. The alliance is led byBusiness for Social Responsibility (a.k.a. BSR), the Rocky Mountain Institute, theWorld Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund. More than 60 companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, take part in REBA’s initiatives.Full article: read more

Family First calls for a Commission of Inquiry

first_imgNewstalk ZB 20/11/2011A family lobby group says the only way to tackle child abuse is by conducting a Commission of Inquiry. Family First director Bob McCoskrie says the violent deaths of 10 children in the past 16 months are a shocking statistic, and should be ample evidence for the need for urgent action. He says with inquiries have been held into other tragedies like Pike River and the Christchurch earthquakes, it makes sense to look into one of the greatest social problems facing New Zealand. Bob McCoskrie says he’s struggling to find a political party willing to front up to the issue on the scale required. ZB News LISTENlast_img

Local Hindu community thanks emergency workers with celebration

first_imgVersailles, In. — Recently the Indiana State Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Versailles Fire Department attended the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh celebration at the Versailles State Park. The Hindu tradition is a way of thanking first responders for their efforts to serve and protect our communities.last_img