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EPA Announces Availability of $4.8 Million in Funding for New Research on Managing PFAS…

first_imgAt the 2019 Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Administrator Ken McQueen will announce the availability of $4.8 million in funding to expand research on managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in rural America and the agricultural sector. This funding is a part of EPA’s extensive efforts to help communities address the larger issue of PFAS nationwide. In a memorandum issued in February 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called for the agency to prioritize new federal research that will help farmers, ranchers, and rural communities by generating new scientifically-driven information on PFAS, potential PFAS impacts in agricultural settings, and actions people can take to address PFAS in their communities.“EPA is following through on our commitment under the PFAS Action Plan and the memo to close the gaps in the science around PFAS as quickly as possible by supporting cutting-edge research that will help manage PFAS issues in agricultural and rural economies,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “We want to make sure that decision makers at the federal, state, and local levels have the best science available to make informed decisions. These new research grants will help identify potential impacts of PFAS to farms, ranches and rural communities.”“While our scientific understanding of PFAS continues to develop, the people of New Mexico, especially farmers and ranchers, already know how it can affect the water resources that are so critical to the state’s environmental and economic wellbeing,” said Regional Administrator Ken McQueen. “With this funding, EPA is committing to finding solutions to the challenges PFAS presents and bringing relief to rural communities.”“EPA is uniquely suited to lead and promote research on this important topic and USDA applauds EPA’s focus on farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. EPA’s funding of this research complements the work USDA does supporting U.S. production agriculture and ensuring a safe food supply,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Dr. Scott Hutchins. “NASDA appreciates the EPA’s efforts to prioritize PFAS research that will help the agricultural community. As the primary stewards for the agricultural industries in their states, NASDA members will continue to work closely with the EPA as the agency implements its PFAS Action Plan. Together, we can ensure healthy communities and farms across America,” said National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn.EPA is seeking grant applications that help improve the agency’s understanding of the potential impacts of PFAS on water quality and availability in rural communities and agricultural operations across the United States. Specifically, the agency is seeking research on PFAS occurrence, fate, and transport in water sources used by rural communities and agricultural operations and new or improved PFAS treatment methods appropriate for small drinking water and wastewater systems including influents, effluents, and biosolids/residuals. Some of the questions EPA hopes to answer include:How do serial biosolids applications impact PFAS concentrations and accumulation over time?What are the impacts of factors such as soil type, crop type, and landscape traits, such as topography, that may influence PFAS concentration and accumulation?How do we treat and clean up PFAS from water, soil and biosolids used in agricultural settings?EPA is accepting applications through February 11, 2020.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo injuries ‘devastating’ for San Francisco 49ers | NFL News

first_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and tight end George Kittle (foot) were both injured in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks and are expected to be out for four-six weeks and eight weeks, respectively Last Updated: 04/11/20 8:54am The San Francisco 49ers suffered another couple of devastating losses on Sunday in a season in which the defending NFC champions have been ravaged by injuries.Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who missed playing time earlier in the season, suffered a new high-ankle sprain which is expected to keep him out for another four-six weeks.Star tight end George Kittle also went down injured in the 37-27 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and it has since been revealed he has a small fracture in his foot that ESPN reported will see him miss at least eight weeks – likely ending his season. 0:47 D.K. Metcalf scored a magnificent touchdown in Seattle’s win over San Francisco on Sunday Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle were both lost to injury for the 49ers on Sunday Every catch from George Kittle’s epic 183-yard game for the 49ers against the Eagles As for Garoppolo, NFL Network‘s Mike Garafolo reported while Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said surgery is a possibility for the QB, that is not currently the plan following multiple medial opinions.Running back Tevin Coleman also aggravated a knee injury against Seattle, and now joins the likes of Deebo Samuel, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa, [Dee] Ford, Richard Sherman, as well as Garoppolo, Kittle and others on the sidelines. 1:30 NFL pundit Dan Hanzus describes the injuries suffered by the 49ers in their early-season win over the Jets center_img – Advertisement – D.K. Metcalf scored a magnificent touchdown in Seattle’s win over San Francisco on Sunday Good Morning Football‘s Kyle Brandt described Kittle’s injury, in particular, as “devastating” and says head coach Kyle Shanahan will have to be “Einstein” in order for the team to make the playoffs.“No disrespect to Garoppolo, I think the Kittle one is more damaging than Garoppolo,” said Brandt. “And I say that out of respect to Kittle.“I think sometimes we try to be apologist for teams and say ‘they’re banged up’, and then there’s a little bit of an eye roll because that’s just the price of playing football. But nobody is banged up like these guys; the Kittle injury is devastating. 3:56 A look back at the action and talking points from Week Eight of the NFL season NFL pundit Dan Hanzus describes the injuries suffered by the 49ers in their early-season win over the Jets “All over the field, there are household-name guys, Super Bowl champs, guys who are first-team All Pro; I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it this early in the season.“Kyle Shanahan is a hell of a coach, but he’d better be Einstein if they’re going to make it to the playoffs.”‘Kittle loss is a heart-breaker’GMF’s Peter Schrager echoed Brandt’s thoughts on Kittle, adding: “I’d argue that Kittle is the most valuable player in this entire league that doesn’t play quarterback.“Kittle is so important to that team because, when the offence goes, he is not only a receiver, he is also a blocker and sets the tone. – Advertisement – Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle were both lost to injury for the 49ers on Sunday
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Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes rage as Macron denounces ‘jihadist’ deployment

first_imgCivilian casualties Armenia has recorded the deaths of 104 soldiers and 13 civilians. Azerbaijan has not reported any military casualties but said 19 civilians were killed after Armenian shelling. Karabakh’s declaration of independence from Azerbaijan sparked a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives, but it is still not recognized as independent by any country, including Armenia.Armenia and Karabakh declared martial law and military mobilization Sunday, while Azerbaijan imposed military rule and a curfew in large cities.Talks to resolve the conflict have largely stalled since a 1994 ceasefire agreement. Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have intensified their shelling as French President Emmanuel Macron said jihadist militants had been deployed to Nagorny Karabakh in a “serious” new development.The West and Moscow renewed calls to halt several days of fighting over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region that has left more than 130 dead and threatened to draw in regional powers Turkey and Russia.In a joint appeal on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump and Macron urged the two sides to return to negotiations aimed at resolving their longstanding territorial dispute. In Martuni, a small town in Karabakh around 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the front line, residents took refuge in cellars as heavy shelling by Azerbaijan killed four civilians and wounded 11.Artak Aloyan, a 54-year-old construction worker sheltering in his basement with an elderly neighbor, vowed to stay despite the worst clashes the contested region has seen for years.”I built this house with my own hands. I will not go anywhere, that’s that,” he told AFP after a rocket attack. “I will die here in the last battle.” Topics : ‘Crushing strikes’ The rival Caucasus nations have been locked in a bitter stalemate over Karabakh since the collapse of the Soviet Union when the ethnic Armenian region broke away from Azerbaijan.In the fiercest clashes in years, 136 people have been confirmed dead in fighting that has raged for five days.The Armenian defense ministry said fighting had intensified and its troops had repelled Azerbaijani attacks, downing helicopters and destroying drones and armored vehicles.It said Azerbaijani forces had fired on two villages inside Armenia, close to Karabakh, killing one civilian. Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan said that 1,280 Azerbaijani troops had been killed and 2,700 wounded since Sunday, with both sides making claims of inflicting heavy casualties.Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said its forces had carried out “crushing artillery strikes” on Armenian troops. It denied claims that one of its helicopters was shot down and had crashed in Iran.The two sides have accused each other of shelling civilian areas and ignored repeated calls from international leaders to halt the fighting. Putin, Macron and Trump called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” and urged the warring sides to commit to talks. ‘Foreign fighters’Yerevan is in a military alliance of ex-Soviet countries led by Moscow and has accused Turkey of dispatching mercenaries from northern Syria to bolster Azerbaijan’s forces in the Karabakh conflict.It also claimed earlier this week that a Turkish F-16 fighter jet flying in support of Baku’s forces had downed an Armenian SU-25 warplane, but Ankara and Baku denied the claim.Pashinyan reiterated claims that mercenaries had joined the conflict, saying Azerbaijan and Turkey were fighting “with the help and involvement of foreign terrorist fighters”.”This terrorism equally threatens the United States, Iran, Russia, and France,” he added.His calls were echoed by Macron, who earlier said intelligence reports had established that 300 Syrian fighters drawn from “jihadist groups” from the Syrian city of Aleppo had passed through Turkey en route for Azerbaijan.The French president said that a “red line has been crossed, which is unacceptable” and demanded an explanation from Ankara. Azerbaijan’s ally, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, has signaled his country’s full backing for Baku’s military and on Thursday called for Armenian troops to leave Karabakh. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev have both rejected the idea of holding talks, with the Armenian leader stating: “Nagorno-Karabakh cannot disarm, because it would lead to genocide.””The people who live there face an existential threat,” Pashinyan told French newspaper Le Figaro.But Russia suggested it was making progress in diplomatic efforts with Turkey, a firm supporter of Azerbaijan in the conflict.It said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu had confirmed they were ready for “close coordination” to stabilize the situation.last_img read more

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​IPE Conference: China will not exit coal any time soon

first_imgDespite increasing moves in China towards environmental responsibility at many levels, the country will stick to coal as a source of energy and heat production, experts from China told delegates at the IPE Conference in Dublin.Robert Li, senior vice president and investment strategist at China Asset Management, said: “I think those in the international community who really understand the situation in China must acknowledge that in no foreseeable future will China be able to survive without coal.”Li was responding to a question from Dennis Gadsby, trustee of the UK’s Industry-Wide Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme on China’s use of coal.The strategist said it was important to differentiate between a necessity and something where an alternative was being sought. “When the earth was created, China did have a very strong concentration of coal compared to a lot of countries,” he said. “When you think about coming from an energy independence perspective, China will need coal, but from our perspective, how can we make it better than the status quo?”He said that, over the past few decades, the business community had come to understand the problem, and moves to create “infrastructure technology to optimise these kind of efficiencies are under way”.Li gave the example of one Chinese company that was working to extract excess heat from electricity generation processes to warm up households, reducing the need for direct coal heating.“These are new technologies that we think will generate very good returns going forward,” said Li.Meanwhile fellow panellist Yan Hu, member of the advisory board of Vermilion Partners in China, agreed that “we can’t ban coal heating instantly, overnight”.Environmental think tank Global Carbon Project this week cited increasing coal use in China as one of the main causes of a spike in carbon emissions this year.last_img read more

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Manchester United freeze ticket prices for ninth consecutive season

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United have frozen their season ticket prices for the ninth straight season in general admission areas of the stadium, the English Premier League club said on Monday. In addition to the price freeze, Manchester United said they would expand dedicated areas for vocal fans in the Stretford End at Old Trafford to increase decibel levels. They will also trial rail seating, subject to approval from local authorities. The club said: “We’ve worked closely with fan groups and through the Fans’ Forum to help achieve this shared goal of reviving the Stretford End to its traditional status as the heartbeat of our match day. “We have also submitted a proposal to the local authority to trial a rail seating area within the stadium. “Our belief is that the introduction of rail seating would enhance spectator safety in areas of the stadium where, as with other clubs, we have seen examples of persistent standing.” The 20-times English champions said more than 100,000 people were on the waiting list for season tickets. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Manchester UnitedOld TraffordPremier LeagueStretford Endlast_img read more

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Local women arm wrestle for “boots, beer, glory” at Fogtown

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biocenter_img Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The biggest competition in town over the weekend was held not on a field, in a gym or on a track. Instead, it took place inside a much more unusual setting just a stone’s throw from downtown.If there was even space to move anywhere from the bar area to the tables and chairs that line Fogtown Brewing’s inside area, it wasn’t easy to find. While some patrons stood shoulder to shoulder, others stood outside as they pressed their faces against the glass window.Wall-to-wall crowds aren’t an everyday occurrence at Fogtown and other area restaurants on ordinary winter days, but this was no ordinary or everyday occasion. Atlantic Brewing’s Adam Whitcomb said it best: The crowd was waiting to see some of the strongest women around compete for “the boots, the beer and the glory.”Thirty-two local women and dozens of intrigued spectators descended on Fogtown Brewing on Saturday for the Pink Boots Society Women’s Arm Wrestling Championships. Proceeds from the event, which was hosted by Fogtown and Atlantic Brewing Co., went toward Pink Boots, an organization that assists women in the brewing industry.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We were hoping for this turnout, but I don’t think we actually expected it,” said Atlantic Brewing Marketing Coordinator Allie Sasner. “A lot more arm wrestlers were interested than we thought there would be. With us getting 32, we had the perfect number for the bracket we wanted.” Contestants compete at the Maine Pink Boots Society Women’s Arm Wrestling Championships on Dec. 1 at Fogtown Brewing in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMolly “Smores” Friedland (right) gains the upper hand on her opponent as Adam Whitcomb calls the action during the Maine Pink Boots Society Women’s Arm Wrestling Championships on Dec. 1 at Fogtown Brewing in Ellsworth. A total of 32 women competed in the event. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLCamalyne “Strong Girl” Mondragon hoists the championship trophy after winning the Maine Pink Boots Society Women’s Arm Wrestling Championships on Dec. 1 at Fogtown Brewing in Ellsworth. Mondragon won all five best-of-three matches to be crowned the winner. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLSpectators watch the action during the Maine Pink Boots Society Arm Wrestling Championships on Dec. 1 at Fogtown Brewing in Ellsworth. Patrons who arrived after 4 p.m. had to watch outside as the crowd indoors was at capacity. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLLiz Lyles (left) takes on Camilla Seirup in the opening match of the Maine Pink Boots Society Women’s Arm Wrestling Championships on Dec. 1 at Fogtown Brewing in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL12345PreviousNextThe tournament pitted contestants against one another in best-of-three matches with winners advancing to the next round. Contestants had the option of choosing nicknames or using their given names, though most elected to do the former.After two rounds, three title contenders began to emerge: Molly “Smores” Friedland, Sarah “Moxie” Holbrook and Camalyne “Strong Girl” Mondragon. The championship match between Moxie and Strong Girl needed all rounds and ended with Mondragon claiming the victory.“We’ve had this in the works for a few months now and have really been looking forward to it for a long time,” said Whitcomb, a cellerman at Atlantic. “We’ve all been working hard to make sure that we got the word out and got everything prepared and ready in time, and it all came to be because of the women within this industry.”The impetus for the tournament, Sasner said, came from the Pink Boots Society’s Boston chapter. That group has been holding arm wrestling events in Massachusetts for years, and after its latest competition was held in late July, it reached out to its counterpart in Maine.“We’re planning a head-to-head competition with each other at some point, but we wanted to put on something like this locally first,” Sasner said. “We don’t have a date or anything for that set, but that’s where the idea came from.”Fogtown and Atlantic combined with Strong Brewing Co. of Sedgwick and seven other Maine brewing companies to collaborate on a special beer for the event. The resulting beverage, the Shoulder Roll Stout, was brewed solely by women.The first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers took home prizes that included glasses, mugs and gift cards from Fogtown and Atlantic. The real prize, though, was the shiny trophy, which Mondragon hoisted with her championship-winning arm after her victory.Whitcomb, the master of ceremonies for the event, brought the entertainment to a new level. Dressed to the nines with a pink coat, white dress shirt and a black bowtie and pair of dress pants, his booming voice captivated the audience with every torque, twist and slam of the arm.“It’s about the fun of it, bringing people together and getting everyone out for a good cause,” Whitcomb said. “People got to talking about it, and we got everything from a bus that brought 8-10 women here to people lining up to watch outside. It was better than any of us even imagined.”last_img read more

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