Electronics-waste bill passes House and Senate

first_imgOn March 23rd, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a broadly supported bill that would provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to residents, charities, schools, and small businesses in the state. S.77, which received tri-partisan support in the House and Senate, now makes its way to the Governor’s desk for the final step in the legislative process.”This is an incredible victory for consumers,” said Charity Carbine, environmental health advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “Instead of storing old computers in their basements or waiting for once a year collection events, Vermonters will now be able to easily and responsibly recycle their e-waste for free.”Unlike traditional recycling programs, S.77 requires electronics manufacturers to share in the cost and responsibility of collecting and recycling their products. So-called “producer responsibility” programs are gaining momentum as states and municipalities acknowledge the role that manufacturers must have in the end-of-life management of their products. Vermont is the 21st state in the United States to pass this type of legislation for electronic waste. Europe, Canada and Asia also have producer responsibility laws for electronics as well as other products. Producer responsibility programs also provide powerful incentives for manufacturers to design their electronics to last longer and to exclude the toxic materials that make recycling so difficult and expensive.  The popular LCD TV is perhaps the “poster child” for how electronics are not designed with recycling in mind, because of both material selection and physical design. Inside a typical 40 inch LCD flat panel TV, there are 22 thin, fragile lamps containing mercury, which light the TV screen. The entire TV must be disassembled to get access to these bulbs, making replacement of bulbs and harvesting them in the recycling process difficult and expensive. (Source: Electronics Takeback Coalition)S.77 requires manufacturers of electronic goods to provide convenient collection options for Vermont consumers to drop off their televisions, computers and computer related equipment at no cost. The program is paid for by the manufacturers of those types of products. Vermonters will not see an increase in the price of their electronic products as a result of this legislation.  “In Vermont, municipalities, solid waste districts, and taxpayers bear the financial burden of grappling with e-waste”, said Jen Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager for Chittenden Solid Waste District and coordinator for the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. “We have no control on how these products are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold, but ultimately it is local government that is left with trying to capture and recycle these products when they are being discarded. This legislation changes that model and provides the consumer with a convenient and consistent state-wide collection system that we lack today.” Rapid advances in technology and the emergence of new electronic gadgets make the electronics the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates  that in 2007, the US generated over 3 million TONS of e-waste. Approximately 1.5 million pounds of discarded electronics were collected in Vermont in 2008 alone. Source: CSWD. 3.26.2010###last_img read more

Kanu Unfazed Abraham, Tomori Dumped Nigeria

first_imgNwankwo Kanu “I feel we don’t need to force people to play for the country, because Nigeria is bigger than any player.“We have quality players everywhere so we can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.“The best way to always go about this is talking to them to play for their fatherland.“It’s not good for us top beg them and if they don’t accept our call, we move on. That’s football and I think we have enough and we can win matches without them.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu is unfazed that Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori snubbed Nigeria to accept Three Lions call up.The former Arsenal star insisted that Nigeria have array of stars to count on if the duo dumps refused to accept call up by their father land.“Our problem is that whenever someone starts doing well, we start chasing them which is not bad because other countries do that,” Kanu told Goal.com yesterday.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer drawn together in same group at ATP Finals in London

first_imgATP Finals Groups Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic Stefanos TsitsipasDominic Thiem Alexander ZverevMatteo Berrettini Andre Agassi GroupBjorn Borg Groupcenter_img Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been drawn in the same group at the ATP Finals tournament, which starts on Sunday at London’s O2 Arena.Five-time winner Djokovic and six-time winner Federer are drawn alongside Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.World number one Rafael Nadal is in a group with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.Earlier on Tuesday Nadal said he plans to compete in London, despite pulling out of last week’s Paris Masters.The Spaniard said an MRI scan had confirmed a “small” abdominal injury, which forced him to withdraw from the semi-finals in Paris.Despite pulling out, Nadal overtook Djokovic at the top of the rankings this week but could lose the position as year-end number one in London.If the Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match at the ATP Finals, Djokovic will take top spot if he wins two group-stage matches and reaches the final.Djokovic will also finish the year as number one if he wins the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semi-finals.The ATP Finals are the season-ending championships featuring the year’s eight best players and has been held at London’s O2 Arena since 2009.The players play three round-robin matches with the top two in each group progressing to the semi-finals.Britain’s Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram are in the doubles competition and play Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the opening match at 12:00 GMT on Sunday. Daniil MedvedevRoger Federer Source: BBClast_img read more

St. John’s hires Mike Anderson, ending prolonged coaching search

first_imgMullin was hired by his alma mater in March 2015 despite not having any coaching experience. The team struggled to a 38-60 record during his first three seasons but won 14 of its first 15 games in 2018-19.The Red Storm, however, fell apart and then dropped four of their final five games. Their season ended with a loss to Arizona State in the First Four. Welcome to New York, Mike Anderson!PRESS RELEASE: https://t.co/AV6kCFKl0F#WeAreNewYorksTeam pic.twitter.com/ACaCIGmdyt— St. John’s BBall (@StJohnsBBall) April 19, 2019Anderson spent the last eight seasons at Arkansas, where he registered a 169-102 record and reached three NCAA Tournaments. He was fired in late March after the Razorbacks finished 18-16 in 2018-19.The 59-year-old had previously coached at Alabama-Birmingham and Missouri. He has advanced to the big dance nine times over his 17-year career. Related News Brothers Sam and Joey Hauser transferring from Marquette St. John’s prolonged coaching search came to an end Friday when the school announced it has hired Mike Anderson to replace Chris Mullin.”My family and I are extremely excited to join the St. John’s University community,” Anderson said in a press release. “This basketball program is rooted with such great tradition and it has a history built by legendary coaches, so this is a humbling experience. I look forward to mentoring the young men who will represent St. John’s proudly on the court, in the classroom and in our community.”center_img “Coach Anderson is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball and there is no doubt in my mind that he is the perfect fit to lead our program,” director of athletics Mike Cragg said.Mullin, the best player in St. John’s history, decided to step down as the program’s head coach earlier this month after four seasons.“I am forever grateful to St. John’s for giving me the opportunity to hear Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden roar again for college basketball and especially for our players,” Mullin said in a statement announcing his decision. “I will always support St. John’s University in keeping our basketball tradition alive.”Since then, the school has reportedly been turned down by multiple candidates. Its reported top choice, Bobby Hurley, signed a contract extension with Arizona State before Loyola-Chicago’s Porter Moser and UMBC’s Ryan Odom rejected inquiries from the Red Storm.Iona coach Tim Cluess, who played at the school for two seasons from 1979-81, also pulled his name out of the running earlier Thursday.Anderson seems like he’ll be in for a big rebuild at St. John’s. Guards Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon declared early for the NBA Draft while forward Marvin Clark II graduated. Bryan Trimble Jr. and LJ Figueroa have also entered the transfer portal.A pair of key recruits, Cam Mack and Nate Tabor, decommitted following the departure of Mullin and his staff, as well. Chris Mullin explains decision to step down as St. John’s coachlast_img read more

Im excited about Dangal: Ashwiny

first_imgMumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Making her directorial debut with the upcoming film “Nil Battey Sannata”, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is equally excited about her husband Nitesh Tiwaris “Dangal”, starring Aamir Khan.In the Nitesh Tiwari-directed “Dangal”, Aamir plays the role of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.The upcoming biographical sports drama, produced by Disney Studio India, would release in December this year.”I have been on the sets of Dangal as my children are there. We have two kids. I am very excited about “Dangal”. Its our own film, our own baby,” Ashwiny told PTI.The director says she and Nitesh have quite similar cinematic views.”We both share similar sentiments when it comes to cinema. We both love real stories,” she said.Since both Ashwiny and Nitesh are directors, the couple help each other when it comes to work.”For Nil Battey Sannata, Nitesh just gave the idea, we developed it further. He bounces ideas to me. I think he is a better writer than me,” Ashwiny said.”While for his films I am involved in areas like art, costume and colours… I dont contribute in writing department,” she said.”Nil Battey Sannata”, starring Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah and Pankaj Tripathi, releases on April 22. PTI KKP GK JCH BASlast_img read more

CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON EVENTS FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

first_imgTHE CITY COUNCIL WILL AGAIN CONSIDER VOTING MONDAY ON WHO WILL MANAGE THE SIOUX CITY’S EVENTS FACILITIES.THE COUNCIL DEFERRED VOTING ON THE ISSUE LAST WEEK TO GIVE THE PUBLIC EXTRA TIME TO WEIGH IN ON THE MATTER.AT ISSUE IS WHETHER OR NOT TO KEEP THE CITY IN CHARGE OF MANAGING THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER, ORPHEUM THEATER AND CONVENTION CENTER, OR TO HIRE SPECTRA, THE PHILADELPHIA BASED PRIVATE ARENA MANAGEMENT COMPANY, TO RUN THE FACILITIES.THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEES IF SPECTRA TAKES OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE FACILITIES.SPECTRA SAYS THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO SAVE THE CITY $250-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN COSTS DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR OF OPERATING THE VENUES.MAYOR BOB SCOTT WILL NOT VOTE ON THE PROPOSAL, AS HE IS MANAGING OWNER OF THE SIOUX CITY BANDITS THAT PLAYS THEIR GAMES AT THE TYSON EVENTS CENTER.last_img read more