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

This Year, Snowshoe Is Determined to Help You Mountain Better

first_imgPresenting our latest film in our Mountain Films series: Mountain Rule #11:This year, Snowshoe is letting us in on a few of their tried and true mountain rules that help us get the most out of our winter. Here are a just a few of them. Mountain Rules No. 7: Always Finish Your Day on Top of the Mountainsn_win_16_bro_sponsored_post2_v3Few decisions after a day on the mountain are as easy as deciding where to head next. Our buzzing mountaintop village has everything you need. Relax by an outdoor fire. Hit an apres spot that perfectly fits your mood. Shop for all of your Mountain-ing needs. Unwind at our luxurious Spa. Or catch an early dinner at sunset. Visit the Village. To check out some other rules that may help you this winter, head here. Mountain Rule No. 15: Practice Makes Rodeo 720SWe believe the safest, most fun way to learn freestyle is gradually. That’s why our six terrain parks come in progressively larger sizes. From the smallest with mini rolls and rails to get your feet wet, to our largest with huge kickers and table tops to help you earn loads of frequent flyer miles. Shred On.sn_win_16_bro_sponsored_post2_v4Mountain Rule No. 12: Never Mountain on an Empty Stomach.The Mountain understands the importance of proper nourishment. You’ll find great restaurants spread around the Mountain with enough variety to satisfy everyone’s tastes. For something truly unique, venture out in a Polaris RZR to our Sunrise Backcountry Hut for a special chef-prepared meal. Tour our Kitchen & Taps last_img read more

Cybersecurity preparedness – Are you prepared for a breach?

first_imgIt should come as no surprise that an awful lot of organizations are ill-prepared for a cyber attack. Stories of high profile data breaches litter the news seemingly every day, often backed up with alarming statistics about the nature and frequency of cyberattacks in the digital era. For example, a recent IBM study found that healthcare is the most expensive industry for a data breach, standing at $6.45 million. Healthcare also spent the most amount of time in the data breach lifecycle, at 329 days. Finance and payment companies saw the largest drop in share performance following a breach compared with others.However, it’s not all bad news. Recently, we have found that more organizations are investing in getting the fundamentals of cybersecurity right. Companies are increasingly focused on putting the right tools in place to protect against common threats. They are also following best practice guidelines for IT architecture and focusing more on user training, patching, and updating and upgrading equipment. Still, focusing on the fundamentals can only get you so far in a world where cyberattacks are now the third-largest threat to global society. Cybercriminals perfect and advance their techniques as we perfect and advance our protective measures. It’s a constant game of cat and mouse where we must continually strive to improve our practices. One area where there are still considerable gaps is in the fallout of a breach. We found that even companies who excelled at implementing the fundamentals were still ill-equipped to handle a breach when it happened. With this in mind, we’ve compiled some critical considerations for companies looking to be better prepared for a breach. You can find a detailed checklist broken down by department or function at the end of the article that will help you put this advice into practice. Support from Core Teams and Improving Operational ReadinessCore business teams like legal, PR and marketing, and corporate communications must be engaged in the process. It’s paramount that legal teams be well versed in cybersecurity issues and understand their role in preventing and responding to cybersecurity events. This means breaking down silos and ensuring that legal teams are notified of cybersecurity events and activities and are prepared to support your organization in the event of a breach. Similarly, PR and Marketing teams must respond confidently and accurately to the press and broader public. The message must be balanced so that legal obligations are met and so that the message is controlled and rumors don’t run wild. For corporate communication teams, the message needs to be disseminated appropriately. All employees should understand if a breach has occurred but engaging the right teams with the correct information is also critical. Customer service teams need to know what to say to customers, so their information will be tailored to their role. The information given to your vendors will be different again. Lastly, any changes you implement must be documented and widely distributed. There’s no use in your breach team having a communications plan if they haven’t documented it or engaged with the communications team or the wider business. Document your plans for breach events and then continually evaluate, update, and test them accordingly. Forensics and Recovery How quickly you detect and respond to an attack can significantly impact the financial and reputational harm caused by the attack. Put simply, the faster you recover, the more limited the impact. How you handle forensics can make the difference between a big or a small fine. You need to know what you need to produce during a breach, whether you have the level of forensics capabilities you need, or need help from a cyber forensics firm. Insurance It’s a good idea to continually reevaluate and reassess your cyber insurance to see if it’s a good match for your company. Cyber insurance plans vary widely in coverage, and requirements for coverage also change frequently. You need to determine whether your plan meets your legal and regulatory standards and whether there are any stipulations you need to adhere to, such as only using specific security vendors in the event of a breach. Please use this checklist, paying particular attention to the questions to see whether your company is well-prepared for a data breach. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Sachse Chris found his entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. He used that vision and drive to found Think|Stack.  Demonstrating the path, while relentlessly moving forward, Chris is passionate about … Web: www.thinkstack.co Detailslast_img read more

A flame, a look, one of the Olympics’ most powerful moments

first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 14th August, 2020 07:15 IST Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 07:15 IST A Flame, A Look, One Of The Olympics’ Most Powerful Moments Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word LIVE TV With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the competition even began.Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word.She’d be passing off the flame to The Greatest.Muhammad Ali.It would become one of the most chilling, eyes-watering moments in Olympic history — Ali, emerging slowly from the darkness into the light of Atlanta’s 85,000-seat stadium, his left arm shaking from the ravages of Parkinson’s disease but his eyes bright, proudly holding the torch aloft before delivering the spark that officially launched the 1996 Summer Games.The competition had not even started, but those Olympics already had their signature image.“There was this moment, as the flame was being passed, I will never forget the look in his eyes,” Evans recalled this week in an interview with The Associated Press. “You could feel it. It was so meaningful to him. You could just see it in his eyes. It didn’t take any words.”Ali won a boxing gold at the 1960 Rome Games and then, as the story goes, he threw his medal in the Ohio River after facing intense racism upon his return home.Whether that was true or not, the Atlanta Games made it clear Ali always felt a sense of pride in his Olympic accomplishments, which launched a remarkable life that saw him become a three-time heavyweight champion, a renowned humanitarian, a warrior for social justice and, ultimately, one of the world’s most popular, recognizable figures.After Ali’s death in 2016, two banners flanked his coffin at his funeral service.The American flag. And the Olympic flag.“That evening in Atlanta was clearly meaningful to him in so many ways,” Evans said. “It was also meaningful to the Olympic movement and what the Olympics represents for me. It was — outside of my family, of course — the greatest moment of my life.”For Evans, that’s saying something. She is one of the best distance swimmers in Olympic history, a four-time gold medalist whose competitive career ended unceremoniously with ninth- and sixth-place finishes in Atlanta.But she learned a far greater lesson at the opening ceremony — not just from Ali, but from all those athletes cheering her on as she lugged the flame around the track and then climbed a ramp to deliver it to The Greatest.“I finally realized there was more to the Olympics than just collecting gold medals,” she said. “I had this epiphany. It was like, ‘Hey, this is bigger than medals. This is bigger than winning.’ Not many win, but so many are inspired by the games.”These days, Evans is still a big part of the Olympic movement. When the Summer Games return to the United States for the first time since Atlanta in 2028, she’ll be there as the chief athlete officer, trying to ensure that those who compete in Los Angeles have the best possible experience.If anyone asks, she’ll gladly tell them about that night in Atlanta.“I’m always, always happy to talk about lighting the cauldron,” Evans said, her voice rising with excitement. “That day, that moment in the history of the games, it still speaks to people. It’s still very important. And it will always be a big part of my life.”TRAGEDY IN THE PARKMidway through the games, tragedy struck when a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre expanse in the heart of downtown Atlanta which was constructed to serve as a gathering spot for fans and a lasting legacy to the city.One person was killed by the blast, another died later from a heart attack, and more than 100 people were injured.Suspicion initially focused on security guard Richard Jewell, who was subject of intense media scrutiny before the FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing several months later.Investigators eventually captured Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty and is serving a term of life without parole at the federal government’s highest-security prison.The park bombing led to heightened security for the remainder of the Atlanta Games and forced future host cities to also impose far stricter measures, which significantly drove up costs.SUMMER OF WOMENRoughly a generation after the passage of Title IX, which significantly increased opportunities for female athletes in the U.S., the progress toward gender equity was on full display in Atlanta.The American women captured team gold medals in gymnastics, basketball, soccer and softball, helping the host nation lead the medal table for the first time at a non-boycotted games since 1968.The gymnastics team, known as the Magnificent Seven, wrapped up its victory when Kerri Strug pulled off her final vault on an injured ankle. She had to be carried to the medal podium by coach Béla Károlyi.GLITCH GAMESThe 17-day event was marred by organizational problems and complaints of excessive commercialization.Bus drivers, many brought in from other cities, struggled to find their way on Atlanta’s jumble of roads and interstate highways.As the last host city to rely mainly on private funding, Atlanta faced griping that its commercial backers made the event look more like a tacky county fair than the Summer Olympics.The criticism would soften in the years to come as other countries relied on exorbitant public funding to stage the games., leaving huge bills for taxpayers.STARS OF THE TRACKIn addition to the opening ceremony, Centennial Olympic Stadium was the site of some of the game’s most iconic sporting moments on the track.Canada’s Donovan Bailey blazed to a world-record victory in the 100-meter dash. Running in gold shoes, Michael Johnson of the U.S. swept the 200 and 400 — shattering the 200 world record with a time (19.32) that would stand for more than a dozen years. France’s Marie-José Pérec pulled off the same 200-400 double on the women’s side. American Carl Lewis wrapped up his brilliant Olympic career with a fourth straight gold in the long jump.On the last day of the games, Josia Thugwane became the first black South African to win gold for his country when he crossed the line just 3 seconds ahead of South Korea’s Lee Bong-Ju — the closest finish in Olympic marathon history.NEW SPORTSThe Olympic program took on a hipper vibe with the introduction of beach volleyball and mountain biking.“My sport was relatively unknown and a lot of people would not have guessed that women were doing it,” remembered Susan Mattei, an American who took bronze in the inaugural women’s mountain bike race. “I definitely felt like the luckiest kid on the block.”Softball and women’s soccer also made their Olympics, though neither was actually played in the host city. Softball was held in Columbus, about 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, while the soccer team played in several U.S. cities before finishing up at Sanford Stadium in Athens, some 75 miles to the east and best known as the football home of the Georgia Bulldogs.Payne also wanted to add golf to the program, proposing that it be played at the Augusta National Golf Club. But the home of the Masters came under fire for its exclusionary membership policies and the idea was dropped; it wasn’t until 2016 that golf returned to the Summer Games.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Adventure Sports Festival on the Vlašić in September

first_imgOn 7 and 8 September, on the Vlašić mountain there will be a festival of adventure sports called ‘Vlašić Adventure Fest 2013’.The festival will try to  brand Vlašić as a tourist destination for young event when the winter season is over.The program is significant for the cultural importance of Central Bosnia and the entire program will be free of charge for all visitors.Vlašić Adventure Fest 2013 will help visitors to acquaint with adventure sports and with the necessary equipment for them.The goal is that the festival becomes one of the largest festivals of adventure sports in this part of Europe.last_img read more

Arsenal held by Palace as Emery’s problems increase

first_imgIt seemed Arsenal might lift the gloom from their depressing trip to Bramall Lane when they opened the scoring in the seventh minute.When Wayne Hennessey and Gary Cahill made a hash of heading clear from Nicolas Pepe’s corner, Xhaka nodded the ball down for Sokratis to fire home through a crowd of players for his first goal since April. David Luiz scored but Arsenal were still heldLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery’s problems mounted as Arsenal blew a two-goal lead amid VAR controversy and captain Granit Xhaka feuded with fans in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.Emery was already under pressure after Arsenal slumped to a shock defeat at Sheffield United on Monday and the Gunners boss has more fires to put out following his side’s dismal capitulation at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal were on course for victory after goals from Sokratis and David Luiz put them two up inside 10 minutes.But Luka Milivojevic started the Arsenal collapse when he converted a penalty awarded by VAR after Wilfried Zaha was initially booked for diving.Emery’s team faded in familiar fashion after that and Jordan Ayew bagged Palace’s deserved equaliser before Arsenal had a late Sokratis winner disallowed by VAR.Fifth-placed Arsenal, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, have won just two of their last eight Premier League games and there is a growing sense that all is not well with the club.Xhaka’s remarkable bust-up with the crowd laid bare the simmering tensions.When Xhaka was replaced by Bukayo Saka, the disliked Swiss midfielder trudged slowly to the touchline while petulantly gesticulating to the fans who had cheered his substitution and were now angrily urging him to get off the pitch quicker.Xhaka’s incredible tantrum climaxed when he ripped off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel to more derision from the stands.The match finished to a soundtrack of boos from Arsenal supporters who sang Mesut Ozil’s name in a pointed reference to Emery’s decision to once again leave out the German star. – Arsenal storm –Goals from set-pieces are something of a rarity for Arsenal, while Palace hadn’t conceded one from that route all season.But just two minutes later Arsenal netted again from another corner.Pepe’s delivery was glanced on by Alexandre Lacazette and, with the Palace defence slow to react, Luiz pounced with a tap-in at the far post.Lacazette nearly made it three when he controlled Kieran Tierney’s cross and swivelled for a low shot that forced Hennessey to save at full stretch.Zaha responded in the 32nd minute as the Ivory Coast winger showed why Arsenal tried to sign him in the close-season before switching their attentions to his compatriot Pepe.When Zaha tricked his way past Calum Chambers in the Arsenal area, the defender clearly stuck out a leg and tripped the Palace star.Martin Atkinson thought otherwise and booked Zaha for diving, but justice was done when a VAR review reversed the referee’s decision, awarding a spot-kick that Milivojevic stroked home with ease.Pepe went close from the edge of the area, but Palace were looking more menacing and Patrick van Aanholt’s stinging drive drew a good save from Bernd Leno.With Arsenal creaky at the back, it was little surprise that Palace equalised in the 52nd minute.Pepe complained he was fouled by Van Aanholt in the build-up, but Arsenal still had plenty of time to stop James McArthur lofting a cross towards Ayew, who peeled away from the dozing Luiz to head home.Arsenal tried to quell the storm after Xhaka’s bizarre exit, but Lacazette’s thudding effort rattled the woodwork.Sokratis thought he had won it from close-range in the 83rd minute after Lacazette flicked on Pepe’s corner.But for the second time in the match, VAR went against Arsenal as the goal was ruled out for Chambers’ foul on Milivojevic.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more