Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015.But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating the 80-year-old Martin Drake Plant as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air.The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes.City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said.“Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.”More: Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedulelast_img read more

US Donation of Personal Protective Equipment Saves Lives in Honduras

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo June 04, 2020 Although the coronavirus outbreak has caused a global mask shortage, Dr. Scheybi Miralda Méndez makes her rounds at the University School Hospital (HEU, in Spanish) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, knowing that she is wearing the right equipment to protect her patients and herself from any infection. She owes her peace of mind to the personal protective equipment (PPE) that U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) donated in late April, through its humanitarian assistance program.“We can work reliably because we have proper PPE. This is reflected in the parents or guardians; they feel confident, and they no longer fear that the infection may come from us,” Dr. Miralda, head of the Emergency Pediatrics Unit at HEU, told Diálogo.Wearing personal protective equipment donated by SOUTHCOM, a doctor at the Emergency Pediatrics Unit at the University School Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, care for a child in mid-May 2020. (Photo: Dr. Scheybi Miralda Méndez)At HEU emergency room, some 75 doctors care for patients with COVID-19 symptoms, such as pneumonia, or other illnesses that need urgent treatment. The hospital staff provides masks to every patient admitted and their accompanying family member. For Dr. Miralda, the measure brings more than safety.“Being admitted at the hospital causes higher levels of stress [in patients]. They already feel stressed about being admitted, and if they feel that we are not protected, it causes them more stress, more distrust. That’s why it’s important for them to see that we are protected,” said Dr. Miralda.The HEU medical staff highly appreciates the donation, especially in the Emergency Pediatrics Unit, which treats 100 to 800 children and performs an average of 600 to 800 surgeries each month.“Six to eight participants, including surgeons and anesthesiologists, take part in every surgery, depending on the procedure,” said Dr. Miralda on the importance of PPE.In total, SOUTHCOM made six PPE deliveries, which consisted of thousands of N95 masks, gloves, sanitizing gel, medical gowns, and infrared thermometers for first-responder institutions, the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO, in Spanish) said in a statement. The HEU, COPECO’s National Risk Management System, and the Honduran Armed Forces’ Humanitarian Rescue Unit (UHR, in Spanish) were among the first institutions to receive the PPE donations.“This donation we have received helps us minimize the risk of infection, because we have the proper material to protect our staff when we go house to house,” Honduran Army Colonel Manuel Edgardo Melgar Viera, UHR commander, told Diálogo. To respond to the coronavirus crisis, UHR units have been distributed food to the most vulnerable communities in the country, and have needed PPE to prevent the spread of the virus.“We are grateful for SOUTHCOM’s donation to the staff who are exposed due to the work we are currently doing, as we bring to our people the food that our government is providing them,” said Col. Melgar.last_img read more

Crying Neymar wails for more ref protection after Gary Medel stamp

first_imgNeymar has likened Gary Medel’s behaviour during Brazil’s 1-0 win over Chile to UFC.Roberto Firmino came off the bench to snatch the winner to make it eight straight victories in a disappointing friendly played as part of both teams’ Copa America preparations. However, much of the focus post-match focused on Chile’s treatment of Barcelona superstar Neymar.Former Cardiff City hard-man Medel was the protagonist of a dour first 45 minutes as he got away with leaving a nasty foot on the Brazilian star – and while the Inter Milan centre-back escaped caution, Neymar was left furious.”That can’t be considered part of the game, no. If we say that is part of the game, then the name [of the sport] is wrong. We can’t call it football – we should call it UFC,” bemoaned the 23-year-old.”But what can we do? The referee didn’t see it. He’s there but he didn’t see it. There are four officials and nobody saw anything.”I am the one who suffers the pain. I think it is because of the rivalry [between Brazil and Chile], and you end up suffering because of it.” However, Medel was unrepentant and took to Twitter to defend himself.“Some friction is normal in football,” wrote the Inter midfielder on Twitter accompanied by a picture of the clash. “It’s just that some make theatre out of it and others play on… It’s a shame not everyone can see that.”–last_img read more

Hawaiis destination carrier curates a preeminent premium leisure expe

first_imgHawaii’s destination carrier curates a preeminent premium leisure experienceHawaii’s destination carrier curates a preeminent premium leisure experienceHawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s largest and longest serving carrier, today revealed a distinctive cabin design for its new A321neo fleet arriving later this year. Signature features of the interior concept and enhanced service evoke the natural splendor of Hawai‘i through color and form, bringing the outdoors in and extending “island time” from the moment a guest steps onboard.“We are a unique destination carrier that caters to the needs of guests traveling to, from and between the beautiful islands of Hawai‘i,” said Avi Mannis, the airline’s senior vice president of marketing. “With an 88-year legacy of authentic Hawaiian hospitality, we are rooted in a sense of place and culture that guides the sensory design elements across our fleet. Together with JPA Design, we have created an emotionally satisfying, aesthetically rich inflight experience that will transform guests in every cabin of our A321neo aircraft.”Mannis joined Tim Manson, design director of UK–based global transport and hospitality design firm JPA Design, in making the joint design announcement on Monday at the 6th annual Passenger Experience Conference in Hamburg, Germany. They spoke at a session titled “Rethinking the Passenger’s Journey,” addressing the configuration of products, systems and processes that enable airlines to create the most comfortable customer-centric journey.The medium-haul, single-aisle A321neo aircraft will usher in Hawaiian’s next growth era when they enter the carrier’s Western U.S. network. The A321neos will complement Hawaiian’s fleet of long-haul, twin-aisle aircraft used for flying between Hawai‘i and the U.S. Mainland and 11 international destinations, and its narrow-body Boeing 717 fleet flying short, interisland routes.Hawaiian’s recent B717 and A330 aircraft cabin redesigns further differentiate its premium leisure product, creating a contemporary design language of “Earth, Sea and Sky” that is interconnected throughout the fleet. The new interior of the mid-range A321neo completes the evolution of that design philosophy, with each interior carefully tailored to the emotional journeys and ergonomic needs of a variety of travelers.“Hawaiian presented JPA Design with a very unique proposition and set of creative challenges,” said Manson. “Collaborating closely with the team at Hawaiian, we crafted a cabin interior that draws inspiration from Hawaii’s rich past and contemporary present. Symbolism from Hawaii’s story is woven throughout the cabin interiors, subtly immersing guests in an environment that brings an elevated authentic premium leisure experience.”Guests will enjoy the choice of three cabin products, with intuitive and comfortable seating provided by B/E Aerospace. The Premium Cabin will be luxuriously appointed with leather recliners, thoughtful design details and a custom lighting fixture incorporating Hawaiian’s signature ‘wave’ motif. The 45 Extra Comfort premium economy seats will offer five more inches of legroom, priority boarding and other perks. Seats in all cabins will be equipped with complimentary high-power USB outlets for device charging, while guests in the Premium Cabin and Extra Comfort seats will enjoy access to an additional AC power outlet. Pivoting overhead bins maximize the amount of space available for carry-on luggage.Textiles and other materials throughout the cabin pay homage to traditional Hawaiian crafts, from bark cloth (kapa) to fishing nets. Guests will discover many details as they experience the cabin, from Hawaiian language used in signage, to unexpected textures, to custom floor and wall laminates in each lavatory. The full LED mood-lighting system has been programmed to evoke Hawaii’s unmatched sunrises and sunsets, enhancing the guest’s mood at each stage along their journey.“With each cabin, we try to integrate a sense of identity and place, while remaining fresh and modern in our design language,” said Mannis. “In that sense the A321neo has provided a superb canvas on which to project a sense of modern Hawai’i.”New to Hawaiian’s guest experience, the A321neo will feature wireless streaming inflight entertainment. Guests will be able to download an application on their personal devices before they board to enjoy a wide selection of complimentary movies, TV shows, and Hawai‘i content available exclusively through the airline’s Hawaiian Skies channel. Holders for personal hand-held devices and tablets will be integrated into the tray tables of the Premium Cabin as well as the first row of Extra Comfort, and built into the backrest of all other seats in the aircraft.The core of the A321neo experience will remain Hawaiian’s award-winning service. The cabin has been designed to enhance the carrier’s signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho‘okipa (translation: I am host). All guests are treated to island-inspired complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai‘i snacks to go along with the airline’s engaging presentation of the islands’ culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.Hawaiian expects to take delivery of 18 new A321neo aircraft between the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2020. Considered the most fuel-efficient aircraft of its type, the plane will seat 189 passengers with 16 First Class, 45 Extra Comfort and 128 Economy class seats. Sales for flights served by the new aircraft and the first dedicated routes will be announced later this year.For a virtual tour of Hawaiian’s new A321neo design, please visit About Hawaiian AirlinesHawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland.Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).Source = Hawaiian Airlineslast_img read more

NTU launches new research centers to prevent and treat diseases affecting Singaporeans

first_imgJun 19 2018Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has launched a suite of new research centers and laboratories to advance the prevention and treatment of the most pressing diseases affecting Singaporeans.The Population and Community Health Laboratories at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), will seek to understand why these diseases occur. They will also develop more targeted strategies for early prevention and prompt treatment so that Singaporeans can lead healthier and more productive lives. LKCMedicine is a joint medical school of NTU Singapore and Imperial College London.The laboratories are in line with the Ministry of Health’s recent call to move beyond healthcare to boost preventive health by encouraging and empowering Singaporeans to take good care of their health, arrest the causes of ill health early and reduce the progression of long-term chronic diseases.Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources, graced the official launch of the Population and Community Health Laboratories on Monday, 18 June 2018.Dr Khor was joined by Mr Lim Chuan Poh, member of the NTU Board of Trustees and Chairman of the LKCMedicine Governing Board, and Professor James Best, Dean of LKCMedicine.Located at LKCMedicine’s state-of-the-art Clinical Sciences Building at NTU’s Novena campus, the new laboratories consist of the Clinical Research Centre, Centre for Population Health Sciences, Centre for Primary Health Care Research & Innovation and the Exercise Medicine & Physiology Laboratory. (Refer to Annex A for more information on the Centers.)NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh, said, “As a Singapore medical school, LKCMedicine is a pillar of the national health system. We should leverage NTU’s unique expertise and infrastructure to drive health research and a deeper understanding of factors underpinning population diseases. Working together with the university’s multidisciplinary institutes will enable solutions that combine the best of science and technology to enrich the human condition. It is important that NTU, as a technologically-advanced and globally-recognized research university, takes the lead in translating research findings from bench to bedside, to improve Singaporeans’ quality of life.”Related StoriesApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsNew laboratories build on NTU’s research strengthsThe direction and objectives of the new Population and Community Health Laboratories are summed up in the landmark Health for Life in Singapore (HELIOS) Study. The 20-year study is hosted at the Clinical Research Centre.The study, led by LKCMedicine Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology John Chambers, aims to assess the health of Singaporeans to better predict and prevent chronic diseases, enabling Singaporeans to live healthier lives as they age.To date, 800 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 30 to 84 have been recruited for this study of more than 10,000 people in the first phase. Their data will form a comprehensive resource that can improve disease prediction, early detection, prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. (Refer to Annex B for more information on the HELIOS Study.)Professor James Best, Dean of LKCMedicine said, “Together with our partners, the National Healthcare Group, we are investing in improving the health of Singaporeans. HELIOS is our flagship contribution to the national effort in precision medicine. These laboratories are dedicated to capturing extensive information about individuals, that will form a powerful database to improve the delivery of care for our aging population.”The Exercise Medicine & Physiology Laboratory will focus on studying the effects that exercise has on the health of people as they age. One study is investigating how long-term moderate to vigorous exercise alters cardio-metabolic risks in people of different ages.Preliminary results from this study suggest that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of diabetes from a young age. They also demonstrate the benefits of promoting good exercise habits in the younger population as a strategy to address the healthcare challenges of an aging population.Results like these provide crucial information that underpins public health strategies aimed at protecting Singaporeans against common diseases.http://media.ntu.edu.sg/NewsReleases/Pages/newsdetail.aspx?news=00116c32-f405-4cc0-92f3-d63ec606c469last_img read more