Canada invests in clean technology for Alberta’s natural resources sectors


first_imgCERIN is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates Canada invests in clean technology for Alberta’s natural resources sectors. (Credit: Wonita & Troy Janzen from Pixabay) Developing Canada’s natural resources in more sustainable, more responsible ways drives our economy, reduces our environmental impacts and creates jobs. This will be more important than ever as we reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of $6 million, as part of the Canadian Emissions Reduction Innovation Network (CERIN) initiative, to the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and Canadian Gas Association (CGA), through their Natural Gas Innovation Fund, to support their work in the oil and gas sector.CERIN is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada and Alberta Innovates, which contributed $4.3 million to accelerate the development of technologies that reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The program brings together a unique collaborative network across Canada of academia, government and industry test centres, including a fully operational natural gas testing facility, focused on finding the right technologies so that they can be deployed quickly in Alberta, across Canada and globally.These investments will inform protocols and standards for the detection and mitigation of methane emissions that will become the benchmark for Canada and the world. Through strong industry collaboration these investments will help Canada better understand and reduce methane emissions.Reducing methane emissions is a significant part of Canada’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and is a focus of the recently announced $750 million Emissions Reduction Fund. The government remains committed to building a clean energy future, and to supporting our natural resource sectors through this tough economic time.Quotes“Canada can’t get to net zero emissions by 2050 without Alberta. This helps us achieve that goal.”The Honourable Seamus O’ReganCanada’s Minister of Natural Resources“Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas, and we have significant expertise in Alberta in mitigation and emissions reduction. CERIN leverages these strengths, along with our research facilities and industry partnerships, to test and apply the latest technologies far more rapidly. This cooperation between industry and innovation system players unlocks economic potential immediately as it works to solve the climate challenge.”Laura Kilcrease, CEOAlberta Innovates“We are excited to be part of the CERIN initiative leading the development, demonstration and deployment of clean technologies in methane emissions management including quantification at a fully operational natural gas production facility. This opportunity brings increased data availability, verified clean technology performance and a greater understanding of high-impact opportunities.”John AdamsManaging Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

The Governor’s Week in Photos


first_img2) Governor, First Lady Dedicate Indiana Statehood Forever Stamp // June 7, 2016. Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial Ambassador, join the U.S. Postal Service to celebrate the issuance of the Indiana Statehood Forever Stamp at a first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday. There, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir provided renditions of historic Indiana songs.image004image005 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare 1) Miracle Ride for Riley // June 5, 2016. Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and hundreds of Hoosier motorcyclists participate in the Miracle RideSunday to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.image001image003center_img 3) Walmart’s Feed ‘Em for Freedom // June 10, 2016. Governor Mike Pence today offered remarks and helped serve lunch to service members and veterans at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana at Walmart’s 7th Feed ‘Em for Freedom event. Throughout this program, Walmart has fed more than 10,000 soldiers.image006last_img read more

Speech: Attorney General speech at the Modern Slavery Summit


first_img the introduction of maximum life sentences for perpetrators; the provision for civil prevention and risk orders’, which stop potential acts of trafficking or forced labour from taking place; and the introduction of a statutory defence for those forced or coerced to commit crimes like cannabis farming – which will also help safeguard victims from abuse. These measures are now beginning to have a real impact and – we are seeing a real rise in convictions for new offences prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act and at least 56 Slavery and Trafficking Prevention and Risk Orders to restrict offender activity are in place.In addition to these new measures and tools, training remains important. Investigators and prosecutors need to be well trained so they are readily able to identify elements of Modern Slavery in their cases. They also need to be aware of the new tools they have available to tackle these crimes and prevent further offending from taking place and to identify and protect victims.As well as a criminal justice response, it is important that there other powers and regulations in place to stop the exploitation of vulnerable victims and to disrupt potential crimes before they take place.The Modern Slavery Act established an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Their job is to work with law enforcement agencies, local authorities and third sector organisations to encourage identification, prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery crimes – across the UK and internationally. This role is essential in order to advise the Government on improvements to the system and to encourage joined up working across the UK.More recently the Government has used the Immigration Act 2016 to extend the remit and strengthen the powers of the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority. Its new mission will be to prevent, detect and investigate worker exploitation across the entire economy.The Modern Slavery Act also includes a world-leading transparency in supply chains measure requiring certain businesses to report how they are eradicating modern slavery from their organisation and their supply chains. By forcing business to report on this, it has made them much more aware of potential modern slavery crimes. Most importantly, the Modern Slavery Act has provisions to give protection to overseas domestic workers, a duty on public authorities to notify the Home Office when they come across potential victims.Crucially, we have found that where support for victims of this crime, who are typically extremely vulnerable and often reluctant, or fearful of engaging with law enforcement, is prioritised prosecution rates are higher and the chance of a successful prosecution much more likely.The National Referral Mechanism – the NRM – is the UK system for identifying and providing access to support to potential victims of modern slavery. The Modern Slavery Act ensued that this support was extended to all victims of Modern Slavery in England and Wales.The NRM should act as bridge – helping victims to be lifted out of situations of exploitation; providing specialist care and support to enable them to begin to recover and rebuild their lives; and facilitating their return to the relevant community.We recognise that the NRM does not always do this for victims, and that is why are committed to reforming it to ensure better results for victims.Having a regulatory environment which encourages collaboration between law enforcement agencies, first line responders and licensing authorities is essential in tackling such a wide ranging crime and our research reflects that this aligned approach produces better outcomes for victims. The global prevalence of Modern Slavery is significant, and whilst it is a largely hidden crime the International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation in 2016 estimated that there are 40.3 million caught up in Modern Slavery globally. This is a conservative estimate and in reality there could be many more victims worldwide.No country can tackle modern slavery alone and I am proud to be part of a Government that is leading the fight against this horrendous crime internationally.To drive further progress and collaboration at the international level, the Prime Minister convened a group of world leaders at a modern slavery event during the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Leaders and senior ministers from 21 member states attended the event and 42 countries have now endorsed an ambitious Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. This sets out the practical steps that countries will take to effectively respond to modern slavery and fulfil the commitments set out by the international community. At that meeting the Prime Minister also announced that the UK would double its aid budget spend on modern slavery to £150m.£33.5 million of this is set aside in a Modern Slavery Fund, managed by the Home Office, and of this £11 million has been allocated to an innovation fund to trial new approaches to tackle and reduce the prevalence of modern slavery and to identify interventions that could be scaled up.This £11 million fund is currently supporting 10 successful projects which are being taken forward by a range of organisations including NGOs, universities and multilateral organisations. These projects target issues such as tackling slavery in supply chains, supporting victims, exploring vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation and helping to share skills and expertise with overseas partners.It should not be surprising that the majority of the victims referred to us are from countries other than the UK. In the last year there has been a significant increase in referrals from Sudan and Ethiopia with the most referrals coming from Vietnam and Albania.In response, we are increasing bilateral engagement with and increasing the operational response in countries from which a high number of vulnerable people are exploited and trafficked into the UK.Building strong partnerships is the key to improving our understanding of the context that leads to vulnerable people being exploited and trafficked to the UK to better inform our approach and operational response so this can be disrupted. This conference is an excellent step in improving that collaborative approach.We are increasing law enforcement cooperation, including through establishing joint investigation teams and greater intelligence sharing, to tackle this crime and bring perpetrators to justice. Additionally we are working with international law enforcement agencies to improve the international operational response. For example, the UK has encouraged Interpol to strengthen its understanding of modern slavery and its enablers to better understand international law enforcement challenges and gaps.We all share a moral duty to end Modern Slavery, a duty that transcends party politics and country borders and which unites us in our determination to root out this dreadful crime from our society.I welcome the opportunity this summit brings to create a unified, international approach to tackling modern slavery and ensure that victims receive the support and assistance they need to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.The leadership we show at this summit is therefore important. The task of tackling modern slavery is an urgent one, so we need swiftly to put our words into practice and hold ourselves to account for the progress that can be made. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you this morning. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to the CPS for organising and hosting this important summit on prosecuting Modern Slavery crimes.On behalf of the UK Government may I also pass on a very warm welcome to you all. Many of you have travelled a long way to be here, and I hope this summit will be an important step in improving international dialogue and combatting the crimes of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.As we are all very well aware, modern slavery exists in all our societies. It respects neither borders nor jurisdictions and its victims are subject to the most appalling mistreatment and exploitation, this brings our task at this summit into sharp focus.I know you will be looking at identifying ways to better support victims and witnesses, and establishing a strong, active international network to tackle Modern Slavery.In the last 8 years, the UK has clearly demonstrated that with the right will and mind-set it is possible to transform our approach to Modern Slavery.The then Home Secretary, and current Prime Minister, identified modern slavery as a significant problem, and since then this Government has put in place an ambitious strategy and dedicated legislation to tackle it.Prior to 2010, there was no bespoke legislation and the law enforcement response was not sufficiently coordinated or effective to deal with this type of offending.Giving law enforcement agencies the tools to tackle modern slavery is paramount in achieving successful prosecutions, and at the same time protecting victims. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 does just that. The Act not only consolidates all modern slavery legislation into one Act, assisting both the police and prosecutors but introduces other equally important measures to improve the criminal justice response. For example :last_img read more

Genius Foods axing 115 jobs and ending production of unbranded products


first_imgGenius Foods is to make 115 workers redundant as part of plans to end production of non-branded products.  The gluten-free manufacturer said it was aiming to “simplify” its operation.“In order to support our market-leading position, we need to simplify and focus on developing and investing in a strong Genius brand,” said Genius chief executive Jeremy Bradley.“As a result, the company will end production of its non-Genius branded business by the end of the year.”A formal employee consultation has begun and redundancies are expected to be made by the end of June this year.“We are committed to doing everything possible to support our employees, especially those who will be directly affected,” added Bradley.The company said it was committed to fully supporting those affected, helping them find alternative employment. The support package will include the opportunity for voluntary redundancy, outplacement assistance and options for relocation within the organisation.Kantar Worldpanel recently announced its latest grocery market share figures, which showed more than half of Brits bought a free-from product in the past three months – 3.3 million more shoppers than a year ago.last_img read more

Graze sales up 8% on UK and US expansion


first_imgSales at snack brand Graze have risen 8% year on year as the business extends its presence in the UK and US.Announcing its financial results for the year ended 28 February 2017, the business reported net revenue of £75.8m and gross profit up 8% year on year. However, EBITDA fell from £7.8m in the previous year to £4.7m following investment in the US operations.Launched in 2009 in the UK, Graze delivers cardboard boxes of healthy snacks, such as nuts, berries and baked goods, direct to consumers. It has expanded into the US with an operation based in New Jersey, and launched a nationwide service there in 2013.It launched into UK retail in July 2015, and products are now stocked by 11,000 stores, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda, Boots and WH Smith. The brand has increased its presence in stores by extending its range from single-serve packs carried at the front of stores to on-the-go formats carried in ‘take-home’ aisles including premium nuts and cereal bars.In the US, Graze products are stocked in around 20,000 stores and have enjoyed a “strong initial performance” at retailers including Walgreens, 7 Eleven and Wholefoods. Graze said the US operation has seen considerable growth since the year end.“Over the last two years we have successfully extended the Graze business from online-only to truly multichannel in both the UK and the US,” said CEO Anthony Fletcher (pictured above)“We are seeing the clear benefits of operating a multichannel model – the insight provided by the direct-to-consumer channel is fundamental in enabling us to innovate at speed. This gives us a significant advantage in the healthy snacking market, where the pace of change is rapid. It has also proven our ability to localise products for new markets quickly, as has been the case in the US.”Fletcher added that he was particularly pleased with the brand’s successes in retail.Graze is majority-owned by US investor The Carlyle Group, with Octopus Investments, Draper Esprit and Management owning the remaining share.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students complete national writing challenge


first_imgSaint Mary’s students Mary Brophy and Dalanie Beach, a senior and a sophomore respectively, took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November. As the month draws to a close, the two students said that the month had been a positive experience.“It was good,” Brophy said. “It was extremely busy because I had to put three separate pieces together to get my final total instead of just writing one like I normally do.”Beach said her NaNoWriMo was similarly successful.“My month went really well,” Beach said. “I actually managed to stay ahead, which I think is mostly due to what I chose to write about.”Both Brophy and Beach said for them the most challenging part of the month was finding the time to write.“I have three classes a day, I was in the play [Once a Belle], work and other extracurricular things so just finding time,” Beach said. “Often, I was racing the clock to midnight, trying to get my word count in.”Brophy agreed that her busy schedule made the month more difficult.“I think it was finding time to work on my novel because normally I don’t worry too much about finding time but because I was taking so many credits this semester I actually I had to search for time to write which was frustrating,” Brophy said.  The opportunity to revise an earlier draft of her work was a highlight of the experience, Brophy said.“I think it would be finishing the first section of my [senior composition] and revising it to the point where I liked it … normally you are just writing out anything you can, just getting words on the pages,“ Brophy said. “But actually having the opportunity to … completely rewrite the thing I was working to the point where it’s actually good was an unusual surprise.”Beach said focusing on the plot of her story, as opposed to the characters, was an interesting part of writing this year.“Normally … I’ll think of a character I want to write about, which is what I did last year, and the plot just came as I was going,” Beach said. “This time I started with the plot and the characters came as I was going. It was cool to see that reversal happen.”This year, Brophy said she learned to accept the point of NaNoWriMo is the act of writing and not necessarily completing a project.“In years past I haven’t taken as many credits or wasn’t even in college yet, so I had time,” she said. “[This year has been] a good reminder that I don’t have to win every year; I definitely push myself to hit that 50,000 word count but I was really close to not getting there so I think I learned it’s okay to not finish NaNoWriMo, as long as I am doing some writing.”Tags: characters, National Novel Writing Month, novels, Plot, writinglast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Is There Life After Racing?


first_imgDear Mountain Mama,This past season, I’ve realized that I will never again beat my personal records. I’m on the decline of my racing career. My best times, longest climbs, and hardest rides are all behind me. My body doesn’t recover as fast as it used to, and when I try to dig deeper, I often get injured. Competing fueled me, but it seems pointless to enter another race when there’s no chance that I’ll finish first. But without racing, I worry that I will become a coach potato. Any advice for a middle-aged has-been on life after racing?Yours,On the Decline————————————————————————-Dear On the Decline,When I was in law school, my sweetie spent his early 20s racing bikes professionally and training in the Alps. One day he went to see a movie with his best friend, also a cyclist. His best friend died of heart failure in the middle of the theater. He was only 25-years-old. Because of that, my boyfriend quit cycling and applied to law school. He was pretty sure his friend died because of all the drugs he had pumped into his body to ride faster and harder. My boyfriend had pumped the same performance enhancing drugs into his own body.We dated for a year, and during that time my boyfriend never rode his bike. For him, the best parts of bicycling were in his past, something he walked away from when he left his racing career behind. He wasn’t even 30 and already he had resigned to living as though the best parts of his life were behind him. He mourned the loss of cycling, but he could not reconcile riding a bike and not racing. It was a sad thing, to see a person be so stubborn as to refuse to find a way to incorporate his passion into his life.On the Decline, I implore you not to be like my law school sweetie, to find a way to stick with cycling.  If you truly love the sport, be innovative and adapt it to your aging body. Many people race well into their old age and set new goals, ones more appropriate and achievable. Consider setting PRs in your age group as your new measure of success, and stagger your work outs so that your body had a chance to adequately recover between hard rides.If racing isn’t something you enjoy anymore, be creative about cycling. Sometimes the lightness of beginning again frees us from the pressure of success. Perhaps the surest path to experiencing joy on a bike is by riding in a different context. There are so many possibilities, from touring and seeing the world from the vantage point of a bike to commuting and meeting a whole new circle of riding friends. Or you might consider teaching a youngster to ride a bike or even coaching inexperienced racers. Maybe you will write stories about your best races or take up photography and capture other cyclists as they cross the finishing line.On the Decline, you can do better than quit. Challenge yourself to think differently about bicycling, because the very best of your potential demands that you love what you do.Ride On,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

2 B.C. Transit buses named in Broome Co. health alert for COVID exposure


first_imgOfficials say you should self-quarantine if you were at these locations at the respective times for 10 minutes or more. The individual was also on B.C. Transit bus #53 on Oct. 19 from the hours of 6 to 7 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The health department says the individual was on B.C. Transit bus #57 on Oct. 17 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 5 and 6p.m. and Oct. 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you were on either of these buses at the times listed above the health department asks you to self-quarantine for 14 days past the date of exposure. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has learned a person who used B.C. Transit buses has tested positive for COVID. last_img

Gobernador Wolf: $10.5 millones para ayudar a los centros de educación profesional y técnica a reanudar su funcionamiento


first_img August 06, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: $10.5 millones para ayudar a los centros de educación profesional y técnica a reanudar su funcionamiento Education,  Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf está destinando aproximadamente $10.5 millones de dólares a centros de educación profesional y técnica (CTC, por sus siglas en inglés) para ayudarlos a implementar planes de salud pública y seguridad, y a reanudar su funcionamiento. Las subvenciones a los CTC aportan fondos para apoyar la continuidad eficaz de los programas educativos, como programas de verano y otros programas ampliados, y las evaluaciones de las certificaciones de la industria para los alumnos inscritos en los CTC afectados negativamente por las medidas de mitigación de la COVID-19.“Los CTC en Pennsylvania están preparando a los alumnos para ingresar a la fuerza laboral del estado, y nuestras comunidades dependen de que estos alumnos altamente calificados completen su educación y obtengan sus certificaciones”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Los fondos ayudarán a estas instituciones a reanudar la enseñanza de manera segura”.La Ley de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica por el Coronavirus (CARES) autoriza a los gobernadores a determinar el uso educativo de los Fondos de Ayuda Educativa de Emergencia del Gobernador (GEER, por sus siglas en inglés).Las subvenciones se calcularon sobre la base de la fórmula de asignación de las subvenciones federales de Perkins CTC, que toma en cuenta la población de alumnos de 5 a 17 años y el porcentaje de pobreza dentro del mismo grupo de edad. Asimismo, la fórmula incluye un factor para tener en cuenta la matriculación total de alumnos en una entidad educativa local en los programas de educación técnica y profesional.Los fondos GEER pueden usarse para la reapertura segura de las escuelas ante la presencia de la COVID-19. Puede incluir, entre otros, la compra de equipos de protección, desinfectante de manos/productos de limpieza; equipos o tecnologías para compartir las clases que se dictan en las aulas en Internet; instalación de barreras u otros dispositivos de protección en estructuras de edificios; o la compra de aplicaciones de salud para ayudar en el rastreo de contactos y el monitoreo de los alumnos.Los beneficiarios de las subvenciones recibirán una comunicación directa del Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) con las instrucciones para solicitar la eGrant.“La pandemia de COVID-19 ha afectado a todos los niveles de educación del estado, incluidos los CTC que tienen un mayor nivel de enseñanza práctica”, dijo el Secretario de Educación Pedro A. Rivera. “Muchos de estos alumnos comienzan sus carreras inmediatamente después de graduarse, contribuyendo a las economías de sus comunidades locales y del estado. Es imperativo que mantengamos esta vía disponible para los alumnos”.Desde 2014-15, el número de alumnos de educación profesional y técnica que obtuvieron certificaciones reconocidas por la industria ha aumentado en un 50.1% y el número de certificaciones obtenidas por los alumnos inscritos en los programas CTE ha aumentado en un 43.3%.Hay más de 80 CTC en Pennsylvania que ofrecen una combinación de clases teóricas y enseñanza práctica en programas aprobados por el Departamento de Educación. Miles de alumnos obtienen credenciales o certificaciones en la industria para trabajos locales de alta demanda, por lo que se gradúan en un camino hacia el éxito.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Church of England and AP7 tackle Rio Tinto over lobbying support


first_imgThe Church of England Pensions Board said it and the other investors behind the resolution have assets totalling nearly £50bn (€56bn).The UK pension fund said the resolution calls on the company to review and fully disclose its relationships with industry bodies including the MCA that block progress on Australian and global climate and energy frameworks.Adam Matthews, the fund’s head of engagement, said: “It is a matter of public record that Rio Tinto has supported the Paris Agreement and limiting climate change to 2 degrees.“However, that position is undermined when industry associations and lobbying groups, financially supported by Rio Tinto, take contrary lobbying positions,” he said.Meanwhile, AP7, which runs the default option in Sweden’s premium pension system, said it owned shares in Rio Tinto worth around SEK800m (€78.6m).“I find it unacceptable that companies directly or through their industry associations, are lobbying against effective climate policy, and therefore jeopardising the long-term value growth of our pension portfolios,” said Richard Gröttheim, AP7’s chief executive.Australia’s Local Government Super (LGS) said that as a long-term shareholder in Rio Tinto, it wanted to get a better understanding of the shareholder value it received from the company’s third-party industry groups, whose policy stance seemed to contradict the mining firm’s formal commitment to the Paris Agreement’s target.“Our research shows that Rio provides significant funding to these industry groups whose policy advocacy position has helped create the prolonged energy and climate policy stalemate in Australia,” it said.This deadlock had in turn created the recent strong increases seen in electricity prices, LGS said. This had happened as the policy uncertainty deterred “the much-needed investment in new energy generation across Australia,” it added.“We estimate these high electricity prices are adding tens to hundreds of millions of dollars extra to Rio’s overall costs,” the Australian pension fund said.The AGM for Rio Tinto plc will take place in London on 11 April, while Rio Tinto Limited’s AGM is to be held in Melbourne on 2 May. The Church of England Pensions Board and Swedish national pension fund AP7 have joined Australia’s Local Government Super in confronting mining group Rio Tinto over its membership of lobby groups they say are hampering progress on climate change.The three pension funds have thrown their weight behind a shareholder resolution coordinated by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) and to be heard at the company’s AGM this year.ACCR, a not-for-profit shareholder lobby group, says it is recruiting investors to act as co-filers on the resolution because Rio Tinto is using shareholders’ money to pay for an expensive membership of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).“Rio Tinto and the MCA’s positions on climate change and energy policy drift further apart every year,” ACCR said.last_img read more