European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The European Union is considering binding standards for natural gas to limit emissions of methane, the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. The 27-member bloc is the world’s biggest importer of gas, and imposing such standards could affect its major suppliers, which include Russia and Norway.Published on Wednesday, the EU methane strategy includes a clearer commitment than previous drafts, which shied away from methane limits on gas consumed in Europe. It said any legislation would follow an impact assessment involving international partners.“The Commission will consider methane emission reduction targets, standards or other incentives for fossil energy consumed and imported in the EU in the absence of significant commitments from international partners,” the policy said. Curbing methane is key to plans to cut EU greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. However, that target does not capture the emissions released to produce or transport gas to the EU, whereas methane standards for imported gas would.Methane, which is emitted from leaky oil and gas pipelines and infrastructure, unused coal mines and farming, is 84 times more potent than CO2 in its first 20 years in the atmosphere.The Commission will propose legislation next year requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and report methane emissions and repair leaks. It will consider banning venting and flaring, which release methane into the atmosphere or deliberately burn it.Satellite data has shown methane emissions significantly higher than levels reported by industry. The Commission said it will help launch an independent international body to gather data, supported by EU satellites.[Kate Abnett]More: EU considers binding methane emissions standards for gas European Union may enact binding limits on methane emissions from gas industrylast_img read more

United States Donates Demining Equipment to Ecuador

first_img The gear will be used for demining the area known as Cordillera del Cóndor, where Ecuador and Peru engaged in armed conflicts back in 1981 and 1995, due to an old territorial controversy that concluded after a peace agreement was signed in 1998. Last June, Ecuador and Peru announced the creation of a bilateral unit for demining that would be used in international operations coordinated by the United Nations. This contribution was provided as part of the Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA) program under the Organization of American States (OAS), according to a statement by the Ecuadorean Ministry of Defense. “In about ten years, we have extracted over 200,000 landmines. I believe there will be about 100,000 more landmines to extract, although it is very difficult to give an exact number,” Cristóbal Carrillo, member of Ecuadorean Army Corps of Engineers, told the press. By Dialogo October 02, 2012center_img During a ceremony in which Adam Namm, the U.S. ambassador in Quito, made the official donation, officials said that the equipment is valued at $500,000, and includes safety gear, helmets, and metal detectors. Part of the cooperation from the United States included having U.S. Military demining experts previously train the Ecuadorean soldiers. The United States provided Ecuador with equipment to demine the shared border with Peru, on September 28. This border area endured armed conflicts in 1981 and 1995, informed official sources. last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Finals will continue into Tuesday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, May 11, 2016:Friday•State tennis at Topeka.•Finals 1, 2.Sunday•Graduation, 2 p.m.Monday’s lunch — Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Oven Fries, Baked Beans, Cookie, Mandarin Oranges and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Corn Dog, Finger Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple and Milk.Today’s News: *Students- Don’t forget to turn in your library books! Any book not returned before locker clean-out will be charged full replacement price.* It’s not too late to sign up for the Spain 2017 Trip! If you are interested please stop by and visit with Mrs. Groom before you leave for the summer. The sooner you sign up, the lower your payments!*The FINALS schedule is as follows:Friday  May 13th- Normal Schedule 1-4 Students not taking finals may leave after 4th hour. Lunch  11:22 – 11:471st      11:52 – 1:332nd       1:38 – 3:10Monday  May 16th 3rd        7:55 – 9:354th        9:40 – 11:17Lunch   11:22 – 11:475th        11:52 -1:336th        1:38  – 3:10Tuesday May 17th7th      7:55 – 9:358th      9:40 – 11:00*Walk a Mile in My Shoes will be held at Lions Club Park on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am until noon. Please come walk to raise awareness for sexism and discrimination. T-shirts are available. Order forms are in the office.Today is National…National Crouton DayNational Apple Pie DayNational Frog Jumping DayNational Blame Someone Else Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Salah, hosts Egypt set for Africa Cup bow in stifling heat

first_img– ‘Tremendous support’ –Aguirre says fears that his talisman may be jaded after a long season of Premier League and Champions League football are unfounded.“Mohamed took a holiday after the Champions League final, did not play in our first warm-up match and only came on after half-time in the second,” he countered.Aguirre also dismissed the view that Egypt rely too heavily on Salah, saying: “We have selected 23 footballers who are totally committed to the cause of winning the Cup of Nations.“It is impossible for one footballer to win a Cup of Nations on his own. Mohamed will receive tremendous support from his team-mates.“All the players are mentally and physically ready and we look forward to beginning our campaign with a victory over Zimbabwe.”The countries have met only once in a Cup of Nations with Egypt winning 2-1 in Tunisia 15 years ago and both teams were eliminated after the first round.Zimbabwe captain and forward Knowledge Musona, who plays in Belgium, stressed that they must not become obsessed by Salah, despite the huge threat he poses.“We must not just stop Salah, we must stop all the Egyptians. If we concentrate only on one, others will destroy us,” he warned.“We are not here to talk — we are here to play football. We are in Egypt to achieve success and make every Zimbabwean proud of us.The Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda are the other teams in Group A and they meet Saturday at the same venue as the opening match.Group winners and runners-up qualify for the knockout second round along with the best four of the six third-place finishers.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Egypt teamCairo, Egypt | AFP | All eyes will be on Mohamed Salah later Friday as the Egypt star looks to help the Africa Cup of Nations hosts launch their bid for a record-extending eighth title in style against Zimbabwe in the opening match of a tournament expanded to 24 teams for the first time.After avenging last year’s Champions League anguish with Liverpool three weeks ago, Salah is now on a mission for redemption with the Pharaohs after injury wrecked his World Cup campaign in Russia — ruining Egypt’s return to the global showpiece after a 28-year absence.Egypt, the runners-up to Cameroon in 2017, top the betting as favourites to lift the trophy in Cairo on July 19 and have won the competition as hosts three of the previous four times, with the last of those in 2006 sparking an unprecedented run of three successive triumphs.Authorities are confident the infrastructure is in place to host the continent’s largest football contest, awarded to Egypt at just six months’ notice, and which kicks off against a backdrop of terror attacks and only days after the death of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Players will also have to contend with average temperatures of between 35 and 38 Celsius (95-100.4 Fahrenheit) following the decision to switch the tournament from its traditional January/February time slot to June/July to avoid European club-versus-country clashes.Reports of a mooted boycott Thursday of the curtain-raiser by Zimbabwe over a pay dispute were swiftly denied by the country’s football association, ZIFA.“The Zimbabwe Football Association would like to reiterate that the Warriors have remained focused ahead of opening Group A match against Egypt,” it said in a statement.“The Warriors have not ventured in any industrial action or strike as reported in some social media circles.”Egypt coach Javier Aguirre is confident of capturing a second international title, a decade on from leading his native Mexico to CONCACAF Gold Cup glory.“We are the favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup,” said the 60-year-old Aguirre, the first Mexican to guide the Egyptian national team.“Egypt are playing at home, can count on passionate support and have Mohamed Salah, the best footballer in Africa.”Salah has returned home after another stellar season with Liverpool, which he completed by scoring the first goal in a 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.His 22 English Premier League goals last season gave him share of the Golden Boot title with two fellow Africans, Senegalese Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.last_img read more

MGH&FC CEO Eric Moll Honored as Chamber Health Care Champion

first_imgFacebook167Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason General Hospital & Family of ClinicsThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, has named Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll as one of its 2019 Health Care Champions. Moll will be presented with the Innovation in Rural Medicine Award at the chamber’s 13th annual Health Care Champions awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at the Olympia Country & Golf Club in Olympia.Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll was named a 2019 Health Care Champion. Photo courtesy: Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics“Even though this is an individual award, I want to honor the special people and team that makes this recognition possible through the amazing care and work being done every day by our Mason team,” Moll said. “I deeply respect the legacy of past Health Care Champions. They continually inspire me to grow and improve to help our patients, employees and community.”The Health Care Champion awards were established to recognize heroic acts, steadfast dedication, extraordinary service and professionalism that are seen every day in our community’s medical offices, clinics, hospitals, emergency services and related organizations, according to the Thurston chamber.Past award winners from Mason County include the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund, which was awarded the Community Impact Award at last year’s Health Care Champions ceremony, and longtime Mason County Public Hospital District No. 1 Commissioner Nancy Trucksess, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 after she retired from the board.The awards committee honored Dr. Mark Schlauderaff of Mason General Hospital’s Olympic Physicians Clinic with the Innovation in Rural Medicine award in 2015.“Mason is innovative in that we are not afraid to fail in pursuing the improvement care delivery for our patients,” Moll said. “We value learning and improving. This has allowed us continuously to improve our approach to integrated, team-based care.”Moll joins other 2019 honorees Dr. Lucinda Grande of Pioneer Family Practice in Lacey (Innovative Community Service Award), Dr. Chelsea Unruh of Olympia (Health Care Pioneer Award), and Eileen McKenzie Sullivan with Senior Services of South Sound (Safety Net Award).Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympia Country & Golf Club and will include honoree recognition, videos, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at http://thurstonchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/health-care-champions-7129.MGH&FC is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. MGH&FC now offers 3D Mammography Services and Virtual Care 24/7.  For more information on 3D mammograms, Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.last_img read more