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first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Support Environmental Cleanup and Revitalization Projects at 12 Abandoned Mine Sites Across the State Potts Run acid mine drainage treatment/stream restoration, Knox Township: A passive treatment system to lower acidity should remove this stream from the impaired waters list and restore it as a coldwater fishery, improving property values and outdoor recreation opportunities.Lackawanna County Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $25 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization projects at 12 abandoned mine land (AML) locations in fourteen municipalities across Pennsylvania.“These projects demonstrate my administration’s strong commitment to assisting Pennsylvania communities in overcoming the challenges of abandoned mine land,” Governor Wolf said. “While it protects public health and safety through environmental cleanup, the disbursement of this funding will also support the creation of thousands of jobs, create new residential and business opportunities, and revitalize communities and outdoor recreation spaces that attract people and improve quality of life. I’m thrilled that we could support these important projects.”The approved abandoned mine cleanup projects will help eliminate public health and safety hazards and improve stream, groundwater, and land quality. The local community and economic development projects include: a regional airport expansion, new business parks, a residential development, reuse of coal waste in electricity generation, and outdoor sports and recreation amenities, such as trails, ballfields, and fishing.“Mine reclamation is the exacting process of removing acid mine drainage from streams, neutralizing acidity in the soil; removing dangerous mine highwalls; stabilizing sinkholes; and addressing other hazards,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “But ‘mine reclamation’ ultimately means a renewal of possibility for coal communities, and this can be a game-changer.”The DEP Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation solicited proposals and selected projects based on federal guidelines and project benefits. DEP also provides or assists with the technical expertise needed to restore land, water, and air quality at the abandoned mine sites. The Wolf Administration is leading the coordination of more than 30 local organizations, businesses, and individuals to accomplish these important projects in an impactful way.Project funding comes from the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) 2017 AML Pilot Program, which specifically targets abandoned mine cleanup projects that are linked to local community and economic development goals.“OSMRE is pleased to partner with Pennsylvania’s AML Program to implement these AML Pilot Program projects to reclaim abandoned mine sites and provide local economic revitalization and community development benefits,” said Thomas Shope, OSMRE Appalachian Regional Director.The full list of 2017 AML Pilot Projects includes:Beaver County Quakake Tunnel acid mine drainage treatment/trout stream restoration/Black Creek Trail creation, Packer Township and Weatherly Borough: An active treatment system to remove acid will restore 8 miles of wild trout stream (Quakake Creek and Black Creek). The new Black Creek Trail will be constructed from Weatherly Borough to Lehigh Gorge State Park, and opportunities for outdoor recreation and related local commerce will increase.Clearfield County April 06, 2018 Lackawanna College subsidence abatement, Scranton: Filling underground mine voids under a six-story building that’s part of the new Cornerstone Commons will enable use of the building for classrooms and other uses, leading to about 90 full- or part-time jobs as well as construction and indirect employment.Luzerne County TASA refuse piles/South Sandy Creek restoration, Irwin Township: About 200,000 tons of acid-forming coal refuse will be excavated and sent to Scrubgrass Generating Station for electricity generation, enabling the company to add new employees. Elimination of a major source of AMD to tributaries to South Sandy Creek and Williams Run will improve about 13 miles of stream and improve local groundwater quality. The reclaimed site is anticipated to be used for agricultural purposes.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Stineman refuse pile reclamation/Path of the Flood Trail extension, South Fork Borough and Adams Township: Twenty acres of coal refuse will be pulled away from the South Fork Little Conemaugh River, improving river health. The Path of the Flood Trail will be extended to the Johnstown Flood Memorial, completing the trail. This will enhance the popular annual trail race; opportunities for educational tourism, hiking, biking, and kayaking; and related local commerce.Carbon County Donaldson Culm Bank Stream Restoration, Frailey Township: Coal waste will be removed along Good Spring Creek, currently designated as clogged stream land, and repurposed for local power generation. Nearly 18 acres of floodplain and wetlands will be created, reducing flooding, and the restored site will become an environmental park with trails.Porter Floodplain restoration, West Brunswick Township: Coal silt will be removed from 10 acres of clogged stream land, processed, and sold as fuel. Water quality in the Schuylkill River will be improved, and a missing section of the Schuylkill River Trail Network between the Auburn and Hamburg trail heads will be constructed, increasing opportunities for fishing, hiking, and other outdoor recreation and related local commerce.Venango County CAN DO North Park Drive Business Park, Hazle Township: Almost 130 acres of mine land will be regraded to pre-mining conditions to be developed into seven developable parcels in the CAN DO Industrial Park.Hollars Hill South AML site and Cranberry Creek Gateway Project, Hazle Township: About 150 acres of mine spoil, industrial/residential waste, and hazardous structures will be reclaimed for a community ballfield complex and to allow development of the planned residential, retail, and commercial development called Cranberry Creek Gateway.Earth Conservancy Bliss Bank 3 Business Park, Hanover and Newport Townships: Remediation of 55 acres of mined land, including 1,200 feet of dangerous mine highwalls, will allow the completion of the 220-acre Bliss Bank business park. With active recruitment of nationwide companies underway, about 1,000 full-time jobs are anticipated.Swoyersville refuse pile/community athletic complex, Swoyersville Borough: In the first phase of the Swoyersville culm bank reclamation, approximately 15 acres of the 55-acre coal refuse pile will be removed and remediated, with over 2 million cubic yards of refuse anticipated to be usable for electricity cogeneration facilities. Floodplain restoration will improve water quality in the Abrahams Creek Watershed and reduce flooding. Seven acres of the reclaimed property will be transferred to Swoyersville Borough for development of a new community athletic complex that will allow multiple teams to play, drawing more people to the borough.Schuylkill County Zelienople Municipal Airport expansion, Franklin Township: Over 3,400 feet of mine highwall and a 12-acre hillside obstruction will be removed. The runway will be extended, adding more flight options and about 25 new jobs.Cambria Countylast_img read more

first_imgIt is now confirmed that some COVID-19 donations to Kenya from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma through his Alibaba Foundation never arrived in the country.Appearing before National Assembly Health Committee on Thursday, Transport CAS Chris Obure disclosed that they never received 21 packages of assorted medical supplies from Ethiopia.“We were supposed to receive 697 packages but when the consignment arrived at JKIA we received 21 packages less. That shortfall was in Ethiopia and not Kenya. We hope at the end of the matter we will receive these 21 packages” he said. The donations were shipped to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which houses the African Union headquarters, before being distributed to the 54 African countries, Kenya among them.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 CAS Obure: The Ministry of Health has confirmed to me that it has been in touch with the Ethiopian authorities who have promised a response #jackma donations #covid19. The matter is still alive ^MK pic.twitter.com/leogPL4UWh— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 3, 2020Obure made it clear to the MPs who had piled pressure on him to disclose the contents of the missing supplies that he was not aware of what they were and monetary value.Also Read  KNCCI training to help special group SMEs cope during COVID-19There have been allegations that some of the Covid-19 donations were either sold to private companies while others were diverted, claims that have been dismissed by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe Wednesday before the same committee.CAS Obure: We received what we received in the manner in which it was packaged and dispatched from the source (Jack Ma Foundation (China). Am not aware if there was any repackaging in Addis Ababa #Jackma #covid19 ^MK pic.twitter.com/1b93suvWrM— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 3, 2020He further rebuffed claims by some members that the donations may have been repackaged from Ethiopia maintaining that they received them in the manner they were dispatched from China.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths“ The Ministry realised that the 21 packages were missing after verifying with the parking documents from China. I assure you we will continue to pursue the matter with the Ministry of Health to ensure they are delivered,” Obure said.Felix Ateng Director – Government Clearing Agency who also appeared before the house team reiterated that the missing packages never reached Nairobi and that he immediately notified the Health ministry of the development.Felix Ateng Director – Government Clearing Agency on missing #Jackma donations. Upon receiving the consignment, we discovered 21 packages were missing and the MOH is following up with Ethiopian government where the goods originated from ^MK pic.twitter.com/uVIF7DS6Om— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 3, 2020It is still not clear how the packages went missing, whether it was from China or Ethiopia with the legislators insisting that to get to the bottom of the matter, the movement of the consignment should be tracked afresh from Jack Ma foundation in China.Committee members defy chair Sabina appeal to rest the matter (missing packages) promising to pursue with health ministry. Members demand tracking of the consignment from #JackMa foundation and who takes responsibility ^MK pic.twitter.com/y0KnH07us1— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 3, 2020On further questioning, Obure said the matter squarely lies with Health and Foreign Affairs ministries explaining that his ministry was involved because the government clearing agency then was administratively under the Transport ministry but has been moved to Treasury in the latest government reorganisation.CAS: My ministry’s role was to clear the goods at JKIA , administratively we are in charge of the clearing agency. The matter is in hands of MOH & Foreign Affairs. Again, the govt clearing agency has been moved to Treasury and as a ministry we now have no stand in this matter ^MK pic.twitter.com/vjlhcPKVQz— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 3, 2020center_img Also Read   Time to re-open schools in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEFlast_img read more

first_imgThe USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research held its first conference on the Guatemalan genocide this week to bring together researchers for informative panels on the little-known history of this era in Latin America. The conference, “A Conflict? Genocide and Research in Guatemala,” began Sunday and will continue through Wednesday.Attendees included award-winning activist and professor Victoria Sanford, as well as Fredy Peccerelli, a forensic anthropologist and 1999 winner of the CNN and Time Magazine “50 Latin American Leaders for the New Millennium.” In the 1980s, the Mayan people were targeted within Guatemala for protesting against a repressive government. According to the Holocaust Museum of Houston, around 200,000 people went missing or were killed, and 1.5 million people were displaced when the Guatemalan army obliterated villages. The conflict lasted around 36 years and ended with the 1996 Oslo Accords. However, since the 1990s, the genocide has been somewhat pushed aside and forgotten. The Shoah Foundation’s mission is to share the stories of genocide survivors through the platform of audio-visual interviews. The organization has collected close to 53,000 survivor testimonies from 63 countries in 41 languages and hopes that their videos will help to better convey the lives of the survivors and teach future generations. The Shoah Foundation and its partners aim to bring attention to the genocide and share the unheard stories of the Guatemalan victims. Brigitte Suhr, an attendee that worked in Guatemala through the Guatemalan Truth Commission, emphasized the need to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the country. Like many participants, Suhr hopes to see an increased awareness of the genocide and accurate representations of the accounts of the victims. Sanford, a professor at Lehman College, presented a similar idea in her speech.“We know this knowledge must be shared,” Sanford said. “How do we keep the voices and the survivors at the front?” Fredy Peccerelli, who worked with the Mayan peoples as a member of the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation, painted a picture of the “raw emotions” of the people in the community. With the help of families, Peccerelli and his crew have been able to further research the conflict and identify genocide victims. Furthermore, through collaboration with the Shoah Foundation, 217 interviews have been conducted and the victims have shared stories of rape, mass murder, the loss of loved ones and the psychological aftermath of a genocide.Conference speakers emphasized that genocides are not a thing of the past, as there are ongoing genocides in Syria and throughout Africa; however, through education, future generations can learn how to tackle these issues. “Education is one solution to the problem, along with certain political matters, so it’s a complex of things,” said Wolf Gruner, director of the Shoah Foundation. “But we need to change so genocide will not happen again. First and foremost, we want to raise awareness and spread knowledge.” Stephen Smith, UNESCO co-chair on genocide education and a member of the Shoah Foundation, explained that through resources like Shoah Foundation’s iWitness — the online compilation of all the video interviews that the foundation conducts — younger generations can learn and prevent mass genocides. “We really can’t compare human suffering, but the causes and consequences of violence in genocidal societies we need to understand better and deeper,” Smith said. “Our attitudes really do matter to the way in which the world works.” The conference is one in a series of events meant to address genocide in Latin America, including a conference co-hosted with UNESCO last Friday. The Shoah Foundation also partnered with Visions and Voices to bring Rebeca Lane, a Latin-American hip-hop artist, to campus on Tuesday. Lane was raised during the time following the Guatemalan Civil War and Guatemalan genocide and is not only an artist, but also an activist, sociologist and educator.last_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Youssef El-Arabi scored in the last minute of extra-time as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League on Thursday on a night when four former European champions were eliminated.Ajax, Celtic, Benfica and Porto went out but Manchester United hardly broke sweat after Simon Deli of Brugge conceded a penalty and earned a red card in the 23rd minute at Old Trafford and won 5-0.Arsenal had won the first leg of the round of 32 tie 1-0 in Greece.Defender Pape Abou Cisse cancelled out that advantage when he headed in a corner after 53 minutes.Arsenal could not break through and were forced to extra time.Giorgos Masouras hit the bar for Olympiakos in the 112th minute and a minute later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck for Arsenal, putting them back in front with a spectacular flying kick.However, in the final minute of extra time, Arsenal cleared an Olympiakos corner but were still disorganised when the ball was swung back into the area.The cross found El Arabi free in front of goal for an unchallenged shot.“Very hard, very tough,” said Aubameyang. “Their last-minute goal was unlucky for us.”Last year Arsenal reached the final.“It hurts a lot,” said Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager. “Attack against defence in 25 metres is difficult, but we created enough chances to win the game comfortably.”Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins was delighted.“We were determined, we believed we could qualify and we made it,” said he said. “Tactical intelligence, effectiveness, inner strength, courage…they all weighed in this success.”At Old Trafford, one of United’s recent signings Bruno Fernandes gave the hosts the lead with a penalty after Deli’s flying intervention.The other new boy, Odion Ighalo, making his first start, hit his first goal for the club in the 34th minute.– Tentative Ajax –For the Nigerian, who says United were his childhood club, it was a moment to celebrate, but the emotion was mixed. Ighalo lifted his shirt to reveal a picture of his sister Mary Atole who died suddenly at her home in Canada in December. Ighalo also has her name stitched into his boots.“I have been waiting for this,” said Ighalo. “It’s a moment I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”Scott McTominay and Fred, with two late goals, completed the 5-0 rout and 6-1 aggregate win.“The football we played at times pleased me the most,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United manager.“The players are smiling, they are playing with confidence and that is what we want. The new lads have brought that in.”Ajax, Champions League semi-finalists last year, kicked off two goals down to Getafe, this season’s Liga surprise team, and conceded another after five minutes.Jaime Mata exploited tentative Ajax defending to spin and drill in a low shot from close range.That left the home needed needing to score four, they managed two, the first from young Brazilian Danilo Pereira, with his first for the club, and an own goal when Mathias Olivera deflected a free kick. Getafe held on comfortably.Copenhagen scored three goals on three shots as they won 3-1 at Celtic, but deserved the victory.Jozo Simunovic’s weak back pass gave Copenhagen the ball close to goal after 51 minutes and Micheal Santos completed the punishment.With seven minutes left, Odsonne Edouard levelled with a penalty but as Celtic tried to press, their defence panicked twice in the last five minutes. Pep Biel and Dame N’Doye coolly accepted the gifts to make the aggregate score 4-2.“It just wasn’t our day and we’re big boys, we can take it on the chin and we’ve got to make sure we bounce back,” said Celtic captain Craig BrownBenfica went out 5-4 on a aggregate after repeatedly throwing away the initiative as they drew 3-3 at home to Romanians Cluj.Porto subsided 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen to go out 5-2 overall.Inter Milan beat Ludogorets 2-1 to advance 4-1 in a match played in an empty San Siro because fans were banned to avoid spreading coronavirus.The game between FC Salzburg and Eintracht Frankfurt was postponed because of a forecast of dangerously high winds and will be played on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook386Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of TumwaterLooking for free fun for the whole family?  Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for “Screen on the Green” outdoor movies, Friday evenings in August.Each August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation brings four movies to our outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater WA 98501). Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE.  Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River’s Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic (park rules apply). Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited.Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information: (360) 754-4160. We look forward to seeing you on the GREEN!2014 Screen on the Green movie line-up:Friday, August 1 “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG-13)Friday, August 8 “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG)Friday, August 15 “Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13)Friday, August 22 “Frozen: The Sing-Along” (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar (see below for details) Root Beer Float Bar – Friday, August 22 (Sponsor: Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce)At this year’s final SOTG movie, you will be treated to a free Root Beer Float while enjoying the Sing-Along version of “Frozen.” Root beer floats courtesy of the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Puget Sound Energy and South Sound Foursquare Church.  For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreat.last_img read more