View post tag: CCGS Corporal McLaren Authorities November 19, 2018 View post tag: Hero-Class A Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel slid into water after slipping off its cradle in the early morning hours of November 17.The Hero-class patrol vessel CCGS Corporal McLaren is partially submerged following the incident which Halifax police are investigating as a possible case of vandalism.The vessel was beginning a scheduled refit at the Canadian marine engineering Ltd shipyard in Sambro, NovaScotia, when the incident happened.The Halifax police said a preliminary investigation revealed that someone damaged the slip which caused the ship to slide back in the ocean. The police further said the incident was deemed suspicious and an investigation was underway.In an update on November 18, the coast guard said divers had surveyed the ship and work on sealing all water ingress points on the vessel is underway.CCGS Corporal McLaren is one of nine vessels in its class built by Halifax Shipyards between 2011 and 2014. The vessels measure 42 meters in length and are based on the Damen Stan 4207 patrol vessel design. Back to overview,Home naval-today Police investigating vandalism as Canadian Coast Guard ship slips into water View post tag: Canadian Coast Guard Police investigating vandalism as Canadian Coast Guard ship slips into water Share this article
January 9, 2020Members of the state legislature are at the Indiana Statehouse to begin their yearly session to vote on and amend bills that could become the state’s newest laws. EPA ORDERS ONLINE STORE TO STOP SELLING ILLEGAL PESTICIDES INDIANA CITY PART OF COALITION FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE More in Government JIM BEAM FINED FOR KENTUCKY BOURBON SPILL, FISHKILL Go to the home page EPA APPOINTS NEW REGION 5 ADMINISTRATOR TO OVERSEE INDIANA, SURROUNDING STATES FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail SEE ALL IDEM BUDGET REDUCED BY $35 MILLION IN LAST DECADE REPORT FINDS EPA REDUNDANCIES ARE WASTING TAX DOLLARS Some of the bills introduced could have a direct effect on the state’s environment or help or impede Hoosiers from improving their own effect on the environment.Senate Bill No. 73Reports of potential violations to IDEMAuthor: Sen. James TomesSenate Bill No. 73 could eliminate the option for concerned Hoosiers to anonymously report potential environmental violations to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.Currently, IDEM gives users the option to omit personal information like name, address and other contact information when submitting a tip online, over the phone and by mail. That would change if the bill is passed.The bill would force IDEM to program their site to not allow the submission of a report to the department unless the name and address form fields are filled in, and allow IDEM to reveal the reporting person’s name and address to the subjects of the complaint. Senate Bill No. 6Electric vehicle supplemental fee.Author: Sen. Mike BohacekThe bill proposes continuing the supplemental registration fee for electric and hybrid vehicles. In its current form, the bill would allow the state to continue imposing a $150 supplemental registration fee on electric vehicles and $50 for hybrid vehicles on top of standard state vehicle registration fees.Senate Bill No. 33School City of East Chicago LoanAuthor: Sen. Lonnie M. RandolphFor the fourth year in a row, Sen. Lonnie Randolph introduced a bill that proposed the State of Indiana produce the funds to help East Chicago schools pay off a loan it received from the state to relocate students during the city’s lead crisis.Since the 1980s, state and federal agencies have found evidence of lead contamination in residential areas surround the USS Lead Superfund site. In 2016, just weeks before the start of the new school year, officials from the School City of East Chicago announced it would close Carrie Gosch Elementary after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials found parts of the property were contaminated with lead.The $3 million emergency loan was used to renovate classrooms and bathrooms at an abandoned middle school to convert it into the new, uncontaminated Carrie Gosch Elementary.Senate Bill No. 56Homeowners associations and solar energy systemsAuthor: Sen. Linda RogersThis bill would clarify which screening and preapproval powers homeowners associations in Indiana have over the installation of solar energy systems.Under the bill, HOAs could require homeowners thinking about installing solar power systems to provide more information about those systems before installation. The bill would also delineate HOAs more power to prohibit the installation or require system removal under certain circumstances, including if “a court” found the solar energy system threatens public health or safety or “violates a law.”If stipulations in the law are met, HOAs would not be allowed to prohibit the installation of solar power systems.Senate Bill No. 63State forest commission and management planAuthors: Sen. John Ruckelshaus, Sen. Eric Bassler and Sen. Greg WalkerThis bill would establish a state forest commission that would be tasked with making up a 100-year plan for the management of the state’s forests.If established, the commission would consist of two members of the general public chosen by the governor to serve as co-chairs, two members of the state senate and two members of the state House of Representatives. The commission would also include a governor-appointed commercial logging industry representative, environmental group representative, hunting/fishing representative, outdoor recreation representative, state forester, forest products industry representative and the commission director.Senate Bill No. 99Study committee on invasive speciesAuthor: Sen. Susan GlickThe bill forwarded to the Indiana Senate’s Natural Resources Committee urges the legislative council to assign an interim study committee to study issues related to invasive species.The study committee would have to examine the Indiana Invasives Initiative, an agreement between the Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to establish small partnership organizations called Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA) to manage invasive plants locally.The bill would also allow the study committee to investigate the possibility of making the Indiana Invasives Initiative a state agency.Senate Bill No. 104Designated wild areas in state forestsAuthor: Sen. Mark StoopsRetiring State Sen. Mark Stoops introduced a bill that would set declare 13 areas inside state forests “designated wild areas,” or protected areas where logging, herbicide use, vehicle use, and energy development and other disturbances are prohibited.The bill would include a designated wild area of at least 800 acres in each of the state’s 13 state forestsSenate Bill No. 145Office of outdoor recreation developmentAuthor: Sen. Blake DoriotThe bill seeks to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation Development within the newly established Indiana Destination Development Corporation. The new office would work to increase outdoor recreation-based economic development, tourism, and ecotourism. It would also promote the growth of Indiana’s outdoor recreation economy and the health and social benefits of outdoor recreation.Senate Bill No. 147Campground mattersAuthor: Sen. Blake DoriotThe bill seeks to give campground owners the right to ask a campground guest to leave the property under certain circumstances like defaulting on fee payments, creating a disturbance that affects other guests and suspicion of violation of state, federal or local laws.The legislation would guarantee a guest’s refund of fees but would leave the guest open to criminal trespass charges if he or she does not comply with the request to leave.Senate Bill No. 193Prohibition of flavored e-liquidsAuthor: Sen. Ronald GroomsThis bill would ban the sale of “flavored e-liquid” to a person of any age in the state of Indiana and would also prohibit the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of those products in the state.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently banned fruit and mint flavored e-cigarette products while still allowing the sale of tobacco and menthol-flavored products.Senate Bill No. 214Testing of school drinking water for leadAuthors: Sen. Lonnie Randolph and Sen. Rick NiemeyerThis bipartisan legislation would require the testing of drinking water lead levels in every school building in Lake County at least once every two years.Lake County has been home to the heavy industry since the late 19th century and has a long history of environmental contamination. The county is home to seven Superfund sites, including the USS Lead Superfund site, a former lead smelter, and lead refinery.The site abuts commercial, municipal and residential areas, including at least one former school.Currently, the state of Indiana offers free lead sampling for public schools, but districts and individual schools can choose not to take part.Senate Bill No. 217Inspection of petroleum productsAuthor: Sen. Mark MessmerThe bill seeks to amend the Indiana Code concerning health by reducing the volatility levels of gasoline allowed to be sold in the state of Indiana.Volatility levels determine the evaporation characteristics of gasoline, which emit volatile organic compounds that are major contributors to ground-level ozone, also known as smog.Lower volatility levels usually result in lower emissions of those potentially harmful compounds.According to the EPA, 26 out of 46 Indiana counties that were monitored and 15 out of 17 monitored cities are experiencing more high level ozone days since 2015.Senate Bill No. 248Annual inspections of CAFOsAuthor: Sen. Rick NiemeyerThe bill would make IDEM conduct an onsite inspection of concentrated animal feeding operations at least once a year.CAFOs can provide a low-cost source of meat, milk and eggs, but can also negatively affect water sources and air quality.Currently, IDEM’s Office of Land Quality inspects CAFOs during the first six months after being populated, during a change of regulatory status and after a transfer of ownership. IDEM also states that visits are “conducted as needed depending on the issues identified.”Senate Bill No. 286Lead poisoning preventionAuthor: Sen. Jean BreauxThis bill reduces the amount of lead that needs to be detected in a person’s bloodstream in order to be declared an “elevated blood lead level.” Currently, an elevated blood lead level means a person has a blood lead level of at least 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of whole blood. The bill would reduce that amount to 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of whole blood.The designation allows the state to initiate “public health actions” that vary depending on a child’s blood lead levels, ranging from arranging additional testing to requiring property owners to immediately remediate the contaminated property.The bill also requires that a student only be allowed to enroll in a school after being tested for an elevated blood lead level.House Bill No. 1006Regulation of tobacco productsAuthor: Rep. Cindy KirchhoferHouse Bill 1006 proposes some changes to tobacco regulations in the state of Indiana. The bill would raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21 and raise increases the civil penalties for suppliers that sell tobacco products to anyone under 21.House Bill No. 1031The Lake Michigan shoreAuthor: Rep. Doug MillerIn 2018, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed that the Lake Michigan beach and shoreline up to the ordinary high water mark is publicly owned land open to recreational uses. House Bill 1031 proposes to add stipulations to that court finding to benefit private property owners along the Lake Michigan shore.The bill would change the boundaries between public and private land and would call for the state of Indiana to recognize the existence of private property below the natural high watermark. The bill also seeks to define “recreational activities” as activities where people take up space on the beach temporarily, eliminating lying on the beach, camping and other “non-transient activities.”House Bill No. 1039Inspection of petroleum productsAuthor: Rep. Jerry TorrThis bill is similar to Senate Bill 217. The bill seeks to amend the Indiana Code concerning health by reducing the volatility levels of gasoline allowed to be sold in the state of Indiana.Volatility levels determine the evaporation characteristics of gasoline, which emit volatile organic compounds that are major contributors to ground-level ozone, also known as smog.Lower volatility levels usually result in lower emissions of those potentially harmful compounds.According to the EPA, 26 out of 46 Indiana counties that were monitored and 15 out of 17 monitored cities are experiencing more high-level ozone days since 2015.House Bill No. 1099Low head damsAuthor: Rep. Ethan ManningThis bill would require the state’s natural resources commission to establish a roster of low head dams in the state that are capable of creating hazardous currents that pose safety issues.Low head dams create strong turbulence and recirculating currents that can push someone underwater. Indiana DNR currently has a map of the state’s low head dams, but the map does not note which dams are more dangerous than others.House Bill No. 1227Supplemental fee on electric and hybrid vehiclesAuthor: Rep. Carey HamiltonThis bill seeks to eliminate the supplemental fee on electric and hybrid vehicles implemented by the state. Currently, people who own electric vehicles must pay a $150 supplemental registration fee and hybrid vehicle owners must pay $50 on top of standard state vehicle registration fees.House Bill No. 1257Notice of environmental contaminationAuthor: Rep. Pat Boy, Co-author: Rep. Sue ErringtonThis bill seeks to make it mandatory for a person who causes a spill of certain substances to immediately report the spill to IDEM, the county’s health officer, water users downstream of the spill site, at least one emergency response agency and each park located in the county where the spill occurred.Responding agencies and the person who caused the spill must then make that information publicly available.The text of bills introduced during the legislative session often changes, and more bills will be introduced. We’ll keep you up to date. Environmental Bills To Watch In The 2020 Legislative Session ENEIAQUE SAENZ -INDIANA ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTER
Nine new Weight Watchers breads are to be launched in January, joining the three already available.The range now includes Chilled Garlic Petit Pain, Chilled Garlic Ciabatta, Pitta, Wraps, Chilled Garlic and Coriander Naan and Bagels, all available at retailers from January.Andrew Chesters, managing director of Rivermill, manufacturing the breads under licence, said: “We are extremely confident these breads will fast become a staple purchase in the fast-growing health market. On average, Weight Watchers breads have 20% less calories and 40% higher fibre and the fact they are portion controlled makes it easy for the consumer to stick to their diet and succeed.”[http://www.rivermill.co.uk]
Harvard University held a University-wide forum, “The Economic Crisis, Two Years Later: A Panel of Harvard Experts,” on Tuesday, October 12 at 4:00PM.
Former Fox News and NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly and CNN anchor are in a war of words over objectivity and racism. Kelly ripped Don Lemon in a tweet that CNN “pretends he is an objective news anchor.” In her tweet, Kelly linked to a story that included Lemon’s criticisms of the way President Trump conducts the White House coronavirus task force briefings.“CNN still pretends he is an objective news anchor (yeah, sure) while the [mainstream media] recoils in horror at the bias of Fox/[One America News], etc. Who do they think they’re kidding?” Kelly tweeted. Lemon, who has served as a moderator for several of the network’s town hall events during the 2019-2020 Democratic primary season and is listed as an anchor on his CNN.com bio, said on “CNN Tonight” on Monday that he feels like Howard Beale, the character from the satiric 1976 movie “Network,” after watching the president’s task force briefings.“I have to be honest with you. For the last couple of weeks, when I walk into this building and I get in front of this camera, I swear I feel like I’m in the movie ‘Network.’ I feel like Howard Beale. Americans are mad as hell. What are you going to — how much more can Americans take?”“Every single day berating people, lying,” Lemon said of Trump. “How much more — How many people have to die?”https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/megyn-kelly-don-lemon-twitter-fox-news-trump-a9452976.html?jwsource=clKelly’s perspective on Lemon quickly trended Tuesday as a top topic on Twitter.Twitter users have also brought up remarks made by Kelly on her later Today talk show, in which she questioned why wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume wasn’t acceptable.Kelly apologised for her comments but was dropped by NBC in October 2018 following the controversy.Lemon reacted to Kelly’s remarks on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show, telling his colleague at the time: “Megyn is 47 years old, she’s our age. There has never been a time in that 47 years that blackface has been acceptable.” Kelly was a longtime Fox News host before joining NBC News in 2017.
TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer describes her golfing adventure and urges more women and girls to follow her and Get into GolfWhy did you want get into golf?It baffles me as to why women in general aren’t playing as much golf – they’ll go and join a gym, they’ll go to a spin class but they wouldn’t think ‘I want to go and play golf in my free time’.So my aim is to show that we should be going to play golf, it is possible and it is something that is just as enjoyable as all the other activities women do in their spare time. Golf can appear to be one of the least-accessible activities at the moment and it does seem to be such a male-dominated sport so let’s change that!I’ve always wanted to play golf, and I decided that 2018 was the year I was going to learn. I’ve never played before so I wanted to know if it’s possible and if I can do it. Luckily I’ve recruited some friends to help me try and achieve it, and the PGAs of Europe added the extra challenge of giving me just a few months to go from a complete novice to competitor in front of spectators at the European Tour’s GolfSixes!In at the deep end then! How did you prepare?The PGAs of Europe and love.golf got me started. love.golf is a programme designed specifically to focus on coaching women. I am also a regular at a driving range near to where I live and did a lot of extra practice there particularly as I was learning over the months when we had snow, rain, hail and general freezing weather conditions….sometimes I just needed to be under cover!How had you progressed by GolfSixes?By the time of the Golf Sixes, I had definitely improved – getting more confident with my driver and a lot more consistent with my irons. My putting was also much better….it was nerve-racking to play with so many pros on the day but I loved every minute and despite first tee nerves under the eye of a fairly large crowd, I soon relaxed. There was a great mix of people playing in the pro-am alongside me – admittedly they were much better and far more experienced than I was – and they were really encouraging and supportive of the fact that I was new to the game. I would love to play in the tournament again next year – this time just be a lot better! Haha!How were your first tee nerves?The first tee nerves really do get to you…at that stage I was nervous teeing off in front of anyone let alone a large crowd cheering you on whilst you did it. Not surprisingly I messed it up and it rolled off the tee….oh dear!What’s happened since then with your golf?Since then, I have played more, practiced more and worked on various disciplines from my swing, grip and stance to really learning how to relax whilst hitting the ball. I have played a lot on golf courses with a few friends too and that has been a huge contributing factor to my improvement. Watching and learning from others – making mistakes with others and laughing about them so as not to take it too seriously and also witnessing friends also make errors only boosts your confidence that it happens at times to everyone.I have also played in a couple more tournaments – the big one was the Celebrity Cup weekend at Celtic Manor. That was without doubt the best golfing experience I have had so far in terms of the incredible course on which we were playing, dealing with the pressure of the competition, huge crowds on every hole, great camaraderie between players and for me playing so intensively helped me improve even more.What do you enjoy about golf?I love the time out, away from emails, phones, general stresses – this is like a period of calm where your focus is entirely on the game. I guess for that reason it’s a form of meditation, where you can switch off and train your mind to think only about your swing, and then once that’s out the way – you start thinking about your next shot. It’s also a lot of fun, whilst challenging, the latter being an element I really embrace as I am constantly striving to improve.What are your golfing goals?I suppose one of my golfing goals is to encourage more girls to take up the sport – it is such a shame that it is seen as a game played predominantly by middle aged men, but things are moving forward – there is much being done to try and change the perception and find ways to make it more accessible to women, in particular those who haven’t played before. If you are keen to learn, there should be an easy route to go down into order to give it a go.On a personal level, my main goal is to improve – I have been working hard and playing as often as I can. I am now a member of a couple of clubs and so want to build up the confidence to play with other members and by doing so hopefully I can work on bringing down my 36 handicap. I truly love this sport and can’t believe it has taken me so long to give it a shot. 2019 is going to be a rather big year with the Solheim Cup being at Gleneagles and as a Scottish girl who now truly loves golf, I am hugely excited about what might be ahead.How are you sharing your golfing adventure?Throughout my initial learning period, I was sharing my golf experiences on social media and the PGAs of Europe were also documenting it as we went on using #FalconerForeGolf. You can follow on my instagram account @jennifalconer.What would you say to any woman or girl considering playing golf?You need to just give it a go – see what you’re missing out on, I am certain that you will love it! It’s an amazing opportunity to have ‘me time’ whilst learning a new skill, you really have to focus and in doing so you push all stresses about life to the side for that time you are on a golf course. What’s more, you have a great laugh with friends, you meet new people, you are outside in the fresh air and it’s a great way to keep fit….make sure you wear a fitness tracker – you’ll be in awe at yoursteps!!• Inspired by Jenni to Get into Golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free and low cost beginner activities across the country.Caption: Tips from the top: Jenni Falconer (centre) with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull (image courtesy PGAs of Europe). 1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer on her golfing adventure Tags: Get into golf, Jenni Falconer