Fonda Group closes St Albans plant

first_imgFonda Group closes St Albans plantThe Fonda Group, a manufacturer of decorative paper products, will close its St Albans plant November 1 as part of a consolidation by its parent corporation Solo Cup Company.All 168 jobs in Vermont will be lost, though employees are encouraged to apply for other jobs in the Solo company across the country. The nearest such facility is in North Andover in eastern Massachusetts.Fonda is one of St Albans oldest companies, going back 63 years. Fonda was bought by Solo in February 2003. Its other product lines include Sweetheart and Lily.last_img read more

Curbing East Coast Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgTen Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states have, in the face of federal inaction, agreed on a region-wide greenhouse gas emissions limit, enforced through the sale of pollution permits to large fossil fuel power plants there. Money raised is invested in local businesses throughout the region that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources Pictured: The Big Allis Power Plant, Queens, New York City. Credit: iStock Photo/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: I understand that some Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. states have banded together to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Can you enlighten?— Bo Clifford, Cary, NCGiven the lack of federal action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., several East Coast states joined together in 2008 to form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), committing to a market-based system to cap carbon pollution and lower energy bills while creating more green jobs.Under RGGI, the 10 participating states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont—agreed on a region-wide greenhouse gas emissions limit, enforced through the sale of pollution permits to large fossil fuel power plants there. The utilities that run the plants purchase the right (at quarterly auctions) to emit certain capped amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). The money raised is in turn invested in local businesses throughout Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. RGGI’s overall goal is to reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector in the states involved by 10 percent by 2018.The program was conceived in 2008 by then New York governor George Pataki based on a similar federal program launched by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 that successfully curbed emissions of other pollutants that led to acid rain.While RGGI had strong bipartisan support at launch, changing priorities have since forced some states to reconsider their commitments. According to RenewableEnergyWorld.com, New Jersey is likely to back out, while factions in New Hampshire and Maine have also called for a withdrawal. “The political tides have turned significantly since the program was started, and many legislatures are now dominated by a new crop of lawmakers looking to cut spending in cash-strapped states,” the website reports.Environmentalists and many business owners have banded together to try to save RGGI in the face of economic threats to its viability. Last July some 200 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic businesses signed on to an open letter urging the governors of the 10 participating states to keep up with the program so that it can achieve its goals. “The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative shows that market-based programs can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while boosting our economy and improving energy security, and we encourage you to support and strengthen RGGI going forward,” the letter states. The letter goes on to cite research showing a $4-6 increase in economic output for every $1 invested in energy efficiency programs in the RGGI states. “Even better, these market-driven investments create jobs in the clean tech sector—one of the most dynamic segments of our state economies.”Perhaps more important, RGGI “serves as a powerful model for what a comprehensive national energy policy should do” says the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental group. Whether or not the economy will improve enough or climate change will become dramatic enough for Congress and the White House to take federal action to limit greenhouse gas emissions across the board is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, keeping alive programs like RGGI might be the best we can hope for.CONTACTS: RGGI, www.rggi.org; RenewableEnergyWorld.com, www.renewableenergyworld.com; Businesses Letter to State Governors, www.cleanenergycouncil.org/files/RGGIJuly2011Final.pdf.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

IPC invite nominations for Athletes’ Council elections

first_img The IPC Athletes’ Council consists of 12 current and retired Paralympians, as well as one International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission representative. The Council members are tasked with participating in key meetings, as well as having effective communication skills in both written and spoken English to relay athlete-related issues to the Movement’s leaders. Representatives must have a high level of knowledge of the Paralympic Movement. Only six summer sports positions on the Council will be up for election at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. “The IPC Athletes’ Council has done a tremendous amount of work to increase its presence and voice within the IPC and the wider Paralympic Movement,” said Chelsey Gotell, IPC Athletes’ Council chairperson. “We’ve established and are now in the implementation phase of the first ever IPC Athletes’ Council strategy and are keen to ensure that the momentum we’ve built continues, as we transition six of our members out for new voices, perspectives and leadership. “We are looking to recruit experienced athlete representatives who are passionate and knowledgeable about the Paralympic Movement, and who have time to commit to being a fully engaged and present member of the IPC Athletes’ Council – both in person at meetings, as well as between meetings as strategy leads and through ongoing discussions. “With an incredibly athlete-focused and athlete-centred leadership within the IPC, it is a very exciting time to be an athlete representative and be part of helping shape the future of the Paralympic Movement.” Loading… Candidates must be nominated through their respective National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). The Council includes Gotell and vice-chairperson Elvria Stinissen, as well as para-cyclists Monica Bascio and Dame Sarah Storey. Wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley and para-archer Gizem Girismen are also among the summer sport representatives. Winter sport athletes include skiers Marie Bochet, Birgit Skarstein and Rudolf Klemetti, while Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha, Suk Man Hong and Natalie Du Toit are co-opted members of the Council. Slovakia’s Danka Bartekova is the IOC Athletes’ Commission representative. “Our athletes are at the heart of everything that we do, which makes their voice pinnacle to the discussions and decisions that are made for the future of the Paralympic Movement,” said Andrew Parsons, IPC President. “As an athlete-centred organisation, the IPC Athletes’ Council has been front and centre in providing valuable feedback to many of our strategic priorities as well as the programmes and initiatives we have implemented. “They are also our direct connection into the athlete community, which has helped us make decisions that are in the best interest of our athletes and our Movement. Read Also:IOC, IPC Intervene in WADA-RUSADA Case in Sports Arbitration “The voice of our Paralympic athletes within the IPC will only continue to grow and we welcome the opportunity to have strong athlete leaders join the IPC Athletes’ Council to help us continue to push the envelope of what it means to be athlete-centred.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are inviting nominations for the organisation’s Athletes’ Council, with elections set to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Halflast_img read more

Gery: Shafer the right coach to keep Syracuse’s momentum moving forward

first_imgFor the last four years, Scott Shafer stuck to a simple approach. He was here to lead the Syracuse defense, here to do his job as he had at his previous seven coaching stops.So he did – he coached his players and he worked with the Orange coaching staff to resurrect a once-proud football program. He didn’t concern himself with much else.Simple turned out to be effective. Shafer was introduced as Syracuse’s head coach Friday, replacing Doug Marrone after serving as defensive coordinator for four years. Marrone’s departure earlier this month for the Buffalo Bills comes at a crucial time for Syracuse, as it loses many of its top playmakers just as it prepares to make the jump to the Atlantic Coast Conference.Shafer is the right man for the job. The right man to guide the team through the transition.“I felt in my heart that this guy is already a head coach,” SU Athletic Director Daryl Gross said Friday at Shafer’s introductory press conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer’s resume speaks for itself. He’s paid his dues in the coaching profession, gaining the respect of his colleagues since he started his career as a graduate assistant at Indiana in 1991.He proved himself at Northern Illinois, where he led a unit that ranked toward the top in many defensive categories in the Mid-American Conference during much of his tenure. He proved himself at Western Michigan, where he helped the program go from one win in 2004 to eight in 2006 – a year in which his defense led the country in sacks and interceptions. And he proved himself at Stanford, where he worked under Jim Harbaugh, now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.“Scott is hard working, enthusiastic and of high character,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “Great things will happen with Shafe.”Great things have already happened with Shafer at Syracuse.Serving under Marrone, he helped Syracuse regain respectability after a disastrous 10-37 stretch in Greg Robinson’s four-year tenure as head coach left the program in shambles. In the last four years, the Orange put together two winning seasons highlighted by a pair of bowl victories and a share of the 2012 Big East title.Shafer left his mark on the program’s turnaround through his work with the defense. He did his job, getting the players to buy into his system and bringing out the best in them with his fiery coaching style.In his first season, SU finished 37th in the nation in total defense – a category it ranked 101st the previous year. The Orange was seventh in the country in 2010, which was the team’s first winning season (8-5) since 2001.It all contributed to the foundation for success laid by Marrone in the last four years – a foundation needed for Shafer to carry out his vision for the program’s future.“We want to make one of the best teams in the nation,” Shafer said. “That is a goal of ours.”It’s an ambitious goal, and whether SU achieves that remains to be seen. But Shafer is fired up after receiving his first head-coaching job – something that’s been a goal of his since he was 10 years old, growing up as the son of a high school football coach.He’s dedicated his life to coaching. He understands how to motivate his players. He knows what it takes to prepare his teams to play.He has a detailed plan for Syracuse football to achieve his goal – a vision of a hard-nosed team that plays a brand of football that’s fun to watch.It’s Shafer’s program now, and he’s ready to pour everything he has into making his vision a reality, just as he did the last four years leading the defense with his simple, effective approach.“I’m the type of person that always felt like you do your job and everything else takes care of itself,” Shafer said.This Syracuse team will be a reflection of Shafer. Comments Published on January 14, 2013 at 2:49 am Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Cohen: Marrone accomplished goals at Syracuse, leaves with positive legacyShafer envisions ‘hard-nosed’ football programShafer excited about addition of ‘hard-nosed’ Bullough as defensive coordinatorShafer officially named as Syracuse’s next head coach; Spent last 4 seasons as defensive coordinatorShafer to lead Orange with intensity, put ‘fear of God’ into opponentslast_img read more