PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — Officials plan to tap a river to help put out a huge fire at a northern New Jersey recycling plant they say could burn for days. The blaze broke out around midnight at the Atlantic Coast Fibers plant in Passaic. More than two dozen fire departments responded. Mayor Hector Lora says there were at least two explosions. Water from firefighters’ hoses froze. One firefighter was treated for exhaustion and another after slipping on ice. All the plant’s employees are accounted for. Officials say the cause of the blaze is being investigated. It is not considered suspicious because fires are not uncommon in recycling plants.
As Notre Dame’s largest student-run organization, the Student International Business Council (SIBC) will institute a program to give students a new kind of on-campus job as early as this semester, senior Brett Hummel said. Hummel, who is the vice president of domestic internships for SIBC, said the Council will pair students with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and small businesses for internships during the academic year. Depending on the companies’ employment needs, engineering, science and Arts and Letters students could team with business students to do real work for major corporations for the duration of at least a semester, he said. “While you’re on campus, during your academic year, instead of working at the Huddle or dining hall, you’d get the opportunity to work for companies like [General Electric] for 10 to 20 hours per week,” Hummel said. “And you’d be paid for that, and they’d be the highest-paid jobs on campus.” The internships will be open from students of classes ranging from second-semester sophomores to graduate students. Hummel said SIBC will broaden its reach and help students in all fields find valuable work experience with a new program for facilitating domestic internship opportunities. “[SIBC] members are always drawn more from the Mendoza students, and so the whole goal now is to try to broaden that,” Hummel said. “Students who are not necessarily business majors who want experience have the opportunity now to actually get that on their resumes.” Hummel said the domestic internship idea came from the “disconnect” he saw between the demands of employers for veteran workers and the struggle for undergraduates to gain meaningful work experience in the South Bend area. He worked with faculty advisors and associate vice president for career and professional development Lee Svete. “There is a degree of responsibility because it is actual, real work,” Hummel said. “The company’s going to take your work and give it to clients.” After completing an application and interview process modeled on that of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Hummel said students will then be assigned individual and team projects for a specific company. Team meetings and Skype calls with the company will ensure each student is making progress, he said. The new program will complement the SIBC’s existing international program, which currently consists of five positions in locations as far-reaching as Thailand and Ecuador. Sophomore Pedro Suarez, SIBC vice president of international internships, said the domestic program could eventually begin to incorporate international elements. “Hopefully, one day for the people who are looking for a global career, … it could suddenly become something where a company in Brazil could outsource their work to us,” Suarez said. Suarez said past internship experience does not necessarily make an applicant competitive. “I think more than experience, it’s someone who’s passionate about something, someone who can really learn and grow,” Suarez said. The new internship program will build invaluable skills for the future careers of students involved, Hummel said. “[The companies] can teach you all the stuff you need to learn, but they want to make sure that you are able to be taught and that you have those kinds of qualities to be a leader going forward,” Hummel said. An information session discussing both domestic and international internships will be held today at 7 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall. Contact Lesley Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony winner Lea Salonga took a little trip down memory lane on July 3—after providing the singing voice for Princess Jasmine in the original 1992 Disney film, the star returned to Agrabah to catch Aladdin on Broadway! After seeing Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart do their thing at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Salonga headed backstage to greet the whole cast and snap this adorable photo with Jacobs, who plays Aladdin in the hit musical. Check out this Hot Shot of Salonga hanging out in Agrabah, then see the hit musical on Broadway! View All (4) Aladdin from $57.50 Adam Jacobs Lea Salonga View Comments James Monroe Iglehart Courtney Reed Related Shows Star Files
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Gigi Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Gigi star Vanessa Hudgens stopped by The Today Show on May 29 to discuss her Great White Way debut in the Lerner and Loewe revival. “It kind of feels like Groundhog Day sometimes,” the High School Musical favorite joked of the shift from performing in front of the camera to in front of a live audience eight times a week. “It’s the ultimate test for an actor.” Her character faces a journey of self-discovery in the show, and Hudgens can certainly relate: “When you have to work very hard every single day, you toughen up…you come into your own.” Check out the interview below and catch Gigi, also starring Corey Cott and Tony nominee Victoria Clark, at the Neil Simon Theatre! View Comments
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo July 28, 2020 The Colombian public force continues to deliver important results in the fight against narcotrafficking, affecting the finances of criminal gangs. Among the various successes of security forces are operations targeting members of organized armed groups (GAO, in Spanish) and their facilities.For example, on June 19, close to the border with Venezuela, in the municipalities of Tibú and Convención, Norte de Santander department, troops of the Army’s 1st Operational Energy Command found three illegal refineries to process stolen crude oil, the Army reported in a statement. The structures allegedly belong to the Juan Fernando Porras Martínez and Camilo Torres Restrepo fronts of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), the Army said.Troops of the Army’s 2nd Rapid Deployment Force, assigned to Joint Task Force Hercules, found 150 kilograms of cocaine base paste in an ambulance on a road in Barbacoas municipality, Nariño department, on June 18, 2020. (Photo: Colombian Army)“Inside them [the refineries], we found 20,000 gallons [75,708 liters] of stolen crude, 400,000 gallons [1.5 million liters] of pategrillo-type gasoline [low-quality fuel], two distillers, four pools, two motor pumps, and 200 meters of galvanized pipe,” Colombian Army Colonel Wilfredo Gómez Sepúlveda, commander of the 1st Operational Energy Command, told Diálogo. “With this operational result, the 1st Operational Energy Command affects the financial system of the ELN by about $75,260, resulting from the illegal commercialization of fuel used in the drug trafficking chain.”“So far this year , units of the 1st Operational Energy Command have dismantled 22 of these illegal refineries,” Col. Sepúlveda added.In mid-June, the Army also dismantled 16 narco-labs in two operations conducted in Chocó department, in the Colombian Pacific, the institution reported in a press release.In the first operation, troops of the Army’s 7th Division found 15 laboratories in the San José del Palmar sector and seized 216 liters of coca base paste, 9,709 liters of liquid and 930 kilograms of solid chemical substances, and 155 kg of macerated coca leaves, among other elements. The labs allegedly belonged to the ELN’s Omar Gómez Silgado Western War Front, the Army said.In parallel, in a rural area of Carmen del Darién municipality, the Army reported locating a cocaine processing lab housing 2,593 liters of liquid and 130 kg of solid chemical susbtances. The facilities are believed to belong to the Clan del Golfo’s subgroup, Pablo José Montalvo Cuitiva, the Army said.So far in 2020, the Army’s 7th Division, with jurisdiction in Antioquia, Chocó, and Córdoba, says to have destroyed 169 coca base paste labs and 60 seedbeds. In addition, they have seized 24,883 kg of coca leaf and eradicated 1,914 hectares of crops, among other results.For its part, the Army’s 3rd Division seized 445 kg of cocaine hydrochloride in Yotoco municipality, Valle del Cauca department, on June 18, the Army reported in a statement. The security forces found the shipment inside a suspicious vehicle, during a checkpoint inspection. The drug, bound for Central America, was worth $10 million, the Army said.On the same day, troops of the Army’s 2nd Rapid Deployment Force, assigned to Joint Task Force Hercules, detained two individuals, alleged members of the residual GAO Los Contadores, the institution said in a press release. The individuals carried 150 kg of cocaine base paste in an ambulance on a road in Barbacoas municipality, Nariño department.Crop reductionOn June 17, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime presented another important achievement of Colombian security forces in its Survey of Territories Affected by Illicit Crops, which reported a 9 percent reduction of the coca crop area in Colombia in 2019. Coca crops decreased from 169,000 hectares in 2018 to 154,000 in 2019, the report indicated.According to data the Colombian Ministry of Defense provided Diálogo on June 23, coca seizures in the country have been rising from 2019 to 2020. From January 1 to May 31, 2020, cocaine seizures increased by 14 percent compared to the same period in 2019, going from 167.6 to 190.4 metric tons. Coca base paste seizures increased from 28.2 to 29.9 metric tons, while coca leaf seizures went from 216.8 to 281.8 metric tons, the Ministry said.
Benchmarks January 15, 2004 Regular News Benchmarks Judge Lauren L. Miller has been appointed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead to the Mediator Qualifications Board, filling the judicial vacancy in the Southern Division. K. Rodney May, formerly of Gronek & Latham in Orlando, has been sworn in as a U.S. bankruptcy judge in the Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida. Judge Israel Umberto Reyes of the 11th Circuit has become an adjunct professor for the Paralegal and Investigative Technique Programs at Florida International University in Miami.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneI don’t recall when I started reading stuff by Chris Brogan. He fires an email into my in-box every week or so. They are always good, but one recently was golden.I’d link to his post, but he doesn’t always write them that way. As far as I could tell, his recent post on being busy was only in email format.Chris often writes about taking control of your life. We complain that we’re too busy to do this or that, often pointing to someone or something else as the culprit. Chris doesn’t buy it.In a recent post, he argues that no one is too busy. Period. Again, I can’t link to it, so I’ll share some of the best parts that I received. I urge you to check out his page and sign up.One of the biggest lies we tell ourselves and others, is that we are “too busy.”You’re not. We’re not. Pull up a mug of something and let’s talk about it. I’ve got a nice hot cup of cocoa, because I’m snuggled into a cab in the woods in Maine with Jacq. What are you drinking? continue reading »
Plenty of time to read and no bookstores open — such is the situation in Italy under coronavirus lockdown that is making independent booksellers see red.The already struggling sector now questions why they’ve been asked to close while deliveries of books from online giant Amazon.com are allowed to continue on the streets.”Online bookshops are open with their delivery men on the move and employees doing the packing,” said Paolo Ambrosini, a bookseller in Verona and president of the Italian Booksellers Association. “If books are deemed unnecessary, then let them be blocked everywhere,” he said, complaining of inequality in the system. A bookseller in Florence, Umberto Panerai, called the closure until April 3 — and perhaps longer — of all the country’s bookshops “disastrous” and questioned the logic of the decrees that force him to close his shop while other sellers are exempt. “Newspaper kiosks or supermarkets can sell books, while perfume shops remain open,” he said.The March 10 government decree that put all of Italy on lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus shut most non-food shops deemed non-essential, yet exceptions include pharmacies, electronics stores, pet food supply stores and newspaper kiosks. Zero profit Marie-Eve Venturino, who took over a historic French bookshop in the heart of Rome three years ago, said financial viability of independent bookshops “is very fragile, almost at zero profitability”. “In France, the economic model is aided and subsidized. Not in Italy. A business stoppage of more than a month could be fatal for us,” she said, adding that “the big winner will still be Amazon, which will be able to deliver toilet paper, pasta and books.” A first round of government aid to people and businesses did not include any help to the shuttered sector. In Belluno, to the north of Venice, a mayor on Monday allowed the five booksellers in the municipality of 27,000 people to deliver to people’s homes.Thanks to the mayor’s dispensation, Alessandro Tarantola now locks himself in his bookshop, closed to the public, to take calls and deliver books immediately, wearing a mask and gloves. “Reading is a fundamental thing, it opens the heart, the mind, allows us to lose ourselves in a world other than the one in which we live now,” Tarantola said. Customers had been asking for recently released novels, or books for children suggested by their teachers, he said. Among the books most requested? The 1947 classic novel from Albert Camus — “The Plague.” Italian publisher Mondadori said the closure of its 600 or so bookshops had been “partly offset” by the strong growth of online sales which had risen by more than 50 percent. Amazon declined to provide sales figures. Topics :
PME, the industry-wide pension fund for metal and electro-technical engineering with assets worth €50bn, said that it would not invest in the Saudi oil company, “as this would be incompatible with our policy on climate and human rights”.Michael Vos, spokesman for APG, said the asset manager did not exclude investments in Saudi Arabia beforehand, and that it would assess any investment for return, risk, costs as well as a company’s reputation for responsible investment.In a policy document on ESG, pension fund ABP said that, as part of its “inclusion policy”, it only targeted investment in companies that were “sustainable, operated responsibly and also delivered proper returns”.Vos confirmed that APG had invested in Saudi government bonds in 2016 through external managers, but said it had sold its holdings in the meantime.He declined to provide details about the reason of the divestment.Vos added that APG had decided not to invest in corporate bonds issued by Aramco earlier this year “as, based on our four main criteria, investment was not attractive at the time”.Carbon footprint mattersIn its annual ESG report for 2018, pension fund ABP said the carbon footprint of its investments had dropped by 28% relative to 2014. It had targeted a 25% reduction in 2020.“As a passive equity investor, we monitor which companies are being included into the FTSE. If Aramco were to be included, it could be possible that we invest in the firm,” said Maurice Wilbrink, spokesman for PGGM.The asset manager also has a €15bn dedicated portfolio of active equity investments aimed at solutions against climate change and to provide clear water, food and care.Despite its drive to reduce the carbon footprint of its investments, PFZW – PGGM’s main client – has not excluded investments in fossil fuel, contrary to, for example, tobacco.Until last year, it tended to replace bad performers among the energy companies in its investment universe by frontrunners, Wilbrink explained.However, this programme has now been completed and internal discussions were ongoing about a new policy for carbon reduction, he said.According to Wilbrink, PFZW had reduced the carbon footprint of its equity portfolio by 40% relative to 2015. The reduction had been achieved in the sectors materials, energy and utilities, he added.He noted that this was short of the target of 50%, and was largely due to emissions increasing faster than assumed in the models the pension fund had used at the time.Ria van der Steen, spokeswoman for PMT, said it would not invest in Saudi government bonds for “fundamental reasons”, citing human rights and labour conditions.She added that the sector scheme was currently formulating its strategy on investments in equity issued by government-owned companies in emerging countries.BpfBouw, the €67bn industry-wide pension fund for the construction industry, declined to clarify its position on the issue. The largest Dutch pension funds are not necessarily keen to particpate in the IPO announced by the giant Saudi oil company Aramco, IPE has learned.The state-owned company launched the IPO on 3 November but a prospectus has not yet been published. It said a price range will be announced in the next few weeks.Both APG and PGGM, the asset managers of the €459bn civil service scheme ABP and the €238bn healthcare scheme PFZW, respectively, only said that investment in Saudi Arabia was possible in principle.PMT, the €86bn sector scheme for metal-working and mechanical engineering, indicated that it may not invest in Aramco.
Khalifa Port, the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports, is set for further expansion with a planned investment of AED 4 billion (USD 1.08 billion) aimed at boosting the company’s handling capacity.The investment will see AED 2.2 billion assigned to the development of the South Quay and Khalifa Port Logistics, as well as AED 1.6 billion expansion at Abu Dhabi Terminals, the port operator said on the seventh anniversary of the port’s operation.“With this capacity expansion project in place, Khalifa Port will see its container handling capacity jump from current 5 million to 7.5 million TEUs, which sets it firmly on the path towards its 9 million TEU milestone over the next five years,” the port operator added.The South Quay development which is scheduled to complete by Q1 of 2021 is composed of a three km quay-wall with 18.5 metres along-side draft for general cargo, ro-ro and bulk usage. It will also include eight berths, and 1.3 million square metres of terminal yard.The Khalifa Logistics expansion, for multi-purpose usage, will encompass a 3.1km quay wall with 8-metre draft, 15 berths, and land plots.The expansion at ADT will include an extension of the quay from 1,400 to 2,265 metres and an addition of 10 new ship-to-shore quay cranes — doubling ADT’s handling capacity from 2.5 million to 5 million TEUs. Additionally, the new investment will include technological advancements, such as fully automated truck loading and discharge.Furthermore, after one year CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal has shifted from its trial operation phase to being commercially fully operational.The terminal at Khalifa Port was inaugurated in December last year by COSCO Shipping Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports as the regional hub for COSCO’s global network of 36 ports as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.The deep-water, semi-automated container terminal is the result of the 35-year agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and CSP.“Khalifa Port continues to expand and innovate to meet the diverse needs of our business partners, while driving forward the UAE’s economy and its strategic partnership with China, its largest non-oil trading partner. The volumes of cargo that we will move over the coming decades will serve as testament to the farsighted vision of Abu Dhabi’s leadership. Khalifa Port is not only a global maritime hub but also an important contributor to the connectivity of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), ” Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said.At the start of June 2019, Khalifa Port became the first GCC port capable of receiving calls from fully-laden Capesize vessels at its quay. The milestone itself was inaugurated with the arrival of the Cape Taweelah coming from the Republic of Guinea carrying a shipment of bauxite ore destined for Emirates Global Aluminium’s (EGA) Al Taweelah alumina refinery.In order for Khalifa Port to accommodate Capesize vessels, the facility’s approaches were deepened from 16.5 to 18.5 metres and widened from 250 to 280 metres.