Quick Hits: N.C. Senate Planning to Eliminate Conservation Funds + Federal Clean Water Rules Weakened

first_imgNine environmental groups and 16 South Carolina cities will sue over offshore drilling testsNine conservation groups and 16 coastal cities in South Carolina are suing the Trump administration to stop leases to explore for offshore natural gas and oil. The lawsuits claim that the leases violate the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibits harassing or killing animals such as whales or dolphins. When companies explore for natural gas and oil offshore they use a process called seismic blast testing that involves detonating sound blasts from airguns every 16 seconds. The blasts can deafen, injure and scatter marine animals and take place over miles of ocean for months at a time. Five companies want to search for natural gas and oil off of South Carolina’s coast. Offshore natural gas and oil exploration has been met with massive opposition from South Carolina’s communities, leaders and politicians. Project Funding for North Carolina’s Conservation Organizations Faces EliminationA quick-moving State Senate Bill is threatening to eliminate two sources of funding for conservation organizations in North Carolina: the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). North Carolina Senate Bill 821 seeks to repeal statutes creating six boards and commissions, including those of CWMTF and PARTF, “for which the appointed structures were ruled unconstitutional pursuant to McCrory v. Berger and Cooper v. Berger.” According to a statement released by Salisbury, North Carolina’s Three Rivers Land “Senate Bill 821 does not fix the six boards and commissions named in this bill. It instead jeopardizes project funding for conservation organizations across North Carolina. Luckily, House Bill 1120 will provide an immediate fix to these boards, without endangering CWMTF and PARTF.” Conservation organizations are urging North Carolina residents to contact their representatives and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 821 and support House Bill 1120. The Trump administration unveils a plan that weakens federal clean water rulesOn Tuesday the Trump administration released a proposal weakening federal water protections for millions of acres of streams, wetlands, and waterways that could affect drinking water for more than one-third of Americans. The proposal dramatically restricts which bodies of water are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act regulations. A 2015 Obama rule expanded the definition to include 2 million additional acres of streams and 20 million more acres of wetlands. The new proposal will limit Clean Water Act regulations to major waterways, their tributaries, and adjacent wetland and exempt seasonal streams and other wetlands. The proposal also replaces a Bush-era rule that subjected some of those streams to regulations if they were connected to navigable waters. The proposal is now open to 60 days of public comment.last_img read more

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3 things Jim Boeheim said on the ACC coaches teleconference

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Syracuse hosts Duke on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and rides a three-game losing streak entering the contest. The Orange is 2-3 against the No. 10 Blue Devils (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast) since joining the ACC. Wednesday’s matchup marks the first time Duke will visit SU (16-12, 8-7) on a weekday.Here are three things Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said on Monday’s ACC coaches teleconference.Duke is a tremendous offensive teamDuke ranks fourth in the ACC in both scoring and 3-point field-goal percentage. The Blue Devils’ adjusted offensive efficiency rating ranks seventh nationwide, according to Kenpom.com. On its current seven-game win streak, Duke is averaging 79.3 points per game.Syracuse will be faced with a tough test on Wednesday against the big three of Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard. While several players battled through injuries earlier in the year, the Blue Devils have recently found their stride.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve got three to four guys that are capable of scoring 25-30 points,” Boeheim said. “… It’s taken a while to get to this point but now that they’ve got everyone together healthy, they’re a tremendous offensive team.”Taurean Thompson could average 15 points a gameThompson has been arguably Syracuse’s most pleasant surprise this season. Few would have expected the freshman forward to emerge as a key offensive weapon. But with just three regular season games remaining, that’s what he’s been for the Orange.Thompson averages 8.9 points and 17.4 minutes. He would play more, Boeheim said, except he’s often been stuck in foul trouble and struggles on defense. Thompson ranks second in the ACC in fouls committed per 40 minutes among players who’ve played 40 percent of minutes, per Kenpom. He’s also averaging 20.5 points per 40 minutes, the most of any SU player who’s played in more than three games this season.“He’s a 15 point a game scorer if he could stay out of foul trouble and improve somewhat on the defensive end,” Boeheim said. “But he’s a very talented offensive player.”SU can’t sustain a press longer than a few minutes late in gamesSyracuse once again clawed nearly all the way back from a double-digit deficit on Sunday night against Georgia Tech. The Orange faced a double-digit deficit for the sixth straight game. And again, a late second-half press nearly saved SU. Boeheim said when his team gets in desperation mode, the press has helped.But Syracuse couldn’t sustain a press for much longer than the short bursts it’s used it in. Being that Boeheim is only using a rotation of six or seven players and that it’s playing two, sometimes even three, games a week, he wants to use the press sparingly.“We’d have no chance to press the whole game. We’re playing six guys right now. It’s hard to press for a couple minutes,” Boeheim said. “… But it’s very difficult to press even for a short period of time. But for a long period of time, we would not be able to sustain it, particularly when we play Sunday-Wednesday-Sunday, three games a week.” Commentslast_img read more

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Closed-Cell Foam Beats Open-Cell Foam

first_imgBy Neal GanserReplacing long-obsolete insulation materials with closed-cell or open-cell spray polyurethane foam is a big step in the right direction for energy efficiency. Of the two types of foam, it is closed-cell foam that truly answers all of the building envelope’s requirements for long-term sustainability. Compared to open-cell spray foam, closed-cell foam has a higher R-value and is less vapor-permeable.Higher R-Value per InchClosed-cell foam encapsulates a high-R-value blowing agent which acts somewhat like the argon in a gas-filled insulated window. The most commonly used and safest blowing agent is made by Honeywell Corporation; it’s a non-ozone-depleting, environmentally benign chemical. This blowing agent produces a closed-cell foam with an aged R-value of about 6.2 per inch.The blowing agent used for open-cell foam is carbon dioxide, which is off-gassed as the foam cures and is eventually replaced with air. This off-gassing also contains some sensitizing agents and various catalysts. The process takes about 30 days (or more, depending on thickness), and can have an impact on people working in the building. The R-value of open-cell foam is about 3.6 per inch.While open-cell foam is cheaper to buy per inch, it takes nearly twice as many inches to achieve required R-values, and so it ends up close to the same cost per installed R-value. Accommodating the required thickness of open-cell foam may require oversized structural members, since even R-19 walls require 2×6 studs. A customer should buy insulation by its aged R-value — based on testing by a third-party laboratory — not by inches.Lower PermeanceTo avoid moisture problems in any wall or roof system, the indoor and outdoor climates must be kept apart. This requires that four criteria be met: thermal isolation, air isolation, moisture isolation, and reversibility.¹ The reversibility requirement accounts for daily and seasonal reversals in the direction of vapor drive through wall and ceiling assemblies.Closed-cell spray foam meets all of these criteria, while open-cell foam does not. The vapor permeance of 2 inches of closed-cell foam is less than 1 perm, making it a natural moisture resister. The permeance of 3 1/2 inches of open-cell foam, on the other hand, is more than 16 perms — roughly ten times the permeance of closed-cell.Because of its extremely high moisture permeance, open-cell foam fails at moisture isolation, forcing the builder to decide which side gets a vapor retarder. The outcome of this decision precludes reversibility — that is, the ability of the wall to resist moisture or to dry out in either direction.Although air leakage is a more important mechanism of moisture transport than vapor diffusion, it is silly to assume that the laws of moisture diffusion are suspended for open-cell foams. Because open-cell foam allows moisture to diffuse through it, it can allow condensation to form behind exterior sheathing in winter or behind a vapor retarder or wallpaper in summer. Diffusion-related moisture problems in walls insulated with open-cell foam are not a lot different from similar problems with fiberglass-insulated walls — except that the moisture dries more slowly, because foam doesn’t allow air movement.While it is possible to use open-cell foam successfully in some climate zones where vapor drives are predominantly in a single direction — in other words, climate zones where you can accurately predict which side of a wall to apply the vapor retarder — these zones tend to be hot, humid coastal areas subject to hurricanes and flooding. Closed-cell foam is the only insulation approved by FEMA for flood zones.As a bonus, closed-cell foam imparts strength to whatever construction it is applied in. It can be used in any climate zone in the United States without a lot of extra stuff (like vapor retarders and thick walls) to get it to work and not cause moisture damage.Look at the refrigerator in your kitchen. Refrigerators haven’t used fiber insulation for over forty years, and they don’t use open-cell foam either. Closed-cell foam is the insulation the others can only ‘wanna be.’¹ Exerpted from “Walls that Work” seminar, © 2003 Corbond CorporationTo read another perspective on the issue, see “Open-Cell Foam Beats Closed-Cell Foam.”last_img read more

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NAB 2017: Camera Rumors and New Lenses

first_imgAs NAB 2017 draws near, we’ve rounded up the juiciest rumors to get you thinking about your next camera upgrade.Whether you are looking for a new camera, lenses, or some nice upgrades from Canon, here are the latest camera rumors heading into NAB.C-Log Is Coming to the 5D Mark IV and More Canon UpdatesThe latest from Canon Rumors suggests that 5D Mark IV users will soon have the ability to capture footage in C-Log, which had previously been reserved for Canon Cinema EOS cameras. While many hope this may be as easy as paying for a firmware upgrade, it looks like users might have to send their cameras in for Canon Service for the ability to shoot C-Log.There is no update yet on whether the same feature will be available for 1D X Mark III, but if this is a success for the 5D line, it’s bound to make its way to Canon’s other top-tier DSLR bodies.In other Canon news for NAB, expect to see a new Cinema EOS lens and maybe — just maybe — an update on the rumored Canon 6D Mark II. As far as a new C100 Mark III  — the rumor mill has been pretty silent. Perhaps we will hear more later in the year.New Sony 8K Pro Camera and New a7 III CameraThe rumor mill has plenty to say about what Sony may have in store for NAB 2017. There has been plenty of discussion about new E-mount lenses, as well as suggestions for some new cameras.The biggest rumor, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, is a new 8K pro camcorder that will have a global shutter and will capture 8K footage. The body is supposedly similar to the F5 and F55, which would make it a CineAlta camera.In our original camera rumor roundup in January, we expected to see news of the Sony a7 III in Q2 — which would be just on time at NAB. The a7 III rumors price the camera body around $2,500 with a shipping date in mid 2017.  If it’s not the a7 III, Sony may end up announcing the a9.Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, DaVinci Panels, and MoreBlackmagic Design has already announced the new URSA Mini Pro and two new portable control panels for Resolve, but rumors suggest there may be even more in store at NAB. Most likely, it will be new production gear designed for DITs and colorists.We will have plenty of NAB 2017 coverage coming soon, so stay tuned!last_img read more

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NDP government would apply UNDRIP invest 18 billion in First Nation education

first_imgAPTN National NewsENOCH, Alta.—An NDP government would invest $1.8 billion new dollars for First Nations education and ensure all federal government decision respect treaty rights, inherent rights and the principles in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the party’s leader Thomas Mulcair said Wednesday.Mulcair unveiled his party’s Indigenous issues platform at the River Cree Resort in Enoch, Alta., during an Assembly of First Nations open forum on First Nation issues.The NDP is the only party with a full platform on promises for Indigenous communities and people.The party released its northern platform Tuesday which promises to add 50 communities to the Nutrition North program, which aims to reduce the cost of health foods in Northern communities. The party is putting $32 million toward the program.The AFN invited all party leaders to the forum, but only Mulcair showed up. The Liberals sent their Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett.The NDP, which is currently trailing behind the Conservatives and Liberals in recent polls, said it would invest $1.8 billion into First Nations education over the next four years and $8.4 billion over the eight years as a result of an annual escalator.An NDP government would create a cabinet committee, chaired by the prime minister, to focus specifically on First Nation issues to ensure all government decision respect treaty rights, inherent rights and UNDRIP principles.The party re-announced its commitment to hold a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women within its first 100 days in power. The NDP is putting $50 million toward holding the inquiry.The NDP is promising $68 million to revitalize Indigenous languages and $8 million for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation which will hold Indian residential school documents and survivor testimonies gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The party is promising to remove the two per cent funding cap on social transfers to First Nations  along with investing $375 million in new dollars targeting housing, schools and clean water over four years. The NDP is also aiming to strike a housing agreement with First Nations that could see it draw from the $2.7 billion fund the party would create for affordable housing.Infrastructure on reserves could also see a $96 million in funding over four years and $800 million over 20 years.The NDP would put $5 million a year for a suicide prevention strategy as part of a $100 million mental health innovation fund for children and youth. It will also put $20 million toward a national diabetes [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

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In Search of April Raintree author discusses new book

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsIt’s been more than three decades since In Search of April Raintree was published.Beatrice Mosionier’s book was taught in schools and included the suicide of two sisters and her own sexual assault.She discusses her new book.last_img

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