Even in its twilight days, Trump regime is still sticking climate science deniers in sensitive posts

first_imgSaid Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University and head of NOAA under President Barack Obama: “He’s not just in left field—he’s not even near the ballpark.” And Michael Mann, climate scientist at State University, emailed to National Public Radio to say that Legates has, throughout his career “misrepresented the science of climate change, serving as an advocate for polluting interests as he dismisses and downplays the impacts of climate change.”- Advertisement – “I think [Legates] can make messes that the Biden people are going to have to clean up, especially with respect to personnel appointments and author nominations and assignments,” said a former scientist with the research program, who stressed that new leadership could reverse any changes implemented by Legates. The fifth such assessment is now in the works. The two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment were released in 2017 and 2018. As I reported then, the assessment noted that climate change isn’t some far-in-the-future problem, but is already happening, inflicting “substantial damages” on communities, and it’s going to get worse. Denier-in-Chief Trump didn’t like the assessment, and claimed he didn’t believe it. The only surprise is that he didn’t move sooner to screw things up with the next assessment. The Post notes: The move [to appoint Legates] has rattled rank-and-file scientists at NOAA, the lead agency working on the climate assessment, according to people inside and outside the organization. For much of Trump’s tenure, there has been little political interference at NOAA, the notable exception being Trump’s hand-drawn alteration of an official hurricane forecast, an incident known as “Sharpiegate.”center_img Legates has signed the Oregon Petition, which caught a lot of well-deserved flak for trying to pretend it was something it was not—a peer-reviewed study. The petition states:“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”In testimony to Congress last year, Legates said, “Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. No efforts to stabilize the climate can possibly be successful. […] The current emphasis on climate change abatement will do far more harm than good.”Legates is one of the many Trump appointments who ought to be out the door before the sun goes down Jan. 20. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wolf Administration Testifies before U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on Potential Impact of American Health Care Act

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Testifies before U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on Potential Impact of American Health Care Act Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Washington, D.C. – Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified today before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee on the potential impact of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Commissioner Miller joined health care industry stakeholders and consumers to discuss the implications of the bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.Commissioner Miller expressed serious hesitations regarding the AHCA.“As we begin to talk about the many impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with the AHCA would have in Pennsylvania, we should first recognize the impact that the ACA itself has had on Pennsylvanians,” said Commissioner Miller. “Since the ACA’s passage, the national uninsured rate has fallen to 8.6 percent and Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has dropped to 6.4 percent – the lowest it’s ever been. More than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians have accessed coverage only available because of the ACA, and that coverage is much more comprehensive than what was previously available.”Millions of Pennsylvanians have benefited from the ACA’s ban on annual and lifetime limits and expanded access to free preventive care services, and the 5.4 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions – half of Pennsylvanians under age 65 – can no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums due to their medical history. Additionally, more than 175,000 Pennsylvanians can now access substance use disorder treatment services through their exchange and Medicaid expansion coverage, which is critical to helping individuals impacted by the opioid crisis.Last month, Commissioner Miller co-signed, with executives representing each of the five health insurers selling on Pennsylvania’s exchange, a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that echoed the need for stability and predictability to continue the progress the market has made.“Our hope is that Washington keeps the needs of consumers at the forefront of their minds as deliberations continue, and that the Senate will take a more thorough and deliberative approach than the House did in evaluating significant changes to our health care system and the potentially devastating impact of those changes on the people that rely on it every day,” said Commissioner Miller. “This is about Americans accessing and affording care that is vital to their health and well-being. We cannot return to a place where people are forced to accept less coverage at an increased cost, and make tough choices between their finances or their health.”A video of the hearing is available here.center_img May 10, 2017last_img read more

Gold Coast Hamptons-style villa an island paradise

first_img49a Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise.IT may be dwarfed by high-rises in the heart of Surfers Paradise but this waterfront villa has some of the best sunset views.Owner Helen Planting said the surrounding buildings actually worked in the property’s favour.“My favourite thing about the whole property is the views that we get at sunset because the sun is reflected in the windows of the high-rises,” Mrs Planting said. 49a Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise. 49a Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise. 49a Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise.Mrs Planting said they tried to combine an abundance of space with low-maintenance living.“It’s quite deceiving from the street,” she said. “It’s kind of like apartment living but so much more spacious.“The location – it’s just so good being so close to the beach.”She said one of the best features of the house was the butler’s pantry. 49a Paradise Island, Surfers Paradise.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoShe and husband, Johan, bought the property almost a decade ago but it wasn’t until recently they decided to rebuild.“We actually bought it quite a few years ago and it had an old bungalow on it,” Mrs Planting said.They have decided to sell half of the duplex that sits at 49a Paradise Island.The couple designed the Hamptons-style home, right down to the detailed screens on the balcony at the front of the home and above the pool.last_img read more

Dutch insurers pension fund SNS Reaal looks for fiduciary manager

first_imgThe new fiduciary manager is supposed to help the fund with portfolio construction, reporting and the selection and monitoring of investments.According to Blaauw, the selection procedure for the new fiduciary manager is “well underway”.While the new fiduciary is supposed to select the bulk of the fund’s investments, SNS Reaal prefers to retain Actiam as the manager of the fund’s sustainable equity mandates, Blaauw added. “These mandates are very precious to us,” he said.ConsolidationWith around 20,000 members, some 5,000 of whom are active participants, SNS Reaal is a comparatively large company scheme. Nevertheless, it has been investigating consolidation options for some time as the number of active members is dwindling.This trend was accelerated by the sale of Vivat’s property insurance arm to NN, as a result of which some 400 active members will move to the NN pension fund later this year. Volksbank also expects to reduce the number of employees over time.“We are looking at all the options: to join an APF (Algemeen Pensioen Fonds) or a sector fund, or to remain independent,” said Blaauw. “The final choice is with Volksbank and Vivat. Both recently extended their contracts with us until the end of 2021.“Like many pension funds, we are currently facing the choice whether we want to implement the new pensions contract ourselves or whether this is a moment to consolidate before this happens.”The new Dutch pensions contract is supposed to come into force by 2026 at the latest.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The €4bn Dutch SNS Reaal pension fund is looking for a fiduciary manager because it wants to combine asset management and fiduciary management in one entity, it said in its annual report.The assets of the fund, which manages the pensions of insurer Vivat and Volksbank, are currently managed by Actiam (formerly SNS AM) while Cardano is responsible for LDI management, derivatives and the fund’s €600m long-duration portfolio.The fund is now looking for a single manager to combine these two tasks.“The fund wants to simplify its structure. There are more than enough other things that require our attention at the moment,” said the fund’s director Eelco Blaauw.last_img read more

Meet the Queensland couple that has flipped over 70 homes in seven years

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen70 flips in 7 years!01:52THIS Queensland couple have made an artform out of turning drab homes to fab – flipping over 70 properties in a just seven years.Dynamic duo Mark and Meredith Spits, who have just completed their latest project, a low-set home in Bellbowrie, started their renovation journey 32 years ago, but made it a full time game more recently.“We had been doing it part time for at least 12 months before we made the decision to go full time,” he said.While Mr Spits is predominantly a project manager, Mrs Spits, who owns Signature Staging, comes in at the end and styles the home ready for sale.Street view pre renovation. 10 Linum Place, Bellbowrie.Built in 1980, Mr Spits took possession of 10 Linum Place on June 14, 2018, which they paid $377,000, and has already listed it for sale.Mr Spits said the property was located well and he could see the potential in the property the moment he walked through the front door.Post-renovation street view. 10 Linum Place, Bellbowrie.“It’s about, firstly the area, is it a good area? Is it a bad house for the area, the usual old line about the ‘worst house in the best street’,” he said.He said they looked beyond what the property looked like when they walked in and ensured the floorplan and structure were easy to work with.“We expect in our line of work to be replacing bathrooms and kitchens and that sort of stuff, so we don’t even bother looking at those to be honest.”Dynamic duo Mark and Meredith Spits flipped more than 70 properties in seven years. Picture Mark Cranitch.“We basically worked with the existing floorplan that was there, we did move a couple of interior walls around, but that was to allow us to increase the size of the main bathroom and also to create a more luxurious parents’ retreat.”He said this particular job was straight-forward, a matter of gaining all the approvals they needed, doing a full termite treatment and ensuring it met the standard of current buyers.“Obviously first impressions count,” Mr Spits said.Rear external (entertaining area) post renovation. 10 Linum Place, Bellbowrie.“The floorings have to be spot on and professionally laid.“Whilst we renovate, I don’t lay tiles, we have professionals come in and do that level of finish.“On this particular one, we put 1200mm timber look ceramic floor tiles to create a more luxurious feel to this property.“We’ve actually used Italian wall tiles in this property as well; again to get that level of feel, and again in this price point, we’ve put stone benchtops.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoPost renovation, living and dining zone. 10 Linum Place, Bellbowrie.For those looking to start flipping properties, his advice was to know your costs – and he wasn’t talking about materials and labour.“Understand the overhead costs, such as stamp duty, commissions, solicitor’s fees etcetera,” he said.“Not many people realise how much that actually costs.”“Be realistic with your timeframe, because whilst you have all that money outstanding, time is money.Renovated bathroom. 10 Linum Place, Bellbowrie.“And you have to be prepared to devote nights, weekends and put your life on hold to be able to make any money out of it.”He said while most completed jobs turned a profit, it didn’t always work out that way.“They haven’t all made a profit; the most we’ve ever lost on a property was about $10,000…even in that four week time the market changed significantly.”He said the market was ever-changing, and what might look like a good investment in the start, could easily change in a short time.“The market can change very quickly, it could be a government policy; it could be something out of your control.“If the market changes and you bought high…you’re not going to get that money back out of it.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Stay-at-Home Divorce.

first_img Share Sharing is caring! By Eric Adelson, DETAILSThe dream house sits on a hill, with a steep slope of perfect green grass in the front and a golf course in the back. It’s 5,600 square feet, six bedrooms, and four and a half baths, nestled on two and a half acres of verdant countryside amid miles of rolling Virginia scenery filled with thoroughbred horses and cute roads named Over the Dam and Shipmadilly. Jon Pieja sank a good chunk of his 401(k) into this house, and it is lovely to behold, throwing a strip of shade over him on a Sunday afternoon as he sits on his patio, sips iced tea, and watches the golf carts go by. Gray Carr Pieja slides open the screen door and says her yoga class is starting in the basement. She’s 43 going on 29, capable of making skinny women half her age seem out of shape. Jon, who’s 39, nods and waits for the next golfer to stop by for a beer. He’ll go fishing with their sons later, after he takes a spin on his Harley. This is the life the couple imagined on the day in 2004 when they moved in. Except for one thing: Jon and Gray Carr Pieja filed for divorce over a year ago.Virginia law calls for a 12-month separation prior to an official breakup, but the collapse of the nation’s housing market has altered the rules. In St. Petersburg, Florida; Chicago; and Denver, couples find themselves unable to go their separate ways without taking a loss on the value of their homes. “Separation has an immediate economic impact,” says Gray Carr’s lawyer, Paul Morrison. “Few can afford it. So why not put it off, especially with the real-estate market the way it is now?” When the Piejas split up, Morrison handed each a one-page list of dos and don’ts, forbidding them to cook for each other, do each other’s laundry, eat meals together (except on major holidays), or sit together in church. “My mother said it would be The War of the Roses,” Gray Carr says. “She said she would find me hanging from the chandelier.”In early April [2008], Jon and Gray Carr take a grand total of 71 minutes to reach a verbal settlement. When the negotiation, which costs less than $600, is complete, Jon says, “Might as well start dating now.”Except for one thing: He still shares a roof with his ex. The house was appraised two years ago at $810,000, but Jon doesn’t think it can fetch much more than $725,000. The landscaping and basement renovations cost $100,000. And then there’s the other debt: $15,000 on the three cars, $11,000 on his bike, $17,000 on credit cards. He can’t just throw up his hands and sell the house for three quarters of a mil. So the Piejas’ six-bedroom abode has become a bunch of little homes. The basement, for example, is cool and dark, a stark contrast to the fishbowl upstairs. Gray Carr works in a room in the corner. Jack and Ben play Wii in the main area. Jon exercises in another room. It’s almost like a backstage, where everyone privately preps for the sometimes pleasant, sometimes painful interactions above. “All four of us escape down here,” Gray Carr says. “It feels like a whole other house.”In May, when Gray Carr found a farmhouse two miles down the road and signed a lease, it was hard not to concede. It was a quiet end to a quiet separation. Gray Carr agreed to pay Jon a monthly sum to pare down their credit-card debt while he searches for a buyer for the house.“I was thinking of turning the basement into a Scotch-and-bourbon thing,” he had said weeks earlier—with a faint smile. He wasn’t exactly looking forward to moving out. Eventually, a young couple will walk into the foyer and marvel at the openness of the place. They will imagine their little ones growing up here, just a short walk from golf and sledding. They will make an offer. And they can only hope their dream house on a hill will see a second marriage as good as its first divorce. Tweet LifestyleRelationships The Stay-at-Home Divorce. by: – July 21, 2011center_img 91 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Agent expects Ighalo to stay in Europe after Man Utd

first_imgFormer Nigeria international, Abdul Sule, can see Odion Ighalo staying in Europe once his time with Manchester United is over. The striker is on-loan at United from Shanghai Shenhua. And agent Sule told Goal: “I see Odion Ighalo earning a big-money move from top European teams when his loan expires at Manchester United.Advertisement Loading… “I don’t think Man United are keen on retaining him because they seem not to value him enough to put hand him a regular place. He also may not be wanted again when Marcus Rashford is fit. read also:Odion Ighalo opens up on Manchester United future “I will not advise him to return to China now despite the attractive offer but would urge him to stay in Europe. I won’t be surprised if Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid or Barcelona come for him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What’s Up With All The Female Remakes?The Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Rohr to Name Squad against Zambia it Two Weeks

first_img“The Eagles squad list for the match in Zambia will be announced by the third week of this month,” an official informed.Rohr has already hinted that the call-ups for this game will mainly be those who were involved in the recent AFCON 2017 qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo, which was used as a warm-up for the Zambia match.The Franco-German coach has also said Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi and Portugal-based Oghenekaro Etebo will be invited after they have recovered from injuries.Rohr has said he will meet up with Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to rescind his decision to quit international football.However, Chidozie Awaziem and Imoh Ezekiel, who did not make the match-day squad for the Tanzania game are not likely to be invited.Awaziem, a midfielder who has been converted to central defence, has been demoted to the FC Porto second team this season after the Portuguese club did not register him for the UEFA Champions League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERNigeria coach Gernot Rohr will pick his squad for next month’s 2018 World Cup qualifier in Zambia in two weeks, officials have disclosed.The World Cup qualifier in Ndola will be played on October 9.last_img read more

Davis misses second half after spraining right ankle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2013 at 10:17 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 RALEIGH, N.C. — Syracuse outside linebacker Dyshawn Davis sprained his right ankle one minute before the end of the second quarter against North Carolina State and did not return to the game.Afterward, SU head coach Scott Shafer said Davis expects to play against Georgia Tech next week.“He’ll be okay,” Shafer said. “He’s got an ankle sprain. It’s something that’s been nagging him all the way back to the summer, but they put him in a boot. He was walking around on it. He said, ‘Coach, I’ll be back. Don’t worry.’ So I feel good about that.”Davis blitzed up the middle on a 2nd-and-9 from the SU 21 with 1:11 left in the second quarter, but didn’t make it to Wolfpack quarterback Pete Thomas.As the N.C. State offense celebrated in the end zone, Davis crumpled to the grass and writhed in pain near the 30-yard line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavis attempted to get up and walk off the far side of the field, but could only hobble about halfway before lying back down. Davis smacked his hands against his helmet in frustration as medical staff attended to his right ankle.After about two minutes, Davis was helped up and off the field, keeping most of his weight on his left leg.Josh Kirkland filled in for Davis and finished with three tackles and one thumping pass breakup. Kirkland leveled Quintin Payton on a crossing route early in the fourth quarter, helping spark the Orange to a 14-0 mark in that frame.“I’ve slowly been transitioning, sharing time with him and stuff,” Kirkland said. “Coming in it was just like any other game. I just had to play a little bit longer.”Walking out to the team bus after the game, Davis wore a boot on his right foot, but put normal weight on it. He carried his own backpack and rolled his luggage behind him. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse falls 1-0 to St. John’s in home opener

first_imgIn the 79th minute, Syracuse forward Maya Pitts crossed the ball from the left corner to the middle of the penalty box, where Stephanie Skilton headed the ball to Eva Gordon on the left side of the box. Gordon attempted to slip the ball into the left corner of the net, but St. John’s goalkeeper Diana Poulin dove to the grass to make the save, turning cheers of excitement from the SU fans into groans of disappointment.“I thought Eva did a great job of getting into the near post space,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of the play. “(Poulin) made a good save, so I give her credit.”Poulin didn’t have to make many saves in the first half as the Orange struggled to create scoring chances. Syracuse adjusted its offensive strategy at halftime, getting in more opportunities similar to Gordon’s. But the Orange (1-2) failed to capitalize on any of them in a 1-0 loss to St. John’s (3-0) at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday night.In a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Syracuse was rarely able to get the ball inside the box on offense. Wheddon tried to make changes on the fly by substituting Gordon and forward Alex Lamontagne into the game for Alexis Koval and Sheridan Street, but not much changed.At halftime, the head coach said he talked to his team about taking advantage of the space between St. John’s midfielders and back line. And in the second half, Syracuse pushed up its wide players on the Red Storm’s defenders and began to pressure the ball more. Wheddon said that SU also attempted to isolate its forwards in one-on-one situations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just played way more direct and it showed in the opportunities we got,” Gordon said.The first of those opportunities came in the 41st minute, when Lamontagne dribbled the ball just in front of the penalty box before lofting a short lob pass ahead to midfielder Jackie Firenze. Only Poulin stood between Firenze and a goal, but the pass traveled a little too far and straight into the goalkeeper’s hands.Later, with 25 minutes to play, Street crossed the ball from the right side of the box toward the St. John’s goal. Poulin and Koval were the only players in the area. Both slid for the ball, but Poulin got there first and made the save.“I thought we were doing a great job,” Wheddon said. “We got some great services into the box.”Gordon’s scoring chance came with roughly 11 minutes left, and it would end up being one of Syracuse’s final shots on goal. But it wasn’t SU’s final opportunity, as the Orange was awarded consecutive corner kicks in the 87th and 88th minutes. Firenze took both, but Syracuse couldn’t convert on either.“We just needed to finish our chances,” Firenze said. “We had some good opportunities there but that’s just something that we’re going to have to work on.” Comments Published on August 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more