Vermont Civil Rights Panel appointed

first_imgThe US Commission on Civil Rights has appointed 15 people to its Vermont State Advisory Committee.Kim Tolhurst, designated the authority of the staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, announced the appointment of â ¢Francine T. Bazluke of Essex Junction, John H. Bloomer of Wallingford, Luther M. Brown of Rutland, Ellen Mercer Fallon of Middlebury, Leslie Ann Holman of Burlington, Terrance D. Martin of Brattleboro, Marion C. Milne of West Topsham, Cheryl W. Mitchell of New Haven, Tara O’Brien of Brattleboro, Eric D. Sakai of Randolph, Stephanie L. Sidortsova of Westford, Diane B. Snelling of Hinesburg, Tracey H. Tsugawa of Williston, and Stewart R. Wood of Quechee. The Commission appointed Diane Snelling as Chair. The appointments are for two years.Congress has directed the Commission to establish advisory committees in all states and the District of Columbia to assist in its fact-finding function. These committees receive reports, suggestions, and recommendations from individuals, public and private organizations, and public officials, and forward advice and recommendations to the Commission. Members of State Advisory Committees serve without compensation, conduct civil rights reviews and investigations, and report to the Commission.###last_img read more

EU bankrolls electrification of Port of Valencia’s terminals

first_img“The average total power demand in the port falls around 7 MW, with demands of around 10 MW being very common. Considering the current characteristics of the port’s power grid, it is not realistic to consider an OPS at the docks of the Port of Valencia, unless the power grid is improved.” Currently, the port of Valencia receives medium voltage electricity (20kV) from three different high and medium voltage electrical substations: ST LA PUNTA, ST GRAO and ST ALAMEDA. The first of these, the Global EALING Project, European flagship action for cold ironing in ports, expresses the need to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change, contribute to the transition to cleaner energy for maritime transport services provided in port areas and meet the new conditions arising from the technological breakthrough towards electrification. “The use of 20kV combined with the security of supply requirements in the ports means that the maximum amount of energy to be demanded from the general network for non-instantaneous use must not exceed 13 MW,” the port said. The project will focus on carrying out the necessary studies to meet the need to build new onshore power supply infrastructure or upgrade existing infrastructure in participating ports, in line with the implementation of land-based electricity use in TEN-T core network ports and other ports by the end of 2025. The project will allow for the co-financing of the electrical substation of the Port of Valencia, which recently received the approval of the Generalitat. The two projects are being selected at a time of increasing demand for electricity from ships at berth. Hence, the port requires improvement of the entire electricity network. The objective of the second of the projects, EALINGWorks Valenciaport, is to prepare the port’s electrical grid for the supply of onshore power supply to container ships, ferries, and cruise ships in the new container and passenger terminals of the port. The Port of Valencia has secured aid from the European Commission for two projects aimed at facilitating and accelerating the possibility of connecting ships to the electricity grid. It will also focus on preparing the final documentation for the tenders so that work can start after the completion of the necessary studies for each participating port. Both projects were studied and drafted by the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and the ValenciaPort Foundation.last_img read more

9 Rules Fit People Live By

first_imgPersonal trainer Joel Harper has spent two decades helping his clients (from Olympic medalists to Dr. Oz) reach their fitness goals, and over the course of his career he’s discovered the reason why some people thrive and others fail: It’s all about attitude, he argues in his new book, Mind Your Body: 4 Weeks to a Leaner, Healthier Life.Harper has taken years of experience and distilled it into “10 core concepts for optimal success.” Health spoke with Harper about these rules, and how to put them into practice.Shut out the noiseBy “noise,” Harper means the constant stream of negative thoughts that runs through most people’s minds. That mental static is your biggest obstacle, he says; learning to filter it by focusing on positive thinking is essential to your success.Maximize inner motivationTo do this you need to be absolutely clear about why you want to get fit. “Figure out what’s really important to you,” Harper urges. “Do you want to lower your blood pressure? Fit into a size two? Or do you just want to feel better?” Motivation that lasts can’t come from an outside source—like your doctor or a loved one who wants you to slim down. It has to come from a personal, deep-rooted desire for change.Cultivate gritGrit is the resolve and passion required on a daily basis to pursue a long-term goal. To cultivate grit, you have to commit to consistency no matter what. A fit person wakes up every day knowing she will do whatever it takes to stay on track—whether that means getting up an hour earlier to make it to the gym before work or squeezing in a power walk at lunch. The secret is focusing on the thoughts that drive and inspire you. If it helps to remind yourself how good you’ll feel post workout, for example, do that. If it motivates you to daydream about your future toned tummy, do that. Concentrate on exactly what you want to achieve and make every day count.Set specific intentionsThe more detailed your daily goals and plans, the better. In his book, Harper cites an English study on women enrolled in a weight loss program: The researchers asked about half of their subjects to write down their strategies for managing temptation (for example, When sugar cravings strike, I will make a cup of tea). After two months, those women had lost twice as much weight as women in a control group. Visualize successHarper has all of his new clients close their eyes and imagine their ideal body—both what it looks like from head to toe, and how it makes them feel. Then he tells them to go shopping: “I say to people, ‘Hey if you want that body, then buy clothes that would fit if you had it. And try them on every day until they fit.’”Eliminate excessive choicesChocolate croissant or steel cut oats? Grilled salmon or a quesadilla? When you have to make these types of dietary decisions all day long, you may end up exhausting your willpower. Planning your meals in advance, however—even just one meal per day—can make it easier (and less stressful) to eat healthy.There are a few classics, like “If I don’t exercise at lunchtime, I’ll do it tonight” or “I’ll have ice cream today and get my diet back on track tomorrow.” But any sort of procrastination runs the risk of bumping you off course, Harper says. His advice: Don’t give yourself an out, and stick to the path that leads to your goal.Yield to trafficIt’s inevitable that from time to time your healthy routine will get interrupted by forces outside your control, like when your partner proposes an impromptu date night right after you’ve bought salad ingredients. When that happens, try to go with the flow and enjoy yourself.Believe it and become itThis rule is simple: “If you believe you can be in amazing shape, then you’ll do things on a day-to-day basis to accomplish it,” says Harper. The problem is, many of us carry around defeating beliefs. When you recognize a negative thought (like, “I’m so uncoordinated”), ask yourself why you think that way. You may discover the criticism originally came from your parents, or your sibling, or a childhood buddy. “Don’t give those outdated internal beliefs power,” Harper says. “Just let them float away, like leaves that have fallen into a river.” You have control over your thoughts, he insists; they don’t have control over you. Jump for joyHarper’s most successful clients are the ones that celebrate their milestones. If you don’t appreciate your successes along the way, “you risk becoming emotionally numb, nonreactive,” he explains. But giving yourself regular (healthy!) rewards (like a massage, for example), provides a little “added oomph” to keep going and push yourself even harder in the long run.–last_img read more