Suffolk Pols OK Ban on Microbeads

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers this week passed a bill that phases out the sale of personal care products containing microbeads—tiny plastic balls designed to exfoliate the skin but also negatively impact the environment.County legislators Tuesday unanimously passed the measure, which phases out the sale of products containing microbeads over the next four years, giving manufacturers enough time to develop alternatives.“Today’s vote puts Suffolk County on the right side of history and nature on this issue,” said Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), who introduced the bill with Legis. Steve Stern (D-Huntington).New York State lawmakers have proposed similar legislation and two other counties statewide have passed likeminded laws. Another bill like it is being debated in Congress. And in June, Illinois became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing microbeads by 2019.Suffolk’s bill follows a similar timeline. If Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signs the bill into law, the phase-out would begin in January 2018 for personal care products not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and allow an additional year for ones that are.The bill was proposed amid growing concern that microbeads, which are often less than 1 millimeter in size, have been found to soak up toxic chemicals on their way through sewage treatment plants. And because of their tiny size, they aren’t filtered by sewage plants—instead washing into waterways locally and nationwide, including the Long Island Sound.“A clean face should not mean dirty water,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who backed the bill and described microbeads as “tiny toxic sponges.”Microbeads, made of polyethylene and plastic, are found in everyday personal care products such as facial scrubs. Once they absorb toxic chemicals and wash into waterways, they’re eaten by fish, resulting in contamination up the food chain. Esposito said the toxic chemicals that attach to the microbeads have been linked to ailments ranging from birth defects to cancer.Consumers can avoid purchasing products containing microbeads by downloading an app that scans product barcodes, such as Beat the Microbead.last_img read more

Half of teachers forced to feed pupils going hungry (UK)

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgGuardian (UK) 19 June 2012Heads and doctors want needy children to get free breakfast as Guardian survey reveals upsurge in demand. Headteachers and senior doctors are calling for needy children to receive a free breakfast at school after a Guardian survey found almost half of teachers have brought food in for pupils who arrive at school with empty stomachs. Four out of five teachers (83%) see pupils who are hungry in the morning and 55% said up to a quarter of pupils arrive having not eaten enough. More than half say the number of children involved has been rising in the past year or two, which have seen some families hit hard by the recession, unemployment and benefit cuts. In the survey of 591 teachers across Britain who belong to the online Guardian Teacher Network, 49% said they have taken food or fruit into school to give to children who have not had breakfast. Almost one in five (17%) have given such pupils money out of their own pockets to buy lunch.The teachers’ survey also found that:• 72% identified lack of parenting skills as a reason for the growing number of pupils going hungry; 58% said family health or social problems; 44% said lack of family time; 41% cited benefit cuts and 35% said cost-of-living pressures.http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jun/19/breadline-britain-hungry-schoolchildren-breakfastlast_img read more

DURO’S RUSSIA NOTES…

September 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTrips to Essentuki (Super Eagles’ Base Camp), Kaliningrad, Volgograd, St Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan, have really given this reporter more insight about the Russian than his first time out here. And St Petersburg, with its beauty and warmth to foreigners, appeals more to me to warrant my making the place my base. Imposing four-star Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltyskaya was first home for a couple of days before opting for a more manageable accommodation in an apartment building in Pulkovskoe area of St Petersburg.Unlike the Park Inn, the Salut Apartments are three imposing 15-story buildings overlooking the Mercedes Centre on the highway from the Pulkovo Airport. Apart from its alluring facilities that make the place home away from home, it is less than 20 minutes drive away from one of the busy airports servicing Russia’s second biggest city.But our love for the place almost turned sour with an early morning alarm signal thursday. Few minutes after the alarm, a voice in Russian boomed through the speakers in each of the apartments. We were lost of what was happening until another voice whipped the three Nigerian journalists, (Vanguard’s Tony Ubani, Christian Okpara of The Guardian and my humble self) into panic mode. The voice simply said: “Vacate the building there is fire.” Fire? How, where? The three of us sprang out of our rooms into the lobby of the 8th floor. While one dashed towards the lift, another started screaming no use of lift in time of fire like this. Funny enough, the two exit points were written in Russian language but we had to use our initiatives to follow the direction of the arrow which ultimately led us to the staircase. In what appears to be race for life, we hopped several steps to ensure we beat other nationals also trying to get out of the building which is the Block A. In less than three minutes we were down at the reception try to catch our breath. Five other Nigerians who came in from the UK but also resident in the building also joined us in safety at the designated points.We looked out for where the fire was burning in any of the floors, but there was none. Most staff of the apartment were going about their duties as if nothing was amiss. Then, one lady who appears as the Manager of the Salut Apartments came to address us that what we have just experienced was routine for their guests. She said it was meant to keep everyone in the high-rise building in check and to know what to do in case of an emergency. Did we feel angry? Your guess was right: “This Oyinbo people dey craze, why dem go dey play with something like fire?” muttered my colleague Ubani of Vanguard.Reminded that it was good that we have known our ways round the emergency exit points in building, that sort of quelled the early morning false fire alarm. It was worth all the stress as I now know what to do in case of similar situation next time. No panic is the watchword that we learnt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIRE IN THE BUILDING, EVACUATE!Those who have never experienced an emergency situation of fire alarm in a 15-story building will not understand what some of us (Nigerian journalists) went through this morning here in St Petersburg, Ruassia. Let me give you the preamble.On arrival here in Russia for the World Cup three days to the June 14 kick off date at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, one was filled with excitement of going to tour at least eight of the 11 Russian cities designated to host the 2018 Mundial. Of course, having visited Moscow as first time visitor in 2013 for the IAAF World Championships where Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor equaled Nigeria’s best outing at the competition, winning a silver and bronze in the 200m and long jump, I truly wanted to know and feel the rest of the Russian cities.last_img read more

Michael Grove, the Dodgers’ second-round draft pick in 2018, is finally out of the woods

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img“It was a bit of an aggressive push from where he was,” Rhymes said of Grove, “but I think you’ll see as it plays out how ready he is to be a professional.”Grove hadn’t pitched for 10 days before his start against Visalia last Friday. That was by design; occasionally Grove will skip a start to keep his innings total in check. Even though the California League is three steps away from the majors, this is the opposite of the fast track to the big leagues.The plan is just fine by Grove, who was eager to pitch anywhere after two years of rehabilitation.“It feels great to not really worry about health as much,” he said, “to get back into it every day, stretch with the team, practice with the team, and just do my throwing drill. Nobody’s asking me how I feel today. It’s nice to just feel like a normal player again.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw) vs. Padres (RHP Chris Paddack), Tuesday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s a good thing I have all the numbers that the Dodgers provide us with,” Grove said. “Offspeed pitches are the last thing to come back. Fastball feels great. Got a little bit of a new delivery going on. Just working on breaking ball spin. I’m still working on a changeup. Just trying to craft it, I guess. A little raw right now.”The Dodgers tabbed Grove with their second-round selection, 68th overall, in last June’s amateur draft. They went more than $300,000 over slot to secure him with a $1,229,500 bonus. When first-round pick J.T. Ginn opted to attend Mississippi State rather than accept the Dodgers’ $2.4 million offer, Grove became the Dodgers’ highest pick from the draft class to sign.For Grove’s part, it wasn’t clear until draft day that he would turn pro. Jonah Rosenthal, the Dodgers’ West Virginia area scout, had filed reports on Grove in 2016 and 2017. Though his 2018 season was wiped out due to his Tommy John rehab, Grove was throwing bullpens at “70, 80 percent” during last year’s Big 12 Tournament.Several scouts attended those bullpens, but Rosenthal wasn’t among them. Grove wasn’t sure what to expect on draft day. He didn’t get any official word from the Dodgers before he saw his name called on television.“I knew it was going to have to be early (in the draft) for me to actually sign,” Grove said. “That happened. That kind of put me in a bind. I ended up doing it and haven’t really looked back since.”It’s unusual for a pitcher to go directly from the Big 12, to minor league spring training, then to the California League with no waypoints in between. But the Dodgers are more comfortable with college Tommy John patients than any organization. They’ve reportedly drafted 26 of them into the organization, six more than any other team.Will Rhymes, the Dodgers’ director of player development, believes Grove has the athleticism and competitiveness to adapt to his new surroundings.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Box scores are the farthest thing from Grove’s mind right now.“Really for me, it’s just about how I feel,” he said. “Obviously results are what they are. I want to perform well, too. I want to get consistent, keep climbing as far as my stuff goes, keep getting everything back to normal. When everything feels great, that’s when you don’t have to think about it anymore. That’s when you just have to go out there and compete, not have to worry about that stuff. That’s the point I want to get to.”To get him there, the Dodgers are measuring everything that can be measured.Grove’s outings are limited to 50 pitches total, and no more than 30 in an inning. He completed three innings in his debut with Rancho Cucamonga on April 8, but he hasn’t thrown more than 2-1/3 in an outing since. His six starts have lasted a total of 10-1/3 innings. His fastball velocity – regularly in the 93-96 range in college – is closer to the 91-94 range now, Grove said.During a Sunday bullpen session, Quakes pitching coach Connor McGuiness monitored Grove’s work in real time while an Edgertronic camera captured every movement frame-by-frame. The Dodgers will use feedback from the camera, the coach, and Grove himself to gauge his progress.center_img PreviousDodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove is met at the pitcher’s mound while throwing to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove makes the out at first against Visalia at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove throws to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove pauses in between pitches at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove meets with Quakes catcher Connor Wong at the pitcher’s mound in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove leaves the pitcher’s mound after throwing to Visalia in the top of the first at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove (23) high-fives fellow players before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 10Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove walks to the dugout with Quakes catcher Connor Wong before the game at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, May 10, 2019. Grove, the Dodgers’ 2nd-round pick from a year ago, is being worked back from Tommy John surgery. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)ExpandRANCHO CUCAMONGA — Dodgers pitching prospect Michael Grove comes from a good family with athletic genes. His older sister, Ashley, ran track and played soccer in high school. Before he separated himself as a baseball player at Wheeling (W.V.) Park High School, Grove played hockey and football. In college, he was a diligent enough student in three years to come within a semester of completing an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of West Virginia.By June 2018, Grove had done everything he could to earn a high selection in the Major League Baseball draft – except pitch.Now, two years after Tommy John surgery abruptly ended his collegiate career, Grove is just beginning to show the Dodgers whether their latest draft gamble paid off.Grove’s most recent appearance came last Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Like the five starts that came before it, this one was short. The 6-foot-3 right-hander recorded only two outs against the Visalia Rawhide and was charged with four runs. His 29 pitches fell one short of his limit. If the box score was any measure of Grove’s progress, this one might have been discouraging. 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