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Applied Natural Gas Fuels, Inc., (ANGF) a leading producer and distributor of natural gas fuels, announced that it has entered into a long term supply agreement with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its fleet of 282 LNG buses.“We are pleased to continue our relationship and enter into this new agreement with OCTA to provide its buses with economical and environmentally friendly LNG fuel,” said Cem Hacioglu, ANGF’s President and CEO.The long-term contract calls for ANGF to provide OCTA with an average of 400,000 gallons of LNG per month for the two fueling stations OCTA owns and operates.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, June 05, 2013; Image: ANGF
Grant PUD’s contractor is working to remove sediments from the Crescent Bar Boating Channel on the Columbia River during the low-reservoir conditions because of the response to the Wanapum Dam spillway. The dredging work is expected to be finished by Oct. 31, 2014. [mappress]September 23, 2014
A law that aims to overcome trade barriers between EU states has been backed by an influential European Parliament committee despite charges that it would ‘increase complexity and create uncertainty’.On 17 September the parliament’s legal affairs committee voted in favour of an amended version of the common European sales law (CESL) to cover distance selling, in particular internet shopping.The proposed law, subject to negotiations with EU ministers and a vote in the European Parliament, is intended to build consumers’ confidence in online shopping by clarifying their rights when buying products from other EU countries.Under the common European sales law a customer ordering a product online from a different country would have access to a range of remedies such as termination of the contract, a price reduction, or the replacement or repair of a faulty product.However, the law would apply only if both parties to the contract, the seller and the buyer, voluntarily agreed to it. If they did not opt for it, existing national rules would apply.A European Parliament spokesman said: ‘Consumers will enjoy a very high level of consumer protection, which will be a good incentive for choosing CESL.’However the Law Society expressed scepticism. A spokeswoman said: “Although the Law Society stands for improving the functioning of the internal market, we think that the CESL would increase complexity and create uncertainty because it would not comprise a single set of rules and would add another layer to what exists in cross-border commerce. ‘We would like to assess the impact on trade of the EU Consumer Rights Directive, which is coming into force this year, before further steps are taken. Shifting the focus to improving access to practical redress would also be more likely to increase trade.’The Consumer Rights Directive, agreed by the European Commission in 2011, focuses on simplifying and harmonising rules in key areas of consumer rights, including ensuring that consumers have the information and time needed to make good decisions, are aware of the costs they are committing to and the implications of any contract. The Law Society spokeswoman added: ‘Nevertheless, we are pleased that the legal affairs committee wants the CESL to focus on distance selling. If, despite our reservations, the instrument goes ahead, it would have a greater chance of success if tailored to a specific area – business-to-consumer online trade.’The draft legislative resolution on the CESL was adopted as amended by the legal affairs committee by 19 votes to three, with two abstentions. The committee negotiators have received a mandate to start negotiations with EU ministers.
Charles Mattocks Following the footsteps of famous uncle, Bob Marley, health advocate Charles Mattocks is spreading the gospel of conscious living to American audiences – this time through healthy eating. From diabetes awareness to accessible healthy foods, Mattocks has been campaigning all over daytime TV, from “Dr. Oz” to “The Today Show,” educating the public about the healing benefits of good food.“My Uncle Bob has inspired and helped the world through the message of his music,” says Mattocks. “I want to help the world through the message of my films and TV shows.”Mattocks, a resident of Tampa and son of Marley’s sister Constance Marley, is the acclaimed dietician and personality “The Poor Chef,” celebrated for developing healthy economic meals for under $7. His foray into healthy cooking marked an unexpected turn for the filmmaker, who was inspired when he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. In collaboration with the American Heart Association, Mattocks soon published “The Budget-Friendly Fresh and Local Diabetes Cookbook,” which explored how anyone could manage the disease through diet and exercise.“So many people have diabetes and are confused about the appropriate diet and lifestyle to counter the disease,” says Mattocks. “This has caused too much suffering and unwarranted deaths.”Using his background in filmmaking, he has also produced documentary “The Diabetic You,” through his film company, Halo Films. Due to be released in June, the film travels around the world to portray the plight of diabetes, and the efforts to effectively treat the disease. Mattocks also plans to bring the fight to Jamaica, with a new reality program in the works called “Reverse.” To be filmed in Jamaica and released later this year, the show features guests fighting the disease through proper diet and exercise.“This will be similar to another reality show, ‘The Biggest Loser,’ where overweight people are challenged to lose weight,” says Mattocks. “But guests on ‘Reverse’ will be challenged to reverse diabetes.”Through his other documentary “Trial by Fire,” Mattocks also seeks to spread awareness about a rare, painful nerve disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which his mother suffers from. About 200,000 people in the U.S. and another 100,000 worldwide live with this disease, which causes excruciating pain all over the body, with no identified cure.The documentary has been aired at film festivals across the US, including the Hollywood Film Festival in South Florida, where it won awards for Best Director and The Most Impactful Film. The film features Mattocks’ mother and her personal struggles with the disease, but “the main purpose of the film is to draw attention, especially from the medical fraternity, to the thousands suffering from this disease,” says Mattocks. “I am hoping [the film] generate a movement to advance treatment, and a possible cure for the disease.”Mattocks is also coordinating a social media campaign to draw attention to the sufferings of CRPS victims. He has embarked on a mission to distribute the documentary widely, including through Netflix.Mattocks, who plans to relocate to South Florida within a few months, said he’s “comfortable and motivated” – creating, producing and distributing films with “a positive effect on millions of people worldwide afflicted with disease, especially rare diseases like CRPS. You don’t have to be a doctor to help the sick, you just have to care.”
Author: Baibhav Mishra The Crimean oil tanker which was shot by a Libyan coastguard vessel after refusing orders to stop now lies anchored near the Hurd’s Bank, in Maltese waters.The Libyans say the ship had loaded an illegal oil shipment or some other form of contraband.Footage shot from aboard the Libyan vessel, which has been uploaded to the internet, shows the coastguard vessel chasing the tanker and ordering it to stop.After the tanker failed to stop its engines, the Libyan vessel used a double-barrelled 30mm gun to fire several shots into the tanker, from a very close distance. Some of the shells hit the merchant vessel near the waterline.Sea News October, 16
Chairman of the Marigot Village Council, Kenneth SamuelChairman of the Marigot Village Council, Kenneth Samuel has called on residents to make the development of the community their number one priority.In addressing a ceremony to mark Market day with a Difference 2013 in Marigot on Saturday, 19th October, Mr Samuel urged residents to put aside political and religious differences.“I’m still troubled because there is so much that we can accomplish as a community overall but somewhere along the line we have allowed politics, religion to separate us”.He noted that if the residents that if they truly love their community, they will work towards its development and advancement. “Let me make that abundantly clear, the responsibility of our community must be our number one priority,” Mr Samuel stated.“As long as you are from Marigot, if you put anything else above your community, you’re not ready yet. Marigot must be your number one goal”.He further noted that his Council will not support any moves or decision which can adversely impact the community.“To tell me that you’re going to do things that will affect our community, the Council will not be in support of any division that relates to the development of the community of Marigot”.Mr Samuel also advised the fishermen and vendors of the community to continue their work in ensuring that the community and nation by extension are fed.Dominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Put differences aside, Chairman advises Marigot residents by: – October 21, 2013 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views no discussions
Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Julian JohnsonThere is a need for a review of the Integrity in Public Office (IPO) Act of 2003, to clarify ambiguities, chairman of the Integrity Commission Julian Johnson has said.Mr Johnson, who delivered a presentation on the IPO to members of the media at the Windsor Park Stadium’s conference room on Friday 27 February 2015, said this review is necessary as there is a problem with the wording of some sections of the act.“There are difficulties in the list, in clearly defining or identifying the list of persons in public life who fall within our jurisdiction and we have submitted a number of recommendations, both on the act itself and on their schedules, for the consideration of government,” Mr Johnson said. He stated further that a look at Appendix 6 of the Commission’s 2011 Annual Report includes a detailed listing of the recommendations which have been presented to government.Mr Johnson noted that the review is also critical considering that Dominica acceded to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).“There are articles of UNCAC that require member states who have acceded to the convention to review from time to time the legislation”. Additionally, he said in 2007, the law ministers of small commonwealth jurisdiction gave a directive to the Commonwealth Secretariat “to come up with ideas or draft model legislation”.As a result, the Commonwealth Secretariat has developed a model Integrity in Public Life Act which focuses on a model code of conduct for a specific class of public officials, together with guidelines on conflict of interest and offenses constituting abuse of public office and misconduct and neglect of duty”.– / 8 LocalNews IPO chairman suggests review of Act by: Dominica Vibes News – February 28, 2015 211 Views no discussions
Peregrine Semiconductor has announced the UltraCMOS® PE426462, PE426482 and PE426412 RF switches that are optimized for applications that demand extreme temperature support. These SP6T, SP8T and SP12T switches deliver excellent performance across a wide temperature range of -55 to +125 degrees Celsius. With high isolation, low insertion loss and a fast RF TRISE/ TFALL time, these absorptive switches boast the high-performance specifications necessary to utilize the full potential of a high-throw count design.In RF switching, the number of selectable paths corresponds to the throw count of the switch. For example, a SP12T switch, like the PE426412, may have up to 12 selectable paths, allowing the design to easily cycle through different sets of functions and multi-function designs. The PE426462, PE426482 and PE426412 switches also feature a logic selection (LS) pin, which provides maximum control logic flexibility.Markets such as radar and harsh industrial have stringent performance requirements, where each component must operate flawlessly in extreme temperature environments. The PE426462, PE426482 and PE426412 are the ideal solutions for the designs that require high reliability, flexibility and top performance.The PE426462 (SP6T), PE426482 (SP8T) and PE426412 (SP12T) RF switches cover a broad frequency range from 10 MHz to 8 GHz. They have a fast switching time of approximately 200 nanoseconds and a fast RF TRISE/ TFALL time of 100 nanoseconds. The switches provide a high isolation, low insertion loss and high linearity across the entire frequency range and support an extended temperature range from -55 to +125 degrees Celsius.The PE426462 and PE426482 are offered in a 24-lead 4 x 4 mm QFN package, while the PE426412 is available in a 32-lead 5 x 5 mm QFN package. Samples and evaluation kits are available now. Volume-production parts will be available at the end of March. For 10K-quantity orders, each PE426462 (SP6T) switch is $2.11. Each PE426482 (SP8T) switch is $2.82, and each PE426412 (SP12T) switch is $3.52.