3 May
2021

Indiana DNR Law Enforcement hosts largest indoor archery tournament

first_imgThe National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) continues to grow in Indiana. Over 425 schools have the NASP program as part of the curriculum. The program is affecting approximately 60,000 students annually.The DNR Law Enforcement Division has certified over 1700 teachers as instructors in the NASP program.  The Division is working with schools across the state with the ambitious goal of adding a minimum of 45 schools a year.  Students participate by shooting a Genesis compound bow at an international competition scoring target.  The program has shown results of improving student attendance, attitude, behavior, and overall learning experience. It teaches the students to be safe, courteous, and sportsmanship as well as other life skills.Students are given an opportunity to join competitive archery teams to represent their schools at tournaments across the state.  In January, over 3,300 shooters participated in qualifying events which were held to obtain an invitation to the state tournament. While not all the teams qualify for this event, the lessons the program is designed to teach will be achieved by everyone who participates in the program at any level.“NASP has created an opportunity for anyone to join a team and compete at all levels. While the program has incorporated some competition, the main focus is to teach life skills that can be used in everyday situations”, said Outdoor Education Lt. Larry Morrison.  “Archery teaches concentration, poise, relaxation and commitment to practice, which translates to a better student in the classroom”.“Approximately 2700 competitive shooters representing over 150 qualifying schools statewide will be competing on the international bllseye target range and NASP/IBO 3-D Challenge at this year’s State NASP tournament”, said Outdoor Education Coordinator Chris Clark.The Indiana State NASP tournament will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon and Champions Pavilion on Saturday March 11th, beginning at 7:30 A.M.For more information visit the Indiana NASP website:  http://indiananasp.com/FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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31 Dec
2020

Indiana NAACP pushing NIPSCO for earlier closure of Michigan City coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A northwest Indiana utility made headlines in September when it announced it will retire its last coal plant within a decade. That is not soon enough for the predominately African American community that bears the brunt of the plant’s pollution burden.NIPSCO’s new timeline for coal retirements has been widely celebrated by environmental groups both in and outside the state. Meanwhile, Indiana NAACP leaders continue to press the utility and regulators to act with greater urgency. “Those most impacted should not have to wait another decade for clean air,” said La’Tonya Troutman, environmental chair for the NAACP chapter in Michigan City, where NIPSCO plans to continue operating its coal plant through 2028.NIPSCO surprised many with its announcement that it would speed up coal plant retirements by about a decade and replace the generation with solar, wind and storage instead of a new natural gas plant. The utility retired its Bailly Generating Station in 2018 and now plans to close its R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield by 2023 and the Michigan City plant five years after that.State and local NAACP chapters say it is unacceptable for NIPSCO to leave Michigan City — the plant with the most African Americans living in its shadow — running for years beyond the rest of the utility’s coal fleet. They are calling on the utility to retire the plant by 2025. But that would pose an unacceptable risk to its reliability, according to NIPSCO planning documents. NIPSCO says keeping the Michigan City plant open until 2028 will buttress the energy delivery system while the utility upgrades its grid and secures new wind and solar generation. The plant already has the costly emissions control upgrades that would be necessary to keep R.M. Schahfer open for longer instead.In a previous round of long-term planning that ended in 2016, NIPSCO determined it would close both units of its coal-fired Bailly plant in 2018 (which it did) and two of five R.M. Schahfer units by 2023. The rest of Schahfer and the Michigan City plant would keep running as late as 2037 or beyond. NIPSCO’s new plan would close the Michigan City plant by around a decade earlier than previously planned. Its analysis also showed that an even earlier retirement would save customers more money still, but it says more time is needed to expand transmission and secure new generation, which is underway. The utility recently announced agreements for 800 megawatts of new wind capacity that will be online by 2020.“From a pure economic standpoint, the lowest-cost option for customers pointed toward retiring all remaining coal immediately,” said NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer. “However, we must ensure the reliability of our system for customers and there are steps that need to occur prior to the coal retirements.”More: Indiana NAACP leaders say coal plant timeline is unacceptable for residents Indiana NAACP pushing NIPSCO for earlier closure of Michigan City coal plantlast_img read more

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31 Dec
2020

Doosan Heavy, Korea National Oil to build 200MW floating offshore wind farm in South Korea

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renews.biz:Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction is to collaborate with Korea National Oil Corporation on the development of a floating offshore wind farm off the coast of South Korea.The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the [200MW] Donghae 1 floating project, which will form part of a 6GW complex off Ulsan and south-east region of the country.Work is scheduled to start on the complex in stages from 2023, Doosan said.The partners said that through the agreement Korea National Oil Corporation will develop the wind farm, while sharing business plans and licensing matters, with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction providing the turbines for the project.Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction president Jeong Yeon-in said: “We will do our best to promote the business successfully by adding Doosan Heavy’s offshore wind power technology to Korea National Oil Corporation’s will to foster the floating offshore wind industry. We will improve the technology of offshore wind power suitable for the environment and contribute to vitalizing the domestic industrial ecosystem.”More: Korean duo form floating offshore pact Doosan Heavy, Korea National Oil to build 200MW floating offshore wind farm in South Korealast_img read more

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18 Nov
2020

Human H5N1 cases reported in China, Thailand

first_imgDec 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed, one in a Chinese woman who has recovered and the other in a 5-year-old Thai boy who died Dec 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The cases increase the human toll of the virus over the past 2 years to 137 cases, including 70 deaths, according to the WHO. Exposure to poultry is the suspected cause in both of the latest cases.In China, a 31-year-old female farmer from the northeastern province of Liaoning became ill Oct 30 and was treated for severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress before she recovered, the WHO said, citing the Chinese Ministry of Health. She was discharged from a hospital Nov 29.The woman initially tested negative for the virus, but a microneutralization test for H5N1 antibodies later was positive, the WHO reported. “Using this test, a positive diagnosis is made when antibody levels in a blood sample taken late in illness are at least four times higher than those found in a sample taken early in illness,” the agency said. Antibody tests are reliable but slower than direct tests for viral RNA, the statement said.Investigators have linked the woman’s illness to exposure to sick poultry, the WHO said. Poultry outbreaks of H5N1 flu have occurred in Liaoning province. Contacts of the patient were under medical observation, but all remained healthy and have been released.China now has had five confirmed human cases of H5N1 infection, of which two were fatal.In Thailand, health officials confirmed that avian flu caused the death of a 5-year-old boy from the central province of Nakhonnayok, according to the WHO. The boy fell ill on Nov 25, was hospitalized Dec 5, and died 2 days later.Early results of an investigation suggest the boy might have been infected by contact with dead chickens in his neighborhood, the WHO said. Family and neighbors were placed under observation and have stayed healthy so far.Thailand has had five confirmed human cases this year, with two deaths. The country’s total for the past 2 years is 22 cases with 14 deaths.Other news on avian flu comes from Ukraine, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, and Japan.Ukraine’s agriculture minister said H5N1 has been confirmed in the Crimean peninsula, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The minister, Olexandre Baranivsky, said the confirmation came today but gave no details.A health ministry statement earlier today said 17 villages in the Crimea, including some near the central city of Simferopol, have had massive deaths among poultry, according to AFP. Previously the disease had been detected only in the northeast corner of the peninsula.Samples from nine villages had been sent to labs in Britain, Italy, and Russia, the story said.In Turkey, officials have claimed victory over avian flu after testing thousands of birds, according to another AFP report. The country’s agriculture ministry reported to the European Union and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that the virus has been “completely eradicated.”H5N1 infection was discovered in poultry in Balikesir province on Oct 5. More than 10,000 birds were slaughtered in the area, and about 3,000 birds from Balikesir and around the country have been tested, with no cases found, the story said.However, veterinary experts believe Turkey faces a continued threat of outbreaks because it lies on bird migration routes, according to AFP.Vietnam has been hit by new avian flu outbreaks in two provinces, AFP reported yesterday. An outbreak in Son La province in the north triggered the culling of more than 500 ducks, and 5,000 ducks were destroyed after an outbreak on a farm in the central province of Quang Tri.In Zimbabwe, an H5N2 flu virus has been found on two ostrich farms, according to an AFP report yesterday. H5N2 is a milder strain than H5N1 and is not considered dangerous to humans.The report said Zimbabwe has suspended ostrich and poultry exports and quarantined all ostrich farms. Officials said no poultry outbreaks have been found.An H5N2 outbreak in South Africa last year triggered the killing of 26,000 ostriches, AFP reported.In Japan, evidence of an H5 virus has been found in an area previously hit by H5N2 outbreaks in poultry, AFP reported today. Authorities have ordered the destruction of 19,000 chickens at the site in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo.Chickens on the farm tested positive for an antibody indicating previous exposure to an H5 virus, said the report, which cited Kyodo News as its source.See also:Dec 9 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Nuclear agency collects more samples in probe into irradiated area in Banten housing complex

first_imgTopics : The Center for Science and Technology Research (Puspitek)  building, which is located about 5 kilometers away from the Batan Indah complex, houses several small reactors used for experimental purposes. Abdul went on to say that a police investigation was under way to determine the party that had dumped radioactive waste in the area.“We’re still awaiting the investigation. Police have started an investigation, while Bapeten has begun collecting information on known users of Caesium-137 across Indonesia,” he said. He said the agency would continue to measure radiation levels and collect soil samples on Thursday. Meanwhile, the decontamination efforts would be postponed until the agency had received the results of the sample examination from PLTR-BATAN, he said.It was previously reported that Bapeten first detected the radiation during a routine check in the residential area to ensure that the agency’s mobile radiation detection unit was working properly.All of the areas showed normal radiation levels, except for a vacant lot next to the volleyball court at Block J of the Batan Indah complex.The agency revealed on Sunday that it had found highly radioactive Caesium-137 materials as the source of radiation in the area. The cause of the incident remains unclear, however, authorities have said that the Caesium-137 did not come from a nuclear reactor leak but rather industrial sources.center_img The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) has continued efforts to decontaminate an area exposed to high levels of radiation from radioactive Caesium-137 waste in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten.Agency spokesperson Abdul Qohhar Teguh said authorities had collected more samples of soil and vegetation from the exposed area and sent them to the National Nuclear Agency’s Center for Radioactive Waste Technology (PLTR-BATAN) for further examination.“We’ve collected 223 drums of soil and vegetation [during] the decontamination efforts as of [Wednesday] afternoon — all of which have been sent to PLTR-BATAN,” Abdul said on Wednesday evening. last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Three England teams selected for ÔSir Henry Cooper’

first_img Three mixed teams will represent England in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels Golf & Country Club, Kent, from 16-19 June. Team one is: Sharna Dutrieux of Kent, Oliver Clarke of Lancashire and Charlie Strickland of Sussex. Team two is: Lily May Humphreys of Essex, John Gough of Berkshire and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire. Team three is: Annabell Fuller of Surrey, Jake Benson of Nottinghamshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Arrun Singh-Brar of Surrey. The players: Team One Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath) tied second in the Critchley Salver, was third in the Hampshire Rose and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup where she was fourth overall. She shared eighth place in the Scottish girls’ championship. Oliver Clarke, 17, (Hillside) was fifth in the Fairhaven Trophies and eighth in the recent Hampshire Salver. Last year he won the U17 trophy at the Irish boys’ amateur and was third overall; he also tied third at the Canadian International Junior Challenge. Charlie Strickland, 17, (Ham Manor) is a boy international who tied for the McGregor Trophy last year and was beaten in the three-way play-off. He shared fourth place in this season’s Berkhamsted Trophy. Team two Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) is the English U14 girls’ champion. This season her results include winning the Fairhaven Trophies taking fourth place is the recent WPGA one-day event at Little Aston and finishing runner-up at the Critchley Salver. John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) was eighth on the 2015 England boys’ order of merit after finishing second in the Telegraph Junior Championship and fifth in the Carris Trophy. He reached the last 16 of this season’s French boys’ international and was 11th in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) reached the quarter finals of the French boys’ international and was ninth in the Fairhaven Trophies. Last season he won the North of England U16 championship and was third in the German Junior Masters. He was an U16 boy international. Team three Annabell Fuller, 14, (Roehampton) was runner up in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship and in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. She had top ten finishes in last year’s English and Scottish U14 championships. Jake Benson, 17, (Beeston Fields) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals. Arrun Singh-Brar, 17, (Foxhills) had top ten finishes in last season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. This season he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international championship. 6 Jun 2016 Three England teams selected for ÔSir Henry Cooper’ last_img read more

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