Institute for Sustainable Communities Launches $4 million U.S.-China Partnership Chinese government delegation will visit Vermont on October 20to tour energy-efficient facilities and sign an agreement with ISC.ISC’s program will reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Guangdong province, China’s ‘Factory to the World.’Montpelier, Vermont, October 20, 2008- Officials from the Guangdong Economic and Trade Commission are in Vermont today to sign an agreement with the Institute for Sustainable Communities, which has launched a $4 million U.S.-China partnership to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the southern province of Guangdong.Leveraging the best resources and expertise from the United States and China, ISC’s Guangdong Environmental Partnership is designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental health in the heavily industrial province. The program works at four levels-business, government, communities, and schools-to spark a wave of change in environmental and energy-efficiency practices. It is supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, GE Foundation, Citi Foundation, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Honeywell Corporation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, through a public-private partnership.”The Guangdong Economic and Trade Commission is pleased to be working with the Institute for Sustainable Communities on this important partnership,” said Bi Zhijian, vice director general of the commission. “Addressing environmental challenges and reducing energy intensity levels are important priorities for the Guangdong government and, while we are making progress in addressing these issues, we welcome international cooperation and assistance.”Often called the factory to the world, Guangdong province is the same geographic size as New England with seven times the population (100 million-about 2.5 times more people than California). The region has more manufacturing jobs than the United States and its factories make a significant contribution to global green house gas emissions, acid rain, and other pollutants. The region, which suffers from frequent energy shortages, has made a significant commitment to improving energy efficiency.”This is precisely the kind of partnership-working across sectors, disciplines and nations to address the critical sustainable development challenges of our time-that I envisioned when I established ISC in 1991,” said Madeleine Kunin, the former governor of Vermont. “We are proud to leverage Vermont’s leadership and energy expertise in the global arena.”The Chinese delegation will spend two days in Vermont meeting with organizations and agencies involved in various energy efficiency programs, including Efficiency Vermont, Burlington Electric, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. The delegation will also visit Canada, New York City, and Miami, Florida.”If the world is going to make any progress in improving resource efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and minimizing climate disruptions,” said George Hamilton, president of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, “nonprofits, agencies, universities, and businesses from the U.S. and China must work together more effectively.” He added, “I look forward to achieving some very exciting results with the Guangdong Economic and Trade Commission and all of our U.S. and Chinese partners.”The delegation is led by Bi Zhijian, vice director general of the Guangdong Economic and Trade Commission (GETC), and includes Xie Shichao, director of the Department of Environment & Resource Conservation at GETC; Huang Xiaoqun, director of Guangdong State Tax Bureau; Zhang Na, vice-section chief, Department of Environment and Resource Conservation; Li Bianzhuo, president, Guangdong Association of Resources Comprehensive Utilization; and Wang Cailian, vice-director, Guangdong Energy Saving & Circular Economy Promotion Center.*Founded in 1991 by former Vermont governor Madeleine M. Kunin, the Institute for Sustainable Communities has managed 70 projects in 18 countries. ISC, which is led by George Hamilton, brings 18 years of experience in helping communities address major challenges. ISC’s China program consists of four mutually reinforcing components:BUSINESS: Environmental Health and Safety Academy. Based at Lingnan University College of Sun Yat-Sen University, the new academy will provide affordable, state-of-the-art training designed to save energy, reduce harmful emissions, and improve worker health and a safety conditions in Guangdong’s manufacturing enterprises. It will expand the pool of qualified EHS managers serving factories in Guangdong province and South China.GOVERNMENT: Environmental Governance. ISC is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide technical assistance and training to regional and local environmental authorities on strategies to encourage more effective monitoring and compliance — as they staff up to manage a number of new laws and regulations.COMMUNITIES: Community-Based Energy Efficiency. ISC is working with three demonstration municipal districts and townships to demonstrate how communities can design and implement comprehensive energy efficiency program – with a particular emphasis on public facilities and small factories.SCHOOLS: Education for Sustainable Development. Working in local schools, ISC is developing courses on resource efficiency and environmental health for children ages 9-13-and involving the public, community and business leaders, and education administrators in their hands-on learning. Partners include South China Normal University, Vermont’s Shelburne Farms and LEAF in Japan.###
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June 1, 2020 The Latest: 16 Vasco da Gama players test positive for virus Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Rio de Janeiro club says the positive results came after tests were conducted on about 250 people.Three players have already recovered and the others remain separated from the group.The club says it will begin a series of medical evaluations on squad members.Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro said Sunday one player in each squad tested positive. Atlético said Ecuadorean midfielder Juan Cazares had the virus. Cruzeiro announced that forward Vinícius Popó was infected.There is still not date set for the return of soccer in Brazil. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Brazilian soccer club Vasco da Gama says 16 of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH – The missed shots for C.J. Fair were bizarre. All season long the sophomore forward had knocked them down with ease, establishing himself as Syracuse’s most consistent player.But on Thursday against UNC Asheville, the cold streak continued. For the fifth consecutive game, Fair failed to score in double figures.‘I think it’s just a little slump,’ SU forward Kris Joseph said. ‘It’s bad timing, of course. It’s the NCAA Tournament. I think he’ll get over it. I spoke to him yesterday.’With positive reinforcement from teammates and head coach Jim Boeheim, Fair will attempt to end his scoring woes on Saturday when the top-seeded Orange takes on No. 8 Kansas State in Pittsburgh. His ability to produce a near double-double every night is something Syracuse relied on often during the regular season. And whether or not he can return to form could weigh heavily on SU’s chances of advancing in the NCAA Tournament.Perhaps most puzzling about Fair’s scoring woes on Thursday was the fact that his field-goal attempts were the same as ones he’s cashed in on all season. An improved mid-range jump shot afforded him the ability to knock down 12-to-14 footers with ease. He’s even stepped out beyond the 3-point line on occasion this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet for some reason, those shots wouldn’t fall against UNC Asheville. He opened the game with two baseline jumpers, both of which were open looks.Clang, clang.Then he drove to the basket in hopes of drawing contact or getting all the way to the rim for a layup.But that spun off.Finally, he went outside to try his luck from long range.No dice.‘I missed the shots I normally hit,’ Fair said. ‘I know tomorrow I’m going to take the same shots if they let me. I’m just continuing to play basketball and not overthink.’Fair went on to say that sometimes the first basket is the toughest when a player has been struggling, and perhaps that explains some of his troubles on Thursday. He finished the game 1-of-7 from the floor with three points in 15 minutes of playing time.Over his last five games, Fair has shot just 7-of-24 from the field. He’s missed all three of his 3-point attempts. He’s been to the free-throw line three times.The Bulldogs played a physical zone defense against the Orange in the second round, and Fair said it was difficult to get truly open looks. The Wildcats, however, play man-to-man defense, meaning Fair should be able to attack the basket easier.Boeheim, like Fair’s teammates, isn’t worried. His confidence in the team’s ‘glue man’ hasn’t wavered.‘You know, he hasn’t made shots,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think that’s something that can change at any minute, and I hope that starts tomorrow. But he’s getting good shots, he’s aggressive. He’s in all the right places. Shots he had yesterday were all really, really good shots.’His one basket on Thursday was a left-handed layup that resulted in an old-fashioned three-point play. It’s his ability to finish strong around the rim that Syracuse will need on Saturday against a Kansas State team with height on the interior.Jordan Henriquez, Jamar Samuels and Thomas Gipson are all 6 feet, 7 inches or taller, with Henriquez measuring in at 6-feet-11.With the loss of Fab Melo, junior forward James Southerland has seen more minutes for the Orange. But his best offensive trait is his shooting ability, often out of pick-and-pop situations. And with Fair struggling on Thursday, Southerland was one player who picked up the slack with 15 points and eight rebounds.‘It was just one of those games (for Fair), but we have enough talented guys to pick each other up,’ Southerland said. ‘And that’s what we did.’With Southerland mostly on the perimeter, Fair is responsible for being inside and around the rim with fellow big men Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas. The latter two players, though, have limited offensive arsenals, meaning the pressure is on Fair to produce.From Feb. 4 through Feb. 22, a six game stretch, Fair reached double figures five times. He was often the most reliable option for the Orange offensively.But in the last five games without his usual scoring output, Syracuse hasn’t been the same. The Orange beat Connecticut by two points, lost to Cincinnati and barely knocked off the Bulldogs during that stretch. None of their four wins came by more than nine points.It’s clear SU needs Fair’s offense moving forward in the tournament.Said Fair: ‘I just have to fight through it.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13