Residents have questions answered on controversial Endicott battery recycling facility project

first_img“The batteries are far too valuable for us to incinerate. They are not garbage. There are vital resources that we need to extract the metals from,” said Mir. “It’s in the middle of New York City, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, these are very high density population areas,” said Mir. “Being in the middle of that, you can access all those other locations.” “We’re not putting the community’s health at risk. This is a clean process. Take the time to look at the data, take the time to look at what the industry standards are,” said Mir. The facility has some residents concerned, a local group called “No Burn Broome” even calling the project a “battery incinerator”. “I think we’ve already made a lot of progress in South Korea which we’re testing for. We’ll monitor PFAS in the United States and develop limits and standards,” said Mir. (WBNG) — SungEel MCC Americas answered questions submitted by residents about a proposed battery recycling facility in Endicott. SungEel MCC Americas President Danish Mir says the company is not incinerating batteries, but intends to recycle and reuse as much of the battery as possible. The company says they’re working to be as transparent as possible with the community to prevent the spread of misinformation about the project. In May, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation requested more information from SungEel regarding the emission of PFAS chemical compounds in lithium-ion batteries. SungEel MCC Americas says they’re working with federal and state officials to develop further testing standards. When asked about the playing fields neighboring the complex, Mir says along with emissions being harmless, the emissions will not blow in the direction of the fields. However, one of the biggest concerns surrounds community health and the risks the plant could pose. Mir says there’s nothing to worry about for residents living around the plant, as none of the emissions are toxic to health. Mir added approximately 20 jobs will be created immediately if the facility is completed, with a possibility to add up to 100 jobs at a later time. Those jobs will include process managers, engineers, operation and maintenance technicians, and administration roles. Mir says SungEel MCC Americas is working with the New York State Department of Labor and Broome County to “attract local talent”. The joint venture plans to invest $10 million during the life of the project. An additional $1 million will be invested in site and building improvements using local labor. SungEel says Endicott will become the home to technology of the future, but residents are asking why Endicott was the chosen location. For more information about the facility, head over to our archives.last_img read more

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Break the Silence: PM’s chief science adviser releases report on youth suicide

first_imgNZ Herald 28 July 2017Family First Comment: Lots of important debate on youth suicide at the moment – but here’s a key point from science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman “The way young people live has changed significantly over recent decades, Gluckman said, which has created a “range of poorly understood but probably critical pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour”. He attributed these pressures to a change in family structure and child-rearing practices, and how technology has changed the nature of communication and increased bullying.A change in family structure and child-rearing practices. Yep.The Prime Minister’s chief science adviser today released a report on youth suicide.The evidence-based discussion paper analyses the multiple factors involved in youth suicide and includes potential approaches to reduce New Zealand’s rates – which are among the highest in the developed world.“What’s different about this report I guess is the topic,” chief science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman told the Herald.“It’s a topic that is an important one and it’s a bloody complicated situation. There are multiple factors and there are people who think they may know the answer, but the whole situation is much more complex,” he said.Gluckman’s report was released during the middle of a major New Zealand Herald series that questions why we have the highest rates of youth suicide in the developed world and asks if we are doing enough to help our vulnerable children.The series has included 45 stories over the past four weeks with four major investigations. They uncovered an unprecedented and unreported youth suicide cluster in 2012; how New Zealand schools have been gagged from discussing suicide in classrooms; the rising numbers of suicidal children being turned down from our mental health services; and how almost half of our teenagers are self-harming before they leave school.Also today, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced he would extend funding for the Suicide Mortality Review Committee.“Our suicide rate is too high, particularly the rates for youth and specifically Maori and Pacific young people,” Coleman said.“Although wider interventions and support have been made available, there is always more we can do.”The committee will provide vital knowledge about patterns of suicide that will help guide new suicide prevention activities, Coleman said.The evidence-based discussion paper released today was prepared by Gluckman, together with departmental science advisers from the health, education, social development and justice sectors. The paper was sent to ministers this week and it can be read here.Gluckman told the Herald he first started working on a mental health report last year, but he was asked to target his research towards youth suicide in a request from Education Minister Nikki Kaye in May.The real problem with youth suicide, Gluckman said, was “you can’t predict it at the individual level”.“There are an awful lot of arguments and an awful lot of failed approaches in youth suicide,” he said.“That’s why we’re emphasising we need to be very careful with any intervention we do.”The research paper states youth suicide is “more than simply a mental health issue and that, with what we know at present, the focus must also include an emphasis on primary prevention starting from very early in life”.This means promoting resilience to emotional stress and building self-control skills in early childhood and primary school years. It also means raising mental health awareness and “ensuring that there are competent and adequate adult and peer support systems in secondary schools”, he said.New Zealand’s rate for teen (aged 15-19) suicide was the highest in the developed world in 2010, said the paper.It said in the two years between July 2014 and June 2016, there were a total of 238 suicides by those aged 12-24 years.However, the rates of hospital admission for self-harm are about 50-100-fold greater. Today the Herald published an investigation uncovering how almost half of our teenagers will self-harm before they leave high school.The way young people live has changed significantly over recent decades, Gluckman said, which has created a “range of poorly understood but probably critical pressures that affect their psyche and behaviour”.He attributed these pressures to a change in family structure and child-rearing practices, and how technology has changed the nature of communication and increased bullying.“Compared to previous generations, youth face many more choices at an earlier age, but at the same time may have less clarity as to their path ahead,” Gluckman said.“The pace of these sociological and technological changes is unprecedented and it is not surprising that for many young people, particularly those with less psychological resilience, it can leave them with a growing sense of dislocation.”There is no “definitive solution” to this issue, Gluckman said.However, he pointed towards developing resilience to the stressors of growing up, reducing access to alcohol and enhancing the skills of young people for living in a digital world.READ MORE: read more

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2016 Indigenous Heritage Sports : Mabaruma upset Tabatinga in football final

first_imgTHE curtain came down Sunday evening on the 2016 edition of the Indigenous Heritage Sports with Mabaruma pulling off the upset of the evening when they warded off the Tabatinga side 6-2 in the male football finalUnder lights at the Everest ground, the match seemed to be equally poised for the taking during the earlier minutes with both sides scoring to leave things at 2-2 midway the first quarter. However, when the half ended, it was Mabaruma in front. They returned to the field full of life and despite suffering a red card, the Region One side managed to score two more goals on their way to victory.Mabaruma score one of the goals in their 6-2 win over Tabatinga. Mabaruma score one of the goals in their 6-2 win over Tabatinga.The Most Valuable Player for the male Final was Eon Knights.Meanwhile, on the female side, Football Paruima defeated Moruca region 5-1 thanks to the MVP Evadney ThomasIn Archery, Sean Duncan (57 points) beat off Anand Mangar (54 points) for the top spot in the male division leaving Erick Hing (30 points) third.On the distaff end, Samira Duncan (27 points) successfully defeated Shearlyn Duncan (20 points) and Narda Mohamed (18 points) for that class while Aliya Gordon (11 points), outshone Shamara Duncan (7 points) and Darville Daniels.Orealla/Siparuta took the male volleyball title 15-11/15-7 over the first-place runners-up Mainstay, while Moruca had a tougher task in beating St Cuthbert’s 15-8/15-13 on the female end of things.In softball cricket action, St Cuthbert’s emerged winners over their Region Four counterparts Laluni while in the male tapeball division Region 2 United edged Mahdia by 5 runs.The three-day event was held under the theme: ‘Our Culture, Earth’s Future – Save the Environment, Live the Indigenous Way’.last_img read more

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Trophy Stall to kick start EBFA 2020 Season with U-13 League sponsorship

first_imgMANAGING Director of The Trophy Stall, Ramesh Sunich, yesterday confirmed his company’s commitment towards sponsorship of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-13 League.At a simple presentation ceremony held at Trophy Stall’s Bourda Market location, Sunich made the presentation of trophies to EBFA president, Kevin Anthony, in the presence of executive members.Sunich, in remarks, said that he was happy to be approached by former EBFA president, Franklin Wilson, to sponsor the Under-13 League and based on a long-standing relationship, did not hesitate to support the continued development of the sport through the youths.“I have been doing this for many years now on the East Bank and other areas and, therefore, when Frankie approached to renew and continue this partnership, I could not, not agree [sic]. As the immediate past president of the EBFA, Frankie has done a fantastic job leading and I was glad that he approached me to support as he would love to see the youths there continue to grow and develop to the highest possible level.”Sunich informed that the top four clubs would all receive attractive trophies while the top three would be presented with gold, silver and bronze medals. He stated that new medals designed exclusively by Trophy Stall would be unveiled.Anthony, responding on behalf of the Association, expressed gratitude to Sunich and Trophy Stall for continuing to partner with the EBFA towards the development of young players.“Your commitment shows that you are truly committed to the development of young people in Guyana and whilst it is the EBFA that is enjoying this sponsorship, I am aware that other youths have been enjoying your support, not only in football but other sports also.”The Trophy Stall / EBFA U-13 League is scheduled to kick off early next month and would see nine (9) clubs contesting, namely Agricola Red Triangle, Friendship All Stars, Grove Hi Tech, Swan FC, Timehri Panthers Sports Club, Soesdyke Falcons, Diamond United, Samatta Point/Kaneville and Mocha Champs.The defending champions, Timehri Panthers, which won the previous league that was sponsored by Juicy Juice, will open the league when they come up against Agricola Red Triangle which they had gotten past by the lone goal of the virtual final to win the previous league. Timehri ended the league two points ahead of Agricola which closed out on 23 points.last_img read more

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The Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge Seeks Vendors, Swappers,…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin1Submitted by The Port of OlympiaJust in time for boating season, the Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge returns on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Swantown Marina.The Port invites signups from restaurants and marine-related businesses who would like to participate. Businesses and organizations are also invited to participate with the Port in sponsoring this popular community festival.To be included on the event poster, restaurants and sponsors must sign up by March 17.At the 2013 festival, 11 South Sound restaurants competed in the chowder cook-off and 1,300 of the 3,500 attendees tasted the chowders and voted for their favorites.The BoatSwap offers opportunities to buy and sell new and used boats, marine gear and accessories. Both commercial and private vendors are invited to exhibit and sell their wares.Event-goers shop and browse the boats and marine displays, watch and taste at the chowder pots, and enjoy music and family entertainment along the waterfront.To sign up and learn details about event sponsorships, restaurant participation, vendor exhibit rates and to make other inquiries, visit, call the Port at 360.528.8005 or email [email protected] several years prior to 2008, the festival was known as the Swantown BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge. The Port retired the event in 2008 and brought it back in 2013 due to community requests.Swantown Marina is located on the East Bay of Budd Inlet at 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia, 98501.last_img read more

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