On the heels of the Harvard College Library Green Team’s announced target of Green Leaf One certification for all libraries by January 1, two more units have met or surpassed the goal. Harvard’s Office of Sustainability (OFS) recently recognized Tozzer Library for achieving Green Leaf One and Houghton Library for achieving Green Leaf Four, becoming just the seventh workspace University-wide, and the second library workspace, along with HCL Operations, to reach the Green Office Program’s highest level.Though completing all four levels at once was challenging, Houghton came to the process with two advantages. First, many of the steps outlined in the program, such as adjusting thermostats, installing occupancy sensors and using compact-fluorescent bulbs, had been initiated centrally by HCL Operations. In addition, the library had already met some of the criteria, thanks to the work of the Houghton “Greening” the Library Task Force, created as part of Houghton’s three-year strategic plan.Formed in the spring of 2009, as the HCL Green Team was convening, the Houghton task force was charged with identifying and recommending actions to help the library go green, including seeking Green Office certification. Other steps included increasing signage to keep staff and patrons informed about recycling, holding green orientation sessions for staff, pursuing projects to reduce energy consumption, like installing additional occupancy sensors, and reducing waste through the use of double-sided printing and redesigning library stationery.“When we started to work on Green Office certification, a good part of our homework had already been done,” said Staff Assistant Monique Duhaime, who led the process and serves as Houghton’s representative on the HCL Green Team. “It was still an intensive process to look at every single certification requirement, but once we got people’s attention, I think staff got excited. Going forward, it’s important we stay active and keep looking for ways to improve.”At Tozzer, Acquisitions Assistant Sarah Kasten echoed Duhaime, and credited the library’s environmentally-conscious staff with making the process easy.“We already had people who were focused on steps like printing on both sides of paper, or reusing office supplies,” she said. “I think the real value of the Green Office Program is that it provides some recognition of what we are already doing, which is a morale booster.”In addition to HCL Operations, Houghton, and Tozzer, the Harvard Map Collection recently received Leaf One certification. Although not an HCL unit, the Harvard University Archives resides in Pusey and is a member of the HCL Green Team. They recently reached Leaf Two. Work is also under way on Green Office certification for units in Widener and Lamont libraries.
The failure of the Air Force to report the conviction of the gunman in the Sutherland Springs shooting underscored the holes in the system.That Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a fierce opponent of most gun control, is helping lead the effort is seen as boosting its prospects.Of course, neither of these modest measures would be sufficient to address gun violence.Congress should reimpose the ban on the military-style semiautomatic guns that have — even without bump stocks — become the weapon of choice of mass killers.This week the Supreme Court let standa Maryland law banning the sale of these weapons.Hopefully that will encourage more states to take similar action while they wait for Congress to do its job.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Even the National Rifle Association said the accessories should be subject to regulation.But the momentum for action was short-lived, the NRA’s seeming support was a subterfuge, and Congress has failed to act, saying the matter was better left to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Never mind that agency says it lacks authority under the law to do so.Some states and cities are trying to fill the gap.Massachusetts this month became the first state to ban bump stocks since the Las Vegas massacre, and several others are considering similar restrictions.“We’ve come to the conclusion that Congress just won’t act on this issue, gun control, so we’ve decided to try to do as much as we can on a state level and on a state-by-state measure,” said Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky, D.The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Dec. 6 on rules regulating firearm accessories, but prospects for action before Congress adjourns are not seen as good.Gun-control advocates are more hopeful about legislation advanced by a bipartisan group of senators that would require federal agencies and states to improve their reporting of criminal offenses and other information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.A loophole in federal gun law allowed the gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting to modify his weapons to perform like machine guns.A lapse in the national instant background-check system allowed the gunman in Sutherland Springs, Texas, to purchase his weapon despite what should have been a disqualifying conviction for domestic violence.Congress has before it sensible solutions to address both problems.Will it enact them this time or, as after other tragedies, fold under the pressure of the gun lobby?After a gunman in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured hundreds on Oct. 1 by using bump stocks to spray bullets into a crowd listening to country music, congressional action seemed almost certain.Bipartisan support emerged for legislation to ban the devices, which essentially circumvent laws banning automatic weapons made or imported after 1986.
EntertainmentLocalNews Miss Dominica shines at Caribbean World Pageant by: – May 8, 2012 Nadira Lando; Miss Dominica 2012 and Miss Caribbean World Pageant 2012. Photo credit:caribbeanmagazine.comNineteen year old Nadira Lando has done it again, capturing her first regional pageant title after being crowned Miss Dominica in February of 2012.Lando who participated in the Miss Caribbean World Pageant at the weekend in Tortola outshined sixteen competitors at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on May 5th.Miss Dominica won the awards for Miss Photogenic, Best Costume and Best Swimsuit.Lando noted that she “worked really hard and my hard work has paid off” as this was her first regional pageant and “did not know what to expect”.Miss Dominica expressed gratitude to several Dominicans residing in Tortola for their support.“I got to meet several Dominicans who pledged their support and it was really great to be there on the night of the show; there were so many Dominicans in the crowd and I was really, really appreciative of the support”.She also thanked her chaperone former miss Dominica Nakita Bruno and the rest of her team for their support. The other awards went to; Miss BVI Abygail Hydman for Best Evening Wear, Miss Curacao Marvia Laurence for Miss Congeniality, Temisha Libert, Miss United States Virgin Islands Best Talent and Suzan Castano, Miss Dominican Republic won Miss Poised.The first runner up position was captured by Abigail Hyndman Miss British Virgin Island; Consuelo Dupal Miss St Lucia was Second runner-up, Alina Roberts Miss Cuba 3rd runner up and Marvia Lawrence Miss Curacao fourth.The contestants competed in five segments including swimwear, costume, talent and evening wear on Saturday however the interview section took place on Wednesday last week.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 261 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share Share Share
Weesam Express operator Frank Carbon disclosed yesterday they are still waiting for a “special permit” from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina). BACOLOD City – Despite the easing of sea travel, Iloilo-bound fast craft of Weesam Express coming from this city and vice versa cannot resume operation yet. FLICKR He said there will be no more requirements necessary when boarding the vessel once the trip will resume only that persons at the age below 21 and above 60 are not encouraged to travel based on Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s Executive Order No. 43, extending the modified general community quarantine in this city until June 30./PN Carbon revealed that if Marina would only allow them to have 60 passengers (about 20 percent of the vessel’s total passenger capacity), they will have no choice but to hike fare. “Without the special permit, the operation of the shipping lines would be illegal,” Carbon reiterated. He advised travelers to wait for further announcement of trip schedules to avoid being stranded at the seaport terminal. He added: “If Marina will not reconsider our request we will have to increase the fare for about P50 to P70 in order to cover up the number of passengers which was being reduced.” “That is why we asked the Marina to reconsider their decision by allowing us to have the 50 percent of the total capacity of passengers in every trips, which is about 150 passengers, but they reduce it to 60 persons only due to the strict implementation of one meter distancing,” Carbon said.