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Ένας 29χρονος πυροσβέστης από τη Βραζιλία κατάφερε να γίνει viral, όταν φορώντας τον βαρύ εξοπλισμό του έκανε μερικές ασκήσεις... ενόργανης στηριζόμενος σε μια μάνικα.Μόλις τελείωσε, καταχειροκροτήθηκε από τους συναδέλφους του που αποφάσισαν να το ανεβάσουν στο ΥouΤube.[embedded content]ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GRLet's block ads! (Why?)

OSHA Fines Plastic Manufacturer After Worker Fatality

On the evening of Aug. 16, 2017, 45-year-old Eva Saenz was working near a plastics recycling machine when she became caught and pulled into the equipment’s rollers.Despite other workers alerting emergency services, responders pronounced her dead on the scene. Now, ABC Polymer Industries LLC, the Helena, Ala.-based plastics manufacturer for which she was employed, is facing $195,144 in citations after an OSHA investigation.The agency inspected ABC Polymer’s facilities immediately following the fatality and cited the company for numerous violations.“Employers must comply with required safety and health standards to protect workers from exposure to hazards,” said OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director Ramona Morris. “This company’s failure to install machine guarding equipment has resulted in a preventable tragedy.”The company received one willful citation for failing to provide machine guarding to protect workers from caught-in and amputation hazards.ABC Polymer Industries also was cited for numerous repeat, serious, and other-than-serious violations, which include:Failing to evaluate all powered industrial trucks every three yearsLack of specific safety procedures to shut down or isolate stored energyFailing to install a rail system on both sides of an open platform.The company has 15 business days to respond to the citations and proposed penalties, either in the form of compliance, requesting an informal conference or contesting the findings.Saenz’s spouse, Crescensio Pablo, filed a lawsuit against ABC Polymer Industries, seeking worker’s compensation benefits, according to news reports.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cape Town's Day Zero Moved Back to July 9

Cape Town's Day Zero Moved Back to July 9The city's executive deputy mayor writes that "defeating Day Zero is in sight if we sustain our water-saving efforts."Feb 21, 2018Residents of the South African city of Cape Town are breathing a little easier as city officials have moved back Day Zero, when municipal drinking water supplies would be largely turned off, to July 9. It had been April 12 as of last month, but water conservation by the residents has slowed the decline of key reservoirs, Alderman Ian Neilson, the city's executive deputy mayor, wrote in a statement titled "Defeating Day Zero is in sight if we sustain our water-saving efforts."Persistent, long-term drought has imperiled the city's available water supplies. Neilson wrote that "Day Zero, the day we may have to start queueing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014). This week's lower rate of consumption can be attributed to the Groenland water reaching Steenbras Upper Dam last week and slightly increasing the dam level, as well as to a further reduction in Cape Town's weekly average demand to 523 megalitres per day (MLD) compared to 1,130 MLD in 2014."(A megaliter is equal to 1,000,000 liters.)"The Groenland water transfer and the reduction in our weekly average demand has had a dramatic impact on the Day Zero date, which is determined by assuming that the fortnightly trend of weekly dam storage change will continue unchanged," he added. "This precautionary outlook assumes no further rainfall and that water demand may not reduce over the next few months. It has been adopted to allow sufficient lead time for implementation of temporary water collection points in the event that these may be required. We anticipate that Day Zero could move back into June again once the Groenland transfer has been completed, unless we are able to meet the 450 MLD collective water usage target. Therefore it is imperative that we reach this target to make it through to the winter rains.Let's block ads! (Why?)

EU's future R&I programme should build on territorial connections and be backed by strong cohesion policy

The elaboration of the EU's next R&I framework programme succeeding Horizon 2020 is currently under way against the backdrop of negotiations for the post-2020 EU budget. In a conference organised by the European Committee of the Regions on 20 February, local and regional representatives called for research and innovation funds to be oriented towards connecting regional innovation ecosystems in close synergy with cohesion policy instruments. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has already called for the overall expenditure ceiling to be raised to 1.3% of GNI , in order to ensure adequate financing for cohesion policy and research and innovation. The institution's First Vice-President Markku Markkula said: "The R&I programmes of the EU are not only designed to promote scientific excellence and the global competitiveness of Europe, but are also instrumental for sustainable growth and rendering our regions and cities smarter and more liveable. Ecosystem thinking and partnering between different cities and regions must therefore be one of the major guiding principles for the new framework programme." Christophe Clergeau (FR/PES), rapporteur of a recent CoR opinionon EU's R&I programmes, pointed out the crucial role of structural and investment funds in the field of research and innovation. According to the Member of Pays de la Loire Regional Council, EU's future R&I policies should aim for improved synergies with different regional and European funding instruments and take greater account of smart specialisation strategies to build on excellence rooted in regions and cities. "The next framework programme should be based on a place-based approach of R&I where regions and cities are recognised as full policy-makers and stakeholders at every level. Recognition of local collective initiatives and ecosystems, coherence of political objectives, complementarity of public policies, compatibility between financial instruments and co-construction of policies are key to implementing successful synergies with structural and investment funds", Mr Clergeau said. He also suggested that the next framework programme should include new "territorial connections" action to recognise and fund regional excellence along the lines of the Vanguard Initiative. It would promote the complementarity of regional innovation ecosystems by creating consortia between regions that share their smart specialisation strategies and want to advance together towards commonly agreed goals. The CoR's SEDEC commissionadopted on 21 February a draft opinionwhich points out that future smart specialisation strategies should be based on interregional strategic cooperation and on a "regional discovery process" in which regions pool their smart specialisation strategies to create sustainable links between regional ecosystems in the priority areas of smart specialisation. "Promoting the cross-border dimension by creating interregional investment opportunities will facilitate the expansion of regional and local innovation in Europe. However, it is necessary to tackle the complexity of fund management and introduce appropriate and flexible ad hoc financing instruments that help to create an interregional cooperation ecosystem", stressed rapporteur Mikel Irujo (ES/EA), delegate of the Government of Navarra in Brussels. Participants of Tuesday's conference also highlighted the importance of more cohesion and convergence in the field of research and innovation. In her intervention, European Parliament rapporteurSoledad Cabezón Ruiz (ES/S&D) stated that "we need more regions of excellence in Europe". She also called for Member States and regions to increase the share of R&I funding to reach the commonly agreed goal of 3% of GDP. José Ignacio Ceniceros (ES/EPP), chair of the SEDEC commission and President of the Government of La Rioja, concluded: "It is important to set out concrete measures to reduce and if possible reverse the talent drain in our regions and to bridge the innovation gap both between Member States and between regions. We also call for a better sharing of research results between regions and the opening of the research infrastructures to the needs of local actors, in particular in the field of agriculture, energy efficiency and smart urban transport and infrastructures.” Contact:Lauri Ouvinen Tel. +32 22822063 [email protected]'s block ads! (Why?)