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UVM Dean Domenico Grasso Featured in EPA Report of Science Advisory Committee Accomplishments

first_imgUVM Dean DomenicoGrasso Featured in EPA Report of Science AdvisoryCommitteeAccomplishmentsA soon-to-bepublished report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ScienceAdvice for EPA – Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service andaccomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including formerSAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,Domenico Grasso.Dr. Grasso, an environmentalengineer, served as Vice Chair of the overall EPA Science Advisory Board andChair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection ofEcological Systems and Services from 1998 through 2007.  He isalso Chair Emeritus of the SAB Committee on EnvironmentalEngineering.  Grasso is featured in the report along with EPAScience Advisory Board colleagues from Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the WorldBank.EPA’s strategy to reorient the Agency’s ecologicalresearch program around the concept of ecosystem services was evaluated by Dr.Grasso’s committee featured in the report.”Strengthening EPA’s ability to assess the value ofecological protection is a priority for the Agency because life depends onecosystems and the services they provide” says Grasso.  TheCommittee’s goal was to help EPA improve its ability to identify, quantify, andassess the value of the ecological effects of its activities, thereby helpingdecision makers to make more informed choices among environmental policyoptions.  This novel and important approach has”the potential to be transformative for environmental decision making as well asecological science,” according to the report. “I considered my EPAadvisory role a unique chance to serve and strengthen our nation’s scientificabilities and decision-making around environmental and economic issues,” saidGrasso, “It was an honor to work with so many distinguished colleagues fromacross the U.S. and hope our efforts continue to inform and advance the nation’s21st century environmental policies.”On-line of the EPA report are available on thewebsite:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebSABSO/AccomplishmentsRepor…(link is external)Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & PublicRelationsUVM, College of Engineering and MathematicalSciencesPhone: 802-656-8748last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil finally explains why he refused pay cut and takes swipe at Arsenal board over redundancies

first_imgOzil claims he would have accepted an even bigger pay cut than 12.5% (Picture: Getty)‘People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out.‘I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.‘Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know. But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right — and when you see what has happened now with the jobs, maybe I was.’MORE: Arsenal bosses to offer Mesut Ozil massive pay-off to leave the clubMORE: Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. View 4 comments Mesut Ozil finally explains why he refused pay cut and takes swipe at Arsenal board over redundancies The German has not played for Arsenal since he refused a pay cut (Picture: Getty)Ozil was notably the only player who was publicly outed as having refused to take a pay cut, though he insists it was not a lack of compassion or generosity on his part but a lack of information and detail from Arsenal’s board.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told The Athletic: ‘As players, we all wanted to contribute. But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.‘Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty — I would have been OK to take a bigger share — and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer. But we were rushed into it without proper consultation.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going. But we didn’t get enough details, we just had to give a decision. It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.‘This was not fair, especially for the young guys, and I refused. I had a baby at home and have commitments to my family here, in Turkey and in Germany — to my charities, too, and also a new project we started to support people in London that was from the heart and not for publicity. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kSharescenter_img The German says his concerns were validated by the Gunners’ recent staff cuts (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil says Arsenal bosses ‘rushed’ the squad into taking a pay cut and feels his refusal was entirely justified after the club made 55 members of staff redundant.At the height of the coronavirus crisis, and with Arsenal’s finances severely hit, the north London club became the first team in the Premier League to agree to a squad wage cut of 12.5%.They did so under the impression they were keeping other staff members at the club in their jobs, but last week Arsenal announced a horde of redundancies that have disappointed many of the players. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Federal Prosecutors on Prince Andrew: “Hand Andy Over”

first_imgFederal prosecutors in New York want to question Prince Andrew under oath as they continue their criminal investigation into sex trafficking charges against late financier Jeffrey Epstein. The Prince, who was a long time friend of Epstein, has been accused by one woman of sexual abuse when she was 17-years old. The feds have made a formal request to the British government to interview Prince Andrew who says the allegations are untrue.Prince Andrew has not been forthcoming with the US prosecutors and refuses to speak with them. So now they are forcing his hand.He may have to go to a magistrate’s court in the UK to make a statement possibly not under oath.The 66-year-old Epstein died by suicide last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Prosecutors say Epstein preyed on dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida. Netflix has released a new documentary called “Filthy Rich” about Epstein’s exploits especially in South Florida.Also a new book has just been released, “Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Monarchy” by Nigel Cawthorne.last_img read more

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Leafs play ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

first_imgComing back to the Leafs are 20-year-old goalie Bill Gorn and defenceman Kyle Rosolowski.Gorn, who previous play in the KIJHL for Beaver Valley, came from the Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League while 19-year-old Rosolowski arrived from Osoyoos Coyotes in exchange for the rights of Michael Crawford.Gorn joins Devin Allen as the two goalies on the roster for Nelson.“Rosolowski is a veteran defenceman who has a good solid physical player who sees the ice very well and is calm under pressure,” said DiBella.“Getting Gorn will provide some support for (netminder) Devin Allen who has played well for us this season.”The moves were just a few for the Leafs as the club looks to reduce the roster to 25 player’s cards by 11 p.m. December 1.DiBella remains confident a few tweaks here and there can help the fourth-place Leafs rebound from a dismal November, where the club lost eight of 10 games.The Leafs, fresh from snapping a three-game winless streak Tuesday by defeating Spokane 5-4 in overtime, return to the ice Saturday when Nelson hosts the best in the KIJHL Saturday when Creston Valley Thunder invade the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.Sunday, Nelson hosts Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m.BLUELINES: Leafs management made a couple of late moves Thursday, trading forward Charlie Willkie to Princeton Posse before acquiring Alex Meeker from 100 Mile House Wranglers. In 12 games with the defending KIJHL champs, the Edmonton native had five goals and two assists for seven points. Wilkie had one goal and three assists in 25 games with Nelson. . . . Forward Cooper Schroder also came to Nelson from Blind River Ontario Jr. A. while the playing rights for forward Kolten Nelson and defenceman Noah Looman were sent to Chase Heat and Sicamous Eagles, respectively. The Nelson Leafs were awfully busy this week, finding themselves at the center of a handful of trades as the struggling franchise looks to turnaround an awful season on the ice.Leafs’ Head Coach and Director of Player Personel Mario DiBellais looking to close the gap in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division, with the trades and roster acquisitions.“We feel the core layers have been consistent from the start of the year, we’re just looking to shore up some holes to make this team competitive to compete for division championship.”The moves comes on the heels of two trades last week by Nelson.To start, DiBella shipped netminder Jason Sandhu to Kamloops Storm of the KIJHL for cash and center Eamonn Miller to OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.“Eammon was a late cut from OCN,” said DiBella. “They were looking for a smooth skating, playmaking centerman and Eammon fit their needs.”Miller had four goals and eight assists in 18 games for Nelson while Sandhu, who joins former teammate Ben Kelsch on the roster of the Storm, registered three wins in nine games for the Leafs.last_img read more

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