The largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America is the first ever recipient of the EnvisionTM Gold award for sustainable infrastructure. The award ceremony on July 24 that honored the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery of Anchorage Alaska was the culmination of 6 years of collaboration by the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the GSD with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure to create a rating system for infrastructure sustainability. It also marked the start of a new phase in implementing the Envision standards on a wide scale.The Zofnass Program, directed by Spiro Pollalis (professor of design technology and management), began in 2008 to do for infrastructure what LEED has done for building-scale sustainability: develop and promote tools that help quantify the sustainability of infrastructure, facilitate the adoption of sustainable solutions and expand the body of knowledge regarding sustainable infrastructure. Faculty and student research associates from across Harvard (including the College and Schools of Public Health, Business, Government and Law) worked with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and an impressive team of the largest and most knowledgeable architectural engineering firms to create and disseminate the Envision Rating System.Envision provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It gives recognition to initiatives that use transformational, collaborative approaches to integrate sustainability measures through the course of the project’s life cycle. Read Full Story
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are searching for three masked men who injured two people during a home invasion in Central Islip early Thursday morning.The three suspects were wearing dark clothing and masks when they entered the house through a rear window just before 1 a.m., a police spokeswoman said.Inside the house at the time were a 48-year-old man, 13-year-old boy, 22-year-old woman and another female whose age was not known as of Thursday morning, but who police identified as the mother of the teen and 22-year-old.After entering the house, the suspects shot the older man in the abdomen, police said, and then struck the 22-year-old woman in the face with the gun.They were both taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, police said. Their condition wasn’t immediately available.The teen and mother were uninjured.Police said nothing was stolen from the house. Police have yet to release a motive for the crime. The investigation is continuing.The case marks the eighth armed home invasion in Suffolk in three weeks, including one that left a 21-year-old Flanders man dead.
May 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today to invoke a set of health regulations related to influenza a year early because of the threat that H5N1 avian flu will trigger a flu pandemic.The voluntary regulations are part of the International Health Regulations (IHR), which were approved by the World Health Assembly a year ago but are not scheduled to take effect until June 2007.”The provisions identified for early voluntary compliance include those relating to rapid and transparent notification, support to countries that request it in investigating and controlling [influenza] outbreaks, and providing essential information including recommendations for control measures,” the WHO said in a news release today.The resolution passed by the WHA notes that rapid detection and reporting of human cases of avian flu “underpin WHO’s ability to issue a reliable risk assessment and declare an appropriate phase of pandemic alert.”Among other things, the voluntary measures adopted under the resolution call on countries to:Promptly report to the WHO any probable or confirmed human illnesses caused by any new flu virus subtypeDesignate an official IHR “focal point” to communicate information and collaborate with the WHO on risk assessment (the language doesn’t specify whether this would be an individual or an agency)Designate IHR “contact points”Provide WHO collaborating centers with information and biological materials related to highly pathogenic avian influenza and other novel flu strains in a timely mannerThe resolution also covers regulations related to surveillance, information-sharing, consultation, verification, public health response, and public health measures for travelers.The measure calls on the WHO director-general to “further accelerate steps” to set up a roster of experts [on avian and pandemic flu] and to invite proposals for its membership.”In addition, the WHO chief is asked to help mobilize international help for needy countries affected by avian flu and to search for solutions to the shortage of, and unequal access to, flu vaccines.Anders Nordstrom, acting WHO director-general, said the agency has increased its ability to provide on-the-ground help to avian-flu–affected countries in the past year, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today.”The number of missions from WHO has gone up since the last year,” said Nordstrom. “And now we expect with this decision, which is more of a political commitment, that we will be able to accelerate even more.”Nordstrom, who was appointed after the death of Dr. Lee Jong-wook on May 22, said the WHO and affected countries need more people and money to cope with avian flu, according to AFP.At a conference in Beijing last January, donor countries pledged $1.9 billion to help poor countries prepare for a pandemic. Nordstrom could not provide details on how much of the promised money has been given so far. But he said that only $12 million of $89 million promised to the WHO has come in, according to AFP.See also:WHO resolution on flu provisions in the IHRhttps://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA59/A59_47-en.pdf
Kerry easily won last year’s edition at Pairc Ui Chaoimh and it’s been 20 years since Cork last went to Killarney and won.Cork forward Brian Hurley says there’s been a few home truths exchanged within the panel of late.There’s a 2pm throw-in at Fitzgerald Stadium. There’s also one football qualifier this afternoon as Fermanagh welcome Antrim to Brewster Park at 3pm.The fixture is a repeat of May’s Ulster quarter-final which saw Fermanagh run out 8-point winners.
College Football Playoff predictions are out in full force, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to come up with a true Playoff sleeper.Consider that the top five teams in Sporting News’ preseason top 25 — Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma — have combined for 15 of the 20 Playoff appearances (75 percent) the last five years. Is there room for a party crasher this season? Here are five teams, one from each Power 5 conference, that could generate a discussion in 2019.MORE: Using preseason polls to predict 2019 CFPSEC: Auburn SN rank: 15 Why it could happen: Because it’s Auburn, and you never really know what’s going to happen under Gus Malzahn. Joey Gatewood or Bo Nix could solidify the quarterback position; when the Tigers have that handled, they can beat anybody. The defensive line will be tough around Derrick Brown and Nick Coe, who combined for 24 tackles for loss last season. If the Tigers beat Oregon convincingly in the opener, they could jump back into the top 10 after just one week.Do you really believe that? Auburn plays at Texas A&M, Florida and LSU before November — the rest of the games are at Jordan-Hare Stadium. That includes mega-matchups against Georgia (Nov. 16) and Alabama (Nov. 30). If Auburn gets to the final month at 7-1 or better, then watch out.Pac-12: UtahSN rank: 17 Why it could happen: Utah returns quarterback Tyler Huntley, running back Zack Moss and a talented defensive line that features Leki Fotu and Maxs Tupai. The Utes are always solid under Kyle Whittingham, but this team should be poised to take over the Pac-12 South Division again. The return of former offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig will only help with the continuity. This is the media’s preseason pick to win the Pac-12, and Whittingham knows how to deal with those expectations. Do you really believe that? It comes down to sweeping regular-season road games at BYU, USC and Washington — and not having a head-scratching loss that would allow the committee to ditch a one-loss Pac-12 champion.POWER 5 PRIMERS: ACC | SEC | B10 | B12 | P12ACC: SyracuseSN rank: 18 Why it could happen: Syracuse won 10 games last year in Dino Babers’ third season, and new quarterback Tommy DeVito played enough last season to avoid being overwhelmed early. Safety Andre Cisco is one of the most talented defensive backs in the country. Syracuse was one of six Power 5 teams that averaged more than 40 points per game last season, along with Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and West Virginia. That suggests Syracuse can at least score with anybody in the FBS.Do you really believe that? The Orange have split the last two matchups against Clemson, and the Tigers visit the Carrier Dome on Sept. 14. It’s a little early in the season for an all-in game, but the Orange have that opportunity in prime time. The rest of the schedule is doable, especially if the Orange get the head-to-head with Clemson.Big 12: Iowa StateSN rank: 20 Why it could happen: Iowa State is picked to finish third in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma and Texas, and the question now becomes whether Matt Campbell can break through into that top two. The Cyclones have won eight games each of the last two seasons, and there’s anticipation around the development of quarterback Brock Purdy in 2019. Iowa State is 5-4 against top 25 teams the last two years, including a 3-1 record against the top 10. Campbell is an emerging big-game coach.Do you really believe that? Iowa State had to climb out of a 1-3 start last season. The Cyclones can’t have that happen again, and that means breaking a four-game losing streak to in-state rival Iowa. If they can win that one and split the two-game stretch at Oklahoma (Nov. 9) and at Texas (Nov. 16), Ames will be off the charts in November.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 season Big Ten: NebraskaSN rank: 25 Why it could happen: The Huskers were picked to win the Big Ten West, and it’s only Scott Frost’s second season. That’s a nod to the belief sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez will develop into a Heisman Trophy contender, and that Nebraska could experience a similar breakthrough to the one Frost led at UCF in his second season in 2017. The Huskers have two high-visibility chances to prove it in September, at Colorado (Sept. 7) and at home against Ohio State (Sept. 28) in the Huskers’ Big Ten home opener.Do you really believe that? If Nebraska is 4-1 or better after September, then a trip to Indianapolis is possible knowing Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa all visit Memorial Stadium this year. The offense will be fine, but we’re looking for a better Blackshirts defense. Nebraska allowed 39.6 points per game over losses against Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa last season. The Huskers won’t win the Big Ten West unless the defense shows improvement in those games.