October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month – NDEAM

Alan Hubbard, COO of NTI

Alan Hubbard, COO of NTI

NTI@Home is focused on National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and celebrating the role that people with disabilities play in economic success.

Every day, we see the talent that individuals with disabilities add to our workforce, but this is the time of year when we want to spotlight their value across the United States and our economy.”

— Alan Hubbard, COO of NTI

BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. Department of Labor announced October is 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “The Right Time, Right Now,” celebrating the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success.

“We are excited to see so many new avenues opening up for work-at-home jobs through NTI@Home and across the nation for individuals with disabilities, “said NTI’s Chief Operating Officer Alan Hubbard. “Our ability to work with so many supportive employers are key. Now we need the people to fill the roles we are actively recruiting for. Every day, we see the talent that individuals with disabilities add to our workforce, but this is the time of year when we want to spotlight their value across the United States and our economy.”

A non-profit organization, NTI@Home helps American with disabilities, who are looking to back to the workforce. NTI@Home’s goal is to actively fill more than 600 open work from home jobs using individuals with disabilities across the United States this year.

“We have jobs,” said Hubbard. “Staying true to our mission, we now need a multitude of qualified people to fill the roles.” NTI@Home offers free work training and providing a job coach to mentor registrants helps guide people successfully back into the workplace.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

Hubbard encourages “anyone looking for a part-time or full-time remote position to register http://disability.one/NDEAM19NTI.”

Additionally, NTI has partnered with the Boston Inclusion Community through PYD.org to build a more inclusive community for youth, young adults and adults with disabilities seeking employment through workshops and education. To increase their knowledge over NDEAM, NTI will actively participate in courses and in-person workshops such as “Developing an Inclusion Statement,” “Principles of Inclusive Marketing,” “Creating Inclusive Programs,” and “Creating Inclusive Programs.”

“We are always finding new ways to redefine and improve our business, not only for the people we serve, but for individuals with disabilities as a whole,” said Hubbard.

NTI encourages employers to reach out and ask questions regarding how they can take place in NDEAM and hire individuals with disabilities to improve their workforce by contacting sales@nticentral.org.

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NTI@Home (www.ntiathome.org) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps Americans with disabilities find employment opportunities with government agencies, Fortune 500, and large and small companies. Through NTI@Home, individuals on SSI, SSDI, or have a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor are eligible for free job training, mentoring, and job placement.

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Letter to future Prime Minister of Canada from Canadians with disabilities. Assistance in Living: not Assisted Suicide

Lisa wants assistance in living, not suicide assistance.

Two Canadians demand the future Prime Minister of Canada to appeal the recent Quebec ruling that allows people with years to live to prematurely end their lives

Our Canadian and provincial governments are more interested in legislating death than in promoting better health care and life assistance for all its people.”

— Dr. Paul Saba

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Two Canadian living with disabilities are appealing to the future Prime Minister of Canada during the upcoming elections to appeal the recent Quebec Superior Court judgement which allows people with disabilities who have many years to live to prematurely end their lives. This judgement highlights the dangerous expansion of euthanasia and assisted suicide that currently has killed approximately 7000 Canadians from 2016-2019.

Lisa D’Amico now in her 50s was born with cerebral palsy. She is President of Victims of Medical Errors which defends the rights of people with disabilities.

She lives in extreme poverty with an annual income of about $12,000 CDN yearly from the government’s social programme. Often she cannot afford more than one meal a day. She cannot afford, physical and hydrotherapy that would help improve her physical condition. Moreover she is unable to significantly supplement her income by part-time work ($2400 CDN yearly) or accept donations of more than $200 CDN to improve her quality of life. She is not even allowed to accept an airplane ticket to go South in the winter. Even when given an opportunity, the government forbids her from leaving the province for more than 7 consecutive days to travel within Canada or abroad, even in winter.

According to Lisa “you have a situation of perfect distress for wanting to choose euthanasia."

Jonathan Marchand is President of Coop ASSIST (Quebec Cooperative for Independent Living).

Jonathan is in his 40s and has lived with a form of muscular dystrophy since the age of 15. After a bout of severe pneumonia, he was hospitalized in the intensive care unit and required an emergency tracheotomy to help him breathe. He is now ventilator dependent and needs assistance. Previously Jonathan worked as a senior computer network engineer in Quebec and overseas in Australia.

Jonathan has been forced to live in a government run institution against his will since 2012.
Nearly 70% of people with disabilities who need help like Jonathan are institutionalized in Quebec due to the lack of adequate support services in the community. This numbers around 15,000 people in Quebec and 60,000 people in Canada.
According to Jonathan "Many doctors offered me euthanasia, which they call "comfort care” to end my life.
Because there is no support services to live outside hospitals for people like me in Quebec, I have to choose between death or live in a hospital or a nursing home for the rest of my life."

According to Jonathan this situation exists despite the fact that governments can save millions of dollars to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities (figures available).

"I have never been offered the possibility of being able to continue my life at home with the help I need. In institutions, you lose autonomy and control over your life.

I never asked for help to die, I was getting better.

They were ready to help me commit suicide and not provide assistance for me to live. It's not a real choice. "
Despite this, he refuses to give up his life, his wife, family and friends.

According to Lisa and Jonathan, how can we talk about “assisted suicide and euthanasia” for people with disabilities when they do not even have help to live.

What they are asking for is not to die, but rather the support to live in the community to participate and contribute actively to society.

In the end, Dr. Paul Saba who has been a leading advocate for patients’ rights to live, states that Canada's assisted suicide and euthanasia laws have created an open door for abuse and harm for all Canadians, who will one day in their lives face health challenges that will require health and life assistance. "Our Canadian and provincial governments are more interested in legislating death than in promoting better health care and life assistance for all its people. This is extremely unfair.”

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What are preserved plants and why are they the newest revolutionary interior design concept?

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Americans are in love with these new natural plant walls that do not need water keeping their fresh look for many years.

Preserved plants provide the freshness of natural plants at the convenience of the artificial plants.”


WASHINGTON, DC, USA, September 29, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — There is a need for a more rapid sustainable transition in energy, buildings, transport and cities.

Effective energy waste in buildings is key to achieving climate and societal goals that aim at reducing global carbon. Office buildings and residences account for almost 40 percent of global energy-related carbon dioxide and play a major role in a sustainable transformation. Studies show that green buildings reduce day-to-day costs year-over-year.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED buildings have reported almost 20 percent lower maintenance costs than typical commercial buildings, and green building retrofits typically decrease operation costs by almost 10 percent in just one year.

Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. This is the reason why many builders, architects and interior designers opt for using plants in every new project. But natural plants have high maintenance costs that average at about $500 a week, not including the water consumed.

A new trend has been going on for few years now that aims at introducing a better way of creating a green building at a low cost – preserved plants for interior design. Preserved plants are 100% natural plants. They are the result of a unique process of plant preservation in which the natural sap is replaced with a special solution, that will preserve their aspect, freshness and scent for many years, with no need of soil, water or sunlight.

Preserved plants, preserved mosses, preserved green walls and preserved trees by Preserved Plants USA, the leading preserved plants company in North America, are perfectly suitable for the business world: they do not need any kind of maintenance and are not subject to climatic attacks typical of indoor places (lack of light, climate shock due to heat in winter and A/C in the summer) so it is possible to have quality plants throughout the year in a closed setting.

The advantages of preserved plants is that they provide the freshness of natural plants at the convenience of the artificial plants. Moreover, the benefits include:
– no need of irrigation
– no need of soil
– no need of light
– no growth: the volume remains constant and controlled
– no dust: unlike artificial plants preserved plants do not have static electricity
– low carbon footprint: preserved green walls are much more efficient than living walls and plants due to their longevity and low energy consumption such as no water irrigation, specific light, soil infestations, trimming and pruning and periodic maintenance.
– live for many years: Plant walls do not need maintenance and their life cycle is close to 10 years.
– they qualify for LEED credits

Having indoor preserved plants in the work space or at home has extremely beneficial effects on your health. Studies have shown that having plants in office environments has an influence on decreasing fatigue, colds, flue symptoms and even headaches as sickness rates fell by more than 60% in offices with plans.Offices with preserved plants and flowers have proven rates of reduced absenteeism, increased workers’ efficiency, productivity and mood. In hospitals, preserved plants presence have shown speedy recoveries. Patients have lower heart rates and blood pressure and require less pain medication. Plants also increase mood and help with anxiety and stress.

Preserved plants are only for indoor use. While they do not need special lighting, to ensure freshness and best life duration it is recommended that you keep them in a air controlled environment with humidity levels not higher than 70%.

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IPCC Report Panelists

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, IPCC Author and Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School

No Silver Lining Without Dramatic Changes in Policy on a Global Scale

You can hear movements within receding glaciers when you stand on them, and these desperate murmurings should not be witnessed idly. Nature is giving us a very clear message.”

— Rt. Hon. Katrín Jakobsdótti, Prime Minister of Iceland

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (“IPCC”) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (“the report”) made international headlines when it was released Wednesday at 5 am EST. The report reveals the extent to which climate change has already affected the world’s oceans and the cryosphere, which is defined in the report as “the components of the Earth System at and below the land and ocean surface that are frozen, including snow cover, glaciers, ice sheet, ice shelves, icebergs, sea ice, lake ice, river ice, permafrost, and seasonally frozen ground.” The report also provided myriad projections that reveal the probable effects on the oceans and the cryosphere if the world’s nations either fail to or fulfill their duties as established by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement—namely, to keep the average global temperature increase to well below 2 ̊C above pre-industrial levels.

The report is clear: Failure to meet the bar set by the Paris Agreements will be catastrophic for humanity, as well as species that lack the ability to quickly adapt to dramatic changes in their ecosystem.

To better understand the report, three of its authors—Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Dr. Ben Orlove, and Dr. Robert DeConto—as well as two additional scientists, Dr. R. Max Holmes and Dr. Jennifer Francis, to speak before an audience at The Explorers Club on Wednesday evening. Following presentations by Drs. Oppenheimer, Orlove, DeConto, and Holmes, Dr. Francis joined the other four scientists on stage for a panel discussion that was moderated by host Dr. Philip Duffy, the Director of the Woods Hole Research Center and a former White House senior advisor on climate and science in the Obama administration. The event was part of The Explorers Club’s week of programming based around Climate Week.

The evening’s event began with opening statements from the Rt. Hon. Katrín Jakobsdótti, the Prime Minister of Iceland, who spoke passionately about not only the report, but some of the more salient effects of climate change, particularly how glaciers are disappearing from Iceland. She also spoke about climate change’s effects of the ocean waters surrounding her homeland. “The impact on the ocean is less visible, but no less profound,” she said, before relaying reports from several Icelandic fisherman, who claim to be seeing new species of fish that have migrated north because of warming waters. In her closing statements, she noted that you can hear movements within receding glaciers when you stand on them, and that these desperate murmurings should not be witnessed idly. “Nature is giving us a very clear message,” Ms. Jakobsdótti concluded.

Following the opening statement by Ms. Jakobsdótti, Monica Dean, a Senior Associate with the United Nations Foundation who works on Energy, Climate, and the Environment, provided the audience with some preliminary information about the immense scope of the research required to produce the report, describing it as “the most ambitious report cycle the IPCC has ever undertaken its 30-year history.” To draft the report, Ms. Dean said it required 104 authors from 36 countries, who worked for two years and assessed over “6,000 different sources of literature” and reviewed “31,000 government and expert comments.” After completing the report, the authors spent five days with delegates from 195 countries to approve a 42-page summary for policymakers.

The first of the presenters, Dr. Ben Orlove, was one of the lead authors for the report’s section on mountains. He described how mountain glaciers in low- and mid-latitudes of the Earth are shrinking due to warmer air temperatures. Dr. Orlove also detailed how these glaciers and the usual runoff they produce from seasonal thawing contribute to rivers that are then used as a water source for peoples living in high altitudes. Increased runoffs due to warming temperatures, however, can lead to damaging floods and landslides. Should the process of deglaciation progress more rapidly, the results will not only be more flooding and more landslides, but the eventual disappearance of the glaciers. This will devastate communities in proximity to these rivers by severely restricting their water sources. Warming temperatures may also mean less snow in mountain regions, further denuding water sources during the spring thaw and threatening local economies, especially if they are based on agriculture or tourism.

Dr. Orlove added that the disappearance of glaciers has altered the topography of mountainous regions, thereby making some areas impossible to traverse. This can have a cultural—as well as an economic and environmental—impact. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and mountains that are sacred to mountain cultures may be damaged or become inaccessible. France’s Mount Blanc, for example, may cease to be white.

The next presenter, Dr. Rob DeConto, was one of the lead authors for the report’s section on polar regions. Dr. DeConto presented a sobering look into how climate change is affecting glaciers in the Earth’s polar regions. He focused most of his attention on a series of graphs included in the report (see page 6 of the summary) that paint a picture of two vastly different scenarios.

In one, we continue on our current trajectory. If we follow this path, changes will become more pronounced in the future as the forces contributing to climate change compound and the effects (temperatures, sea acidification, ocean heat waves, etc.) become exponential in nature. Dr. DeConto, an expert on ice sheet dynamics, also noted that sea level rise could exceed previous projections because of changing dynamics within the Antarctic ice sheet system. Scientists did not fully understand the dynamics of this system until relatively recently. However, Dr. DeConto said the report shows that “Antarctica has the potential to contribute much more to sea level than we were thinking just five years ago.” Particularly after 2100, this could mean several meters in sea level rise. This will have a tremendous impact on existing coastal communities, especially small island nations.

The other path, which is more likely if we comply with the conditions of the Paris Agreement, shows these negative trends slowing or stopping entirely. In attempting to strike an optimistic tone, Dr. DeConto concluded, saying, “Even though there is going to be an ongoing increase in sea levels…you don’t turn the ice sheets around in decades or even centuries, but you can see it’s a much, much rosier picture with perhaps less than a meter of sea level rise even centuries out into the future, and that’s something that I think we can all probably deal with and tolerate.”

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, the next presenter, was one of the lead authors for the report’s section on sea level rise. Dr. Oppenheimer opened his remarks with a call for hope, but tempered this by admitting that his initial response to the findings was, “There’s a lot for us to do.” This especially pertains to adaptions and emissions reductions that can mitigate the effects and acceleration of sea level rise. Unfortunately, he noted that, “We’ve fallen further and further behind.”

Dr. Oppenheimer focused on a future in which sea levels continue to rise unabated. In this scenario, storm surges “will be riding on top of a higher sea level, so…the storm surge goes further inland.” Consequently, flooding in coastal areas becomes more common and so-called 100-year weather events become relatively common occurrences. By 2050, in many places around the world (including the East Coast of the United States), these storms may become annual events. Without adaptations and attempts to curb emissions, many coastal areas and small island nations will cease to be inhabitable without tremendous amounts of capital to either rebuild structures to accommodate frequent flooding or create barrier systems that keep sea water out.

The final presenter, Dr. Holmes, is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director at the Woods Hole Research Center. Dr. Holmes spoke about the section of the report that focused on permafrost. “Permafrost is frozen ground,” he said. “It’s technically defined as ground that’s at or below the freezing point of water for two or more years consecutively, but in practice it’s ground that’s been frozen for hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of years.” Permafrost can be found underneath approximately 25 percent of the land area in the northern hemisphere.

Dr. Holmes said that as much as 70 percent of the near-surface permafrost in this region may be lost by 2100 due to rising air temperatures. On top of potentially damaging animals and people who rely on ecosystems underlaid by permafrost, thawing permafrost may release a great deal of carbon into the atmosphere, thereby contributing even more to climate change. To put into context just how much carbon is locked in the artic, Dr. Holmes explained that there are currently 850 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere; that there is approximately 500 billion tons of carbon stored in the vegetation around the world; and that there is 1,200 billion tons in existing fossil fuel reserves. In permafrost, “the thing that doesn’t get much attention…there is around 1,500 billion tons of carbon,” he said.

As permafrost thaws, bacteria begin to consume the organic matter that both contains the carbon and has been frozen, thereby releasing both CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. By 2100, Dr. Holmes said the report estimates that, in the best-case scenario, this will translate into “tens of billions of tons of carbon released.” If we do not act, he said, “We’re talking something over one hundred billion tons.”

The subsequent discussion began with a remark by Dr. Francis that seemed to capture the mood of the audience: “Thanks everyone for all that terrible news.” She added that, though the report does paint a ominous picture of the future if we fail to act, “One of the things this report does really well, and one of the reasons it’s so important, is because it’s really highlighting the changes that are going in two really important parts of the climate system: the oceans and the polar regions.”

Dr. Francis then emphasized that there is a vicious cycle in these parts of the climate system, wherein phenomena associated with global warming amplify one another. She used the melting of arctic sea ice as an example: “So far, we’ve seen the artic sea ice disappear by 75 percent in only 40 years.” As temperatures warm, more sea ice melts; as more sea ice melts, less solar energy is reflected back into space and is instead absorbed by the ocean; as the ocean absorbs more of the sun’s energy, temperatures warm; and so on, ad infinitum. According to Dr. Francis, this positive feedback loop “is causing the arctic to warm two to three times faster than just about anywhere else on the planet.” Additionally, this contributes to the thawing of permafrost and the melting of glaciers, particularly in Greenland.

Following the discussion, Mr. Julio Cordano, Chile’s Deputy Lead Negotiator for Climate, provided closing remarks. He noted that, while there needs to be more conversations between nations to address climate change, there is also a narrow window of opportunity. In the near future, he hopes that “we will be able to say we have a very substantial alliance of countries that are willing to increase their ambition and hopefully address the enormous amount of work that we need to do.”
This tone of conditional confidence in humanity’s ability to save itself from its own myopia had resonated among all speakers throughout the night. While the report makes clear that the effects of climate change will be severe if humanity does not work to reduce emissions, each of the scientists emphasized that adhering to the goals of the Paris Agreement will lead to significantly less grim results.

Dr. Oppenheimer described himself as an optimist in his opening remarks, adding: “It doesn’t pay to be paralyzed by gloom and doom.”

“We have the tools at our disposal,” he later added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Orlove claimed: “There’s twice as much glacier loss between now and 2100 with high emissions as there is with low emissions.”

Even Dr. DeConto expressed a hopeful tone while pointing to the two potential trajectories for the Earth’s oceans. Highlighting the projection that does not portend imminent doom, he said, “There’s still a lot of good news in this story.”

Dr. Holmes took a bolder approach: “Best case scenario is a hell of a lot better than the worst case scenario.”

A full recording of the event can be found on The Explorers Club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheExplorersClubNYC/videos/541713199912369/

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Video Recording of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (“IPCC”) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

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New Candidate for Texas 11th Court of Appeals, Eastland

Frank Hunold - Candidate for Place 2, Texas 11th Court of Appeals

Frank Hunold Campaign – Frank4Justice

Frank Hunold, experienced Texas attorney, announces his candidacy for Justice, Place 2, on the Eastland Court of Appeals.

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, September 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Frank Hunold announces his candidacy for Justice, Place 2, 11th Court of Appeals (Eastland).

As an attorney for over 35 years, Hunold has handled numerous trials and appeals. Through his career as a civil litigator and corporate attorney, he handled a variety of matters, including: insurance defense; oil and gas; construction; manufacturing; technology; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; private equity and venture capital; antitrust; banking; and labor and employment. His experience includes serving as general counsel for three Texas companies, two in the oil & gas arena, which gives him additional insight to the challenges faced by Texas companies.

Speaking about his experience, Hunold said, “I bring a unique, real-world skill set and viewpoint to the race and appellate court. I really understand the challenges Texas businesses and Texans face, and how a single decision can have wider implications.”

He said he is looking forward to visiting all 28 counties covered by the Eastland Court of Appeals.

The Republican Primary will be March 3, 2020. The general election will be November 3, 2020.

To learn more about Frank Hunold, his campaign, upcoming events, and opportunities to help his campaign, please visit www.Frank4Justice.com

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Press Conference to Reveal Details of the Iranian Regime Attack on Saudi Oil Installations

The details about the decision-making, the commanders of the IRGC and the bases involved in the attack will be revealed.

WASHINGTON, DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, US, September 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran will hold a news conference on Monday, September 30th at 10 a.m. at the National Press Club to release intelligence obtained by the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) from inside the Iranian regime about the September 14, 2019, attack against Saudi oil installations.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched the attack from Iranian territory on the orders of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the approval of Hassan Rouhani.

The details about the decision-making, the commanders of the IRGC and the bases involved in the attack will be revealed.

WHEN: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club,
529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045

Registration is required and available to accredited journalists, members of the diplomatic corps, Think Tanks, and U.S. Congress staff. RSVP is required. Click here:


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Michael Ingui at AIA

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Baxt Ingui Architects Partner Issues Call to Climate Action

Passive House Accelerator's mission is to bring people together to share projects, collaborate on ideas and promote Passive House as part of the climate change solution and a call to climate action.”

— Michael Inqui, Baxt Ingui and Passive House Accelerator

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) held a panel discussion on historic preservation and carbon reduction yesterday evening at the Center for Architecture in Lower Manhattan. The event was organized by the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and the AIANY Committee on the Environment. Panelists included Michael Ingui, a Partner at Baxt Ingui Architects P.C.; Jeff Murphy, a Partner at Murphy Burnham & Buttrick; Cory Trembath Rouillard, an Associate Partner at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates; and Paula Zimin, the Director for Sustainable Building Services at Steven Winter Associates. The discussion was moderated by Scott Henson, the Principal for Scott Henson Architect.

The goal of the event was to explore the intersection of sustainability and preservation, as it is often believed that the two are anathema. However, with the passage of the Climate Mobilization Act, owners of older buildings in New York City will need to find a way to comply with stricter efficiency standards or face steep fines.

While it is often believed that such retrofits are either prohibitively expensive or cannot be done without compromising the historical integrity of the structure, this is not the case when owners make improvements that utilize the Passive House methodology. Ingui was ardent about both points in his presentation, showing clear evidence that structures that comply with Passive House standards are indistinguishable from typical homes, even if these homes are designated or protected historic landmarks.

“Many of our projects, particularly in neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, are in historic districts,” Ingui said. “Passive House does not necessarily affect the aesthetic of building fenestration or facades. It’s also affordable. True, it increases retrofit costs by somewhere in the ballpark of five percent, but it ends up paying for itself in just a few years through energy savings.”

A home that is built to the Passive House standard is extremely well sealed and well insulated, thereby reducing homeowners’ cooling and heating needs by between 80 percent and 90 percent. Certified Passive House buildings oftentimes only use their heat for a few days in the winter, even in New York City.

Because it is Climate Week and because Passive House has the potential to significantly improve efficiency and reduce building emissions, Ingui asked those in attendance last night to take a pledge to be more supportive of Passive House. One way that architects can do so is to join Passive House Accelerator, a site Ingui launched earlier this year and for which he has written several articles.

“The goal with Passive House Accelerator is to bring people together and to use Passive House as one part of the solution to climate change,” Ingui said. “Passive House Accelerator is a way for architects, designers, and contractors to learn about events, share their projects, and collaborate on ideas that can promote the net zero and Passive House movements. We have the tools at our disposal—it’s time we start using them.”

To learn more about Passive House Accelerator, visit https://passivehouseaccelerator.com/

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American Spy: Wry Reflections on My Life in the CIA by H. K. Roy Released For Mass Distribution

A Dark and Witty Memoir of the Author’s Career with the CIA

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, September 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — American Spy: Wry Reflections on My Life in the CIA (ISBN 13: 978-1633885882, Prometheus Books, 2019) by H. K. Roy has been released for mass distribution. This candid and darkly witty memoir recounts an exhilarating life — and a few close brushes with death. With remarkable sangfroid and a humorist's eye for absurdity, H. K. Roy describes his many strange and risky exploits in his long career with the CIA. Whether he was pursuing Soviet and Cuban spies, running "denied area" operations in Eastern Europe, hunting Bosnian War criminals, or providing actionable intelligence to US government and coalition forces in Iraq, Roy usually found himself at the right place at the right time. In a memoir written as a series of narrative vignettes, this former CIA operations officer recounts his years of danger, intrigue, and adventure. The hardback edition of the book retails for $25.00 and the Kindle edition is $13.99.

“I am proud that American Spy has made it to the bookstores and into the hands of readers throughout the world,” said H. K. Roy, author of American Spy. The book is a dramatic and humorous look at Roy’s life in the CIA. It is more than just a memoir; it is an eyewitness account of history in the making, while shedding light on the dedication of those who serve our nation in one of the most difficult fields imaginable – foreign intelligence.

“The vignettes will take the reader from the closing days of the Cold War to our nation’s current war against terror,” continued Roy. The author is apolitical and American Spy exposes how politicians and policy makers from both parties have ignored or politicized intelligence, leading to many foreign policy disasters.

Combining dedication to duty with a maverick's disdain for bureaucracy, Roy makes it clear in American Spy that he prefers foreign locales to Washington and thrives on the adrenaline rush that comes with danger. He also sheds much light on why intelligence is an essential component of national defense, even our very survival as a nation. The book has earned praise from such people as Bob Baer, former CIA operations officer, author of four New York Times bestsellers, and an intelligence and security analyst for CNN; Joe Navarro, FBI counterintelligence agent and bestselling author of What Every Body Is Saying and Three Minutes to Doomsday; and many more. The book was approved by the CIA.

About the author
H. K. Roy was a staff CIA operations officer for thirteen years. During his time of service (1983 to 1996), he served in Latin America, Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia, and received numerous awards from the US government. Since resigning from the CIA, he has continued to support its global mission. In 1996, he founded a private business intelligence firm focused on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Since 2003, he has developed and continues to run a business operation in Iraq. He has published articles on intelligence operations in World and I magazine and in the Foreign Service Journal.

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U.S. Senate Committee Funds Cattlemen’s Mass Mustang Roundup & Incarceration to Tune of $35 Million

A terrifying wild horse roundup in action

A terrifying wild horse roundup in action

Wild horses held capitve in BLM holding facilities

Wild horses held capitve in BLM holding facilities

This scheme is the biggest threat to wild horses and burros in the West in decades, and the American taxpayer is going to finance the whole shebang.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, September 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill that includes a shocking $35 million in funding to implement a potentially catastrophic mass mustang roundup proposal promoted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the so-called “American Mustang Foundation” and other agribusiness lobbying groups and, shockingly, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA, and Return to Freedom, a sanctuary.

The proposal, misleadingly dubbed a “Path Forward for Wild Horse and Burro Management,” will accelerate the removal (by helicopter roundup) of wild mustangs from public lands and allow for inhumane management methods, such as cruel surgeries to sterilize wild mares by ripping out their ovaries. Although billed as a “non-lethal plan,” the proposal is a poorly disguised path to slaughter. It could increase the number of horses to 150,000 maintained in captivity at taxpayer expense with no guarantee of funding for their long-term care.

“The misguided proposal is a road to destruction for America's wild free-roaming horse and burro herds,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign. “It’s a sweeping betrayal of America’s wild herds by the nation’s largest animal welfare groups. This is a $35 million-dollar giveaway to the commercial livestock industry, which covets the public lands where wild horses roam. We’re shocked that the Senate has appropriated taxpayer funds to perpetuate a failed system of roundup wand removal when humane fiscally responsible solutions are available.”

“This scheme is the biggest threat to wild horses and burros in the West in decades, and the American taxpayer is going to finance the whole shebang” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action and a lifelong horseman. “If this ghastly plan is implemented, we'll see massive round-ups, swelling captive wild horse populations, and jubilation from cattlemen's associations that secured political cover from the Humane Society of the U.S., Humane Society Legislative Fund, and ASPCA for their long-time aspiration to secure a government-funded wild horse depopulation program."

“We might as well call this what it is: “The Path Backward” or “The Path to Extinction,” since they’re reducing wild horses to the number that existed in 1971," stated Ginger Kathrens, Director of The Cloud Foundation. “That extinction-level number is what caused Congress to unanimously pass the Wild Horse and Burro Act. This 'plan' will rip tens of thousands of horses and burros from their dedicated land and their families at catastrophic cost to the American taxpayer…billions of dollars spent to incarcerate them in cramped corrals for the rest of their lives, except for the few that are adopted. Why? So private livestock interests, (subsidized by the BLM through your tax dollars), can run cattle on public lands. It's time for the American people to stand up and say, 'No more. Not with my tax dollars. There are better programs to spend these billions of dollars on than this.'"

The BLM currently spends 73% of its budget to roundup and remove horses from the public lands and deal with them once removed; zero percent of the budget is spent to implement humane management of horses on the range with birth control. Nothing in the Senate bill would prevent the BLM from spending the entire $35 million to round up and warehouse wild horses and continue the “business as usual” practices that the National Academy of Science called “expensive and unproductive for the BLM and the public it serves.” The BLM could also use the funds to implement gruesome sterilization surgeries on wild mares in which their ovaries are ripped out in an archaic procedure used in the livestock industry.

The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) is the nation’s leading wild horse protection organization, with more than 700,000 supporters and followers nationwide. AWHC is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse and burros in viable, free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. In addition to advocating for protection and preservation of America’s wild herds, AWHC implements the largest wild horse fertility control program in the world through a partnership with the State of Nevada for wild horses that live in the Virginia Range near Reno.

Animal Wellness Action (AWA) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, that grew out of Executive Director Ginger Kathrens' knowledge and fear for wild horses in the West. TCF works to educate the public about the natural free-roaming behavior and social structure of wild horses and the threats to wild horse and burro society, to encourage the public to speak out for their protection on their home ranges and to support only humane management measures. Kathrens served as the Humane Advisor on BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Key components of the “controversial and dangerous” cattlemen’s proposal includes:
● Unprecedented mass wild horse and burro roundups removals from public lands 130,000 wild horses and burros (more than exist today in the wild) targeted for removal over 10 years.
● Reduction of wild herds to 27,000 animals — the number that existed in 1971 when Congress passed a law to protect the West’s iconic wild horses and burros because they were “fast disappearing from the American scene.”
● Use of “fertility control” of 90% of the horses and burros who remain on the range. The language would allow for surgical sterilization of wild horses via invasive methods such as “ovariectomy via colpotomy” surgery on wild mares. The BLM is currently pursuing this method despite the National Academy of Sciences’ warning that the procedure is “inadvisable for field application” due to the risk of bleeding and infection.
● Near tripling of the population of wild horses incarcerated at taxpayer expense, with no long-term guarantee of funding to ensure their safety.
● Unprecedented manipulation of wild herds through sex ratio skewing to achieve populations comprised as 70% stallions and 30% mares, which will cause extreme social disruption and aggression on the range.

Humane solutions preferred by AWHC, AWA, and TCF include:
● Adjusting the BLM’s current population limits (AMLs) to allow larger, more viable wild horse and burro herds and fairer resource allocation on designated public lands habitat.
● Prioritizing PZP fertility control over roundups and not waiting until AML is reached before beginning fertility control programs.
● Funding better management and stewardship of range via projects like water restoration/development that allow horses to better utilize habitat and remain in the wild.
● Livestock grazing buyouts/retirement in wild horse areas. (Just 17% of BLM land grazed by livestock is also occupied by wild horses and burros.)
● Protecting predators like mountain lions, which can and do help naturally control wild horse and burro populations when they are not eliminated by hunting and the federal predator damage control program, which kills wildlife for the benefit of the agricultural industry.

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Make art not war. How an art exhibit worked to promote human rights and peace.

Art displays along with copies of various Youth for Human Rights educational materials so people could follow along with the 30 human rights as they looked at art on each topic.

Art displays along with copies of various Youth for Human Rights educational materials so people could follow along with the 30 human rights as they looked at art on each topic.

Artwork from high school students demonstrating the freedom of thought and expression.

Artwork from high school students demonstrating the freedom of thought and expression.

Director of the National Office of Youth for Human Rights discusses the importance of human rights education while giving a tour of the exhibit to two attendees.

Director of the National Office of Youth for Human Rights discusses the importance of human rights education while giving a tour of the exhibit to two attendees.

An example of student art from an elementary school student on the “Right to Education”.

An example of student art from an elementary school student on the “Right to Education”.

Attendees learn about their right to trial not only their Maranda rights. Exhibit attendees were able to view art as well as watch the 30 short films Youth for Human Rights created for each on of the human rights.

Attendees learn about their right to trial not only their Maranda rights. Exhibit attendees were able to view art as well as watch the 30 short films Youth for Human Rights created for each on of the human rights.

Youth for Human Rights uses the power of art along with human rights education to celebrate International Peace Day.

Touring through the exhibit was really moving. It inspired me to want to do more human rights activism in my community.”

— Exhibit attendee

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, September 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) created an interactive Pop-up Art Exhibit in Washington, DC, to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The Exhibit highlighted the history of human rights and celebrated artworks that demonstrated the theme of a variety of human rights issues.

The exhibit also included student artwork from around the world spanning 13 countries and six continents, making it a truly global art affair. Additionally, Peace Lights, an increasingly recognized international symbol of peace were displayed as a colorful light show as a part of the exhibit.

“Touring through the exhibit was really moving. It inspired me to want to do more human rights activism in my community,” said one attendee of the exhibit.

Another attendee when asked about how art and human rights relate said, “Art is powerful stuff and when you combine it with a message as powerful as basic human rights, that is life changing stuff right there.”

This is the second year that Youth for Human Rights has held their Pop-Up Exhibit on International Peace Day. Erica Rodgers, the Director of the National Office of Youth for Human Rights International and organizer of the exhibit said, “We wanted to expand upon last year’s exhibit focus. We curated an art exhibit that showcased beautiful artwork from students around the world that gave a powerful message of the pressing human rights issues that face our society globally.” The Pop-Up Exhibit remained busy throughout Peace Day as people came to tour the series of exhibits spanning over ten thousand square feet. “Understanding human rights in today’s political climate is vital. A more peaceful society will only happen when all people treat one another with the respect and decency listed out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” urged Ms. Rodgers.

Each year Youth for Human Rights International hosts global art competitions for art, essays and poetry that feature themes of human rights. Winners and finalists from the 2019 art competition will have the opportunity to have their art presented at the 2020 Peace Day Pop-Up Art Exhibit in Washington, DC. To learn more on how to register for the art competition go to: https://www.youthforhumanrights.org/take-action/competitions.html

The exhibit was hosted by The Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC, as the Church supports Youth for Human Rights International’s initiative of broad human rights education in the community. When asked “Why do Scientologists care so much about human rights?” representative of the Church Sylvia Stanard had this to say, “Protecting the basic human rights of all people has been a part of the Church of Scientology’s core values since its founding in 1954. L. Ron Hubbard was a humanitarian and firm supporter of Human Rights as listed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1969 he issued a directive to all of the staff of Churches of Scientology around the world that ‘Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.’ Therefore as a natural result the Church of Scientology sponsors human rights campaigns such as Youth for Human Rights International to help fulfill Mr. Hubbard's vision of a better world where human rights are a living reality.”

About Youth for Human Rights:
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings such as through art series, concerts and other interactive community events. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the deliberate purpose of increasing awareness of the 30 human rights every person has and how they are a part of everyday life. To learn more go to https://www.youthforhumanrights.org or watch a documentary on how Youth for Human Rights began by going to www.scientology.tv

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