Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch goes ‘Beast Mode’ on Trump

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t a big fan of President Donald Trump — but his feelings about cannabis appear to be somewhat warmer.In an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday, Lynch referred to the commander in chief with an expletive that is the mother of all profanities, if you take our meaning.That wasn’t the only newsworthy utterance. Lynch also confessed to trying to light a blunt during the …last_img read more

Recycling Expanded Polystyrene

first_imgA New Machine “Densifies” Discarded FoamTALAHASSEE, Fl. — Most of the nation’s discarded expanded polystyrene (EPS) — including hamburger clamshell boxes, coffee cups, protective foam packaging inserts, and pieces of building insulation — goes straight to a landfill. Recent technical improvements in recycling equipment, however, have begun to make EPS recycling cost-effective.One manufacturer of equipment to process EPS waste is RecycleTech Corporation, which makes a machine that “densifies” EPS by putting scraps through a crusher, heater, and extruder. The resulting hard ingots are 90 times denser (and therefore smaller in volume) than the EPS used to create them. The ingots become the raw material for the manufacture of a variety of plastic products, including picture frames, shoe soles, and the backs of CD cases.Funding from the state of Florida has allowed RecycleTech machines to be installed at recycling centers in several Florida counties, including Indian River County, Leon County, and Polk County. Since the first unit was delivered in June of 2008, over 1,607,400 cubic feet of EPS has been diverted from landfills.Low Density Complicates CollectionEPS recycling programs face several hurdles; for example, the low density of EPS makes transportation of EPS scraps expensive. According to RecycleTech representative Leonard Black, “Collection of EPS is difficult since the material is so light it tends to blow away at curbside.”The city of Conway, Arkansas, has a successful EPS recycling program. “A lot of our residents receive packages, and it’s unreal the amount of foam that our residents get because of Internet shipping,” said Duane Campbell, Conway’s recycling manager. “Our program cost us $65,000 to get set up and started. We’re doing it because of our landfill situation. Three years ago we had only 17 years left on our only local landfill. It was filling up fast, so we’ve had to raise our recycling efforts.”For more information, visit the Recycle Web site.last_img read more

Tea body refutes Oxfam claims on rights abuse

first_imgThe Indian Tea Association has countered an Oxfam report on plantation labour rights violation, saying it left out the share of the price paid to a producer providing employment to the workers as well as the non-cash component of their wages.Oxfam, a confederation of 20 NGOs focussing on the alleviation of global poverty, a week ago published a report on “Addressing the human cost of Assam Tea – an agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”.The study by Oxfam India and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on interviews with 510 plantation labourers in 50 tea estates across Assam, said that the workers earned ₹137-167 despite working for over 13 hours a day.The study also said supermarkets and tea brands “typically capture over two-thirds of the price paid by consumers for Assam tea in India – with just 7.2% remaining for workers on tea estates”.In a letter to Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar on Wednesday, ITA secretary general Arijit Raha said the Oxfam’s study came to conclusions on issues based on findings in some tea gardens that did not reflect the true picture of the industry.last_img read more