EPA finds E coli , coliform in airplane water tests

first_img EPA announcement [News release] Flights in Virginia, Georgia, Texa, and California were tested in August and September. Repeat tests on 11 aircraft indicated eight planes still didn’t meet EPA’s water-quality standards. Sep 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – More than 12% of passenger aircraft contained Escherichia coli or coliform bacteria in a recent round of testing, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found. The Air Transport Association (ATA) said that about 90% of member aircraft could be traveling internationally and loading water from sources not subject to EPA standards. Drinking water aboard 158 randomly selected passenger planes was tested. While 87.4% of the planes met EPA drinking-water quality standards, 12.6% did not. Initial testing showed 20 planes had positive results for total coliform bacteria; two of them also tested positive for E coli. Both of those contaminants are indicators that the water could contain other disease-causing organisms. See alsocenter_img EPA had begun a review of rules and guidelines in 2002 but is speeding up the process in light of the aircraft test results, the agency announced. The agency is placing specific emphasis on preventive measures, adequate monitoring, and sound maintenance practices such as flushing and disinfection of aircraft water systems. EPA and ATA are collaborating to reach agreement on how airlines will bring drinking water up to acceptable standards, a news release said, but added that if they cannot agree, EPA will exercise its enforcement authorities. Passengers with compromised immune systems may want to request canned or bottled beverages, EPA suggested in a Sep 20 news release. EPA answers to frequently asked questions about airline water safety [FAQ]last_img read more

UK regulator mulls trustee board diversity reporting requirement

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) is working to improve the gender balance and diversity of trustee boards with an eye on recent improvements to the diversity of corporate leadership.Speaking at the Responsible Asset Owners Conference in London yesterday, Amanda Latham, policy lead at TPR, said the regulator had included a focus on diversity in its recent consultation on trusteeship and governance.In the consultation, which closed on 24 September, TPR asked respondents whether pension boards should be required to report diversity data to the regulator – in line with a similar requirement from the Financial Reporting Council for corporates – and whether there should be more industry-driven initiatives to improve diversity on trustee boards.“What we know as a regulator is by having to report how you’ve implemented a policy really does start to change behaviour,” Latham said at the conference. Amanda Latham, policy lead at TPRData from the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) from 2017 showed that 83% of private sector pension fund trustees were male. This compared to just under 70% of FTSE 350 company directors, according to the 30% Club.Latham said the pension sector had “a particularly long road ahead of us” to catch up with developments in the corporate world.However, she added that TPR’s annual surveys had shown that trustees were beginning to see the benefits of improving diversity.Latham said: “There is a copious amount of research now showing that, when people have different views, decision-making is more difficult, it’s less agreeable, but they come up with much better solutions to problems most of the time. That’s an area that that we’re focused on.”The PLSA launched a diversity campaign in 2017 titled ‘Breaking the Mirror Image’. It introduced leadership programmes aimed at women in the pensions sector with the aim of building a “pipeline of future trustees”. “We think the most effective pension boards have a diversity of skills and experience, allowing them to draw from various different perspectives. Having demographic diversity [means] a trustee board is more representative of its members, and it can better engage with its membership, it can have better understanding of the issues that some members face, and how they live their lives.”last_img read more

World Dream Delivered to Genting Hong Kong

first_imgGerman shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over the new cruise vessel World Dream to the Asian shipping company Dream Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong. The new ship can accommodate 3,376 passengers and is 335 meters long, 39.7 meters wide and can reach a speed of more than 23 knots. This cruise ship also carries a small deep-sea submarine that can take guests down to a depth of up to 200 metres. In addition, World Dream has been designed and built according to the latest safety regulations, Meyer Werft said.“This is the 44th cruise ship we delivered. Our team made a great job. I am proud and thankful for their contribution,” said Tim Meyer, Managing Director of Meyer Werft.The new cruise ship has been designed for the rapidly growing Asian cruise market.After being handed over to the cruise company in Bremerhaven, World Dream will set sail to Asia where it will offer cruises for two, five and seven nights. Sailing from Hong Kong, it will cruise through regions in Vietnam and China.Once it arrives in Asia in November of this year, the ship will replace its sister ship Genting Dream in the Pearl Delta and Genting Dream will be homeported in Singapore.Delivered to the company from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft on October 12, 2016, the Genting Dream can accommodate 3,400 passengers and 2,000 crew.Earlier this month Genting Hong Kong announced delisting from the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST).The company said that the move is in line with its strategic focus on its cruise ship business in Asia, in particular, North-Asia, as the company continues to undertake initiatives to tap the burgeoning growth potential in the Chinese market.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft; Video Courtesy: Dream Cruiseslast_img read more

Solskjaer speaks about long-term plans for Pogba

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo The Norwegian said: “Since coming back from injury he has been a delight. He has worked really hard, he is happy and he is playing well. read also:Pogba drops big Man Utd stay hint “We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure. And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team. “He will have to be one of the leaders, one of the main figures because he is just coming to his peak time as a footballer at 27. “I am really looking forward to working with him.” Pogba joined United in an £89m transfer from Juventus in 2016. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laid the groundwork for Paul Pogba to sign a new contract at Manchester United. Pogba is out of contract next summer, but the club holds a 12-month option to extend that and they will do that as the worst-case scenario. The France midfielder has seen a dramatic turnaround in his fortunes since the Premier League restart. Pogba has been integral to United alongside Bruno Fernandes and he has repaid the faith Solskjaer had in him. “I’ve been speaking more or less every day with Paul,” admitted Solskajer last month. The Sun have reported that Pogba is close to finalising a huge new five-year deal at United. The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time. Indeed, his agent, Mino Raiola, continually talked up the prospect earlier this season. The speculation came amid injuries hampering Pogba’s progress; the 27-year-old had only made eight appearances this season before lockdown due to two-foot injuries.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more