first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds announced the appointment of Lisa “Lee” Forest as the first director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer (BGLTQ) student life. Forest will take the reins of the newly created position beginning Nov. 1, reporting to the assistant dean of student life and overseeing all initiatives related to supporting BGLTQ undergraduate student life.Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, also announced the creation of new BGLTQ offices and lounge space in Boylston Hall slated to open early next semester.  There will be offices for the new director and student interns, and a lounge for students.View the full release.last_img

first_imgMax PixelRIPLEY – Congressman Tom Reed announced last week a $200,000 rural development grant for the Town of Ripley to extend its public sewer.“We care about making sure our municipalities have fair access to the funding necessary to finish their projects,” said Reed in a statement. “The Ripley sewer project is no different – we are proud we fought for this funding and we will continue to do so moving forward. We understand the importance of water and sewer systems across the district and how they impact the economy – they are important for residents, help to retain businesses and attract new business.”“I greatly appreciate the additional funding Rural Development came through with,” said Ripley Town Supervisor Douglas Bowen. “This is supplemental funding that will help us moving forward.”The funding is being provided by the Department of Agriculture as part of the Water and Environmental program. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s often hard to eat healthy when dining out. But healthy eating has become top priority for many Americans. And fast-food and other restaurants are becoming much more careful about limiting the fat content of the dishes they serve.”Go to the Web site of chain restaurants and look at the nutrition information for menu items before you go,” said Connie Crawley, an Extension Service nutrition and health specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Knowing what you want before you go,” she said, “lessens the risk that you’ll order a less healthy item when you arrive.”If you want to dine out and eat healthy, follow a few tips to adhere to your low-fat diet.Ask your server for the list of ingredients and the preparation method for dishes you’re not familiar with.Ask your server to replace high-fat ingredients with more heart-healthy choices. For example, you may be able to substitute steamed vegetables or fruit salad for french fries.When ordering a salad or pasta, ask for the dressing or sauce to be served on the side. This will allow you to control the amount you add to the dish.When ordering pasta dishes, look for tomato-based sauces rather than cream-based sauces. They’re much lower in fat and calories.You can also request that the chef remove the skin from poultry dishes. If it’s not possible, do this yourself before enjoying your meal.When ordering grilled fish or vegetables, ask that the food either be grilled without butter or oil or prepared “light,” with little oil or butter.Ask for salsa with a baked potato instead of other toppings such as sour cream, butter, cheese or bacon. Salsa is very low in calories and a healthy alternative.Order sandwiches with mustard rather than mayonnaise. Mustard adds flavor and contains very few calories.Look for foods on the menu that are baked, grilled, dry-sautéed, broiled, poached or steamed. These cooking techniques use less fat in the food preparation and are generally lower in calories.Choose foods made with whole grains such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice.If you want a dessert, choose low-fat options like sorbet, fresh berries or fruit.Stop eating when you’re full. Listen to the cues your body gives you.Drink water, diet soda or unsweetened tea or coffee instead of regular soda or alcoholic beverages. This will save a lot of calories each day.These suggestions will help you make healthy decisions you won’t regret later.Here a few healthy choices if you eat at these restaurants:LongHorn Steakhouse: Sierra Chicken; Flo’s Filet; LongHorn salmon; grilled shrimp.Chili’s Grill and Bar: “Guiltless” menu; Margarita grilled chicken; lettuce wraps.McDonald’s: Grilled chicken Caesar salad with low-fat vinaigrette dressing; Egg McMuffin; hamburger; Chicken McGrill (without mayo); side salad with low-fat vinaigrette dressing; vanilla reduced-fat ice cream cone.Wendy’s : Grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad and fat-free dressing; Junior hamburger with a side salad and fat-free dressing; large chili with a side salad and fat-free dressing; plain baked potato and a small chili.Subway : Any of the seven subs with 6 grams of fat or less; Atkins Friendly Wraps.”If you can’t order one of these lower-fat items, at least consider sharing a meal or snack containing more fat and calories with a meal partner, or put half of the food into a … take-home box before you dig in,” Crawley said.”Even these healthier menu items may be more food than you need to eat at one time,” she said. “Make sure your stomach capacity determines how much you will eat, not your eyes.”(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgA zombie hagfish rises from the dead, and scares Darwin from two directions.Hagfish are eel-like fish that look like creatures from a horror movie. Their tapir-like snouts are scary enough, but when threatened, they have a unique weapon: slime! They can spread a net of sticky slime around them that can clog the gills of an attacker. And they have been doing this for at least 100 million Darwin Years, perhaps 300 million.Scare 1: Incredible Design Evolutionists at the Illinois College of Engineering are fascinated by the slime defense of the hagfish. It’s truly a remarkable mechanism that inspires engineers, who would like to imitate it – not for scaring people, but for creating a material that unfolds rapidly. Read what they say:“When the hagfish create this slime, they do so in an incredibly efficient way in that the amount of material they put into the water grows in a volume by a factor of up to 10,000 to make the final slimy gel,” Ewoldt explained. “The volumetric increase is astounding and as far as I know untouched by anything else in nature or anything we’ve done as engineers.”The Navy would like to use this technique:“We wanted to investigate the whys behind just how amazingly curious and weird this thing is,” Ewoldt said “The interesting physics and the fact that there is no clear analogy became our motivation for trying to explain it.”The Royal Society Interface publishes results of research that are at the interface of different sciences. In this case, explaining the mysterious hagfish met at the intersection of physics, applied mathematics, and biology.“The hagfish slime doesn’t maintain the same topology while expanding in volume, it really fundamentally changes as threads unravel and its volume increases,” Ewoldt said. “The focus of this study was on this unique mechanism.”The threads of the slime are 100 times thinner than a human hair. They begin wound up like a skein of yarn, research has shown. Surprisingly, it takes flowing water to make it react. It won’t unwind in still water. And when it does unravel, it grows by a factor of 10,000 in milliseconds. That’s not all —While the resulting slime gel is a solid, it is soft enough to take the form of its container, making it almost undetectable by the eye in a bucket of water. It is also strong enough and non-permeable enough to virtually stop the flow of water….“I would love to think more about the material design aspect,” Ewoldt said. “We still haven’t figured out how to make a material like this, which swells up in water and clogs things up in a marine environment.”We can’t duplicate this “material design,” and yet the researchers blindly say that this creature is a product of evolution. Is it, really?Hagfish diagram in New International Encyclopedia, 1905Scare 2: No EvolutionNo other creature has this slime-making ability. There is no line of descent showing where it came from. The hagfish stands unique among marine organisms. The evolutionists at Illinois claim it has lived this way for 300 million years, but they say nothing about how it arose.Now, Live Science reports that a fossil hagfish complete with slime kit has been found for the first time. They claim it is 100 million years old, indicating the slime trick is at least that old. That may be a long way into this creature’s existence, but it’s not the only problem for Darwinism.Eyeless, jawless hagfish — still around today — are bizarre, eel-like, carrion-eating fishes that lick the flesh off dead animals using their spiky tongue-like structures. But their most well-known feature is the sticky slime that they expel for protection.And now, scientists know that hagfish slime is robust enough to leave traces in the fossil record, finding remarkable evidence in a fossilized hagfish skeleton excavated in Lebanon. This new discovery is also prompting researchers to redefine the hagfish’s relationship to other ancient fish and to all animals with backbones.To say the evidence will “redefine” its evolutionary relationship may be an improvement on claiming it “sheds light on evolution.” But the article does shed light on the fact that evolutionists have been debating for decades where to put these creatures on the Darwinian ‘tree of life.’ Reporter Mindy Waisberger admits, “Hagfish that lived 100 million years ago had the same slime-producing abilities as modern hagfish.”There’s more spookiness in this particular fossil to frighten Darwinians:Hagfish fossils are scarce, and this specimen — an “unequivocal fossil hagfish” — is exceptionally detailed with lots of soft tissue preserved.An expert blames the lack of fossil evidence on the fact that these slippery sausage-like fish don’t have hard parts, like bones and hard teeth. He says, “it’s really difficult for them to get preserved into the fossil record.” But surely to be preserved at all, this specimen had to be buried rapidly. Additionally,  more and more fossils are showing fossil tissue preservation, including fossil jellyfish. Soft tissue remains have been found all across the geological record.Here is a creature that appears with its unique capabilities fully formed, at least 100 million Darwin Years ago. With all this fright going on, the evolutionists try to compose themselves with some psychotherapy. They repeat the mantra, “It evolved.” No evidence required. Watch the therapy session for PTSD caused by this scary anomaly:Hagfish are so weird that they have long been seen as “the odd ones out” on the fish family tree, the sole occupants of a lonely branch, Miyashita said. Because their fossils are so scarce, it’s unclear how long ago hagfish diverged from the common ancestor they shared with all other fishes (and subsequently, all vertebrates).But the new fossil shows that hagfish 100 million years ago were remarkably similar to hagfish today, suggesting that their specialized features accumulated gradually over time. If so, rather than being a more primitive “cousin” to other fish, hagfish should be grouped together with long-bodied lampreys, the study authors reported. In clarifying these relationships, scientists develop a more detailed picture of how creatures with backbones evolved, Miyashita said.“Where we place hagfish makes a difference to how we think about our own ancestors, more than 500 million years ago,” he added.Thus they turn the absence of evidence into evidence for evolution. How long have they been debating where to put this scary creature? “This rare find also provides a clearer picture of where these oddball, slime-producing fish belong on the tree of life, perhaps helping to settle a scientific debate spanning centuries,” the evolutionist says.The therapy session may have helped the evolutionists feel better, but did it really help biological understanding of fish? Did it really settle the debate? Did it provide a clearer picture of marine biology? To believe the latest “suggestion” that it belongs with lampreys, they have to believe that the amazing material expansion, which human engineers cannot duplicate, happened by chance in this one lineage of fish, millions of Darwin Years after lampreys that don’t have it. They have to believe this specimen was buried almost instantly, before it rotted, and never suffered bioturbation for 100 million years.The mantra may help evolutionists feel better, but it’s a slimy way to explain something.(Visited 1,047 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe muscles in the lower leg are divided into several compartments. The muscles in the anterior compartment include the tibialis anterior, extensor halluscis longus, extensor digitorum longus, and peroneous tertius. This group of muscle primarily extends the toes and dorsiflexes the ankle. When there is inflammation in the anterior compartment a painful condition called shinsplints can occur.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday paid tribute to Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary.Paying floral tributes to BSP founder Kanshi Ram, Mayawati said that the biggest tribute to him would be to get “good results” in the Lok Sabha elections. “Different political parties are paying tribute to Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary despite the model code of conduct,” the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told reporters. She thanked the other political parties for saluting Kanshi Ram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”I also want to tell the people of our party that this time his birth anniversary has fallen at a time when the schedule of the Lok Sabha elections has been announced,” she said. “If the workers of our party across the country work cautiously against the nefarious design of the opposition parties and bring a good result, then it would be the real rich tribute to Kanshi Ramji,” she said. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, “A tribute to the leader Kanshi Ramji, a great thinker, who raised the political and social consciousness, on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, we shall fulfill his dreams of social justice.” The BSP, the SP and the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal will fight the April-May Lok Sabha elections as allies.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah Saturday cited Sam Pitroda’s comments to accuse the Congress of “insulting” martyrdom of soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack and asserted that only his party can ensure the country’s security. In a fresh offensive against the Congress a day after its leader Pitroda questioned the government’s aggressive action against Pakistan, Shah asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to apologise to people and armed forces for these comments. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Speaking to media, Shah said Pitroda’s statement conveyed that the Pulwama terror attack was a “routine” incident carried out by a few people for which Pakistan cannot be blamed, as the BJP chief asked Gandhi to make his party’s stand clear on the issue. Pitroda, he added, also questioned surgical strikes and air strikes by the Indian armed forces. “Does the Congress believe that terror incidents in the country have nothing to do with the Pakistan government or Pakistan Army?” Shah asked, seeking Gandhi’s response. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Pitroda is Indian Overseas Congress chief and is seen to be one of the key advisers to Gandhi. His comments, including that one cannot “jump on entire nation” (Pakistan) just because some people from there “came here and attacked” in reference to Pulwama terror attack, were Friday seized on by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the BJP’s all-out attack against the Congress on the issues of terrorism. Keeping the heat on the opposition party on the issues of terrorism and nationalism in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said Saturday the Congress is known for “vote bank” and “appeasement” politics during election and asked if such politics can be above national interest and the “blood of martyrs”. The BJP president then drew a comparison between the Congress-led UPA dispensation’s “no strong action” against terrorism and the Modi government’s “zero tolerance” against it to assert that only the saffron party is capable of securing India. “I want to reassure people of this country that only the BJP can provide security to the country, can give a befitting response to terrorism and can foil Pakistan’s conspiracy,” he said. The Modi government has succeeded in isolating Pakistan internationally and the morale of security forces is sky high, he said. Shah said the Congress president on March 7 had said that questions raised on air strikes should be answered. “But whose questions he wants to be answered and who raising questions on Indian Air Force. Who do you support? It is not proper for the national president of a party to raise such questions and doubt the IAF,” he said. Attacking Gandhi, he added, “When anti-national slogans were raised in JNU you called it freedom of expression and you also went there in their support. This is an example of your abhorrent vote bank politics”. The BJP president also rejected the Congress distancing itself from Pitroda’s comments by terming them as his personal views, as he wondered “what is personal view in politics”. People have seen through the Congress’ “strategy” of running an orchestrated campaign like this for vote bank politics and have been distancing themselves from it, Shah said in a swipe at the opposition party. He cited past controversial comments of several Congress leaders – including B K Hariprasad, Kapil Sibal, Digvijay Singh and Sandeep Dikshit among others – from which their party had disassociated itself, and claimed that it is part of Gandhi’s politics. The Congress president should tender an apology without any delay, he demanded. Citing Pitroda’s comments, Shah said Gandhi should also answer if he believes that armed forces’ actions like surgical strikes and air strikes will not work in dealing with terrorism but dialogue with Pakistan will. Shah said many terror attacks were carried out in the UPA rule government and asked, “If terror attacks shouldn’t be responded with surgical strikes and air strikes, then is this the Congress’ policy to deal with terrorism with talks. You opted for talks but what was the result?” The “Sonia Manmohan” government was in power for 10 years but there was no tough action taken against terrorism because the Congress lacked courage, he claimed.last_img read more

first_imgColombo: The St. Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo bore the brunt of a series of powerful blasts across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday with 74 deaths and a top priest saying pieces of flesh were thrown all over the walls, on the sanctuary and even outside the church. At least 215 people were killed and around 500 others injured when six near simultaneous and coordinated explosions rocked three churches, three luxury hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said. Two separate blasts took place in the afternoon, claiming five more lives, including that of three police personnel. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSri Lankan media reported that the Negombo Hospital has reported at least 74 deaths and received 113 injured worshippers from the Sebastian’s Church. Father Edmond Tillekeratne, social communications director for the Archdiocese of Colombo, spoke to CNN from St. Sebastian’s Church, one of the locations targeted. He said that the blast took place after Easter Mass, and that there were about 30 bodies lying in the area of the church. He said three priests had been celebrating the mass at the time of the blast. Two of them were badly injured by flying glass and debris, and one was only lightly injured because he was behind the altar. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe estimated that more than a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday “because it is a special day.” Many people came from villages, he said. He described the ground as covered in rubble and shattered glass. “You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls and on the sanctuary and even outside of the church,” he added. The church, built in 1946, is one of the many churches in Sri Lanka dedicated to St Sebastian who is considered a martyr in the Catholic Church history. At the St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, journalists saw bodies lying on the floor, some draped with scarves and clothes. Reports say said much of the church roof had been blown off in the explosion, with tiles, glass and splintered wood littering the floor — along with pools of blood. The Archbishop of Colombo has demanded that those responsible for the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka to be punished “mercilessly.” Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in a strong statement, urged the government to launch a “very impartial strong inquiry” and to punish those found responsible “mercilessly because only animals can behave like that.” All Easter mass in the Colombo District have been cancelled, the Cardinal announced. The Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, which was the site of one of the explosions, released a statement, saying it was one of the several locations in Colombo which were affected by this morning’s attacks. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the casualties and those who have been affected. “We are working closely with local authorities and emergency services to provide our fullest assistance and support to the affected staff and guests. “Our immediate priority is to look after the safety and wellbeing of all involved. A Shangri-La crisis management team has been activated to provide all necessary support. “As this is an active investigation, we are unable to comment further at this stage. We will provide an update once more information is available,” the hotel said.last_img read more

Gauging the value of center Tyson Chandler has never been the easiest basketball exercise.The 17-year veteran has made his name in the NBA as a stellar rim protector, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. But looking solely at his work on the defensive side of the ball would be selling him a bit short, given how well he has served as a lob specialist and a vertical floor-spacer in pick-and-roll situations.And then, of course, there’s the fact that Chandler — the newest member of the Lakers after a buyout from the Phoenix Suns — is perhaps the best player in NBA history at securing rebounds … without actually securing them.The cerebral 36-year-old has long excelled at what should be known as Tyson Tapbacks: volleyball-like plays in which he swats his club’s misfires toward half-court, where his teammates are more likely to come up with the ball. FiveThirtyEight reviewed every offensive rebound Chandler has obtained since the start of the 2013-14 season1Regular season only. and found that he has generated at least 140 tapbacks in that span. In other words, about 15 percent of his offensive boards during the past five-plus years have stemmed from this play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The natural question, of course, is how someone would become so good at such a counterintuitive skill, given that players would obviously prefer to grab misses with both hands. Chandler has suggested that he stumbled onto the strategy.“Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2With this in mind, FiveThirtyEight’s analysis covers only plays in which Chandler was credited with having snagged an offensive rebound.Chandler, who’s used this method for the better part of a decade, isn’t alone with his unusual, hard-to-track rebounding style. The move is a distant cousin of a strategy employed by Hall of Famer and NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, who would often tip rebounds to himself while in traffic until he could secure the ball. Retired Pistons star Ben Wallace, also one of the best rebounders of all time, used the strategy every so often, too. And players like Brook and Robin Lopez have collected defensive accolades in recent years despite grabbing relatively few boards because they box out so well — an unselfish approach that boosts their teammates’ rebounding stats.Chandler certainly doesn’t lack ability as a traditional offensive rebounder. He’s still elite at generating offense from teammates’ misses — his career offensive rebound percentage ranks third among active players — and he has finished in the NBA’s top 10 in putback frequency3Tracking the share of a player’s offense that stems from a shot attempt immediately after securing an offensive rebound. Minimum of 75 putback possessions required. each of the past three seasons, according to Synergy Sports.It’s worth noting that not all of Chandler’s tapback efforts will be successful. (Laker fans, of course, have fond memories of the sport’s most infamous tapback, when Vlade Divac tipped the ball out to Robert Horry, who hit a game-winning three in the Western Conference finals.) Every now and then, he may toss one out of bounds by mistake, or throw one into the hands of a defensive player who happens to be in better position than one of Chandler’s teammates.But there are indications that Chandler’s tapback rebounds may carry a bit more weight than a typical offensive rebound.Chandler has already displayed clutch timing with his signature play — he’s come up with huge tapbacks already for the Lakers in the last four minutes of games against Miami, Atlanta and Minnesota. But the play also often creates high-value shots for teammates because of how flustered it leaves opponents, who have already crashed the defensive glass and aren’t in ideal position to run out and contest perimeter shooters.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An analysis of Big Data Ball play-by-play logs shows that the offensively challenged Suns launched shot attempts a tenth of a second quicker than league average — and shot 3 points of effective field goal percentage better than usual4Going from a 43.4 percent effective field goal rate to a 46.5 percent effective field goal rate. — following a nonputback offensive rebound while Chandler was on the court5So excluding attempts that were within 2 feet of the basket or within 2 seconds of the offensive board. last season. The improved efficiency may have been at least partly due to the extra space shooters enjoyed from Chandler’s occasional tapbacks.And while the one-time All-Star has already proven his worth to the Lakers, who have gone 5-1 since signing Chandler, there are reasons to think that they could benefit from more of the Tyson Tapback. Entering Tuesday night, the club ranked ninth in jump-shooting6Meaning shots ranging from 10 to 35 feet. efficiency when the closest defender was at least 4 feet away. By contrast, the Lakers rank 21st when defenders are any closer than that, according to Second Spectrum. So it might be best for Los Angeles to get more open looks from outside.With time, the Lakers could even benefit from better understanding Chandler’s tapback patterns. In December 2012, Chandler told his teammates on the Knicks during a late-game timeout against the Nets to be prepared for him to tap the ball toward the perimeter on a miss.“I told the guys before we went out there I was getting grabbed and held down. I said, ‘I can’t come up with the rebound, so be ready. Don’t run away so quick because I’m probably going to get my hands on it and tap it out. So be ready to retrieve it,’” he said. Then, like clockwork, Chandler tapped out a rebound to get the Knicks an extra possession, and Jason Kidd — who had won the 2011 title in Dallas with Chandler — hit a game-winning triple on the next sequence.So while Chandler’s 3 points per game might make it easy to overlook his impact on that side of the ball, keep in mind that his value — even on the offensive end — generally goes far beyond that.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

first_img May 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:24 PM City leaders announce proposed restrictions on foam containers Ed Lenderman, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (CNS) – City Councilman Chris Ward today introduced a proposal to ban products made with Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene, in San Diego, citing adverse effects on local waterways and the coastline.The proposal would restrict the sale and distribution of food service wares, fish and meat trays, egg cartons, coolers and beach toys made with expanded polystyrene, also called EPS. Take-out food containers made with the plastic foam would also become restricted.EPS threatens the health of San Diegans, wildlife and critical industries, Ward said at a news conference, where he was flanked by City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, environmental advocates and business leaders.“It’s time San Diego joins over a hundred cities throughout California that have already banned these harmful environmental pollutants and moves forward toward a more sustainable future,” he said.EPS doesn’t biodegrade for hundreds of years. Instead, it “photodegrades,” breaking down into small pieces that marine wildlife mistake for food.The material is one of the most abundant forms of marine and terrestrial litter.“Our growing reliance on disposable plastic to fuel our `culture of convenience’ is not without cost. Globally, an average of eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean,” said Roger Kube, a policy adviser with the 5 Gyres Institute. “Once there, sunlight and currents shred plastic debris into smaller particles called microplastics, which absorb and concentrate toxic chemicals up the marine food chain and into our bodies. From plankton to fish, and to humans that eat seafood, plastic pollution is changing the very chemistry of life.”Volunteers with the Surfrider Foundation collected 12,575 pieces of EPS-related waste from local beaches in 2017, according to Michael Torti, executive committee chair of the environmental advocacy nonprofit’s San Diego chapter.The ordinance introduced Thursday would mandate the city’s Environmental Services Department to provide a list of safe and affordable alternatives to EPS products. Staff would also develop a process to phase implementation of new rules to limit the impact on small businesses.In a formal memo, Ward requested the City Council’s Rules Committee consider his proposed ordinance. Posted: May 31, 2018 Ed Lenderman last_img