In the predawn hours of June 21, explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia shook houses, sent fireballs into the air and woke up nearby residents.”Three loud explosions, one after the other, boom, boom boom!” says David Masur, who lives about two miles from the plant and has two young kids. “It’s a little nerve-wracking.”Masur watched as the refinery spewed black smoke above the city, easily visible from his home. But what he didn’t know at the time was just how close he and his family came to getting exposed to hydrogen fluoride, one of the deadliest chemicals used by refiners and other industrial manufacturers.Philadelphia Energy Solutions knows that’s a possibility. Its worst-case disaster scenario includes 143,262 pounds of hydrogen fluoride released over 10 minutes, which could travel as a toxic cloud for more than 7 miles and impact more than a million people, including in schools, homes, hospitals, prisons, playgrounds, parks and a wildlife sanctuary. City, state and federal officials say none of the air monitors in or around the refinery — or the air samples collected by the city’s health department — detected the chemical, often referred to as HF. And a spokeswoman for Philadelphia Energy Solutions says no workers were exposed.The explosion destroyed the refinery’s alkylation unit, where crude oil is converted to high octane gas, and led to the planned closure of the financially troubled plant.But two other refineries in the Philadelphia region also use HF, as do some four dozen around the country. The Philadelphia explosions, along with similar accidents in the past four years, are reviving concerns about inadequate safety measures and calls to end the use of the deadly chemical. A string of ‘near misses’A 2013 report released by the United Steelworkers, the union that represents refinery workers, warned that facilities using HF don’t have adequate safety measures in place and are unprepared for a release. It said this puts 12,000 workers and 13 million residents at risk of exposure, including in major metropolitan areas like Houston, Memphis and Salt Lake City. It also pointed to 131 “HF-related incidents or near misses” in the three years preceding the publication of the report and called for phasing out the use of hydrogen fluoride.For those who know deeply about the dangers of HF, the news of the PES refinery explosion struck a terrifying chord that echoed beyond the clouds of black smoke visible to TV viewers nationwide.”Don’t look at it and say, ‘Man, a nuclear bomb went off and nothing was released, so that must mean it’s safe,'” says engineer and activist Sally Hayati. “No, that just means the fortuitous outcome of this just happened to be such that it wasn’t released. You could have had tens of thousands of people die.”Hayati lives near a refinery in suburban Los Angeles and is active with the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance. In 2015, at what was then the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, an explosion sent an 80,000 pound piece of equipment flying and it landed just a few feet from a tank full of HF.Hayati says a release of HF from the Torrance facility, like the refineries in the Philadelphia area, would be difficult to flee. “There’s no place to evacuate to, and there would be no time,” she says. The Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that investigated the incident in Torrance, criticized ExxonMobil’s outdated equipment and poor safety procedures. ExxonMobil said it followed “stringent safety measures,” and there was no evidence that the explosion posed a risk to the community. The refinery is now owned by PBF Energy.Hayati says her group is pushing to ban HF, but industry opposes the effort.A toxic cloud at a Nevada test siteThe definitive experiment on the release of hydrofluoric acid was done back in 1986, and it did not go well. The oil company Amoco requested the test. It was building a refinery in Texas and hoping to use a system of ponds to help mitigate any leaks of hydrogen fluoride. Ron Koopman conducted the experiment. He’s a physicist and expert on chemical safety, and worked as a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 36 years. He says when about 1,000 gallons of HF were released in the Nevada desert test site, the results were shocking. The HF turned into an expanding vapor cloud. A terrifying video of the experiment shows white billowing clouds of the toxin getting larger and moving rapidly along the ground. Koopman says deadly concentrations of HF traveled for miles.”How many times do we try this before we actually get a release that kills 1,000 people?” Koopman said in an interview with NPR. “People should never have been allowed to live this close to these refineries. It’s just unconscionable to have allowed that to happen.”Koopman says those exposed to HF die a horrible death. The chemical penetrates the skin and reacts with calcium in bones. Swallowing just a small amount, or getting small splashes on the skin, can be fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its gaseous state, the CDC says low levels can irritate the eyes, nose and respiratory tract. Breathing it at high levels “can cause death from an irregular heartbeat or fluid buildup in the lungs.” The best way to mitigate an HF release is to spray water on it. The PES refinery also employed a safety system that quickly drained an impacted tank of HF into an emergency vessel that was on standby. A worker at the plant told The Philadelphia Inquirer that’s what saved the surrounding community from potentially deadly impacts.Koopman says so far, it’s pure luck that there haven’t been more fatalities from HF releases. He thinks that’s because most of the releases were caused by explosions or fires, which force the HF above ground level, where it can mix with air and reduce the hazard. In such a case, Koopman says, it’s possible HF could be released but not measured by any monitors near the ground.Questions about risk management plansThe Environmental Protection Agency requires refineries to file worst-case scenarios for the release of toxic chemicals as part of their risk management plans. But it’s not easy for nearby residents to find out what they are. The plans are technically public information but are only available to view at 10 regional EPA offices across the country (including one in Philadelphia), and the agency does not allow the plans to be photocopied.Just two months before the South Philadelphia explosion, the Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency that has authority to investigate industrial accidents, urged the EPA to review its risk management plans and consider if they are sufficient. The EPA’s last study of them was in 1993.The letter referenced the 2015 Torrance, Calif., explosion, as well as a 2018 explosion and fire at the Husky refinery in Superior, Wis. In that case, debris did not hit the HF storage tanks, but it did puncture a nearby asphalt storage tank. Eleven refinery and contract workers were injured, and parts of the town were evacuated for fear of an HF release. The mayor of Superior and the mayor of nearby Duluth, Minn., have called on the refinery to stop using HF. Refinery owners point out that of the HF used nationwide, only 2-4% is used in alkylation units. But Daniel Horowitz, a former managing director at the Chemical Safety Board, says the other uses — including in refrigeration and electronics manufacturing— don’t store as much HF on site, and they’re not in such close proximity to highly flammable hydrocarbons.The Obama administration boosted protections around the accidental release of toxic chemicals and emergency response. President Trump’s EPA tried to delay that, and then in 2018 proposed rolling back some parts of the rule, including the requirement for industry to assess safer alternatives.Possible alternativesThe industry defends its use of hydrogen fluoride.The American Petroleum Institute says HF has been used safely since World War II, with minimum off-site impacts and no off-site fatalities. API spokesman Scott Lauermann says the industry’s top priority is protecting the health and safety of employees and communities.”In addition to oversight from multiple government agencies, refineries also adhere to strict operational standards designed to further mitigate risk and assure safe operations,” he said in a statement. About 50 refineries across the country do not use HF in their alkylation units, but instead use sulfuric acid. That’s considered safer because if released, it will pool as a liquid at ground level. But it’s expensive for refineries to convert from HF to sulfuric acid.The chemical company Honeywell says its “plant design, operating practices and safety equipment” also promote the safe use of hydrogen fluoride.But Honeywell is also developing another possible alternative to HF, which it calls ISOALKY, that could be used in newly built refineries. A Chinese company recently announced it would use it. One advantage, according to Honeywell, is that the ionic liquid catalyst has zero vapor pressure, so a leak would result in the liquid simply pooling on the ground.Ongoing investigationsSeveral state and federal agencies continue to investigate what happened at the Philadelphia refinery, but the results could take months. Kristen Kulinowski, the Chemical Safety Board’s interim executive authority, says the board will also investigate. It wants to know whether “there was a potential for release of HF,” she says, “and the changes that need to happen to prevent this from happening again.” For nearby residents like David Masur, it was a wake-up call. Some people got a text message from the city’s emergency management office telling them to shelter in place, but Masur says he lives two blocks too far from the plant for that warning.He’s not sure huddling in the basement with duct tape on “every single crack or crevice” is the best option. But he’s also not sure about the alternative.”It’s 4 a.m.,” he says. “What do I do? Drive with a million other people over the Walt Whitman bridge?”NPR’s Rebecca Hersher contributed to this story. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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Walker’s Lounge would open at 626 S. 5th St.Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pmA new small plate restaurant and live music venue is in the works for a historic building in Walker’s Point.Walker’s Lounge & Events LLC would take over the 6,000-square-foot ground floor of a two-story structure at 626 S. 5th St., according to a license application recently filed with the City of Milwaukee.The building, which is located adjacent to Fuel Cafe, has been vacant for several years, but has been home to multiple taverns and bars. Owner Felipe Martinez wants to open the concept by July. He said it would focus on Latin-inspired cuisine, initially serving dinner, weekend brunch and weekday happy hour specials.Live music will also be a mainstay. Martinez plans to bring in local Latin jazz and cover bands to perform on Thursday through Sunday nights and during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Happy hour, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, will feature a DJ and mellow music, he said.With a 350-person capacity, Walker’s Lounge & Events would also function as a private event venue for weddings and other large functions.Martinez also owns and operates Flip N’ Styles barber shop and salon, both located nearby in Walker’s Point. He said the new concept will appeal to the clientele he has built at the other two businesses.“We have a very diverse clientele and staff and I got feedback from them about what’s in the area and what’s not in the area,” he said.Some of those customers are artists and musicians who Martinez plans to collaborate with when he opens the venue, saying it will be a spot that brings everyone together.“They wanted somewhere to meet or have a sit-down meal, but the music is not too loud– somewhere that has everything in one place,” he said.Martinez is currently updating the space, making repairs to the walls, bathrooms and electrical and installing brand new kitchen equipment.He hopes the licensing process will be complete in time for a July opening– otherwise Walker’s Lounge will open in September. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
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Hank Williams (Image: Twitter)Tech entrepreneur Hank Williams, who founded ClickRadio online music service, Kloudco data management platform; and Platform.org, a nonprofit group dedicated to fostering interest in tech among minority groups, passed away last week after a brief stay at Beth Israel Medical Center, reports USA Today. [Related: Multi-Culti Coalition Demands a Seat at the Table During Tech Diversity Forum]Williams, a New York City resident, was an African American pioneer in the tech industry. He discussed his motivation for creating Platform.org with BlackEnterprise.com in 2013:“If all the significant growth that we expect going forward is coming from fields in which vast blocks of people have no participation or engagement, then we are heading for trouble,â€ he said at the time.Platform.org partnered with Morehouse College and Level Playing Field Institute to increase the number of minority high-school and college students in computer science programs.The Los Angeles Times reports that Williams was born in New York City on Dec. 1, 1964. He grew up in Harlem and graduated from a boarding school in Connecticut before studying computer science at the University of Pennsylvania.A contemporary of other African American tech entrepreneurs and innovators including Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton, Williams was one of eight minority entrepreneurs CNN followed in 2011 as they pitched venture capitalists for funding. The result was chronicled in the documentary “The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley,â€ according to the LA Times article.As a guest writer for USA Today, Williams was an early critic of the lack of diversity in tech. “The market makers operate in a world that is not particularly evenhanded,â€ he said in a 2011 essay for CNN. “This part of the tech world is driven by all the same biases that exist in the non-tech world. And it is much harder for even the most talented African Americans in the tech world to gain access to influential, insightful, connected mentors, let alone investors.â€Williams leaves behind his wife, Mayida Zaal; daughter, Imani; mother, Elaine Williams; and stepfather Alan Feigenbaum.His last tweet reflected his life-long mission and accomplishments. It was a re-tweet praising Mark S. Luckie’s account of being one of the few African Americans employed by Twitter.Incredible courage & honesty from @marksluckie on being one of Twitter’s few Black employees. https://t.co/o1QLDiBWiS pic.twitter.com/BXoCvigNlb– Anil Dash (@anildash) September 15, 2015 What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/diversity-in-tech-advocate-and-entrepreneur-hank-williams-passes-away/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/diversity-in-tech-advocate-and-entrepreneur-hank-williams-passes-away/
By CARP RomaniaOn the September 24th, 2016, we participated in a national cleaning day together with “Let’s do it, Romania” team. This service project is organized every year all across the country and invites people of all ages to actively involved in cleaning and protecting the environment. The purpose of the activity was to educate and bring awareness to the people about the responsibility we need to take towards the Creation as True Owners of all things.The “Let’s do it, Romania” team provided us with gloves and trash bags and Carp team chose Plumbuita park as the location of our mission. Nine people participated from Romania CARP. Together we showed example for the people in the park on how we should care about our surroundings. We positively influenced people present in the park as we poured out our best effort to restore the park to its original state.The participants have proved their determination in the most difficult areas to clean, they practiced self-denial and sacrificial heart in order to bring order and harmony in our surroundings.In teams we discussed about our human portion of responsibility towards the Creation. The meaning of true ownership is caring and protecting all things that God has left for us.The activity itself proved to be an important lesson especially for the involved members as we remembered that change must start in ourselves first. The team atmosphere was joyful, everyone was serious about the given responsibility and the main focus was to concentrate on fulfilling our portion of responsibility regarding what was before us and what will come after us.The project was a success. We could bring internal and external victory for God and True Parents.
Prepared by FFWPU USADetermined to make True Mother’s upcoming message, “Peace Starts with Me” a success, six Cheon Il Guk missionaries from Japan flew into New York on Monday evening to spread the word about the Madison Square Garden event and True Mother’s heart for America.The six missionaries were among the 120 Unificationists who were personally invited by True Mother to the Madison Square Garden event in their last visit to Las Vegas. Moved by True Mother’s decision to speak at the heart of New York City, the missionaries spoke of the significance of the upcoming message. Miho Shimamoto remarked, “America is like a parent to the rest of the world, so True Mother’s decision to offer victory in America is like offering victory for the entire world.” She continued, “So, as missionaries, we want to do our best to support her.”The missionaries have visited Christian churches all over New York City. Tamami Nozoe explained the inspiration for this plan: “True Mother really wants to love the Christian people. So, we also want to love them and we really hope that they can hear True Mother’s speech.”She also explained her desire to show who True Parents are: “True Parents are our parents. They have reminded America about God’s word many times and in many ways. I want to share with the American people how much True Parents have loved them, and I want to love them like True Parents have.“A fellow missionary, Saori Fuse, began to cry as she reflected on this opportunity: “I have received so much love from Mother. I am so grateful—because of Mother, we were born as Unificationists, and now we are here in New York to share True Parents’ teachings. I want to take all the love she has given to us and continue to give love in her place.”
By Rosemarie Leja (English-Catriona Valenta)4 October was the 36th wedding anniversary of several couples from the Giessen and Frankfurt communities; in October 1982 these couples had participated in a ceremony of marriage in Korea, along with many more couples from all over the world. The opportunity was taken to use this anniversary to expand the understanding of the marriage Blessing which is the most significant sacrament of the Family Federation for World Peace.In his presentation, Claus Dubisz explained the deep significance of marriage and the family and its effect on society and the world. It is in the family that we develop the ability to love. We learn to give and receive; this requires effort since it is through facing difficult situations and embracing challenging personalities that we mature. This trains our ability to love which then expands beyond the family and affects society at large. In short, the family is a school of love. It is also about spiritual growth, engaging our talents and investing ourselves in our own personal way to contribute to a better world.Claus ended his presentation by stressing that everyone can make a new start through the marriage Blessing. The marriage Blessing of the FFWPU is international and interreligious and thus not confined to any religion.The opportunity was then offered to participate on the spot in this Blessing. Claus Dubisz and Christian and Glenys Claus led all who wished to do so, step by step through the Blessing ceremony. This was a very solemn and uplifting moment.Then followed very personal reports from the couples Resch and Hoffmann about their experiences as a couple and a family. Lisbeth Resch hit the nail on the head with her remark: „I am working every day for world peace, when I practice love and diplomacy-in my own family. “The choir „Heimatklang“ , led by Olga Kalasch rounded off the festivities with German and Russian songs, rendered with much heart and passion and Tamara Dukhownaja sang a wonderful solo.We then enjoyed a tasty international buffet to which all had contributed dishes, and those who stayed on longer had the pleasure of being entertained by our group of musicians, supported by the talented young artist, Laureen Mobo.
The turnout was incredible. It included everyone from tech execs like Spotify’s Troy Carter, Uber’s Bozoma St. John, and Blavity’s Morgan DeBaun to entertainers like Too Short to Chamillionaire, who are both now heavily immersed into the tech scene. Additionally, surprise guest Lauryn Hill showed up and spoke on the presence of sub-cultures and how these very separate worlds are finally starting to blend. Of course, there was also a multitude of athletes in tow.“My thought process is to just educate athletes and people around me about what is really going on, especially basketball players,” Brown told Undefeated. “A lot of people wait until the end of their careers to really get things going. I thought it would be more beneficial to start early, put your foot in the door and start educating yourself because technology investments are where the real money is at.”DeBaun and Boz talked about receipts and why working so hard and taking ownership of your work is extremely important. “We don’t get the credit that we deserve for the accomplishments that we have enacted, for the culture shifts that we have made, for the trends that we have set so, I often brag about the things that we have done.”(Morgan DeBaun, Blavity; Erik Moore, Base Ventures; Bozoma St. John, Uber. Image: Base Ventures)“This conference was important for us to do for two reasons, to continue the narrative around the brilliance of one of the NBA’s brightest stars, Jaylen Brown,” stated Erik Moore. “Jaylen interned for me…he’s a deep thinker and wise beyond his years. That narrative includes this young 21-year-old man at the very beginning of his promising professional career as an NBA star proactively thinking about and moving towards what’s next for him when the ball stops.”“Secondly,” Moore continued, “to highlight the deep connections that I enjoy as the head of Base Ventures…the fact that I was able to get such an august and professionally diverse group of leaders together to participate in our conference speaks to the positive results of 20+ years of networking in Silicon Valley and beyond: David Krane, Bozoma Saint John, Troy Carter, Morgan DeBaun, Lauryn Hill, Too Short, Rick Marini and Isiah Thomas were all amazing additions to the conversation.” Base Ventures recently partnered with Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown to create “Tech Hustle,” a technology event that combined sports, business, and entertainment. The invite-only event was brought to Los Angeles this past Saturday during All-Star Weekend. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/base-ventures-and-boston-celtics-jaylen-brown-bring-tech-hustle-to-all-star-weekend/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/base-ventures-and-boston-celtics-jaylen-brown-bring-tech-hustle-to-all-star-weekend/ (Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics, Stephen Pagliuca, Co-Owner of the Celtics and Chairman of Bain Capital, Erik Moore. Image: Base Ventures) C. Sylvia and Eddie C. BrownNational Rotisserie Chicken DayJamie Foster Brown
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