Vermont opposes president’s efforts to stall energy efficiency standards

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that the State of Vermont joined two multi-state actions to force the US Department of Energy (DOE) to finalize energy conservation standards for several consumer and commercial products. Efficiency standards are crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money for consumers. The standards apply to items such as ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and commercial boilers.“The delay of these common-sense efficiency standards is going to have a negative effect on the environment and Vermonters wallets,” said Attorney General Donovan. The DOE published new energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans as a final rule on January 19, 2017, with an effective date for the rule of March 20, 2017. The President’s Administration has since delayed the rule’s effective date twice – most recently pushing it back to September 30, 2017– asserting that seeking public input on the delay would be “impractical, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest.”The six standards being blocked by DOE offer dramatic air pollution reductions, as well as energy- and cost-savings to consumers and businesses. According to DOE estimates, the standards would combine to eliminate emissions of 292 million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, 734 thousand tons of the pollution that creates soot and smog, 1.2 million tons of the potent climate change pollutant methane, and over 1,000 pounds of highly-toxic mercury, over a 30-year period. Over this same period, the Appliance Standard Awareness Project estimates that the efficiency standards would together save over 443 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of over 36 million households. The DOE itself estimates that the six standards would provide net savings to consumers and businesses of approximately $23.8 billion.In addition to Vermont, the coalition of states filing a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, challenging the delay on efficiency standards for ceiling fans includes the Attorneys General of the states of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the City of New York. The same coalition, plus the Attorney General of Maryland, is sending a 60-day notice of intention to sue to the DOE regarding the other standards.Related documents:Petition for Review (3/31/17)(link is external)Notice of Intent letter to DOE Secretary Perry (4/3/17)(link is external)Vermont AG: April 7, 2017last_img read more

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Spotted in NEJC: More hawks on the roam

first_imgTaylor Bennett reports this red-shouldered hawk above flew right over the family dachshund last week just before this picture was taken.Carol Tucker also sent in the hawk picture below. Her comment was that this is probably the reason for a lack of birds in the backyard recently.last_img

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Gophers softball begins head coaching search

first_imgGophers softball begins head coaching searchThe Gophers have a void to fill after the sudden departure of head coach Jamie Trachsel. Nolan O’HaraApril 30, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGallery|15 PhotosCourtney DeutzThe Gopher softball team stands during the national anthem on Saturday, May 18 at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat the University of Georgia 2-1.A spring break series in Hawaii, a canceled season and now a head coaching search. It’s been a whirlwind last two months for the Gophers softball team. On April 23, in the midst of an already uncertain time, reports emerged that head coach Jamie Trachsel would be leaving Minnesota to become the next head coach at Ole Miss. A day later, the University athletic department confirmed Trachsel’s resignation. In a press release, Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced the University has already identified “several candidates” to fill the void left after Trachsel’s sudden departure. Here’s a list of six possible candidates.Piper Ritter — Assistant coach, University of MinnesotaThe Gophers may not have to look far to find a replacement. Ritter has been with Minnesota for 13 seasons as the pitching coach, developing pitchers the likes of Briana Hassett, Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen and most recently Amber Fiser. In the shortened 2020 season, Fiser’s dominance in the circle continued, posting a 2.17 ERA and racking up 145 strikeouts. In her first season at Minnesota, sophomore Autumn Pease posted a 2.12 ERA with 62 strikeouts on the year. Given the Gophers’ pitching strength in recent years and Ritter’s already established relationship with Fiser, Pease and the rest of the team, it would make sense if Minnesota decided to go with the inside hire. Jessica Merchant — Associate head coach, StanfordMerchant spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University under former Minnesota and current Stanford head coach Jessica Allister. Allister led the Gophers prior to Trachsel’s tenure, and together in their seven seasons, Merchant and Allister guided the Gophers to a 290-107 record. Notably, Merchant and Allister directed the Gophers to a program best 56-5 record in 2017. Merchant, an offensive-minded coach, would work directly with the strong bats of sophomores Natalie DenHartog and Emily Hansen, junior Hope Brandner, freshman Sydney Strelow and senior MaKenna Partain if she decides to return in 2021. Given her previous success at the University and familiarity with the upperclassmen on the roster, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Merchant take the helm as the next Gophers’ softball coach. Gretta Melsted — Head coach, Augustana  While Melsted has spent 15 seasons as the head coach of Augustana, she will likely be on the list to take over for the Gophers in 2021. An Albert Lea native, Melsted has led Augustana to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Division II National Championship victory in 2019. Her consistent success as a head coach at the Division II level may not be as visible as some on the Division I level, but after 15 seasons, it certainly isn’t a fluke. John Tschida — Head coach, St. ThomasA long-tenured and the all-time winningest (highest win percentage) Division III coach, Tschida has spent 20 seasons at the helm at St. Thomas. In that time, he has guided St. Thomas to a 766-139 record, making six College World Series appearances and winning two national titles. Prior to his tenure at St. Thomas, Tschida spent 10 seasons coaching at St. Mary’s, leading them to a national title in 2000. He was the first coach to win NCAA championships at two schools. Overall, Tschida has a 974-183 record in his coaching career. His resume speaks for itself. Darren Mueller — Head coach, North Dakota State UniversityAnother long-tenured coach, Mueller has spent 19 seasons across the western Minnesota border as the head coach at NDSU. In 2009, NDSU made the jump to Division I, and Mueller was ready. NDSU reached the NCAA Super Regional that season and has won 10 Summit League tournament championships in the last 12 seasons. Mueller has a 654-366 record in his time at NDSU. Perhaps after 19 seasons, Mueller is looking for a new opportunity. Jen Walter — Head coach, University of Minnesota-Duluth Walter has led the Bulldogs for the last five seasons and guided UMD to a 156-87 record in that time. Prior to her tenure at UMD, she spent 16 seasons across the street as the head coach of St. Scholastica. In her first season at UMD, she led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in four seasons. Walter is another highly respected Division II coach that could be in the running for the position at Minnesota.last_img read more

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Older and Wiser?

first_imgThe Economist: One stereotype of wisdom is a wizened Zen-master smiling benevolently at the antics of his pupils, while referring to them as little grasshoppers or some such affectation, safe in the knowledge that one day they, too, will have been set on the path that leads to wizened masterhood. But is it true that age brings wisdom? A study two years ago in North America, by Igor Grossmann of the University of Waterloo, in Canada, suggested that it is. In as much as it is possible to quantify wisdom, Dr Grossmann found that elderly Americans had more of it than youngsters. He has, however, now extended his investigation to Asia—the land of the wizened Zen-master—and, in particular, to Japan. There, he found, in contrast to the West, that the grasshoppers are their masters’ equals almost from the beginning.Read the whole story: The Economist More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Alzheimer risk impairs ‘satnav’ function of the brain

first_imgYoung adults with genetically increased Alzheimer’s risk have altered activation patterns in a brain region that is crucial for spatial navigation. This is reported by the team headed by Prof Nikolai Axmacher from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, together with colleagues from the universities of Bonn, Nijmegen and Ulm in the journal Science, which appears on October 23.Entorhinal cortex affected by Alzheimer’s disease at an early stageAlzheimer’s patients suffer from severe memory loss and disorientation. One of the areas affected by the disease at an early stage is a brain region that is crucial for navigation. This brain area, the so-called entorhinal cortex, contains cells that fire in a spatial grid pattern, the grid cells. LinkedIn Pinterest That was shown in animal studies. In 2010, Christian Doeller, presently at Radboud University in Nijmegen, demonstrated that the grid cell system in humans can be recorded indirectly using functional magnetic resonance imaging when the test subjects navigate in a virtual environment.Grid pattern in entorhinal cortex altered in risk carriersNikolai Axmacher, together with his graduate student Lukas Kunz, Christian Doeller and other colleagues from Bonn, Nijmegen und Ulm, applied that method. The team analysed the grid cell system in the entorhinal cortex of young students with and without Alzheimer’s risk genes.“The risk carriers showed a less stable grid pattern in the entorhinal cortex – many decades before they might develop Alzheimer’s dementia,” says Lukas Kunz, who conducted the experiment at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn.Moreover, risk carriers moved less frequently in the centre of the virtual landscape, which indicates an altered navigation strategy. In the risk group, the brain activity in the memory system was generally increased. That might be short-term compensation of the reduced grid pattern, but it may also contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s dementia in the long term, according to the researchers.APOE gene is a risk factorAt present, there is no curative treatment for Alzheimer’s dementia. A potential reason is that drugs are only administered after large parts of the brain have been destroyed. Therefore, current research aims to identify Alzheimer’s dementia early on and to yield a better understanding of early disease stages.The APOE gene appears to play an important role in the development of the disease. One in six people present a risk variant and, accordingly, have a three times higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Examining young adults with the risk version of APOE may thus yield potential insights into very early stages of the disease.Better understanding of early changes in Alzheimer’s dementia“Our studies may contribute to a better understanding of early changes of Alzheimer’s dementia,” says Axmacher. “Now, it has to be verified if such changes also occur in older people at an early stage of Alzheimer’s dementia and if they can be affected by the application of drugs.” Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Share on Twitter Sharelast_img read more

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NOW HIRING: Sales Manager, Catalog Data Analyst Among the Latest Job Openings on the AMN Careers Page

first_imgDeeza Chassis Parts, a technology focused manufacturer of premium chassis parts, is looking for a Sales Manager for its Totowa, N.J., headquarters to grow current company sales throughout the USA. For more information, click here.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement OTHER RECENT JOB POSTINGS: Located in Langhorne, Pa., an automotive parts manufacturing company is looking for a highly motivated and detail-oriented person with experience in the Automotive Cataloging Industry to fill an open position for a Catalog Data Analyst. Local candidates preferred. To learn more, click here. Mitchell 1, a provider of professional repair and business management software solutions for the automotive repair industry, is seeking independent sales representatives to fill open territory positions in the United States and Canada. To learn more, click here. Snap-on Tools is looking for independent sales people interested in controlling and managing all aspects of their franchise. To learn more, click here. An international automotive aftermarket parts importer in business based in Southern California has a position open for a Product/Catalog Manager. For more information on this position, click here. Advertisement Also, a North American friction materials company is looking for an experienced Quality Assurance Manager. To see more details on this job opening, click here. Stay tuned for new, additional job postings in the coming days. If your automotive aftermarket company has an opening it would like to fill, click here to contact Classified Sales Manager Karen Kaim, or call 330-670-1234 x295 for more information on adding your listing to the AMN Careers Page.last_img read more

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The effects of cargo no-shows

first_imgWith the peak season now well underway cargo rollovers are more likely. Whilst freight booked from Asia to Europe was being rolled onto later vessels at the beginning of July, some ships still sailed under capacity as a result of last minute booking cancellations. Drewry reports that according to one cynical carrier, rollovers are only caused by the usual level of cargo no-shows being less than normal – as late cargo delivery cut-offs have become a competitive feature of a carriers’ sales strategy. Phantom bookings add to the problem; a result of forwarders that foresee a strong market and try to reserve enough freight space in the hope of securing new customers, and fall short of expectations. This point demonstrates an inefficiency of deep-sea supply chains, which if resolved would counteract the negative side of slow steaming. Whilst this is not a new problem, ocean carriers’ attempts to minimise this damage by imposing heavy penalties on forwarders appears to have had limited effect. Calculating this effect is not easy as bookings can fail to arrive on time for various understandable and unavoidable reasons. If a connecting barge, train or feeder service is delayed, allocated deep-sea vessel capacity can end up unfilled at the last moment. This makes strict enforcement of late cancellation fees difficult, as identifying legitimate late arrivals from fiction can be an arduous task. It is also still a buyers market, and a lot depends on carriers applying similar rules and fines. Figure 1. shows that 29 percent of cargo booked in Q1 2013 was not shipped on time, although this includes delays caused by vessels failing to arrive at port for loading on time. This was worse than the 27 percent of ships that failed to arrive at a destination on time. Drewry states that for the purpose of this exercise, a shipment is deemed to have been a success when the difference between the estimated date of shipment stated in the original booking confirmation at the first load port and the corresponding actual departure date is within a day. This means that the cargo can still be shipped on the requested vessel, only more than a day late for loading.Figure 1 Statistics show the proportion of bookings that failed to be shipped on time was 4 percent higher in Q1 2013 than in Q4 2012. However, there has been a steady improvement in booking arrivals since Q4 2011, which coincides with shipping line Maersk calling for greater penalties over the late delivery of bookings, and strict application of rules (FIG2).Figure 2 Drewry says that since then, ocean carriers have been rolling out penalties for late cargo delivery on a regional basis. For example, at the beginning of this 2013 Maersk’s network of late delivery charges reached Australia, where a penalty of AUD100 (USD91.35) per dry container for cancellations made within seven days of expected time of arrival was introduced. OOCL’s fine of GBP250 (USD386.30) per container for cancellations received less than five working days before arrival of vessel was introduced in the UK during March 2013. Maersk says it still received roughly 2,700 ghost bookings across all trade lanes in the first 22 weeks of 2013, totaling approximately 14,000 teu. This figure is at least 50 percent lower than five years ago. However, instead of being mainly an Asian problem, the trend has spread globally. At the Retail Supply Chain conference in London, it was made clear that the focus for retailers is to improve the availability of products on the shelf and in store, thus minimising lost sales. The trend of slow steaming is set to stay, meaning efficiencies must be identified and eradicated from the supply chain. Limiting phantom bookings and no-shows is an ideal place to start. http://ciw.drewry.co.uklast_img read more

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Bishop Daniel to receive an official funeral

first_img Share LocalNews Bishop Daniel to receive an official funeral by: – August 22, 2014 Share 76 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Bishop Michael Bill Daniel (file photo)Bishop Michael Bill Daniel, who died on Friday, August 22, 2014, will receive an official funeral, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced.He said Cabinet took a decision on Friday morning to offer to his family an official funeral.“I have visited his wife at his home and the wife has so accepted and so we will commence preparation for an official funeral in honor of the late Bishop Daniel,” Mr Skerrit said.Bishop Daniel, who had been battling cancer for some time, was described as a “very respectful, very diligent, very humble individual” by Prime Minister Skerrit.He noted that Bishop Daniel has made a meaningful contribution to the church and society.“He led the prayer on numerous occasions at our Independence celebrations so certainly we will miss him for all this spirit-filled prayers that he would bestow on the nation,” he said.Mr Skerrit further noted that Bishop Daniel was “tasked with the responsibility of shepherding” God’s people.“I know he had been sick for some time but of course whenever death comes we feel certain sadness”.“I knew him very well, I could call him my friend and a person one could go to, including myself for wise counsel from time to time”.“So certainly, he will be missed by all of us who knew him and certainly by those who have heard of him,” PM Skerrit said.Bishop Daniel was awarded a meritorious service award in 2012 for his invaluable contribution in ministry to the citizens of Dominica for over thirty-five years.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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DFP sends condolences to families of tragic accident in Ambas

first_img 242 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews DFP sends condolences to families of tragic accident in Ambas by: – August 11, 2017 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Press Release The Political Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party Mr. Kent Vital extends condolences to the families , relatives and friends of the Five (5) young men from the community of Penville who perished in that fatal accident on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in the Ambas Vieille Case area I also extend condolences on behalf of the Executive Committee and members of the Dominica Freedom Party. We were shocked and saddened when we received the news of the accident while holding our Delegates Convention on that day and a minute of silence was observed for the five young men who lost their lives in that manner We feel the pain of the families, relatives, friends, the community of Penville and the entire Vieille Case Constituency and understand what you all are going through at this time. My prayers and that of the Dominica Freedom Party are with you all and may the good Lord cover and guide you all. We join the families, the community and nation in mourning the death of these young menlast_img read more

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CRFS Develops Passive 3D Tracking System to Detect Aircrafts & Drones

first_imgCRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring, management and geolocation solutions, will launch its passive 3D airborne tracking system, RFeye AirDefense, at the 56th AOC Symposium in Washington DC on the 28 of October.Developed to passively detect and geolocate airborne targets using their RF transmissions, the RFeye AirDefense provides the military with covert surveillance of their airspace for situational awareness, silently augmenting existing Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS). Both military and civilian aircrafts transmit RF signals for voice communication, navigation, tactical data links and radar. The RFeye AirDefense system uses these transmissions to accurately detect the signal, locate its position in three dimensions and determine the probable flight path for individual aircraft, independent of the number that may be operating in the area. The practical advantage of RFeye AirDefense is its ability to detect hostile aircraft and UAS without them being aware they are being tracked. This can provide essential covert intelligence on enemy activity and also augment radar systems by providing a long-range warning of incoming threats to enable radar cuing or provide coverage overlap.The ability to derive course, speed, and altitude from a geolocated signal of interest is often considered the holy grail of the airborne SIGINT community. Just from these pieces of data, this system can help analysts determine the origin, platform type, bearing to estimated target and even intent.RFeye AirDefense uses a ground-based network of intelligent RFeye receivers linked to management and geolocation software to enable real-time monitoring and tracking of airborne targets over an extremely wide airspace. The same network and sensors can also provide general RF environment situational awareness and terrestrial emitter geolocation. The system can be used for standalone situational awareness or as an integrated element in a system of systems for complete air defense. Applications range from operational in-theatre use to training and testing. Click here to learn more about the RFeye AirDefense System.last_img read more

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