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) Photo: CDC / Debora CartagenaWASHINGTON – President Trump says manufacturer 3M will produce more than 166-million masks for healthcare workers fighting the Coronavirus outbreak.Administration officials said trump did enforce the Defense Production Act with the company.Trump made the announcement at the Coronavirus Task Force briefing Monday evening.“I can also announce today that we have reached an agreement, very amicable agreement, with 3M for the delivery of additional 5.5 million high-quality face masks each month, so we are going to be getting over the next couple of months 166.5 million masks for our frontline healthcare workers, so the 3M saga ends very happily, we are very proud now to be dealing now with 3M,” said the President. President Trump had blasted the company last week for continuing to sell some masks overseas.3M had said it was necessary to do so to maintain overall supply levels in the United States, fearing retaliation from international companies the U.S. relies on for imports of masks.The company can now use the DPA to explain to foreign clients why they have no choice but to divert their supply to the United States.
Cayuga coal plant in New York plans natural gas conversion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Lansing Star:Cayuga Operating Company announced today that they have submitted applications to allow them to close a 155 megawatt coal-fired burner in order to repower it with natural, and that plans are still in motion to construct an 18 megawatt, 75 acre solar farm on its 434-acre site in northwest Lansing, making it one of the largest solar farms in upstate New York.Company officials say compressed natural gas (CNG) will be conveyed to the plant by truck, eliminating the need for a gas pipeline. If approved, the conversion will not be paid for at ratepayers’ expense. The company submitted an air permit modification application to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) May 1st that will, if granted allow the conversion of one of the plant’s two burners to natural gas. Traffic statistics from a 2017 report by the Tompkins County Transportation Council shows that the 25 to 60 trucks per day used to bring CNG to the plant would only add 2% more traffic at most. The trucks are also fueled by CNG, which is cleaner than gasoline and diesel trucks, and will reduce the transport of coal by train.Cayuga Solar has applied for over 1.5 million NYSERDA Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to help pay for construction of the solar farm. This is the company’s second try to obtain the credits, and company officials are optimistic they will qualify in this summer’s round. Applications are due by August 15th, and awards are scheduled to be announced in October of 2018.A major advantage Cayuga Solar has over other solar projects is the existing infrastructure that connects the facility to the power grid. While many solar farm projects stumble on just finding a location that makes sense for connecting, as did a proposed solar farm that would have powered the Lansing schools (that was one of the obstacles), the existing power plant connection can also be used for the proposed solar installation and future renewable projects on the site.If Cayuga Solar is able to obtain the credits company officials estimate the solar farm could begin operating by July 2020. Company officials anticipate it may take up to a year for the DEC to make a determination on its air permit modification application. Once approved, Goodenough estimates that the conversion, paid for by the company, will take four to five months to complete.More: Power Plant to Repower With Natural Gas
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Albert DibernardoSuffolk County police have apprehended a suspect in the Dix Hills hit-and-run driver that killed a bicyclist on Labor Day morning.A passing motorist called 911 upon finding a dead man on the side of Express Drive North, ¼ mile east of Burrs Lane, shortly after 10 a.m. Police are not sure what time the crash occurred.The bicyclist has been identified as 44 year old Ricardo Fernandez, of Amityville.Police identified Albert Dibernardo, 28, of Melville as the driver who allegedly struck Fernandez. Dibernardo has been initially charged with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting Involving a Fatality. He will be arraigned on September 3.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions prepare for audit and supervisory activities much like we prepare for the flu or allergy season. We take proactive steps to prevent contact, sanitize items we touch, and get flu shots.Think about the way you treat your audit/supervisory function. From anecdotal evidence and scientific surveys, the large majority of organizations view the audit/supervisory role as a necessary evil—understanding that at times, we must expose ourselves to viruses to garner immunity.At best, we appreciate a second set of eyes to cover our backside. At worst, we manipulate that role and the information to ensure the desired outcome. Too often we fail to leverage an integral function of our organization that could otherwise deliver significant value—and actually contribute to our competitive advantage.This neglect stems from a concern some supervisory committee members and auditors aren’t positioned—nor do they possess the necessary expertise—to function in this value-added role today. Some have limited their skills to reviewing controls and financial statements, relegating themselves to their current limited role. continue reading »
Tomorrow is the Military Lending Act (MLA) compliance deadline for credit card products. Compliance officers have been working hard to implement this rule – and several others for that matter like mortgage servicing amendments and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). As you endeavor to get through the next few months, be careful with the coffee so you don’t end up like this guy:via GIPHY continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The second phase of the RiaSoR project, designed to improve the reliability of wave and tidal energy converters through collaborative international research, has officially started.The second phase of the Reliability in a Sea of Risk (RiaSoR) project will aim to enable developers to validate their findings and establish a practical, condition-based monitoring platform to prepare for future arrays, where big data handling and processing will be vital to drive down operational expenditure.Building on the success of RiaSoR’s first phase, which developed a theoretical reliability assessment guideline for wave and tidal energy converters, the project aims to encourage increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sector through the reduction of associated risks and reliability enhancement.Funded through the OceanERANET initiative and led by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), RiaSoR2 brings together the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Alkit Communications, Synective Labs, CorPower Ocean, Waves4Power, Cruz Atcheson and Ocean Harvesting.The research consortium will offer a comprehensive suite of testing methodologies to wave and tidal developers that will enable a systematic approach to achieve optimal reliability and performance, while minimizing cost and time-to-market, according to EMEC.Elaine Buck, EMEC’s Technical Manager, said: “Reliability testing is tough to do in the sea. RiaSoR 2 is about establishing a methodology and testing program so we can gather data between device installation through to MTTF (mean time to failure).“The instrumentation, condition monitoring methodology applied with Variation Mode and Effect Analysis (VMEA) methodology used in other more mature sectors such as the automotive and aerospace industry will be adapted in the RiaSoR project for the ocean energy sector and will provide valuable insight into prototype design development.”The RiaSoR 1 reliability guideline built upon established practices from the automotive industry where a monitoring framework is applied to a fleet of test-vehicles. Through design iterations, the reliability is improved, and a final reduced set of sensors are deployed in a commercial vehicle, according to EMEC.Johannes Hüffmeier from RISE said: “The project will be making a report on condition-based monitoring and sensing techniques for ocean energy devices available shortly.”For RiaSoR 2, components for monitoring will be equipped with several sensors to collect required data, which will then be fed into the reliability process to reduce uncertainties. Sea tests will act as case studies to feed the methodologies and training into the guideline, EMEC said.The findings will then be disseminated to other wave energy and tidal energy converter developers, and to the wider industry.
The recently announced U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Work Plan includes $19 million in funding for the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project (FHCIP). Port Freeport, Texas, is one of two seaports nationwide to receive a “new start” designation for commencement of construction.The estimated total cost of the project is $295 million, of which the federal government share is $165 million and Port Freeport as the local sponsor will contribute the remaining $130 million to be funded by the 2018 voter-approved bond package.This vitally important project will deepen the Freeport Harbor Channel to depths ranging from 51 to 56 feet.“The inclusion of the FHCIP in the 2020 Work Plan is a significant milestone in the construction of the channel deepening and widening,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Executive Director/CEO.“A deeper channel and navigation improvements will allow the Freeport Harbor Channel to support the growing energy exports and need for more efficient transits using deeper draft vessels achieving greater economies of scale for our port and channel partners.” The channel deepening project has been a strategic initiative for Port Freeport for many years, with the feasibility study being initiated in 2003 and receiving congressional authorization in 2014.
Science Daily Dec 13 2012Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found. Unmarried women who lived with their partners for less than two years were more likely to experience at least one of the three problems. However, these problems became less frequent the longer the couple lived together. The problems were most common among women who were separated or divorced, especially if the couple parted less than 12 months before their child was born. Dr. Marcelo Urquia, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, said that as more children are being born to unmarried parents, he wanted to delve deeper into the risks and benefits of not just single vs. cohabitating parents but the various kinds of relationships. The results of his study were published today in the American Journal of Public Health.What is new in this study is that for the first time we looked at the duration of unmarried cohabitation and found the shorter the cohabitation, the more likely women were to suffer intimate-partner violence, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of conception, pregnancy and delivery,” Dr. Urquia said. “We did not see that pattern among married women, who experienced less psychosocial problems regardless of the length of time they lived together with their spouses.”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121213172348.htm
Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 26 Views no discussions LocalNews CTO’s Communication Specialist to facilitate media workshop in Dominica by: – February 29, 2012 Share Communications Specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Johnson JohnRose will from Thursday this week facilitate a media workshop in Dominica.Johnson JohnRose. Photo credit: cmexmedia.orgThe 3–day workshop is organized by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) will commence on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 to Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at the La Flamboyant.A press release from the DDA indicates that the workshop has been designed to help journalists (writers, producers, etc) enhance their skills through hands-on, very practical exercises. The organizers say it was also designed to give participants “a much clearer sense of how to approach news, different from the less-than-effective way that has been taught”.The release further notes; “This very interactive workshop will deal with issues like what is news, what determines news and how to identify a news story. It will also expose the participants to the basic approach, preparation and question techniques of effective interviewing. Three other key areas that will be covered during the workshop are Journalism Ethics – a very essential but often neglected area of the profession –, feature writing, including structure, style and guidelines, and crime and crisis reporting”. Participants will be required to interview various local tourism stakeholders as part of the workshop and use the material collected from these interviews to produce stories and features as part of the training. These interviews will be part of the competitive assignments, which will be judged; the winner will be announced at the Tourism Month Awards Ceremony in May 2012.Dominica Vibes News