Electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) waves are potentially important drivers of the loss of energetic electrons from the radiation belts. Numerous theoretical calculations exist with conflicting predictions of one of the key parameters: the minimum resonance energy of electrons precipitated into the atmosphere by EMIC waves. In this study we initially analyze an EMIC electron precipitation event using data from two different spacecraft instruments to investigate the energies involved. Combining observations from these satellites, we find that the electron precipitation has a peak flux at ∼250 keV. Extending the analysis technique to a previously published database of similar scattering events, we find that the peak electron precipitation flux occurs predominantly around 300 keV, with only ∼11% of events peaking in the 1–4 MeV range. Such a significant population of low-energy EMIC-driven electron precipitation events highlights the possibility for EMIC waves to be significant drivers of radiation belt electron losses.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green isn’t interested in signing a short-term contract extension with his current team, he said on Wednesday.“I’m not into a one-year,” he told reporters. “Give me a long-term [contract] or just let me go.”The 32-year-old has not played this season after suffering an ankle injury during the preseason. He is currently in the final year of a four-year contract worth $60 million.But Green participated in team drills this week for the first time since suffering the injury in July.At 0-8, Cincinnati decided not to trade any of their star players at Tuesday’s trade deadline. They did, however, announce the decision to bench quarterback Andy Dalton for rookie Ryan Finley.“I’m not going to be a guy that says ‘Oh, I want to get traded,’” Green added. “Like, I’m genuinely happy here. We might not win, but I’m happy here.”“But at the end of the day, this is a business. I know my worth and I know what I bring to this team.”And if health is a concern for the team when it comes to a long-term deal, Green says “If they’re concerned about that, they don’t need to sign me. It’s whatever. If they’re concerned about me not being able to play 16, then take the risk not signing me and not [placing the Franchise Tag on] me. We’ll go from there.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by October 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Bengals’ A.J. Green: Sign me or ‘let me go’ Beau Lund
Guatemala is first stop for this year’s Continuing Promise Guatemala will be the first destination of this year’s, multi-service, humanitarian mission Continuing Promise.A team of 169 U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps service members departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, January 26, for a stop in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.They will spend roughly two weeks in the city located on the nation’s Atlantic coast. While there, they will provide veterinary and medical services to local communities which include preventative treatments, dental care, optometry screenings, and women’s health services.“Our visit gives us the chance to build on the previous missions’ successes, while working with our partners to leave a positive impact in local communities,” said Capt. Errin Armstrong, CP-17’s commander, who also participated in Continuing Promise 2015’s visit to Guatemala.The team’s departure aboard Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) capped off nearly a week of training in Mayport. Service members were taught local customs and courtesies, and got a little dirty practicing the setup of the living and support facilities which will make up their temporary camp during mission stops.CP-17 is scheduled to run from January to April and will visit Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia.CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America. Authorities View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Guatemala is first stop for this year’s Continuing Promise View post tag: Continuing Promise January 30, 2017 Share this article
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West New York named among safest municipalities in countryWest New York is one of the safest cities in America, according to SafeHome.org, a website that rates home security systems. From the 101 cities the website ranked in terms of safety, West New York ranked 38th overall. It also ranked 10th out of the 25 New Jersey cities that made the list.“This is a great day for the Town of West New York and for our Police Department,” said Mayor Felix Roque, in a town press release. “Being ranked among the top 10 in our state is anHonor, given how densely populated our municipality is, and I am proud that our men and women in uniform are working tirelessly to keep our residents safe.”The SafeHome study used a variety of data sources, FBI reports (from the crime trends, income, demographics, population density, and other data points.)“The recent ranking the Town of West New York received as being one of the safest municipalities based on our size and population is a credit to Mayor Roque and the Board of Commissioners for their support of the Police Department, as they strive to keep West New York as safe as possible,” said Robert Antolos, Director of the West New York Police Department. “I salute the men and women of the department who go out every day and risk their lives for the residents of West New York. I would also like to thank our partners; our eyes and ears are the residents of West New York for their trust and confidence in the Police Department.” Union City residents killed in Jersey City car crashA stretch of Tonnelle Avenue known for accidents saw the death of two Union City residents on Sunday, Feb. 11. The northbound lanes between Manhattan Avenue and North Street were closed for hours as authorities investigated the wreck.According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the two fatalities were Mario Guevara, 25, and Heather Acosta, 24, both from Union City. They were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the crash.The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. The Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit, which was established earlier this year, responded to the scene.One car flipped over and the other jumped the curb, hitting a telephone pole and destroying the gate of a nearby building.This came two days after Mayor Steven Fulop announced the city’s adopting of a “Vision Zero” policy in an effort to eliminate deaths and serious injuries.Fulop issued an executive order that allowed Jersey City to join with more than 30 municipalities seeking to establish traffic safety strategies. The crash occurred in the same section of Tonnelle Avenue where a police chase last June resulted in a vehicle bursting into flames.NJ Transit approves proposed alignment for light rail into Bergen CountyThe Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s (HBLR) expansion into Bergen County received a major boost last week, as NJ Transit has just approved the plan’s proposed alignment, per a press release.The approval for the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative, detailed in its 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact statement, is mandatory in the federal environmental review process.The route is a 10-mile, seven station extension from HBLR’s current Tonnelle Avenue terminus in North Bergen. It would include an additional North Bergen stop at 91st Street, and others in Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, all the way to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.NJ Transit’s Board of Directors also authorized the route’s submission to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board of Trustees for designation and inclusion in their Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan.By choosing this route, NJ Transit will be able to begin design and engineering activities once they complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and the Federal Transit Administration grants a Record of Decision for the project.Get free income tax preparation helpUnited Way of Hudson County is teaming with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and HOPES to prepare and file federal and state income taxes for locals. The service runs through April 13.To be eligible, participants must have been New Jersey residents for all of last year. They must also have a Social Security number, work in New Jersey or New York (or have taxable income like pensions, IRA distributions, interest, or stock trades.), and not have an income from a rental property or a business with employees, inventory, a loss, or over $25,000 in total expenses.The AARP Foundation will be offering walk-in filings Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.The Foundation is located at 855 Bergen Ave. in Jersey CityHOPES will be offering filings Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only.HOPES has locations in the Hoboken area, including 532 Jackson St., Unit 1B and 300 Bloomfield St.Call (201) 468-8805 for more assistance and information.West New York school board urges Congress to support DACAWest New York’s Board of Education approved a resolution supporting DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) enrollees at their Feb. 7 meeting, according to a press release. The legislation offers a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation for undocumented people who entered the country as minors. Currently, 22,000 New Jersey residents and 800,000 residents nationwide are DACA enrollees, nicknamed “Dreamers.”Board Trustee Jonathan Castaneda introduced the resolution, which asks Congress to restore DACA’s protections.“I am proud to sponsor this resolution in support of Dreamers across the country and urge our members of Congress to pass common sense legislation that will provide my friends, neighbors, and students across the country a chance at the American Dream,” Castaneda said, in the press release.“The concept of America – the continuous experiment of democracy – is not only founded and engrained in immigration, but perhaps in and of itself the sole true manifestation of what America is all about.”“I thank Trustee Castaneda for bringing this resolution forward, and I too am proud to support students across New Jersey and the United States,” added Board President Adam Parkinson. “I hope our Congressional delegation and all members of Congress heed the call to support doing what is right for the future of our nation.” Last year, the board passed a resolution making all district schools “safe zones” for students, regardless of immigration status.North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue swears in 37 firefightersOn Feb. 13, the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue made history by swearing-in 37 new firefighters, its largest hiring class ever, including Lisa Napier, the first female firefighter in the 20-year history of NHRFR. All 37 new firefighters are U.S. military veterans, showing the regional fire department’s commitment to support veterans.“Each of the 37 men and women joining our ranks have served this country, and will continue to protect their communities as members of the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are all extremely qualified, and I am confident they will make excellent firefighters.”“Today we are proud to welcome 37 brave men and women to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, and wish them luck as they begin their important work protecting the community,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner. “I would like to thank Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for helping secure a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) federal grant which will fully pay the salaries of 35 of these new firefighters. Federal funding this year also enabled the purchase of state-of-the-art cameras which detect body heat and can save precious time when fire crews are in dangerous situations.” Food and Shelter Coalition Meeting set for March 13All interested person are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 13 meeting of the Food and Shelter Coalition to discuss food and shelter concerns and share ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to advocate to state and federal lawmakers to promote responsible public policies to improve quality and access to food for thousands of people. The National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave., Jersey City (take the elevator and press 1).For more information contact chairperson La-Trenda Ross at (201) 618-5745 or (201) 420-3000 ext. 2543, or email [email protected] Upcoming schedule for parenting classes at Palisades Medical CenterPalisades Medical Center has announced its upcoming schedule for parenting classes for new moms, and moms to be.The hospital will hold its Childbirth Education Series two day courses on March 17 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional courses will follow, at the same times, on May 5 and 12, then June 9 and 16. Cost is $125 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $150 if delivering elsewhere.The class covers topics such as understanding the labor process, breathing and relaxation techniques to work with your body, the role of the support person.Newborn Baby Care classes will run on Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; March 27, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; May 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and June 12, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. These classes cover basics of newborn care, starting with the appearance and characteristics of a newborn. Cost is $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere.Key to Successful Breastfeeding classes will run on Feb. 27, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; April 7, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; May 8, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and June 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics include the importance of skin-to-skin contact, latching techniques, supply and demand as it relates to breastfeeding, positioning for breastfeeding, indications for breast pumps.Dads are encouraged to attend. Cost is $35 per couple if delivering at Palisades Medical Center; $50 if delivering elsewhere.There will also be Sibling Preparation for Birth Classes, $25 per family. Contact Robin Petrick for more info on this class at (201) 295-4823. For more information in general, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org. Trump administration deals ‘serious jeopardy’ to Gateway Tunnel projectFederal transportation officials have assigned the Gateway rail tunnel and other components of the massive infrastructure project a new rating that further jeopardizes the chances of winning grant money from Washington.A story on Politico.com says the Federal Transit Administration sent an annual funding report to Congress on Monday for its Capital Investment Grants Program that assigned a “Medium-Low“ rating to the proposed $13 billion Hudson River tunnel, the second-lowest on a five-point scale. It was the first time the grant application had received a formal rating. The FTA also reduced the rating of the Portal Bridge North project from “Medium-High“ to “Medium-Low.” That bridge replacement that would fix one of the single-greatest bottlenecks on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line.Those involved in the Gateway Program said the change was likely to put chances of receiving federal funding under the New Starts program in serious jeopardy.The Trump administration rejected an Obama-era agreement to cover half the cost of the broader $30 billion Gateway Program, which calls for constructing two new tubes connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan and repairing the existing tunnel that is now falling apart. The White House has also proposed ending the New Starts program, but Congress has so far protected the funding source.“In case it wasn’t clear before, President Trump today tried to land another death blow to Gateway by having his Federal Transit Administration (FTA) vindictively and inexplicably downgrade the project in order to cut off critical federal funding,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement on Monday.In the case of the Portal Bridge project, which previously received a rating in February 2017 and was estimated to cost $1.6 billion, the FTA is taking the position that the amount of committed or budgeted funding from other sources had fallen from 57 percent to 21 percent of the total cost. The FTA said that is a primary reason the rating was reduced. The new ratings were issued in November and, according to a person familiar with the Gateway application, did not factor in any information received in October, when new details had become available.John D. Porcari, the interim executive director of Gateway Program Development Corp., said the ratings fail to take into account the commitments from New York and New Jersey. The states have agreed to split half the cost of the tunnel project, putting up $5.5 billion, though they’ll need federal loans in order to do so. The grant application asks the federal government to cover the remaining costs.Porcari said the Portal Bridge application, in which local agencies would also cover about half the total cost, “has only been improved with each updated submittal” since the first rating was issued. He noted early construction work has been underway for several months.“We are surprised and disappointed by the sudden downgrade based on what appears to be changing evaluation criteria,” Porcari said. “We continue to work closely with USDOT to strengthen our funding applications and remain confident that the merits of the projects warrant significant federal investment.”
After much anticipation and rumor, the Fleet Foxes have finally made the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. The popular indie band has revealed plans to release a new album, Crack-Up, on June 16th, marking their first official release since 2011. Not only that, but the announcement has come with the release of the first single from the new LP.Titled “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” the nine minute offering shows a newly energized Fleet Foxes, eager to bring new music to their fans. Watch the lyric video below.After releasing Helplessness Blues in 2011, the band remained quiet while frontman and principle songwriter Robin Pecknold worked on other projects. He scored a Broadway musical, composed his own solo music, and even graduated from college during the band’s hiatus. After six years, it seems Pecknold has found himself working on music for the Fleet Foxes again, and we couldn’t be happier.The band’s current lineup includes Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo, and Morgan Henderson. Details about the new album can be seen below, and pre-orders can be found here. We can’t wait!Crack-Up Tracklisting:01 I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar02 Cassius, –03 – Naiads, Cassadies04 Kept Woman05 Third of May / Ōdaigahara06 If You Need To, Keep Time on Me07 Mearcstapa08 On Another Ocean (January / June)09 Fool’s Errand10 I Should See Memphis11 Crack-UpUpcoming Tour Dates05-26-29 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall07-01 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain – Vida Festival07-03 Ferrara, Italy – Piazza Castello07-07 Bilbao, Spain – Bilboa BBK Live07-13 Dublin, Ireland – Iveagh Gardens07-14 Dublin, Ireland – Iveagh Gardens07-16 Southwold, England – Latitude Festival07-27 Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point07-28 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival07-29 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *07-31 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts *08-01 Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival (Prospect Park Bandshell)08-04 Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall08-06 Detroit, MI – The Detroit Masonic Temple09-23 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl @09-27 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @* with Animal [email protected] with Beach House[H/T Pitchfork]
The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has been awarded a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a new research center to study the relationship between obesity and cancer. The center is part of a new multicenter cooperative research initiative, called Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC), announced June 28 by the NCI. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH and co-director of the Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention, is the principal investigator for the Harvard TREC Center.The Harvard TREC Center is one of four research centers awarded $45 million over five years. The others are the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the University of California, San Diego; and Washington University, St. Louis. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, is the TREC Coordinating Center.The TREC centers will integrate the study of diet, weight, and physical activity and their effects on energy balance and cancer, and will provide training opportunities for researchers. Projects range from a study on the mechanisms of energy balance to the behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental influences on nutrition, physical activity, and weight in cancer survivors and other high-risk populations.The Harvard TREC Center will draw on the multidisciplinary expertise of the faculty of HSPH, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. The Harvard center is designed to increase the understanding of the determinants of obesity from the molecular to societal level and across the life span, to clarify the biological links of obesity with cancer risk and survivorship, to translate these findings into actionable behavioral interventions, to train the next generation of investigators in energetics (the study of energy balance) and cancer, and to share this knowledge and develop public health strategies to reduce risk of obesity and cancer.“NCI is very concerned about the epidemic of obesity and its implications for cancer,” said Robert Croyle, director of the NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. “This investment reflects the urgency of the problem and the need to accelerate scientific progress to inform cancer-control strategies.”“The Harvard TREC Center brings together investigators of diverse expertise from Boston’s Longwood Medical Area to address critical questions related to energy balance, obesity, and cancer risk,” said Hu. “Through a transdisciplinary approach, we can improve the understanding of the link between obesity and cancer risk and survivorship. Ultimately, this knowledge will be translated into public health strategies that reduce risk of obesity and cancer in the population.”
MIAMI (AP) — Washington lobbyist Robert Stryk continued working for El Salvador’s government even after the country’s president claimed he had annulled a $450,000 contract that triggered a wave of criticism in the poor Central American country. Newly filed foreign lobbying records disclosed Saturday show that Stryk’s Sonoran Policy Group continued making calls to congressional offices and collected $214,000 in payments from El Salvador’s state intelligence agency even after President Nayib Bukele’s office said in August it had backed away from the deal.
If you enjoy designing gardens, would you like to see how youmeasure up against other Master Gardeners and gardening clubmembers in Georgia? If you’re innovative, creative, inspired orjust scrappy enough to dive into a contest, here’s youropportunity.The Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture is offering a gardendesign contest in cooperation with the University of GeorgiaResearch Foundation, Inc. UGA researchers have been selecting anddeveloping new ornamental plants for years. Collectively, theseplants are called the Georgia Gems, and they’ve definitely earnedthe title. You may have seen some of these. Others may not befamiliar. All are beautiful and perform well. So here’s the challenge: Design a garden using the Georgia Gems.The garden design winners will receive all the Georgia Gems usedin their garden design, as well as the satisfaction of knowingthey’re among the best garden designers in the state.The contest rules and Georgia Gems details can be found online atwww.ugagardens.com.Contest winners will be announced at thestatewide Master Gardener meeting in Savannah Jan. 13. All gardendesigns must be submitted by Dec. 1. The judges will determine first-, second- and third-placewinners, basing their decisions on both aesthetics and the use ofsound horticultural practices. They’re a talented group:* Nicole Martini is a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturalagent in DeKalb County. She has a bachelor’s degree in landscapearchitecture, a master’s in horticulture and a discriminatingeye.* Tony Johnson is an award-winning garden designer and thehorticulturist at the UGA Research and Education Garden inGriffin. That garden is a true reflection of his talent.* Television, radio and Web personality Joe Lamp’l rounds out thejudging staff. You’ve probably seen Joe on DIY Network (“Freshfrom the Garden”) or on PBS (“Garden SMART”) or have read hisnationwide, weekly, syndicated newspaper column (“The GardenerWithin”). University of Georgia
July 23, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PENNVEST anuncia adjudicaciones de contratos para realizar pruebas de plomo y desarrollar el Centro para la Excelencia de la Calidad del Agua Economy, Español, Infrastructure, Press Release En su reunión del día de ayer, la junta directiva de la Autoridad de Inversiones de Infraestructura de Pennsylvania (PENNVEST) aprobó la adjudicación de dos ofertas de contratos de servicios, una para la realización de pruebas de detección de plomo en escuelas y en centros de cuidado infantil, y la otra para el desarrollo del Centro para la Excelencia de la Calidad del Agua. Ambos programas se licitaron de manera competitiva mediante el proceso de Solicitud de propuestas (RFP, por sus siglas en inglés) a través del sitio de solicitud eMarketplace del estado.La junta directiva aprobó la adjudicación de una oferta de contrato a Terraphase Engineering Inc. para la realización de pruebas de detección de plomo en escuelas y centros de cuidado infantil. Terraphase, con sede en Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, tomará muestras completas en todo el estado en las escuelas y centros de cuidado infantil inscritos para detectar la presencia de contaminantes de plomo en las instalaciones de agua potable. La Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) aportará los fondos para el programa a través de la Ley de Mejoras de la Infraestructura del Agua para la Nación (WIIN, por sus siglas en inglés) y PENNVEST conducirá la supervisión de los servicios junto con el Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania, el Departamento de Protección Ambiental, el Departamento de Salud y el Departamento de Servicios Humanos.La junta directiva también aprobó la adjudicación de una oferta de contrato a Keystone Safety Services Inc. para el desarrollo del Centro para la Excelencia de la Calidad del Agua (CWQE, por sus siglas en inglés). Keystone Safety Services tiene su sede en Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, y desarrollará un centro único para las entidades públicas y privadas interesadas en buscar financiación para los proyectos relativos a la calidad del agua. El Centro no solo se ocupará de la financiación de PENNVEST, sino que evaluará los proyectos individuales y compilará las fuentes de financiación apropiadas, entre las cuales figuran el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Protección Ambiental de Pennsylvania y el Departamento de Conservación y Recursos Naturales de Pennsylvania (DCNR, por sus siglas en inglés).“Cada uno de estos contratos representa la inversión multimillonaria en los ciudadanos y en los recursos ambientales de Pennsylvania”, dijo Eric Menzer, presidente de la junta directiva de PENNVEST. “Asegurar que nuestras futuras generaciones cuenten con el acceso seguro y confiable al agua potable es vital para el éxito y el crecimiento de nuestras comunidades. Y el desarrollo de un centro único para los recursos relativos a la calidad del agua permitirá al gobierno de Pennsylvania ayudar mejor a los socios en sus iniciativas por mantener un medio ambiente limpio y saludable”.Desde sus inicios en 1988, PENNVEST ha financiado más de 3,000 proyectos de agua limpia en todo Pennsylvania, proporcionando casi $10 mil millones en subvenciones y préstamos a baja tasa de interés.View this information in English.