Image of the Day: MH-60S Sea Hawk in RIMPAC Drills

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: MH-60S Sea Hawk in RIMPAC Drills View post tag: MH-60S Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval July 17, 2014 View post tag: Navy [mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 17, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Joseph Pfaff An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), participates in a helicopter exercise off the coast of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. View post tag: Image of the Day The helicopter is assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4.The Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Sea Hawk is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission United States Navy helicopter based on the United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The most significant airframe modification is a hinged tail to reduce its footprint aboard ships.The U.S. Navy uses the H-60 airframe under the model designations SH-60B, SH-60F, HH-60H, MH-60R, and MH-60S. Able to deploy aboard any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or aircraft carrier, the Seahawk can handle anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), naval special warfare (NSW) insertion, search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC). Image of the Day: MH-60S Sea Hawk in RIMPAC Drills Share this article View post tag: americas View post tag: RIMPAC View post tag: Drills View post tag: Sea Hawklast_img read more

Shop until you really drop: Pint Shop comes to Oxford

first_imgThis summer, Cambridge-based Pint Shop will be opening the doors of a sister establishment on George Street. The offshoot of the pub will be taking up residence facing the New Theatre in a two floor 5600 square foot space. There will be room for 110 diners and 24 kegs.The Times’ 12th Coolest Restaurant’s website declares itself “a place where people from all walks of life, rub shoulders with each other” and models itself on the home-brewing beer houses of Victorian Britain. The Pint Shop’s online self-portrait guarantees “craft beer, intimacy & fun, throw in some killer food, cooked on coals, just as it was 1830 and deliver it with a bunch of amazing people.”Evoking this news, Becca Chaplin and Jacqui Thorndyke from food guide Bitten Oxfordtold Cherwell, “We’re always pleased to have new food and drink venues opening in the centre of Oxford, especially when they’ve been winning Awards and recognition left, right and centre, plus we’ve needed some excitement on the scene for a while.“Craft beers are really coming into their own here, especially with so many excellent local breweries and we’re definitely excited by The Pint Shop’s menu. Our only reservation would be that they’re from Cambridge!”Ed Murry from the local Shotover Breweries commented “a lot of the pubs in Oxford are tied,” which means that they have to serve the pub chain’s branded beer, “so if Pint Shop’s independent, great!”Night out aficionado and student Malachi Rayner was another to express interest, “Local craft ales are something students are starting to embrace, cheap and alcoholic, and a break from sickly hyped up £1 jäger bombs and alcopop deals in college bars.”Newly appointed Balliol Rugby Club Social Secretary Calum Holt also noted the Pint Shop’s decor and ale selection, telling Cherwell with excitement, “I’m looking forward to being very responsible with a small group of friends from chess club in this bar!”The Pint Shop remained unavailable for comment, presumably too busy planning how to escape Cambridge.last_img read more

Sen. Becker Begins New Term, Kicks Off 2017 Budget Session

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Sen. Becker Begins New Term, Kicks Off 2017 Budget SessionState Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 120th Indiana General Assembly. Becker took the oath of office, officially beginning a new term as the State Senator representing District 50.Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush led the swearing-in ceremony.Organization Day is marked by the swearing in of new and re-elected General Assembly members as well as the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each Senate and House of Representatives caucus with the opportunity to organize before session officially reconvenes on Jan. 3.The 2017 session is a budget year, meaning lawmakers will craft a comprehensive plan to fund state government services for the next two years. By law, the 2017 legislative session must be completed no later than April 29.“In the upcoming months, I will continue to advocate for economic growth policies that make Indiana a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Becker said. “As the General Assembly crafts the state’s two-year budget, Hoosiers can be assured that I will keep Indiana’s schools and infrastructure a top priority.”As the 2017 session gets under way, Becker encourages residents of Senate District 50 to contact her with any questions or comments they may have. Becker can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.last_img read more

Grain for Good: Natural Ingredients for a Fitter Future

first_imgIf you have a stake in the future of the bakery industry, and need market and technical insights on natural ingredients, this webinar is a must.As the bread and bakery markets fragment, the challenges for bakers grow. So do the opportunities. This is your chance to hear more.As a technician, product development or procurement manager, you’ll be interested in all the developments in whole grains, sprouted grain and malted grain, and in cereal as a whole.We’ll be looking at nutritional content and health benefits as well as taste, texture, colour and performance. This webinar is all about added value – and a fitter future for your company as well as for consumers of your brands!Start Date: 30 September 2014 Start Time: 2pm GMTDuration: 60 minutesCompany summary:Founded in the 1880s, Edme combines a rich company history with strong values, a belief in natural, wholesome ingredients and a focus on innovation and new product development. We are located in picturesque Mistley in Essex on the banks of the River Stour, and are a renowned ingredient producer serving the bakery and other food industries in Britain and beyond.Speakers:Richard FordSenior Food Analyst, MintelRichard joined the Mintel UK food and drink team having previously spent six years at The Grocer, writing news, analysis and features. As Deputy Fresh Foods Editor, he helped to write and produce the magazine’s annual Dairymen supplement, develop the ’How to Build a Brand’ one day conference, and relaunch The World’s 50 Best Grocers special feature.James SmithSales & Marketing Director, Edme15 years’ experience of selling and marketing the benefits of malted and unmalted cereals into a variety of markets. Chairman of the European Malt Products Manufacturers’ Association. Smith’s wide appreciation of the challenges currently faced in the market is complemented by his extensive knowledge of what cereal products can offer.Simon WoosterTechnical Director, EdmeInvolved in the technical aspects of food malt and cereal processing for over 20 years, with particular focus on bakery applications. His own background in technical baking provides an insight into formulation challenges and opportunities using grain based ingredients. In addition to the day job, he runs his own mill in Suffolk.Moderator:Martyn LeekEditor, British BakerA journalist for 17 years, before British Baker, Martyn worked on other William Reed Business Media titles such as Meat Trades Journal and M&C Report, the influential journal and e-newsletter service for the pub and restaurant trade. A food journalist for the past three years, Martyn has judged competitions for pies, bread and cake. He has also appeared on TV and radio.Brought to you by:last_img read more

Less football than life

first_imgTim Murphy has a recurring nightmare that it’s game day, and he can’t find the venue. He always jerks awake in a cold sweat.But in real life, Murphy always shows up, and so does his Crimson football team. That was never truer than in the Oct. 30 game against Dartmouth, a potent opponent with a real shot at toppling the winning empire Murphy and his men have so painstakingly built.In that game, the Crimson had fallen behind. It was a new feeling, and no one liked it. Last year’s team went undefeated and, until that point, the Crimson had pulled off six high-scoring wins, crushing Brown 53-27 and Princeton 42-7, riding high under the command of quarterback Scott Hosch ’16 and captain Matt Koran ’16.But with Dartmouth in possession and leading by six points, and less than four minutes to go, you could almost hear the record scratch. Then came the unthinkable: a fumble, on which Koran, a linebacker, landed. The Crimson had a last gasp. Could they pull it off?In true cinematic fashion, it came down to the wire with Hosch firing a touchdown pass to Justice Shelton-Mosley with less than a minute to play. But 38 seconds remained, and Dartmouth rallied down to the 46-yard line, a scant second left. Defensive lineman Stone Hart blocked kicker Alex Gakenheimer’s effort, and Harvard Stadium erupted. The Crimson won, 14-13.Wide receiver Andrew Fischer ’16. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerMurphy’s lawIt may sound funny, but the team was prepared for misfortune — potential loss included. It’s been prepared to lose since its season opener against the University of Rhode Island. No one expects to win every game, but only to do his best, to live in the moment. That’s Murphy’s law.“A lot of the great life lessons that we learn are in a more intimate environment like athletics,” said Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. “Things that seem at times trite, like developing a great work ethic, the ability to get along with other people in a team atmosphere, and the ability to fight through adversity. It’s inevitable; we’re all going to see it at some point.”If this sounds less like football and more like a life lesson, that’s the point. Murphy is prepping his team not only for 10 games in the fall — closing with the hallowed match against archrival Yale this Saturday — but the aftermath. What happens when the cleats are hung up for good and 6 a.m. workouts and twilight scrimmages no longer govern everyday life? The real world happens. The stuff that doesn’t win you glory every week happens. No one applauds you just for waking up and doing what you have to do.It’s very much become a reality for the Crimson’s pack of graduating seniors, including Hosch.“It’s the No. 1 lesson I’ve learned in this program,” he said. “When things aren’t going your way, how do you respond?”“I’ve become much tougher. I’ve become an adult, or at least much more prepared to enter the adult world,” said offensive lineman Cole Toner ’16.“I’ve become much tougher. I’ve become an adult, or at least much more prepared to enter the adult world,” said offensive lineman Cole Toner ’16. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat adult world includes awkward moments, such as pulling off a victory against your best friend’s squad — as was the case for Murphy and his lifelong friend Eugene “Buddy” Teevens, head coach of Dartmouth.The two once played football together at Silver Lake Regional High in Kingston, Mass., and both rose to become as prominent Ivy League coaches. More than most people, they know the nature of the game. It’s nothing personal.“One of the teams was going to get crushed, either way,” said Toner. “I think [Murphy] felt bad, he kind of thought we got outplayed for a little while. But we finished, so … he was almost speechless.”Life on, and off, the fieldKoran remembers watching the Chicago Bears with his father, viewing old VHS cassettes of running back Walter Payton. Koran had football fever from a young age, starting the sport at age 5.“My parents wanted to put me on the field for two reasons. I was a little bit aggressive in the classroom and in all areas of life, and they wanted me to learn how to release that aggression, flip the switch,” he said. “They said it worked wonders. After I got on the field, I was tamer and more mild-mannered. Football was an outlet.”The second reason was sheer love of football, something that emanates from Koran, and the reason his peers voted him team captain, in “the biggest honor I’ve ever received in my life.”At last year’s banquet ceremony, Koran — amped, unfailingly optimistic — delivered both a battle cry and a vow that the team would clinch the Ivy League title and duplicate last year’s undefeated season.Koran played alongside some talented seniors, including one of Harvard’s most decorated players to date — defensive end Zack Hodges ’15. Hodges was no stranger to adversity. His father had died of a brain tumor when Hodges was only 18 months old. He and his mother weaved in and out of homelessness. During Hodges’ junior year of high school, he lost her to a stroke. (After signing with the Indianapolis Colts this year, he was cut at the end of the summer.)More than ever for the Crimson’s graduating seniors, building on last year’s foundation was crucial — a way of honoring the hard work of the previous players while leaving their own legacy. It’s been about going out after having given their all, and making room for others to step up.“We recruit a lot of guys who are blue-collar, hard-working, who come from modest backgrounds like myself, and really have that hunger, that drive, to compete and dominate every single play when they’re out there,” said Koran.Most days, the team members wake up at 5 a.m. Then “we walk across the Charles River. It’s freezing cold, the wind’s howling,” said defensive back Chris Evans ’16. It’s a miserable recipe that breeds success, he said. “It’s hard physically, yes, but it’s even harder mentally.”Evans has a little saying he tells himself: “Be great.” Murphy wouldn’t stand for less. “You have to have a plan, and our plan obviously is to reach our full potential,” he said. “But we don’t talk a lot about the season, about winning championships. What we talk about is having a great day today.”Some players have been so great that they’ve attracted the attention of NFL scouts, like Hodges. Toner is another one. Going pro was never a “clichéd dream of mine,” said the Greenwood, Ind., native and government concentrator. But once he got to Harvard, his talents set the coaches abuzz.“Politics may be where I end up, but I need some more life experience,” he said. “Right now, the NFL is my priority.”Not every graduating senior will keep playing football. But they’ll have graduated from Murphy’s program, “meant to create young men that have certain skills that I think we all have by the time we leave this program,” said offensive lineman Adam Redmond.They’ll also have a Harvard degree.“The goal of a liberal arts education is to challenge you in many different ways, and when you come out of here you know you’re qualified and that you have the skills, and the people skills, to be successful,” said Redmond. “That reinforces what we do in football, and football reinforces what we do on this side of the river.”Hosch, from Sugar Hill, Ga., will likely join the ministry. Aside from football, he found the most joy in his college years in his work with the student groups Harvard Christian Impact and Athletes in Action. “I feel like it’s my calling in life,” he said.He wants to return to South Africa, where he has worked in underprivileged townships, tutoring students and readying them for matriculation exams.“It’s given me a new perspective on life and a joy for the little things,” he said.That doesn’t mean he won’t be sad. He’s sad already. “It’s flown by, especially this senior year,” he said.But will he cry? “Yes. I will.”Harvard quarterback Scott Hosch ’16. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerMore than just a gameIf Andrew Fischer ’16 gets a little ahead of himself, he knocks on wood. It’s a jinx remover, a silly superstition, but he wouldn’t dare stop now. At the season’s end, with just one game remaining — arguably the most pivotal game, against Yale — Fischer has to be ready. “You’re essentially going into battle,” said the wide receiver.On Nov. 14, the Crimson’s 22-game winning streak ended with a 35-25 loss to Penn. Harvard is now tied with Penn and Dartmouth for the Ivy League conference title. If Harvard wins against Yale, it will at least share the title. If it loses, that’s unlikely unless both other teams also lose.So, as is true many years, the focus is now on the Harvard-Yale match-up, reverently referred to as The Game. This year, the team will travel to Yale, traditionally successful turf for the Crimson. Since 2001, the Crimson has won every game against Yale — except one gutting loss in 2006.The pressure is on to perform, not just to cap another milestone season with a victory, but to make the last game an unforgettable one for the graduating seniors.“It’s a really hard feeling to describe,” Evans said of playing The Game. “Especially that Yale game last year where the stands are packed, and it all comes down to the last drive … being on the field for that was an unparalleled moment in my life. It was just so surreal, a feeling of pure joy and happiness that I wish everyone in this world could feel.”There’s a chant that’s been passed down through the years from captain to captain, Koran revealed. It’s a simple rallying cry, with call and response from the team: “It’s ‘Crimson, our house, can’t be beat, won’t be beat. All for one, one for all. Crimson,’” he said. “And then we break.”When the team breaks for good, though, Murphy’s lessons will continue to resonate.“Coach said to me one time, ‘You don’t learn anything from the wins, it’s the losses, the pitfalls you stumble into sometimes; that’s where you learn from life,’” recalled Redmond. “Beyond football, if something happens — a death in the family — you realize, ‘There’s a way I can pull myself out of this.’ Looking back now, I’m much prouder of the person I am now than the person who walked in the door.”“Every time you look at your senior class you think, ‘Wow: what’re we going to do without these guys?’” said Murphy. “Then you end up in spring practice and all these great players are gone, all your team leaders are gone, and you say, ‘How the heck are we going to win a game?’ But somehow you evolve. Guys step up and continue on in their footsteps. But this will be a very difficult class to replace.”Before Commencement in May, the team will gather one last time for a Murr Center ceremony overlooking the stadium.“It’s very emotional, and it’s very bittersweet,” said Murphy. “It’s the evening before graduation; it’s the last time we’ll ever be together in that entire group, that entire family. The thing I tell my players is that as bittersweet as it is, we will never lose that very special bond forged through four years of hard work, joy, and heartache.”last_img read more

Saint Mary’s IT department releases app

first_imgErin Rice | The Observer The Department of Information Technology (IT) released BelleMobile today as part of Saint Mary’s first ever Social Media Week.Chief Information Officer Michael Boehm said BelleMobile allows students to check information on their phone which in the past, they might have had to find on the Saint Mary’s website or through a visit with somebody on campus.“Now [students] have the ability to search number of things related to campus activity through their phones, whether it’s their course schedule or the master calendar,” he said.The app allows students to check their grades, a calendar of campus events, available computers on campus and even the lunch menu and laundry availability, Boehm said.“BelleMobile, as with most apps, is a matter of convenience,” Boehm said. “It provides information at your fingertips.”Boehm said IT worked with a vendor called Dublabs that has created apps for over 200 schools.“We got a lot of knowledge from [Dublabs] about what functionalities work and don’t work in their experience working with other institutions,” he said.Boehm said in addition to Dublabs, Saint Mary’s associate director of technology integration and software development Steve Hideg did a lot of the work behind the scenes in order for the app to release this week.Another feature of the app is a map, which can give the user directions to academic buildings on campus, Boehm said.“It will be very helpful for new students when they are trying to figure out where their classes are,” he said. “The maps feature is also a huge benefit when parents are coming for the weekend, trying to figure out where various meeting places are around campus. They can use the app to give them directions.”Boehm said another benefit of the app for Saint Mary’s is that the College can send push notifications to the users of the app as often as necessary.“If there was a big function, like reunion weekend, we can put the list of activities on the app and push it to the users,” he said.In the case of emergencies or important school-wide updates, the app will serve as another avenue to reach users and notify them with an urgent message, Boehm said.Boehm said BelleMobile also brings all the information that is available through other avenues into one place, including links to the Notre Dame athletics calendar and The Observer.The most valuable feature of the app will depend on the preference of the user, Boehm said.“There are some users who will find the connection to BlackBoard and checking their grades as the best feature of the app, but there are other students who might appreciate the interaction with social media,” he said.Boehm said BelleMobile is an evolving tool that IT will periodically update, incorporating user feedback as users download the app.“The nice thing about mobile app technology is that we can continue to evolve and update the mobile app based on our user needs,” he said. “The primary audience is our students, so if after a period of time the consensus is to add new functionality, we will update to support user requests and needs.”Boehm said he hopes students find the information BelleMobile provides valuable and convenient.“The whole idea of a mobile app is to make life more convenient, to provide information to our students that is timely and effective,” he said.Users can download BelleMobile at http://www.saintmarys.edu/~bellemobile. The app is also available on the App Store and Google Play.Tags: BelleMobile, Dublabs, Michael Boehm, Mobile app, Steve Hideglast_img read more

Happy to See You…at Sardi’s! Cabaret’s Alan Cumming Gets a Portrait

first_img Cabaret For the last 16 years, Alan Cumming has been the proud owner of a Tony Award for his legendary turn in Cabaret—but until now, he’s never had his own Sardi’s portrait! The star, who is appearing in the newest revival of the hit Kander and Ebb musical at Studio 54, was surprised with his very own caricature on the wall of the legendary Theater District restaurant. And of course, his girls and gals from the Kit Kat Klub were on hand to cheer him on! Check out these snapshots of Cumming taking his rightful place on the walls of the famous New York hotspot, then catch him in Cabaret, along with Linda Emond, Danny Burstein, Gayle Rankin and Aaron Krohn (below)! Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Star Files Alan Cumminglast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation commits nearly $1 million to Fair Trade Towns

first_imgTransFair USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announces that it has received a $50,000 grant from Green Mountain Coffee, and a three-year commitment of $925,000 from the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation. The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation was established and is led separately from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) by GMCR Founder and Chairman Bob Stiller. This generous funding will galvanize TransFair USA’s effort to grow the Fair Trade movement and establish hundreds of Fair Trade Towns across the United States by 2013.Fair Trade is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop an alternative form of global trade that cultivates greater social justice and equity for farmers, workers, and artisans. It promises fair prices, safe working conditions, worker empowerment, market access and community investment. The Fair Trade Towns USA campaign is headquartered at and sponsored by TransFair USA.“For many years, GMCR has supported the Fair Trade movement because we believe that our highest quality coffees come from coffee-growing communities with a healthy quality of life. By choosing Fair Trade coffee – and now 72 other Fair Trade products – consumers can help support sustainable development and community empowerment for farming and artisan communities around the globe. We believe Fair Trade Towns USA can be an effective model for educating consumers on how easy it is to make a positive difference in the world through the products we purchase,” said Bob Stiller, Founder and Chairman, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and President of the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation.Fair Trade Towns USA’s ultimate goal is to raise consumer awareness, grow the availability of Fair Trade products, and drive sales in order to help lift millions of farming families out of poverty. The specific criteria to be officially recognized as a Fair Trade Town include showcasing Fair Trade products available in local stores, an active citizen support network, business engagement, and local government support. These criteria are designed to empower citizens to develop a permanent platform in their communities for continued outreach and advocacy.Currently, 13 U.S. municipalities have been recognized as Fair Trade Towns, including Amherst and Northampton (MA), Brattleboro and Burlington (VT), San Francisco and Chico (CA), Milwaukee (WI), Media (PA), Montclair and Highland Park (NJ), Bluffton (OH), Ballston Spa (NY), and Taos (NM). Furthermore, active campaigns are currently taking place in 30 additional towns and cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle. The movement started in England in 2000 and quickly spread across the United Kingdom and Europe, rising to 650 declared today.Fair Trade Towns USA unites a diverse group of inspired Fair Trade activists including project collaborators the Fair Trade Federation, a North American trade association of organizations fully committed to Fair Trade, and the Fair Trade Resource Network, which gathers, develops, and disseminates educational resources to people and organizations interested in the movement.“Fair Trade Towns USA will empower socially responsible community groups and businesses around the country that are committed to raising consumer awareness around a simple truth: every dollar we spend is a powerful decision, with ramifications that echo across continents,” said William Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator of Fair Trade Towns USA.The funding will allow the U.S. program to develop online collaboration and organizing efforts, create educational outreach materials and events, train leaders, and offer a grants program to support local organizing efforts.About the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters FoundationThe Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sponsorship of educational events, seminars and lecture series on topics such as human development and potential, business, and management in order to foster positive change on personal, organizational, community and global levels. The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation was established and is led separately from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) by GMCR Founder and Chairman Bob Stiller.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Tully’s Coffee®, and Timothy’s World Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters and brands, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee and Timothy’s. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100 percent of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.About TransFair USATransFair USA, a nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. TransFair USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods were paid fair prices and wages. TransFair USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople. Visit http://www.transfairusa.org(link is external) for more information.Editor’s Note:Fair Trade Towns USA campaigns are currently being conducted in the following 30 U.S. cities, in 20 states and districts:1. Mesa, Arizona2. Berkeley, California3. Buena Vista, California4. Los Angeles, California5. Oakland, California6. San Diego, California7. San Jose, California8. San Luis Obispo, California9. Boulder, Colorado10. Washington, DC11. Orlando, Florida12. Chicago, Illinois13. Bloomington, Indiana14. Overland Park, Kansas15. Boston, Massachusetts16. Greenfield, Massachusetts17. Mankato, Minnesota18. Missoula, Montana19. Chapel Hill, North Carolina20. Red Bank, New Jersey21. Teaneck, New Jersey22. Cold Spring, New York23. Delmar, New York24. New York, New York25. Norman, Oklahoma26. Meadville, Pennsylvania27. Austin, Texas28. Charlottesville, Virginia29. Seattle, Washington30. Madison, WisconsinSource: OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransFair USA3.9.2010last_img read more

Vattenfall to build solar plus wind plus storage hybrid project in the Netherlands

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:In the Goeree-Overflakkee region of the Netherlands province of South Holland, Vattenfall will realize its first full-renewable hybrid power plant, combining solar and wind power generation with a large storage facility.The energy company will invest around €35 million in a 38 MW solar power plant – its largest PV project to date – and another €26 million in a 22 MW wind farm. The two facilities will be combined with a 12 MW storage system, Vattenfall said in a press release.Groundwork for the Haringvliet Zuid Energy Park wind facility has already begun. Once the wind turbines are up, Vattenfall will begin building the PV ground-mounted system and 12 shipping containers will host the storage aspect of the scheme in the final phase of development. The energy company expects the facility to be operating in the second half of next year.“Complementary wind and solar generation profiles reduce the load on the grid compared to a single generation technology,” said Claus Wattendrup, head of the solar and batteries unit at Vattenfall. “Hybrid systems provide less pronounced peaks and we see fewer periods of time with no power generation. This leads to a more efficient use of the network infrastructure.”The three elements of the project can share a grid connection, reducing costs according to Wattendrup who added the hybrid nature of the facility opens up different business models. “In addition to energy generation we can also provide network services such as energy control,” he said. “In addition, the battery can help offset forecasting inaccuracies [associated with] generating weather-dependent renewable electricity.”More: Vattenfall to build large scale wind-solar-storage plant in the Netherlands Vattenfall to build solar plus wind plus storage hybrid project in the Netherlandslast_img read more

Lending Perspectives: Is your auto lending strategy ‘COVID-19 proof’?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last month I shared with my readers several reasons why I believe that the COVID-19 recession is very much different than the Great Recession. Since the Great Recession is still fresh on most everyone’s mind, it’s natural to try to draw parallels between it and our COVID-19 recession. Yet in most cases, it’s hard to learn much from the Great Recession and apply it our critical business decisions right now.A major chunk of the credit union industry’s business is in auto loans. Last month I shared several things that are quite different in 2020 than in 2009 as it pertains to projecting loan losses. Let’s forget loan losses for now and focus on keeping our businesses growing. From that perspective, there also are a lot of things that are different now than they were in 2009.Financial Market StabilityI recall all too well a conference call Ent Credit Union had with its asset-liability advisor in February 2009. The financial markets were, in a word, dysfunctional. Uncertainty about loan performance and the overall economy had scared off investors in auto loans—so much so that the market was demanding returns of upwards of 16% on a prime pool of loans. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more