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AAA: Gas Prices Up, But Still Cheaper Than Usual During Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgCropped Photo: / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – Gas prices are ticking up, but not enough to cause much pain at the pump.AAA says the national average for a gallon of regular is $1.96, that’s about nine cents more than a week ago.The average price for a gallon of petrol is $2.25 in Jamestown, however, some Mobil stations in the area are six cents lower, according to Dunkirk, the average is also $2.25 a gallon. The price at the pump in Warren, Pennsylvania meanwhile is $2.35 a gallon. However, the association says gas hasn’t been this cheap on a Memorial Day Weekend in almost 20 years.They expect the uptick to continue, because the demand is likely to grow as the economy reopens. 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)last_img read more

Solar Well Pump

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers are hoping solar-powered wells will help preserve water quality and cattle health on isolated Georgia cattle farms. The system uses solar panels to power an electric well pump that provides water for cattle on isolated pastures. It has been used for the past year in Madison County where a farmer found that less than five hours of sunlight a day was enough to keep water tanks full. “Isolated livestock need water, and either the farmer has to take water to the livestock or we can use solar power to pump water (from a well),” said Gary Hawkins, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researcher who designed and installed the system. The Madison County site is a demonstration system installed as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant. The grant provided funds to test how these systems work and how much they cost to operate. Hawkins and Madison County Extension agent Adam Speir hosted a field day on December 6 that attracted about 40 farmers from middle and northeast Georgia. The solar-powered pumps allow farmers to install watering troughs on their most isolated pastures, helping keep livestock out of streams and ponds. Allowing cows to wade into and drink from farm ponds and streams can have a severely negative impact on water quality across the state. Well-fed troughs also offer farmers a way to guard against drought, which often dries up surface water drinking sources rendering some pastures unsuitable. “It’s been shown that livestock can have higher weight gains on fresh water rather than from surface water,” Speir said. “It’s definitely a good risk management strategy for livestock producers.” One of the largest challenges to providing well water to pastures has been running the electrical lines needed to power the well pumps from the nearest electrical feeder line to far flung pastures. This system circumvents that problem. Where it could feasibly cost a farmer $20,000 to run an electrical line to a pasture, setting up the solar power stations costs about $8,000. The solar panel power stations can also be mounted on a trailer and moved from well to well depending on the location of the cattle, Hawkins said. “The power that’s used to pump the water from the well isn’t the largest benefit,” Speir said. “It’s the cost savings of not having to run electricity to that well if it’s a long way from the main electrical lines.” And the alternative energy system offers farmers a way to hedge against rising electricity or diesel prices.David Allen, the farmer who hosted the field day, installed a 1,500-gallon storage tank so that water would be ready for his cattle at night or on cloudy days. The storage tank replaces the need for expensive batteries that require maintenance.The hyper-efficient pump used in Allen’s system pumps about 6.9 gallons per minute and will fill his storage tank on just four hours of sunlight. “(Hawkins) sized the system so even if we just had four or five hours of sunlight you still would have the power you need to pump what you need for your situation,” Speir said. Farmers can contact their local USDA-NRCS office for potential cost-share assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), which could reimburse them for a percentage of the solar powered system if this is included in the local working groups plans.last_img read more

Loan Zone: Bad actors emerge in Paycheck Protection Program

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Small-business owners aren’t the only ones eager to get their hands on Paycheck Protection Program funds.From 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy and now, during COVID-19, federal relief funds aimed to help individuals and businesses recover following a disaster become subject to fraud. PPP loans are no exception, yet the nature of these loans makes them particularly susceptible to both fraud and misuse. Bad actors are surfacing, and the financial crimes divisions of community financial institutions are struggling with the realization that some of the loans they rushed through may be fraudulent.The first federal arrests in connection with PPP fraud were announced in May. As the initial rush to secure PPP loans dies down, financial institutions now face a new set of questions: How do we handle misused, unforgiven and fraudulent loans? Is there a difference? What red flags should credit unions be on the lookout for?Fraud and Disaster Relief: A Tale as Old as TimeThe Department of Justice recently charged two businessmen in Rhode Island with fraudulently seeking PPP loans, the first in the country linked to the loan program. Industry officials warn this case won’t be the last. In fact, they estimate fraud rates could be as high as 10% to 12%—consistent with loan fraud from other disasters.last_img read more

Wight Ocean teams up with NOC on DASA project

first_imgThe NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has partnered with start-up company Wight Ocean on a successful proposal into the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator’s (DASA) Map the Gap funding programme. “We successfully teamed with the NOC on the DASA ‘Map the Gap’ Challenge earlier this year and look forward to increasing our collaboration with the NOC on other projects.” Through this collaboration Wight Ocean has also joined the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a partner. The NOC will take the role of scientific advisor on this project. “We are excited to be joining the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. The firm helps customers in selecting underwater technologies where capability gaps exist, offering marine robotics solutions, systems, and also sensors. “We have worked in partnership with Graham at Wight Ocean to develop a successful funding application and are now contributing NOC expertise into a project with an industry partner to satisfy end-user requirements. Aidan Thorn, Innovation Centre manager, said: Graham Lester founded the Isle of Wight-based company in 2019. Graham Lester – owner, director, Wight Ocean, also said: The project will develop an amphibious bottom crawler to navigate and transit water crossings to gather near real-time data. “This collaboration with Wight Ocean is the perfect example of why the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre was established. It also partners with underwater equipment manufacturers and software suppliers to provide unique solutions that meet customer needs.last_img read more

13 year olds – Are you gender fluid, demi-girl or intersex? (UK)

first_imgMailOnline 28 January 2016Children as young as 13 have been invited to describe their gender as any one of 25 different options in a Government-backed survey.The choices put before teenagers in research for the Children’s Commissioner for England include ‘gender fluid’, ‘demi-girl’ and ‘tri-gender’.The list of alternatives is being offered to children as part of a campaign to ‘find out how gender matters to young people’.Youngsters are also asked whether they feel safe using single-sex toilets, and if their school should have unisex ones instead.Other questions include whether their school should have just one unisex uniform.The research, described by one of its authors as ‘committed to feminist methodologies’, was condemned by critics who said it was biased and politically motivated.Yesterday Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield withdrew the survey after the Daily Mail asked her office about it.A spokesman said the version that had been distributed was ‘a draft’ and had not been cleared by the Commissioner. A new version will be prepared with some questions withdrawn.The survey was designed at a time of deepening controversy over gender politics, amid claims by activists that everyone should be free to choose their own sex. read more

Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica by: – October 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! 55 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Matthias Peltier Jr.Public Relations Officer of the Media Workers Association in Dominica (MWAD), Matthias Peltier Jr told the 6th Biennial General Assembly of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers yesterday that media workers in Dominica are under threat.Mr Peltier said the meeting comes at a time when media workers are under threat by the police and the government.“I want to speak of some of the threats that we face in Dominica; we meet at a time when there are threats by the police to investigate the identity of individuals writing under pen names, we meet also when there are moves by the national radio station to suspend a journalist or journalists for running a story on the opposition or an opposition function, we meet also when government is reluctant to meet with various persons in the press.”According to Peltier, while there is appreciation for the work that media practitioners do within the general public, it believed that the quality of work they provide could be improved.“There is generally appreciation for work done by media people in Dominica; various sectors still recognize the role of the media as crucial in several areas of national development. The public always feel that the media can do more, both the quality and quantity of media content has been questioned by members of the general public and there is growing discontent with the work of the media in Dominica,” he said.Mr Peltier believes that the solution to the public’s criticism of the quality of work which media workers provide is training.“I think key is training. Dominica has a crop of largely untrained journalist and other media workers; they are the men and women fresh out of high school and college they are also the ones most utilized in the media houses covering functions reporting on national issues. These media workers need all manner of training possible to help them better understand the things they cover and why they are in the media most of them don’t understand their role.”He further explained that the working conditions under which media practitioners work must be addressed as well the payment package offered.“Working conditions; newsrooms here are very small, for the most part media workers especially journalists are overwhelmed and under-paid. I’m sure you share the same sentiments all across the Caribbean. Resources and tools for trade are also very scarce.”Peltier however hopes that the meeting would assist in finding solutions to solving ‘our many media problems’.Meantime Peltier explained that the former president of MWAD Thalia Remy had resigned a week ago as she has returned to England but that a meeting will be called soon to revive the organization. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

UWI Open Campus Dominica to recognize 62 students

first_imgEducationLocalNewsTertiary UWI Open Campus Dominica to recognize 62 students by: – March 26, 2012 56 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, Dominica will on Thursday host a Recognition of Graduates Ceremony to formally recognize sixty-two (62) students who participated in a range of nine fields of study.Out of the sixty-two graduates, three students; Augustus Victorine, Robertine George and Jeoffrey James, will be recognized for their outstanding performance in social sciences, criminology and education in literacy studies.Augustus Victorine who received First Class Honors in the Bachelor of Science in Social Studies is this year’s Outstanding Graduate, while Robertine George has been awarded First Class Honors in the Bachelor of Education in Literacy Studies. Corporal Joeffrey James who hails from Bellevue Chopin, has been awarded a Distinction in the Certificate in Criminology program and is the Outstanding Student in Local Programmes. As such he will deliver an address at Thursday’s recognition ceremony.According to a fact sheet obtained from UWI Open Campus, Dominica’s Marketing and Outreach Officer Kimone C. Joseph, James worked as a teacher for four and a half years at the Grandbay Primary, Pichelin Primary and Giraudel Primary Schools, after which he joined the Dominica Police Force in September, 1994. James worked in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office for 11 years, was promoted to Corporal in 2009 and served as a new recruit instructor for a six-month period. Presently, he is stationed at the St. Joseph Police Station and his goal is to rise to the rank of Gazetted Officer in the Police Force. Speaking of his experience in the UWI Open Campus, Dominica Certificate in Criminology Programme, James expressed much praise.“The Criminology programme is very good,” he says. “The various courses like forensics, communication skills and understanding crime are so crucial, and here it is that UWI is offering the full package for law officers.” Meanwhile, Robertine George who is originally from the northern community of Bense will deliver the vote of thanks at the ceremony.George began her teaching career in 1997; graduated from the Dominica State College’s Teacher’s Programme in 2005 and received the student teacher of the year award. Thus, she received the Olive Harris Scholarship from the government and used the award to attend the UWI Open Campus. She has worked at the Bense Primary School, Woodfordhill Primary School and Wesley Primary School.She is currently the teacher responsible or the special reading programme at the Massacre Primary School and her dream is to attain a PhD in Literacy Instruction. Speaking of the Literacy Studies programme at UWI, George says, “It was tough. Some courses were more so than others. Yet, I enjoyed it and I worked very hard.”The Ceremony will be presided over by the Director of Open Campus Country Sites Dr. Luz Longsworth and Director of Academic Programming and Delivery Professor Gary Hepburn will also be in attendance. The feature address will be presented by Chief Judge of the Commonwealth of Dominica High Court, Guyanese Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks, who holds an LLB (Hons.) degree from University of the West Indies (1985) and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School (1987). Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Special Olympics organizes ‘Fire Truck Pull’

first_imgProvidedLawrenceburg, In. — Do you and a team of your closest friends and/or co-workers have what it takes to pull Lawrenceburg Fire Department’s largest ladder truck? Find out at the sixth annual Fire Truck Pull on August 19th, where teams will show off their strength as they play the ultimate game of tug-of-war with a fire truck to benefit local Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties athletes.The Fire Truck Pull is an event for teams of 15 or less to see who can pull a 74,000-pound fire truck fifty feet in the least amount of time and raise money to support Special Olympics athletes. This full-day festival of competition, antique fire trucks, cars, food and music will happen downtown Lawrenceburg on the corner of East High and Short Streets from noon to 8:00 p.m.Registration is limited to the first 30 teams. Teams are asked to raise at least $500 by hosting fundraisers, events and sponsorships. Teams registered before August 15 receive official event shirts.last_img read more

Dotson collects Sunday checkers at Cottage Grove

first_imgA late pass put Ethan Dotson in the winner’s circle following Sunday’s Wild West Modified Shootout feature at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 25) – Another first-time tour winner made his way to victory lane following Sunday’s Wild West Modified Shootout main event at Cottage Grove Speedway.Ethan Dotson took the $1,000 checkers at an event contested by 45 drivers from Oregon, Califor­nia, Nevada, Montana and Colorado, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.Collen Winebarger paced the field early. Several cautions kept the race close and Winebarger was challenged past midway.The leader had a close call late in the race.  While navigating lapped traffic, he made contact with a slower car and nearly lost the lead before the yellow flag came out for separate incident.Not too long after the restart, he was passed on the inside by Dotson.The California charger made the maneuver on lap 31 and took off after that. He built a sizable advantage and won his first career Wild West Modified Shootout feature in only three starts. Dotson became the 17th different driver to have won with the series and the fifth Califor­nian to do so.Winebarger was second followed by Grey Ferrando, John Campos and Jake Mayden, who had qualified for the feature by running second in his “B” feature.Feature results – 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Grey Ferrando; 4. John Campos; 5. Jake Mayden; 6. Bricen James; 7. Curtis Towns; 8. Danny Lauer; 9. Craig Hanson; 10. Tyler Smith; 11. Brad Martin; 12. Matthew Drager; 13. Steven Sturdevant; 14. Joey Price; 15. Mark Wauge; 16. Ryan Gaylord; 17. Dustin Cady; 18. Jesse Williamson; 19. Randy Brown; 20. Aaron Sheelar.last_img read more

Ronaldo set to quit football

first_imgRelatedPosts Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 UEFA Nations Cup: France fight back to sink battling Croatia Ronaldo scores 100th goal for Portugal Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has opened the door to early retirement.The former Manchester United and Real Madrid attacker admits his business interests are taking more of his time.He said, “I’m not crazy. I’m not obsessed with training, but with success, which is totally different.“I still love football. I love to entertain fans and people who love Cristiano. Age does not count, it’s just a question of mentality. Over the past five years, I have begun to appreciate the fact that I am mostly seen off the field (for his business activities).“So who can know what can happen in a year or two?”Tags: Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more