An exhibition at this year’s Chelsea flower show has been created to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race. The Stonemarket Boat Race Anniversary Garden, designed by Bunny Guiness, will be sunk 60cm (2ft) below ground level so visitors can look down on the racethemed design which is based on the rivalry between the ‘two blues’.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004
Fielding Manor Drive Homeowners Speak Out Against IGA DevelopmentJUNE 15TH, 2018 JEFF GOLDBERG EVANSVILLE, INDIANAGetting an IGA store, sandwich shop and gas station on the corner of the Lloyd Expressway and Fielding Road was a challenge. After the Area Plan Commission voted against it, members the Evansville City Council took it into their own hands to give the wooded area near Harrison High School something new. They overruled the Area Plan Commission and at the time residents of the street the development backs up to had questions.Now they have even more questions after they say an original plan was changed without any notice. They noticed the changes only after access to their road, Fielding Manor Court, was shut down. There’s not many living on the private road, just 6 families, but they say a new plan to route their only way to and from their homes is a major detriment.The way the new plan has the current Fielding Manor Drive going away. When finished, the project has the new Fielding Manor Drive actually going through the parking lot of the to be built IGA store. The homeowners there say this would greatly decrease their home values, increase traffic and decrease accessibility. They say they moved in for the secluded safe feeling and they are already losing that.Some of the homeowners have been trying to get any official to give them some answers. They have been put through the ringer, INDOT tells them to go to the city of Evansville, the city tells them to talk to the city council, but they say it all boils down to the city engineer’s office.ATTACHED BELOW IS THE STATEMENT THAT 44NEWS RECEIVED FROM THE EVANSVILLE CITY ENGINEERS’S OFFICE.“The project has gone through many steps. Step one was to rezone the property to meet the County’s zoning regulations. The Area Plan Commission voted 7-3 against the rezoning, with two abstentions. The rezoning request was forwarded to City Council for a final vote. The City Council reversed the Area Plan Commission’s decision and vote 6-3 in favor of the rezoning. The City Engineer’s office then began 18 months of coordination with multiple departments, reviewing options for access along Fielding Road and developing the best possible solution for safety and mobility. The best solution is to move the access for the development far away from of the Lloyd Expressway, which sees nearly 60,000 vehicles per day.The approach to Fielding Manner [sic] Drive was consolidated with the commercial drive access to maintain as few “conflict points” as possible. Also, by realigning Fielding Manner [sic] Drive, the grade of the drive will be reduced by approximately 6 percent and the drive within the right-of-way will be widened to 25-feet wide to improve safety and mobility.”There is still some hope for the homeowners. While they don’t understand how a private easement that they have taken care of for 20 years could just be handed over to a private company, a resident who lives there says she has a phone call with the Mayor of Evansville on Monday.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Congratulations to the 2016 Bears. The Bears finished in 3rd Place while competing in the JCC of Bayonne Indoor Flag Football Jr Division. From left to right are Mariam Rasslan, Coach Alex Camacho, Louai Asouti, David Matos and Amir Asouti. ×OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
ROBERT B. KNAPP To the Editor:There are many issues in today’s world facing our environment and I wish to take time to recognize the efforts of our County Executive Tom DeGise in the area of green power and sustainable matters. When Tom took over the reins of county government a number of years ago he was faced with a myriad of issues that required his attention.One of the many areas was the full recognition and subsequent involvement to this day concerning green power. In a symbolic way, he stared his concerns by using a hybrid vehicle to bring recognition to the matters. He demanded in the contracts for the energy to power the county buildings that these providers must deliver at least twenty five percent renewable energy to be considered.The most striking effort is the Hudson County Solar Initiative, the County Executive’s developed program that focused on the issue of green power and climate change and has installed solar arrays on twenty eight public buildings in our County. The facilities are a variety of public sites, schools, municipal buildings, community buildings and are located in Jersey City, Bayonne, West New York, Weehawken, North Bergen, Kearny, Harrison and Secaucus. Tom joined hands with the Hudson County Board of Freeholders in 2017 and the combined Environmental Impact Savings for twenty eight locations prevented almost three and half million pounds of greenhouse gasses from entering our atmosphere.It is the innovative areas that Tom has moved forward with shared services agreements with municipalities on costs from rock salt to traffic engineering work. He is the champion in planting trees in County Parks, county grounds and on the streets of towns in the county at the request of the residents. We in Hudson County are fortunate to have a progressive, professional, honest and caring County Executive who on a daily basis is a true representative by, for and of the people of Hudson County.
Group Urges Vermont Yankee License RenewalAt PSB Hearing They Note that Plant’s Power is Criticalfor Vermont’s Economy and Quality of LifeMontpelier, VT/September 15, 2008 – The Vermont Energy Partnership, a diverse group of more than 90 business, labor, and community leaders as well as individual energy experts today reiterated its strong support for the license renewal of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon.At the Vermont Public Service Board hearing Monday on the license renewal of the plant and through written remarks, more than a dozen Partnership members will comment on the plant’s importance and how it serves the public good. They addressed its safety record, its economic importance, and its role in mitigating pollution and keeping Vermont clean.Below are excerpts.On the Plant’s Overall Importance to Vermont”Vermont Yankee is a safe, highly scrutinized, and well operated facility that provides clean power to the region. Its license should be renewed. The continued operation of Vermont Yankee is vital to Vermont. It provides abundant and low-cost electricity, is an important component of our diverse power supply, produces practically zero greenhouse gas emissions, and provides substantial economic benefits for Vermont’s economy. For economic and environmental reasons, Vermont’s Yankee’s license renewal makes compelling sense.”Brad FerlandPresidentThe Vermont Energy PartnershipOn the Electricity Challenges at Hand”Today, Vermont Yankee produces about 70 percent of all electricity produced in Vermont. This baseload production is without carbon, sulfur, mercury, or nitrogen oxides, all of which contribute to air pollution. Any substitute will require additional transmission and sightings. With today’s technology, our baseload supply cannot be achieved through a combination of conservation, efficiencies and alternative supply. The alternative would have to be either coal or gas-fired generation creating pollution.”Milt EatonFormer Vermont Secretary of Development and Community Affairs and Retired U.S. Department of Energy OfficialOn Environmental Benefits”Vermont can proudly say it has one of the lowest carbon emitting electricity portfolios of any state in the U.S. largely because of Vermont Yankee’s operation. For over thirty years, Vermont Yankee has been providing Vermont with one-third of its electricity without emitting carbon, nitrogen and sulfur dioxides that destroy air, water and land quality.”Jennifer ClancyEnvironmentalistOn Economic Benefits”The value of Vermont Yankee for the Windham County community is immense. The plant provides hundreds of jobs and large tax revenues. Should Vermont Yankee not be re-licensed, Windham County would lose a major contributor to our economy. The electric rate, because of Vermont Yankee, helps to keep many of our local employers competitive in the world market.”Dart EverettBusiness Leader, Brattleboro, VTOn Safety”Vermont Yankee’s safety culture and practices ensure that the plant is one of the safest places in Vermont. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has nuclear energy experts at Vermont Yankee daily. These highly qualified individuals make sure that Vermont Yankee adheres to rigorous and comprehensive safety programs. Vermont Yankee has an excellent safety record and has consistently been given the NRC’s highest annual safety rating – green.”Dennis McMahonCommunity Leader, Chittenden County# # #
Coal generation falls to just 12% of Tennessee Valley Authority’s power supply in first quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chattanooga Times Free Press:For the first time in more than six decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority got more power from renewable sources than from burning coal during the first three months of 2020.With electricity sales down due to the mild weather and COVID-19 virus shutdowns, TVA used its coal-fired power plants to generate only 12% of its power needs in the past quarter. A generation ago, TVA’s coal plants supplied more than two-thirds of the utility’s electricity.Last month with most schools, restaurants and stores shut down, TVA at times turned off its 25 remaining coal-fired units and relied entirely upon its nuclear, hydro, natural gas, solar and purchased power supplies to meet the electricity needs in its seven-state region.Despite President Donald Trump’s appeal to TVA and others to revive “beautiful coal,” TVA has phased out more than half of the 59 coal-fired units it once operated, including the shutdown of its last unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky in February. At the same time, abundant rainfall pushed up power production at TVA’s 29 power-generating dams and the addition of more solar farms in the Tennessee Valley boosted power generated from the sun.The biggest share of TVA’s power, 43% in the first quarter, came from TVA’s seven nuclear power reactors in Tennessee and Alabama. TVA is studying whether to add even more atomic power by building the nation’s first small modular reactor to help supply Oak Ridge, Tennessee.TVA was not alone in turning to wind, solar and hydro power, rather than coal, for its power this year. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis reviewed government data on energy production across the United States and found electricity generated by renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days [and throughout the month of April].[Dave Flessner]More: TVA getting more power from renewables than coal this year
NCUA, along with the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, issued a request for comment on a proposed interagency policy statement on allowances for credit losses. The proposed policy statement is designed to promote consistency in the interpretation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) credit losses accounting standard, which introduces the current expected credit loss (CECL) methodology.The proposed statement describes the measurement of expected credit losses using CECL and updates concepts and practices detailed in existing supervisory guidance that remain applicable. FASB agreed this week to defer the effective date of CECL for credit unions and other institutions to 2023, while it is effective for certain public companies in 2020.The agencies also are requesting comment on the proposed interagency guidance on credit risk review systems. The guidance presents principles for establishing a system of independent, ongoing credit risk review in accordance with safety and soundness standards. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » CUNA’s research shows that credit unions that are intentionally financially inclusive grow memberships, loans, and assets faster, without harming portfolio quality. CUNA Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was joined by other credit union leaders for a webinar Thursday on the business case for serving Latinx consumers.Latinx in the U.S. are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group, and half were unbanked or underbanked compared to one-third of whites in 2017.CUNA evaluated Coopera’s Hispanic Outreach Program, which provides demographic analytics, consulting services, and training to help credit unions with outreach and service to the Hispanic/Latinx market. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Categories: Editorial, OpinionOn this day of Thanksgiving, many face challenges, meager challenges and challenges so monumental that others among us can’t begin to comprehend how they get by.It’s so hard to be thankful sometimes when it seems the world just keeps pouring it on.But our area is full of people who truly care about others and who sacrifice a bit of themselves to help others in need.Today, for example, there are hundreds of people right in our area who are serving Thanksgiving meals to people in need or people who just need the company. These meals don’t happen on a whim. They take months of planning and organizing and solicitation of volunteers. Someone stood in a hot kitchen and precooked all those turkeys and mashed potatoes and vegetables and pies. They took time out of their evenings and weekends. Other individuals and companies donated the food for the meals, the plates and utensils, the kitchen facilities and the places to hold the meals. Others donated cash to help pay for it.Parents brought their children to help, both to impart on them the joy of giving and to remind them how blessed they are compared to others. Many are taking this Thanksgiving morning to deliver those meals to those who can’t leave their homes, leaving their warm homes for cold cars packed with packages of food.All this giving for just one event.It’s flat-out amazing when you think about what people do around here to help others and to serve their community throughout the year.During the natural disasters in Texas, Florida and the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had people who actually took time off from their jobs and away from their families, got on a plane and went there, helping feed people or provide medical care or assist with the cleanup. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We have people serving on community boards and school boards and in charitable organizations and hospitals and senior centers and church groups for no pay, no recognition. They probably even have to put up with some grief from people. The jobs are hard, and we know what a sacrifice it can be to serve. The most gratifying high notes in our communities are those involving the acts of young people.College students venture out to help their adopted hometowns, doing everything from organizing and staffing blood drives to fixing up elderly people’s property to raking leaves at the homes of senior citizens to sprucing up historic sites to leaving homemade hats and scarves on trees for the homeless to take.The generation that often gets criticized for its selfishness is in no short supply of individuals willing to invest their time and energy into helping others. Fear not; the future is safe in their hands.Whatever you do in the community, however you serve, whatever big or little contribution you might make to bettering the lives of others, it is appreciated. People’s lives are better for what you do. Your community is better.Today, when we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, let’s make sure we remember to thank the givers. We have people around here who regularly go on missions to other countries to provide needed water, sewer treatment and medical attention.Every day, teams of volunteers go out into the community and rebuild Little League fields, clean up graffiti from bridges and buildings, rake the leaves and mow cemeteries so families can more appropriately honor the people they’ve lost.We have people raising money for victims of tragedies like car accidents and fires for medical care or to help offset the families’ expenses.We have people buying toys for children so they have a nice Christmas and people who organize trucks and volunteers to deliver the presents. We have people who regularly prepare care packages for soldiers serving overseas, giving them a touch of home even though they’re thousands of miles away.Throughout the year, people donate and package backpacks for hundreds of local children who come from impoverished homes, making sure these kids have food and school supplies so they’re at their best to learn.We have people who volunteer on the nastiest nights of the year to staff emergency shelters so that the homeless have a place to escape the cold.We have people with construction skills who donate their time and effort building homes for poor families, allowing them to provide a safe place for their children and have pride in home ownership.
In addition to the safety chamber, the university has also designed a coverall suit made from waterproof material with a built-in face mask that only costs Rp 200,000 and can be used up to two times.“One of its advantages is that medical workers don’t need to wear boots as the suit covers their body from head to toe, with the exception of their face and palms,” Thontowi said.As the materials used in the suits are scarce, they would only be used at the UMM Hospital and other nearby hospitals. Thontowi, however, said he had given the blueprints and samples of the protective suit to the East Java and West Java provincial administrations to be replicated, adding that the hospitals would not file a patent.The COVID-19 coronavirus has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system, with reports of inadequate medical supplies and deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge. (mfp) Topics : Thontowi said that the half-body model cost around Rp 2.2 million (US$134.43) to make while the full-body model cost around Rp 2.5 million, adding that the device would be mass-produced for other referral hospitals.“If previously the patient was transported by nurses or medical workers who had to dress like astronauts, with this safety chamber, both the patient and the staff will be safer because the proper isolation method had been applied,” UMM Hospital director Djoni Djunaedi said.He added that the hospital would continue to add new features and make improvements to the chamber, such as adding a breathing apparatus and using adhesive to prevent leakage, to increase the patients’ comfort during examination.“The maintenance is easy, just clean it with alcohol, or just use detergent,” Thantowi said. Academics and volunteers at the Muhammadiyah University of Malang (UMM) in East Java have developed a safety chamber to allow medical workers to examine patients while minimizing their potential exposure to COVID-19.The newly developed safety chamber is made from fiberglass and is meant to shield patients and minimize direct contact with medical workers. The university’s hospital has made two variants, one that covers the upper half of the patient’s body and one that covers their entire body.“The half-body model is used for examination and treatment, while the full-body one is used to minimize exposure when the patients are being transferred inside the hospital so that the patients won’t transmit the disease and the medical workers won’t catch it,” UMM Hospital’s COVID-19 response team coordinator Thontowi Djauhari said on Monday.