Union rout Real Salt Lake 4-1

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Marcus Epps and Borek Dockal scored in the first half and the Philadelphia Union added two more in the second to beat Real Salt Lake 4-1 on Saturday night.Fabrice-Jean Picault had a 40-yard run up the left channel to set up the opening goal in the 21st minute, rounding his defender and slotting a cross through several defenders to find Epps for the finish.Dockal chipped home Alejandro Bedoya’s through ball to make it 2-0 for the Union (4-5-2) in the 34th minute.Damir Kreilach pulled Real Salt Lake (4-6-1) to 2-1 in the 65th minute. Sebastian Saucedo made a run at the end line and cut the pass back to Kreilach.Ilsinho capped a fast break to make it 3-1 in the 74th minute, and Keegan Rosenberry drove one home from 25 yards to cap the scoring in the 81st. Written by Robert Lovell Tags: MLS/Real Salt Lake/Soccer May 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Union rout Real Salt Lake 4-1last_img read more


first_imgDeMarco steps down as Business AdministratorBayonne City Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco announced that he is stepping down from his position with the city to manage Mayor James Davis’s re-election campaign, effective December 18. Bayonne Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy will take over as Business Administrator.DeMarco, originally from Jersey City, managed Davis’s 2014 mayoral campaign after three years as Business Administrator in West New York and two terms on the Bernardsville Town Council, where he now lives. He received his juris doctor from the Fordham University School of Law, B.A. from Boston College, and graduated from Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City.“Joe DeMarco has been an instrumental part of my administration since the beginning and his hard work and dedication to moving Bayonne forward has been essential to the renaissance we’re now seeing in our city,” said Mayor Davis. “With this decision Joe will be able to devote his full time and attention to running the campaign, avoiding any potential conflicts and keeping politics and government separate, as they should be. There is no one else I would rather have running this operation and I look forward to working with Joe and our entire team over the next six months to make sure we keep Bayonne on the path toward a bright future.”Davis will run against Jason O’Donnell, a former Democratic Assemblyman and Bayonne firefighter, in the mayoral election in June. Liberty Humane Society returns lowest bid for Bayonne Animal Control contractThe Animal Control contract between the City of Bayonne and New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue (NJACR) expired on November 30, and bids for the next contract are in, with Liberty Humane Society (LHS) entering the lowest bid. The Bayonne City Council will vote on the next animal control contract at the Dec. 13 meeting.The Bayonne City Council voted at a July 2016 meeting to put the contract out for bid, pitting the two major animal control players in the county against one another. LHS is the animal control and sheltering provider for Hoboken and the sheltering provider for Jersey City. NJACR has won contracts in North Bergen, Union City, Guttenberg, Bayonne, and Harrison.LHS was originally awarded Bayonne’s animal control contract in 2014. In December of 2015, the city switched to New Jersey Animal Control and Rescue (NJACR), with city officials citing concerns about LHS’s ability to address nuisance wildlife. Disgruntled citizens held protests outside city hall over alleged animal abuse.The city’s Request for Proposals dictated a two-year, $90,000 maximum animal control contract, and outlines eleven new requirements. Liberty Humane Society entered a bid for $84,900, while NJACR entered a bid for $87,500. The next step in light rail expansionThe expansion of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line from West Side Avenue to Route 440 received final state approval on Friday.“As Jersey City continues to grow into the largest city in New Jersey, we have worked to ensure that our local transportation systems can sustain and enhance this growth,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “I thank NJ Transit for advancing the process in extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Route 440 in order to support the future growth of Jersey City’s West Side neighborhood. This expansion will improve connectivity for projects such as Bayfront and New Jersey City University’s new West Campus, and we look forward to working with NJ Transit to further the success of projects such as these, and this important neighborhood.”County Executive Tom DeGise, who was one of the leading advocates for the project, appeared before the NJ Transit board to urge the board to approve the funding.“This means it has cleared the next hurdle,” DeGise said. “The project is estimated to cost about $220 million. This will be a combination of NJ Transit and federal money. The developer is also expected to kick something in.”DeGise said NJ Transit’s portion will need to be matched by federal funding before the project can start construction.“But this is an important step, and something we’ve pushed for years.”Construction updateDemolition of old bridge piers (columns) that once supported the old lower level of the Bayonne Bridge has been completed in Bergen Point. Demolition is taking place this week between 1st Street and the Kill Van Kull. The piers that are being demolished supported the old version of the Bayonne Bridge.Crews will be erecting new piers and roadway segments this week between 4th Street and Juliette Street. Work on building footings will proceed between West 1st Street and West 2nd Street.At the 14A toll plaza, renovation continues on the existing toll plaza building. The toll plaza also has a new sign structure as of December 7. This week, traffic from Port Jersey Boulevard to the toll plaza and from the toll plaza to Port Jersey Boulevard will increase to two travel lanes in each direction over the new connector bridge.Construction is complete on the ramps between the toll plaza and the Hudson County Extension, where installation of signs will continue.Street-level sidewalk and curb replacement continues on Avenue C and Kennedy Boulevard. Night-time, single-lane closures this week will take place on the Hudson County Extensionfrom 8p.m. to 5a.m., Monday through Friday for sign installation.At the northern end of Avenue E by the new roundabout, roadway construction continues from 52nd Street to 51st Street. This week, northbound Avenue E will be reduced to a single lane at 52nd Street, Monday through Friday, for roadway construction.New ramp construction continues on southbound Route 440 at the Pulaski Street intersection while traffic signal construction continues along Route 440. In the ramp area east of Route 440, road construction continues on the new connector ramps, while roadway widening work continues on Port Jersey Boulevard.Bayonne rent up 6.6 percent, NJ rents rise faster than inflationNew data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the cost of rental housing in NJ has been rising faster than inflation and is taking a greater portion of income than ever. Statewide, the median rent — $1,213 per month — was 1.3 percent higher in 2012 through 2016 compared with the previous four-year period.According to the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey released this week, Hudson County’s median rent increased 5.3 percent. In Bayonne, rent increased 6.6 percent, from a median $1,087 rent in 2007-2011 to $1,158 in 2012-2016. The median rent rose by 10 percent or more in more than 100 municipalities.The ACS data also shows that NJ has added more rental units and that rental units’ share of all housing has increased. The data do not indicate what proportion of rental housing is affordable.Firefighters rescue victim from second-floor of burning buildingTwo Bayonne firefighters rescued a resident from a two-alarm burning building in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 9 on East 50th Street, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Four occupants of the building were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.The firefighters saved the trapped occupant by entering through a second-story window using a ground ladder, then exited out of the same window.Firefighters used two hose lines to extinguish the fire on the second floor of the building and prevented the fire from spreading to an attached building. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at a local medical facility and released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious at this time.“I would like to commend the firefighters at the scene for a job well done,” said Chief Weaver. “Their quick actions prevented the fire from extending to an attached building next door. Also, under difficult conditions consisting of heavy fire and smoke on the second floor of the building, they rescued one of the home’s occupants.”Liberty Science Center planetarium is the now the largest in Western HemisphereWhen the new planetarium at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City opens this Saturday, December 9, it will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. Formerly, the largest planetarium in the hemisphere was the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Manhattan planetarium, told the New York Times that the new planetarium has advantages due to greater transportation access for NJ school groups. If the new facility has a top-of-the-line projector, he added, “That’s great.” Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of the Liberty Science Center responded that his planetarium has 10 projectors.The LSC planetarium boasts 88 million pixels and an 89-foot diameterscreen that can project 280 trillion color possibilities. At least 250,000 school children are expected to visit the planetarium annually.The center, officially the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, is named after a former high school teacher who donated $5 million for its construction. Montclair HS Football wins 2017 State ChampionshipThe Montclair High School football team won the 2017 NJSIAA State Championship last week in the North 1 Group 5 category. The Montclair Dispatch says Montclair took home the trophy after defeating Union City, with a final score of 35-14.Donate clothes for adults, boys, girls as part of domestic violence driveAllstate agency owners from across New Jersey are coming together to host a supply drive to benefit the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV). The donations will support the nonprofit’s mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.Now through Dec. 11, the public can participate by donating new winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for women, boys and girls. A complete list of most-needed supplies can be found here: bit.ly/AllstateFoundationTrenton. Through their volunteer efforts, each participating Allstate agency owner will secure a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will accept the grants and distribute the funding to local domestic violence nonprofits. The dates of the donation drives align with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which NNEDV supports.The following Hudson County Allstate locations are collecting items:4914 Kennedy Blvd., West New York315 Broadway, Bayonne1317 Paterson Plank Road, SecaucusContact Natalie Terchek at 312-558-1770 for more information.Activists attempt to derail new plan for marina on south side of LSPWith less than one month left before Gov. Christopher Christie’s term expires, local community activists hope to derail a plan that would privatize the southern portion of Liberty State Park and construct a new luxury marina where deteriorating jetties currently exist.Tipped by someone that the plan is being discussed by state officials without adequate notice to the public, Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park, is looking to drum up enough opposition to keep Christie from getting the plan approved before he leaves office in mid-January.Mayor Steven Fulop joined other public officials and environmental activists at a rally near the picnic area on Saturday, Dec. 2 to highlight the threat and to send a message to Christie to drop the plans.“Every other year, someone gets the idea that they can develop Liberty State Park,” he said, making reference to 2016 plans for redevelopment, and alluding to previous plans that posed a number of changes. The 2016 plan, never enacted, would have also shifted oversight of the park from the state’s forestry department to the Meadowlands Commission, which could have reduced the public’s influence over what changes are made.Fulop also issued a warning to potential developers that the city would continue to pursue legal and political options long after Christie leaves office.NJ construction company submits Amazon headquarters proposalDT Allen, a Midland Park, N.J.-based contracting company that owns land in Secaucus, submitted an entry for HQ2 by Secaucus Junction in October, making Secaucus the second Hudson County location to vie for Amazon’s mega development behind Bayonne. Hundreds of municipalities throughout U.S. and Canada have submitted proposals, while Gov. Christie has officially recommended Newark.Titled “A Vision For 15X,” the plan — if chosen — looks to transform 105 acres, from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit Station to the Hackensack River, into a mixed use, transit-oriented Amazon Global Headquarters Village development.However, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and other city representatives said that they’re against the proposal as it stands, because it would include some corporate housing, adding to the town’s population. But they say they would not be against a plan that brings Amazon to the town, in general.In an October letter to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, County Executive Tom DeGise endorsed the proposal, saying that “Hudson County’s unique landscape, culture, and facilities present an exciting opportunity for Amazon to create a new headquarters which will fulfill Amazon’s soaring ambitions.”The plan’s name stems from the site’s proximity to Exit 15X on the New Jersey Turnpike. Uses would include retail, hotels, restaurants, parks, and even a publicly accessible marina.NJ Transit pays reputed mobster for land on Hoboken’s borderAccording to reports, NJ Transit paid $6.13 million to the family of a reputed mobster in a settlement for land the agency wanted for a tunnel project cancelled in 2010.The settlement was with Township of Washington resident Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco over the value of a 1.89 acre piece of land on the border of Hoboken and Weehawken, which was condemned by NJ Transit for the ARC tunnel project and canceled by Gov. Chris Christie in October 2010.NJ Transit’s board approved the settlement with M &C Franco & Co. in August.NJ Transit and the Franco family disputed over the property’s value in court since 2010. In 2012, a Hudson County jury valued the land at $8.15 million. However, a state appellate court gave NJ Transit a victory in 2016 after the agency appealed the verdict.The three-judge-panel ruled that the higher value wasn’t appropriate because it depended on the landowner winning approvals from two municipalities to change zoning to allow residential development on the property.According to reports, Franco was sentenced to a year in prison on racketeering charges in 2014 and released on June 11, 2015.Courthouse arrests of immigrants risingArrests of undocumented immigrants inside NJ courthouses have risen sharply this year, a survey by the immigration nonprofit Make the Road New Jersey shows. Advocates and lawyers surveyed who work in the court system report that many immigrants are afraid to be witnesses in criminal cases because they fear arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the courthouses, Matt Katz writes for NJ Spotlight. A spokesperson for ICE said the rise in sanctuary cities across the country has prompted the increase in arrests at courthouses.Commission says cuts to benefits needed to fix NJ pension systemCuts in health benefits for state and local government employees are needed to repair the state pension system, a commission created by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says. In releasing the final report of the NJ Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission on Dec. 6, Christie said he hoped the incoming Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, would act on the panel’s recommendation to cut health benefits by $4 billion a year, reports The Record. Christie said that in his last month in office he would be willing to work on legislation to cut the health benefits.Bill would ban secrecy in sexual harassment settlementsNondisclosure agreements in workplace sexual harassment cases would be illegal under a bill introduced by State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen County) last week. Advocates for sexual harassment victims say they welcome the legislation, according to The Record. But lawyers who represent employers say the bill would make companies less likely to settle sexual harassment cases.Legislation to disband NJSPCA hits snag in TrentonAfter a state report concluded that the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was failing to protect the state’s animals, State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union County) introduced legislation to disband the agency that is responsible for enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws. But the measure will face hurdles in Trenton before the legislative session ends in January, reports NJ Spotlight.last_img read more

Friul juicers unveiled

first_imgApuro has unveiled its new Friul juice extractors and is marketing them as a way for bakery retailers, cafés and coffee shops to encourage healthy eating by offering pure fruit or vegetable juice. The machines can also be used to juice vegetables as a base for cold soup.Two models are available from Apuro. The Lota is the smaller version, and can process 150kg of fruit or vegetables per hour with a typical yield of 60-75%. The larger Alpha model can process over 220kg per hour, with a typical yield of 65-75%.Both models have a double shredder disc for maximum efficiency and a food pusher to hold the food in place and prevent slipping, and are supplied with a full one-year parts and labour warranty.[http://www.apuro.co.uk]last_img read more

Toaster of the week: Jesus toaster

first_imgToast impressions are nothing new we’ve seen everything from cartoon characters to football insignia burnt onto bread. Similarly, Jesus’ favoured medium of appearing on bread products is well-documented. Now, the two have made an unholy alliance in the form of the Jesus toaster. “It’s really a natural parody to the phenomenon of seeing Jesus everywhere,” said its inventor Galen Dively, founder of Burnt Impressions.While orders from born-again Christians have flooded in, others in Daley’s conservatively Christian US homeland have hailed this as a heathen home appliance.However, his products could be elevated from impudent impiety to international incident, if the company’s latest idea sees light of day. “How about a toaster that toasts the Star of David on one slice and the Crescent Moon of Islam on the other slice?” mused Dively on the firm’s Facebook page. “The traditions are sliced from the same loaf.” Uh oh, he’s just lit the touchpaper for a spate of toaster burnings in the Middle East…last_img read more

Harvard’s religious past

first_img Related Beyond the religious controversy surrounding the origins of Harvard and luminous particularity, Shoemaker teaches his students how to properly engage history. “It’s been stated that a good historian tries to turn mirrors into windows,” he said. Shoemaker explained that if we look to history only seeking our contemporary values, then our encounter, like a mirror, reflects back to us our own modern beliefs and understandings. However, he said, if we view history more as looking through a window, then we employ those texts and figures as a way to approach history on its own terms and in its own context, which will give us a more honest understanding of the past.For example, Shoemaker pointed out that modern students might be tempted to view the Puritans who founded Harvard as backward and intolerant, in part because, after all, they branded Hutchinson a heretic and banished her. Yet this view forgets that these same Puritans opposed their right-wing colleagues who insisted that Harvard should focus on theology and emphasize preparation for professional ministry to the exclusion of a liberal arts education. Harvard was always resolute in maintaining a liberal arts focus, Shoemaker said, thus resisting the pressure from prominent figures, including Cotton Mather (1663-1728), a prominent Puritan minister and writer in Boston, who considered Harvard’s classical education a “a vile peece of paganism.”“In contrast, Harvard President Charles Chauncy in 1655 had declared that ‘all truth is God’s truth,’ including those components of a classical education that come from ‘heathen’ authors,” Shoemaker said.Shoemaker said that while universities today may not allot a prominent role to religion, it would be a distortion to adopt that perspective when approaching the history of Harvard. He told a story about a meeting Gomes had with an administrator of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In a University Hall room overlooking the Memorial Church, the official said that if the Yard were designed today, the church would certainly not occupy such a prominent position. Gomes, who was the Pusey Minister in the church, replied, “Well, it’s too late to get rid of us now.”Anthony Chiorazzi has an M.Phil. in social anthropology from Oxford University and a master of theological studies degree, with a focus on religion and the social sciences, from Harvard Divinity School.SaveSaveSaveSave To be Buddhist monks at Harvard As Divinity School students adapt to University life, they also face assumptions made about them “It all began when I wrote my dissertation on the history of religion at Harvard in the 19th century,” said Stephen Shoemaker, a lecturer on the study of religion at Harvard. “But specializing in the details of Harvard’s history is a career-limiting move. It prepares you to teach at one university,” he said with a laugh. “Yale doesn’t usually return my calls.”The winner of the 2016 Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award, Shoemaker holds a master’s in theology from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Harvard. A noted lecturer on campus, his signature class is “Harvard’s History and Evolving Religious Identity,” which he created and co-taught with the Rev. Peter J. Gomes for many years before Gomes’ death in 2011. In spring, the course had a record 90 students.“The class was held in Holden Chapel in the Yard, and it was packed,” said Michael Ledecky ’16, a government concentrator. Ledecky said the class was eye-opening. “I had no idea what a large role religion played in the origins and development of Harvard.”Shoemaker said it is common for his students to be surprised by the significance of religion in the evolution of Harvard, and he believes part of his mission is to raise that awareness.“Harvard might not have ever gotten off the ground if it wasn’t for a religious controversy,” Shoemaker said, standing in the center of the Yard in one of his trademark vests — complete with pocket watch chain.“Harvard’s History and Evolving Religious Identity” was created and co-taught by Stephen Shoemaker and the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who passed away in 2011. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerShoemaker explained that not long after Newtowne — later renamed Cambridge — was founded in the 1630s, the fledgling community was divided over the question of how to secure salvation. The Puritans had heated debates about the nuances of soteriology, Shoemaker explained, with one group placing a radical emphasis on the idea of grace, the other insisting that good works played a part. Arguing for the former view, charismatic Puritan leader Anne Hutchinson bucked the establishment opinion in Newtowne and was ultimately tried, convicted, and banished for her beliefs.To provide a bulwark against remnants of Hutchinson’s free-grace theology, just two weeks after she was banished the General Court of Massachusetts finally released funds in November 1637 to establish the “College at Newtowne” (renamed Harvard in 1639), Shoemaker said as he stood framed by the John Harvard Statue, thronged by tourists. While Harvard had been established on paper by the court in 1636, no action was taken to actually create the College until after Hutchinson’s trial.“So, we can view the establishment of Harvard,” Shoemaker said, “as being a corrective to a religious point of view that many in the Massachusetts Bay Colony saw as a threat to Puritan religious orthodoxy.”Art history concentrator Robert Fitzpatrick ’16 said that Shoemaker was also the type of professor he had hoped to have when he applied to Harvard. “When a professor is passionate about something, it’s hard for students to check out,” said Fitzpatrick.“And Professor Shoemaker is certainly passionate about Harvard’s history,” he noted, adding that Shoemakers’ vested suits and bow ties “embodied the classic Harvard professor.”One of the things that drew Shoemaker to study Harvard’s history was “luminous particularity,” a concept borrowed from the late Hollis Professor George Huntston Williams. Shoemaker said that Harvard’s history represents a unique lens through which to view many of the issues and debates in broader U.S. history, and religious history in particular, including not only Puritan ideas relating to salvation, but the emergence of Christian liberalism and the concomitant evolution of the undergraduate curriculum.“This is why it is important that Harvard has a course about its own history,” Shoemaker said, passing in front of Massachusetts Hall, Harvard’s oldest standing building, dating to 1720. “Such a course gives students an appreciation for Harvard’s durability and its centuries-long significance in American higher education.”last_img read more

Get Hands-On with Our Latest Open Solutions at OCP Summit

first_imgHow to Find Dell at OCP SummitDell EMC will be in Booth B24 in the exposition area. Come by to learn more about open management with RedDrum and to fully experience the latest in Modular Data Center and Rack Scale technology.You can also follow us on Twitter at @DellEMCservers for news from the show. Share your experience using the #OCPSummit2018 and #PowerEdge hashtags. Dell EMC is a strong proponent of open industry standards because we believe customers win with non-proprietary solutions based on open solutions. As part of this commitment, we have participated in the Open Compute Project (OCP) since its inception. The annual OCP Summit, happening this week (March 20-21) at the San Jose Convention Center, brings together more than 3,000 key decision makers that help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in the data center and beyond. To help drive the adoption of an open ecosystem, our Extreme Scale Infrastructure group will be showcasing two demos at this week’s OCP Summit that highlight our open solutions. Join us in booth B24 in the exposition area to get hands-on with our experts.Open Source RedDrum Redfish DemoOur latest contribution to the open source community, RedDrum, is a python-based implementation of a Redfish service that includes a recipe for backend integration with OpenBMC. RedDrum allows client system management software to use standard Redfish APIs to access the capabilities provided by OpenBMC.OpenBMC is an open software framework for a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that connects to sensors in a system to read and control environmental conditions (i.e., temperature) and provide other system management functions (i.e., power control, monitoring and logging of CPU and memory).We will be demonstrating RedDrum working with both a live OpenBMC-based server as well as a backend simulator that is included in our contribution. The simulator will be a valuable tool for developers who need to work on software even when they have limited access to hardware.The RedDrum contribution shows our continued leadership and commitment to improve developer and interoperability tools to enable the Redfish ecosystem. Read more about RedDrum in our recent Tech Center blog.Virtual Reality: Modular Data Centers and the DSS 9000 Rack Scale InfrastructureWe will also be running a great VR demo that we just debuted at Mobile World Congress.This experience allows attendees to explore a typical modular data center installation in a virtual space, giving them a realistic sense of how an MDC can fit to their particular IT environment.The demo features a fully equipped DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure solution, and attendees will be able to pull out and closely examine each of the DSS 9000’s three sled types.Customers at Mobile World Congress found this demo to be tremendously informative – and fun!last_img read more

Jobs Act cuts loan fees for Vermont small businesses

first_imgOn September 27, 2010, President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 into law, putting more resources into the hands of small businesses so they can create more jobs and retain those they already have.  The Act will make a tangible difference to scores of Vermont businesses waiting in the US Small Business Administration’s loan queue. After the Recovery Act passed in February of last year, the SBA was able to help small businesses get Recovery loans by reducing or eliminating loan fees and increasing the SBA-backed guarantee to 90 percent.  When the funds for these loans were exhausted, SBA activated a Recovery Loan Queue as a sequential ‘holding tank’ for businesses interested in waiting for the availability of additional funds, either through the cancellation of previously-approved loans or through Congressional extension of Recovery Act programs.  With the Jobs Act in place, an additional $14 billion in SBA loan programs will be available to eligible small businesses once the agency receives its funding.  The Jobs Act will have an immediate impact on Vermonters waiting in the loan queue, one of whom is a Northeast Kingdom entrepreneur with a start-up loan of $750,000, and a fee savings of $23,625. Another Vermont business patiently waiting for his loan will be pleased to know he is saving nearly $5,000 in loan fees.  Thomas A. Coleman, DDS, of Brandon, Vermont said the purpose of his loan will be ‘to repay my accounts payable and to keep my employees on the payroll.’  Coleman has five part-time and four full-time employees.  In practical terms, the $5,000 he will save can be redirected towards working capital for any number of needs, such as purchasing equipment or retaining employees. The multi-faceted Jobs Act also makes a permanent increase to SBA’s maximum loan amount, from $2 million to $5 million.  ‘With the Act’s higher loan limits, higher size standards and reduced or eliminated fees, more of Vermont’s small businesses will now be eligible for and benefit from SBA loan program,’ said Darcy Carter, District Director, SBA Vermont District Office.Source: SBA. 10.1.2010last_img read more

Oregon utility PGE, NextEra complete wind component of hybrid Wheatridge renewable complex

first_imgOregon utility PGE, NextEra complete wind component of hybrid Wheatridge renewable complex FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Portland General Electric Company, or PGE, and NextEra Energy Resources LLC have brought online a 300-MW wind farm that will be part of a larger hybrid power complex in Oregon.Dubbed the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, the complex is being built near Lexington, Morrow County, and will incorporate wind, solar and energy storage technologies. After switching on the wind component, the partners will put on stream a 50-MW photovoltaic (PV) park and a 30-MW battery storage system by the end of next year, PGE said on Tuesday.The Wheatridge wind farm is equipped with 120 General Electric turbines with capacities of 2.3 MW and 2.5 MW. Early development works for the project were carried out by Swaggart Wind Power LLC, an affiliate of MAP Energy.NextEra purchased the development rights for the wind project in 2017 and later expanded it to include solar and battery storage after PGE joined. The partners have agreed for PGE to own 100 MW of the wind farm, while a unit of NextEra Energy Resources will own the rest and sell the output to PGE under 30-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).The NextEra Energy Resources’ subsidiary will take care of building and operating the combined facility. The duo is yet to make its final choice on equipment for the PV and battery storage installations. PGE estimates that its ownership in the scheme will cost it some USD 155 million (EUR 127.8m).[Veselina Petrova]More: PGE, NextEra power up 300-MW wind farm in Oregonlast_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Paisito Spanish director Ana Diez presents the drama of two young people who learn about love just as politics in Uruguay turn their world upside down. Xavi is separated from his first love Rosana when Marxist rebels begin plotting an overthrow of Uruguay’s dictatorship in 1973. After 30 years, they find each other in Spain. Sins of My Father Juan Pablo Escobar, who now goes by the name of Sebastián Marroquín, is the son of one of the most powerful Colombian drug traffickers in the early 1990s, Pablo Escobar. Through this documentary, directed by renowned Argentine filmmaker Nicolas Entel, Juan Pablo apologizes for the cruelties of his father. It also presents Escobar’s life through the eyes of his son, one of the victims of the drug lord’s violent empire.last_img read more

Ex-Amec man Knott asks for partnerships

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The BBC’s buildings have to move on from the age when Auntie knew best

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Hamilton salutes Boseman and pleads for end to ‘boring’ racing

first_img“It feels great to finish on a high this weekend, particularly with Chad dying because he made everyone feel like a superhero.”Hamilton claimed his fifth win in seven outings this year to increase his lead in the title race to 47 points. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second.”I know it is not necessarily what everyone wants to see – the two Mercedes at the front,” said Hamilton.He said he would prefer to have closer racing with multi-stop racing, instead of one-stop, as most drivers finished Sunday’s race managing their tires. Lewis Hamilton saluted actor Chadwick Boseman on the podium after a majestic 89th career win at the Belgian Grand Prix and then said he would prefer to have to fight harder for victories.The championship leader and six-time Formula One champion made the crossed-forearms gesture from the “Black Panther” movies in respect for Hollywood star Boseman, who died on Friday, and to whose memory he had dedicated his 93rd pole position on Saturday.Hamilton said he had been inspired by Boseman to produce another flawless performance. Topics :center_img “Today was really all about tires. Everyone doing this one-stop thing — it’s really boring. At the end of the day, we are all managing out there, which is not racing. At the end, we are backing off, maybe it would have been fine but it was too big a risk today,” he said.”I really, really would like to have more of a fight, but that is not on me.”  Hamilton said that the Mercedes domination was a product of the team’s approach. “No matter how much success we have, we have to keep our heads down,” he said. “It’s an incredible mentality and I feel so privileged to be a part of this team.”He said that although his race appeared to be under control from lights to flag, it had ended tensely as he nursed his car to the finish on worn tires.”It was a bit of a struggle, but nonetheless it was ok,” he said. “I was a little nervous that we may have something like that which we had at Silverstone with the tire – so I was nursing it to the end.”Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on three good wheels after suffering a last lap puncture.He added that, on a personal level, he felt confident, fit and strong ahead of the races ahead, starting with two in Italy in successive weeks.”I am 35 now, going towards 36, but I feel better than ever,” he said. “That is a positive.”Bottas said he had been unable to catch Hamilton.”Lewis played the start really well and I couldn’t get the momentum. I think he was faultless today and yesterday, of course, he was quick. I did my best and I am glad there is another opportunity next weekend.”last_img read more

FIBA’s `New Competition System’ could have serious consequences for the Caribbean

first_imgBy Peter HaynesFORTY-ONE countries representing the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC), the territories from Central and South America, along with the USA and Canada will be sending delegates to Puerto Rico next week – March 23 to 25 – for the Regional Congress. Also attending will be delegates from FIBA Americas Executive Council and the Central Board of CONCENTRABA (Central America and CBC).This Congress will have far-reaching consequences on the future of Basketball, particularly the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC), as the main focus of the discussions will be the revision and adoption of the Group’s Constitution. The revision is intended to bring them in line with FIBA’s Constitution.During the three days, there will also be a session for FIBA’s Regular Congress, which will review among other matters the governing body’s recently implemented ‘New Competition System’. The new system will provide for countries playing in two groups and each team playing home and away matches in a round-robin league to decide the final four top teams.Currently, evaluations are being conducted by a FIBA team to member territories in the Caribbean, to determine whether they satisfy the international body’s regulations for members to host competitions.The Home and Away Competition system is initially intended to provide greater exposure to aspiring players. The Home and Away matches will begin in November this year and will continue in February and June 2018.However, participation will be extremely expensive, placing serious financial and organisational pressure on the member associations. Satisfying the financial aspect of hosting a FIBA-sanctioned tournament is a must to be granted to host a tournament.The major constraint to be presented to potential hosts is the requirement that host countries must have “indoor” facilities – FIBA is not flexible with this requirement. Of greater concern for member countries will be financing accommodation, ground and air transportation, both for themselves and the visitors, if they do not have an indoor facility.Some of the requirements to be in place at the indoor facility will be adequate locker rooms, showers and bathrooms and medical arrangements. Also, the accommodation must not exceed a certain mileage from the playing venue.It will be recalled that the Guyana Basketball Federation and the Ministry of Sport spent millions of dollars on the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall to ensure approval for this country to host the Under-16 Championships last year.In fact, it must be noted that the evaluative team made preliminary and follow-up visits before Guyana received the green light to host the Championships.In the Caribbean, Guyana is rated as having one of the best indoor facilities apart from Cuba and Puerto Rico.It is understood that FIBA is not flexible on its regulations for granting approval for a tournament. From the outset, a significant percentage of Caribbean territories will not satisfy the required regulations, particularly the “indoor” facility, hence they could be eliminated from the competition by default.The alternative or a possible arrangement for these non-compliant Caribbean territories would be to meet the cost for their opponents on their scheduled “home” game by making arrangements and paying for the game to be played in a nearby island with the required indoor facility.The majority of the CBC members are known to not be in strong financial position and may have to withdraw from the tournament.Unfortunately, it is understood that the cash-strapped member territories cannot expect financial assistance from FIBA.last_img read more

Running back Devante McFarlane leaves Syracuse football program

first_imgFifth-year running back Devante McFarlane has decided to leave the Syracuse football program, SU Athletics confirmed on Tuesday. Syracuse.com first reported the news.Entering the 2015 season, McFarlane was slotted as the starting running back but fell behind then-freshman Jordan Fredericks within the first few weeks. McFarlane rushed for 563 yards on 111 attempts and scored one touchdown in 34 games during his SU career. His rushing yards decreased each of his three seasons at Syracuse. McFarlane ranked sixth on the team with just 35 rushing attempts in 2015.Syracuse returns Fredericks, a sophomore, senior George Morris and sophomore walk-on Jacob Hill. Sophomore Dontae Strickland has spent the beginning portion of spring practice with the running backs and Class of 2016 signee Jo-El Shaw is also expected to join the group.McFarlane is the sixth player to leave the program since Dino Babers became the Orange’s new head coach and the second to do so voluntarily, joining wide receiver Ben Lewis. Defensive linemen Amir Ealey, Qaadir Sheppard, Kenny Carter, and offensive lineman Alex Hayes were dismissed for a violation of team rules. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on March 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star running back Jo-El Shaw becomes 16th member of 2016 classcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NPFL: Kano Pillars Pip Akwa Utd to Move up to Second…

first_img Femi Solaja Kano Pillars have shot to second spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standing after defeating Akwa United 1-0 in a rescheduled Match-day 15 game at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano wednesday.Veteran midfielder Rabiu Ali scored the winning goal from the spot in the 38th minute after Akwa United’s right-back Etim Matthew tripped Nzube Anaezemba inside the box.The Sai Masu Gida who are four-time champions are now only three points behind leaders Lobi Stars on 31 points.Elsewhere, Champions Plateau United were held  1-1 by Wikki Tourists at the New Jos Stadium. Emmanuel Odafe gave the hosts the lead in the 25th minute after her was set up by King Osanga.Abubakar Umar levelled scores for Wikki Tourists from a counter-attack in the 58th minute after the same Osanga lost the ball in midfield.Kennedy Boboye’s men remain in the fourth position on 29 points, while Wikki moved a step from 17th to 16th on the logIn another rescheduled Match-day 15 encounter, Go Round FC moved away from the drop zone to end their six-game winless streak with a 1-0 win against MFM FC.Chris Kpeke headed home the winner from Ebuka Akondu’s corner five minutes after the break.The Omoku club rose from 18th to 14th following the win, while MFM remain in the 11th position in the standing.MATCH-DAY 15(Rescheduled)Plateau Utd 1-1 WikkiKano Pillars 1-0 Akwa UtdGo Round 1-0 MFM FCShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘’7th Sarajevo Half-Marathon 2013” Will Be Held on 15 September

first_imgThe ‘’7th Sarajevo Half-Marathon 2013’’ will take place on Sunday, 15 September beginning at 9:00 in front of BBI Center, announced at today’s press conference.The half-marathon will be 21 kilometers long and will pass through three parts of the city.Erol Mujanović, President of the Association ‘Marathon’, thanked the City of Sarajevo for its partnership since the beginning of the organization of this half-marathon.‘’This year, we expect 1.000 participants from 25 countries. This sports project is organized on the occasion of the international day without automobiles, and in this way we are contributing to the strengthening of ecological awareness’’, said Mujanović.last_img read more