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) Photo: PxhereJAMESTOWN – While the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone on edge, expecting mothers represent one group that may have more concerns than others.Those pregnant, no doubt are questioning if the new virus poses a risk to the baby.In response, a COVID-19 maternity task force has been created in New York State to urgently protect mothers and ensure women have much needed safe birthing options.The task at hand will be to authorize and certify additional birth centers to expecting mothers during the pandemic and in hopes to ease the already stressed hospitals. It is spearheaded by the Secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa and the New York State Council on Women and Girls. The task force will also review the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy in the state.“This pandemic strained our hospital system in a way no one could have ever imagined, and while New York leads in ensuring laboring mothers were able to have a healthy partner, friend or family member with them during childbirth we can and should explore additional ways to make the experience less stressful,” said DeRosa.“Birth centers can serve as a safe alternative for low risk pregnancies, reliving the strain on hospitals and providing a supportive environment for mothers during an already stressful time.”The task force is expected to make recommendations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by the end of the week. The location of these birth centers is yet to be announced. The task force will maintain an ad hoc status throughout the COVID-19 state of emergency to address any additional issues related to COVID-19 during pregnancy through the postpartum period.
Enel Green Power breaks ground on 284MW Azure Sky solar-plus-storage project in Texas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NS Energy:Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power North America has started construction on the 284MW Azure Sky solar and storage project in Texas, US. The solar and storage project is located west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Haskell County, Texas and will have 284MW of solar along with 81MW of battery energy storage capability. The project is expected to be operational by next summer.The project will be powered by nearly 700,000 bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels, which could generate more than 586GWh of clean energy annually. The energy produced by the facility will be delivered to the grid and will also charge the 81MW battery co-located at the facility.Enel Green Power CEO and Enel global power generation business line head Salvatore Bernabei said: “Enel Green Power is serious about storage in North America. Coming just a few months after our announcement of the Lily project, Azure Sky’s groundbreaking is yet another step forward toward a sustainable future with flexible, hybrid plants that will generate renewable power while further stabilizing power grids.”Enel has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with The Home Depot, a home improvement retailer in the US, to sell a portion of 75MW from the Azure Sky project. The amount of energy will be enough to power more than 150 Home Depot stores. The PPA is part of Home Depot to produce or procure 335MW of clean energy as per its 2020 Responsibility Report.Last month, Enel had started operations at the second phase of its Roadrunner solar plant in Upton County, Texas, with a capacity of 245MW. With the second phase coming online, the overall capacity of Roadrunner solar plant has now reached 497MW.More: Enel begins construction on 284MW solar and storage project in U.S.
My dog is a bit of a brute. At 100 pounds and more athletic than most humans could ever dream to be, Rodney the Weimaraner has a ripped physique and an impressive bark to match. He runs on heel or pulls on command, a hook-up for power on skis in the wintertime and a running partner by my side all year ’round.Living and getting out daily with a “fitness dog” like Rodney necessitates specialized equipment, and over the years I have acquired custom canine gear, fleece doggie jackets, and even fashionable items for workaday walks when I want my dog to stand out from the proverbial pack.The latest “fashion piece” for Rodney is a collar called the Kahuna. Made by Stunt Puppy, a Minnesota dog-gear brand, the oversize collar uses webbing that’s 1.5 inches wide and comes with funky patterns as well as stout construction for the big dogs it’s built to adorn.The Kahuna, which costs $25, is a collaboration with Croakies, a company most known for its sunglasses straps. Stunt Puppy worked with Croakies for its expertise in making high-strength nylon webbing that looks good, and the thick collar is offered in six colorful prints.On the performance side, once the snow falls you’ll find Rodney showing off his X-Back Dog Harness from Skijor Now LLC. The company requires you to perform multiple measurements of your dog’s body before it custom-stitches the X-Back, a harness built for pulling humans around on skis.I got the X-Back five years ago and it has endured many miles of Rodney’s worst. We fly on skis, and he never grimaces because the harness’ padded straps align to his anatomy like a glove. At $39.99, the Skijor Now harness is a bargain for any dog put into the pulling position on snow.Dog park visits see Rodney wearing a collar with a built-in retractable leash. The Release N Run collar has a thin cord that serves as the leash — it pulls out of a slim compartment on the collar. A reeling mechanism retracts the cord instantly back into its hidden place when you let go.For dog parks and wild areas where you rarely need a leash, the Release N Run collar, at $32.95, is a great option. The retracting cord is four feet long, and it is fine for casual walks when you’d rather leave your primary leash behind.Toys keep Rodney entertained at home when he can’t be running. This summer, the Orbee Ball from Planet Dog has been a favorite. Touted as the “world’s best dog ball,” these rubbery spheres come in four sizes and cost $7 and up.The Orbee Balls are nearly indestructible for chewers. They bounce and are somewhat soft for safety while tossing. Best part? The balls float, letting Rodney and I play by water and not worry about his favorite new toy sinking in the creek where he swims. –Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com. Connect with Regenold at Facebook.com/TheGearJunkie or on Twitter via @TheGearJunkie.
Your outdoor news bulletin for June 10, the day Benjamin Franklin’s kite was struck by lightning:Teen Attempts A.T. RecordLike many others, Neva Warren of Florida has a 35-pound pack, a trail name (Chipmunk), and is attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from South to North. Unlike other thru-hikers tackling the trail this summer, Warren is only 14-years old, and if she completes her journey she will become the youngest solo thru-hiker in the history of the trail. WDBJ7 caught up with the youngster on her way through Craig County, Virginia, roughly a third of the way through the 2,100 mile trek. Inspired by a family trip to Shenandoah National Park, Warren says she trained mainly on flat ground, but has been steadily racking up more and more miles as the hike has progressed. Her family has been meeting her at trailheads although she has spent a few extended stretches in the backcountry. Favorite part of the trail: the wild ponies of the Grayson Highlands of course.You can read more about Chipmunk’s quest on her blog.Man Airlifted Off Trail in Pa.Speaking of the Appalachian Trail, a man was rescued off the trail outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, after falling nearly 100 feet down an embankment. A man described to be in his early 20s was airlifted to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a coordinated rescue effort from multiple agencies in the area. The trail is apparently heavily traveled and injuries are not uncommon according to officials. The man had been hiking with friends when he fell around 9 p.m. Be careful out there, especially when hiking near 100 foot banks at night.Climate Record BrokenAnd speaking of breaking records, the global carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose to a record high in 2012. A report from the International Energy Alliance says the world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions ros 1.4 percent in 2012, to a record high of 31.6 billion tons. Perennial Pollution Powerhouse China saw the biggest jump from 2011 to 2012, although the acceleration of emissions has slowed. The United States and Europe both posted falling carbon emissions from 2011 to 2012, so kudos to us. This is still bad news for the country and world though as IEA found the world to be on track for a 6-10 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature, higher than the maximum 3.6 degree rise deemed sustainable.
Another year of Trail Mix has come and gone.I’ve lost count as to how long we have been doing this, but I think we are just about at year ten. This year was as good, if not better, than any of them. Twelve incredible collections of music, some 250 artists and songs, all brought to you by the generosity of the folks making the music.This last blog post of 2018 showcases Tulsa, Okalahoma, roots rockers Wilderado. The band, whose previous recorded work has garnered international praise, took an unusual turn in recording and releasing their latest EP, choosing to return to the songs on Favors, a collection of songs released earlier this year, to reinterpret and record them acoustically.While the original edition is rich with slick studio production, nothing gets lost on the bare bones, acoustic approach to the songs on Favors. The ethereal harmonies remain, and there is a hypnotism in the reduction of each song down to its acoustic core.I recently caught up with singer/guitarist Max Rainer to chat about resolutions, revisiting these songs on the new EP, and Christmas gifts that make your mama cry.BRO – What provided the impetus to return to these songs and record them acoustically?MR – We started playing on Triple A radio with this song. They like to have you come in and do live sessions. Usually they’re early in the morning and in small rooms, so we decided to try and play the songs in a way that better for the atmosphere. I believe we did “Siren” first, then adapted the others. It was honestly some of the most fun writing I’ve ever done. We all have a soft spot for the pretty stuff.BRO – You and the band have three EPs behind you now. Plans for a long player in the works?MR – We do have plans for an LP. More than anything, and with today’s streaming format, we focus on writing and releasing music.BRO – Best Christmas gift you ever gave?MR – I had a good streak going of making my mom cry with my Christmas gifts to her. I can’t really remember what they were, but I remember the requirement being the gifts should make her emotional. One was a small clay rabbit, if that gives you any insight into the situation.BRO – We are featuring “Sorrow” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?MR – More than anything, “Sorrow” is about getting to know the other side of joy, its opposite. The other bits are about not letting moments of sadness define you, while accepting the fact that they will come and go. Who cares? Sit through it and look around, ya know?BRO – 2019 is upon us Got a resolution for the new year?MR – We really want to feel like we got better at writing and performing. I would love to have a rockin’ six pack, too. And whiter teeth. Way more hair and a defined jaw line.Wilderado’s tour schedule is pretty quiet until March, when they hit the road for a whole bunch of dates across the country supporting Mt. Joy. Fans in the Southeast who want to see the band need to put Shaky Knees Music Festival on the calendar, as Wilderado will be hitting that Atlanta festie in early May.For more information on Wilderado, when the band will hit a stage near you, or how you can grab a copy of the new EP, please check out the band’s website.And be sure to check out “Sorrow,” along with tracks from The Travoltas, Ryley Walker, Trapper Schoepp, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.Tune back in soon for the first Trail Mix of 2019!
The annual American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Vehicle Finance Conference and Expo took place in February in Las Vegas. The event hosted more than 250 members of the auto finance industry, from lenders to auto executives to technology providers. Presenters discussed the latest business trends and innovations in auto finance, as well as changing consumer demands and expectations.Technology, Operational Excellence, and Customer SatisfactionDRN introduced a session in which industry experts shared perspectives on the rapid change in technology and the impact on the auto finance space. The team discussed how ever-changing technology can improve operational excellence (and who doesn’t want to do that?).Four keys to improving operational excellence:Eliminate: Stop doing things that don’t add value continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The £2bn (€2.5bn) United Utilities Pension Scheme has allocated 7.5% to private debt after the fund’s triennial valuation revealed the scheme’s improved probability of reaching full funding by 2020.Sponsored by the FTSE 100 water supplier, United Utilities, the defined benefit (DB) plan had as much as 60% in growth assets in 2011 before trimming back in a bid to reduce investment risk.Aided by an internal inflation hedging mechanism, the scheme now holds 80% of its assets in a liability matching portfolios, which it told IPE would be diversified even further give the expected positive funding news.However, the fund said despite also looking at real estate and infrastructure assets, it chose a pooled fund which allocates to real estate and infrastructure debt, alongside private loans. Steven Robson, head of pensions at United Utilities, told IPE the £150m allocation to the debt vehicle was funded by cutting exposure to synthetic equities, corporate bonds and other alternatives.“We see infrastructure and real estate debt as a better option to holding real assets because the debt fund is backed by collateral and felt it was better than the actual asset classes,” Robson said.“It’s the ‘looking for slightly better returns for a similar level of risk’ argument.“We haven’t gone to try and shoot the lights out, but a more certain return and aiming to capture the illiquidity premium.”Robson also said given the fund’s performance from its reduced investment risk and 90% interest rate hedging, it had begun to reduce its reliance on an inflation hedging mechanism.After its 2010 valuation, the scheme agreed an arrangement with its sponsors by which it increased its exposure to inflation risk in return for company contributions to fluctuate based on real inflation levels.It set the fund’s inflation liability projections at an annual increase of 2.75%, well below the market rate of 3.8%.This reduced the fund’s projected liabilities, which allowed the team to take advantage of lower required investment returns by decreasing investment risk and increasing interest rate hedging.In return for the reduced risk in the fund, the sponsor agreed to make cash payments into the scheme to match real liability increases from inflation.Water suppliers in the UK see their revenue increased by inflation each year as part of the agreement reached at privatisation, meaning United Utilities’ revenue would increase by the same proportion as scheme contributions.However, Robson said the scheme was now increasing its inflation expectation to 3%, still below long-term expectations, but reduces the fund’s reliance on the company covenant.In addition, Robson said given the performance of interest rate hedging, and reduced investment risk, the fund was now more likely to be fully funded on a technical basis by 2020.“But that is not the true end game, Robson said. “The end game is fully-funded on a self sufficiency basis, and we are looking at putting a second trigger in place to see how we can get there by a slightly later date.”“Nothing is off the table,” he added.
US-based dry bulk shipping company Genco Shipping and Trading managed to narrow its quarterly net loss to USD 15.6 million from USD 54.5 million recorded in the same period of 2016. “We have taken steps during the quarter to strengthen our chartering team to further enhance our commercial prospects focusing on both major and minor bulks, improve the age profile of our fleet and maintain a low breakeven level,” John C. Wobensmith, Genco’s Chief Executive Officer, commented.“As supply and demand fundamentals continue to come into balance, we believe Genco is well positioned to take advantage of a market recovery due to our improved platform and significant operating leverage,” Wobensmith added.The company’s revenues rose to USD 38.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, from USD 20.9 million seen in the same quarter last year. The increase was primarily due to higher spot market rates achieved by the majority of the vessels in Genco’s fleet, partially offset by the operation of fewer ships during 1Q 2017 as compared to 1Q 2016.The average daily time charter equivalent (TCE) rate obtained by the company’s fleet was USD 6,498 per day for the three-month period this year as compared to USD 2,629 for the quarter March 31, 2016.During the quarter, Genco sold four bulkers including Genco Wisdom, Genco Carrier, Genco Reliance and Genco Success for a total of USD 12.7 million.In addition, the company expects to sell Genco Prosperity, the last of the ten vessels planned for sale, for USD 2.9 million. The ship will be delivered to its buyer by May 20, 2017, with net proceeds to be recorded as cash on the balance sheet, according to Genco.As of May 8, Genco’s fleet consists of 13 Capesize, six Panamax, four Ultramax, 21 Supramax, two Handymax and 15 Handysize vessels with a total capacity of around 4.7 million dwt.In addition to acquisitions the company may undertake in future periods, Genco said it is likely to incur additional capital expenditures due to special surveys and drydockings for its fleet. Six of its vessels were drydocked during the first quarter of 2017 and Genco expects nine of its vessels to be drydocked during the remainder of this year.
FREEPORT, Ill. – Special events competitors in each IMCA division earn product certificates from Hooker Harness again in 2018.The Freeport, Ill., custom seatbelt and shoulder harness manufacturer gives $50 certificates to top five finishers at all events in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models, and at designated specials for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official results from designated specials are received.All Hooker seat belts and harnesses are manufactured to individual customer specifications, so they are not manufactured until actually ordered. Any necessary alterations are made at no additional cost.Hooker Harness is in its fourth year as an IMCA sponsor. Information about the company’s complete product line is available at the www.hookerharness.com website, on Facebook or by calling 815 233-5479.“With an aerospace and aviation background, you know the Hooker brand of harnesses are manufactured to the highest safety standards and with the preservation of the driver in mind,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “They make a great system for IMCA racers and provide the comfort and confidence all IMCA racers are looking for.”
Walcott’s pace took him clear of Everton defender Seamus Coleman in the 22nd minute and the Arsenal striker was able to toe-poke home the game’s opening goal. Cech pulled off a fine save to push Steven Naismith’s first-half effort on to the crossbar, but Cazorla cut inside on the edge of the penalty area to drill home a low shot and double Arsenal’s lead in the 58th minute before Ozil slotted home a third four minutes later. Barkley’s emphatic finish made it 3-1 in the 75th minute, but it did little to paper over what had been a disappointing Everton display. Arsenal had sealed their place in the final by beating a Singapore Select XI 4-0, while Everton won through against Stoke after a penalty shootout. Arsenal stepped up their pre-season campaign with an impressive 3-1 win over Everton in the Asia Trophy final in Singapore. Arsene Wenger handed a debut to new signing Petr Cech and saw goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil secure his side victory in front of a crowd of 53,000 at the National Stadium. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley scored a late consolation, but the result was never in doubt. Press Association