CVPS proposes renewable energy upgrades, grants

Gail Busch and Mark Hoffman of Algeponics Inc. explain their patented algae-growing operation at the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport.  A proposed CVPS grant would help cover operating costs as the company determines optimum conditions for growing algae, which could be used to produce electricity as a supplement in Cow Power digesters. Source: CVPS Continuing a tradition of renewable energy innovation that goes back decades, Central Vermont Public Service has proposed a variety of projects to further clean energy development in Vermont. The CVPS proposals, filed with the Vermont Public Service Board, include seven renewable projects and studies at a total cost of about $350,000.  In a letter to the PSB, CVPS noted that the Vermont Department of Public Service, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Renewable Energy Vermont, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Biomass Energy Resource Center support the company’s proposals.“Some of these proposals will expand and improve our existing facilities, which help provide arguably the cleanest power supplies in the nation,” CVPS President Bob Young said.  “We are also proposing three studies, one on vastly expanding the CVPS Cow Power™ concept to smaller farms, another on producing energy from algae cultivated on Vermont farms, and a third on expanding existing hydro production.”“These studies and facility improvements will continue our efforts to develop expanded renewable energy options for Vermont,” said David O’Brien, commissioner of the Department of Public Service.  “CVPS Cow Power™ was once just an idea, but has become an innovative solution to energy and environmental issues, and the study proposals, in particular, offer similar hope for new breakthroughs.”An Essex Partnership study would evaluate a new Cow Power model of collecting and combining manure from a group of smaller farms.“Our hope is to be able to provide the economic and environmental benefits of CVPS Cow Power™ to smaller farms where stand-alone operations wouldn’t be economic,” spokesman Steve Costello said.  “Cow Power is a great success, but it is currently economic only on larger farms.”Algepower Inc. has developed Algeponics™, a patented photobioreactor, an enclosed farm system for growing algae, which could be used as a fuel or food source.  The first prototype has been linked to a Cow Power digester on the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport.“CVPS is interested in this technology for its potential as a renewable biodiesel fuel source at distributed generation sites across Vermont,” spokesman Steve Costello said. “Our $50,000 grant would help fund development and operation of the pilot prototype.”The third study, at a cost of $25,000, would examine the potential to increase generation at CVPS’s Carver Falls hydroelectric station in Poultney.In addition to the grants, CVPS is seeking PSB approval to allocate funds to several existing projects.  They include:Arnold Falls Hydroelectric Facility Crest Control Installation in St. Johnsbury ($140,000)Southern Loop Combined Heat and Power Development Fund contribution ($50,000)Solar plug-in hybrid vehicle charging station in Rutland Town ($40,000)Wind metering tower for renewable education site in Rutland Town ($16,000). “With an extremely low reliance on fossil fuels, and increased public interest, we are constantly looking for ways to expand our renewable portfolio, already one of the nation’s best,” Costello said. read more

Sweden urged to equalise protection offered to pension savers

first_imgIt concluded: “The [IMF] mission recommends that the authorities resolve as soon as possible the uncertainties over the approach to regulation to be taken following the end of the transitional period in 2019, and that whatever regime they choose for after 2019, they ensure the same level of protection to occupational pensions as to life insurance.”The recommendations evoke previous and persistent calls from the European insurance industry that pension providers be put on the same footing as them by introducing capital requirements in the most recent revision of the IORP Directive.Swedish occupational pension providers have previously asked their government to continue its Solvency II exemption beyond 2019 by designing a bespoke framework for the sector.Earlier this year, the country’s four largest pension providers said the tailor-made approach could potentially formalise the traffic-light system employed by Sweden’s regulator, Finansinspektionen, which includes stress testing for equity, credit, interest rate, real estate and currency risks.At the time, Daniel Burr, Solvency II lead at signatory Folksam, said the proposals to the government were meant to signal the industry’s willingness to accept risk-based capital requirements, while simplifying the model used under Solvency II.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to IMF’s Financial System Stability Assessment Sweden must change its approach to pension regulation and place insurers offering occupational pensions on equal footing with traditional life insurers, the IMF has urged.The current two-track approach – whereby the life insurance sector was regulated according to Solvency II, but occupational pension provision was exempt from the European Directive – needs to be resolved, the organisation said.The recommendations were contained within the IMF’s latest Financial System Stability Assessment for Sweden, which noted that the transposition of Solvency II had led to higher overall standards of regulation but was not being fully applied.“Solvency II has brought improvements in regulatory reporting and group supervision, as well as higher overall solvency coverage,” the organisation said, while noting the requirements only fully applied to around 44% of the insurance market, which manages assets in excess of the country’s GDP.last_img read more

GUSA turn attention to 2019 World University games

first_imgGhana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) will begin preparations later this month for the upcoming World University Games which will be organized in Naples, Italy, in July. Following the Successful end of the  2019 GUSA games at the University of Cape coast, the technical team have an idea of athletes who will be representing the country at the World Games.Hosts University of Cape Coast (UCC) emerged the overall winners at the GUSA games this year with a total of 20 gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals.Tertiary institutions which contested for the games included University of Cape Coast, the University of Education, (UEW) the University for Development Studies (UDS), and the University of Ghana (UG), University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), University for Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) among others.University for Development Studies are expected to dominate the football team after annexing the competition and finishing second with a total of 13 gold, 11silver and 12 bronze. University of Ghana came third with 4 gold medals,9 silver and 9 bronze medals. University of Education Winneba came fourth with a gold medal and were followed closely by University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Mines and Technology, University of Health and Allied Sciences and University for Professional Studies who recorded no gold medals.Speaking at the closing ceremony, Professor Joseph Ampiah Ghartey, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast applauded the various institutions for exhibiting good sportsmanship during the games. He also expressed delight with the level of talent on display adding that Local Organising Committee (LOC) did a great work with the organisation despite the short notice they had at their disposal.“The LOC did a good job despite the short notice they had at their disposal”, Professor Ampiah Ghartey noted.The GUSA flag was lowered and given to the University of Ghana which would be hosting the next GUSA games in 2020.Ghana Universities Sports Association Technical team will soo determine when the camping for this summer’s Universiade in Naples will begin. The World Universities games was initially scheduled for Brasília, which would have been the second time Brazil hosted the event, However, on December 23, 2014, it was confirmed that Brasília withdrew from hosting the event, citing financial problems. International University Sports Federation decided to reopen the bidding process after the withdrawallast_img read more

SIBEL Double prong curl/Setting clips – Fantastic Quality

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I identified that other clips like bobby pins go away an indentation in my curl leaving them seeking imperfect and crimped – something of which is a big no no in vintage hair. These clips still left my hair crimp absolutely free and curled to perfection. I managed to go away them on around night underneath a scarf and had breakages in the clips and no kinks in my hair. Even in a lot more of a hurry they enabled my curls to have that bounce i was searching for. To use completely, curl your hair, set in clips and then do your make up while they coolthey occur in a significant quantity need to you require to do more curls for a particular hairstyle but i also loved that there was sufficient for me to pop some in my travel bag and leave some at homei would suggest these clips for any curly hairstyle, classic or in any other case. Products description at time of evaluate:these pins are excellent for producing pin curls. They are sturdy and keep in place well they are great for use on all varieties of hair and are mild weight generating significantly less pull or soreness for your consumer.Fantastic QualityThese are perfect for any retro hairstyle.Strong but not long!They do the job!Brilliant Product / Great ValueDecent Product, great for the price!last_img read more

What’s next for Midwest land values?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Data released by land grant universities and industry organizations point out that there has been less farm and ranch land for sale than usual the past few years. Despite today’s slow land market, Farmers National Company is experiencing a 50% increase in the land it has for sale over its previous high volume.The historic run-up in land prices during the decade leading up to and including 2013 faded in to the background as the past four years instead witnessed a steady and measured decline in values for crop and grazing land throughout the Midwest. Some regions experienced the decline sooner with a larger drop-off in land prices, whereas other regions saw less of a decline. Good quality land generally declined less while lower quality tracts saw weak demand and a bigger price decline. At this time, the market for quality land is steady to slightly stronger. So, what’s next for land values, up or down?Randy Dickhut, AFM, senior vice president of real estate operations for Farmers National Company, said there are a number of positive factors supporting current land values.“The industry has experienced a post-harvest bump in land prices in most grain producing areas. With above average crop yields in most locations, farmer optimism has increased as has the bidding for quality crop land. The supply of land on the open market remains low while the number of buyers and demand is adequate for what is on the market at this time,” Dickhut said.Other factors also are providing support for today’s land prices, Dickhut noted. Continued low interest rates are helping create a demand for ag land as a long-term investment for individuals and institutional funds.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farmers National Company’s Randy Dickhut about current land values and demand and what stagnant commodity prices will mean for both in 2018Farmers National Randy Dickhut Land Values“In general, there is still enough purchasing power in the hands of farmers to compete for good land or land that helps grow the operation. We are also seeing a small increase in 1031 tax deferred exchange buyers as they move to trade into different land or to diversify out of other real estate holdings and into cropland,” Dickhut said.However, there also are factors on the horizon that could negatively affect land values, Dickhut noted. Current farm economics are not conducive to strength in the land market. Low grain prices are keeping overall farm income levels depressed. That means that lower incomes are reducing the cash flow necessary to finance crop inputs, equipment needs and land payments, leaving less cash for land purchases.“Individual and institutional investors are well aware of the lower grain prices and incomes. The resulting reduction in the return on investment for land has kept some investors out of the land market during the past few years,” he said.Another factor that may weigh on land prices is that lenders are being more cautious in the amount of money they will lend for agricultural land purchases. This could dampen demand as farmers and ranchers are the predominant buyers of crop and grazing land, Dickhut pointed out.“Cash flow and equity concerns of farmers could generate additional land for sale in the market as some producers liquidate either land or equipment to shore up their finances. The magnitude of these additional land sales will probably be small and vary by region, but the potential for an increase in the supply of land on the market bears watching,” he said.The final factor that could have a downward effect on land values are the outside influences. This could include negative outcomes for trade that U.S. agriculture depends upon, unexpected consequences from tax laws and potential changes in the next Farm Bill.“The next six months will determine the direction of land values,” Dickhut said. “Economic and financial factors will become more evident for producers and lenders and those outside influences will become better defined as we move through 2018.”last_img read more

The Twitter Suggested Users List Is Dead: Great News for Mainstream Users

first_imgElman continues, “These lists will be refreshed frequently as the algorithms identify new users who should be suggested in these lists and some that are not as engaging to new users will be removed.”As an example, we were checking out the list of suggested accounts for the Technology category, and as we refreshed the page, we saw top results fluctuate to show many different friends and colleagues. The list is also expandable to show more suggested accounts, but this feature still seems a bit buggy as certain accounts were duplicated in the list. Still, having 30 or so suggestions for a particular category is a lot better than throwing 20 generic suggestions to every new user. Hopefully, this will help boost Twitter’s adoption rates and slow attrition of users who can’t figure out how or why to use the app.The full list of categories includes:Art & DesignBooksBusinessCharityCuisineEntertainmentFamilyFashionFunnyHealthMusicNewsPoliticsScienceSportsStaff PicksStaff Picks for HaitiTechnologyTravelTwitterCheck out more ReadWriteWeb articles on Twitter’s Suggested User List, its history and its problems. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts jolie odell Tags:#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Twitter’s Suggested Users List (SUL), a longstanding and much-disputed feature of the popular microblogging app, has finally bitten the dust.In its place, we have an interesting method for suggesting accounts for new users to follow, this time based on categories of interest instead of a hard-and-fast, limited crew of A-listers and Internet-famous microcelebs. New users will now be given options to select accounts to follow based on their defined interests, their Web-based address books, and via search. It’s been a long time coming, but we think this new method will work much better for the general population as the service continues to scale into mainstream use.Disclosure: @RWW was previously on Twitter’s SUL and remains one of the suggested accounts in the new Technology category.Twitter product staffer Josh Elman writes on the Twitter blog, “We’ve found that the power of suggestion can be a great thing to help people get started, but it’s important that we suggest things relevant to them… Rather than suggesting a random set of 20 users for a new user to follow, now we let users browse into the areas they are interested in and choose who they want to follow from these lists. “There are now 20 categories of suggested account types, and each category contains a wide variety of users. For example, here’s a partial list of suggested accounts in the “Music” category:last_img read more

Hry BJP unit has been energised by Amit Shahs visit: Anil Vij

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 17 (PTI) The recent three-day visit of BJP chief Amit Shah to Haryana has “energised” the partys state unit, senior Minister Anil Vij said today.He said the programmes given by Amit Shah to the party workers during his visit to Haryana from August 2-4 “are being taken up religiously”.”The state BJP unit has been energised after the visit of Amit Shah ji to Haryana earlier this month. There is new enthusiasm among the workers. Working on the message given by our party chief, our workers have started to further strengthen the party at booth level,” the Health and Sports Minister said here.He said the programmes given by Amit Shah to the party workers during his visit to Haryana from August 2-4 “are being taken up religiously”.”Every worker is putting his full might to see that all programmes which were announced by Shah in different meetings are realised and achieved. Our party presidents main message was that the BJP has to be strengthened at booth level,” he said.With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Shah is travelling across states to strategise and find ways to strengthen the party at the grass-root level. The BJP president had visited Union Territory Chandigarh in May. He visited Haryana from August 2-4.Shah is on a 110-day country-wide tour which began in Jammu in April this year. His tour is in two phases–95 days and 15 days.Vij said that in Haryana, the BJP formed government on its own for the first time after the October 2014 assembly polls.advertisement”People gave us the opportunity to serve them. Now, it is for us to convert that opportunity and trust reposed by the people in us by working hard to make the state our stronghold. This can be realised when we are strong at the booth level,” he said.With BJP government in Haryana led by Manohar Lal Khattar completing its three years in office in October this year, Vij said, “the government is going in the right direction. People are happy with our performance and we are committed to further accelerate the pace of development in the remaining two years”.Asked if there was scope for further improvement, Vij said, “look, scope of improvement should always be there. Amit Shah also said that we should not sit satisfied by thinking that we have achieved all. We have to work in that spirit and think that we can further improve. A satisfied person thinks everything has been achieved and there is nothing more to do, that feeling should never come.”Vij said that one of the main achievements of the government was showing zero tolerance towards corruption and digitalising various citizen delivery services which has brought transparency.About the Health Department, Vij said an estimate is being prepared to see how many hospitals need to be upgraded across the state so that congestion can be cut and better healthcare facilities be provided to people.With some swine flu deaths in neighbouring Punjab and even Chandigarh this season, Vij said every care is being taken to ensure that H1N1 virus is contained.”So far in this season as of August 15, no deaths have been reported. 77 positive cases have been reported so far, and most of the cases are from Hisar and Panchkula districts,” he said. PTI SUN ARKlast_img read more

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