February 2, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/1/19 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONCharlotte 100, Memphis 92Boston 113, N.Y. Knicks 99Oklahoma City, 118 Miami 102Utah 128, Atlanta 112Denver 136, Houston 122NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEWashington 4, Calgary 3Tampa Bay 1, N.Y. Islanders 0Pittsburgh 5, Ottawa 3Chicago 7, Buffalo 3Nashville 4, Florida 1Carolina 5, Vegas 2Detroit 3, Toronto 2Dallas 3, Minnesota 1TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLIowa 74, (5) Michigan 59Bowling Green 92, (18) Buffalo 88(24) Wisconsin 69, (21) Maryland 61Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
DNV GL launches hydrogen industry consortium to reduce carbon emissions from manufacturing. (Credit: DNV GL) DNV GL has launched an international industry consortium in collaboration with Dutch glass production expert company Celsian to develop the technology required for a gradual transition from natural gas to hydrogen as a fuel in energy-intensive industrial production processes. The programme provides an important building block for the successful rollout of the sustainable hydrogen value chain.A major challenge for energy-intensive industrial production processes, for example in the glass, food and ceramic sectors, is to make existing heating processes carbon-free. As electrification is often not an option, a fast and sustainable route to reduce the carbon intensity for industrial heating processes is to substitute natural gas by hydrogen.“Existing burner and burner control technology to decarbonize industrial production processes are not yet market-ready, despite great interest and the advantages of hydrogen as a low carbon fuel in high-temperature industries. Our programme aims to have new burner concepts available within two years,” said Sander Gersen, project leader, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.The two-year programme is a unique collaboration in the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for industrial use, aiming to contribute fundamental improvements to existing industrial heating processes to make the gradual transition from natural gas to hydrogen fast and cost-efficiently.The industry consortium comprises more than 30 private and public partners throughout the hydrogen value chain, including industrial end users, technology suppliers, fuel suppliers and traders, gas transport companies, knowledge institutes and the Dutch government.“Together with our partners, we are looking at how we can best integrate new technology in industrial processes and hydrogen value chains. At the same time, we are gathering data and practical experience by conducting field demonstrations in various industrial environments. Right now, we are laying the foundation at DNV GL’s laboratories in Groningen. Subsequently, we will prepare for a field demonstration where the new technology is integrated into the industrial production processes of participating companies” said Johan Knijp, country manager DNV GL – O&G Netherlands.The transition from natural gas to hydrogenThree important principles must be considered when switching from natural gas to hydrogen. Firstly, it is crucial that product quality is not affected. Therefore, in the first phase of the research strong emphasis is on understanding heat transfer from the hydrogen flame to the product. Secondly, security of supply during the transition is important – in other words, an end-user always wants to be able to switch back (temporarily) to natural gas. Finally, the solution should be relatively easy and cost-effective to integrate into existing installations.The programme’s proposed solution to reduce the carbon intensity of industrial energy consumption builds on the fuel adaptive burner concept recently developed by DNV GL and burner system manufacturer Zantingh. Where a traditional burner is only suitable for 100% natural gas, the fuel transition adaptive burner can handle any mix of natural gas and hydrogen. An installation equipped with this new burner concept is prepared for any change in the natural gas/hydrogen mix that will be offered in the coming years while maintaining safety, reliability and low emissions.From ambition to realityNationally and internationally, there is a lot of attention on hydrogen and its role in the energy transition. Both governments and private companies are investing significantly in this technology. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 senior oil and gas professionals conducted by DNV GL, one in five (21%) of the respondents revealed that their organization is already actively entering the hydrogen market, and more than half (52%) expect the gas to form a significant part of the energy mix within a decade.“Hydrogen is in the spotlight while the energy transition is moving at pace – and rightly so. But to realize its potential, both government and industry will have to make bold decisions. The challenge now is not in the ambition, but in changing the timeline: from hydrogen on the horizon to hydrogen in our homes, businesses and transport systems,” said Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.“To reach the level where societies and industry can reap the benefits of hydrogen on a large scale, all stakeholders will need to pay immediate attention to demonstrating safety, enabling infrastructure, scaling up technology and stimulating the development of value chains through policy,” Hovem added.The first field demonstration is planned at Nedmag in Veendam (Netherlands), where magnesium salt is processed using high-temperature processes. Preparations for this test have already started. By the end of 2020, an oil stove at the plant will be to run on hydrogen obtained from the nearby Gasunie Hystock hydrogen production plant in Zuidwending. Source: Company Press Release New collaboration aims to reduce carbon intensity in goods manufacturing with hydrogen
A Scottish couple who have established one of the UK’s largest private rental property portfolios over just a few years say they have offered deals to buy more portfolios worth £200 million.Leanne and Graeme Carling (pictured, above), who already operate 350 properties in Scotland, recently revealed that they had the financial backing from UK banks and US financiers to increase their business to 5,000 units.The couple have been building up their property portfolio since 2008 as Carling Property Group but last week launched PRS. This new company says its goal is to quickly become the UK’s most dominant operator in the private rented sector.Graeme and Leanne say they want to hoover up properties from private landlords who have been squeezed by the recent changes in mortgage tax relief and wear and tear allowances.The Dundee-based couple’s offer appears to have hit the spot. Landlords have now offered the pair property portfolios worth £200 million and PRS, which has property maintenance, management and development arms, is now said to be mulling them over.Expansion mode“We are in full-on expansion mode and have been impressed by the businesses which have approached us, some of which we are seriously considering for purchase,” says Graeme Carling.“There are many landlords out there who are being squeezed by new tax and regulatory changes in the private rental sector.“It’s difficult right now to be renting private property without some sort of scale and investment behind you, which is where PRS Group comes in. I think that’s why we’re seeing so many people knocking on our doors.”Graeme and Leanne Carling property portfolio PRS Group Ltd August 30, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » New PRS player mulls property portfolio deals worth £200m previous nextHousing MarketNew PRS player mulls property portfolio deals worth £200mScottish duo who already have 350-unit business say they are on way to achieving goal of 5,000.Nigel Lewis30th August 201801,615 Views
Switchboard 0300 330 3000 focus this year is on decarbonisation and customer experience ten projects have already secured funding from first round of grants. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Rail media enquiries Find out how to enter the First of a Kind competition. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 We are delighted to be working with DfT on this competition. We want to unlock the talent of UK companies to demonstrate tomorrow’s stations today and to contribute to de-carbonising the railway. This first of a kind competition will result in tangible, realistic prototypes that have the potential to meet these challenges, to deliver a greener railway and an enhanced customer experience. Second year of funding for innovative projects: Round 2 of the FOAK competition runs from 8 October to 28 November 2018 and is open to projects looking for individual funding of between £250,000 and £350,000.Competition bosses are particularly keen to hear about projects that can improve air quality in stations, reduce noise pollution, provide consistent and reliable information to passengers during periods of disruption and enhance accessibility for everyone, especially those with less visible impairments.More information on how to enter the FOAK competition. There are many brilliant ideas already out there that, with just minor modifications, could help to transform rail journeys for passengers across the network. We want to hear from those companies whose projects fit this template, because we can offer them the grant funding to make that a reality. We are investing in the biggest rail modernisation programme since Victorian times and we want to put passengers at the heart of everything we do. Innovative ideas to transform rail travel for passengers could be in line for a slice of up to £3.5 million funding, Rail Minister Jo Johnson announced today (19 September 2018).The First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, now in its second year, seeks ideas that can be adapted to improve the UK rail network.This year the competition, which is run by Innovate UK and is part of the Department of Transport’s wider Accelerating Innovation in Rail (AIR) scheme, focuses on 2 themes — decarbonising of the railway and improving the passenger experience in stations.Mr Johnson said: Earlier this year, 10 projects succeeded in securing funding for improving the passenger experience on rail in the first round of funding. They included a smartphone app that highlights landmarks on a journey in real-time and beacons that guide visually-impaired passengers through stations to their seats.Simon Edmonds, Innovate UK’s Director, Manufacturing, Materials and Mobility, said:
The new academies chart of accounts is DfE’s standard for financial data that underpins the academies accounts return and budget forecast returns.Academy trusts that choose to adopt the standard will benefit from potential automated data transfer from their finance system to ESFA for financial returns relating to the 2019/20 financial year.An additional benefit is that DfE can provide richer and more accurate financial benchmarking information allowing academies to compare their finances with other similar academies with greater confidence.Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System said:“Our better financial reporting programme is a great step forward in our work to improve efficiency in schools. We have recognised that the current system of submitting financial data to the department is time consuming and offers insufficient benefit to academy trusts.“By having a standard chart of accounts, we create the essential building blocks for the new system as it provides a consistent way of recording financial data for all academy trusts. This will allow us to reduce the burden on trusts through the electronic submission of financial data directly from finance systems and adding greater value to trusts by enabling us to create new financial efficiency tools as well as improve the timeliness and quality of the existing tools.”Adopting the new chart of accounts will require an investment of time and effort from trusts but this will lead to significant future benefits. For example, around 65% of the accounts return comes from data within a trial balance. Being able to have that data pre-populated will be extremely helpful to trusts.Trusts can view the academies chart of accounts and a guide to adopting the new standard.Adopting the academies chart of accounts is voluntary.
The Centennial Medal is the highest honor awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), given annually during Commencement week to celebrate the achievements of a select group of Harvard University’s most accomplished alumni. Centennial medalists are GSAS alumni who have made fundamental and lasting contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to the world at large. The medal was first awarded in June 1989, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of GSAS.Medalists are invited to attend the Honorands’ Dinner and to join other dignitaries on the stage for Commencement’s Morning and Afternoon Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre, as well as to join faculty and deans on stage at the GSAS Diploma Awarding Ceremony in Sanders Theatre.This year’s medal is being awarded on May 23 to the original American studies scholar, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, a pioneering scientist, and an eminent thinker on the world stage.The AmericanistTo win the Centennial Medal in his 100th year seems just right for a man who “literally embodies the American studies century,” says Professor Werner Sollors of his longtime friend and colleague, the literary historian Daniel Aaron, Ph.D. ’43, and the Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus at Harvard University.Aaron, who still works daily in his Barker Center office, is “a chief founder of the discipline of American studies in the United States and abroad,” says Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English. Aaron “advocated the scholarly study of American authors at a time when universities still emphasized English and European literature. His efforts culminated in his co-founding of the Library of America, bringing into permanent hardcover form the lasting documents of American literature and culture, from high poetry to the detective story.”Aaron was the first person to earn a Harvard Ph.D. in the history of American civilization. For decades — first at Smith College, and for the past 40 years at Harvard — he has been among the country’s foremost scholars of American culture, and his “freshness of spirit, zeal for learning, amazing self-discipline, and generosity of imagination set a daunting standard for all of us,” says Andrew Delbanco, A.B. ’73, Ph.D. ’80, Columbia University’s Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies.Aaron’s books include “Writers on the Left: Episodes in American Literary Communism” (1961), “The Unwritten War: American Writers and the Civil War” (1973), “American Notes: Selected Essays” (1994), and his captivating 2007 intellectual memoir “The Americanist.”He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. He received the National Humanities Medal in 2010 for his contributions to American literature and culture.The soldier-statesmanKarl Eikenberry, A.M. ’81, Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies of Stanford University, who served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011, is the “very model of a modern soldier-statesman,” says Graham Allison, the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), paraphrasing Gilbert and Sullivan.Eikenberry, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, had a 35-year career in the Army, retiring as lieutenant general in 2009 when President Obama tapped him to lead the diplomatic mission in Afghanistan.His involvement with Afghanistan has been long and deep. He guided military efforts on the ground as commander of U.S.-led coalition forces from 2005 to 2007, and earlier, he served as U.S. security coordinator and chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Kabul. “Karl was given extremely difficult assignments in Afghanistan,” says his Harvard mentor Ezra Vogel, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus. “He has, under trying circumstances, provided assistance to the Afghan government and Afghan people and leadership to Americans in Afghanistan.”Over the course of his career, Eikenberry served in a number of strategy, policy, and political-military positions, including as the deputy chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels and director for strategic planning and policy for the U.S. Pacific Command. He was also the defense attaché at the United States Embassy in Beijing and the senior country director for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.In addition to his master’s degree from Harvard, Eikenberry was a National Security Fellow at HKS. He earned a second master’s in political science from Stanford, and he has an advanced degree in Chinese history from Nanjing University in China. His service and achievements have resulted in a long list of military and diplomatic honors, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.The great equalizerNancy Hopkins ’64, Ph.D. ’71, takes pleasure in the two revolutions she has helped to lead over the course of her career. One is the revolution of molecular biology, which she knew early on would transform our understanding of the world. And the second is the revolution in the roles and aspirations of women in the academy.Hopkins, Amgen Inc. Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, started her career in unusually rarified circumstances — as a Radcliffe undergraduate in the lab of James D. Watson, who had won the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA. She worked initially with bacterial viruses, in a successful effort led by former Harvard Professor Mark Ptashne (Ph.D. ’68) to isolate the lambda phage repressor, a protein that controls gene expression.She joined the faculty of MIT’s Center for Cancer Research in 1973 (now the Koch Institute, where she remains), building a successful program in mouse RNA tumor viruses. Later, she deftly navigated another professional switch, making fundamental discoveries in the genetics of vertebrate behavior, using the newly emerging model of the zebrafish.But Hopkins is equally known for promoting equality of opportunity for women. In 1999, a committee she led released the influential “MIT Report on Women in Science,” prompting the institute to acknowledge bias and begin reforms. Other universities followed suit, and her advocacy led to a prolonged period of reflection around the country and at Harvard.“Her insistence of equal recognition and support of women in science has opened doors for thousands of women to contribute to society,” says her longtime colleague, Nobel Prize–winning molecular biologist Phillip Sharp, the Institute Professor at MIT. “Leaders pay a price for blazing a trail, but they live in the success of those who follow. Nancy is a special leader.”The global thinkerRobert Keohane, Ph.D. ’66, professor of international affairs at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, is among the most influential and respected theorists of world politics and power.Keohane, who before Princeton taught at Swarthmore, Duke, Stanford, Brandeis, and Harvard, has been president of the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association “and is consistently ranked as the most influential scholar of international relations by polls reported in Foreign Policy magazine,” says his longtime friend and collaborator Joseph S. Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard. “But even more important is his role as mentor and friend to so many people in the field.”The beneficiaries of that mentoring — who include his former dissertation advisee Fareed Zakaria (Ph.D. ’93), this year’s Commencement speaker — say it has been fundamental to their careers. Keohane was “probably the single most important influence on my professional development,” says David B. Yoffie, the Max and Doris Starr Professor of International Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. “His penetrating questions, careful scholarship, counterintuitive insights, unending energy, and keen eye towards great problems are the best combination of attributes for an adviser, a co-author, and a great friend.”Keohane’s books include “After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy” (1984), “Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002), and “Anti-Americanisms in World Politics” (2006). He has produced articles, written book chapters, and edited volumes too numerous to list, and he has won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order (1989) and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science (2005).He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His wife, Nannerl O. Keohane, who is also a political scientist — as well as the former president of Wellesley College and Duke University — is a member of the Harvard Corporation.
Except for a small piece of paper, Konstantin Simun might have worked with oil and canvas rather than the sculptures for which he is internationally known.Originally hoping to be a painter, Simun was accepted to art school in his native Russia when he was 11 years old. He was given a piece of paper directing him to his first class.“It was such a small piece of paper,” Simun said. “When I lost it, I was so disappointed. I went to the school anyway, and I decided to open every classroom door to find my class.”After opening a few doors, Simun spotted a child making sculpture from clay. “The teacher in the room saw me and said, ‘Come in, come in.’ She gave me some clay, and I started to sculpt.”While he enjoys oil painting and drawing, Simun has been sculpting ever since.Simun emigrated to the United States in 1988 with his family and now lives in Allston. This month, three of his art pieces — Venus, Allston Venus, and Highway Flower — are gathered in a free public exhibit titled “Happy Birthday, Venus!” at the Harvard Ed Portal. A reception for the exhibit, which is on display through June 21, will be held June 2.Simun’s sculptures are on display at the Ed Portal gallery through June 21. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Ed Portal exhibit is “a tribute to Botticelli,” Simun said, referring to Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” a 15th-century painting depicting a naked Venus emerging from the ocean. Simun’s tribute detours from Botticelli’s work mainly because of the Allston artist’s primary art medium: found objects.“The question is: Trash or treasure?” he said. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”Working with found objects, Simun said, he sees art everywhere: in plastic bottles, recycling bins, milk crates, and discarded briefcases.“When I came to America, I saw trash on the street, which was so foreign to me,” he said. “Also, the trash here was so interesting. Here, trash is colorful, almost like toys. And the technology in something as simple as a plastic bottle — it’s incredible.”Simun’s exhibit became possible when his daughter, Sonia Simoun, also a local artist, approached the Ed Portal about its gallery space.“We have been members of the Ed Portal for at least 10 years now,” Simoun said, adding that her children have been mentored at the Ed Portal during that time. “I pass by the Ed Portal gallery nearly every day, and often thought it would be a perfect space to show my father’s work. It has so much light, and the huge windows turn passers-by into an audience.”The Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery routinely showcases work from both local and Harvard artists. Simun’s project is the first of what the Ed Portal hopes to be many outdoor exhibits.Pieces, such as these box-shaped objects, await their destiny while residing in the artist’s yard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhile Simun’s primarily focus is art made from found objects, one of his most renowned works is the 1966 monument Broken Ring near St. Petersburg, which honors the millions of lives lost in the World War II Leningrad blockade.Simun, who was born in Leningrad, was just 5 years old when the siege began, and was one of many children evacuated from the war zone. “I was very young when it began,” he said. “But I remember it very well.”Simun’s work can be found in Russia’s largest museums and in the streets of Cambridge. He created the whimsical Igor Fokin Memorial Sculpture, honoring a street puppeteer who was also born in St. Petersburg.While he realizes not everyone may see the same potential for art in found objects, Simun said the important thing is to “learn how to see” art.“I see art everywhere I look. Sometimes people ask me how I work, and I say: ‘I’m just cleaning the street,’” he said, laughing. “But everything I pick up either is, or it becomes, a work of art.”This month, three of Simun’s pieces — Venus, Allston Venus, and Highway Flower — are gathered in a free, public exhibit titled “Happy Birthday, Venus!” at the Harvard Ed Portal. A reception for the exhibit, on display through June 21, will be held June 2.
Industrial employment in Vermont has fallen 5.6 percent since the beginning of the recession, according to Manufacturers’ News, Inc. MNI reports Vermont lost 2,894 manufacturing jobs since December 2007, with 1,197 jobs lost between December 2007and December 2008 and 1,697 industrial jobs from 2008 to December of 2009. Over the same period of time, Vermont lost 154 manufacturers, or nearly ten percent of its industrial companies. Looking back even further, over an eight-year period Vermont lost 9,921 industrial jobs or 17% of its industrial employment.Manufacturers’ News reports Vermont is now home to 1,516 manufacturers employing 48,360 workers. Vermont’s losses are smaller compared to those seen in other New England states with Maine’s industrial sector down 7.7 percent, New Hampshire’s down 7.5 percent and Massachusetts’ down 6.4 percent, according to earlier MNI reports.”As with the entire nation, the recession continues to hit Vermont’s core sectors, while the faltering housing market has affected industries such as wood products and building products,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.Employment in the furniture/fixtures sector experienced the sharpest decline, down 33.4 percent over the past twenty-four months, due mostly to layoffs at Ethan Allen.MNI reports electronics remains Vermont’s largest manufacturing sector by employment with 8,259 jobs, with no significant change reported over the two years. Second-ranked food manufacturing accounts for 5,234 jobs, down 8.6% over the survey period, while third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment accounts for 4,508 jobs, down 3.8% over the past twenty-four months.Most other sectors in Vermont lost jobs within the past two years and include transportation equipment, down 15.4%, following the closure of auto supplier Lydall Inc., and layoffs at NSK Steering, among others. Stone/clay/glass fell 14.7%; textiles/apparel were down 11.3%; lumber/wood down 10%; printing/publishing down 7.9% and chemicals/allied products down 7.1%. Slight gains were seen in paper products, up 2.8%; rubber/plastics up 2% and fabricated metals up 1.8%Despite the losses, some bright spots have emerged recently including the openings of Vermont Wood Pellet Co.; rubber protective gear maker AirBoss in Milton; and BEMAG Transformers, which opened a factory in St. Albans Industrial Park in early 2009.MNI’s city data shows Essex Junction is the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, accounting for 6,905 industrial jobs, up 4.5% over the past twenty-four months. Second-ranked Burlington accounts for 3,790 industrial jobs, down 8.7% over the past two years. Industrial jobs in Rutland declined 2.2%, with the city home to 2,120 jobs. Milton is home to 1,929 jobs, up 1.5%, while jobs increased another 1.5% in South Burlington, with the fifth-ranked city representing 1,710 of Vermont’s industrial jobs.Detailed profiles of Vermont’s 1,516 manufacturers and 274 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Vermont Manufacturers Register, available in print for $77 and on CD-ROM from $95. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 4,755 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to mnileads.com may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more.Manufacturers’ News, Inc., publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI also maintains IndustryNet.com, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100. Information also available on facebook and twitter.SOURCE Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 1.25.2010. EVANSTON, Ill,/PRNewswire/ —
In Vermont USDA Rural Development is investing over $228.8 million, of which $106.4 million is funding small businesses, water and wastewater infrastructure, community facilities like libraries and community centers, and housing. An additional $ 122.4 million has been awarded for broadband infrastructure to bring better service to rural communities.USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager issued a report on October 20 about how the agency’s distribution of loan and grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery) has helped rural residents throughout the nation. Rural Development has awarded $21.2 billion in Recovery funds through 95,000 loans and 2,500 grants. The report estimates that millions of business owners, agricultural producers, Internet users, and thousands of homeowners will benefit, and over 300,000 jobs are being created or saved. ‘With Rural Development’s loans and grants we have leveraged our Recovery Act funds to ensure the greatest bang for the taxpayer’s buck, allowing our agency to make unprecedented and lasting investments in rural America,’ said Tonsager. ‘I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last two years toward building livable, innovative and sustainable rural communities.’‘USDA’s investment of Recovery funding provided immediate jobs in construction and permanent jobs in many other industry sectors while laying the foundation for a sustainable economic recovery in our rural communities,’ said USDA Rural Development State Director Molly Lambert.For example, the Brattleboro Food Co-op received a USDA Rural Development Business and Industry award to guarantee a $4.2 million loan from Peoples United Bank. Members of the Brattleboro Co-op also raised $1 million in shareholder loans for the new $8.9 million facility. The funding will allow the cooperative to expand its existing 17,000 sq. ft. retail facility into a newly constructed, energy-efficient 33,847 sq. ft. building in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. The project will create 9 new high quality jobs, support 100 existing well-paying jobs at the coop and create 400 indirect construction jobs. In conjunction with the Co-op development, the Windham Housing Trust will develop 24 units of affordable housing on floors 3 and 4. The coop was founded in 1975 as a member-owned cooperative in leased space and serves as a hub for regional sustainable food. It provides a local market for 146 local farmers and 56 local food processors.Business loan guarantees in two additional communities totaling $ 11.2 million leveraged $23 million in private capital, creating 34 high quality jobs and strengthening the future for 105 existing jobs. A Business Enterprise Grant in the amount of $65,000 was issued to the Randolph Area Community Development Corp. to assist 2 businesses with expansion and feasibility efforts. The grant was matched with $183,500 of community funding for a total project cost of $248,500. The project will create 3 new jobs and strengthen 23 existing jobs in the community.Bethel residents recently gathered to celebrate the restoration and re-opening of the old Town Hall, made possible by a Recovery loan of $984,000 matched with $316,000 in private and other public investment. ‘The building has been drawn out of functional obsolescence and fabulously restored with its authentic features retained,’ said Bethel Town Manager Delbert Cloud. Designed in 1891 by Montpelier architect George Guernsey the building was home to the school basketball team, traveling performers, town meetings and Saturday roller skating. The school has its own gymnasium these days, but residents are once more enjoying community events in the grand building standing tall on Main Street. \In addition to the Bethel town hall restoration, Recovery funding of $7.3 million assisted twenty-four community projects throughout the state such as daycare and family services facilities, libraries, health centers, homeless shelters and fire and emergency equipment.Nine Water and Wastewater projects were awarded to seven communities for $35,633,300 in Recovery funding, creating or retaining 140 jobs.In an otherwise sluggish housing recovery, the combination of Recovery funds and normal year USDA appropriations for housing loans is helping more Vermont households achieve home ownership than in any year since 1994. Nearly 550 households are being assisted with $90 million in loans with the Recovery Act providing over $47 million of this amount.In Vermont the agency helped almost 550 households (an increase of 66 households over 2009) by using over $70 M in Loan Guarantees and $20 M in Direct loans.The link to Rural Development and the Recovery Act: Working For Rural Communities can be found at the USDA Rural Development homepage: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Home.html(link is external). President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law last year. It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. For information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts visit www.usda.gov/recovery(link is external). More information about the Federal government’s efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov(link is external).Source: USDA. 10.20.2010 Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facilities programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees. #
Chris Keeling races in the high school mtb series. On a late spring morning, nearly 30 high school students clad in spandex jerseys emblazoned with school logos pedaled eagerly along the rolling, root-laden trails of Walnut Creek Park, just south of Charlottesville. The race was the championship of the new six-race Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series—one of only a handful of interscholastic mountain bike race programs in the country.Peter Hufnagel, a dean at the private preparatory Miller School in Charlottesville, started the series as an offshoot of his school’s growing endurance athletics program. Hufnagel reached out to other high schools and found immediate interest from others willing to put together mountain bike teams. In its first year, the series attracted up to 40 riders per race from Virginia schools.“We have a group of high school mountain bikers that are fully committed and really excited about racing,” says Hufnagel. “We created a weekday race series that makes mountain biking very similar to traditional high school sports.”At the series finale, parents like Harrisonburg’s Gary Ritcher hiked through the woods to watch their kids race and offer support. The series courses are designed to be spectator-friendly, so parents can watch kids tackle twisting, moderately technical singletrack. Gary’s son, Cameron, finished sixth overall in the series, racing for team Rocktown, a composite crew from Harrisonburg-area high schools.“Cameron is always on his bike,” says Ritcher. “He even figured out an off-road route to school. These races have given him a competitive goal with his peers.”Before the series was created, Cameron Ritcher’s only option was to race against older, more experienced riders at the rugged Massanutten Hoo-Ha! and other regional races. This was part of Hufnagel’s initial motivation.“Most kids just getting into mountain biking are forced to race against adults,” he says. “When they can race against their peers, it’s less intimidating.”Races in the series were held on different courses near each participating school, so each team could host a race on their home turf. But Hufnagel, an experienced racer, also wanted the kids to experience the best of biking. He had the rider with the most points wear a leader’s jersey, and at the first series race, professional mountain bikers Jeremiah Bishop and Andy Guptill took the kids on a practice lap and explained race strategies.It’s helped kids like 13-year-old Campbell Rutherford, also of Harrisonburg, become serious about mountain biking at an early age. 1 2