Dov Hertz picks up Staten Island site for $65M

first_imgFull Name* Email Address* Message* Dov Hertz and an aerial of 1900 South Avenue in Staten Island (Photos via Adam Pincus; Google Maps)One of the city’s most active industrial investors just picked up a big property on Staten Island for $65 million.Dov Hertz’s DH Property Holdings bought the 45-acre parcel at 1900 South Avenue in the Bloomfield section on Staten Island’s western coast, sources told The Real Deal.The sprawling property is currently home to an asphalt manufacturer and construction-waste recycling center. But a source familiar with the deal said that Hertz, who recently signed Amazon to a large warehouse space in Red Hook, has plans to develop a warehouse as big as 400,000 square feet on the site.Read moreIndustrial leasing surges in NYC as other sectors flounderAmazon inks huge deal for Staten Island warehouseNo assembly required: Ikea will be Amazon’s neighbor in Staten Island Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tagsdov hertzIndustrial Real EstateInvestment SalesStaten Island Hertz declined to comment. The sellers of the property are Robert and Neil Vanderbilt, descendants of the wealthy railroad family that owned many pieces of property on Staten Island. The Vanderbilts could not be immediately reached for comment.A Cushman & Wakefield team of John Alascio, Sri Vankayala, Chuck Kohaut, TJ Sullivan and Emily Johansen represented the buyer.The property has a waterfront dock, a railroad yard and access to regional highways, putting it within easy reach of nearby shipping terminals and consumers in New York and New Jersey.Staten Island has become a destination for e-commerce companies looking for large warehouses close to their customers. Amazon has leased more than 2 million square feet about two miles north of Hertz’s new site at the Matrix Global Logistics Park. Ikea has also taken nearly 1 million square feet at the property.Hertz, meanwhile, has been busy buying up industrial and warehouse properties ever since he left Extell Development a little more than four years ago to launch his own firm.DH Property Holdings has purchased sites in Sunset Park and Red Hook, where the company recently signed Amazon to more than 300,000 square feet.Contact Rich Bockmann Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Australian frigate lands CMF’s first drug seizure of 2019

first_img View post tag: CMF Share this article Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat seized over 3.1 tons of hashish in the Arabian Sea during an operation that took place on January 8 and 9.The seized drugs are worth an estimated $155 million and are the first narcotics seized by a Combined Maritime Forces member in 2019.The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, was believed to be engaged in illegal activity when Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) directed Ballarat to board the vessel and conduct a flag verification check.Ballarat’s boarding team searched the dhow and seized the hashish. The drugs were transferred to Ballarat for disposal.Commanding officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander Paul Johnson, said the boarding team conducted the night-time boarding professionally. He said the team found the drugs hidden in voids around the vessel.“The seizure is a reflection of the continued trade in illegal narcotics which has the potential to fund terrorist groups across the region,” Commander Johnson said.“HMAS Ballarat is contributing to the Australian government’s mission to ensure Middle East regional maritime security. Ballarat and her crew remain ready to continue that mission during our deployment on Operation Manitou.”Commander CTF 150, Commodore Darren Garnier of the Royal Canadian Navy, said the seizure would disrupt revenue supplies to terrorist organisations and was a good start to the new year.“As CTF 150 marks its sixth seizure in six weeks, our successes demonstrate the value of the coordinated efforts of the CMF international naval partnerships,” Commodore Garnier said.“As a team, we are actively disrupting the use of the high seas by terrorist organisations and denying them freedom of action in order to promote maritime stability and prosperity in the region.”This is the third interdiction of narcotics by Ballarat since arriving in the Middle East in November last year on operation Manitou.Ballarat seized more than 900kgs of heroin worth more than $279 million after boarding two vessels on 21 and 23 December 2018.Operation Manitou is Australia’s contribution to Combined Maritime Forces operations, a 33-navy partnership which promotes maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East region. View post tag: HMAS Ballarat View post tag: Counter-Narcotics Photo: Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Royal Australian Navylast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor – University Supervisor Pool

first_imgPosting Details Open Until Filled An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion ofa background screening.Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employmentauthorization will not be considered for this position.Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunityand prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability,gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin,race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, orany other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects ofthe employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring,training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, andtermination. Minimum Qualifications The School of Education at Maryville University hires part-timefaculty on an ongoing basis to supervise teacher candidates infield placements as part of our Teacher Preparation Program.Qualified applicants will be placed in the departmental pool andwill be contacted as openings become available. There is no need tocontact us; this is an ongoing pool. The University Supervisors areprimarily specialists in Elementary, Early Childhood education, andindividual content areas. The University Supervisor serves as aliaison between the cooperating teacher, teacher candidate, and theSchool of Education.University Supervisors have the privilege of working with diversegroups of individuals. We seek colleagues who embrace thisopportunity with respect and skill.The School of Education is particularly interested in applicantswho have experience working with students from diverse backgroundsand a demonstrated commitment.Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:• Attend all professional development and training sessions forUniversity Supervisors as indicated by the School ofEducation• Attend all required School of Education meetings as indicated bythe School of Education• Provide constructive support and suggestions to assist eachteacher candidate’s professional growth• Observe, coach, and evaluate teacher candidates’ performance instudent teaching/practicums• Conduct multiple or 5 site visits over the 15-week placement forobservations, coaching, and evaluation; three – six site visits forstudent teachers• Complete all School of Education required documentation byindicated deadlines• Question activities and teaching strategies that assist theteacher candidate in reflecting on their teaching lesson andbroadening their own self-evaluation• Demonstrate and reflect knowledge of effective instructionalpractices in the classroom;• Participate in problem-solving and remain flexible in seekingsolutions• Promote instructional strategies approved by the School ofEducation that can reach a wide variety of learners, as well asexpect higher-level thinking skills• Respect the cultural implications and expectations of thepartnering schools that the teacher candidates are placed• Value other’s professional opinions and time, yet willing to givethe time necessary for feedback and discussion• Promote and sustain positive working relationships among thecooperating teachers; building administrators; and the teachercandidates Preferred Qualifications Physical Demandscenter_img • Master’s degree in Education from a regionally accreditedinstitution• Current Missouri Teaching Certification• Must be willing to complete an FBI Fingerprinting BackgroundCheck and Missouri Department of Health, Senior Services FamilyCare Safety Background Screening, and a Tuberculosis test at yourown expense• Must have a minimum of three years teaching experience in anurban or suburban public school settings in relevant certificationareas pertaining to Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle (Science,Social Studies, Math, or Language Arts) or High school (Biology,Chemistry, English, Social Science, or Math)• Must have a clean driving record with a valid Missouri driver’slicense• Must own a car with current auto insurance; insurance must bekept current• Knowledge of the Missouri Department of Elementary and SecondaryEducation Teacher Standards• Must be flexible with scheduling visits• Must be willing to drive to all partnering schools assigned• Exceptional oral and written communication skills• Excellent critical thinking skills• Superior technical capabilities Advertised: January 15, 2020Applications close: Special Instructions to Applicants Job Summary/Basic Function Yeslast_img read more


first_imgJazz Festival at Waterfront Park is a huge hitAn estimated 400 residents and guests enjoyed a cool night of jazz on June 27 in Waterfront Park.Families spread out on blankets, stretched out on loungers, or relaxed in the built-in amphitheater and on chairs facing the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.The free event began about 6 p.m. with The Gradie Stone Four, featuring vocalist Gradie Stone singing a selection of jazz favorites.Along the perimeter of the amphitheater were parked popular food trucks and vendors offering everything from hot dogs and ice cream to grilled corn and churrasco.North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff welcomed the audience to the park, which is jointly owned and maintained by both towns. Many local officials also attended the event, including Commissioners Julio Marenco and Hugo Cabrera, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, and Guttenberg Councilman Wayne Zitt.As the sun began to set, casting an atmospheric glow over the steel and glass across the river, The North Jersey Cats featuring trumpet player Chuck D’Orazio and saxophonist Don Giantomasi entertained the crowd with largely instrumental jazz excursions.More events are planned for later this summer in the park. Wrestlers receive awards at township eventMayor Nicholas Sacco and Parks and Public Property Commissioner Hugo Cabrera handed out this year’s wrestling awards at a dinner event at the Pop Warner Building on June 26. About 60 kids participated in wrestling this year and all the teams received awards.In addition, two special achievement awards were given out: the Digger O’Dell Award to Amanda Pace, and the DeRiso Award to Nick Anderson. Awards were also given out to the most notable wrestlers in four age groups.8U (8 years of age and under) Division Awards: Most Outstanding Wrestler, Robby Rodriguez; Coaches’ Award, Michael McCormack; Ironman, Derrick Correa; Most Improved, Nathaniel Hernandez; 100 Percent Award, Leo Garcia-Cruz and Julian Contreras; Rookie of the Year, Alysa Patel and Matthew Durango.10U Division Awards: Most Outstanding Wrestler, John Quinonez; Coaches’ Award, Jerzey Ryan; Ironman, Tyler Koffa; Most Improved, Sebastian Brito; 100 Percent Award, David Vazquez; Rookie of the Year, Adrian Laing.12U Division Awards: Most Outstanding Wrestler, Tyler Nisler; Coaches’ Award, Brendan Pollio; Most Improved, Venizzio Valenciano; 100 Percent Award, Giovanni Jaludi; Rookie of the Year, David Soliz.14U Division Awards: Most Outstanding Wrestler, Justin Cantor; Coaches’ Award, Michael Pestana; Ironman, Andrew Estrada; 100 Percent Award, Jaylan Sanchez; Rookie of the Year, Daniel Parra.North Bergen educator wins awardDana Hojnowski has received the Excellence in Education Award from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) for her work engaging students in North Bergen in anti-litter campaigns.Hojnowski, North Bergen High School teacher and Environmental Coordinator, was nominated by Joseph Stampe, Recycle Program Aide of the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA).Stampe notes that there are “so many reasons” Hojnowski deserves this recognition, including bringing 35 students on a Saturday to clean blighted areas of town and other clean-up projects. On May 20, 22 of Hojnowski’s students painted over graffiti and picked up more than 1,000 pounds of garbage and more than 900 pounds of recyclable materials.Another one of Hojnowski’s efforts, in partnership with the MUA, the North Bergen Green Team and the high school’s environmental club, and through a sponsorship with Home Depot, resulted in a school garden that will beautify the high school grounds and includes a tree planted in remembrance of former teachers.The ribbon cutting for the garden on May 11 was attended by the district superintendent and numerous school officials, staff and students. Residents enjoyed North Bergen’s Jazz Festival at Waterfront Park recently. (See briefs for more information.) ×Residents enjoyed North Bergen’s Jazz Festival at Waterfront Park recently. (See briefs for more information.)center_img Palisades Medical Center announces acting presidentThe Board of Governors for Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center announced on July 6 that Dr. Anthony J. Passannante Jr. has become the hospital’s acting president. The position became effective July 1. Passannante replaced Bruce J. Markowitz.Passannante has served as vice president and chief medical officer for Palisades for the previous two years. In addition, he has served on numerous integration committees within the Hackensack network. He has also acted as a member of the faculty chair selection committee for the new Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.Before joining Palisades Medical Center, Passannante held senior leadership positions at St. Peters University Hospital. These included interim co-chief operating officer and vice president/chief medical officer.“Dr. Passannante has served with distinction in leadership roles at the medical center and will continue to inspire team members to provide highly-quality, patient-centered care,’’ said Robert G. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, in the release.“As a cardiologist and hospital executive, Dr. Passannante is a proven leader who will develop strategies that focus on optimal outcomes in convenient settings for patients at every level of care,” added John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.last_img read more

Speech: Speech delivered at the Air Power Conference

first_imgBut I am absolutely delighted to be here, speaking to you in what is a momentous week. The scenes in the Mall as we witnessed the longest flypast for over 3 generations were simply extraordinary. And they did not go unnoticed in Parliament, especially the wonderful image of 100 set out in the sky by the Typhoons.As many of you will have seen on social media, there is now a call in Parliament to have It’s Coming Home in the sky next week. So, Chief of the Air Staff, I’m sure that’s a challenge which the RAF is up to! But having seen the amount of time which went into delivering the flypast yesterday, I promise to push back and say we simply don’t have enough time.So many congratulations to the RAF past and present, not only for yesterday but for a century in which you have earned a reputation for bravery, tenacity and innovation.A lot has changed in those 100 years. From the Avro 504 biplane the first mass produced aircraft of any kind in the great war and of course it was Avro which went on to make the iconic Lancaster B1, the most famous of bombers to yesterday, when we saw the F35s flying down the Mall.I have been very fortunate to work beside the RAF on operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, and I am a huge admirer of the service, a service which right now has personnel involved in 16 separate missions, in 28 countries across 5 continents.In this modern air force, precision firepower has helped diminish and destroy Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and to strike Assad’s chemical arsenal after the appalling atrocity in Douma.Against an ever more assertive Russia, our airmen and women are policing the Black Sea skies. They will soon be heading to Iceland for the first time, as well as back to Estonia. The air force also continues to keep us safe at home, and in the past decade has scrambled more than 80 times to intercept Russian military aircraft.On the ground, the RAF Regiment are deployed with their army colleagues in Salisbury, after the first use of chemical weapons on the streets of Europe since the World War 2.You only had to witness the crowds across central London yesterday to realise the esteem with which the RAF is held in the hearts of the British people, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all.Growing threatsI started by saying that this week is momentous. But I wasn’t just referring to RAF 100. As I speak, leaders are gathered in Brussels for the annual NATO Summit.In a year in which there appears to be more at stake than in any time in recent history, we have heard a lot about the changing threats. In his annual speech to RUSI last year, Sir Stuart Peach spoke candidly, not only about the potential threats we might face at some undefined point in the future, but about the threats that we face now.These threats emanate from a number of worrying global trends: resource scarcity, fragile states, rising populations, immigration, regional tensions, trade disputes I could go on. But it’s not just the range of threats we’re facing, but the breaking down of traditional boundaries both physical and virtual. Our adversaries have recognised this, and they are adapting.Spin the globe and look at the world from Russia’s perspective. Consider how they might view threats. And, whilst we don’t know whether they view conflict as inevitable, they are preparing.Some commentators have suggested that Russia’s use of proxy forces and hybrid methods suggest that they don’t intend to get its hands dirty. There is an alternate thesis: that Russia have concluded that they are not ready for major combat operations, that they have learnt the lessons from Georgia and the relative failure of their annexation of Crimea, and are now investing hard in the future of their conventional forces. Russia is building new supersonic bombers, and the fifth generation Sukhoi 57 fighter is now a reality.On this basis, it is a myth to think that Russia won’t use hard power at some point in the future. You only have to look at Syria to see this in action, in what has become a testing ground for the integration of Russian air, land, and maritime capabilities. Russia has at the same time been carving out an advantage in the sub threshold environment, using cyber and hybrid methods to cause disruption and to obfuscate.With a new appetite for risk, and a new determination not to be bound by the rules of the international order, information is being weaponised to sow confusion and create tensions. Tensions that in turn create divisions and opportunities that they can exploit. And in this anarchic ungoverned space, they are calibrating their activity to understand where the threshold for international response sits.This introduces dangers of escalation and miscalculation. Tensions once grew slowly, providing us with advance warning of potential conflict. But we can’t rely on that any longer. We must be ready to respond, at very short notice, and in a wide variety of contexts.But, of course, Russia is not our only threat. We face a multitude of other challenges: hostile states, global extremist organisations, the rise of nationalism, political fragmentation, organised crime, terrorism. And these threats have become so much more acute given the proliferation of sophisticated military hardware that was once the preserve of tier one militaries.But it’s easy to be doom laden, and I agree with the Chief of the Air Staff that the RAF is well equipped to respond to these challenges, and has some exciting new capabilities on the way: 7 Typhoon Squadrons, 16 new Protector drones, 9 new Boeing P8 Poseidons to patrol the seas, not to mention our world beating F35s spearheading our Carrier Strike Capability.But what are we doing now to ensure we are well placed to face down tomorrow’s threats? And how will we be judged on those decisions when the air force celebrates RAF 150? In looking forward to the next 50 years, there are 3 areas where I believe we need to focus:Cutting edge capabilityFirst, we must maintain our cutting edge capability, and our Combat Air Strategy provides the road map for the second century of UK air capability. Of course, we need to complete the transition from Tornado to an enhanced Typhoon, and set our operational requirements for the next generation fighter.But we need to go further. The air force of the future must have full spectrum capabilities, integrated to cyberspace. One of the reasons the F35 is so special that it’s a networked platform, able to soak up information from across every domain and build a virtual picture of the battlefield.Full spectrum extends to space as well as cyberspace. Space is critical to our intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision navigation, targeting and synchronisation of effects. If we’re going to succeed in this domain, we need to do more to protect those vital capabilitiesThat’s why we’ve designated space as a Critical National Infrastructure, and we’re publishing the first ever Defence Space Strategy later in summer. That’s why we’re raising the profile of space technology in NATO, and investing heavily: £50 million into spaceports, £10 million into small satellite constellations, and £99 million into the new National Satellite Test Facility.We have put the RAF at the heart of this work, and it’s doubling the size of its space operations at High Wycombe with the creation of the National Air & Space Operations Centre.Part of the challenge will be to procure and produce capabilities faster than ever before. This will require new partnerships, like the collaboration between the RAF’s Rapid Capability office, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and the UK industry which saw us launch the Carbonite 2 satellite earlier this year to deliver high quality imagery and 3D video footage from the upper atmosphere.From concept to launch, this took just 8 months, exploiting commercial off the shelf equipment, rapid by name, and rapid by nature!Integration of tacticsBut cutting edge capabilities are not enough. Our adversaries are now seeking to a range of weapons in their armouries against us. So future fleets must be able to integrate more seamlessly between the Services.Since its inception, the RAF has been master of combined arms action. This has never been more important with the arrival of F35 and the Carrier Strike platform. That’s why we’re already making sure that our approach to future combat air systems will be fully integrated with Carrier Strike.But tomorrow’s integration must go beyond the Services. It must extend to the whole of Government. The operation against Daesh was a case in point. While aircrews are destroying Daesh, while our troops are developing the capacity of local forces, and while our sailors are supporting allied carrier operations, other arms of Government are working to shut down finances to cut off access at borders and critically to counter and rebut terrorist false narratives.We must make this the rule not the exception. As the Prime Minister said when she launched the National Security Capability Review in March, we have to mobilise most effectively the full range of our capabilities in concert to respond to the challenges we face.That’s why we now have a Fusion Doctrine, building a culture of common purpose across Government, and shifting incentives and behaviours so we can be greater than the sum of our parts.PeopleBut to be able to develop the highest quality capabilities, we need the highest quality of people. Platforms have always mattered in the RAF. But people matter more. Spitfires wouldn’t have had the extraordinary success they did without the brilliance of our engineers, the dedication of our ground crews, and the daring of our pilots.Some believe that, in the era of autonomy and AI, the pilot will become redundant. I don’t believe it. While it is easy to envisage a time when we might take men and women out of the cockpit, I cannot foresee a period when we’ll take them out of the loop.Warfare is, and will remain, an intensively human endeavour. We will need the very best men and women more than ever to innovate, evaluate and debate and to make tough life and death judgements.We must think deeply about the skills required of our next generation, and how we compete for the very best of our youth how we train them, and how we retain them. That is why I applaud the focus of this Conference.This new generation is likely to come from a wider range of backgrounds. We need to do more to develop the talents of every section of society, including those who wouldn’t see defence as their natural home.In this, we will be competing against those with bigger pockets than ourselves. So we must continue to offer exciting careers with a sense of purpose and camaraderie. If we are to retain these young men and women, we need to think about the challenges they will face, recognising the way we wage war is changing, and will be even more different in the future.Conclusion: inspirationI am confident that the RAF will meet these challenges head on, as it always has. 75 years ago, the famous 617 Squadron took off from RAF Scampton to launch the Dambusters raid. On board those Lancasters were Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bombs, an innovation designed to destroy the dams in the Ruhr valley. That is a reminder that, whenever faced with the most intractable problems, the RAF has always responded.The same Squadron also carried the UK’s nuclear deterrent for over a decade, and took a leading role in precision strikes on Iraq in 1991. Now they are back at Marham to fly the fifth generation F35 Lightning II, a fitting reminder that innovation remains, as it always has, in the DNA of the Royal Air Force.If you’re still in any doubt of this, I would encourage you to visit Horse Guards this week where you’ll see these developments, from the Spitfire to the Meteor, the Harrier to the Tornado. But, from my perspective, the tent devoted to STEM skills is the most striking. Go inside see young people captivated by all the amazing technology, with RAF men and women explaining it.The RAF has something few other organisations have: not just the power of flight itself, but the unique capacity to make a difference across the world, and the ability to inspire. Thank you. Chief of the Air Staff, thank you for that very kind introduction. And I suppose with a grandfather who was a founder member of the Royal Air Force, and with a name like Lancaster, I probably should have joined the RAF. But it was not to be after my flying scholarship.That’s something I was forced to think about on a very regular basis as I was posted to RAF Marham to do airfield damage repair for 5 years. So as I got to repair the runways while pilots took off on them, I did certainly ponder my career choice I can assure you!Equally, this morning I was pondering whether to wear an air force tie, only the second time I’ve done so. As somebody who’s quite superstitious, the last time I wore it was Monday and by the end of the day tow Cabinet Ministers had resigned. So I did think hard about it this morning, and then decided as a Royal Engineer that it was of course the Royal Air Battalion in 1911 which become the Royal Flying Corps and subsequently the Royal Air Force. So I like to think that my background as a sapper ties neatly into wearing an RAF tie today.Tribute to the RAFlast_img read more

Operation Smile fundraises at Five Guys

first_imgToday, you can indulge in Five Guys and not feel guilty about it, since every dollar spent will bring the Notre Dame chapter of Operation Smile closer to its goals. To help the cause, present the voucher, virtual or physical print, from the Operation Smile Five Guys Fundraiser’s Facebook event page to the cashier at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries at Eddy Street Commons. Five Guys Burgers and Fries will donate 25 percent of all eligible purchases to Operation Smile.The Notre Dame chapter of Operation Smile was founded in 2003 and currently is led by junior Janie Zhang.Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a national nonprofit medical service organization that raises money to provide cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for families who cannot afford the procedure, particularly those in countries without widespread access to health care, Zhang said. Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. The national chapter of Operation Smiles also conducts research on the causes and eradication of the birth defect.The Notre Dame chapter’s goal for this year is to raise enough money to provide surgeries for 12 kids with the condition, Zhang said. The cost required for each procedure is approximately $240.Zhang said Operation Smile has been planning this fundraiser since September.From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Operation Smile club members will be stationed outside of South Dining Hall to hand out promotional flyers. The Five Guys vouchers will be attached to the flyers.“It only takes $240 to provide a free surgery that will heal a child’s smile and change [his or her] life forever,” Zhang said. “It can be hard at an individual level to provide these funds, but collectively, as a student body and a community, we have the potential to change the lives of more than just a dozen children.”Besides the primary goal of funding surgical procedures, another goal is to raise awareness for this organization, Zhang said.“Even though we’re a representation of the national organization, not many people have heard of Operation Smile,” she said.According to Zhang, Operation Smile is in the process of planning its first 5K race, Miles for Smiles, to promote awareness. Operation Smiles will also continue to hold its annual photo booth event for the spring’s Blue and Gold football scrimmage.Aside from directly supporting the national chapter, the Notre Dame chapter also helps out in the local community, Zhang said.“We’re volunteering at Center for the Homeless later this month to teach the kids about oral health,” she said.“Set some time off today, make the trip to Five Guys and enjoy a delicious burger,” Zhang said. “All the while, you will help restore children’s smiles and shape their futures. Good food, good cause.”Tags: five guys burgers and fries, notre dame chapter, notre dame chapter of operation smile, operation smilelast_img read more

IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Progress Toward Integrating Renewable Energy Into the Grid

first_imgIEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Progress Toward Integrating Renewable Energy Into the Grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewable energy advocates everywhere are grappling with the challenge of how to integrate energy generated from wind and solar into existing power grids.As moderator Suzanne Mattei, an IEEFA board member, put it in a morning panel at Energy Finance 2016 today, “You can make all the energy you want, but if you can’t get it into the infrastructure of the society you’re targeting, then you’re not going to reach your goal.”Richard Sedano, of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a group of former government officials that advises governments in the U.S. and abroad on energy issues, explained some of the challenges posed by integration and highlighted progress that has been made. The U.S. is past the point of “entry panic,” or irrational fear of allowing wind and solar integration, Sedano said.“It’s not about whether we can do it anymore, it’s about maintaining reliability.”Sedano said that target breaks down into two main components:adequacy, or ensuring there is enough power to meet demand, andstability, meaning keeping operations smooth across different times of day and varying demand levelsHe said additional storage capacity is one potential solution of many.Christoph Podewils of Agora Energiewende offer perspective from Europe, detailing how Germany has increased its share of power generation from renewables from 5% in 1990 to 30% in 2015, with an eventual goal of 80% in 2050. Thus far into the transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear, Germany has found that wind and solar are already cost competitive to all other newly built power plants, and integration doesn’t dent that cost advantage.Podewils said governments across Europe are collaborating on renewable energy to cover each country’s demand and mitigate flexibility needs. These actions underline a recommendation by Sedano made based on his organization’s work on integration: “If you’re small, get big. Try to connect to neighboring systems as much as you can.”last_img read more

Anglo American to exit thermal coal sector by mid-2023

first_imgAnglo American to exit thermal coal sector by mid-2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Anglo American will divest from its South African and Colombian thermal coal operations by mid-2023, the miner said on Friday as it sought to demonstrate to investors its commitment to a shift towards clean energy sources.The global miner said a de-merger and listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was the most likely route for its South African thermal coal assets.Anglo American, which produces platinum, copper, diamonds, iron ore, and thermal and metallurgical coal, highlighted its green credentials as the mining industry faces increasing scrutiny over its carbon footprint.“With the bulk of (growth) options in copper, PGMs, and now also crop nutrients, we are increasingly positioned to supply those metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, greener, more sustainable world,” Chief Executive Mark Cutifani said on Friday in an annual update to investors.Cutifani said the company planned to exit its Cerrejon thermal coal mine in Colombia within 1 1/2 to 2 years, while the South African thermal coal exit will happen within 2 1/2 years.[Helen Reid]More: Anglo American maps out thermal coal exit, sees higher outputlast_img read more

Radisson pumps new life into Liverpool

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Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits, Eligible Claimants Get Extra $600 Starting Next Week

first_img April 10, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits and extends unemployment compensation (UC) benefits for an additional 13 weeks.The federal benefits are in addition to Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment benefit, which is about half of a person’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week for 26 weeks.Additional $600 Per WeekAs part of the CARES Act, unemployment benefits are being expanded to provide an additional $600 per week beginning the week ending April 4, 2020, through the week ending July 25, 2020. This temporary emergency increase in benefits is referred to as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.Today, L&I issued the first $600 payments. All eligible claimants that filed biweekly claims for the week ending April 4 and who received their regular UC payment should expect to see the additional money either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. For other eligible claimants who have not yet received a regular UC payment, they will receive the extra $600 the week after receiving their first UC payment.It is very important to note that anyone who currently has federal withholding tax taken out of their benefits will see the same 10% reduction in the FPUC payment, resulting in a $540 payment. For information about changing your withholding election, visit L&I’s Taxes on Benefits page.The $600 is paid separately from the biweekly UC benefit, and residents do not need to apply.Visit the department’s FPUC frequently asked questions for more information.Self-employed, Contractors or Gig Economy WorkersThe CARES Act also temporarily makes unemployment compensation available to self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and others not normally eligible for the benefit. The program is referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). These workers cannot apply through the department’s UC online system at this time. The U.S. Department of Labor requires that PUA be tracked separately from regular UC. For this reason, Pennsylvania must build a new online platform to process PUA benefits.Eligible individuals should be able to start applying for PUA benefits within the next two weeks. Eligible claimants will receive backdated payments to January 27, 2020, or the first week they were unable to work due to COVID-19, whichever of the two dates is later. The PUA benefit will end December 31, 2020. The department will announce when the PUA benefit application is available.Visit L&I’s PUA frequently asked questions for more information.13-Week Benefit ExtensionThe CARES Act provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation, including for workers who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits. Claimants will be eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) from the week beginning March 29, 2020, through the end of the year. The department is awaiting additional federal guidance about the program and will provide an update when information is available.Additional Information for workers impacted by COVID-19:Employment benefits webpageEmployment benefits guideFrequently asked questionsTips for filing an initial UC claimStart a new claim videoOn March 27, Governor Tom Wolf signed a law that makes applying for unemployment compensation easier to access by waiving the one-week waiting period to file, as well as the job search and work registration requirements, among other changes.Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.View this information in Spanish.center_img Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits, Eligible Claimants Get Extra $600 Starting Next Weeklast_img read more