Barclays CEO: Government ready to go beyond £330bn in business aid

first_img“This is a very new frontier so it takes us a while to get there”, he added. “We shouldn’t underestimate the economic commitments that the government is making, and we need to partner with that”, he added. Thus far HSBC has approved around £600m in loans to 4,200 small businesses.  Barclays boss Jes Staley (AFP via Getty Images) Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 29 April 2020 12:22 pm TheCityUK boss Miles Celic stepped in to defend banks over their lending record yesterday. Staley said that he was in constant conversation with authorities regarding how to develop the programmes: Speaking to City A.M. editor Christian May on City A.M’s daily City View podcast, Celic said banks were not “shirking their responsibilities”. Banks have come under criticism for not reacting fast enough to the crisis, with many calling on lenders to up the rate at which they process applications. According to the latest available data, the number of coronavirus loans doubled last week to £2.8bn, but only around half of 36,000 applications have been approved. Barclays boss Jes Staley (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Barclays boss: Government prepared to go ‘well beyond’ £330bn in business support “There’s a tremendous amount of dialogue between myself and the chancellor and the Bank of England, about how we evolve these programmes to make them more and more effective and more and more efficient. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Barclays boss Jes Staley has said that the government is prepared to go “well beyond” its initial £330bn coronavirus business rescue package, labelling its efforts so far “an extraordinary tsunami”. 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Thus far, Barclays have given out £737m in coronavirus business interruption loans to 3,760 businesses in the UK, and are also the government’s commercial partner for the job retention furlough scheme.last_img read more

City to launch future-focused Imagine Greater Bendigo project

first_imgCity to launch future-focused Imagine Greater Bendigo project Imagine Greater Bendigo 30 years from now. What do you see?That is what the City of Greater Bendigo is asking residents as it launches Imagine Greater Bendigo – an opportunity for residents to help shape an exciting future for our city and region.All feedback received as part of this project will help Council prepare a new community vision and Council Plan, Financial Plan, and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan by October 2021. An Asset Plan will also be developed in 2022.This is important work and a requirement of the new Local Government Act (2020) and Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008).To kick-start the consultation process, residents are being asked two questions:What makes Greater Bendigo a great place to live now? What would make Greater Bendigo an even better place to live 30 years from now? Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said she looked forward to receiving the community’s feedback.“We all want to live in a community where we can enjoy the best possible quality of life, so this is your chance to imagine a Greater Bendigo that has everything you, your family, friends and community need to succeed, be well and happy,” Cr Alden said.“In 2020 we watched a dangerous and devastating bushfire season unfold, experienced the life-changing impacts of COVID-19, and saw people around the world have their strongest conversation yet about racial and other inequalities.“It was certainly a year where many of us evaluated what was most important to us and got us thinking ‘life’s too short’.“So as the world continues to change and Greater Bendigo changes with it, now is the time to plan for our future and consider how we will look after our environment, create a more inclusive community, learn to adapt to new technology, grow our economy and build our resilience to global events.“The consultation process has been divided into three stages, so there will be plenty of opportunities for people to share their thoughts in ways that best suit them, including through a survey, listening posts and a community art project, Imagine it – Draw it!, where drawing tables will be set up in key locations and residents can draw their vision of the future.“All feedback received will help Council to invest in projects and services that support your overall wellbeing. So have your say and tell us what a future Greater Bendigo looks like to you.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Bendigo, bushfire, community, council, covid-19, Economy, environment, Government, health, Local Government, project, public health, quality, resilience, technology, Victoria, wellbeinglast_img read more

Space Radiation Threats To Astronauts Addressed In Federal Research Study

first_imgA better understanding of solar storms and how best to protect astronauts from space radiation is needed as NASA pushes toward manned missions to the moon and Mars in the coming decades, according to a new National Research Council report. Researchers have been stepping up studies on radiation biology and space shielding in recent years, said the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Daniel Baker, chair of the committee that issued an NRC report this week titled, “Space Radiation Hazards and the Vision for Space Exploration.” The report probes the physical risks and technology obstacles of extended space journeys and is tied to a 2004 presidential mandate to return to the moon by 2020 and then send human travelers on to Mars, said Baker, director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Baker, an internationally known space weather expert, said the report brought together space physicists and radiation biologists, amplifying common interests between the groups. “This was an important step,” he said. “One of the benefits of this report is that we are beginning to lower the error bar on the health impacts of space radiation to astronauts, and are looking hard at other challenges like more accurate solar forecasting and improved space engineering techniques.” Astronauts are regularly exposed to high doses of radiation, including galactic cosmic rays — thought to come from distant supernova explosions — as well as energetic particles from the sun and charged particles trapped in Earth’s magnetic field, he said. Potential health effects include leukemia and other cancers, and degenerative tissue effects like cataracts, heart disease, digestive diseases and respiratory diseases, according to the report. Radiation also can cause damage to the central nervous system and cause acute risks like vomiting and nausea, said Baker. “One concern is that astronauts could become ill from space radiation effects and vomit in their space suits, which could be extremely serious,” he said. The report noted that a violent solar storm that occurred in August 1972 between the Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions could have been extremely hazardous to astronauts had they been on the moon. The radiation exposure levels would have varied depending on whether the astronauts were exploring the lunar surface or were inside the landing vehicle, which would have offered more protection, said the report. “We know that this storm was large enough that it could have had potentially fatal consequences to astronauts had they been on the moon at that time,” said Baker. The report also addresses the issue of “storm shelters” to protect astronauts from harmful radiation, which can be built both inside spacecraft or on the surface of the moon and Mars, Baker said. Such shelters could include cylindrical “cocoons” of thick shielding material for astronauts to crawl in or shelters lined with thick tanks filled with water, since water is not only essential for space travel but also contains large amounts of hydrogen, a proven buffer for mitigating harmful radiation, he said. Plastic polymers containing large amounts of hydrogen also might be a potentially useful building material for shielding, according to the report. “There is always the possibility that a spacecraft can be blasted by significant doses of radiation, and we need to take that into account when designing spacecraft,” he said. Soils on the moon and Mars also could be used to build efficient shelters from solar storms, especially if astronauts were on extended expeditions putting them hours away from base camps or space vehicles, Baker said. The report recommends creating a “color-coded alert system” for intense solar events that could be transmitted quickly to astronauts roaming alien soils, he said. A workshop on the issues — co-sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council — was held Oct. 16 to Oct. 20 in Wintergreen, Va. In September, NASA selected 12 radiation biology proposals for funding that target reduction of health and safety risks for astronauts, said Baker. The National Research Council is a federal organization created by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to bring together the American science and technology community to advance knowledge and advise the federal government. Published: Oct. 24, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Medlife launches range of superfoods

first_img News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Medlife launches range of superfoods The range includes roasted flaxseeds, watermelon seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax pumpkin seeds, apart from roasted mix seedsMedlife, an online pharmacy and a holistic healthcare platform, has launched a new range of products under the label Medlife Superfoods. The range includes roasted flaxseeds, watermelon seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax pumpkin seeds, apart from roasted mix seeds. Made from all-natural ingredients, Medlife Superfoods are healthy and tasty at once and come with an FSSAI certification.Speaking about this, Tushar Kumar, Founder and CEO, Medlife, said, “We are happy to launch our own category of superfoods under the Medlife umbrella as another step towards our agenda of helping customers live a healthy life. With people getting more health conscious, there is an increasing demand for nutritionally dense food. Consumers are willing to try new things, which explains the increased popularity of superfoods. All our superfoods are high on health without compromising on taste. We expect an increased demand in this category as we offer customers the benefit of convenience and functionality through doorsteps delivery”.The different varieties of seeds are hand-picked, roasted under controlled conditions, and packaged to provide high-quality superfoods. They help in managing mid-day hunger pangs, support healthy weight loss, promote digestion, are good for the skin and hair and come loaded with nutrients. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, and other essential nutrients. When combined with regular exercise and a balanced diet, these superfoods can make a person feel energised and help achieve better health outcomes. flax pumpkin seedsflax seedsFSSAI certificationMedlifenutritionally dense foodsunflower seedssuperfoodswatermelon seeds By EH News Bureau on June 14, 2019 Share Read Article Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Comment Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Comments (0) Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

Medica Group of Hospitals hosts COVID-19 virtual discourse

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Comments (0) Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The session took viewers through clinically oriented topics ranging from defining the disease to technicalities of managing COVID positive patientsMedica Group of Hospitals, hosted its first COVID-19 virtual discourse, highlighting, the subject – ‘Adopt the new normal – Let’s work together and build a safe and healthy future.’ Dr Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals and Chair -FICCI Health Services Committee enlightened viewers on how private hospitals should prepare to treat both COVID as well as non COVID patients. Sharing their experiences, the COVID Warriors, doctors, who have been frontliners, were other panelists, Dr Tanmay Banerjee, who spoke about ‘Defining COVID, Challenges and Outcome’, Dr Amitabha Saha, made a ‘Clinical presentation on Triaging and Imaging’, Dr Aviral Roy, highlighted the ‘Management and Myths surrounding COVID-19’ on behalf of the Medica Kolkata Critical Care team and Dr Prashanta Behera, Head, Critical Care Medicine, Tata Steel Medica Hospital, Kalinganagar, Odisha, shared his experience of handling positive patients successfully.The hour-long session took the viewers through clinically oriented topics ranging from defining the disease to the technicalities of managing COVID positive patients. On this virtual session, Dr Roy shared Medica’s overall journey in dealing with the current pandemic crisis. He stated, “We are treating COVID patients in six of our hospitals. Over 630 COVID positive patients have passed through our three hospitals in Kolkata, Kalinganagar and Gopalpur. We would sincerely like to offer our gratitude to the West Bengal Government for allowing Medica to test and treat COVID 19.” Speaking on the infrastructural and operational changes Dr Roy commented, “While Medica Group of Hospitals is treating COVID positive patients we are also curing non COVID critical patients equally. On an average our occupancy goes up to 47 beds for COVID patients. We are also offering tele-referral system to reduce consultant entry into COVID wards and teleconsultation service to reduce volume of physical OPDs.”The classical CT (Computed Tomography) findings and the importance of CT imaging in the cohort of COVID patients were explained by the doctors. The intricacies of various drug combination along with their and limitations were also highlighted during the webinar. Dr Aviral Roy, Consultant, Critical Care, Medica  Superspecialty Hospital, shared few of the salient features of the COVID -19 virus, conveyed, “Coronavirus is the successor of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which evolved in 2003 from China. This virus spreads primarily via respiratory droplets over 1.8m (6 feet). In early stage as the virus is of high compliance, we are using FiO2 (Inspired Oxygen Fraction) over PEEP (Positive end-expiratory pressure) during mechanical ventilation for better treatment. In Medica we are providing ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) dose steroids and Haemofiltration system for providing better immunity to the COVID patients.”Dr Banerjee, added “The last two and a half months have been challenging for all of us. We have learnt and grown together in our endeavour to better serve our patients while keeping our healthcare workers safe. The constantly changing guidelines and new studies have kept us on our toes. We are getting 60:40 male and female ratio COVID patients at our hospital. We have already discharged 64 COVID patients.” The clinical session was followed by a segment on the experience of Tata Steel Medica Hospital, Kalinganagar in Odisha. Dr Behera added, “Tata Steel Medica Hospital has been designated by the Odisha government as a COVID hospital and is the only one in the Jajpur district. 170 COVID positive patients have been treated till date with 87 having been discharged so far. We applaud the hard work of the team at Kalinganagar that is bravely taking the COVID-19 crisis head on.”The virtual session was ended by Dr Roy who shared important foresights not to underestimate the disease. Medica has been successful in transforming major infrastructural changes that made to keep the hospital safe for both COVID and non-COVID patients. No frontline warriors have been affected by COVID 19 at Medica. Additional sinks for hand washing, a fever clinic and thermal scanning facilities were set up as early as February. COVID beds were created and increased to meet the demand, with entire wards being put under negative pressure. Dr Roy acknowledged the COVID Warriors who worked tirelessly to stay abreast with the ever changing norms, making the hospital safe for all kinds of patients. He concluded the session by delivering the message that being prepared is the only way to survive this crisis. This is the new way of life and together, we will strive to make the world safe again. Medica Group of Hospitals hosts COVID-19 virtual discourse Related Posts Share News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Acute Respiratory Distress SyndromeComputed TomographyCOVID positive patientsCOVID WarriorsCOVID-19 treatmentCOVID-19 virtual discourseHaemofiltration systemMedica Group of HospitalsSevere Acute Respiratory SyndromeWest Bengal Government By EH News Bureau on June 1, 2020 Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more

Monday Scramble: Rise and ready to shine

first_imgThe Masters awaits, Ian Poulter claims the final spot in the field, the LPGA’s first major is played in the dark and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: The Masters is always the most-anticipated major – partly because of the timing in the schedule, but mostly because it’s the freakin’ Masters – and yet this year it feels even bigger. Tiger Woods has a legitimate chance to win for the first time in five years. Phil Mickelson snapped his winless drought last month. Nearly all of the top 15 players in the world have either contended or taken a title this year. All of the pieces are in place for an epic Masters and the continuation of what has already been an intriguing year in golf, with so many top players in form. Below is a list of my top 10 favorites, and that list could have gone another 10 or 15 deep. We’ve been waiting eight months for this event, and with the current state of the game, there’s almost no way it disappoints. 1. Here is one man’s list of the top 10 favorites for the Masters: 1. Justin Thomas: No round in the 60s in eight career rounds at Augusta, but never has he arrived at the year’s first major in such good form. Has all of the tools to make a run at the green jacket. 2. Justin Rose: Last year’s runner-up was his fifth top-10 at the Masters, and he’s finished in the top 10 in 13 of his past 16 starts worldwide. 3. Phil Mickelson: Looks great all throughout the bag, like it’s 2004 all over again. 4. Rory McIlroy: Was his lights-out putting at Bay Hill the start of another run or just an aberration? Here’s hoping it’s the former, because his sublime ball-striking should put him in the mix to finally complete the career Grand Slam. 5. Dustin Johnson: The clear favorite a year ago, DJ isn’t nearly as sharp but he still should factor. As always.  6. Bubba Watson: Arrives here with a pair of titles this season, but a word of caution: His two wins here (in 2012 and ’14) are the only times he’s played well at Augusta. 7. Jordan Spieth: His putting (especially inside 10 feet) is a serious concern, but no one has played this course better over the past few years than Spieth. 8. Jason Day: Cooled since February, but his driving-putting combo makes him a threat each spring. 9. Tiger Woods: Perhaps a more realistic view than those in Vegas. It’s easy to see him contending and in the mix come Sunday, but for him to actually win is another matter entirely. 10. Paul Casey: For those in Masters pools, the Englishman is a trendy (and deserving) pick given his course record and career-best form.    2. All eyes, as usual, will be on Woods this week. For those quick to dismiss Woods’ prospects this week, keep in mind that in his past 18 appearances here, he has finished worse than 22nd only once. He’s always in the mix – even after injury, layoff, scandal, swing change and chip yips. How will he fare this year? Well, his power has returned. His short game has been shored up. And the limited field works in his favor, since he realistically has to beat only about 30 guys. It’d be a surprise if Woods was NOT in the last couple of groups on Sunday. 3. One player who undoubtedly benefits from Woods’ return to relevance is McIlroy. Each year he seems overwhelmed by expectations to finally nab a green jacket. Though he’s had four consecutive top-10 finishes, he’s only had a legitimate chance in one of those starts, in 2016. McIlroy’s relative struggles with injury and inconsistency has been well-documented over the past few years, but he might finally be on the upswing. Over the weekend at Bay Hill, he was flawless, bashing drives, stiffing iron shots and leading the field in putting. It looked familiar, of course – he’s blown away the field in half of his four majors – but we hadn’t seen that level of dominance in four years. McIlroy has a history of riding a wave of confidence, and now he comes into the Masters like a tsunami. 4. Save for Woods, no one’s play this year has been as scrutinized as Spieth’s. It’s a testament to his talent and record that his three top-10s this season actually rates as a disappointment. The Houston Open offers plenty of reasons for optimism, though. Over four days he led the field in strokes gained-tee to green, returning to the type of ball-striking excellence that defined his 2017 season. His putter? It’s still a work in progress, but he showed an ability, at times, to get hot, even if the stats weren’t pretty. (Of the 75 players who played all four rounds, he was 69th on the greens.) Augusta isn’t the place to find your stroke, not with its undulating, lightning-quick greens, but Spieth has showed up here in worse form and still managed to put himself in position to win. His position through 54 holes since 2014: T1-1-1-T4. A quick start Thursday will help Spieth avoid waging a mental war with himself. 5. Don’t expect to see the same windy conditions that recently have added to the challenge at the Masters. This week’s forecast calls for moderate temperatures in the mid-70s, with winds topping out at 10 mph. There is some rain in the forecast, on Wednesday and Saturday, but as of this writing it’s not expected to cause any problems. The past two years, at least early, have seen cold temperatures and windy conditions. The 36-hole leader the past two years has been at 4 under. 6. In one of the most improbable stories of the year, Ian Poulter snagged the final Masters spot with a drought-busting victory in Houston. After an opening 73, Poulter sat 123rd among the 144-man field. He literally began packing his bags in anticipation of a missed cut. Then his putter – the same one he wielded during a star-making performance at the 2012 Ryder Cup – caught fire and he shot rounds of 64-65-67. It added up to his first stroke-play victory in the U.S., and his first win anywhere since 2012. It was also the biggest four-round turnaround on Tour in 35 years. “There’s life in the old dog yet,” he said. 7. Poulter has no shortage of detractors because of his brash attitude and antagonistic play, but even his harshest critics had to be impressed with his resolve over the past year. After all, last spring he thought he’d lost his PGA Tour card. He was set to return to Europe and try to climb his way back up the world rankings, but he was bailed out by a mathematical error in the Tour offices. Given new life, he finished second at The Players.   Then last week, he complained that he received misinformation from media members who mistakenly said that he was in the Masters after winning his match at the WGC-Match Play. Instead, he needed to win his afternoon match that day, too, and he got throttled. The top 50 players in the world earned an invitation, and he wound up 51st. His only way into Augusta was to win Houston. “It was hard work, and it takes a lot of mental strength to be able to do that,” he said. “Disappointment kicks in at some stage. But you know what? At times you have to dig deep. When you want something bad enough, then you have to go right down to the bottom and grab hold of what you can to come back up.” 8. Beau Hossler came up short in the Houston playoff, losing on the first extra hole, but he should take plenty of confidence from his career-best finish on Tour. The 23-year-old has had an auspicious rookie year, putting himself in contention early and often but with little to show for it. After averaging under 70 for the first two rounds on Tour this season, he ranked 175th in final-round scoring average (72.82). He hadn’t yet learned how to finish strong on the game’s biggest stage. That all changed Sunday in Houston, where he shot a bogey-free 67, ripped off four birdies in a row on the back nine and struck what he thought was the winning putt on the final hole of regulation, only for the ball to slide by the edge. He made a mess of the playoff hole to clear the way for Poulter. “I said yesterday I wanted to beat these guys at their best,” Hossler said, “and I think I saw Ian’s best today.” 9. The LPGA got incredibly lucky Sunday that the three playoff participants didn’t blow their shot at a major with a fluke miss in the dark at the ANA Inspiration. Inbee Park and Pernilla Lindberg battled through the night until officials mercifully deemed it too dark to continue. It was one of the most captivating (and absurd) moments in the tour’s long history. On the fourth extra hole, officials brought floodlights onto the 18th green that allowed the players to finish. Park somehow sank a 5-footer to extend. Lindberg finally won, on the eighth playoff hole, with the sun shining Monday morning. Anyone who has ever appeared on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” knows how grueling the early wakeup calls can be. Now Steve Stricker understands, too. Hoping to chat with him after a red-hot start to the PGA Tour Champions season, producers teased all show that Stricker would appear for a two-way live hit from the Golf Club of Houston range. But the show came and went, with no Stricker appearance. So what happened? Don’t blame you there, Stricks. This week’s award winners …  Coming Soon to the PGA Tour: Sam Burns. The reigning NCAA Player of the Year has made some noise on the big tour this year, but he closed with three consecutive rounds of 65 to win his first Web.com Tour event and essentially wrap up his Tour card for next season. Now he can focus on earning special temporary status and playing the rest of the season in the big leagues.   Welcome Back (However Briefly): Ty Tryon. The former teen star, who has disappeared from golf over the past decade, resurfaced last week after Monday qualifying for the Web event. He missed the cut with rounds of 74-73, but hey, this scribe would much rather see him tee it up than another athlete-turned-golfer. College Stud, Part 1: Albane Valenzuela. The Stanford sophomore shined at the ANA, sitting in a tie for 12th entering the final round – the best 54-hole position by an amateur in tournament history. Alas, she slumped to a 79 in the final round and slid to 59th.  College Stud, Part 2: Norman Xiong. The Oregon sophomore won two events in one week, including the stacked Goodwin by six shots, in which he beat top-ranked Justin Suh of USC by a whopping 21 strokes.   Be Still My Heart: Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. All the feels for this photo: Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Rafa Cabrera Bello. A popular one-and-done pick, considering his good form of late (T-3 in Mexico) and course history in Houston (fourth in 2016). Instead, he somehow shot a 77 in the second round and headed off early to Augusta. Sigh.last_img read more

Waterton-Glacier Becomes First International Dark Sky Park

first_imgWEST GLACIER — Eighty percent of the United States’ population lives in an area where they can’t see a true dark sky. Around the globe, thanks to light pollution, only one-third of humanity can look up at the sky at night and clearly see the Milky Way.For Glacier National Park interpretive ranger Lee Rademaker, that means every time the park prepares to host a night sky viewing, “we’re about to blow two-thirds of these people’s minds.”For years, Glacier and nearby Waterton Lake National Park have been touting their dark night sky as another critical natural resource, just as important as glaciers or goats. On April 28, officials from the United States and Canada gathered at West Glacier to celebrate Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park being named the first trans-boundary International Dark Sky Park.The designation from the International Dark Sky Association follows a decade of work between the two parks and partners like the Glacier National Park Conservancy, which has financially supported Glacier’s night sky education program.“It is sometimes hard to comprehend how big of an issue light pollution is, and in many ways, the dark sky is an endangered species,” said Glacier National Park Conservancy board member John Donovan. “(With this designation) we are leaving an incredible gift to future generations of park visitors who may never be able to see a dark sky elsewhere.”Mark Biel, Glacier’s natural resource program manager, helped spearhead the effort to get the international peace park designated as a dark sky preserve.“This was not a simple one-page application,” Biel said of the decade-long effort. “There is a lot of work that needed to be done.”Researchers had to take sky quality measurements in some of the park’s darkest areas. According to Biel, most places within the park have an SQM rating of 21.5 to 21.8, just a few points below a perfect 22 for a moonless night with zero artificial light. For comparison, the SQM rating of an overly lit urban area would be in the mid-teens, Biel said. Getting those sky quality measurements can be challenging. Spring and fall tend to be the best times because the nights are longer than in summer. The measurements can’t be taken in winter because any snow on the landscape would reflect into the sky and throw off the readings.In order to protect the darkness and maintain the designation, at least 67 percent of the lights within the park have to be night-sky friendly. That means the light is aimed at the ground and doesn’t illuminate the sky above. Currently, 29 percent of the park’s more than 2,000 lights are night-sky friendly; Biel said the 67 percent mark should be obtainable within the next year and a half.The final component of the dark sky designation is maintaining a robust education program. During the busy summer months, Glacier hosts day and evening sky viewings that attract 30,000 people annually. The park has also hosted popular star parties at Logan Pass once or twice a year that draw hundreds of people.Local photographer John Ashley has been capturing Glacier’s night sky on film for more than 30 years and said the designation is an important first step in protecting that critical resource. However, he would like to see even more work done to educate visitors on the importance of a dark sky, and he hopes the park erects a permanent interpretive display about dark skies within the park.Superintendent Jeff Mow said protecting and promoting the park’s night sky would be an ongoing project. He said it wouldn’t be possible without the help of many parties in and out of the park.“This is a celebration of partnerships,” he said. “This isn’t something the National Park Service could have pulled off by itself. It took a huge team to get us here today.”Mow’s Canadian counterpart, Waterton Lakes National Park Superintendent Ifan Thomas, said the designation would help inspire a new generation of visitors.“The night sky is a universal natural resource for all humankind,” he said, “one that has inspired artists, poets and explorers for a millennia.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

The Case for Nuclear Power

first_img Twitter Fertel agreed that other states should follow New York’s lead. A state report found that closing the plants would increase wholesale energy costs by $439 million to $645 million each year. Conversely, keeping the plants open would save $10 billion in economic damages from higher carbon emissions over 10 years, Dempsey said. “PJM realized that the grid was under extreme stress during the polar vortex and that a lot of power that was supposed to be available wasn’t,” Purdie said. “Incentives and penalties weren’t strong enough to ensure reliability and performance in the most extreme events.” By chloecox – “Last year, we sold our combined cycle power plant in Rhode Island and we continue to pursue options for the sale of other miscellaneous merchant renewable and fossil fuel plants,” Mohl said. Linkedin By Sharryn Dotson, Associate Editor Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest were rocked by the polar vortex of January 2014, when power prices skyrocketed after natural gas supplies were re-routed to end users for home heating instead of power generation. Nuclear plants, however, operated at greater than 93 percent capacity factor during that time. Independent system operators and regional transmission organizations like the PJM Interconnection began reforming their capacity markets in response. PJM’s reforms in January 2015 recognized that it is not enough to simply line up generation to meet reserve margin targets, but actually maintain system reliability when it is needed most. Nuclear power accounts for 57 percent of the nation’s zero-carbon electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “We as an industry believe that the source of that megawatt-hour does not necessarily have the same value,” Purdie said. “You can get it from solar, wind, gas or many different sources, but nuclear produces clean baseload power at stable prices.” “We can show what we’ve been able to achieve, and then be able to celebrate when we achieve a net reduction in operating costs,” Sanders said. Exelon agreed to buy the FitzPatrick nuclear plant for $110 million, keeping its doors open. Courtesy: Entergy Since 2013, eight U.S. nuclear power plants have announced plans to permanently shut down operations. The impact of those closures will be felt in the communities around them and in the pocketbooks of consumers, as grid managers and power plant operators work to replace 9,000 MWs of lost capacity. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “Emissions in New England went up 7 percent year-on-year,” Purdie said. “A lot of that was due to losing Vermont Yankee.” Whether saving companies money or giving a nuclear plant a second chance at life, many in the U.S. nuclear industry are trying to find ways to revive this struggling industry. “It’s a repository that allows for capturing both onetime work activity savings and repeatable work scope,” Sanders said. “We can look at the new performance results and say, ‘We executed the work for this amount, now we can set a new baseline in the upcoming cycle taking advantage of the efficiencies.’” Twitter Day & Zimmermann NPS has 27,000 employees at 26 million work hours performing maintenance, repair and upgrade work at nuclear plants, according to D&Z President Walt Sanders. A major impact of nuclear closures is felt in carbon emission levels, Purdie said. Most of the lost capacity is replaced with what is currently on the grid or new combined-cycle plants that can be quickly built. In Vermont, where Entergy shut down the 604-MW Vermont Yankee plant on Dec. 31, 2014, the capacity was replaced 1-for-1 with natural gas. Bill Mohl, President of Entergy Wholesale Commodities (EWC), expressed gratitude to employees of FitzPatrick for operating the plant safely despite the uncertainties. “This is not an anti-gas movement, but one that recognizes the importance of fuel diversity as an integral part of a utility system,” said NYPSC Chair Audrey Zibelman. 9.21.2016 Unfortunately, other nuclear plants are not as lucky. Entergy said it will shut down the 680-MW Pilgrim plant in Massachusetts in May 2019. The company shut down the Vermont Yankee plant in 2014. The standard helped to save more than 600 jobs when Exelon announced it would buy the FitzPatrick plant in upstate New York for $110 million and keep it open. Exelon also said since the CES passed, it would reinvest $400 million to $500 million into the operations, integration and refueling expenditures of its upstate nuclear plants: Nine Mile Point 1 and 2 and Ginna, which were also at risk of closing. Previous articleLines of DefenseNext articleOptimizing CCR Waste Management through a Eurosilo Application chloecox Facebookcenter_img “The Clinton and Quad Cities plants support approximately 4,200 direct and indirect jobs and produce more than $1.2 billion in economic activity annually,” Dempsey said. More Shutdowns are Looming Nuclear The Fort Calhoun Station in Nebraska was the latest nuclear plant to announce its premature closure. Photo Courtesy: Omaha Public Power District Yet, the business of nuclear power is collapsing because the market cannot support the nation’s available capacity. A lot of low-priced natural gas-fired generation has entered the market while regional demand for power is either flat or in decline. In addition, power prices are so low that some nuclear plants can no longer cover basic operating costs. Two Illinois nuclear plants – Clinton and Quad Cities – have lost a combined $800 million over the last six years. Paul Dempsey, Exelon’s Communications Manager, said state and federal policymakers must find solutions that recognize nuclear’s environmental and economic benefits. The utility’s single-unit Clinton plant is set to close June 1, 2017. The dual-unit Quad Cities will close June 1, 2018. Both plants are in Illinois, where all coal-fired plants in the southern half of the state may be closed. Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale The single-unit Clinton plant in Illinois will close June 1, 2017. Courtesy: Exelon Though Illinois did not pass its emission standard, New York regulators approved its Clean Energy Standard (CES) last month. The CES requires 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. It also requires all six of the state’s investor-owned utilities and other energy suppliers to buy zero-emission credits to pay for the intrinsic value of carbon-free emissions from nuclear plants. The New York State Public Service Commission estimates the CES will add less than $2 a month to the average residential customer’s bill, but the credits are estimated to be worth $965 million in the first two years. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Facebook TAGSISONEMISONYISOPE Volume 120 Issue 9 “This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combatting climate change,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day, and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future.” “Leaders in state capitals and Washington must bring together policies that appropriately value all attributes of electricity generation which, if done correctly, will preserve nuclear energy facilities as part of a diversified electricity portfolio,” Fertel said. Purdie said wholesale markets in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Texas place a price only on the next megawatt-hour of electricity produced in a given interval, typically five-minute intervals. The Case for Nuclear Power Chief Editor Russell Ray contributed to this report. “Gov. Cuomo and the Public Service Commission correctly acknowledge nuclear power plants as indispensable sources of emissions-free power, meriting explicit valuation by the state as a clean energy source,” Fertel said. Linkedin Illinois is the only completely deregulated state in MISO. Illinois lawmakers were considering the Next Generation Energy Plan, which would have given nuclear plants in the state a much-needed financial boost by shifting to a zero-emission standard focused on at-risk nuclear plants. The bill would have nvested $140 million in new solar developments and rebates. However, the bill’s sponsor shelved it just as the Legislature’s spring session came to a close. As a result, Exelon announced plans to close the Clinton and Quad Cities plants by June 2018. While the closures have brought a pall over the industry, some strides have been made to save other nuclear plants in deregulated regions. Still, more needs to be done to make sure jobs are saved, towns don’t lose a major tax base and emissions remain low, said Michael Purdie, manager of Energy and Economics at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Policy Planning and Development Division. After Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) announced in June that it would close the 479-MW single-unit Fort Calhoun Station, NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel said nuclear power is not being properly valued and, therefore, electricity consumers will bear the brunt. The company is looking for innovative ways to cut operational costs for its customers by saving money and operating nuclear plants safely and efficiently. Day & Zimmermann NPS developed a web-based value-add tool that allows them to find areas where savings can be achieved and then share that information with other plant sites. With those closures, Entergy is left with two merchant nuclear plants in the northern U.S. As a result, Mohl said, Entergy is looking to get out of the merchant market business and aggressively grow the regulated utility side by not buying any new nuclear assets in the deregulated regions of the Northeast and Midwest. New York’s Clean Energy Standard Sanders hopes that by the end of the year, Day&Z can assess performance results, safety, quality and costs after outages are completed. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Poll: Do you support the North Jersey casino plan introduced by…

first_imgBayonneCommunityHobokenJersey CityNorth Bergen/GuttenbergSecaucusUnion CityWest HudsonWest New York Poll: Do you support the North Jersey casino plan introduced by Prieto or Sweeney? Bayonne With the battle underway between North and South Jersey over the future of North Jersey casinos, whose plan do you support: the one introduced by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) or the plan of his counterpart Senate Pres. Steve Sweeney (D-3)? Little Petey..2&2 Crime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU4z_xpHsGQ January 5, 2016 4:04 pm at 4:04 pm Do you support the North Jersey casino plan introduced by Prieto or Sweeney?Prieto’s planSweeney’s planThis is the first I’ve heard about this issueI’ve been following the issue but still undecidedMakes no difference to me; boths plans are equally good or badVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comDo you support the North Jersey casino plan introduced by Prieto or Sweeney?As far as the casino bills go, Prieto believes it’s unfair to have Atlantic City casino operators get both North Jersey casino licenses.Sweeney’s camp argues this provision is necessary since “a new operator could cannibalize existing New Jersey properties, thus hurting the overall revenues generated from the casinos.”Also when speaking to Hudson County View, Prieto called the 2017 governor’s race dynamic between Sweeney and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop rhetoric and “an illusion” to distract from the facts of the casino issue.One day after our interview with Prieto, Fulop, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Paterson Mayor Joey Torres all voiced their support for Prieto’s casino plan.“As the deadline for legislative action looms in Trenton, it is important that we voice support for Speaker Prieto’s casino legislation, which best addresses the needs of North Jersey. Senate President Sweeney’s bill takes half of the money raised by potential North Jersey casinos and sends it to one South Jersey municipality, while the other 564 municipalities in New Jersey split the remaining revenue. Under the Sweeney bill, North Jersey municipalities endure the infrastructure and public safety burdens that casinos invite but the revenue is disproportionately given to Sweeney’s South Jersey constituents, saddling northern municipalities with additional burdens and less resources to address those burdens. Senate President Sweeney’s proposal is wrong for North Jersey.” Facebook Twitter By John Heinis – January 5, 2016 11:20 am 3 Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say TAGSnorth jersey casinossteve sweeneysteven fulopvincent prieto SHARE January 21, 2016 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm Phil Little 3 COMMENTS Previous articleNew Guttenberg Councilman Wayne Zitt sworn in by state Senator Nick SaccoNext articleAfter Zimmer majority Hoboken council sworn in, Giattino, Mello named pres, VP John Heinis Little Petey..2&2 January 5, 2016 4:04 pm at 4:04 pm Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction 7-Out take the Line and Pay the Don’ts….. New Shooterhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU4z_xpHsGQ Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter News Dilution WILL kill AC, make it so weak that it will look like a ghost town or Detroit!How dare we do that? Besides, all those PA and NY casinos are a long drive anyway. People will still drive or bus to AC, a true gaming destination, not some joint out in the ‘burbs! Comments are closed.last_img read more

Ontario Wins Bronze at Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships

first_img Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Team Ontario took home the bronze in Jumping at the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, which took place in Bromont, QC. from Sept. 21-23The Jumping team, coached by Grant Field, who was also the chef d’equipe, was comprised of two junior and two senior riders. The junior riders included Dillon Sambasivam of Toronto, ON. riding Tradition, and Helen Chambers of Oakville, ON., who was named Overall Individual Junior Champion in Jumping on Utopia Belles. Benjamin Eyles of Mississauga, ON, riding Luczio and Denis Sweeney of Peterborough, ON, riding Foxworthy were the senior members on the teamIn Dressage, Allie Schmidt of Campbellville, ON, coached by Simone Williams, was the lone rider representing Ontario. The junior rider showed her horse, Walkin’ Shoes to a 12th place with 65.541% on day one of competition, an 8th with 60.968% on day two and, on the last day of competition, a 7th place finish with a score of 63.065%.“We are very proud of the riders who represented Ontario at the championships,” says Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation. “They not only placed well, but they also demonstrated great sportsmanship both in the ring and out. The future of the sport is bright if these up-and-comers are any indication.”Recognized as a pilot project, the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships is a collaborative event between the national and provincial sport organizations governing equestrian competition. A multi-discipline competition, it is a key event in the development of the next generation of national, international and world champions. In addition to team awards, the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships honour the individual junior and senior champion in the divisions of Jumper – 1.1 meter, Dressage – Level 1, and Reining. In 2011, its inaugural year, the competition welcomed riders from six provinces. That number grew to nine provinces this year, with riders representing Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta andSaskatchewan.The Ontario Equestrian Federation provided funding for participants and collaborated with OEF industry members to secure team uniforms, helmets and other exciting items exclusively for Ontario’s team members. Team Ontario is sponsored by Bucas Ltd., Brubachers Harness Supplies Inc., Equestrian Factory Outlet, Greenhawk, SSG Gloves,System Fencing Limited and Tipperary Equestrian.For more information, visit the Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships website at www.cec-en.ca Tags: Ontario Equestrian Federation, Canadian Interprovincial Equestrian Championships, Grant Field, Helen Chambers, Utopia Belles, Dillon Sambasivam, Tradition, Benjamin Eyles, Luczio, Denis Sweeney, Foxworthy, Allie Schmid, Simone William, Dianne Graham, Walkin’ Shoes, Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more