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first_imgThe Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has teamed up with Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program to offer Green Generalist Online training, an interactive and educational online course that provides awareness of the key environmental issues facing companies and ways to redesign their business practices using environmentally friendly techniques. The Green Generalist Online workshop is appropriate for the entire workforce and all business sectors.Green Generalist Online has seven sections, seven tests, and three interactive simulations. It takes up to four hours to complete. The cost is $175 per person using a special ‘Discount Code’ available through the VMEC website.  A Green Generalist Certificate is also available from Purdue TAP upon course completion. Registration is possible through the VMEC website at www.vmec.org(link is external) or www.vmec.org/online-courses(link is external).According to VMEC Director and CEO Bob Zider, ‘Wherever possible, it’s important that manufacturers continue to reduce and manage their energy and raw material use, reduce waste by-products of production, and integrate environmental best practices into company operations and product development.  Investing in training, technologies, production methods and business processes that create resource and cost savings is essential to maximize competitive advantage and market share.’  The new Green Generalist Online training complements a full-day Principles of Green 101 workshop that VMEC introduced last year and is now periodically offered around Vermont.  At a reasonable cost, the shorter Green Generalist Online course developed by Purdue University provides students with flexibility to learn on their schedule and at their pace, with 24/7 accessibility from any computer location having internet access.  To learn more about the Green Generalist Online workshop, visit www.vmec.org(link is external) or call VMEC at 802-728-1432.  About VMECVMEC’s primary mission since 1995 has been “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s manufacturers increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, identify and adopt innovative new growth strategies, and improve their competitiveness.   3.25.2011last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State officials investigating utilities’ preparedness after four nor’easters last month—some of which left people without power for days—have scheduled two public hearings on Long Island to discuss the issue.The state Department of Public Service (DPS) invites the public to make statements 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola and 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Suffolk County Legislature in Smithtown.“As part of this investigation, we will determine what went right, and what went wrong, and take action accordingly,” said DPS CEO John B. Rhodes. “Utilities must follow their utility response plans and failure to do so can result in financial penalties to shareholders.”The hearings are two of 20 that will be held statewide as a part of an investigation into all seven major electric utilities across New York.The state wants to hear how members of the public were affected, if they think they received timely, accurate and adequate information from their utility before, during and after the outage, and their overall impression to the response. Investigators also invite recommendations on how the response can be improved.PSEG Long Island defended its performance.“We are proud of our storm preparation and response during the March nor’easters, and extremely proud of our PSEG Long Island crews, customer service and support personnel who worked around the clock in challenging conditions to safely and quickly restore power to our customers,” the utility said in a statement. “We will continue to offer our full support and complete cooperation to this important investigation and look forward to the findings.”The Nassau legislature is located at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola. The Suffolk legislature is located at the William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Smithtown.Individuals will be called to speak after completing a request card. Each public statement hearing will remain open for a minimum of one hour and will continue until everyone wishing to speak has been heard, officials said.Those who cannot attend can provide comments to the department on its website at dps.ny.gov, by clicking on “Search,” and entering “18-00618” in the select “search by case number” field. In the open case, access the screen to enter comments by clicking on “Post Comments” box located at the top of the page. The public may submit comments via e-mail to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at secretary@dps.ny.gov. Comments may also be mailed or delivered to Secretary Burgess at the New York State Department of Public Service, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350. The public may also call the Department’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120.  Comments submitted are requested by Tuesday, May 22.  Comments should refer to “Matter 18-00618” and/or the “March 2018 Winter Storms Investigation.”last_img read more


first_imgOTPP, which as of year-end 2013 had CAD139bn (€94.4bn) of net investments, has a 22% allocation to real estate.Investments are made through the plan’s Cadillac Fairview subsidiary, which has a North American portfolio of more than CAD23bn.In the UK, OTPP has invested in the country’s HS1 high-speed rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel.Private equity firms PAG Asia and TPG, meanwhile, have both previously invested in the real estate sector.TPG has closer ties to Canadian institutional money, having worked with Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.The firm, which has invested in real estate since 2009, has also run separate accounts for New Jersey’s state pension fund.It has recently targeted distressed property in Europe.PAG’s Real Estate division manages opportunity and core-plus property funds in Japan and China and across Asia-Pacific.The firm has made both direct and indirect investments in opportunistic, value-added and core-plus real estate.DTZ’s strength in Asia has been noted in previous years by observers, making it an attractive proposition to those looking to increase exposure to the Asia-Pacific region. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, TPG Capital and PAG Asia have agreed a AUD1.2bn (€832m) cash offer to buy property advisory company DTZ.DTZ’s current owner, Australian services firm UGL, said it expected the deal to close in September, resulting in DTZ to change ownership three times in as many years.Prior to going into administration in 2011, DTZ was 52% owned by Saint Georges Participations, controlled by the French Mathy family.UGL managing director and chief executive Richard Leupen said the decision to sell DTZ was due to diverging operational and strategic priorities and financial requirements.last_img read more


first_img“To facilitate the transportation of PPs from Kaohsiung Port to the project site off Changhua, CTCI MAC has set up CTCI MAC Ta-Lin Shop in Nansing Free Trade Zone in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan”, CTCI stated in a press release. Boskalis and Hwa Chi Construction Co, through a joint venture, are in charge of the transport and installation of the jacket foundations and accompanying pin piles. CIP acquired the Changfang and Xidao wind farm, located off the coast of Changhua County, in 2017. The following year, the project obtained grid allocation. Production will start by August and the pin piles will be delivered in batches in July 2021. Meanwhile, CTCI MAC already begun preparations for the project. The company said it has been sourcing subcomponents and preparing machines and tools since February. The project will feature 62 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW wind turbines, scheduled for commissioning in the first quarter of 2024. CTCI MAC, a subsidiary of Taiwanese engineering services provider CTCI, has secured a contract with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to supply pin piles for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm. The developer reached financial close on the 589 MW offshore wind farm at the end of February. A year ago, CTCI entered the offshore wind market through a contract with wpd. Under the contract signed in April 2019, CTCI will deliver transition pieces (TPs) for the Yunlin offshore wind farm. The company will deliver 186 pin piles for the wind farm’s 62 jacket foundations. So far, this is the largest number of pin piles a single contractor in Taiwan will manufacture, according to CTCI.last_img read more


first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 764 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday. A total of 102,243 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,164,141 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 13 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,186 Hoosier deaths. Dearborn County has a total of 597 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 1 new case), Decatur County has a total of 433 positive cases and 38 deaths (no change), Franklin County has 283 positive cases and 25 deaths (no change), and Ripley County has 259 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 3 new cases). Locally, this is an increase of 4 new positive cases.last_img


first_img Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in the United hotseat in the summer of 2013 but lasted just eight months in the post. Ferdinand has not spoken to Moyes since but asked if he would like to, the former England centre-back told CNN World Sport: “Yes, of course. I’ve got nothing against him as a person. “As I said, I’m saying that he’s a gentleman, a great man. As I said, I’ve never had any bad words to say about him at all in that respect as a person.” United won the Barclays Premier League in Ferguson’s final season in charge but then slumped to seventh last term and failed to qualify for the Champions League. New manager Louis van Gaal has since overseen a £150million facelift in the hope of pushing United back up the league. But even though such a spending spree has been deemed necessary, Ferdinand resents suggestions that Ferguson allowed the squad to grow stale. He said: “I don’t understand how people can say (that). You’ve got some great players throughout the squad. You win the league by 11 points. You’ve got to be a top team to do that. “So he goes and then it all falls apart? So that’s his fault? How can people say that? Ferdinand has been critical of Moyes’ methods at Old Trafford in his imminent autobiography. The 35-year-old, who is now at QPR, said Moyes’ approach last season unintentionally created a “negative vibe” and some of United’s play under the Scot was “embarrassing”. “I don’t think the buck stops with Sir Alex Ferguson at all. I think you leave and you win a trophy. There’s not many better ways to go out than that.” Ferdinand left United when his contract expired and he was released at the end of last season. Asked if he was frustrated about how it ended, he said: “Yes. But you can’t keep looking back and thinking like that. “I think, yes, I’ve had thoughts like that but at the same time it’s been really nice to see a lot of the young lads getting their opportunities.” Press Association Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he would welcome the chance to speak to ex-manager David Moyes.last_img read more


first_imgThe National Hurricane Center is reporting that area of low pressure that is currently moving through the Central Bahamas now has a 60% chance of development which could lead to the formation of a tropical depression.The system is moving west-northwestward at around 15 mph and is expected to stay off of the east coast of Florida, however, heavy rain, thunderstorms, and gusty winds with the possibility of isolated flooding Monday night through Tuesday. This weather report is brought to you by  Newman Windows and Doors: Simply the best in Hurricane Coverage and Code Red Roofers. The roofers that respond.Get up to the moment Hurricane information by visiting our Storm Central page here:Storm Centrallast_img


first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team extended its win-streak to 10 games and is off to the best start in school history, as it defeated Minnesota 63-53 Saturday at the Kohl Center.The Badgers (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) were victorious with senior forward Frank Kaminsky leading the way once again. The National Player of the Year candidate finished with 21 points on 9-13 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of play.For the first time in awhile, Wisconsin was held in check to start the game. Minnesota (16-12 overall, 5-10) prevented UW from jumping out to a hot start, which the Badgers have become accustomed to doing as of late.The Badgers and Gophers continually traded baskets to start the game, as UW was unable to build a lead greater than three points for the first nine minutes of the first half.Kaminsky led the way to start the game, scoring 12 points on 5-6 shooting in the first 10 minutes of the first half.Wisconsin had built their lead to seven points when Kaminsky exited the game for the first time with 9:28 remaining.With the All-American out of the game, UW struggled to take care of the ball and allowed Minnesota to crawl back into the game. Over the course of the next 2:34, the Gophers trimmed the Badger lead down from seven to one.At that point, Kaminsky checked back in and, despite the senior not scoring for the remainder of the period, Wisconsin finished the first half strong, going into the locker room with a 35-27 lead.“It was just one of those games where we got the lead and never looked back and tried to grind it out,” Kaminsky said.Sophomore guard Bronson Koenig joined Kaminsky as the only two Badgers to score in double figures in the first half, recording 10 points on 3-6 shooting from the field and 2-4 from three-point range.Despite the first-half performances by Kaminsky and Koenig, the highlight of the first 20 minutes was when redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser hit a layup in the post with 1:15 remaining.That layup gave Gasser 1,000 points for his Wisconsin career and made him the 41st Badger to reach that milestone.“It’s great,” Gasser said. “In a month or two when the season is over and I look back at everything that’s gone on, I’ll be proud if it. But right now, we got bigger fish to fry.”Gasser joined Michael Finley as the only two players from Wisconsin to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in their careers.In the second half, the Badgers never wavered, as they held a double-digit lead throughout the frame and only saw the lead get to single digits once with 1:37 remaining in the game. But by that time, the game was well out of reach for Minnesota.“Wisconsin does a great job of not beating themselves by not fouling and not turning the ball over,” Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino said.Over the course of the entire 40 minutes Sunday, the Badgers committed just seven fouls, with no player committing more than two, and limited Minnesota to just one free throw attempt, which they missed.“When you are a coach you get frustrated with fouls and turnovers,” Pitino said. “They don’t do it, and that is why they win.”Defensively, Wisconsin put in one of their best performances of the season. They forced Minnesota into 11 turnovers and blocked nine Minnesota shots.A big reason as to why Wisconsin was able to be so successful defensively was its efforts in not letting Minnesota guard Andre Hollins have a significant impact on the game.Hollins, who came into the game as the Gopher’s leading scorer, was limited to just two points on 1-8 shooting with Gasser on him for the majority of the afternoon.“I felt extremely prepared with what he was going to do and what Minnesota was going to do offensively,” Gasser said. “Especially in the first half, I felt like I was one step ahead of what was coming. It’s tough. It’s not an easy task. Because I felt locked in.”Minnesota’s leading scorers were Nate Mason, DeAndre Mathieu and Carlos Morris, who each finished with 11 points.For Wisconsin, Koenig finished with a career-high 17 points on 4-10 shooting and sophomore forward Nigel Hayes recorded nine points and seven rebounds.Junior forward Sam Dekker struggled from the field, scoring just five points on 1-8 shooting, but he did record three blocks.As a team, Wisconsin shot 23-49 (47 percent) from the field and 10-25 (40 percent) from behind the arc.With the end of the regular season in sight, Wisconsin now faces their toughest stretch yet, having road games against Maryland and Ohio State and the final home game against Michigan State over the course of the next two weeks.The Badgers will see this tough stretch as a final tune-up before they enter postseason play.“It’ll be a good test for us,” Kaminsky said. “We are excited for the challenge and we will do whatever we can to come out on top.”Wisconsin will travel Tuesday to College Park where they will take on Maryland for the first and only time this season. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgThe award ceremony which held after the International Friendly between the Super Eagles and the Warriors of Zimbabwe was attended by Seyi Akinwunmi First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ahmed Fresh, NFF Board member, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, Secretary to the Delta State Government, Mr. Olayinka Adeleke, State Police Commissioner, Coach, technical crew and members of the Super Eagles.Speaking at the ceremony, Seyi Akinwunmi who represented the NFF President, commended the organizers of the awards stressing that putting an award together required a lot of effort. He reiterated the support of the Federation for the Pitch Awards.Mr Shina Philips, President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards expressed appreciation of the organizers to the Federation and the Delta State Government. He said the organizers remained committed to giving Nigerians a transparent and credible awards.‘We will continue to do what is right because we believe our players need to be motivated by a transparent and credible reward system which will see then earn the respect of everyone in the football community,’ Philips said.The Sam Okwaraji Award for commitment to Nigeria Football has been one of the high points of previous Awards Ceremonies. Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, the First Vice President of the NFF and Chairman Lagos FA last night joined Amaju Pinnick and Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah as winners of the prestigious Sam Okwaraji Award.The NFF President had won the previous two editions. Oil giant, Aiteo Group retained the Corporate Sponsor of Football award. Enugu Rangers Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote won the Coach of the Year award while his team carted home the Club of the Year award. Nigeria’s national women team, Super Falcons were voted the Best National Team.I n the media category, Samuel Ahmadu of Goal.com emerged the maiden winner of the Football Journalist of the Year (Online). Other winners are Johnny Edwards of Complete Sports who was named Football Journalist of the Year (Print), Mozez Praiz of SuperSport won the Football Journalist of the Year (TV) and Tony Bekederemo of Brila Sports Radio was voted winner of the Football Journalist of the Year (Radio). Super Eagles Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img  Super Eagles striker and Al Nassr sensation, Ahmed Musa and Super Falcons player Francisca Ordega both won the top prizes of King and Queen of the Pitch last night at the 6th award ceremony of the Nigeria Pitch Awards.In the Defender of the Year category, William Troost-Ekong of Udinese starved off competition from fellow teammates Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo.In the Goalkeeper’s category, Anorthosis Famagusta goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho beat last year’s winner, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Enyimba International goalie Theophilus Afelokhai to win the prize for the first time. Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi retained the Midfielder of the Year award and Odion Ighalo the Shanghai Shenhua forward was voted the Striker of the Year.last_img read more


first_imgGhana coach Goran Stevanovic would commence preparations for the weekend’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Monday when the team starts training.With the qualifiers heading into the third round of games in Group I, the Black Stars, joint-top of the group, have set up base in Kenya ahead of fixture in Congo on Sunday, March 27.Ghana, on four points have a better goal difference ahead of Sudan from their opening two games while Congo are just a point behind in the group.A five-day training camp in Kenya has been arranged as the Black Stars aim to claim the three points in Brazzaville to enhance their chances of reaching the finals in the competition to be staged by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.Stevanovic last week announced his 24-man squad for the Congo game and the friendly with England, two days later.However, the qualifier is the top priority as it’s been described as crucial by Ghana Football Association Vice President Fred Pappoe. Pappoe, who also chairs the management board of the senior side insists that the Congo fixture would impact in Ghana’s qualification hopes.“The match against Congo is a competitive match and we are treating it as such,” Pappoe said.“It is a crucial match for us and the handlers are one 100 percent concentrated. The players also know about the importance of this match. We have absolute belief that they will be totally focused,” he added.Ghana SquadGoalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Blackpool, England), Sammy Adjei (Hearts of Oak, Ghana) Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana) Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England) Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium) David Addy (Academica Coimbra, Portugal) Jonathan Mensah (Granada, Spain) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany) John Mensah (Sunderland, England) Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Schalke 04, Germany), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Bernard Kumordzi (Panionios, Greece) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Sulley Muntari (Sunderland, England) Derek Boateng (Getafe, Spain) Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy) Andre Ayew (Marseille, France) Opoku Agyemang (Al-Ahli, Saudi Arabia)Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland, England) Prince Tagoe (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Dominic Adiyiah (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more