Seminar on Protecting Real Estate Investments Open to All on Saturday

first_imgScenes from a February 2015 freeze: Water from a frozen pipe creates an ice formation. Photo courtesy of Broadley’s PlumbingThe Ocean City Board of Realtors in cooperation with the City of Ocean City will present a free seminar, “An Ounce of Prevention,” on Saturday, Dec. 5.Attention homeowners, rental property owners and second homeowners, learn how to protect and prepare your real estate investment.The seminar is Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City, NJ.Featured speakers include:McMahon Insurance Agency: Why Protect Your Property During the Winter MonthsHeist Insurance Agency: Understanding Your PoliciesFitzpatrick, Bongiovanni, & Kelly PC: Tax Accountants: Tax AdvantagesLenegan Plumbing: How to Protect Your Property During the Winter MonthsTri-County Pest Control: Steps to Keep Out Spring Pests & Prevent Bed BugsThe City of Ocean City: Signs, Regulations with the City, Smoke and Carbon CertificationFor more information, please contact Deedra Bowen, at 609-545-5064, [email protected]— News release from the Ocean City Board of Realtorslast_img read more

IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals pushed backed one week

first_img (Photo Supplied/IHSAA) In 2020, there was no Indiana high school boys basketball state championship. It was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.This year, there will be a state championship, but it will be a week later than usual.The 2021 IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals were scheduled for Saturday, March 27. However, now that the city of Indianapolis is hosting all of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games, Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be in use for March Madness on March 27. So, the IHSAA has decided to just push the boys state finals back a week, to Saturday, April 3.“Our Executive Committee felt it was most important to preserve the experience for our young people of playing for a state championship in Bankers Life Fieldhouse,” Commissioner Paul Neidig said of the decision. “In a year that has seen plenty of disruption, we also felt this arrangement would cause the least amount of disruption and impact the fewest number of schools. The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever have been tremendous partners of the IHSAA and we felt it appropriate to work with them to help find a solution.”This will mark the first time since 1978 that the IHSAA boys basketball season will end in the month of April.The first three rounds of the boys basketball postseason — Sectional, Regional, and Semi-State — will remain the same.The IHSAA has not made any formal decision on what attendance restrictions will look like for the state finals.2021 IHSAA Boys Basketball Postseason Schedule:Sectional — March 2-6Regional — March 13Semi-State — March 20State — April 3 Pinterest Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNews IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals pushed backed one week Twitter Previous articleCrowdfunding campaign launched for Hums Park Hammock StationNext articleWhitmer attending Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony Network Indiana Google+ WhatsApp Twitter By Network Indiana – January 19, 2021 0 130 WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

In the cold and rain, a sprawling lesson on caring

first_img“We have a saying in the simulation: ‘Rain is educational,’” Stephanie Kayden said, considering the cold, wet New England forest around her on a drizzly spring day.Across the surrounding landscape, 115 students from Harvard, Tufts, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were getting a firsthand taste of life as humanitarian aid workers. Divided into 18 teams, they were spread along the roads, lakefront, and trees of Harold Parker State Forest. They interacted with 140 volunteers — some of whom were tasked with giving them a very hard time — who staffed a faux United Nations headquarters, border checkpoints, field hospital, and refugee camps.“The goal is to put just enough stress on the students so that they know how to do their work under duress,” said Kayden, director of Harvard’s Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative. “We make them feel what it’s like to really be an aid worker, when they’re cold, stressed, tired, hungry, and running out of time.”Kayden, who is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and chief of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of International Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Programs, is responsible for overseeing the sprawling simulated disaster that takes over a chunk of the forest in North Andover for a weekend each spring.This year’s version transported students to the volatile border in the imaginary nation of Worani, where a series of devastating storms have pushed the area’s farmers from their lands. Complicating things is an ongoing conflict in the nation next door that sometimes spills over the border. Organizers emphasize providing as real and immersive an experience as possible, and have designed the weekend to put students off balance, ratchet up stress, and spring at least a few adrenaline-inducing surprises that challenge students to maintain focus and stay on task.“This is the only way they’ll get experience in a setting like this before they’ll have to do it for real,” Kayden said.The student teams were playing the roles of well-known aid agencies, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children. They interacted with volunteers posing as refugees suffering an array of health and safety concerns. The students’ mission was to discover what had happened, what the people’s needs were, and how best to help. Other volunteers played local residents, officials, or members of the military or a local militia.The simulation is a training program of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. About half of the students participating are enrolled in humanitarian studies classes at the Harvard Chan School and the other half are mid-career professionals — some of whom already have field experience — taking an intensive executive education program offered by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, which oversees humanitarian education programs at the University.Sarah Klem, a master’s of public health student at the Harvard Chan School who was at the simulation, said she became interested in humanitarian work after working on Lesbos, a Greek island just off the Turkish coast that is a stop for refugees on their way to Europe.“There’s just a lot of need that mostly isn’t talked about,” Klem said. “There’s a lot to do.”,Ahmed Nasser, a Jordanian doctor working on a master’s of public health degree at the Harvard Chan School, said he became interested in humanitarian work when he worked with Doctors Without Borders after finishing medical school.“I fell in love with what they do,” Nasser said. “It wasn’t just the organization itself, it was mainly helping people. That’s why I went into medicine, that’s why I’m interested in humanitarian work.”Nasser and Klem were among a group that interviewed refugees at a simulated camp set up on the park’s breezy lakefront. One “refugee” was Benjamin Aiwonodagbon, a Nigerian doctor, Harvard Chan School graduate, and currently a research fellow at the Brigham. Aiwonodagbon was a student at the simulation last year and said it opened his eyes to the skills needed for humanitarian work.“It kind of resonated with me because my country right now has a lot of security issues,” Aiwonodagbon said. “It gave me an experience [and the sense that] there’s a need to learn more and a need to be a little bit more engaged as a physician.”One of the students’ stops is a field hospital set up and staffed by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Global Disaster Response Program. The program’s deputy director of field operations, Lindsey Martin, described the field hospital as “a simulation within a simulation” because the MGH program brought its own group of trainees — clinicians interested in disaster response. Their task for the weekend wasn’t to conduct rapid assessments or otherwise handle humanitarian response, but instead to learn how to set up a field hospital in a disaster zone.The field hospital was also an important stop for the teams of student humanitarian workers. On arrival, they were given a crash course in emergency triage, which barely concluded before a crowd of refugees poured in for 10 minutes of pandemonium, bleeding, shouting, demanding aid until the students got the situation in hand.Afterward, students were debriefed and critiqued, with pointers one might not initially think of — like “keep an eye out for weapons” — that are important in humanitarian settings.Martin said the weekend is important for the MG trainees, who get a taste of what awaits them in the field, as well as for the larger population of humanitarian students, who are forced to apply lifesaving skills taught in the classroom.“People should step up and be leaders, there should be a relative amount of calm,” Martin said. “But our goal is to create as much chaos as possible, for them to barely be able to think. And they have to respond.”The weekend, Martin said, also gives organizers a chance to reconnect with colleagues whom they will likely meet in the field sometime in the future.“We like to say, ‘We see you here, we’ll see you again,’” Martin said. Real as a heart attack, almost Related Scientists are blown away by hurricane experiment’s resultscenter_img Acted-out medical conditions formative for future physicians Decades after Harvard Forest researchers decided to simulate effects of a giant storm, nature is still surprising in how it has reboundedlast_img read more

Ashes to Ashes | How a Tennessee Tragedy Transformed the Energy Landscape of the Southeast

first_imgAs the plane circled over the 2008 coal-ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee, at Christmas, photographer Dot Griffith focused on the task: Take aerial shots of the damage unleashed by a failed dam at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s power plant on Dec. 22. More than a billion gallons of dark gray, toxic slurry had swept out of an 84-acre containment pond, rolled across the countryside and spread into the Emory River. “I wasn’t sure what we were going to see that day,” she says. “It was just so vast.”The enormity of the spill didn’t hit Griffith until she scanned the final images, she says. Two photos in particular still linger in her mind, despite the passage of seven years: In one wide-frame photo, a Christmas wreath hangs on the door of a 2-story white farmhouse that lists to one side. The deserted home is dwarfed by the acres of sludge surrounding it. In another image, yellow bulldozers looked like kids’ toys set in a sea of dark mud, and the sludge darkens the river.When coal is burned, it emits airborne toxins like sulfur dioxide and also leaves behind a concentrated residue containing such toxic substances as arsenic, mercury, chromium and selenium. Typically washed out into containment ponds, the ash is referred to in the utility industry as coal combustion residuals (CCRs). Some of it can be recycled, used as a lightweight component of bowling balls or concrete, for example. But most of it ends up stored in ponds that were built at least half a century ago, well before Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 and long before state and federal regulators started requiring liners and other measures that prevent seepage into nearby streams, groundwater, rivers and bays.TVA_Spill-7 (1)When the old dam at Kingston broke, sludge that was up to six feet deep blanketed nearly 400 acres of land. The force of the deluge knocked homes off their foundations and stopped a train on the tracks. The material poured across the land and into the Emory, spreading many miles downstream in a gray wash before most of it sunk to the bottom.It was the worst CCR spill in the history of the United States. But in a way, Kingston helped move the Southeast away from getting most of its electricity by burning coal.“It’s sad, but a big disaster tends to bring attention to an issue,” says Katie Hicks, assistant director of Clean Water for N.C.’s Asheville office. Kingston and the 2013 spill on the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina, demonstrate that CCRs should be stored in lined or otherwise encapsulated areas. The goal is keeping the concentrated toxins well away from waterways, groundwater and drinking sources, says Hicks.TVA_Spill-13Industry leaders and policy makers have taken note. In the years since Kingston, hundreds of coal-fired plants have been closed across the country. Environmental groups have banded together, collecting data on contamination linked to coal ash, publishing their findings and filing lawsuits. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted stricter rules for coal ash. And in North Carolina in 2014, legislators passed the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA).The only such law in the Southeast, the legislation was spurred by the nation’s second largest coal-ash spill — the Dan River release of 24 million gallons of toxic sludge from a broken pipe at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant. CAMA requires Duke, the country’s largest utility, to fast-track pond cleanup and mitigate the problems caused by them, such as contaminated drinking wells.Meanwhile, market forces have helped shift the tide as well. Global demand for coal has fallen sharply in the past few years. Four of the top-five coal producers have declared bankruptcy, most recently, Alpha Natural Resources in Virginia and Arch Coal Inc. in Missouri. Natural gas production and use is on the rise. And alternative, renewable energy sources like solar and wind power have become more cost effective.“We’re on the cusp of a transition of how we get our energy in the Southeast,” says Kelly Martin, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club in North Carolina and Florida. “Getting coal offline is big, … and clean energy is coming online. It’s increasingly cheaper to build solar plants and bring in wind power.”But will the changes happen soon enough?Ground Zero: Water QualityWhile Griffith documented the disaster from the air, her longtime friend Donna Lisenby was on the ground at Kingston — or, more exactly, she was on the water. Now the Clean and Safe Energy Campaign Manager for the Waterkeeper Alliance, a New York-based international nonprofit, Lisenby paddled the Emory River in 2008. She surveyed the damage up close and cobbled together a research team.Donna Lisenby investigates a coal power plant in GeorgiaDonna Lisenby investigates a coal power plant in Georgia“I asked Dr. Shea Tuberty [of Appalachian State University] to test samples I collected, and he assembled a research team,” says Lisenby. “For the next two years, we investigated the short- and long-term impacts of the world’s largest coal-ash spill,” she says. “What we [confirmed] was that coal ash is full of heavy metals, and it impacts the wildlife and the water.”The team gathered and published water-contamination results sooner than state and federal authorities, information that was critical in helping the public know “that coal ash was bad,” says Lisenby.The work and the mission gained international attention, too, culminating in Clean Coal? Water Pollution at the Light Switch, a documentary directed by Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter, Alexandra.Two years later, fellow waterkeeper Hartwell Carson asked Lisenby to help research and document water pollution coming from coal-ash containment ponds in North Carolina, her home state. The duo led a multiday trip on the French Broad River, focused downstream of Duke Energy’s coal-ash containment ponds in Asheville. There was a visible discharge coming from at least one pipe, Lisenby says, and small streams nearby appeared to drain from the containment area into the river. “We pulled samples of water, fish and sediment,” she says.The tests, run by a federally certified, Asheville lab, Pace Analytical Services, showed toxin levels that exceeded EPA or North Carolina regulations. The goal, says Lisenby, “was to inform the public what’s happening with their water.”Test resultsMixed with water, coal ash contains a concentrated “suite of toxins” that can leach into nearby waterways and ground water, says Lisenby. The Kingston spill provided researchers with a chance to document and study its effects on water quality and aquatic life.Two weeks after the Kingston disaster, Dr. Tuberty joined Lisenby on the Emory River, where dredging and other cleanup projects were underway. He sampled fish and other aquatic life. The section of the river near the power plant “is deep, [with fewer] species than further downriver,” says Tuberty. “But there should have been crawfish.”Lisenby-7There weren’t. Not surprisingly, many species of invertebrates, fish and crawfish were buried by the sludge, he recalls. Sampled fish showed abrased gills and high levels of toxins, particularly selenium. “It’s a trace element that accumulates in the body, especially in the ovaries and in [fish] eggs,” says Tuberty.High levels of selenium cause deformities in fish, he explains. Nicknamed “shellcrackers,” redeared sunfish nibble on bugs and eat fingernail clams, a river-bottom species that was particularly impacted by the settled coal ash sludge at Kingston, Tuberty says. In tests done in the years since the big spill, he’s found similar toxicities near coal-ash impoundments across North Carolina.Tuberty’s team sampled quarterly at Kingston through 2010. “It proved really difficult to find crawfish even two years later,” he says. Toxicity in the fish, which move around and thus may not have been as harmed as less mobile or far-ranging aquatic life, peaked after about one and a half years, says Tuberty.The Kingston spill provided valuable “source-in-time data, because the acute effects of the toxicity can be measured right away, and long-term effects can be tracked over time,” Tuberty continues. “These spill events are catastrophic enough to catch people’s attention [and] take the mask off of coal,” he says.The effects of leached coal ash and sulphur dioxide emissions accumulate over time and can be found hundreds of miles away from a power plant, says Tuberty. He often goes fly-fishing on Wilson Creek below Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina’s high country. “It’s as natural an environment as you can get,” says Tuberty. For the last few years, he’s been taking North Carolina students there as part of the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics. Teams of kids do research projects and problem-solving exercises. At Wilson Creek, says Tuberty, participating students have documented acidic levels that are dangerously low for aquatic life, as well as high concentrations of sulphates — two markers of air pollution from coal-fired power plants, he says.Although federal regulations and North Carolina’s 2002 Clean Smokestacks Act have helped reduce sulphur dioxide emissions in the region, contamination can still be found at such pristine sites as Wilson, he says. “How long will it take to recover?”Proactive or Reactive?After Kingston, the next turning point for regional environmentalists came via a lawsuit they filed against the state of North Carolina and Duke Energy about two years after Lisenby and Carson gathered data from the French Broad and drinking wells located near coal-ash ponds. “The rules are there,” says Julie Mayfield, co-director of Asheville-based nonprofit MountainTrue (formerly the Western North Carolina Alliance). The U.S. Clean Water Act requires states and utilities to clean up the source of contamination, she says.To file the suit, MountainTrue joined forces with a host of regional waterkeeper organizations, as well as the Sierra Club and the Southern Environmental Law Center, but Mayfield credits Lisenby and Carson with doing the groundwork for the case. “We read [the law]. Our interpretation required Duke Energy to clean up the source,” says Mayfield. Lisenby and Carson’s work showed there’s “no question that wherever there are coal ash ponds, there’s … water pollution,” she says. “When the Dan River spill happened, no one could sweep it under the rug.”The environmental coalition won in trial in 2013 but lost on appeal the next year, she reports. Duke and state officials argued that CAMA made the findings moot — the new law mandated the clean up called for in the suit, Mayfield says. Nonetheless, other environmental groups are applying similar tactics across the Southeast, the rest of the country and around the world, she says. “It’s going to take that kind of collaboration to keep moving forward.”Duke Energy counters that it’s been proactive, not reactive. “We’ve been excavating ash from the Asheville plant since 2007 and providing it to the Asheville Regional Airport as part of a structural fill project at the taxiway,” says spokesperson Catherine Hope Butler. That fill site is lined and covered.The company is also removing ash from its W.S. Lee and Riverbend plants, she continues. It has implemented a dam-safety program since Kingston and has plans “to begin excavation at Dan River and Sutton.” Duke is also continuing to research the beneficial uses of recycled CCRs, says Butler.Years ago, fellow Duke spokesperson Lisa Parrish adds, the company “looked around the corner” at market changes and started closing coal-fired plants. “We’ve retired half of them since 2011,” she says. The company has also set in motion plans to switch to natural gas, including a new plant at Asheville in the next few years. “We’ve modernized our fleet [and] closed old plants, some built in the 1940s,” she continues.Parrish adds that last April, Duke Energy’s Carolinas division produced more electricity from natural gas than coal — a first for the company.Market forces have helped in the push away from coal, and natural gas does burn cleaner, but concern for the environment and public calls for alternative, non-fossil-fuel sources are also driving the changes, says Martin. Southern Co. — which owns utilities in Alabama, Georgia and Florida — plans to import wind power from the Midwest to the Southern states. Thanks to decreases in the cost of wind power, that’s a potentially cheaper option than running a fossil-fuel plant, she says. And more states than ever before allow residential solar installations to be financed in ways that defer the upfront costs; this lets more people take advantage of the clean power source, Martin continues.“There’s a rapidly changing energy landscape in the Southeast,” she says. But Duke’s modernization plan “isn’t so modern; it doesn’t include enough renewables,” she says.The Sierra Club would like to see more effort and emphasis on energy efficiency, says Emma Greenbaum, organizing representative for Beyond Coal in North Carolina. “These are things we know how to do,” she says. Duke Energy is the nation’s largest utility; if it were more proactive, other utilities would take notice and follow suit, she argues. “Duke could implement energy efficiency on a scale that would make a difference.”Otherwise, “it’s an opportunity lost,” says Greenbaum. The Bigger PictureIn addition to her photography work, Griffith has served on the board of Appalachian Voices, a regional nonprofit focused on environmental issues from one end of the Blue Ridge to the other. She’s traveled throughout the region, photographing mountaintop removal in Virginia and coal-ash contamination in Wilmington, N.C. Griffith has also traveled the world, often with Lisenby, to document the global effects of burning coal for fuel. Her work has given her a big-picture view.“I’ve had a chance to see the mountains [in Virginia and West Virginia] that have been blown up and turned into mesas,” says Griffith. “In China, in particular, you see these huge [power plant] stacks with black soot coming out of them and all the people below, raising their gardens, despite what we know about the hazards,” she continues. “It’s so obvious that our planet is being spoiled.”Amelia Shenstone, campaigns director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, outlines some “good first steps” for changing the picture. “Gulf Power came to the table, ready to talk constructively about ways to clean up their [Florida] coal ash,” she says. The utility, a subsidiary of Southern Co., announced plans to move stored CCRs away from the Appalachicola River and the nearby bay, “where there’s a chance for catastrophic failure.” The area is famous for its fresh oysters.Gulf Power’s proposal “is the first real coal-ash cleanup plan in Florida,” says Shenstone. “We hope all utilities in the South will take the most proactive steps to clean up their coal ash, prevent the next spill and prevent toxins from leaking into our groundwater and drinking water.”About 40 percent of the electricity produced in the Southeast comes from burning coal, Shenstone continues. In America, coal use has been declining, while natural gas is rising. “Natural gas has its own problems, [and] overreliance on any one source is risky,” she says. SACE advocates for efficiency and renewable sources — “squeezing more out of our current generation of power sources and investing now in wind and solar.”Clean energy and energy-efficiency initiatives can provide jobs; renewables are increasingly cheaper and competitive with fossil-fuel sources; and some utilities have started offering incentives that encourage customers to shift their use of electricity away from peak, high-load times of day, Shenstone explains.“We are absolutely calling for some existing coal-fired power plants to be shut down, and we definitely should not build new ones. They’re the technology of yesterday, no matter how the industry spins it. If we’re going to move toward renewables, we need to start investing in them now.”In the meantime, the EPA stopped short of declaring coal ash a hazardous waste, but it has put forth new water-quality guidelines and a Clean Power Plan for cutting “carbon pollution from existing power plants.” North Carolina legislators, however, have proposed a bill that could make it more difficult for public advocates and environmental groups to push the state for action on such problems as coal ash contamination, says Hicks. And an ongoing statewide evaluation of residential water wells near coal-ash ponds has indicated contamination in a majority of cases.Hicks calls on the power of collaboration to keep “fighting this battle … over the next decade. Regular people can raise up their voices and say, ‘We want clean water and clean air.’”[divider]Related Articles[/divider]last_img read more

Practice management award available

first_imgPractice management award available March 1, 2005 Regular News Practice management award available Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter S. Crumbley Practice Management & Development Award, which recognizes a member of Florida’s legal community who has distinguished himself or herself professionally and who has rendered outstanding service to the profession of the practice of law or the management of the practice of law.The recipient of the award — sponsored by the Practice Management and Development Section — also must show good citizenship, significant contributions to the profession of practice of law and to the management of the practice of law, as well as distinguished service to the Bar in the areas of practice management and development.The deadline for nominations is May 1. A letter setting out why a nominee deserves the award may be sent to Carol Kirkland at The Florida Bar at 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 or [email protected] The award will be presented at the 2005 Florida Bar Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Practice Management & Development Section’s Annual Awards Luncheon June 23 at the Marriott Orlando World Center.last_img read more

Q&A on the emergence and importance of the API

first_imgCO-OP recently sat down with Amanda Smith, CO-OP’s Manager of Emerging Products, to discuss the evolution and impact of Application Programming Interfaces (API) in the mobile banking landscape.Other industries are already realizing the benefits of expanding customer value through seamless integration. For example, Uber has an API that allows you to arrange for a ride by pressing a button within the Open Table app. And Walgreen’s has enlisted the help of an API from the fitness company Qardio to build loyalty by rewarding customers to track their health metrics.Now it’s time for credit unions to seize the opportunity to capitalize on the ease and convenience APIs offer. The following interview provides an overview of APIs and how CO-OP is developing solutions to suit a variety of needs.Q: How have mobile trends evolved over the past two to three years?A: The first place I go is to mobile banking. It was largely a transactional platform. I see that evolving and becoming a holistic engagement platform. Expanding to more product features and wallet programs. Omni-channel is cliché, but it’s meaningful. If you think about the last 15 years, online banking was the way credit unions interacted. Now they have to take that experience and cross multiple platforms and all digital channels. That will require a lot of integration and more engagement. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mayors urge congress to provide aid, help families

first_img“You do not what to see what devastating impact will be had when cities large and small across the nation drain their reserves, have massive layoffs or have to raise taxes,” he said. “That is not good for the short term or long term economic recovery.” Additionally, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walshand and Mayor RuthAnn Loveless from the village of Hamilton were also on the call. (WBNG) — The New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) is calling for state and local aid to be a central part of the next coronavirus relief package. The conference is urging congress to come back together in order to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was joined by NYCOM Executive Director Peter A. Baynes and Mayor Robert T. Kennedy from the village of Freeport. Kennedy also serves as the NYCOM President. The mayors and NYCOM as a whole want to see direct aid to municipalities, and for any potential aid to also be used for revenue loss, and not just COVID-19-related expenses.center_img David emphasized the pandemic’s issues could see serious financial hardships continue for cities across the country. Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R) took part in the discussions, which gave mayors the chance to talk about the impact the virus has left on their areas. David added the city of Binghamton has pledged not to raise taxes.last_img read more

Binghamton Veterans Affairs Clinic offering free flu shots for veterans

first_imgThe drive through format was adapted this year with the safety of both veterans and staff members in mind. During the first two days of hosting this drive through clinic the VA has administered over 350 flu vaccinations. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Veterans Affairs Clinic in Binghamton is offering free drive thru flu shots every Tuesday through mid November. The clinic is set up each Tuesday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.center_img No appointment is necessary, veterans are able to pull up and get a flu shot. “The flu is always a dangerous disease, with COVID-19 now also in the mix we really really want all our veterans to get a flu shot to reduce their risk.” said David Hunsinger the Medical Director at the VA clinic.last_img

PREMIUMResidents’ participation vital in Jambi peatland restoration: BRG

Topics : Google Jambi BRG PeatlandRestorationAgency peatland peatland-restoration forest-fires-2019 forest-fires forest-fires-in-Indonesia Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) has called on the public to support its efforts to restore peatland areas in the province of Jambi, where land clearing and fires cause trillions of rupiah in environmental damage and impact people’s livelihoods.BRG official Myrna A. Safitri said the agency needed help from locals for its program to gradually restore peatlands amid limited funding provided by the government.“Peat areas that have been damaged over the past few decades cannot be repaired in one or two years. But, with the support of the local community, we are optimistic that the damaged areas can be restored,” she said on Wednesday.Since 2017, the agency had been focusing on the regencies of West Tanjung Jabung, East Tanjung Jabung and Muarojambi in Jambi, as those three were particularly prone to forest and land fires. Those regencies also saw lots of lan… Linkedin read more

Wolf Administration Announces Creation of 30 New Jobs at Neptune Solutions Company in Washington County

first_img August 07, 2015 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Neptune Solutions Company, a water treatment technology company serving the oil and gas industries, will establish its new headquarters in Eighty Four, Washington County, resulting in the creation of 30 new, full-time jobs.“Natural gas production is growing faster in Pennsylvania than anywhere else in the country and Neptune’s recent decision to place their headquarters in Washington County proves that the industry is showing no signs of slowing down,” said Governor Wolf. “Neptune Solutions is providing the water treatment technology that will allow the commonwealth to continue to protect its communities.”Neptune has signed a five-year lease for a 13,500-square-foot site to serve as its new headquarters. The company plans to invest $335,000 and has committed to the creation of 30 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.Neptune received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including $60,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.“It is a great honor for Neptune to work with the governor’s team in helping find a green solution to recycling fracking-impaired water,” said Alex Gonzalez, president, Neptune Solutions. “With the increase in truck traffic and the growing safety concerns, our hope is that the oil and gas operators in the Marcellus will join the governor in his efforts.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.“We are very proud that Neptune has chosen to invest in Washington County. Its investment in both new jobs and capital continues to demonstrate energy’s strong economic influence on our region and Washington County’s position as an Energy Capital of the East,” said Jeff Kotula, president, Washington County Chamber of Commerce.Founded in 2014, Neptune Solutions Company services oil and gas business with a primary focus on biocide water treatment required at fracking sites for drilling companies. Neptune’s technology is installed into integrated mobile water treatment units that are driven to sites. The water is then treated on-site.For further information on Neptune Solutions Company, visit more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit # # SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Wolf Administration Announces Creation of 30 New Jobs at Neptune Solutions Company in Washington Countylast_img read more