OCHS Experiment Reaches Space Station and Is Activated

first_imgMark Staples captured this image of the SpaceX launch on January 10, 2015, at Little Lake Santa Fe Waldo, FL, 150 miles NW of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch carried an Ocean City High School science experiment.Astronauts aboard the International Space Station activated a science experiment designed by Ocean City High School students at 7:58 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 13).The crew members broke a seal separating two small chambers within a larger plastic cylinder. That allowed E. coli bacteria to mix with lettuce cells. The experiment tests the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of the bacteria.The students are now working to duplicate the experiment here in Ocean City as a control test in the presence of gravity.The information could be practical if people ever tried to cultivate food during long periods of travel in space.The start of the experiment marks the pinnacle of a journey that began last winter when  Ocean City High School seniors Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond, Mercy Griffith, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins and Alison Miles competed within the school district then competed against students nationwide  to have their experiment conducted aboard the International Space Station.The OCHS experiment is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), a national program designed to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in the U.S. Other experiments from students in Somerville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Rockwall, Tex.; and San Antonio, Tex. were activated Tuesday.The experiments were transported to the space station on an unmanned rocket that was launched on Saturday. They will return to Earth for analysis by students in about four weeks.“This is what we’ve all been waiting for, Congratulations Team,” SSEP Education Program Manager Stacy Hamel said in an update to students on Tuesday. “You have all been so incredibly patient. This has been a long road, full of disappointments and the loss of Orb-3 was a tragedy no one could have anticipated.  Enjoy this time on-orbit, you deserve it.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Deer Control

first_imgHome gardeners love adding plants to their landscapes. Deer love eating them. “When it comes to wildlife damage in landscapes and agricultural plantings, the most common problem is deer feeding and browsing damage — especially in the winter and early spring,” said Paul Pugliese, a University of Georgia Extension agent in Bartow County. A hungry deer in the winter will eat just about any vegetation and can easily consume four pounds or more of plant material each day, he said.Plant prickly plantsTo help keep Bambi and his buddies from destroying landscape plants, UGA Extension home vegetable horticulturist Bob Westerfield suggests planting varieties that are harder to swallow, literally.“Tougher plants like hollies and junipers are usually less desirable to deer,” he said. “I’m not saying they won’t eat them, but the prickly leaves make it more difficult.” Westerfield says plants like hostas, pansies and fleshy succulents are “like ice cream” to deer.(A publication with a complete list of deer tolerant ornamental plants can be found on the UGA Extension publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.)Change odor repellents frequentlyOdor repellents can also be used to keep deer at bay, but Pugliese and Westerfield both view them as temporary fixes.“Odor repellents are not very effective because they wear off when it rains,” Pugliese said. “If used, they should be applied at least once a month, or after every rainfall, from early fall until late winter. If you miss a timely application, the end result will be deer damage.”If food is extremely scarce, he has seen deer ignore the repellents despite the taste or odor. “Deer don’t develop resistance to repellents, but they do get use to them,” he said.Preventatives like garlic sticks and sprays will work longer if rotated, Westerfield added. On his farm in Pike County, he hung garlic sticks in his pear tree to keep deer from eating all the fruit. “What I discovered is the deer must like garlic-flavored pears,” he said.Mesh or electric fencesPersonally, Westerfield recommends building a fence to block deer from vegetable gardens. Home garden centers sell what Westerfield calls “a thin version” of deer fencing. He orders 7 ft. tall heavy gauge deer fencing online.Deer recently chewed a hole through this. “The next level for our farm will be an electric fence. Electricity will be the first welcome to our garden from now on,” said a clearly frustrated Westerfield. Todd Hurt, training coordinator for the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, was so frustrated by deer destroying his landscape that he bought a Scarecrow Sprinkler. The device’s manufacturer claims a blast of water from the motion activated sprinkler will “scare animals away, teaching them to avoid the area in the future.” “It seemed to work. It got me every time I would forget about it,” Hurt said. “It needs a constant supply of water pressure so I had to connect it to PVC pipe instead of a water hose because the hose will swell or burst. And, it was pretty strong and would move on the stake so the stake needs extra support.”For more information on deer control in home landscapes, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

People’s United donates $33,900 to weatherization programs

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,During the 2nd quarter of 2011, People’s United Bank announced that they would donate $100, to the Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAPs) offered through the State of Vermont Community Action Agencies (CAAs), for every personal checking account opened from June 7th through August 2nd.  People’s United Bank announced today that $33,900 would be spread among the CAAs for use in weatherizing homes throughout Vermont, with $14,600 going to Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc.The Community Action Agencies which are independent non-profit organizations, were established through the State of Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty.  They help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency.  The 5 Community Action Agencies in Vermont (4 of which have an affiliated WAP) include:  BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, CVCAC- Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc., CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Inc., SEVCA – Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. and NEKCA ‘ North East Kingdom Community Action.  The lone WAP not affiliated with a CAA is NETO ‘ North East Training Opportunities which provides weatherization Services in the North eastern portion of the state.‘The weatherization programs offered through the State of Vermont Community Action Agencies are a great example of ‘helping people help themselves,’‘ state Michael Seaver, Vermont President People’s United Bank.  ‘Over the last several years, so many Vermonters have relied on emergency funding for fuel.  The weatherization programs offered statewide will reduce our dependency on these funds and provide warmer homes for our neighbors in need,’ continued Seaver.The following is a breakdown of the dollars that the weatherization programs will receive:BROC ‘ Community Action in Southwestern Vermont                 $3,200CVCAC ‘ Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc.          $4,400CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc.           $14,600NEKCA ‘ North East Kingdom Community Action, Inc.                       $1,500SEVCA ‘ Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc.                     $10,200‘An innovative and creative idea became generous funding provided by People’s United Bank.   It is one more way we are able to keep families safe, warm and in their own homes,’ said Jan Demers, Executive Director Champlain Valley Office of Economic Development.   ‘We have over 100 families on our wait list for weatherization services, so the timing for this donation from the People’s United Bank could not be better,’ continued Demers.Photo cutline: Left to right: Jan Demers, CVOEO Executive Director, Debra Geraw, Weatherization Crew Member, Christal Bradstreet, People’s United Bank.For more information on the programs offered through the State of Vermont office of Economic Opportunity and Community Action Agencies in Vermont, please contact Shaun Donahue at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 802-241-2454.About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $25 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through nearly 340 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and in Westchester County and Long Island, New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services. People’s United. 12.8.2011###last_img read more

Kirk Kordeleski Resigns from Bethpage FCU, Cites Health Concerns

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Kirk Kordeleski, the well-respected CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, has stepped down due to health concerns, the nonprofit financial cooperative announced Wednesday.The credit union’s board of directors immediately named Wayne Grosse, the longtime chief operating officer at Bethpage FCU, interim CEO.“Wayne has been a leader in the Long Island financial community for over 30 years,” the board of directors said in a statement. “He has been at Bethpage for 15 years and has served as Bethpage COO for the past seven. The appointment provides continuity of leadership and reinforces our commitment to the financial strength, integrity and reliability of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.”In a statement, Grosse said he’s proud of Bethpage FCU’s growth during his time there, and is looking forward to his new role.Wayne Grosse has been named interim-CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.Kordeleski issued a statement on Facebook, saying he made changes in his life “for my health and the good of our families (mine and Bethpage).”“I love Bethpage and while some things may be slightly different under the great Wayne Grosse the general approach to supporting LI financial needs and to be fair to everyone, and commitment to a successful future for all LI[er]s will never change,” he added. “That is what is different between credit unions and banks. Wayne is a great man, leading a world class team. Support him and the company. To all my friends thank you for [your] generosity and support. I will see [you] in the near future.”Kordeleski, who will also reportedly step down as chairman of the Long Island Association, did not say what has been ailing him.” Kirk is one of Long Island’s finest individuals,” said Kevin Law, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Association, a business lobbying group. “He passionately cares about our region and has touched the lives of so many of us. He is a champion of economic development and is also one the most philanthropic CEO’s who cares deeply about those not making it in this new economy. While I will miss him as my chairman, he will never stop being my friend.”Kordeleski joined Bethpage in 1992. He was named CEO in 2002 and has been a force in the Long Island business community ever since. During his tenure, Bethpage has gained a respected reputation and now boasts more than 220,000 members, the majority of whom live on Long Island. The credit union has close to $5.7 billion in assets.During his tenure at Bethpage, Kordeleski has been a public supporter of arts and culture in our area, from WFUV-FM, the nonprofit station at Fordham, to Arts Alive LI, the nonprofit community arts program.last_img read more

The times are a’changing… again

first_imgUntil recently, the last rising rate period in the U.S. occurred from 2004-2006. Then, the Fed increased rates 17 times, from 1.0 percent to 5.25 percent. That was more than a decade ago, and neither the iPhone nor the Kindle had been released yet.The world is a much different place now than it was in 2006. Much has changed since the last rising rate cycle. In particular, tools available online for consumers to rate shop and move money from one institution to another have multiplied and improved substantially. How have your credit union’s online offerings changed in the last decade? How have your competitor’s online offerings improved? The competition for deposits is already strong, and that competition is amplified in a rising rate environment.Member behavior is likely to differ in a world with nearly unlimited rate information available online, combined with convenient online account set up and money movement capabilities. Depositors have struggled through a prolonged period of historically low interest rates, and stronger demand is likely for rates higher than those in previous rate cycles. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ApplePay & your credit union

first_imgYesterday, Apple hosted their annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference Keynote. Of their big public events, this is my favorite, as it discusses the technologies they’re pursuing, rather than simply the newest iPhone. And are they pursuing.There are great sites to read up on the highlights (ArsTechnica is my favorite). From iOS 11 to macOS High Sierra (yes, they actually called it that) to innovations with augmented and virtual reality platforms, they’ve showed their hand for the next year.But there was something else featured which should concern you more than their upcoming in-home speaker: Payments. After years of requests, Apple has added peer-to-peer payments to ApplePay. Specially, within Messages. Come the release of iOS 11 in the fall, you’ll be able to send or receive money while in a message conversation with anyone. It will use your credit and debit cards linked to your ApplePay account. Of course, these are yours, right? Remember how important it is to get your cards top of wallet, both in the back pocket and digitally! continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Compliance: FinCEN launches ‘FinCEN Exchange’

first_imgThe Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) launched a new program last week, FinCEN Exchange, in an effort to enhance information sharing between law enforcement and financial institutions.Credit union participation in the program is voluntary, and the program does not introduce any new regulatory requirements.As part of this program, FinCEN will convene regular briefings with financial institutions to exchange information on “priority illicit finance” and national security threats to:Enable financial institutions to better identify Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) risks and focus on high priority issues; and continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Regus rocked by director’s exit

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Karo regent candidate dies from COVID-19, daughter steps in

first_imgKena Ukur is the only regent candidate in North Sumatra who has died from COVID-19.Previously, Binjai mayor candidate Lisa Andriani Lubis was exposed to the coronavirus. Lisa is now under self-isolation at home.The General Elections Commission (KPU) reported that 37 prospective candidates in 21 provinces for the upcoming regional elections had tested positive for COVID-19. The number of prospective pairs of candidates registered for the upcoming elections had reached 687.Thw KPU is conducting health verifications on all prospective candidates.The commission reminded political parties, prospective candidates and voters to comply with health protocols during each stage of the elections. (syk)Topics : Kena Ukur, who had served as Karo regent from 2011 to 2016, died at Columbia Asia Hospital in Medan on Sunday morning.Medan Health Agency head Edwin Effendi said Kena Ukur had died as a confirmed COVID-19 patient.At the request of the family, Edwin said, Kena Ukur was buried under strict COVID-19 protocols at a cemetery in Ndokum Siroga village, Simpang Empat district, Sunday morning.Read also: ‘COVID-19 is no laughing matter’, says mayor as more local leaders test positive A regent candidate in Karo regency, North Sumatra, Kena Ukur Karo Jambi Surbakti, 74, died from COVID-19 on the last day of registration for regional elections on Sunday, when his daughter stepped in to replace his candidacy.The Democratic Party’s North Sumatra chapter acting head, Herri Zulkarnain, said the replacement of Kena Ukur had been agreed upon by supporting parties, including the Golkar Party and the National Mandate Party (PAN).“We agreed to replace the late Kena Ukur Karo Jambi with his daughter, Yus Surbakti. Today, we immediately registered her at the KPUD [Regional General Elections Commission],” Herri told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.last_img read more