Price pressures resurfacing for oil markets in 2020 as stocks build once moreExpected stock draws for the second half of the year have been revised down by almost one million bpd compared to last month’s outlook to 3.4 million bpd, driven by reduced buying from China for September and October deliveries.Building stocks and continued demand uncertainty are putting renewed pressure on crude oil prices, after their stabilisation from the volatility earlier this year that pushed the price of a barrel to record lows.Key benchmarks Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate had recovered to around $45 per barrel over the summer months – still far from values upwards of $60 per barrel at the start of the year – but in recent weeks have fallen back below $40 per barrel.With demand on the wane, global oil supply rose by 1.1 million bpd in August to 91.7 million bpd – 9.3 million bpd lower than a year ago – as the production cuts enforced by members of the Opec+ alliance since May were eased from 9.7 million bpd to 7.7 million bpd.The IEA estimates the actual output increase among Opec+ members at 1.3 million bpd due to some countries producing less than their target to compensate for earlier non-compliance.The impact of Hurricane Laura in late August disrupted US production and refining activity around the Gulf of Mexico region, as facilities both onshore and offshore were evacuated. The IEA says US oil production fell by 400,000 bpd in August, but is recovering as production wells come back online.Total non-Opec supply is expected to drop by 2.6 million bpd in 2020, before posting a “modest” 500,000 bpd recovery next year.“In last month’s report, we said that the market was in a state of ‘delicate re-balancing’,” the IEA added. “One month later, the outlook appears even more fragile.” The energy watchdog downgraded its 2020 oil-demand forecast for the second consecutive month amid resurging cases of Covid-19 worldwide Crude oil prices have been falling in recent weeks amid demand uncertainty and building stocks The outlook for global oil markets in 2020 looks increasingly fragile as resurging cases of Covid-19 around the world undermine confidence in a quick recovery.In its latest monthly market report, published today (15 September), the International Energy Agency (IEA) downgraded its demand estimate for the year to 91.7 million barrels per day (bpd) – 8.4 million bpd lower than 2019.That is a level last seen in 2013, and marks the second consecutive month of negatively-adjusted demand forecasts from the Paris-based energy watchdog. “The uncertainty created by Covid-19 shows little sign of abating,” it said.Yesterday, BP suggested global oil demand might never recover to its peak 2019 levels, as the continued pressure of the pandemic and acceleration of the clean energy transition converge to transform the shape of traditional fuel markets.A resurgence of coronavirus cases in many countries including India, the UK and France, re-introduction of local lockdown measures, continued home working and the weak aviation sector all contributed to the revised outlook.The approach of winter in the northern hemisphere adds further uncertainty, as the impact of the virus enters “unchartered territory”.Between January and July, the IEA said global oil demand was 10.5 million bpd below 2019 levels.“As national lockdowns eased there was an initial sharp recovery in demand led by gasoline, but the curve has flattened out and it is becoming increasingly apparent that Covid-19 will stay with us for some time,” it added.
View post tag: Navy Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Sails Into Final Phase of Continuing Promise Mission View post tag: promise Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and the Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11) mission team transited the Panama Canal, Aug. 15, heading northbound to the final stop of their mission.Comfort, and her crew of U.S. and partner nation service members and civilian volunteers, spent four and a half months providing humanitarian and civic assistance to the people of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Peru, and will wrap up the final month of their deployment providing care for the residents of earthquake-ravished Haiti.“Haiti, I believe, is the biggest opportunity to help people due to how the recent earthquake impacted the country, their level of poverty and lack of access to healthcare,” said Lt. Vernon Mackie, an internal medicine resident at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “I think because they have the most need, it is the biggest opportunity for us to make the most difference.”Mackie, who joined the CP11 mission in Costa Rica, said that the Panama Canal transit represents the start of the mission’s end, but looks forward to the opportunity to make the last stop the best and most productive of the deployment.While several personnel embarked aboard Comfort said they are excited to get back home to their families and friends, many crew members look forward to continuing the goodwill mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. “My unit back in Canada is a humanitarian operations and disaster relief unit, so experiencing Haiti will be a milestone for us,” said Canadian Army Lieutenant Chad Turnbull, a healthcare administrator from Nova Scotia, Canada. “One of my team members here actually went on the dirt when Haiti happened, so it will be good for her to see what’s happened there in the last year and a half,” Turnbull added. “I look forward to getting through the canal and arriving in Haiti.”While the crew has a few days to relax and enjoy the Panama Canal transit, they are also mentally preparing to see the status of Haiti, which, for some, will serve as a return visit to the region since earthquake relief efforts nearly two years ago.“In our last mission stop [Haiti], we will be able to see the progress of what’s been done [since the earthquake in 2010], and how the people are faring through it all,” said Utilitiesman 1st Class Kevin Geegan from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28 detachment embarked aboard Comfort. “The Seabees’ goal is to provide a great product for the people, and to be of great service to them and improve on their quality of life.”To date, Continuing Promise personnel triaged 63,805 patients and performed 1,029 surgeries.Continuing Promise offers training for U.S. military personnel and partner nation forces, while providing valuable services to communities in need. This is the sixth humanitarian-focused naval deployment to the region since 2007, designed to promote partnerships and goodwill. “This was a fulfilling mission and I was extremely emotional after leaving every country,” said Geegan. “The people hated to see us go and we hated to leave, but we know what we did for them touched their hearts and that we became really good friends with those we left behind in every country. It’s something [experiences from the CP11 mission] that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Source: navy, August 17, 2011; View post tag: ship View post tag: USNS View post tag: Final View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Sails Into Final Phase of Continuing Promise Mission View post tag: continuing August 17, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Comfort View post tag: phase View post tag: Mission View post tag: Command View post tag: military View post tag: Sails View post tag: into View post tag: Sealift View post tag: Hospital Share this article
Visitors to the Ocean City Historical Museum admire some of the artwork on display in a new exhibit inspired by the Sindia shipwreck. By Donald WittkowskiEd Wismer’s striking oil painting of the legendary Sindia gives you the sensation of being there on that fateful day in 1901, when the four-masted ship ran aground in Ocean City.It’s as if you can hear the ship’s sails flapping in the howling winds, feel the spray of the angry ocean on your face and see the crew members as they frantically tried to save the Sindia in its death throes.Yet, amid all of the chaos, the painting also depicts streaks of sunlight breaking through the gray storm clouds.“I like the streaks of sunlight off the clouds. It’s a symbol of hope,” said Jeff McGranahan, executive director of the Ocean City Historical Museum.The painting by the late Wismer, titled “The Sindia,” is the centerpiece of a new multimedia art exhibit at the Historical Museum that recreates the shipwreck that has become synonymous with Ocean City over the years.The “Inspired by the Sindia” exhibit, which opened this weekend and runs through Jan. 15, features the works of 10 local artists who have captured the ship and its artifacts in paintings, sculpture, quilt work and etchings on a seashell or paper. The exhibit is free and open to the public.An oil painting by the late Ed Wismer depicts the Sindia’s final moments as it runs aground in a heavy storm in 1901.Among the artwork, sculptor Carla Migliaccio has used clay and acrylic to recreate the Sindia’s storied Golden Buddha statue. Legend has it that the Sindia’s crew stole the Golden Buddha from Japan, resulting in a curse being placed on the ship.Some of the artwork is up for sale, but Wismer’s painting is a permanent part of the Historical Museum’s collection of artifacts recovered from the 329-foot ship. Prized pieces in the collection include the ship’s brass bell, parts of the hull, the sextant and other navigational instruments and a humidor presented by the Sindia’s captain to members of Ocean City’s Lake family as a thank-you gift for their help after the wreck.Just a short walk from the museum, the city has placed the ship’s rudder post, a large piece of rusting metal, on display at the corner of 18th Street and Simpson Avenue.Efforts proved futile to pull the Sindia off the sandbar that would serve as its final resting place after running aground just off the beach between 16th and 17th streets on Dec. 15, 1901. The steel-hulled ship eventually broke apart, but pieces of the wreck remained visible for more than 80 years.Jeff McGranahan, executive director of the Ocean City Historical Museum, stands next to a model of the Sindia that is part of a permanent exhibit about the famous shipwreck.McGranahan explained that the Sindia became part of Ocean City’s folklore because it lasted so long. Instead of disappearing under the waves in one dramatic, final act, the shipwreck slowly deteriorated over time.“It was out there for so many years. You had a visible reminder,” McGranahan said. “All you had to do was to go out on the Boardwalk, and there it was. Grandparents passed down stories about it to their grandchildren.”The Sindia, laden with cargo from Asia, was blown aground during a heavy storm while en route to New York. Tales continue to this day about the possibility that the Sindia was carrying a secret shipment of silver coins, and where the smuggled loot may have ended up.For more information about the Ocean City Historical Museum or the “Inspired by the Sindia” art exhibit, call (609) 399-1801 or visit www.ocnjmuseum.org. The museum is housed inside the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave.
Inclement weather in the New York area has forced beloved jam festival Mountain Jam to cancel all remaining performances for today’s schedule. The same weather that caused Governors Ball to cancel their entire Sunday lineup has caused Mountain Jam to make the same decision, as “severe weather” will make the performances unsafe.A handful of musicians had yet to perform at Mountain Jam, including Brandi Carlile, Third World, and The Avett Brothers. You can see the full statement from Mountain Jam, addressing refunds and more information, below.To Our 2016 Mountain Jam Attendees,We regret to announce that the remainder of Sunday, June 5th, at Mountain Jam 2016 has been cancelled, due to severe weather in the area. We are devastated to make this decision, but the safety of our fans, artists and crew always comes first.We need to evacuate the festival grounds immediately. We strongly advise you to leave the venue. If you choose to stay, please take shelter in your vehicles/RVs if they are immediately accessible, or in the Learning Center, Healey Brothers Hall or the Hunter Mountain Base Lodge. Please do not take shelter in your tent – it is not safe. Festival staff and police will inform you when it is safe to remove your tents/belongings from the mountain.All customers who purchased either a Sunday or multi-day ticket directly through the Mountain Jam website will receive a partial refund (including fees and shipping, if applicable). If you purchased a ticket at the box office, please retain your receipt and email [email protected] with your refund request. We are determining the method of refund and will be in touch with you directly regarding this process. At this time, we expect all refunds to be processed within 45 days of the event. All partial refunds will be based on the ticket price at the time of purchase.Only primary ticket purchasers will receive a refund. We apologize for any inconvenience, but if you did not purchase your ticket directly through the official Mountain Jam website or at the box office, we cannot handle refund requests.[Photo via Jennifer McKenn/Instagram]Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available, and thank you so much for your loyalty and patience. We hope to see you back in 2017 for a great show.
Related Their remarks ranged from poignant to humorous, from personal notes to professional memories. Speaking for MIT, where Bacow was at various points an undergraduate, a faculty member, and chancellor, Reif joked that Bacow’s appointment as Harvard’s president was the greatest yet of MIT’s famously elaborate pranks, or hacks. On a more serious note, Reif said that higher education’s challenging landscape needs someone like Bacow to help lead it.“It is my dearest hope that, with the inspired leadership of President Bacow, our great universities can prove their value to the nation once again. Moreover, while we continue to be a source of leaders and ideas and knowledge, I hope we can also be a source of healing, and wisdom, and a broad, deep ethic of service to the common good,” Reif said. “Larry, Harvard was in very good hands before you arrived. But at this moment, I believe Harvard needs you. Higher education needs you. And the country needs you too.”In his remarks, Baker harkened back to childhood debates around his dining room table, and how his parents valued listening over speaking, because, Baker said, you learn something by listening, particularly when listening to someone who disagrees with you. Baker said part of the reason he is confident that Bacow will thrive is because he is a listener.,Bacow thanked those who supported and assisted him over the years, saying “nobody gets anywhere of consequence in this world on his or her own.” He said Harvard too made him better, as it has many students over time, “spurring all of us to summit mountains we never imagined we could climb.”Bacow praised the role of higher education in helping generations of students achieve the American Dream, but acknowledged that he takes office at a time when the importance and value of higher education is being questioned.“For the first time in my lifetime, people are actually questioning the value of sending a child to college,” Bacow said. “For the first time in my lifetime, people are asking whether or not colleges and universities are worthy of public support. For the first time in my lifetime, people are expressing doubts about whether colleges and universities are even good for the nation.”Bacow answered those doubts with a resounding affirmative. Higher education not only has made the American Dream accessible for generations, its commitment to the pursuit of excellence, openness to disruptive ideas, and creation of an informed citizenry — considered crucial by the nation’s founders — helped create the America around us today.“We need, together, to reaffirm that higher education is a public good worthy of support — and beyond that, a pillar of our democracy that, if dislodged, will change the United States into something fundamentally bleaker and smaller,” Bacow said, adding later, “We must defend the essential role of higher education in the life of our nation and the broader world.”Bacow reached into history to highlight how past U.S. presidents understood, even during dark times, that higher education was a national strength. Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War signed the law that created land-grant universities, while Franklin Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill just after D-Day, creating a pathway to learning for those who served.“Every such expansion of higher education, every move toward openness to those previously excluded, has brought the United States closer to the ideal of equality and opportunity for all,” Bacow said. “So higher education has not only supported our democracy, but in some sense it has created it — and we are nowhere near done.”Bacow discussed the importance of a liberal arts education at a time when not just truth but facts themselves are increasingly under assault, saying that it is the University’s responsibility to educate students to become discerning consumers of news and arguments, and ultimately “sources of truth and wisdom themselves.”He hailed the growth of diversity on campus, but said that diversity has to encompass ideological diversity — welcoming ideas with which we disagree — as well as diversity of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic status, among other factors.,“We need to teach our students to be quick to understand, and slow to judge. And as faculty, we owe this duty to each other as well,” he said.Bacow laid out initiatives to help Harvard create excellence and support it across the country. He said the University will work to raise money to support public-service internships for undergraduates who want them, and called for collaborations with other colleges and universities to hold down rising costs by sharing research infrastructure and housing and initiating exchange programs that eliminate redundancies in curricula.“I look forward to working with my colleagues at Boston-area institutions to explore how we can collectively do a better job of serving both our students and society,” he said.Bacow, a child of immigrants, also outlined the benefits of allowing students and faculty from other nations to come to America to study and live, citing the facts that more than a third of Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans in chemistry, medicine, and physics since 2000 have gone to those born elsewhere, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.“America has to continue welcoming those who seek freedom and opportunity, lest we shut the door to the next generation of great entrepreneurs, scholars, public leaders, and, dare I say, university presidents,” Bacow said.The chair of the inauguration steering committee, Harvard General Counsel and Senior Vice President Robert Iuliano, said the event was bigger than an inauguration, serving also as a gathering and celebration of the large Harvard community.“This inauguration is so much more than the installation of a president. It is a true celebration of the Harvard community, and we are thrilled with the way in which the community has turned out with enthusiasm, support, and pride for this historic gathering,” Iuliano said.“We owe debts of gratitude to the community for warmly welcoming Larry and Adele [Bacow] with open arms; to those whose spaces and schedules were affected by the logistical quirks inherent in planning a large-scale event for their grace and hospitality; to the many departments, individuals, units, and Schools that provided ideas, content, volunteer hours, and much more for aiding us in creating a robust and truly spectacular program; and to the many dedicated alumni and friends of Harvard who traveled [from] near and far to demonstrate just how much this University means to them, and for their unending support.”Throughout the two days, food and music were constantly on hand. On Thursday evening, a musical performance at Sanders Theatre was followed by a dessert reception at nearby Annenberg Hall. Friday morning featured a Taste of Harvard breakfast, followed by a series of academic symposia and a luncheon at Annenberg Hall and the Science Center Plaza. The symposia showcased the breadth of Harvard scholarship, addressing the science of behavior change, confronting inequality, dignity in modern democracy, data’s role in understanding the world, the future of medicine, the origins of life, the power of stories to influence our lives, and “A Look Across Harvard,” a series of short talks featuring one faculty member from each Harvard School.The inaugural events wrapped up with the block party, with fall-themed food, cider, and more music. Attendees flowed from Tercentenary Theatre toward the stage, refreshment tents, and tables in the Old Yard next door. After the inauguration, the celebration Harvard University inaugurated Larry Bacow as its 29th president on Friday afternoon in a celebration that was by turns solemn, thoughtful, and festive, and which drew together the Harvard community with friends and colleagues from universities around the world.The installation, held in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre, put the ceremonial stamp on a tenure that began July 1 when Bacow took over from his predecessor, Drew Faust. The two-day inauguration ceremony included a series of events that delved into the arts, sciences, and humanities, with everything from academic panels to a community breakfast to a “Bacow Block Party” that rocked under the Old Yard’s trees and the John Harvard Statue’s gaze.“It is up to us to leave our country and our world a better place tomorrow than it is today,” Bacow said in his inaugural speech, which examined the challenges ahead for higher education while explaining its importance. “I am delighted to begin.”,Bacow is an economist, lawyer, onetime Massachusetts Institute of Technology chancellor, and former Tufts University president, with degrees from Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His inauguration ceremony featured prayers, poems, and music. It also included a charge of office delivered by the heads of the University’s governing boards, the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, and presentation of the traditional symbols of office by four prior Harvard presidents.There were greetings from leaders in the community, the state (represented by Gov. Charlie Baker ’79), other colleges and universities (represented by MIT President L. Rafael Reif), and from Harvard students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni. Harvard kicks up its heels with a giant party in the Yard
NEW YORK (AP) — The White House speechwriter who helped President Barack Obama work on his response to the Charleston church massacre in June 2015 has a book deal. Cody Keenan’s memoir is called “Grace.” It is set around the time a white supremacist murdered nine Black parishioners in South Carolina. Publisher Houghton Mifflin announced Tuesday that “Grace” will be published in fall 2022. The book’s title refers to a theme of Obama’s response to Charleston and one of the most emotional moments of his presidency. He sang “Amazing Grace” during his eulogy for one of the Charleston victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
View Comments Ruthie Henshall needs scant introduction as one of the West End’s leading musical theater lights, with credits spanning the Atlantic that include Chicago, Miss Saigon, Putting It Together and her current role as dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. In recent weeks she has been coupling her work in the long-running hit with rehearsals for a two-performance-only gala staging of Follies on April 28 at the Royal Albert Hall, in which she plays Sally Durant Plummer opposite Christine Baranski as Phyllis Rogers Stone. Broadway.com caught up with the engaging, ever-busy star to talk juggling roles, Stephen Sondheim, and being a no-nonsense mum.You’re the latest in an illustrious line-up of women to play Mrs. Wilkinson. Was the offer a no-brainer for you?It was kind of a no-brainer! I don’t think of [roles] as creating versus taking over: what I do is look at the script and think, “Do I want to do this?” It doesn’t matter whether the show is 10 years or two minutes old. We’re performers and we want to work; we want to do what we love to do.Presumably you’d seen the show already?I did. I saw it on Broadway four or five years ago and took my daughters, who were 5 and 7 at the time. I hadn’t quite taken on board that there was lots of swearing, however much they cut it down for Broadway, and I remember sitting there and at the first swear word, my two girls looked over at me wide-eyed and said, “Oh my goodness, is that a naughty word?”What did you tell them?I said, “You know you’re not to repeat those,” and they both nodded and smiled and we went back to watching it; we absolutely loved it. It truly moves me, this show—it truly does.You’ve been in the musical during a significant year in its run.Absolutely: we had the special Billy Elliot Live performance which got made into a DVD so that was like being at opening night. We got to go back to work with [director] Stephen Daldry and [choreographer] Peter Darling and it also meant that our work was recorded for keeps whereas usually in the theater you do a performance and it’s gone. And people still stand at the end every night so the power of the piece is still there.What’s it like to have an ever-changing set of colleagues, given the numbers of kids who rotate through the cast?It makes it a very different show every night. We had one 14-year-old American boy who had left because his visa had run out and I was really upset saying goodbye to him because he had become a little friend, and we just recently said goodbye to another Michael and another Billy. That’s children for you: they get under your skin and in your heart.You’ve also added a two-performance-only concert staging of Follies to the mix.And Follies is quite a learn for only one day of work! But it’s such a wonderful piece and I love the whole concept of the paths you didn’t take, which that song [“The Road You Didn’t Take”] sums up for me: did you take the right path and what would have happened if you had taken a different one? Can you go back?What is it like reuniting with Alexander Hanson, who is playing Benjamin Stone to your Sally?We did [2008 West End musical] Marguerite together, and he’s so gorgeous and brilliant that I’m thrilled about that! He’s an easy one to be in love with, you know [laughs].You did the Sondheim revue Putting It Together on Broadway, with Carol Burnett and John Barrowman, so quite a few of these songs must have seemed like old friends.I’ve sung “Losing My Mind” and I did “Broadway Baby” once, and Carol and George Hearn sang several numbers from Follies in Putting It Together. So I’d heard the songs for years but it’s only when you actually put them in the context of the piece that they come alive and you get what they’re all about.Had you been angling to play Sally or did this come as a surprise?It came out of the blue. My agent said, “You’ve been offered this, is it something you want to do alongside Billy Elliot?” When I knew it was Follies and the Albert Hall, I said absolutely yes! I’m 48 now so I’m of an age where this is getting quite right [laughs].How do Sally’s vocal demands co-exist with those needed for Mrs. Wilkinson?There’s lots of belting and shouting in Billy Elliot so what I’ve now got to find is that lyrical side of my voice which can go to sleep when you’re not using it. It’s such a different part of the voice that I’ll be using that I’ve got to try and wake that up again.Have you previously met Christine Baranski, who is playing Phyllis?I haven’t but I love her. I really got into The Good Wife about two months ago and of course I’ve seen her in various musicals and on TV and film so I’m really excited about that. And, I mean, what a diverse cast: we’ve got people from Broadway [Betty Buckley], the West End [Peter Polycarpou], TV and film [Stefanie Powers], and daughters of legends [Lorna Luft]. I’m really excited about that.Does this make you want to do a proper run of the show?Now that I’ve read the script and have been singing the songs, I would love to do this part if and when they do another run of it. It’s such a beautiful piece.What’s happened to Tim [Howar, Henshall’s actor and musician ex-husband]?He’s on tour with his group Mike + the Mechanics so he’s being a rock star daddy and my girls just think the sun shines out of his bottom because he’s cool. I’m the one that disciplines them, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles [laughs].At the same time, I bet at least one of your daughters wants to be an actress!I fear so with Dolly, who’s the younger one and is exactly the same age  as I was when I got the bug. I suddenly at age 10 went, “I want to do this,” so I know what it’s like!
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaAfter Hurricane Katrina, Don Hamilton and other University of Georgia employees took care of 3,000 abandoned animals for 10 days at a shelter in Mississippi. The experience sparked them to develop a workshop to help keep Georgia animals and citizens safer during disasters.They’re now taking the “Handling Animals during Disasters” planning workshop to counties around Georgia. “If you don’t have a place to shelter animals in disaster, people aren’t going to evacuate,” said Hamilton, homeland security coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia requires that each of its 159 counties have a local emergency operations plan. This plan contains a section on agriculture and natural resources, which includes handling companion animals. This is also required through the national Pet Evacuation Transportation Standards Act.“After evacuation and disaster, there’s a tremendous problem with abandoned animals – dogs, cats, birds and livestock,” said Jeff Doles, director of Peach County’s Emergency Management Agency. “Before you can re-inhabit an area or allow citizens to return, you have to control the animal population. Now the encouragement is to take your animals with you so they don’t have to take care of themselves.”Through the workshop, UGA experts helped Peach County research and develop its plan and guided various county players through mock disaster situations.“They did a lot of groundwork where the rubber hits the road,” Doles said. “I can’t tell you how much help they were to us. We’re a small county. It would be virtually impossible for us to accomplish a plan of the magnitude we’ve got using our local resources.”In February, Dole, UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator Frank Funderburk and others from the Fort Valley area tested their on-paper plan for handling animals in a disaster situation. The two mock disasters “taught us to adapt,” said Doles, who is also the county’s fire chief. “We had some problems that we identified in our exercises, but we had a lot of strengths. I think it’s some of best training done in a while.”The Georgia Department of Agriculture was a key player in the effort. UGA’s Fanning Institute helped facilitate it. The county’s board of commissioners has since added the animal plan to the local emergency plan, which the city and county use to respond to and recover from any manmade or natural disaster. As part of the plan, Doles is the first person county officials will call if there is a disaster. The third person on that list is Funderburk, who keeps a copy of the plan close by, ready to grab in case a tornado hits a veterinarian’s office or a hurricane sends evacuees up I-75, pets in hand, looking for shelter.“I hope we don’t ever have to use it, but at least we’ve got a plan,” he said. Hamilton is now helping emergency management officials in Brooks and Houston counties develop their own plans. These counties were chosen because of their proximity to Georgia’s interstates, their willingness to participate and their local resources. The workshops are funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency on behalf of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.
Burke Mountain Ski Area,Burke Mountain Ski Area received partial findings yesterday for their Act 250 Master Plan application, a detailed roadmap for future development at the resort. The findings are a culmination of several years of studies, assessments, and designs completed by Burke Mountain beginning in late 2005 which provide the State with an overview of the project and compliance with the environmental standards of the State of Vermont. The proposed project includes the development of up to; 1000 residential units, commercial space, 155 acres of additional ski terrain, 3 new ski lifts, snowmaking improvements, additional summer recreation facilities, and expanded infrastructure to support the project.‘We are still reviewing the findings, but our initial assessment is very positive. The (Act 250) Commission was provided with a significant amount of information for review and has used that information to provide Burke with full findings on a number of criteria and very clear guidance on what will be required from Burke in the future. The findings provided will take a significant amount of ambiguity out of what will be required for future construction applications and will result in a much quicker preparation and review period for the Mountain,’ said Tim McGuire Vice President of the Resort.Due to the broad scope of the project and the current market conditions, the Commission increased the duration of the findings from the standard five year time frame to ten years. Burke Mountain initially submitted the application in early November 2009 and has since been working with the Commission through numerous public hearings and correspondence. ‘This is the first all encompassing Master Plan process that Burke has completed in its 50+ year history, we cannot stress the importance of working through this significant undertaking’ stated McGuire. ‘We look forward to using the findings provided to move forward with several projects that we have been working on in the very near future.’Burke Mountain owns over 1740 acres of land and leases an additional 850+ acres from the State of Vermont located in East Burke. The ski area has been in continual operation for over 55 years and currently provides over 2,000 vertical feet of uninterrupted skiing on over 250 acres of skiable terrain. Source: Burke. 8.26.2010
Renewable generation in Germany outpaces coal and nuclear combined in first half of 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Independent:Renewable sources of energy produced more electricity than coal and nuclear power combined for the first time in Germany, according to new figures.Solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power generation accounted for 47.3 per cent of the country’s electricity production in the first six months of 2019, while 43.4 per cent came from coal-fired and nuclear power plants.Around 15 per cent less carbon dioxide was produced than in the same period last year, according to figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in July.Black coal use fell by 30 per cent compared to the first half of 2018, and lignite – a coal-like substance formed from peat – fell by 20 per cent. However, over the same period, electricity production by natural gas rose by 10 per cent.Professor Bruno Burger, of the Fraunhofer ISE, said the drop in coal use was the result of a market-driven “fuel switch” from coal to gas. He attributed the switch to low gas prices combined with a rise in the cost of carbon dioxide allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System.Renewables accounted for 40 per cent of Germany’s electricity consumption in 2018, according to government figures.More: Renewable energy providing more electricity than coal and nuclear power combined in Germany