HM Coastguard’s aeronautical rescue coordination centre, was called by South West ambulance at 1900 hrs to request assistance with a woman who had gone into labour whilst visiting the Isles of Scilly. Since there was not a midwife on the islands on Saturday 18 August the mum, ‘bump’ and dad needed to be evacuated from the islands to a hospital on the mainland.The Newquay coastguard helicopter was scrambled, collected a midwife en route, touched down at St Mary’s airport, picked up the man and woman then began the trip to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, near Truro. However, the baby boy was in such a hurry he decided to make a guest appearance onboard the aircraft. At 2053 hrs, with the help of the midwife and aircrew, the healthy baby boy was born.Jonathan Mustard, aeronautical operations controller for HM Coastguard said:“This is the second time in recent times, that a baby has been born on board a coastguard helicopter. The last one was born over Lunna Holm, Shetland in December 2012. We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to have played a part in the birth and are pleased that mum and baby are doing well. It’s rare to hear that our helicopter launched with 7 people on board, but were preparing to land with 8. Congratulations mum and dad!”
Beloved rockers Pearl Jam kicked off a two-night run at Fenway Park yesterday, bringing their 25th anniversary tour to the acclaimed Boston, MA stadium for a sold-out monster performance. The show itself was chock full of highlights, getting started with an emotional opening “Release” before hitting big jams like “Long Road,” “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town” and more. One of the most fun highlights from the show came during the main set, when the band welcomed out Bronson Arroyo to lend a hand on the song “Black.” Later on in the show, the band also asked if anyone had a “uke” in the audience, leading to the brief appearance of Kevin Youkilis. You can watch Arroyo and Pearl Jam together, courtesy of mkdevoPJ below:The show also featured its fair share of unique song selections, including a pair of bust out covers: Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” (first since 2008) and The Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling” (first since 2004, played as a request for a fan’s late Father). The band also debuted a new cover, performing Aerosmith’s “Draw The Line” for the first time ever as a dedication to Joe Perry who recently was hospitalized during a performance last month.Watch videos of these three great song selections below:Masters Of War (by mfc172 on YouTube)I’ve Got A Feeling (by VideoGremmie on YouTube)Draw The Line (by smashedgourd on YouTube)Mixing these great covers with the Pearl Jam catalog made for a magical musical evening, and it’s only night one of two! You can check out the full setlist below. Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
Former Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance will hit the road with “Todd Nance & Friends” later this summer. The group will find him joined by Eric Martinez (guitar), John Neff (guitar/pedal steel), Jon Mills (bass), and Bloodkin’s Danny Hutchens (guitar).Todd Nance & Friends will kick off their seven-date run at the Charleston Pourhouse on August 9th before heading to Asheville for a two-night stand at ISIS on August 10th and 11th (the first show will be a celebration of Michael Houser Day). Next, they’ll swing through Raleigh,Charlotte, Florence, SC, and Augusta on their way to a final show at currently-unannounced venue in Atlanta.Nance parted ways with Widespread Panic in 2014, though he last performed with them at Panic En La Playa 2016. Duane Trucks has been Widespread Panic’s drummer since Nance left the group.Pre-sale ticket for the Todd Nance & Friends shows are now available at the various venues’ websites.Todd Nance & Friends Tour Dates:Aug. 9th. @ Charleston Pour HouseAug. 10th Asheville @ ISIS * A Michael Houser Day CelebrationAug. 11th Asheville @ ISIS * Acoustic WoodAug. 12th Raleigh @ Lincoln TheaterAug. 16th Charlotte @ The Rabbit HoleAug. 17th Florence SC @ Southern HopsAug. 18th Augusta @ Sky CityAug. 19th Atlanta… Venue TBA asap
Chris Christie gave his audience fair warning. The famously frank governor of New Jersey, renowned for his harsh rhetoric, was ready, if need be, for a fight.He said he was open to polite, respectful disagreement and dialogue, but he was also quick to caution his listeners during the question-and-answer session at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Friday (April 29).“If you decide today is the day that ‘I am going to kick the disrupter around,’ let me remind you, I am from Jersey,” he said to laughs, referencing the moniker recently given him by the New York Times. “And in Jersey,” he added, “one good kick deserves another.”But Christie had little need to worry about attacks from the crowd. The audience at Longfellow Hall was receptive, frequently applauding his hard-hitting style.A willingness to talk tough is paramount when it comes to issues involving public education, said the governor, who has proclaimed 2011 the year of education reform for his state.“In my view, this is the biggest fight we can have.”Christie rose to prominence in 2009 when he narrowly beat out Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine for the governorship. Since then he has taken on the public sector unions, launching an attack on their pensions and benefits plans in an effort to balance the state’s budget.New Jersey’s powerful teacher union sits firmly in his crosshairs. During his talk, sponsored by the school’s Education and Policy Management Student Association, he discussed his efforts to rein in union spending and the need for “revolutionary” reform in the state’s K-12 public education system.Christie’s road to reform includes an overhaul of public school teachers’ tenure system. Such tenure, he argued, should be tied directly to a teacher’s performance, not simply to the length of time in the system. Teachers who consistently perform well would keep their tenure, while those who receive poor evaluations would have their tenure status revoked, with an opportunity to earn it back with improved performance.“I want that tenure to be earned, and not earned just once … but earn it every year.”Teacher evaluations should also be reworked, said Christie, who has called for teacher performance to be based on a combination of student test scores, teacher practice, and student performance in the classroom. In addition, a teacher’s pay should be based on a solid evaluation system, not on seniority, as in the current system.Greater school choice is also a part of Christie’s education reform. He called a system in which a child’s destiny is determined by his or her zip code “un-American.”The governor also urged students in the crowd to “take chances, take a little risk,” to help improve the nation’s public school systems.“If you don’t do it, we’ve got no hope. If you are sitting up here at Harvard getting a graduate education in one of the greatest universities in the world, a place of great privilege and great opportunity, if you are unwilling to do it, we’re sunk.”Christie’s only challenge came from a young woman in the audience who wondered if his aggressive tone and use of terms like “disrupter” and “battle” and “fight” prevents a more open dialogue with the unions.While he admitted that he has “struggled with it a lot more than people would suspect,” Christie maintained that tough talk is needed to get the public’s attention.“I am prepared to ratchet down the rhetoric,” said Christie, “if I could get any indication that there is any interest in changing the failed system.”
The quality and quantity of Georgia’s 2013 pecan crop is in worse shape than originally feared.Due in large part to pecan scab, a fungal disease that thrives in wet conditions, Georgia’s pecan crop is expected to total between 50 million and 60 million pounds, instead of the normal 90 million. University of Georgia pecan horticulturist Lenny Wells had — in early fall — predicted a poor harvest of between 65 million and 70 million pounds, but in reality, the harvest fell short of even the most pessimistic predictions. “There’s kind of an old saying in the pecan business that a short crop gets shorter. That has definitely held true this year,” Wells said. “Most growers that looked like they had a good crop are getting about a third less than what they thought was there.”Not only is the quantity lacking for one of the state’s biggest commodities, but the international demand that drove high prices in previous seasons has also slackened. During the height of harvest season when China was buying its bulk of pecans, commercial producers were averaging about $2.90 per pound for Desirable pecans, the state’s most popular variety. However, according to Wells, that price has dropped to between $1.80 and $2.“For some reason, the law of supply and demand doesn’t seem to apply to pecans this year” Wells said. “I’m told there’s a lot of nuts in storage in China, still and there doesn’t seem to have been much of a demand for the 2013 crop domestically. It’s been a very odd year.” Wells added that China’s mass import of Georgia’s pecans is due in large part to its celebration of the new year, which falls earlier in 2014 than it has in recent years. China bought more pecans earlier this year, and thus, has not been buying later in the harvest season.In addition to producing fewer nuts, farmers are reporting that individual nuts are packing less of a punch. What was predicted to be a smaller crop is also much lighter than originally thought. Wells reported that the lighter pecan nuts are being blown out at cleaning plants, reinforcing the belief that the weight of individual pecans is down. Many of this year’s pecan problems can also be blamed on wetter than usual weather this summer and part of this fall. Rain led to higher than normal incidences of the fungal disease pecan scab, interrupted harvest activities and deteriorated the quality of the nut.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Windpower:Corporate renewable energy procurement in the U.S. is continuing to blossom, outlines a new report from the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute.In its updated tracker for corporate-backed renewable energy procurement, BRC says the U.S. renewables market has almost doubled its annual total of corporate off-site deals since its prior high point in 2015. Further, the number of new entrants in the market has doubled since then.As of Dec. 14, publicly announced contracted capacity from corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), green power purchases, green tariffs and outright project ownership in the U.S. cumulatively reached an annual high of 6.43 GW. Facebook, AT&T, Walmart, ExxonMobil and Microsoft are leading the clean energy acceleration with the top five highest volume in deals. Facebook leads the year in highest capacity, with several deals totaling 1,849.5 MW; it also breaks every buyer’s cumulative annual procurement record since BRC began tracking the deals in 2013.“The record number of companies successfully pursuing renewable energy this year sends a clear signal that environmental sustainability is a serious priority for business leaders across the economy,” says Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. “These companies aren’t going to wait for public policy on climate issues to catch up – they are taking the initiative to accelerate toward a prosperous, low-carbon economy.”BRC’s deal tracker emphasizes the growth of corporate renewable energy purchasing in the U.S., reaching over 15 GW cumulatively since 2013.“Large-scale buyers of clean and renewable energy continue to accelerate their power to drive the zero-carbon future they want,” comments Miranda Ballentine, CEO of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. “We are impressed with the growth and expansion in the corporate renewables marketplace, from a broadening sector diversity and increasingly supportive policy conditions to utilities and developers rising to meet customer demand and reducing their own generation emissions. At this pace, we anticipate a fourfold increase in corporate renewables procurement by 2025. There is a tremendous amount of good work yet to be done, and we are counting on the power of partnership to get there.”More: Report: 2018 a ‘record-breaking’ year for corporate renewable energy deals Analysis shows U.S. corporate renewable energy purchases will smash record this year
Government-backed study advocates stopping new coal plant construction in China FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Public Finance International:China’s “unprecedented challenge” to decarbonise its energy production could be met if the government is ambitious enough, researchers have argued.A new report, partly written by the government-backed National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), has outlined how phasing out coal power could help China meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement.“Achieving deep decarbonisation and zero carbon in China’s power generation within the next 30 years or even earlier will be an unprecedented challenge,” said the report’s co-lead author Jiang Kejun, from the Energy Research Institute – part of the NDRC.He said the report, which looked at 3,000 existing coal power generation units, “provides valuable information” for decision-makers hoping to achieve this lofty goal, particularly while China prepares its next five-year plan.To achieve results compatible with limiting global warming to 2 degrees C – the commitment enshrined in the Paris Agreement – China would need to follow a “three-principle strategy,” the report argued. These principles are: no new coal plant construction, rapid shutdown of older and inefficient plants (about one in five existing plants), and a shift of coal generation from baseload to peak load in China’s power system (i.e. relying on it only during times of high power usage, rather than for supplying the minimum demands of the grid at any given time).“[The report] shows that a sustainable coal power phase-out in China is possible, through rapid retirements of the low-hanging fruit and gradually reduced operating hours of the remaining plants,” Jiang said. “Well-designed policies can help lower the cost of coal power deep decarbonisation, contribute to a sustainable transition of existing coal plants, and reduce the potential impact on employment.”[Calum Rutter]More: China’s coal power phase-out ‘feasible but challenging’
During Anostomus II, Colombian authorities arrested 24 Colombians for a variety of offenses, including damaging natural resources, environmental contamination, trespassing, and illegal extraction of ore. Colombian security forces also disabled 18 mines and 12 dredgers, and identified six open-air prospecting sites that had all the necessary infrastructure to function illegally, according to Brig. Gen. Fajardo. “We did not seize any drugs or minerals, since during the operation those items were thrown into the river,” he added. Illegal groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are engaging in the illegal mining of gold and other minerals to fund their unlawful enterprises, Brig. Gen. Fajardo explained. “The minerals have become currency exchanged for weapons, food, and means of transportation with foreign criminal organizations.” The Armies conducted two joint operations at the end of 2015 and are planning additional missions for 2016. Colombian and Brazilian Troops cooperated in Operations Anostomus II (on the Colombian side) and São Joaquim (in Brazil) from November 20th-December 10th. By Dialogo January 29, 2016 Operations Anostomus II and São Joaquim (in Brazil) took place between November 20 and December 10, 2015, involving CMA units in the region of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, 840 kilometers from Manaus, and Tabatinga, 1,100 km from Manaus. On the Colombian side, the 8th Army Division led the action in the sectors of Cerro Tigre, Cerro Naquen and Campo Alegre in the departments of Guainía and Vichada. The CMA mobilized 1,700 service members at those points and received support in logistics and communications from Brazil’s Third and Fifth Jungle Infantry Battalions, the Fourth Army Airborne Battalion, a Special Operations Detachment, and the Third Special Forces Company. Black Hawk, Pantera, and Cougar helicopters carried Troops, food, and fuel. “The training of our service members and detailed planning gave us the element of surprise and led to decisive strikes and the success of the mission,” Brig. Gen. Fajardo said. “The Brazilian Army’s cooperation made it possible to achieve these tangible results, with arrests, seizures of war material, and the searches of mines. The two countries are committed to combating these crimes.” Anostomus II was larger than the first operation, mobilizing 600 service members from the 8th Division and the Illegal Mining Brigade, the Air Force, the Navy, the National Police, the Prosecutor General’s Office, and the Technical Investigations Corps under the Colombian Solicitor General’s Office. Service members conducted the operation in an area covering 72,238 square kilometers, where there was no armed resistance by the illegal groups and the Military reported no injuries or deaths. The Armed Forces deployed 15 helicopters and 23 ships to surround the mines. “I experienced one of the most memorable times in my professional life when I had the privilege to test the potential for effective performance of a joint operation between Brazil and Colombia against environmental crimes and trans-border crimes,” said Brazilian Army General Guilherme Cals Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira, commanding officer of the Amazon Military Command (CMA), headquartered in Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. “It was the first of many joint operations on the border in the Amazon, which will strengthen security and defense in the two countries.” These joint Military operations built on the Anostomus I mission conducted last April by the Colombian Armed Forces on their side of the border. During the 25th Brazil-Colombia Regional Meeting for Military Exchanges (RRIM, for its Spanish acronym), held in September 2015 in Tabatinga, Gen. Theophilo proposed that Troops from the two countries strengthen their cooperation by conducting joint missions on both sides of the border. A cooperative framework The Troops of the EB’s Second Jungle Infantry Brigade, under the command of Major General Antonio Manoel de Barros, conducted the mission on the Brazilian side in Operation São Joaquim, with the support of the 16th Jungle Infantry Brigade, in Tabatinga. At the beginning of 2015, EB intelligence started to map out routes inside the rainforest that organized crime operatives might be using. Based on these maps, Brazilian service members were positioned at 30 points – with no two points more than 50 kilometers apart – along the Colombian border beginning in October. The EB set up barriers in the Brazilian side of the rainforest to support the ring around the illegal miners. “We caused substantial damage to the criminal groups,” Gen. Theophilo said. The 18 illegal mines shut down produced 82 kilograms of gold worth $2.3 million monthly. He participated in the planning and attended joint operations on the Colombian side of the border. “The proposal was intended to combat the FARC, but the Colombian government is in negotiations with the guerrilla forces,” he added. “So, the attack would be indirect on the ground and direct on their funding.” “Gen. Theophilo proposed that it would be important to have, at a minimum, some coordination of simultaneous actions on both sides, because it does no good to mount a large operation, employ resources, and have the traffickers cross a river or flee into the rainforest,” explained Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Nixon Lopes Frota, CMA Intelligence Section Chief who served as the EB’s attaché to Colombia for the joint mission. The recent joint action involving Colombian and EB Troops launched a new chapter in the Colombian Army’s fight against drug trafficking, illegal mining, and other crimes along the border the country shares with Brazil. “Without a doubt, this first approach will reinforce the need for other countries’ support to finally put an end to border crimes,” Brigadier General Adelmo Orlando Fajardo Hernández, commanding officer of the Colombian Army’s 8th Division, which led the mobilization of the joint effort in Colombia. “Because illegal mining causes serious damage to the environment and drug trafficking is a transnational crime, the effort and commitment coordinated with the Brazilian Army is very important in the fight against these crimes.” The Anostomus operations “They were blocking positions to cover 900 kilometers where there are no roads, just rainforest and rivers – a place you can only reach by boat or helicopter,” Maj. Gen. Barros said. “We synchronized everything with the Colombian Army. This was our first time doing this.” A small, colorful fish that is found in the Inírida and Guainía rivers, in Colombia’s Amazon region, inspired the name of the operation: Anostomus. Protecting this species from organized crime groups, which illegally traffic the fish known for its yellow-tinted scales, is one of the mission’s goals. Criminal groups use chemical products like mercury to extract minerals that contaminate natural springs and kill schools of Anostomus, according to the communications service of the Colombian Army’s Military Education Center. The Colombian Army and the Brazilian Army (EB) are working together to fight organized crime, including environmental offenses like illegal mining, as part of a broad cooperative effort by the countries’ armies to improve safety along their shared border. During Anostomus I, which the Colombian Armed Forces conducted last April and May, security forces arrested 59 suspects – including four Brazilians and a Venezuelan. Colombian Troops also seized 63 gold and tungsten mines in Guainía. EB service members participated because the Brazilian Military has police powers within the border zone – 150 kilometers from the line separating the neighboring countries – according to the Brazilian Constitution. “The Colombian Army does not have police powers to take action along the border, which makes synergy with us essential,” Gen. Theophilo stated. RRIM is held annually, with the host country alternating. The CMA planned Operation São Joaquim for November and December, mobilizing the most advanced units monitoring the border with Colombia. Meanwhile, Colombian Military authorities set up Operation Anostomus II. “We have a war on the border,” he added. “Drug trafficking only begins here, but afterwards it leads to social problems and reaches the capital and large cities, where it destroys more lives.” “It is jungle, jungle – just the jungle,” Lt. Col. Nixon said. “Technology and transportation vehicles are important, but they don’t get us anywhere if the Soldiers do not adapt to the jungle and know how to survive.” The EB and the Colombian Army are defining areas for “the next, larger action” in 2016, according to Gen. Theophilo. Brazil intends to propose a similar initiative with the Peruvian Army. Dealing with conditions in the rainforest was one of the Military’s major challenges during these operations. But the EB service members trained at Manaus’ Jungle Warfare Instructional Center, which is considered the best facility in the world, according to Lt. Col. Nixon. Operations in remote areas
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Marathon (Michael Damm)What’s Going On?Long Island Marathon Weekend kicks off Saturday with runners participating in a one-mile race and a 5K. The races begin on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. and finish at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The one-mile race begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Awards for both races will be given to the top males, females, and wheelchair participants. Sunday will be a little more hectic. Racers participating in the 10K, half-marathon and full marathon will sprint off at 8 a.m. The three races will also begin on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. and conclude inside Eisenhower Park. Again, awards will be given out to the top three overall finishers in their respective categories. Weather?Beautiful. Saturday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 63 degrees. Sunday will be even more glorious, with sunny skies and a high of 70. What Can’t I Bring?Bags and backpacks are not allowed at the marathon. Will There Be Beer?Of course. The Finish Line Festival area inside Eisenhower Park will be replete with beer, energy drinks, juice, and snacks from local sponsors. There will also be live music. Cheers and good luck! Road Closures (Courtesy of Nassau County police) SaturdayCharles Lindbergh Blvd. 8:00 A.M-10:00 A.M.(Merrick Ave. to Earle Ovington Blvd.)Charles Lindbergh Blvd. 7:30 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Except above)Earle Ovington Blvd. 8:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Entire length)Quentin Roosevelt Blvd. 7:30 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(South of Commercial Ave.)Other Closures:Meadowbrook Parkway exits and entrances to and from Charles Lindbergh Blvd. (Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College) and Eisenhower Park exits will be closed from 7:45 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.SundayAll times listed are approximate.Charles Lindbergh Blvd. 5:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Merrick Ave. to Earle Ovington Blvd.)Charles Lindbergh Blvd. 7:15 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Except above)Merrick Avenue 7:30 A.M-10:00 A.M.(North of Hempstead Turnpike)Old Country Road 7:40 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Post Ave. to School Street) School Street 7:40 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Old Country Road to Railroad Ave.) Salisbury Park Drive 7:50 A.M.-10:30 A.M.Railroad Avenue 7:50 A.M.-10:00 A.M.Post Avenue 7:50 A.M.-10:30 A.M.(Railroad Ave. to Jericho Turnpike)Jericho Turnpike 7:50 A.M.-11:00 A.M.(Post Ave. to Brush Hollow Road. Westbound side of Jericho Turnpike will remain open.) Brush Hollow Road 7:50 A.M.-11:30 A.M. (Brush Hollow Road, south of Wantagh Parkway, will remain open.)Carman Avenue 7:50 A.M.-2:00 P.M.(Old Country Rd. to Nottingham Rd.)Wantagh Parkway 7:50 A.M.-3:00 P.M.Other Closures:Northern State Parkway exits to Post Avenue and Wantagh Parkway will be closed.All exits and entrances to and from Wantagh Parkway will be closedMeadowbrook Parkway exits and entrances to and from Charles Lindbergh Blvd. (Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College) and Eisenhower Park exits will be closed from 5:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.Eisenhower Park’s Park Blvd. will not allow through traffic between 7:15 A.M and 10:00 A.M. The Hempstead Turnpike entrance to the park will be open throughout the day for Golf and Carltun guests, with a turnaround at the golf course until 10:00 A.M.
75SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With graduation around the corner, high school seniors and their parents are focused on their school’s graduation requirements. But what about their personal finance education requirements? Are financial skills included in a student’s formal education? Not usually. In fact, I am astonished by how little young people know about personal finance, but I am also impressed by how much interest these students express once they are presented with some financial insight. So, what financial concepts should graduating seniors know before they walk down the aisle to Pomp and Circumstance?I completed research on this topic and discovered some alarming statistics. According to the Council for Economic Education’s Annual Survey of the States, only 17 states require that high school students take a course in personal finance and that number has remained unchanged since 2014. Moreover, the National Endowment for Financial Education surveyed more than 1,200 K-12 teachers in 2009 and found that “while 89% of K-12 teachers agree that students should either take a financial education course or pass a competency test for high school graduation, only roughly 20% of the teachers believed that they are adequately prepared to teach personal finance.” With not much personal financial education being presented in school, it is not surprising to see that a 2015 Junior Achievement and All-State survey that found that a whopping 84% of surveyed teens look to their parents to learn money management. But, unfortunately, that same survey pointed out that many parents may feel uncomfortable talking about money matters with their kids, due to their lack of knowledge or their own financial missteps.We all know that strong personal finance skills are a critical component to an individual’s success. So it’s important that we check in with our teens, evaluate their financial knowledge, and pick up the slack where needed. To help you prepare your teens for the real world, I’ve included below my top five financial topics that teens should understand by high school graduation. continue reading »