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Hybrid irrigation system

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaCattle sometimes go to streams and rivers to drink because there is no other place they can get water. But they can pollute that water downstream. A University of Georgia expert is setting up sites near Georgia’s coast to show cattlemen how to use wind and sun to take the water to the cattle.Using solar panels and wind turbines to produce electrical power is nothing new, said Gary Hawkins, a water specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. But using them to power water pumps in Georgia is. They are more common in the Midwest and Western United States.“The goal of this project is to provide cattlemen who are already involved with other conservation and grazing management programs a sustainable alternative for getting their cattle the water they need,” Hawkins said.Five farms will be picked this fall to participate in the three-year project. The Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grants Program will pay for it. The project is a collaboration with the Seven Rivers and the Coastal Georgia Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. The systems will be installed and running by spring.The water pumps will be powered by a hybrid system, one that uses both wind and solar energy, said Hawkins, the project’s coordinator.Georgia isn’t considered a windy state. But the wind blows consistently along the coast during cooler months when days are shorter. The wind dies off in the summer when the days are longer. The hybrid system will use wind turbines for power in cooler months and the solar panels in summer. Both sources are enough to provide power to pump as much as 3,000 gallons a day. This is enough water to easily sustain a herd of up to 150 head of cattle.The cattlemen get the power systems free but must agree to take data and open their farms for field days so others can learn about the technology, too, he said.Traditionally, cattlemen have used electricity or diesel to fuel pumps. Diesel prices have more than doubled in the past five years to more than $2 a gallon. In some remote pastures, electricity is not available. It costs between $2.50 per foot and $3 per foot to install electrical line, depending on the location and company.But the biggest limiting factor for the hybrid system technology is the price, he said. It varies depending on the configuration needed. The systems in this project cost about $12,000. But solar panels and wind turbine prices are coming down.Hawkins will study the economic benefit of the hybrid system, too. Considering current prices for electricity and diesel, a hybrid system may pay for itself in a decade. Instructional publications will be created for other cattlemen to use to build similar systems on their farms.Hawkins setup a solar powered irrigation system on a farm in Pierce County two years ago to see if it could pump water adequately from a holding pond to a five-acre pecan orchard. It worked. The farmer was pleased, he said. Seventy people came to a field day on the farm to learn more about that system earlier this year.last_img read more

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BlackRock Puts CEOs on Notice: The Environment Matters

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Insider:BlackRock CEO Larry Fink just sent a warning shot to CEOs across the world: start accounting for the societal impact of your companies, or risk disappointing the largest asset manager in the world.In a letter to CEOs of public companies, Fink, whose firm manages $6.3 trillion in assets, said that companies needed to demonstrate a strategy for long-term value creation and financial performance, and that understanding a company’s effect on the world was a key component.Simply managing for short-term shareholder profit is not an acceptable management strategy, according to Fink.“Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose,” Fink wrote. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”Fink said BlackRock would ramp up its investor-stewardship initiative, started in 2011 to favor engaging with companies and their management over proxy voting. The stewardship team will double in size over the next three years under the new leadership of Barbara Novick, a vice chairman who helped found BlackRock, Fink said.“BlackRock recognizes and embraces our responsibility to help drive this change,” Fink wrote. “In order to make engagement with shareholders as productive as possible, companies must be able to describe their strategy for long-term growth…. Companies must ask themselves: What role do we play in the community? How are we managing our impact on the environment?”More:  BlackRock Puts CEOs On Notice: The Environment Matters BlackRock Puts CEOs on Notice: The Environment Matterslast_img read more

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Miller Place, Shirley Armed Home Invasions Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating two armed home invasions four days apart in Shirley and Miller Place last week, one of which resulted in an arrest, authorities said.In the most recent case, two men entered a Canal Road home in Miller Place, where they allegedly robbed a resident at gunpoint before they fled with cash and a rifle at 12:35 a.m. Thursday, April 30, police said.One of the two suspects, 24-year-old David Cruz of Medford, was charged with first-degree burglary, but police said there was no description of the second suspect. Suffolk County Judge Steven Lotto set bail for Cruz at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. He is due back in court Tuesday.That case came less than a week after a man armed with a gun entered a Laurel Lane home in Shirley, where he stole cash and two cell phones at 10:15 p.m. Monday, April 27, police said. There was no description of the suspect, who remains at large.Detectives are continuing the investigation into both cases.last_img read more

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Is the fear of a financial education widening the wealth gap in America?

first_imgIdeally, by the time they graduate high school, young adults should be skeptics about offers that seem too good to be true, like those interest-only mortgages. That’s no guarantee that they’ll land a job and make enough to retire on, or even to pay off their student loans. But it should at least help prevent mistakes that could cost them dearly. continue reading » Americans are undereducated and uncomfortable about the dangers of managing their own finances, a new survey has found, even as inequality takes center stage in a presidential election and the stakes mount higher for young people.The alarmingly wide wealth gap in the United States has no simple fix, but knowing the difference between a stock and a bond, whether a mortgage is a good deal or toxic, and the calculus of repaying a loan are small, significant steps toward bringing 90% of Americans closer to their wealthy fellows.If, by the time students finish middle school, they do not fear balancing a checking account, that’s great. If, by the time they’re in their mid-teens, they can grasp the magic of compounding – that savings accumulate because every penny an investment earns can create a profit of its own – then they might do what’s better, and set aside a retirement account that is sheltered from taxes. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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HHS to spend $877 million on new anthrax vaccine

first_img VaxGen Inc., Brisbane, Calif., won the contract to produce and deliver the new vaccine within 3 years, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced in a teleconference this afternoon. Nov 4 HHS news release Russell said development of the vaccine began more than a decade ago at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland. “We have a lot of faith in this vaccine,” he said. “It’s the right way to protect the country from anthrax.” Thompson said the vaccine contract is the first to be issued under the new Project Bioshield, enacted by Congress last July to provide incentives for the production of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism. The law authorizes the government to guarantee it will buy promising vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics for biodefense. The NIAID began funding the development of rPA vaccine in September 2002, the HHS statement said. VaxGen and Avecia, based in Manchester, England, initially won contracts to develop the vaccine. In October 2003 each company won a contract to produce 3 million doses. Referring to the production of the new vaccine, Fauci said, “We’re just getting recombinant DNA technology to spit out a bunch of purified protein that’s identical to the protein the microbe itself would make.” Mar 12, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “HHS to buy up to 75 million doses of new anthrax vaccine” The vaccine consists of a purified form of recombinant protective antigen (rPA), one of three components of the toxin produced by anthrax, HHS said in a news release. The substance triggers antibodies that neutralize anthrax toxin. Lance Gordon, VaxGen president and CEO, said the contract requires the company to deliver the first 25 million doses within 2 years and all 75 million doses within 3 years. The company hopes to begin delivering the first doses early in 2006, according to a news release. The company said vaccine delivered before FDA licensing could be used in an emergency with HHS approval. The contract requires VaxGen to secure an FDA license for use of the vaccine in preexposure and postexposure contexts, HHS reported. Editor’s note: A correction was made in this story Nov 9 to note that the existing licensed anthrax vaccine contains the natural rather than recombinant form of anthrax protective antigen.center_img “Evidence from laboratory and animal research has shown that the rPA vaccine is effective in providing protection against aerosol exposure to deadly anthrax spores,” the HHS statement said. “In addition, clinical testing has shown the rPA vaccine to be safe in humans.” Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the new vaccine is a more purified product than the existing licensed vaccine, called anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA), in that it contains “just the most immunogenic component.” AVA also has anthrax protective antigen, but the vaccine is derived from whole anthrax microbes and therefore contains a mixture of other things as well, he said. The hope is that the vaccine will provide protection with three doses, so that 75 million doses would be enough for 25 million people. The existing vaccine used by the Department of Defense (DoD) requires six doses over 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Last March HHS announced its intention to award a contract for production of 75 million doses and called for submission of proposals by Apr 16. Today’s announcement did not mention Avecia. DoD has been requiring personnel serving in the Middle East to be vaccinated, but the vaccination program was suspended Oct 27 because of a federal court ruling. A judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not follow proper procedures in licensing the vaccine for inhalational anthrax. Hundreds of troops have resisted the vaccination because of concerns about possible side effects. In the teleconference, officials declined to say whether DoD will use the new vaccine for its personnel. “As far as I know, the military will make its own decision,” said Phillip Russell, a medical advisor to Thompson. The vaccine will go into the Strategic National Stockpile and be reserved for emergency use, Thompson said. Nov 4, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today announced the award of an $877 million contract for 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine to protect the public and improve on the existing vaccine used by the military. See also:last_img read more

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Government urged to consider impact of tax on rundown areas

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Govt calls for coordination with regional administrations to curb COVID-19 spread

first_img“We have the social distancing strategy, but that doesn’t mean people have to stop working. So we give the authority to the regional administrations to [implement] the policy by allowing people to work from home and maximizing the use of communication networks,” Tito said.On Sunday, the President called on people to work, study and worship from home and limit movement between places to curb the spread of the coronavirus – an approach infectious disease experts call “social distancing” – but he asserted on Monday that imposing a lockdown was not on the horizon yet for Indonesia.Tito went on to call on regional administrations to support micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) in their regions during the current situation in order to maintain national economic stability.Meanwhile, Doni encouraged regional leaders to make use of alternative options as additional temporary health facilities in their respective regions. The Home Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) have urged the administrations of Indonesia’s 34 provinces to coordinate closely with the central government in addressing the coronavirus crisis.Home Minister Tito Karnavian said on Monday that every regional administration should devise its policies on COVID-19 in coordination with the central government’s rapid-response team tasked with planning mitigation efforts.Formed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo last week, the team is led by BNPB head Doni Monardo. “For example, hotels can be used as alternative temporary health facilities to avoid overcrowding of people treated in hospitals,” he said.He added that the central government sought to establish regional branches of the rapid-response team to ensure fast dissemination of information about the danger of the coronavirus disease down to the local level.”Most people who think they are healthy enough are oblivious to the fact that they could be a virus carrier and could be a potential threat to others,” he said.Indonesia confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 134, five of which have ended deadly. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

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Gary Neville tells Manchester United to sign five players this summer despite Champions League progress

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 6:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link990Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Gary Neville tells Manchester United to sign five players this summer despite Champions League progress United knocked PSG out of the Champions League (Picture: Getty) Man United’s Lukaku calls for more diversity in footballTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:01FullscreenMan United’s Lukaku calls for more diversity in football is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Red Devils legend Neville also said Manchester United needed to strengthen their attacking options because of the poor form of Alexis Sanchez.Chile international Sanchez has endured a poor 14 months at Old Trafford after joining from Arsenal and Neville believes he will leave in the summer.‘I still think they need strengthening in other areas,’ the former England defender added.‘I would say three defenders, one midfielder and one forward, because of the form of Alexis Sanchez.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Unless he completely changes what he’s doing in the next few months, United need another forward.‘I’d say they need five additions to the squad. Then the squad would be in good shape and could challenge.’Manchester United, currently fourth in the Premier League, face top four rivals Arsenal on Sunday.MORE: Manchester United fans think Solskjaer is getting ready to sub himself on against PSG Manchester United legend Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville believes Manchester United need to sign five players this summer to become Premier League title contenders.The Red Devils have been revitalised under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and knocked PSG out of the Champions League on Wednesday evening with a famous win.But, speaking at the Parc des Princes ahead of the Champions League last-16 clash, Neville said his former club needed to sign three new defenders, a midfielder and a forward.He told beIN Sports: ‘Manchester United need two centre-backs. I genuinely believe that.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When you talk about United winning the Premier League title or trying to get to a Champions League final, you need top centre backs.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They need two new centre backs and a right back. That’s a minimum I think for the summer. They’ve looked at doing that in the past and they need to do it this year.‘The manager needs a new back four, there’s no doubt.‘They need someone with authority. You watch Virgil van Dijk or Thiago Silva, they’re world-class centre backs and United need someone like that.’last_img read more

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Coast Guard Seizes $350 Million of Cocaine in Pacific Ocean

first_img“This was 26,000 pounds of cocaine that will not make it to the main streets of the USA, and it also gives us the opportunity to make sure that we can continue to combat transnational criminal organizations that transport this cocaine deep in the Pacific every single day,” said Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, a Coast Guard district commander. “Because we know that with a supply chain of illegal narcotics, at every single step there’s violence, instability and despair.” The Coast Guard seized over 26,000 pounds of cocaine worth $350 million iduring several operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean, including one that involved a high-speed chase at sea with suspected drug smugglers.In one of the hauls, footage that was released by the Coast Guard showed suspected drug smugglers tossing out large containers of cocaine overboard as their boat sped through the water on July 18.“The crewmembers apprehended the suspected smugglers and seized approximately 2,300 pounds of cocaine from the vessel,” the Coast Guard said in a detailed statement Friday.The total amount of contraband came from six suspected drug smuggling vessels operations along with multiple floating bails that contained cocaine. The Coast Guard has labeled eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin drug-smuggling “hotspots,” off of Central and South America. The US is expected to increase employment and create a deeper presence in the area.last_img read more

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