BERLIN (AP) — Oil and gas company Shell is buying ubitricity, a major provider of electric vehicle charging points in Europe. Shell said Monday that it would buy a 100% stake in the Berlin-based startup, without disclosing the price. Shell said the move represents a further step its “efforts to support drivers as they switch to lower-carbon transport.” The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will give Shell ownership of the biggest public EV charging network in Britain with more 2,700 charge points. Ubitricity also has smaller public networks in Germany and France, and has installed over 1,500 charge points for fleet customers across Europe. The company’s focus has been to integrate charge points into existing street infrastructure such as lamp posts.
Atlanta drivers are all too familiar with the Georgia Department of Transportation electronic signs warning, “Ozone Alert Day.” The warning flashed on 35 days last year. On 22 of them, ozone hit unhealthy levels. The problem prompted Gov. Zell Miller to sign an executive order requiring all state agencies, departments and universities in the 13-county area to submit a detailed ozone action plan by March 31. The order called for plans that would reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips by 20 percent. “Our long-term goal is to do that all summer every summer, whether there is an ozone alert or not,” Miller said. “Our aim is that every state employee carpools or takes mass transit or telecommutes at least one day a week as a common practice.” Plans to start such things as telecommuting, alternative work schedules and incentives to use transit are being finalized. “There are 13 counties in the metro area that don’t meet the EPA ground-level ozone standards,” said Pam Earl of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The EPD has a team of forecasters who meet every day to forecast the next day’s ozone levels. If they believe the ozone will reach unhealthful levels, they designate the next day an “Ozone Action Day.” The warnings had an impact. “On some Ozone Action Days, we saw a reduction in peak-hour traffic,” said Jeane Pierce, who coordinates the EPD Voluntary Ozone Action Program. Ozone is a colorless gas. It forms when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds combine in sunlight. The ozone “season” is May 1 through September 30. “Generally, our ozone concentrations are highest during June, July and August,” said Jerry Walker, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This year we had some in May.” May 13 was Atlanta’s first ozone action day this year. Pollutants from cars, trucks and other sources merge with hot, stagnant air to create high ozone levels. Ground-level ozone is a serious lung irritant. High ozone levels can cause breathing difficulties in the elderly, children, athletes, people who work outside and those with respiratory problems. It makes outdoor activities unhealthy. “I think we should be concerned,” Walker said. “This is the worst U.S. pollutant we have. Atlanta contributes to this through the number of automobiles we have.” Walker worries, too, about plants in high ozone levels. For the past 24 years, he has followed ozone levels closely. He has found that some plants can’t take it. “For example, tulip trees (yellow poplars) and grapes have a hard time,” he said. “We found some damage to wild black cherry trees. And if those high ozone levels came earlier in the summer — say in June or July — we could have seen more damage to trees and to flowers such as petunias.” Walker is studying how ozone affects plants in the new Envirotron at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. The state-of-the-art facility has special growth chambers to help researchers study environmental effects on plants.
There is nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup or chili on a cold winter’s day. But who has time to make it when the mood strikes or it’s time to eat? Schedules are busy during the holiday season. Just imagine having a freezer full of delicious, homemade meals ready to be heated and served when you get home from work.Even better than that, picture yourself stress-free during the holidays because you prepared and froze your holiday meals and treats in advance. Freezing prepared foods in advance allows you the satisfaction of homemade meals with the convenience of store-bought entrees.There are just a few things to keep in mind when freezing prepared foods. Freezing will not improve the texture, flavor, or quality of food. It simply acts to preserve the quality of the food, so you should only freeze high-quality ingredients. Some ingredients may not hold up well in the freezer, especially if you don’t plan to use it quickly this season.After cooking the food you plan to freeze, be sure it is cooled quickly to keep it safe to eat. You can quick-cool your hot soups or stews by stirring in a bowl or pan that is set down into an ice bath. Never leave perishable food at room temperature for more than two hours.Be sure to put your soup in moisture-vapor resistant packaging to prevent freezer burn. For soups and stews, rigid containers like freezer boxes or jars are a good choice. Freezer-weight plastic bags can also be used, but they can be awkward to fill and seal with runny food.To make the most of the convenience factor, package your soup or stew in amounts that you will be able to eat at one time. Be sure to clearly label each package with the name of the food and the date you put it in the freezer. If you have a variety of foods that will look alike and have short names on the label, consider including some ingredients on that label.Be sure that all sealing areas are clean and dry, and don’t forget to leave the recommended headspace for expansion inside the package. More information on that can be found at nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/headspace.html. Once packaged and sealed, place foods in the coldest available part of the freezer.When it’s time to eat, you can put your soup or stew in a pan for your stovetop or a bowl for your microwave and cook right from the frozen stage. If you heat in your freezer container, make sure it is intended to be used for the hot temperatures the cooked food will reach. Be sure to stir to prevent burning on the stovetop and to evenly distribute heat with any method of cooking.Thawing in the refrigerator is safe but takes some time. You can also thaw in the microwave, even if you finish cooking on a stovetop or oven. Reheat foods to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit quickly, within two hours of starting. If you want to thaw quickly under cold running water, be sure that your packaging is leak-proof. Keep running water moving slowly over the package or place it in a clean pan or bowl and submerge in cold tap water that is changed every 30 minutes. Be sure to reheat as above as soon as the food is thawed. To ensure the safety of your food, do not allow these potentially hazardous foods to stay in the temperature danger zone (40-140 F) for more than two hours at any time.Planning ahead and freezing that favorite soup, stew or chili is a great way to keep homemade food on your dinner table without all of the stress and hassle of last-minute cooking from scratch.You’ll find more information on foods that do not freeze well at www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/dont_freeze_foods.html. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers tips for freezing prepared foods at www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/uga/FreezingPreparedFoods.pdf.
Business representatives that are creating local jobs from the state’s net metering projects testified Wednesday before the Vermont Legislature in support of the program’s expansion.Doug Goldsmith, chief operating officer at AllEarth Renewables, Ken Pidgeon, president of Engineers Construction, Inc., and Douglas White, project manager at J.A. Morrissey, Inc. all testified on the job-creating economic benefits of Vermont’s successful net metering program.Pidgeon’s company is the design/build contractor for the Vermont Air National Guard’s 2.2 MW net metered project and installed over 190 foundations for AllEarth’s AllSun Trackers last year. In the coming months, that number will jump to over 575 trackers. J.A. Morrissey created another division of the company and is cross-training the majority of their staff to meet growing renewable energy business, White testified.The business representatives spoke Wednesday before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.Goldsmith testified on the benefits of Green Mountain Power’s $0.06/kWh “solar customer benefit” and that the state could see more net metered projects by increasing the size and amount of allowable projects, expanding the additional financial incentive for solar net metering to Vermonters statewide, and making net metering billing more consumer friendly.”The Green Mountain Power program was established as an incentive for solar development at no cost to ratepayers and is now creating good local jobs,” said Goldsmith.Net metering allows residential, commercial, farm, and municipal customers to produce their own energy and secure stable energy prices. If more energy is generated than used, the customer’s electric meter runs backward providing a credit for the value of the electricity produced. See more about net metering, group net metering, and how it works by clicking here.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc. www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs. MONTPELIER, Vermont . . . February 9, 2011 . . .
As a credit union branch manager in the 1990s, Chris Lorence found it frustrating how many members would have payroll deduction through the institution but keep their primary financial relationship elsewhere.They simply didn’t consider the credit union for most loans, investments, and other services.The same issue remains widespread today, he says. “As long as I’ve been in financial services, there has been the perception that credit unions weren’t for everyone. Consumers who aren’t members hear ‘credit union’ and think ‘car loan’ or ‘I could join one where I used to work.’” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Small businesses are turning toward their financial service providers now more than ever, not only for access to working capital and key products to run their business, but also for advisory services and guidance on how to navigate today’s volatile market.It’s a difficult moment for the small business community, too, considering the pains of forced store closures, patronate limitations and other pandemic-related factors affecting how a business can operate — or whether it can stay open at all.Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison of Michigan-based credit union LAFCU says the credit union business model can offer small business owners an advantage over services provided by larger financial institutions. Speaking with PYMNTS, Ellsworth-Etchison offered insight into some of the most strenuous challenges facing both small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their financial services providers today, and why getting creative is the key to survival.Getting CreativeSmall businesses continue to face a brutal market, with Ellsworth-Etchison pointing to limits on capacity and other operating restrictions as some of the toughest hurdles to overcome today. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to help small businesses by retaining staff, Ellsworth-Etchison said it often had an adverse impact.
The National Police’s criminal investigation department (Bareskrim) discovered more radioactive materials at the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten, on Friday – one month after authorities made a similar discovery in the same residential area.A Bareskrim director Brig. Gen. Agung Budijono said the radioactive materials containing Caesium-137 and other radioactive isotopes had been found in a house owned by a late-National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee identified as Gangsar.The house was now occupied by his daughter who knew nothing about the substances, Agung said as reported by kompas.com. The substances were found in the house’s storeroom. “The house is located in Blok F of the Batan Indah housing complex. We discovered them during a patrol,” Agung said, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Two people living in South Tangerang exposed to radioactive waste: Nuclear agencyBareskrim has named a Batan employee identified only as SM as a suspect of illegal ownership of radioactive substances following the discovery of the substances by the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) in February. The agency first detected high levels of radiation at the housing complex during a routine check in late January. On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, a joint team of officials from Bapeten and Batan discovered several radioactive materials on a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex.The fragments contained Caesium-137, which is commonly used for industrial purposes.Not long after that, Bapeten and the police found late last month radioactive substances at SM’s house. Police found that the Batan employee had opened a decontamination service for extra income.SM was charged with violating Articles 42 and 43 of the 1997 Nuclear Energy Law, which carries a maximum punishment of two years of imprisonment and a Rp 100 million (US$6,885) fine. (vny)Topics :
Calum Chambers hails Arsenal team-mates and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after comeback vs Aston Villa Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s winner (Picture: Getty)Calum Chambers hailed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he and the Arsenal striker inspired a remarkable comeback against Aston Villa.Down to ten men, Arsenal staged a fightback from 2-1 down in the final ten minutes to snatch all three points for the Gunners.Chambers kicked things off in the 81st minute, before Aubameyang popped up three minutes later to score a thrilling winner.Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his last 16 appearances and Chambers was full of praise for his striker.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Coral BarrySunday 22 Sep 2019 6:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Advertisement Chambers kicked off Arsenal’s late fightback (Picture: Getty)‘He is a quality striker,’ he said. ‘A lot of the players in this team have quality but to have him scoring goals is great for us.’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am very pleased,’ he continued. ‘I hold my hand up to their second goal so I had to put things right.‘We stuck in there and worked hard and deserved it in the end. Advertisement Wesley restored Villa’s lead (Picture: Getty)‘The win is massive for us as a club and team, We have the quality and the spirit.‘We dug in deep to get the momentum going.’Arsenal had a mountain to climb in the final half hour at the Emirates when Wesley put Villa back in front – just 89 seconds after Nicolas Pepe had equalised from the spot for Arsenal. Aubameyang completed the comeback (Picture: Getty)The Gunners played the entire second half with ten men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles received a yellow for his second bookable offence in the 41st minute.MORE: Liverpool make history after beating Chelsea to maintain perfect Premier League startMore: 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
A render of the facade of the house being built for Queensland millionaire James Pherous in New Farm.IT’S one of Brisbane’s most controversial and anticipated homes, and now we’ve been treated to a sneak peek inside the mansion of travel king James Pherous. The millionaire Queenslander is building a four-level, six-bedroom house on an 1100 sqm block of land at 33 Moray St, New Farm, at a reported cost of more than $20 million.The site at 33 Moray St, New Farm, where the home of James Pherous is being built.A render of one of the bedrooms in the house being built at 33 Moray St, New Farm.Mr Pherous, who founded Corporate Travel Management, paid $11.3 million for the prime riverfront site in 2018 and Brisbane City Council approved the building application for construction of the home in June last year.Tim Stewart Architects has designed the spectacular home, called Iron House, and has just released the first inside renders of some of the rooms, which have been designed to reflect Brisbane’s riverside cliffs and the layers of the river landscape.A render of a living/dining area in the house at 33 Moray St, New Farm.The wine cellar in the house in New Farm.The approved plans for the home comprise a media room, office, study, laundry and stone-cladded living, dining and kitchen terrace on the upper ground level.Level one will include a muted timber master suite with dressing room and ensuite, surrounded by elevated gardens. There will be a further five ensuited bedrooms.A render of a living area inside the home proposed for 33 Moray St, New Farm. Source: Tim Stewart Architects on Instagram.The kitchen in the house being built at 33 Moray St, New Farm.On the fourth level, there will be a roof terrace with a lap pool, an entertainment room with kitchenette and guest quarters. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoAnd the basement level will feature an ultra-modern wine cellar, games room and gym leading to a clifftop pool. An aerial shot of the riverfront site where James Pherous is building a mansion.But the clifftop pool is proving controversial, with Mr Pherous taking Brisbane City Council to court in a bid to get the green light to build the pool along his boundary, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Brisbane River, the New Farm Riverwalk and Kangaroo Point.Thirteen people, including neighbours in surrounding apartment blocks, have made submissions to council to complain about the size of the home, court documents show.A render of the master bedroom, featuring a lounge.
Sharing is caring! Professor Maryann Marchel. Photo credit: cehd.umn.eduMary Ann Marchel, an Early Childhood Development Professor from the University of Minnesota arrives in Dominica on July 12th for a week-long visit which will focus on Early Childhood Development.The Professor, who has had many academic publications pertaining to early childhood development and whose doctoral dissertation title was ‘Parental Satisfaction with Birth-to-Three Early Intervention Service who Adopt a Child with a Disability’ is expected to participate in a field visit with the Roving Caregivers’ Programme and conduct stimulation activities in San Sauveur/Dixpas and in the Carib Territory on July 14th. She is also scheduled to host a session with Pre-school teachers and Roving Caregivers on Autism and Brain Development, conduct material making exercises and have meetings with the Roving Caregivers’ Programme Staff, the East Dominica Children’s Federation Coordinator and the ChildFund Programme Manager during her visit.Staff members of the Roving Caregivers’ Programme are eagerly anticipating the educational exchanges that will result from her visit and wish her a productive and enjoyable visit to the Commonwealth of Dominica.Press ReleaseRoving Caregivers Programme (RCP) Dominica Share Share Share Tweet 52 Views no discussions LocalNews The Roving Caregivers’ Programme is eagerly anticipating the visit of Early Childhood Development Professor Mary Ann Marchel by: – July 12, 2011