Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Jim Grossmann / NASAWASHINGTON – NASA is hoping you will join them in celebrating a new era of human space flight.On May 27, NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will fly on Space-X’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft.It will mark the first time NASA has launched astronauts into orbit from the United States since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.While they are discouraging visitors to see the lift-off in person, they do want Americans to participate virtually. NASA is encouraging the use of the hashtag launch America to support the space program. As part of the countdown, they are creating a special social media campaign to generate excitement.They want space enthusiasts to consider building homemade rockets or take selfies in their home-made spacesuits.Then they want fans to post those videos and pictures to social media with the hashtag #LaunchAmerica.NASA says they will re-post the winners to their global social media accounts. They hope the public gets behind this new public-private partnership approach to space travel.
The Vermont Economic Development Authority has approved $3 million in financing to support business and agricultural development projects totaling $7 million. Included is a $825,000 loan to MSI in Morristown, a $182,000 mortgage insurance commitment to Bradford Vaneer, and a $131,000 loan to Green Mountain Urology in Middlebury. We are pleased to help businesses strengthen and grow in the manufacturing, agricultural, and small business sectors of our state s economy, said the Authority s Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.Approved for financing assistance by VEDA are:Manufacturing Solutions, Inc., Morristown VEDA approved an $825,000 loan to Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (MSI) to partially finance a $3.5 million project to purchase and renovate the 95,000-square-foot HA Manosh, Inc hardwood sawmill property and the adjacent 22,000 square foot former Lamoille Valley Railroad Engine House in Morrisville. MSI assembles, tests and ships products for Concept II and other companies. The project will allow MSI to consolidate production from three other buildings in Morrisville and Hyde Park, making that space available for lease to other small businesses. MSI employs 81 persons, a number expected to grow to 95 within three years of the project. Union Bank is also participating in the project.Bradford Veneer & Panel Co., Inc., Bradford A mortgage insurance commitment in the amount of $182,000 was approved by VEDA relative to a $232,000 working capital bank loan extended to Bradford Veneer & Panel Co., Inc. by Wells River Savings Bank. Bradford Veneer & Panel has been in operation since 1906, initially manufacturing, and then purchasing and adding value to plywood blank panels. The company employs 16 persons, a number expected to grow to 25 positions within three years.Green Mountain Urology, Middlebury A direct loan of $130,781 was approved to Green Mountain Urology as part of a $326,952 project to move the medical practice s Middlebury operations from a leased trailer at Porter Hospital to a purchased Exchange Street condominium. Operating since 1993, Green Mountain Urology has 18 employees. In addition to the Middlebury location, the practice has offices in Colchester, Morrisville and St. Albans.The Authority also approved:More than $1.6 million in farm ownership and operating loans through the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation;$245,805 for several small business development projects through the Vermont Small Business Loan Program; and$50,250 through the Vermont Business Energy Conservation Loan Program to help a small business make energy efficiency and conservation improvements.VEDA s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.4 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.Source: VEDA
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:A boom in solar power is threatening to wipe out $1.4 billion a year of summertime revenue for fossil-fuel generators in Texas.Almost 15 gigawatts of solar power may crop up in the Lone Star state in the coming years, and every gigawatt stands to shave about $2.76 a megawatt-hour from wholesale electricity prices there when demand peaks in the summer, an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows.This could end up dealing a major blow to fossil fuel-burning generators that rely on those peak prices to weather the lulls in demand through the rest of the year. The Texas market is “especially vulnerable to the impact of solar penetration because the region relies so heavily on a handful of high-priced hours each year—and because those hours tend to align with solar production,” BNEF analyst Joshua Danial said in the report.The looming threat to natural gas- and coal-fired plants in Texas mirrors the shifts that renewable energy has brought on in other markets.To be sure, the solar surge in Texas won’t happen overnight. BNEF projects 1.8 gigawatts of new solar capacity by 2020.More: New Solar Capacity A Major Threat To Texas Coal Generators New Solar Capacity a Major Threat To Texas Coal Generators
After spending the better part of the winter tucked up writing my book, I signed up for Liv Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Camp as a way to quick-start my spring training. When I sent it off to my editor the realization sunk in that people might actually read it. The thought of publishing my book made me want to vomit. Anyone could read the parts of my soul I’d poured out onto the page.The excruciating vulnerability made me want to hide out on the top of a mountain. Instead I hopped in a car with three other women Florida-bound with the best intentions to write a light-hearted piece our four-day biking adventure. After the first day of mountain biking in Georgia and finding our rented house in Ocala, Florida, I thought it’d include anecdotes about our bike lock dragging along pavement creating the type of sparks cause passing cars to bang on their window, pointing frantically at the rear of the car. I thought I’d tell you about the small frustrations of navigating Ocala, Florida with its quirky habit of naming streets multiple names and naming multiple roads the same name. Lindsay Richter changed my focus when she gathered us the first day of camp.“Suck your ego out of your ears and leave it at the trailhead,” Lindsay said.She said the things I expected, about how learning from women help us leverage our female body types, about how being surrounded by strong, independent women encourages us to do the things that scare us.Then she told us about how she rode for years with groups of all-men who told her, “Just follow me, do what I do.” She spent years just trying to keep up, but despite her best effort she remained in the shadow of her then-husband. She found support in female mountain biking friends and they supported her during her divorce. “I’m here to tell you that this community of mountain biking exists for all of you,” Lindsay said. “You know the fear-based voices your head, I have them too.”She said her own self-doubt spoke even louder after her divorce and that she was still struggling to process what went wrong in her fifteen-year marriage. She admitted to feeling alone while all the other coaches made before bed texts to their men. Her voice choked with emotion. I felt my tears lodge themselves in the back of my throat, could feel my eyes glass over. Listening to Lindsay share her vulnerability struck me as brave. She had gifted us all permission to stop posturing, that there was no need to pretend to be fearless before divvying us up into riding groups.After a full day of riding that included skill sessions and a trail ride, I sat down with Lindsay at Santos Bicycle Shop and had the opportunity to ask her a few questions.It sounds like you’ve really found your voice recently and cultivated a community of women riders. Why was it essential for your personal growth to be surrounded by other women?I’ve always hated my voice – it sounds scratchy to even my own ears. I’ve even taken voice lessons to deepen it, to make it sound different, but nothing helped. Over the years coaching I’ve blown my vocal chords.Lately my relationship with my voice has changed. I don’t hate it anymore. I’ve overcome my insecurity of hearing my voice aloud because I’ve realized that I have something important to say. Mountain biking empowers women physically on bikes, and that physical movement helps them to move through emotional struggles. I keep hearing how important my words have been to someone else’s breakthrough on and off the trail.Other women need to know that if the female mountain biking community offers is available for them, and I need my voice to spread that message. So many other women told me that it was okay to fail. I realized that so many women trust me as a coach and now it’s my turn.There’s power to our words and the world needs to hear our voices.Where did you find the courage to share your story so openly? I owe it to the women I ride with, my closest friends. When I started riding more with women, we’d encourage one another to take physical risks. That translated into being more unguarded on an emotional level.I still need women to encourage me. I feel insecure and at my lowest, mountain biking saved me. It made me realize how much we need women in our lives, that when things get tough it’s our girlfriends who will reach out to us.As women we need one another.The coaches keep reminding us to drive our bikes where we want to go, that we aren’t passengers, we have control over the direction our bike goes. How has that lesson of driving your bike been a metaphor in your personal life?When I’m stuck feeling scared or sad, I try to get on my bike and ride. Rock gardens teach me how to look ahead and keep my wheels rolling over obstacles. I have to believe that I’m going to get through a rock garden, and I trust I’m going to get through this too.I spent a lot of time after my divorce pondering what went wrong. Every time I get caught up on the would- haves, could-haves, should-haves that loop through my head, I try to look ahead and imagine the life I want to create for myself.Riding my bike reminds me I need to be strong and confident. I’m doing that in my own life one pedal stroke at a time.To find out more about Liv Ladies AllRide Mountain Bike Camp or private coaching options they offer in your area, click here.
by: Denise WymoreI was speaking to a group of marketers a few years back about member service as a differentiator, and how to choreograph wow experiences. It was after lunch and my next set of slides was on the Net Promoter Score. Before I began I asked for a show of hands, “How many of you were satisfied with the lunch we served today?” It was classic conference room chicken with two sides, iced tea and cheesecake. Almost every hand went up. Then I asked them to vote with their fingers, “On a scale of 0 fingers to 10 fingers, how likely is it that you will recommend this lunch to a friend, family member or co-worker?” No one held up all ten fingers. Most were five fingers or less, essentially creating a negative Net Promoter Score.The point of this is to show how misleading “satisfied” can be in surveys. By only asking the satisfaction question you lure yourself into believe that you’re great. When in fact, you might not even be that good.I’m satisfied with my credit union when I can get in, get out and no one gets hurt. To get me to promote my credit union the experience requires so much more than just completing the errand.Here are the 5 most common mistakes credit unions make in measuring and managing member service.The Annual Survey. I’m married to a credit union CFO and I know for a fact that he measures ROA daily, monitors loan and share volumes weekly, reports on net income, expense, loan balances, share deposits, etc. monthly. There is nothing in his department that is done only once a year. So why, if we are in the service business, would we choose to measure member service on an annual basis? The ideal would be a quarterly relationship survey (a random sample of the entire membership) and weekly transactional surveys (new account opening, new loan, call center, teller transaction and mobile banking). That’s the recipe for a successful voice of the member program. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With record student loan balances and rampant underemployment, millennials have largely become known as the recession generation. Despite low levels of income and a median net worth below that of their predecessors, a 2014 report from The Shullman Research Center reveals a surprising 23 percent of today’s millionaires are millennials.Contrary to dreary doomsday forecasts, the opportunity to succeed is still very much available to members of Gen Y. Here are 10 tried and true strategies for making the transition from stereotypical broke millennial to millionaire.1. Uncover OpportunityThe real estate market downturn of 2007 was painful for many American homeowners, but for Brenton Hayden it was the start of a multi-million dollar opportunity. In an article for Entrepreneur, Hayden wrote about how he helped people rent and manage their properties and founded the residential property management company Renters Warehouse, which profited $966,803 in the first year. By age 27, Hayden was able to retire a multi-millionaire.Rather than running from real estate during the housing crisis, Hayden looked at how the industry was changing and where the opportunity was within that shift. Uncovering new opportunities and developing better approaches can be monetized into millions if you have a taste for industry-altering innovation. continue reading »
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Boeing reported cancelation of 60 more 737 MAX planes in June, according to data released Tuesday, taking the total to 355 so far this year. The jet has been grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes. US aviation regulators oversaw a test flight of the jet late last month, but have yet to recertify the plane to resume service.Boeing also did not register any orders from commercial airlines in June. And it only delivered 10 planes during the month, mostly for cargo and military purposes. Topics : The meager data again illustrated the weak nature of the airline business, which has been depressed in the wake of the coronavirus. Airlines have canceled order, or pushed back deliveries in an effort to maintain cash to ride out the downturn. Boeing’s rival Airbus announced last week that it did not land any new orders in June for the second straight month. Airbus delivered 36 planes during the month.
Governor Tom Wolf asks U.S. DOJ to Investigate Rash of Terror Against Jewish Institutions in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 02, 2017 Hate Crime, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today formally requested that the United States Department of Justice investigate a rash of terror targeted at Jewish institutions in Pennsylvania as a hate crime. These recent instances include the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, and bomb threats that caused evacuations of children and seniors at Jewish Community Centers in York and Harrisburg, along with a Jewish day school in Montgomery County.A copy of the letter can be found here.The full text of the Governor’s letter is below:Dear Attorney General Sessions:I would like to formally request that the Department of Justice investigate the profoundly reprehensible desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and threats to Jewish community centers and a day school as a hate crime. The recent rash of terror inflicted on Jewish institutions in Pennsylvania and across the country is incredibly alarming. Pennsylvania was founded to be a safe refuge from religious persecution and we owe those affected by these acts an answer as to whether they were targeted because they were Jewish institutions and whether these are part of a broader threat to Jewish residents.The destruction of the more than 500 headstones at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia is unbelievably disturbing to those whose loved ones are buried there and all Jewish people throughout Pennsylvania.The long, international history of anti-Semitism and the pain and terror inflicted on Jewish people is well-documented, as I am sure you are aware. Further, the targeting of Jewish institutions like community centers and day schools, along with the recent desecration of cemeteries in Minnesota, Connecticut and New York, give credence in my mind that these are not a series of unconnected and random instances. Clearly, we cannot stand by as these acts continue and Jewish Americans are living in fear of being terrorized – or worse.While I understand law enforcement is diligently working to identify those responsible, a federal Hate Crime investigation would allow for more resources and ensure that the concerns of all Jewish Pennsylvanians, and those of all faiths standing in solidarity with them, are met.I would appreciate your swift and decisive action to launch a federal Hate Crimes investigation of the attack on this historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia and threats to Jewish Community Centers in York and Harrisburg, and a Jewish day school in Montgomery County. We must reassure people of the Jewish faith that those who seek to make them live in fear will be stopped and brought to justice.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernor of Pennsylvania
October 03, 2019 Governor Wolf Takes Executive Action to Combat Climate Change, Carbon Emissions Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today took executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaboration among nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change while generating economic growth.“Climate change is the most critical environmental threat confronting the world, and power generation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Wolf. “Given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania and the entire planet, the commonwealth must continue to take concrete, economically sound and immediate steps to reduce emissions. Joining RGGI will give us that opportunity to better protect the health and safety of our citizens.”Participating states have agreed, either through regulation or legislation, to implement RGGI through a regional cap-and-trade program involving CO2 emitting electric power plants. These states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) set a cap on total CO2 emissions from electric power generators in their states. In order to show compliance with the cap, power plants must purchase a credit or “allowance,” for each ton of CO2, they emit. These purchases are made at quarterly auctions conducted by RGGI. The most recent RGGI auction held September 4th resulted in an allowance price of $5.20 per ton. The proceeds from the auctions are allocated back to the participating states in proportion to the amount of carbon subject to regulation in each state.“This initiative represents a unique opportunity for Pennsylvania to become a leader in combatting climate change and grow our economy by partnering with neighboring states,” said Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. “As a major electricity producer, Pennsylvania has a significant opportunity to reduce emissions and demonstrate its commitment to addressing climate change through a program with a proven track record.”The RGGI states have reduced power sector CO2 pollution by 45 percent since 2005, while the region’s per-capita GDP has continued to grow. Through its first six years of existence, RGGI investments were found to return $2.31 billion in lifetime energy bill savings to more than 161,000 households and 6,000 businesses that participated in programs funded by RGGI proceeds, and to 1.5 million households and over 37,000 businesses that received direct bill assistance.Pennsylvania exports nearly a third of the electricity it produces, and the cost of RGGI compliance for exported electricity will be paid by electric customers in the states where that electricity is ultimately used.“We know that we can’t complete this process in a vacuum. The conversation we’ve begun over the past year needs to continue if we are going to craft regulations that fit Pennsylvania’s unique energy mix, while making sure that the transition to a cleaner energy mix doesn’t leave behind workers and communities our state has relied on for decades to produce its power,” said Gov. Wolf. “And it will take buy in from the legislature to ensure we’re protecting Pennsylvanians from the increasing effects of the climate crisis.”Reducing CO2 emissions as part of combatting climate change is a top priority for the Wolf Administration. In January, Governor Wolf signed an executive order to set Pennsylvania’s first statewide climate goals, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and by 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.The scientific consensus is the planet is experiencing climate change in real time, and the impacts are felt everywhere. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update found that Pennsylvania has undergone a long-term warming over the prior 110 years, and that current warming trends are expected to increase at an accelerated rate with average temperatures projected to increase an additional 5.4 degrees by 2050. Average annual precipitation has also increased by approximately 10 percent over the past 100 years and, by 2050, is expected to increase by an additional 8 percent.The numerous negative effects of these warming and wetting trends are currently being experienced in Pennsylvania. Last year was the wettest year on record in the commonwealth, and these increases in rainfall resulted in extreme weather events and flooding throughout the state costing residents an estimated $144 million in reported damages, and at least $125 million in state-maintained road and bridges damage throughout the state“We are seeing the immediate and devastating impact of climate change right here in Pennsylvania, with more intense rain storms leading to flooding occurring outside flood zones, and dry conditions that can increase the threat of fire in our wooded areas,” said Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “Combatting climate change demands cooperation among many state agencies but also a proactive approach, and joining RGGI will help reduce carbon emissions, which will, in turn, reduce the threat of weather-related natural disasters.”Following the governor’s executive order, DEP will draft a regulation to present before the Environmental Quality Board for approval, and a public comment period will follow. As directed in the Executive Order, DEP will conduct robust outreach to the business community, energy producers, and labor and environmental stakeholders.Read the full text of the executive order below. View the executive order on Scribd or as a PDF.Read the Acadia Center’s 2019 RGGI 10 Years in Review Report.Executive Order-2019-07-Lea… by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitter