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first_imgMore from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Tags: Eric Lamaze, Darragh Kenny, WEF, show jumping, Chacco Kid, Great-Tikila J, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewscenter_img Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. On the final day of the tenth week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Darragh Kenny (IRL) picked up his second win of the week, riding Great-Tikila J, owned by Whiterock Farm and HKC Collection, to capture the $137,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3* as competition wrapped up on Sunday, March 21, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).It’s a busy week ahead as WEF 11, sponsored by Rolex, features CSI5* competition on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village with a concurrent CSI2* taking place in the Global International Arena. Wednesday’s schedule features the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45 Jumpers CSI5*, with the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 CSI5* and $6,000 CabanaCoast 1.40m Jumpers CSI2* set to go on Thursday. On Friday, it’s the $137,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Jumpers CSI5* and the $37,000 CabanaCoast 1.45m Jumpers CSI2* at Equestrian Village, along with the WEF Excellence in Equitation taking place in the International Arena at PBIEC.The week is highlighted by the biggest class of the season on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* taking center stage on the grass Derby Field. The $6,000 CabanaCoast 1.40m Jumpers CSI2* also runs on Saturday, and the week concludes on Sunday with the $50,000 CabanaCoast Grand Prix CSI2*. All feature classes are available free live and on-demand on the livestream.Of the 45 entries in the starting order, a total of 10 pairs mastered the handiwork of Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) to punch their ticket into the second round. Of those 10, Mimi Gochman (USA) was the first to put in a double-clear round aboard Gigi’s Girl BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horses, LLC, to move into the lead.“I went super early [in the order], so I just really wanted to have a nice round,” explained Gochman in reference to her plan for the jump-off. “I was trying to go for it a little bit, but I didn’t want to make any big mistakes or make her unconfident in me because it was my first three-star grand prix, and I really just wanted to go double clear.”Gochman, who picked up a win earlier in the day in the Hermès U25 Series Final, guided the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Vingino x Celano across the track in a time of 41.38 seconds.Next to go in the jump-off, Hilary McNerney (USA) and her own Lovelight gave it their best effort, opening up a big gallop for the second half of the track to shave nearly five seconds off the leading time with a double-clear round finishing in 36.53 seconds. The 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion by Lord Z x Lordship, was impressive.“My horse is super competitive, so once I got the first line done, I was like, “Okay, here we go,’” said McNerney of her jump-off round. “When I jumped out of ‘b’ [of the double combination], I thought, ‘I’ve got to do five strides.’ My trainer Kent Farrington said, ‘You can’t do four, so all you have to do is kick and get the five.’ Once I got that, I took the risk to the second to last jump, and he was incredible and right there with me. It was a great feeling.”The only other double clear of the day proved to be the best as Kenny piloted his 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Carosso VDL x Nabab De Reve to an impressive double clear effort in 35.24 seconds for the victory.“I actually got very lucky in the jump-off, to be honest,” said the winning rider of his winning round. “I had planned to do the six [strides] like everybody did in the first line, then turned very tight back to the double, and she tried really hard. I had a hard rub on the back rail jumping out but got away with it, then I ended up doing six where Hilary had done five, so I thought, ‘Okay better run.’”Kenny and his sponsors purchased the mare just over a year ago, and the win was even sweeter as it was also the first grand prix of her career.“When we bought her, she was very green having only jumped 1.30m, but she’s extremely talented,” he said. “She’s careful, scopey, brave, a little bit of a mare sometimes, but in the ring her ability is incredible. I was really happy with her because I aimed her for this week. She jumped clear in the WEF and then jumped super today and felt really good.“We’ve developed her slowly,” Kenny continued. “She’s a little bit temperamental sometimes where you have to take everything slow, so I played around with her on the grass a few other weeks, did some stuff at home, and then thought, ‘Okay, I have her in the right spot for this week.’”Ranked ninth in the world, Kenny continues to rack up wins at the 2021 WEF and plans to close out the winter circuit in the CSI5* during WEF 11 while stepping up with some of his newer horses to jump the CSI4* during WEF 12.McNerney and Gochman ended the day finishing second and third, respectively, in what marked the first CSI3* grand prix for both of their careers.“For me, it’s a horse that I stole from my trainer Kent [Farrington],” said McNerney. “We did a lot of the shows on the grass Derby Field over at Equestrian Village during the summer because we stayed here because of COVID, and this result is very exciting. I’m hoping to move up and do the CSI4* during WEF 12 and see how that goes.”“I have no experience at grand prix level, and my horse has all the experience,” said 16-year-old Gochman. “I think it kind of balances out, and we trust each other. She is a big-strided horse, scopey, big jump, and I kind of just have to stay with her and let her do her thing. I think being able to go double clear in a three-star makes me feel like I can do these bigger classes. Knowing that I’m strong enough at this point of WEF really helps boost my confidence for the future.”Final Results: $137,000 FEI Horseware Ireland Grand Prix1. GREAT-TIKILA J: 2011 KWPN mare by Carosso VDL x Nabab De ReveDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Whiterock Farm and HKC Collection: 0/0/35.2472. LOVELIGHT: 2011 Holsteiner stallion by Lord Z x LordshipHILARY MCNERNEY (USA), Hilary McNerney: 0/0/36.5393. GIGI’S GIRL BH: 2008 KWPN mare by Vingino x CelanoMIMI GOCHMAN (USA), Gochman Sport Horses LLC: 0/0/41.3884. CHACCO KID: 2006 Oldenburg by Chacco Blue x Come OnERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Chacco Kid Group: 0/4/37.0645. GINGER-BLUE: 2011 Dutch Warmblood mare by Plot Blue x Royal BravourBEN MAHER (GBR), Jane Forbes Clark: 0/4/37.2656. CASALLVANO: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x SilvanaDANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Camilla Hamann and Philipp Widmayer: 0/4/39.8357. LAZZARO DELLE SCHIAVE: 2009 Italian Sporthorse gelding by Acodetto 2 x GluecksgriffMAX WACHMAN (IRL), Coolmore Show Jumping: 0/4/40.8748. BALOUTINUE: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Landor SADAM PRUDENT (USA), Plain Bay Farm: 0/8/36.4649. JUST A GAMBLE: 2009 BWP mare by Toulon x CorofinoADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1 LLC: 0/8/36.74410. VIVALDI DU THEIL: 2009 Selle Francais gelding by Quadprice Bois Margot x For PleasureALISH CUNIFFE, Grayish LLC: 0/16/40.762last_img read more

first_imgJob Open Date01/07/2021 Required Qualifications Candidate must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree and have a strongbackground in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and any ofthe aforementioned research areas.Candidates are expected to be very motivated for careerdevelopment, committed to driving federally funded high impact andhigh-quality research, able to work independently, and have goodwritten and oral communication skills. Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate DepartmentMicrobiology and Immunology Open Until FilledYes At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Remove from posting on or before Description of the Job Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Preferred Qualifications Resource CriticalNo Submit a cover letter, a current CV with a publication list, andcontact information (including phone numbers) of threereferences Job Code/TitlePD – Post Doctoral Job CategoryResearch Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Sensitive PositionYes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will berequired. Additional Informationcenter_img Posting Details Working TitlePost Doctoral Fellow Recruitment PoolAll Applicants A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory ofDr. Jason A. Carlyon in the Department of Microbiology andImmunology at Virginia Commonwealth University. The successfulcandidate will participate in NIH -funded projects studying thearthropod vector-transmitted obligate intracellular bacterialpathogens, Orientia tsutsugamushi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum.Projects include bacterial effector characterization, bacterialmodulation of host cell processes, signaling, ubiquitylation,adhesin-receptor interactions, vaccine development, and developinggenetic manipulation approaches for these organisms. Highlymotivated, hard-working, and technically skilled applicants arewelcomed to apply. Position TypePost Doc CampusMCV Campus Special Instructions to Applicants Experience studying intracellular pathogens, bacterialpathogenesis, cellular microbiology, ubiquitylation, Nf-kappaBsignaling and proficiency in genetic manipulation of bacteria,yeast toxicity and suppressor screening are areas of knowledge thatare preferred. Position NumberP00001 Organizational Overview Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/102602 Normal work hours Hours/Week Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Normal work days Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)PublicationsOptional Documentslast_img read more

first_imgMark Field, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, attended the annual Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 20-21 March. The forum was attended by more than 2,000 participants from government, private sector and civil society from over 120 countries.This year’s forum was focused on ‘Tech for Trust’: looking at how new technologies are not only changing government, business and society but also opening new avenues for corrupt behaviours and simultaneously offering new tools to address them.In his speech to forum attendees, the Minister said:Secretary General, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. It is a great pleasure to be here with the corralling power of the OECD to bring together such a wide range of people from across the globe. Something I feel passionate about, I look upon this organisation as being one of the absolute pillars in this work and hope that you continue to stand up for these values.And it’s a great pleasure to follow you, Secretary General. I very much endorse what you said about using technology to help us tackle corruption, and I thank you for including the example of our Serious Fraud Office using Artificial Intelligence.That is just one example among many.Another is the OECD’s Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Hub, which the UK will be funding as part of our new £45 million Global Anti-Corruption Programme that I launched here yesterday.The Hub will give all its users access to a huge bank of OECD data and analysis, and enable them to engage both with the OECD and with everyone else who is working to tackle corruption.The UK is also successfully using technology to improve transparency and prevent corrupt interests inserting themselves in the public procurement process, thanks to our Government Digital Service.Under our new Anti-Corruption Programme, we will be sharing this digital model with target countries to help them achieve greater transparency and scrutiny of bids for public contracts.Secretary General, you rightly say that technology can also prove destructive in the wrong hands, which is why the theme of this conference – Tech for Trust – is so apt.As technology becomes part of every sphere of life, trust – or lack of it – is becoming a real issue. This particularly applies to the media, including social media, so I am pleased that today’s discussion will focus on that, and the dangers of disinformation.Because as we are increasingly aware, corruption is not just about money. To its great credit, the OECD is trying to address the issue holistically, as this discussion shows.DisinformationOf course disinformation is by no means a new phenomenon.Indeed, to be frank with you, at the height of the Cold War the UK was involved in activities which might today be characterised as propaganda or fake news. But those were very different times.Today, mindful of our values, and the vital importance of freedom of speech, propaganda is not a tool we deploy, but an evil we strive to counter and expose. And there is a growing need to do so. Changes in how we read and process information, and the rise of the internet, have given new wings to an age-old problem.Technology has become a breeding ground for new and insidious ways to deceive audiences, and allow false or manipulated information to spread further and faster than ever before, often at low cost.We know that more and more people rely on social media for their news and that many of them are aware that the information they are reading could have been manipulated. This has led to a growing sense of suspicion and distrust – even towards reputable news outlets.In fact last year the Reuters Institute found that less than half of the UK population had faith in the news they were reading.Of course the problem goes beyond undermining public trust in their news sources. When the information around us is deliberately confused, it can have serious, and much wider, consequences.Conspiracy theories and malign information on social media can also fracture community cohesion; reduce trust in institutions; and undermine the perception of the integrity of governments, constitutions and democratic processes.The UK Government is deeply concerned about this threat and we are taking action to confront it. Our aim is to take a ‘whole of society’ approach and to address the issue on three fronts:First, by bearing down on the sources of disinformation themselves;Secondly, by tackling vulnerabilities in social media that enable disinformation to spread;and thirdly, by empowering audiences to recognise disinformation and protect themselves from it.We are very aware of the balance between tackling online threats effectively on the one hand, while promoting technological innovation and respecting freedom of expression on the other.Protecting media freedom, and our citizens’ freedom of expression, is absolutely fundamental because they are essential elements of any healthy democracy.Whatever we do to tackle disinformation, we will not put those fundamental freedoms at risk. That’s because, as we all know, a robust, free, vibrant and varied media will itself help to challenge disinformation and raise awareness of it.And we also know that the countries with the freest and most trusted media also suffer the least corruption.London ConferenceThis is why, this year, the flagship campaign of the UK Foreign Office is about championing media freedom and the protection of journalists. As the centrepiece of that campaign, we will co-host, with Canada, a major international conference in London in July.We will bring together ministers, key industry figures, civil society, academia and the media to push for a greater appreciation of the value of an independent media, and a more co-ordinated approach to securing the safety of media professionals.I hope we can count on your support.ConclusionTo conclude, ladies and gentlemen, while we must continue to embrace innovation and reap the benefits of new technologies, we must also ensure sufficient safeguards are in place against the threats they pose. Those threats are global and cannot be addressed by any one country alone.It is therefore vital that we work together, in forums like this, to ensure that we keep abreast of new technologies – and ideally one step ahead of those who would misuse them.The UK has a long tradition of championing good governance and fundamental human rights, including a free media. We are a steadfast opponent of corruption, in all its forms, and a steadfast advocate for an online environment that is free, open, peaceful and secure.We are committed to working with our OECD partners, and with tech companies, industry, academia and civil society to create such an environment, one that is worthy of the trust of our citizens, and that respects and safeguards our fundamental human rights.last_img read more

first_imgWhen I was the VP of Marketing at First Tech CU, I changed the name of the department to Cult-ivation. Quite frankly, I had come to hate what marketing had become in most credit unions. I corrected anyone that said “We need to GO AFTER…(insert product name or demographic). It felt like stalking, and according to Psychology Today the definition of stalking is:“…repeated and persistent unwanted communication and/or approaches that produce fear in the victim. The stalker may use such means as telephone calls, letters, e-mail and placing notes in the media.” In other words, traditional marketing. Today marketing feels like a punishment. When I Google some content and land on the page I am bombarded with constant interruptions, banner ads, and pop ups. If I go look at a pair of shoes on Zappos they follow me everywhere in social media. Are some of these effective?  Probably, but raise your hand if you like them. Instead of “going after,” I tried to build a culture of cultivating like-minded people that would become devoted to the credit union. Cult is not necessarily a negative word. It is a “great devotion to a person or an idea.” Member loyalty is critical to our long-term success and never has it been more important than today. This year a Gallup Poll asked 3.2 million credit union members across the US how the credit union can support members during the COVID-19 crisis. Three specific needs emerged:Increase my peace of mind, provide me with relief as I need to get through this crisis. Build my hope, continually be there for me through guidance and solutions.Reduce my unnecessary stress, make it easy for me to access staff and tools when and how I need them. These three things are what members need most from their credit union right now, and thereby serve as a framework for providing exceptional service during this crisis and beyond. Gallup recommends that credit unions formally organize all COVID-19 members continuity planning around these urgent needs. I was going to present these ideas to a group of marketers in New York earlier this month, so I did some research to find out who might already be taking this more human approach. Canopy Credit Union in Spokane, Washington has a page on their website with the headline “Need help paying rent?” They are not “going after” anyone, they are helping their members solve a problem. A big problem. Increase my peace of mind. They offer a 0% help with rent loan for members who might be struggling to pay their living expenses, and you could qualify for up to 100 days before your first payment is due. Build hope by being there for me through guidance and solutions. That page also includes a list of other services that may help those struggling. Things like three month interest only payments, skip-a-pay, and penalty free term share withdrawals. They also list Spokane Resources such as a Women and Children Free Restaurant link and other community resources. Reduce my unnecessary stress. Visit their website. Their home page is perhaps one of the best I’ve ever seen. With a tag line “Here you grow”. They go on to say “Getting approved for a loan can be daunting. We have a simple process that ensures you get the right loan to fit your needs.” That’s it, and they’re right! It IS “daunting” and today a bit humbling to get a loan. They also have one of the best Facebook pages for a credit union. Facebook is for faces, and they get it, they do not push products on social media.I know many credit unions are stepping up and doing the right thing by their members right now. We are best in a crisis and this is what separates us from the banks. I hope this new way of marketing continues long after the crisis subsides, because it is about TRUST and trust is something that is earned. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Detailslast_img read more

first_img1) Trump’s constant tweeting, denigrating free press, accusations of fake news, and personal attacks of newsmen and women denies them bringing the truth forward to the citizenry.2) Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring all entry from citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, which has prompted Immigration officials to block legal permanent detainees from legal counsel, in direct violation of an order from Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.3) In February, Trump met with FBI Director James Comey a day after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy over his contacts with the Russians. Comey says Trump told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” This is obstruction and manipulation. 4) Trump’s private meetings with other foreign dignitaries and powerful people in his private Mar-a-Lago estate who maybe contributing to his private empire (without transparency) through countless undisclosed financial entanglements and obscure resources. Jackie LangloisBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the… The U.S. Constitution has been called into question repeatedly by President Trump’s actions and words. He has attacked the freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, obstructed justice, and failed to separate his business from his office. Here are but a but a few examples of presidential abuses of the Constitution: Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgSixteen states have posted new record daily case counts this month. Florida confirmed a record high 11,000 in a single day, more than any European country reported in a single day at the height of the crisis there.As health experts cautioned the public not to gather in crowds to celebrate Independence Day over the weekend, US President Donald Trump asserted without providing evidence that 99% of US coronavirus cases were “totally harmless.”At least five states have already bucked the downward trend in the national death rate, a Reuters analysis showed. Arizona had 449 deaths in the last two weeks of June, up from 259 deaths in the first two weeks of the month. The state posted a 300% rise in cases over the full month, the most in the country.Steve Adler, the Democratic mayor of Austin, Texas, on Monday criticized the Republican Trump’s comment over the weekend that the virus was mostly harmless. “It’s incredibly disruptive and the messaging coming from the president of the United States is dangerous,” Adler told CNN. “One of the biggest challenges we have is the messaging coming out of Washington that would suggest that masks don’t work or it’s not necessary, or that the virus is going away on its own.”Soaring case numbers and packed hospitals in Texas have prompted some mayors and other local leaders to consider launching a new round of stay-at-home orders. Cities are getting together and lobbying the state’s governor to restore the authority to impose local anti-coronavirus measures, Adler said.White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday defended Trump’s comment over the weekend, saying the president was not trying to play down the deaths.”But it’s really to look statistically to know that whatever risks that you may have or I may have, or my, my children or my grandchildren may have, let’s look at that appropriately and I think that’s what he’s trying to do,” he told reporters outside the White House.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has forecast between 140,000 to 160,000 coronavirus deaths by July 25 in projections that are based on 24 independent forecasts. The number of US coronavirus deaths exceeded 130,000 on Monday, following a surge of new cases that has put President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis under the microscope and derailed efforts to restart the economy.The overall rate of increase in US deaths has been on a downward trend despite case numbers surging to record levels in recent days, but health experts warn fatalities are a lagging indicator, showing up weeks or even months after cases rise.Nationally, cases are approaching 3 million, the highest tally in the world and double the infections reported in the second most-affected country Brazil. Case numbers are rising in 39 US states, according to a Reuters analysis.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThis feature is part of The Grocer’s Green Issue, read the digital edition here. Some might say Magway is rather ambitious and a little futuristic,” says co-founder and commercial director Phill Davies. He’s not wrong. Magway’s aim is to establish a nation-spanning network of ‘delivery pipes’ running alongside motorways and under cities between distribution centres and urban hubs, through which it will fire thousands of tote-sized pods carrying groceries and packages.Davies says Magway is undoubtedly a “bigger picture idea” but “this is exactly what is needed right now”. His aim is ambitious: to take thousands of pollution-emitting vans and lorries off the roads for good. “We don’t need empty promises, and ‘business as usual’ won’t cut it,” he adds.Indeed, business as usual has seen van traffic almost double in the past 25 years, according to the Department of Transport. HGVs are doing 13% more miles than the early 1990s.Food deliveries are a factor in that growth. Urban last-mile delivery emissions are on track to increase by over 30% by 2030 in the top 100 cities globally, according to the World Economic Forum.It’s an issue that needs to be tackled from a health perspective, as well as an environmental one. Public Health England has dubbed fume-filled air “the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK”. So everyone involved in the last mile is having to think carefully about how to cut their emissions – whether through moonshot ideas like Magway, or smaller ones that can effect change here and now.Cargo podsFor their part, the supermarkets are largely making evolutionary, rather than revolutionary changes. All the major mults have made carbon reduction commitments as they aim to be ‘net zero’ by 2050 at the latest. That means making their distribution networks as green as possible.Asda’s latest initiative shows how small changes can make a big difference. In August, it rolled out a redesigned cargo-carrying pod to 25 of its home delivery vans. The pods are built on to standard van chassis, but are lighter, larger and more streamlined than standard cargo holds.The Asda vans with cargo pods can carry the same weight of goods in two journeys as a traditional supermarket vehicle delivers in three.“The beauty of what we’ve developed is that we can help to tackle all of the issues affecting facing last-mile logistics fleets, namely: reducing carbon footprint, driver shortages, tighter legislation, the transition to electric vans and, today more than ever, increasing customer demand,” says Daniel Hurcombe, MD of Penso, the UK firm that designed and built the pods.Furthermore, each carbon fibre pod is insulated with material made from 5,000 recycled plastic bottles. And at the end of the pod’s life, more than 95% of it can be recycled. So the solution is green all round.Ocado similarly proves even tiny adjustments can pay carbon dividends. The online retailer claims its policy of limiting its LGV fleet’s top speed to 55 mph saves 574 tonnes of carbon a year. CEO Tim Steiner also claims online food deliveries, unlike online retailers such as Amazon, reduce total journeys, and “the more online shopping grows, the routes become more efficient because the density of deliveries increases”.Fleet management solutions provider Trakm8 is among those helping supermarkets to slash unnecessary miles.Working with Iceland, Trakm8 cut fuel costs by 10% by optimising driver drop-offs. In a benchmarking exercise with another retailer, Trakm8 found route optimisation could deliver a 5% mileage reduction and a 2% improvement on average drops per hour.Slot steeringIt’s primarily a mathematical challenge, made more complex when shoppers pick narrow windows for deliveries. But there are ways of getting customers to opt for a more helpful window.Some supermarkets are engaging in what is known as ‘slot steering’. It is in essence “the practice of nudging local clusters of customers towards delivery slots at around the same time”, explains Matthew Newman, enterprise sales manager at Trakm8.Shoppers might be offered lower delivery fees if booking slots when a van is going to be nearby, or be alerted that certain slots are better for the environment. In Ocado’s case, slots are marked by a green van symbol on the booking page.“This allows them to time their delivery to when an Ocado van is already in their local area, helping reduce overall van mileage and emissions between delivery drops,” a spokeswoman says. Sainsbury’s green slots work in a similar way.“The rollout of ‘slot steering’ enables drivers to cover a smaller distance, while dropping off at a greater number of properties. They drive less, but can deliver more,” Newman says. That’s particularly helpful at a time when online delivery is growing exponentially. The pandemic has seen thousands of households turn to online grocery for the first time. Online accounted for 13.5% of total grocery sales at its height this year, before levelling out at 12.5% in September, according to Kantar.While the additional deliveries may seem bad for the environment, those made from a nearby supermarket emit less greenhouse gas than the consumer driving there, according to a recent Unilever-backed study. Goods delivered from large, distant distribution centres may generate more. But there are countless contributing factors.The researchers were more confident in saying consumers could reduce the impact of online shopping “by forgoing fast delivery”.Electric dreamsStill, there is hope on the horizon for those who want to provide a speedy delivery at a lower environmental cost: electric vehicles. These are still a way off. As Hurcombe puts it: “It doesn’t matter whose fleet you look at today, 99% is still diesel.”He’s confident that will soon change. “We all know electric’s the future,” Hurcombe argues. Moves by the mults suggest they share that view. In April last year, Sainsbury’s became the first UK supermarket to trial electric van technology for home deliveries. Two electric vans – Evie and Stevie – are at work, with plans for more.Their engines are more efficient than combustion ones and, while they obviously need to be charged up, the UK is getting ever more of its electricity from renewable sources. Crucially, they emit nothing.Waitrose similarly sees a future in electric vehicles. In July, it announced plans to end the use of fossil fuels across its entire transport fleet by 2030.“As well as being more sustainable and producing fewer pollutants, the vehicles also have greater carrying capacity than their diesel counterparts. In some cases, that means we could replace three diesel vans with two electric ones,” a Waitrose spokeswoman says. There are still hurdles to overcome before the mults can go fully electric. Keeping the contents of vans cold is one gnarly problem. Their range is also typically much shorter and a network of charging ports needs to be created.So for now, others are banking on a different type of electric vehicle to cut emissions. A recent Dutch study estimated 10% to 15% of trips made by delivery vehicles in cities could be readily made by electric-assisted bikes. Food deliveries by van were identified as particularly ripe for replacement.The benefit of bikes becomes even clearer as congestion gets worse. The World Economic Forum predicts traffic congestion will rise by over 21% in major cities by 2030, adding 11 minutes to every journey. Analysis by Environmental Defense Fund Europe found London’s congestion rate in September was up 153% on 2019. “If your van is now going to spend more time inhibited by slow-moving, congested traffic, meaning you can’t meet your time windows and customer expectations, you’ve got to move to a plan B,” says David Cockrell, chief of staff at E-cargobikes.The e-bike delivery service has worked with Co-op to deliver online grocery orders since March last year. While Co-op, with its smaller stores closer to residential areas, is a good fit for bike delivery, fulfilment from out-of-town distribution centres makes sense too, Cockrell says. A larger van would run orders to a distribution point closer to town, where they’d be met by bikes to complete the last mile. “It’s an ants not elephants principle for moving things,” Cockrell explains.Nor should bipedals be ruled out of the equation. In September, Co-op partnered with startup Pinga to offer online grocery deliveries within 90 minutes to customers in the surrounds of five stores in East London.Pinga deliveries are done mainly on foot, though bicycles and scooters play a role too. It is now only taking on walking or cycling delivery partners and is working towards 100% emission-free deliveries by next year.It will soon be possible for grocery customers to specify that their deliveries are fully green, Cockrell says. “Consumers could drive the change quicker. If a supermarket takes the lead and says we are 100% pure eco from end to end in home delivery I think a lot of people would switch because of that. Give people the option – do you want a dirty diesel engine or the greenest solution? – it’s clear which people would choose,” he says.Whichever route the industry decides to go down, it’s clear that more needs to be done to make home delivery a greener proposition. As Davies puts it: “Without a significant step change, delivery traffic will continue to increase along with the levels of toxic air we breathe.”The good news is there is no shortage of innovation. So as appetite for a greener delivery system grows, solutions like Magway’s may not be just a pipe dream for long. Waitrose Tesla semi The slick electric HGVTesla’s ‘Semi’ truck is perhaps the slickest-looking electric HGV.First announced in 2017, production had been due to start this year but was pushed back. Pre-orders have been made by the likes of Walmart, Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch.However, there is one drawback: the Tesla Semi, like other electric vehicles, has a limited range in pulling loads. Underground ‘tote trains’Magway is hoping to establish short routes of its system between UK airports and the small DCs that serve their restaurants and retailers.Construction of a wider network of pipes is expected to start in 2023. It’s a bid boosted by a crowdfunding round earlier this year that raised £1.5m.The tote trains use linear synchronous magnetic motors that are “energy-efficient, create zero emissions and can exploit renewable energy resources”. Amazon Co-op Magway ‘Revolutionary’ electric vans Two-wheeled electric deliveryElectric motor-assisted bikes are being used by Co-op to deliver from several stores in London. Partner e-cargobikes says its bikes can deliver the same quantity as a 3.5-tonne diesel van over an eight-hour shift, using only 0.38% of the energy.One issue hampering their broader rollout is that route optimisation software struggles to account for the cycle lane routes riders can use. The John Lewis Partnership has this year commissioned “four revolutionary vehicles” that will be manufactured and trialled in 2021. The electric vans will be used for Waitrose.com food deliveries and smaller John Lewis deliveries, saving more than 20,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.The vans “reduce noise pollution in built-up areas” and promise a life of “20 years or more”. Electric vehicle driveIn February, Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from automaker Rivian. Some 10,000 will hit the roads as early as 2022, and the rest by 2030.Amazon is also introducing 1,800 electric Mercedes-Benz vans to its delivery fleet across Europe this year. CEO Jeff Bezos said the vehicles were “part of our journey to build the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world”.last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Pennsylvania’s Seniors Lose Under GOP Healthcare Plan March 10, 2017 Healthcare,  Human Services,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today in Philadelphia, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne discussed the negative effect the recently revealed Republican healthcare plan would have on Pennsylvania’s seniors.“It is absolutely unacceptable to force seniors, who most need care and often live on low, fixed incomes, to pay more for their care while giving a huge tax cut to well-off Americans,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This bill would create an age tax on seniors and cause their prescription drug costs to increase. Seniors represent one of the fastest growing populations in Pennsylvania and shifting the burden of expensive health care costs on to them to offset costs for the rest of us is unfair and disingenuous.”Many of Pennsylvania’s seniors rely upon Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act to live healthy and age well. This GOP healthcare plan would allow insurance companies to charge these seniors five times more than others and would drastically cut subsidies for seniors, especially those with fixed or low incomes and in rural areas.RAND Corporation estimates this could raise premiums for a 64-year-old by more than $2,000 a year.“Pennsylvania’s seniors deserve access to affordable health care services and prescription medications, yet this replacement plan places seniors at risk and does nothing to lower drug costs,” said Secretary Osborne. “We must work together to protect Pennsylvanian seniors. This repeal proposal will mean that older Pennsylvanians will lose real-life benefits.”Pennsylvania’s seniors demand affordable health care services and prescriptions, but the current replacement plan places seniors at risk and does nothing to lower drug costs. These are individuals who have lived and worked in our communities, sometimes for their entire lives, and they will suddenly be at the mercy of health insurance companies who will no longer be restricted from charging them higher premiums than the rest of us.The American Health Care Act weakens Medicare and will result in seniors losing access to preventative services such as screenings for breast, and colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.It will also shift costs to seniors who, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, currently save on prescription drug prices as the ACA has helped to close the Medicare Part D donut hole coverage gap.Without this safety net, our seniors will have to choose between buying food, paying rent, or paying for prescription medications.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img6-8 Rainforest Road, EdmontonWith four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the property would be perfect for a big family or a couple who like their space, according to Mr Stewart, who raised his children in the home.“We just enjoy the privacy and general ambience – it is on a rainforest block, we get the breeze, it is just a lovely position,” he said.“A lot of birds of paradise come through, there are lots of migratory birds and we get bandicoots, echidnas, wallabies and big goannas. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat does property demand mean?01:38PRIVACY, proximity and unique design are the hallmarks of this stunning home south of Cairns.Ian and Lesley Stewart are selling 6-8 Rainforest Rd, where they have lived for the past 24 years. Relax in a tropical swimming pool.“We had our kids here and there is a separate area downstairs with two bedrooms and a living area and that’s where we set our kids up.“The space could be a granny flat, Airbnb room. We’ve had a few people look at the property who have got grandparents who want to come live with them and that space would be perfect to give them their own privacy.“It’s a family home or home for a couple who’d like a lot of space. There are no hills to navigate, a garage and a workshop plus plenty of entertaining decks.” The Stewarts also landscaped the gardens, filling them with tropical foliage, and installed a pool.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago Let the outdoors in.“Incorporating natural elements and the renowned design of Chris Van Dyke to create a distinctive, surprising and inspiring residence, the home has an expansive layout with high ceilings and an open-plan design as well as two decks.“Much loved, the property has been beautifully cared for and presents immaculately.”There is a dual access driveway, a double carport and an inground rock pool set within private rainforest surrounds.center_img Stunning views.“Maintenance is not such a big deal on a house like this. One of the other attributes is Isabella Falls is a couple of hundred metres away, there are supermarkets nearby and the modification and upgrades to the Bruce Highway have made a big difference to the commute into Cairns,” Mr Stewart said.Belle Property Cairns agent Vanessa Robinson said the home was “immaculate” and likened it to the famous Daintree Eco Lodge near Mossman. “It is so private, so quiet and so rare to find such a well-cared for timber home,” she said.“The cul-de-sac is home to a select few, tightly-held properties and is positioned on the foothills of the glorious coastal ranges … yet all the convenience of large shopping centres, excellent schools, sporting facilities and other amenities are just a few minutes away. Cosy and cool.Builder Jon Nott constructed the home which represents a rare find in the Far North. Popular 30 years ago, pole homes are no longer built due to the expense and lack of elevated land left in the city.Inspections of the property are welcome by appointment.last_img read more

first_imgBatesville High School hosted the Ripley County Cross Country meet Thursday evening. Despite the heat and high humidity, both the Batesville boys and girls came out victorious!The boys did so by scoring a perfect 15 points as the first 5 to cross the finish line were from Batesville. The Bulldogs were also honored to crown individual champions to both Caleb Moster with a time of 18:02 for the boys and Mary Poltrack at 20:34 for the girls. Congratulations Caleb and Mary!On the boys side, Batesville was followed by South Ripley scoring 58, Jac-Cen-Del was third with 79 and Milan fourth with 89 points. Making the All County Team by coming through in the first 10 spots were Caleb Moster, the county champion , Connor Bell, the runner up, Brice Keeton took third place overall, followed by teammates Clay Yeaton coming in fourth and Quinten Gowdy, fifth. 2 more Bulldogs raced to earn a spot on the All County team and they were Alex Batta, who was seventh overall and Grant Meyers, who waseighth overall. Also running well for Batesville boys were Jackson Wooldridge who came in 13th and Josh Nobbe and Derek Nobbe who came in 17th and 18th respectively.On the girls side, they had a low total score of 19 followed by South Ripley’s 42. The girls also had all seven varsity runners make the All-County team and they were. Mary Poltrack, the county champion, Maria Wessel in 3rd, Emma Gausman , Audrey Weigel and Sarah Poltrack took 4th, 5th and 6th repectively. Also making the All County team were Katie Baumer, 8th and Madeleine Robben, 9th. Some other spots tonight went to Audry Maupin, 11th and Kylie Lehman, 12th.The heat was definitely a factor today and its hard to believe anyone would run a personal best, but we did have one and that was Audrey Maupin by about 40 seconds.The dogs wll take a break this weekend, but will be right back at it next Tuesday at the East Central Invitational!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more