VEPC authorizes tax incentivesBrandons Visual Learning and Nexus ApprovedMONTPELIER — The Vermont Economic Progress Council approved applications from two Brandon companies at its May and June meetings, authorizing tax incentives for activity that will generate an estimated 128 new, full-time jobs and $4.3 million in investments. Nexus Custom Electronics, Inc. of Brandon was authorized for $258,231 in payroll, export, and capital investment credits, and Visual Learning Company of Brandon was authorized for $85,205 in payroll, export and capital investment credits.Nexus Custom Electronics manufactures electronic components to customer specifications. The company is part of a corporation that has a similar plant in Woburn, Massachusetts. The incentives will help ensure that future investment and growth occurs in the Vermont plant. Nexus expects that new contracts and increased sales will result in job creation and investment in new machinery and equipment.Visual Learning Company produces and markets educational science multi-media programming for elementary and middle schools around the country. The company was considering locations in New York for expansion. The incentives will ensure that the companys growth occurs in Vermont. Visual Learning expects to add new jobs and invest in an existing building in Brandon for expansion. The tax incentives were authorized based on business activity that must occur before the credits can be claimed. The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that projects whether the activity encouraged by the tax incentives will have a positive or negative impact on the region and state.The Council also determined that the project would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.These incentives generate good jobs that pay well and increase income levels here in Vermont, said Lawrence Miller, chair of the nine-member council of business people from around the state. “If the credits are claimed, it means that the applicant has performed as expected and invested in Vermont. The net fiscal impact is outstanding for Vermont and we’re pleased to offer these incentives.”
Renewable generation supplied 46% of German electricity demand in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Renewable energy’s share of Germany’s overall power supply mix rose by 5.4 percentage points last year to 46%, data from Europe’s biggest state-funded research and development service showed. Europe’s biggest economy is aiming for renewables to provide 65% of its power mix by 2030. It says it will abandon nuclear energy by 2022 and is devising plans for an orderly long-term exit from coal. Out of last year’s total power production of 515.6 terawatt hours (TWh), solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric generation together produced 237.4 TWh, according to data from the Fraunhofer organization of applied science.Green power output was up 7% year-on-year, and increased its share of total production from 40.6% in 2018 and 38.2% in 2017, helped by ongoing capacity expansion. Coal burning accounted for 150.9 TWh last year, a 29% share of the overall market, down from 38% in 2018. Last year wind power, both onshore and offshore, produced 127.2 TWh, taking a 24.6% share of the total mix. That was up 15.7% year-on-year, overtaking domestically mined brown coal – which yielded 102.2 TWh, or 19.7% of the total – as the biggest single power source. [Vera Eckert]More: Renewable energy’s share of German power mix rose to 46% last year: research group
With high-pitched rhetoric and scary warnings, the payday lending industry is attempting to mobilize its borrowers to flood the CFPB with comments opposing the agency’s efforts to issue rules regulating the industry.Individual payday lenders, such as Advance America, are providing Internet links to trade group websites that make the process of commenting as simple as… well, taking out a payday loan.“Tell policymakers in Washington, D.C.: Don’t Take My Credit Away,” Speedy Cash, which offers loans on line and in their stores, states on its website. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, July 13, 2020.Mike Segar | Reuters – Advertisement – – Advertisement – That daily average, however, is still far lower than earlier this year when New York was widely considered the nation’s Covid-19 epicenter. The state is also conducting far more testing than it did in the spring when it reported a high of nearly 10,000 new cases a day on average.Over the summer and fall months after New York was able to suppress the virus’ spread, Cuomo slowly began allowing more businesses to reopen at reduced capacity, like indoor dining at restaurants, gyms and museums.Now, cases are beginning to climb in neighboring states, a warning sign for New York. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced a set of similar new restrictions, including on indoor dining and a ban on interstate sporting events, that will begin on Thursday as the state tries to wrestle control over its growing outbreak.“They say in a race, ‘Run through the tape.’ Just finish the race. We’ve had a terrible eight months. We’re in this last small lap. Let’s just do what we have to do to get through it and then we’ll rebuild together,” Cuomo told reporters.This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. New York will impose a handful of coronavirus restrictions on residents and businesses across the state as it tackles several “hotspot” outbreaks and tries to avoid a surge in cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.Restaurants and bars licensed by the State Liquor Authority will be ordered to close at 10 p.m. beginning Friday, though they can operate for curbside pickup past that time, Cuomo said on a call with reporters. Gyms will also be forced to close at that time.“What is a state licensed facility? It’s a bar, it’s a restaurant, overwhelmingly the majority of it,” he said.- Advertisement – The state will also crack down on people congregating inside ahead of the holiday season, banning gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence, he said.“What we’re seeing is what they predicted for months,” Cuomo said. “We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge, and New York is a ship on the Covid tide.”New York health officials are responding to a number of hotspots in zip codes that are reporting a higher positivity rate, or the percentage of positive tests, than other parts of the state. New York is reporting a weekly average of roughly 2,641 cases a day, a more than 22% increase compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.- Advertisement –
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This home in Ferny Hills was sold for the high $500,000s on January 21 by Explore Property Picture: SuppliedA suburb that has gone under the radar for years has seen a spike in interest as investors and locals alike seek out opportunities near Brisbane.Just 12km from the CBD, Ferny Hills is starting to see inspections as much as triple usual interest levels, according to Kelly Qualtrough from Explore Property Brisbane. “Compared to Stafford, where you might get 10 buyers through, we’re getting 21 and 31 groups through,” she said. “It’s pushing prices up.” More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019She and colleague Rhys Cockram have been fielding strong inquiry levels for inspections, driven by the suburb’s value for money. “It has been a little bit untapped,” Ms Qualtrough said. “Ferny Hills is starting to get recognised. It’s so affordable … and that’s driving up demand.”Renovators were on the hunt now, with original homes selling for about the high $500,000s, and renovated properties going for the mid-$700,000s. “It’s the new area for fixer uppers and fix and flip,” she said. “There’s certainly a bit of scope to add value.”The suburb logged higher than the Brisbane average median price growth at 5.9 per cent in the 12 months to last October, according to CoreLogic market trends.In the last five years, Ferny Hills has seen its median house price rise 21.8 per cent, with the past three years seeing a 16 per cent jump.Such was the rise in interest in Brisbane’s northeast that Explore Property saw more than 180 people visit open homes in one weekend, with more than $3 million in sales from a single office.
Thelma R. Sieverding, 83, of Farmers Retreat passed away at 5:49am, Friday, November 10, 2017 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati on December 10, 1934 the daughter of Edward and Henrietta Stegeman Macke. She was married to Henry Sieverding on April 9, 1959 at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Cincinnati and her husband of 58 years survives. Other survivors include her children Maria Sieverding of Farmers Retreat, Keith (Beth) Sieverding of Friendship, Ben (Karen) Sieverding of Versailles, Ruth (Mark) Kieffer of Friendship, Teresa Meyer of Milan, Mike Sieverding of Milhousen, and Ann (Brian) Vogel of Versailles; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; two sisters Teresa (David) Kathman of Chicago and Marilyn (Ray) Siemer of Cincinnati; two brothers-in-law Arlo Crawford and Donald Eiser both of Cincinnati. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Diane, her son Francis, her grandson Jacob Vogel, her brother Ed Macke, her sisters Marci Crawford and Rosemary Eiser, and her twin sister Ruth Ann. Mrs. Sieverding was a 1953 graduate of Xavier High School in Cincinnati and attended the Cincinnati Art Academy. Her main occupation was wife and mother to her large family and outside the home Thelma worked as a secretary for the US Army in Cincinnati, as a receptionist for Proctor & Gamble, at the candy counter of Newberry’s Department Store in downtown Cincinnati, and worked in the Intelligence Division of the Internal Revenue System in Cincinnati. She was an accomplished artist and besides portraits of her children and grandchildren, she had many paintings displayed in various churches throughout the United States. Thelma also did religious statue restoration and had restored statues locally in the St. Pius and St. Charles Catholic Churches at Milan. Thelma was a member of the St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Westchester, Ohio, the Kolping Society of Cincinnati, was a founding member of the Southern Indiana Art Guild, and a member of the Indiana Plein Air Artists. Requiem High Mass will be held at 11am, Tuesday, November 14th at St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in Westchester with Father Dolan officiating. Burial will be in the Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services beginning at 4:30pm. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.
The South West pairing of Amanda Mayne and Jo Shorrocks made up a two-shot deficit to score a narrow win in the Brenda King Foursomes at Coxmoor Golf Club, Nottinghamshire.They finished the second round with scores of birdie, par, par and won by one stroke from the Surrey partnership of Debbie Richards and Felicity Christine. The 36-hole medal foursomes event is contsted by pairs from all over the country and is the annual finale to the English senior women’s season.“We are very pleased,” said Mayne, a former England senior international and a member at Saltford in Somerset. “We have never played with each other before –we generally play against each other at County Match Week.” Shorrocks is a member at Bigbury and represents Devon.After their first round of five-over 79 they trailed Richards and Christine by two shots – and were still two behind with three holes to play.On the par five 16th Mayne holed a 14ft downhill putt for birdie to reduce the gap to one. They caught up with their playing partners with a par three on the 17th and edged one ahead with a par on the long 18th.“It was a little bit tight!” said Shorrocks after they returned a second round 80. “It was quite exciting and to a certain extent it was almost like playing matchplay.” Both Shorrocks and Mayne are working to promote senior golf in their counties and encourage more players to take part.Richards (Burhill) and Christine (Woking) took second place with rounds of 77 83. Richards was a member of England’s winning teams at last year’s European senior championship and the Senior Home Internationals, while Christine is a past British senior champion.Third place went to Sue Penfold and Andrea Stockdale of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, who scored 86 79, pipping Pauline Bramley (Hallamshire) and Carol Simpson (Horsley Lodge) on countback.Caption: Amanda Mayne (left) and Jo ShorrocksClick here for full scores 30 Sep 2015 South West pair snatch Brenda King victory
August 17, 2016 at 3:00 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Log in to Reply “DuanennColour me jealous” Clive”Max”Maxfield says: nThanksForAllTheFish says: “I proposed this as a PhD topic about 10yrs ago – sonification of live video as an aid to the blind. We can produce 3D sound in realtime now delivered through stereo headphones. We can also do computer vision in realtime – imagine segmenting images into August 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm “@NThanksForAllTheFishnnSounds intriguing. Did your idea go anywhere? From your comment it appears that it wasn’t accepted for your PhD” nThanksForAllTheFish says: “I read an article recently about folks who are representing a variety of physical phenomena as sound — I recall it as being really interesting at the time, but the details have been lost as my poor old noggin has been filled with more recent information Continue Reading Previous On drivingNext An Arduino-based Theremin August 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm “@Aubrey:- You take me back to the days (30 years ago) when I was working in the London Underground Research Laboratories. I had made a thermocouple amplifier for some tests with long thermocouples cables every thing went as expected on the lab bench but w Log in to Reply Log in to Reply 13 thoughts on “Sonification” Log in to Reply “@CrustynnThose rectifiers have a lot to answer for.” Rcurl says: August 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm antedeluvian says: “@RcurlnnI just love FEELING those notes, on one pipe or many. I always use Bach’s Toccata and Fugue to test out music equipment.” August 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm “MaxnnIf the answer comes back to you, please let me know. I would love to read about it.” August 17, 2016 at 2:59 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “@Aubrey: “the frequency response of the hi-fi system should go to ~25KHz because although the ear couldnu2019t hear that the sound was there, it could detect that it was missing”nAt the other end of the audio spectrum, some manufactureres of pipe orga Log in to Reply Log in to Reply MichaelM985 says: Duane Benson says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Hi Aubrey — as I mentioned in my column (which you referenced in yours), way back in the mists of time when I worked for International Computers Limited (ICL) in the UK — as a member of a design team creating CPUs for mainframe computers — we used jump Log in to Reply August 16, 2016 at 5:07 pm In order to alleviate the boredom when walking on the treadmill I listen to different podcasts. The other day I got to listen to a Science Friday discussion on “sonfication” which is the process whereby some observational property is transformed into a sound. Perhaps the most recent example of this is the audio presentation of the gravitational waves detected by LIGO. There is also a rather haunting sonification of solar wind data into a “sun song” that you can hear if you go to the link above.According to research, hearing is more sensitive to variations than the other senses including vision. Even non-technical people can tell when their car is not sounding “right”. By coincidence our own Max Maxfield recently wrote a blog “Introducing the Floppotron 2.0” and several of the comments to that blog detail quite how sensitive the human ear can be. Back in the day of long playing records, there was a discussion that although human hearing couldn’t hear above 20KHz at maximum, the frequency response of the hi-fi system should go to ~25KHz because although the ear couldn’t hear that the sound was there, it could detect that it was missing. But let me return to sonification.Since the ear is so sensitive, it is much easier to discern changes in the phenomenon being monitored by converting the measured data into sound. There are probably several algorithms to do this and no doubt, one approach may be better than another for a given set of circumstances. Apparently Fast Fourier Transforms loom large in this field.I must admit that I found the evolution of the word “sonification” from a noun to a verb disconcerting, but at the risk of tooting my own horn (blowing my own trumpet, depending on which version of English you learned) I must confess to have sonified data well in advance of hearing this episode of Science Friday. Those of you who read my ramblings (hi mom) will know that I design analog signal conditioners that need to be calibrated. In an attempt to help the calibration technician from having to keep a small screwdriver located in the slot of a tiny screw whilst monitoring an ammeter, I came up with a technique to calibrate 4-20mA current loops without having to look from screwdriver to meter and back. If the reading was above the target value the test system produced a tone that increased in frequency as the output deviated and conversely dropped as it approached the desired output. If the reading was below the target value, the system worked in the same way, only a couple of octaves lower. The idea was to tune for a null.The project was implemented on an early PC using C and especially since I am not musically talented, the sounds were rather harsh. I argued that it would motivate the technician to complete the calibration quickly. Co-workers hated the continuous sound and so we provided headphones, but they were not particularly resilient and kept breaking – perhaps it wasn’t normal wear and tear that contributed to their demise! I must admit that it wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. I actually published it as a design idea in EDN as “Calibration technique uses sound” in September 1, 1998, but good luck finding it.From experience and the tales related in Max’s blog it is obvious there are many instances of passive sonification that we become aware of through conditioning. However, now that I know, it seems that there are several common uses of active sonification, where a designer has made a conscious decision to transform some other signal into sound – for instance in higher end cars the proximity detectors generate sounds to indicate when you are too close to an object and if I am not mistaken they use tones to indicate side and back as well. There must be others and you must have some ideas you would like to implement. Please let me know in the comments below. antedeluvian says: August 17, 2016 at 2:58 am antedeluvian says: August 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “I visited the LIGO detector in Hanford, Washington. The “sonification” of the detection was pretty cool, as was all of the data behind it.” Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “I just came across this article (which include audio) taken from the Canadian science radio program called Quirks and Quarks. This article describes how one astronomer “sonified” signals from the Milky Way.nhttp://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/an-astron “No. The professor I wanted to work with at CMU said it was a neat idea but then somewhat wryly added that he didn’t like taking on PhD students that were smarter than him. I had a full time job at the time, pulling me in a different direction and ended August 18, 2016 at 12:20 am AubreyKagan says: July 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm August 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm August 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm antedeluvian says: