View post tag: HMAS Gascoyne View post tag: MNMIWEX View post tag: HMAS Huon Royal Australian Navy minehunters HMAS Gascoyne and HMAS Huon achieved two firsts for their class of ships recently as they joined a Republic of Korea Navy hosted mine warfare exercise.While Gascoyne and Huon became the first units of their type to visit Korea, their trip was also the furthest north Royal Australian Navy minehunters have ever deployed.The two ships contributed to Multi-National Navy Mine Warfare Exercise 2018 (MNMIWEX) following a lengthy transit of more than 4,000 nautical miles to the exercise via stops in Darwin and Subic Bay.The first element of the MNMIWEX was the mine warfare symposium, where 13 nations gathered to share mine countermeasure warfare knowledge. The symposium culminated in ‘table-top’, exercises and scenarios of shared skills and experiences, further building on multinational mine warfare interoperability. The symposium provided an opportunity to gain an insight into the Korean and American mine hunting communities and develop an understanding of the role, tactics and capabilities of the United Nations Sending States (UNSS) Mine Hunting Force.According to HMAS Gascoyne’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Brickacek, mine hunting conditions in the exercise area posed a challenge to both the mine warfare and clearance diving departments in Gascoyne and Huon.“The local environment was significantly different to those typically experienced in Australian waters. This included minimal underwater visibility, deep mud and varying weather. Additionally there was high shipping traffic density and foreign seabed conditions with numerous underwater hazards,” said LCDR Brickacek.Both Gascoyne and Huon will continue their deployment over the coming weeks, conducting bilateral exercises and international engagement with regional nations. Photo: Ships from participating nations in Multi-National Navy Mine Warfare Exercise 2108 (MNMIWEX) sail in formation off the coast of the Republic of Korea. Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: ROK Navy View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this article
Keble JCR trialled anonymous voting at its meeting on 28th March following a referendum held the previous week.The motion in question concerned the Talbot Fund which would call for Keble Students to donate at the end of their time in college into a fund that is designed to help the extra-curricular activities of future students. It was agreed prior to the meeting that this motion would be voted on anonymously.In a speech made at the meeting Andrew Paine, who proposed the motion the refereendum that led to the new voting system, said, “Anonymous voting is a very common thing in a democratic organisation, as voting shouldn’t be susceptible to peer pressure. There is a tendency for this to happen in the JCR meetings, such as in the Israel debate.”The reaction in the JCR was mixed, with Oliver Robinson, the Welfare Officer Elect, stating, “The intention behind the system is good, but the practicalities outweigh its benefits.”Emma Brand, an English student, said, “Cutting up bits of card for voting slips seems like a waste of time and paper.”Aakash Khanijau, a student at Jesus College, where anonymous voting is not used, echoed James Davies when he said, “What’s the point? It’s just a JCR meeting; everything gets passed anyway.”
Two Fort Wayne Troopers Recognized For a Milestone 25 Years of Service(Ft. Wayne, IN) – At a recent awards ceremony held on December 6th at the Indiana State Police Museum in Indianapolis, ISP Superintendent Douglas G. Carter presented milestone service awards for two Fort Wayne troopers. Major Anthony Casto and Master Trooper Aaron Cook both received recognition for having reached 25 years of honorable service with the Indiana State Police. Both men are classmates of the 51stIndiana State Police Recruit Academy which graduated back on December 4, 1994. Master Trooper Aaron Cook–Currently assigned as part of the Fort Wayne District’s All Crimes Policing (ACP) Squad, Cook primarily patrols Whitley and Allen Counties diligently focused on highway criminal interdiction efforts. Prior to this current assignment, Cook served for five years as a Squad Sergeant for the Fort Wayne Post, responsible for the leadership and supervision of troopers assigned to Whitley and Huntington Counties. He served as a member of the District’s Drug Interdiction Team from 1998-2003, and has been a member of the department’s Tactical Intervention Platoon. As testament to Master Trooper Cook’s tenacious work ethic and dedication to duty, he has been notably awarded several times over the course of his 25 year tenure. In 2004 he was awarded the department’s second highest medal of valor, the Silver Star Award, as a result of his life-saving actions that rescued a driver from a crashed and burning vehicle in Whitley County. In 2009 he was awarded the department’s Combat Action Award for heroic and exemplary action taken to protect himself and a fellow trooper while in the midst of a gunfight in rural Huntington County. In 2017, he was named as the Trooper of the Year for the Fort Wayne Post as related to his productive enforcement and interdiction patrols. Cook is a 1989 graduate of Columbia City, and lifelong resident of Whitley County. On behalf of Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter, we would thank these troopers for their unparalleled dedication and service to the citizens of Indiana and the Indiana State Police over the last 25 years.-Walker FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Major Anthony Casto- Currently assigned as the North Zone Commander, Major Casto has command oversight of the day-to-day operations and personnel in the six northern Indiana State Police Districts, a position which he has held for the last year. Prior to this current assignment, Casto has held several other command positions, to include the Area II Commander, District Commander for the Fort Wayne Post, and Squad Sergeant for the Fort Wayne Post. Casto is a 2017 graduate of the FBI National Academy 267th Session, and also a 2014 graduate of the IMPD Leadership Academy Session 2014-02. Other notable assignments have included service as a K-9 Handler with the Fort Wayne Post’s Drug Interdiction Team from 1998-2003, a scuba diver with Underwater Search & Rescue Team II, and he also served with the Motorcycle Patrol. Casto is a 1986 graduate of LaPorte High School, and a 1990 graduate of Indiana State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. Prior to joining the Indiana State Police, Casto was a high school educator and also a coach for both boys and girls basketball and volleyball at Homestead High School from 1990-93, and Whitko High School from 1993-94.
Monday: Mostly sunny, warmer.Temps: 83.Winds: West 10-15 mphUV Index: Very High While we enjoyed a great first half of our weekend, the 2nd half we won’t be so lucky. We basically will have 2 rounds of showers. The first round of showers will move in for the early Sunday morning with a rumble of thunder possible too as a warm front slides to our north. Breezy southerly winds will keep us warm and humid through the day. Expect a dry period during the afternoon hours possibly even some sun. The next round is the one we have to watch out for. Depending on the amount of sun, we could see some hefty storms roll into Ocean City into the evening/nighttime hoursThe Storm Prediction Center has placed us in an enhanced risk of severe storms. The biggest threat will be strong gusty winds and heavy rain. There is still a threat of some hail and even the outside chance of a tornado is possible. So keep an eye to the sky Sunday evening.Brief note for Saturday evening: Between the onshore flow and a new moon, tides will be running slightly above normal which will cause some street flooding. With more cars on island as we enter the summer season, be mindful of where you park your car.FORECASTSunday: Temps 77Scattered showers, t’storm mainly in the morning. Some breaks possible in the afternoon. Line of strong to severe storms in the evening. Storms may contain strong damaging winds, heavy rain, hail.Winds: South 10-15mph, higher gusts during t’storms in the evening.UV Index: Low in the morning, High-Very High possible in the afternoon (depends on sunshine)
Winter brings delicious comforts and exhilarating pleasures to Vermont. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than a well-planned visit to the Green Mountain State, using the Vermont Chamber 2003 Vermont Winter Guide and the Ski Vermont Map.The dynamic combination of the Guide and the Map points the way to Vermont’s hot spots, on and off the slopes. A variety of visitors will find the Guide invaluable, to learn where to feel the freedom of Vermont’s most thrilling trails, the best places to shop for everything from treats to antiques, and to locate the spas services winter bodies crave.The Vermont Winter Guide will help visitors dream, then help them take care of reality, knowing what to expect from the lodging they choose. At the end of the day, there’s nothing like slipping into an outdoor hot tub while relaxing at a Vermont country inn, legendary for hometown charm and hospitality. The listings in the Vermont Winter Guide will help you find your B & B, country inn, resort, or hotel; the Ski Vermont Map will bring you there.The Resources Section of the Winter Guide presents a portable library that will fit in any suitcase: Alpine and Nordic ski areas; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing; maple sugarhouses, museums, and galleries; the Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events, and more. Over highways and back roads, to resorts and beyond, choose entertainment from the Winter Guide to tickle any visitor’s fancy, then turn to the Ski Vermont Map to find the way.The 2003 Vermont Winter Guide, the Ski Vermont Map, and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443, or order information online free of charge from the Vermont Chamber website, www.vtchamber.com(link is external). The Guide tourism listings and editorial are also available on the Vermont Chamber’s website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).
First Brandon National Bank, Brandon Vermont has earned a 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm. Five-stars denotes the absolute highest level of banking performance.First Brandon National Bank has earned the coveted 5-star rating for six consecutive quarters. (The award is based on an analysis of current financial data supplied by federal regulators, supplemented by historical data.)“We constantly receive phone calls from people worried about where they are putting their money; and with good reason,” noted Karen Dorway, president of the research firm. “With rouge institutions popping up on the Internet and elsewhere, many falsely claiming to be FDIC insured, it’s important to know there are still principled people running good, solid banks. First Brandon National Bank is one of those banks…a bank you can have confidence in.”First Brandon National Bank has been servicing the needs of its neighbors and friends in Rutland County for 141 years. Established in 1863, it now operates through four conveniently located offices in Brandon, Pittsford, and West Rutland.First Brandon National Bank: “Your 5-Star Community Bank.”
### Consolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband to hundreds more homes and businesses in Fairfax, Weathersfield, Brandon, Killington and Mendon.These new broadband rollouts are part of FairPoint’s pledge to bring total broadband coverage to half of its exchanges this year and are part of the company’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network called VantagePoint(sm).‘VantagePoint is enabling us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’FairPoint’s VantagePoint network, a fiber core, IP-based network, providesresidential speed options as fast as 15Mbps. Broadband service on the VantagePoint network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease. Always-on broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.In Fairfax, FairPoint’s high-speed Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Alexzis, Allen Irish, Anderson, Barnett, Brewster, Fisher, Goose Pond, Lyons, Main, Maple, Maple Hill, Marsh Hill, Maxfield, Mountain, River, Rounds, Rowland, Spafford, U.S. Route 104, Wilson and Wimble.In Weathersfield, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Ascutney, Comstock, Dake Hill, Gird Lot, Goulden Ridge, Lavigne, Morningside, Mountain View, Route 131, Tenney Hill, Thrasher and Victory.In Brandon, high-speed Internet service was added to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Castle Hill, Cobb Hill, Creek, Florence, Hacks Sawmill, High, High Pond and Union.In Killington and Mendon, high-speed Internet service was recently expanded to reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: Alpine, Brad Mead, Dean Hill, Fox Hollow, Merry Maple, Northeast, Northside, Old Coach, Overbrook, Robbins, Round Robin, Route 4, Windrift Ridge and Winterberry.Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $50 million in the communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to Vermont, including building almost 1,000 miles of new fiber across the state.Internet packages start at $35.99 per month. For additional information about FairPoint high-speed Internet prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1.866.984.2001 or visit www.FairPoint.com(link is external).About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com(link is external)) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable data network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint’s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection. The VantagePoint(sm) network supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/myfairpoint(link is external)) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/myfairpoint(link is external)).SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (April 7, 2011)’FairPoint Communications
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ken Silverstein for SNL:In 1980, about 70% of Duke Energy Corp.’s megawatt-hours came from coal. Today, it is 30% and by 2020, it will be about 25%.Indeed, Duke is moving ahead and investing in both renewable generation and in natural gas and the related infrastructure to compensate for its diminishing coal base. The company added 300 MW of solar power in the Carolinas in 2015 — a number that it expects to grow by 75 MW this year.At the same time, Duke is buying Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc., a local distribution company that earns a regulated return. That deal, which should be closed by year-end, will boost the utility’s stake in natural gas even more and help balance the company’s investments in electric and gas generation. Just this week, Duke closed its stock offering to help pay for the Piedmont deal, valued at about $6.7 billion.As for the company’s remaining coal fleet, Duke plans to continue investing in them to keep them efficient but makes no promise about their long-term viability.Full article ($): Duke Energy CFO: Coal fleet will wither but existing plants will be cleanChristopher Coates for SNL:Dynegy Inc. President and CEO Robert Flexon called for coal to push market innovation and evolve to compete against steady pressure from competitors and federal regulations or risk disappearing.“Coal assets are under attack economically and environmentally over the last couple of years and if there is anything we can do to drive the business model to a more efficient structure and utilize the scale of our portfolio to weather the storm, we should,” Flexon said.The company head offered a familiar list of industry challenges, from cheap natural and new and looming federal regulations, noting that he expected them to continue to weigh down the U.S. coal sector.In his presentation, Flexon stressed the need for changes to pricing, logistics and technology to make coal suppliers and those that burn coal competitive with natural gas.These included applying chemical scrubbing and rethinking coal combustion residuals, including coal ash, as a product rather than a liability. According to the company head, Dynegy is hoping to recycle all of its coal ash by 2020, eliminating all ponds and landfills in the process.Flexon did not downplay the impact of federal regulations, especially the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which he said has been designed to “crush coal.” However, he said it is now the responsibility of the industry to work together to minimize the impact of the new rule.“It’s the fault of the industry that we have not come up with more affordable ways to meet these new federal regulations,” Flexon said. “We gotta get better at this or coal is going to disappear.”Full article ($): Dynegy CEO says coal industry needs to do more or risk disappearing Dynergy and Duke Energy Execs Concede an Industry in Decline
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christian Science Monitor:It’s a sunny day in early November in southern Wyoming, but the wind is blowing so hard that opening a car door is a chore. Signs on the interstate warn of gusts topping 70 miles per hour, and semi trucks have pulled over all along I-80. It’s difficult to hear a word Bill Miller says as he steps out of his truck at the top of a rise on the Overland Trail Ranch to describe the development taking place on the expanse below him.Of course, that fierce wind is exactly what makes this pocket of the West so desirable for that development. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project is slated to become the largest wind farm in the United States once it’s up and running. And it’s causing some in Wyoming – a state whose economy has been devastated by the decline of its bedrock fossil fuel industries – to rethink their attitude toward renewable energy.The 3,000-megawatt project near Rawlins is emblematic of a growing industry that is hitting its stride, and is fueled less by ideology than by economics. Gone are the days when wind power advocacy fell exclusively to liberals and environmental advocates. As the economics of wind power have become more viable, many staunch conservatives have come to view the industry as a fiscally responsible component of a diverse energy future. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project is bankrolled by Philip Anschutz, a Denver billionaire who made much of his fortune in the fossil fuel industry, is a major Republican donor, and is hardly a poster child for renewable-energy idealism. “We’re in the resource business,” says Mr. Miller, a native Wyomingite with a trim grey beard who grew up on a ranch and has worked for The Anschutz Corporation for 37 years, mostly on oil and gas projects. He now runs both the Power Company of Wyoming and the TransWest Express Transmission Project, the two Anschutz subsidiaries behind the wind farm and the transmission line that will carry its electricity from the expanses of Wyoming to urban California and the desert Southwest. “I try to ignore the political, ignore the policy, and think about it from an economic point of view.” Anschutz already owned the 500-square-mile working cattle ranch where the new wind farm is being built, and as Miller drives its bumpy roads, up to a plateau overlooking the site, with Elk Mountain rising in the distance, he points to the primary reason this project made sense: “This is, without exception, the best wind resource anywhere in the US.”For a state with such strong winds, Wyoming has actually been slow to enter the wind market. That honor goes to the Plains states like Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Many of those states – which are generally conservative, and supported Donald Trump in 2016 – generate a significant portion of their power from wind.When Kansas legislators voted two years ago to do away with its renewable portfolio standard mandating that 20 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, it was largely a symbolic action; more than 20 percent of Kansas’s power already came from wind energy by 2014. Today, about 30 percent of its electricity generation comes from wind.“A combination of the [federal] tax credit and improving technology has made wind very cost effective,” says John Nielsen, clean energy program director at Western Resource Advocates in Boulder, Colo. One of the biggest barriers to development has been a lack of transmission and an antiquated grid system, but Mr. Nielsen and others say that once there’s more regional connectivity, wind can become an even larger player.One key driver for the spike in wind has been the growing demand from companies and states looking for cleaner energy and climate solutions. That ideologically driven investment has propelled the industry toward an economy of scale that appeals to fiscal conservatives.“In a lot of these more conservative states the driver is the economics,” says Nielsen. “Ten years ago, the barrier to renewables was that they were more costly. Now, the barrier to really large-scale penetration is the existing system, that it’s not as flexible as it could be to integrate these resources.”More: Why coal-rich Wyoming is investing big in wind power Economics Drive Decisions to Ramp Up Wind Power in Wyoming
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jane PannierIn an effort to defend prepaid product consumers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing what it sees as strong, new federal protections. The intent is to provide protections to consumers whether they are sending a payment, swiping a card, or scanning their smartphone. As comments are due 3/23/2015, let’s take a closer look at what the CFPB is proposing.The centerpiece of the proposed rule is a new “Know Before You Owe” disclosure that would provide consumers with information about costs and risks before they purchase the prepaid product. In addition, the proposed rules would limit consumers’ losses when funds are stolen or cards are lost, require issuers to investigate and resolve errors, provide easy access to account information, and impose credit card protections if credit is offered in conjunction with the prepaid account. For financial institutions, this means an expansion of Reg. Z and Reg. E consumer protections to devices and products not previously covered by these regulations.What’s a Prepaid Product?It’s important to begin by looking at the scope of what the CFPB considers a prepaid product. Under the proposed changes, prepaid products include prepaid accounts that are cards, codes, or other devices capable of being loaded with funds by either the consumer or a third party; usable at unaffiliated merchants or for person-to-person transfers; and are not gift cards (or certain other related types of cards). This would include, for example, mobile prepaid accounts that can store funds, as well as payroll cards; certain federal, state, and local government benefit cards; student and financial aid disbursement cards; tax refund cards; and peer-to-peer products. In other words, prepaid products that can be used to make payments, store funds, withdraw cash at ATMs, receive direct deposits, and send funds to other consumers. continue reading »