Compost Show.

first_imgAs part of Compost Awareness Week, the University of Georgia will host a Compost Open House at the Bioconversion Center May 4.The open house is for community leaders, municipal solid waste directors, recycling coordinators or anyone interested in composting.There will be displays on home composting, composting yard waste, municipal solid waste, food waste composting, agricultural by-products, construction and demolition recycling.Hourly MiniworkshopsFrom 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will include hourly miniworkshops on home composting, poultry mortality composting, using compost for erosion control and compost facility design. There will be machinery demonstrations, too, including grinders and windrow turners.So come. Ask the experts. Find out how composting can work for your garden, your community or your business. For more information, call Julia Gaskin at (706) 542-1401 or K.C. Das at (706) 542-8842.last_img read more

Shumlin announces Karen Marshall to lead Connect VT effort

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced that Karen Marshall, a Chittenden County business executive and community leader, will take the position of Chief of Connect VT. Marshall will be responsible for implementing Gov. Shumlin’s plan to achieve universal availability of broadband and mobile phone service.‘Connect VT is one of the most important initiatives of my administration,’ the Governor said. ‘It is vital that the telecommunication highway is in place for Vermonters by the end of 2013. It will connect our economic engines to the global marketplace, and enable our health care providers to be at the forefront of innovative, cost effective delivery and administration of health care.’‘Karen will work with private sector companies and utilities that are deploying roughly $410 million of federal funding and their own capital to do this,’ said Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding. ‘She will also be engaged in efforts across state government to use broadband to improve the way that public services are delivered.’Prior to this appointment, Marshall served as Chief Operating Officer at SecurShred, a Vermont owned and operated business providing confidential document shredding, imaging, storage and electronic waste services throughout the region. Prior to that, she served as Vice President Northern New England for Comcast Spotlight, the advertising division of Comcast Cable, and Vice President/Vermont for Clear Channel Communications, where she managed 15 radio stations.Marshall has played an active role in community service, as well, serving currently as Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, a board member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and UVM’s Athletic Advisory Council.Marshall, who lives in Williston, will join the Agency of Administration. Her salary will be $115,000.Shumlin’s office. 1.27.2011last_img read more

U.S. shale companies facing a money-losing reality after oil price collapse

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:America’s shale producers already had a profitability problem. It just got a lot worse.At a stroke, Saudi Arabia and Russia and their battle for market share have made almost all U.S. shale drilling unprofitable. Only five companies in two areas of the country have breakeven costs lower than the current oil price, according to data compiled by Rystad Energy, an Oslo-based consultancy.Wells drilled by Exxon Mobil Corp., Occidental Petroleum Corp. Chevron Corp. and Crownquest Operating LLC in the Permian Basin, which stretches across West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, can turn profits at $31 a barrel, Rystad’s data show. Occidental’s wells in the DJ Basin of Colorado are also in the money at that price, which is where oil settled Monday.But that’s not the case for the rest of the shale industry — more than 100 operators in a dozen fields. For them, drilling new wells will almost certainly mean going into the red.Shale projects are heralded for their ability to be quickly ramped up and down. But because output from these wells declines much faster than from their old-school, conventional cousins, companies have to drill more of them just to keep output flat. That has meant sluggish investor returns, one of the main reasons oil and gas represents less than 4% of the S&P 500 Index.At this point, “companies should not be burning capital to be keeping the production base at an unsustainable level,” said Tom Loughrey, a former hedge fund manager who started his own shale-data firm, Friezo Loughrey Oil Well Partners LLC. “This is swing production — and that means you’re going to have to swing down.”“Even the best operators will have to reduce activity,” said Artem Abramov, head of shale research at Rystad. “It’s not only about commerciality of the wells. It’s a lot about corporate cash flow balances. It’s almost impossible to be fully cash flow neutral this year with this price decline.”[Rachel Adams-Heard and Kevin Crowley]More: Shale’s new reality: Almost all wells drilled now lose money U.S. shale companies facing a money-losing reality after oil price collapselast_img read more

In Case You Missed It

first_imgEssential 2012 Albums from the South Avett BrothersThe CarpenterThe Avett Brothers have always been about heart-on-the-sleeve honesty, but on their second album for Rick Rubin’s American Recording’s label, North Carolina’s native sons get particularly personal. Through intimate finger-picking that channels some of their early independent albums, the Avetts share emotional introspection on parenthood (“A Father’s First Spring”), losing loved ones (“Through My Prayers”) and the emptiness of materialism in the tastefully horn-accented “Down with the Shine.” The end of the album has a couple surprises, including a veiled rebuke of over-development and prejudice through the infectious piano of “Geraldine” and a cleanse-my-soul unleashing of alt-rock energy in “Paul Newman vs. the Demons.”Band of Horses Mirage RockWho was the right man to reign in the Charleston, S.C.,-based indie rock heroes? Legendary producer Glyn Johns, whose resumé boasts work with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, nuanced the Horses’ usual distortion and reverb into some blissfully mellow moments of vintage folk rock. Front man Ben Bridwell channels the melancholy of Neil Young on the dusty ballad “Slow Cruel Hands of Time,” but there’s still plenty of freewheelin’ fun in the jangly rock dance tune “Knock Knock.” Asheville tunesmith Tyler Ramsey (now the Horses’ lead guitarist) also gets to sing his “Everything’s Gonna Be Undone,” a Laurel Canyon-flavored country shuffle that’s another example of how this group is ripe with versatility for the long haul.Alabama ShakesBoys & GirlsThis debut effort from a major buzz band lived up to the hype. The Alabama Shakes deliver gritty garage soul that’s propelled by the vocals of front woman Brittany Howard, whose range fluctuates between the sensual groove of Aretha Franklin to the wailing howls of Robert Plant. Boys & Girls pays homage to old school Muscle Shoals in the context of kids who grew up on Nirvana—gritty rock club energy that channels ghosts of the past.Widespread Panic WoodBefore shelving their instruments for a year-long break, Panic played a brief acoustic tour. It’s documented on this two-disc set, a compilation of the 12-show run that finds the band digging into stripped-down takes of many of their classic Southern fried jams. Highlights include the bluegrass treatment of “Imitation Leather Shoes” and the juke joint dance groove given to “Tall Boy.” Key to this collection are the choice covers, including John Lennon’s “Ballad of John and Yoko” and Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross.” Here’s to hoping for Wood Tour round two.Shovels and RopeO’ Be JoyfulAs Shovels and Rope, husband and wide duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst deliver gutsy roots rock that features stripped-down arrangements on acoustic guitar, a salvaged junkyard drum set, and the occasional addition of harmonica or keyboards. The group’s debut album channels the energy of their reality—young lovers traveling around the country in a Winnebago, belting out rowdy country-tinged foot-stompers with heartfelt ragged harmonies and all the power that can be mustered from weathered acoustic instruments. Throughout the record they swap instruments and lead vocals, Hearst accentuating a sultry howl on the punk-blues collision of the title track, while Trent favors a rambling folk drawl on the hypnotic crawl of “This Means War.” Without much instrumentation, the album’s appeal comes from raw emotion, but as the duo sings together on the opening track: “It ain’t what you got, it’s what you make.” •5 New Year’s Eve ShowsAvett BrothersGreensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, N.C. In their native North Carolina, the Bros. will play their biggest headlining show to date with help from folk-soul crooner Amos Lee.The Infamous StringdustersJefferson Theater • Charlottesville, Va.The expansive bluegrass heroes will deliver blistering steel and wood jams in the intimate confines of the Jefferson in Charlottesville.Pretty Lights and BassnectarHampton Coliseum • Hampton, Va.You’ll be hard pressed to find a more epic dance party, as two of the biggest EDM acts team up for a two-night (December 28-29) arena blowout at the Mothership.The RootsThe Fillmore • Silver Spring, Md.Hip-hop’s premiere live act—now best known as Jimmy Fallon’s house band—will deliver their soul-drenched grooves to the latest extension of the iconic Fillmore.Old Crow Medicine ShowRyman Auditorium • Nashville, Tenn. Culminating a triumphant comeback year that included a revised line-up and a solid new album, Old Crow will reprise their big end-of-the-year party at the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.5 more albumsThe Mountain GoatsTranscendental YouthBowerbirdsThe ClearingMalcolm HolcombeDown the RiverBeach HouseBloomJustin Townes EarleNothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Nowlast_img read more

Cuomo: GOP’s Health Care Changes Potentially ‘Devastating’ To New York

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An outraged Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday accused Republicans of punishing New Yorkers and potentially dealing a “devastating” blow to Long Island’s health care industry by pushing an amendment to President Donald Trump and the House Republicans’ health care repeal bill exclusively aimed at the Empire State.Cuomo slammed House Republicans after the provision to scrap Medicaid payments from county governments and shift the cost to the state was added to the beleaguered health bill as a way to sway unconvinced Republicans in Congress to support the bill. “The consequences will really be devastating to this state,” Cuomo said, adding that the amendment would cut $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island. New York would lose $4.6 billion over the next four years as a result, the governor said. As it stands, half of all Medicaid funding in the state comes from the federal government, and the remaining half is split evenly between the state and county government and other localities. The amended bill would scrap county funding of Medicaid and would ban federal reimbursement for local governments outside of New York City, which would still have to pay its share of Medicaid costs. With county funding removed from the equation entirely, there would be no one to make up the difference, argued Cuomo. The governor went on a blistering attack against House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and two upstate House Republicans who authored the amendment. “They’ve declared war on New York and this is just the beginning,” Cuomo said. “It started with health care, you’re going to see it with the budget that disproportionately hurts New York, you’re going to see it with their talk about ending state and local tax deductibility, it is nothing short of a targeted war on New York.” “It is cheap politics at best, because what the Congresspeople say is, ‘Well, if the county doesn’t have to pay their share, then the county can reduce taxes,’” Cuomo added. “What they leave out is, if the county doesn’t pay its share, there’s another $2.3 billion cut to Medicaid on top of everything else, and that means less people are going to get health care assistance.” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul continued the evisceration late Tuesday, accusing Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) of perpetuating a “political scam on New York.” “If Mr. Collins wants to buy votes let the federal government pick up the share rather that the people of New York,” Hochul said in a statement. “Local county taxes or state taxes New Yorkers still pay. One way or another, it is still coming out of New York taxpayers’ pockets.” Collins characterized the amendment as a victory for New Yorkers in his own statement Tuesday. “This amendment will stop Albany from forcing its unfunded mandate down the throats of taxpayers, and help counties lower the property tax burden on hardworking families,” he said. “We understand the devastating impact New York’s reckless spending is having on everyday New Yorkers, and I’m proud to join with members of our delegation to bring vital tax relief to our constituents.”As many as 2.7 million New Yorkers could lose health insurance under the Republicans’ repeal bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office. On Long Island, the number of people in danger of losing health insurance is estimated at 133,324 and 152,631 within Nassau and Suffolk counties, respectively.Under the Affordable Care Act, New York, like many other states, expanded its Medicaid program, which experts say has helped lower the number of uninsured New Yorkers, which has been reduced from 10 to 5 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Officials from Nassau and Suffolk counties both said they’re reviewing the current proposal. A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the county paid $241,121,959 in Medicaid payments in 2016. Nassau did not provide a figure. Health care experts on Long Island expressed concern over the new bill’s impact on Medicaid and what it would mean for hospitals even before the new provision came into play. Cuomo singled out hospitals and nursing homes on Long Island that could be in jeopardy if the bill as it currently stands passes. Republicans have promised for years to repeal Obamacare. Now that they’re in control of both chambers of Congress, they’re in a position to do just that. But an unfavorable CBO report, combined with criticism from various medical associations, and an ideological split within their own party, has hampered those efforts. The GOP this week put on a full-court press to avoid the bill from faltering in the House by instituting other changes to Medicaid to alleviate concerns from noncommittal members. Republicans need 216 votes to push the bill out of the House and to the Senate, where 51 votes are needed. The mad dash to bolster support for the bill included a visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday by the president himself. While the fight has focused on repealing Obamacare, locally there have been efforts to preserve the ACA.Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature Tuesday held a press conference urging County Executive Ed Mangano to review the impact a repeal would have on residents. One day earlier, Suffolk County Democrats held a similar event, arguing that low-income families, seniors, and those suffering from addiction could be left out in the cold. “Don’t be fooled: The plan right now will take people’s health care away, which will lead to death for many people,” said Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition. “Health care should be a right. What is happening right now in Congress is a travesty.” Grassroots groups are also getting in on the action. Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin and New York’s 2nd District Democrats, two groups that emerged out of Trump’s election victory, planned separate rallies calling on Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) and Peter King (R-Seaford) to vote “No” on the new bill. New York’s 2nd District Democrats plan to demonstrate outside King’s Massapequa Park office Wednesday night.Related Stories:GOP Health Care Plan Raises Serious Concerns For LI & NY, Say Rep. King & ExpertsCuomo: Obamacare Repeal Would Hurt Nearly 300K Long IslandersTrump’s Repeal Of Obamacare Would Profoundly Impact Long Island Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Denmark’s PKA to expand pioneering ‘risk-premia’ strategies

first_imgPKA, the DKK195bn (€26.1bn) administrator for five Danish pension funds, is to expand a pioneering equity investment management strategy put in place in 2012 to a range of other asset classes during 2014.The funds began to adopt a strategy designed to get exposure to specific risk-premia and ‘market effects’ in equities two years ago, in collaboration with a number of investment bank and asset management advisers that included Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and AQR.Instead of simply allocating long-only to traditional global, regional or sector equity portfolios, PKA’s strategy combines developed, emerging, frontier and small-cap mandates with around 15 alternative sources of risk and return.These include premia extractable from dividends risk, merger risk and implied volatility risk, factor exposures such as value and momentum, and other market ‘effects’ such as the low-volatility anomaly, and they are implemented using long/short strategies and derivatives. Implementation of the new strategy was completed towards the end of 2012.During 2013, the traditional equity risks returned 22%; the alternative risks, 13%.The funds’ investment portfolios (excluding liability-hedging) returned 9% overall in 2013.Now Jannik Teigen Hjelmsted, a senior portfolio manager at PKA, has revealed to IPE that the funds are set to expand some aspects of this approach into rates, currencies and commodity markets.“Last year, we did a big study internally to see if it is possible to get exposure to value, carry, momentum, volatility arbitrage and the low-volatility effect in other asset classes,” he said.“The high-level conclusion was that we do see those return sources outside equities, and we are now working on ways of getting exposure to them, building on the experience we have working with equities to create an even more robust portfolio.“With the same overall risk budget, we think we can earn a higher return for the total portfolio by having exposure to these new return sources.”He added: “We have some strategies in commodities and currencies already, but, on the back of this study, we will expand those and ramp them up for a more meaningful contribution to the returns of the fund.”In many ways, these new markets lend themselves naturally to the strategies PKA has been applying to equities.Most have deep and liquid derivative markets, and, as Teigen Hjelmsted pointed out, most are also risk-management markets.Unconstrained investors can be well-compensated by other market participants looking to lay-off their risks, and those risks often have low correlation to traditional return sources, he said.The same risk-transfer concept underlies several of the premia PKA seeks out in its equity portfolio, such as dividends and volatility risk premia.“PKA’s investment committee has approved a re-allocation of risk budget to these new strategies, and we expect that, by the end of 2014, we will have most of the strategies in place, as we complete the due diligence on each of them,” Teigen Hjelmsted said.“As with the equity risk premium project, we expect implementation to take about a year.”last_img read more

Carrasco returns to Atletico on loan from Dalian Yifang

first_imgAdvertisement Read Also: Atletico Madrid reject advances for CavaniAtletico described Carrasco as “a player who knows our team and has a lot of talent and provides penetration from both sides”.The club have also been attempting to sign a striker this month, with both Diego Costa and Joao Felix out injured, and the team struggling for goals.But a deal for Edinson Cavani is yet to materialise as Atletico and Paris Saint-Germain have been unable to agree a fee.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Atletico Madrid have signed Yannick Carrasco from Chinese side Dalian Yifang on loan until the end of the season, the Spanish club confirmed on Friday. Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Best Natural History Museums You Won’t Regret VisitingEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be SolvedTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time “Our club has reached an agreement with Dalian Yifang for the loan of Yannick Carrasco until the end of the current season,” an Atletico statement read.“The player returns to Atletico, where he spent three seasons and played a total of 124 games, scoring 23 goals.”Carrasco signed for Atletico from Monaco in 2015 and he played as a forward, predominantly out wide.The Belgian scored in the 2016 Champions League final, as Atletico drew 1-1 with Real Madrid before losing on penalties.He has spent the last two years in China, where he played 52 games while registering an impressive 24 goals and 17 assists. Carrasco returns to Atletico, where he spent three years before moving to China in 2018. Loading… last_img read more

Iloilo province’s ASF pork ban now covers Mindanao, too

first_imgOn Feb. 5 he issued Executive OrderNo. 027-A expanding the existing temporary ban (Executive Order No. 027 issuedon Jan. 20, 2020) on live swine, pork, pork products and byproducts coveringLuzon and the countries of Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine,Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, Moldova, Czech Republic, South Africa, Zambia,Hong Kong, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao peoples Republic, SouthKorea, and China. “Considering damo kita pork products and live animals nga nagahalin didto sa Mindanaoand naga-agi sa Iloilo Airportand Dumangas seaport, nakita ni Governor nga may threat gid kita sa ASF, amo na gin-entireMindanao ang ban,” said Tabuada. Despite the ban, Iloilo has notexperienced a shortage in pork, pork products and by-products as there are lotsof local suppliers and hog raisers./PN ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagicviral disease that spreads rapidly in pigs. Since there is no known vaccineagainst it yet – sick pigs die in two to 10 days – ASF is destructive to theswine industry. According to Dr. Darel Tabuada, Iloiloprovince’s supervising veterinarian, the Department of Agriculture confirmed thatthe towns of Don Marcelino and Maita in Davao Occidental have ASF cases. ILOILO – The provincial government hasexpanded its ban on live swine, pork, pork products and byproducts to cover thewhole of Mindanao.center_img The goal, according to Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr., is to protect Iloilo’s swine industry from the African swinefever (ASF) which has hit Mindanao’s swine. The province of Davao Occidental whichis part of Region 11 declared a state of calamity, with up to 10,000 hogsaffected by ASF. In fact, he added, last month theprovincial government ordered tighter monitoring at the Iloilo Airport andDumangas seaport in coordination with the Bureau of Animal Industry. Last week, the city government ofIloilo also expanded its swine ban coverage to include the Davao Region (Region11).last_img read more

Batesville High School junior earns Eagle Scout Badge

first_imgMorris, In. — Recently Joseph Hartman, junior at Batesville High School was awarded the Eagle Scout Badge at a ceremony at St. Anthony’s church. A crowd of 75 acknowledged his accomplishments as a Boy Scout and recognized him as an Eagle Scout with a special certificate from Indiana state senator Jean Leising.last_img

GSA boys’ basketball team wins first state title in 13 years

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img GSA sophomore Max Mattson receives a half-court-pass in the Eagles’ 59-46 Class C state championship win over Waynflete Saturday night. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPAUGUSTA – The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team won its first state championship in 13 years Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center.The GSA Eagles defeated the Waynflete Flyers 59-46 for the Class C title.“I’m a little in shock,” GSA coach Dwayne Carter said. “They deserve it.”Sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth led the Eagles (21-1) with 23 points while junior guard Beckett Slayton contributed 14.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut Carter said it was GSA’s defense that won the game, noting the efforts of his centers Max Mattson and Nick Szwez as well as forward Jarrod Chase.“It was easier to play offense when the defense creates turnovers,” Carter said. “Everyone stepped up.”GSA came out hot, outscoring Waynflete 14-7 in the first quarter. Schildroth scored half of those points.“What more can you say, he’s just amazing,” Carter said of Schildroth. “He can break down a defense.”Waynflete’s Will Nelligan opened the second period with a basket, but Schildroth quickly cancelled it out with two of his nine points that quarter.With three minutes left before halftime, Schildroth hit a field goal to pull the Eagles up 23-15.Abel Alemayo snatched back momentum for the Flyers with a 3-pointer to kick off a seven-point run that cut GSA’s lead to 23-22. Chase scored at the end of the quarter for GSA, and the Eagles entered halftime up just 25-22.Despite the close game, Carter said his players seemed relaxed in the locker room.“They were making me laugh,” Carter said. “Unlike against Bucksport, I thought we played loose.”It was Slayton who led the Eagles in the third period. Twenty seconds in, he hit a 3, which Schildroth followed with another basket from behind the arc.Waynflete would go on another six-point run, and the Eagles watched their lead dwindle to 33-32.Chase and Nick Szwez both scored next for GSA, but Belleau answered with a basket to keep the Flyers within striking distance.With a minute left in the quarter and GSA up 37-34, a scrambled ensued. Chase dove to keep the ball in bounds, which Slayton grabbed and put up for 3. GSA entered the final period up 40-35.“Beckett Slayton hit a couple really big shots in the third when it was close,” Carter said. “That was the game-changer.”It wouldn’t remain close for much longer. The Eagles pulled away in the final period, with Schildroth, Chase, Mattson and Szwez all contributing points.Belleau led the Flyers (19-3) with 13 points while Nelligan added 11.This is Carter’s third state championship with GSA – once as a player on the team in 1979, once as an assistant coach in 2003 and, now, as head coach.“This was one of my goals,” Carter said. “It’s all because of them.”The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team poses with its Class C state championship trophy Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Postslast_img read more