O.C. Police: No Tolerance for Halloween Mischief

first_imgThe Ocean City Police Department would like to advise all residents that any act of criminal mischief during the upcoming Halloween season will be handled with a zero tolerance. Persons taken into custody for any violations will be subject to the appropriate action under the New Jersey Criminal Code, City Ordinance or Juvenile Courts. Please accept this as your only warning.In previous years, the Ocean City Police Department has been proactive in working within the school community and neighborhoods to keep these acts of vandalism to a minimum. Chief Chad Callahan requests the cooperation of the parents in assisting the community in preventing property damage from occurring. Extra officers will be on patrol in areas that have been identified as having problems in previous years.Many persons have felt that some acts are acceptable and just harmless fun. These acts include but are not limited to; egg throwing, toilet paper and shaving cream. Persons that have been the victim of these acts do not consider them as harmless fun. These incidents create property damage and are a major inconvenience to the homeowner that results in a financial hardship for the cleanup of the material left behind.The Ocean City Police Department asks for everyone to cooperate with making this a safe and enjoyable Halloween.To help families better enjoy this annual event, here are a few safety tips that can be followed when Trick or Treating.Wear reflective clothingStay in large groupsYoung children should be accompanied by an adultObey the Pedestrian safety laws – It is dark and vehicle drivers may not see youCarry a flashlightCostumes should not restrict visibilityDo not open any candy until you get home and your parents inspect the itemsReport any suspicious person or activity to the police immediately— News release from the Ocean City Police Departmentlast_img read more

News story: Insolvency (Scotland) Rules: Table of destinations now available

first_imgThe Insolvency Service continues to support the insolvency profession to prepare for the introduction of the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 and the Insolvency (Scotland) (Company Voluntary Arrangements and Administration) Rules 2018.To assist readers of the new rules, a table indicating the destination of the provisions in the Insolvency (Scotland) Rules 1986 has been published.2018 CI Rules – Collated Derivation and Destination Tables (PDF, 505KB, 16 pages)This document was updated on 16 April 2019last_img

Harvard poll predicts Obama loss

first_imgA new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School finds more millennials predict President Barack Obama will lose his bid for re-election (36 percent) than win (30 percent).The new survey also shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney fairing best among potential Republican challengers in a general election match-up against Obama, trailing the president by 11 percentage points (Obama: 37 percent, Romney: 26 percent).Thirty-two percent of millennials say they are following the Occupy Wall Street demonstration. Six percent are following it very closely and 26 percent somewhat closely. Sixty-six percent are not following the demonstrations closely, according to the poll. Only 21 percent said they supported the movement. A detailed report on the poll’s findings is available on the IOP’s homepage.“Our new polling data clearly shows millennials are growing more concerned over the direction of the country and effectiveness of Washington, D.C., to solve problems,” said IOP Director Trey Grayson. “The opportunity exists for all political parties and campaigns to re-engage this generation — those who do can maximize results in 2012.”“While we are more than a year away, this survey may well serve as an ominous sign for Barack Obama’s 2012 chances and the political engagement of America’s largest generation,” said John Della Volpe, IOP polling director.The Web-enabled survey of 2,028 18- to 29-year-old U.S. citizens had a margin of error of +/– 2.2 percentage points (95 percent confidence level) and was conducted with research partner Knowledge Networks for the IOP between Nov. 23 and Dec. 3. The findings follow:Plurality of millennials predict Obama will lose bid for re-election. Among all 18- 29-year-olds, more believe that Obama will lose re-election (36 percent) than win (30 percent), with almost a third (32 percent) not sure.Mitt Romney leads among young Republican primary and caucus-goers. Among young Republican and Independents indicating they are at least somewhat likely (definitely, probably, or 50-50) to vote in their state’s primary or caucus, Romney leads the field with 23 percent, followed by Ron Paul, 16 percent, Herman Cain, 15 percent, and Newt Gingrich, 13 percent. Examination and allocation of Cain supporters’ second-choice selections for president shows Romney would continue to lead (25 percent) among millennials with Cain out of the race, with Ron Paul (18 percent) and Newt Gingrich (17 percent) in a statistical tie for second place. (Herman Cain suspended his campaign on Dec. 3, the final day of the interviewing period for the IOP’s fall poll.)Job approval ratings continue to slide for Obama as well as Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Obama’s job performance rating among America’s 18- to 29-year-olds is currently at the lowest point since IOP polling of the Obama administration began in the fall of 2009. Forty-six percent of millennials approve of the job Obama is doing as president — a decrease of 9 percentage points from February 2011 IOP polling (55 percent) — with 51 percent saying they disapprove. Obama’s job approval has also fallen among college students from 60 percent in February to 48 percent today. Views toward Democrats (33 percent approval; down from 45 percent in February) and Republicans in Congress (24 percent approval; down from 30 percent in February) have also slipped significantly over the same period.In 2012 preview, Barack Obama holds moderate lead over “generic” Republican, but ahead of potential Republican challengers by double digits. With the general election less than one year away, Obama leads a proposed match-up against the Republican Party’s candidate for president by 6 percentage points (35 percent-29 percent), a smaller margin than found in February IOP polling (12 percentage points — Obama: 38 percent-Republican: 26 percent). On college campuses, the match-up is a statistical dead-heat (Obama: 37 percent-Republican: 34 percent). When Obama is matched against specific candidates, he leads Mitt Romney by 11 percentage points (37 percent-26 percent) and Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry (39 percent-23 percent) by 16 percentage points.By a margin of more than 4-1, millennials believe U.S. is headed in wrong direction. Only 12 percent of young Americans believe things are “headed in the right direction” with 52 percent saying things are “off on the wrong track,” a more pessimistic view than identified in February 2011 IOP polling (20 percent: “right direction,” 39 percent: “wrong track”). Importantly, less than one-third (32 percent) of 18- to 29-year-olds approve of the way that Obama is handling the economy, a 10 percentage-point drop since February IOP polling (42 percent).For the full release, visit the IOP website.last_img read more

HarvardX for alumni rethinks engagement in the MOOC era

first_imgIn the spring of 2014 HarvardX and the Harvard Alumni Association launched HarvardX for Alumni.If HarvardX is new to you, as it was to many of our alumni, it is a University-wide strategic initiative to enable our faculty to build and create online learning experiences that would also transform residential learning and enable groundbreaking research in online pedagogies. Much of the HarvardX online offerings are distributed by edX, the Harvard and MIT founded MOOC platform.The idea behind the prototype HarvardX program for alumni came by way of a brainstorm by Robert Lue, faculty director for HarvardX. An alumnus himself, Lue had a longstanding desire to find a way to reconnect graduates to the intellectual bedrock of the University.Or in his words, “We always knew that we could do something special with HarvardX and alumni … How could we, in essence, bring Harvard to them wherever they are?”Lue also was intrigued by the “whenever axis,” dubbing the project “Harvard Forever,” a phrase The Crimson, the Harvard undergraduate newspaper spun into the “Harvard Class of Forever.”Why should the rich community of learning that so many alumni cherish end with graduation? Indeed, this was an opportunity to redefine the idea of life-long learning as a life-long relationship with Harvard. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2009

first_imgA heated winter jacket. Avoid-grip trekking poles. Gummy athletic gel. These are a few of the innovative products coming to market later in 2009 in the outdoors industry. Last week, at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City, I got a peek into this future of outdoors gear and apparel. Here’s the rundown on five items that caught my eye.Mountain Hardwear Refugium Trifecta jacket — Stay dry. Heat your core. Charge your electronics. Those are the features Mountain Hardwear promises with its new “jacket system,” a waterproof shell jacket with a battery-powered, heated liner. Plug in the Ardica battery pack and the liner pumps heat via receptors embedded in the fabric. Or, use a cable connector to charge your cell phone or music player as it sits cozy in warmth in the Trifecta’s inside pocket. All these tricks don’t come cheap, however. The jacket, available later this year, will cost $550.mthardwareLeki AERGON Grip — A rounded grip atop a trekking pole that sits nice in the palm, especially for descents, was the big new from Leki. The AERGON grip incorporates an ovoid shape that can be palmed or held traditionally for several grip options. Its handle has a rubberized and dimpled top for texture, and the company’s proprietary strap-adjustment system for quick tweaks for fit. The AERGON will be come on 11 new trekking poles, including women-specific designs.Leki - Aergon grip copyTREW outerwear — This small outfit from Hood River, Ore., adds the performance of top-end outerwear to a line of ski and snowboarding jackets and pants that look most at home in a terrain park. But take the company’s jackets, pants, and bibs into the backcountry for some ski touring and the products perform with waterproof-breathable fabric, high collars (no neck gaiter required), expandable chest pockets that can accommodate climbing skins, and other neat design touches.TREWAdventure Medical Kits Women’s Edition Travel kit — As its name implies, this is a first-aid kit for women, and it includes all the usual medical supplies — wound care implements, medications, instructional materials — plus components for women-only like tampons and meds for menstrual cramps. For international trips, a “visual card tool” can help you communicate a medical issue when a language barrier is present by simply pointing to diagrams and pictures on a card. Available in March for $60.AMK Women's First Aid KitGU Chomps Performance Energy Chews — GU Energy Labs’ latest athletic enhancer comes in the form of a gummy chew. GU Chomps cost $2.20 per packet and are made to address an athlete’s craving for solid food during training or racing while delivering nutrients and electrolytes. The company will ship Chomps in March in Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, Cran Apple, and Strawberry flavors. Nutritionally, the chews contain complex carbohydrates from maltodextrin and simple carbs from tapioca syrup and cane sugar, as well as antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E (to accelerate recovery from hard workouts, according to the company).Gu - Chomps— Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at www.gearjunkie.com.last_img read more

Trail Mix: Visiting the Ralph Stanley Museum

first_imgAfter leaving Charlottesville in 2004 and moving to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, I taught in a school located just miles from hallowed ground in the bluegrass world.Ralph Stanley, bluegrass icon and patriarch, was born and raised in Dickenson County. With his brother Carter, in The Stanley Brothers, and later with his own band, The Clinch Mountain Boys, Ralph forever altered the American songbook with his high lonesome take on old time and bluegrass music.The year I began teaching outside of Clintwood, Virginia, the Ralph Stanley Museum opened its doors. With a calendar full of events and workshops, along with a stunning collection of artifacts and memorabilia, the museum is a hallmark on The Crooked Road, the musical road trip that winds through Virginia’s mountains and showcases traditional music, and it is a must see for fans of Ralph Stanley and bluegrass music. A mere $5.00 affords you entrance to the museum and,with rooms available to rent upstairs, you can even spend the night!I recently got the chance to talk with Judy Steele and Vonda Shortridge about the museum, its importance to the town of Clintwood, and the legacy of the man it honors.BRO – We are approaching the first anniversary of Ralph Stanley’s death. Pretty easy to say that the museum is now more important than ever?JS – Absolutely, and his legacy in old time music will continue through the videos and the music that can be seen and heard in the museum. His fans knew he remained true to his roots and the museum will give generations to come a chance to visit a museum that highlights the old time music in its original form. Already, the museum has brought generations together, as older fans have passed their love of Ralph Stanley’s music down to their loved ones by listening to the music or going to concerts and festivals.BRO – What does having a museum like this mean to a small town like Clintwood?VS – For a small town, having a state of the art museum for visitors to tour, whether special plans were made to visit or the stop in our beautiful town was spur of the moment, is great. Everyone that enters the doors of the museum is immediately impressed by Dr. Stanley’s vast display of memorabilia, and being able to see his life portrait in videos and listening to his music on interactive screens brings his love of music to life. And the museum offers a walk through the history of Ralph Stanley’s music, along with the music he made with his brother, Carter, in The Stanley Brothers.BRO – What is the one thing you recommend visitors to see when they are in the museum?JS – As you enter the museum, one of the first rooms you see is the church room. In this room is an introduction video which begins with Ralph’s early life and ends with him sitting on the porch of the museum. This will set the tone for the rest of your tour.BRO – When you think of Ralph Stanley, what’s the first song that comes to mind?VS – For me, probably “O, Death” or “Man of Constant Sorrow,” but many of his fans ask for “Pretty Polly” or “Little Maggie.”BRO – I am sure you have a way of noting from where your visitors have come. Any idea of the longest distance traveled by a museum patron to visit?VS – Visitors have come from all over the United States, and from Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland, England, South Africa, and New Zealand. So many of those fans have such interesting stories on how they became fans of both Ralph Stanley and bluegrass music.Another visit to the Ralph Stanley Museum is definitely on my horizon. If you are interested in learning more about museum, its hours, events, and exhibitions, please visit the website and plan a trip there soon. And for more information on other adventures you can take around the mountains of Southwest Virginia, check out what our friends at The Heart of Appalachia have to offer.last_img read more

College and the lack of tradesmen

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details This is an interesting time. There seems to be a push from all directions to get a college degree. This isn’t a bad thing by any means. But there is a curious situation developing because of this college craze. The United States seems to be lacking tradesmen. A tradesman is an individual who works in manual or skilled labor. These are your electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders, etc. These are the jobs you typically wouldn’t go to college to get a degree for.As of August of 2019, the Department of Labor reports the U.S. as having 7.1 million job openings. With so many job openings, why aren’t there more tradesmen? America has become convinced that sending our children to college is a good thing. It certainly can be, but let’s look at some numbers, shall we?According to Payscale.com, the average pay for a carpenter is $28.60 per hour. Assuming you or someone you know works a full 40 hours a week, you could stand to make roughly $55K a year. Perhaps you’re good and on the higher end of the salary line. At $49 per hour, a journeyman can make around $94K per year. And, if you’re union, you get medical benefits and a retirement fund. If this is your route, private employers can pay for additional education.It has been said before that college is expensive. That’s because it is. College Data reports the university has an annual cost of about $34,700. A bachelor’s degree takes about four years. Do the math. That’s $138,800. Yes, there is financial aid that can help cover costs, but that’s still a hefty amount of money. Why dig yourself into a possible hole getting an education in something you might not work in?Tradesmen are sorely needed right now, however. The American labor force has dwindled significantly. Fortunately, this leaves a nice opportunity open for people who want to work. If you think college isn’t for you or a loved one, do some research about skilled labor. There is plenty of work, and it’s a lot cheaper to get trained in than a college education.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Investing $25.1 Million in Projects to Protect and Improve Pennsylvania Water Resources

first_img May 18, 2016 Environment,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today the selection of 114 projects to receive $25,143,294 in funding from Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), for the protection of Pennsylvania’s water resources. The selected projects enhance watersheds, mitigate acid mine drainage, and support water pollution cleanup programs.“The Growing Greener program, and this year’s funding, is an investment in our future and proof that when state government works collaboratively, we achieve long-lasting results,” said Governor Wolf. “The Environmental Stewardship Fund has helped spark innovation and coordinate partnerships to tackle some of the most challenging environmental issues in our state.”The 114 selected projects range from a wetland basin restoration in Chester County to sustainable outreach programs in Erie County. Projects focus on both statewide initiatives, like improving the health of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, and local projects, such as riparian buffer enhancement and erosion prevention in Four Mile Run, Westmoreland County. Every project supports DEP’s mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s waters.“DEP is proud to support local and regional water quality projects throughout the state,” said Secretary John Quigley. “These investments are essential to protecting and conserving the rivers, streams, and watersheds of Pennsylvania.”The grant awards are made possible by the Growing Greener Grant Program, the largest single investment of state funds that address Pennsylvania’s environmental concerns. Growing Greener encourages partnerships between counties, municipalities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, and other organizations to restore and protect the environment.The Growing Greener program is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees. Twelve projects this year received their funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 319 Nonpoint Source Grant Program, created by the Clean Water Act to reduce water pollution. Four projects received funding from the Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Set Aside Program, funded by the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and designed to abate AMD pollution. Of the 208 grant applications received for consideration this year, more than half of the proposed projects were awarded grant funding.For more information on the Growing Greener Grant Program, click here or email [email protected] organizations that were awarded are listed below, by grant type and alphabetically by county, with the project name and funding amount.GROWING GREENER:Adams• Adams County Conservation District, Beaverdam Creek Stream Bank Stabilization: $16,878Allegheny• Allegheny County Conservation District, Montour Run Watershed Assessment and Implementation Plan: $94,065• Allegheny County Parks Foundation, South Park Green Parking Solution: $77,130• Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, Kentucky Hollow AMD Treatment System: $369,007Armstrong• Armstrong Conservation District, Garretts Run BMP Grant: $245,000Beaver• Allegheny County Conservation District, Raccoon Creek Streambank Remediation: $54,395• Beaver County Conservation District, North Fork Little Beaver Stabilization / Habitat Project II: $25,667• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Raccoon Creek Bank & Buffer Project: $99,785Berks• Berks County Conservation District, Establishing a Berks County Mushroom Environmental Initiative: $111,350• The Trust for Tomorrow, The Maiden Creek Tributary Stream Restoration Project: $116,000Blair• Blair County Conservation District, Blair County – Priority Streambank Restoration Projects: $82,000Bradford• Wysox Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Comprehensive Watershed Conservation in Parks and Bullard Creeks: $758,452Bucks• Heritage Conservancy, Hart’s Woods Preserve Riparian Buffer Restoration: $17,048• Lower Southampton Township, Brookside and Pennsylvania Boulevard Basin Naturalization Projects: $103,777• Township of Bensalem, Cornwells Basin and Constructed Wetland: $173,170Butler• Butler County Conservation District, Little Buffalo AG BMP Grant: $220,500Cambria• Cambria County Conservation District, Emeigh Run Streambank Stabilization Project: $4,505• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Puritan AMD Full Treatment: $538,944Centre• Penns Valley Conservation Association, Upper Penns Creek Watershed Stream Restoration: $172,600Chester• Chester County Conservation District, Restoration of an Unnamed Headwater Tributary to Leech Run: $105,500• Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Installation of Infiltration Trench on Dayleview Road: $150,000• West Goshen Township, Extended Detention Wetland Basin Retrofit-Restoration & Demonstration: $296,400Clearfield• Trout Unlimited, Inc., MR Tuff/MR Frog Rehabilitation & Improvement Project: $91,385• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Knisley Land Restoration-AMD Reduction: $211,778Crawford• Borough of Cochranton, Cochranton Borough Stormwater BMP and Demonstration: $22,840• Crawford County Conservation District, Response to Hydrilla Infestation in Pymatuning Reservoir: $191,833Delaware• Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc., Darby-Cobbs Stormwater Initiative: $89,883• Rose Valley Borough, Ridley Creek Stabilization and Restoration: $39,046Erie• Environment Erie, Service Learning Projects : $31,050• Environment Erie, BeginANEW Stormwater Education and Management: $48,285• Erie County Conservation District, VinNES Sustainable Outreach and BMP Program: $364,610Fayette• Fayette County Conservation District, Stony Fork Ag BMPs Project: $13,373• Fayette County Conservation District, Meadow Run Nonpoint Source Pollution Grant: $27,864• Trout Unlimited, Chestnut Ridge Chapter, Glade Run Alkaline Sand Addition Project: $64,115Franklin• Franklin County Conservation District, Agriculture Planning in UNT Muddy Run: $50,323Greene• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, SGL 223: Whiteley Creek Riparian Planting: $27,800Huntingdon• Huntingdon County Conservation District, Warriors Mark Run Agricultural BMPs (Cox and Conrad Farms): $237,205• Huntingdon County Conservation District, Little Juniata River Agricultural BMPs (Ormsby Farm): $225,352• Huntingdon County Conservation District, Saddler Creek Agricultural BMPs (Metz Farm): $133,403• The Trust for Tomorrow, The Brown Farm at Sadler Creek Stream Restoration Project: $33,000Indiana• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Neal Run Restoration Project – Phase II: $100,000Jefferson• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Howe Creek Coalition of Clarion and Jefferson: $95,587• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Filson 1/2 & Glenn 17 Passive Treatment Systems-Operation, Maintenance & Replacement: $258,217Lackawanna• Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, IHM Center Meadow Brook Watershed Protection Project: $262,158Lancaster• City of Lancaster, Intermunicipal Watershed Action Plan: $40,000• Lancaster Farmland Trust, Pequea Creek Watershed Agricultural BMP’s: $482,592• Octoraro Watershed Association, Bells Run Conservation Plan and BMP Assistance: $64,500Lawrence• Lawrence County Conservation District, Slippery Rock Watershed Agricultural Restoration: $810,283Lebanon• Lebanon Valley Conservancy Inc., Quittapahilla Creek EPA 319 Watershed Implementation Plan: $26,250Lehigh• City of Allentown, Livingston Watershed Green Stormwater Infrastructure: $300,000Luzerne• Butler Township, The Wash Sediment Abatement Project: $170,000• Earth Conservancy, Bliss Bank Reclamation Phase II: $734,600• Luzerne Conservation District, Luzerne County 2015 Ag and Stream Protection Projects: $504,542Lycoming• Lycoming County Conservation District, Agricultural Stormwater BMPs: $150,000McKean• McKean County Conservation District, Upper Allegheny Ag BMP’s Project: $278,986Monroe• Paradise Township, Paradise Creek Restoration Project: $693,596Montgomery• Abington Township, Sandy Run TMDL Projects: $186,000• Lower Gwynedd Township, Lower Gwynedd Basins and Dam Naturalization: $60,850• Upper Gwynedd Township, Wissahickon Headwaters Green Stormwater Infrastructure: $305,000• Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Wissahickon Headwaters Stream and Riparian Restoration Project: $369,600Montour• Montour County Conservation District, Mahoning Creek Restoration Project: $611,037• Montour County Conservation District, Sitler Roof and Manure Storage Project: $139,165Northampton• Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., Oughoughton Creek Watershed Restoration Project: $106,000Northumberland• Northumberland County Conservation District, Chillisquaque Creek Streambank Stabilization Project: $20,055• Point Township: Kapp Heights Stormwater Management Project – Phase 1: $611,703Philadelphia• Philadelphia City Treasurer, City of Philadelphia Water Department, Germantown Green Bowls on Park Sites: $300,000Schuylkill• Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association, Packer 5 AMD Treatment Design: $85,581• Schuylkill Conservation District, Good Spring Creek Floodplain Restoration Phase 1: $459,445• Schuylkill Conservation District, Mill Creek AMD Watershed Restoration Plan Development: $64,857• Schuylkill Conservation District, Delaware Watershed Agricultural Planning Initiative: $30,000• Schuylkill Conservation District, Animal Heavy Use Area Protection Project: $321,817Snyder• Snyder County Conservation District, Snook Barnyard Improvement Project: $275,000Tioga• Mill Cove Incorporated, Mill Cove Streambank Stabilization Project: $93,000Union• Union County Conservation District, Buffalo Creek Stream Corridor and Wetland Improvement Project: $33,500Warren• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brokenstraw Creek Watershed Improvement Project: $95,770Washington• Washington County Conservation District, Raccoon Creek Watershed Agricultural BMPs: $81,608• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Blaine Township Park Restoration: $113,200Westmoreland• Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc., Fourmile Run Restoration Project: $328,000• Westmoreland County Conservation District, Turtle Creek Ag BMPs – Steel’s Run: $22,965• Westmoreland County Conservation District, First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville, Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company: $102,893• Westmoreland County Conservation District, Beaver Run AG BMPs #2 – Rebitch Farm: $15,655• Westmoreland County Conservation District, Sloan Elementary School: $129,085Wyoming• Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Rogers Hollow Stream Restoration – Phase 1 Construction: $397,998Multiple Counties• Bucktail Watershed Association, Defending Native Plants in the First Fork: $24,130• Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Stream Restoration and BMP Implementation: $354,972• Northwest Pennsylvania Eminent Community Institute, Management & Continuation of the Northwest PA Greenways Implementation Block Grants: $400,000• Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc., PACD Engineering Technical Assistance Program: $1,528,516• Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, TreeVitalize XII: $250,000• Pennsylvania State University, PaOneStop Manure Management & Nutrient Balance Modules: $168,208• Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council, C-SAW-Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (1X): $820,000• Stream Restoration Incorporated, Datashed 3: $105,718• Stream Restoration Incorporated: Passive Treatment O&M Technical Assistance 3: $180,000• Stroud Water Research Center, Inc., Delivering the Berks-Chester RCPP: $249,922• Trout Unlimited, Inc., West Branch Susquehanna Recovery Benchmark II: $128,515• Trout Unlimited, Inc., AMD Technical Assistance Program: $225,000• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Community Riparian Restoration Education Project: $57,635• Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Driftwood Branch Sinnemahoning Creek Riparian Restoration: $65,458• Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., Black Creek Watershed AMD Restoration Plan: $70,191TOTAL: $20,694,678319 NONPOINT SOURCE GRANTS RECIPIENTS:Allegheny• Pine Creek Land Conservation Trust, Crouse Run Stream Restoration: $13,800Bedford• Broad Top Township, Sandy Run SA0-D10 AMD Remediation: $400,000Berks• Berks County Conservation District, Surface Water Assessment in the Maiden & Sacony Creek Watersheds: $60,080Clearfield• Clearfield County Conservation District, Deer Creek AMD Treatment Construction: $883,174Cumberland• Cumberland County Conservation District, Middle Spring Creek WIP Implementation Phase II: $62,912Delaware• Villanova University: VUSP – PaDEP – Stormwater Best Management Practice National Monitoring Site: $323,366Indiana• Indiana County Conservation District, WIP SW Region Ag Initiative: $285,092Lancaster• West Lampeter Township, Groff Property Floodplain Restoration: $198,950Mifflin• Mifflin County Conservation District, Upper Kishacoquillas Creek and Hungry Run Surface Water Assessment: $72,692Schuylkill• Schuylkill Headwaters Association, Inc., Reevesdale #2 AMD Restoration Project Phase 2 – Optimization: $485,722Westmoreland• Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Mt. Pleasant Plaza Storm Water Retrofit (Green Infrastructure): $233,299• Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Mt. Pleasant Shop N Save: $235,926TOTAL: $3,255,013ACID MINE DRAINAGE (AMD) SET-ASIDE GRANTS RECIPIENTS:Elk• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Kyler Hollow AMD Passive Treatment System – ALD 1 & ALD 2 Rehabilitation: $618,118• Headwaters Charitable Trust, Hayes Run & Backside Hayes AMD Passive Treatment Systems – Modifications/Improvements: $384,918Fayette• Mountain Watershed Association, Inc., Rondell-Correal AMD Treatment System: $123,543Schuylkill• Schuylkill Conservation District, Upper Swatara Creek QHUP AMD Monitoring Project: $67,024TOTAL: $1,193,603GRAND TOTAL: $25,143,294# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Wolf Administration Investing $25.1 Million in Projects to Protect and Improve Pennsylvania Water Resourceslast_img read more

Australia’s Woodside delays major LNG projects

first_imgBesides delaying final decisions on its large LNG growth projects to 2021, Woodside will also postpone most proposed exploration activities, reducing overall exploration expenditure by about 50 per cent to $75 million. The current uncertain global investment environment arising from the spread of COVID-19, combined with oversupply of crude oil and LNG, has led to significant decline in prices, requiring “decisive and swift action,” Woodside said. The company will reduce spending to about $2.4 billion. “These are extraordinary times, that no one could have foreseen, but Woodside enters this period of significant uncertainty with one of the stronger balance sheets in our industry and world-class, low-cost producing assets, which are resilient to commodity price fluctuations,” Coleman said. This includes an approximately $100 million reduction in operational spending and about 60 per cent reduction in investment expenditure to $1.7 – 1.9 billion. Woodside said it would continue finalizing commercial deals and regulatory approvals for Scarborough, Pluto Train 2 and Browse.center_img Woodside announced a number of measures on Friday which include an approximately 50 per cent reduction in spending for 2020. The company also noted that there would be some ongoing engineering work in preparation for final investment decisions on these projects. Australia’s Woodside is postponing final investment decisions for its Scarborough, Pluto Train 2 and Browse liquefied natural gas growth projects worth more than $50 billion in a response to the oil price crash and the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said all steps were being taken to “protect the wellbeing of those who work for and with us, guarantee energy supplies to customers and maintain value for shareholders”.last_img read more

Parliamentary elections in Ethiopia come to a close

first_imgProvisional results are expected to emerge in a few days, while the final tally is due to be declared next month.Electoral officials and party observers came together to inspect the ballot boxes before the final vote count started.The country has 96 million people and 37 million registered voters.No major irregularities were reported, election officials said. However, the opposition said their representatives were barred from some polling stations.Observers from the African Union issued an initial assessment to say the polls were conducted in a calm and peaceful manner. Voters waiting to cast their votesThe first Parliamentary elections in Ethiopia since the death of the countries longest serving prime minister the late Meles Zenawi have come to a close.A landslide win is expected for the ruling party, which based its campaign delivering strong economic growth, as opponents complained their supporters were harassed.Voters in Ethiopia look for their names in the voter registerlast_img read more