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Evolution of the deep and bottom waters of the Scotia Sea,Southern Ocean, during 1995-2005

first_imgThe Southern Ocean hosts the formation of the densest layers of the oceanic overturning circulation, and provides a climatically sensitive element of deep ocean ventilation. An oceanographic section across the eastern Scotia Sea occupied in 1995, 1999 and 2005 reveals significant variability in the deep and bottom waters of Southern Ocean origin. Warming (~0.1ºC) of the warm mid-layer waters in the Scotia Sea between 1995 and 1999 reversed through to 2005, reflecting changes seen earlier upstream in the Weddell Sea. The volume of deep waters with potential temperature less than 0ºC decreased during 1995-2005, though such a reduction was only clear between 1995 and 1999 at the southern end of the section. The abyssal waters of the eastern Scotia Sea apparently changed circulation between 1995 and 1999, with the dominant point of their entry to the basin shifting from the south to the northeast; by 2005, the former route had regained dominance. These changes are best explained by interannual variations in the deep waters exiting the Weddell Sea, superimposed on a longer-term (decadal) warming trend. The interannual variations are related to changes in the strength of the Weddell Gyre, reflecting large-scale atmospheric variability that may include the El Niño / Southern Oscillation phenomenon. The Scotia Sea is the most direct pathway for dense waters of the overturning circulation emanating from the Weddell Sea to fill much of the world ocean abyss. The regional changes reported here have the potential to affect the climatically significant ventilation of the global ocean abyss.last_img read more


May 9, 2021 0

Global Clean Energy acquires Bakersfield Refinery in US for $40m

first_imgThe renewable fuels refinery will vertically integrate to produce renewable diesel from various feedstocks GCEH to retool the Alon Bakersfield Refinery. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) Global Clean Energy (GCEH) has acquired Alon Bakersfield Properties, a subsidiary of Delek US, in a deal worth $40m.Alon Bakersfield Properties owns the Alon Bakersfield Refinery located in Bakersfield, California in the US.With the completion of the deal, GCEH plans to retool the refinery to produce renewable diesel from various feedstocks, including GCEH’s patented fallow land crop varieties of camelina.Global Clean Energy CEO Richard Palmer said: “We are thrilled to announce this exciting new venture in Bakersfield, California; a venture that leverages the region’s core competencies in agriculture and both traditional and alternative energy.“We expect that this project will be a catalyst for economic development and will generate both direct and indirect job opportunities in Kern County and the region.”Renewable fuels refinery to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsGlobal Clean Energy expects the fuels produced from the renewable fuels facility to result in significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and local air pollutants.The firm plans to complete retooling work at the refinery between 18 to 20 months.Delek chairman, president and CEO Uzi Yemin said: “We are pleased to announce the sale of the last remaining assets located on the West Coast that were acquired through the Alon acquisition in 2017.“The sale proceeds and the removal of liabilities from our books should help further strengthen our balance sheet while eliminating the annual expenses associated with that business.”Last year, Delek US has agreed to acquire 15% stake in the Wink to Webster Pipeline joint venture formed by ExxonMobil, Plains All American Pipeline, and Lotus Midstream.last_img read more


May 7, 2021 0

Queen Elizabeth enters Portsmouth ahead of commissioning

first_img The first of Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers wrapped up her second round of trials returning to her homeport on November 21.Her Majesty’s Naval base Portsmouth will be where the future HMS Queen Elizabeth will be commissioned into service by Her Majesty the Queen herself, on December 7.It will be the first time the queen has visited the UK’s new flagship since she formally named her in Rosyth, Scotland, in July 2014. Since then the ship has been completed, sailed into her home dock of Portsmouth for the first time in August.HMS Queen Elizabeth is one two 65,000-tonne carriers – the biggest warships ever to be built in Britain. Her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales is set to be handed over to the navy in 2019.Once they enter service, the two carriers will provide over 4 acres of sovereign territory which can be deployed around the world, travelling at upwards of 500nm a day. Both ships will be capable of carrying up to 36 F-35B Lightning II stealth jets, capable of landing vertically on the flight deck. November 21, 2017 Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth wraps up trials, enters Portsmouth for commissioningcenter_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Queen Elizabeth wraps up trials, enters Portsmouth for commissioning View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabethlast_img read more


May 4, 2021 0

A day in the life of Andrew Fairley

first_imgName: ANDREW FAIRLEYCompany: GREGGS, NORTH EAST Job title: 3rd YEAR APPRENTICE Location: GOSFORTH, NEWCASTLE6am I wake to my alarm clock, have a quick wash and leave home at 6.20am for the 12-mile journey to work. Arriving at the factory, I creak up the stairs in my motorbike leathers.6.50am Before my day starts, I enjoy a quick chill in the canteen and a bit of a chat with my mates, catching up with what’s been going on.7am I walk down to the technical department, where I currently work as part of my training programme, and start my working day by baking-off and testing savoury products from the previous shift’s production run.The ovens I use are convection, which are the same type used in our shops. This means any problems are easily identified before they can happen in the shops.Depending on what was produced the night before, I could be baking-off mini or jumbo sausage rolls, large and mini corned beef pasties or chicken bakes. Once baked, I check the following specifications: size, using Vernier callipers to ensure product is within agreed parameters; colour, checking quality and evenness of glaze; filling, including both distribution and colour; quality of seal, to avoid ‘boil-out’ of the filling; and weight, to ensure product is within agreed weight levels.The great thing about bake-off is I can test the products, thus saving money on breakfast. Any quality issues with samples are reported to the savoury department manager and the quality assurance manager, so that immediate action can be implemented, such as product recall or any technical or mechanical problems.7.30am Breakfast is usually a full English, but I do my body and soul some good by accompanying this with a pint of milk – or so I tell myself!8am I collect samples from around the bakery for microbiological testing. These are sent to our sister company at Balliol Park in Newcastle, where they have their own labs. Types of samples I collect can include: raw chicken, bacon or mince; cream, both whipped and un-whipped; custard; and egg glaze. These are all high-risk foods, which are sampled on a weekly basis to ensure no food is used or sent from our factory that could cause any potential harm to our customers. There is a rolling programme to ensure no food slips through undetected.I also have the job of doing personnel swabs, which include swabbing, at random, operators’ hands to ensure high levels of personal hygiene. I have a list of areas to cover, which include all production departments as well as the canteen staff.I also swab equipment, including mixer bowls, paddles, utensils, trays and hoppers to name a few. All swabs are sent away to our labs for testing and we receive the results within three days. Then, if time allows, I have a 20-minute break.10.20am Next comes the quality ring-around. As we have 115 shops, it would take forever to ring them all, so each shop has a base shop to which it can report any quality issues.Thankfully, I only have 11 shops to call, although I do have a laugh with the shop staff while making the calls. When on ring-around, any issues – both good and bad – are logged onto a report sheet if they occur more than five times. This report is then sent to the relevant management of Greggs, including the factory manager, sales manager and, of course, the production managers. I may also handle any customer complaints during the day, but these are usually few and far between. Any issues that require action are reported back to the technical department and monitored for repeat occurrences.12pm Time for a half-hour lunch break and I usually choose a healthy option – such as chips or beef burgers! Following that, I start to input some of the technical data into the technical department database. This includes the check-weigh results, the swabbing and sampling results, quality reporting and ensuring all paperwork is signed and dated.I then carry out a glass and clear plastic audit across a production department to ensure no contamination of our products, then type up the audit results and forward these to the chief engineer, hygiene and quality assurance departments, for any further action to be taken.An added advantage of working in the technical department is we can taste the samples produced from the new product development department.2.40pmMy final break, before completing another savoury bake-off procedure to ensure that, this time, the day shift’s products are up to scratch. I input data and findings into the computer to start the process all over again.4pmFinally leave for home. I’m usually quicker at getting ready for home than I am getting ready for work!last_img read more


April 21, 2021 0

The ‘spiritual leader’ of WHRB

first_imgLike so many others who work at Harvard’s student radio station, WHRB (95.3 FM), Xilin Zhou ’20 knew that whenever she took on a new challenge she could turn to David Elliott ’64 for advice on how to do it well.“He just knew a lot about programming,” Zhou said. “He knew a lot about how to have good air. I think a lot of people looked up to him for that.”For almost 60 years, Elliott has been a force and a fixture at the station. He mentored students, counseled leadership, chaired its board of trustees, curated music programs, enriched signature programs, anchored live broadcasts, and sold advertising. His accomplishments at WHRB, which was founded in 1940, are open ended, and he has often been center stage for the station’s most significant moments, including its expansion online and through mobile streaming.But since Elliott stepped back in November to undergo treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), what many say he will most be remembered for is helping the station establish a standard of excellence and for mentoring students to carry on that legacy.“Because David was there and because he was so invested in the culture and identity of the station, a lot of people were able to understand what it meant to respect music and what it meant to respect the cultural institution we were becoming a part of,” said Aaron Fogelson ’19, a former station president. “In a lot of ways, he was almost a spiritual leader of how the station should be.”Because of his long tenure there, Elliott knew the station better than anyone else. He knew its history and had a strong sense of how the station should fulfill its purpose not only of offering music, culture, and educational information for the public, but also of benefiting the student staff who put it together.,“He really cared about the station as a family,” Zhou said. “He thought a lot about the students and really wanted the station to be a chance for them to explore new things, to be creative, and to learn.”Much of this showed in how he mentored students, instilling in them the values and work ethic for which he was known. When Zhou anchored one the station’s special programs, Elliott not only helped her curate playlists and decide what to say about each piece, he also imparted his reasoning behind his decisions, along with choices he made for his own programs.Kiran Hampton ’20, the current WHRB president, recalls how Elliott’s mentorship gave students the essential skills to succeed at any station, regardless of content. “WHRB ran, for example, one of the first great hip-hop shows on the East Coast,” Hampton said. “Obviously, that wasn’t necessarily David Elliott’s personal musical cup of tea, but he was able craft students who both had the ability to pursue their own interests and the … technique and attention to detail — and the attention to the listener — that characterized his personal programming.”,WHRB has been on the air for nearly 80 years. In the 1940s, it transmitted to Harvard dormitories only. In the 1950s, the station obtained an FM license and began broadcasting classical music, jazz, news, and sports to the entire Boston area. Today its lineup also includes hip-hop and underground rock. The station is entirely student-run and is overseen by a board of trustees.Elliott joined the station as an undergraduate in 1960. He specialized in classical music programming and during his 58-year career deepened that expertise. He became chair of the board in 1996, serving until October of last year. During that time, Elliott became a pillar not only of WHRB but of Boston’s radio community. He was known for running many of the greatest WHRB Orgies, the station’s trademark musical program — including a 1985 Orgy he co-produced on J.S. Bach that lasted nine days straight. Other memorable broadcasts he anchored included live broadcasts of Harvard’s Commencement Exercises, the annual broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera, and a vocal music program he created in 2000 featuring opera recordings from his private collection.,“He presented really, really exceptionally high-quality opera content,” Hampton said. “Opera content that’s so good that I still get emails about it constantly from people who fondly remember David Elliott.”What Elliott radiated more than anything else, however, was how much he cared for the station.“He did a lot of very important things and a lot of people will talk about that,” Zhou said. “He managed a lot of our relations, he managed a lot of our sales, he managed a lot of programming. But it’s that it was one person who did them. That there was someone who cared that much — who cared about having good air, who cared about the people involved, from the local musicians that he worked with to the student DJs to the listeners. He inspired people to love the station.”“He made everyone else care more because he demonstrated what it meant to care about an organization,” Fogelson added.Because of that, his legacy at the station — through the culture he helped create and instill — will continue.“David’s infectious devotion to WHRB has inspired thousands of students to excel and innovate on the listeners’ behalf,” said Jonathan Lehrich ’90, an associate dean at Boston University who was recently named the board’s new chair. “The station will continue to thrive, hearkening always to the ideals that David has exemplified.” David Elliott, a guiding spirit at Harvard radio station WHRB for generations, died on Thursday, Nov. 12, at age 78 from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Shortly after he stepped away from the station because of illness, the Gazette last year wrote about his life and times, below. (In the weeks ahead, WHRB plans memorial programming and services in his honor.)last_img read more


March 1, 2021 0

Google Cloud Anthos Bare Metal Support from Dell Technologies

first_imgContainer-based architectures are being rapidly adopted by nearly every DevOps team and enterprise IT organization making the transition to cloud-native and automated environments. By making this move, these developers realize greater application agility and better business outcomes. At the same time, developers get to focus more on applications and microservices and less on the underlying infrastructure through the use of platforms like Google Cloud’s Anthos.However, selecting a modern infrastructure that supports a move toward containers remains paramount, whether on-premises, in multi-cloud environments, or hybrid scenarios. As container deployments mature and scale, bare metal architectures offer additional choice and flexibility, while maintaining support for orchestration tools such as Kubernetes. Also, the ability to run on bare metal allows organizations to achieve the full performance potential of containerized applications.Bare Metal Deployment for AnthosToday, we are announcing that Dell EMC PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore now offer bare metal deployment options supporting Google Cloud’s Anthos. In addition to supporting virtualized deployments of Anthos via VMware vSphere, these offerings bring additional flexibility and choice to our customers. Customers can now increase their agility by including more apps and workloads under Anthos hybrid-cloud management, regardless of physical location.“Anthos on bare metal provides customers with more options and control over their Anthos deployments, and our collaboration with Dell Technologies enables customers to extend the convenience of cloud-native solutions on their existing Dell hardware,” said Rayn Veerubhotla, Director, Partner Engineering at Google Cloud. “Additionally, Dell’s support for Kubernetes Container Storage Interface drivers enables customers to extend Anthos across multiple environments using Dell storage solutions.”With these solutions, customers can choose to utilize bare metal or hypervisor-based deployments that can co-exist with non-container workloads for fast, easy application management across legacy and cloud-native environments.In addition to bare metal optimizations, this new Anthos update provides support for the Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) drivers. That enables storage products to provide their respective unique capabilities to stateful workloads that need persistent storage. Our customers can run Kubernetes on-prem or in the cloud, expanding their use cases to help them compete for the future, while benefiting from the best features our products offer in container application deployments.Validated Approaches for On-Premises ModernizationDell EMC PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore are Google Anthos-qualified options. They provide flexibility for stateful applications that require enterprise-quality results without compromise, using qualified CSI drivers with Anthos on bare metal. These are the latest enhancements extending our previously announced PowerFlex support for Anthos.As a trusted Anthos Ready Partner, we have worked closely with Google Cloud to qualify solution ingredients that meet Anthos requirements. So, customers get rapid time to value without the risk of faulty architectural results. Customers can focus on creating agile container applications instead of worrying about crafting the systems that make them deployable. PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore have been qualified for the following:Supporting Anthos for compatible deployment and scaleInteracting successfully for optimal computing, networking, and storing capabilitiesDeploying and exposing a workload through a supported load balancer on AnthosEmphasize resiliency, scalability, performance, flexibility, etc.Inherent, security considerations include integrated encryption protection for workloadsFurthermore, PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore make deploying Anthos easy. The PowerFlex rack, an engineered software-defined solution, comes fully configured with integrated networking for customers ready to run Anthos and start deploying containers. Once it’s installed, they are ready to deploy Kubernetes applications from the Google Cloud Console. For customers who want a more traditional three-tier architecture, PowerMax and PowerStore are the perfect storage options to use with Anthos.The Market AdvantagesWith these engineered, qualified solutions, Dell Technologies and Google Cloud take the risk out of the implementation, while offering customers more choices in their operating environments and the capabilities to modernize their infrastructure. By using Anthos on bare metal with PowerFlex or PowerMax, customers will enjoy these advantages: Flexible configuration: Dell Technologies customers can configure their infrastructure with total control. With PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore solutions, customers can mix any combination of bare metal, virtualized, container, and mixed-hypervisor platforms in a way that’s scalable and simple to manage. We provide all the freedom without the guesswork for customized hybrid on-prem solutions.Simplified containerization: Varied SLAs make some apps and workloads more difficult to containerize in VMs. Now, with bare-metal container architectures, customers can have choice, flexibility, and performance. Customers may also want to deploy Anthos container applications along with existing Windows and Linux applications that aren’t ready to be containerized. Our solutions can support any of these applications without requiring physical partitioning. That way, customers get the most value from their PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore systems.Total security and control: Bare metal implementations also help customers keep their data secure. With a bare metal architecture, customers have full control over hardware components and can quickly manage how servers and storage are accessed and utilized. Even as a customer’s network becomes more decentralized, they can trust their data is secure.Robust protection for data and workloads: Dell Technologies’ extensive portfolio of data protection solutions for Google Cloud is ideal for enterprise Anthos deployments. These solutions efficiently replicate to, from, and between hybrid cloud environments for maximum data mobility. They also leverage our industry-leading deduplication tools for low cost-to-protect and total cost of ownership.Scalability for the future: Whether you want to start small or grow to thousands of nodes, PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore have proven track records of providing linear scalability for millions of IOPS while retaining low latency. We provide large-scale performance even for availability-sensitive workloads.Flexible Consumption Options Enable Your Digital TransformationLearn about all of our available solutions including our Flex on Demand program for simplified pricing and deployment based on your specific business needs. We are here to pave the way for your digital transformation!last_img read more


February 27, 2021 0

WRJ groups gets $250,000 as part of Kresge awards

first_imgThe Upper Valley Haven, Inc in White River Junction has been awarded $250,000 by The Kresge Foundation as part of its effort to offset the effects of the recession. Feeding the hungry, assisting those least able to pursue a college degree, and advancing energy efficiency in low-income communities exemplify The Kresge Foundation’s desire to improve the long-term life circumstances of the poor and, in response to the nation’s severe economic contraction, bring some immediate relief to those in greatest need.At their September board meeting the Trustees of the foundation approved 208 awards totaling $43,698,088 for nonprofit organizations in 26 states, the District of Columbia and South Africa in the areas of human services, education, environment, arts and culture, health and community development.”We are trying to lead by example,” says Elaine D. Rosen, chair of the Kresge board of Trustees. “We are supporting exemplary nonprofit organizations in this time of financial hardship so they, in turn, may better serve and sustain those suffering in their communities.”Feeding the hungryThe 85-year-old foundation awarded Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief agency, a $2.5 million program-related investment to finance the purchase of 20 to 25 refrigerated trucks. The trucks will be used by organizations in their 63,000-member network of food banks and mobile pantries to acquire and distribute donated food.”Program-related investments are below-market loans or equity investments made by private foundations for charitable purposes in nonprofit organizations that are advancing their strategic priorities,” explains Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation. “Feeding America clearly is doing a remarkable job of scaling its services to meet the accelerating need for food in this country. They will redistribute this money at no interest to member organizations for the purchase of refrigerated delivery trucks.”With the expansion of its delivery fleet, Feeding America estimates the amount of donated food it will be able to retrieve from grocery stores and redistribute will nearly double. To facilitate this significant expansion of its operations, Kresge also awarded the Chicago-based organization a $2.5 million grant to help defray the costs associated with operating the new trucks, including driver salaries and benefits, fuel, vehicle maintenance, and insurance.”Through our program-related investment and our operating support grant, we are helping to facilitate the delivery of greater amounts of safe, nutritious food to urban and underserved rural areas,” Rapson adds.Increasing access and success in higher educationKresge has been shifting its grantmaking in the education arena from its traditional support of facilities to the advancement of accessible, graduation-oriented two and four-year higher-education programs for students who are low-income and/or the first in their families to pursue a college degree. Three grants illustrate ways organizations are either helping low-income students navigate their way into college or continue their studies even when sidetracked by an unexpected financial challenge.The National Advising Corps at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $1 million award to expand its program of placing recent college graduates in underserved high schools and community colleges to work as college-access counselors, complementing the school’s guidance counselors by helping students plan for and complete the often-daunting college and financial aid application process.Unite L.A, which received a $900,000 award, assists Los Angeles senior high-school students who often unknowingly qualify for federal and state financial aid with the application process. The grant funds will be used to train and manage an additional 500 volunteer financial aid counselors, hold an annual college and career convention for some 13,000 participants, and create and broadcast a bilingual public awareness campaign for these support services.”We seek to support organizations with broad reach that already can demonstrate success at helping low-income students achieve post-secondary educational success,” Rapson explains. “Currently only half of all U.S. college students graduate within six years of beginning their studies.”For low-income college students, a major impediment to completing a two or four-year degree is an unexpected and often temporary financial challenge — a vehicle breakdown, or, for example, an unexpectedly high utility bill. Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers program provides small, emergency loans to low-income community college students. The loans become grants, and therefore do not require repayment, if the student continues on in school in good standing. With a $1.5 million award from Kresge, a national network will be created to share Dreamkeepers best practices for replication around the country.Affordable and healthy energy efficient housingWith buildings and the activities within them accounting for more than 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Environment Program continues Kresge’s longstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency in building design and operation. Enterprise Community Partners, a Maryland-based national nonprofit dedicated to creating affordable housing communities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, received a $1 million award to expand its Green Communities program.Enterprise has demonstrated it is possible to build and retrofit low-income housing to conserve energy and water and provide environmentally healthy living conditions for residents without compromising affordability. It offers grants, financing, tax-credit equity, and technical assistance to real estate developers for creating new or retrofitting existing low-income homes to meet the Green Communities Criteria, a recognized national standard for affordable, healthy environmentally sustainable housing.”Enterprise believes that green buildings should, by definition, promote both environmental and human health,” Rapson says. “Through the expansion of its Green Communities program, it will not only increase the quantity of affordable, healthy, energy efficient housing stock, but also show the residential real estate market that it is possible to bring cost-effective construction and renovation to scale.”Awards also were made in the arts and culture, health and community development fields.Here is a list of the awards approved in the third quarter of 2009:(This list includes current and future planned grants.) ARIZONA Sojourner Center Phoenix $100,000 CALIFORNIA Alameda County Medical Center Oakland $200,000 Consultative Group on Biological Diversity San Francisco $30,000 Foundation for California Community Colleges Sacramento $250,000 Oakland Public Library Oakland $325,000 Occidental College Los Angeles $163,306 Pacific Forest Trust, Inc. San Francisco $200,000 Pesticide Action Network North America San Francisco $340,000 San Francisco Museum and Historical Society San Francisco $50,000 Unite-LA, Inc. Los Angeles $900,000 COLORADO St. Francis Center Denver $100,000 Gathering Place Denver $100,000 Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center Castle Rock $125,000 CONNECTICUT Chrysalis Center, Inc. Hartford $100,000 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Brookings Institution Washington $150,000 Center for Climate Strategies Washington $74,640 Center for Science in the Public Interest Washington $83,000 George Washington University Washington $900,000 Grantmakers In Health Washington $15,000 Independent Sector Washington $10,000 FLORIDA Archbold Expeditions Venus $100,000 GEORGIA CHRIS Kids, Inc. Atlanta $800,000 Fernbank Museum of Natural History Atlanta $1,350,000 Georgia Tech Research Corporation Atlanta $157,000 HAWAII Domestic Violence Action Center Honolulu $100,000 IOWA Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City $800,000 ILLINOIS Active Transportation Alliance Chicago $300,000 Alliance for Water Efficiency Chicago $200,000 Animal Protective Association Chicago $50,000 Feeding America Chicago $2,500,000 Feeding America Chicago $2,500,000 Global Philanthropy Partnership Chicago $160,000 INDIANA Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Indianapolis $1,000,000 Middle Way House, Inc. Bloomington $125,000 KANSAS Bethany College Lindsborg $50,000 Labette Community College Parsons $1,000,000 KENTUCKY Family Scholar House, Inc. Louisville $50,000 MASSACHUSETTS Alliance Foundation for Community Health, Inc. Cambridge $180,000 Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inc. Boston $50,000 Dorchester Bay Economic Development Dorchester Corporation $50,000 Health Resources in Action Boston $500,000 Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc. Cambridge $750,000 Urban Edge Housing Corp. Roxbury $75,000 MARYLAND Baltimore Community Foundation Baltimore $200,000 Baltimore Medical System, Inc. Baltimore $380,000 Development Training Institute Ellicott City $125,000 Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Columbia $1,000,000 Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Columbia $500,000 National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc. Columbia $143,000 St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Baltimore $350,000 MICHIGAN ARISE Detroit Detroit $125,000 ArtServe Michigan, Inc. Wixom $12,000 City Connect Detroit Detroit $600,000 Ecology Center, Inc. Ann Arbor $75,000 Eduguide Lansing $300,000 Focus: HOPE Detroit $250,000 Harriet Tubman Center – Detroit Detroit $450,000 Kalamazoo Cultural Center Kalamazoo $200,000 Matrix Human Services Detroit $300,000 Michigan Legal Services Detroit $100,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $50,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $1,000,000 Michigan Nonprofit Association Lansing $1,015,000 Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Detroit Inclusion $200,000 Newaygo County Community Services Fremont $150,000 Vista Maria Dearborn Heights $500,000 Volunteers in Prevention, Probation & Prisons, Detroit Inc. $75,000 MINNESOTA Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota St. Paul $100,000 Scholarship America, Inc. – Minneapolis Minneapolis $1,500,000 Wind on the Wires St. Paul $100,000 NORTH CAROLINA The University of North Carolina at Chapel Chapel Hill Hill $1,000,000 NEW HAMPSHIRE Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Inc. Nashua $100,000 NEW YORK Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. New York $100,000 Common Ground New York $75,000 Creative Capital Foundation New York $1,500,000 Family & Children’s Service of Niagara, Inc. Niagara Falls $300,000 MDRC New York $650,000 Nonprofit Finance Fund New York $4,000,000 Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY New York $1,500,000 OHIO ABLE, Inc. & Legal Aid of Western Ohio Toledo $100,000 Cleveland Zoological Society Cleveland $725,000 PENNYSYLVANIA East End Cooperative Ministry Pittsburgh $50,000 La Comunidad Hispana, Inc. Kennett Square $175,000 Meals on Wheels and More Austin $500,000 Opportunity House Reading $250,000 YWCA of York York $100,000 TENNESEE Appalachian Resource Conservation and Jonesborough Development Council $50,000 Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Knoxville $500,000 TEXAS Austin Children’s Shelter Austin $100,000 Corpus Christi Metro Ministries Corpus Christi $150,000 Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio San Antonio $100,000 Sports And Outdoor Recreation San Antonio $400,000 Women’s Home Houston $150,000 VIRGINIA Center for Health, Environment and Justice Falls Church $400,000 Project HOPE Millwood $26,156 United Negro College Fund, Inc. Fairfax $1,800,000 VERMONT The Upper Valley Haven, Inc. White River Junction $250,000 WASHINGTON Boys & Girls Club of King County Seattle $75,000 Catholic Charities of Spokane Spokane $75,000 Grantmakers in the Arts Seattle $165,000 KCTS Television – The Public Network Seattle $100,000 YWCA of Spokane Spokane $100,000 SOUTH AFRICA Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville $48,266 Children’s Hospital Trust Rondebosch, Cape Town $128,750 South African Institute for Advancement Woodstock $638,343 University of Pretoria Pretoria $255,234 University of the Western Cape Bellville $123,996 University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg $74,397 For more information, contact Cynthia Shaw, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 248-643-9630.SOURCE The Kresge Foundation. TROY, Mich., Oct. 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more


January 1, 2021 0

THE MOUNTAIN TO SEA TRAIL DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

first_img Kate Dixon, Executive DirectorFriends of the [email protected] Dear Friend of the MST:The highest priority of Friends of MST during this outbreak of COVID-19 is the health and well-being of our volunteers, staff and users of the MST.Like you, we are doing our best to follow closely the recommendations of health and government officials. Effective today and likely to continue through at least May 1, we are providing the following guidelines as a way to protect the MST community.For All of UsTo the extent possible, stay at home or in the outdoors where it is easy to be at least six feet from people you do not live with.Wash your hands thoroughly before and after you are in contact with people or surfaces which could host the virus.If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and believe you have had contact with anyone in the MST community, please notify me at 919-698-9024 or [email protected] so I can help you let others who may have been in the area know.Guidance for Volunteers and Trail AngelsMany of our most dedicated and involved volunteers are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.We strongly recommend that all group trail workdays or other events be cancelled until such time as we update these guidelines.We strongly urge Trail Angels to suspend offers of shuttles or homestays to long-distance MST hikers. Because it is not possible to complete the MST without help from trail angels, we strongly advising current thru-hikers and those who tell us they are planning a long-distance hike soon to postpone until the COVID-19 outbreak is over.While trail workdays are cancelled, our volunteer leaders may have tasks that solo workers could undertake such as trimming vegetation, picking up trash or reporting on other issues. Contact the crew leader in your area if you can help in this way. If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact me at [email protected] of 919-698-9024.Staff Schedules and AvailabilityOur Raleigh office is closed to the public, and our staff are working almost entirely from home.Hiker resources are available on our website, and printed copies of our trail guide and new day-hike guide may be purchased through our online store.Despite working from home, the staff still love to hear from you and are happy to respond to your questions via e-mail, phone and Facebook and Instagram. Staff contact information is available on the website.The main office phone of 919-825-0297 and general e-mail account of [email protected] are also being monitored.Gathering of FriendsThe Gathering in Surf City has been cancelled, and we are processing refunds for all registrants who have asked for them. We are sorry to miss seeing so many good friends at that time, and we greatly appreciate how generous and supportive our hosts, Surf City and Pender County, have been. In the coming weeks, we will be e-mailing our planned “State of the Trail” report to the entire MST community.Day Hiking and Backpacking on the MSTThe MST remains open except for Segment 18 on the Outer Banks. Although we are discouraging group hikes and gatherings on the trail, we hope you will use the trail by yourself or with family members you live with. Slow down. Listen to the birds. Feel the breeze.Avoid the most popular locations on the MST, and stay at least six feet from other people at trail heads and when passing on the trail.Drive yourself (do not carpool).Explore a less-visited segment you haven’t hiked before. Download trail guides from each segment page or use the interactive google map. Need more help? You can purchase a trail guide or the new day-hike guide from our online store.That said, if you have symptoms, have tested positive, or have been in contact with anyone else who has symptoms/tested positive, please refrain from using the MST.Do not plan a thru-hike at this time. It is not possible to complete the MST without help from others, and we do not want you to put yourself or them in danger of infection.Keep your dog leashed, and make sure it does not jump on other people. Do not pet other dogs. Dogs can carry the virus on their fur, and you can transmit it to other people after petting them.The people and communities along the MST are our vital supporters. Do your best to prevent any possible infections through responsible and hygienic interactions. Follow Leave No Trace practices whenever you use the trail.Thank you for your love and support of the MST. It is comforting to all of the staff and board to be part of such a strong, diverse and caring community.The MST was built for times like these.Stay safe, and enjoy the trail.last_img read more


December 30, 2020 0

Torching a drug lab in Peru, the no. 1 coca grower

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2010 With the sudden burst of a fireball and a blast of heat, another clandestine cocaine lab in a remote jungle valley on the front line of Peru’s drug war went up in flames. Minutes earlier, drug runners fled the makeshift cocaine kitchen when they heard the phwap-phwap-phwap of the police helicopter arriving. They ran away before finishing their lunch — rice and beans in blue plastic bowls. With one drug lab torched, Captain Acero, whose nom de guerre means Captain Steel, yelled orders to his team of 15 to hurry on to raid the next camp. Moving quickly, they doused another cache of coca and chemicals in kerosene and set it alight. Peru’s anti-drug police are locked in an ongoing game of cat-and-mouse in the Ene and Apurimac River Valleys against drug runners, many of whom are aligned with a remnant band of about 200 leftist Shining Path guerrillas. But the government appears to be losing the battle. In 2010, the United Nations said that Peru has overtaken Colombia — which has received billions of dollars in U.S. aid to fight drugs — as the world’s No. 1 coca producer, the main ingredient for cocaine. The fallout has put additional pressure on Peruvian President Alan Garcia to ramp up efforts to seize more drugs, but the inhospitable valleys have dealt the army and police repeated setbacks. They are frequently ambushed in the middle of the night by hit-and-run traffickers armed with grenades. The VRAE, as the mountainous jungles are known, has 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares) of coca farms and its expansion, combined with other coca planting areas in Peru, has occurred despite a decade of booming growth in the economy and jobs. The drug trade, fueled by consumers in the United States and Europe, is so lucrative that coffee and cocoa planters in the VRAE say they cannot find enough people to pick their crops. On any given day, police torch up to 20 drug labs, usually built along the banks of creeks and rivers. When helicopters are not available, reaching the labs requires slogging through thick forest on foot for hours at a time. ‘SACRED LEAF’ To locate the labs and Shining Path rebels, police rely on a network of informants who sometimes double-cross them. Villagers view police skeptically as they often rely on planting coca to make ends meet in a world of wooden shacks, dusty streets and pit toilets. Local mayors, widely suspected of collaborating with drug runners, build statues in town squares honoring the “sacred leaf” of coca, which has been used in the Andes as a food and religious symbol for centuries. Though the Shining Path’s leaders were captured in the early 1990s and the group no longer poses a threat to the stability of the government, Peru’s army and police consider the VRAE a conflict zone and say they have yet to “pacify” it. Residents in the village of Canayre have long felt abandoned by the government and still weep about the terrifying day in 1989 when Shining Path fighters massacred some 40 people in the town with machetes. Maribel Herrera, 30, whose tanned face is aged and wrinkled beyond her years, lost her father in the killing. She has spotted Shining Path rebels near her house in recent months and holds little hope they will abandon the drug trade. For farmers, coca provides a new crop every three months, whereas alternative crops that the government promotes — like coffee and cocoa — usually one provide one harvest a year. Milquiades Ayala, 61, says he is aware that part of the coca raised on her farm probably ends up being made into cocaine, but says he has no other options and needs to $250 he gets four times a year by selling coca. “These alternative crops like cocoa, coffee and sesame, give us only one crop a year,” he said. “They aren’t like coca, which gives you a constant yield.”last_img read more


December 20, 2020 0

Limited greatness: Why even some of the most talented workers can fail!

first_imgMy neighbor’s a natural ─ arguably a genius ─ whether he’s fixing leaks, painting walls or wiring complex electronic devices. Most people correctly assume he knows everything there is to know about repairing houses, and many have encouraged him to start his own home inspection business. But for him to do so would probably prove disastrous.The reality is that my gifted friend knows very little about the entrepreneurial world. He’s not the least bit interested in, or adept at, marketing to prospective members, managing daily operations, making major decisions for others or dealing with the public in general. While his talents are immense, he can’t do it all ─ and he knows it.Some personalities are simply more geared than others to specific jobs. Not everyone is comfortable networking. Not everyone is looking to lead or stand out in the crowd.The same holds true for professionals in the financial industry.Many are called upon to establish relationships with potential members within their community in order to develop commercial accounts or gain new members. However, the irony is that because of the nature of finance, i.e. auditing, accounting and credit or trust management, the majority of financial professionals are introspective, analytical individuals ─ the very people who often have little or no desire to be in the spotlight. As a result, networking, social engagements, speaking presentations and anything that seems even remotely related to sales often fall primarily on the shoulders of a branch manager or VP who has already learned how to schmooze and close dealsCan credit unions accomplish their growth-oriented goals without working one leader to death? Yes! And the best way to do so is to hire some staff members who clearly display the traits of bona fide entrepreneurs. These people are win-driven and assertive. They engage in easy conversation but will seem primarily interested in meeting their own goals and furthering their own agenda. Those who are forceful, confident, resilient, and outgoing usually perform well in business development roles.If you’re looking to increase business, use these entrepreneurial personalities to head up a team of skilled technical advisors. These typically mild-mannered people are the ones who know, better than anyone else, how to connect all the dots of an incomplete financial picture, offer credible advice, and answer a skeptical prospect’s specific questions.Each member of your staff has unique abilities that can, and should, be used to your advantage; and, like my neighbor, each one also has some shortfalls!Employers need to beware of hiring a person who is socially poised, but not really win-driven. Faux sales personalities are strong, confident networkers, but they are usually reluctant to push hard enough to secure business commitments and finalize deals.They seem assertive mainly because of their social self-confidence. They speak up and are quick to talk about their objectives, hopes, goals and plans. Most are impressive. However, careful examination may reveal that while these workers are indeed gifted on a social level, they’re also prone to being all talk and no action. They’re afraid to ask for the order.There are ways to pinpoint the true strengths and weaknesses of potential employees. Behavioral assessments, aptitude tests and background checks are a few of the tools commonly used to help determine an applicant’s overall suitability to a job. While all kinds of evaluations exist, The Omnia Profile is an ideal way to measure workplace preferences and behavior, and help people uncover their motivational hot and cold buttons.The Omnia Profile measures not only how an employee might perform a job, but also how he or she might fit in with managers and co-workers. Workplace incompatibility, unlike job incompatibility, cannot be eradicated by intense coaching or training. People either get along with their colleagues, mesh with their environment, or they don’t.Of course, resumes and interviews provide some information as well, but keep in mind that supposed “facts” can be stretched and alleged “truths” distorted. At least 30 to 40 percent of all job applications and resumes include some false claims or inflated assertions!When people must assume responsibilities requiring traits they lack, business development for example, problems will arise. Technical minds can dazzle others with their expertise, delve into problems and analyze the bottom line, but they may not be convincing speakers or strong rapport builders.When workers are made to feel inept, they often choose to leave their jobs. And when they are perceived as inept, they may be asked to leave.While not everyone knows his or her limitations, logic dictates that a person hired to be a cautious, systematic analytic, is likely to have trouble initiating or closing business development calls. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group.  She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Detailslast_img read more


December 18, 2020 0