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Vermont mapping software wins national EPA award

first_img# # # The other four winners of the EPA award are:Winner, Best Overall App:  Light Bulb Finder by Adam Borut and Andrea Nylund of EcoHatchery, Milwaukee, Wis.Winner, Best Student App:  EarthFriend by Ali Hasan and Will Fry of Differential Apps and Fry Development Company, Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C. and J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C..Runner Up, Best Student App:  Environmental Justice Participatory Mapping by Robert Sabie, Jr. of Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.Popular Choice Award:  CG Search by Suresh Ganesan of Cognizant Technology Solutions, South Plainfield, N.J. Winners demonstrated their submissions at the Apps for the Environment forum Nov. 8 in Arlington, Va. The forum included panels on business, technology and government initiatives, breakout sessions by EPA’s program offices, upcoming developer challenges, and future directions about environmental applications. All contestants will retain intellectual property rights over their submissions, though winners agree that their submissions will be available on the EPA website for free use and download by the public for a period of one year following the announcement of the winners.More information about the winners and other submissions: http://appsfortheenvironment.challenge.gov/submissions(link is external)More information about EPA’s Apps for the Environment forum: http://www.epa.gov/appsfortheenvironment/forum.html(link is external)(Boston, Mass. ‘ November 9, 2011)  A computer mapping program that lets you calculate your carbon footprint and that was developed by a company in Shelburne, Vermont, was recently recognized in a national challenge by the US Environmental Protection Agency.Hootroot, developed by Brighter Planet, was given the overall runner-up award in EPA’s Apps for the Environment challenge, which encourages the development of innovative environmental applications.. The mapping program provides directions and carbon footprints for driving, transit, flight, and human-powered transportation options on any route.According to Brighter Planet’s website, Hootroot ‘helps you navigate efficiently from point A to point B’ and is powered by web services from Brighter Planet, Google Maps, and HopStop. Data for the footprint calculations comes from the EPA’s US Greenhouse Gas Inventory and eGRID database, as well as from other sources. As a web app, it requires no installation.Hootroot was one of five winners in EPA’s challenge, which aimed to engage the software developer community to create new and innovative uses of EPA’s data to address environmental and public health issues. Applications covered a range of topics such as local air quality, contaminants in fish, and games to learn environmental facts. “I am not at all surprised to see a Vermonter create such a useful and innovative application that will help people make good environmental decisions about their everyday actions,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “New England has a long history of smart, creative citizens who care about how to protect our environment and apply green thinking to their lifestyle. This is another link in that long chain.”‘We are witnessing a revolution in finding ways to harness massive amounts of data to empower individuals, companies and governments to make smarter decisions,’ said ‘Andy Rossmeissl, the lead designer on HootRoot. ‘The EPA has emerged as a leader in the push for opening government data and engaging the developer community in creating apps that are innovative as well as user-friendly. This competition really showcases these efforts and we are very honored to be among the winners.’last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Hitchhiking for the Ladies

first_imgDear Thumbs Up,While hitchhiking is generally never considered a “safe” activity, in many paddling communities picking up kayakers happens often. Other paddlers stop, knowing that it’s just good shuttle karma to give someone a ride – after all what goes around comes around. Even locals accustomed to seeing paddlers to offer rides. Assess the area and decide for yourself whether you think it’s safe to hitchhike.You don’t have to take every ride offered to you. If a ride makes you feel uncomfortable, just say no thanks. When all else fails, a river knife strapped to your PDF might prevent unwanted advances.Setting shuttle can be part of the adventure. There’s something about the anticipation of waiting for a ride, sizing up every passing car to see if the driver will stop. Connecting with the driver provides the random connection that can result in a new paddling friend or an interesting conversation.Besides, a heated car is always warmer than the cozying up with paddling gear at the put-in. Appeal to your man’s sense of chivalry. Praise his toughness for being able to guard the kayaks and withstand the cold temperatures.Thumbs Up, trust your gut to determine whether a particular area and a ride feel safe for hitchhiking. Use common sense when considering what to wear. Paddling gear sends a different message than a bikini. But by all means, get out there and figure out every aspect of paddling for yourself. Feeling comfortable hitching a shuttle will come in handy when you paddling without your man. And remember to return the favor when you have the opportunity to help other paddlers set their shuttle.Cheers!Mountain Mama Dear Mountain Mama,My boyfriend is teaching me to kayak and often we only take one car. He normally drives me to the put-in and I wait there with our kayaks and gear while he drives to the take-out and then hitches a ride. Last time we went paddling, it took him forever to get a ride. I froze waiting for him and told him next time I’d do the hitching, since I’ve got better odds of getting a ride. He told me it wasn’t safe for a woman to hitchhike and he wouldn’t “let” me put my life at risk in order to shave a few minutes off of the time it takes to set shuttle.We’re still arguing. Is it safe for a woman to hitchhike the shuttle?Yours,Thumbs Uplast_img read more

Eleven New Radars Will Shield the Colombian Coast

first_img Colombia acquired eleven new radar systems to shield the Colombian coast, announced the Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón on August 18, during the inauguration of the new Coast Guard station Coveñas. “The country will be shielded in the coming years, the Colombian coast will be reinforced with the acquisition of eleven radar systems, which willl monitor the coast and vessels at sea,” said Pinzón. The Minister explained that these new monitoring and control capabilities, not only will combatt drug trafficking better, but also smuggling and arms trafficking, among other crimes. “In the next two years, this will allow the Colombian coasts to be under a radar system, which will locate any irregular behavior at sea and on the coasts,” said the senior official. He added: “This also improves the civil navigation, because having good radar systems functions the same as air traffic control in identifying navigation routes and which ships are sailing.” Finally, the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, announced the strengthening of the Coast Guard’s capabilities, with the acquisition of three new coastal patrol boats and new Midnight-class speedboats. By Dialogo August 21, 2012last_img read more

Growing young professionals into credit union champions

first_imgThe next generation of leaders, who may have not yet reached executive level, are becoming more influential in organizational success. Recognizing that young professionals are proving to be the lifeblood of successful organizations; State leagues and associations offer an artillery of benefits and resources to get them where they want to go.At the Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL), we recognized early on that not only was there a void in the industry for young professionals to network, but our industry also lacked a platform to help with their overall understanding of the movement. As a result, LCUL took the lead in creating one of the most dynamic networks of young credit union professionals – more than 400 members strong! We are proud to join a long list of state trade associations who have formed similar communities that strive to expose young professionals to credit union values with the goal of developing them into credit union champions.What we’ve learned…A successful paragon of our industry’s philosophy of cooperation and collaboration, leagues and associations regularly share best practices. A hot topic of late is the key components to successfully grooming the next generation of leaders. Some of the things we collectively agreed on:Use them as a resource…and vice versa. An environment where they can learn from industry leaders is ideal, but young professionals also want to share their ideas and opinions. Create an environment where conversations can be beneficial for everyone. This helps establish a level of respect for one another and what each has to offer. In my personal experience, they are a great sounding board during strategic planning as trends move at rapid pace. They also served as a lightning rod to help seasoned professionals like myself reconnect with why I love what I do.Volunteer Opportunities. They’re looking to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This is the perfect opportunity for younger employees to interact with the community while engaging with the credit unions core values all at the same time. It’s a win-win.Networking is everything. We must keep them engaged year-round. The constant connection helps build their relationships as well as their skill set and industry knowledge. And not just networking with peers, but anyone in the business arena that can build their personal brand.Resources for overall development. Yes, it is important to establish what the credit union philosophy is all about and the critical issues that we face. However, it’s just as important to help them grow in the general business arena, such as resume writing and business etiquette.From Ideas to Actions…Leagues play a formative role in engaging young professionals in a variety of ways, providing essentials that will grow our young professionals into credit union champions.The Louisiana Credit Union League flipped the CRASH concept, holding a “reverse crash” at the annual YP conference. A handful of ‘seasoned’ conference attendees had the chance to weigh in on the discussions. Reverse crashers learned just as much, if not more, than from the young professionals in attendance.The Carolinas Credit Union League developed the CUaware Protégé Mentor program, providing credit union professionals in the Carolinas an opportunity to be paired with a mentor from a league-affiliated credit union.YP Leads is open to Northwest Credit Union Association member credit union employees who identify as young professionals. Official YP Leads serve as ambassadors for the movement over a year by committing to serve as a strong credit union advocate by attending an advocacy event or championing local advocacy efforts. More than just a social networking initiative, program participants are exposed to the real issues affecting our industry.Volunteering is the core of all young professional communities and is nearly impossible to list them all. One special example is Oregon’s Pack for Parents. Often parents are blindsided by unexpected and indefinite stays at the hospital. To help alleviate the stress, they packed 300 “overnight” packs to help make their extended stay a little more tolerable.Need a little guidance? The League of Southeastern Credit Union provides a young professional resource page that includes YPG Networking Events Guide and YPG Community Outreach Guide.Like many other leagues, the Virginia Credit Union League hosts an annual YP Workshop strictly dedicated to young professionals. While they discuss issues and topics that matter most within the credit union system, the event also provides guidance for overall professional development applicable in any profession.Cornerstone Credit Union League has their young professionals“takeover” a local chapter meeting, volunteering not only their time, but their ideas, in front of a mixed audience.These are just a few examples of league efforts facilitating engagement and development. You can see that our young professional collaboration initiatives offer just about everything they need to rally around the credit union movement.If you are a seasoned credit union executive, I urge you to make the investment in your young professionals like your associations have. I promise you will see their passion firsthand as they play a significant role in championing issues that impact the future of our industry.  Reach out to your league and ask how they can help you in this effort.If you are a young professional reading this, congratulations on finding yourself in what I believe to be an incredibly special industry! I encourage you to visit your League’s website or contacting a League representative to learn more about young professional initiatives. And don’t be shy about asking the appropriate executive at your credit union to support your participation; my experience tells me they will appreciate your imitative and commitment to credit unions.Regardless of your tenure in the movement, you can help our efforts to retain talent within our movement for the long-term prosperity of credit unions. 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Gallman Bob Gallman, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is the President/CEO of the Louisiana Credit Union League.With extensive credit union career experience, Bobhas an established and significant body of … Web: https://www.lcul.com Detailslast_img read more

The film “Croatia Your Next Filming Destination” in competition for the tourist Oscar

first_imgShooting in Croatia This festival awards films in 18 categories, and the best is selected by an international jury composed of representatives of various sectors – the tourism industry, urban marketing, artists, representatives of professional associations and others. Last year, two films produced by Baludiči film won awards, second place for the film Dubrovnik Riviera and third place for the film VISIT LIKA. A new film from the production Baluduči film entered the competition for one of the awards at the jubilee 20th festival The Golden City Gate in Berlin. For the purposes of promoting Croatia and in support of foreign film productions, HAVC has created a website Filming in Croatia, as well as a brochure Little Black Book with contacts of various Croatian partners regarding support for film production.last_img read more

Patrick Vieira backs Granit Xhaka to play again for Arsenal and slams his critics

first_imgVieira captained Arsenal in his playing days (Picture: Getty)‘I think we have to remind ourselves that he’s achieved a lot since he’s at Arsenal and he deserves a lot of respect.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When you’re a player and don’t perform the way you expect, you get frustrated about yourself.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And sometimes you say things or do things you regret.‘I find it really difficult a lot of ex-footballers have jumped on him and being really negative towards him, it’s too too easy.‘I know how good he is and he will come through this difficult period because he’s a strong man, he’s a good player. And he will show how good he is.’ Comment Patrick Vieira backs Granit Xhaka to play again for Arsenal and slams his critics It’s unclear if Xhaka will play again for Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)Patrick Vieira has thrown his support behind Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal midfielder was stripped of the captaincy.Xhaka’s spectacular fall-out with Arsenal fans has left the club in turmoil, with Unai Emery deciding the strip his skipper and hand over the armband to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Emery has refused to say if Xhaka will be given the opportunity to play again for Arsenal, but Vieira insists the Swiss can redeem himself.‘I feel sorry for him because he [was] the captain and he’s going through a really difficult period and really difficult time at Arsenal,’ Vieira said.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Nov 2019 3:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link173Shares Leicester 2- 0 Arsenal: Unai Emery post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:35FullscreenLeicester 2- 0 Arsenal: Unai Emery post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-2-0-arsenal-unai-emery-post-match-press-conference-2045626/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Xhaka has already spoken out about his clash with fans, insisting he exploded at supporters booing him after death threats to his family.The 27-year-old’s punishment has split the Arsenal dressing room and there are doubts among some players about Aubameyang as their captain.Xhaka is being heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal, with claims he is prepared to quit the Emirates in January.MORE: Demarai Gray says Arsenal ‘were playing backwards’ against Leicester CityMORE: Patrick Vieira issues warning to Arsenal fans who want Unai Emery sacked Advertisementlast_img read more

BT slashes cost of legacy pension equalisation

first_imgPremier Foods this week reported a £41.5m provision for GMP equalisation, or 0.89% of its liabilities. The highest reported cost so far came from HSBC, which said GMP equalisation would cost it roughly £177m – although this was still less than 0.9% of its DB obligations.The revisions reflect findings from accounting and audit giant KPMG’s annual pension accounting survey , which found that 70% of its defined benefit (DB) pension clients recorded a liability increase of less than 1%, with 13% reporting an increase of less than 20 basis points.Consultancy Hymans Robertson has estimated that the final combined cost to UK DB schemes could hit £8bn, but this is roughly half the initial estimate reported immediately following October’s court case.The issue of GMP equalisation hit the headlines in October last year when the UK’s High Court ruled that the payments – which date back to 1990 – must be recalculated to ensure men and women are paid equally.IPE research has found that, of 191 listed companies to have reported GMP equalisation estimates, 140 had costs of less than 1% of liabilities.GMP cost estimates as a percentage of liabilitiesChart Maker The UK’s biggest corporate pension scheme has cut the estimated cost to legacy pension benefits of a gender discrimination case by almost 75% following analysis.The £50.7bn (€58.5bn) BT Group scheme initially estimated the cost of equalising guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) payments at “around £100m”, according to a results statement on 31 January.However, a subsequent results statement published on 9 May reported the estimated cost of the work at just £26m – or 0.05% of its liabilities.Separately, hospitality services company Compass Group today reported an estimated GMP equalisation cost of £12m, down from its initial estimate of as much as £40m.last_img read more

Premier League coup: ‘50 top-flight stars set to snub Project Restart’

first_imgFifty players could snub the Premier League’s Project Restart – over fears they could catch Covid-19 and pass it on to family members. Footballers are still unhappy over plans to resume the sport on June 12 and many may pull out as they quite rightly put health and family before their careers. Testing is due to start on Thursday as Prem players start training sessions ahead of a return to matches. But now clubs have expressed their fears that some players will reject this return as they wait for the country to become safer and less chance of contracting the virus. The Mirror claims one club admitted that they expected “two to three players” from each club to snub a return to training and then playing matches. Ninety-two games are left to be played in the Premier League. Watford are the latest club to slam the Prem plans for Project Restart. Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury told The Times: ““There are 20 different vested interests which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club. “That is why some clubs are happy to sign up to Project Restart because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format; it means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety. “But when at least six clubs — and I suspect more — are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 10 Best Female Drivers In Racing History9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way “In the world of Covid-19, there is no such thing as an entirely safe environment wherever we play.” This figure could escalate as more and more players are under pressure to reject the Prem’s formula to get the games played. Footballers will be asked to sign agreements with their clubs so they are not liable for insurance pay-outs should players contract the illness and pass it on. Many stars have young children or are living with or near old or vulnerable relatives and could pass the virus onto them if they catch it by mingling with fellow stars or through physical contact. One unnamed Prem star admitted he feared to catch the virus and passing it onto his six-week-old baby and loved ones with underlying health conditions. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber also confirmed that they have several players who have voiced concerns, including a player whose partner has a “serious medical condition”. read also:EPL stars cautioned over cars as clubs prepare strict COVID-19 protocols Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has insisted that he would accept players not wanting to play if they had objections and would not judge them. The Korean K-League kicked off on Friday and gave an insight into how matches will be played: No fans, masked substitutes and coaches and no joint goal celebrations or spitting. Premier League chiefs will hold a presentation on Monday so clubs know how things will progress during matches. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Recollection collects at Tramore

first_imgRecollection produced a strong late surge to get the better of a blanket finish in a thrilling contest for the Ashtown House Stud EBF Fillies Maiden at Tramore. Press Association Faseeha took up the running from favourite Marie Celeste over a furlong out, but a host of challengers ran into contention, with Our Rachel and Nicaragua both appearing to nose in front at some point in the final furlong. It was Shane Foley who came through decisively, though, getting Ken Condon’s 4-1 winner up in the dying strides to beat Nicaragua by a head, with Our Rachel and Faseeha a close-up third and fourth. center_img Condon said: “She was beaten everywhere bar the last stride. It’s never a good sign when you are off the bridle that early. “She just didn’t take to the track and didn’t help Shane at any stage but what she does do is stay and she is from staying family. “She met the rising ground and just got up in the nick of time and I’m delighted with that. “She has shown a progressive profile and we will see what the handicapper does. We might try and find a fillies’ handicap for her and a mile and a half would be her minimum trip.” Foley completed a double when guiding home Seamus Fahey’s Hazariban (5-1) in the Dan Cowman Memorial Handicap. last_img read more

Zastrow finds stroke

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoAfter struggling to make a major impact in the Badgers’first four regular season games, freshman Lin Zastrow finally showed off hernatural playing ability last Friday in Wisconsin’s 74-57 win over Ole Miss.UW head coach Lisa Stone hinted after the performance thatthere is plenty more to come from the 6-foot-4-inch forward, who scored 11points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win.”She has a lot of skill, a lot of gifts, and the moreconfidence she gets, the better she’s going to be,” Stone said in a statementafter the game. “It’s just a matter of time before she gets loaded withconfidence and can take over.”Though Zastrow received an abundance of playing time in thepreseason, scoring 20 combined points over the two games, she did not score asingle regular season point until breaking out against Ole Miss.”Sometimes it’s just a matter of matchups,” senior JoleneAnderson said. “Lin was probably one of the best post players we had to matchup against Ole Miss, so it’s just a combination of Lin and coach Stone gettingtogether, knowing what she can produce for us.”As a senior in high school, Zastrow averaged 20.4 points, 11rebounds and four assists per game in leading Jefferson High School to a statechampionship. Though her collegiate statistics to date are not on level withher high school numbers, she feels that the game against Ole Miss was a hugeconfidence boost and that she is due for more playing time.”The first few games I was very timid, and it was reallyfrustrating for me and the coaches,” Zastrow said. “But the last game reallywas like my breakout game. I just have to keep my aggressiveness up. Thecoaches always tell me that I can do way more than what I’m doing.”Struggling off the bench at the season’s start, Zastrow hascommitted herself to the team, coming in for extra practice and constantlyasking questions to improve her game.”Lin is extremely smart. She learns really quickly and doesa great job in practice,” assistant coach Tasha McDowell said. “She asksquestions, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘How do you even know to ask thatquestion?’ She comes up to the office all the time and wants to watch film. …It’s going to make her all the more better.”Zastrow cites consistency and confidence as the main keys togaining playing time and becoming more effective. A performance like Friday’sagainst Virginia could be what the coaches are looking for.”I hope for this next game [against Virginia] I keep up likeI did against Ole Miss,” Zastrow said. “I want to be consistent, and I want tohelp the team over and over again, not just once.” For Zastrow, playing up to her abilities is vital to hersuccess and significance on the court, and with the season just underway, sheknows that she has plenty of room to improve.”Life is about choices, and you choose whether or not youlook at film and put in that extra work,” Zastrow said. “Your attitude canchange everything. You can be dog-tired, but if you say you’re not, you can realizethat you’re not as tired as you think you are.”Zastrow, her teammates and the coaches agree that she canstrengthen her game, but playing for Wisconsin also means playing up to theprogram’s expectations.”The first time you put on that uniform, even the practiceuniform, you feel lucky and blessed that you’re able to play here,” Zastrowsaid. “Everyone here is so great, and I want to play well for this team.”When asked about her future with the team, everyone seemedenthusiastic and confident that Zastrow would continue to improve and couldeventually become a force inside.”It’s about Lin getting comfortable, building up confidence,and I think Lin has done that so far,” McDowell said. “She’s going to bereally, really good, and we need her to be. She does everything that we ask herto do, and that’s hard to coach any better right there. We might be hanging herjersey from the rafters when she’s done here.”last_img read more