Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Florida, may make landfall as Category 4

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian is strengthening and taking aim at Florida, where residents and tourists are bracing for a possible Category 4 landfall on Monday morning.Dorian is forecast to make landfall somewhere between Melbourne and West Palm Beach, but everyone on the east coast of Florida is urged to be prepared for life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and over 1 foot of rain.Dorian, now churning in the Atlantic, could become a Category 2 storm by Thursday evening or early Friday, and then a Category 3 on Friday afternoon or Friday night.Dorian is expected to be a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds on Monday morning.If Dorian makes landfall on Florida’s east coast with winds of 125 mph, it would be the strongest hurricane to hit the east coast of Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.Due to the storm’s “uncertain projected path,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the state’s 67 counties.“All residents, especially those along the east coast, need to be prepared for possible impacts,” DeSantis said in a statement on Thursday. “As it increases strength, this storm has the potential to severely damage homes, businesses and buildings, which is why all Floridians should remain vigilant. Do not wait until it is too late to make a plan.”In Jacksonville, where water is already flying off the shelves, Mayor Lenny Curry said evacuations may be ordered, depending on which direction the storm moves.The threat goes beyond Florida. Dorian may bring dangerous storm surge to coastal Georgia as well as rain and wind to inland Georgia and South Carolina, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday.Dorian first tore through the Caribbean on Wednesday, blasting St. Thomas with powerful winds and more than 6 inches of rain.President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands.Dorian missed Puerto Rico for the most part, where many residents are still reeling from the devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. The highest rainfall total on the island this week was 1 to 2 inches.“Thank God we were not affected,” Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez said Wednesday night. “All the determinations made in the last days were a real life exercise.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USA: Raytheon Company Wins USD 212.8 Million Evolved Seasparrow Missile Contract

first_img View post tag: Navy January 11, 2012 View post tag: Raytheon USA: Raytheon Company Wins USD 212.8 Million Evolved Seasparrow Missile Contract View post tag: USD View post tag: News by topic View post tag: million View post tag: contract Equipment & technology View post tag: SeaSparrow Raytheon Company was awarded two contracts totaling $212.8 million for the production of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile, with an option for $33 million in additional work.The first contract from the U.S. Navy NATO Seasparrow Project Office (NSPO), as previously announced by the Department of Defense, is for the production of ESSMs through fiscal year 2014 and contains the option for further production. The agreement also provides NSPO consortium-member navies with miscellaneous spare parts, containers and test equipment.The second contract is a two-year direct commercial sale. Raytheon will provide Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan the components and assemblies necessary to manufacture and deliver ESSM weapons to the Japanese Ministry of Defense. Licensed production will take place at MELCO’s facility in Japan.“ESSM is the foundation of our allies’ anti-ship missile defense,” said Ed Roesly, ESSM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. “Raytheon, along with our international team of 18 partner companies, has advanced this world-class system to a point of prominence in ship self-defense. We continue to make missile improvements to outpace the threat.”ESSM defends the battlespace by delivering ship self-defense firepower against high-G maneuvering anti-ship cruise missiles as well as surface and low-velocity air threats. ESSM consortium countries include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey and the United States. Japan and UAE are also ESSM customer nations.Transformational Anti-ship Missile Defense Capabilities As a tail-controlled missile, ESSM uses enhancements to its guidance system to take advantage of improved seeker sensitivity, increased propulsion and greater weapon accuracy. These features enable ESSM to arrive at the intercept point with more endgame speed and agility to counter the threat.ESSM Contribution to WarfightersCapability bridges the gap between close-in air defense and local area defense systems.Kinematics result in reduced time to target.Multi-mission weapon system is effective against high-speed or low-velocity threats.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 11, 2012center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Evolved Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Company Wins USD 212.8 Million Evolved Seasparrow Missile Contract View post tag: 212.8 View post tag: company View post tag: usa View post tag: Missile View post tag: wins Share this articlelast_img read more

Abbe Sweeney joins VABVI as new development assistant

first_imgSteve Pouliot, Executive Director for the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), is pleased to announce that Abbe Sweeney recently joined the staff as the development assistant. This position is based in the Burlington office.A native Vermonter and Colchester High School graduate, Abbe currently resides in Burlington. She has an Associates Degree in PC Networking fromChamplain College and is working towards a Bachelors Degree in business. Her responsibilities in her new position include recording daily gifts, mailing donor acknowledgments, assisting with direct mail campaigns and other development projects. In her free time, Abbe enjoys travel, reading, yoga and cooking.VABVI was founded in 1926 with the assistance of Helen Keller and the American Foundation for the Blind. The organization is the only private,non-profit organization in the state providing comprehensive training and support services for visually impaired Vermonters of all ages. They also provide information about adaptive equipment that can help after vision loss. VABVI offices are located in Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, and Rutland. Call 1-800-639-5861 or write [email protected](link sends e-mail) for more information. Our website is located at www.vabvi.org(link is external)\main.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Delaware County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Upper Darby, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Schools That Teach” tour in Delaware County, where he heard from teachers and administrators in the Upper Darby School District about their plans to ensure that education funding from his 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”In a roundtable discussion at Stonehurst Hills Elementary School, Governor Wolf heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to use increased funding for professional development and for the restoration of programs and personnel, particularly reading specialists and math coaches.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in the Upper Darby School District is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“When this district had the proper resources and funding, we were improving the academic standing of our students, which, in turn, had a positive impact on the morale of the district and community,” Upper Darby School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap said. “With proper funding and resources, we believe that we can achieve student success that would mirror, or even surpass, the success that we recognized prior to the state budget cuts.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # May 21, 2015center_img Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Delaware County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tourlast_img read more

7th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis The Sanctuary was a full house, as many gathered to witness the 7th Annual Cardboard Boat Rigatta.Each boat was unique in it’s own way, from it’s name to the inspiration behind it’s constructionMany would race, but in the end only a few would take home the prize. A determined single sailor, two kids that meant business, and a boat that successfully fit 16 people, were some of the highlightsThe final race featured the winner from each class…and they went out with a bang…literally!It was an intense race! Some sank and others survived,  but now the final results are in.Here are the award results for the 7th annual Thunder Bay Cardboard Boat Regatta!Pride of the Fleet Award (Most Well Engineered) : Napa Auto Parts (The Zybtowski Family) Admiral’s Award (Most Innovative Design) : Albert P (Branden Hall) Captain’s Award (Most Team Spirit) : The Unicorns (Evan Cole and Eva Borowski) Judge’s Bribe Award (Most Money Raised) : SS WL Slasor (Aaron Sullenger and Co.) Most Sailor’s Afloat Award : Thunder Bay Watch (Thunder Bay Theatre) Titanic Award : Thunder Bay Watch (Thunder Bay Theatre) Battle Royale Winner : Tribes Collide (Charles Rungren) First Place Class One (Kid’s Paddle) : Double Trouble II (Logan Sigmon and Logan Bouchard) First Place Class Two (Single Sailor) : Tribes Collide (Charles Rungren) First Place Class Three (Crew of Two) : Birthday Boy 66 (Brian Acton and Co.) First Place Class Four (Crew of 3+) : Military Cutbacks III (Elijah Young, Jacob O’Brien and Co.) Thunder Bay Cup Grand Prize Winner : Military Cutbacks III (Elijah Young, Jacob O’Brien and Co.)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Optimist Club Hosts Traditional Duck RaceNext MSP Alpena Post to Host 2017 Citizens Academylast_img read more

49ers pregame: Matt Breida suiting up, Alfred Morris is not

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Running back Matt Breida returns today from a one-game hiatus and figures to share the workload with Jeff Wilson Jr. as the 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks.Not part of that backfield is Alfred Morris, who was inactivated for the third time in four games. Breida aggravated an ankle injury two weeks ago at Seattle and missed last Sunday’s 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos.Wide receivers Dante Pettis (foot) and Marquise Goodwin (calf) are suiting up despite being limited in …last_img read more

Steve Biko: a life too short

first_imgSteve Biko said of dying: “You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you don’t care anyway.” Steve Biko’s book I write what I like, is a collection of his writings.(Images: Steve Biko Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Steve Biko Foundation+27 11 403 0310RELATED ARTICLES• Biko’s legacy lives on• Alice Walker to explore Biko ties• New trail to honour struggle fallenLucille Davie & Janine ErasmusBantu Steven Biko would have been 67 years old today. But he died at the hands of the apartheid security police at the age of 31.He was born just outside King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape in 1948 and was a tall, handsome man with a charismatic personality. Biko was a founder member of the South African Students’ Organisation, from which the Black Consciousness Movement developed, with the slogan “Black is beautiful”.Biko said in his book I Write What I Like: “When you say ‘Black is beautiful’ you are saying, ‘Man you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being’.”From the students’ organisation, a number of umbrella organisations were formed, one of which was the Black People’s Convention, which played a role in the Soweto riots of 1976. In the uprising, school children took to the streets to protest against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. Hundreds died on the day, but it ultimately led to the unravelling of apartheid.In 1973 Biko was banned and confined to the Eastern Cape. After the 1976 riots he was repeatedly arrested and by his final arrest on 18 August 1977 he had been in and out of jail repeatedly, including spending 101 days in solitary confinement.He was held naked and manacled at the Walmer police station in Port Elizabeth. On the morning of 6 September he was taken to the security police offices in the Sanlam Building and interrogated until 6pm, when he was again handcuffed and shackled.He was examined and transferred to the prison hospital and given a lumbar puncture which revealed blood in his spinal fluid. It was decided to transfer him to Pretoria, a 1 200 km journey that took 11 hours, with Biko lying naked in the back of a Land Rover. He died on 12 September 1977 in the Pretoria prison hospital later that night.Worldwide outcryHis death caused a worldwide outcry which temporarily stopped the deaths in detention but they resumed a year to two later. In all 115 people died in prison between 1963 and 1990. Biko was the 41st South African to die in police custody. Only two decades later, during testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, did members of the security police admit that they were responsible for his death.His wife, Ntsiki, said of his death in detention: “I think Steve expected to die in the hands of the security police. I think all of us expected it. But Steve was prepared to sacrifice his life for the black cause. He felt his work was so important that even if he died it would be worth it.”And Biko himself said of dying, in his book I Write What I Like: “You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you don’t care anyway. And your method of death can be a politicising thing.”Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote the foreword to the book: “How deeply indebted we are to Steve, acknowledged as the father of the Black Consciousness Movement. Reconciliation needed Black Consciousness to happen, because reconciliation is a deeply personal thing happening between those who acknowledge their unique personhood, and who have it acknowledged by others.”EducationHis parents believed in the value of an education, and made sure all their children received schooling.Although his school career was outstanding, Biko’s political ambitions were threatening to overtake it. He was expelled from the missionary school Lovedale House just three months after he started there. He completed his education at the liberal Catholic boarding school St Francis, near Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal and then enrolled for a medical degree at the University of Natal, now the University of KwaZulu-Natal.Here he began to devote more and more energy to his political career. He joined the multi-racial National Union of South African Students (Nusas), but was unable to progress through its leadership ranks because power was held by students attending white universities. Frustrated, Biko founded the South African Students’ Organisation (Saso) in 1968, which was only for black students.The main aim of this new organisation was to educate and convince black people that they were not inferior to white people, as they had been repeatedly told and had come to believe. This was the seed of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). According to Biko, it was only by breaking away from this negative mindset that black people could rise above their desperate situations and “break the chains of oppression”.The apartheid government had been monitoring Biko’s political activities, and eventually banned him in 1973. This meant that he could not talk to more than one person at a time, was not allowed to leave King William’s Town, had to report to the police station once a week and was prohibited from writing anything about the BCM.But Biko’s commitment to the cause was so strong that for the next few years he defied the banning order by speaking at meetings and covertly distributing his Frank Talk publication. Through the BCM he also held educational classes in health, dressmaking and general literacy.The BCM’s influence was felt in the Soweto riots of 1976. The event is now commemorated annually on 16 June, Youth Day.Steve Biko FoundationThe principles that he stood for live on today through a series of programmes run by the Steve Biko Foundation.Based in Johannesburg, with an office in King William’s Town, the foundation exists to carry on the late leader’s work and ideals, especially that of community development, which is a key element of the restoration of dignity and a sense of worth and identity to people.“We investigated other organisations that walked the path of preserving the legacies of people like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela,” said his son and chief executive officer, Nkosinathi Biko, “before we established our own organisation.”The foundation focuses on a three-part strategy. Firstly, it promotes dialogue and advocacy around issues of significance to the public. This mainly takes the form of two high-profile lectures: the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture and the Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Pan Africanist Congress founder. The PAC was a breakaway political party, from the ruling African National Congress.The foundation’s second thrust is to promote leadership development in South Africa.The third focus is a research and policy unit that will investigate development aspects such as education, housing and poverty alleviation, as well as the intangible aspects of culture and history.The Steve Biko Centre, in a township near King William’s Town, aims to translate global interest in the legacy of Steve Biko into a developmental resource for the region.Biko is buried in the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance, also in King William’s Town.last_img read more

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for the Mainstream

first_imgZero-energy (ZE) homes — efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year — are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few who are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of reasons. Mainstream media outlets have suggested cost premiums as high as 40% for sustainable real estate. However, the economics for these homes have changed: ZE homes have quietly passed cost thresholds that make them not only good for the environment but also cost-effective. As the underlying technologies and design elements continue to improve and scale, these costs will continue to decline. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) recently released Economics of Zero-Energy Homes: Single Family Insights. Our work aimed to address the perceived cost of ZE and zero-energy ready (ZER) homes — homes designed to achieve ZE levels of efficiency but that don’t yet have photovoltaics (PV). The report also provides both home builders and policymakers with guidance on how to bring these homes to market.RELATED ARTICLESZero Energy Ready Homes Gain GroundEvery New Home Should be Zero-Energy ReadyA New Guide for Net Zero BuildersTo Net Zero and BeyondThe California Model Here’s what we learned: Insight #1: ZE homes already approach cost parity Contrary to popular belief, ZER homes fall under a 3% incremental cost in most parts of the country, with that cost dropping under 1% in select locations such as Houston, Texas. Developers may even be able to construct these homes at cost parity in locations with stricter baseline codes (our analysis assumed construction meeting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code) and aggressive incentive offerings from local utilities (which we did not consider in our work). The solar panels necessary to bring those ZER homes to ZE bring the incremental cost to 7% to 8%; however, a wide array of solar financing options can be used to cover part or all of that additional cost. Modeled Incremental Cost for ZE and ZER Homes Insight #2: ZE homes meet certain cost thresholds Savvy consumers consider upfront and ongoing costs in a variety of everyday purchasing decisions. Although research shows that consumers often apply a much higher discount rate than businesses or financial institutions do, consumers still consider ongoing savings and are willing to pay a premium for these savings. Many consumers consider ongoing cost savings as they look to purchase a home. In an effort to understand how the cost and value of ZE and ZER homes would stand up to this decision-making process, RMI compared the incremental upfront cost of these homes against four “cost thresholds” defined below: Mortgage threshold: The anticipated energy cost savings over the life of the mortgage. Resale threshold: The anticipated energy cost savings over 12 years (the average duration homeowners expect to stay in a home). Consumer willingness to pay threshold: The 4% first cost premium customers have stated they’re willing to pay according to consumer research. First cost threshold: Zero incremental cost compared with an identical code-compliant home. When the incremental cost of building ZE and ZER homes falls below these cost thresholds, savvy homebuyers are more likely to bear the cost of investment in ZE or ZER homes. For example, if the cost of upgrading a home to ZE is less than the cost of energy the homeowner pays over 12 years in a standard non-ZE home, then a homeowner using the resale cost threshold would be more likely to purchase the home. In many cases, these cost thresholds have already been achieved in local markets. ZER home cost threshold compared with incremental cost. ZE home cost threshold compared with incremental cost. Insight #3: Not all ZE homes are created equal RMI’s analysis considered hundreds of different energy measure combinations to identify the lowest cost pathway to net-zero design in four different climate zones. Although our analysis yielded concrete recommendations for cost-optimal ZE home designs, a variety of other solutions are available and may be specified based on local conditions or consumer priorities. The most interesting takeaway was that in the climate zones we analyzed (IECC 2–5), ZE and ZER levels of efficiency could be achieved without aggressive or cutting-edge envelope and HVAC solutions. Although these solutions may yield other benefits such as thermal comfort or passive resilience, from a strict cost standpoint, removing these leading-edge solutions from the ZE package resulted in a significantly lower cost premium. In all climates, the cost optimal solution from RMI’s analysis included 100% LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, and Energy Star appliances, all of which reduce load at a very minimal cost premium. In addition, heat pumps were used for both space heating and water heating. The roof, walls, and windows were efficient but did not exceed the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) prescriptive efficiency levels. Although there is no one-size-fits-all cost-optimal solution to building ZE homes, our analysis indicated that these energy measures are cost-effective in almost any situation. We consider this analysis to be conservative, as we have a limited ability to consider integrative design approaches or opportunities unique to a specific homesite such as ground source heat pumps. We similarly do not consider district heating or cooling options to which some districts might have access. Similarly, we do not consider additional premium elements that today correlate with net-zero energy design (e.g., nicer appliances or finishes). We consider this analysis to be a baseline premium for a ZE or ZER home, with the opportunity to increase the performance, decrease the cost, or increase the value through custom or site-specific design elements. Insight #4: Costs will continue to decline Although the results of this report show that constructing ZE homes can be economical for most homeowners in most locations today, it’s important to understand how costs are expected to change in the future. Industry progress and demand for super-efficient building components is expected to drive cost savings over the next decade. Specifically, our projected cost decline is a result of PV costs dropping, reduced PV system size requirements (due to equipment efficiency gains), and efficient equipment becoming more mainstream. These factors should bring ZE homes in the four locations modeled within a 3% to 5% incremental cost by 2030, compared with a 6% to 8% incremental cost today. The opportunity for cost savings in ZER homes is less significant, with incremental costs projected to drop roughly 20% by 2030. Builders should reevaluate their ZE solution every few years to ensure it is still cost optimal with dropping solar prices and improving technology. Call to action ZE and ZER homes are still a niche product, currently representing less than a 1.4% market share of new construction. However, given the promising results of RMI’s analysis, the proliferation of homes certified through the DOE ZERH program, and California’s recently adopted requirement that all new homes be ZE by 2020, it is clear that this market is at a tipping point. RMI, DOE, and a host of other organizations are working with city policymakers and real estate developers to meet the call of this impending market transformation. Through our collective action, we can address an essential piece of our carbon footprint while unlocking the variety of benefits that ZE and ZER homes provide. ZE and ZER homes are market ready, and it is time to act!   Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman are both senior associates on Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings team. ©2018 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted at RMI Outlet.last_img read more

Let’s Take A Moment To Appreciate Apple’s Huge Year Of Product Launches

first_imgTags:#Apple#Gadgets#iPad#iPhone What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts dan frommercenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What’s the old rule? The bigger a company gets, the slower it moves? Not so in Apple’s case, at least not this year.After a mostly-sleepy 2011, Apple has delivered a huge set of new product launches this year, in unprecedented pace.These are…All-new iPad miniiPad third and fourth generation with significant upgradesAll-new iMac, MacBook ProAll-new iPod touch and iPod nanoAll-new iPhone 5iOS 6 and OS X Mountain LionCompare this to 2011, when Apple launched…iPad 2 with modest upgradesiPhone 4S with modest upgradesiPods with minor upgradesMacs with modest updatesiOS 5 and OS X LionPerhaps this is Apple’s current playbook: A slow year, then a fast year. We’ll see what next year brings — maybe an iPhone 5S and minor, incremental updates to everything else. Maybe, a big, new product in the spring, like an Apple television — or maybe not. Pseudonoymous Apple blogger Sammy the Walrus IV has a good post pondering where Apple goes from here; “the AAPL Unknown.”But this year, at least, Apple has been knocking it out of the park with big-update product launches at an unprecedented pace. It’s really impressive, and shows that Tim Cook is doing a great job so far as Apple’s CEO.Next data point: Thursday afternoon, when Apple reports September quarter financial results, we’ll see if its business is still growing as impressively as its product lineup.Also: When Will Apple Peak? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more