Mack Molding of Arlington has demonstrated its commitment to the triple-bottom line – people, planet and profit – by installing more than 2,100 energy-efficient lighting fixtures in its southern Vermont manufacturing facilities. The comprehensive lighting project is one of the 10 largest energy-saving projects completed by a Vermont company in partnership with Efficiency Vermont.A leading custom plastics molder and manufacturer for companies in the medical, commercial, computer/business equipment, and transportation industries, Mack Molding implemented significant lighting upgrades in its three Vermont plants totaling more than 600,000 square feet. Goals for the project included improving the level and quality of light, saving energy, minimizing maintenance, and achieving a return on investment in two years or less.To determine potential energy savings, Mack Molding engaged Lighting Retrofit Services (LRS), specialists in energy-efficient lighting for manufacturing environments, to conduct a lighting audit. After reviewing LRS’ design/build proposal, Mack and Efficiency Vermont agreed to install new energy-efficient light sources and implement other energy-saving measures.Two of the three Mack Molding facilities are each approximately a century old. Although the company has completed expansions and renovations at the plants through the years, significant lighting upgrades were needed. At the Cavendish and East Arlington facilities (built in 1890 and 1910, respectively), almost every lighting fixture was replaced or retrofitted with the latest energy-efficient fluorescent technology to standardize light levels and to save on energy and maintenance costs.Mack Molding’s Arlington headquarters, built during the 1990s, features ceilings that are about 30 feet above the manufacturing floor. When new energy-efficient fixtures (some with motion sensors) were installed, the results were immediate. For example, light levels in the warehouse improved by 175 percent. The high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) technology increased light levels throughout the plant, and eliminated hot spots and shadows.”This project has resulted in the very rare triple play,” said Jeff Somple, president of Mack Molding’s Northern Operations. “Not only have we reduced operating costs and improved working conditions for our employees, but we have enriched our Vermont community, saving electricity that can now be used by others.”The estimated electricity savings resulting from the projects at the three Mack Molding plants is 1,747,000 kWh per year – the equivalent of keeping 967 tons of CO2 out of the air, or taking 167 cars off the road. Based on the average Vermont home using roughly 6,000 kWh of electricity annually, the energy saved through Mack Molding’s measures can provide power to nearly 300 homes.In addition to energy and cost savings, the lighting upgrades improved the comfort and safety of Mack Molding employees. The new lighting has an added benefit for workers – lower operating temperatures, resulting in less cooling and ventilation during the warm summer months.“I’m out on the manufacturing floor for most of the day,” said Bonnie Simon, manufacturing manager at Mack’s headquarters plant. “I can’t help but notice that my eyes are much less fatigued by the end of the day. The glare is gone, leaving us with even lighting everywhere.”The total cost of the project was nearly $450,000. Due to the energy and maintenance savings, combined with technical assistance and a financial incentive from Efficiency Vermont, Mack Molding expects to recoup its investment in less than two years.“Given the prevailing economic news these days, it’s great to see Mack Molding taking the long view and devoting resources to improve its manufacturing process while using less energy to benefit both its employees and the environment,” said Michael Socks, a senior project manager at Efficiency Vermont.Efficiency Vermont works with numerous Vermont businesses such as Mack Molding to boost lean manufacturing and continuous process improvement while benefiting Vermont’s economy and the environment.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).###
The Burlington Country Club recently celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly renovated clubhouse. TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design has been working with the Club through the fall and winter on the renovations, and the project was substantially complete enough that the first group of members and guests could enjoy the inaugural ‘happy hour’ of the season. The sun was shining and golfers were out on the course, while members enjoyed the view from the Grill Room, where a completely reimagined approach to seating provides a welcoming but cozy place for members to gather. The dramatic space is capped with a wood cathedral ceiling and a custom repurposed glass chandelier from Conant Metal & Light. The bar is all new, with Douglas Fir cladding and a copper bar top. The renovations to the clubhouse also include a new dining room addition and exterior stone terrace overlooking the 18th hole. In addition, both locker rooms have been expanded and improved to support the growing membership of both men and women. The general contractor for the project is J.J. Jimmo Development Company, and they are now finishing up construction so that the clubhouse will be fully operational for the start of the 2010 golf season. TruexCullins is a Burlington based architecture and interior design firm providing clients with the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios: education, workplace, home, resort and interiors for over 40 years. Source: Truex. Burlington, VT
Still, Hawaii’s coral reefs did experience substantial bleaching. The most impacted island was Kona, where reefs along the coast averaged 40% bleaching of live coral. Cauliflower and rice corals were most impacted by this year’s bleaching event. To see bleaching reports visit www.hawaiicoral.org. When it comes to the rules of the road, most cyclists follow them and most motorists don’t PHOTO: DLNR A one-year-old Catahoula hunting dog named Orange has been rescued after spending six days at the bottom of an 81-foot hole on the island of Kaua’i. Orange’s owner had a GPS tracker on the dog and was able to locate him almost immediately after his fall. He kept the dog alive by lowering food and water down the hole. He says he knew Orange was alive because the dog would occasionally whimper or howl. There’s some good news coming out of Hawaii’s oceans this autumn. The widespread coral bleaching event that was predicted by NOAA earlier this year was not as severe as many scientists feared. While warm waters over the summer and into the autumn did cause bleaching events that impacted reefs throughout Hawaii, the bleaching was not as destructive as it has been in previous years. Dog rescued after being trapped in 81-foot hole for six days A new study of out Denmark finds that less than 5% of cyclists break traffic rules while riding their bikes but 66% of motorists break traffic laws while driving. The hole, believed to be part of an old water irrigation system, was on DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) land and eventually, an employee with DOFAW, who also happened to be an experienced climber, was tapped to extract the dog from the hole. Adam Williams, a botanist with DOFAW, lowered himself into the bottom of the hole and loaded the dog into a small canvas bag, which was then pulled back to the surface by a team of volunteers. “He was really happy to see me,” said Williams. “After he got over the shock of being down in a hole for a week.” Hawaii’s coral bleaching is not as severe as predicted Researchers studied video cameras that captured 28,579 cyclists crossing intersections and found that only 4.9% of cyclists broke road rules. The most common law broken by cyclists was biking on the sidewalk. However, cyclists broke road rules more frequently (14% of the time) when they did not have access to cycling infrastructure like bike lanes. Separate studies in Denmark found that nearly two-thirds of motorists regularly break the law and speeding is the most common offense.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Margaret MacMillan’s latest book on World War I, The War That Ended The Peace, opens with the Paris Universal Exposition in 1900. Countries from around the globe gathered in Paris to reveal inventions and works of art and to generally boast about nationhood. The event was underscored by political tensions but fueled by a collective optimism that technological advancements, many of which were on display at the exposition, would bring the world closer together and usher in lasting peace on Earth.Fourteen years later, the world order collapsed. The Great War engulfed the very nations who proclaimed the 20th century as a new and peaceful era. Within five bloody years, vast empires had crumbled, maps were redrawn and a generation of men was decimated.Great Britain entered World War I as one of the most impressive imperial empires the world had ever known; incredible given its size. Much of their greatness was attributed to being the greatest naval power in history. After the war, it was never the same. There are obvious parallels to be drawn between the position of the United States today and Great Britain’s a century ago. There are lessons to be heeded from their story.Our disastrous wars in the Middle East at the beginning of the 21st century are akin to the Boer War fiasco Britain was embroiled in at the turn of the 20th century. The Boer War engendered near-universal antipathy toward the aging lion. Most notably, it drew strident criticism from the German people and Kaiser Wilhelm, which contributed to the burgeoning schism between the two nations.One of the most striking similarities between the two eras is the manner in which Britain and the United States approached empire-building at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, respectively. Britain was suffering from growing pains related to over-colonization as its empire stretched around the globe. The U.S. is experiencing similar aches in its attempt to recover from naked imperialism under the guise of spreading democracy for the past 60 years.Both nations display a paternalistic attitude toward “lesser” nations and believe a western style of governance was easily adopted through what Franklin Henry Giddings termed, “consent without consent.” In doing so both empires wore out their welcomes abroad and maintained relations strictly through fear of violent reprisal or loss of economic trade.The British government was increasingly pouring resources into maintaining the largest navy in the world while ignoring the domestic cost of an aging population. Instead of cutting back on imperial pursuits and bolstering spending at home to stabilize its economy, it engaged in an arms race with Germany and sought new economic alliances in the event the two nations proceeded down the path to war.Sound familiar?The problem with military power is that it creates a desire among world leaders to employ it. Just as Capitalism requires constant growth, the suppression of labor and consumption of natural resources, the Military Industrial Complex requires conflict in order to sustain and justify its very existence. Despite famously being credited with the phrase, “Speak softly, and carry a big stick,” President Theodore Roosevelt sent America’s Great White Fleet around the globe to impress the world and privately lamented the fact that he did not preside over a war while serving in the Oval Office. His successors would put America’s newfound might to use, however, as the United States embarked on a century of unprecedented warfare and imperial harassment.The dawn of the 20th century was rife with warmongering characters such as Roosevelt, who shared his attitude toward war. This idea is perfectly encapsulated in the words of Count Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf of Austria-Hungary: “The army is not a fire extinguisher, one cannot let it rust until the flames are coming out of the house. Instead it is an instrument to be used by goal-conscious, clever politicians as the ultimate defence of their interests.”Naturally, the madness of these nations is somewhat clear. In hindsight, though, these are not the exclusive circumstances that led to the Great War. Nevertheless, one can’t help but experience déjà vu when examining the behavior of the Bush administration and the continuum that is the Obama administration. President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” is eerily similar to Britain’s thirst to tap into the faltering Chinese and Ottoman Empires of its age. Moreover, its effort to marginalize its perceived enemies through new and aggressive trade alliances is comparable to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated in secret between the U.S. and many of its so-called “client nations,” such as Canada, Japan, Mexico and South Korea.The TPP is essentially an attempt by the U.S. to constrict China’s growth in the coming years by allowing TPP-participating nations access to labor forces in poverty-stricken parts of the world. It would function much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in that the subordinate nations would be subject to the economic and human rights abuses of the more dominant nations.Those familiar with the neo-liberal treatise called the Project for a New American Century will rightly view the TPP as the next logical evolutionary step in the process toward maintaining U.S. hegemony in the world by any means necessary. Where military interventions have failed us, a new form of economic warfare is stepping up to take their place.For its part, China is responding as one might imagine—with a show of force and steady shift toward economic policies that bear a closer resemblance to Capitalism, though this may never be fully recognized. President Xi Jinping’s 10-year plan is called “The Chinese Dream,” which obviously borrows from the American Dream in its scale and ambition. Implicit in the Chinese Dream, as in the American Dream, is economic growth and continued technological progress. Inevitably, this will lead China down a familiar path. Growth is addictive and when it is no longer possible to grow through economic policies and market forces, empires do what empires do best: expand and acquire. Evidence of this strategy already exists, as China was more than happy to procure oil and gas contracts from nations, such as Iraq, that U.S. corporations walked away from after a decade-long struggle to obtain by forcible means.Yet despite provocations between China and the U.S., there is a presumption that war is impossible given the interconnectedness of the world economies.In an op-ed titled “The Great War’s Ominous Echoes” in The New York Times, Margaret MacMillan ruminates on this very theme, saying, “It is tempting—and sobering—to compare today’s relationship between China and America to that between Germany and England a century ago. Lulling ourselves into a false sense of safety, we say that countries that have a McDonald’s will never fight each other.”MacMillan is right. Recently, China quietly joined the military fray in a significant way by revealing its first naval aircraft carrier and announcing plans to launch its first domestically built, nuclear-powered carrier by 2020. This announcement, in addition to China establishing a no-fly zone in the East China Sea and issuing several warnings to the Japanese government about its plans to increase its military presence, follows directly on the heels of President Obama’s decision to send American vessels into the region in 2012.The United States would be wise to tread lightly in the coming years and begin to look inward to cure what ails it instead of continuing on this ceaseless path of imperial madness. We must address the colonies of dispossessed Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck and stop thinking about colonizing cheap labor pools of distant nations. We need a better plan to take care of our aging population and must provide greater educational resources to equip our young people with the skills they will need to get by in this world. This is the role of government. No nation can be truly secure until its people are.When spending on our massive surveillance state and “homeland security” is taken into account along with Pentagon spending, fully 30 percent of our nation’s budget is allocated toward the military. And yet we wrangle over subsidies for programs that assist at-risk populations and cut pensions of those returning from our ignominious missions abroad.One hundred years ago this year, 65 million men were mobilized in the Great War. By 1919 more than half were casualties of the war, with 8.5 million killed. Few in the world saw conflict on this scale coming. It was considered almost impossible due to the economic relationships between world power, technological advancements and fear that empires might collapse as a result. For those who believe that our financial arrangement renders war impossible, or impractical at the least, I leave you with MacMillan’s admonition:“Globalization can heighten rivalries and fears between countries that one might otherwise expect to be friends. On the eve of World War I, Britain, the world’s greatest naval power, and Germany, the world’s greatest land power, were each other’s largest trading partners.”
US health authorities said they’ve identified the first case of coronavirus that doesn’t have known ties to an existing outbreak, a worrying signal that the virus is circulating in the US despite reassurances from the Trump administration that it’s contained.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the patient doesn’t appear to have traveled to China or been exposed to another known case of the coronavirus. Health authorities are increasingly concerned about what’s known as community spread, where the virus begins circulating freely among people outside of quarantines or known contacts with other patients.“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the CDC said in a statement. “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of Covid-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States.” Covid-19 is the technical name for the disease caused by the virus. The CDC said the case was picked up by doctors in California, and that the patient may have been infected by a traveler who brought in the disease. It didn’t give more information on the patient’s status. The new case brings the total of known infections in the US to 15, not counting repatriated Americans.The California Department of Public Health said the patient is a resident of Solano County, an area between San Francisco and Sacramento, and that the person was receiving medical care. The patient didn’t have a close contact with a known case or a travel history to China, the state said, a sign that health workers are examining the patient’s history to try and find out how they may have caught the virus and whether other people may be infected without knowing it.“We have been anticipating the potential for such a case in the US, and given our close familial, social and business relationships with China, it is not unexpected that the first case in the US would be in California,” Sonia Angell, the director of the California Department of Public Health, said in a statement. The state said the risk to the general public remains low.Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. President Donald Trump listen as Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks to the press about the threat of the coronavirus from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. President Trump announced Vice President Mike Pence will lead the Coronavirus Task Force. (Bloomberg/Sarah Silbiger) Trump Press ConferenceThe announcement came minutes after President Donald Trump finished a news conference describing the virus as largely contained.“Because of all we’ve done the risk to the American people remains very low,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House. Markets have been roiled by increasing concerns that an outbreak that began in China, infecting more than 75,000 people there and killing over 2,700, has slipped through global efforts to contain it and is now propagating around the world.“Whatever happens we’re totally prepared,” Trump said Wednesday evening, adding later: “There’s a chance it could get worse; there’s a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing’s inevitable.”The new case in the US may upend that hope. Health experts inside the government and out have called a global pandemic likely, pointing to the virus’s flu-like ability to spread, its long period of incubation, and the fact that most people have mild symptoms. While it has a relatively low mortality rate — some estimates put it around 2% — infections in large numbers of people could create a significant number of severe cases or deaths.The expansion of outbreaks to Italy, South Korea and Japan has made the spread of the virus to the US more likely, brought in by people traveling to and from those countries.“The chances that there will be more importation of the virus into the US has increased in a noteworthy way,” said William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “With the virus spreading in those countries, that just means there are more opportunities for the virus — which doesn’t need a passport — to get onto those planes and come to the United States.” Topics :
Nigeria has been ranked 28th in the list of 50 best football shirts ever,26 years after she made her first appearance at the world cup. The list dished out courtesy fourfourtwo,did not consider only national team kits but also club kits including home and away. The Super Eagles of 1994 who incidentally had an impressive run at the world cup in USA topping their group but eventually crashing out to Italy in the round of 16, paraded what turned out to be one of the best kits ever. with the African print-patterned adidas Nigeria stood tall and caught the attention of many their early exit notwithstanding. Denmark top the list with their home kit of 1986.Many of the Norse marauders as the national team of Denmark is sometimes known, who went on to triumph at Euro ’92 were at the World Cup in Mexico, where they pulled on the tournament’s most captivating top. Denmark adjudged best shirt of top 50 Produced by Aarhus-based firm hummel, its striking chevrons and gentlemanly pinstripes were the major selling point. Nigeria’s perenial world cup rivals Argentina were ranked 25th while popular club in Argentina Boca juniors occupy the 2nd position on the log. Loading… Promoted ContentMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists BaffledDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year No other African country made the list. Interestingly 1994 world cup hosts USA finished in the 49th position while Japan’s J-league club Gamba Osaka sealed the last position of top 50 with their 1996/97 away kit. Super Eagles 2018 World Cup jersey in Russia never to carry last in fashion 2018 World cup champions France finished in the 34th position with their 1982 jersey dubbed le bomb. The deep blue, central stripes and proud cockerel make this jersey something to crow about – especially as a terrific Bleus team wore it at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Eagles world cup jersey so attractive across board Music Diva Tiwa savage showcases Read AlsoOliseh: Why I can never consider Super Eagles job again It will be recalled that Nigeria also waoed the world at the 2018 world cup with another mind blowing jersey that saw even non Nigerian fans booking for it in advance, but the team, the reason for the season failed to fly crashing out in the group stage the third time the country will be crashing out in the group stage having done that in 2002 in Korea/Japan and 2010 in South FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
ILOILO City – A healthcare worker died while three others were injured late Sunday night in Mandurriao district. A drunk Indian national hit them with his wayward car. The healthcare worker was radiologic technologist 30-year-old Henry Jun Jardio of Barangay Bolilao, Mandurriao. He was on his way home from work at a hospital when the speeding car of 44-year-old Harjinder Gill Ni of Barangay Taft North, Mandurriao hit his motorcycle on Donato Pison Avenue in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao at around 11:16 p.m. Henry Jun Jardio The suspect continued driving his car fast and hit another motorcycle on Carpenter’s Bridge in Barangay Tabucan, Mandurriao, throwing off driver Bonn Sean Sanz, 34, of Barangay San Jose, Molo district; and backriders Jane Recaforte, 20, of Kalibo, Aklan; and John Chasmer Tupas, 21, of Batotac Viejo, Iloilo. “The suspect was reeking with liquor. He obviously lost control of his car,” said Cabial. It was there where authorities managed to arrest the Indian national. Jardio was declared dead at The Medical City in Molo while Sanz, Recaforte and Tupas were treated at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao. According to traffic investigator Police Staff Sergeant Jessie Cabial, the Indian national did not stop after hitting Jardio. The Indian national was detained at the Mandurriao police station and would be charged with reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and multiple frustrated homicide./PN
VINTON, Iowa (July 5) – Fans were seeing triple Sunday night at Benton County Speedway as three divisions came down to three-wide finishes in exciting action on the quarter-mile.In the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, David Brown led throughout the 20-lap feature while Corey Dripps gave chase.Brown was dialed in on the preferred high groove while Dripps pestered him from the low side. Meanwhile, Zach Less was working through traffic and into contention following a lap five miscue that sent him to the tail of the field.Following a caution on the 18th circuit, Brown led the field back to green while Dripps and Less pressured from the low side. The three approached the checkers three-wide with Dripps inching ahead to steal his first win of the season.Brown was scored second ahead of Less.After being mired in traffic throughout the first half of the 16-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event, Damon Murty made his way into the top four just prior to the midway point.While Murty raced through the pack, Erick Knutsen paced the field with Jared Daggett in pursuit. Murty reeled in the leaders with two laps to go and then shot between the two exiting four on the final lap.Murty surged ahead at the stripe to take the win by a bumper for his sixth win of the season. Knutsen and Daggett completed the top three.Zach Swanson rounded out the trio of three-wide winners as he scored the first win of his career in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.Swanson led throughout the 15-lapper, however a pair of cautions midway through the event kept the field bunched together. That allowed Leah Wroten and Justin Wacha to race into contention.Wroten and Wacha worked the low side of Swanson exiting turn four on the final lap, however Swanson proved too strong on the top side to hold on for victory ahead of Wroten. Wacha ran third.Tony Olson’s dominance continued in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. Olson raced to his fifth straight local win and his 14th overall this season in that 16-lapper.Dave Schulze and Danny Dvorak split time out front before fifth row starting Olson made his way into the lead on lap seven. He pulled away to score the win ahead of Dvorak and Curt Hilmer.
Opening night, on May 8, will feature the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. US 36 Raceway is ready to get back to racing, however, in a safe manner. There will be some social distancing requirements while at the track, for both spectators and competitors, that will be released at a later date in order to return to racing. US 36 Raceway will continue to update everyone on details on how we plan to return to racing. OSBORN, Mo. – After Monday’s announcement for the reopening of Missouri, US 36 Raceway officials have announced Friday, May 8, as opening night for the 2020 season. In addition, US 36 Raceway officials also announce there will be an open practice session on Saturday, May 2. Practice will run from 2-8 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. Pit passes are $25 per person and the grandstands remain closed to spectators at this time. US 36 will also continue to maintain social distancing guidelines and in doing so will be parking cars at least 20 feet apart. We also ask each team stays within their respective pit area.
The CDC has officially released guidelines schools K-12 should follow in order to reopen in the fall.Keeping desk at least 6-feet apart (when possible)and in the same direction, sitting students on the same side of tables but six feet apart, installing sneeze guards and barriers in areas social distancing is not available, and mask for all staff members and students over the age of 2-years-old are just some of the regulations schools are expected to put in place.The CDC also recommends that a staff nurse be designated as the point person to deal with COVID-19 concerns.While some schools have opted to reopen their doors to students and staff, other schools have decided to continue with virtual education for the time being.To see the full list of recommendations from the CDC , click here.