Camels Hump Middle School is national model for solar energy

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today helped mark the opening of a solar energy project at the Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond, one of the greenest public schools in Vermont.‘The solar project here at Camels Hump is a step forward as we work to transform our energy system in Vermont and across this country,’ Sanders told more than 350 students who joined him to celebrate the project’s completion.‘Thank you for what you are doing. You are a model for the state,’ he added. ‘The reason that today is important is that your school is doing something no other school is doing in Vermont. You are helping lead the way.’The 507 solar panels will generate enough electricity to cover about 25 percent of the school’s annual energy use and save $25,000 each year in electricity costs based on current prices. ‘What you are showing is what a community and a school can do to combat global warming, clean up our air, move us toward energy independence and create jobs,’ the senator said.The Richmond middle school solar project is one of the biggest at any public school in New England. The panels were manufactured in California and installed by a Vermont company.Also speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony today was Vermont Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller. ‘I want you all to go home tonight and tell your parents, ‘Wow, this is what we are doing,’‘ she told the students.  Miller said she hopes that as more schools install arrays of solar panels, they will compete with each other about who is producing more electricity.Camels Hump now has the largest solar array at a public school in Vermont, but significant progress has been made at other schools throughout the state in making the transformation to renewable energy systems. For example, Vermont has 47 schools that heat with efficient biomass, instead of oil.Sanders is a member of the Senate energy and environment committees. He chairs the Green Jobs and the New Economy Subcommittee. He helped secure $274,000 from the Department of Energy to pay for half of the solar panels at the Richmond middle school. The state of Vermont contributed $250,000 and Green Mountain Power, as part of its Solar on Schools program, put $20,000 toward the pilot project.Sanders also secured funding to help 10 other Vermont schools install photovoltaic solar systems. Richmond, 11.4.2011last_img read more

Your move, Online Marketing Manager

first_imgThe scenario: You’ve been offered a great deal on a cable TV run, but you’re not sure which cable channels best suit the only 30 second ad you have available.Your move, Online Marketing ManagerUtilize the YouTube ads feature on your Google Adwords account to run the ad across all demographics, then check back in a few days to see which groups are most likely to engage with the ad. Find the cable channel which best matches the most engaged demographic and run the ad there.Expert move: Now that you’ve established an audience, change the settings on your YouTube campaign to continue reaching that audience during the TV run. You’ll enhance the value of your TV spend, and you’ll be able to report clicks and ROI. Try the same technique by running ads on Pandora or Spotify before committing to a terrestrial radio deal.Total research investment: $700 for about 100k impressionsTaking advantage of similar opportunities may mean breaking old habits. Credit union marketers tend to rely upon debate and instinct to field effective messages because we do not have the time or money to conduct focus groups. Meanwhile, our Wall Street counterparts invest thousands in testing each message for maximum effectiveness. By monitoring inexpensive digital ads for short periods of time, then acting upon results by refining our messages, credit union marketers can replicate this testing at a significantly reduced expense. The scenario: ALCO has spent the last half hour debating whether they should lower money market rates by 15 basis points. The sales team is resistant, but the finance team does not believe the lower rate will significantly decrease volume.Your move, Online Marketing ManagerAsk the committee if they are willing to postpone the decision for three days. Create two identical landing pages and two identical Google AdWords ads, with the only difference being the current and proposed APY. Now, track how many clicks each ad gets and what percentage of these convert. (Those who click on the lower rate will simply get a nice surprise.) Report back to the group to quell the debate and help them make an informed decision.Expert move: Use this technique to determine the effectiveness of service features. For example, a similarly crafted campaign could tell you whether people are applying for credit cards because of your rewards program or your balance transfer offer.Total research investment: $200 + 2 hours of set-up.The ROI advantages of online advertising are hard to ignore, and many articles have been published on how to be a successful advertiser by diverting funds to this medium.This is not one of those articles.While digital is an effective conversion driver for many organizations, it may not always be the best fit for a given message. The exodus from traditional media and added keyword competition online has left some great deals and impressive returns to be had on TV, radio and print. But don’t cancel your AdWords account just yet. Because of these deals, the real value of an online ad is often in their ability to produce data for use in optimizing traditional media campaigns. An online campaign can be created and deleted in just a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional campaign, so it can serve as a poor-man’s focus group before a larger investment. It can even help with decision making in other areas of business which are largely unrelated to advertising, such as setting rates, as demonstrated in the scenario above.Below are more situations in which online marketing could serve to increase the effectiveness of other projects.The scenario:Your sales team thinks a picture of a monkey in a cowboy outfit riding a border collie is a surefire way to sell your new pet insurance product, but your design team thinks you should roll with a grumpy cat mumbling about government insurance.Your move, Online Marketing ManagerBefore you put one of these disasters on every billboard in town, find out which one is the most attention grabbing on Facebook. After all, why else do you have a Facebook page other than to engage with your members to make them feel like meaningful partners? Simply ask your designer to create the two ads and invite your followers to cast their vote via comment on the page. At the very least, you’ve introduced the product in a memorable way and made members feel involved in a meaningful way. At best, someone will offer an idea that gets you out of the bind altogether.Expert move: Once you’ve established the more popular ad, run it in multiple geographies in AdWords or Facebook to find out which community clicks on the ad most frequently. Put your billboards there.Total research investment: $300 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bradley Blue No matter what Brad were to say about himself in this bio, it would be easy to find the truth about him with a simple google search. This applies to … Detailslast_img read more

Delaware County urges community to stay home as mandatory quarantine numbers climb

first_imgCounty officials noted that the number of individuals in mandatory quarantine has increased significantly. They say there are 82 individuals in mandatory quarantine and one individual in precautionary quarantine to date.  For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Additionally, county officials say there have been eight positive cases that have been transferred outside of the county to where they reside. They also say that of the 54 confirmed cases still in the county, four are receiving care in a hospital, 21 are quarantined, four individuals have died and 25 have fully recovered.  DELAWARE COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Delaware County gave an update on coronavirus numbers on Saturday.center_img Delaware County says they have administered 505 total tests, and 435 of those tests have been negative.  In a press release, Delaware County reported the addition of one more positive case since Friday, bringing the total to 62.last_img read more

Lockdown sparks renovation surge

first_imgGrace and Sanath Hettiarachchi and their dog Millie at the home they have renovated in Moggill during the pandemic. Picture: Richard Walker.If you used lockdown to fix little things around the home, you are not alone, with a new survey finding almost two in every five homeowners used coronavirus isolation to get stuck into renovations.A new survey found that almost two in every five homeowners used the coronavirus lockdown to renovate their homes or investments, with isolation forcing most into becoming DIY specialists.MORE: Buyers cash in on Brisbane homesThree level extension hides behind historic QueenslanderThis home will have you climbing the walls34 Priors Pocket Road, Moggill, has been listed for sale after undergoing an extensive renovation.The Canstar survey conducted in mid July found that despite widespread job losses and uncertainty impacting livelihoods this year, 38 per cent of Aussies put money into making their properties more comfortable for themselves or more attractive for renters or buyers.Canstar financial services executive Steve Mickenbecker said the results were “a good sign for the economy” because “it says ‘we’re thinking about the future’.”“It’s surprising that 38 per cent of households have actually done renos but when you think about how busy places like Bunnings have been through all shutdown periods and since COVID-19 came to Australia, it shouldn’t be any surprise to be honest.”“People have more time on their hands, there’s no commuting, everyone’s sitting around the house saying that’s still broken, that still needs painting … If you can’t go out and be entertained, better yourself at home with a project.”He said the renovations “improved people’s lifestyles more than property values, but it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58“The average spend on a renovation during the pandemic was $4,979, while the maximum reached as high as $45,000,” Mr Mickenbecker said.While half paid for the renovations out of savings, one in five put the cost straight onto their credit card, which Mr Mickenbecker said was “a bit of a worry”.“It’s not a problem if they repay it over a few months. We compared repaying over six months, it’s not the end of the earth.”He said a non-rewards card average interest charge of 13.45 per cent ended up costing the same ($239 interest charge) as topping up your home loan to do the renovation (about $295 fee).“Irrespective of what you use in terms of finance for these smaller things you really want to knock it off as fast as you can so it doesn’t end up being a millstone for three or four years.”Brisbane couple Grace and Sanath Hettiarachchi were ready to begin their renovation of 34 Priors Pocket Rd, Moggill, when the pandemic hit.The Hettiarachchi’s property has been listed for sale at $685,000-plus.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThis space was made light and bright through a renovation during lockdown.“We purchased this property in January this year with the hope of settling down however given the current pandemic, our plans have been delayed, and given the success of our previous property in Oxley, we thought we would try our hand at renovating and selling the property furnished,” Mr Hettiarachchi said.They did most of the work themselves and hired tradies for specialist jobs.“We lived in it from January and would work on it tirelessly before and after work and on the weekend. We finished in around June this year.”The kitchen is ready for new owners now.The home is being sold with appliances and furniture.“The house has been renovated mostly inside. It has high ceilings and custom windows to allow the natural light and has beautiful herringbone style recycled wood flooring throughout. All bedrooms got airconditioning and fans, and the kitchen and laundry have had a makeover, adding new high-end appliances with more storage.”The pandemic had changed their approach to life, he said. “We believe the current pandemic has really made some of us realise what matters the most, and that is, being able to be with our loved ones.””With some employers now adapting to this change, living near to the city won’t be as much of a priority as there will be adequate work-from-home options.”Kym Saunders of Plum Property Toowong has listed the property for sale looking for offers over $685,000, which includes appliances and furniture.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

St Joseph communities take early steps ahead of hurricane season

first_imgLocalNews St Joseph communities take early steps ahead of hurricane season by: – April 16, 2012 Tweet Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Hon. Kelvar DarrouxSome of the communities which are prone to be affected by severe floodings are making early preparations ahead of the 2012 hurricane season.The St Joseph, Mero and Layou communities which are known to receive severe damage during storms are tackling the issue before the rainy season commences in June.Parliamentary representative for these villages Kevler Darroux is reporting that dredging works are still ongoing on the Layou River.He said government is in the process of finalizing a loan from the Central Development Bank to fix roads and infrastructure which were damaged last year as a result of serious flooding.“The necessary signage has already been set to indicate that some areas are flood zones. We continue to place tremendous emphasis on that and when the hurricane season comes, we will be intensifying our approach. We want to also ensure that the loss of land property is minimal,” he said.Darroux also reported that the government recently concluded a walkthrough with the Public Works Corporation to see how best the operation could commence.He said there will be the creation of serious employment for the people of St Joseph once the project has started.“We expect to see at least 30-40 persons employed on that project. We are talking about 700 meter of works to be undertaken,” he added.He said this is government testament to ensure that they respond to the needs of people, especially after a disaster.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Ruddy nearing return for Norwich

first_img The 26-year-old has not featured for the Canaries since the draw at Everton on November 24 after needing surgery on a torn muscle. Ruddy played all of the 2-0 Barclays U21 Development League defeat at Newcastle on Monday night, and will now be expected to come into contention for a first-team return over the run-in as Chris Hughton’s men target top-flight survival. Goalkeeper John Ruddy is likely to step up his rehabilitation from a thigh injury after completing 90 minutes of Norwich’s Under-21s match at Newcastle. Writing on his official Twitter account, Ruddy said: “Good to get the 90 minutes, leg held up ok.” While Ruddy is not expected to be rushed back, the imminent return of the England international will be welcome news for Hughton. Understudy Mark Bunn limped off early in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea after he picked up a groin problem on his first match back after suspension, meaning third-choice Lee Camp could again be between the posts for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal. Norwich are 14th, but just four points above Wigan, who have a match in hand. Despite this weekend’s trip to Emirates Stadium expected to offer little other than a sound beating, Hughton’s men still have enough time to put a safe distance between themselves and the battle for survival – with key games against Reading, Stoke and Aston Villa next on their fixture list. Winger Elliott Bennett is confident the results will come, telling the Eastern Daily Press: “We have just got to keep plugging away and picking up points where we can. “If we draw six of the next six then that would put us on 41 points – that would probably be enough. It is all about Premier League survival, not about how many wins you get in a season. For this football club it is about staying in the Premier League and then building on that for next season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Postpone Matches After Cyclone Fani Alert

first_imgKolkata: As a safety measure, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said it would postpone its local matches between May 3-6 owing to Cyclone Fani which is set to travel across West Bengal starting early on Saturday.”This is to inform all concerned that cricket matches of this association scheduled to be held from May 3 and 6 are hereby postponed owing to cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ as forecasted by the Metrological department, Kolkata.The revised dates of such postponed matches would be intimated in due course,” a statement from the CAB read.The matches include Under-18 club level matches, first and second division championship playoff games, knockout matches of One Day Tournament,’women’s T20 semi-finals and university matches.”Safety of the players is paramount. Taking that into consideration and also to ensure there are no logistical difficulties faced by them, we have decided to put on hold the matches at moment,” CAB Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya told IANS.”Since May 6 is an election day here in West Bengal, we would again resume matches from May 7,” he added.With less than 24 hours left for Cyclone Fani to make landfall in neighbouring Odisha coast, the West Bengal government and civic bodies worked on war footing to cope with the storm set to travel across the state starting early Saturday.The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation are bracing for a severely stormy weekend. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

NFF Begins Fresh Scout for Foreign Technical Adviser for Eagles

first_imgGives Technical Committee one week to recommend new coach for NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeSmarting from the embarrassment caused the country by Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday ordered its Technical Committee to recommend another top foreign coach to step into the vacant Super Eagles job within the next one week.Le Guen snubbed the Eagles job because he was not willing to accept NFF’s conditions that include his coming to stay in Nigeria, accept back-up staff made up of indigenous coaches in addition to being given a target. Rising from its meeting in Abuja wednesday, the executive committee of the NFF approved the appointment of Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles chief coach, Bitrus Bewarang as technical director and Nduka Ugbade as Goden Eaglets assistant coach as recommended by the Chris Green led technical committee.According to the communiqué of the meeting signed by Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, the search for a new technical adviser for the senior national team needs prompt action given the matches ahead for the Super Eagles in the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia whose qualifiers begin in October.“Executive Committee instructed the Technical and Development Sub–Committee to, within the next seven (7) days, recommend a candidate for the post of Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles,” read the communiqué in part.“It noted that the refusal of Mr. Paul Le Guen, earlier recommended by the Sub-Committee, to accept to be given targets as well as unwillingness to live in Nigeria, made his candidature unacceptable to the Board.“Committee also disapproved of Mr. Le Guen’s desire to come to the job with two assistants, which would make Nigerian coaches redundant.“The Committee noted that it was the desire to show transparency that made the Technical and Development Sub-Committee to make public its recommendation in the first place.”The statement added: “The Committee further resolved that any candidate that would be so recommended by the Technical and Development Sub-Committee must have accepted to be handed targets and must also be willing to live in Nigeria.“In addition, such a candidate must agree to undergo other internal evaluation.”The Executive Committee also approved that henceforth, only the Head Coaches of the various national teams will be on monthly salary, while assistant coaches will receive only bonuses and allowances.“The assistant coaches presently in the NFF’s employ have been given till the end of this year to secure substantive employment elsewhere, as the federation deals squarely with its financial constraints,” concludes the communiqué.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MBB : Brown: Defense, depth of 2011-12 Orange can’t be matched

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img There are two main differences between this year’s Syracuse basketball team and any other team in SU history.After the regular-season finale Saturday, Brandon Triche summed up what makes this team special and did it in order of importance.‘Our defense is on point,’ he said. ‘That’s all that matters right now. … You’ve got to be able to play defense. And we’ve got guys who can put the ball in the basket. Whether it’s first half or second half, we’re going to get it going. We have five or six guys that can do that.’There you have it. Defense and depth. Those are the keys that have allowed Syracuse to do things on the court this year that the school has never done before.It set program records for best start (20-0) and most regular-season wins (30) and didn’t lose in the Carrier Dome for the first time since the 2002-03 national championship season. The individual accolades include three All-Big East selections, the conference’s defensive player of the year in Fab Melo and the league’s best sixth man in Dion Waiters. And Saturday, it tied the Big East record with 17 wins in league play, something only one other team has done in the 33-year history of the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I know 17 wins in the Big East is really great,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘It’s really great because going on the road in this conference is not easy. To go on the road and almost win every game and continue to win every game at home, what coach and what team wouldn’t want to be in the position we’re in right now?’Simply put, the only reason this team won’t go down in history as the best Syracuse team ever is if it falls short of a national title. In that case, the default goes to the 2002-03 squad that owns the program’s only national championship.But even without a national title, a handful of other teams could lay claim to the title of Syracuse’s best ever. One of the more intriguing groups in the mix is the unit from the 2009-10 season.That year, it lost to eventual runner-up Butler in the Sweet 16. It’s not a stretch to say SU could have knocked off Kansas State and Michigan State just as the Bulldogs did to reach the championship had Arinze Onuaku not suffered a knee injury in the Big East tournament. And from there, it would have been a one-game playoff with Duke.Still, this year’s Orange is better thanks to those two areas that separate it from every other Syracuse team in history. And it starts with the defense.‘Defense wins games for you,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We’re in the top two in the league in almost all defensive categories. … You look at all the categories, we’re right there.’But the stat most indicative of just how good this team’s 2-3 zone is, is the fact that no Syracuse team in the past 60 years has ever allowed fewer points per game (60.2).The 1950-51 SU squad held opponents to 59.2 points per game. But that was more than 60 years ago. The mascot was still a Saltine Warrior, and there was no shot clock, no 3-point line and no Boeheim.The team from 2009-10 was solid defensively. The national championship team was, too. But this year’s team is special.‘We know we’re able to pressure guys,’ senior Kris Joseph said after SU’s second game of the year. ‘We have the athleticism and length to do it. And we’re going to continue to do it.’And SU has done it all season.That dominant defense has been aided by the second aspect that separates this team from the rest. Boeheim has said all year this is probably the deepest team he has had at Syracuse. That depth eliminates the need for a clear-cut star, although the aforementioned individual accolades for this team show that there might be a couple on the team anyway.In addition, constantly having fresh legs allows the Orange to play with defensive intensity every game.‘That helps,’ Joseph said. ‘We’re used to going seven, maybe eight guys deep. This year, there’s no denying that we have 10 guys that can really play.’With that depth, its defense and a 30-1 record, this Syracuse squad already has taken its place in the SU record books. With a national championship, it will go down as the best team in program history.But even without a title, it should be at the forefront of that conversation for years to come.Zach Brown is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @zjbrown13.last_img read more

Men’s golf drops in ranks on third day

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team finished up action at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., on Tuesday with a disappointing third round that left it in fourth place.Leading stroke · Sophomore T.J. Vogel led the entire field on Tuesday with a season-best 6-under-par 66, but it was not enough to prevent the Trojans from sliding from second place to fourth overall in the U.S. Collegiate Championship. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Despite a stellar first two rounds and a season-best performance by sophomore T.J. Vogel, the Trojans were unable to hold on to their second-place position. USC fired a 12-over-par 300 to put its total at a 3-over-par 867 (288,279,300), just one stroke behind third-place Texas A&M. Home team Georgia Tech won with a 28-under-par 836 (271,285,280).Vogel led the Trojans on Tuesday, posting the best score of any golfer in round three with a 6–under-par 66. Hitting six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle, Vogel placed second overall in a field of 78, totaling 7-under-par 209 (74, 69, 66). Vogel steadily improved from a rough first round to take the top spot for the Trojans.“I’m excited in the way I played [Tuesday] and how I finished,” Vogel said. “Second place is a good finish considering where I started in the tournament, so I’m excited about that.”Second for the Trojans was junior Steve Lim, who grabbed sixth place with a 3-under-par 213. Lim shot a 3-over-par 75 in round three, with three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. In the first two rounds, Lim hit consecutive 3-under-par 69s and sat in second place.Next for the Trojans was freshman Jeffrey Kang. Kang finished the tournament in a tie for 33rd place at 7-over-par-223 (69, 76, 78). Kang’s third round was his worst, where he hit a 6-over-par 78, with eight bogeys and two birdies. Kang was in second place in the individual scoring after round one but couldn’t manage to hold on to his spot.Fourth for USC was freshman Ramsey Sahyoun, making his debut for the team. Sahyoun finished in a tie for 53rd place with an 11-over-par 227. Sahyoun hit a 9-over-par 81 in round three, following a 3-under-par 69 in round two and a 5-over-par 77 in round one. Sahyoun had three bogeys, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and just one birdie in a tough round that dropped him from 23rd place to 53rd.Rounding out the Trojan squad was sophomore Sam Smith, who dropped from 33rd to tie for 62nd after round three. Smith finished with a 14-over-par 230 following a 10-over-par 82 in the final round of play. Smith’s best round was his second, where he hit an even-par 72. In his first round, Smith hit for a 4-over-par 76.Despite a tough third round, the Trojans are looking more promising with each tournament. This was their third, and they have steadily improved with each showing.The team remains optimistic about future events,“In Ohio we started a little slow and finished in the middle of the pack, but in this tournament we came out strong and played well the first two days and we were right in second place,” Vogel said. “We’re young, and we had to play in the final group, which is a lot of pressure, and we’re only going to gain experience from this. Hopefully next tournament we’ll be able to take that experience and we’ll be able to come through better.”USC gets its next shot at the Gilford Collegiate Championship, UCLA’s home tournament, on  Nov. 8-10.last_img read more