Vermont joins regional transportation and climate initiative, electric cars promoted

first_imgToday, Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Secretary Deb Markowitz announced that Vermont was joining a regional effort to open Vermont up to electric vehicles, through the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network (Network).  The Network is a product of the Transportation and Climate Initiative of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast States (TCI).  TCI is a partnership of the region’s state energy, environmental and transportation agencies working to address transportation-related emissions, and energy security. Markowitz said, ‘Vermont is pleased to be part of the Climate Initiative and we are excited to take this meaningful and necessary first step to build the infrastructure needed to help transition the Northeast to electric vehicles.’ The Network, supported by a million dollar DOE Clean Cities grant, will bring the region’s utilities and other private sector interests together, provide consistent guidelines throughout the region for the siting, permitting, and installation of charging stations, and identify charging needs at a regional level.         “Transportation is one of the largest sectors of energy use in Vermont and the greatest contributor of green house gases, a major cause of climate change. Shifting transportation fuels from a dependency on fossil fuels to electricity from renewable sources is critical in meeting state and regional climate change commitments,” said Markowitz. ‘By deploying charging stations along the northeast corridor, the Network will speed up deployment of electric vehicles, support emerging technologies and build consumer confidence.  Drivers of this new generation of cars will have the security that as they travel from Washington DC to Quebec, vehicle charging opportunities will be available in every state along the way.’ The recently released state Comprehensive Energy Plan identifies the economic challenges associated with transportation energy being fully dependent on fossil fuels.  “Diversifying our transportation energy options is a must,’ said Elizabeth Miller, Commissioner of Public Service Department.  “Vermont’s commitment to an electric grid powered by renewables means electric vehicles of the future will be powered by green and clean sources.” This new initiative was also lauded as an important step by the Agency of Transportation. ‘The car industry has made it clear that plug-in hybrid technology and all electric vehicles will become increasingly available in the years ahead.  Vermonters are eager to embrace this new technology, and government together with the private sector, need to make sure that the fueling options are available for these new customers,’ said Sue Minter, VTrans Deputy Secretary. Markowitz said, ‘At the end of the day, we want Americans feeling as comfortable driving electric vehicles as they do driving older, oil-dependent cars and trucks.  We want people to know that they can drive new electric cars from New England to DC and everywhere in between.’10.20.2011last_img read more

Great Dane | Q & A with Paddling World Champ Dane Jackson

first_imgDane Jackson has had one epic year. The 22-year-old pro-kayaker from Tennessee won more events in 2015 than most do in a lifetime, interspersing the races and freestyle comps between a first descent in Mexico and other expedition adventures.Jackson also continues a legacy set forth by his father, world-renowned freestyle champion and kayak company founder Eric Jackson. Alongside him on the family tree is his sister Emily, also a longtime dominant force in women’s rodeo.As he was driving home to Rock Island, Tenn., from a family vacation, Jackson took the time to explain what factors made his 2015 season the strongest one yet and his plans to make 2016 even better.Summarize how this season went for you.Best season ever. Normally, I’d win just a few events, but this year I had only three results out of the 15 or 20 this season that I didn’t come out on top. Obviously, winning the ICF Freestyle Canoe World Championship on the Ottawa this season was the cherry on top. Besides that, at the GoPro Mountain Games, I won both the Men’s Freestyle and the downriver Steep Creek Championship. No one has done that before.How much do you devote to training? Not any, really. Kayaking is fun. As soon as you’re stressing, you’re never going to do as well. When it comes to Worlds, I definitely get a little stressed because I want to do as well as I can. But I don’t let that stress take away from that week of fun and paddling. My mentality for upcoming events is I have to relearn stuff, and that helps with my results.How has that approach helped you in competing?I feel strongest and am most known for freestyle, but the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to make a name in racing. That year was the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile, and I didn’t think I had a chance to win because there wasn’t freestyle, so I didn’t have an edge. I also realized that my forward stroke was not as powerful as the others. Mostly it was less sprinting, and more like I needed to learn the forward stroke. So I worked on it, and that helped me in all the races since.What’s it like coming from a family of champion paddlers?My dad is the reason I’m a kayaker. He won his first World Championship title in 1993 and was a full-time kayaker when I arrived. From the beginning, he made it very clear he wanted it to be fun, a mentality he was really good at living by. I wanted to be like him. Instead of this being his sport that he does, he made a point to teach us and make it a family event. So we all paddled together and grew together. That’s the way he raised us, and my mom, too, because she was always there and supported him. I don’t know where we’d be if it weren’t for all they did.What are your relationships with the rest of your family?My sister and I pretty much just had each other growing up. Emily and I have a great relationship. Growing up, we paddled together, watched movies, played games. We’d play a dice game or Settlers of Katan; we used to play Life a lot, too, when we were kids. I guess I was more of an annoying little brother to her husband Nick, who’s been traveling with the family since he was 15.Where do you see yourself going? The next season, I plan to win even more races and head back to Veracruz and Chiapas. There’s possibly something in Hawaii, too.boxers or briefs?It depends on what I’m feeling. Boxers probably? It’s hard for me to go for tight stuff. My dad thinks Speedos are making a comeback and has Speedo Thursday where he’s in a Speedo.Are they?No, no, they’re not making a comeback. My dad doesn’t care what people think, and that’s probably how he got where he is. But that also means he wears Speedos.[divider]read more on[/divider]last_img read more

Long Island Craft Beer Week Event Line-up Announced

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The annual Long Island Craft Beer Week returns Friday with more than a dozen scheduled events celebrating the ever-increasing number of local microbrewers at locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties.The festivities start at 8 p.m. May 12 with a simulcask—the simultaneous tapping of kegs at locations to be announced. Events include food pairings, homebrew meet-ups and a 15K fun run, among other events. The festivities run through May 21.Sponsors include Blue Point Brewing Co., Spider Bite Beer Co., Brickhouse Brewery, 1940’s Brewing Co., Twin Fork Beer, Barrage Brewing Co., Sand City Brewing Co., Great South Bay Brewing and Port Jeff Brewing Co. Participants include Lithology Brewing Co., Montauk Brewing Co., The Brewers Collective, Destination Unknown Beer Co. and Saint James Brewery. Local restaurants and beer stores are also hosting related events.LICBW coincides with American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 15-21 and similarly highlights the work of smaller upstart breweries nationwide.The local beer scene has grown to more than three dozen microbreweries from about a dozen when LI craft beer week launched in 2011. The event has been held annually since, except for 2014, when it took a year off.The event also has a benevolent side. Local brewers collaborated on a beer they dubbed Craft Cares, which they described as a malty red ale. To get a can of this special beer, donate two cans of food at participating LICBW locations. The donations benefit Long Island Cares.For more information about LICBW, visit longislandcraftbeerweek.comRELATED STORY: The Ultimate Guide to Craft Breweries on Long Islandlast_img read more

Is your teen tech-obsessed?

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Get them outsideAll too often, children and teens today choose staying indoors on phones and devices rather than venturing outside and exploring nature. The key to getting them to look up from their device is being the parent and establishing rules. It is your job to enforce limits to their entertainment so don’t forget it’s okay to put your foot down. Open the door to outside fun and offer up entertainment that’ll interest them away from technology. Check out this Pinterest page filled with fun outdoor ideas for teens.Set boundariesAs stated above, as a parent it’s your responsibility to limit not only the time your kids spend with technology, but also what tech they have access to. If you don’t want them on their phones during certain times (for example, meal-time, “family-time,” or before bed) then establish these rules and stick to them so there is consistency. Make sure they understand that you are not trying to take things away from them, but that boundaries are needed for a healthy home life. Helping them to know you aren’t “being the bad guy” will prevent them from getting overly irritated and will hopefully make them more agreeable. Also, relocating computers to common areas of your home helps to remove the temptation if the device is currently in their bedroom.Keep an open dialogueCommunicate with your teen on how their device is being used and for what purpose. If it’s purely for entertainment or social matters then speak with them on other ideas for having fun. Find out what their other interests are. Make sure they know you want to spend time with them and are there for them. Providing them with personal one-on-one interactions will remind them that there is life outside their screen.last_img read more

CAF Confederation Cup: Rangers assure win over Pyramid FC in Enugu

first_imgRelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP After 13 years of enmity, Enugu ex-Governors in closed door meeting Rangers International FC of Enugu has assured its supporters of a convincing win over their CAF Confederation Cup opponents, Pyramid FC of Egypt on Sunday.Rangers will trade tackles with Pyramid FC of Egypt in the first match of the group stage of the ongoing Confederation Cup in Enugu.The club’s Media Officer, Norbert Okolie, gave the assurance while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Enugu.“We are well prepared for the Sunday match and I know that people will be apprehensive of our preparedness.“Rangers is at the top of the game and as I speak to you, we have had a couple of training under the new technical adviser, Salisu Yusuf.“I am sure that the players are quickly getting acquainted with the coach’s new tactics.“The coach made it clear on his first day in training that football is a simple business and that he is going to introduce one or two tactics,” he said.Okolie said that his discussion with the players after their training on Thursday showed that they were already in one page with the technical crew’s tactics.“My discussion with some players on Thursday showed that they find the coach tactics easy and simply to apply.“The players assured me that they are going to do everything the coach instructs them so that, they will get out of the precarious situation the club has found itself in.“As for me, the management, the technical crew and the players have nothing to fear about the visiting Egyptian team.“I urge our supporters to come out en masse to cheer our darling club to victory over Pyramid as the players are ready to put smiles on their faces,” Okolie assured.NAN reports that Rangers is pitted alongside Pyramid, Al Masary Soccer Club of Egypt and Nouadhibou FC of Mauritania in Group A.Tags: CAF Confederation CupEnugu StatePyramid FCRangers FClast_img read more

Warnock fined for referee comments

first_img Press Association Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been fined £9,000 by the Football Association following post-match comments about referee Craig Pawson after the 2-1 home Barclays Premier League defeat by Chelsea on October 18. A statement from the FA read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 5 November 2014], Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been find £9,000 for misconduct in relation to post-match media comments. “Warnock was charged following media comments he made after the game against Chelsea on 18 October 2014 which The FA alleged implied the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute. “The charge, which Warnock denied at a personal hearing, was found proven and he was also warned as to his future conduct.” Speaking ahead of Palace’s match against Sunderland, Warnock accepted he would have to change the way he handled himself in the media. ”I don’t think I can change the way things are. I have to change myself,” said Warnock, who would go on to lament some decisions he felt went against his side in the subsequent defeat by the Black Cats on Monday night. ”At the moment I have to change to adhere to instructions that are currently with the Premier League. Whether that is detrimental to the press or not, I don’t know, but I have to change – they are not going to change for me.” center_img The Eagles boss, 65, had said referee Craig Pawson was ”influenced” by Chelsea players in the decision to send off Damien Delaney for a second yellow card. Warnock denied the charge and had requested a personal hearing, which was held on Wednesday. last_img read more

Toscanini tunes up for seasonal bow

first_imgToscanini already has Royal Ascot on his agenda as prepares for his seasonal return in the Brews Hill Race at Navan. Godolphin’s son of Shamardal drops back in trip to an extended five furlongs and his handler has high hopes. He said: “I’m delighted with him. He has done terrific over the winter and I’m really pleased with him. He’s in great form. “He runs on Sunday, then he’ll go for a Listed race in Naas, and then the Jersey Stakes. He has a very high rating and has mixed in very good company.” Qatar Racing pitch in Ainippe and Beach Belle against Toscanini, while the Aidan O’Brien-trained Father Frost caught the eye when making a winning bow in a Cork maiden last month. Halford and jockey Shane Foley have another one of their high-profile performers in action as Russian Soul tackles the Handicap. This valuable prize will not be easily won, with many of the 16 participants holding claims. However, Russian Soul has the touch of class that could see him defy his 10st 5lb burden. Forgotten Rules’ half-brother Time To Inspire will have plenty of supporters in the Excelebration Maiden and he still holds an entry in the Investec Derby. Last month’s course and distance victor Curvy will try to repeat the dose in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap The concluding Pour Moi EBF Maiden features a handful of newcomers but Jinsha Lake, second here previously, could be the one to support on this occasion. Press Associationcenter_img Michael Halford’s charge mixed it in good company last year, placing twice at Listed level including in the Chesham at Ascot, as well as in Group Three company. He managed to win a Dundalk maiden, but posted his best effort when signing off with second behind subsequent 2000 Guineas hero Gleneagles in the National Stakes last September. last_img read more

14th Annual Sheriff’s Cup Tourney set this weekend

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 ELLSWORTH — Basketball attention will shift from high school to middle school this weekend as the 14th annual Hancock County Sheriff’s Cup tournament takes place at four Ellsworth venues.A field of 20 girls’ teams and 16 boys’ teams will open the competition Friday with action on two courts at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and single courts at Ellsworth High School and the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA.Each team will play a minimum of three games in pool play with winners advancing to Sunday’s single elimination playoffs, which begin at 8 a.m. at each venue and will culminate in boys’ and girls’ championship contests.The tournament is a fund-raiser for the Sheriff’s Charities Fund and usually raises several thousands of dollars for causes supported by the fund.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFollowing are Friday and Saturday pool play schedules:High School Gym Friday4 p.m. (girls) Caravel 7/8 vs. Blue Hill Eagles; 5:15 (girls) Ellsworth DEFY vs. Ellsworth; 6:30 (boys) DEFY 2 vs. Presque Isle; 7:45 (boys) Hermon vs. DEFY 1.EEMS Upper Gym Friday4 p.m. (girls) MDI A vs. AOS 94; 5:15 (boys) Bangor 7/8 vs. MDI B; 6:30 (boys) Hampden vs. MDI A; 7:45 (girls) Houlton vs. SAD 37.EEMS Lower Gym Friday4 p.m. (girls) Orland Rec. vs. Junior Tigers; 5:15 (boys) Belfast vs. Coastal; 6:30 (boys) Nokomis vs. SAD 37; 7:45 (girls) MDI B vs. Central Aroostook.DEFY Gym Friday4 p.m. (girls) Patriots vs. Orrington; 5:15 (boys) Patriots vs. Gardiner; 6:30 (girls) Nokomis vs. Glenburn; 7;45 (boys) Glenburn Chargers vs. Warriors.High School Gym Saturday8 a.m. (girls) Presque Isle vs. Lincoln Titans; 9:15 (girls) Orrington vs. Central Aroostook; 10:30 (boys) DEFY 1 vs. MDI A; 121:45 (boys) Nokomis vs. Coastal; 1 p.m. (girls) Brewer 8 vs. AOS 94; 2:15 (girls) MDI B vs. Glenburn; 3:30 (boys) Coastal vs. SAD 37; 4:45 (girls) DEFY vs. Orland Rec.; 6:00 (girls) Nokomis vs. Houlton; 7:15 (girls) MDI YMCA vs. Presque Isle.EEMS Upper Gym Saturday8 a.m. (girls) Brewer 8 vs. MDI YMCA; 9:15 (girls) DEFY vs. Junior Tigers; 10:30 (girls) Patriots vs. Orland Rec.; 11:45 (girls) Houlton vs. Ellsworth; 1 p.m. (boys) Gardiner vs. MDI B; 2:15 (girls) Orrington vs. Junior Tigers; 3:30 (boys) DEFY 1 vs. Hampden; 4:45 (boys) Hermon vs. MDI A; 6:00 (girls) Central Aroostook vs. Lincoln Titans; 7:15 (girls) Brewer 8 vs. MDI A.EEMS Lower Gym Saturday8 a.m. (girls) Caravel vs. Nokomis; 9:15 (girls) MDI A vs. Blue Hill Eagles; 10:30 (boys) Bangor 7/8 vs. Patriots; 11:45 (girls) Presque Isle vs. MDI B; 1 p.m. (boys) Glenburn vs. DEFY 2; 2:15 (girls) Ellsworth vs. SAD 37; 3:30 (girls) Patriots vs. Blue Hill Eagles; 4:45 (boys) Nokomis vs. Belfast; 6:00 (boys) Presque Isle vs. Glenburn.DEFY Gym Saturday8 a.m. (boys) SAD 37 vs. Belfast; 9:15 (girls) Glenburn vs. SAD 37; 10:30 (boys) Hermon vs. Hampden; 11:45 (girls) MDI YMCA vs. Lincoln Titans; 1 p.m. ((boys) Presque Isle vs. Warriors; 2:15 (girls) Caravel vs. AOS 94; 3:30 (boys) MDI B vs. Patriots; 4:45 (boys) DEFY 2 vs. Warriors; 6:00 (boys) Bangor 7/8 vs. Gardiner.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

It Was A Lovely Gesture From Virat Kohli: Steve Smith

first_imgLondon: India skipper Virat Kohli had stopped Indian fans from booing former Australia skipper Steve Smith during their World Cup encounter in London on June 9. Pointing towards the fans, Virat Kohli had asked them to show respect to Smith and the Australian has said that it was a lovely gesture from the Indian captain.“It was a lovely gesture by Virat. It doesn’t really bother me what the crowds do to be perfectly honest. I am just blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from him” Steve Smith told reporters after Australia’s victory against Sri Lanka.Speaking about it in the post-match press conference, Kohli apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of the Indian crowd.“Just because there are so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion,” the 30-year-old said.“He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either.“So I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” he added.Smith and David Warner have been repeatedly heckled on the field since their return to the Australian team following their one-year bans over the Newlands ball-tampering incident.However, Kohli said he felt for Smith in his current circumstance. “Look, I think what’s happened has happened like long back, the guy is back, he’s trying to play well for his side. Even in the IPL I saw him, it’s not good to see someone down like that, to be honest. We’ve had issues in the past. We’ve had a few arguments on the field. But you don’t want to see a guy feeling that heat every time he goes out to play.“What’s happened has happened. Everyone has known that. He’s come back. He’s worked hard. He’s playing well for his side now,” he added. IANS Also Read: “So Easy To Love”, Says Anushka Sharma On Virat Kohli’s Kind Gesture For Steve Smithlast_img read more

Food, Inc. challenged student food beliefs

first_imgAccording to Food, Inc., the 2008 documentary film about corporate farming, we are all walking Doritos with limbs, fed primarily by big evil corporations.These big corporations were the main topic of Wednesday night’s discussion between best-selling authors Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan, held at Bovard Auditorium moderated by KCRW’s Good Food radio host Evan Kleiman.Monopolies · Michael Pollan (left) and Eric Schlosser discussed the control of big companies over the meat-packing industry, as well as how the public can take the power over food from the government. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “The power of big corporations like ConAgra, Monsanto and Walmart is incredible,” Schlosser said. “They are the ones pulling all the strings behind the government and the food we eat.”Both Schlosser and Pollan are active figures in issues pertaining to food sustainability and industries. They did years of investigative work on food politics and production, exposing the government’s role in unsanitary and discriminatory farm practices through detailed, no-holds-barred books that shocked the country.Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto won the James Beard Award and Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation stayed at the New York Times’s best-sellers list for two years.Meanwhile, Kleiman is founder of the Slow Food Chapter in Los Angeles and also serves in the Stewardship Council of Roots of Change, both which are organizations promoting a sustainable food system.Debating Walmart’s recent five-year plan to repackage its food to include lower amounts of unhealthy salts, fats and sugars, both Schlosser and Pollan were hopeful, but critical.“Walmart is the biggest grocery store that feeds 40 percent of America,” Pollan said. “I think if they figure out how to [offer healthier products] profitably, there can be significant changes.”Scholosser offered a more cynical view.“The real problem, however, is still that there shouldn’t be any companies that powerful,” Schlosser said. “Ultimately it’s about unchecked power, and how corruptive it is.”According to Pollan and Schlosser, the idyllic days of local farmers and happy cow pastures are over. The food industry has changed drastically. Farms are getting bigger and producing more, but according to Schlosser and Pollan, these “specialty crops” subsidized by the government never actually enter the consumer’s mouth.“Over 75 percent that [the farmers] produce is fed to livestock,” Pollan said. “The remainder is turned into ethanol to feed our cars. Even so, 50 percent of food grown for humans is thrown away, uneaten.”Because of America’s deeply complicated food politics, Pollan and Schlosser said the public is often misinformed about what they eat.Pollan’s deceivingly simple food motto, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” trails into more intense debates from the inaccessibility of expensive organic and health products for the vast majority of America to the obscure yet prominent lobbying and power food farming corporations have over politics.Parisa Rezvani, a graduate student studying visual anthropology, said she found the discussion to be interesting.“I hope this talk can accurately inform students because food politics is often confusing and there’s a lot of misinformation,” Rezvani said.Meanwhile, Michael Zarky, 64,  who has been vegetarian for 44 years, said he thinks people need to be more wise with their spending.“The food movement is mostly for the upper-middle class only,” Zarky said. “People need to stop spending money on stupid things and support local farmers.”last_img read more