Datamann founder John Mann was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Vermont / New Hampshire Direct Marketing Groups annual conference on May 3, 2007. In its near twenty year existence VT / NH Direct Marketing Group has presented this award only four previous times. Presenting the award, Bill LaPierre, Vice President – Catalog Brokerage for Millard Group, spoke of Manns personal and professional accomplishments. LaPierre stated that Datamann, under Johns direction has been one of the most dependable and innovative companies in this arena&[offering] products and services that enable all the companies that engage in these direct marketing activities, to do their jobs, and sell their products. LaPierre quoted additional words of praise from top executives at the Touch of Class catalog, the Wig Catalog, and Brookstone.The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to individuals that have made a lasting contribution to the direct marketing industry, made similar contributions to the VT/NH DMG, and have shared their time and talents with others. John Mann is a 12 year member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont / New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group and served as President of the Group in 1999.John Mann founded Datamann, Inc. in 1975. Located in Wilder, Vermont, they develop, sell, and support the catalog mail order software known as MOSP” (Mail Order Software Plus”). In addition Datamann offers a full selection of mailing services and list rental fulfillment. In 2006, Datamann acquired its Computer Connection Division, extending its product offerings to include point of sale software, business accounting software solutions, and network support.
U.S. Ruling a Likely Landmark in Requiring Federal Agencies to Factor Climate Risk Into Policy Decisions FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Hill:A federal court faulted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Friday for what it said were incorrect assumptions about the climate change impact of mining four coal tracts in Wyoming and the use of that coal.The BLM concluded in 2010 that if companies were not allowed to mine the coal on federal land in Wyoming, the demand for coal would still be so high that it would be mined somewhere else, so the carbon dioxide emissions would be the same whether the federal leases were approved or not.The Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled Friday that the BLM’s conclusion did not withstand scrutiny.“The BLM did not point to any information (other than its own unsupported statements) indicating that the national coal deficit of 230 million tons per year incurred under the no action alternative could be easily filled from elsewhere, or at a comparable price,” Judge Mary Beck Briscoe wrote in the ruling on behalf of the three-judge panel.“It did not refer to the nation’s stores of coal or the rates at which those stores may be extracted. Nor did the BLM analyze the specific difference in price between [Powder River Basin] coal and other sources; such a price difference would effect substitutability,” she said.The court did not invalidate the leases on three of the tracts of land. Instead, it asked the BLM to fix its environmental review to better account for the climate impact.The ruling is likely to be significant as a case that shows how far federal agencies must go to predict the environmental impacts of the decisions they make.Environmentalists have been working for years to build such a body of case law. Just last month, another federal court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must account for the climate impacts of burning the natural gas that goes through pipelines that it approves.The ruling came months after the Trump administration overturned the Obama administration’s moratorium on issuing new leases to mine coal on federal land.The Obama administration had issued the moratorium so that it could do a more thorough analysis of the climate impacts of federal coal mining.Friday’s decision was joined by Judge Monroe McKay and Judge Bobby Ray Baldock.More: Court faults agency for climate analysis of coal mine
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Exxon Mobil Corp. will use renewable energy to produce oil in West Texas.Under 12-year agreements with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S, Exxon will buy 500 megawatts of wind and solar power in the Permian Basin, the fastest growing U.S. oil field. It is the largest ever renewable power contract signed by an oil company, according to Bloomberg NEF. Terms weren’t disclosed.Exxon, which was sued by investors who alleged the company downplayed risks of global warming, is turning to clean energy as it becomes cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels. The wind and solar farms are being built in a region where electricity demand is soaring as oil production grows.“We frequently evaluate opportunities to diversify our power supply and ensure competitive costs,” Julie King, a spokeswoman for the Irving, Texas-based oil producer, said in an email. The company denies misleading investors about climate change.Booming production in the Permian Basin is helping Exxon offset declining output elsewhere in the world. But output in the region has grown so fast that infrastructure including pipelines and power plants have struggled to keep up.Half the power Exxon will buy will come from the Sage Draw wind farm, which Ørsted plans to finish building in 2020, according to a slide from an investor presentation Wednesday. The rest will be from the Permian Solar farm, scheduled to be finished in 2021.More: Exxon will use wind, solar power to produce crude oil in Texas Exxon to buy 500MW of solar, wind to power Texas oil production
By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo May 17, 2017 Great job Brazil! A potential ally for the West The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is developing an unmanned prototype of a hypersonic propulsion aircraft with a supersonic combustion engine. This strategic FAB project, dubbed Prohiper, will revolutionize the nation’s space vehicle propulsion. Strictly speaking, hypersonic propulsion – which is any kind of aerospace propulsion that keeps a vehicle in flight in the earth’s atmosphere at speeds greater than or equal to five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) – was developed several years ago by the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEAv, per its Portuguese acronym) in the state of São Paulo in most of its space probe vehicles and in its satellite launch vehicle. The difference with Prohiper is that the hypersonic propulsion is achieved through Supersonic Combustion Ramjet or “SCRamjet” engine that uses the atmosphere as an oxidizer, carrying only fuel on the vehicle. When used together, both technologies are given the name Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion. Hypersonic propulsion is conventionally achieved through solid-propellant rocket engines, with aerial vehicles carrying the fuel (alcohol, hydrogen, or kerosene) and the oxidizer (generally oxygen) inside. The SCRamjet engine uses air to burn the fuel. “The main advantage is that it reduces the total weight of the vehicle that is being launched. That makes for a heavier useful payload that can be carried by the launch vehicle. And since the vehicle is not carrying the oxidizer next to it inside, it becomes safer, and the weight reduction increases its efficiency,” explained Lieutenant Norton Assis, hypersonic researcher, in a promotional video for the project sent by FAB. “For instance, an engine using that fuel technology is capable of making a trip from Congonhas [in São Paulo] to New York in approximately one hour, as it is able to reach a speed of 12,000 kilometers per hour, or what amounts to 10 times the speed of sound.” Laboratory testing The first prototype to demonstrate this technology, dubbed 14-X, exists in a model resembling a delta wing format nearly 80 centimeters in length. The 14-X is just beginning testing in IEAv’s Professor Henry T. Nagamatsu Laboratory of Aerothermodynamics and Hypersonics, home to the largest wind tunnel in Latin America. “IEAv has been conducting lab tests of key components of these engines, also called SCRamjets, such as the air intake and the combustor chamber,” said Major Tiago Cavalcanti Rolim, the engineer in charge of the Prohiper 14-X Project and head of the Experimentation Subdivision of IEAv’s Aerothermodynamics and Hypersonics Department. “The aim is to understand certain aspects of hypersonic and supersonic combustion flows, monitoring key properties such as pressure and temperature and establishing cause-and-effect relationships,” he said. Maj. Rolim explained that launch vehicles currently in use are equipped with conventional propulsion systems that can carry a useful payload of about 4 percent of their weight. Thanks to the absence of oxygen tanks, the 14-X technology allow for a useful payload of up to 15 percent, relative to the weight of the aircraft. “In fact, approximately 65 percent of the weight of these vehicles at the moment of launch corresponds to the weight of the oxygen stored in them,” explained Maj. Rolim. “As a way of mitigating that situation, new technologies have been researched with the purpose of increasing the proportion of useful payload and, as a result, reducing costs. Thus, there is a consensus in the scientific community that this new aerospace propulsion system may be used as a stage on space vehicles.” Brazil at the forefront of space engineering In the space industry, where stringent fuel restrictions for launching useful payloads into orbit demand an ongoing reduction in launch vehicle size, weight, and fuel consumption, Prohiper places Brazil in league with the few select powers that are testing this technology. Maj. Rolim said that in recent decades the research and development of the airbreathing supersonic propulsion technology demonstrators have increased at various research centers around the world. One of the countries that stand out in the development of this technology is the United States. He cites American projects HIFiRE, which is being developed through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group, and HYPER-X, whose research began in 1996 with flight records already set. “The main motivation for this project is for our folks to be able to provide the FAB with a defense product over a 10-year timeline that will allow us to make flights into space as cheaply as possible, carrying more useful payload into space,” stated Israel Rêgo, head of IEAv’s Aerothermodynamics and Hypersonics Laboratory. The Brazilian Air Force intends to begin flight testing the 14-X technology demonstrator by 2020. “Today, we want to get out of the laboratory and make the leap to the flight-qualification phase for these new technologies,” Rêgo said.
Building wealth has gotten harder for most people in recent years. But the habits that can make you rich haven’t changed.It boils down to this: putting aside money, regularly and consistently, that can be invested for your future. You have to leave that money alone to grow, which means you also need an emergency fund. And you must be careful with debt, because the wrong kinds can erode your wealth rather than build it.It’s a simple formula but one that’s become increasingly hard to implement as incomes stagnate and prices rise. A shocking number of American households — nearly half, by the Federal Reserve’s last count — don’t have enough savings to cover an unexpected $400 expense. Our inability to save has contributed to a 21% decline in household median net worth between 1998, the year median incomes peaked in America, and 2013, the last year for which Fed stats are available.Hardest-hit are households in the lower middle class, which in 2013 meant incomes from $23,300 to $40,499. Their net worth fell by half. continue reading » 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Protests are expected to continue across the United States. Embed from Getty Images In Minneapolis, thousands of disgruntled voters reportedly blocked a busy interstate in the city, producing a major traffic jam, according to the StarTribune. After his meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday morning, which the national press characterized as cordial, Trump Tweeted that “professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting.” The protests, which began Wednesday, appeared to grow organically, and although the media covered the demonstrations, it was unclear what provoked the president-elect to accuse the press of inciting protests. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Later, Trump softened his tone, cheering “small groups” of protesters for demonstrating their “passion for the country.” Trump’s supporters have come to the future president’s defense and slammed protesters for hitting the streets following a democratic election. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a core Trump confidant, called protesters on college campuses “a bunch of spoiled crybabies” in an interview with Fox & Friends. Yet Trump himself encouraged people to “march on Washington” after President Obama was re-elected in 2012, calling the election a “travesty.” For a second straight night thousands of dissatisfied Americans poured into streets across the United States to protest Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Demonstrators in Baltimore, Minneapolis, Oakland and Los Angeles marched deep into the evening, holding signs and proclaiming that the president-elect does not represent them. While the far majority of protesters were peaceful, some in Portland smashed car windshields and purportedly set small fires. Related: Thousands Protest Trump’s Presidential Victory Across U.S.The Washington Post reported that an estimated 4,000 people took part in Thursday’s protest in Portland. At least 26 had been arrested, Portland police said, blaming “anarchists” for destroying property and declaring part of the protest a riot. Police reportedly deployed rubber bullets, pepper spray and other so-called “less lethal munitions” to disperse protesters.
“We’ll have to staff up, so we’ll be hiring. We’ll have to advise the state well in advance that we’ve got it under control,” said Reynolds. “How to complete the ballot and the envelope, particularly signing the envelope, that was a problem with the primaries,” said Broome County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Dan Reynolds. With the state now allowing COVID-19 as an excuse under “temporary illness” to vote absentee, the Broome County Board of Elections estimates they will see more mail-in ballots than ever before. Executive orders mandate that the Board of Elections report staffing plans, and take steps to be ready to count votes as soon as possible. If you’re thinking of voting by absentee, the best advice is to start early. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued five executive orders to make sure your voice and vote counts this November. “A lot of people voted at the last minute, they didn’t sign it, and the vote did not count,” said Reynolds. To request an absentee ballot, you will have to request an absentee ballot application from the Broome County Board of Elections. After your request is processed, you will receive an application. Then, you must return that application, and an absentee ballot will be mailed to you. The ballot must be postmarked no later than the day of the General Election. You will also see another change on absentee ballots. New York State plans to redesign the ballot to make it more clear and eliminate confusion on where the voter signs. “I’d just encourage people not to wait until the last second to request an absentee ballot,” said Reynolds. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local board of elections officials are having to prepare for some changes when it comes to voting. One of the five executive orders mandates BOEs to send a mailing to voters with deadlines and instructions on getting an absentee ballot.
Dec 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – If states have extra influenza vaccine left in the private sector after the demand from high-priority groups has been met, people in lower-priority groups should be allowed to get flu shots, federal health officials said yesterday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said geographic differences in vaccine distribution and demand justify some exceptions to the policy of reserving flu shots for those at highest risk for flu-related complications.”Some areas have small amounts of vaccine scattered among private sector providers that would be difficult to redistribute,” the agency said in a message to healthcare providers. To prevent waste of vaccine, if state health officials determine that all high-priority people who wanted shots have received them and that doses are still available in the private sector, the state can expand eligibility for the available doses.”Such an expansion might include individuals who would normally receive vaccine such as those between 50 and 65 years of age, household contacts of high-priority individuals, or other populations deemed to be at risk by the state,” the CDC said.But private providers who have large supplies of unused vaccine should be encouraged to work with state officials to transfer the doses to other states where high-priority groups still need shots, the CDC added. Until all high-priority people nationwide have had a chance to get a shot, “vaccine currently held in the public sector and apportioned vaccine that has not yet been delivered should be directed only to those high-priority populations.”People who should get a flu shot this year, according to the CDC, include 6- to 23-month-old babies, the elderly, nursing home residents, people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, healthcare workers who take care of patients, children who take aspirin daily, and people who have or care for a baby under 6 months old,See also:CDC’s 2004-05 recommendations on who should get a flu shothttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/bulletin/2004-05/bulletin3_092004.htm
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Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional New Mission Catwalk Winner heading to London Fashion Week by: – June 22, 2012 Share 27 Views no discussions Gregory WilliamsAGSelectPR Kingston, Friday, June 22 2012: Twenty eight year-old Cross Roads Jamaica resident Gregory Williams is the mission Catwalk Season 2 winner and will be heading to London Fashion Week later this year as part of his wining package valued at $3 million dollars.The designer, who won one prior challenge on the show, had a tearful reaction to the announcement made on Tuesday’s finale episode.“When I heard my name, I couldn’t help it. This was a competition and I had worked hard so it was just a relief to get to the end.”He was judged on 12 looks he presented at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) 2012 on June 8. Though he has a penchant for high fashion, Gregory made a strong effort to present ready-to-wear pieces.For Novia McDonald-Whyte Jamaica Observer lifestyle editor, “Gregory got the nod at the end of the day because he is truly a designer! One who’s not only capable of thinking outside the proverbial box, but one who makes a woman crave his designs.” aptly summing up the views of fellow judges Keneea Linton-George host and executive-producer of the series and menswear designer Carlton Brown. Guest judge Kay Davitian, a former head of quality control at Jones NY and Ralph Lauren gave Gregory some sage advice.”You are a true designer and you will go far if you put your head to learning the trade.”His learning has already begun with advice on running a small business from NCB who will contribute JMD$500,000 to his HOD Designs clothing line. Gregory will also receive industrial sewing equipment valued at JMD$200,000 courtesy of Singer Jamaica, a contract to sell his designs at SOHO boutique, a six-page fashion editorial in Ocean Style Magazine, a scholarship to pursue fashion program at London College of Fashion, an apprenticeship with Master Savile Row Tailor Andrew Ramroop and the chance to show a new collection at London Fashion Week in September accompanied by his Mission Catwalk model Sydia Valentine.Fellow Jamaican Crystal Powell came a close 2nd, but a lack of cohesiveness in her collection of beautiful pieces cost her the win. “Her passion is evident and her precision will put her in good stead in what is undoubtedly a fickle fashion market,” predicts McDonald-Whyte. In third place was Rebecca Stirm of Belize, a strong contender throughout the show, whose final designs were not “aspirational” according to Linton-George. Rounding up the top four was Trinidad’s Ryan Chan who did have an impactful collection but lost points for “slapping on” ready-made beading.This is the first time that casting for the show was open to designers from around the region. Mission Catwalk’s first season, won by Shena Carby, consisted of Jamaican designers only. Linton-George says requests are coming in from every island regarding season three. Interested designers and models can visit facebook.com/missioncatwalk for information and can catch up on all season 2 episodes at youtube.com/missioncatwalk.Press Release