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SGA invites students, professors, alumni to dinner in the commons

first_img Previous articleOpinion: Why Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will end like Hillary Clinton’sNext articleHoroscope: April 25, 2018 Alexa Hines RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Seniors react to postponing May Commencement Alexa Hines Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Breaking barriers: Trailblazing women in sports media Alexa is the Audience Engagement Editor for TCU360. She is a journalism major and Spanish minor from Orange County, California. In her free time, Alexa loves reading about and watching sports. TAGSAlumnifoodSGA Tunnel of Oppression highlights different groups, encourages change The campus commons will feature a table set for 400 during the Common Table event. Twitter printStudents hungry for connections or even just hungry for food are welcomed by the Student Government Association (SGA) to join them for a Common Table dinner Wednesday night.The event is open to all in the Horned Frog community, including faculty, staff and alumni, to join together for dinner and conversation right in the heart of the Campus Commons.“We really hope that students enjoy this event and meet a new friend, as well as share in some memories,” said incoming Vice President of External Affairs Will Jezek.Jezek also said he hopes this event will appeal to seniors as it takes place not too far away from commencement.This Common Table event highlights the fact that TCU is one frog family, no matter where students, faculty and staff might come from.“I think that we represent something much bigger than ourselves by being a part of the Horned Frog community,” said Class of 2021 representative Jack Leonhard. “It is all about unity. It’s all about getting people around a table, sharing a meal, meeting new people and it’s about uniting TCU.”Last year this dinner ran under the name of the Frogs Family Dinner. Jezek said he hopes the SGA-sponsored event, brings people together in both informative and fun ways.“One of my goals is to better connect students, especially those with the Fort Worth community,” Jezek said. “I believe I am achieving this by inviting students to meet local alumni, to meet faculty and staff as well as to learn exactly what SGA is doing on campus. I love the fact that we’re celebrating over something that is so traditional like dinner.”The dinner will feature chicken, pasta and chocolate cake and it will serve 400 people at one long table in the Commons. For those interested, they can register for the Common Table event at Eventbrite. The event is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.center_img Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Facebook Alumnus to reopen local bar ReddIt Linkedin Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ + posts ReddIt Alexa Hineshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-hines/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Clock Ticking, City Urges Census Participation With Just 30 Days Remaining for the Count

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News On Monday, the California Census Campaign held a meeting to provide an update on their progress with 30 days left in the count.Nationally, the campaign 64.7 percent response, that still isn’t enough for the Census Bureau and their partners.And in the next 30 days, the battle to reach households that are the hardest to account for will increase.The campaign hopes to reach 1.1 million households via followup texts by the end of the month and has planned a week of action from Sep. 7 through Sep. 12.During that time advocates will increase their methods as a last-minute attempt to reach their goal.Convincing minorities to be counted has been the mission for cities across the state including Pasadena.California has a 68.7 self-response rate. The state has a 67.2 rate.“The only positive news is that we’re doing better than the state average and better than the national average,” said Mayor Terry Tornek. “But it’s not good enough. We have not conveyed the sense of urgency to the people who should care the most about the potential of losing out on very substantial federal funding and on congressional representation.”That funding includes money for education, transportation programs and hundreds of millions of dollars that come to the city based on the formulas generated by the census count.City officials pushed hard to avoid an undercount.Last year, Trump officials pushed to include questions about immigration status, many feared that some local residents would not take part in the census to avoid interactions with immigration officials.In February, the City Council voted unanimously to monitor the upcoming US Census in Pasadena for potential breaches of confidentiality – hoping to reassure immigrants and other traditionally “hard to count” community members that participating in the once-a-decade count is “safe.”The census consists of nine basic demographic questions: who lives in the household; how they are related; their age, sex, and race; whether they own or rent their house; and their phone number.Population counts from the 2020 census will be used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets for the next decade. The data will also be used to help distribute nearly $900 billion in federal funding for such things as schools, roads and other public services.“It’s a tangible issue that affects how we’re able to run our city and our state,” Tornek said. “We haven’t connected the dots adequately because if people really understood that, they would take the 15 minutes or the 20 minutes, depending on how big their family is to answer the 10 questions.”In 2010 Census data was used to distribute more than $400 million to support local schools, transportation, housing, and healthcare programs.Population counts from the 2020 census will be used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets for the next decade.The census can be completed at my2020census.gov and complete the form online. Community News Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Clock Ticking, City Urges Census Participation With Just 30 Days Remaining for the Count It’s still not too late to complete survey By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Monday, August 31, 2020 | 9:32 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

FAI flash red card to local newspaper for ‘very negative comment’

first_imgEmail Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsFAI flash red card to local newspaper for ‘very negative comment’By admin – February 24, 2011 678 Twitter Previous articleFriars’ generous gift remains unopenedNext articleMixed fortunes for Limerick admincenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp THE Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has criticised a Limerick newspaper (not the Limerick Post) for “addressing in such a negative manner, the work done by the association throughout the country”.City Council’s director of services, Pat Dowling, told councillors this week that the FAI had written to city council, following an address given in City Hall by businessman, Pat O’Sullivan, owner and chairman of Limerick FC, last December.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Not reading directly from the four page letter, Mr Dowling said the FAI voiced their concern that the newspaper’s coverage of Mr O’Sullivan’s presentation had included “very negative comment, rather than the good work done by the FAI throughout the country.“The FAI is at the very centre of things on the ground in Limerick to break down social barriers in the city,” the letter stated.“I and my colleagues can present to the Strategic Policy Committee the work done by us in Limerick,” the FAI executive wrote.Cllr Tom Shortt said he had been very impressed with Mr O’Sullivan’s contribution to the December meeting“Since then he has got a number of very good projects going, including training for young people with apraxia, which is very positive and while there was some unhappiness regarding the Barcelona match for Limerick, there was a perception that it could have gone ahead here – however, discussion is healthy, especially regarding the Market’s Field arena for soccer and other positive developments. I hope we see more people glad to crack the nut that is the Market’s Field,” he said.Emphasising the importance of the FAI playing a central role in the playing of soccer in Limerick city, Mr Dowling said he will be organising a meeting with the FAI and other key players in the development of the Market’s Field, including City of Limerick VEC. Printlast_img read more

FHFA Credit Changes Could Expand Homeownership

first_img With the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) currently considering changing the credit score requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, representatives from both FICO and its potential competition have been weighing in on the potential changes.In late December, the FHFA issued a Request for Input, seeking feedback about the possibility of changing the credit scores the GSEs requires lenders to use to evaluate borrowers. According to the FHFA’s December press release, “The Enterprises currently use Classic FICO for product eligibility, loan pricing, and financial disclosure purposes.” The Request for Input seeks public comment on the possibility of allowing the GSEs to also let lenders use FICO 9 (an updated version of FICO’s original scoring algorithm) or VantageScore 3.0 (a rival model developed by credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion).Those critical of the GSEs’ current requirements claim that they bar millions of Americans from home ownership. According to a 2015 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study, 26 million Americans do not have any credit record, and another 19 million have credit records considered unscorable due to insufficient credit history or a lack of recent credit history.As reported by Financial Times, VantageScore said in a public statement that “Monopolies never benefit markets or consumers and they create the opportunity for pricing power unchecked by competition.”FICO Senior Director Joanne Gaskin replied, saying, “FICO welcomes competition—we just want to have fair competition.” A FICO representative further added that FICO “stands for safe and responsible access to credit, not lowering the standards which would pass the burden onto taxpayers.”FICO’s algorithm attempts to predict a consumer’s likelihood to repay their debts based on factors such as payment history, assigning a rating between 300 and 850. The updated FICO 9 system, according to FICO, provides a more sophisticated analysis of a borrower’s potential creditworthiness than the original system currently required by the GSEs. The competing VantageScore 3.0, first released in 2013, uses the same scoring range but different criteria, including payment history, age/credit type, percent of credit limit used, total balances/debt, recent credit, and available credit.Gaskin also countered VantageScore claims that the GSEs adoption of VantageScore would bring in millions of new borrowers. “All of our data would suggest absolutely the otherwise,” said Gaskin.Options being considered by FHFA include using both FICO and VantageScore scores, or allowing lenders to choose one or the other. The FHFA is seeking comment until February 2018. Input can be submitted electronically by clicking here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: credit requirements Credit Scores Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA FICO Freddie Mac GSEs VantageScore January 2, 2018 2,511 Views Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img FHFA Credit Changes Could Expand Homeownership Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: President Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law Next: Cities Where 50 Percent of Households Can’t Afford a Home The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago credit requirements Credit Scores Fannie Mae Federal Housing Finance Agency FHFA FICO Freddie Mac GSEs VantageScore 2018-01-02 David Wharton Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Credit Changes Could Expand Homeownership Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Letterkenny council meeting completed

first_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Newsx Adverts Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook By News Highland – December 13, 2011 Twitter Previous articleLifford and Stranorlar ambulance staff to be amalgamatedNext articleLetterenny mayor speaks of “unanswered questions” left by suicide News Highland Despite speculation in recent days that Letterkenny Town Council’s monthly meeting would adjourn for Christmas drinks last night, the agenda was finished.Mayor Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle made no mention of the issue, but when he went to the first motion on the agenda, he was asked by Cllr Victor Fisher to clarify if the tradition of adjourning for Christmas drinks was being ended.Cllr Mc Monagle replied that he has always believed the agenda should be completed, and it is his understanding that adjourning is at the discretion of the mayor of the day.The number of motions was considerably down, with most members not submitting any, possibly in the expectation that the meeting would adjourn.The mayor did invite members, staff and the media for drinks as soon as trhe meeting was finished.center_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Letterkenny council meeting completed HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Tickets face off in class council elections

first_imgJP Bruno, Molly Knapp, Matthew Ross and Henry Long ticket’s agenda focuses on working with the incoming freshman executive board.“If elected, we would all attend the Freshman Class Council meetings and hold mentorship workshops for the freshmen representatives in order to create a relationship with the future leaders of Notre Dame,” Long said. “We feel that this mentorship would facilitate collaboration between Class Councils and would create a smoother transition for the freshmen as they assume their roles as leaders of their class.”Long said that he, Bruno and Ross  currently serve on the executive board of Freshman Class Council; Bruno serves as president, Long as vice president and Ross as treasurer.“We have all made extensive contacts within Student Government and the administration at Notre Dame, including Ryan Willerton, the Director of the Office of Community Standards, and Paul Manrique and Peggy Hnatusko in the Student Activities Office,” Long said in an email.Given their experience on this year’s council, Long said the ticket hopes to increase communication between the Class Council and the class.“If we are elected, we would focus being accessible to the members of the sophomore class,” Long said. “Open meeting and office hours would provide opportunities for sophomores to discuss concerns, ask questions, and give suggestions for the Sophomore Class Council.  Online forms will allow feedback and ideas for events to be shared directly with us.”Tags: class council elections, Class Councils, elections, new class councils Elizabeth Fenton, Louis Bertolotti, Conor Bradley and Shannon Hodges focused their platform on unity and bringing the class of 2017 together for the last two years of their time at Notre Dame.“This is reflected in our slogan ‘Together, to 2017,’ which we hope conveys the fact that we want to bring everyone together to our telos, or best selves, over the course of our last two years,” Fenton said in an email.Bertolotti said that the ticket hopes to achieve their goal of class unity through class trips.“This is a way to bring the class closer together outside of the ‘ND bubble,’ and we think that it could also just be a great time,” Bertolotti said. “First semester, we plan on bringing everyone to the Michigan Dunes for a beach trip, and second semester, should our budget allow, we hope to attend a Cubs, White Sox or Blackhawks game together.“The plans we will work on first are the networking ones like these where 2017ers will be given the opportunity to get to know each other better.”Fenton is the current director of National Engagement and Outreach (NEO) and also sits on the Executive Cabinet of Student Government. Bertolotti is the co-director of FUEL and has helped plan events such as the Freshman Networking Fair. Hodges and Bradley both have leadership experience outside of Student Government.The ticket also wishes to increase cohesiveness within the class of 2017 through signature events, Fenton said.“The biggest change that we will have to make next year is working with students who are studying abroad,” Fenton said. “We want to ensure that these students will not feel left out of the ND community while they are gone, and we believe that programs which highlight their friends from back home, such as ‘Junior of the Week,’ will help that.“We also hope to seamlessly integrate them back into the 2017 family when they come back with events that will allow students who did not study abroad learn from the experiences of others who had the opportunity to spend time in another country.”SophomoresGreg Perenich, Teresa Simunich, Patrick Rodgers and Helena Qu said they based their platform on three ideas: devotion, authenticity and diversity.“These three principles are what drive us to serve the Notre Dame Community and the Class of 2018,” Simunich said in an email. “If elected, we would like to show our devotion to our classmates by providing a website tailored to the needs of our class. This website would entail informational links, current news and places where grievances, suggestions or comments could be posted for the betterment of our class.”Once in office, the ticket’s first priority would be to help its class members better use the resources available to them on campus.“First, we would like to arrange a fair for pre-professional and pre-medical majors to provide an opportunity for these students to gain insight into their potential careers in the medical field,” Simunich said. “Another top priority of ours is to work in collaboration with different cultural groups on campus (such as Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Latino Student Alliance, etc.) in order create events would to promote class unity and diversity on campus. We also plan to have a Sophomore-specific Study Abroad information night.”According to Rodgers, none of the ticket members were involved in this year’s Freshman Class Council although they were each involved in student government in their respective high schools.“We think the fact that we were not involved in Class Council allows us to bring a fresh perspective to the role,” Rodgers said in an email. Two tickets from each class will be competing for the role of executive board for the sophomore, junior and senior class councils. Elections will be held today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.EMILY DANAHER I The Observer SeniorsAndrew Stoker, Shae Boguslawski, Mia Womack and Kyle Witzigman divided their platform into three parts: a senior speaker series; senior engagement on social, service and spiritual dimensions; and senior week.“We plan to use Notre Dame’s resources to bring prominent speakers to campus,” Stoker, the ticket’s presidential candidate, said in an email. “From entertaining comedians to business leaders, we want to connect students with people that we could only get access to while at Notre Dame. I think engaging with speakers like this is unique to the college experience and something we should really be taking advantage of before graduation.”The ticket also wishes to strengthen seniors’ involvement with each other and with the community as a whole, Stoker said.“We’ll have social events from a back to school barbecue to study breaks with free pizza right before midterms, service partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club and the Robinson Center and spiritual opportunities, including a class mass and candlelight prayer,” he said.Stoker, Boguslawski, Womack and Witzigman also have plans for senior week that incorporate both old traditions and new ideas, Stoker said.“I’m personally most excited about the senior speaker series,” Stoker said. “This kind of event has never been taken on by a class council before and I think it will be an exciting challenge to see how big we can make it. The inspiration for this project came from attending speeches by Stanley Druckenmiller and Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit.Stoker and Boguslawski have served on class councils since freshman year, while Womack and Witzigman have been involved with class councils since sophomore year. Stoker is currently the Junior Class Council’s treasurer.The ticket aims to encourage participation among off-campus seniors, Stoker said.“One of the challenges for student government senior year is that so many students move off campus. We plan to collaborate heavily with off campus council and other student groups in the planning of events,” Stoker said.center_img Thomas Schneeman, Shannon Montague, Brian Cimons and Bridget Doyle said they hope to make senior year as memorable and meaningful as possible by focusing on bringing together on- and off-campus seniors. They plan to do this is through transportation reforms, the ticket’s candidate for treasurer, Cimons, said.“One of the first thing that we would like to get started working on is increasing the off campus transportation network,” Cimons said in an email. “All the construction going on has really limited parking options, and since seniors make up a majority of off campus students, this is a great concern of ours. We also want to work on expanding the existing transportation to downtown South Bend.”Scheeman said the focus will be on ensuring that the seniors, regardless of location, will remain close.“Senior year is much different than any other year, as it is our last year together, and we will be facing different challenges,” he said. “With so many seniors moving off campus, the event planning shifts from bringing together students from around campus to uniting the off-campus community with the on-campus community.Montague, the ticket’s candidate for vice president, said that the ticket has built up a variety of contacts that will ensure their plans will be implemented quickly and effectively.“This will allow us to dedicate our efforts and utilize the necessary resources and planning at our disposal to make them great and encourage spending time as a class without inviting busy seniors to events every single week,” Montague said. “We know that as seniors, everyone in our class will have busy schedules, so for programming, we want to hit a couple of big, signature events.”Thomas Schneeman, the ticket’s presidential candidate, is the current Executive Controller for Student Government, managing the Vidal-Devine administration’s budget. He has also been a member of FUEL, Morrissey Freshman Orientation Committee, Morrissey’s Hall Council and various departments of Student Government, including University Affairs and Constituent Services. Montague is the Chief of Staff for the Undergraduate Student Union and has previously served as Pasquerilla West Hall’s dance and Queen Week commissioners, and was a member of the Student Campus Orientation Committee. Cimons is Morrissey’s representative on Student Senate and helped bring the Wall Street Journal to campus. He also has served on Morrissey’s Freshman Orientation Committee. Bridget Doyle, the ticket’s candidate for secretary, is Vice-President of Howard Hall and has served as Co-President in the past. She also has been a member of class council and served on various committees within the council.The ticket wishes to continue the great work of this year’s Junior Class Council, but also expand on it for their senior year, Doyle said.“We want to make this next year even better, since it is our senior year here on campus … I think that we have a great team and some really good ideas, and we look forward to our senior year with the chance to give our classmates the best year yet,” Doyle said.JuniorsEva Niklinska, Katelyn Wray, Mason Zurovchack and Kimmy Sullivan intend to introduce several new events for the class, including giveaways and service opportunities, the ticket’s candidate for treasurer, Zurovchak said.“Events like study abroad send-offs and welcome-backs will provide a perfect opportunity for staying in touch with new friends made around the globe and those you love from under the Dome,” Zurovchak said in an email. “Frequent events like Berry and Einstein Bagel giveaways will sweeten your day with a way to destress from the craziness that is junior year. We plan to give back to our amazing class by not only offering them more opportunities to volunteer their time and talent in the community, but also through Junior Appreciation week — a new initiative to give juniors steals and deals within and outside campus.“Finally, we want to start a new signature event aside from the classic JPW with an Annual Derby Dance, modeled off the vibe and excitement of the Kentucky Derby.”Sullivan said that three of the four members of the ticket — Niklinska, Wray and Sullivan — previously served on Class Council.“Eva [Niklinska] was a member of both Freshmen and Sophomore Class Council as the Freshman Class service committee chair, and the current sophomore class secretary,” Sullivan said. “As an executive this year, she knows what has worked and what changes need to be made in order for the Class of 2017 Council to get more cohesive and better organized each and every year.”Niklinska said Sullivan’s experience planning events this year put the ticket at an advantage in terms of expectation management, and what projects would be realistic.“All of our plans are feasible not only within the ability to execute, but also within the budget normally allocated to class councils,” Niklinska said.last_img read more

Cold Veggies.

first_img Tender vegetables like peppers can be damaged by the first light frost. But with extra protection for a day or two, they may go on bearing for weeks. Photo: Wayne McLaurin Tender Damaged by the first light frost. Beans, cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes. Hardy Can stand several frosts; use before 20-degrees low. Collards, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips, kale. Semihardy Can stand a light frost. Swiss chard, beets, Chinese cabbage, collards, Irish potatoes, Bibb lettuce, mustard, radishes, spinach, leaf lettuce.center_img If the early-October frost didn’t freeze your beans off, you may have many more daysbefore the vegetable garden shuts down.Vegetables can be harvested as they mature. Many vegetable crops can go on producinglong after the first light frost. It’s usually mid- to late November in most areas ofGeorgia before a frost that will freeze tender vegetation arrives.Many vegetables will have been producing vigorously for two to four weeks before thisdate. However, it may be possible to harvest them even longer.Often, a few nights of low temperatures will be followed by warmer weather for severalweeks in the fall. If you can protect tender vegetation during these few cold nights, youcan continue harvesting vegetables.Save Tender VegetablesSome gardeners try to gain more days of growing time by covering plants with baskets,blankets or plastic at the first frost warning.You need not cover your whole garden. Focus on only the tender vegetables that will beeasily damaged by a slight frost, such as peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, beans andsweet potatoes.Stretch temporary coverings of polyethylene plastic, blankets or tarpaulins over therows to provide frost protection. A small light bulb burning underneath such coverings canprovide protection to around 25 degrees Fahrenheit.Anchor coverings so they won’t damage garden crops if a sudden wind develops. As littlefoliage as possible should come in contact with the surface of the covering, because thatfoliage will freeze fast. After the danger of frost has passed, remove the coverings. Be prepared to put them onagain if a sudden frost is forecast later.Harvest semihardy vegetables if temperatures in the mid- to upper 20s are forecast.Pick hardy vegetables if temperatures in the low 20s seem imminent.Root crops such as beets, carrots, potatoes and turnips may be mulched and used asneeded. If the soil begins to freeze, they will need be harvested. When to Harvestlast_img read more

Treasurer’s Office utilizes federal program to keep tax dollars at work

first_imgIn a move to keep Vermont tax dollars at work, the State Treasurer s Office has announced plans to make millions of dollars in short-term deposits available to area banks as a source of working capital. By utilizing a federal program designed to promote liquidity in the national economy, these deposits by the State will be fully guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or FDIC.In October, the FDIC created the Transaction Account Guarantee Program (TAGP). The program allows participating financial institutions to provide customers with full coverage on specific types of transaction accounts. The FDIC hopes such guarantees will encourage more deposits and help increase the amount of funds available for lending to consumers and businesses. The money available for deposit is from the State of Vermont s short-term operating fund funds that vary depending on the financial needs of the State, said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. By utilizing the FDIC program, we can provide area banks with the opportunity to put this money to work for their customers and at the same time allow us to earn interest on the funds in a secure environment.In April, the Treasurer s Office made available more than $13 million in deposits. Those deposits will be withdrawn by the end of the month. The FDIC program offering full coverage is in effect through December 31, 2009. My hope is that we will have funds to deposit again in this type of account later this year. Programs like this can help insured banks increase their lending to consumers and businesses and help support our Vermont economy, said Spaulding.Banks eligible to accept the deposits must certify they are participating in the TAGP and be based in or have branch operations located in Vermont. To date, three banks have expressed interest in the program. They are Citizens Bank, Connecticut River Bank N.A., and KeyBank.Banks interested in participating in the program should contact the Treasury Operations Division of the State Treasurer s Office at (802) 828-2301 or toll-free in Vermont at (800) 642-3191.Source: Vermont Treasurer’s Officelast_img read more

Insiders optimistic about European solar growth

first_imgInsiders optimistic about European solar growth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):European solar power developers can look forward to a golden age in the coming years, with supportive trade policies and a new regulatory framework potentially doubling new installations of photovoltaic capacity in 2019 and 2020, according to industry insiders.“We are looking forward to a real bright future,” Christian Westermeier, vice president of sales, marketing and application engineering at German polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie AG and president of industry association SolarPower Europe, said at the group’s annual conference in Brussels on March 6.The industry group predicts solar growth in the European Union to almost double over the next two years, with approximately 30 GW in new capacity additions, compared to 14 GW added in 2017 and 2018. Under a central outlook scenario, it forecasts 13.5 GW to be added this year and 16.8 GW in 2020, with a range of almost 20 GW between its low and high scenarios for each year. The central scenario would boost solar PV capacity across the EU’s 28-member states to 145 GW by the end of 2020.Last year, solar additions in the EU rose by 36% to 8 GW after two years of 6-GW growth, while global solar installations increased by around 5% to 104 GW against 99 GW in 2017, according to the association. Analysts have argued that higher renewable energy targets in many member states could lead annual additions across the EU to reach 30 GW by 2022.More than 4 GW of PPAs for subsidy-free solar projects have already been announced in Europe, with the majority located in Spain, according to Pietro Radoia, a solar analyst at market researcher Bloomberg NEF. The forecaster estimates that 75% of new installations will come online in just five countries over the next few years — Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.“There is a huge demand for PPAs,” said Andrea Panizzo, head of business development for Europe and the Middle East at Enel Green Power, the renewable energy subsidiary of Italian utility Enel SpA. Panizzo said companies’ appetite for renewable power was also driven by more than just the need to burnish their sustainability credentials. “A company looking for a PPA for renewables doesn’t just want to slap a green label on a can of beer. They want to save money. And signing a PPA for solar in Spain now could save them a lot of money” based on rising power price forecasts, he said.More ($): European solar sector faces ‘bright future’ with doubling growth by 2020last_img read more

New transmission link to speed South Australia’s transition to 100% renewable energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy: New transmission link to speed South Australia’s transition to 100% renewable energy South Australia’s plans to reach net 100 per cent renewables within a decade, and help provide renewable power to NSW to offset the closure of its coal plants have received a major boost after the Australian Energy Regulator green-lighted the business case for a major new transmission line linking the two states.The AER on Friday approved as “robust” the regulatory investment test for transmission (RIT-T) for the $1.5 billion, 900km Project EnergyConnect transmission line proposed between Robertstown in S.A. and Wagga Wagga in NSW, a project being led by network companies ElectraNet and TransGrid.The new link is critical for the development of more than 5,000MW of wind, solar and storage plants in South Australia and in south west NSW, including huge projects such as Neoen’s massive Goyder project mixing wind, solar and storage, and theSusan River solar and battery storage project, which has already signed a contract with Alinta Energy.South Australia is the main beneficiary. Its Liberal state government wants to reach “net 100 per cent” renewables by around 2030 (it will likely reach that milestone much earlier) and then become a net exporter to states such as NSW. At least half a dozen large renewables and storage projects have jockeyed for position in anticipation of the new transmission line.“This project will unlock huge new renewable energy zones in South Australia and NSW with AEMO (the Australian Energy Market Operator) reporting there are more than 5000MWs of planned renewable energy projects in close proximity to the interconnector,” South Australia energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said in a statement.The link is an important part of AEMO’s Integrated System Plan, which plots a 20 year blueprint for the national grid to reach between 70 and 90 per cent renewables by 2041/42. The new line means that South Australia, already with more than 50 per cent wind and solar, will be part of a grid “loop”, rather than at the end of a skinny network.[Sophie Vorrath]More: South Australia on track to 100 pct renewables, as regulator comes to partylast_img read more