VEC preparing for weekend ice storm

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is gearing up in preparation for an ice storm that is predicted to hit Northern Vermont’ on Saturday’ afternoon and continuing into’ Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, Vermont may see a mixture of snow, sleet, or ice. So far, predictions indicate that areas along the Champlain Valley and Northeast Kingdom could be the hardest hit.’ ‘ ‘ Depending on how the storm develops, a combination of precipitation and freezing temperatures could cause ice build-up on trees and power lines. When ice becomes about half an inch thick, tree limbs break and power lines sag, and outages can be extensive.‘We are very concerned that this has the potential to be a severe storm that could seriously impact VEC’s service territory,’ said Liz Gamache, VEC spokesperson. ‘We encourage members to prepare for possible multi-day outages.’VEC is preparing for the possibility of power outages and is securing resources. ‘We will keep members informed through VEC’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and media announcements,’ said Gamache.VEC offers the following safety advice:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Before outages occur, charge all cellphones. If you have a landline phone, make sure that it’s hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Treat any downed line as if it is live.’  Report the line to your electric utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.’  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting it.’  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.’  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous.‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ For other tips on planning for a winter storm, visit Vermont Emergency Management’s website at’ is external)’ VEC members may report outages by calling’ 1-800-832-2667. For up-to-date outage information, please visit our website at’ is external).last_img read more

Food on Friday: Mis huevos

first_imgBy Julia WesthoffI’m super jazzed to be hosting a brunch party this weekend. Brunch is my all-time favorite meal, and by having it at my house I’ve eliminated the only bad thing about it – having to choose between savory and sweet. It’ll be a big, potluck style gathering with friends bringing donuts(!), cinnamon rolls(!!) and mimosas(!!!). As for the main dish, I think we’ll go with a classic that’s affordable and super easy to prepare: Huevos Rancheros.I’ve mentioned my love for Huevos Rancheros in other columns, but I realized recently I’ve never posted my recipe. Crazy, since it’s a staple at our house. Actually, I often make it for dinner, and it comes together in mere minutes with a few basic household staples.Please note that this is not a traditional Huevos Rancheros recipe. But to me it stands up to pretty much any restaurant version I can find, here and in Mexico. If you’ve got a good salsa on hand, use that instead of this one. Feel free to play around with it to suit your taste – they’re your huevos, after all…Julia’s Huevos RancherosServes 2 adultsIngredientsFor salsa:One 15-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves1 bunch green onions (white and light green parts only)1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed1 jalapeno pepper (seeded if desired)1/2 teaspoon kosher saltFor tortillas and eggs:Vegetable oil8 6-inch corn tortillas, plus more for serving, optionalOne 16-ounce can black refried beans (pinto are fine, too)4 large eggsToppings:1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled queso fresco or other grated cheeseSour creamDirectionsIn a food processor, combine the tomatoes (with juices), cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeno, and salt; puree until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a small skillet and simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Cover and keep warm over low heat.Heat vegetable oil in skillet. Place a tortilla in the skillet and cook until light golden but not crisp, about 30 seconds. Flip and cook for 30 seconds more. Transfer to a plate. Cook the remaining tortillas, adding a bit more oil to the pan if necessary. You’ll want two stacked tortillas per egg (4 per serving).Heat the refried beans in a small saucepan. Spread the beans on the top tortillas.Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Working in batches, crack the eggs into the skillet. Cook until the bottoms are set and the edges golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until set, about 1 minute more. Place 1 egg on each tortilla and spoon the warm sauce over the eggs. Sprinkle with the avocado and cheese and top with a dollop of sour cream.last_img read more

Redefined: New Terms to Mark the Changes to Rental and Staging

first_imgWell, change continues apace. I am a bit late in getting this article to rAVe, mostly because I am involved in my first national show since the coronavirus crisis began. And, believe me, things have changed.Now, a lot of people have predicted the decline of the rental and staging portion of the industry due to the accelerated pace of change brought on by the pandemic. The more I prepare for summer events, the more we realize that we are not an industry in decline, but an industry that is doing what we have done many times before. This is, namely, redefining ourselves and the technologies and processes we use. And many of us are coming to realize that just because people won’t be gathering in one place (at least for a time) doesn’t mean that they won’t be meeting — or that they won’t need the services of the rental and staging companies they have always trusted to pull their events off. In fact, they may need us more than ever to guide them through this process. This explains why there are seven of us in four cities at this moment, diligently working on a national sales meeting as our glasses fog up over our N95 masks.So, in my opinion, we are an industry being forcibly redefined, which, as I said, has happened before. As evidence, I offer several industry terms whose definitions have been changed, some over time, and some now being radically changed overnight:Track — Once meant a physical strip on recorded magnetic tape, but is now used for both a single band of a digital recording (and for what Google and Facebook do to you constantly).Reel — Once a circular device around which tape or film was spooled, now this word describes what our industry is currently doing.Edit Suite — Once a place where film or video was edited, using playback decks, recording devices, and controllers. Now, it means a group of software programs bundled together so that you have to buy the ones you don’t want along with the ones you do.Tape — This word was once a noun, describing a strip of plastic or acetate coated with iron oxide, used for recording. It has transformed into a verb for recording and generates a puzzled look from newer techs who never used a tape of any kind. The last time I asked one of my juniors to tape something, he went out to the truck, coming back with a roll of gaffer tape rather than a camera.Loop — See loop (sorry, I couldn’t resist this classic).Timebase Corrector — Forget this one. It now is a term you hear only in Dr. Who reruns.Pickle — Once an industry term for a wired remote control, “pickle” now describes our business’s situation due to the plague.Cut — Once a command used to stop the action on stage, “cut” has been changed in usage. It now describes meeting budgets.See related  Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work SafelySo, while such times of change are challenging, they have, in fact, happened before. As a very young kid, I was here when the film era changed to the video era for the AV industry, and again when the computer replaced most video. Both times, the previous generation at first predicted the changes would not happen because they were “technically impossible.” Both times, the massive changes happened anyway, because technology combined with circumstances to make them necessary. And that is what is happening now. Yes, we will have to struggle and cope with change. But our industry serves purposes beyond the current difficulties and will rebound.Oh — and one more term:“Break a leg” was once used as a phrase to wish a presenter luck as they took the stage. Now, it is just what I am afraid will happen to me if my glasses keep fogging up over my mask.Keep calm and carry on.last_img read more

How you can avoid rising ATM fees

first_imgBanks are charging higher ATM fees, but here are some ways to skirt around Simon ZhenRising ATM fees are making it more expensive for consumers who regularly use an out-of-network ATM to withdraw cash. The trend may be the push that some consumers need to find a better checking account or bank.In the past six months, three of the nation’s largest banks – Bank of America, Citibank and SunTrust Bank – have each hiked their out-of-network ATM fee from $2 to $2.50. At the top 10 U.S. banks, the average out-of-network ATM fee is $2.45, up from $2.25 in November. Then, don’t forget that ATM operator also has the right to slap on a surcharge, usually around $3 to $5.If ATM fees are becoming a costly expense for you, here are some ways to avoid them:Find your bank’s ATMs on your smartphone. The biggest reason we resort to using an out-of-network ATM is because ATM machines from our banks are nowhere to be found when we’re in a rush. In many cases, your bank’s ATM could just be around the corner, but you’re in a hurry, so you don’t care to check. Instead, you’re willing to get hit with the ATM cash withdrawal fee, plus any ATM surcharge. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

September 15, 2015 On the Move

first_imgSeptember 15, 2015 On the Move On the Move Susan E. Mack Adams has joined Adams and Reese in Jacksonville as special counsel focusing on insurance and reinsurance entities in both the life/health and property/casualty sectors. David A. Karp has joined Akerman in Tampa as an associate focusing on consumer finance litigation and compliance in state and federal courts. Kyle J. Griffin has joined McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver, Stern & Thomas in Panama City focusing on workers’ compensation defense. Lauren I. Doyle has joined Markus/Moss in Miami as an associate focusing on criminal defense litigation. Charles D. Brecker has joined Arnstein & Lehr in Miami focusing on residential and commercial real estate. Jack D. Webb has joined Kelley Kronenberg as managing partner of its Jacksonville office. Webb focuses on employment and labor matters, government relations, complex commercial litigation, and commercial negotiations and transactions. Jeremy Bower Cohen has been promoted to senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. Cohen is a member of the mergers and acquisitions tax practice. Adam H. Jacobson has joined  Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez  in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate in the firm’s family law practice. Marc L. Druckman has joined Greenberg Traurig in Miami as shareholder in the corporate and securities practice group. Michelle R. Suess has joined Sisco-Law in Tampa as an associate focusing on criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. Phillippa Hitchins of Children’s Legal Services was promoted to division chief in Miami. Lauren Owens has joined Children’s Legal Services in Ft. Pierce. David Shobe has joined Children’s Legal Services in Ft. Pierce as a senior attorney. Katrina Castillo has joined Children’s Legal Services in West Palm Beach. Carlo Chialastri has joined Children’s Legal Services in Miami as a senior attorney. Katherine Jay has joined Children’s Legal Services in Miami. Sha’Ron James has become the insurance consumer advocate for the Department of Financial Services in Tallahassee. Thornton “Brad” Henry and Chad L. Steskal have joined The Karp Law Firm in South Florida. Henry focuses on estate planning, tax planning, and probate and trust administration. Steskal focuses on estate planning, formation of corporate entities, business succession planning, tax planning, and asset protection planning. Stacy Dillard-Spahn has joined the Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln as its managing partner in Sarasota. Dillard-Spahn focuses on land use, development, local government law, and related litigation. R. Clay Mathews has joined Smolker, Bartlett, Loeb, Hinds & Sheppard in Tampa and will work in the commercial litigation practice group. Nicholas A. Latour has joined Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach focusing on workers’ compensation defense. Albert A. Sanchez, Jr., has opened Sanchez Law, PLLC, in Sarasota with a focus on construction and business law. Sanchez is also a certified building contractor. Robert Allen Doles III, regional director, Department of Labor, Compliance Division, Los Angeles, has been promoted to director of operations, Western Division. Jason W. Davis has joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Tampa as a staff attorney in the litigation department with a primary focus on community associations. Jessica S. Gleiberman has joined Chiocca & Chiocca in Wellington as an associate. Gleiberman focuses on defending construction and injury claims. Claiborne “Clay” P. Tanner has opened Tanner Law Firm, LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tanner focuses on commercial real estate matters, as well as residential real estate matters. Christopher B. Hopkins has joined McDonald Hopkins in West Palm Beach focusing on commercial, construction, malpractice, and probate litigation. Hopkins also has experience in emerging technologies, such as app development, bitcoin/virtual currency regulation, cloud computing, drones, e-discovery and retention, drafting end user license agreements, Internet crimes, data privacy, social media discovery/policy writing, and web contracts. Eduardo (Ed) Suarez-Solar has joined Gunster in Tampa as a shareholder in its labor and employment practice. Nicole R. Turcotte has joined ShuffieldLowman in Orlando focusing on corporate and insurance defense. She also has represented school districts and other local government agencies in contractual disputes, employment, public records, and constitutional issues. Michael V. Baxter has joined Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, in West Palm Beach focusing on medical malpractice and nursing home liability. GrayRobinson has opened a new office at at 1404 Dean Street, Suite 300, in Ft. Myers. Mike Randolph and Derek Rooney, who oversee the Ft. Myers office, will soon be joined by two more attorneys. Randolph is board certified in construction law. Rooney is board certified in city, county, and local government law. Ruth A. Holmes has joined the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Miami, assigned to the General Litigation Division handling environmental, constitutional, land use, and government litigation matters. Isabella E. Sobel and Michael J. Greene have joined Hightower, Stratton, and Novigrod as associates. Sobel works in the Tampa Bay office and concentrates on first-party claims, automobile negligence, and premises liability. Greene works in the Orlando office and concentrates on premises liability, products liability, property damage, automobile negligence, and subrogation and insurance coverage issues. Melissa O’Connor has joined PeytonBolin in Ft. Lauderdale focusing on real estate litigation and environmental law. Terry J. Harmon has been named a Shareholder with Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee. Harmon now leads the firm’s education law practice. Jay Ward has joined Bilzin Sumberg as an associate in the litigation practice group. Ward focuses on commercial litigation, products liability, securities litigation, and intellectual property. Matthew Goodwin has founded Goodwin Law, P.A., in Naples where he focuses on estate planning, real estate transactions, and probate administration. Renee Holterman has joined Lindell & Farson as an associate practicing in the areas of general civil litigation and business law. David Markarian has joined Frank White-Boyd & Hayes in Palm Beach Gardens as managing partner. The firm, which also has offices in Vero Beach and Wellington, will now be known as Markarian Frank White-Boyd & Hayes and has expanded its practices to include business law, regulatory, project approvals, land use and development, corporate and probate litigation and estate planning, to complement the firm’s historical focus on bankruptcy, asset protection planning, and agriculture law. David F. Crow has joined JAMS mediation and arbitration services in Boca Raton. Crow focuses on business/commercial, construction defect, class action/mass tort, employment, insurance, personal injury/torts, professional liability, and real property. GrayRobinson promoted a number of attorneys. Those promoted to shareholder include Adam M. Bird,  Melbourne; Alexandra de Alejo,  Miami; and Anastasia Protopapadakis,  Miami. Those promoted to senior associate include  Shayna A. Freyman,  Ft. Lauderdale; Alexandria Vita Hill,  Jacksonville; Justin T. Marshall,  Orlando; William F. McFetridge IV, Tampa; Veronica A. Meza,  Miami; Joseph K. Naberhaus,  Melbourne; Kristin Shusko,  Tampa; Julie A. Tyk,  Orlando; and Jason A. Zimmerman,  Orlando. Kristopher Kest has opened his solo practice, Kest Family Law, P.A., in Orlando. Kest practices in the area of marital and family law. Maria Alejandra Acevedo has joined Gunster as a shareholder in Miami focusing on real estate, corporate, and international practices. September 15, 2015 On the Movelast_img read more

APS Message about Participation in #ShutDownSTEM

first_imgSincerely, The Association for Psychological Science (APS) stands in solidarity with our colleagues across all STEM fields and with Black scientists and students who face persistent and systemic barriers to advancement in academic and research institutions. On Wednesday, June 10, we will be participating in the grassroots #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia, and #Strike4BlackLives action and awareness campaigns. For 24 hours, APS headquarters will suspend all normal operations, including journal editing and publishing activities, routine member communications, and other professional staff and volunteer activities.During this time, we encourage you to take a break from your normal activities to learn more about the demonstrations sweeping the globe, the cultural and institutional inequalities that sparked them, and the steps that are needed to enact meaningful change. You may also wish to read about and discuss psychological science research on racism, and to collect your thoughts on what APS in particular can and should do to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our field.In turn, we are committing to concrete actions that will take place immediately and over the course of the upcoming weeks and months.The first of these is to open our channels of communication on Thursday, June 11, to receive your ideas and suggestions. Based on this input, APS will plan and execute research-based programming led by a dedicated member of the professional staff. The intended outcome will be data-driven recommendations and actionable resources for the STEM community at large and the psychological science community in particular.  This time of reflection can lead to meaningful change. We look forward to working with you to bring psychological science to bear on achieving the systemic and institutional reforms that are needed to end racial bias and racism and make diversity, equity, and inclusion the norm moving forward. APS Executive Director Sarah Brookhart sent the following message to the APS membership on June 9, announcing the society’s participation in the grassroots #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia, and #Strike4BlackLives action and awareness campaigns on June 10.center_img Sarah BrookhartExecutive Directorlast_img read more

Why do we tap our feet to a musical beat?

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Email Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share Professor Godøy said: “Music-related motion, both sound producing and sound accompanying, leaves a trace in our minds and could be thought of as a kind of shape representation, one intimately linked to our experience of the salient features of musical sound. The basic notion here is that images of sound-producing and other sound-related motion are actively re-created in listening and in musical imagery, hence the idea that motor theory could be the basis for the similarities between sound and body movement when we experience music.”Although links between musical sound and motion can be readily observed, the authors argue that a more systematic knowledge of them is required.  To this end, they have used a wide range of research methods and approaches including a ‘sound-tracing’ experiment designed to explore the gestures people make to describe particular sounds.Participants were played three-second sounds that varied in pitch and other musical qualities, and were asked to trace the sounds in the air using motion capture technology. The results indicated a fair amount of similarity among the participants‘ gestures, particularly between the vertical positioning of their hands and the pitch of the sound.In general, some sound features such as rhythm and texture seem to be strongly related to movement while others, such as dissonance, have a weaker sound-motion relationship. As a result, the authors intend to focus their future work on researching large-scale statistical sound-motion feature correlations, providing us with more data on sound-motion similarity relationships in all kinds of musical experience. In a paper recently published by the Journal of New Music Research, Professor Rolf Inge Godøy and colleagues at the University of Oslo explore the theory behind the relationship between musical sound and body movement.Previous studies have shown that people tend to perceive affinities between sound and body motion when experiencing music.  The so-called ‘motor theory of perception’ claims these similarity relationships are deeply rooted in human cognition.According to the theory, in order to perceive something, we must actively simulate the motion associated with the sensory impressions we are trying to process.  So, when we listen to music, we tend to mentally simulate the body movements that we believe have gone into producing the sound. Thus, our experience of a sound entails a mental image of a body motion.last_img read more

IPD: property returns lowest for 12 years – Financial Times

first_imgAverage total returns were 0.2% in July, and retail and industrial prices fell in July by 0.6% and 0.3% respectively. Only the office market bucked the trend with a rise of 0.3%. The figures, based on 4,300 properties with a total value £58.5bn, seem to confirm the view that commercial property investors will no longer pay such high prices. Average yields have dropped from 5.5% in mid-2005 to 4.56%. Five-year swap rates have gove from 4.5% to 6.1. There is no longer a positive gap between the two. IPD’s consensus forecast for capital growth in 2007 has fallen from 4% to 3.2% since May.last_img read more

Big occupiers sustain Salford’s success story

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DNV GL publishes new research

first_imgThat’s according to newly published research by DNV GL. New Directions, Complex Choices: The outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2020, is based on a survey of more than 1,000 senior oil and gas professionals and in-depth interviews with industry executives. The research suggests that significantly, more companies are pursuing multiple routes, including diversifying into renewable energy, decarbonising oil and gas production, and increasing investment in decarbonised gas such as hydrogen.“While the industry is experiencing persistent uncertainty, growing complexity, and new risks, we also see an industry taking bold decisions, building greater efficiencies and rising to long-term challenges as the world pivots towards a lower carbon energy future,” said Liv Hovem, CEO of DNV GL – Oil & Gas.“Our research shows that the oil and gas industry has placed decarbonisation at the centre of its agenda, and it will remain a priority despite uncertainty from volatile market conditions and stalling expectations for industry growth in 2020.” Oil and gas companies’ plan to increase investment in renewable energy sources is up from 34% in 2019 to 44% in 2020, according to the research. Offshore wind leads this effort with 63% of organisations expecting to increase their investment, up from 40% last year.The industry’s intention to increase investment in the hydrogen economy has more than doubled in a year. 42% of respondents said they would boost spending in this area for 2020, up from 20% for 2019.“More and more people in our sector are realising that we cannot sit and wait for the perfect solution to jump to a completely decarbonised energy system. The industry will emit too much CO2 in the meantime, so we have to start on decarbonising the oil and gas sector with the technologies we have already in order to meet national and international climate goals.”Cost efficiency will be the top priority for nearly one third of senior oil and gas professionals’ organisations (32%), up from 21% a year ago. Eight out of ten (81%) respondents believe the industry needs to develop new operating models to achieve further cost efficiencies, recognising the fact that much of the more obvious cost-cutting has already taken place following the 2014 oil price crash.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more