Vermont fall colors close to peak in higher elevations and Northeast Kingdom

first_imgFoliage is nearing peak color in the Northeast Kingdom and in higher elevations across the state.Vibrant foliage will continue to develop around Vermont, and most areas of the state will be displaying multiple stages of colorful foliage throughout the week. Foliage is close to peak color in the Northeast Kingdom and in higher elevations, including sections of the Green Mountains. Look for bright color between Jay Peak and St. Johnsbury, Stowe and Pittsfield, and Killington and Wilmington.‘Expect brilliant color in most locations this weekend, with peak color at the highest elevations,’ said Orange County Forester David Paganelli. ‘The lower elevations and southern areas should be peaking during the middle or end of next week.’The foliage progression will continue to unfold around Vermont over the next several days.‘There has been a considerable increase in fall color in southwestern Vermont over the last week and the area is building toward peak,’ said forester Mike White of Dorset. ‘Reds and oranges are particularly common now and most trees are showing at least some fall color, providing dramatic views that can be seen anywhere in the region. As the area approaches peak color, the views only get better by the day.’Best Bets: In northern Vermont, try Route 114 between Lyndonville and Norton, Route 105 from North Troy to East Charleston, Route 5A from West Burke to Westmore, and Route 111 between Derby Center and Island Pond.Elsewhere in the state, Interstate 89 from Northfield to Bolton offers beautiful views of orange, red and yellow foliage along the hillsides. Colorful foliage can also be found on Route 108 between Stowe and Cambridge, Route 100 between Warren and Stowe, and Route 12 between Montpelier and Elmore.Mountain gap roads offer quality foliage viewing as well. Try Route 73 between Rochester and Brandon, Route 125 between Middlebury and Hancock, and Route 17 between Waitsfield and Starksboro.Look for bright color on Route 100 between Pittsfield and Granville, Route 12 between Woodstock and Bethel, Route 106 between Springfield and Woodstock, and Route 5 along the Connecticut River. Also suggested are Route 140 between Wallingford and Mount Holly, Route 103 between Cuttingsville and Proctorsville, and Route 4 between Killington and Quechee.In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Route 11 between Peru and Chester, Route 100 between Jacksonville and Weston, Route 7 between Wallingford and Manchester, Route 30 between Winhall and Newfane, and Route 9 between Bennington and Wilmington.In general, higher elevations will offer the most panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys, and many low-lying marsh areas will offer some of the most vivid and varied fall color.Source: Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. 9.28.2010The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations because the most popular lodgings may fill early on busy weekends during the foliage season. Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends. Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of the statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion. Deals range from discounted lodging to free Vermont products. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com/midweek(link is external).last_img read more

Spain’s Repsol researching direct conversion of water into renewable hydrogen with solar energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Repsol is developing a technology to convert solar energy and water directly into renewable hydrogen, without the intermediate step of electrolysis.The Spanish oil major is conducting a project into so-called ‘photoelectrocatalysis’ together with Spanish gas provider Enagás and research institutes such as the Catalan Institute for Energy Research, the University of Alicante, and the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation.“Using this system, we could obtain a renewable hydrogen that is competitive and uses less energy,” said Elena Verdú, senior process development scientist at Repsol’s Technology Lab, because its main advantage compared to electrolysis “is that no electricity is used, and it, therefore, does not depend on the electricity price. This results in a significant operational cost reduction.”Photoelectrocatalysis is at the experimental stage still, but scientists have been investigating using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, trying out various materials such as rust to tease the green gas away to mimic photosynthesis.Producing green hydrogen from renewable energy via electrolysis currently is still much more expensive than its traditional production through natural gas steam reforming.Repsol is both Spain’s leading producer and the main consumer of hydrogen at its industrial complexes. Hydrogen is a key component in refining processes, used in desulfurization and hydrocracking treatments that improve the performance and the environmental quality of refined fuels. The oil company currently is exploring various production methods to supplant its current use of hydrogen with climate-friendlier methods, as well as to use green hydrogen and ‘low-carbon’ blue hydrogen (produced from gas linked to carbon capture and storage) for the production of synthetic fuels.[Bernd Radowitz]More: ‘No electricity needed’: oil company Repsol aims to turn solar straight into hydrogen Spain’s Repsol researching direct conversion of water into renewable hydrogen with solar energylast_img read more

Mountain Medicine: Part 4 – This is Your Brain on Nature

first_img“One could argue the most valuable resource is cognitive attention.”  Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article Despite the danger of sharing a place where the bug is eaten by the fish, and the fish is eaten by the bird, and the bird is eaten by the cat, and the cat enslaves the humans, we know it is a necessary risk. We know that a place where life thrives is a place where our own can thrive too. We know that our fates are bound to the fates of the living things around us. But we know this fact in a way that our brains can never appreciate, and in a way that logic may even impede. Optimistic anticipation: “You have optimistic anticipation about what’s going to happen in the next few minutes on the trail. You wonder what that’s going to be like, maybe some flowers, something to look at. Your attention is being manipulated by the environment in just the way you want.” — Professor Dennis ProffittPhoto credit: Sarah Vogel Another reflection of sunlight caught my eye, and another. Not just one unlucky fish, I realized. This was a graveyard. I pondered the fate of these hundreds of carp, wondering if they had been trapped by the rocks or died upstream to be carried here by the river. Maybe they died after spawning, like salmon? I soothed myself with rational, detached speculation, ignoring the undercurrent of horror and unease bubbling in my psyche. Whistling in the dark. The honk of a horn could mean anything — a friendly “hello,” a nudging “not sure if you noticed the light is green,” or “this is my mating ritual, pay attention to me,” to “@#$% you.” It takes context to figure out exactly what it means, it’s confusing, and often a bit threatening. “In a city, attention is being yanked all over the place. There’s traffic, there’s horns, there’s lights, there’s people. And you’ve got to become very accustomed to it to be able to focus at all. That takes effort,” said Professor Proffitt. Walking in the city can feel like playing Frogger but with higher and more permanent stakes. Of course it’s draining. Brain imaging gives us another perspective of the brain on nature. When subjects are looking at pictures of an urban setting, fMRI scans show increased blood flow to the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for fear and anxiety. Looking at natural scenes, on the other hand, activated the anterior cingulate and the insula, parts of the brain that handle empathy and regulation of emotion. When monitoring subjects with a mobile EEG machine as they walked outdoors, the readings indicated “lower frustration, engagement, and arousal, and higher meditation levels.” Less angry, less stimulated, less stressed, more zen. This knowing isn’t taught in grade school. In fact, it comes pre-programmed. Our bodies reveal the truth — it’s the reason we feel with our hearts, in our guts, and down to our bones. It is the knowledge of hundreds of thousands of generations rolled into the shape of a double-helix. It’s a package deal with the bodies we’re born with, a part of the human condition, a part of us that we have no choice but to accept.  Although scientists have a lot more questions to answer about ecopsychology, there are people who don’t want to wait around for science to figure it all out. Based on the evidence we’ve got, they are willing to take a bet that we can use the power of nature to promote health, happiness, and well-being. We know nature can reduce anxiety, improve depression, foster connection and empathy, improve cognition, increase creativity, and makes us feel more alive. With all this new-found information, I was ready to make the same bet. I just didn’t know what to do about it. Though I’d seen a handful of them in my life, they had always been peripheral, keeping to the fringes where the road ended and the woods began. For the first time I felt like an intruder, a spectator to their show. And so they regarded me, without much attention or concern, while the mass of black feathers feasted in frenzy. The flutter of their massive wings was the only sound to cut the ominous silence, like the wind flapping through the Grim Reaper’s robe.  This was a hostile place for humans. The pools of standing water festering with bacteria from decomposition, mosquito eggs, vulture shit. I tiptoed delicately, my hand hesitant to make contact with anything. While the vultures clearly had not yet had their fill, I most certainly had. My thinking brain finally caught up to what my gut had been saying the whole while: it’s time to go. Every day, texts, calls, notifications, noise from the radio, nearby conversations, and bright advertisements are begging for our attention. Our brains are constantly working to maintain focus on the important stuff, but it’s hard when there’s so much information and it all seems important. So we try to our best to make the right choices and keep up with the frenzied mental juggling act of being alive in the 21st century. Cognition and perception were Professor Proffitt’s field of expertise, and while it may appear biased to claim cognitive attention as our most valuable resource, he’s not wrong.  Ecopsychologists Rachel and Stephen Kaplan suspected that nature’s positive impacts on memory, cognition, and stress may be explained by the way our brains pay attention and re-charge. Directed attention goes against the grain and requires hard work to maintain (like reading, texting, solving a math problem). Things that naturally grab our attention give our cognitive faculties a break to recover. Nature pulls attention in exactly the right way, they argue. This is called Attention Restoration Theory.  By the time I noticed the absence of twittering birds and ambient river sounds, the stillness made my neck hairs prickle. The oily, standstill water, the buzz of flies, the stale smell hanging in the air — everything about this place was offensive. Reading a boring textbook is one of many activities in today’s world that demands directed attention, or the willpower to focus on something that you wouldn’t naturally focus on. Like using a muscle, too much exertion will deplete your stamina until you’re all tuckered out. This is called ‘directed attention fatigue,’ the symptoms of which include irritability, poor cognitive performance, lack of impulse control, increased accidents, and forgetfulness.  Professor Proffitt said he couldn’t think of anything better than taking a walk in the woods. “When you walk into a place like that, you get the crud out of your head you don’t need. You look at lichen, look at rock textures. Every day and season is different. When the ground is frozen, you can look at the grass coated in ice. In the summer everything is green. In spring, flowers everywhere. Even food tastes better. You ask, ‘What does that all that other stuff matter?’ You know that you’re going to see things that you didn’t anticipate and they’re going to be beautiful.” He smiled, a rare sight on his usual poker face. “But out in the woods? You can walk.” Coming Home to Ourselves Fear of spiders and snakes, for example, is demonstrated by infants long before they hear their first story about the boogeyman. This was likely an important lesson for hunter-gatherers in the brush to distinguish between edible vegetation and eight-legged foes. Alternately, consider the somewhat baffling human obsession with flowers. Flowers don’t provide any tangible benefits and yet, the floral industry has actually been growing since the 19th century. Maybe that’s because flowers equal fruit and at one point, fruit meant the gift of another tomorrow. Finding it, he adjusted his glasses and read aloud. “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” Take a second right now to pay attention to all the stimuli around you. The smell of the air, the ambient noises, the feeling of your clothes against your skin. As for me, I’ve suddenly noticed the gentle clunking of an ice machine, the tension in the couch springs beneath me, and the imposing weight of an expectant dog planting his head on my shoulder in hopes of a scratch on the head. Actually, I noticed the dog about a minute ago and chose to ignore him to finish this paragraph, but my neglect is no longer tenable. Excuse me for a moment. I trekked back to my kayak and fantasized a hot shower. As I pushed off the rocks and made my way back to the boat ramp, the clean, splashing water and cheerful bird chatter lifted my mood. Afternoon slipped into evening and fish began snapping at bugs on the surface of the river. I welcomed the ripples that marked their presence, somehow making me feel less lonely. A heron slinked along the bank, its pointed beak and serpentine neck poised like a spear. I wished it luck.  I wanted to hear stories from the mouths of actual people who had seen the magic for themselves. I wanted practical help for the rest of us to help ourselves. It was time to find the white witches and Granny women (and men) of the technological era — the modern-day Appalachian mountain healers. A walk in the woods can increase the activity of your “natural killer” (NK) cells — the ones that destroy cancerous or infected cells — for up to seven days. Even more shocking is that an oil diffuser can pull off the same trick. Hotel guests with cypress oil vaporized in their rooms were found to have lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels and higher NK cell activity. You can literally fight cancer by sniffing a tree. In one study, prison inmates with window views of nature made significantly fewer sick call visits and were involved in fewer violent incidents, scoring yet another point for windows. But even pictures and simulations of nature can be similarly powerful, which is good news for office workers or high-rise dwellers who may not have access to natural views in everyday life. In another study, dental patients who looked at a landscape mural in the waiting room registered lower blood pressure and reported lower anxiety than those who did not. Nice to know a screensaver or a thrift store ocean painting can do in a pinch. According to the theory of biophilia, we are drawn to the natural world because we evolved in its context. All of our mechanisms were engineered to operate best within nature (like the blobfish at the bottom of the ocean), and our brains give us cookies to let us know when we’re doing something right. The evidence is clear that engaging the natural world is indeed rewarding in significant ways. Little Occoquan Run – Photo credit: Sarah Vogel Photo credit: Sarah Vogel Biophilia: The Call of the Wild On the other hand, “Nature is a sweet spot for our attentional resources,” Professor Proffitt continued. “It’s not drab because there’s always something to look at, but it’s not in your face. You have optimistic anticipation about what’s going to happen in the next few minutes on the trail. You wonder what that’s going to be like, maybe some flowers, something to look at. Your attention is being manipulated by the environment in just the way you want.” After watching them for some time, it was starting to feel a little bit like finding myself in the weird section of YouTube. Here were nature’s garbage men, creatures with stomachs of steel and acid, cleaning life’s messes where no other cared to venture. And it suddenly occurred to me that there was a reason for this.  In one study, researchers asked participants to undergo a series of cognitive tests before asking them to take a 50-minute walk either in the city, or in an arboretum. When the participants returned and took the cognitive tests again, the results showed the arboretum walkers had improved their memory span by 20%, but the city walkers showed no such gains. In another study, participants were asked to solve creative puzzles before and after a four-day backpacking trip. After the trip they were able to solve nearly 50% more. That’s some brain food to give Adderall a serious run for it’s money. So as to why nature is good for us — it’s a bit of a backwards question. In urban life, we are juggling checklists, paperwork, car horns, taxes, pop-ups, deadlines, bureaucracy, playdates, clickbait, fake news, viral videos, breaking news, credit scores, phone scams, checkbooks, car maintenance, and the beeps, bloops, and buzzes from gadgets reminding us about everything our memory is out of space to hold. We are tired. Yet I still debated the merits of turning around. Not wanting to waste the money I had spent on renting the kayak, I resisted the urge. Surely, just over the next boulder the river would open again. The flies would clear, the water would flow, and I could continue on my journey. But instead, I hoisted myself over a rock to lock eyes with Death’s ugly-mugged, prehistoric companion — the vulture.  With the water so low, weaving between the massive boulders proved unsuccessful. Not quite ready for the end of the line, I pulled my kayak onto the rocks and abandoned it, hoping to return once I could chart a passage to open water. But the rocks were large and plentiful, trapping the water in stagnant pools. A shimmer of silver. I spotted a large carp floating belly up on the surface of one such puddle, unlucky to have been caught in this maze of rock and water.  This juggling act is called multitasking, something we consider so valuable it’s often listed as a job qualification. We try really hard to keep the balls in the air, but on average, people switch activities every three minutes. It doesn’t work well and is pretty unavoidable in a plugged-in world. Anyone who has cursed the invention of the pop-up ad, the paywall, and the push notification will understand all too well what I am talking about. (For a thought-provoking read, check out the guy who willingly endured the cruel punishment of turning on every single one of his phone notifications. Just try to avoid opening the tab to skim a quarter of the way down, find another interesting link, and leap-frog into the next virtual black hole.) And while reading a boring textbook or multitasking on the job may seem particularly draining because it sucks, even fun and so-called passive activities like watching television will strain your cognitive faculties in order to keep up with things like plot and drama. I think most can relate to that general feeling of malaise, foggy-headedness and disassociation you start to feel after the 11th episode of whatever in a row. You’ve just got nothing left in the tank. And since paying attention is the first step to learning, planning, friendship, emotional processing (plus a whole host of other human experiences) an empty tank can be disabling. Surprised by the sudden appearance, I immediately backed off. He, on the other hand, looked permanently nonplussed, ignoring me entirely. He bent his mean hooked beak to tear another strip of flesh from the carp clutched in his talons, maintaining eye contact as he swallowed. Behind him, the rocks bobbed and bristled in a sea of movement. A hundred vultures crowded together, picking and tearing at the carcasses. “So they say you can’t run from your problems, ” I started. As Little Occoquan Run faded into the background, a feeling of kinship arose within me as I regarded every creature I passed. The osprey did not return the sentiment, her eyes still hard and suspicious. But I knew there was a sameness between us, a commonality that distinguished us from the vultures, creatures drawn to death. This place — one of splashing water, of chirping sparrows, of dark, wet dirt, of mushrooms and butterflies, of hungry trout, of everyone and everything so alive — it felt like home. We were compelled to share the same space, to be near one another, even if we did not share trust. It is not, he argued, a single instinct, but rather “a complex set of learning rules” that fall along a spectrum of emotion: “from attraction to aversion, from awe to indifference, from peacefulness to fear-driven anxiety.” These rules do not need instruction and carry important lessons about life. Though this hypothesis is by no means considered a fact by the scientific community, it’s a popular idea that more people are beginning to explore. Nature, on the forgotten other hand, is what we were made for. A part of our prototype. Priorities are easier, clarity is sharper. Compared to the car horn which can mean anything, a loud snap in the woods means big animal. The setting sun means go to bed. The sound of running water means come hither. Sunshine feels good on the skin. No bears, no rain, no worries. Everything just makes more sense. And when our brains are clear about the important parts of being human, magic starts to happen.  In 1984, biologist E.O. Wilson proposed a hypothesis he called biophilia, a word literally translated as “love of life.” According to Wilson, this is more than a feeling or a mood — humans are actually hardwired down to the nucleotides in our DNA, compelling us to affiliate with living things. Over millions of years living on the savannah, he argued, we evolved an ability to decode subtle signs from nature as a means of survival. He pulled up a picture on his computer of his vacation in Ireland. He and his wife are smiling in front of a wave of green hills rolling along the top of a jagged, seaside crag. “Another hiker approached me on this trail and gave a card with a quote,” he said. He pulled up another tab and Googled Søren Kierkegaard. Nature does great things for our bodies and brains. But why? Since my old professor specialized in perception and cognition, I thought I’d ask him to weigh in. Dennis Proffitt, researcher at the University of Virginia and my former psychology professor, broke it down for me into very simple terms: “Emotions put value on everything. Emotion is basically telling us what is good or bad. It’s mostly controlled by that part of the brain that is reptilian, the oldest part of our brain. And it’s got a fundamental lesson of life. Approach those things that are good for you, and avoid the things that are bad.” — Science has figured out that nature can have a dramatically positive impact on countless components to your well-being: your immune system, how much you exercise, your physical abilities, cardio health, anxiety and depression, stress levels, self-esteem, self-control, confidence, mindfulness, mental acuity, memory, social skills, emotional regulation, creativity, empathy. The list goes on. Attention Restoration Theory Biophilia: “love of life”Photo credit: Sarah Vogel … And we’re back. All of this sensory information (including the burning eyes of Toby the yellow lab) is competing for our attention and we just can’t pay attention to all of it at once. The human brain is designed to process one thing at a time and tune out the rest, like a theatre technician with a spotlight trained on a dark stage. This can be more or less challenging depending on how invasive the distractions. The Kaplans called these types of stimuli “soft fascinations.” Sunsets, shadows of clouds across a valley, wildlife, and running water will all catch our involuntary attention, requiring no effort. They give our heavily fatigued minds a rest and give us an opportunity to reflect. Our brains return to baseline and our wires can untangle a bit. Our bodies and minds are calm, replenishing our stockpile of mental resources, similar to meditation.  Relationships run deep like life depends on it, because in nature it does. Self-esteem is built not on image, but on things that matter far more — perseverance, capability, kindness. Communication is intuitive, wordless. Wisdom is gleaned not from books or on screens, but through experience.  “Attention is limited,” continued Professor Proffitt. “If overused, it produces fatigue, and it takes a lot of effort when you have to control it, like reading a boring textbook.”  He turned to me in his swivel chair. “I think that’s a motto to live by.” Our humanity does not separate us from nature. To the contrary, nature defines us. It shapes our relationships — to others, the universe, and ourselves. Without effort, it teaches us the most important things about being alive. To put it more eloquently than I can, I’ve leave you with a quote from ecotherapist Michele Zehr:  “When we go outside, we are literally coming home to ourselves.” I dipped my paddle into the water. No rhythm — a couple of haphazard and lazy strokes every now and again was enough. Propel, drift, repeat. Occasionally, I made an effort to navigate my kayak when something interesting caught my eye: a blue heron stalking the water’s edge, an osprey eyeing me warily from behind her black mask. The river’s edges began to flank both sides as I approached a narrow bottleneck, Little Occoquan Run. last_img read more

Colombia Gains Capacity to Update Tucano AT-27 Aircraft

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo March 09, 2018 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) expanded its capacity to modernize aircraft. Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer gave FAC operational capacity to update and repair the Tucano AT-27, an armed aircraft several air forces in the region use for training and counterinsurgency operations. FAC now concludes a process agreed to with Embraer in 2006, when it first began refurbishing mechanical parts. Upon earning its latest certification for aircraft repair and maintenance on extendable and retractable flaps and the landing gear in February 2018, FAC gained the capacity to perform work on the entire Tucano AT-27 aircraft. Procurement and knowledge transfer In 2005, the Colombian Ministry of Defense acquired 25 Tucano planes, 14 of them AT-27 models, at a cost of $237 million. The purchase requested an offset agreement from Embraer to allow for technology transfer. FAC began training its personnel, with ongoing consultation from the manufacturer. “In 2009, we entered into an offset agreement in which Embraer pledged to develop the capacity to modernize the AT-27 in Colombia,” said to Diálogo FAC Colonel Jaime Ernesto Díaz Gómez, commander of the Air Maintenance Command (CAMAN, in Spanish) that carries out renovations. “This was made possible under the Pegasus Plan [Plan Pegaso], an agreement signed between CAMAN and the Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation [CIAC, in Spanish] to pool our maintenance capabilities, focus on technological development, and commercialize that ability.” Colombia acquired 14 upgrade kits for the Tucano AT-27. Colombia, the only certified nation “This process meant a lot both to Colombia and Brazil. Even though Embraer is the manufacturer, Colombia is the country with the most experience using this aircraft, and that had a significant impact on our capacity to update and modernize it,” Col. Díaz told Diálogo. “Today, the only entity certified to work on and modernize the AT-27 is FAC, operating through CAMAN under an agreement with CIAC, the entity that leads this whole process. This means that the air forces of nations that possess this aircraft and need to work on any of its parts, or on the entire aircraft, must go through us to do so.” The process took almost 10 years and more than 60 people to complete. Colombia has a fleet of 14 AT-27 planes—of those it modernized 12. “The certification covers all AT-27 modernization procedures referring to changes to flight control surfaces [such as wings], wire repairs, as well as modernization procedures related to a specific avionics model on this type of aircraft,” FAC Lieutenant Colonel Diego Beltrán, head of the Aviation Certification Section for the Colombian Ministry of Defense, told Diálogo. Through the modernization effort, CIAC performs other complementary operations to deliver a product in optimum condition. “These operations include structural inspection of the aircraft using nondestructive inspection techniques, painting, and corrosion control,” Lt. Col. Beltrán explained. “That is, planned inspections of the aircraft were carried out according to the maintenance schedule set by the manufacturer and corrected with additional maintenance notes, such as the manufacture and replacement of certain structural components and the capacity to do an overhaul of the landing gear and its hydraulic power units.” In Colombia, the Tucano AT-27 had a dual mission: support operations, as a result of the domestic situation; and training—what it was designed for. Today, it is only used only for FAC pilots to learn to fly. As Embraer no longer produces this aircraft, it was important to gain the capacity to modernize it, allowing for a 20-year extension of its lifespan. Nations that count AT-27 models in their fleets will continue to upgrade the aircraft rather than purchase new ones as long as it hasn’t exhausted operational usefulness. The Argentine, Brazilian, Egyptian, French, and Peruvian air forces currently use the aircraft. CAMAN, flagship unit FAC positioned itself as the only certified entity thanks to CAMAN, its oldest operational unit, which holds certifications from multiple aeronautical specialties issued by various public and private entities. In Colombia, the Special Administrative Unit for Civil Aviation certifies FAC’s hydraulic and electrical shops. Its avionics and fuel control shop is certified through Honeywell, a U.S. manufacturer. Several years ago, HAS, a U.S. Company, certified the shop for servos (electro-hydraulic actuators), used in Huey II, UH-1H, B212, and B412 helicopters. Bell Helicopter also recognized the unit as an authorized location to upgrade some of its aircraft. “CAMAN currently works on earning certification in metrology from the Colombian Superintendency of Industry and Commerce,” Lt. Col. Beltrán concluded. Meanwhile, the work to modernize the two remaining Tucano AT-27s continues, enabling the aircraft to serve FAC for several more years to come.last_img read more

Tram to the slaughter

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Maurizio Sarri giving Chelsea players greater say in tactics

first_imgChelsea have picked up successive league wins (Picture: Getty)The Daily Mail claim Sarri is working to get his players back on side and has made major strides with his star men by including them in discussions on tactics.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea’s squad now have a greater say and there has been a clear improvement in performances in the last month.Sarri had said he would not be swayed from his tailored style, but has now backed away from that position. Chelsea appear to have turned a corner in recent games (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri is giving his Chelsea squad a say on tactics after proving he is able to compromise on ‘Sarriball’, reports say.Chelsea players were becoming increasingly concerned their manager had no Plan B, and would dig his team deeper into a hole due to his resistance to change.Back-to-back wins in local derbies over Arsenal and Fulham has eased the pressure on Sarri after a dismal start to the year. Advertisement Advertisement Chelsea players are now getting a say in how they play (Picture: Getty)The U-turn has improved Sarri’s standing with the players and the board, despite the club chiefs continuing to make plans should they decide to axe the Italian.After the win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger hinted Sarri is softening his approach.‘I think everyone has adapted to new things – also the coach,’ he said.‘You saw the way we played against Tottenham and Manchester City. It was different to the way we played in the first three months.‘Everyone needs to adapt, everyone needs to learn and it is good that it has happened in this moment.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Sarri has strengthen his position as manager after a difficult few months (Picture: Getty)‘In life, you need to adapt to things. This league is different to Italy, you have to adjust a bit.‘The coach learned from that game against Manchester City (where Chelsea lost 6-0). There we went high, we went to press, we wanted to win the ball and everyone knows what happened.’Chelsea are reluctant to pull the trigger on sacking Sarri during the season and would prefer to wait until the end of the campaign to make a decision.The Blues are battling to claim a Champions League spot this season and could leapfrog Manchester United into fourth place if they win their game in hand over the Red Devils.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarryTuesday 5 Mar 2019 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link844Shares Maurizio Sarri giving Chelsea players greater say in tacticslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 60 New Jobs with United States Cold Storage Expansion in Bucks County

first_img March 09, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 60 New Jobs with United States Cold Storage Expansion in Bucks County Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that United States Cold Storage, Inc. (USCS), a refrigerated warehouse and logistics company, will expand operations in Richland Township, Bucks County and will create 60 new jobs at the site.“United States Cold Storage has experienced tremendous growth over the last 13 years. Through these efforts, the company has directly invested more than $110 million, leveraged more than $100 in additional capital investment, and created more than 500 jobs in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “United States Cold Storage could have expanded elsewhere in the U.S., but I am proud to say that the company has once again chosen Pennsylvania as the best location to grow.”To meet an increased demand for services, USCS will be expanding its existing facility at 1050 Heller Road by 200,000 square feet. The company has committed to investing $41.5 million in the project, creating 60 new, full-time jobs within three years, and to retaining 613 existing statewide positions. Hiring of new employees will likely commence in August 2017.“USCS is excited to be expanding our facility in Richland Township, and we appreciate all the support from the community,” said Mickey Hoffmann, United States Cold Storage vice president of corporate development. “This facility stores refrigerated foods that are distributed across the U.S., and its ideal location is part of the reason we need to expand the warehouse to meet additional customer demand.”USCS received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $120,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $21,600 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training, and $120,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC).“It was a great opportunity to work with United States Cold Storage on another expansion project in Bucks County,” said BCEDC Executive Director Robert Cormack. “This marks our second opportunity to work with the Governor’s Action Team in assisting the company. This more than $40 million project, which will create 60 new jobs, is a tremendous achievement for all parties involved and is another example of the many advantages of doing business in Bucks County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”United States Cold Storage, Inc. is a premier provider of public refrigerated warehousing and related logistics services throughout the U.S. With roots dating back to 1899, USCS has long served a diverse customer base with requirements ranging from primary storage to fully integrated third-party logistics. The company offers more than 274 million cubic feet of temperature controlled warehouse and distribution space in 38 facilities located in 13 states.In 2016, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio County crash seriously injures one

first_imgOhio County, In. — A two-vehicle crash in Ohio County seriously injured an Rising Sun woman Tuesday.A report from the Indiana State Police says a van driven by Rickey Cheesman, 45, of Middletown, was westbound in the 5000 block of State Road 56 when he crossed the centerline. Cheesman struck a car driven by Betty Massong, 80, in the eastbound lane.Massong was transported for treatment of serious injuries. Cheesman was not hurt.Drugs or alcohol is not suspected but toxicology test are being conducted.The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and the Rising Sun Police Department.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Di Canio dampens Royals speculation

first_img The former Swindon boss watched Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Aston Villa from the directors’ box at the Madejski Stadium. McDermott was sacked as Reading manager on Tuesday, prompting speculation the Italian could be in line to replace McDermott. However, Di Canio told BBC Sport: “It was just a coincidence. I was there only to watch the game.” Paolo Di Canio claims his visit to the Madejski Stadium at the weekend had nothing to do with the departure of Reading manager Brian McDermott. He added: “I was sat with Stuart Pearce at Reading and we had some discussions about the game. “I want to watch games at the top level and [the Madejski Stadium] was full of passion, so it was good to go there. “Next time it could be Swansea or Southampton or Tottenham, I don’t know, but this is what I am going to do for the next few weeks.” However, the 44-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham striker, who resigned as Swindon manager last month, added: “It is my ambition to manage at the top level.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

United announce parade plans

first_imgManchester United’s Premier League trophy parade will begin at Old Trafford on Monday before reaching its conclusion in Albert Square later in the evening. It is anticipated significantly more people will attend than those who braved heavy rain to acclaim United’s record 19th title two years ago. Club chief executive David Gill said: “Winning a 20th league title is a huge achievement for the club and we are excited to be able to share this special moment with our fans. “The support from the fans has been incredible this season and we’re looking forward to celebrating with them during the trophy parade.” Sir Alex Ferguson and his players will attend a send-off event at Old Trafford at 1800, with the United manager – about whom there is so much speculation – due to address the crowd prior to departure. Their open-topped bus is due to leave at 1830, with the event due to finish at 2000, after the squad have made their way into the city. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more