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Dairy-Go-Round.

first_imgDub it a dairy-go-round, or a cowasel. Whatever you call it, Tim Cabaniss likes what his carousel for cows does for his dairy.His cows seem to like it, too. “They get on. They’re calm. They don’t want to get off,” said Cabaniss, a third-generation dairyman in Taliaferro County.Three times a day, his 500 dairy cows wait patiently in line to take a gentle spin 60 at a time on the giant carousel, chewing their cuds, contented with the world as they give the milk that keeps the Cabaniss family farm in business.Unique in GeorgiaThe idea for the carousel milking system and the platform came from New Zealand, said Warren Gilson, a dairy scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The system is the only one Gilson knows of in Georgia and one of the more modern versions anywhere. “Carousels have been around for a number of years,” he said. “This is just one of the more up-to-date versions.” This huge, new carousel carries cows, not kids, in an efficient Taliaferro County dairy. Photo:Joe Courson Photo:Joe Coursoncenter_img The dairy carousel brings the cows to the milker instead of having the milker walk back and forth to the cows. The Big AdvantageThe big advantage is that the carousel brings the cows to the milker instead of having the milker walk back and forth to the cows. “It’s a very efficient system of getting the cows milked,” Gilson said.Indeed.In the old milking barn, the Cabaniss family would milk about 70 cows per hour. With the carousel system, they now milk about 400 per hour. They can milk their entire herd in about 90 minutes.That efficiency dramatically reduces the labor needed. “We had seven milking people. Now we have just three,” Cabaniss said.”Labor can be a big expense, and in many cases it’s unavailable,” Gilson said, “particularly with the tight labor market today. Labor is almost nonexistent out there in the farm community.”More Milk, TooOn the dairy-go-round, each cow gives a little more milk, too — about a pint more per day. Cabaniss figures it’s because the cows aren’t stressed. They like the ride. “I guess if we had feed on it they’d never want to get off,” he said.The big question for dairies is whether slashed labor costs and the slight milk increase add up to a profit. The Cabaniss family hopes so. They never want to go back to the old way of milking.Since the farm began using the carousel in July, it has given Cabaniss something that’s making dairying more attractive. “I get to spend a lot more time at home,” he said. He figures he gets about five more hours a day with his family.last_img read more

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Brattleboro grabs top 20 billing among nation’s art destinations

first_imgReaders of AmericanStyle magazine, for the seventh year in a row, recommend Brattleboro as a top destination for collectors and travelers who love art galleries, museums and festivals.In the Top 25 Small Cities & Towns category, the magazine’s readers have named Brattleboro as No. 13, up from No. 20 last year, among America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations for 2010. Burlington also was named in the category for towns with populations of 100,000 and under. Complete results of the poll may be found atwww.americanstyle.com(link is external).Burlington, VT was ranked No. 17 and Northampton, MA was ranked 22.According to magazine publisher Wendy Rosen of Baltimore, these towns are known for the warm welcome that they extend to art collectors and arts tourists as well as local and regional arts lovers.AmericanStyle magazine, a lifestyle publication for arts enthusiasts, collectors and travelers, recognizes the power of the arts in promoting economic development and community revitalization. Through the poll, readers tell AmericanStyle where they have been going to view, enjoy and shop for great art.‘In each winning city, there are artists, elected officials, arts councils and art lovers who have made a commitment to developing that city’s galleries, museums and studios,’ says Rosen. ‘These cities recognize that cultivating the arts is good for their economy, but that is just the beginning. Look at some of our small-town winners: No matter its size, no matter how remote it is, a town can have an arts identity that generates good will and local pride, and contributes to economic development.’To celebrate the town’s designation, Greg Worden of Vermont Artisan Designs & Gallery 2, a preferred gallery of AmericanStyle, will present a commemorative plaque to the Town in the summer. – AMERICAN STYLE –last_img read more

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Moody’s: Climate concerns raising refinancing costs for merchant coal plants in U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Moody’s warns that as investors zero-in on environmental, social and governance risks during the U.S. energy industry’s carbon transition, merchant coal generators face waning prospects for debt refinancing. “Among the power generation projects that we rate, merchant coal projects are among the most exposed to carbon transition risk because merchant coal plants are the most likely to experience the financial effects of carbon transition,” Moody’s analysts wrote in an Oct. 9 report.Electric utilities and power generators throughout the U.S. are adopting emissions reduction goals to align with the interests of customers and shareholders concerned about carbon exposure. About 9.7 GW of coal capacity is still expected to retire in 2019 despite the Trump administration’s scaled-back carbon emissions rule finalized in June, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis.“ESG concerns have reduced the number of potential investors in merchant coal projects, leading to higher capital costs and greater credit protections for potential lenders,” the analysts wrote. “Future financings are likely to be materially more expensive and difficult, especially compared to recent natural gas-fired project financings.”In addition to an increased investor focus on ESG, “persistently low power prices” and “high leverage relative to sustained cash flow” also present economic challenges for merchant coal plants.Moody’s pointed out that the sponsor of Chief Power Finance LLC pulled a refinancing transaction in August because of market conditions, while Longview Intermediate Holdings C LLC and Sandy Creek Energy Associates LP will likely face challenges as they seek to refinance maturities within the next two years. The three coal-fired projects, Chief, Longview and Sandy Creek, have a combined $1.7 billion in debt maturing in the next two years, according to Moody’s.“Despite refinancing challenges, projects that we rate own some of the most efficient, environmentally compliant and well-maintained merchant coal plants in the U.S,” analysts wrote. “But these factors have not produced enough cash flow generation to fully offset the carbon transition risk.”More ($): Moody’s: Merchant coal plants face ‘heightened refinancing risk’ amid ESG wave Moody’s: Climate concerns raising refinancing costs for merchant coal plants in U.S.last_img read more

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Wife of Driver Dies in Commack Crash, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One woman was killed and two others were injured in a tragic crash in Commack Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.According to police, 82-year-old Gerald Weintraub was driving eastbound on Jericho Turnpike at approximately 2 p.m. with his wife in the car when he swerved to avoid striking an ambulance and ended up in oncoming traffic, where the couple’s car was struck by a BMW.Police said Weintraub was trying to avoid an ambulance that was making a left turn into a driveway.Barbara Weintraub, 77, was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, police said.Gerald Weintraub was also transported to Southside Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the BMW was taken to Huntington Hospital, also for treatment of minor injuries.Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check, police said. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

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Change the complexion of your board

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Democratic membership representation is a hallmark of the credit union movement. Common-bond groups long have elected people from among their ranks to serve as their voice in credit union decisions.These volunteers understood first-hand their constituency’s needs because they were part of the same socioeconomic demographic.But the makeup of many credit union boards hasn’t kept pace with the changing face of membership demographics. Statistics indicate—and first-hand experience confirms—that older, white men continue to predominate boards.These volunteers provide valuable service to their credit unions, but may lack a personal understanding of many current and prospective members’ needs and preferences. Increasingly, credit unions view board diversity as a competitive advantage. Diversity reflects more than just race or ethnicity. continue reading »last_img read more

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Exhausted and Anxious, Voters Find the Country More Divided Than Ever

first_imgBryan Koehler, 55, manages a brewery with two locations in rural Western Pennsylvania, deep in the heart of Trump Country. A Republican who is aghast at how Mr. Trump has run things, Mr. Koehler keeps his opinions mostly to himself at the brewery and at the regular card games with old friends. They surely know what he thinks. But they also know not to ask about it.“It’s like there’s something there that’s nagging that’s not right, the world’s not spinning the right way,” he said of living among people who see the world so differently. “And you ask yourself, ‘What am I missing here? Should I be seeing the world a different way?’”Still, he does not see his beliefs about right and wrong changing, anymore than he sees his friends coming around to his views. And now, after this election reinforced what the half of the country he lives in truly wants, he will say even less.- Advertisement – “Get up tomorrow and keep going,” he said, by way of self-advice. “Take care of the things that you need to take care of over the next four years. And hope we start to head in a different direction.”Audra D. S. Burch reported from Hollywood, and Campbell Robertson from Erie, Pa. Reporting was contributed by Caitlin Dickerson from Brownsville, Texas, Manny Fernandez from Houston, Kay Nolan from Pewaukee, Wis., Traci Angel from Independence, Mo., and Louis Keene from Los Angeles. “I feel like this is the beginning of something to the tune of the 1960s with massive protests in the streets, and maybe something close to violence,” he said. “There is just so much outrage that has been building over the last four years, and the skeletons are falling out of the closet.”One of the main diagnoses of our national discord is that the warring halves of the country live and work in different places and watch competing news shows. But this is not entirely the case. There are plenty with strong views who have found themselves living among the other half.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Bad Year

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Voting simulation for regional polls necessary amid pandemic: Central Java governor

first_imgCentral Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has called on the General Elections Commission (KPU) to conduct voting simulation prior to the simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9.“Conducting a simulation is important to ensure voting procedures are prepared amid the pandemic,” Ganjar told The Jakarta Post on Friday.He also emphasized the importance of arranging time slots for voting. “So people can take turns to vote, to avoid crowds [which could prompt COVID-19 transmission].” On Dec. 9, Central Java will see voters in 21 out of its 35 cities and regencies elect new mayors and regents.Ganjar said all participating cities and regencies were financially ready, but had yet to the procure protective equipment required for election officials as part of the health protocols prepared by the KPU to prevent virus transmission among officials, candidates and voters.The simultaneous elections, which have been pushed back from Sept. 23 due to the outbreak, will see the election of 270 regional leaders across Indonesia, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. The regions holding elections include Surabaya and 18 other cities and regencies in East Java, the province hit hardest by COVID-19.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns KPU commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi said the latest KPU regulation on health protocols had gone through a third review after being given the green light by the House of Representatives, and would made official soon.He also said the KPU planned to hold both voting and vote counting simulations, though a schedule has yet to be set.”A number of regions have informed us that they will conduct election simulations. Hopefully, after we issue the regulation, not only will we be able to start procuring personal protective equipment [PPE]  such as face masks, face shields and gloves, but also encouraging all regions to conduct simulations,” Dewa said.He said balloting times and procedures for polling stations and vote counting would follow physical distancing measures.“We can’t talk about numbers because polling stations differ in size. The main thing is, the regulation of voter attendance will follow health protocols,” he said.The KPU previously said that COVID-19 patients would be allowed to cast votes at designated voting stations at nearby hospitals after 12 p.m., or an hour before the voting booths close.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKFurthermore, Dewa said that support from local administrations was needed for election preparations. “We need to intensify collaboration with health authorities and COVID-19 task forces in the regions set to hold elections,” he said.For example, rapid antibody tests for election officials are among the required health protocols. However, the KPU does not have the authority to conduct the tests and therefore needs to team up with the local COVID-19 task forces and health agencies.With the central government having begun to disburse Rp 941 billion (US$66.3 million) to KPU regional offices to procure health equipment, coordination between the KPU and regional administrations was essential to ensure the funds were used transparently, Dewa said.Strict enforcement of health protocols, Dewa said, was the key to the success of this year’s elections. “The only way to prevent low voter turnout is to convince the public that it is safe to participate in the elections.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Ilmarinen, ICG engage with scandal-hit Finnish care home

first_imgA spokesperson for ICG in London said: “We are focused on working to support the management of Esperi Care as it undertakes a full review of its operations and makes the improvements necessary to regain the trust of its residents, relatives and employees.“We take a long-term approach to investing in companies and, as signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment since 2013, have a well-defined ESG framework in place with clear policies and practices. These are key considerations in our investment approach.”Ilmarinen: engagement over divestmentIlmarinen’s CIO Mikko Mursula told Helsingin Sanomat that the insurer would attempt to find out more about the case before any decision on divestment.“The principle of responsible investment is based on the fact that the investment object complies with laws and norms,” Mursula said.Ilmarinen staff were asking the company about the background and the company’s understanding of the chain of events, he said.Anna Hyrske, head of responsible investments at Ilmarinen, told IPE that the company’s responsible investment policies gave preference to engagement over divestment.Helsingin Sanomat reported that disagreements between Esperi Care and Finland’s national health and welfare regulator, Valvira, about the adequacy of nursing staff had been in the public domain for more than two years. Mursula told the paper he had no information on the matter, however.Links between Esperi and EteraEsperi Care’s CEO Marja Aarnio-Isohanni resigned on Tuesday as a result of the outcry, and was replaced by Heini Pirttijärvi.Aarnio-Isohanni is currently a deputy member of Ilmarinen’s supervisory board, having been appointed to the role a year ago. She spent more than 10 years on Etera’s board, according to her LinkedIn page.She had worked at Esperi Care since 2003 and owned 10.5% of the business – a stake she has retained, according to Finnish national broadcaster YLE.Aarnio-Isohanni was Finland’s second wealthiest woman in 2017, earning more than €5.7m that year, according to YLE.Valvira announced at the end of last week that it had shut down one of the company’s homes located in Kristiinankaupunki in the west of Finland, having received “serious, direct customer safety” information.“The weaknesses identified were related, inter alia, to the number of inadequate medical staff in relation to the assessment of care and care needs, lack of basic care, the appropriateness of drug treatment, lack of care information for clients, and the work of close staff of the functional unit,” Valvira said in a statement. Finnish pension insurer Ilmarinen and asset manager Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) are engaging with a Finnish care home company following reports of severe neglect.UK-based ICG and Ilmarinen – one of Finland’s largest pension insurance companies – have said they will engage with the management of Esperi Care rather than divest, after reports emerged of severe neglect at care homes.Finland’s healthcare regulator shut down one facility after at least one elderly resident was suspected to have died due to negligence, according to national broadcaster YLE.ICG holds the majority stake in Esperi Care, while Ilmarinen owns a 4.4% stake according to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, having inherited the asset through its merger with Etera a year ago.last_img read more

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ORVC Track Meet Results

first_imgThe ORVC Track Meet was held at Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday (5-15).Women’s Team Results.1-Switzerland County 123, 2-Jac-Cen-Del 87, 3-South Ripley 68, 4-Rising Sun 66, 5-Southwestern 60, 6-Milan 39, 7-Shawe Memorial 15.Men’s Team Results.1-Rising Sun 140, 2-South Ripley 104, 3-Switzerland County 96, 4-Jac-Cen-Del 40, 5-Milan 30, 6-Southwestern 30, 7-Shawe Memorial 14.ORVC Track Meet Results (5-15)Submitted by JCD Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

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