Following the University’s announcement of upcoming building construction across campus, the Office of Facilities Design and Operations began construction of the underground tunnel system late last month, Director of Construction and Quality Assurance Doug Schlagel said.Schlagel said the construction will have minimal impact on students because the work primarily affects the edges of campus, where students don’t often spend time.“It may certainly affect how some off-campus students arrive to and where they would traditionally park and how they would walk from their car to their building,” he said.Schalgel said his office will give frequent and visible notice about any interruptions.“Through a series of postings to our website with maps and navigational routes and announcements across campus, we’re hoping to make sure that everyone has the information and it’s clear to help minimize any disruptions that all this work could potentially have,” he said.According to documents on the Facilities Design and Operations website, the tunnel construction is broken into two branches. The east branch of the tunnel begins at the power plant and extends east of Stepan Center, then south to Library Circle, near the site of the recently announced research facility. The south branch of the tunnel will connect south quad to the Compton Family Ice Arena, moving east in front of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and crossing Eddy Street before extending to Compton.The most significant concern for the east branch will be access to Hammes Mowbray Hall, which houses the campus post office and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) headquarters, Schlagel said.“The biggest challenge is making sure that there’s always public access to the post office and Notre Dame Security Police, which through a series of planning meetings with security and other campus constituents, we were able to make sure that that facility is available and open to the public at all times,” he said. “Short of just some traffic reconfiguration and traffic control and signage, we think that that should be fine.”Schlagel said the construction on the tunnel system is preliminary work meant to make way for new campus educational and residential facilities.“The purpose of the tunnel and utility infrastructure work that’s being implemented is to help support and connect to the central power plant the new facilities that are being planned for campus,” he said. “This includes the new research complex, two new residence halls, Jenkins-Nanovic Hall, which is the social sciences building, and then of course the Campus Crossroads project, everything involved with the stadium and the School of Architecture building.”The Office of Facilities and Design plans to complete most of the aboveground work prior to freshman orientation and the first home football game Aug. 30, Schlagel said.“That’s not to say that there won’t be work continuing inside the tunnels themselves because there’s a lot of piping and that sort of stuff that has to happen after the tunnel itself is built,” he said. “The idea is to basically have the sites restored by the time students return in August.”Schlagel said students should be aware of their surroundings and regularly check The Week@ND emails to remain up to date on road closures and affected facilities.
Less than 24 hours after posting an agenda that included discussion on renaming three Port Arthur public schools, that item is no longer being considered this week.On Tuesday morning, Port Arthur Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie confirmed to Port Arthur Newsmedia that the agenda item was removed. The agenda item had only been set for discussion, with no action or vote scheduled. School board members decided they wanted to keep the focus on the reopening of schools and addressing the needs of students, Porterie said.On Monday the agenda included discussion about renaming Woodrow Wilson Early College High School, Abraham Lincoln Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Now, the discussion will be delayed.The school board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
While more well known companies like Specialized, Cervelo and Scott have all been putting out lightweight aero bikes lately, Blue Competition Cycles has been refining their existing aero bikes to make them lighter.The Triad TT/Triathlon bike line (Triad SL shown above) get carbon layup and materials updates to drop some serious weight across the range, and their AC1 aero road bikes and Axino road bikes also drop weight and stiffer frames, with the Axino SL dropping below 1kg.While the aerodynamics don’t change for 2012, their recent hiring of Mike Giraud from A2 Wind Tunnel in Mooresville, NC (who we met when we watched George Hincapie test his new skinsuits) suggest things are in store. For now, though, check the rather sweet looking lineup with all the tech details after the break… The Triad SL gets a new carbon layup and mix of 30T and 40T carbon to bring the frame down from 1580g to 1300g. The overall frame stiffness remained the same, as did the shape. In fact, it uses the same mold. It also gets a new nude matte black carbon color option. Available as a frameset with fork, custom carbon spacers, rear brake and seatpost for $4,000 for either mechanical or electronic drivetrains. Two complete bikes: SRAM Red Black for about $9000 and a Dura-Ace Di2 for $11,700.The new Triad EX and Triad SP now use the same mold as the SL but use different carbon fibers and layups and uses a normal fork rather than their bayonet version.The Triad SP frame is about 1730g and will retail for about $2,800 complete, spec is yet to be finalized. The EX frame is about 1,580g and will retail between $4,200 for Force and $4,700 with Ultegra Di2.Fourth in line is the Triad AL, which brings back their first alloy triathlon frame in three years. Thank the economy for the “budget” model offering, it’ll come in at $1,500 for the complete bike that comes in at 20lbs, and Chris Pic, product designer, says a lot of that weight is in the wheels. The frame looks very similar to their carbon models and is highly upgradeable as people get into triathlon more.The AC1 aero road bike has been redesigned for 2012. In the past, they sacrificed a bit of stiffness in order to improve aerodynamics. Now, they’ve gone through it head to toe.The head tube has gone from straight 1.125″ to tapered 1.125″-to-1.25″. They increased the length of the section behind the headtube, which improved stiffness and let them increase the height of the down tube from 4cm to 5cm. It uses their Superflow Tube Tchnology, which gives the seatstays, down tube and fork legs a constantly varying tube profile to improve aerodynamics. The BB area is stiffer, too, thanks to the larger down tube and an increased seat tube depth allowing for a larger contact area. The combined effect also made the frame lighter.At the seat tube and top tube junction, they wrapped more carbon around the tubes to strengthen and smooth the area. The prior frame was 1300g, the new one is 1080g and Blue says that’s with no loss in stiffness but a much better ride quality. (overall stiffness bench tests show virtually identical numbers, but subjective tests they’ve done suggest it’s much more surefooted)It’ll come with a 20mm setback seat post option, and a 0 degree option will be available aftermarket. Frameset is $2,400 (frame, fork, HS and a post). There will be an Ultegra Di2 model for about $4,800 (not set in stone) and a Force group will be $4,200.There’s also the AC1 SL that uses a higher end carbon that went from 1150g to 1040g using the same changes. Frameset is $3,750, also available with SRAM Red build for $7,950 (14.5lbs with Reynolds deep carbon wheels) and DA Di2 for $10,500.Both models have either mechanical or electronic frames, so you’ll need to order what you really want. Frame comes in six different sizes.Notice any similarities in the dropped downtube design?Not shown, the Axino SL gets a new matte black color option and goes from 1024g tp 950g by changing up the layup schedule and modifying the mix of 30T and 40T carbon fiber. The complete bike with Red is $7,195 and weighs in at 13.8lbs.The new Axino EX uses a monocoque carbon frame to bring the Axino line down to a more price point offering. Frame weight is 1220g and comes in at $1500 for frame and carbon tapered fork. Build kits and pricing for complete bikes arent set yet.Down from the EX is the alloy Axino AL. It’s still BB30 and keeps the full carbon fiber tapered fork. Frame/fork/HS is $700 and fully built with Tiagra/FSA spec is $1,500 and weighs in at 20lbs 11oz (56).
Burlington International Airport (BTV),Vermont Gas Systems Inc,Pilot partnership expected to leverage $4.5 million in federal funds for soundproofing of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski homes in 2021, and lays groundwork for multi-year investment to followVermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a partnership between the Burlington International Airport and VGS in which the utility will provide the local match for the BTV Sound Mitigation Program, closing the gap needed to apply for $4.5 million in federal funds for soundproofing in 2021, and without any impact on the general funds of the communities around the airport. The arrival of the F-35 for the BTV-based Vermont Air Guard one-year ago resulted in complaints in adjoining towns of increased noise pollution.Weinberger was joined at the announcement by South Burlington Council Chair Helen Riehle, Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott, and VGS President and CEO Neale Lunderville.“From my first days in this office, one of my top goals for the Airport has been to put the millions of dollars that we receive from the federal government into improving homes instead of tearing them down,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Today we’re announcing that we’ve nearly turned around the ocean liner, and are now on a route that should eventually make hundreds of homes in Winooski, Burlington, and South Burlington more energy efficient, comfortable, and quiet in the years to come. I’m grateful to Mayor Lott and Chair Riehle for the collaboration that brought us to this point, and to VGS for coming to the table with an innovative and impactful solution. I also want to thank Vermont’s federal delegation for their work to secure vital federal funds, and the Airport team, with leadership from Nic Longo, for their tireless work to get to this outcome.”Through the partnership, VGS will use Energy Efficiency Utility (EEU) funds to provide the 10 percent local match that is required to secure federal funding for the program. Starting in 2021, VGS is prepared to commit $550,000 in EEU funds to provide the local match for $4.5 million in federal funds.The years of 2021 and 2022 will be considered pilot years during which the program will be launched and adjusted as necessary, and VGS and the airport will work together to lay the groundwork for investment at similar levels in the years to follow.The Airport’s previous FAA noise mitigation program was in place for 30 years, and it is expected that the new program also could be in place for a decade or more.“Weatherization is a cornerstone strategy for achieving both Vermont’s and VGS’s bold climate goals,” said Neale Lunderville, President and CEO of VGS. “By pairing up weatherization and soundproofing, we help reduce our customers’ carbon footprint, lower their monthly costs, and make their homes more comfortable. This innovative approach demonstrates the value of partnership and collaboration, and is the kind of thinking we need to fight climate change in the years ahead. I applaud our community leaders for their unwavering commitment to make this project a reality.”“I welcome the collaborative approach and partnership that Burlington International Airport and Vermont Gas Systems are bringing to sound insulation efforts affecting the surrounding communities,” said Senator Patrick Leahy. “As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to do my part by advocating for the necessary federal funding for the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program that supplies grants in support of those activities.”The Airport and VGS have signed a Letter of Intent, and now will be seeking further approvals. As an immediate next step, VGS will work with the Airport and the Airport’s sound consultant, the Jones Payne Group, to continue planning for the rollout of the sound program. The pilot program will enable the design and construction of soundproofing for an estimated 10-12 homes in 2021, and position the Airport to apply for federal funds to design soundproofing for 50 homes in 2021, construct soundproofing for those homes in 2022, and continue serving a similar number of homes in the years to follow.This partnership follows other recent advances in noise mitigation, most notably, a $3.49 million federal appropriation that did not require a local match for soundproofing and HVAC upgrades at Chamberlin Elementary School in South Burlington. The design of this project is currently underway, with construction anticipated to start in summer 2021.New BTV Sound Mitigation Program Received Federal Approval on October 16, 2020The partnership follows the recent approval of the new BTV Sound Mitigation Program earlier this month by the Federal Aviation Administration.Previously, the Airport operated under a sound program that was in place from 1989 to 2019, which followed a model of acquiring and demolishing impacted homes as its primary noise mitigation measure.The new program, which has been in development for several years, was formally approved on October 16, 2020, and adopts sound insulation as the primary noise mitigation measure. Under this program, the Airport will work with homeowners to determine if they qualify, and if they do, will then plan for and construct replacements of windows and doors, and in some circumstances, air conditioning and air sealing.Partnership Follows Breakthrough Agreement between Burlington, South Burlington, and WinooskiThe partnership follows two years of discussions and negotiations between the cities of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski, that improved strained municipal relations on Airport issues and culminated in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that Mayor Weinberger, Councilor Riehle, and Mayor Lott agreed to in the winter of 2020, and were on track toward finalizing when the process was interrupted by the pandemic.The MOU committed the municipalities to collaboration on multiple fronts including finding a source for the local match that is not the general funds of the three communities, and to work with local utilities to maximize weatherization money. Though the MOU is not yet finalized, the partnership with VGS flows directly from the work that led to this agreement.“South Burlington has been committed to finding a way to preserve and improve housing affected by the military mission at BTV,” said South Burlington Council Chair Helen Riehle. “We have been very vocal at times and determined to achieve noise mitigation. This partnership is a real start and a classic example of the ‘Vermont Way’ — don’t give up, talk through the differences, find a creative approach that works for all, collaborate with interested parties, and voila, you find a path forward! The City of South Burlington is pleased and looks forward to moving ahead.”“The City of Winooski has prioritized preservation of quality affordable housing throughout this process,” said Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott. “We're very pleased to see this kind of collaboration that can bring joint benefits of both sound insulation and weatherization to many of our residents. This is a great start and I look forward to continued collaboration in the effort to fund mitigation for as many homes as we can as quickly as possible.”That Memorandum of Understanding followed, in 2019, the Airport releasing an updated Noise Exposure Map that identified 2,640 homes in South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Colchester, and Burlington that are within the contour lines of 65-plus decibels, and therefore may be eligible for Federal Aviation Administration funds for sound mitigation through the Airport Improvement Program.“For over 30 years, BTV has committed to participating in the voluntary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sponsored Part 150 program that assesses and quantifies noise impacts from aircraft noise, which aids in the development of the Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) to minimize those impacts,” said Gene Richards, Director of Aviation at Burlington International Airport. “This partnership with VGS illustrates how the Airport has worked with diverse partners. The Airport is grateful for VGS’ commitment to generating a win-win for our community.”For additional information, see:To learn more about the BTV Sound Mitigation Project, please visit: www.btvsound.com(link is external)To learn more about the MOU between Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski, please see the draft document(link is external).Source: Burlington, VT – 10.29.2020
In Memoriam December 1, 2006 In Memoriam In Memoriam Arnie S. Muskat, Davie Admitted 1982; Died July 4, 2006 E. G. Musleh, Ocala Admitted 1949; Died August 14, 2006 Robert Franklin Peck, La Grange, IL Admitted 1996; Died August 11. 2006 Charles M. Phillips, Jr., Punta Gorda Admitted 1948; Died May 19, 2006 Michael John Pitts, Pensacola Admitted 1983; Died August 8, 2006 John S. Post, Pembroke Pines Admitted 1950; Died February 7, 2005 Craig Philip Rieders, Miami Admitted 1999; Died August 15, 2006 William Marshall Rowland, Jr., Orlando Admitted 1953; Died May 23, 2006 Vincent David Sapp, Ft. Myers Admitted 1982; Died July 17, 2006 Jerome Gregory Schrader, Dade City Admitted 1982; Died February 7, 2006 Arnold L. Silberman, Palm Desert, CA Admitted 1978; Died December 17, 2005 Maurice David Smith, Cleveland, OH Admitted 1987; Died August 1, 2006
Lawyer Referral Service needs volunteers for foreclosure panel The Florida Bar Lawyers Referral Service is recruiting lawyers to the program to help meet the demands of the current mortgage foreclosure crisis.“During 2007-2008, the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service made 967 referrals for mortgage foreclosures,” said Terry Hill, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.The Bar’s LRS currently has 192 lawyers on the Mortgage Foreclosure Panel and, of those, 99 also serve on the Low Fee Panel.Lawyers on the regular LRS panels provide a half-hour consultation for no more than $25 and then fees after the initial consultation are at the lawyers’ regular rates. Low fee panel lawyers provide the half-hour consultation for free, and fees after that may be reduced. The suggested rate is one-half of what the lawyer normally charges.Of the 968 foreclosure referrals, 125 were made to lawyers serving on the Low Fee Panel, Hill said.To obtain a membership application, contact Karen Kelly, director of the LRS program at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810 or email@example.com. Lawyer Referral Service needs volunteers for foreclosure panel December 15, 2008 Regular News
Share Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A new study has revealed that chimpanzees have the same types of smiles as humans when laughing, which suggests these smile types evolved from positive expressions of ancestral apes.The new findings from the University of Portsmouth suggest that chimpanzees’ communication is more similar to humans than was previously known.The research also found that chimpanzees are able to produce these smile types silently, without being constrained by the accompanying laughing sound. Pinterest LinkedIn Lead researcher, Dr Marina Davila-Ross, is from the University’s Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology. Dr Davila-Ross and colleagues study the facial expressions of primates to uncover the evolutionary origins of human laughter and smiling.She said: “Humans have the flexibility to show their smile with and without talking or laughing. This ability to flexibly use our facial expressions allows us to communicate in more explicit and versatile ways, but until now we didn’t know chimps could also flexibly produce facial expressions free from their vocalizations.”The researchers filmed 46 chimpanzees at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage and used ChimpFACS – a facial action coding system designed for chimpanzees – to measure their facial movements.Co-author on the paper, Professor Kim Bard, who designed ChimpFACS, said: “The coding system allows us to examine very subtle facial movements and compare human and chimpanzee facial expressions, based on their shared musculature.”The study investigated specific types of smiles that accompany laugh sounds and found that these smile types have the same evolutionary origin as human smiles when they are laughing. It suggests that these smile types of humans must have evolved from positive expressions of ancestral apes.The study further suggests that flexibility in facial expressions was already present in ancestral apes and emerged long before humans evolved.Dr Davila-Ross said there are still key differences between humans and our ape ancestors.She said: “Chimps only rarely display crow’s feet when laughing, but this trait is often shown by laughing humans. Then, it is called Duchenne laughter, which has a particularly positive impact on human listeners.”
I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent. This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.” CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” LANSDALE, Pa. – Six new members were elected to the Mobile Air Conditioning Society’s (MACS) Worldwide board of directors and were sworn in for two-year terms at the annual MACS membership meeting, held at the MACS 2015 Training Event and Trade Show in Orlando, Fla.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementElected from the service and repair membership are Tanya Johnson of Johnny’s Radiator Shop in Warren, Ariz., and Danny Spitznagel of Ft. Walton Radiator and Auto Air, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.New distributor board members elected to two-year terms are Tod Ellison of MEI Corp., Atlanta, Ga., and Mark Schmitz of Global Parts Distributors, Macon, Ga.Gary Hansen of Red Dot, Seattle, Wash., and Al Leupold of Bergstrom, Rockford, Ill., were elected from the manufacturing membership.In addition to the new board members, the following new board officers also were sworn in for one-year terms: Arthur “Butch” Smith of ARA, Wylie, Texas, is past chairman; Andy Fiffick of Rad Air Car Care, Cleveland, Ohio, was elected as chairman of the board; Michael Dawson of T/CCI, Decatur, Ill., was elected as vice chairman; David Jack of DENSO Products and Services, Long Beach, Calif., was elected as treasurer; and Tanya Johnson of Johnny’s Radiator, Warren, Ariz., was elected as secretary.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode. To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.
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Kvaerner, a Norway-based engineering and construction firm supporting oil and gas industry, returned to 4Q profit in 2015.The company’s net profit for the last quarter of 2015 was NOK 147 million, compared to a net loss of NOK 327 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Kvaerner’s revenue was lower for the quarter at NOK 2.57 billion, down from around NOK 3.6 billion in 2014.“Through last year including the fourth quarter, Kvaerner managed to maintain a good activity level, and the productivity has developed positively in several areas. We are continuing to meet all key milestones in our project portfolio, and we were proud to contribute to first oil on the new Edvard Grieg platform in late November,” says Jan Arve Haugan, President & CEO of Kvaerner.The company expects 2016 to be a challenging year „with only some few project opportunities expected, most of a moderate size.““Last year, we were awarded almost 90 percent of the contract values for platform substructures to Johan Sverdrup. In a competitive joint venture with KBR, we were awarded one of the largest topside contracts in the market last year, for the Utility & Living Quarter platform at Johan Sverdrup. For 2016, we see some few opportunities for new contracts of moderate size. Simultaneously, we see that the timing of key decisions is uncertain. This makes it difficult to predict the activity level in 2017, but our order backlog provides a good starting point for our operations in the current year and the next,” says Haugan.In a statement on Tuesday, Kvaerner said that in 2015 the company laid off 121 permanent workers. For 2015 and 2016 combined, Kvaerner expects that total reductions in number of employees will be within the interval of 250 to 500 employees already communicated in 2015.Also, the company’s Board of Directors has proposed no dividend distribution during the first half of 2016.“A strong balance sheet and cash position is important to maintain the resilience through a challenging cycle. Retaining the solid financial platform may also provide additional opportunities which Kvaerner can leverage in the market,” Kvaerner said.Offshore Energy Today Staff