Summit features green transit

first_imgAs a continuation of Notre Dame’s commitment to sustainability, the fifth annual Green Summit showcased a trade show focused on green transportation, said Sara Brown, program and intern director for the Office of Sustainability. “Transportation is something we get a lot of questions about in the community,” she said. “It is something we want to get people talking about, whether it is human powered transportation, hybrid fuels and electric cars or public transportation.” The summit, which took place in the Stepan Center on Wednesday, featured various purveyors of green transportation, including bicycle shops and car dealerships that distribute electric and hybrid cars. Brown said the event gave students and the rest of the Notre Dame community more information about green transportation than they might otherwise have access to. “This event is a great way to show examples of what the University is making strides (in) and the options students have after graduation,” she said. “It spans what you can use today and what is offered after you graduate.” John Hall, owner of Avenue Bike Station in South Bend, said riding a bike is a popular form of green transportation.  He said he strives to make his store sustainable, recycling salvageable parts of bikes restored at the shop. “At our shop, we don’t believe in throwing much of anything away,” he said. “We recycle what we can [when restoring bikes] and replace what needs to be replaced.” The Transpo bus system offers students another green way of travelling. Jeanette Panceast, a Transpo representative, said public transportation offers people an easy and efficient way to live more sustainably. “Public transportation is very green and our new building is LEED certified,” she said. “We are also trying to make our routes more efficient by decreasing stops to designated stops only, which will help save fuel.” Transpo switches to a hybrid fuel blend to cut down bus emissions, Transpo representative Mike Stahy said. “We use a B-5 and B-20 hybrid soy ethanol mix with the diesel,” he said.  McCormick Motors in Nappanee, Ind., sells the Chevy Volt, an innovative electric car. Bernie Beer, McCormick’s principal dealer, said the Volt promotes green living by eliminating the need for gasoline. “We’ve got about 1,800 miles on [the showroom model] and so far, we have only used 5 gallons of gas,” Beer said. “That comes out to roughly 300 miles to a gallon.” Beer said owning an electric car adds the same amount of electricity needed to run a refrigerator to his electricity bill. Along with selling green vehicles, McCormick Motors is committed to being sustainable, vice president Gordon Moore said. “Since 1998, we have recycled or used 10,000 gallons of liquid waste, and had an annual reduction of 62 tons of solid waste sent to land fills,” he said.last_img read more

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Professor panel investigates impact of demographic groups on presidential election

first_imgA panel of four faculty experts gathered in the Geddes Hall coffee house Thursday evening to discuss different demographic groups and their implications on the 2016 election in an event titled “Identity Politics? Thinking about Groups in the 2016.”The event was hosted by ND Votes ’16, a non-partisan coalition dedicated to promoting voter participation in next year’s elections.Political science department chair David Campbell began the discussion by highlighting the significance of the youth demographic in American politics. He centered his speech on challenging “myths about young people and their role in American politics.”Campbell said many people generalize that the “youth are apathetic liberals” – a claim he said retains some degree of truth. Nonetheless, Campbell said there are certain misconceptions about youth voters.Addressing the students in the room, Campbell said, “On most issues your generation does lean farther to the left than your parents and your grandparents.”  However, Campbell said one exception to this is the issue of abortion.  “Young people today look a lot more like their grandparents than their parents in terms of their stance on abortion,” he said. Campbell concluded with another exception to the rule: the issue of gun control. Campbell said young people “aren’t terribly liberal” on gun control.Professor of political science Darren Davis began his speech with the number 12.3 projected on the screen. He said the significance of that number is that African Americans comprise 12.3 percent of the American population, a seemingly small figure in comparison to the total population. However, Davis said African Americans can still affect the outcome of the election.“We don’t elect our president nationally, we have something that’s called the electoral college,” he said.Davis said in states with large black populations, African-Americans can impact the state election.“African-Americans can potentially influence 32.9 percent of the 270 votes that are needed to win in 2016,” Davis said. “ … This is how race becomes important in national politics.”Associate professor of political science Ricardo Ramirez devoted his talk to the Latino demographic. He said there are a substantial amount of Latinos eligible to vote who are not registered.  “The reality with Latinos is that they have potential to impact elections if they were to be mobilized,” Ramirez said.He said the reason for the lack of mobilization of and outreach to Latinos who are eligible to vote is a combination “of where they live and the fact that they’re young.”Most Latinos live in non-swing states, he said, which parties and candidates typically ignore. Ramirez also said many Latinos are young, and young people tend to be on average less politically involved.  Ramirez said he thinks Latino voting turnout will increase for the 2016 election, largely owing to the fact that they “feel under attack” from Donald Trump’s campaign.“If Latinos associate a certain party with not wanting them who do you think they are going to vote for?” he said.The final speaker, associate professor of political science Christina Wolbrecht, focused on the implications of women’s voting habits on elections and said there is a larger gender gap in the younger generations.  However, Wolbrecht said the gender gap seems to exist only amongst whites. “There isn’t much of a gender gap at all with nonwhites,” Wolbrecht said.   Wolbrecht said while many would expect issues directly related to women to cause a large gender gap, in reality this is not the case. “The truth is that men and women actually don’t vary a great deal in their preference on the kind of issues we usually consider women-specific, such as abortion, equal pay and requiring religious institutions to provide birth control,” Wolbrecht said. “Where we see bigger differences between men and women is support for the social welfare state.”ND Votes ’16 is sponsored by the Rooney Center and Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns.  On Nov. 12, ND Votes ’16 will hold a student forum as a part of their continued initiative.  Tags: 2016 presidential campaign, ND Votes ’16, Voter turnoutlast_img read more

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Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater to Be Transformed for Immersive Work Ghost Light

first_imgThe interior of Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater(Photo: Francis Dzikowski-ESTO) The Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center will be restructured for a new immersive work called Ghost Light, beginning previews at the venue on June 3 with an opening night set for June 19. The production conceived, directed and choreographed by Zach Morris and Jennine Willett will run through July 16.LCT3 welcomes the work by the troupe Third Rail Projects, which is described as a performance about performance that invites audiences to follow performers into the unseen corners of the Claire Tow Theater and through a series of real and dreamlike landscapes beyond the footlights, the glitter and the greasepaint.Ghost Light will feature Donna Ahmadi, Cameron Michael Burns, Elizabeth Carena, Alberto Denis, Joshua Dutton-Reaver, Julia Kelly, Roxanne Kidd, Josh Matthews, Rebekah Morin, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O’Con, Edward Rice, Jessy Smith, Niko Tsocanos, Carlton Cyrus Ward, Jennine Willett and Ryan Wuestewald. The production will have sets by Brett Banakis, costumes by Montana Blanco, lights by Eric Southern, and sound and original music by Sean Hagerty.Hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential performance in the U.S., Third Rail Projects re-envisions ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. They have made work in New York, nationally and abroad for more than 16 years. The company is perhaps best known for their long-running work Then She Fell. View Commentslast_img read more

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NSU’s Palm Beach alumni donate books

first_imgNSU’s Palm Beach alumni donate books May 15, 2010 Regular News NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Law School Alumni Chapter in Palm Beach County Founding President Eunice Baros, third from the right, and current President Amy Cosentino and her daughter, Lucy Diaz, right, present books to Darlene Kostrub of the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition at a recent NSU gathering in West Palm Beach. Judge John Kastrenakes, left, was a guest of the chapter, which collects several hundred books each year for children.last_img read more

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Gophers drop 4-3 decision to Northern Iowa

first_imgGophers drop 4-3 decision to Northern IowaMarch 4, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHead coach John Anderson regularly repeats the same mantra: if you score five or more runs, youâÄôre in a good position to win baseball games. Five runs would have been enough for the Gophers Wednesday night at the Metrodome, but instead, Northern IowaâÄôs pitching staff proved too much to handle and Minnesota fell 4-3 to the visiting Panthers. âÄúWe just didnâÄôt come up with enough timely hits or hits in general to put runs on the board,âÄù junior second baseman Derek McCallum said. The GophersâÄô offensive production came almost entirely from two men. At clean-up, sophomore Michael Kvasnicka, who has been red-hot at the plate as of late, was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, MinnesotaâÄôs first of the season, a double and a run scored. In the third spot, McCallum hit his second homerun of the season, a solo shot, in a 2-for-4 effort of his own. Meanwhile the bottom of the order struggled all night; without junior center fielder Eric Decker, who holds the top batting average on the team and moved from the seven to five spot, MinnesotaâÄôs six through nine hitters failed to record a single hit. âÄúTo get to five or more runs on a consistent basis, youâÄôve got to get offense from six, seven, eight, nine too,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúWe didnâÄôt get any offense from the bottom of the lineup and itâÄôs hard to get to five runs unless you can get the guys in the top [of the order] up with multiple guys on base. We never really had multiple base runners tonight.âÄù But ultimately, the Gophers couldnâÄôt string together enough quality at-bats. Starter Allen Bechstein, a junior right-hander, was limited to 55 pitches in his first start of the season. He displayed some control issues, especially in the first inning, walking three batters and throwing a wild pitch to put the PanthersâÄô Grant Grgurich on third and in a position to score on a ground out. Though he allowed just one hit in his 2 2/3 innings of work, BechsteinâÄôs erratic display led to two earned runs. The Gophers cycled through pitchers quickly all night. Five men took the mound and BechsteinâÄôs appearance was the longest. But MinnesotaâÄôs outings were long compared to the way Northern Iowa rifled through pitchers. Five of the PanthersâÄô seven pitchers threw only an inning, and the short appearances seemed to keep the Gophers guessing all night. âÄúItâÄôs tough when they throw that many pitchers,âÄù McCallum said. âÄúYou never get to see a guy more than once.âÄù To make things more difficult, they threw nothing but strikes âÄî Minnesota walked only once. Combine that with nearly flawless defense and itâÄôs no surprise the Gophers failed to score those magical five runs. âÄúGetting guys on and trying to have good at-bats with guys on, especially in scoring position, is what we focus on and what we had been doing pretty well, actually,âÄù Kvasnicka said. âÄúJust not tonight.âÄùlast_img read more

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Confidential, Web-Based Job Matching Service Launched At APASelect.com

first_imgAPA Search Inc., an executive retained search firm for the aftermarket, has launched a new division of the company, called APASelect.com, to help fill the industry’s looming talent gap. The Web-based service offers high-caliber job candidates complete control over the employment recruitment process by allowing them to remain anonymous until a job opportunity comes along that matches their career interests.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFor industry employers, APASelect provides instant access to a pool of highly qualified, prescreened job candidates who were previously unreachable by traditional means.“APASelect is an idea that has been a long time coming,” said Howard Kesten, president of APASelect. “In our 27 years of being the top-ranked retained search firm for automotive professionals, we’ve run across thousands of candidates who were too nervous to float their resume and have missed out on great opportunities that might be available to them. With our new service, there is no fee for the candidate to become a member of the site and they have the final say on the wording for the anonymous profile that an employer would see.”The APASelect website is now open for candidates to submit their credentials for membership in the site. Kesten says interested and qualified aftermarket professionals who apply for membership will be screened based on their professional references and automotive experience. Once they are approved for membership they can work with the APASelect team to produce a completely anonymous profile. The profile provides employers who search the database with a candidate number and information relative to significant accomplishments and experience. All profiles will be approved by participating professionals before they are posted to the site.Advertisement“It makes sense for even the most passive candidates to have their profile on our database,” said Kesten.He went on to say, “Participating professionals will be contacted by our team once an employer is interested in learning more about them. At that point, the professional can decide to reveal themselves or tell APASelect they would prefer to pass on the opportunity.”APASelect is led by industry veterans Kesten, Vice President Frank Cernuto and Vice President of Operations Jaime Pivar. The APASelect team is currently working with candidates to develop profiles. The site will be open for employers to use beginning in July with the goal of having a minimum of 500 qualified and screened automotive professionals in all functional areas available for consideration. Kesten says APASelect expects the candidate database to grow to 5,000 within the next 24 months.To view an example of a candidate profile and to learn more about APASelect, visit www.APASelect.com.last_img read more

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AFC Energy receives final building permit

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The Rapidox 5100 for biogas and syngas applications

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Tanker Shipping – The World of Energy Is Undergoing Fundamental Changes

first_imgThe dynamic nature of the product tanker market, where refinery locations, local market demand specifications and price arbitrage trades are constant moving objects, turn one main trade into a minor trade within a New York minute.The Atlantic gasoline arbitrage trade is still of relevance, but the front-haul these days is diesel going into Europe. Export-dedicated refineries in the Middle East are coming rapidly on stream nowadays, supplying the market with many oil products. Finally, large swings in the value of local currencies in Emerging Markets can make arbitrage windows open where they have not been before.On the LR1s and LR2s going from Ras Tanura to Yokohama, some hectic activity due to sudden and strong demand for distillates lifted rates from next to nothing to USD 15,000 per day. Demand also arrived from East Africa, lifting rates on those routes equally fast. Over the course of the last month, half the gain was lost. Rates now drift southwards, just passing the USD 7,000 per day mark.The misery will not go away in the crude oil tanker business. The pain centres primarily on the steep decline in long-haul imports into the US that has brought VLCC earnings on US-bound trades to the floor. Even though the domestic US production is foremost in driving West African imports out of the market, the effect tears across the market, as illustrated by the decline in TD1, which represent US imports from the Persian Gulf. The TD4 (Bonny Off – LOOP) mirrors the pattern of TD1. Crude oil tanker asset values continue to decline, with a clear tendency that elderly tonnage declines the most percentage-wise. Over the past 20 months, a 2005-built VLCC has lost half of its second-hand value, and a 2009-built VLCC has lost 40%, according to Vesselsvalue.com. Such degradation is hurtful to balance sheets.Supply:The new supply of product tankers has taken fleet growth to 2.5% for the year so far, while demolition volumes continue at unenthusiastic levels, with just 32 oil product carriers having been taken out of active service since 1 January. BIMCO forecasts that an expected improvement in the freight market is likely to keep low demolition numbers around in coming years. The existing optimism is expecting that to happen.Product tanker contracting has been hectic in 2013. More product tankers than those ordered during last year in its entirety (101) have already been ordered so far in 2013 (106). No less than 16 new MR orders have been signed in the past two months, all delivery in 2015 and beyond. If we focus on the larger MR tankers between 50,000-55,000 DWT, the fleet currently holds 325 tankers, with 144 of that size on order. A look at the broader fleet size between 45,000-60,000 DWT tell us that the order-book-to-fleet ratio is 18%, with 2014 scheduled to be the big delivery year, with half of it all potentially delivered.The tough market conditions in the crude oil tanker segment are now also affecting the delivery pace of new tonnage. We have seen only nine crude oil tankers delivered in the past two months. BIMCO expects 2013 full-year deliveries to come in just shy of 20 million DWT – equal to a fleet growth of 2.9%.27 crude oil tankers have left the fleet in 2013, while 62 newbuildings have been delivered. This has caused the overall crude oil tanker fleet to grow throughout the year, but at a still lower pace. Below the surface, huge differences appear. Whereas the Suezmax fleet has grown by 6%, the Aframax fleet has contracted by 1.8%. In between, the VLCC fleet is 3.6% larger today than it was one year ago.Outlook:The Winter market is soon upon us – the first positive implication we may see is the stocking up of heating oil in the northern hemisphere. In one of the absolute main consumers, the US, consumption of heating oil is significant in the North East, where 27% of households use heating oil. Heating oil is more generally burned by 6% of US households for Winter fuel, with 8 out of 10 of those heating oil users located in the north-eastern part of the country. Low heating oil stocks in the East Coast and Gulf Coast states, along with New York requiring heating oil with lower sulphur levels, are expected to contribute to a tighter heating oil market this Winter.If Libya resumes its oil exports, which have been next to nothing during September, that is likely to boost demand for Aframax tankers in the Mediterranean. The cross-Med. trade to Fos from Es Sider terminal would be one trade to benefit from a resolution to the Libyan standstill.The outlook from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates a 70% chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. This means 2013 is likely to suffer significant disruptions, just as during the extreme 2012 season, where Hurricane Sandy was the most severe.For the LR1s and LR2s the big question is: can they repeat what they did last year? Q4-2012 was quite extraordinary – delivering a daily average earning of USD 19,000 and USD 22,000 per day respectively – levels not seen since 2008. Early October rates leave room for optimism.BIMCO expects that T/C equivalent average earnings for the VLCC segment will build further on recent momentum in the interval of USD 10,000-20,000 per day. Suezmax crude oil carriers are seen up from poor September levels to reach USD 5,000-15,000 per day. For the Aframax segment, expectations are that earnings will stay around USD 10,000-20,000 per day.In the product segment, BIMCO expects earnings on benchmark routes for LR1s and LR2s from AG to Japan to deliver a positive development during Q4, but short of last year’s strong performance, in the interval of USD 10,000-18,000 per day.Handysize rates could improve on US demand from current low levels to reach USD 7,000-14,000 per day. MR average rates are expected to firm and take some dirty cargoes too. For the coming two months, BIMCO expects freight rates around USD 11,000-17,000 per day.BIMCO, October 14, 2013last_img read more

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Peters & May acquires Complete Freight

first_imgComplete Freight, together with its founders and directors Angus Bruce Jones and Simon Judson and their staff, will become wholly absorbed into the Peters & May global operation, based at the UK headquarters in Southampton.Founded in 2004, Complete Freight specialises in marine logistics for international race events, individual yacht race campaigns and team supplies and spares.Peters & May has more than 30 years’ experience in the provision of marine logistics and offers global boat transportation and freight forwarding via air, road, rail and sea from a global network of 12 offices and numerous exclusive agencies. On an annual basis, the company ships 8,000 vessels through 150+ ports in more than 60 countries.www.petersandmay.comlast_img read more

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