Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) announced today the launch of the Vermont Brewshed® Alliance (the “Brewshed”). The initiative will engage craft breweries in protecting clean water. VNRC announced the news at Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield, a founding member of the Brewshed.VNRC has been advocating for Vermont’s environment and communities since 1963. In part, the organization brings together many partners to protect clean water for drinking, swimming, paddling, fishing, wildlife habitat, and to improve flood resiliency in a changing climate.“The Brewshed is an extension of VNRC’s conservation efforts. It’s a mutually-beneficial partnership between breweries, pubs, and VNRC to engage our members and their patrons in protecting the clean water we all depend on” said Brian Shupe, Executive Director of VNRC. “You can’t have good beer without clean water,” he added.In addition to Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Waitsfield), the founding members of the Brewshed are Alchemist Beer (Stowe), Zero Gravity Craft Brewing (Burlington), Magic Hat Brewing Company (South Burlington), and Halyard Brewing (South Burlington). While the program’s initial members are concentrated in northwestern Vermont, VNRC is actively seeking participation from breweries across the state.Brewshed partners have many options to engage in conservation, such as fundraising for clean water work through events or by brewing a charity Brewshed beer. In addition, partners will have opportunities through VNRC to contribute to the protection of the state’s clean water resources, from rivers and streams, to wetlands, to the waters of Lake Champlain.“Lawson’s Finest is thrilled to be a founding member of the Vermont Brewshed® Alliance,” said Sean Lawson, CEO and Founding Brewer at Lawson’s Finest Liquids. “We rely on water from our town well, sourced from an aquifer beneath Scrag Mountain in Waitsfield. Clean water is imperative to making great beer, and every brewery in Vermont relies on either ground or surface water, making it our most important resource to protect.”“The Brewshed is a way to engage new partners in this critical work, and draw the connection to clean water where many people enjoy it most—in a pint,” said Shupe.To learn more about the Vermont Brewshed® Alliance, visit vnrc.org/brewshed(link is external). Brewshed® is a registered trademark of Washington Wild.Source: November 13, 2019 (Montpelier, VT) – Vermont Natural Resources Council
Oregon fell from No. 2 to No. 9 after losing 34-24 at unranked Arizona on Thursday night. Oklahoma dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 after losing 34-27 Saturday night at unranked Texas Tech. Eleven times this season a top-five team has lost to an unranked opponent.LSU received 60 first-place votes Sunday out of a possible 65 from the media panel. Kansas got three first-place votes, Missouri had one, as did No. 4 West Virginia.Ohio State (11-1) moved up two spots to No. 5 after finishing its regular season with a 14-3 victory over Michigan. The Wolverines fell out of the rankings for the second time this season after ending the season with two consecutive losses.The Bowl Championship Series standings were to be released later Sunday with LSU and Kansas expected to be at the top.No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 Virginia Tech join Oregon and Oklahoma in the top 10. Kansas reaches new heights in AP Top 25 at No. 2November 19, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>NEW YORK (AP) – Kansas’ improbable climb has the unbeaten Jayhawks ranked higher than ever and preparing to play their biggest game ever.Kansas was No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday behind top-ranked LSU. Next up for the Jayhawks – No. 3 Missouri.The Tigers and Jayhawks meet Saturday in Kansas City. In a rivalry that dates to 1891, the stakes have never been this high. The winner takes the Big 12 North and will go to the conference championship game with national title aspirations.The Jayhawks moved up two spots this week and Tigers jumped three places after Oregon and Oklahoma both picked up their second losses of the season.The Jayhawks had never been ranked higher than No. 3, which they did for three straight weeks in 1968, the year of their last conference title.Missouri has its highest ranking since the Tigers were No. 1 on Nov. 14, 1960.
Women take 10th at NCAA championshipsThe Gophers had second-place finishers in the 200-yard breaststroke and 1-meter diving.Emily DunkerHaley Spencer swims the women’s 100-yard breaststroke Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at the University Aquatic Center. Nate GotliebMarch 25, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s swimming and diving team capped one of its best seasons ever Saturday with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.The top-10 finish was the third in program history and the first since 2011. Twelve Minnesota swimmers and divers earned All-America honors during the weekend.“Just being top-10 at the NCAA [championships] is an accomplishment that not a lot of people get to do,” senior captain Haley Spencer said.Georgia won its fifth NCAA championship, accruing 477 team points. Two-time defending champion California (393 points), Tennessee (325.5), Texas A&M (323.5) and Arizona (311) rounded out the top five.Minnesota (141 points) was the top Big Ten finisher, followed by Indiana (115), Wisconsin (65) and Purdue (44).The Gophers came out flat early in the championships, struggling in both relay and individual events, head coach Kelly Kremer said.Still, the Gophers finished the first day of the championships in 10th place, due in large part to junior diver Maggie Keefer’s second-place finish in 1-meter diving.Keefer had another strong showing Friday, finishing sixth in 3-meter diving despite a low score on her third dive of the event.“I knew from the take-off that it wasn’t going to end up so well,” Keefer said of the dive. “I was a little disappointed, but it didn’t really affect the rest of my performance.” Spencer capped her Minnesota career with an 11th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday and a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke Saturday.Spencer was in seventh place heading into the final 50 yards, but a strong final lap propelled her into second.“It’s nothing new for me,” she said. “It’s the way I swim.”While no other Minnesota swimmer or diver besides Spencer and Keefer cracked the top five in an event, many made modestcontributions.Sophomore distance swimmer Kiera Janzen took 15th in the 500 freestyle Thursday and 11th in the 1,650 freestyle Saturday, despite battling illness throughout the championships.“I wasn’t sure really how her mile [1,650 freestyle] would go,” Kremer said. “I think physically she wasn’t 100 percent, and she sure toughed one out. She was as tough as you can be.”Sophomore Becca Weiland finished 12th in the 100 butterfly, and junior Sarah McCrady took 16th in platform diving.The Gophers were also relatively successful in relay events. Minnesota’s 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams took 13th, eighth and ninth, respectively, and its 200 and 400 medley relay teams took 11th and 10th, respectively.
Share on Twitter Share The “Black Lives Matter” hashtag evolved as a call for social change aimed at increasing the conversation about racial inequality. But what if social change was less dependent on talking and more dependent on nonverbal communication?New research finds observing a white American engage in small nonverbal acts such as smiling more often, making eye contact for longer periods of time, and standing in closer proximity to a black American makes the observer less prone to racial biases. Specifically, small acts of positivity by white Americans towards African Americans and other black Americans causes observers to hold fewer stereotypes about black Americans and to have more positive attitudes towards black Americans in general.The findings are described in “Some Evidence for the Nonverbal Contagion of Racial Bias,” (Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, June 2015), co-authored by Dana R. Carney, assistant professor, University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; Greg Willard, research associate, Harvard University; and Kyonne-Joy Isaac, graduate student, Princeton University. Share on Facebook Pinterest Email LinkedIn “Prejudice is often less overt. It manifests often as micro acts of aggression,” says Carney. “What is hopeful is that our study also indicates that positive behavior toward different social groups can be contagious.”Four related experiments to test the contagious effects of racial bias produced these results:1. Observers of micro-positive behavior toward a black American subject formed more positive impressions.2. Observers of micro-positive behavior toward a black American subject adopted fewer racial stereotypes.3. Observers of micro-positive behavior toward a black American subject were found to have less racial bias towards black Americans in general.4. Observers must also be aware that negative social behavior is being directed toward a black person in order to produce a pro-black bias outcome.The experiments consisted of participants who were randomly assigned to watch one of two types of videos. In one type of video, highly biased white Americans exhibited small, negative, and nonverbal behaviors of bias, such as less smiling, less leaning in, and less gazing, toward a black American. The second type of video showed whites who held black Americans in high regard and naturally expressed their positive biases through more smiling, more leaning in, and more gazing.In Experiment 1, for example, participants rated the black American in the video on how much they liked or disliked the person or whether or not they would want to be friends with this person. They also rated the black American on six adjectives: kind, considerate, thoughtful, hostile, unfriendly, dislikeable. The results: participants liked and wanted to be friends with the black American who was on the receiving end of positive micro nonverbal behaviors significantly more than they liked and wanted to be friends with black Americans who received negative nonverbal micro aggressions.
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Using survey data collected from the nationally representative National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted between 2002 through 2013, the researchers broke the sample into three subgroups based upon age: younger adolescents (aged 12–14), older adolescents (aged 15–17), and young adults (aged 18–25). In breaking the sample into subgroups, distinct trends emerged within each category.The findings pertaining to younger (12-14 years) and older (15-17 years) adolescents suggests that adolescents have not become more permissive in their views on marijuana and have progressively decreased their use over the past decade. The opposite was the case for young adults aged 18-25. The survey results indicate a decreased amount of young adults who disapprove of marijuana use. Despite the downward trend of disapproval among young adults, actual marijuana use did not increase.“Study findings point to the importance of examining changes in the perception and use of marijuana with an appreciation for developmental differences,” concluded Dr. Salas-Wright and the team. “Changes are certainly underway in terms of the perception and use of marijuana among American youth.” Pinterest LinkedIn Share Email Groundbreaking research published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse suggests that adolescents have become less likely to approve of and use marijuana over the last decade when compared to young adults. This is coming during a time where a majority of Americans support the full legalization of marijuana, according to a 2013 Gallup poll.The study, Trends in the Disapproval and Use of Marijuana among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States: 2002–2013, is free to read in the newest issue of the journal online.“With respect to drug use, we are in a unique historical moment – American adults are changing in the way that we think about marijuana and lots of changes in policy are underway in terms of the decriminalization, medicalization, and legalization of marijuana use in cities and states across the country,” explained Dr. Christopher Salas-Wright and his colleagues. “Given this context, we were interested in understanding how such changes might be impacting the way young people are thinking and behaving with regards to marijuana.”
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Hanjin, GTT and DNV GL have signed an agreement to jointly investigate and to develop a gas fuelled large container vessel concept equipped with membrane fuel tanks. The project partners presented the Joint Development Project (JDP) as part of the DNV GL Forum at SMM 2014 in Hamburg.The JDP partners will work together to develop a concept for sailing long distances on LNG by using technologies which are either well proven technologies (containment for LNG as cargo) or already deployed in the market (dual fuel low speed two stroke engines) and the associated systems.The concept study focusses on a 16300 TEU Container vessel designed by Hanjin Shipyard, sailing from Asia to Europe. Such a profile would mean that the vessel has to pass, at least in Europe, through a Sulfur Emission Control Area (SECA), and therefore comply with the upcoming emission limitations related to sulfur.The evaluated vessel would be equipped with a dual fuel two stroke engine and two membrane tanks with a total LNG capacity of 11000 m3, which is sufficient for approx. 15000 nm. The tank size could be adjusted depending on the operating profile of the vessel and in particular the expected sailing time / distance in ECA / SECA areas.The JDP focuses on the LNG fuelling system, consisting of the bunker station, LNG fuel tanks, gas preparation and fuel supply systems. Hanjin is designing the key components of the LNG supply system; GTT is responsible for the integration of the fuel containment system; while DNV GL provides design review, hazard identification and, upon the successful completion of the project, approval in principle of the design.The Assessment of the safety performance of the gas supply system and the integration of the tank system will be the key aspects of DNV GL contribution to this cooperation.In addition to the technical aspects of this project the economic feasibility will also be evaluated, based on DNV GL’s LNG Ready Step 1 procedure.This procedure includes the evaluation of the LNG tank location and range in gas mode based on the ship’s operational profile, the outline of the necessary requirements for an LNG-ready or LNG-fuelled design and the overview of LNG availability in relevant locations.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2014
This versatile machine, which can be used to lift cargoes weighing more than 250 tonnes, as well as a pile driving machine, has a total freight volume of 800 cu m and required the shipment of some pieces weighing over 65 tonnes (pictured below).ALS (Freight Management Nederland) BV’s road transport team in Moerdijk, the Netherlands arranged for the machine to be dismantled into 50 pieces which were then transported loose or packed in cases, crates or bundles.The ALS team arranged for suitable special trailers, as well as necessary lifting equipment to be in place for the operation, and made sure that they could be adapted to handle a range of scenarios including: factory collection, mobilisation of cranes, positioning of trucks and trailers and delivery to outgoing seaport for loading on to ship.ALS’ project specialists were on hand 24/7 to supervise the entire operation, involving an independent marine cargo surveyor requested by ALS’ client. The company’s ocean projects team arranged a heavy lift vessel which carried the cargo from Holland to Itajai port in Brazil.The crane will be used at the port of Itajaí for pile driving works required for the port’s offshore infrastructure.
The tanks, each of which had the dimensions 14 m x 4.6 m x 4.6 m, were transported to Hull on beam trailers. Each truck was accompanied by an escort vehicle due to the size of the cargo.WWL ALS also had to arrange for the removal of the gate at the final destination because of the large width of the cargo. www.wwlals.com
SPAIN: Infrastructure Manager ADIF has awarded a €20·4m contract to install mixed-gauge track between Astigarraga and Irún, the Ministry of Development announced on April 1. Together with earlier contracts for upgrading the signalling and overhead line, this will complete a 1 435 mm gauge corridor between the French border and the high speed line connecting Vitoria, Bilbao and San Sebastián which is currently under construction.The contract covers modifications to the bridges, tunnels and stations as well as the laying of additional rail for mixed 1 435 mm/1 668 mm gauge operation. The work has been split into three sections. One covers remodelling of the track layout at Hernani, just west of Astigarraga, where new refuge loops will be laid to accommodate freight trains of ‘interoperable standard length’. The others cover the 5 km between the junction with the high speed line at Astigarraga and the approaches to San Sebastián, and the 17 km from there to Irún.ADIF has already started various projects that will facilitate the future standard gauge connection. A €40m programme to renovate the infrastructure between San Sebastián and Irún included the laying of gauge-convertible sleepers with provision for the addition of the extra rails.Last December ADIF tendered further enabling works totalling €46m, covering the renewal of the overhead line equipment at Irún, and upgrading of signalling and telecommunications between Hernani and Irún. A €10m contract for modifying overhead line on this section of the route went out to tender in February.