The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University ofFlorida invites applications for a full-time non-tenure trackfaculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Engineer inthe Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure andEnvironment in the area of Transportation Technology.The incumbent will work at the Technology Transfer (T2) Center,which is a part of the University of Florida TransportationInstitute (UFTI) in the Engineering School of SustainableInfrastructure and Environment (ESSIE). They will workcollaboratively with University of Florida Transportation Institute(UFTI) faculty, staff and students to develop and submit proposalsand implement grants in the field of traffic operations, highwaysafety, and emerging technologies. They will conduct independentresearch, analysis and design as needed and assist with the T2Center’s technology transfer efforts with research disseminationusing traditional as well as novel approaches. This position willassist the T2 Center Director with strategic planning, identifyingand prioritizing research needs, and liaising with potentialpartners and stakeholders. Candidates will need to demonstratetheir ability in proposal writing, research publications, and astrong background in teaching courses and presenting their researchin seminars and conferences to transportation professionals.Expertise in the areas of application of analytical methods fortransportation safety in rural areas and experience in working withsmall and rural agencies on safety planning is desired.Ph.D. and 2-years research experience related to highway safety andtraffic operationsThe search committee will begin reviewing applications immediatelyand will continue to receive applications until the position isfilled. You must apply by submitting an application throughInterfolio via apply.interfolio.com/74779 (Job 59975). Theapplication consists of attached PDF files of the followingrequired documents: 1. Cover letter (summary and introduction;relate to hiring emphasis areas) 2. Curriculum vitae. 3. Names,addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. The anticipated start date forthis position is Fall 2020. For additional questions, contact Dr.Siva Srinivasan at [email protected] or Dr. Nithin Agarwal at:[email protected] an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.The University of Florida is currently ranked as one of the top-10best public universities, according to the 2020 U.S. News &World Report Best Colleges rankings. The Herbert Wertheim Collegeof Engineering is currently implementing a major expansion offaculty and state-of-the-art research and education facilities. TheCollege will reach 300 faculty members in the near future. For moreinformation about these initiatives, please visit http://eng.ufl.edu .The University of Florida and HWCOE counts among its greateststrengths — and a major component of its excellence – that itvalues broad diversity in its faculty, students, and staff andcreates a robust, inclusive and welcoming climate for learning,research and other work. UF is committed to equal educational andemployment opportunity and access and seeks individuals of allraces, ethnicities, genders and other attributes who, among theirmany exceptional qualifications, have a record of including a broaddiversity of individuals in work and learning activities. Theselection process will be conducted in accord with the provisionsof Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws.Search committee meetings and interviews will be open to thepublic, and applications, resumes, and many other documents relatedto the search will be available for public inspection. TheUniversity of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are stillunder consideration and need not reapply.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
How Does a Hockey Team Survive in River City?Six seasons ago professional hockey made its debut in Evansville’s Ford Center. Civic pride was at an all-time high when the Ford Center was sold out for the Bob Seeger concert in the fall of 2011. Evansville leaders, which had taken a big gamble on building a downtown arena, was full of expectations for the new hockey team called the Evansville Icemen.The Icemen opened their first season in what appeared to be a successful season and even progressed to the playoffs in the first year. After 5 seasons, the Evansville Icemen let it be known that they had been losing money from day one. The Icemen did attract larger than expected crowds to the Ford Center where they paid $11,000 base rent per home game to the Ford Center for 36 games per year. That adds up to $396,000 base rent per season. Also the Icemen paid a $2.00 per ticket facility fee to the Ford Center, which generates around $200,000 per year. The $2.00 per ticket facility fee is not assessed to free comp tickets given to area not-for-profit organizations. Finally , the Icemen paid the Ford Center $50,000 a year to lease the video and audio equipment. The total amount of money paid to the Ford Center by the Evansville Icemen was for five (5) seasons was approximately $650,000 a year. According to psst guesstimates the crowds averaged nearly 200,000 attendees (paid and comp tickets) per season and to the outside world things looked good.Even after the IceMen reported generating total revenue from tickets, suites, etc. of over $3 Million per year, they publicly disclosed that they lost an average of $600,000 per year. Sources indicate that after all was said and done the average admission only netted $13.75 for the first year and gradual increases over the next 4 years. The easiest way for the Icemen to have broken even would have been to either sell an additional 46,153 tickets (1,282 per game) or increase the ticket price by about $3.25 per game. The problem with those solutions was that the market for hockey in Evansville seems to only be about 5,000 people per game when the team is winning. To really be able to budget for an acceptable profit of say 15% the Icemen would have needed a $20 average ticket price without losing any fans or to sell out the 11,000 seats for every game at the $13 average. The other problem was the abundance of free tickets that drove attendance up in the early years.The probability that either of these things could be achieved was low enough that the ownership of the Icemen decided to seek another location for the team. Bottom line. because of unreasonable contractural demands by the City of Evansville concerning a new 5 year contract the Icemen were forced to leave town. The Icemen recently agreed to play Hockey in Jacksonville, Florida.Upon the departure of the Icemen a desperate effort to keep hockey alive in the $127 Million hockey rink resulted in the formation of a lesser level team called the Evansville Thunderbolts. A businessman with a passion for the sport came in as a 10% owner in the new team and enthusiasm was high. After a single season in which the team lost many more games than they won, the businessman made a quick exit from his equity stake and the team is now owned by VenuWorks that happens to be the manager of the Ford Center.The Evansville Thunderbolts by all measures probably had a disastrous year from a financial perspective. Attendance fell to levels that were a small fraction of the Icemen’s levels, Executive suite rentals fell sharply and season ticket sales seemly dried up. Concession sales were way down. The Ford Center home game rental contract was amended from $11,000 per game that the Evansville Icemen paid down to $1,000 per game for the Thunderbolts which is essentially free. The losses incurred by the Evansville Thunderbolts have not been disclosed, but if the Icemen lost $600,000 per year one can only speculate that the Thunderbolts who average way less in home game attendence probably could have lost a lot more.That brings us to the Ford Center which was paid for by the taxpayers of Evansville in a $127 Million bond issue that costs $8 Million per year in payments. The Ford Center admittedly also lost about $600,000 per year when the Icemen played there, not counting paying the $8 Million per year note payments. The people of are now under their leadership tasked with paying for the utilities for the Ford Center, providing free labor for the Thunderbolts, and absorbing all of the operating losses of the team in addition to paying $8 Million in payments per year. Several financial professionals place the losses attributed to the Ford Center at well over $10 Million per year.So the question arises, can hockey survive in Evansville, Indiana. The answer appears to be no. Some places do not have sufficient markets to support everything that a starry eyed future governor wants to spend money on and this is one of them. Filling the building at what the market will bear will not create a profitable franchise. Subsidies of rent, utilities, and note payments won’t make it work either. Hockey teams have come and gone for 6 seasons now and a profit has never been made.The Ford Center is another matter. The long suffering people of Evansville will continue to be taxed for the payment stream and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission will keep on subsidizing the operation of the Ford Center until the note is paid off. The people of Evansville will keep on dealing with crumbling infrastructure, sewer spillage, and the damages they cause.What was carefully orchestrated by former Mayor Wienzapfel to pass without a referendum is now an albatross around the neck of the Evansville. taxpayers. The damage will continue and the charades will too until some group of people are elected who will speak the truth. As of today, we can’t even get an honest answer about what the utilities bills for the Ford Center are and who pays them.Withholding that information from the taxpayers of Evansville is simply dishonest. Its obvious that member of the Evansville City Council have no idea what it means to be a “good steward of the public trust’! They should be ashamed of themselves!FOOTNOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: :Do you feel that our elected officials should immediately release information concerning who is paying the utilities bills at the Ford Center?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
96, died July 30, 2018, formerly of Bayonne, Teaneck and Fair Lawn. Gary was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Gloria. Also predeceased by his parents and six siblings. Gasper was a father to his daughter, Joya and husband, Kevin Puzio, grandson, Christopher, his son, Gary and to his son, Philip and wife, Maureen, and granddaugters, Madeline and Brooke and an uncle to many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to one’s own charity will be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements by VOLK LEBER Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, NJ.
By Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that focuses on business and brand development within the bakery, foodservice and convenience sectors.Following the festive parties, drinking, late nights and early mornings at this time of year, there is one New Year’s resolution that almost everyone wants to keep: losing those extra Christmas pounds. So how can you, as bakers, retailers and café owners support your customers with their diet resoltuions? Why not focus on a programme of support so consumers can avoid the ’guilt trip’ around eating bakery goods and food-on-the-go.Add healthy and balanced elements to your range, such as oatmeal cookies, yoghurt with cereals, dried fruit and nuts. Customers still want to eat breakfast, lunch and the usual snacks, but with losing weight in mind, they are looking for a more balanced alternative. Our colleagues from market researcher him! say 67% of health-conscious female customers “take away” their lunch or snack and, during their visit, 55% choose a sandwich. Try offering a wholemeal chicken pesto sandwich for instance, which has no fattening mayo.New Year is also a time when everyone starts to think of ways of saving money. So combine your healthy choice offer in great-value meal deals and make your customers aware of them through effective communication, clearly visible from outside your store. Make sure your promotions stand out at key decision points within your store as almost 30% of our customers remember promotions and meal deals from the last time they visited (him! Food-to-go report, 2009). Meal deals can include a wholegrain bar and for those who can bake on-site there’s nothing easier than creating your own: choose nuts, seeds and berries, bound together with brown sugars or honey. To seal the deal, why not include a healthy fruit juice or smoothie, contributing to your customers’ five-a-day!Oxxygen would like to wish you a very happy and safe festive season.
The status quo in the Middle East is “gloomy,” but doesn’t have to be. “We can do something about it,” Rima Khalaf told a Harvard crowd.Khalaf, a onetime United Nations official who was once deputy prime minister of Jordan, is the first visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School‘s Middle East Initiative. The April 5 talk was the first in a series of lectures she will deliver, titled “How Can Arabs Reclaim Their Future?”Khalaf examined the challenges facing human development in the Arab world, along with ways those challenges can be met.There have been significant advances, she said, including declining rates of illiteracy. (A decade ago, 40 percent of the Arab world was illiterate; today only 27 percent is.) More people are in school, and more are connected to the Internet (about 9 percent). Infant mortality rates have declined by two-thirds in the past 30 years, while life expectancy rose from 50 to age 67, the world average.“But these achievements, important as they may be, should not blind us to what the numbers fail to measure,” said Khalaf.She offered some examples: “How meaningful is higher Internet access if a civil servant can decide for you the sites you … visit? How satisfied should a woman in Darfur be with a 10-year increase in her life expectancy when she can be forcibly displaced, violated, or raped?”Additionally, Khalaf argued, the numbers leave out critical aspects of human development, including freedom from fear and oppression and marginalization. In terms of such freedoms and human dignity, she said, Arab states have “probably achieved the least.”Palestinians forced to live under occupation are robbed of their freedom, said Khalaf, and most Arab nations lack important democratic elements, such as free and fair elections, an independent media, a vibrant civil society, and sound economic policies and investments designed to benefit average citizens, and not merely the select few.The absence of democratic government leads to corruption and a lack of innovation, and harms economic competitiveness, she said. Khalaf also warned that rising poverty and unemployment in the area could produce a “combustible mix.”“Arabs managed to varying degrees to free their people from hunger but not from fear,” said Khalaf. “They somewhat succeeded in building their people’s capabilities, but failed in providing them with the opportunities to utilize them. They enriched some, but marginalized many.”A main source of the problems involves the empowerment of women, she said. Arab countries have made advances, and many women have succeeded regionally or individually. But, Khalaf added, “Much more needs to be done to extend empowerment from the few to the broad base of women.”In the Arab world, “personal status laws” still legally sanction gender bias, said Khalaf. She argued that both societal and legal reforms are needed to bring men and women to an “equal footing,” and to guarantee a woman’s full rights of citizenship.Overall reform in the region will guarantee human development, said Khalaf. It’s a step that is “necessary, desirable, and indeed overdue,” and needs to include political, social, and economic change. “I strongly believe that we the peoples of the region have the capacities, the resources, and the political will to undertake such a project.”Khalaf’s next lectures will examine political reform and the development of knowledge societies in the Arab world. For more information.
Last September, Lissa Young received a frantic phone call.“What are you doing tomorrow?” asked a desperate friend on the other end of the line. “I need you to go to Portland, Maine, and introduce Lady Gaga for me.”Young, unfamiliar with the edgy pop sensation, declined. But when her friend called back the next day in a panic, Young’s deep-rooted military sense of duty kicked in, and she agreed.“I had no idea who Lady Gaga was, but I went.”The doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education made the two-hour trip north from Cambridge to offer opening remarks at a rally with the singer organized by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The event supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the longtime ban on gay men and lesbians openly serving in the military.Young is painfully familiar with the toll the restrictive policy could take. A 16-year military veteran and helicopter pilot, the newly promoted lieutenant colonel was kicked out of the Army in 2002, just after her 40th birthday, for admitting she was gay.“I knew what the risk was, but I felt that my sexuality was so irrelevant compared to the privilege to serve,” said the Florida native who wears her gold pilot’s wings on a chain around her neck. “It was a risk that I was willing to take every day.”During her military career, Young spent three years as an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She had just been selected for a full-time position there when she was discharged.Armed with her Harvard degree, she intends to head back to West Point, her alma mater, to teach, either in civilian clothes, or now, with the implementation of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, quite possibly back in uniform.“I really loved teaching cadets and being a part of influencing those formative years.”Reeling from losing the only profession she had known, Young said she finally pulled herself “up off the floor” and joined the ranks of corporate America. She took a job with the military contractor Raytheon, selling air traffic control systems in the Middle East, but she was miserable. Recalling her love of teaching, she phoned a friend at West Point to inquire about returning to teach as a civilian instructor.“Hurry up,” he told her, “we’d love to have you.”In 2007 she enrolled at Harvard to pursue her doctorate and get started on her path back to West Point. Her dissertation will focus on how stereotyping and prejudice manifest in group dynamics.“Being at Harvard is like being back in a place I belong,” said Young, who praised her colleagues and fellow students for “being so generous with their intellect.”But Young’s path isn’t entirely clear, since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was overturned in December after 18 years.“I was equal parts elated, and equal parts nonplussed,” she recalled on hearing the policy would be thrown out. “I was really relieved for soldiers now who needed it, and I was also hurt, because I had this horrible feeling that it was too late for me, that I wouldn’t be able to serve again.” She is eagerly waiting to see if she will be able to re-enlist.As the armed services work out the administrative details of the new policy, Young fears that a heart operation she had in 2009 to correct a faulty valve, her age, and other factors may prevent her returning to the service.But if offered the chance to re-enlist, she would jump at it.“I wouldn’t care if they sent me to some hole in the desert somewhere. I’d love to serve again.”If she returns to the military, Young could serve and be reselected to teach at West Point as an officer. If not, she could also return to teach as a civilian.“Somehow,” she said, “I am going to end up back there teaching.”
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we continue to blog every business day, NAFCU is touching on credit union concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.First, after many questions from FCUs and advocacy by NAFCU, NCUA issued Letter to Federal Credit Unions 20-FCU-02. This letter allows FCUs to adopt the following bylaw amendment in order to hold annual meetings virtually in certain circumstances:“Section 6. Emergency exception to in-person quorum requirement. This credit union may hold its annual meeting of the members, and special member meetings for authorized purposes other than member expulsion under Article XIV of these bylaws, virtually and without an in-person quorum if all of the following conditions apply and are certified in meeting minutes by a resolution of the majority of a quorum of the board of directors:At least one of the following is located in an area where a federal, state, or local authority has declared a state of emergency or major disaster: continue reading »
Several top food and beverages companies have established a new organization to ramp up their recycling efforts and reduce plastic packaging waste in Indonesia, which the companies commonly produce and usually ends up polluting the sea.The businesses, which are members of the Packaging and Recycling Association for Indonesia’s Sustainable Environment (PRAISE), initiated the Packaging Recovery Organization (PRO) to seek ways to speed up the implementation of the circular economy, from waste collection to recycling.Among the members are PT Coca-Cola Indonesia, Danone-Aqua, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur, PT Nestle Indonesia, Tetra Pak Indonesia and Unilever Indonesia. “PRAISE is very proud of launching the PRO [so we can] collaborate on our waste management as a solution to single-use plastics. [With the PRO] we promote extended stakeholder responsibility,” PRAISE steering committee head and Coca-Cola Indonesia public affairs and communication head Triyono Prijosoesilo said during the virtual launch in Jakarta on Tuesday.The new organization would have at least three programs: to build a system to recycle polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is commonly used in plastic bottles; to increase the collection rate for used beverage cartons, flexibles and high-density polyethylene packaging; and to educate the public on recycling.PRO aims to achieve a 60 percent recycling rate for PET plastics before moving on to recycling other kinds of packaging next year, all the while expanding its membership, Triyono said.The organization’s objectives fall in line with recommendations laid out in the World Economic Forum’s latest National Plastic Action Report on Indonesia, which proposes a System Change Scenario (SCS) that would reduce ocean leakage in the archipelago by 70 percent by 2025. The SCS model combines five system changes, which include doubling current recycling capacity and plastic waste collection, among other things, according to the WEF report.PRAISE chief and Danone-Aqua sustainability director Karyanto Wibowo said industries would use PRO as a vehicle to honor their environmental responsibilities, stipulated in Law No. 18/2008 on waste management.“How can industries take part? One way is through PRO, an organization that will help industries [in many areas], from collection, recycling and education to research on waste management,” he said.Karyanto said PRO would convene players from the packaging industry, manufacturing and retailers, which are responsible for the flow of plastic products from factories to the consumer.He said the organization would also cooperate with local administrations to increase the recycling rate of plastics. At the moment, it is teaming up with the East Java administration.According to the WEF report, about 70 percent of Indonesia’s plastic waste – estimated at 4.8 million tons per year – is considered mismanaged.A 2019 report jointly commissioned by environmentalist groups found that plastic waste had made its way into Indonesia’s food chain.It was discovered that eggs produced by free-range chickens in two villages in East Java had been contaminated by the plastic waste that locals used as a fuel source for local tofu factories.The sampled eggs collected near a tofu factory in Tropodo village, for instance, contained the second-highest level of dioxins in eggs from Asia, second only to eggs collected in an area in Vietnam contaminated by the Agent Orange chemical weapon, the report found.Read also: Plastic or egg? Imported waste contaminates East Java’s food chain: ReportIn many countries in the region, plastic waste is openly dumped or burned on land, deposited in poorly managed dump sites, or leaked into waterways or the ocean.The Environment and Forestry Ministry’s director for waste management, Novrizal Tahar, expressed appreciation for the PRO’s swift actions in response to Environment and Forestry Ministerial Regulation No. 75/2019, which stipulates that plastics producers must set up a waste reduction road map.“The PRO should increase synergy and increase the capacity of the [circular economy] ecosystem. This should be viewed positively,” Novrizal said.He also expressed hope that more companies would start formulating their waste reduction plans.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said that with 8,000 tons of daily waste coming out of Jakarta alone, plastic waste should not be the sole responsibility of the state. As such, private sector initiatives like the PRO should be lauded.With the PRO planning to implement its pilot projects in East Java and Bali in 2020, Luhut called on regional administrations to support such initiatives.“They should be preparing the infrastructure to collect plastic waste and incorporating waste banks – there are more than 7,000 waste banks across Indonesia,” Luhut said.Plastics are valued materials with a key role in the economy, and the nation generates around 6.8 million tons of plastic waste per year, a figure that is growing by 5 percent annually.Despite major commitments from government, industry and civil society, the flow of plastic waste into the country’s bodies of water is projected to grow by 30 percent between 2017 and 2025, from 620,000 tons per year to an estimated 780,000 tons per year, according to the NPA report.The Indonesian government is seeking investments of US$5.1 trillion to finance its plans to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean to near zero by 2040.Most of the plastic waste is from major brands, according to an audit conducted by international movement Break Free From Plastic between August and September 2019.The audit collected 13,309 pieces of plastic waste, although most of them were unrecognized, the top three polluters included Indofood at 654 pieces, Danone at 563 pieces and PT Mayora Indah at 488.Topics :
NORWEGIAN State Railways has chosen electro-hydraulic Clamp Lock point machines from Smith Industries Hydraulics Co for installation at Drammen near Oslo. NSB’s design demands meant that the original design used in Britain was enhanced by protection against harsh climatic conditions and addition of multiple secondary drives and detection, built into Schwihag sleepers for protection.The Clamp Lock power pack has a number of outputs, allowing it to operate multiple drive units. Additional ram positions can be sited along the switch blades, with power hoses laid in protective troughing parallel to the track. Enclosure of the drive rams within the sleepers not only allows automated tamping, but ensures reliable operation in snow, with more effective point heating.Smith Industries Hydraulics CoWitney, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 136
Archer has secured a four-year contract to deliver additional plug and abandonment (P&A) and related services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for Repsol Norge.This is Archer’s second contract win with Repsol Norge in 2017, following the recent announcement of a four-year contract with Repsol Norge for P&A rig operations of wells.The scope for the first contract includes drilling and maintenance services, engineering and downhole tool rental services.The main scope of work for the second contract for additional P&A services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf includes the provision of:• Perforating, washing and cementing services;• Wireline, slickline and e-line services;• Downhole mechanical bridge plugs;The contract started on August 15, 2017. In addition to the initial contract term of four years, Archer may provide up to an additional six years for the scope of work for Repsol Norge.