Economic Recovery GrantsFunds are still available to Vermont businesses who can demonstrate a revenue decline of at least 50% in any one-month period from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, when compared with the same month in 2019. If you experienced this level of loss in July, you are encouraged to apply. The Economic Recovery Grants landing page(link is external) has full details, including eligibility requirements, document preparation instructions, and a series of FAQs(link is external) to assist businesses in completing the application. Governor Scott on Friday urged businesses to continue to apply. There is money still available for state grants and more money could be allocated when the Legislature reconvenes later in August. Also, the US SBA EIDL and PPP programs are still available www.sba.gov(link is external). Business ImpactACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form(link is external), which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions. Mask Mandate Signage AvailableACCD has signage available for businesses, organizations and partners to help inform patrons and the public that masks will be required beginning August 1st, both indoors and outside, when physical distancing is not possible. The signage options(link is external) also include posters to help explain why it is important to wear a mask and are part of the larger statewide mask education effort being coordinated through ACCD and the Agency of Human Services. Everyone Eats Program RFPIn response to COVID-19, restaurants, farmers and community organizations stepped forward to help feed neighbors experiencing food insecurity. These programs have helped stabilize communities by nourishing Vermonters, alleviating the surging demand on food shelves, and providing economic support to restaurants. The State of Vermont has allocated $5M from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to a new program called Everyone Eats, which supports restaurants feeding Vermonters in need.Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), the fiscal agent for the program, is requesting proposals from community organizations around the state to further these programs in the months ahead. Visit the SEVCA website(link is external) for more information and to submit a proposal. Hazard Pay Grant Program Set to LaunchThe Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program being run by the Agency of Human Services (AHS) will open for applications on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:00am. This $28 million grant program is open to public safety, public health, health care, and human services employers whose employees were engaged in activities dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 13, 2020 through May 15, 2020.More information and eligibility requirements for this program, as well as the Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program, can be found at the AHS website(link is external). Agricultural Fair Grant Program Now LiveThe Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) is now taking applications from agricultural fairs organizations who have experienced income loss, additional expenses and event disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the AAFM website(link is external) for further details. Retail Operations Capacity IncreaseGovernor Phil Scott announced Friday that non-essential retail businesses can operate at 50% of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater, as of August 1, 2020. For further details and requirements rom the Agency of Commerce & Community Development, refer to the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance(link is external).
Following the success of last weekend’s IRONMAN Weymouth, the IRONMAN UK & Ireland team are on the move to the next seaside destination of Tenby for IRONMAN Wales, which marks the end of the IRONMAN race season in the UK.The town of Tenby, together with the county of Pembrokeshire, is getting ready to welcome thousands of athletes and their supporters for the 6th annual IRONMAN Wales, which takes place across the weekend of 17-18 September. Over 3,000 people aged 3 to 70 will be part of the action including some of the world’s finest IRONMAN athletes to compete in this increasingly iconic event, renowned for being one of the toughest on the IRONMAN circuit.IRONKIDS will kick off the weekend’s racing from 15:00 GMT on Saturday (17th September). This sell out event, will see just over 1,000 budding stars of the future aged 3 to 14 take part in this ‘fun run’ in and around Tenby’s town centre.Building on the success and demand for entry to this grassroots event, the organising team has made some tweaks to the course, which now has a new start location just outside the Expo at the Five Arches, enabling improved viewing for the crowds.The main event day is Sunday 18 September when IRONMAN Wales gets underway at 07:10, a slightly later time to previous years due to the later sunrise.Leading the charge will be a 40 strong pro field, with over 2,000 athletes following in their wake in a rolling start up until 07:30 from Tenby’s North Beach for the 2.4 mile, 2 lap swim.After a 1km run through town to transition, the athletes will then head off on a 112 mile bike ride through a challenging hilly bike course around Pembrokeshire. This incorporates just over 2,000m of elevation, including the iconic spectator hot spot of St Brides in Saundersfoot.The event then culminates in a 26. 2 mile run in and around the town of Tenby. The first pro is expected to cross the line at 15:50 when the finish line party continues right up until the 17 hour cut off at 12:30am. This year’s run course also incorporates a slight change to further improve the course and spectator viewing, which will bring the athletes up the Esplanade on each lap.Some of the finest IRONMAN pro triathletes on the circuit will be battling it out for the US$15,000 prize purse, whilst also looking for points towards their IRONMAN World Championship Pro rankings along with many of the athletes looking for early qualification to Kona, for 2017.IRONMAN Wales welcomes the largest male pro field ever in its 6-year history and will see some strong international contenders for the British athletes. Amongst those include favourites Alberto Casadei (ITA), Mike Schifferle (CHE), Daniel Niederreiter (GER) and Nick Baldwin (SEY), who returns to Wales for the third time, referring to it as ‘the best race in the world’.Uber biker Karl-Johan Danielson, is also one to look out for and expected to dominate the field on the challenging Pembrokeshire bike course.UK’s contenders are former IRONMAN 70.3 European Champion, Richie Nicholls, perennial UK favourite Fraser Cartmell and Phil Graves. Graves, who returns from a break of racing IM events, still holds the record as the youngest in the history of the sport to win an IRONMAN at the age of 20, when he won IRONMAN UK in 2010.The compact women’s pro race also promises to pack a punch; favourites to keep an eye on include Diana Riesler (DEU), Jeanne Collonge, (FRA) and the viking Kristin Lie (NOR). Whilst UK’s hopes will rest on the shoulders of Nikki Bartlett, making her debut to IRONMAN as a pro, hoping that the terrain will suit her Scottish roots.Attracting over 2,300 entries from 47 countries from around the globe, the event always has a strong local entry rate of Pembrokeshire residents. Coming from all walks of life, each of the athletes have their own story to tell as to why they’ve entered such a challenge. Losing weight, battling health problems, marking milestone birthdays and charity fundraising are just some of the reasons why competitors are taking part, with a notable 47% embarking on an IRONMAN for the first time, 89% of which are male.Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland commented ahead of this weekend, “We’re really looking forward to welcoming all the competitors and supporters from around the world to Tenby.”He continued, “This is the sixth year we’ve staged IRONMAN Wales – despite it being one of the toughest on the circuit it is also one of the firm favourites, due to its phenomenal vibe and open armed welcome from the entire county of Pembrokeshire. We could not stage the event without both their support and such a commitment from the local authorities.”In addition to the weekend’s racing, there will be an IRONMAN Expo (15-18 September), which is free for the public to attend and positioned as an opportunity to view and buy the latest sports equipment.The weekend’s events are free for spectators – and spectators are very much encouraged to support all athletes. With the action taking place across Pembrokeshire there are a number of opportunities and venues to view the event, including Tenby’s North Beach, Carew, Narbeth and Saundersfoot for the bike and Tenby’s town centre for the run and finish on The Esplanade.www.ironmanwales.com Related
Tim Grimes, left, and George Brett celebrate after the Royals clinched the pennant Wednesday.For baseball fans across the country, there is no more familiar face of the franchise than Hall of Famer George Brett. And for decades, there is likely no one who had to endure more questions about the franchise’s futility than the Mission Hills resident.So when Greg Holland got the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy to ground out to third base, securing the Royals’ first trip to the World Series since Brett’s 1985 team won the title, the national television cameras were trained on him. And who was there to offer Brett the first congratulatory hug? No other than SM East graduate Tim Grimes, who grew up in Fairway just a couple of miles away from Brett’s home, and watched the game with Brett from a suite.Grimes’ appearance in the post-game footage wasn’t his only appearance on national television Wednesday. FOX’s pre-game show for the NLCS game featured a four-minute piece on Grimes and the #RoyalsWinForTim campaign. The piece notes that doctors have given Grimes just a 5 percent chance to survive the disease past a year to 18 months.“A 5 percent chance is probably what they gave the Royals to make it this far,” Grimes said in the interview. “They haven’t given up.”Check out the full FOX Sports piece here.
The Washington Post:This Earth Day, as always, you are going to hear a great deal about the importance of protecting the planet — and about how you can do your part. You might, for instance, adopt one of a number of what some have called “Earth Day resolutions,” such as pledging to walk to work more, or finally program your thermostat — or eat less meat.But there’s a problem. There are reasons to think that Earth Day, as influential as it is in the short term, might not be enough to instill lasting, long-term green behaviors in most people. The problem isn’t the day itself, it’s humans — how they lapse back to old habits and often fail to keep even the most earnest of resolutions.…Earth Day is great for focusing initial attention, explains Elke Weber, a behavioral scientist at Columbia University who focuses on the environment and energy behavior. But the goal, she says, should be to use days like this “as a way of getting people’s attention, which they’re more likely to do if it’s one day, but then leverage them, in getting them to commit to something they can sustain over the year.”Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
CRP Automotive has announced that Nicole Ryan has joined CRP Automotive and will serve as the regional sales manager for the Midwest region of the United States. Ryan will be based out of the Great Lakes area and will be responsible for maintaining customer relationships, conducting technical sales meetings and evaluating new business opportunities across the Midwest.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementTrevor Potter, vice president of sales at CRP Automotive, said, “Nicole Ryan joins CRP with a wealth of expertise in operations and sales management and is highly experienced in working with distributors in the automotive aftermarket. We look forward to her contribution in our Midwest region sales and marketing efforts.”Prior to joining CRP, Ryan worked for 10 years in multiple roles at Petoskey Plastics, most recently serving as the company’s aftermarket sales manager for Slip-N-Grip vehicle service products. In this role, Ryan was responsible for a territory that included 23 states and 17 countries. In addition to managing a team of customer service and inside sales representatives, Ryan was a representative on the company’s core team for ERP implementation and an internal auditor for ISO. She also scheduled one of the company’s production lines and served as admin for CRM software.AdvertisementPrior to Petoskey Plastics, Ryan was a business analyst for the General Aluminum Manufacturing Co. and served as an engineering administrative assistant. She was responsible for the daily activities of the company’s off-site plants and also served as a core team member for ERP implementation and an internal auditor for QS 9000.Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.
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GAIL of India informed it will not be pursuing the FSRU project at Paradip Port in Odisha. The company said in a filing that its previous notice dated October 18, calling for Expressions of Interest for becoming a strategic partner in GAIL’s FSRU project has been withdrawn.The proposed facility was planned to have a Phase 1 send-out capacity of 4 mmtpa with a 170,000 cbm storage capacity, with a planned Phase 2 addition of another 4 mmtpa bringing the total capacity to 8 mmtpa.GAIL signed a memorandum of understanding with the Paradip Port Trust in October 2013, for the setup of the LNG terminal.[mappress mapid=”16399″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Paradip Port
LNG World News Staff Singapore-based Pavilion Energy, a Temasek company teamed up with a number of partners to jointly participate in the Maritime and Port Authority’s LNG pilot program. Speaking at an LNG Producer-Consumer conference held in Tokyo last week, Seah Moon Ming, Pavilion Energy CEO said the company signed memorandums of understanding with Harley Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Mitsui & Co.He noted that the company will supply LNG bunkers to two dual-fuelled conventional bunker tankers that Harley Marine is going to build with S$4 million (Approx: US$2.8 million) funding assistance from MPA.MPA awarded LNG bunkering licenses in January to Pavilion Gas and a joint bid between Keppel Offshore and Marine and BG Group (which has since been acquired by Shell), according to the port authority’s website.Pavilion and Shell have also been named as Singapore’s LNG importers by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) with each company having the exclusivity to market up to 1 Mtpa of LNG or for 3 years, whichever is earlier. The next tranche of imports is expected to start in 2017.MPA’s LNG bunkering pilot program is also set to begin in 2017 as a platform to test operational procedures and safety protocols for LNG bunkering.The aim is to prepare the port of Singapore to be ready to service a range of vessel types and sizes when LNG becomes widely adopted as part of the marine fuel mix.1 SGD = 0.701547 USD
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Two of the generators, weighing nearly 350-tonnes each, were manufactured at the Siemens energy hub in Charlotte, North Carolina and transported to the Norfolk International Terminals in Virginia, USA.They were then loaded onboard the ship for onward transportation to Europe, where one of the generators was offloaded.After delivering the first unit, AAL Singapore called at the port of Hamburg in Germany to load an additional 317-tonne steam turbine before continuing on its journey to the Middle East.Both turbines were discharged at the port of Umm Qasr in Iraq. They are destined for the same power plant in Maysan.The generators were delivered on behalf of different customers, including the forwarder Bertling.“We have longstanding relationships with these charterers and worked extremely hard to deliver their cargoes on schedule, powering through the challenges to our sea and land-based operations of necessary Covid-19 restrictions and health and safety measures,” said Marco Wendt, chartering manager at AAL Europe.Eike Muentz, general manager at AAL Europe, added: “The US – Europe – Middle East – Asia trade is growing in importance for AAL and in May and June alone, we operated 12 multipurpose sailings calling at US ports, with more planned in July.”aalshipping.com