General Motors sets goal of going largely electric by 2035

first_imgGeneral Motors has set a goal of making the vast majority of the vehicles it produces electric by 2035, and the entire company carbon neutral, including operations, five years after that. The Detroit automaker’s push into electric vehicles has gone into overdrive this year. GM has already announced that it will invest $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles in the next five years, a 35% increase over plans made before the pandemic. It will offer 30 all-electric models worldwide by the middle of the decade. By the end of 2025, 40% of its U.S. models will be battery electric vehicles. The company plans to include crossovers, SUVs, sedans and trucks in its electric vehicle lineup.last_img read more

Regents Professor

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaMonique Y. Leclerc, a professor of crop and soil science in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named a Regents Professor for her internationally recognized studies on atmospheric biogeosciences and climate change.The appointment was approved at the February meeting of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Regents Professors are recognized for scholarship or creative activity that is innovative and pacesetting.“It gives me great comfort to see how this award can crystallize powerful but separate forces and talents related to climate change at UGA and concentrate in that direction,” Leclerc said. “This award further fuels an inner urgency to impact society for the greatest good. Non Sibi Sed Suis (not for oneself but for one’s own) is a motto that embodies the set of fundamental principles which illuminates the path ahead of me.” “The study of global climate change is one of the most pressing needs of our time,” said J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “As one of the world’s leaders in the study of climate change, we are pleased that the board of regents has chosen to honor Dr. Leclerc with this prestigious award.”Leclerc joined the UGA faculty in 1995 and became a full professor in 2002. She heads the CAES Laboratory for Environmental Physics and Atmospheric Biogeosciences on the UGA Griffin Campus. The Canada native earned a bachelor of science degree at McGill University. In 1980, she attended the University of Guelph where she received a master’s degree in agricultural meteorology and a doctorate in micrometeorology.She joined Utah State University as an assistant professor in 1987 and held a simultaneous appointment as an invited scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. In 1990, she became an associate professor in the physics department at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Leclerc was recently honored by Peking University when she received the title of Honorary Professor at its State Key Laboratory alongside colleagues from Princeton and Harvard.Leclerc edited or co-edited six volumes with her Australian, Japanese, German, Finnish, Estonian, Canadian, Russian and American colleagues on various aspects of vegetation-atmosphere exchange. Since 2005, she has served as associate editor of the Elsevier Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.She was the first woman and youngest person ever to be voted president-elect of the International Society of Biometeorology. She is also on the board of directors of the Agricultural Council of Science and Technology.In 2008, Leclerc received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Meteorological Society, consider the most prestigious award bestowed to an environmental physicist.“We are extremely proud and pleased for the recognition reflected by the appointment of Dr. Monique Leclerc as a Regents Professor,” said Donn Shilling, head of the CAES crop and soil science department. “Dr. Leclerc’s contributions to science throughout her professional career have been at the cutting edge and have significantly reshaped the science of surface-atmosphere gaseous exchange.” To commemorate the University of Oxford’s 20th anniversary of the Annual Round Table in August 2008, Leclerc was invited to deliver a lecture and to publish a paper in Oxford Press’ Forum on Public Policy, the journal that resulted from the round table. In her time at UGA, Leclerc has received more than $21 million in grants to fund research in novel treatments of vegetation-atmosphere interactions using a combination of modeling, measurements and emerging signal processing techniques. “The appointment of Dr. Leclerc to the prestigious position of Regents Professor represents the University of Georgia’s desire to appropriately reflect the outstanding reputation of Dr. Leclerc,” Shilling said. “We know she will continue to set a standard of scientific excellence and look forward to our mutually successful future at the University of Georgia.”last_img read more

Consumer credit falls for first time in two months

first_imgTotal consumer credit fell 2.1 percent in August (seasonally-adjusted, annualized) after two months of solid gains. However, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long highlighted that this represented a 0.4 percent increase when compared to year ago levels.“In the Federal Reserve’s most recent survey of bank lending standards, nearly three in four banks said they had tightened standards on credit cards over the past three months,” said Long in a NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. “But with the wind down of fiscal stimulus, there will be growing demand for short-term credit.“NAFCU expects consumer credit growth to continue to decline over the near term, leading to more pain for households,” added Long.Long noted that revolving credit drove the decline in August, while nonrevolving credit posted its smallest increase since April. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

“It was very surreal to me”: C.R. Weeks kitchen manager earns state recognition

first_imgNow, McCaffery’s hard work is being acknowledged. Tina McCaffery is the kitchen manager at C.R. Weeks Elementary in Windsor. “It was very surreal to me, to get an award. So many people deserve this award. I mean, hands down, there’s a lot of people involved in my job to make it what it is,” she said. Her job even carries more weight now. “We make sure that all the food is prepared in a safe and healthy environment,” said McCaffery. That makes school cafeteria staff some of the unsung heroes of this pandemic. “Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the great nutritional services the kids are provided with when they’re in school, and certainly this crisis puts a spotlight,” said Andrews. “Because they’re people too! I think people forget the kiddos are people,” she said. Not only is she making and serving food, McCaffery goes above and beyond to make lunch a special time for students. As the New York state winner, McCaffery is now eligible for the national manager of the year award. “I started a joke everyday and then the kids started coming in and telling me jokes so then they started putting their jokes up. So they would come in and hand me paper with their name on it and that would be the joke of the day,” said McCaffery. She does it all to make a connection with the kids. “Just has unbelievably strong relationships with kids, with members of the community, and I just am certain that there’s no one more deserving in New York state than Tina is,” said Windsor Central School District Superintendent Jason Andrews. WINDSOR (WBNG) — Throughout the Southern Tier, schools are closed, but still making sure their students are fed and getting the nutrition they need. Since school closed, the district has provided more than 40,000 meals to kids at home. It’s recognition the district says is well-deserved. “I don’t know how many people love their cafeteria lady. But I want them to love me and I love them back. And they’re great, I just love being with them,” she said. For National Oreo Day, McCaffery bought the cookies to give out to the students. Many are taking advantage of the to-go breakfast and lunch meals districts are providing. The New York School Nutrition Association has named her manager of the year for New York state. She also posts inspirational quotes in the cafeteria, while serving up smiles. So whether the cafeteria is packed, or chairs are empty- workers like McCaffery are making a difference everyday. McCaffery celebrates every day at work, especially the ones that are holidays in the eyes of her kids.last_img read more

Rent for poorest Americans really is too damn high

first_imgSchuetz suggests expanding government rental assistance, which is currently not distributed very widely.That’s a good idea, but it’s important to remember that giving more poor people housing vouchers will tend to raise rents overall — some of the benefit of government assistance will accrue to landlords.Another idea is to build more housing.Zoning and other development restrictions should be relaxed. Incentives should also be put in place to encourage smaller units.This supply-based policy would complement the demand-based measure of better housing subsidies, giving poor Americans more places to live, and helping them pay for those dwellings.A third component of reform should directly attack the harms of housing insecurity. Eviction should be restricted.A simple idea is to make landlords give tenants a much longer notice before evicting them. Larimore and Schuetz find that the average household in the bottom fifth has only $476 to spend every month after paying rent.This is down from about $600 a month at the turn of the century, in inflation-adjusted terms.Imagine having to feed and clothe a family, commute to and from work, and keep the heater running on $476 a month!Fortunately, that number doesn’t include government assistance.Schuetz estimates that a low-income household may also receive about $333 a month in food stamps and $417 a month in earned income tax credits.That’s in addition to other benefits they may receive, such as health care, child-care assistance, unemployment insurance, Social Security disability payments and others.Those programs can and should be increased. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAre poor Americans doing better than they used to, or worse? It’s hard to know, because so many important things in life — social status, emotional health, human relationships — can’t be measured.But in purely material terms, many things have improved. Though a substantial number of Americans of all income groups are homeowners, poor Americans are more likely to rent.In real terms, the rent paid by low-income households has risen modestly — about 9 percent.Meanwhile, real income for the bottom fifth fell by about the same amount.Squeezed between smaller paychecks and higher rents, the poor have less and less money each month to spend.Larimore and Schuetz estimate that poor American households pay more than 55 percent of their earnings in rent, compared with less than 30 percent for households in the second-lowest quintile.Despite much public outcry over rising rents in the U. S., most non-poor households are still able to afford shelter without a severe economic burden.More money spent on rent means less for everything else. But as Schuetz notes, those big rent burdens harm poor households in ways not reflected in their cash spending.When you pay more than half of your income in rent, even a small or temporary dip in earning can be enough to put you out on the street.As Harvard University sociologist Matthew Desmond documented in his book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” the experience of being kicked out of one’s home is a shattering one — and, sadly, one that is increasingly common.It imposes huge costs on the family being evicted — they have to find temporary housing, find a new place to live, pay the cost of moving, and establish new commuting and shopping patterns, all while either holding down a job or searching for one.Small wonder, then, that lack of affordable housing leaves permanent scars on children who experience it.Having a secure place to sleep is one of the most basic human needs — it has not changed since the first caveman crawled under a rock to escape the rain.So how can the U.S. solve the housing problem for its poorer citizens? Homelessness is down.Government assistance to families with children has lowered the official child poverty rate.Hunger has fallen as well.Though the country doesn’t do a great job at providing the poor with health care, things have improved marginally since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.What’s more, most of the poor now possess items that you would find in most middle-class households.According to a 2011 Census report, 53 percent of households in the lowest income quintile have a computer, 65 percent have a clothes dryer, and 38 percent have a washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and a telephone.But there is at least one way in which poor American families are being increasingly squeezed — the rent. A new research note from the Federal Reserve Board’s Jeff Larrimore and Jenny Schuetz of the Brookings Institution shows a combination of rising rents and falling incomes among the poorest fifth of households. Now, most U.S. states allow landlords to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent after just a few days.If landlords had to give a longer notice — perhaps a month of lead time — it would shift some risk to the property owner, and give poor families time to find new arrangements.Landlords would respond to that risk by increasing rents, of course, but with eviction protections a rental increase is less dangerous.So in order to improve the lives of the country’s poor, there should be more focus on housing.Little action is likely at the federal level, but state and local governments can do a lot to help their least advantaged citizens have an easier time keeping a roof over their heads.Noah Smith, a Bloomberg View columnist, was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University. He blogs at Noahpinion.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

India becomes third hardest-hit country with nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases

first_imgIndia has registered 19,963 deaths from the virus, a much lower number than many other badly hit countries.India’s major cities have been worst hit by the pandemic. New Delhi and Mumbai each have about 100,000 cases, with 3,000 dead in the capital and nearly 5,000 in Mumbai.New Delhi has opened a new 10,000-bed temporary virus hospital while other cities are tightening restrictions on movement to head off a new surge in cases.The Kerala state capital, Thiruvananthapuram imposed a new lockdown from Monday with public transport shut and only pharmacies allowed to open. The clampdown came after hundreds of new cases were reported across the state, which had been praised for its action to curtail the pandemic. Topics : India announced Monday that it has nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, taking it past Russia to become the third-hardest-hit nation in the global pandemic.The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000. The United States and Brazil have the highest numbers of cases but India’s tally is not expected to peak for several more weeks and experts predict the one million figure will be passed this month.last_img read more

Golar LNG Partners Secures New FSRU Contract

first_imgGolar LNG Partners has agreed a 15-year charter for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in the Atlantic Basin with an undisclosed energy company.Under the agreement, the Partnership has the flexibility to nominate either the Golar Spirit or the Golar Freeze to service the contract, provided that the nominated FSRU satisfies certain technical specifications ahead of project start-up, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.The FSRU will reportedly be deployed to Jamaica under an agreement with US-based New Fortress Energy, Reuters said citing industry sources.The vessel is expected to remain in service for up to 15 years without drydock and will therefore undergo drydocking as well as some minor modifications prior to service commencement, Golar LNG Partners said, adding that the deal is expected to generate annual operating income before depreciation and amortisation of between USD 18 and USD 22 million.The charter includes an option after 3 years for the charterer to terminate the contract and seek an alternative regasification solution, but only in the event that certain throughput targets have not been met.Additionally, Golar Partners will have a matching right to provide such alternative solution. The charter also includes a 5-year extension option.“Securing this contract demonstrates the underlying value of the Partnership’s existing assets, adds significant term and revenue backlog whilst simultaneously reducing re-contracting risk. It also reflects the growing interest in smaller, cost competitive FSRUs that can facilitate the opening of niche markets previously considered uneconomic for LNG,” Graham Robjohns, Golar Partners CEO, said.last_img read more

Drug ‘surrenderer’ shot to death in La Paz

first_imgOfficers of the La Paz police stationhave yet to identify the suspects as of this writing./PN Killed was Angelito Yee, a resident ofthe village. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the body, police said. According to police investigation, Yee’sneighbor heard gunfire around 1 a.m. on Nov. 15 before cops discovered thevictim’s lifeless body. Recovered from the crime scene were twosachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia and 11 empty shells of a.45-caliber pistol.center_img The victim turned himself in to thepolice as a drug user in 2017 and underwent rehabilitation. ILOILO City – A 53-year-old drugsurrenderer was shot to death by unidentified gunmen inside his house inBarangay Burgos, La Paz district. last_img read more

No bail bond for drug suspect

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the La Carlota City police station./PN The 34-year-old resident Joas Desamparado was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 6:30 a.m. on June 12, police said. BACOLOD City – The court recommended no bail bond for the temporary liberty of a drug suspect arrested in Barangay 2, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.center_img Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Mila Yap-Camiso of the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in La Carlota City dated June 8, 2020.last_img read more

Wildcats Battle In 4-Way Meet At Hillcrest

first_imgThe Wildcats finished 3rd in the 4 way last night at Hillcrest. Greensburg won the event with a 186. Medalist for the match was Matt Zinser from Oldenburg with a 44.Scores for the Wildcats were: Zach Jewell 49, Christian Mackie 51, Chase Tolhurst 54, Kyle Grubb 54, and Justin Studt 58. FC will be competing on Saturday (5/12) for the EIAC championship.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dustin Riley.last_img