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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay NEW YORK STATE – It’s here! Fall lovers, pack your pumpkin spice, jean jackets, and get ready to head out.I Love NY is reporting the first signs of the state’s colorful fall foliage is appearing in upstate regions, including the Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central New York, Hudson Valley, and Thousand Islands-Seaway.The reports come from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend.Officials are urging travelers to follow state health guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining appropriate social distancing. Here are the current color reports for the week of September 9-15:AdirondacksIn the Adirondacks, Herkimer County spotters reporting from Old Forge in the Town of Webb predict about 20% color change by the weekend, with average leaves of gold and yellow. Spotters in Essex County checking in from Lake Placid predict just 10% color change for the coming weekend with some muted shades of red, orange, and yellow beginning to appear. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington expect about 10% color change this weekend with some bright red, yellow, and orange leaves. The area around Whiteface Mountain should also see about 10% color change with slightly muted fall colors beginning.In Franklin County, spotters in Saranac Lake project a still mostly green landscape by the weekend with about 10% color change including some pops of red and yellow. Spotters reporting from Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab project 5-10% color change as the summer greens are starting the progression to autumn splendor with traces of mustard, goldenrod, and copper. As usual, the soft maples are supplying a sporadic, scarlet splash. Spotters in the Malone area of the county predict up to 10% color change this weekend with some vibrant shades of yellow and red emerging. Spotters reporting from the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County expect 5-10% color change this weekend with average touches of red beginning to appear.Capital-SaratogaIn the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County spotters at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville predict just about 10% color change this weekend, with a few places showing nice touches of dark red and pale yellow leaves.CatskillsIn the Catskills region, spotters in Ferndale in Sullivan County expect no more than 10% color change this weekend, with mostly muted green leaves. In the southeastern portion of the county, spotters in Forestburgh predict up to 15% change by the weekend, with touches of red emerging from the mostly green backdrop.Sullivan County spotters in Ferndale expect 15-20% color change by the weekend, with some touches of yellow and orange beginning to emerge. In Delaware County, look for just over 10% of the leaves to be changed by the weekend, with mostly green leaves, and some fall color just beginning to appear. In Ulster County, foliage spotters reporting from Kingston predict 5-10% color change this weekend with mostly green leaves accompanied by touches of color here and there.Central New YorkIn Central New York, Madison County spotters reporting from Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia predict 10% color change this weekend with some yellow and orange leaves just beginning to appear.Hudson ValleyIn the Hudson Valley, color change is just beginning in Columbia County, according to spotters in Hudson. Look for slightly over 10% leaf transition with some yellow leaves, along with bright splashes of red.Thousand Islands-SeawayIn the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters reporting from Alexandria Bay expect less than 10% color change this weekend, with mostly green leaves. Look for a 5-10% change in color this weekend in Oswego County, according to spotters in Oswego. Average pops of orange and red are appearing, along with plum shades sneaking up along the landscape.Reports obtained from field observers.I Love NY says reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.You can see the Fall Foliage Report for Week 1 below:last_img read more

first_imgWhey-based Wood Finish Company Based In HardwickMONTPELIER, Vt. – A Hardwick company that makes wood finishes from a dairy by-product has won a prestigious award for environmentally friendly building products and hopes to parley that into continued growth.Vermont Natural Coatings’ PolyWhey(tm) product, developed with the assistance of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the University of Vermont, was selected as one of BuildingGreen’s 2008 Top-10 Green Building Products by the editors of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec(r).This seventh annual award recognizes the most innovative and exciting green building products added to the GreenSpec(r) Directory during the past year or covered in Environmental Building News.”When government can be a catalyst for innovation, the result is quality jobs for Vermonters,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “We’re very pleased to have played a small role in Vermont Natural Coatings’ success, and hope we can help them continue to grow.”Vermont Natural Coatings’ PolyWhey(tm) wood finishes are designed to enhance the innate beauty of wood and preserve it with a durable shield that is environmentally safe for those who work with it and for those who live with it.The products are the result of recent scientific innovations using whey proteins, a natural by-product of the dairy industry. This hard-wearing “polymer” wood coating meets the highest professional and environmental standards.The products were developed at the University of Vermont’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences by Dr. Mingruo Guo, Ph. D., with the help of funding secured through the efforts of George Robson of the Vermont Department of Economic Development.Vermont Natural Coatings was founded in 2004 by Andrew Meyer who began with the idea of using a by-product of the cheese-making process to develop environmentally-friendly wood treatment applications.The University of Vermont, which had patented Guo’s formulas, licensed them to Meyer, who had worked with Guo, for the North American market.”We were thrilled to be selected as one of the top ten new products this year in the rapidly growing category of green products,” said Meyer.”This just underscores the enthusiastic and positive response we’ve received from the industry and the public for our products, which are not only green, but offer a rapid drying, odor-free option for floor coating without compromising on durability or aesthetics,” he said.Upon receiving the award at the recent Green Build Boston conference in Boston, Vermont Natural Coatings announced that they will be launching a line of outdoor wood treatment applications and other natural whey-based products after several years of testing. Orders for their exterior line are already being accepted for spring delivery.The company, which currently employs four, is seeking investors to grow the company to the next level. “We’re seeking partners who share our vision for high quality products and commitment to the economic vitality of rural Vermont,” Meyer said.A big driver in the development of green products continues to be the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED(r) Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which awards points for the use of certain product types or for the energy or water savings that certain green products can achieve.”Designers of LEED buildings are looking for green products, and manufacturers, such as Vermont Natural Coatings, are responding,” said Alex Wilson, president and coeditor of BuildingGreen and GreenSpec, the leading national directory of green building products.”Our selections of the Top-10 Green Building Products represent a wide range of product types in many different application areas,” noted Wilson. “Most of the Top-10 products this year, including Vermont Natural Coatings, have multiple environmental attributes.”For additional information, visit is external) or is external)last_img read more

first_img Distributors, booksellers, printers, paper manufacturers, graphic designers, providers of publishing services, universities, caricaturists, artists, and government agencies will attend the fair, which is one of the most important literary gatherings in Colombia and Latin America. The Colombian Air Force will also be present with a kiosk promoting its magazine, Revista Aeronáutica. At the same time, the service will present a lecture on Sunday, April 22, on the history of aviation in Colombia. By Dialogo April 18, 2012center_img From April 18 to May 1, 2012, the 25th International Book Fair will be held at the CORFERIAS International Business and Expo Center in Bogotá, Colombia, with Brazil as the guest country. In addition, literary works by more than 4,000 writers from around the world will be on exhibit during the event. last_img read more

first_img “The other couple we arrested was identified through INFRAERO’s (the state-owned airport management company) security cameras, since they escorted the other two to boarding and then waited for the flight to take off at the airport,” the police said in a statement. The four individuals are accused of international drug trafficking, and they may be sentenced to between two to seven years of imprisonment. The police said that the drug was found in double-bottomed suitcases that were shipped by a French couple that attempted to board a flight towards Brussels, with a layover in Lisbon. When he was questioned by the police, the man waiting for the flight’s departure with a woman, said that he had bought the tickets for the other couple to smuggle the drugs into Europe, the statement added. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 Four French individuals were arrested on August 13 in the Salvador de Bahia Airport (northeast), while attempting to smuggle about 19 kilos of cocaine to Europe, the Federal Police and the French Consulate in Brasilia reported. last_img read more

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo October 30, 2018 The 10th International Air and Space Doctrine Seminar presented the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB, in Portuguese) operational doctrine to air forces of Latin America, Canada, and Spain in the city of Madrid, Colombia. The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) Noncommissioned Officers Academy organized the event held August 22-24, 2018. Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Spain attended the event. The objective was to share preparation and execution of aerospace power doctrine of participating countries. According to Colonel Federico Bocanegra Bernal, commandant of FAC Noncommissioned Officers Academy, the event brought together technical experts. The commandant pointed out the importance of grasping operational doctrines from partner nation air forces to establish understanding and cooperate among them. “The integration also contributes to interoperability among the forces, which helps combat transnational threats that affect the continent,” he told Diálogo. This was the first time that Brazil participated in the international seminar. According to FAB Colonel Luiz Guilherme da Silva Magarão, air attaché in Colombia, the strategic partnership both countries have in the region prompted the invitation. “FAB was invited to participate in many operational, doctrinal, and academic events, always with an outstanding role,” said Col. Magarão. “The knowledge exchange between partner nations is very positive and led to significant growth for bilateral activities between both countries.” During the seminar, participating nations presented their doctrinal differences and peculiarities, and how they adapt to laws specific to each country. Participants also addressed the necessary adjustments of air power to technological innovations, both in aerospace and cybernetics. “The use of remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicles remains controversial in nearly all air forces,” said Col. Magarão. Service members also discussed the need to adapt air force doctrines to new cyberspace scenarios. Air power should encompass airspace and cyberspace power. FAB’s reorganization During the seminar, FAB presented its new operational readiness process, as well as the restructure of the force, which started in 2016. FAB also highlighted significant positive impacts while accomplishing the constitutional mission. FAB Colonel Pedro Henrique Cavalcanti de Almeida of the Preparation Command (COMPREP, in Portuguese) addressed the alignment of areas of preparation and allocation post-FAB reorganization. The former Air Operations General Command (COMGAR, in Portuguese) once managed both activities. The Aerospace Operations Command now oversees FAB’s assets allocation, whereas COMPREP defines assets preparation. Both commands were recently created. “COMPREP did not simply inherit COMGAR’s processes. The institutional restructuring and realignment optimized operational training and doctrinal development, which are the two end-goal activities of the Preparation Command,” said Col. Pedro at the event. “The Preparation Command redesigned their business model, making it more modern, agile, and solely focused on delivering aerial assets to secure the sovereignty of our air space and the integrity of the Brazilian territory.” “FAB’s restructuring is already a success story, and discussing this new process was very important to confirm that it is ground-breaking, cutting edge, and a permanent process of innovation for our force. The feedback received during the event could not have been better, proving that we are on the right track and setting a precedent,” Col. Pedro said. Interoperability Participating nations also addressed joint and combined doctrines and the importance of interoperability. During the seminar, FAB explained the operational model of COMPREP’s new exercise to prepare service members and assets for United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. Exercise Tápio, conducted in May 2018, simulated an irregular war scenario with humanitarian crises, using characteristics similar to UN missions around the world. The activity mobilized about 700 service members of the Brazilian Armed Forces. For Col. Pedro, being exposed to other air forces’ operations during the seminar helped improve the country’s doctrine. “It was very important for our processes to know what is done in Latin America, Canada, and Spain as it will serve as a reference in the many areas requiring quality improvement in the adopted doctrine,” he said. Brazil’s participation in the Colombian event was very beneficial, said Col. Magarão, especially for the current reorganization process and its effects to the development and update of the doctrinal process. The topic of reorganization sparked great interest from attending air forces, particularly FAC, who also promotes organizational reforms.last_img read more

first_imgby: Bill PirragliaYou probably enjoy the convenience of having a credit card, but do you also enjoy the high interest rates and fees charged by many credit card companies and banks? Probably not. While you might expect to pay a price for the convenience of not needing to carry large amounts of cash in your wallet or purse, your credit card rates and fees shouldn’t be draining your finances.If your credit card is costing you too much money, there is a cost-effective alternative for you that you might enjoy more than a big bank. It’s called a credit union, and these institutions have been growing in popularity over the years. According to the Credit Union National Association, membership reached 100 million in June 2014, with about 2 percent increase each year.Why You Should Consider a Credit Union Credit CardLike banks, credit unions offer a variety of credit cards, including secured credit cards, travel cards, cash back card and rewards credit cards. But when you get a credit union credit card, you’re not only getting the card — you’re getting the numerous perks that come with belonging to a credit union. Below are seven ways you can benefit from a credit card with your local credit union. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAs the most important characteristics of the destination, the respondents point out the price-quality ratio (69%), accommodation costs (58%), climatic conditions (44%), good transport connections (41%), but also diverse cultural and gastronomic offer, transport costs, event offer , nightlife and shopping opportunities.  Online reservations are more often among the oldest age group over 50 (66%), highly educated (54%) and those from Istria and the Littoral (58%). According to the results of the MasterIndex survey, which was conducted for Mastercard in May by the market research agency Improve, 56% of respondents are planning a summer vacation in Croatia. Those with a monthly income above HRK 12.000 (78%), respondents from Zagreb and the surrounding area (73%) and Slavonia and Lika (70-72%) plan to spend a summer vacation on the Adriatic in slightly larger numbers. However, a smaller number of respondents aged 50 to 55 (48%) have such plans, followed by those from Istria, Primorje and Gorski Kotar (41%) and Dalmatia (27%). On the other hand, only 27% of respondents do not plan to spend their holidays on the Croatian coast, while the most undecided are in Northern Croatia, where as many as 21% of respondents are still unsure where to go on vacation.  Accommodation reservation is most common online The main source of tourist information is the Internet The main factor in choosing a destination is the cost (77%), followed by the recommendation of friends and family (48%). Also, important factors are distance to destination (38%), online reviews (35%), destination security (30%) and local offer (25%). Positive reviews on the internet and destination security are gaining in importance compared to last year.  Other sources of information are articles on foreign websites (40%), travel agency websites (34%) and domestic (22%) and website (13%) bloggers and influencers. According to the research, Croatian citizens trust specialized sites the most.  Cash is most often used to buy souvenirs (81%), in restaurants, cafes and clubs (75%) and for tickets for concerts, museums, theaters and galleries (61%). On the other hand, cards are the most common method of payment in supermarkets (77%), at petrol stations (73%) and in clothing and footwear stores (67%).  Cost is a major factor in choosing a destinationcenter_img The people of Zagreb spend the summer in their own real estate, the Istrians love camps When it comes to paying for accommodation, the number of those who do it in cash is falling (56% of respondents, compared to 60% last year). Accommodation is paid for by 22% of Croats with a debit card, and 10% by internet banking. 14% of respondents, most often those with higher incomes, decide to pay by credit card. Cash for payment of accommodation is least used by Dalmatians (28%), and most often by respondents from Slavonia and Northern Croatia (65%). Respondents from Dalmatia prefer to pay by credit card (44%). When it comes to booking accommodation, respondents increasingly use online bookings through specialized booking sites or travel agency sites (48% compared to last year’s 40%) and then direct contact by phone or email (29%). Slightly less than a quarter of respondents (22%) book accommodation through the accommodation provider’s website, while 10% of respondents do not need a reservation at all. Citizens do this less and less by phone or by e-mail with a travel agent (8%) or in the office of a travel agency (4%, compared to last year’s 8%). According to the survey, those who first come to the destination, and only then seek accommodation, is 5%. On average, respondents pay almost half of their holiday expenses (48%) with cards. In addition, almost a third of respondents who plan a holiday pay over 60% of the cost by card. Respondents pay almost half of their holiday expenses with cards  As the main source of information about the destinations they travel to, as many as 91% of respondents cite the Internet. This primarily applies to domestic online content (64%) and specialized applications and sites such as TripAdvisor (44%). Although this is the majority of respondents, there is a visible decrease compared to last year, when 62% of citizens planned to spend their summer holidays in Croatia.  During their stay on the domestic coast, 50% of respondents will stay in private accommodation, and 40% in their own or family property. Hotel accommodation will be chosen by 11% of respondents, accommodation in the camp by 5%, and sailing by 1%. At the same time, more than half of Zagreb residents will spend their holidays in their own or family real estate, compared to only 25% of Slavonians. That is why Slavonians mostly opt for private accommodation (63%), as well as Ličani (69%). When it comes to hotels, they are preferred by Dalmatians (16%), and least often by respondents from Lika, Kordun and Banovina (3%). Istrians are in the lead as camp lovers with as many as 15% of those who choose this type of accommodation. last_img read more

first_imgWhile J.C. Penney plans to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy proceedings after eliminating several billion dollars of debt, it will also explore a sale as part of the terms of its new financing, the company said. Reuters earlier reported that the company was nearing a bankruptcy filing and negotiating the financing.The company on Friday said it would begin closing some stores permanently in phases and would disclose further details in coming weeks. People familiar with the matter previously told Reuters that the company initially plans to permanently shutter roughly 200 stores, saying the figure could fluctuate depending on negotiations with creditors.The bankruptcy filing caps a long decline for the 118-year-old department store chain, which once operated more than 1,600 locations that became fixtures in U.S. malls. The company at one point employed nearly 200,000 people.Even before the coronavirus outbreak, J.C. Penney was struggling with nearly $4 billion of debt and pressure from both discount retailers and e-commerce companies. Larger retailers such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp have squeezed smaller rivals by offering bargain-price apparel, including online.The coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in more than 80,000 deaths in the United States, is now forcing a financial reckoning among an array of retailers that had to temporarily close their doors under states’ orders. Other retailers already grappling with customers’ abandonment of traditional stores for online shopping have also resorted to bankruptcy filings.Earlier this month, both luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus Group and clothing retailer J. Crew Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after alternative attempts to rework their finances failed. Stage Stores Inc, a U.S. department store chain selling mid-priced apparel at hundreds of stores in mostly rural areas, said earlier this week it would liquidate unless it finds a buyer.Like other retailers, J.C. Penney has started reopening its stores in stages as many states have begun to loosen coronavirus restrictions. But with U.S. unemployment now at the highest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s, there are serious concerns that consumer spending will remain dampened for a prolonged stretch.Against that backdrop, J.C.Penney faced a looming $105 million debt payment in June and $300 million of annual interest expenses. Adding to pressure was an unprecedented span of lost sales and uncertainty whether shoppers concerned about their health would return to stores.Topics : J.C. Penney Co Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday with plans to permanently close some stores and also explore a possible sale, making it the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to crumble as prolonged store closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic drive a final stake through long-troubled businesses.The US department store chain, known for selling family apparel, cosmetics and jewelry at roughly 850 locations, said it reached an agreement with existing lenders for $900 million of debtor-in-possession financing to aid operations while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in Corpus Christi, Texas.The loan consists of $450 million in fresh financing, the company said. The balance is made up of existing debt being “rolled up” to be given the same legal status as the new funding that J.C. Penney obtained, people familiar with the matter said. The retailer said it had an additional $500 million in cash on hand before the bankruptcy filing.last_img read more

first_imgSubsea Technology & Rentals (STR) has appointed Steve Harris as technical operations manager – Australia. This comes following expansion into the region and appointment of Jason French as business development director – Asia Pacific, in September 2018, and also increase in customer enquiries and demand for subsea equipment in the regionScott Johnstone, Group managing director, said: “Since the appointment of Jason, we have established key relationships with existing and new customers which has set a strong foundation in the region for future opportunities.“In order for STR to support these opportunities it was vital for us to appoint a technical operations manager in the region to provide our customers with the technical expertise they have become accustomed to. Steve Harris is a well-respected individual in the survey industry and comes with a wealth of hands on experience and knowledge. We are pleased to welcome Steve to the team and look forward to building on our presence in Australia.”last_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – Police arrested a man forillegal gambling in Barangay Naisud, Numancia, Aklan. The 28-year-old Esterilito Sabino wasnabbed around 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, a police report showed. Police chanced upon him collecting betsfrom illegal numbers game. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Numanancia police station, facing charges./PN Seized were P5,050 bet money andgambling paraphernalia from Sabino’s possession. last_img