Regardless of the questions raised by the Cs-137 findings, these soil samples confirm that this was an area of significant leakage of contaminated water into the environment. The samples also provide important information about the extent of contamination in the soil. In particular, they show that radioactive metals Mn-54, Co-60, Zn-65 and Cs-137 appear to have migrated at least four feet from the leakage pathway in the soil. These soils may be remediated by Vermont Yankee by excavation and disposal as radioactive waste. Water sample results, for example from groundwater monitoring wells GZ-10 and GZ-15, indicate the metals have not migrated 10 to 20 feet from the leakage pathway point of entry into the soil. The Department of Health will continue to analyze all samples for these radioactive metals and hard-to-detect radioactive materials like strontium-90, another fission product. As the extraction well pumping continues, Vermont Yankee technicians continue to sample for tritium via the monitoring wells. According to Vermont Yankee, a recent positive reading for tritium in one of the deep (70 feet) overburden wells was mischaracterized in news reports as a new source of tritium. It is not. The groundwater monitoring data shows that the flow of groundwater is east/northeast with a slight downward gradient. With the leakage stopped, the down-gradient soils and well readings had not reached an equilibrium. Therefore, slightly elevated levels to the east/northeast are due to the residual tritiated groundwater flow in that direction. Since the leakage was stopped, the monitoring wells near plant equipment show a definite downward trend in tritium concentration. The overall flow gradient in the bedrock is upward and there has been no tritium detected in any drinking water wells or in the river.Contrary to a headline in a local newspaper and several media reports, Entergy Vermont Yankee has not organized nor is Entergy participating in a closed, tritium-related meeting on April 14 between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state officials from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.The pumping of groundwater from the extraction well continues and preparations are underway to drill another extraction well to increase the flow rate into surface containers. The water will be processed and made ready for re-use in the plant.In information provided by the Vermont Department of Health and available on its Web site, another finding of interest at the excavation site is cesium-137. This radioactive material is called a fission product. It does not exist naturally. It is only produced as a result of nuclear reactions, primarily from nuclear reactor fuel fissioning, from major nuclear reactor accidents including Chernobyl in 1986, or from nuclear weapons fallout. Cs-137 is commonly found in soils, sediment and some vegetation. Concentrations are usually around 100 picocuries per kilogram (pCi/kg), and Cs-137 is usually only found at the earth’s surface, not deep underground. Given the Cs-137 in these soil samples have been found 15 feet below the ground surface, it is assumed the Cs-137 comes from the Vermont Yankee leakage. Given also that the concentration of Cs-137 in the soil samples are three to 12 times the concentration expected from Chernobyl or nuclear weapons fallout, it again appears likely the Cs-137 comes from Vermont Yankee reactor related sources. The same is true of strontium-90 (Sr-90), which has not yet been detected in any soils, sediment or water.However, Vermont Yankee officials have said that water from the systems that leaked into the AOG pipe tunnel are not contaminated with Cs-137. They have said that Vermont Yankee reactor process water and condensate have not indicated Cs-137 content for many years, not since the plant had minor fuel rod leakage in the late 1970s and early 1980s when many plants had similar problems with “pin-hole” leaks in fuel rods. Given these points, it may be that the Cs-137 found in the soil samples came from surface contamination within the AOG pipe tunnel. This surface contamination may have been washed from the AOG pipe tunnel walls, floor and piping surfaces by the leaking steam and water from the damaged AOG hydrogen recombiner steam trap drain lines.The Health Department has asked Vermont Yankee to sample and analyze the debris in the AOG pipe tunnel to see if it contains Cs-137, and to provide samples to the Health Department for independent confirmation. Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. Vermont Department of Health. March 30, 2010.
Lung specialists face numerous challenges in conjunction with treating patients with end-stage lung disease, many of whose only hope is lung transplantation, a solution saddled with risks, including a high rate of rejection. Thanks to a late-arriving, $4.26 million Recovery Act grant – part of the limited National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Opportunity for Research funding competition – University of Vermont (UVM) physician-scientist Daniel Weiss, MD, PhD, and colleagues will be able to vigorously examine a novel approach to growing new lungs for patients lacking other treatment options.Among the diseases most commonly requiring a lung transplant is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) – a deadly combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema – which is currently the fourth leading cause of death, with more than 12 million people diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. In addition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which affects about 128,000 people in the U.S., and cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease affecting the lungs and digestive system that is diagnosed in about 1,000 people annually, often lead to a need for lung transplantation.Weiss’s study, which he describes as “science fiction coming to life,” focuses on the idea of using the scaffold – or framework – of lungs from human cadavers to engineer new lungs for patients with end-stage disease. The concept involves stripping the cells out of the cadaveric lungs – called decellularizing – and then replacing or recellularizing the cadaveric lungs with a patient’s own stem cells. Stem cells, which are mostly found in the bone marrow, can turn into different types of blood cells, but have also been shown to become tissue cells in a wide variety of organs including the lungs. The process of removing stem cells from one’s own blood or bone marrow is called an autologous transplant. Prior research conducted by Weiss and colleagues has tested this process in an animal model.Researchers at UVM will be collaborating with investigators at Boston University, University of Connecticut, Tufts University, and Arizona State University to perform this study. The three-year award will support three new positions at UVM, as well as the purchase of new equipment.“This grant brings out some of the best collaborative opportunities UVM has to offer,” says Weiss, who is an associate professor of medicine at UVM, a pulmonologist at Fletcher Allen and researcher in the Vermont Lung Center.In addition to Weiss, co-investigators on the study include Gilman Allen, M.D., UVM assistant professor of medicine; Jason Bates, Ph.D., UVM professor of medicine; Albert van der Vliet, professor of pathology; Jeffrey Spees, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the UVM College of Medicine’s Stem Cell Core; and former UVM faculty member James Iatridis, Ph.D., who currently serves as professor and director of spine research in the department of orthopaedics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.Source: UVM. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Friday, October 8, 2010) – ###
More than 145 Colorado Air National Guard Airmen took part in the fifth annual Brazilian-led exercise CRUZEX, in Natal, Brazil, from 8 through 18 November. CRUZEX V, or Cruzeiro Do Sul (Southern Cross), is a multinational, combined exercise involving the air forces of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France and Uruguay and includes more than 82 aircraft and almost 3,000 Airmen. Observers from several other countries were also there. To support the exercise, Air Guardsmen from the 140th Wing at Buckley Field, Colo., deployed to maintain, plan and fly sorties of six F-16 Fighting Falcons alongside their multi-national counterparts. “It has been terrific working with the other forces,” said Brig. Gen. Trulan A. Eyre, the 140th Wg commander and exercise co-director. “We are all working together and we have enjoyed every minute of it.” The two-week exercise focuses on building strong partnerships with airmen from across Latin America and France while ensuring they are prepared to assist the international community as part of UN-type coalition efforts. “It is about partnership building,” General Eyre said. “A unique aspect of the Air National Guard is that we have partnerships all around the world. It is an absolutely fascinating opportunity for the (140th Wg) to expound our horizons a little bit beyond our partners of Slovenia and Jordan and deploy to Brazil.” He said the most important aspect of the deployment is the opportunity for U.S. Airmen to meet others from around the world. “(The airmen from the different countries) have done stuff that we have never done before, and we have done stuff that they have never done before, so we can share those experiences and learn better techniques to accomplish our unique missions,” General Eyre said. “Any time you get to work with coalition partners, it is a great time to learn from them. However, we aren’t down here to teach, although we will when we are called upon to do so. We are down here to learn.” This learning and sharing of ideas built and solidified bonds between the participating countries, opening communication channels that didn’t exist before, General Eyre said. “We now have personal contacts with the participating countries,” he said. “If another partner country is in need, we now have face-to-face contacts with (representatives) from these countries, people who we may ask for help or who may ask us for help. We now have the type of partnership that whatever is needed, we will be there to support each other.” The general also expressed his gratitude that 140th Wg Airmen were able participate in the exercise. “The host-nation hospitality has been wonderful,” he said. “We appreciate being asked to participate in this exercise, and we would very much like to participate in future exercises.” By Dialogo November 22, 2010
February 22 marked the 35th anniversary of the famous “Miracle on Ice” ice hockey game between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. at the 1980 Winter Olympics, sparking a wide range of commemorations.But credit unions were making miracles of their own in 2014 for children in need of hospital care – and they have an opportunity to do so again in 2015.A total of 170 credit unions participating in the 2014 Miracle Match by CO-OP program raised a record $3.1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, $1 million of which was matching funds provided by CO-OP Financial Services.Credit unions interested in applying for matching grants in 2015 under the Miracle Match by CO-OP program may do so by visiting www.co-opfs.org/miracle-match.Significant milestones of the 2014 matching program include:190 fundraising events were matching by CO-OP;This total includes 34 Shop for Miracles events, held on International Credit Union Day, October 16, 2014, raising more than $84,000;170 credit unions participated in the program;For 69 of these credit unions, it was their first year of participation;– See more at: http://co-opinsightvault.com/2015/02/do-you-believe-in-miracles-yes/#sthash.G7BneyXj.dpuf continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
There’s an old saying that says “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” I thought of this quote when I read a recent J.D. Power report that shared statistics and conclusions regarding customer satisfaction with banking and credit card providers’ digital offerings.Among the most noteworthy conclusions of this report was this one: “Bank mobile app satisfaction declines as complex features stump consumers.” The report suggested that customers were challenged in completely understanding all mobile banking features but that when they understand them, they are more satisfied.That seems logical. But of course, it would be a big mistake for credit unions to conclude from this report that limiting features to account balances, transfers, bill pay and deposit capture is the proper course for digital services. The real lesson from this report is that new features should be added judiciously and with simplicity and great user interface features, along with some good promotional and educational content for helping to understand the value of the new features.CU Solutions Group and its subsidiary LifeStep Solutions, LLC have been on a groundbreaking path to create a suite of mobile banking features through the mobile banking plus platform called LifeSteps Wallet. In this feature suite, credit unions’ members can have access to more than just the traditional features delivered through a third-party native mobile app. Members can access the credit union’s auto buying and home buying resources and other financial wellness features including financial education content.When CUSG first launched this product with the first five or six clients, we learned a lot. And our learnings correlate with the J.D. Power article. For instance, we learned that members are not wowed by a bunch of new features if they don’t understand their value. We also learned that the new mobile banking features won’t be used by members unless they are simple and easy to find and use and unless they are properly marketed.CUSG’s next iteration of LifeSteps Wallet will focus more on enabling the most essential mobile banking feature add-ons, and we will enable credit unions to launch them in one of two ways, either through the mobile banking plus secondary app or by including a bundle of features within the native app in conjunction with the mobile banking provider. Each of the features can also be used a la carte as add-ons vs. a complete pre-packaged bundle. So, if a credit union wants to add a P2P solution, fractional share investing or financial education content, we will enable that in a cost-effective way for all credit unions. But if a complete bundle of features is preferred, the LSW product can accomplish that as well.But getting back to the “why” for a moment…Consider that many of the highest rated bank apps by J.D. Power, like Chase Mobile, have features that most credit unions don’t yet have. And yes, they are simple and easy to use and well marketed. To illustrate this, go to the app store and search or download Chase mobile. Click on the description of the app. Chase Mobile promises to help “manage your accounts, pay bills, pay people, deposit checks, even transfer money safely and securely.” The features also allow for monitoring of credit card activities and the set up of travel notifications for debit and credit cards. Customers can set up account alerts and adjust preferences. They can get updates on credit scores and access the Chase home lending dashboard. Chase customers can send and receive money using Zelle P2P. They can access a reloadable prepaid debit card and send wire transfers.Chase customers also have access to card reward programs, and they can send friends and family a digital gift card and earn statement credits by using Chase offers. There is a savings tool with Chase Autosave. And customers can do stock, bond, mutual fund and ETF trades with the Chase You Invest feature, a fractional share small-dollar investing tool.And of course, the mobile app locates branches and ATMs as well as offers an easy toggle-out capability to talk with a service representative 24/7.That doesn’t sound like Chase is trying to limit its mobile banking features at all.Does your credit union mobile banking app do all of those things? If not, you’re at risk of losing your valuable millennial and more tech-demanding members to these alternative providers like Chase. And by the way, Chase ranked near the top in the J.D. Power customer satisfaction ratings. The real point is this. Consumers value a rich suite of features within the mobile banking app, but they need to be well-explained, provide for a simple user interface and be accompanied by proper push marketing efforts.Conspicuously missing from the J.D. Power Banking Mobile App Satisfaction Study were the consumer ratings of challenger bank apps like Chime. Of course, these fintech disruptors are doing things that banks and credit unions seem reluctant to do. When you go to the app store and read the description for the Chime banking app, you see these brand promises:No hidden bank fees and earn more on your moneyGet your paycheck up to two days early with direct depositGrow your savings automaticallyTrack your spending, link with other bank accounts and save moneyOver 30,000 fee-free ATMsNo minimum balance and no overdraft feesRealtime transaction notificationsSend money to family and friends with Pay FriendsDeposit checksApple Pay when you forget your walletMove money between your other bank accountsChime is a San Francisco–based branchless digital bank that has now surpassed five million FDIC-insured accounts in only five years of operation. It has quadrupled its user base in a single year. They claim to be the largest and fastest-growing challenger bank in terms of accounts and the rate they’re adding them. The company is now valued at $1.5 billion and is venture capital–backed. Other challenger banks like Green Dot, Revolut, Monzo and N26 have all announced plans to launch in the U.S.CU Solutions Group and its subsidiary LifeStep Solutions continue on a path to find great features that help credit unions offer members an integrated P2P solution, fractional share investing for small-dollar investing, financial education tools that are mobile-friendly, simple resources for checking and improving credit scores and overall financial health, tools for account aggregation, and other features for helping with home and auto financing and maintenance.The next version of LifeSteps Wallet will focus on enabling the most essential mobile banking feature enhancements for credit unions. We also plan to assist credit unions with the initial product launch and marketing strategies through the CUSG Marketing Solutions division.The recent J.D. Power findings emphasize that improperly launched mobile features can negatively affect member satisfaction with the mobile offering. It also stresses that the simplicity of integrated credit card features is appealing, that familiarity with a unique app breeds loyalty and that personalization and curation of content are the next frontier for digital channels.In this last area, the J.D. Power report says, “The bulk of spending and design activity in the banking and credit card online and mobile app space has been focused on creating rich feature sets and improving usability. As the technologies evolve, the focus needs to shift to personalization, creating a curated user experience that delivers both convenience and streamlined usability.”CU Solutions Group and LifeStep Solutions look forward to helping credit unions meet this challenge even as the nation’s largest banks and challenger banks are already well down this path of innovation. The race is on, and credit unions need to invest in well-launched and highly targeted mobile banking feature enhancements in order to compete and stay relevant. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Details
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Linkedin Topics : Land and forest fires have been a fact of life in seven provinces across Indonesia for decades. But activists warn that new epicenters of forest fires may emerge in addition to the seven provinces.Data from the Modis imaging sensor of the Terra and Aqua satellites compiled by environmental group Auriga Nusantara between 2001 and 2019 show that land and forest fires regularly occurred in seven provinces — Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and Papua. These fires were mostly triggered by land clearance using the slash-and-burn technique and by dried up peatland, and exacerbated by dry seasons.Each year, forest fires in Indonesia often started in Riau in January. In the province, fires mostly receded in March, before the second wave came — usually between May and September.Forest fires usually hit West Kalimantan between June and … #ForestFire forest-fires peatland #Peatland environment #environment Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Forgot Password ?
By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Morning Call: Gov. Wolf holds town hall on heroin epidemic in Bethlehem“There are a lot of things that we will disagree on in Harrisburg, as you all know,” said [Governor]Wolf….”But this is one of the issues that we all agree that we need to do something about.”Times-Tribune: Governor, local officials talk opioids at roundtableAt least 2,500 Pennsylvanians were among that number [in 2014], Mr. Wolf said, with numbers from 2015 expected to be higher. “It’s a chronic disease. It’s not something you can take a pill and be cured,” Mr. Wolf said. “It’s something that’s going to take some long-term care and long-term attention.”Lehigh Valley Live: Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin fight comes to Bethlehem“This is not only an epidemic. At some of these roundtables, people have referred to this as a plague,” [Governor] Wolf said during the discussion hosted by Northampton Community College at the Fowler Family Southside Center.WNEP: Governor Talks Overdose Problem as Locals Plan Rally“A lot of it does start at home and I think the early diagnosis is really important,” said Governor Wolf. “If you see this, don’t ignore it and get out of denial. It’s a disease.”The Morning Call: Governor Tom Wolf Leads Round Table Talk (VIDEO) June 14, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtables in Bethlehem and Scranton to Discuss the Current Opioid Crisis (Round-up) Round-Up, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf was joined by legislators, local officials, law enforcement, and health care professionals to continue his roundtable discussions regarding the current opioid crisis. The roundtables, held in Bethlehem and Scranton, provided a forum for participants to discuss statewide and local ideas on how to best combat the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. Fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for Governor Wolf and his administration.“These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis,” said Governor Wolf.The Wolf Administration hopes that these discussions are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders, and healthcare professionals.Take a look at the additional coverage below SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The Boys and the Girls Batesville High School Cross Country teams were crowned County champs Thursday night at Milan High School. The boys scored a low 21 points with JCD coming in 2nd with 60. Milan just beat South Ripley 76-79. The girls scored even lower than the boys at 19 points with JCD also taking 2nd at 58 just beating South Ripley with 63. Milan finished out with 98.RC CC Meet (8-31)Batesville also had the individual champions of both races. Sophomore Joshua Myers for the boys, racing through the finish line at 17:50, setting a new course record, and sophomore Liz Loichinger finishing the girl’s race at 20:40. The top ten of each race also were named to the All County team. All seven of the varsity boys came through in the top ten and six girls. What an incredible feat!Making the All County team for Batesville for the boys and following closely behind Joshua were Adam Moster-2nd (18:02), coming through in 5th, Joseph Choi (18:50) followed closely by the rest of his teammates, Dillon Murray-6th (18:53), Chris Laymon-7th (18:55), Quinten Gowdy-9th (18:57) and Nathan Eckstein-10th (19:09). On the girls side, the Bulldogs also took the 1-2 punch as senior Emma Gausman followed Liz to take 2nd in 21:07. Emma was followed by Haylee Harmeyer (21:24) and Audrey Weigel (22:12) in 4th and 5th place. Audrey Maupin (22:34) and Trysta Vierling (23:11) took 7th and 8th place giving Batesville 13 runners to make the All County team! Way to go Dogs!Although the JV meet was not scored and no awards were given, Batesville also had the winners of this race as well. Sophomore John Thompson won for the boys at 18:52 and Ava Ralston was the first girl to come across the line at 24:28.There were also 6 personal bests for the evening and they were: Nathan Eckstein, John Thompson, Adam Hollowell, Luke Esser, Nathan Villani and Landon Gutzwiller. Congratulations boys!The next race is right after Labor Day, Tuesday where they will compete in the East Central Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman and Eagles Coach David Bradshaw.
CORONA, Calif. – Eibach Springs rewards drivers in six divisions this season, its 10th as an IMCA sponsor.The Corona, Calif., manufacturer gives a full set of springs to champions of each of five IMCA Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and to national IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod champions.Each runner-up receives three springs while each third-place finisher is in line for two springs.“IMCA continues to be a leader and innovator in promoting short track races and Eibach has benefited from this relationship tremendously. Having a consistent rules packages that we as a manufacturer know won’t change overnight night gives us the confidence to push the development of our products to even higher levels,” said Sales Manager David Cardey. “Couple this with the ability that IMCA gives us to give back to not only the top teams but also to some of the middle of the pack teams makes it a great overall package for us.”“Our current weekly product certificate winner goes to the first non-qualifier each race to try and help them get the same new technology the front runners are using,” he added.All Eibach awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Information about Eibach products and services is available at the www.eibach.com website, by calling 800 507-2338 and on Facebook.“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years already, but we’ve enjoyed a great decade of partnership with Eibach,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The program has evolved during that time and continues to recognize IMCA racers for their outstanding accomplishments throughout the season.”