Vectren Receives Approval to Build Solar Farm in Spencer County

first_imgThe project is part of Vectren’s long-term electric generation transition plan.150,000 solar panels will be installed on 300 acres of land in eastern Spencer County. Vectren says the solar farm will be large enough to power as many as 12,000 homes each year.First Solar, a solar panel manufacturer, is being brought in to oversee the project. When it’s completed, it will be one of the largest single-sided solar arrays in the Midwest.Construction is expected to start later this year and it should be up and running by the fall of 2020.The previous story here:Vectren Proposes Solar Farm in Spencer CountyCommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Vectren Receives Approval to Build Solar Farm in Spencer CountyMARCH 21ST, 2019 AMANDA DECKER EVANSVILLE, INDIANAVectren receives approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, to build a 50-megawatt solar farm near Troy, Indiana.last_img read more

YESTERYEAR: 109 YEARS AGO

first_img1910 FordMake sure you read all the statistics under the photo. Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren!The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:****************************** *****The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’Sugar cost four cents a pound.Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.The five leading causes of death were:1. Pneumonia and influenza2, Tuberculosis3. Diarrhea4. Heart disease5. StrokeThe American flag had 45 stars.The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD… all in a matter of seconds!Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. YESTERYEAR: 109 YEARS AGOBY RONALD RIECKENcenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Letter to Editor: Mayor Dodged FIT Debate and TV Coverage

first_imgEd Price was the only candidate to attend the April 7 debate sponsored by Fairness in Taxes.The following letter is from Michael Hinchman, president of the Fairness in Taxes community group, regarding an April 7 candidates debate at the Ocean City Free Public Library.Two men — incumbent Mayor Jay Gillian and challenger Ed Price — are running for mayor in the May 13 municipal election, but only Price attended the debate.Read the counterpoint letter from Gillian campaign advisor Drew Fasy.Below is the letter that was dropped off at Mayor Gillian’s office on Friday, April 4 prior to the scheduled “debate” on Monday, April 7 with challenger Ed Price.Subsequently on Tuesday, April 8, I spoke to Mr. (Drew) Fasy, the mayor’s campaign manager, asking the mayor to reschedule any time he wanted. Mr. Fasy said the mayor wanted to do only the Ocean City Community Association and the Democrat/Republican forums.It is abundantly clear the mayor did not want to debate Mr. Price — just say the truth — time and place did not matter.The next chapter in this unfortunate game of tag was Jim Tweed’s. He was instrumental in organizing both the April 7 and April 14 events, and he asked Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo on what grounds the April 7 Q-and-A would not be telecast on the city’s public access channel.Mr. Dattilo responded by email to Jim Tweed with the adopted policy for Government Access Channel Section D-1-II-a stipulates that: “All properly registered candidates shall have an equal opportunity to participate.” In my judgment (Mr. Dattilo’s) that does not seem to be the case in Monday evening’s event.The mayor was given every opportunity to participate at any other time and his campaign manager admitted the Mayor just didn’t want to do it. I think that makes it very clear the mayor was given every opportunity but declined for his own reasons. In addition, did Mr. Dattilo do any diligence by contacting mayor’s campaign manager.One interesting bit of conjecture on my part was citing the section in the policy for Government Access Channel seems that Mr. Dattilo sought Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson’s input on this matter.  She being the former campaign manager in the mayor’s first race should have recused herself, if I am correct, because of a conflict.The underside of America’s Greatest Resort just doesn’t look so great.  All I ask for is a level playing field.  We had joint sponsorship with the Sentinel of our April 7 and April 14 events and left the questions solely up to two professional journalists.Michael HinchmanPresidentFairness in TaxesDownload (PDF, 621KB)last_img read more

Can you still reward long service?

first_imgSuppose that you are looking at cost-effective ways to retain employees. One idea is to give those with five years’ service an extra day’s annual leave. Is this still possible or does the Equality Act prohibit this type of reward?It costs a significant amount of money to hire and train an employee. So retention of (good) staff is a key concern for any employer. One idea is to reward those who reach five years’ continuous service with an extra day’s annual leave. Because it is so cost-effective, this is an attractive option and extra leave entitlement may also be mooted for future long-service milestones for example 10, 15 and 20 years.Does this approach actually comply with current legislation? If so, what should you be doing before going ahead?The current lawWhen it came into effect on 1 October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 absorbed many of the anti-age discrimination provisions that were set out in previous legislation and consolidated them in one place. The basic position now (as set out in Schedule 9 of the Act) is that long service awards can only be made to employees if they are used to reward service of five years or less. In this type of situation, no justification for the benefit is required.However, if you want to award benefits to those employees with longer periods of service in other words, those with more than five years there is a potential ’get out of jail’ option available to you. It will exist only where an employer “reasonably believes” that there will be a business benefit gained by linking length of service to the accrual of an award.The most common reasons successfully used to justify long service awards under this exception are as follows:1. To encourage employee loyalty that is, to incentivise individuals to remain in your continued employment;2. To enable you to reward and recognise those staff who have attained long service.Such recognition is important, because a long-serving employee will have accumulated considerable business knowhow. This doesn’t just refer to knowledge of the job, but also knowledge of how your business operates for example, the internal politics, the informal networks, the clients and where the power-base lies. Retaining such knowledge within your organisation can be invaluable.Thankfully, this ’business needs’ test is easier to fulfil than the standard one used by the tribunal when assessing age discrimination claims. For example, there is no need to show that linking an employee’s long service to additional paid annual leave is proportionate. To put it another way, you won’t have to prove there is a less discriminatory way of retaining staff.Although the standard is much lower, you will still need evidence available to back up your decision. A positive staff survey on the award would probably be enough here.Document your findings: in particular, record the percentage of employees who support your proposal, why it is favoured and if any alternative ideas put forward were rejected.last_img read more

Industry First — Dell EMC Showcases End-to-End NVMe and Storage Class Memory on PowerMax at VMworld Barcelona

first_imgI’m excited to share that this week at VMworld Europe, Dell EMC is previewing our latest PowerMax technology combined with another industry leader, VMware. This first of its kind technology preview continues to demonstrate Dell EMC’s commitment to storage innovation for virtual environments and the tight collaboration between Dell EMC and VMware. Our proven track record of providing next-generation technology helps our customers tackle their most demanding and mission-critical applications of today and tomorrow.The entire engineering team and I are proud that our customers have made Dell EMC PowerMax the de facto standard for applications that require unmatched resiliency, uncompromising data services, and extreme levels of performance. Combined with the efficiencies and automation of PowerMax, IT organizations can modernize their infrastructure to drive massive workload consolidation, shrink hardware footprint, and reduce power consumption. All of which delivers more value to their business while lowering costs and reducing complexity.Today we are excited to demonstrate how PowerMax can achieve game changing storage performance across virtualized environments. The demo showcases industry first technology and how Dell EMC will help users transition from today to tomorrow while protecting their current storage investments.The technology of that tomorrow is NVMe and Storage Class Memory (SCM). SCM is cutting-edge storage media considered to be the next generation workhorse (at well below 100 microseconds latency!). It’s perfect for current and emerging performance hungry workloads. Use cases include supporting real-time and data-intensive analytics applications, as well as super-charging transactional OLTP and database workloads.Today we are demonstrating the industry’s first storage array to fully exploit NVMe-connected SCM drives combined with end-to-end FC-NVMe networks. The result is a future proof combination that will completely shift the technology landscape. Storage decision makers are bullish about NVMe—79% of IT managers surveyed by ESG who were familiar with NVMe technology said they expect it to eventually replace traditional SAS- or SATA-connected solid-state flash storage.1And here’s why the combination of NVMe networks with SCM drives are a game changer.NVMe over Fabric does lots of cool things to take full advantage of Flash Arrays. It’s designed for extensive parallelism, concurrency and scalability to unlock the power of today’s multi-core CPUs and high-speed media. It provides end-to-end I/O optimizations, massive que depths, and lower latencies from the NVMe host bus adapters (HBAs) to PowerMax NVMe drives. It all adds to delivering more users to more application transactions with lower response times. And because we can leverage SAN networks, we can help protect your infrastructure investments.Storage Class Memory represents the future of low latency persistent storage media. The performance of SCM is measured in tens of microseconds. It’s wicked fast and approaches the performance levels of DRAM, but at a lower cost and higher density compared to DRAM. The benefit to users is the ability to provide “in memory” like performance with consistent, predictable I/O latencies.The ability to leverage the benefits of NVMe and SCM requires the right storage architecture. PowerMax is the world’s only Flash Array that includes an innovative, proven real-time machine learning engine that provides intelligent data placement. This intelligence optimizes NVMe and SCM performance without introducing management overhead. PowerMax allows users to transparently leverage both SCM technology for their highest priority, lowest latency workloads combined with cost efficient NVMe flash drives for their less active data sets. This differentiating capability is essential to helping IT organizations increase application performance, reduce storage costs, and minimize management complexity.In this unprecedented demo with PowerMax that you’ll find at Dell EMC Booth D401, VM datastores reside on that ultra-low latency SCM drive technology and showcases how VMware recognizes PowerMax storage presented over traditional FC versus FC-NVMe, and how a VM can be moved between two datastores created on two different transport technologies, while on the same overall fabric. The ability to simultaneously run I/O over both FC and FC-NVMe on PowerMax is key to helping customers easily transition existing IT infrastructure to more powerful FC-NVMe networks.Our close friends at VMware believe this demo is pretty special, too. “The Dell EMC PowerMax platform is ideally suited for large-scale, performance-driven VMware environments that will benefit most from the combination of storage class memory and FC-NVMe”, said Lee Caswell, Vice President Products, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware.  “We are seeing an insatiable appetite for performance from high-end storage customers who value the deep integration VMware offers for Dell EMC PowerMax storage innovation.”For everyone who likes to know the nuts and bolts, the PowerMax demo uses the following hardware and software:Dell EMC PowerMax 2000PowerMaxOS and Unisphere for PowerMax pre-GA builds32Gb FC I/O modules running NVMe over Fabric pre-GA build32Gb FC I/O modules running Fibre Channel pre-GA build750GB NVMe Storage Class Memory Drives pre-GA build8TB NVMe Flash DrivesVMware vSphere ESXi and vCenter pre-GA builds** VMware does not promise any such functionality in its future release of vSphereBoth NVMe over Fabric and SCM online upgrades are planned to be available to PowerMax customers in 2019.For more information, visit and watch this space: dellemc.com/powermax.1 Source: ESG Master Survey Results, 2017 General Storage Trends, November 2017.last_img read more

Tim Minchin Says His Musical Version of Groundhog Day Will Have ‘Cool Tunes and Lots of Gags’

first_img View Comments Minchin added that the idea of a Groundhog Day musical is not new: Stephen Sondheim was reportedly working on a stage version of the movie “five or ten years ago”. “It got put on the backburner and he [Sondheim] is happy that we’re making a go of it,” he wrote. “We have Steve’s blessing—and it’s a blessing I value enormously.” Minchin revealed that they’re aiming for a summer workshop of the new musical and hope to have it ready for the stage in a couple of years. He mustn’t keep his audience waiting! Tony nominee Tim Minchin, the Australian musician and comedian who wrote the score for the stage version of Matilda, confirmed on his blog that he’s ready to do the same thing with the 1993 cult classic film Groundhog Day. As previously reported, Minchin will be collaborating with the movie’s original scriptwriter Danny Rubin and Matilda director Matthew Warchus. Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray in the film), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker. “Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different,” Minchin blogged. “The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theater, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags.”last_img read more

Inspirational Teachers Eligible for New Annual Tony Award

first_imgThere’s a great teacher behind every great artist! As you can see in the video below, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and so many more big stars have thanked their teachers in their Tony acceptance speeches, and now inspirational theater educators have a chance to win their very own Tony! The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural “Excellence in Theatre Education Award.” Now through March 31, nominations are being accepted online for K-12 theater educators. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family—can submit a worthy teacher for consideration. Nominees must be current teachers at an accredited K-12 institution or recognized community theatre organization anywhere in the United States. He or she must be a teacher whose position is dedicated to and/or includes aspects of theater education. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theater industry will select the finalists and winner. “This new award underscores our longstanding commitment to theater education,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Innumerable Tony Award winners have thanked their teachers during acceptance speeches. Starting this year, we’re putting educators and their essential roles at center stage.”center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Colombian Navy Boosts Capabilities with Customized Ships

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 07, 2018 On July 23, 2018, the Colombian Navy added a new rapid reaction amphibious landing ship to its fleet. The ARC Bahía Colombia was named after the bay in the south of the Gulf of Urabá. The vessel is designed to boost naval fleet capabilities with high-performance and shallow-draft capacities, and the ability to carry out maritime interdiction exercises in hard-to-reach areas. The ship will also increase humanitarian operations in maritime and riverine coastal areas, especially in the Pacific, where it was assigned. ARC Bahía Colombia is equipped with two propulsion systems, located port and starboard. Each system consists of a propeller shaft transmitting power from the reducer to a jet drive system to guarantee speed and integration of the drive system. “The propulsion system was chosen as an innovative feature,” said Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Enrique Ramírez Gáfaro, commander of Operations of the Navy. “As it does not use conventional propulsion, such as a propeller, the ship can approach coastal areas and carry out beach and shallow-draft maneuvers without problems.” The vessel can reach a maximum speed of 9 knots per hour. At this speed, it has autonomy to travel up to 1,500 maritime knots for 20 days with 51 people aboard. “It has a storage capacity of 530 cubic feet for fuel,” Wilson Álvarez, project manager at the Colombian Science and Technology Corporation for Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry Development (COTECMAR, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “It can operate a 12-ton telescopic crane, a 90 kW emergency generator that can serve as a port generator, a desalination plant, a weather station, and a computer to monitor and diagnose engines and generators, among other features.” Effective missions ARC Bahía Colombia has great potential to serve as a deployment platform for maritime interdiction missions. It can increase the Navy’s coverage of territorial waters and allow for speedy deployment at sea for longer periods, something that was not possible before. “These kinds of ships have been used in missions to effectively counter criminal narcotrafficking organizations, organized armed groups, and remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” Vice Adm. Ramírez said. “[Now] we can reach areas, transport troops, and carry resources that enable offensive operations along the Pacific coast in areas that can only be accessed by sea as there are no roads, something that criminals use to their advantage.” In addition to coastal navigation, ARC Bahía Colombia will be able to travel through rivers and tributaries that originate in the western mountain range and flow into the sea. The ship can also transport equipment and speedboats, and make landings in the area’s complex geographical conditions. Customized design Bahía Colombia is the fifth vessel COTECMAR built and the sixth produced in the country in the last five years. In September 2017, a similar ship was delivered to the Honduran Naval Force, a milestone for the Colombian naval industry as an exporter of military products through technology transfer. “The progress for construction of this type of better equipped ships with higher performance is the result of two key conditions,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Javier Díaz Reina, president of COTECMAR, told Diálogo. “On the one hand, having first-hand knowledge of the Navy’s operational requirements, by talking with the institution about ship performance; on the other, using that knowledge to build optimized ships.” With ARC Bahía Colombia, naval engineers were able to increase the main and emergency engines’ power by updating control technologies. They also installed a weather station that merges with the radar system for an improved mooring system. “This new and enhanced vessel will enable increased territorial control and presence along Colombia’s 807-mile coastline on the Pacific Ocean, where [operations] of narcotrafficking organizations don’t stop,” Vice Adm. Ramírez said. “The ship is essential for the Navy’s mission, allowing for better maritime control in areas where the main effort is required.”last_img read more

Florida Georgia Line Announces Multiyear Tour Amid Drama

first_imgThe Florida native posted a throwback photo with Tyler on Wednesday, November 11, of the pair at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards ahead of the 2020 show. Tyler then shared an Instagram Story photo of himself on a tour bus where he is quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, admitting that it makes him “miss” being on tour with Kelley and Nelly.The same day, Hayley shared two photos from the 2018 CMA Awards, one of which featured Kelley and his wife, Brittney Kelley, amid the drama.Tyler teased new music on Sunday, November 15, telling his Instagram fans that he “wrote a special one called ‘Undivided’ … seemed timely.”He shared lyrics from a song and addressed the unrest taking place in the U.S. after the 2020 presidential election and amid the pandemic.“We’re all the same to God no matter what we get his love / I’m so tired of lookin left or right / so I’m just lookin UP,” the lyrics read.Tyler then shared his “prayer” for the future, pointing to the chorus of the song.“I think it’s time to come together / You and I can make a change / Maybe we can make a difference / Make the world a better place / Love around and love somebody / We been hateful been long enough / Let good Lord reunite / Till this country that we love’s Undivided,” the track said.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “This past year has given us a chance to spend more time writing, producing and being creative,” the pair said in a statement. “But we are itching to get back on the road. We miss our fans, and the live energy and connection we have with them when we hit the stage.”Florida Georgia Line Announces Multi-Year Tour Amid Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley DramaFlorida Georgia Line. The Holy MountainThe statement continued: “Our Live Nation family has been a great partner in the past, and we’re excited to be teaming up like this together. Getting back on tour and being able to share our new music can’t come soon enough!”Florida Georgia Line made headlines a week prior, after Tyler, 33, and his wife, Hayley Hubbard, unfollowed Kelley, 35, on Instagram on Tuesday, November 10. Fans speculated that the bandmates had a falling out based on the social media move.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Hitting the road! Florida Georgia Line inked a multiyear touring deal with Live Nation amid turmoil between its founding members, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.The country duo announced the concert news on Monday, November 16, revealing the tour will feature North America dates beginning as early as summer 2021.- Advertisement – Some fans pointed to differing political views as the reason for the tension between the musicians. Tyler has spoken out against President Donald Trump in the past and his wife has shown support for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Kelley, on the other hand, corrected a fan who claimed he voted for Joe Biden, writing, “Think again bub.”Tyler has since refollowed Kelley and a source told Us Weekly that the pair are not feuding. “All is good with the FGL family,” the insider said earlier this month. “Tyler and Brian’s friendship is as strong as ever.”- Advertisement –last_img read more