Listen to (a Sick) Elsa, Anna & Company in New Song from Frozen Fever

first_imgThe new Disney short Frozen Fever, now in theaters (screening before the new live action Cinderella), features the voices of some returning favorites, including If/Then supernova Idina Menzel and Broadway alum Kristen Bell. In the mini movie, our favorite ice queen has come down with a cold (probably from living in a castle literally made of frozen water?), but that won’t stop her from celebrating her sister’s birthday with Kristoff and Olaf—voiced (again) by Tony nominees Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Take a listen to Oscar-winning duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s new song for the short, “Making Today a Perfect Day.” Also singing in the track are alums from Broadway’s Matilda and several of Disney’s Great White Way hits! View Comments Idina Menzelcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Green Mountain Power exceeds reliability standards

first_img“Our customers consistently tell us that providing reliable power is themost important thing we do, and in 2007 we had fewer customer hours withoutpower, despite significant storms hitting our service territory,” said MaryPowell, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “Majorinvestments in tree-trimming and other system upgrades have had a directeffect on improving system reliability.”An analysis of the causes of all the outages in Green Mountain Power’ssystem during 2007 shows that outages caused by tree branches within therights-of-way were at the lowest point in five years. Upgrades to the systemand a fast response to the outages meant that the total amount of timecustomers were out due to tree branches within the rights-of-way was wellbelow previous years.Green Mountain Power had an average of 1.38 outages per customer, with anaverage duration of 1.79 hours. Although utilities are allowed to excludemajor storms from these calculations, Green Mountain Power’s vegetationmanagement and storm restoration efforts enabled the Company to restorepower quickly enough that none of the severe storms last year met theexclusion standard. Green Mountain Power’s performance was significantlybetter than the national average of 2.3 hours per outage, as reported by theEdison Electric Institute.Although trees caused the most outages in 2007, other significant causeswere equipment failure, other weather events and animals.The Company also met or exceeded all of its service quality standards in2007. It answered 85 percent of calls within 20 seconds, well above the 75percent standard as well as achieved 90 percent overall customersatisfaction.Green Mountain Power also achieved its financial goals in 2007. Operatingrevenues were $229 million in 2007, as compared with $214 million in 2006,with net income of $10.7 million in 2007, as compared to $10.1 million 2006.”Financial stability is a critical component of our ability to providepremier service to our customers. And while we are thrilled at both ourfinancial and customer service performance for 2007, we strive to exceedthese results in the future so that we can provide even better service toour customers,” said Ms. Powell.In the interest of reporting transparently to its customers, the Companypublishes the results of its service quality standards on its website is external).Green Mountain Power ( is external)) is an electric utilityowned by Northern New England Energy Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiaryof Gaz Métro, a leading Québec energy company with a long history ofinvestment in Vermont. Green Mountain Power transmits, distributes and sellselectricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in aservice territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. Itserves approximately 94,000 customers.last_img read more

Court scraps permit, orders closure of Dakota Access Pipeline pending full environmental review

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A federal court ruled Monday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down within 30 days, by Aug. 5, according to a copy of the brief obtained by USA Today.The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia scrapped a key permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, and ordered the pipeline to end its three-year run of delivering oil out of North Dakota’s Bakken shale basin to its endpoint in Illinois. The decision marked the end of a years-long legal battle over the Energy Transfer Partners-owned pipeline’s environmental damage to the Missouri River.President Donald Trump granted the permit in 2017 over the objections of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmental activists, arguing oil spills could contaminate their water source and put their culture at risk.The court ruled the pipeline be shut down pending a full environmental review ordered previously.“The Corps had failed to produce an Environmental Impact Statement despite conditions that triggered such a requirement,” the court ruling said. “Although mindful of the disruption such a shutdown will cause, the Court now concludes that the answer is yes. Given the seriousness of the Corps’ NEPA error, the impossibility of a simple fix, the fact that Dakota Access did assume much of its economic risk knowingly, and the potential harm each day the pipeline operates, the Court is forced to conclude that the flow of oil must cease,” the ruling said.Energy Transfer Partners did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.[Yun Li]More: Court orders Dakota crude pipeline shutdown, in win for Native American tribes in long-running saga Court scraps permit, orders closure of Dakota Access Pipeline pending full environmental reviewlast_img read more

Novartis gets US contract for cell-based flu vaccine plant

first_imgJan 15, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US government has awarded Novartis a $487 million contract to help build a plant in North Carolina that the company says will be capable of producing 150 million doses of cell-based pandemic influenza vaccine within 6 months after the start of a pandemic.Because of the advantages of growing flu vaccines in cell culture instead of in chicken eggs, the conventional method, the Novartis facility is expected to increase the US capacity to make pandemic flu vaccine by 25%, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release.The facility, which Novartis said is already under construction in Holly Springs, N.C., also will make prepandemic flu vaccines, HHS said. The contract calls for HHS and Novartis to share the cost of the facility, with HHS providing 40% and the company paying 60%.”We currently anticipate that by 2012 the site will provide jobs for more than 300 highly skilled people with the capability to produce cell-based flu vaccine, prepandemic vaccine and 150 million doses of pandemic vaccine within six months of the declaration of an influenza pandemic,” said Dr. Andrin Oswald, CEO of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, in a news release.Dr. Robin Robinson, director of HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), told CIDRAP News that $317 million of the contract is for facility construction and $170 million is for buying prepandemic and/or seasonal flu vaccines.Under the contract, Novartis is to supply “two commercial-scale lots” of prepandemic vaccine per year for 3 years, according to the company announcement. Robinson said that could amount to at least 3 million doses per year and explained that the contract actually provides for either seasonal or prepandemic cell-based vaccine. The contract also gives HHS the option to continue buying vaccine for 17 more years.Novartis already makes a cell-based seasonal flu vaccine that was approved by the European Union in May 2008, Robinson noted. He said the company also has applied to the EU for licensure of a cell-based H5N1 prepandemic vaccine.”This year Novartis will be making a regulatory submission for [US] licensure of a seasonal influenza vaccine using this cell-based technology,” Robinson said. “It’s likely that by the end of this year or early next year that product will be licensed.” That vaccine will initially be made in Germany, he added.HHS awarded Novartis a $220 million contract in May 2006 to speed the development of cell-based flu vaccines. Although the company announced plans for the North Carolina facility in July 2006, Robinson said the earlier contract was for development of cell-based flu vaccines, not for the facility. Most of the vaccine development has been done in a plant in Marburg, Germany, he said.The HHS statement said, “Cell-based vaccine production could more easily meet surge capacity needs because cells could be frozen and stored in advance of an epidemic or developed rapidly in response to an epidemic. Cell-based vaccine production also dramatically reduces the possibility for contamination and promises to be more reliable, flexible, and expandable than egg-based methods.”As noted by HHS, all current US-licensed flu vaccines are grown in eggs, a method that has changed little since the 1950s. “In place of eggs, cell-based vaccine production uses laboratory grown cells that are capable of hosting a growing virus. The virus is injected into the cells where it multiplies,” the agency said. Later the cell walls are removed and the viruses are harvested, purified, and killed.”We believe this is the capstone for the original plan we set out for pandemic preparedness and medical countermeasures” and to build up US flu vaccine production capacity, Robinson commented.He noted that HHS has a goal of establishing a US capability to produce 600 million doses of pandemic vaccine within 6 months of the declaration of a pandemic. Besides Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur and other companies are also expected to produce pandemic vaccines, he said.The new contract also includes about $2 million for clinical studies to show that vaccines made in the North Carolina facility are comparable with Novartis vaccines made in Germany, Robinson reported.See also: Jan 15 HHS news release 15 Novartis news releaseJul 18, 2006, CIDRAP News story on Novartis plant 4, 2006, CIDRAP News story on HHS’s awarding of $1 billon for cell-based vaccine development 1, 2007, CIDRAP News story “The pandemic vaccine puzzle: Looking to new vaccine technologies”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Funding in Philadelphia

first_img December 27, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Apprenticeship Funding in Philadelphiacenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC Local Unit 14. (IAHFIAW), whose training center is dedicated to building professionals with expertise, character, and a sense of teamwork. The funding will support the governor’s commitment to expanding job training related opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.“It is critical that we invest in the future of Pennsylvania’s workforce by helping industries and organizations bring on, train, and grow new talent,” said Gov. Wolf. “Since taking office, my administration has been committed to supporting the training and development opportunities that will shape the future of workplaces across the commonwealth.”The $49,500 grant will support recruitment methods, including job fairs in the community and local schools, as well as open house job fairs at the IAHFIAW JAC (LU14) Training Center. The program will recruit and train apprentices in mechanical insulation, firestopping, and asbestos abatement. The center has trained registered apprentices since 1969 with 85 percent of apprentices completing the program and 100 percent being placed in careers. The training center is overseen by a joint committee consisting of representatives from the Contractors Association and the Local Union 14.“The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC (LU14) is very excited to be awarded the commonwealth,” said Ed Krawczyk, Administrator, IAHFIAW JAC (LU14) Training Center. “This grant will help us further utilize the funding for opportunities for training our future apprentices in the Insulation Industry.”Apprenticeship programs provide key access to career pathways and enable apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete in today’s economy. Classroom training is a required component of registered apprenticeship programs across Pennsylvania and complements traditional on-the-job training. The technical materials taught in a classroom environment enables apprentices to learn fundamental concepts, terminology, procedures, safety requirements, and basic tools and instruments.Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce training, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

You’ll never guess where this acreage home is hidden

first_imgThe decor is influenced by the owners’ travels.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“The owners have worked extensively in Hong Kong, hence the flair of the decor,” said marketing agent Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal. “They purchased and built the property in keeping with its surrounds; the construction is quality.”Spread over two floors, the home includes four bedrooms on the upper level, an upstairs lounge that could be suitable for another bedroom, a granny flat on the ground floor, formal lounge with fireplace, and large family room. There’s also a steam room, media room, gym and wine cellar storage, four-car garage and work room.The 1060sq m house takes up just a quarter of the 4015sq m parcel of land. 11 Kootingal St, Ashmore sprawls over more than 4000sq m of land.THE property was built to the highest specifications in 2007 for its UK owners.While its bones — soaring ceilings and timbered doors, with an impressive kitchen to match — remain classic and traditional, a subtle Asian influence has evolved inside. Contemporary meets classic. Urban acreage with river frontage.center_img The heated swimming pool.The remainder is a sprawl of mature tropical gardens, spacious entertainment areas, a lit tennis court and a heated swimming pool. On the river frontage, a large pontoon suitable to accommodate a sizeable boat offers easy access to the Gold Coast’s waterways. 11 Kootingal St, Ashmore is in a wooded cul-de-sac.Adding to the serenity, the property is in a wooded cul-de-sac with no through traffic. According to property records, the street is tightly held, with the last sale back in 2013 when a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house changed hands. The area is close to the Royal Pines Golf Complex, Pacific Motorway, beaches, shopping facilities and the Hinterland.last_img read more

People moves: Sampension picks property/infra head; USS names new chair

first_imgUniversities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – Dame Katharine Barker will take over from Sir David Eastwood as chair of the UK’s largest pension fund when the latter retires from the trustee board in August, USS has announced.Barker has had a high profile career, which includes positions such as chief economic adviser to the Confederation of British Industry and membership of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee. This in combination with her experience of working with high education institutions “make her ideal to lead USS in its mission,” the £68bn pension fund said. She has also been chair of the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.Eastwood has been on the trustee board since September 2009 and chair since April 2015, a period that has seen considerable turbulence over USS in relation to the defined benefit section and an as yet unresolved conflict between the trustees, the University and College Union, and the employers’ representative body, Universities UK. Barker said: “It is a real privilege to be invited to take up this role. I am well aware of just how important this pension scheme is to university staff past and present. In addition, the performance of the scheme and its effective management is significant for much of the university sector.”bfinance – Trevor Castledine, a former investment professional in the UK’s lobal government pension scheme (LGPS), has joined the investment consultancy as senior director, private markets. Castledine was formerly deputy CIO and private credit investment director at the Local Pensions Partnership, the asset pooling vehicle set up by the London Pension Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund, where he was previously the deputy CIO.bfinance’s private markets business has been growing rapidly, and now accounts for more than 30% of all project work executed by the consultancy.Willis Towers Watson (WTW) – Matilda Bjerndell has been appointed senior consultant at WTW, representing the firm’s risk and analytics services and delivery in Sweden, as part of its Nordic practice. She was most recently chief executive office of the staff health and wellbeing tech start up Wellify. Bjerndell, described by her new employer as a specialist in enterprise risk management and business continuity management, has previously worked as group risk manager at entertainment group MTG and risk manager at state-owned gambling firm Svenska Spel. She started work at WTW’s Stockholm office on 13 January.APG – The €534bn Dutch asset manager has appointed Marjolein de Jongh as managing director for strategy and change, responsible for elaborating and implementing vision, strategy and long-term goals. De Jongh will directly report to executive trustee Francine van Dierendonck. APG said de Jongh has ample experience of large-scale strategy projects and transformation in the banking sector, while working at Royal Bank of Scotland, ING and Standard Chartered Bank in the past 15 years. She joins from HSBC, where she was global head of trade transformation.MSD – Louis Eilers has started as new chair of the €3.2bn Dutch pension fund of pharmaceutical MSD. He succeeded Frank Mattijssen, who left after 12 years at the helm. Eilers has been a board member since 2014.KPS – Alfred Kool has taken over the role of chair of the Dutch association of pension specialists (KPS) from Hedwig Peters. Kool, who had been a trustee since 2014, is an independent adviser on strategic pension communication and governance. Previous positions include senior consultant and strategist at Willis Towers Watson and director for corporate communication at PGGM before it was renamed as PFZW in 2008.TOBAM – Tatjana Puhan has been appointed deputy CIO at the French asset manager. She joins from Swiss Life Asset Managers, where she was head of equity and asset allocation. She is also a lecturer in finance at the University of Mannheim and an associated researcher of the Hamburg Financial Research Center.Yves Choueifaty, president and CIO at TOBAM, said Puhan “brings substantial knowledge to this role, with her experience in leading and developing research-driven systematic and quantitative investment strategies particularly aligned with TOBAM’s core activities.”RAM Active Investments – The systematic asset manager has gained natural language processing expertise by appointing Tian Guo as a senior data scientist. He joins from ETH Zürich where he was a post doc scientist from 2017 until 2019, working on projects related to interpretable deep learning, natural language processing, automated machine learning, multi-task learning and transfer learning. From 2015 to 2017 he was a doctoral research assistant at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne working on neural networks over temporal data, streaming data mining and distributed machine learning.Kempen Capital Management – Kempen has hired Anne Mei Poppe as alternative investment specialist from Dutch asset management and direct lending firm Dynamic Credit, where she shared responsibility for alternative fixed income sales and client management for the past three years. Before that she worked as a senior financial services advisor at EY after starting her career at Heineken and BinckBank.At Kempen she will focus on the growing demand from international institutional investors, wealth managers and family offices for alternative investment strategies.S&V/AethiQs – Frank Verschuren, partner at Sprenkels & Verschuren, has left the Dutch consultancy, which he co-founded in 2007. He left S&V to join new consultancy AethiQs, together with his son Steven Verschuren and colleagues Albert Smolenaers, Luuk Smolenaers, Kristle Jessurun, Leendert de Rijke and Aron Jeurninck.Steven Verschuren had been a consultant and partner at S&V since 2007. Albert Smolenaers had also been a partner for 13 years, whereas Luuk Smolenaers joined the company as a junior consultant in 2018. Jessurun joined in 2012 as a legal consultant after a three-year period at Willis Towers Watson. De Rijke had been a risk management consultant at S&V since 2016. Jeurninck was employed as a consultant during the past three years. Ruud Sprenkels, co-founder and co-owner of S&V made clear that the seven had parted in an amicle way and added that the firm’s name would remain unchanged.AethiQs focuses on “socially relevant and niche sectors”, including the pensions industry. Albert Smolenaers has recently been hired by the €10bn occupational pension fund for GPs (SPH) to guide the process of developing new pension arrangements.Octopus Group – Deniz Sevincer and Mark Williams have been appointed as co-heads of institutional funds at Octopus Group. They will be jointly responsible for managing Octopus’ institutional strategy to help assist institutions with their allocations to alternatives worldwide.Sevincer joined Octopus in May 2014, working on institutional fundraising and strategic acquisitions in the renewables team, before becoming director of project management in the institutional funds team in January 2018. In his new role, he will oversee the execution of fundraises, from product development to investor onboarding.Williams joined Octopus in 2011 and has held various roles including head of strategic partnerships. He will oversee Octopus’ fundraising strategy, identifying new investors and developing relationships for new fundraises.Sevincer said: “The appetite for impactful investment opportunities amongst institutional investors is growing, shown by our recent £185m mandate with the National Grid UK Pension Scheme to invest into renewable energy assets. I’m looking forward to finding new solutions across all of our businesses that will help institutions drive change.”Neuberger Berman – Emelie Albeck, relationship manager at Neuberger Berman for the Nordics, relocated to Stockholm from London on 2 January as the firm opened an office in the Swedish capital – its first in the Nordic region. Dik van Lomwel, head of EMEA and Latin America at the investment management firm, said adding the new office was “a natural evolution reflecting the growth of our business in the region”.CAPZA – Formerly known as Capzanine, the small and mid-cap focussed private investment platform, has appointed Caroline Abensour as head of investor relations. It also announced the forthcoming arrival of Stefan Arneth as sales manager for the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Abensour took up her new position in November 2019 and Arneth will join in February.Abensour was managing director at Chenavari in London where she was in charge of business development in the Nordic countries, the UK, Switzerland and Germany. Prior to that, she spent more than 10 years in various sales management positions at Oakley Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort and BNP Paribas. Before joining CAPZA, Arneth spent many years as head of institutional clients, successfully developing third-party business for MEAG, the asset manager of Munich Re and ERGO.The company is majority owned by its teams and supported by the AXA Group. Sampension, The Linde Group, USS, bfinance, CAPZA, Willis Towers Watson, APG, MSD, KPS, TOBAM, RAM AI, Kempen, S&V, Octopus, Neuberger BermanSampension – Torbjørn Lange has been appointed by Danish pension fund Sampension as its new head of real estate and infrastructure. He will be replacing Søren Vendelbo Jacobsen who was recently hired by Nordic residential property firm Heimstaden as co-CIO – a role he is due to start on 1 February. Until the end of December, Lange was managing director of corporate finance at Carnegie Investment Banking, having been in the job since October 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, his professional roles have included that of senior associate, corporate finance, at Handelsbanken Capital Markets and financial journalist on Danish daily Berlingske Tidende Business.The Linde Group – Christoph Schlegel has left the international gases and engineering group, where he was in charge of investments for its global pension plans. According to his LinkedIn profile he left at the end of December, and is now chief investment officer at Stella Family Office in Munich. Schlegel, who spoke to IPE in 2015 about the pension investments approach at Linde, joined the company in 2008 after serving as head of asset and risk managment for corporate pensions at Siemens. A spokesman for Linde Group did not provide further information.last_img read more

Murrells Inlet Dredging Pays Off, USACE Says

first_imgImage source: USACEGeorgetown County hit the jackpot when dredged material from USACE’s navigation project in Murrells Inlet was able to be placed on Garden City Beach earlier this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, said in its latest release. The material met the state’s criteria of suitability for beach front placement by being 90 percent sand and was the least-cost disposal method with no significant environmental impacts. Each of these aspects are required for material from the navigation project to be disposed of in this manner, so it was like Georgetown County hit the Powerball in the South Carolina Lottery, USACE said.The Garden City Beach material placement was completed in March after damage was sustained from Hurricane Matthew.The 519,000 cubic yards of material covered a two mile stretch of the beach from the southern tip to Waccamaw Drive and raised the beach approximately nine feet, providing protection for the infrastructure behind the shoreline.In April, 70,000 cubic yards of the material, or the equivalent of 7,000 dump trucks, was placed on the backside of Huntington Beach State Park’s southern jetty, which was also impacted by Hurricane Matthew, as well as Hurricane Joaquin. This work will help stabilize any additional impacts from future storms and reduce future maintenance costs for the federal government.Huntington Beach State Park’s southern jetty has become more and more exposed by the elements in the last 20 years. Take a look at overhead imagery from 1999 and 2016 and it will look virtually identical.The park received sand in 2003, but since then has continued to wash away to the point that the back side of the jetty was almost exposed.[mappress mapid=”24261″]last_img read more

Dominica observes World Mental Health Day today

first_img Tweet Share Dr. Griffin Benjamin. Image via: GIS NewsThe Country’s Chief Psychiatrist Dr. Griffin Benjamin says the country is celebrating Mental Health Day, at a time when there is a huge mental treatment gap in Dominica.Today is being celebrated as World Mental Health Day under the theme “Mental Health my primary health care responsibility”.Benjamin said government is seeking to close that gap, in the way officials treat people with mental health problem.“Three out of five persons with a depression never get treatment. The effects of lack of treatment are setting a bad precedence. The effects of that means they will remain homeless, they are always hungry, they wander the streets and harass the locals and tourist alike,’ he said.Benjamin said this year’s campaign will focus on empowering the primary health care officials to provide mental health care to all stable patients.“Most of our patients are stable they visit us regularly but they need to see primary health care professionals. We believe that the unlimited group of unstable of each village in Dominica is partly responsible for the negative attitude of the public,” he explained further.He also called on Dominicans to “join in the campaign”.Meantime several activities have been planned for the month of activities.They include a Sports day for Clients and Community Mental Health Team, Case Management Meetings across the island and a Church Service for Patients at Roseau Christian Mission.The Minister for Health, Julius Timothy will be delivering an address to observe Mental Health Month to the Nation.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica observes World Mental Health Day today by: – October 10, 2011 50 Views   no discussionslast_img read more