Chaco Footwear retrofits factory to make protective masks

first_imgThe company is gearing up to potentially produce gowns and aprons as well. “This is both critical aid for our communities and an opportunity to empower our teams to lead, and we know other brands with similar resources in the outdoor industry, footwear, and fashion space will also rise to the occasion,” said Josh Weichhand, Marketing Director at Chaco. Everyone’s favorite sandal maker (or is it just mine?), Chaco Footwear, has announced that they have refocused their Michigan ReChaco factory and mobile factory bus—where sandals are repaired and products are customized– to manufacture face masks and other personal protective equipment needed by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is cancelling gatherings large and small, and the Washington, DC, Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) is no exception. For the last quarter century, DCEFF has been showing environmental films to approximately 25,000 people a year. The festival was scheduled to take place March 12- March 22 but due to the pandemic the whole event will now take place online.  Meet Oliver, Colorado’s hiking ferret The largest environmental film festival will be viewable online Lauren says that in addition to hiking, Oliver enjoys camping and kayaking (don’t worry, he wears a safety vest in the water.) He also likes traveling and has visited eight national parks and traveled to six U.S. states. No matter where Oliver goes next, we hope he keeps exploring for a very long time—and that he and Lauren continue to take us along for the ride. During the virtual event, nearly half of the films showing at the festival will be available to view for free until the end of March. To learn more and view the available films, visit  It’s been a long week, and we could all use a reason to smile, no? That reason is Oliver, a hiking ferret that has climbed his way to the top of all 11 of Colorado’s highest peaks. His adventures have been documented by his partner in crime, Lauren, on Oliver’s Instagram page (warning, some of the photos feature Oliver in a bowtie and the cuteness overload is real.) Chaco Footwear retrofits factor to make protective maskslast_img read more

Gunman Sentenced for West Babylon Revenge Killing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Manhattan man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison for the revenge killing a 32-year-old Brooklyn man in West Babylon nearly a decade ago.A Suffolk County jury had convicted Daniel Greenspan guilty of second-degree murder in March for shooting Michael Sinclair to death on Kellum Street on Jan. 31, 2009.Prosecutors have said the 30-year-old gunman had his then-girlfriend, Noriella Santos, lure Sinclair—who Santos previously had sex with—to LI under false pretenses after Greenspan contracted herpes from Santos and Santos blamed Sinclair for giving it to her.Officers found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds after responding to a 911 call reporting shots fired, police have said. The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died.Greenspan was arrested in December 2015. Santos pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced June 14.last_img read more

Core technology: It’s not as difficult as you think

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In technology, the word “simple” often equates to just basic offerings.  A simple mobile phone has you thinking of a flip phone, something that lets you make a phone call and has basic texting capabilities. Google the phrase “simple computer” and the first thing you will see are images of terminal computers, a history lesson for sure but far from today’s elegant mobile computing devices. The implied perception we live with today is that the more features you add, the more difficult the technology is to use.What about credit unions who want to have their cake and eat it too? They want a simple user interface for their credit union core processing system, one that their employees (tellers, loan officers or management) can learn easily. Additionally, they want their members to experience the same benefits of simplicity and ease of use when applying for loans or using mobile banking. Credit unions don’t want to sacrifice features for this simplicity. Just as a teenager would ask “What good is my phone if I can’t use it to Snapchat,” credit union execs should ask, “What good is my credit union data processing system if I can’t get detailed reporting, offer mobile lending or provide direct card management?” continue reading »last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Temporary locations in the wake of disaster

first_imgIn the Northwest, the likely natural disasters are earthquakes and floods. In the Southeast, hurricanes and tornados. No matter where you are, your credit union can experience a fire, gas explosion or flooding. Branches are not immune to the aftermath of any of these disasters. When service delivery comes to a stop at your usual locations, members may experience significant inconvenience and additional stress during what is already a difficult time.Today virtual delivery can provide at least some services via technology while a branch location is being rebuilt. But it takes eight to 14 months to rebuild most branches and four to six months to renovate, which constitutes plenty of time for members to look at moving to another institution that has physical branches in operation.A few years ago, one of our bank clients suffered a fire that required demolition of one of its largest branches. We were able to work with a supplier of modular buildings, much like a school portable, to provide a temporary location during the 10 months it took to get the new branch designed, permitted and constructed. Unfortunately, it took three months to get the permits, relocate and retrofit the modular buildings. Today there is a faster way to do something similar: pop-up branches. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Flag on the play: Imposing penalty rates

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s December. Football weather has settled in and the playoff race is heating up. If you’re anything like me, you spent the entire day yesterday glued to the RedZone or, for those lucky few, you actually got to watch your team on the local broadcast. As every sports fan knows, sometimes no matter how hard the players play, sometimes it’s up to the referees to decide the outcome (eyeroll and audible groan as you remember that terrible completely wrong call the refs made that cost your team the game). Most of time, the referees are on the same page and impose the right call, like these guys: continue reading »last_img

BMKG warns of extreme weather in 17 provinces on Wednesday

first_imgThe Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), through its official website,, has issued extreme weather warnings for 17 provinces.According to the agency, some areas in Aceh, Gorontalo, South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and North Sulawesi will likely experience heavy rains coupled with strong winds and lightning on Wednesday. Thunderstorms are forecast to hit parts of Jakarta, North Kalimantan and South Sumatra on the same day.Heavy rainfall is expected to reach parts of Papua and West Papua, while strong winds are predicted to occur in Bali, Banten, Maluku, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara. Read also: Four regions at high risk of drought as BMKG predicts prolonged dry seasonThe BMKG warned people living in coastal areas that high tides could reach up to 4 meters high.Waves in the Bali Sea, the Bali Strait and the Lombok Strait are expected to reach a height of 2 m while the northern parts of the Malacca Strait and its surrounding areas could see high waves up to 3 m in height.In some areas, such as the waters of Enggano and the western part of the Indian Ocean in Bengkulu, waves may reach a height of 4 m. Besides bracing for heavy rainfall, people living in East Nusa Tenggara should be on alert for strong winds and land fires, the agency warned. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

WoodMac: LNG industry heading into $200 bln Capex boom

first_imgLNG projects expected to face delays EPC contractors see potential for recovery “Tough times bring tough contract conditions and EPC contractors have taken financial hits from project cost overruns as seen at Ichthys, Cameron and Freeport. With an increase in workload, there is the potential for a recovery in project revenues for EPC contractors,” Kelleher noted.Other parts of the value chain are also likely to see an increase in workload and with it, costs, according to Wood Mackenzie.A lean time for upstream subcontractors has resulted in a 25 percent drop of workload capacity across the sector. An uptick in activity is expected to bring higher rig rates and subsea costs, a risk for major integrated projects in Mozambique and Qatar.Kelleher added, “Cost overruns in the previous boom averaged 33 percent, with Australian projects overrunning by 40 percent. While Wood Mackenzie does not expect similar increases this time, the potential for operators and contractors to drop the ball on project delivery remains.”He further noted this risk will only be heightened if more projects go ahead than the consultancy’s base case forecast.“Only time will tell whether LNG will start to shrug off its difficult delivery reputation,” Kelleher concluded. The consultancy’s Liam Kelleher, said, “the many projects jostling for FID right now have low headline costs, but in light of the historical reality of LNG construction, some project delays are likely.”“While there is a risk that current low LNG prices may see some proposed projects canceled, Wood Mackenzie believes the risk to new LNG supply development is low and we see considerable upside supply potential.”He added that in WoodMac’s high case, a further 70 mtpa could be sanctioned in the next three years. Should even some of this materialize, construction would be stretched beyond the height of the 2010-14 boom.But that does not mean the upcoming cycle is destined to be a replay of the last. There are a number of key differences this time round, Kelleher said.Firstly, the global spread of projects will mean that the local inflation pressure, particularly in terms of manpower, which hit Australia and the US in previous cycles, is lessened.Steps taken to limit inflationcenter_img Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Freeport LNG)Over the next two years, almost 90 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG is expected to take final investment decision (FID) and start construction.New research from the consultancy group Wood Mackenzie shows that capital expenditure – for both LNG plant and upstream infrastructure – will total more than $200 billion between 2019 and 2025, showing that the LNG book is back.This will provide a major boost to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors and other providers along the supply chain.However, the LNG industry is notorious for cost overruns and project delays – just 10 percent of all LNG projects have been constructed under budget, while 60 percent have experienced delays, WoodMac said. “Secondly, developers are also being more cautious about LNG development solutions, opting for modularisation and capex phasing. This, coupled with renewed caution with investment programmes across the upstream sector, should help limit global upstream inflation,” Kelleher said.Lower raw materials costs should also help keep a cap on expenditure, as global steel prices are set to ease from their 2018 peak.He added that new players entering the EPC market mean that competition for construction contracts is strong.“While LNG operators have enjoyed a return to profits in recent years, many LNG EPC contractors remain firmly in the red,” he said.last_img read more

Ohio Valley Gas seeking rate increase

first_imgCONNERSVILLE, Ind. — Ohio Valley Gas Corp. is seeking a rate increase approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is inviting written comments for the case record and will take comments at a hearing tonight at 6:00 PM at the Connersville High School Performing Arts Center.The hearing will continue as long as customers have comments.Ohio Valley Gas Corporation has customers in Ripley, Dearborn, and Franklin Counties.All comments must be received by April 13.Those who are unable to attend the public meeting may submit written comments at or by email:

Lady Bulldogs Middle School Volleyball Team Defeat Lady Eagles

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs 7th Grade Volleyball team won against JCD 25-6, 25-12.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th grade volleyball team defeated Jac-Cen-Del 25-16, 25-17. The team played aggressively with 31 attacks that led to 8 kills.  Kaylie Raver led with 4 kills, Margaret Wilson added 2 kills and a block.  Kaylin Hinners, Laura Schwegman, and Hannah Gunter each added a kill.  The team continued with strong serving. Renee Lecher led with 12 points including 6 aces. Raver had 8 service points with 4 aces.  Sara Lamping had 6 serving points with 3 aces. Wilson added 3 service points; all aces. Calli Fletcher contributed 2 service points and Hinners had 1 point. Their record is 1-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img

Israeli Parliament Dissolves Itself; New Elections Imminent

first_imgIsrael’s parliament voted 74-45 on Thursday to dissolve itself, sending that country into its second “snap election” this year.The reason? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline.The parliament, called the Knesset, has been in office for less than two months.While Netanyahu won the election on April 9, infighting between ultra-Orthodox and secular ultra-nationalist allies, as well as disagreement over proposed legislation to protect him from prosecution for recent corruption charges, stalled his efforts to form a coalition.Instead of allowing one of his rivals to create a coalition, Netanyahu’s Likud party passed the bill dissolving parliament, sending the country to the polls for a do-over.Last February, Israel’s attorney general announced that he was considering charging Netanyahu with fraud and bribery for allegedly accepting gifts from wealthy business people and for granting political favors in an effort to earn positive press coverage.last_img read more