As part of its ongoing effort at resource conservation, and to explore and deploy clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, Casella Waste Systems today opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Chittenden County, its first facility companywide. Natural gas-powered trucks and vehicles are among the cleanest vehicles available and, with the discovery of new natural gas in North America, natural gas prices have decreased significantly. In addition they also have significantly lowered tailpipe emissions.‘We are thrilled to cut the ribbon on this facility, and to add three natural gas-powered trucks to our fleet,’ John Casella, chairman and chief executive officer of Casella Waste Systems, said. ‘Several years ago we began to explore replacing existing diesel trucks with natural gas-powered trucks. We quickly discovered that the environmental and economic benefits were obvious ‘ these vehicles cut particulate emissions by 95% and carbon monoxide by 75%, they’re quieter than traditional diesel engines and, because of the lower cost of natural gas, they offer potential economic savings as well.’ ‘I congratulate Casella Waste Systems on its leadership in becoming an early adopter of cleaner fleet vehicles,’ said Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. ‘We have significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont through alternative fuel-powered vehicles in the transportation sector. Casella Waste Systems has made an enormous impact by choosing natural gas. Moving off foreign oil to cleaner alternatives like natural gas is an excellent step that I hope other businesses will examine closely as they build to replace their fleet vehicles,’ Shumlin said. ‘Casella Waste Systems is a thoughtful company, combining positive business practice with respect for the environment,’ said Don Gilbert, President and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems. ‘While there are many natural gas vehicles in service around the world and in other states, currently Vermont only has a few. The strong North American based gas supply and its relatively low price combined with our desire to decrease greenhouse gas emissions create a unique opportunity for Vermont. Casella’s leadership has demonstrated how Vermont businesses can save money and promote a cleaner environment through utilizing natural gas vehicles in their fleets,’ Gilbert said.Casella’s new facility consists of six fueling stations, allowing vehicles to be refueled overnight. Currently, Casella deploys three CNG-powered (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles in Chittenden County and expects to take delivery on three more vehicles by mid-summer 2011, at which time 20 percent of the company’s daily collection routes in the county will be serviced by CNG vehicles.While natural gas vehicle (NGV) technology has been available for years, the strong supply outlook and decline in prices for natural gas in North America has made transitioning to NGV’s more economical. Casella plans to add several more CNG-powered vehicles to its fleet this coming year, and has planned to build 2 additional fueling stations in other communities it serves throughout the northeastern US. About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, contact Joseph Fusco, vice president, at 802-772-2247, or visit the company’s website at http://www.casella.com(link is external). PHOTO: John Casella, Governor Shumlin, Joanna Underwood from Energy Vision, and Don Gilbert. (Vermont Business Magazine)WILLISTON, VT. (May 13, 2011) ‘
Tournament head Roger Brennwald says “social distancing or matches played behind closed doors were out of the question for us from the start.”Roger Federer is a 10-time champion at the tournament in his hometown of Basel but he was set to miss the 50th edition of the event. He is skipping the rest of the 2020 season to let his right knee recover from two surgeries.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled several amateur events scheduled in August because of the coronavirus pandemic but is still planning to hold the U.S. Open starting Aug. 31.USTA National Championships in certain junior age groups for singles and doubles are being scrapped.That includes boys’ 18s in Orlando and girls’ 18s in San Diego in singles; boys’ 16s in Rome, Georgia, and girls’ 16s in Mobile, Alabama, in singles; and boys’ and girls’ 12s through 18s doubles in Orlando.Men’s and women’s USTA National Grass Court Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, are also among the tournaments eliminated.The USTA says “there was an inherent risk associated with hosting large numbers of individuals at one site, at one time, and would make risk mitigation difficult.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Southeastern Conference is postponing the start of volleyball, soccer and cross country competition through at least the end of August because of COVID-19. The league says that provides more time to prepare for a safe return to competition on an adjusted timeline. The decision includes all exhibition and non-conference games.Each school will be responsible for any rescheduling of non-conference contests impacted by the postponement.The league hasn’t made any announcement on the football season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have opted to only play conference games.The SEC’s 14 athletic directors convened Monday at league headquarters in Alabama to discuss fall sports.___ The New England Patriots have joined a growing list of NFL teams who hope to play home games this season in front of a significantly reduced number of fans to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.The team announced Tuesday that it plans to play in front of about 20% of Gillette Stadium’s capacity, if approved by state and local officials. The stadium’s capacity is just under 66,000. The Patriots also informed season ticket holders that if fans are allowed at the stadium, they will be asked to adhere to physical distancing of at least six feet. Tickets will be arranged in blocks of 10 seats or fewer, with the first eight rows of the stadium not in use. Face coverings will also be required at all times, parking for home games will be free at all Gillette Stadium lots, and all tickets will be mobile. Patriots season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase individual game tickets. Any remaining ticket inventory will go on sale to the general public. ___ The Latest: SEC postpones start of three fall sports July 14, 2020 The group says the sort of COVID-19 testing and universal housing planned for the U.S. Open “would logistically and financially be incredibly difficult to create” at these national events.All sanctioned tennis has been suspended since March because of the pandemic. Competition is scheduled to resume in August.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say it would be “irresponsible and logistically difficult to go ahead” amid uncertainty about public health and the economy.
StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Lee Price – Paddy PowerPaddy Power politics has confirmed that it is seeking a ‘Head of Trump Betting’ within the company, as the operator services over 100 markets dedicated to the 45th President of the United States of America.Having launched its dedicated ‘Trump Hub’ last February, Paddy Power has seen a significant uplift on wagers placed by its punters on Donald Trump special betting markets.Lee Price PR & Mischief Champion for Paddy Power confirmed the position to industry news source TotallyGaming.com.“Head of Trump Betting may sound ridiculous, but then so does ‘President Trump’. But our punters love The Donald! or at least betting on him. He’s the biggest non-sporting market for us – absolutely yuge!” Price stated.Seeking a top talent, The Irish bookmaker has promoted the new role on its corporate website and on its Linkedin page. The bookmaker details the following the competencies for candidate application…Technical Competencies: • Excellent betting knowledge• Aptitude at Excel and wrestling techniques a distinct advantage.• Awareness of national security situation in Sweden beneficial.• Better understanding of global politics than Donald Trump. Which won’t exclude many.Education, Qualifications & Experience:• Being multi-lingual is a distinct advantage – particularly if you specialise in decoding Trumpisms.• Ideal candidate would have a good knowledge of which one’s Melania and which one’s Ivanka.
Astronomers have long known that there is a supermassive black hole—known as Sagittarius A*—at the center of our galaxy. Now, a team of astronomers says they have found another one, not quite as big, orbiting 200 light-years from the center of the Milky Way. The team didn’t set out to find a black hole. While it was using the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s 45-meter Nobeyama radio telescope to study an enigmatic gas cloud called CO-0.40-0.22, something unusual caught their eye: an unusually wide range of speeds in the cloud’s gas molecules, suggesting that something massive is accelerating them. Observations at x-ray and infrared wavelengths didn’t reveal any big objects in the cloud. As the team describes in Astrophysical Journal Letters, a simulation of the gas movement in the cloud suggested the cause was a compact object 0.3 light-years across with a mass 100,000 times that of our sun. The best explanation for such an object, which doesn’t appear at other wavelengths, is an intermediate-mass black hole (imagined by an artist, above). Astronomers have long predicted the existence of black holes larger than those formed from single stars, but smaller than the million or billion solar mass ones lurking at the centers of galaxies. But so far there is little evidence for their existence. If CO-0.40-0.22 does prove to contain such an object, it will be a rare beast, indeed, and right in our backyard.