first_imgMore than 150 teens from U.S. military families will gather in the north Georgia mountains this July for a week of summer camp at Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Ga.The event, set for July 10-15, will be hosted by Georgia 4-H and Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base. “Georgia 4-H offers summer camps and weekend family camps for Georgia military families,” said Casey Mull, Georgia 4-H military program liaison. “To my knowledge, this will be the first camp that brings together reserve-component military teens from all branches of service and from all states across the nation.”4-H has offered camps for military kids for seven years, but this is the first that focuses on building leadership skills among reserve-component teens from a national audience.Barring any state or national disasters, National Guard and Reservists in the past have spent one weekend a month and two training weeks each summer away from their families. But, in recent years, that time away has gotten longer.”With Operation Enduring Freedom and the Overseas Contingency Operations, our country is relying more and more on guard members and reservists,” Mull said. “When a parent leaves for duty, it impacts the entire family. These summer camps are designed to help teens build their resiliency as well as inform themselves of programs available in their communities specifically for them.”This summer’s camp will help the students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities and learn ways to connect with other military teens, he said. Each day of camp will focus on a different branch of service: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.Like most summer camps, there will be traditional camping activities like hiking, rappelling, high-ropes challenges and white-water rafting.Each year, more than 700 military families and youth participate in Georgia 4-H camping programs specifically designed for military families.To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s military programs, visit For information on the national Extension-Military High Adventure Camp initiative, visit read more

first_imgVermont is rated among the highest states in home value appreciation, despite a general national decline. The state was third highest even including the negative effect of distressed sales. CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released its October Home Price Index (HPI) which shows that home prices in the US declined for the third month in a row.  According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 3.93 percent in October 2010 compared toOctober 2009 and declined by 2.43 percent* in September 2010 compared to September 2009.  Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 1.5 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009.  Highlights as of October 2010Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: North Dakota (+4.61 percent), West Virginia (+3.43 percent), Vermont (+2.59 percent), Maine (+1.97 percent) and Wyoming (+1.93 percent).Including distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Idaho (-15.06 percent), Alabama (-9.30 percent), Oregon (-8.50 percent), Arizona (-8.25 percent) and Florida (-8.00 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: Wyoming (+5.67 percent), North Dakota (+5.35 percent), Hawaii (+2.97 percent), New York (+2.93 percent), and Vermont (+2.84 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Idaho (-10.60 percent), Arizona (-6.37 percent), Washington (-5.94 percent), Michigan (-5.91 percent) and Oregon(-5.60 percent).Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006to October 2010) was ‘30.2 percent. Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the HPI for the same period was ‘20.9 percent.  “We are continuing to see the weakness in home prices without artificial government support in the form of tax credits. The stubborn unemployment levels and seasonality are also coming into play,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “When you combine these factors with high shadow and visible inventories, the prospect for a housing recovery in early 2011 is fading.”Full-month October 2010 national, state-level and top CBSA-level data can be found at is external)*September 2010 data was revised from a decline of 2.79 percent to a decline of 2.43 percent.  Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results.  MethodologyThe CoreLogic HPI incorporates more than 30 years worth of repeat sales transactions, representing more than 55 million observations sourced from CoreLogic industry-leading property information and its securities and servicing databases. The CoreLogic HPI provides a multi-tier market evaluation based on price, time between sales, property type, loan type (conforming vs. nonconforming), and distressed sales. The CoreLogic HPI is a repeat-sales index that tracks increases and decreases in sales prices for the same homes over time, which provides a more accurate “constant-quality” view of pricing trends than basing analysis on all home sales. The CoreLogic HPI provides the most comprehensive set of monthly home price indices and median sales prices available covering 6,208 ZIP codes (58 percent of total U.S. population), 572 Core Based Statistical Areas (85 percent of total U.S. population) and 1,027 counties (82 percent of total U.S. population) located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  About CoreLogicCoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. The company combines public, contributory and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built the largest U.S. real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services. More than one million users rely on CoreLogic to assess risk, support underwriting, investment and marketing decisions, prevent fraud, and improve business performance in their daily operations. Formerly the information solutions group of The First American Corporation, CoreLogic began trading under the ticker CLGX on the NYSE on June 2, 2010. The company, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has more than 10,000 employees globally with 2009 revenues of $2 billion.  For more information visit is external)Source:  CoreLogic. SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The data provided is for use only by the primary recipient or the primary recipient’s publication or broadcast. This data may not be re-sold, republished or licensed to any other source, including publications and sources owned by the primary recipient’s parent company without prior written permission from CoreLogic.  Any CoreLogic data used for publication or broadcast, in whole or in part, must be sourced as coming from CoreLogic, a real estate data and analytics company. For use with broadcast or web content, the citation must directly accompany first reference of the data.  If the data is illustrated with maps, charts, graphs or other visual elements, the CoreLogic logo must be included on screen or web site.  For questions, analysis or interpretation of the data contact Lori Guyton at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or Bill Campbell at [email protected](link sends e-mail) . Data provided may not be modified without the prior written permission of CoreLogic.  Do not use the data in any unlawful manner. This data is compiled from public records, contributory databases and proprietary analytics, and its accuracy is dependent upon these sources.CoreLogic is a registered trademark of CoreLogic.last_img read more

first_imgLS Power brings world’s largest battery storage project online in California FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Stealthy grid infrastructure developer LS Power now operates the largest grid battery in the world.The Gateway Energy Storage project launched earlier this summer, with an initial tranche of 62.5 megawatts/62.5 megawatt-hours. That was enough to make it the most powerful battery in the U.S. But LS Power had more up its sleeve, and now Gateway can charge or discharge 230 megawatts for one hour, expected to rise to 250 megawatts by the end of the month.That would be big news for the storage sector in any event, because it exceeds the previous largest battery, the Tesla-supplied Hornsdale plant (150 megawatts/193.5 megawatt-hours). But its arrival coincides with an energy crisis as California struggles to produce enough power to keep the grid running amid a historic heat wave.California shut down enough power plant capacity in recent years that it now has trouble supplying air-conditioning demand on hot days in the hours when the sun sets and solar generation drops off. Meanwhile, imports from neighboring states have been constrained because those states are facing the same heat wave.A wave of massive battery projects is under construction in California, many of which are designed to step in for the retiring gas and nuclear plants by shifting solar generation into the hours after sunset. Gateway is the first of this cohort to come online. It alone wields more power than all the other batteries connected to the grid managed by the California Independent System Operator.“By charging during solar production on off-peak hours and delivering energy to the grid during times of peak demand for power, our battery storage projects improve electric reliability, reduce costs and help our state meet its climate objectives,” LS Power Head of Renewables John King said in a statement.[Julian Spector]More: LS Power energizes world’s biggest battery, just in time for California’s heat wavelast_img read more

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 22, 2018 The Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center, located on Governor’s Island, in Rio de Janeiro, houses the Brazilian Navy’s (MB, in Portuguese) Peacekeeping Operations School (EsOpPazNav, in Portuguese) since 2008. The school trains MB service members who participate in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations or other activities as part of MB’s international commitments. According to Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Bruno Kochulinski Caldas, head of EsOpPazNav, the unit was created to fill a training gap for service members assigned to peacekeeping operations, “mainly the marine operational groups which were part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, in French),” Lt. Col. Kochulinski said. With the new structure, CFN will be able to record experiences, organize internships and workshops that enable mission-related knowledge to be shared, and represent CFN in Brazil and abroad in peacekeeping-related missions. Specific training for MINUSTAH remained in place until the mission ended in 2017. “Brazil’s involvement in Haiti allowed for up-close experience with peacekeeping activities, and expanded MB service members’ knowledge of United Nations doctrine. The work of EsOpPazNav aims at multiplying that knowledge, enabling improvements and dissemination of new tactics, techniques, and procedures at all operational levels,” said Lt. Col. Kochulinski. The school counts with nearly 100 instructors trained in courses in Brazil and abroad, with proven experience in peacekeeping missions. “Instructors come from other military organizations within the Navy, and are deployed with priority when needed for trainings and other activities related to peacekeeping operations,” the officer explained. Courses offered According to Lt. Col. Kochulinski, the institution’s main focus is to train MB service members who are part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and also offers courses aimed at engagements in peacekeeping missions. The Troop Contingent Preparation for Peacekeeping Operations Internship is one of the courses offered. Held over a five-day period twice a year, the course is meant for UNIFIL’s maritime task forces (MTF) and marine operational groups. The course prepares the ship’s crew, who will travel to Lebanon, with a program that includes UN’s requirements, referenced in the Core Pre-deployment Training Materials of the UN Peacekeeping Resource Hub. “Practical training takes place at the Navy’s Almirante Marques de Leão Training Center and on the vessel where the crew prepares. It includes simulations of situations that normally occur in UNIFIL, such as boarding operations during a maritime interdiction,” Lt. Col. Kochulinski explained. The Naval Peacekeeping Operations Internship for the Contingents’ General Staff is aimed at General Staff officers who will take on duties such as directly advising the MTF’s commander. “The course is offered twice a year and is based on knowledge transfer of recently returned service members from the mission to the peacekeeping force’s future staff, especially regarding specific activities performed while on duty,” he explained. Once a year, the institution also offers a Special Officers Course on Negotiation in Conflicts with Hostages. The goal is to prepare officers to join negotiation teams or advisory groups in crisis units that involve infiltration of facilities with hostages. “Other armed forces can participate in this course, along with service members from auxiliary forces, the Military Police, and the Fire Department,” Lt. Col. Kochulinski said. He added that in 2018, for the first time, at the request of the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) Agulhas Negras Military Academy, a one of a kind negotiation internship would be offered to cadets, addressing practical activities of basic negotiation techniques and rules. “The school is also responsible for naval patrol related training for visit and inspection groups and detention of prisoners,” Lt. Col. Kochulinski said. EsOpPazNav service members also support the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Center (CCOPAB, in Portuguese), an EB unit with theoretical and practical training for the Humanitarian Demining Internship designed for EB and MB service members, as well as partner nations. “We help set up workshops for the practical application of methods and equipment used in humanitarian demining operations, such as the live explosive deployment workshop and the demining team deployment in an area with characteristics similar to those they would encounter in a real-life scenario,” Lt. Col. Kochulinski explained. The partnership with CCOPAB is reciprocal, said the officer. The EB center coordinates essential doctrine training to deploy troops in peacekeeping operations, one of MB’s troop training stages for UNIFIL. “But EsOpPazNav intends to take over all training tasks for UNIFIL, given the mission’s naval nature, as well as the school’s capacity to provide any training necessary to deploy the Navy troops in a peacekeeping operation,” he said. Students’ approval CFN Captain Adriano Amorim Filgueiras, part of UNIFIL MTF since January 2018, prepared for the mission at EsOpPazNav. In Lebanon, he secures deployment of marines from the Maritime Task Force Command and Asymmetrical Threat Reaction Group. According to Capt. Filgueiras, during training at EsOpPazNav, he learned from instructors’ past experiences anticipating likely scenarios, as well as passing on orders already established in UN documents. “Due to the unusual conditions that a combatant is used to face, it was really important to have more specific guidance,” he said. Training involved a set of classes and lectures instructors and guest officers with vast experience in peacekeeping operations taught. “The expertise of these service members was an essential part of the training,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgImage courtesy of WisonExmar’s barge-based floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) on Wednesday left the Wison Offshore Marine shipyard in China and set course towards Singapore.In Singapore, the unit will undergo site specific modifications before departing to its project destination to commence its long-term employment mid-2018 in line with its time charter commitments, Belgian company Exmar said in a statement.To remind, Wison delivered the FSRU to the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner in December.Exmar says the unit it is the world’s first barge-based FSRU and is the first of the new generation of floating regasification assets, barge-based, and aimed at catering for the needs of medium-sized LNG import projects.The FSRU features an LNG storage capacity of 25,000 cubic meters and a re-gasification capacity of 600 mmscfd.Exmar added in its latest statement that more information on the FSRU charterer and the location will be released at a later stage.last_img read more

first_imgHyundai seems to be working overtime on its next upcoming small-hatch and the heartthrob of a lot of people – the Santro. Okay, to be honest, it is not called the Santro yet but codenamed as AH2. However, the car is slated to be the modern successor to the Santro.In an event organized by Hyundai to celebrate their 20th anniversary, apart from the AH2 hatchback announcement which is expected to make ground by the end of this year. Hyundai CEO also confirmed 8 new car launches by the year 2020. We give you a lowdown of what to expect from the Korean car manufacturing giant. AH2 hatchback spotted testingThe first car to grace the launchpad will be the new Santro. The car is already undergoing active road tests in India and is slated to launch before Diwali and will go head on with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and Tata Tiago. The hatchback will be underpinned by the HA platform which also underpinned the now discontinued i10 hatchback. The new Santro hatchback will be powered by a 1.1-litre petrol which also powered the i10 as well. The powertrain will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and also AMT transmission which will be known as Smart Auto. Hyundai Kona EVHyundai is also slated to bring the new Kona EV which will come into the Indian market via the Completely Knocked Down route (CKD). The electric SUV will be launched in 2019 and will be priced at around Rs 25 lakh. The Kona EV will be powered by 39.2 kWh battery pack which will provide a 300km range. Power output is 134bhp and 395Nm and goes from zero to 100 in 9.7 secs all the way to 155kmph.advertisement Hyundai has also been testing out the Carlino subcompact SUV which made its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and is slated to launch in April 2019. Once launched, the Carlino will go head on with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and the Tata Nexon. The pricing will be around Rs 7-9.5 lakh and has been codenamed QXI. The Carlino SUV will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines. The Carlino is based on the Elite i20 platform with it shares a number of features and will sit under the Creta once launched. Hyundai Tucson faceliftHyundai is also planning to bring the updated Tucson to the Indian market. The upcoming Tucson was spotted testing in Korea with launch scheduled for early 2019. The Tucson will rival the Jeep Compass and the VW Tiguan in the Indian market and will get a number of updates – exterior and interior. The Tucson will be powered by the all-new 1.6-litre diesel engine which churns out 115bhp and will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. AWD will also be an option. Upcoming Hyundai Elantra faceliftAnother vehicle in the line of change will be the Hyundai Elantra facelift which will be coming to the Indian market sometime before 2020. Once launched officially, the Elantra will stand against rivals like the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Skoda Octavia. Upcoming Santa Fe designThe Hyundai Santa Fe is also on the launch timescale. The Santa Fe second gen was discontinued owing to poor sales. However, in recent spy shots the Santa Fe is slated to sport an updated design based on the Kona – Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language with signature cascading grille and slim headlamps, LED DRLs and headlamps and LED tail lamps as well. Upon launch, it will go head on with the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and the Skoda Kodiaq.last_img read more