Image: The two facilities of RNG Energy will be able to take in up to 1,100 tonnes of organic waste every day. Photo courtesy of LEEROY Agency from Pixabay. Leyline Renewable Capital has entered into an agreement with RNG Energy Solutions to fund for the development of two anaerobic digestion facilities to be located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Linden, New Jersey.The two facilities of RNG Energy will be able to take in up to 1,100 tonnes of organic waste every day and produce up to 3,000 dekatherms of renewable natural gas, equivalent to the energy value of 26,000 gallons of gasoline.The renewable natural gas produced at the facilities will be used as a vehicle fuel, resulting in a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to 135 million fewer miles driven by gas-powered vehicles annually.RNG Energy Solutions president James Potter said: “Leyline Renewable Capital has demonstrated a unique understanding of the anaerobic digestion space and the specific challenges that come with renewable energy development.“RNG brings 30 years of experience to the table and we strongly value a financing partner that shares our deep understanding of the renewable energy industry and the capital needs of developers.“With Leyline Renewable Capital, we have found that ideal combination and are confident that these two facilities represent the first of many opportunities to work together.”Details of the two anaerobic digestion facilitiesThe Philadelphia facility will be located on a 23-acre portion of the former 1,400 acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery and will take organic waste from the Philadelphia metro region and transform it into renewable natural gas.The renewable natural gas produced by the Philadelphia facility will be injected into the Interstate Pipeline and sold as a transportation fuel.The second facility, to be located in Linden, New Jersey will take in organic waste streams from northern New Jersey and the New York metro area. The facility will convert the waste into bio-methane which will be refined to pipeline quality gas.During the construction phase, the Linden facility is expected to create more than 400 direct and indirect jobs. The two facilities will each be able to take in up to 1,100 tonnes of organic waste per day
Earthstone to acquire Midland basin owner, IRM. (Credit: Pixabay/drpepperscott230.) Earthstone Energy has entered into an agreement to acquire Independence Resources Management (IRM), an independent exploration and production (E&P) company operatimg in the Midland Basin, for about $185.9m.The purchase price is expected to include about $135.2m in cash and about 12.7 million shares of Earthstone valued at $50.8m based on a closing share price of $3.99 on 16 December this year. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.IRM is a Houston-based company focused on acquiring and developing Permian Basin hydrocarbon resources. It was formed in 2014 through a $500m line-of-equity investment from Warburg Pincus.The company has acquired 38,000 acres in two contiguous blocks and operates more than 750 wells in the Midland Basin of West Texas.IRM’s asset base and operations recorded an average production of about 8,780 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD) which includes 66% of oil for the third quarter of this year.Earthstone Energy president and CEO Robert Anderson said: “This Transaction is another important step in the execution of our growth strategy to further increase our scale with high-quality accretive acquisitions. This is consistent with our stated strategy to be a consolidator in the Permian Basin and positions us well for additional value-enhancing transactions.“We will maintain strict financial discipline as we consider future transactions, both as it relates to valuation and to maintaining our balance sheet strength.”The company intends to fund the cash portion of the deal, fees and expenses with cash on hand and new borrowings under its credit facility.Earthstone Energy is an independent energy company engaged in the development and operation of oil and natural gas properties. The company has assets in the Midland Basin of west Texas and the Eagle Ford Trend of south Texas Through the deal, Earthstone will now own assets producing 8,780BOEPD, which includes 66% of oil
The Liberal Democrats are the first major political party to publish its manifesto for the December 12th General Election. And should there be another hung parliament, then the LibDems have a fighting chance of making the ‘blue-sky thinking’ within the document into law.Its online manifesto features three key housing policies which would have far reaching consequences, mainly for the private rental market.These include some ideas poached off the government but also several radical policies that other parties have steered clear of.General Election promises:Helping young people into the rental market by establishing a new Help to Rent scheme to provide government-backed tenancy deposit loans for all first-time renters under 30.Promoting longer, three-year compulsory tenancies and ensuring they feature inflation-linked and built-in annual rent increases to give tenants security and limit rent hikesIntroduce a national, mandatory licensing scheme for landlords to weed out rogue operators.One policy not mentioned in the manifesto is a plan promoted on Twitter by its housing spokesperson and former leader, Tim Farron. In November he said the party would increase council tax five-fold for empty properties that went unoccupied for long periods of time.“People are struggling to afford good homes in in the right location,” says LibDem leader Jo Swinson (pictured, top).“House prices are too high and the possibility of owning a home seems remote for many people; the private rental market is expensive and insecure and there are not enough homes for social rent to meet demand.“The opportunity for the Liberal Democrats at this election is huge. There are no limits to my ambition for our party as we take our positive vision for a brighter future to the country.”Landlords’ reaction“We welcome the Liberal Democrats’ plans to support younger tenants in accessing rented housing with a deposit loan scheme,” says David Smith, the RLA’s Policy Director (left).“This is a policy we have long been calling for and believe it could considerably improve prospects for younger people. This is tempered by the Party’s proposals for three year tenancies with rent increases linked to inflation.“It is bizarre to be proposing this when the average length tenants have been in their properties is over four years and when private rents are increasing by less than inflation according to the Office for National Statistics.”Read the manifesto in full. LibDems liberal democrats Jo Swinson Liberal Democrats manifesto November 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » General Election: Liberal Democrats reveal their manifesto property promises previous nextHousing MarketGeneral Election: Liberal Democrats reveal their manifesto property promisesThe party has published its manifesto and, should it ever get into power, it includes several well-worn but also radical ideas to reform the private rental market.Nigel Lewis21st November 201901,249 Views
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail PROFILE OF FORMER VANDERBURGH COUNTY SHERIFF ERIC WILLIAMSFormer Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams grew up in the community and attended college at Indiana State University Evansville (ISUE) which would later come to be known as the University of Southern Indiana (USI). While at USI he served as President of his college fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma and was also appointed by Indiana Governor Robert Orr to serve as the first student trustee for the newly created University of Southern Indiana. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business.As a young boy, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams was always fascinated by police and detective shows and was always curious anytime he heard sirens. Though this stayed with him throughout adolescence and into young adulthood, he always assumed that he would graduate and work in his family’s business. It was not until his college years that the idea of becoming a law enforcement officer became a very real possibility in his eyes.During Williams’ time at the University of Southern Indiana, he chose to rush Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. It was during his years living in the fraternity house that he came to be very good friends with a young sheriff’s deputy, a past Sig Tau brother himself, who frequently patrolled the area around the Sig Tau fraternity house. This friendship opened the doors to many other friendships in local law enforcement and it was not long before Williams was volunteering at the Sheriff’s Office to see just how much he would enjoy the atmosphere.Williams thoroughly enjoyed his volunteer time at the Sheriff’s Office and when the opportunity came for him to become a guard in the jail, he jumped at the opportunity. It was during this time that Williams buckled down and committed himself to passing the test required for anyone wishing to become a deputy. This also included having a radial keratotomy to correct his vision to meet the vision requirements of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He continued working the 3rd shift as a jailer until he was finally offered a job as a deputy in 1989.Sheriff Williams gives much of the credit for his career in law enforcement to the young deputy that encouraged him to dip his feet into the water. That young deputy and fraternity brother of William’s was Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth and Williams have developed a strong friendship through their years of public service. Upon the completion of Sheriff Ray Hamner’s administration, Ellsworth was strongly encouraged by many of the other deputies to take a run at the sheriff’s office himself. He chose to do so and was rewarded with Sheriff’s title and the ensuing responsibilities.Upon Ellsworth’s election to the Sheriff’s position, it came time for him to appoint a chief deputy to serve directly under himself. Ellsworth’s selection for the position, now Lieutenant Eric Williams. “Brad Ellsworth is large to credit for my career-path,” Williams said. “The knowledge I gained while serving as Ellsworth’s chief deputy gave me the knowledge and desire to run for the sheriff position once his administration came to a close.”After months of campaigning, Williams rose the victor and newly elected Sheriff, as Ellsworth moved on to serve as the elected U.S. Congressman for Indianan’s 8th district. Williams considers himself extremely blessed to serve Vanderburgh County as the Sheriff, “I am honored that the people of Vanderburgh County trust me to keep them and their families safe at home, at work and where they play.Former Sheriff Williams’s also said “that he has many things to be proud of from his many years of dedicated service to the community. His proudest accolades, however, involve the development of his deputies throughout his administration. He is proud of both the deputies hired by himself as well as those that came before his administration”.When he retired as Sheriff in 2014 he took a position with Old National Bank as the Senior Vice President, Director of Security; Old National Bank, Evansville IN.Mr. Williams serves or has served on the boards of many local organizations, including being a member and Past President of the Board of Directors for Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, board member for the Red Cross, board member and Past President of Leadership Evansville, board member for Albion Fellows Bacon Center, board member for Marian Education Outreach, board member for the University of Southern Indiana Foundation, former board member for the Southern Indiana Higher Education Foundation and many others. Eric Williams and his wife Jude are members of St. James Catholic Church. He and his wife Jude have three children and two grandchildren.The fact remains that Vanderburgh County was well represented by Eric Williams as the former Sheriff of Vanderburgh County for eight years. The citizens of Vanderburgh County owes him a big thanks for a job well done.
Bob McElwee, now a full-time Ocean City resident, has Bob McElwee, now a full-time Ocean City resident, has been a referee in three Super Bowls.While everyone is glued to the tube watching Super Bowl 50, it’s a nice time to consider one of Ocean City’s strongest connections to the game: Bob McElwee.This year, the NFL is emphasizing the history of the big game, as Sunday’s edition will mark a half-century of Super Bowls. And though he never donned a helmet or shoulder pads, very few individuals embody that history more than McElwee, a year-round resident of OC.McElwee was an NFL official for 27 years and is the only man to referee three Super Bowls in three different decades: Super Bowl XXII in 1988, Super Bowl XXVIII in 1993 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. He is one of only five refs to officiate three Super Bowls regardless of the decade.Each one of those games was special in their own way,” McElwee recalls. The first one pitted the Denver Broncos against the Washington Redskins. That is when Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, threw five consecutive touchdown passes. His second assignment was one of the Buffalo Bills’ four straight Super Bowl losses, this one to the Dallas Cowboys. “Buffalo was up at halftime but Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and that bunch were just too strong and took control of the second half.”His final appearance saw the St. Louis Rams earn a last-second win over the Tennessee Titans. That game was noted for the final Tennessee drive ending at the one-yard line as time expired.“I ran into (Tennessee coach) Jeff Fisher a few months later and he said ‘Bob I really screwed up.’ I asked him what he meant by that and he said ‘I was on the rules committee the year before and if I had convinced them to change the length of the field to 99 yards, we would have won the game.’”McElwee estimates he officiated more than 500 NFL contests over his career, including many playoff games. Before that he officiated college games and before that, South Jersey high school contests. A native of Camden, he played at Haddonfield High, where he was a three-sport letterman, and then at the Naval Academy. At Navy, he was a linebacker on the 1955 team that won the Sugar Bowl. But his biggest thrill in the sport may have been the very first NFL game he worked as a line judge.“Here I was, fresh out of the college ranks and my very first game was Oakland, coached by John Madden and featuring Jack Tatum and Kenny Stabler, against the Pittsburgh Steelers with Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris. That made quite an impression.”No interview with a retired NFL ref is complete without a discussion of replay.“Let me be clear,” Bob said. “I really wish they would scrap it. I refereed half my career with replay and half without. Today, there are plays that seem obvious, the coach throws the challenge flag and now the game is held up for 10 minutes. It used to be the league backed up the officials. A catch was a catch if we said it was. If we said the runner was down, he was down.”McElwee had such a good reputation for fairness; he was selected as ref for the television show “American Gladiators” and for ESPN’s “Battle of the Gridiron Stars.” He is active in charitable organizations and co-founded Renew, which provides inner city housing for the less fortunate.McElwee’s career spanned 1976 to 2003. His final game was the 2003 Pro Bowl. And though he witnessed many changes in the game, he still looks back fondly on his entire career.“When I think about game day, and heading out onto that field,” he said, “each and every one of the games I worked was special.”
Bakery supplier Bako North Western Group is aiming to secure new shareholder members following a shake-up of its capital structure.The Preston-based bakery co-operative, which supplies bakery ingredients and foodservice products, is hoping to attract members with a new share offer later this year following a decline in the number of shareholders.The company said about 80% of its sales were to non-shareholder customers, adding that benefits to shareholders included competitive pricing, rebates and access to products and training.Employing around 370 staff, Bako has increased its turnover from £66m three years ago to £132m last year following the acquisition of Bako South Eastern and Bako North East & Scotland in 2015.Bako said the restructured share offering, developed with advisors Pannone Corporate, will raise capital to fund further expansion and reinforce its ethos of ‘by bakers for bakers’. “We will be approaching existing and new customers to invite them to participate in shareholding through a new share issue later in 2018,” said Bako chair Joe Hall.“The move will also allow us to grow our shareholder base and increase sales while preserving the value of the stake held by existing shareholders.”The company added that it would be adopting a new growth strategy following the appointment of Mike Tully as group CEO last November.“We decided to bring the share structure up to date, which will not only enable the group to raise external capital to fund further growth, but make it an attractive proposition to new shareholders,” said Bako non-executive director Dianne Walker.“The change recognises the investment by the current shareholders by ring-fencing their share value in a separate class of shares.”Bako supplies bakers, butchers, food manufacturers, catering companies, schools, restaurants and coffee shops across the UK, through its HQ in Preston and subsidiaries in Durham, Wimbledon and Norwich.
Two departments within Harvard Campus Services are being recognized for their leadership on sustainability, reflecting the University’s goal to institutionalize best practices in sustainable operations.Harvard’s Fleet Management team has received an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its use of biodiesel fuel in 75 vehicles, including shuttles. In the past year alone, Harvard’s biodiesel usage reduced carbon dioxide 15%, carbon monoxide 12%, and both hydrocarbon and sulfur dioxide 20%, and particulate matter 12%. Harvard uses about 2,000 gallons of a 20-80 biodiesel and petroleum blend each week. Fleet Management also uses bio-based hydraulic oil, parts cleaner, and lubricants and has a vehicle wash facility that uses recovered rainwater, saving 750 to 1,000 gallons per month.Harvard Dining Services was recognized by the National Association of College & University Food Services with a Gold level Sustainability Award for procurement practices for its model sustainable seafood program. The program was developed with chef and Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment Program Director Barton Seaver to balance cost, sustainability, and health. They identified five criteria for sustainability including certification, locally sourced, abundant species, and, where appropriate, off-cuts used to ensure no waste. Key factors for sourcing include price that is good for Harvard and the fishermen, volume that meets scale of ordering, and customer choice.HUDS has partnered with local seafood processor Red’s Best to source seafood directly from fishermen using a Catch of the Week program and use of underutilized species.
The Dell Technologies and Microsoft strategic partnership places customers in the forefront with joint innovative solutions. Unified Systems Management capabilities are made available through OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center suite of products and the new modern web-based console, Microsoft Windows Admin Center. In a nutshell, OpenManage Ecosystem portfolio of Integrations brings in visibility and control of your Physical, Virtual, Software Defined, and Azure Cloud environments. The partnership enables full stack management and deeper control.Think about the time spent in juggling around consoles. You look for patterns in the information available to help you make decisions faster. It gets worse when you are on the path of modernizing your data center. Dell EMC OpenManage Integrations puts you in the driver seat by providing total control of your infrastructure. It allows you to easily get systems into production by scaling repetitive tasks through reliable automation reducing human error thereby simplifying management operations.Let’s take a look at the new Dell EMC OpenManage Windows Admin Center extension that enables you to easily streamline troubleshooting and management remotely. This helps you achieve operational efficiency and flexibility when managing your server and cluster environment. The native integration is available without additional agents or console dependencies. Essentially, it’s like a modern-day phone that makes information available on the fly. There is no need to go and seek information because it is available in real-time. It provides visibility of your servers and clusters.Greg Altman, IT Infrastructure Manager at Swiff-Train Company, and an early adopter customer of the Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center said, “The Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center gives us full visibility to Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, enabling us to easily respond to situations before they become critical. It’s amazing to have a single pane to manage a hyperconverged solution, Azure Stack HCI, and software to help manage the software.”Moreover, Dell EMC is reassuring the deep collaboration with Microsoft by providing immediate availability and support for the latest update of Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1910.The OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center is available as a virtual appliance integrating with the System Center consoles. It simplifies administration and management across heterogenous Operating Systems and Hypervisors. 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Geno Carr Caesar Samayoa The cast of ‘Come From Away'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Come From Away View Comments Related Shows Fresh off of nabbing 14 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Come From Away’s cast and creative team gathered to meet the press on February 7. Broadway.com was on hand to snap pics of the cast, including Lee MacDougall, Joel Hatch, Caesar Samayoa, Jenn Colella, Q. Smith, Rodney Hicks, Astrid Van Wieren, Chad Kimball, Geno Carr, Petrina Bromley and Kendra Kassebaum. The creative team, including choreographer Kelly Devine, director Christopher Ashley, writers and composers Irene Sankoff and David Hein and music supervisor Ian Eisendrath, also got together for a photo. Come From Away, which follows plane passengers forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001, begins performances on February 18; opening night is set for March 12. Take a look at the hot shots below, and be sure to catch the show at the Schoenfeld Theatre! Jenn Colella from $49.00 Astrid Van Wieren Star Files Chad Kimball View All (5)
Beer is great in just about any given situation, but you could argue that there’s no sweeter beer than the beer you drink after an utter and complete failure. The beer I had after dislocating my shoulder on Heartbreak Ridge tasted pretty damn good. A few years ago, I spent the better part of a morning getting absolutely worked by the Pacific Ocean in LA. The lunch beers after that “surf” session were impeccable.It’s like chicken soup when you have the flu. There probably aren’t any magical medicinal properties in that soup, but it makes you feel better. Therein lies the magic of failure beer—it’s comforting. I’m no expert, but I believe that’s one of the founding principles of country music.And so, after spending a long, back-breaking and disappointing day in the backcountry of Pisgah National Forest recently, I was in desperate need of some comfort beer. It was a couple of days after Winter Storm Jonas dropped feet of snow on some of our higher elevations. A buddy and I went searching for some steep and deep. We skied for 11 hours straight looking for deep powder on one of the most formidable mountains east of the Mississippi, and came up way short. Eleven hours of skinning and boot packing a thin, crusty snow. One of the greatest storms ever to hit the South, and all we found was the melted leftovers. The powder was gone. Or maybe it was never there. I’ll never know.In a situation like that, all you can do is sit in the crusty snow at the trailhead and drink a couple of beers. Sure, you’re sullen at first, but after the initial beer, you realize the day wasn’t all that bad. The powder wasn’t deep, but there was snow. We didn’t get any legit downhill turns, but we did spend the day skiing some pretty epic cross country terrain. Eleven hours on skis and a couple of beers as the sun sets. That ain’t so bad.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]