Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards AnnouncedWHAT: 6th Annual Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards BrunchThe Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards honor outstanding farmers, industry supporters and others dedicated to the success of our agricultural community. Farming is an integral part of the fabric and history of Vermont and these individuals are being honored for their commitment to promoting the economic and environmental stability of agriculture.This year’s recipients are:Senator Patrick LeahyDean MerrillSenator Justin Smith MorrillPhilip K. GrimeWHEN: Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:00 a.m.WHERE: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VermontExpo North Building
BHP: Thermal coal investments not in company’s future plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:BHP says it has no appetite for new investments in thermal coal, regardless of how lucrative those investments may be, but has also signalled it is unlikely to invest in commodities like lithium and cobalt.The hardening of BHP’s attitude toward the type of coal used for power generation was revealed in a slide pack published ahead of a strategy briefing by chief financial officer Peter Beaven.The presentation declares that the decarbonisation of the energy sector will see thermal coal ”phased out, potentially sooner than expected”. BHP then added that it had “no appetite for growth in energy coal regardless of asset attractiveness”.”Our energy coal exposure is just three per cent of our asset base. But it is made up of two very high-quality mines which generate high margins. Our focus will be on maximising value to shareholders, whether we are long term owners or not,” Mr. Beaven told analysts on Wednesday morning.The comments come after Deutsche analyst James Gurry said this week that he expects BHP to exit its thermal coal assets, which comprise the Mt. Arthur mine in New South Wales and a stake in the Cerrejon business in Colombia. Mr. Gurry said in a note that he valued BHP’s thermal coal assets at more than $US2.5 billion ($3.6 billion).More: BHP dark on thermal coal’s future
Centrale Nantes has installed a demonstrator, part of the Acoustics of the SEA (SEAc) project developed by Nereis Environnement, which aims to characterize underwater ambient noise on its offshore test site SEM-REV. The project, to monitor the environment of a Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) production site, required the installation of an autonomous tool for recording underwater sounds and storing data at sea.The data collected will be used to model the acoustic footprint of underwater noise in order to estimate the impact of MRE activities on marine fauna, the company noted.An innovative demonstrator, including a standalone acoustic recorder from the manufacturer OSEAN, and 3 acoustic recorders were installed on site.NEREIS Environnement was selected in the 4th FORESEA call for funding, and this is the first project in this programme to be hosted by SEM-REV.Eight projects will be tested on the SEM-REV offshore test site as part of FORESEA funding, including prototypes of MRE technologies such as Pytheas Technology’s PywEC generator or the HACE (Hydro Air Concept Energy) wave energy system; or MRE site equipment tools such as FMGC submarine electric cable ballast shells; or site maintenance and monitoring tools such as underwater drone tests developed by INTERDRONES.
By FFWPU USATwenty-one Unificationists participated in the New Jersey Ocean Church’s first Ocean Challenge Program. From August 22-28, the participants grew to love fishing as they challenged themselves to meet their goals.Every day, the camp-style Ocean Challenge Program would start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m., with participants attending on whatever days they could. They received some basic first aid and CPR training, learned to tie knots, and cooked some simple fish recipes. The participants even had a chance to test-drive the boats on the first day.Participants also had a chance to learn about the history of True Parents’ Ocean Providence from Dr. Keisuke Noda, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS). One of the program captains, Naria McGee, also gave a lecture about how taking ownership of the ocean is part of human beings’ responsibility to fulfill the Third Blessing, in other words, to act as compassionate stewards and caretakers of the created world. To experience other aspects of nature, the participants also went kayaking and explored parts of the New Jersey Meadowlands.On the last two days of the program, the participants gained a small experience of sleeping on the boat at sea in New York Harbor. Surrounded by a panoramic night view of New York City, the Statue of Liberty, and Jersey City, they caught some striped bass and several bluefish during their stay out on the water.“Sleeping on a rocking boat can be a challenge,” said Naria. “But it still felt like home as we were greeted by the sunrise, had breakfast, and went back to fishing.”At the conclusion of the program, many participants were able to take home some of the fish they had caught and share it with their families, in itself a highly rewarding experience!For more information about the New Jersey Ocean Church and Ocean Challenge Programs, please contact the New Jersey Ocean Church team at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org