CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Facebook Previous articleElkhart man, 69, killed in motorcycle crashNext articleWest Nile Virus discovered in mosquitoes in Mishawaka Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) A Mishawaka bar is temporarily closed for cleaning after a person in the bar tested positive for COVID-19.Smokestack Brew posted the following message on their Facebook page:The Smokestack family is sorry to announce that we will be closed for 2 weeks due to Covid 19. We are apologetic to the inconvenience that this causes to anyone. WE WILL RE OPEN ON FRIDAY THE 17TH of JULY.We highly urge anyone that was at Smokestack on 6/27/20, ongoing from that day, and has symptoms of Covid to please go get tested.It was brought to our attention that we had a Covid positive person in our building on 6/27 and we want to be as proactive as possible to keep everyone safe.Every one of our employees WILL be tested before returning to work to ensure our safety as well as all of our beautiful family and friends here at Smokestack.PLEASE stay safe, wear your masks in public, and wash your hands. WhatsApp Twitter Mishawaka bar temporarily closed due to COVID-19 case By Jon Zimney – July 3, 2020 0 451 Twitter Facebook
Former British Society of Baking chairman Ian Melling has passed away peacefully at home.Ian trained as a baker and worked for a number of bakery companies, and also taught part-time at the National Bakery School.He later moved on to the bakery equipment side of the industry, finishing his career as managing director of Record Bakery Equipment.Ian joined the British Society of Baking (BSB) in 1975 and was a member until his retirement. He was chairman of the society in 1991-1992 and served on various committees during the 1980s and 1990s.The BSB described Ian as a very enthusiastic member who had contributed to the society’s success, adding that he stayed in touch as a retired member.“He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him in the BSB and in the baking industry in general,” said the BSB, which has sent its condolences to Ian’s widow Affie.Only last year Ian donated his collection of bakery books to the National Bakery School (NBS). He and Affie delivered them personally to the school and were given a tour of the NBS facilities by course director Elaine Thomson.A service will be held on Monday 9 March 2020 at 1:45pm at Gold Hill Baptist Church, Gold Hill East, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 9DG.
Last night, Phish completed the third show of their semi-annual Independence Day Weekend run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The shows offered no shortage of highlights, including new songs, tour debuts, beloved covers, and deep jams on unexpected songs, but the undoubted centerpiece of the weekend was the monster 22+ minute “Chalk Dust Torture” from Friday evening’s performance, featuring tight, spacey improvisation and even some instrument rotating–with Trey hitting the marimba lumina and Mike taking a turn on the keys. The band has released official pro-shot video of the stellar jam for all of us to enjoy.Set aside 22 minutes, pull up a chair, plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, and give this a spin–you’ll be glad that you did:Phish’s 2016 Summer Tour continues this Wednesday with a relatively (compared to the rest of the tour) intimate show at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME.
Good news for Washington D.C. area music fans, as the beloved 9:30 Club venue will be branching out into a new venue called The Anthem! The new 6,000 person venue was announced by Billboard earlier today, and it’s scheduled to open up on October 12th, 2017.The Anthem will be located on the Potomac River as part of The Wharf, a $2 billion city works project designed to restore the city’s Southwest waterfront district. You can see a rough map outlining the plans for The Wharf, as well as The Anthem, below.The venue was spearheaded by I.M.P. Presents, the company that owns and operates the famed 9:30 Club in DC. We can’t wait to see what artists will be coming to this exciting new establishment!
More renewable energy records set in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:This week, two of the biggest economies in Europe set new records for clean energy.The U.K.’s electrical grid has not burned any coal for about 1,000 hours so far this year. Though it’s just a symbolic achievement, the pace at which the UK is reaching such figures shows the pace of the energy transition. In 2016 and 2017, the comparable figures for the full year stood at 210 hours and 624 hours, respectively.There are two reasons for the shift: a carbon tax on coal has made cleaner natural gas more attractive, and subsidies for solar and wind power have ensured wider deployment of new clean-energy technologies.Germany’s case has been slightly different. Though it began pushing for renewable energy much earlier than the U.K., its gains have been slower. The coal lobby in Germany is a lot stronger than in the U.K.But as the costs of renewable energy have come down, change is finally showing. In 2018 so far, coal generated about 35.1% of the country’s electricity. In comparison, renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and biomass, generated about 36.5%. At the half-year mark, it’s the first time in Germany’s history that renewables sources have generated more electricity than coal.The pace of change is expected to accelerate. The European Union is tightening its emissions-trading scheme, which is raising the price of carbon. Large producers of carbon dioxide are being incentivized to move away from fossil fuels. As well, the cost of energy storage is coming down, allowing countries to add more intermittent solar and wind power.More: Europe keeps setting clean-energy records
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享La Crosse Tribune:Dairyland Power Cooperative took its coal-fired power plant in Genoa offline at the beginning of June to avoid fuel shortages caused by the lack of barges carrying coal up a flooded Mississippi River. Instead, the La Crosse-headquartered cooperative is purchasing electricity from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. market to make up for the power normally produced by the plant in Genoa, said Phil Moilien, Dairyland’s vice president.At face value, buying power from the grid could be cheaper for Dairyland than running its coal plant.Dairyland’s 345-megawatt coal-fired power plant is one of 17 coal plants in Wisconsin. At 50 years old, it’s the eighth oldest coal-burning power plant in the state.Since the Genoa plant, situated along the Mississippi River, gets its coal solely by barge, Moilien said, Dairyland made the decision to temporarily halt operations “not because we are out of coal, but to ensure we have enough coal for the summer months.”However, Dairyland reported to the U.S. Energy Information Administration that its fuel cost $27.28 per megawatt-hour in 2017. And it costs about $17 per megawatt-hour to run the power plant, based on EIA modeling. Altogether, that’s a combined cost of about $44 per megawatt-hour to produce electricity at a coal-fired power plant such as Dairyland’s.By comparison, it costs about $32 per megawatt-hour to buy power from the grid, according to MISO market figures from June 2018.More: Dairyland Power took its coal plant offline because of flooding, but it could be saving money buying power from the grid Temporary closing of Wisconsin coal plant likely saving money for Dairyland Power’s customers
Moody’s: Climate change poses rising risk to significant portion of U.S. nuclear fleet FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Nuclear operators should expect to face growing credit risk associated with climate change over the next 10 to 20 years, Moody’s said in an Aug. 18 report, suggesting operators should install upgrades to protect their facilities from looming threats.Reactors that are exposed to increased flood risk can make incremental investments to “bolster their flood barrier or redirect runoff to protect critical structures,” Moody’s analysts wrote, noting that the rating agency incorporates such actions into its credit analysis as a form of risk mitigation.Flooding represents a primary concern for nuclear projects, as plants located near large bodies of water are vulnerable to flooding and storm surges, increasing the risk that equipment could be damaged. Approximately 37,000 MW of nuclear capacity in the U.S. has elevated exposure to flood risk, according to the report.“Nuclear power reactors are some of the most hardened industrial assets in the [U.S.], but they still face rising climate risks, especially if they look to extend their operating licenses for another 20 years,” Moody’s analyst David Kamran, an author of the report, said in an email.Increased heat and a depleted water supply are also expected to be factors, with parts of the Midwest and southern Florida facing the highest levels of heat stress and Western states, primarily California and those in the Rocky Mountain region, likely to face the greatest reduction in water availability. Some 48,000 MW of nuclear capacity will be impacted by the increased exposure to combined rising heat and water stress, according to the report.“Growing heat stress across parts of the Midwest and southern Florida can have an adverse impact on nuclear plant operations by reducing a plant’s cooling capacity,” Moody’s said in the report. “The power generation process creates steam, which is cooled, condensed into liquid water and reused.” Should the temperature of the water that will be cooled or the discharge water be too high, a nuclear plant can be “forced to curtail production or shut down temporarily,” Moody’s added.[Fotios Tsarouhis]More ($): Moody’s warns nuclear plants face growing climate risk
How’s it going?That’s the first question I’m always asked whenever anyone learns about this project.It’s probably the best and worst question ever. It’s great in the sense that, 9 times out of 10, I can answer it in one simple word that satisfies just about everyone – Awesome! What sucks about it is everything that falls through the cracks in that simple question-and-answer exchange. It’s hard to answer “How’s it going” and do the response justice, cover it all, give you the high points, the low points, the small day-in-the-life-type moments that make or break my day. It’s hard to sum up in one (relatively concise) answer just what it’s like to live entirely out of a car and a camper, to be based out of nowhere and everywhere at the same time, to know that at the end of the day, no matter how much fun you had on the rock or on the water with your pals, you have to retire solo to your camper while everyone else returns home to family, dog, kitty, pet llama, etc. etc.The video above was taken just one week into the project (shot and edited by the talented Matt Smink), yet it feels like it was shot ages ago, back when everything was new. Even now, my life still feels like a test run, like some monthlong trial that ends back in my basement apartment in Charlottesville with an ice cold beverage, a pint of ice cream, and my feet up on the coffee table, thinking “shew, what a ride.” But there’s no basement apartment anymore, no freezer for ice cream, and definitely no coffee table. There’s just me, my car, my camper, and about every piece of equipment I could need to do everything from photo shoots to kayaking and hammock lounging.So, in an effort to provide a little glimpse into the truths of this vagabond, transient, wayfarer lifestyle, I’ll attempt to list some thoughts from behind the wheel (where most of my ingenious moments occur). For better or for worse, my roadside confessions.1. 99% of the time, I drink cold, day(s)-old coffee.I typically buy coffee in the morning from some mom-and-pop type coffee shop, realize I can’t drink it right away because it’s too hot, promptly forget that I bought it, then realize I have an entire thermos of coffee days later when I go to repeat the entire process.2. There are weird things in my cupholders……like jojoba oil and pocket knives.3. I am a bug sensei.I have seen, slept with, and probably eaten more bugs in the month I’ve lived on the road than I did during the three months I spent in the Amazon…okay, maybe not quite, but it’s a damn close second.4. Showering without flip-flops on is heaven on Earth.Seriously.5. I am perplexed by the amount of mysterious bruises on my body.Between the bar brawls, the strangers that beat me in my sleep, and my own perpetual clumsiness, my skin is closer kin to a bruised banana than a healthy epidermis.6. I forget that I live out of my car……that is, until it’s suddenly 9pm on a Tuesday night and I’ve yet to eat dinner and everywhere around me is closed and all I have is a jar of almond butter and I’ve ran out of fuel and/or am too lazy to cook. Or I volunteer to drive and someone gets in the car and I have to move my drying underwear from the dashboard.7. I dry my underwear on the dashboard.Rarely. Sometimes. Pretty regularly. Okay almost daily.8. I once judged my friend for not showering for five days……only to return to the Go and realize that I, too, had not showered for five days.9. I lose things in my car.It sounds silly, improbable, even. But the truth is, I’ve lost a headlamp, one sock, and my social security card somewhere in the vicinity of that Jeep Cherokee. Organization was never my strong suit.I’m sure there are plenty more confessions I’m forgetting (or choosing to forget), but bear with me. One month down and 11 more to go! Here’s to the open road ahead.
Earlier this week we reported on the new Responsible Down Standard, spearheaded by The North Face, Textile Exchange and other outdoor industry brands. Now, Patagonia is releasing its 100% Traceable Down, a project they have been developing for several seasons.Traceable Down means that any product with this qualification (which now includes all down clothing produced by Patagonia) uses only down materials that have been gathered under the best conditions for animal welfare. Patagonia says that it can “trace” all of its down resources back to birds at the heart of production that are neither force-fed nor live-plucked.To send its message home, Patagonia has launched a simultaneously entertaining and eye-opening video to explain why Traceable Down is so important. This isn’t your typical cartoon but rather an insightful look at the cruel processes behind the down clothing and bedding that makes a good argument for the changes that Patagonia and others have heralded.
By Dialogo September 14, 2010 The Ecuadorean Navy has deployed a hundred marines to the Amazonian locality of General Farfán to combat Colombian irregular groups active in that border region, the government announced. The marines were transferred from the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador) to patrol the area of General Farfán, in the province of Sucumbíos, which borders on the Colombian department of Putumayo, the announcement indicated. The executive branch indicated that the military personnel are carrying out security responsibilities and measures to prevent the smuggling of arms, ammunition, and fuel. “They are also engaged in property searches and in seeking and arresting armed individuals or members of (Colombian) illegal armed groups (GIAC) in their area of responsibility,” the statement added. The Ecuadorean defense minister, Javier Ponce, has said that his country considers Colombia’s strategy for guarding the two countries’ approximately seven-hundred-kilometer-long shared border insufficient, for which reason Ecuador insists that its neighbor increase its military presence in the region. “Ecuador considers that this effort is not sufficient. In addition, maintaining seven thousand uniformed personnel (along the border) requires no less than 100 million dollars a year from the (Ecuadorean) state,” he stated recently. Ponce plans to meet with his Colombian counterpart, Rodrigo Rivera, in Quito soon in order to discuss this issue, Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Patiño announced a week ago.