Hundreds of workers coming to Vermont ahead of hurricane

first_imgHundreds of contract utility and tree workers from as far away as Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Canada are on their way to assist Vermont utilities as Hurricane Irene bears down on the region. They are expected to arrive before the storm. Vermont crews and support staff are on standby, and supplies, lodging, food and other logistical details are being firmed up to ensure a strong response if the storm brings significant problems. Government officials are also coordinating efforts to assure the necessary resources are available. Utilities urge customers to prepare for the possibility of being without power for several days, possibly even more, should the storm take a track for the worse. There is a high probability of damaging high winds and heavy rain that could cause extensive damage, power outages and flooding Sunday into Monday. Customers across the state could see widespread power outages beginning Sunday afternoon, though the exact track of the storm is still uncertain. Utilities and officials are urging Vermonters to plan to remain indoors in a safe location beginning Sunday afternoon as the storm begins to hit the state. Customers with life support and special medical needs are a priority in restoring power, but it may be impossible to restore power quickly and those with medical concerns should make alternative plans now. All customers should prepare to be without power for several days, possibly more, and should make contingency plans ahead of time. Vermonters are urged to stay off the roads Sunday evening and throughout the storm unless absolutely necessary. Officials remind Vermonters to reduce cell phone usage during the storm, but to call their local utility when they lose power. Stay away from all downed power lines or anything in contact with those lines. Weather, infrastructure damage and falling trees may prevent crews from responding to outages safely for a period of time. Due to the dangerous nature of sustained winds up to 50 mph, and higher gusts, much of that predicted to hit after dark, crews will do their best to respond to emergency situations, but will not begin repair work until the most dangerous weather has passed through the state. Roads may also be blocked or closed after the storm goes through, which could also slow restoration efforts. Current forecasts for Hurricane Irene include the threat of sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph, with gusts of 65 to 75 mph. Vermont utilities urged customers to be sure to have flashlights, batteries, food and water available in case they lose electrical service, and suggested that friends, family and neighbors check on elderly Vermonters who may need help.  Candles are not recommended as light sources during a power outage due to fire risk.When electricity goes out, the utilities’ first concern is safety, then restoring service to large blocks of customers and critical facilities, like hospitals.Who gets power restored first?When electricity goes out, the utilities’ first concern is safety.  Line work and downed lines present great risks to employees and customers, so safety is a grave concern.  Always stay at least 50 feet from downed lines!When major storms hit and outages occur, we try to restore service to all of our customers as soon as possible. Here’s a look at our priorities:Problems that present an imminent danger to life.Failure at a key point on the system affecting thousands of customers, such as a transmission line (a main highway of the power system).Main distribution lines, which are smaller than transmission lines, but may serve hundreds of customers.Hospitals, police and fire stations, and other critical facilities.Single lines.Single customers.Cleanup work. If you’re on life support, please call your utility.The utilities offered the following advice:Before outages occur, be sure you have a phone that is hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.Treat any downed line as if it is live.  Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting it.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Never use grills inside garages, sheds or other buildings, as the fumes can be poisonous.last_img read more

Noble Corp. CEO transitions to executive chairman role

first_imgEifler said, “I would like to thank Julie for her leadership and contributions to the company in her role as CEO, as well as her guidance during the leadership transition process. Our industry and our company are not alone in facing significant challenges in the current environment”. It is also worth reminding that in March 2020 Noble named a replacement for its departing chief financial officer (CFO). Robert W. Eifler has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and has been elected as a member of the board of directors. Noble Corporation said on Thursday that it had executed the leadership transition plan announced in February 2020. Additionally, Kevin S. Corbett has been elected to the board of directors to replace a board member who did not stand for re-election. “Robert possesses the company’s values, deep industry knowledge, and a strategic mindset that makes him the ideal choice to lead Noble into the future”. Effective Thursday, Julie J. Robertson has assumed the newly created role of executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. “Over the course of my career at Noble I have been extremely fortunate to work with what I consider to be the best group of people in the world and I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Noble team in my new role”, said Robertson. CEO of Noble Corporation has transitioned to the role of executive chairman of the board while a new CEO has been named. last_img read more

Fiber cut causing isolated phone, internet outages, sources say

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – Having issues with phone or internet service today? If so, you’re not alone.Ripley County Emergency Management Director Patrick Rose says, “I have received periodic outages from both commercial and government, I am not really sure about the private sector.”It ranges from Batesville to Versailles and several issues may already be resolved, Rose added.Sources say a fiber cut in the Seymour and Columbus area has caused the isolated outages. We will release new details when they become available.last_img read more

Seeing in the dark and more: Facts and FAQs about thermal imaging

first_imgArticle published by Sanjiv Fernando In this first of a new Wildtech series on “What is that technology?” we explore thermal imaging and its applications for wildlife.Thermography, or thermal imaging, detects infrared radiation to help see objects in the dark.Thermal cameras distinguish the relative temperature of objects around us to help us see warmer objects – like people and animals – against cooler backdrops, even at night.Thermal imaging has multiple applications for wildlife conservation, including helping with anti-poaching efforts, wildlife veterinary diagnoses, studying animal behavior, and nighttime filming for wildlife documentaries. The novelty of seeing in the dark has captured our imagination for millennia, and people have employed fire, torches (flashlights), and, more recently, night vision goggles that amplify the tiniest traces of remaining light, to see in the dark. A relative newcomer in this search for night vision is the ‘thermal’ camera, but what exactly is a thermal camera?  How does it work? And what are its applications for wildlife?In the first of a series of articles on how things work, Mongabay-Wildtech answers some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about thermal imaging and its uses in wildlife management and conservation.What is thermal imaging?Thermal imaging, also known as infrared thermography, is a way to improve the visibility of objects in a dark environment. Thermal cameras detect heat given off by a person or other object and can capture the variation in temperature of objects around us. They create images of that radiation called thermograms, which display the relative temperatures of different objects with different shades or colors. In a thermogram, warm objects—such as people, animals, or cars—stand out in contrast to often cooler backgrounds. A thermal camera can’t “see” through a window because the window itself radiates some amount of heat, which is what the thermal sensor will detect.This technology has been widely used to detect humans during military or surveillance operations at night. Additionally, firefighters and other search and rescue responders with thermal sensors can search for people trapped behind rubble or smoke. On a finer scale, thermal imaging is a safe and non-invasive method for sensing temperature distribution patterns on the surface of the body (Cilulko et al., 2013), making it an effective tool to monitor physiological changes in humans and warm-blooded animals.Thermal image of a snake coiled around a human hand. Here, the warmer human hand stands out against the cooler background and the snake. This image also shows why thermal imaging is ineffective on cold-blooded animals, like this snake, since their body temperatures change to the temperature of their environment. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.How does it work?Thermographic cameras (also known as thermal cameras) detect radiation in the long-wave infrared (IR) range of the electromagnetic spectrum (with wavelengths of 8– 14 micrometers). This contrasts with regular film and digital cameras that can detect light only in the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to the human eye, known as the visible spectrum (0.40 – 0.75 micrometers).Thermal cameras can visualize objects both with and without visible light, since all objects with a temperature above absolute zero (0 Kelvin = -459 ° Fahrenheit = -273 ° Celsius) emit infrared radiation.  Most thermal cameras can only see objects warmer than -122 °F (-50 °C).A breakdown of the infrared and visible spectrums, with their relative positions on the electromagnetic spectrum. Thermal imaging uses long-wave infrared radiation (LWIR), which has wavelengths ranging from 8-14 micrometers. (1 micrometer = 0.0001 cm = 0.000001 meters). Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.Are thermal imaging and night vision the same thing?No. Thermal imaging and night vision share the common purpose of increasing visibility in low light conditions, but the science behind the technologies is different. Night vision works by collecting and amplifying all available light (which includes some short-wavelength infrared radiation), while thermal imaging captures longer wavelengths of IR. In addition to any remaining visible light, night vision uses near-infrared (NIR) radiation (0.75 – 1.40 micrometers), while most thermal imaging is based on long- wavelength (8–14 micrometers) infrared radiation. In order to detect long-wave IR, thermal imaging devices require more acute sensors, consequently making them more expensive than night vision devices.While night vision technology improves visibility in low light conditions by magnifying the amount of light in the image, thermal imaging provides the added advantage of high contrast imagery, which makes it easier to identify a target against the background. The video below elaborates on this added capability and further explains the differences between night vision and thermal imaging.Do thermal cameras only work at night?No. Although thermal imaging cameras are most commonly used for nighttime vision, they can also be useful in daylight. The detection of heat radiation and the high contrast of thermal imaging cameras allow users to see the outlines of (warm-blooded) animals that camouflage well in their environments. It can also help distinguish animals (or people) in foggy or smoky conditions. This technology has proven helpful at reducing the negative impacts of agricultural operations on wildlife that inhabit crop fields, such as ground-nesting birds, hares, and fawns. In 2012, researchers at Denmark’s Aarhus University developed a tractor-mounted system that combines thermography and image processing software to automatically identify animals during mowing and other farming operations. If it is used by the military, can it also be used to catch poachers?Yes, there are many applications of thermal imaging for anti-poaching. The majority of poaching operations happen under the cover of night, as poachers use the darkness to avoid detection by wildlife officials and park rangers. Poaching of elephants and rhinos and the subsequent illicit trade in ivory and rhino horn has been linked to financing terror organizations: as poaching becomes highly militarized, conservationists and wildlife managers are looking to thermal imaging to improve their wildlife protection success. Last year, the Maasai Mara conservancies in Kenya used a host of thermal imaging devices to beef up anti-poaching efforts, which included mounting thermal cameras on ranger vehicles, and using handheld IR viewfinders. This approach has helped rangers detect and intercept poachers, but localized success does not erase the challenge of monitoring Africa’s expansive parks. Park managers are now pairing drones and thermal cameras to test the aerial scanning capability of drone-based thermal imaging systems to increase anti-poaching surveillance capacity [see Mongabay-Wildtech’s article on drones for anti-poaching.How else is it used in relation to wildlife?Thermal imaging has multiple applications in ecology and zoology, including but not limited to, detecting animals in the field, studying animal behavior and thermoregulation, diagnosing diseases, and monitoring reproductive processes. The technology has also been used for nighttime filming for wildlife documentaries.Wildlife documentariesThermal cameras are commonly used to film nocturnal activity for wildlife documentaries. These technologies have enabled filmmakers to capture rare or never-before-seen footage of animal behavior, including a leopard hunting in urban Mumbai and the first nocturnal footage of leopards mating in Sri Lanka. Even in daylight, the thermal cameras also helped these film crews spot leopards and other small mammals that were well camouflaged behind shrub vegetation. A high definition thermal image from BBC’s Planet Earth II reveals a leopard at night on the outskirts of Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai, India. The eyes and ears radiate more heat than the animal’s back. Photo Credit: BBC America, from Veterinary medicineWildlife veterinarians have increasingly used thermal imaging in detecting changes in an animal’s physiological state by mapping its skin surface temperature in response to changes in blood flow. This has allowed clinicians to detect panda pregnancies, discover muscle problems, and diagnose conditions ranging from rabies in raccoons to arthritis in elephants.Animal behavior studiesAnimal behavior researchers use thermal imaging to study thermoregulation (regulation of body temperatures) in warm-blooded animals. It has helped researchers discover that Asian elephants cool down mainly through their trunks, rather than their ears, and that honey bees group together to form a hot defensive ball to kill predatory hornets. Thermal imaging has also been used to understand thermoregulation and animal behavior in cetaceans, such as bottlenose dolphins.IR thermal image of a bottlenose dolphin dorsal fin (Barbieri & McLellan, 2010). Researchers investigated the relationship between dorsal fin surface temperatures and ambient water temperatures. Dorsal fin temperature samples were taken from the distal tip and the cranial and caudal regions of the fin base (circled) in each thermal image.Does it only work on land? Can thermal imaging see at sea?Researchers have recently started testing the use of thermal imaging for studying marine life.  While we are unaware of any uses of thermal cameras underwater, they have been used to identify marine mammals from research vessels, and the technology could help study the surface behavior of whales, dolphins, and seals. Researchers recently tested the ability of thermal imaging to automatically detect cetaceans, combining a ship-mounted thermal camera with a detection algorithm to detect the thermal signature of whale blows. The number of whale observations sensed by thermal imaging was comparable to those identified by human marine mammal observers during the day. More importantly, the thermal camera can detect marine mammals at night, which people cannot. This technology could help reduce ship strikes on whales and inform vessels when to shut down their loud airguns, sonars, and other devices, to mitigate negative impacts of these noises on marine mammals.Do you have any other questions about thermal imaging and its applications for wildlife conservation? Please let us know in the comments below! Sensors, Technology, Thermal Imagery, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

[Cyclisme] Nina Berton a tout d’une grande

first_img Partager La Luxembourgeoise a marqué les esprits voici peu en prenant la 30e place des Mondiaux juniors en dépit de deux chutes. Elle enchaîne sur la saison de cross…Elle avait crevé l’écran dans la course juniors des Mondiaux, où malgré deux chutes elle avait accroché le top 30. Elle récolte en cet automne les bouquets en cyclo-cross. Nina Berton possède, à 18 ans, les qualités et le caractère, pour faire carrière. Même si les études seront sa  priorité jusque l’été prochain…Sa course a marqué les esprits des innombrables suiveurs du cyclisme luxembourgeois. Du côté de Harrogate, le 27 septembre dernier, on la vit mener un train d’enfer derrière le groupe d’échappées. Mais surtout, impossible de ne pas l’avoir vue tomber à deux reprises. Et de la voir se relever, presque comme si de rien n’était. Impossible, donc de ne pas s’être demandé quel sort lui aurait été réservé si par bonheur, elle n’avait pas glissé sur cette patinoire du Yorkshire…«Pour moi, répond-elle, le top 10 était possible. Car mes jambes étaient vraiment bonnes. La tête était bonne également. On m’a souvent demandé pourquoi je menais, mais dans le peloton, personne ne roulait derrière les échappées. J’y suis allée sans me poser de questions.»Forcément, une pareille aventure est fondatrice. «Cela m’a conforté dans ma motivation. J’ai encore plus envie de tout donner», sourit-elle.Résidente à Kehlen, c’est son jeune frère Noa, débutant, qui l’a entraîné dans ce sport. Elle raconte : «Cela fait trois ans que je fais du cyclisme mais auparavant, je faisais du duathlon. Il m’a convaincu d’essayer…» Elle ne le regrette pas. Sociétaire du CT Aterdaul, elle est entraînée par Steve Fries, l’ami de sa mère. «Je me sens libre sur un vélo»Depuis son retour des Mondiaux, Nina Berton n’a pas chômé puisqu’elle a directement enchaîné avec les épreuves locales de cyclo-cross.Ainsi le 30 septembre, soit trois jours seulement après la course en ligne de Harrogate, elle remportait l’épreuve de Brouch! Elle récidivait samedi dernier à Mamer. «Normalement, on fait une longue pause après la saison sur route mais j’avais coupé deux semaines durant l’été. J’étais aux États-Unis et il n’y avait pas moyen de m’entraîner. Donc, je vais faire la saison de cyclo-cross même si je vais m’octroyer une coupure au milieu de l’hiver», raconte ainsi Nina Berton.On la verra donc rivaliser, pourquoi pas, avec Elise Maes, lauréate l’hiver dernier de la Skoda Cross Cup. «J’espère que j’aurai le niveau, je n’en suis pas certaine. L’an passé, je m’étais alignée dans le cyclo-cross afin d’améliorer ma technique. J’avais eu une saison très longue avec les Jeux olympiques de la jeunesse en octobre. Là, je reviens dans le cross avec plaisir. Je me retrouve dans la même course que mon frère, même si on part une minute après. Noa me motive beaucoup», sourit-elle.«Fascinée» par Christine MajerusElle sera à Kayl demain. Et sur la plupart des autres rendez-vous du calendrier luxembourgeois. Son enthousiasme est perceptible. Elle adore ce sport. C’est clair et net. Son explication tient d’ailleurs en quelques mots : «Je me sens libre sur un vélo, je peux tout oublier, je n’ai plus aucun stress…»On ne peut s’empêcher de lui demander comment elle perçoit le rôle de locomotive de Christine Majerus. Elle est intarissable sur le sujet. «C’est un modèle pour moi. Quand on voit ce qu’elle réalise dans les plus grandes courses professionnelles et aussi dans le cyclo-cross, on ne peut qu’être admirative. C’est d’ailleurs aussi pour ça que je me suis lancée dans le cyclo-cross. Et puis, ça ne se limite pas au sport. J’aime aussi beaucoup sa personnalité. J’ai disputé avec elle la Classique Morbihan en début de saison au sein de la sélection nationale. On a beaucoup parlé. Je l’ai trouvée fascinante!»Elle-même possède son propre registre, ses propres qualités. «Je me définis comme une rouleuse qui aime également les longues montées», assure-t-elle.Pour autant, Nina Berton se veut prudente du haut de ses 18 ans. «La priorité sera pour moi les études. Je suis en première et jusqu’en juin, le but est de réussir mes examens. Après, j’aurai le temps de me fixer sur le cyclisme…» Tout le monde est prévenu…Denis Bastienlast_img read more