Coronavirus Aid Includes PPP Changes for Farmers

first_img Facebook Twitter Coronavirus Aid Includes PPP Changes for Farmers By American Farm Bureau Federation – Dec 29, 2020 The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was designed by Congress to help small businesses stay open and keep their employees on the payroll. Pat Wolff, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau, talks about how the important program worked to keep businesses running during COVID-19“The way that it did that was to provide loans, and then forgive repayment if the loans were used for three things: wages, mortgages/rent, and utilities,” she said.Wolff says when Congress passed PPP, they were very clear that the loan amount would not be taxable. She said the Treasury Department took an unfortunately different position.“They were going to deny tax deductions for expenses paid with those loans, and in effect, they were canceling out Congress’s intent to provide those loans tax-free,” she said. “That is one thing that got fixed in the bill that passed last week and was signed into law by the president.”Wolff added that the COVID-19 relief bill also had another important item that will benefit U.S. farmers.“The COVID relief bill did one other thing—it expanded the things that PPP loans can be used for,” she said. “The bill added personal protective devices. Now when a farm employer has to buy special gear or make accommodations for his workers to stay safe, you can use PPP loans for that and have the repayment forgiven.” SHARE Home News Feed Coronavirus Aid Includes PPP Changes for Farmers SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleMeat and Poultry Worker COVID Infection Rates Lower than General PopulationNext articleMake Every Bite Count: USDA, HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020 to 2025 American Farm Bureau Federationlast_img read more

Parson’s Superstorm Sandy Repair and Rehabilitation Project Wins ACEC National Honor Award

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Business News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Business News Parson’s Superstorm Sandy Repair and Rehabilitation Project Wins ACEC National Honor Award From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 11:26 am Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Parsons is pleased to announce that the Superstorm Sandy Repair and Rehabilitation project for the Montague Tunnels in New York City—designed by Parsons—recently earned an Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The annual Engineering Excellence Awards recognize the most exemplary engineering achievements from across the globe.Parsons is honored that the Superstorm Sandy Repair and Rehabilitation project has been selected for this award from among the many projects that were nominated worldwide,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group President. “The project not only exemplified innovative engineering, it also restored an important transportation corridor for the citizens of New York City as they worked to recover from the damage caused by the massive storm.”Parsons, as part of a joint venture, designed the repair and replacement of damaged equipment to restore the Montague, Clark Street, and Canarsie subway tunnels that were flooded by Superstorm Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. The project, completed under an accelerated schedule, also included design improvements to harden the tubes and associated facilities against possible Category 2 hurricane storm surges. Parsons is still providing professional services to numerous projects in New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.Parsons has a long history of supporting communities affected by such natural disasters as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and tornados, and in 2014, the corporation introduced an initiative on Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning that recognizes the important global impacts of these climatic events and their repercussions on human health and well-being.Parsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit read more

Appeal after livestock stolen from lands in Milford

first_imgGardai are investigating the theft of a number of animals from lands in Kilmacrennan.A total of eight ewes and three lambs were stolen from the land at Leiter between October 2nd and 9th last.Gardai in Milford have appealed to anybody who may have been offered the livestock for sale or may know of their whereabouts to contact Milford Gardai on 0749153060. Appeal after livestock stolen from lands in Milford was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiMilfordsheepostolenlast_img read more

Local Roundup: CR men’s, women’s soccer drop conference openers

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods men’s soccer team couldn’t carry its early season momentum with into its Golden Valley Conference opener as it gave up two early goals and fell to Feather River 5-0 at Community Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.The Corsairs (3-5 overall) face Butte College on the road on Friday.Feather River scored a quick goal two minutes in and capitalized on an off day for CR.Redwoods, which came in to the game having won two of its last four and allowed only two goals over its …last_img

Live updates: Warriors vs. Magic, Monday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors look for their third straight victory when they face the Orlando Magic at Oracle.Thanks to improved scoring from stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Warriors (14-7) have turned things around since a four-game losing streak and seem back on track. Durant scored 44 and Thompson added 31 in Saturday’s entertaining 117-116 win over …last_img

More fight, but more of the same in Sharks’ loss to Predators

first_imgNASHVILLE — The Sharks simply could not stay out of the penalty box Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.Some of the calls that went against the Sharks were discretionary. Others were self-inflicted.It all added up to a 3-1 Sharks loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, as San Jose wrapped up its four-game road trip with an 0-3-1 record. They scored just five goals on the trip, including just one goal in the last three losses, and never held a lead.Timo Meier scored San Jose’s …last_img

Peering Into Paley’s Black Box: The Gears of the Biological Clock

first_imgWilliam Paley’s famous “watchmaker argument” for the existence of a Designer, though intuitively logical to many, has been criticized by naturalists on the grounds that one cannot compare mechanical devices to biological ones. Biological “contrivances” might operate on totally different principles than mechanical ones made by humans we know. Michael Behe’s 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box was built on the theme that, until recently, the living cell was a “black box” to biologists: i.e., a system whose inner workings lay hidden from us. But now with the rapid advances in molecular biology, we are finding the cell to be a complex factory of molecular machines. These themes of Paley and Behe seemingly converge in a commentary by Susan S. Golden (Texas A&M) in PNAS about biological clocks.1 Golden works at the Center for Research on Biological Clocks in the Texas A&M Biology Department, and was struck by recent findings in two other papers in PNAS on the circadian rhythms of “primitive” blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). To her, they suggested we are opening the black box of biological clocks, and finding treasures that look remarkably familiar to the clocks we know:A physiological black box is to a biologist what an ornately decorated package is to a small child: a mysterious treasure that promises delightful toys within. With fitting elan, a small community of scientists has ripped open the packaging of the cyanobacterial circadian clock, compiled the parts list, examined the gears, and begun to piece together the mechanism. Over the past 2 years, the 3D molecular structures have been solved for the core components of the cyanobacterial circadian clock: KaiA, KaiB, and KaiC. In a surprisingly literal analogy to mechanical timepieces, the protein that seems to be at the heart of the clock mechanism, KaiC, forms a hexameric ring that even looks like a cog: the escape wheel, perhaps. Previous work has shown that KaiC has an autophosphorylation activity, and that the presence of KaiA and KaiB modulates the extent to which KaiC is phosphorylated. In this issue of PNAS, Nishiwaki et al. biochemically identify two amino acid residues on KaiC to which phosphoryl groups covalently attach, and show the necessity in vivo of a phosphorylation-competent residue at these positions. By searching the crystal structure for evidence of phosphorylated sites, Xu et al. pinpoint a third residue that may “borrow” the phosphoryl group dynamically. Together, their work contributes richly to our understanding of what makes the gears mesh and turn to crank out a 24-h timing circuit…. Because each of these components (at minimum) is a dimer [composite of two molecular chains], KaiC is known to be a hexamer [composite of six chains], and other proteins may be present as well, the cyanobacterial clock can be thought of as an organelle unto itself: a “periodosome” that assembles and disassembles during the course of a day, defining the circadian period. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The term “periodosome” means “time-keeping body” – i.e., clock. Her diagram shows KaiC as a six-sided carousel to which phosphate groups and other subunits attach and detach during the diurnal cycle. The feedback between the units provides the periodicity of the clock, similar to the back-and-forth pendulum in a grandfather clock or the escape wheel in a wristwatch. How is the clock tuned to the day-night cycle? Where do the parts come together, and how do the clock gears mesh with other cellular machines? We don’t know yet; the box has just been opened. The clocks examined in these papers are the “simple” clocks of blue-green algae, compared to the much more complex biological clocks in eukaryotes. Even about these relatively simple systems in cyanobacteria much remains to be understood, but our initial glimpses into the inner workings of a biological clock at the molecular level remind her of the delight of opening a chest of toys for the first time:Identification of other potential components of the periodosome, intracellular localization of the clock parts, and elucidation of other potential modifications all may yield gears that are required to smoothly tick away the time and ensure that daughter cells do not run fast or slow. The cyanobacterial clock box, no longer black, is a chest filled with bioluminescence and attractive toys. Putting together the pieces to design a clock is a tedious task, but S. elongatus is a gracious host, and the guests at the party are hard at work.1Susan S. Golden, “Meshing the gears of the cyanobacterial circadian clock,“ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0405623101.Green makes no mention of evolution in this commentary, and has no need of that hypothesis. Even granting her some poetic license in her use of the clock metaphors of gears, cogs and escape wheels ticking away, who could deny that Paley, after so many years of ridicule, has been vindicated? Yes, Dick Dawkins, a watch indeed demands a Watchmaker, and if anyone is blind, it is the one ascribing blindness to the Artificer.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Energized: New Batteries Could Triple Drone Airtime

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web adam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting With the drone market projected to double to $1.2 billion by 2020, two recent innovations to extend battery life could significantly propel the drone ecosystem forward.Thanks to a Congressional bill passed earlier this year and a pair of innovations significantly extending battery life, drones are moving from the battlefields to the backyards and airspace of American cities. While the military use of targeted drone airstrikes is well-known, what’s not is their limitations: namely battery life for the small, handheld devices.One company working on fixing that problem is aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which is tweaking the electric version of its Stalker drone, a 10-foot-wingspan drone that can fly as high as 15,000 feet. The Stalker normally stays in the air for about two hours, but Lockheed Martin has managed to extend its endurance by wirelessly recharging it via laser power, allowing the Stalker to stay in the air up to 48 hours. This could be a huge development, but the long-term potential has yet to be proven in outdoor flights – so far it’s only been demonstrated in indoor trials.Also in the development stage is Los Angeles-based Somatis Technologies, Inc., which is working on a kinetic energy composite that turns the interaction of wind pressure and vibrations into an an electrical power energy source and could more than triple battery life for handheld and gliding drones. These small drones – which have wings span of around five feet – have an endurance of only about 45 minutes when fully loaded with munitions, compared to larger drones, which have a battery life of about 14 hours when fully loaded. The company has created an energy harvesting formula that can extend the battery life of a handheld drone to about three hours, and even recharge it in flight. The key is piezoelectric composites, a material which helps convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.“This vibration is energy,” explained Dr. Baruch Pletner, Somatis’ chief executive. “It’s not a better battery in fact, but it’s something that will recharge your battery. Legalization, Grants and Public Safety Programs In February, Congress passed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, requiring the FAA to ease restrictions and legalize unmanned aerial vehicles in U.S. airspace by 2015. A host of industries are poised to take advantage of this change, namely law enforcement, fire departments, surveillance, security, and even data collection and journalism. While Congress hashes out the details, the Department of Homeland Security has begun to prep for its Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety program. The DHS has begun testing drones, awarded grants to at least 13 police departments to buy small surveillance drones, and is working to accelerate use by inviting drone manufacturers to Ft. Sill, Okla. to conduct more intricate real-world testing scenarios this October. As drone producers like Lockheed Martin and Somatis move from prototype to production within the next few years, battery life will be a key component in making unmanned aerial vehicle use attractive to a range of industries. If and when they get it right, drones will likely become an inherent part of everyday life in the not-to-distant future. When that day comes, our biggest concern may be what detractors are saying now: is drone use a moral dilemma or justified?Last Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hoped drones could one day see through thick jungle to locate international criminals, like warlord Joseph Kony. That wish may not be far off, as long as the drones have enough battery power to get there. Top photo by California National Guard. Bottom photo by US Army/D. Myles Cullen. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Michigan G Spike Albrecht Thanks Wolverines’ Fan With Heartfelt Tweet Following B1G Tourney Loss

first_imgSpike Albrecht speaks on camera.The Michigan men’s basketball team’s season might have come to an end today, as the Wolverines fell in the Big Ten Tournament to Wisconsin, 71-60. John Beilein’s squad, 16-16, 8-10 in the Big Ten, is surely not an NCAA Tournament team, and a berth into the NIT seems questionable, too. The Michigan coach said following the loss to the Badgers that they’re not interested in playing in one of other tournaments. So, this afternoon might have been the last time we saw this year’s edition of Michigan basketball. In light of that, Wolverines’ junior guard Spike Albrecht sent out a heartfelt tweet to the fans, thanking them for their support this season. Thanks to everyone who stuck by our side all season long. Can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your support. #GoBlue— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) March 13, 2015Michigan had a down season in 2014-15, but the Wolverines will bring a decent amount of talent back, and get some key players healthy. Beilein’s team could be a contender in the Big Ten next season.last_img read more