Noo More http://noomore.org/ Wed, 18 May 2022 17:29:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://noomore.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Noo More http://noomore.org/ 32 32 DemoSATH floating wind project completes offshore mooring installation https://noomore.org/demosath-floating-wind-project-completes-offshore-mooring-installation/ Wed, 18 May 2022 13:59:00 +0000 https://noomore.org/demosath-floating-wind-project-completes-offshore-mooring-installation/

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The DemoSATH mooring, anchoring and quick connect solution is defined for the 2 MW turbine which will be tested later this year and which will be the first floating turbine connected to the Spanish grid.


In early May, Maersk Supply Service completed the installation of six mooring lines (composed of hybrid fiber chain and rope lines) and six trailing anchors with Maersk Mariner. The mobilization and loading of the mooring elements and the preparation of the ship were carried out at the wharf of Punta Sollana, in the port of Bilbao (Spain), where the onshore construction of the float is currently underway.


Once loaded, the ship left the Port for the installation site of the BiMEP test area where the connection and installation of the elements took place. Lines will be retrieved from the seabed for plug and play connection to the unit later this year.


“The installation of the SATH mooring lines worked perfectly. In the future, we will use them in all our commercial projects which are currently in the planning stage. The operations have been a great success since the first stage of the design and the execution has been outstanding,” commented Araceli Martínez, Chief Engineering Officer at Saitec Offshore Technologies.


“It’s great to see that the DemoSATH project has completed the next stage of offshore work, with the mooring system now in place – a milestone on our way to installing and commissioning the floating turbine more later this year. As RWE, we see great potential for floating wind farms around the world, especially to unlock opportunities in countries with deeper coastal waters. With DemoSATH, we are gaining experience with a innovative concrete-based platform technology and further expand our expertise in this growing market,” said Chris Willow, Head of Floating Wind Development at RWE Renewables.


“With the completion of the installation of the mooring system, the DemoSATH project is ready for the installation of the foundation later this year. We had good collaboration throughout the process – both in the phase planning and execution. The commitment of key stakeholders, from the developer to the float manufacturer, was instrumental in the successful completion. With this project, we hope to contribute to the development and maturation of the floating wind industry,” said Yvan Leyni, director of floating wind at Maersk Supply Service.


Meanwhile, onshore construction of the prestressed concrete floating platform continues at the Port of Bilbao. Work on the transition piece, the single point mooring and the landing stage are also carried out as well as installation work inside the floats. This will be followed by the launching operation of the platform, which will then be transported to its final deployment site at BIMEP.


The DemoSATH signifies a stepping stone in the commercialization roadmap of the SATH technology. The 2 MW unit will be tested under actual offshore operating conditions in a harsh Atlantic environment. The BiMEP facilities test field is located 2 miles off the coast of Biscay, where the sea is 85 meters deep. DemoSATH will generate enough electricity to cover the energy demand of more than 2,000 local homes.


This project aims to collect data and acquire real knowledge about the construction procedure, operation and maintenance of the DemoSATH floating wind platform for a period of 2 years.



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]]> Delta State will launch a new course materials program, First Day Ready, this fall https://noomore.org/delta-state-will-launch-a-new-course-materials-program-first-day-ready-this-fall/ Tue, 17 May 2022 17:18:33 +0000 https://noomore.org/delta-state-will-launch-a-new-course-materials-program-first-day-ready-this-fall/

CLEVELAND, — Delta State University students will now be better positioned to succeed from day one of classes with the rollout of the new course materials program, First Day Ready at Delta State.

Through the program, Delta State undergraduates will have access to all required textbooks, lab manuals, access codes, digital documents and e-books in one convenient package before the first day of class, with an average savings of 35 to 50% for students.

Delta State’s First Day Ready program is launched in partnership with Barnes & Noble College (BNC), which operates the Delta State Campus Bookstore.

“We have been piloting this program for two years and have witnessed its benefits, including easing the financial burden associated with purchasing textbooks and providing students with the course materials they need to ensure their academic success” , Delta State said. Chief Financial Officer Kelvin Davis. “We are confident that implementing this campus-wide program will be beneficial and help our students be academically ready on the first day of class.”

By providing all course materials through a convenient concierge service, First Day Ready at Delta State ensures that all students have access to required course materials on or before the first day of class, allowing them to engage with content. course from day one, making them better prepared and facilitating their academic success.

The program also offers full academic freedom to faculty, allowing them to select the course materials they deem best for their program and to leverage BNC’s close relationships with over 6,000 publishers, creating a unique experience and simplified.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with Delta State University,” said Barnes & Noble College President Jonathan Shar. “First Day Ready will ensure students are ready to start learning on day one, which will support greater student success while providing students with a more affordable and convenient way to obtain their course materials. We look forward to to work with DSU to continue to provide tools that promote academic success for all students.”

With First Day Ready, instead of buying materials a la carte, the cost is included in each student’s account at the same time the tuition is billed.

In August, before the fall semester, students will receive an email from the DSU Bookstore inviting them to select their preferred delivery method. The bookstore will prepare materials for each student and notify them when materials are available for in-store pickup or shipping. Digital materials will be automatically delivered to students in Canvas, the University’s online course management system.

Delta State will implement its First Day Ready program in August for the fall 2022 semester.

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education Society, currently operates more than 770 on-campus stores nationwide. For more information on Barnes & Noble College services and locations, visit www.bncollege.com.

To learn more about DSU’s First Day Ready program, visit www.deltastate.edu/ready for day one.

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Last credibility check: random manual audit https://noomore.org/last-credibility-check-random-manual-audit/ Tue, 17 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://noomore.org/last-credibility-check-random-manual-audit/

Was there fraud in the presidential and vice-presidential election? At least 1,800 vote counting machines (VCMs) broke down on D-Day, affecting 1.44 million voters. Comelec’s count was exceptionally fast. One hour after the close of the poll, 8:02 p.m., its transparency server recorded 20.05 million votes, or 37.96% of the votes cast (80.38% participation, or 52.81 million out of 65.7 million). registered voters).

Immediately, the votes of the two leading presidential candidates stabilized at a ratio of 68:32 and continued until the end of the count. Possible in a landslide. But also at 8:02 p.m. a flat curve emerged all the way in the tight fight between the third and fourth contenders. Same with the top two VP candidates. Highly unlikely, mathematicians cite the law of large numbers.

Given the varying bailiwicks and voter patterns by region, candidate curves are expected to fluctuate first and then flatten out in the end. Foolish to claim that pre-election polls showed such results. Elections validate polls, not the other way around.

Yet this is not evidence of fraud. At best, these are just hints.

But put aside partisan passions. Forget who won or lost. Hear what IT and election experts are saying. Voters will see that May 9 was a flawed automated election – again. As in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019, the provisions of the Automated Electoral Systems Act (AES) were not respected.

This law provides an unbroken chain of safeguards and processes. “But there were too many gaps,” says Nelson Celis, PhD, of AES Watch. Among these were:

(1) Digital Signatures – On March 23, Celis and National Press Club President Paul Gutierrez filed suit with the Supreme Court. “Order Comelec to assign digital signatures (access codes) to the three electoral inspectors per constituency.” This was after Comelec said only those in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Davao City would be assigned access codes from the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s list. In the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, only presidents were to receive access codes, not the other two. For authentication, three digital signatures must be entered to start each of the 106,000 VCMs and transmit election results (ER). With only one signatory, any fraud can occur within the compound. The SC issued no mandamus.

(2) Monitoring Ballot Printing and SD (Secure Digital) Card Formatting – Citing pandemic restrictions, Comelec banned monitoring by party officials and election observers until 70 % of ballot papers have already been printed. Pray that the ballots will not be tampered with. A Filipino IT worker showed up at Comelec on March 22 when he was refused entry to witness the formatting of the SD card in the VCM warehouse. No action taken, Celis said.

(3) Documented results – Article 11 of the AES law requires Comelec to publish six conclusions 90 days before E-day or February 9. These are: field test and mock election; audit of AES software accuracy, functionality and security controls; review of VCM source code, forwarding router, consolidation/soliciting system; certification that the source codes are kept in escrow at the Bangko Sentral; certification that the source codes examined are those used by the equipment; and a continuity plan to avoid election failure during voting, counting or consolidation. Comelec decided not to release them until May 6, three days before E-Day, saying some findings had only been received the day before. He issued the resolution on May 11, two days after E-Day; links to results cannot be opened or viewed. No Filipino computer expert could examine it.

(4) Core, Backup and Transparency Server Source Code Review – A reputable international body must certify source codes, in this case Pro V&V of America, 90 days prior to eDay. Comelec is to release the details for review by Filipino experts as it did in 2010 with then-certifier SysTest Labs. Only then can Comelec issue a trusted version or executable file to run VCMs and servers. Comelec released a trusted version in January and revised it in February. Source code reviews continued through April. “Reviews say there were third and fourth revisions,” Celis remarks.

(5) Checking Emergencies against Transparency Server – Enclosure ER count must agree 100% with Transparency Server as all came from the same 106,000 VCM. But due to shortcomings in the above four processes, there might be variations. Watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting reported a 1.6% difference between its tally and the Comelec server. This represents 1,696 constituency VCMs or 1,356,800 votes. Could there be more, asks former DICT secretary Eliseo Rio.

(6) Random Manual Audit (RMA) – Ballots in 759 constituencies, one per district or 607,200 votes, must be manually checked against ERs. These must be chosen publicly by tambiolo after the ballot. Constituency inspectors must then begin audits, observed by party representatives, watchdogs and voters. Since 2013, the selection has taken place behind closed doors. This Comelec 2022 did it through an automated random selection program in a laptop. Celis and Rio doubt that the ARSP source code has been revised. The RMA takes place at a location in Manila. Comelec gave the field offices two to five days to send the ballot boxes. Who will transport the boxes? Are they properly sealed and padlocked? The supervisor of the RMA, watchdog of the National Citizen Movement for Free Elections, does not know the logistics firm; nor does it contain the padlock keys. “Teacher-listeners are in a bubble; they are incommunicado,” says Namfrel chairman Gus Lagman, also a former Comelec commissioner.

All of this undermines the credibility of the 2022 election.

But there is a remedy. Publicly re-select the 759 constituencies. To shorten the time, prepare a tambiolo for each region. Open the audit to the public.

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The Dallin Museum is temporarily closed for the installation of the new Indigenous Peoples Gallery https://noomore.org/the-dallin-museum-is-temporarily-closed-for-the-installation-of-the-new-indigenous-peoples-gallery/ Mon, 16 May 2022 14:29:37 +0000 https://noomore.org/the-dallin-museum-is-temporarily-closed-for-the-installation-of-the-new-indigenous-peoples-gallery/

A preview of the panels featured in the Dallin Museum’s new Indigenous Peoples Gallery.

The Cyrus Dallin Museum of Art is closed until mid-July for the installation of a new Indigenous Peoples Gallery exhibit and a redesign of the lobby. This exciting project is supported by funds from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area Partnership Grant Program.

The state funds were facilitated by state representative Sean Garballey, who worked with a museum team that included Dallin Friends of the Museum president Stephen Gilligan and board chairman Geri Tremblay, as well as Board Members Nancy Blanton, Andrew Jay and Dan Johnson, Director/Curator Heather Leavell and Treasurer James Charnley.

“The Dallin Museum sincerely thanks Representative Garballey for his leadership in securing this important grant,” Tremblay said in a May 13 press release.

In the redesigned spaces of the museum, visitors will experience the compelling and nuanced story of Cyrus Dallin’s art and legacy through multiple viewpoints and perspectives.

The new gallery will explore Dallin’s depictions of Indigenous people in the context of his time, intentions and personal values, while focusing on the experiences, histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples past and present. Interpretive themes encourage visitors to explore how Dallin’s legacy resonates today and what we can learn from his example.

“This project represents the culmination of years of research into Cyrus Dallin’s legacy as an ally and advocate for Indigenous rights, and reflects the museum’s ongoing commitment to fostering dialogue on issues that remain important to indigenous peoples and that affect us all,” said Leavell.

New gallery, redesigned entrance highlights

Museum visitors will soon enjoy:

  • A new wall panel in the museum entrance illuminating Dallin’s art and legacy through quotes from the sculptor’s students at Mass. Normal Art School, his friend Chief LeRoy Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag), and Jonathan Fairbanks, curator emeritus and founder of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
  • Graphic panels that share the stories of significant and influential Indigenous people in the life and art of Dallin, including Chief Washakie, Francis LaFlesche, Zitkála-Šá, and Sacajawea.
  • Contemporary Indigenous perspectives on Dallin’s art, the role of allies, and the proliferation of Indigenous stereotypes in popular culture. Contributors include Faries Gray, Sagamore of the Massachusett Tribe in Ponkapoag; Claudia Tekina-ru Fox Tree, Arawak (Yurumein) educator and social justice activist; and Forrest Cuch, elder of the Ute tribe and former Director of Indian Affairs for the State of Utah.
  • An audio program featuring a conversation between Dallin and Cuch, which responds to Dallin’s written observations (voiced by an actor) about the Ute people, systemic violence against Indigenous peoples, and the need to tell the truth about history.
  • A “Whose land are you on?” panel exploring what it means to be in Indigenous space written by Elizabeth Solomon, an elder of the Massachusett tribe in Ponkapoag.

Part of the $50,000 state grant is also being used to digitize the museum’s archives and create an online database accessible to the public through the museum’s website. The museum is grateful to the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, the City of Arlington, and the City Board of Directors for their continued collaboration and support.

The Dallin Museum is planning a public reopening celebration, likely to take place in mid-July. Updates will be posted on Dallin.org and on the museum’s Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

Founded in 1998, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is the only museum in the United States solely dedicated to preserving the legacy of this internationally renowned artist, educator, and Indigenous rights advocate. With exhibits of over 100 works, including around 50 sculptures, 10 paintings and several coins and medals, the museum offers new insights into our shared history by exploring the life, work and values ​​of this famous sculptor.

For the latest news, to take a virtual tour of the museum, or view our past programming videos, visit Dallin.org. Stay connected with us by following the museum’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


April 14, 2022: Before the runners arrive, head to the Dallin Museum

This news digest, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published on Monday, May 16, 2022.

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Marc Coad

Mediabrands launched the media industry’s first major automated systems transformation in more than two decades.

Using robotic technology, Transformation fully automates repetitive manual tasks in Initiative and UM, providing an enhanced career path for talent and a stronger value proposition for customers.

The transformation marks full automation of all systems and processes, firmly cementing Mediabrands in a single space ahead of its competitors and is supported by a bespoke Center of Excellence allowing agencies to leverage capacity.

Mediabrands has partnered with global software company UI Path and information and technology services company Cognizant.

Key business tasks have been automated to make processes more transparent, accurate and timely, enabling teams to add value with their strategic input and creativity and deliver a stronger value proposition to customers.

Mediabrands CEO Mark Coad: “The uncomfortable truth is that the media industry hasn’t changed the way it operates in over two decades. Our transformation offloads our people from the time-consuming and tedious tasks of day-to-day operations and frees them to do smart, creative work that drives growth.

“For those of us who have been in the media hot seat for a long time, we know that it is quite difficult to start in media agencies. By investing heavily in finding ways to remove some of the less glamorous and menial tasks from daily workloads, we give our people time to focus on learning and developing in areas that drive growth. of the company. Yes, of course, it benefits our business, but more importantly, it provides opportunities for our employees to enhance their career path and build their self-esteem.

“Staff turnover remains a major and ongoing issue in the industry and the future will be won by the group that can deliver real career value and enhanced career paths.

“If you’re working for a media agency that’s always plagued with repetitive menial tasks like uploads, TV campaign tracking and post analysis, etc., then you’re putting your career development on hold, and you’re not using not the brilliant mind you were recruited for. Our Young guns now have confirmation that Mediabrands offers an excellent career path.

Mediabrands Project Manager Geoff Clarke: “There is no doubt that the complexity of our industry continues to increase, so as an industry leader we have proactively changed what we do, to improve what we produce. It meant implementing a significant transformation to prepare our people for a new era in media.

“Robotic technology saves our team time to produce higher quality work, which has a direct ripple effect in increasing the value of individual intellectual property, the diversity of craft skills in each company and creates the opportunity to move customer relationships from a largely commodity-based agreement to a true business partnership.”

Data mined in several of Mediabrands automated solutions (BOTs) since launch has saved over 3,300 hours by automating nearly 13,000 tasks that were previously performed manually. The program is on track to deliver more than 25,000 hours saved over the next 12 months.

Clarke: “By modernizing and automating the way our media buying services are managed and registered, we are providing more efficient and faster services to our clients. Our series of BOTS is the only end-to-end solution that works on the buy/book/pay aspect of media agencies – and is the only one in the industry. This makes a major statement in the market.

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Saskatchewan. to keep an eye out for more with the expansion of the anklets program https://noomore.org/saskatchewan-to-keep-an-eye-out-for-more-with-the-expansion-of-the-anklets-program/ Sun, 15 May 2022 21:07:57 +0000 https://noomore.org/saskatchewan-to-keep-an-eye-out-for-more-with-the-expansion-of-the-anklets-program/

Under the current program, 163 people are being monitored. The devices are used to monitor people out on bail or serving sentences in the community.

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The Saskatchewan government wants to expand surveillance using GPS technology to keep tabs on 120 more people, bringing its electronic surveillance capacity to 310, according to a new tender released this week.

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The Ministry of Corrections, Police and Public Safety administers the current program through offices located in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Currently, it can monitor up to 190 people 24/7 in rural and urban areas.

A request for proposals for a five-year agreement with a supplier was published on Tuesday. According to the RFP, the province is “exploring” upgrading the current monitoring system to have cellular and non-cellular radio frequency monitoring.

The existing program currently oversees 163 people in various locations, the ministry said Thursday.

Saskatchewan’s program was introduced in 1990, initially as an option for community sentences rather than custody. He would message a computer through phone lines and a probation officer would be called if the person being monitored was not home when they were supposed to be, a June 1990 StarPhoenix article reported.

Over the years, the use of ankle monitors has expanded; they can also be used for judicial interim release — bail — and conditional sentence orders.

The program began with a six-month pilot project in Prince Albert, when the daily cost of electronically monitoring a person was estimated to be between $10 and $12.

The ministry said it could not provide further details on the planned expansion while the procurement process is ongoing.

The province’s current contract with its supplier is ending, and the province recently established the Warrant Enforcement and Removal Team (WEST), consisting of 10 people. which focuses on “notorious offenders” who either have arrest warrants against them or are violating court-ordered conditions.

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Invoking Black Struggle for Justice in Installation Opens May 14 at Oakland City Hall https://noomore.org/invoking-black-struggle-for-justice-in-installation-opens-may-14-at-oakland-city-hall/ Sat, 14 May 2022 20:43:53 +0000 https://noomore.org/invoking-black-struggle-for-justice-in-installation-opens-may-14-at-oakland-city-hall/

By Randolph Belle

A traveling exhibit that chronicles the history of black repression in the United States has arrived in Oakland for installation this week at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Support Oakland Artists, an Oakland-based 501(C)3, in partnership with Society’s Cage to present the acclaimed social justice art installation in front of Oakland City Hall May 9-30, 2022.

Society’s Cage is an accessible open-air pavilion comprising 500 suspended steel bars that form a cavernous cube with a habitable void allowing visitors to experience the symbolic weight of institutional racism.

This immersive experience offers the opportunity to consider the severity of racial bias within our institutional justice structures and allows for moments of reflection and healing.

The designers, Dayton Schroeter, Julian Arrington, Monteil Crawley and Ivan O’Garro, created the installation to contextualize the contemporary phenomenon of police killings of Black Americans within the continuum of more than 400 years of racialized state violence in the United States. United.

It is a data-driven installation, shaped in response to the question “What is the value of black life in America?” »

The Oakland installation will be the first on the West Coast as it moves nationwide to sites of symbolic power tied to justice, freedom and democracy. Originating in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall in response to the 2020 killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Society’s Cage continued its journey as an interpretive lens highlighting historical forces of racialized state violence in the states. -United.

Other sites have included War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Vernon AME Chapel site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the destruction of the Greenwood District, known as the Black Wall Street.

Oakland is an ideal site for settling as the home of the Black Panther Party, which was founded to fight the legacy of police oppression, unfair incarceration practices and remnants of slavery. in the form of state-sponsored terrorism against black people.

In 2009, the killing of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed black passenger by BART police in Oakland, sparked organized local and regional protests that catalyzed a national movement.

Support Oakland Artists Executive Director Randolph Belle atop the installation called 'Society's Cage' as it is being assembled.  Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Support Oakland Artists Executive Director Randolph Belle atop the installation called ‘Society’s Cage’ as it is being assembled. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

“We were inspired to create the installation in response to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor,” says Dayton Schroeter, principal designer of Society’s Cage and director of design at SmithGroup, which has offices in San Francisco. “The pavilion is a real and raw reflection of the conversations about racism that are taking place right now. It is a physical manifestation of the institutional structures that have undermined the progress of black Americans throughout this country’s history.

“The name Society’s Cage refers to societal constraints that limit the prosperity of the black community,” says Julian Arrington, who led the design with Schroeter and is a partner at SmithGroup. “The pavilion creates an experience to help visitors understand and recognize these impacts of racism and be inspired to create change.”

“It only took me a moment to commit to this project,” said Randolph Belle, executive director of Support Oakland Artists. “In my more than 30 years in Oakland as an artist and community developer, I have strived to use the arts to thoughtfully engage audiences around important, timely topics. This project, this site and these times are an unprecedented example.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in a shared experience upon entering the pavilion. After holding their breath for as long as they can, evoking the common plea of ​​victims of police killings, “I can’t breathe”, visitors then post a video reflecting their experience on social media using the hashtag #SocietysCage. This exercise aims not only to create empathy, but also to extend the impact of the online installation to allow anyone to participate in this shared exercise.

The pavilion was manufactured by Gronning Design + Manufacturing LLC in Washington, DC, and Mejia Ironworks in Hyattsville, Maryland. A soundscape was commissioned from a composer duo, Raney Antoine Jr. and Lovell “UP” Cooper.

Comprised of four pieces, each lasting eight minutes and 46 seconds in recognition of the time George Floyd endured under the knee of the police, they are themed to reflect each of the four institutional forces that have sculpted the interior of the flag – mass incarceration, police terrorism, capital punishment and racist lynchings.

Early sponsors who have made hosting the company’s Cage Oakland facility possible include the Akonadi Foundation, the Tarbell Family Foundation, individual sponsors including directors of SmithGroup’s San Francisco office, corporate sponsorships, including SmithGroup, and many community partners, including BIG Oakland.

Jeremy Crandall and Emax Exhibits formed the Oakland installation team.

A public unveiling is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m., and a scheduled event featuring local cultural artists is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 7 p.m. Participating individuals and organizations include original members of the Black Panther Party, the Black Cultural Zone, HipHopTV, and a host of local artists.

For more information, visit www.societyscage.com to find a link to the donation site. Additional donations will help with programming and documentation related to Oakland’s activation.

Randolph Belle is the executive director of Support Oakland Artists and RBA Creative studio in Oakland.

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OSHA’s National Heat Illness Emphasis Program and its Impact on Employers | woodruff sawyer https://noomore.org/oshas-national-heat-illness-emphasis-program-and-its-impact-on-employers-woodruff-sawyer/ Fri, 13 May 2022 23:36:43 +0000 https://noomore.org/oshas-national-heat-illness-emphasis-program-and-its-impact-on-employers-woodruff-sawyer/

This article provides an overview of the new efforts and how they will affect employers.

What’s in the new program?

Federal OSHA had already implemented a pre-existing heat illness prevention campaign. the new regulations the effort began in October 2021 with a advance notice of regulatory proposal. The directive creating the national emphasis program was released on April 8, 2022.

These three elements are linked by allowing OSHA to immediately begin enforcement of the National Emphasis Program (NEP) under the General Duty Clause, while skipping the required awareness period by declaring that the campaign in course serves as a required 90-day outreach effort. The third leg of the stool will be the regulations, assuming they go through the enactment process.

The new rule would allow federal OSHA to enforce specific pieces of regulation rather than relying on the general duty clause as it will have to do initially. In what could be considered a foreshadowing comment, the NEP encourages duty officers to consider whether or not an employer’s heat illness prevention program is written down. A written program is not required by specific federal regulations at this time.

Of the three elements, the most immediate challenge facing employers is the accent program itself. The program will focus on industries that OSHA says are most likely to experience heat-related illnesses among workers. In states that already have their own regulations or emergency regulations such as California, Washington, Minnesotaand Oregon, state regulations do not always address both indoor and outdoor heat. This NEP addresses both forms of heat exposure, which may cause these states to expand the way they inspect workplaces. The proposed settlement outlines the plans in place in those states and what they do and do not cover. To see Table II, D.1.

Federal OSHA does not require state plan states to adopt NEP, but strongly encourages them to do so. Federal OSHA, however, requires state plan states to respond with their intention to adopt or not adopt NEP within 60 days.

What type of workplace is most likely to receive a visit under this NEP?

Although any employer can be visited if OSHA receives a complaint, a heat-related illness occurs, a heat-related observation is brought to OSHA, or they are visited for other processes OSHA enforcement, the NEP describes employers by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes that will be more likely to have heat-related visits than others.

The NEP guideline outlines the methodology by which employers will be added to the visit list and includes variables such as employers who may already be scheduled for a follow-up visit or who have had heat issues in the past, as well as grouping of NAICS codes from which a list of visits will be randomly generated. This list below is described by the NAICS codes of the 2017 version of the code.

The tables below outline the general industry (Table 1), construction (Table 2), and potential additions to regional groups (Table 3) that will be incorporated into the randomization process. It is important to remember that when inspectors are out in the field and feel they are observing heat issues during visits focused on other issues, these employers can be added to the inspection list regardless of the NAICS code.

It is also important to remember that this NEP covers both indoor and outdoor exposures.

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When should employers expect to receive heat-related visits?

Scheduled tours based on the NAICS codes above will take place on days when the National Weather Service has announced a heat warning or advisory. Here are the NEP definitions for these terms:

  • Heat Notice-Take action! A heat advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely hazardous heat conditions. The general rule for this advisory is that the maximum heat index temperature should be 100°F or higher for at least 2 days, and nighttime air temperatures will not drop below 75°F.
  • Excessive heat warning-Take action! An Excessive Heat Warning is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely hazardous heat conditions. The general rule for this warning is that the maximum heat index temperature should be 105°F or higher for at least 2 days and that nighttime air temperatures will not drop below 75°F.

Although it is not clear if all scheduled visits will take place during these warning and advisory days, we do know that some will take place at this time. The duty officer will observe your plan in action and interview your employees about any heat-related symptoms and whether or not the plan is being implemented.

“In addition, scheduled inspections must occur each day the NWS has announced a heat warning or advisory for the local area.” –the NEP

Additionally, there are guidelines in the NEP document for visits based on field observations, field referrals, complaints, serious injury report follow-ups, and 300 heat-related journal entries.

At least some of these types of visits will have to do with what is observed at your location during hot days or complaints that occur during days that fall within the heat parameters defined in the NEP appendix G.

In summary, your plan should be in place and used in hot weather and you should expect the likelihood of an OSHA visit to increase on hot days and directly after a hot weather event.

What can you expect during a visit?

The NEP outlines the activities expected of their Duty Officers specifically related to heat, but you should also expect these Duty Officers to ask questions about other topics or interact with you using the Full View Doctrine. . If they see a danger, they can fix it no matter what.

With respect to heat, the following is incorporated into the NEP at Section XII(D)(2), as guidance to service agents conducting the site visit.

  1. Review OSHA 300 logs and 301 incident reports for any entries indicating heat-related illness(es).
  2. Review all records of heat-related emergency room visits and/or ambulance transport, even if there was no hospitalization, [this may require the use of a Medical Access Order].
  3. Ask workers about symptoms of headaches, dizziness, fainting, dehydration or other conditions that may indicate heat-related illnesses, including new employees and employees who have recently returned to work.
  4. Determine if the employer has a heat-related illness and injury program that addresses heat exposure, and consider the following:
    • Is there a written program?
    • How did the employer monitor ambient temperature(s) and work effort levels in the workplace?
    • Was there plenty of fresh water readily available to employees?
    • Did the employer require additional breaks for hydration?
    • Were there scheduled breaks?
    • Was there access to a shaded area?
    • Has the employer provided time for acclimatization of new and returning workers?
    • Was a “buddy” system in place on hot days?
    • Were administrative controls used (earlier start times and employee/job rotation) to limit heat exposures?
    • Has the employer provided training on the signs of heat, how to report signs and symptoms, first aid, how to contact emergency personnel, prevention and the importance of hydration?
  5. Document conditions relevant to heat hazards, including:
  • The heat index and additional weather data for that day, e.g. NWS heat alerts, OSHA-NIOSH data Thermal Safety Tool Application, saving a screenshot to a mobile phone or tablet. Additional information may be required or interior heat surveys
  • Observe and document current and incident conditions (for unscheduled inspections), including:
    • Observed wind speed
    • Relative humidity
    • Dry bulb temperature in the workplace and in the shaded rest area
    • Workplace wet globe temperature (ensure equipment has been properly calibrated before use)
    • Cloud cover (no clouds, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%)
    • Existence of heat advisories, warnings or alerts in previous days.

6. Identify activities related to heat hazards. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Potential sources of heat-related illnesses (for example, working in direct sunlight, in a hot vehicle or in hot air areas, near a gasoline engine, furnace, boiler or pipes steam)
  • Use of heavy or bulky clothing or equipment, including personal protective equipment
  • Estimate workload efforts by observing the types of tasks performed by employees and whether these activities can be categorized as moderate, heavy, or very heavy work, considering both average workload and workload maximum working
  • Duration of exposure during which a worker continuously or repeatedly performs moderate to intense activities.

With three separate federal efforts underway, multiple state initiatives, a current Region VI focus program in place to AR, LA, NM, OK, TXand with changes occurring at a rapid pace based on the NEP, it could be a confusing year for employers.

As the weather warms up. you may want your safety department to work on your heat illness prevention program after reading the NEP and monitoring current regulatory efforts to ensure you are in compliance. Most employers ensure that their employees are not exposed to harmful levels of heat. Making sure you’re up to date with the latest information and getting credit for what you’re doing can be helpful if you’re faced with a compliance visit.

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Miniature Tin Man Art Installation Funding: Randy Glysch Raised $35,000 for Privately Funded Project | Community https://noomore.org/miniature-tin-man-art-installation-funding-randy-glysch-raised-35000-for-privately-funded-project-community/ Fri, 13 May 2022 05:52:00 +0000 https://noomore.org/miniature-tin-man-art-installation-funding-randy-glysch-raised-35000-for-privately-funded-project-community/

While village president Randy Glysch recently launched and announced his plans for a public art program around Oregon after receiving two grants, a project has been in the works for two years.

An 18-foot sculpture replica of the Tin Man is being planned, with the intention of being placed at the corner of Park and Janesville streets.

About two years ago, Glysch struck up conversations with Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades of Actual Size Artworks.

Actual Size Artworks is a collaboration between the two sculpting artists, and the duo create large-scale public art projects.

They both live in Stoughton and earned their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They both teach art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The duo have always admired the downtown Tin Man water tower and wanted to create a sculpture of the landmark as public art, Glysch told the Observer.

The water tower and a pumphouse to operate it were built in 1899. Initially the tower was a 15,000 gallon wooden drum, but in 1921 it was replaced with a 30,000 gallon steel drum gallons, which locals dubbed “The Tin Man”.

The water tower is 100 feet tall and has four steel legs supporting the steel water tank. Its nickname comes from the fact that it was designed in the “classic tin man” style, which was once a common form of water tank design, first introduced in 1894.

The water tower and pumping station were decommissioned in 1981 and the public works department used the brick building as storage.

In 2007, an initiative of village residents placed both structures on the State and National Historic Registers.

Glysch has his own attachment to the Oregon Skyline Monument – ​​when he moved to the village in 2013, Glysch became a member of the Oregon Historic Preservation Commission.

A neighbor approached him to help with landscaping around the building to improve its appearance, as Glysch is a master gardener.

It was then that Glysch learned that there had been several attempts over the years to restore and remodel the interior of the two-room building, which was damp and in disrepair.

He was able to help raise $80,000 in donations for the project, and in May 2015 the renovated building opened as the Oregon Visitor Center.

The cool, shiny brick building then cast its eyes towards the rusty, worn steel water tower.

The village provided $88,000 for its restoration, while an additional $30,000 was raised through private donations.

It received a new coat of paint, a new weather vane and was illuminated for the first time.

The project was completed in June 2017.

Now Glysch is working on the logistics to bring an 18ft replica of the 100ft tower to the corner of Park Street and Janesville Street.

He was able to raise $35,000 privately for the project, which is now in the planning stage.

The miniature Tin Man will be lit at night and say “Welcome to Oregon” on it.

Searl Electric and Alliant Energy are also project partners.

The proposed public art installation still has to go through all village approval processes, Glysch said.

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2022 Kia Stonic S Manual Review https://noomore.org/2022-kia-stonic-s-manual-review/ Fri, 13 May 2022 02:22:02 +0000 https://noomore.org/2022-kia-stonic-s-manual-review/

It may look like a rental car, but the 2022 Kia Stonic S represents strong ownership value and is one of the few lightweight SUVs to offer an affordable price tag.





  • Represents great property value with a strong warranty
  • Reliable infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • One of the few SUVs with a manual gearbox available!
  • Dull interior presentation
  • Expensive maintenance
  • Minimum storage space

After the Drive Car of the Year 2022 tests and the Best Light SUV category, it is surprising to see the list prices of entry-level SUVs. We live and breathe press releases detailing prices every day, and taken in isolation, these price increases seem interesting but not alarming.

But comparing cars in physical form next to each other is another thing. Their prices have risen dramatically across the board, even just a few years ago.

One such car that bucks the trend by staying within a normal price range is the Kia Stonic. Price from $21,990 plus road costs – or $24,690 go away by car – it is significantly more affordable than its main rivals such as the Ford Puma, Volkswagen T-Cross and Toyota Yaris Cross. The range’s flagship model, GT-Line, tops out at around $30,000, while its rivals’ flagship specs touch the $40,000 barrier.



When you add Kia’s promised seven-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and its ability to run on affordable 91-octane fuel, it becomes even more one of the best value offerings in its segment.

The car you see in the photos is the base model 2022 Kia Stonic S. It opens the range at $21,990 before road charges, or $24,690 drive-up nationwide.

In terms of specifications, Kia offers the S variant of the base model with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, rear view camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.



The specs list doesn’t contain much else to get excited about, but let’s see if the 2022 Kia Stonic S manual is more than the sum of its parts.

Key details 2022 Kia Stonic S
Price (MSRP) $21,990 plus road costs
Test car color Clear white
Choice Nothing
Price as tested $24,690 by car
Rivals Ford Puma | Mazda CX-3 | Hyundai Venue

Kia lines the interior of the Stonic S with cloth seats and plastic upholstery throughout. There’s little flair or fancy, though it’s a functional and comfortable space for the most part.

The cabin design is getting a bit old, having remained much the same since the car was released in 2017. As such, the styling is starting to look tired and like a generation behind. That said, the build quality seems up to par.



The seats are plush and well-constructed, with sturdy fabric covering the seats. There are black plastic strips on the door cards that make you feel like you’re driving a rental car, which looks a bit ordinary compared to the ornaments used on entry-level variants of cars such as the Ford Puma.

Although the seats themselves are comfortable, there is minimal lateral support in the corners. There’s good simple adjustability of things like the seats, steering wheel and mirrors to find a comfortable driving position.

There’s a front-row USB-A port for charging devices and running smartphone mirroring, and a 12-volt power outlet. As is normal for the light SUV segment, rear seat space is a no-frills affair. Legroom is decent, as is foot and headroom. It’s a good place to spend some decent time as an adult passenger.

Kia says trunk space is 352L. The cavity has a higher load lip, which can make it difficult to load larger items. Under the boot floor mat is a space-saving spare wheel.

2022 Kia Stonic S
Seats Five
Boot Volume 352L seats up / 1155L seats folded
Length 4140mm
Width 1760mm
Height 1500mm
Wheelbase 2580mm

Infotainment and Connectivity

For all its simplicity, the Stonic S features a neat 8.0-inch infotainment screen that runs a simple infotainment package.

For those who prefer to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smartphone mirroring can be used by connecting a compatible phone, wirelessly for Apple, or wirelessly or via USB for Android devices. There’s a small multi-function display in the instrument cluster to show key vehicle settings and information, and the screen can display a digital speed readout. Unfortunately, the screen will not show your cruise control speed setting.

The main infotainment screen is easy to use. There are shortcuts at the bottom of the screen for key functions that make it easier to navigate between screens. We’ve rarely had bad experiences with Kia’s infotainment system, which tends to work reliably without malfunctioning or incorrect displays.

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The Kia Stonic earned five stars in its 2017 Australian New Car Assessment Program test. Interestingly, this test was performed on the Kia Rio hatchback and extrapolated to include the Kia Stonic, which shares much of its structure and safety equipment with the entry-level hatch.

The Stonic’s level of safety equipment may not achieve a full five-star rating if tested under newer and stricter protocols.

All models come standard with a suite of safety technologies, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Alert driver attention alert, main vehicle departure alert, hill start assist, speed-sensing automatic door locks, dual ISOFIX mounts, plus front, side and curtain airbags.

As noted, prices for light SUVs are higher than expected. The Kia Stonic is one of the few that stays in the $20,000-$30,000 range, with the manual Stonic S in test costing $24,690 drive-away.

That’s better than the $30,340 to $35,890 (plus road charges) you’d pay for a Ford Puma, and is more affordable than the $26,990 to $37,990 Toyota Yaris Cross.

In terms of maintenance, Kia charges you $1047 for three years or $1958 for five years. Intervals occur every 12 months or 15,000 km.



In one look 2022 Kia Stonic S
guarantee Seven years / unlimited km
Service intervals 12 months or 15,000 km
Maintenance fees $1047 (3 years), $1958 (5 years)

Although maintenance costs can be high, Kia offers one of the best warranties in the new-car market with seven-year coverage (and no distance limit for private buyers).

You can fuel the Stonic with 91 octane regular unleaded gasoline. Kia says it will return a rating of 6.0 L/100 km on a combined cycle, while our tests indicated a 7.3L/100km figure around town.

Fuel consumption Fuel Stats
Disadvantages of fuel. (claims) 6.0L/100km
Disadvantages of fuel. (for testing) 7.3L/100km
Fuel type 91 octane unleaded
Fuel tank size 45L

The entry-level Stonic S comes with a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine who sends 74kW/133Nm through the front wheels. Curiously for the new car market, where there are fewer and fewer manual gearboxes, Kia offers the Stonic with a six-speed manual transmission.

While the outings look ordinary when rolled out on the tarmac, it’s a fun car to pedal using the now-new manual gearbox. You have to time the overruns accordingly, given the lack of torque available in the gears, but you can easily time this yourself using the manual gearbox.

The engine remains silent for the most part, but a roar of the road can be heard in the cabin, especially on coarse-chip tarmac.

At just over 4m long (4140mm to be exact), the Stonic is the right size for getting around town. It’s nimble, maneuverable, and the vision out of the wagon-shaped greenhouse is excellent.



The Australian-tuned suspension tuning is comfortable for commuter service and more than capable of blunting sharp road joints and the biggest potholes.

The Stonic is even competent when heading further afield. It stays calm and flat in tight corners, and the front end is nimble and easy to handle. You wouldn’t go so far as to call it an engaging experience, but it can be a smooth and fun thing to navigate through a small set of twisty turns.

Key details 2022 Kia Stonic S
Engine 1.4 liter four-cylinder petrol
Able 74 kW at 6000 rpm
Couple 133 Nm at 4000 rpm
Reader type Front-wheel Drive
Transmission Six-speed manual
Power to weight ratio 64.0kW/t
Weight (tare) 1157kg
Turning circle 10.2m

It was a late entrant into the light SUV category, but given that it comes in a price range of its own, the Kia Stonic is a worthy addition to a hotly contested space.

It’s a handy little thing to run around, stores enough tech to keep you happy, and will cater to you and your friends without too many complaints. Don’t expect them to be too impressed with the Stonic’s spartan interior.

All in all, though, add Kia’s renowned after-sales warranty and servicing arrangement, and it starts to look like a very attractive ownership proposition.

Rating distribution

2022 Kia Stonic S Wagon

7.6/ ten

Interior Comfort & Packaging

Infotainment and Connectivity

Tom started out in the automotive industry exploiting his talents as a photographer, but quickly learned that journalists got the best out of the business. He started with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar, then returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 as it transitioned to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, tips and has a particular interest in feature films. He understands that every car shopper is unique and has different requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but there’s also a loyal subset of the Drive audience who enjoy entertaining enthusiast content. Tom has a deep respect for all things automotive, regardless of model, priding himself on noticing the subtle things that make every car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which then gets passed on to the Drive reader base.

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