Dan Cohen AUTHOR Next month’s DOD/Federal Energy & Water Forum will provide energy and water industry leaders an opportunity to hear federal officials describe their strategies for achieving sustainability across the government as well as offer their feedback on federal initiatives.ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) — the leading nonprofit organizations in the field of energy and water partnerships — are teaming up to co-host the forum on Dec. 16 at the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington. The event will feature public and private leaders discussing their experiences — including successes achieved and challenges ahead — in energy efficiency, utilities privatization, renewables and water/wastewater/stormwater systems. The forum’s expert panels and interactive discussions also will provide an opportunity for participants to develop solutions to real-world issues.Sessions will focus on the following topics:Overview of federal energy and water authoritiesEnergy efficiency and how it supports operational sustainability at federal sitesHow energy savings performance contracts helped the federal government achieve its efficiency goalsThe evolution of utilities privatization and its role in energy securityCreative solutions to overcoming market barriers for renewable energy projectsWater, wastewater and stormwater systemsHow private sector water projects can be adapted to federal sitesFinancing optionsThe capital market’s appetite for energy and water projectsThe role of public-private partnerships in advancing federal energy and water goalsThe day-long dialogue will conclude with a panel of leading federal officials reacting to the discussions and outlining the government’s path to reaching sustainability.To register for the forum, visit the event website.
Chang’e 4 explores the moon Chang’e 4 is pointed to by small white arrows near the lower right-hand side of this LRO image. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University You’ll need to squint to spot it, but NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to capture a look at the Chinese National Space Agency’s (CNSA) Chang’e 4 lander hanging out on the far side of the moon. Chang’e 4 touched down on Jan. 3 in the Von Kármán crater. LRO took the image on Jan. 30. “As LRO approached the crater from the east, it rolled 70° to the west to snap this spectacular view looking across the floor towards the west wall,” writes Mark Robinson for Arizona State University’s LRO Camera site.The lander, which is about the size of a car, appears as a tiny bright spot. Chang’e 4 released its Jade Rabbit 2 lunar rover in early January, but the small machine is not visible in the LRO image.Here’s a closer look at the bright spot that is the Chang’e 4 lander. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University NASA announced in mid-January it had discussed observing Chang’e 4’s landing plume with CNSA in order to learn more about how dust is kicked up during a spacecraft landing. China’s lander is the first spacecraft to land on the far side of the moon, sometimes called the dark side even though it gets plenty of sunlight. The lander and rover are both powered by solar panels. NASA Space Chang’e 4 is on a mission to learn more about this mysterious region of the moon. It also hosted a short-lived attempt to sprout plants within a container. China already has its eyes set on another moon mission in 2019, but this time it plans to bring back lunar samples. If successful, those lunar bits will be the first brought back to Earth in decades. Sci-Tech Tags Post a comment Share your voice 0 Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos 12 Photos Chinese lunar rover makes tracks on the far side of the moon China’s Chang’e 4 sends back first photos of moon’s far side after historic landing NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.
[Representational image]Creative CommonsIt was expected that Budget 2018 would offer some salve to the salaried class which has always been the favourite target of finance ministers looking to shore up revenues to keep the bloated government machinery running.Union Budget 2018 highlights: FM throws cold water on hopes of individual taxpayersThere were high expectations that the budget would propose to increase the personal tax exemption limits and raise the current basic tax slabs. But Budget 2018 disappointed the salaried class with no changes offered in tax slabs.A person whose total income exceeds the tax exemption limit set by the government has to pay income tax. This has to be paid based on prevailing rates. Currently, people earning up to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum are exempted from income tax. There was speculation that the finance minister will increase the current basic income tax slabs to Rs 3 lakh. But he disappointed by going by the current rates. Current income tax slabsHere are major announcements related to personal tax from Union Budget 2018: The government has made many positive changes in personal income tax rates in the past year so no changes will be there in personal tax rates and tax slabs in Budget 2018.For all of the employees, the government would continue to make 12% contribution towards the Employee provident fund account for three years’ time.Women contribution to EPF reduced to 8% for first 3 years without affecting employer’s contribution.Seventy lakh formal jobs have been created this year. Government to contribute 12% of EPF contribution for new employees in all sectors.In a relief for salaried taxpayers, Arun Jaitley announced standard deduction of Rs 40,000 under the heads of transport and medical reimbursement. The facility is extended to pensioners as well.The education cess on personal income tax will be raised to 4 percent from the present 3 percent.”The salaried class was looking forward to either a realignment of tax slabs or significant benefit in the form of standard deduction. Though the standard deduction of Rs 40,000 looks attractive the benefit is significantly diluted since medical reimbursement of Rs 15,000 and transport allowance of 19,200 have been removed. The increase of cess on the tax to 4% from current levels of 3% also eats into the savings”, Saraswathi Kasturirangan Partner of Deloitte, told International Business Times India.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday offered fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA), Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) and Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) in Sylhet city, reports news agency UNB.The prime minister arrived in the divisional headquartes on Tuesday to inaugurate different development projects as well as address a public rally, which is widely seen as beginning of her party’s pre-election campaign.Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate 14 development projects and lay the foundation stones of 24 others.Hasina, also the president of Awami League, will address the public rally on Sylhet Government Alia Madrasah ground in the afternoon.From this rally, she will begin her election campaign, almost a year before the 11th general elections scheduled to be held at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next year.The development projects Hasina will inaugurate are-a prayer room for women at Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) shrine, beatification of the shrine and extension of its main road up to 2 kilometres, a six-storey academic-cum-administrative building of Sylhet Government College, a building for fertiliser testing and research laboratory at Pirijpur, district office of Department of Narcotics Control, Sylhet divisional and district NSI office building, Sylhet Muktijoddha Complex Bhaban, Zakiganj upazila Muktijoddha Complex Bhaban, a 12-storey Nagar Bhaban of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), a drainage system at Babuchhara, extension of Jalalbad road, Sylhet-Sunamganj bypass road, overlay works on Moulavibazar-Rajnagar-Fenchuganj-Sylhet road, Rashidpur-Bishwanath-Lamakazi road, Sylhet-Gopalganj-Charkhai-Zakiganj road, Darbasta-Kanaighat-Shahabagh road and Dhaka (Kanchpur)-Bhairab-Jagadishpur-Sayestaganj-Sylhet-Tamabil-Jaflang road (Sylhet-Sherpur point), pavement work at Sherpur toll plaza point on the highway, Sultanpur Union Parishad Complex Bhaban under Zakiganj upazila, Kamalbazar Union Parishad Complex Bhaban under Dakshin Surma Upazila, Kanaighat road and a three-storey primary healthcare centre at Kuituk.
Photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeThe U.S. Marshals have arrested William Joseph Greer, who has been on the run for 11 years and is one of the top 15 most wanted fugitives in the agency’s list.Gary Blankinship, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, announced Wednesday his agency has arrested William Joseph Greer, who has been on the run for 11 years and is one of the top 15 most wanted fugitives in the Marshals’ list.Greer is wanted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) for the murder of his girlfriend Tammy Marie Esquivel in December of 2006.During a press conference held at the HCSO headquarters in downtown Houston, Rich Hunter, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, detailed that the Marshals –in collaboration with Mexican law enforcement agencies— arrested Greer in a rural area of Mexico on Tuesday.Hunter added Greer’s extradition is under way and the HCSO will take custody upon his arrival.“My deputies have been from one end of the United States to the other, tracking down leads, we’ve interviewed hundreds of people, we’ve tracked hundreds of leads,” Blankinship stressed at the press conference.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez noted he hopes Greer’s arrest sends the message “that law enforcement will continue to work collaboratively until we can bring closure to every case.” Share