Prime Lube expands BlueSky DEF distribution with Sandri in New England

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first_imgPrime Lube, Inc, one of the largest distributors of lubricants and anti-freeze in the Mid-Atlantic, announced today that Sandri Energy based in Greenfield, MA, has become a major distributor of BlueSky Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Sandri will offer the the mandated fuel supplement to its transportation and construction fleet customers throughout the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Eastern New York.‘We are very pleased to welcome the Sandri Energy family into BlueSky distributorship,’ said Prime Lube CEO Robert Arbasetti. ‘Sandri is a well-diversified, progressive energy supplier, and we are confident that our new locally-manufactured BlueSky DEF will satisfy their customers’ needs for quality, value and effectiveness.’Now in its third generation of family ownership, Sandri is a highly diversified energy supplier, providing gasoline and diesel fuel, a wide range of commercial, transportation and industrial lubricants and home heating fuel. The company has recently expanded into a growing portfolio of renewable energy sources, including solar electric power systems, wood pellet fuel, and ultra-low emission pellet heating systems.Not only does the addition of BlueSky DEF enable the company to help its customers meet the required environmental mandates, but it also satisfies Sandri’s desire to offer a wider range of more environmentally-friendly solutions.‘As a company, we firmly believe in the environmental benefits BlueSky DEF offers, and we recognized fairly early on that this is where the market was headed,’ said Stephen Ebbrecht, lubricants sales manager at Sandri. ‘As a fellow Signature Class Chevron distributor, we were very confident in quality of Prime Lube’s BlueSky DEF, and its local manufacturing capacity will help keep costs lower ‘ a savings we can pass on to our customers.’Prime Lube began production of BlueSky DEF in September at a new 15,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Avenel, NJ through a partnership with Germany’s Kruse Group’the leading global DEF manufacturer and raw materials supplier. The plant has an annual production capacity of about 4 million gallons, with room for expansion as demand grows.All diesel-powered passenger and commercial vehicles produced after January 1, 2010 are required to meet new, lower nitrous oxide emission standards set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DEF, in conjunction with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, is the most effective and safest means by which commercial and private owner/operators can meet the required mandate. DEF is also mandated in Canada.With this local manufacturing capacity, Prime Lube is able to offer a more affordable supply of DEF to its customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the company’s full-service distribution and handling capacity includes its own fleet of trucks for delivery, as well as the capability to provide customers with the dispensing equipment, storage tanks and other handling equipment required for DEF.Prime Lube’s BlueSky DEF is ISO and API approved to help neutralize the nitrous oxide emissions generated through diesel exhaust. In its most basic form, DEF is a blend of urea (derived from natural gas) and de-ionized water that combine to form ammonia, which turns nitrous oxide emissions into harmless water vapor and elemental nitrogen. It can even improve fuel economy up to 5 percent.About Prime Lube, Inc.Founded in 1987, Prime Lube, Inc. is one of the largest distributors of Chevron and ExxonMobil, Castrol products in the United States and also supplies its own private label brand, Prime Plus, in the New Jersey, southern New York State and New York City metro, eastern Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut markets. Serving a wide range of end-use markets, from the corner service garage to power plants, fleet management companies, industrial and off-road customers, Prime Lube specializes in providing technical expertise, as well as the conventional and synthetic oils and greases required to keep commerce in the New York region running. The company is located in Carteret, NJ, adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike. For more information, please call (800) 634-4615.About SandriSandri Inc. (www.sandri.com(link is external)) is a family-owned and -operated full-service fuel and energy distribution company that provides diversified products, services and solutions to retail and commercial customers. They are a Sunoco-branded motor fuels distributor and a Signature Class Lubricant Marketer for Chevron that operates throughout New England and Eastern New York. Sandri also provides a variety of home heating fuels including: fuel oil, kerosene, propane and wood pellets to thousands of customers throughout western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Leveraging its vast knowledge and experience in energy-related products and petroleum distribution, Sandri has recently added a renewable energy division offering direct to consumer solar hot water installations, wood pellet fuel and heating systems and photovoltaic installations, as well as distribution of these products to professional installers. For more information, please call (800) 628-1900.Source: Carteret, NJ’Prime Lube, Inc# # # # #last_img read more

China plans reductions in solar, wind subsidies

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first_imgChina plans reductions in solar, wind subsidies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China will speed up efforts to ensure its wind and solar power sectors can compete without subsidies and achieve “grid price parity” with traditional energy sources like coal, according to new draft guidelines issued by the energy regulator.As it tries to ease its dependence on polluting fossil fuels, China has encouraged renewable manufacturers and developers to drive down costs through technological innovations and economies of scale. The country aims to phase out power generation subsidies, which have become an increasing burden on the state.China’s regions will make an extra push to provide technological and policy support to the renewables sector in order to ensure they can operate subsidy-free, according to draft guidelines issued by the National Energy Administration (NEA) dated Sept. 13 to the industry and reviewed by Reuters.The guidelines said some regions with cost and market advantages had already “basically achieved price parity” with clean coal-fired power and no longer required subsidies, and others should learn from their experiences. They also urged local transmission grid companies to provide more support for subsidy-free projects and ensure they have the capacity to distribute all the power generated by wind and solar plants.The draft guidelines were issued for feedback from the industry and it is unclear when they will come into effect.Solar power generation costs fell 90 percent from 2007 to 2017, and GCL New Energy Holdings, one of China’s biggest clean energy developers, said in late August that grid price parity could happen within a year.More: China to speed up efforts to cut solar, wind subsidies: draft guidelineslast_img read more

Brazilian Service Members Complete Last Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

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first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo June 16, 2017 After 13 years of operations and numerous announcements about the closure date, the Brazilian Armed Forces will depart the peacekeeping mission in Haiti on October 15th. The Security Council voted unanimously on April 13th to end the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym), opting to substitute it with a police force called the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, which will provide assistance in consolidating the Haitian police over the next two years. Between May 16th and June 1st, the last Brazilian troops to operate in Haiti were deployed. Of the 970 service members sent to Haiti, 850 are from the 26th Peacekeeping Brazilian Battalion, made up of members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force, and 120 from the 26th Engineering Company, comprising solely Army personnel. “The feeling among our Marine Corps is of a mission accomplished. Those who know, or knew Haiti 10 years ago and see the country today can most certainly perceive how the environment has changed,” said Lieutenant General Cesar Lopes Loureiro, commander of the Brazilian Marine Corps’ Fleet Marines, during the May 12th activation ceremony for the 175 marines chosen for this last mission in Haiti, at the Amphibious Division Command on Ilha do Governador in Rio de Janeiro. “In addition to other assessments, from a social point of view, political, etc., a sense of security was established, which was the mission for our MINUSTAH military components,” Lt. Gen. Loureiro stated. When established in 2004, MINUSTAH was expected to operate for an initial period of six months. The mission included service members from 15 countries but thus far Brazil sent the largest contingent and led it since the beginning. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, by the end of the mission, more than 37,000 members of the military — 30,359 Army personnel; 6,299 from the Navy; and 350 from the Air Force — will have supported MINUSTAH. Brazil has rotated its military contingent every six months, replacing it with 1,200 personnel, on average. Great people When Brazil assumed military command of MINUSTAH in 2004, after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed, Haiti erupted into violence and was overtaken by armed gangs, primarily in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Over this 13-year period, the peacekeeping mission in Haiti also adopted a social and humanitarian profile, not only in the rebuilding of Haiti but also during the most dramatic episodes faced by the Caribbean nation. Lt. Gen. Loureiro recalls three moments that were the most dramatic and emblematic for the mission in Haiti. “The first of these was at the start of the mission when our peacekeeping effort was quite intense, requiring the effective use of our troops in combat operations, resulting in the pacification of the nation. The second moment happened when aid was being given to the victims of the huge earthquake that struck Haiti, resulting in multiple casualties. Our troops participated in that rescue quite effectively,” Lt. Gen. Loureiro asserted. “And finally, when we were able to support community actions after Hurricane Matthew passed through, which was also an event that had a huge impact on the country. Our performance on those three occasions was decisive for normalizing the situation in Haiti, from a security standpoint,” he added. The earthquake on January 12, 2010, left more than 200,000 dead. Before that disaster, the mission considered the situation to be under control, and it was going to begin a downsizing of the military force in order to leave the country. The tragedy caused the deaths of 18 Brazilian service members and two civilians. After the quake, Brazil increased its contingent in MINUSTAH. More than 2,000 Brazilians remained in the country for almost six months. Hurricane Matthew’s passage through the country on October 4, 2016, caused nearly 900 deaths. In addition to their rescue work, the Brazilian troops also played a role in rebuilding roads and bridges so that humanitarian aid could get through. A Marine Corps platoon was the first set of troops able to get to the hardest-hit city, Jérémie, by land, on October 7, 2016. Showing their deep affection for the service members’ performance in the region, the Haitians call the Brazilian troops “Bombagais,” which means good people in Haitian creole. Pride and responsibility For the service members in the 26th and final contingent, this is a moment of joy over the success of the mission, but also a time of sadness in saying goodbye. “It is a very big responsibility because, in addition to our regular responsibilities in Haiti, we are also going to take part in the demobilization. It has been 13 years of success and our personnel have to maintain that standard. It will be a very tough task dismantling a base that was built over the course of 13 years. But the contingent is ready for that challenge,” said Colonel José Gomes Dória, commander of the 26th Marine Operations Group – Haiti. “Brazilian soldiers and Brazilian marines are much loved in Haiti – not only because of how they perform but also because of their professional demeanor, and for the way they relate to the citizens of that country. I think we will be missed by the people,” Col. Dória noted. Col. Dória explained that the mission will maintain its regular operations until September 1st. After that period, the demobilization will commence. “We will give importance to things that we did not before because we were close and witnessed the many hardships faced by the people whom our personnel were coming to help. And in a professional sense, we’ve put into practice everything we’ve learned over our career,” said Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Anderson Viana de Souza, who is participating in MINUSTAH for the third time. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help people who are always trying to move forward. My family is very proud of my having this opportunity to help other people who are not from our homeland,” Staff Sgt. Viana added. For Gunnery Sergeant Major Wellington Tudy Pereira Sales (Marine Corps), in Haiti for the first time, his expectation was even greater, as it would be the last. “Whenever our personnel leave, there is an expectation that the next contingent will be even better. Since our contingent is shutting down [the mission], it has to be better than the 25 others that came before it. For me, this is shaping into a very good experience, and professionally speaking, I am participating in a mission that many marines have attempted but not achieved,” said Gunnery. Sgt. Tudy. “This has been a test period, an evaluation period. Our personnel undergo a really intense selection process, and I have been chosen to be here at this time. For me, this has been great. It’s a dream come true,” he added. During the ceremony commemorating International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on May 29th in Brasília, Minister of Justice Raul Jungmann said that Brazilian peacekeepers around the world have been a model of competence and operational capability in peacekeeping missions. “[It is important] for Brazil, in the first place, that we have become peace providers for the entire world. Secondly, that we reaffirm our principles of pacifism, respect for sovereignty, and resolving disputes through diplomacy. And for our forces, [this] is also a demonstration of our professionalism, of our capabilities and, above all, a recognition from the world at large, and from the UN in particular, of the excellence of Brazilian peacekeepers,” Minister Jungmann underscored. “Brazil has left a legacy of success among the Haitian people. With the demobilization of this mission, new challenges may arise for our Brazilian service members who have readied themselves to operate in other UN peacekeeping missions,” the minister concluded.last_img read more

PSCU certified for EMV debit

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Tina OremPSCU, one of the nation’s largest CUSOs, is now certified to issue EMV debit cards on First Data’s Debit Solutions Platform and will begin deploying the cards via its 800+ member-owner credit unions across the country, according to a press release.“We expect to see the first wave of member credit unions go live in the beginning of June, with others to follow soon after,” PSCU President/CEO Chuck Fagan said.PSCU, which is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and whose member credit unions represent 18 million accounts, began deploying EMV credit cards in 2011 and has since issued over a million of them, according to the announcement. continue reading »last_img read more

Who is liable for the rising school levy?

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‘It will be like Go-Food’: Jobseekers in Java to get pre-employment cards in April

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first_img“In 2021, we aim for more than 2 million people to join the program. The President has stated that if this runs well, we could beef the program up to twice as much or even more,” Moeldoko told reporters.First announced during Jokowi’s reelection campaign, pre-employment cards aim to aid job seekers by granting them access to training, a move that hopes to help address the nationwide shortage of skilled workers. The government has allocated Rp 10.3 trillion (US$752.24 million) for the program this year. Read also: Government to roll out preemployment card in early 2020 Millions of jobseekers in Java will get subsidized training funds in April through the government’s much-vaunted pre-employment card, after a brief delay.Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko expressed hope on Tuesday that the government will issue the Presidential regulation for the scheme by February, finalize preparations in March and start the program in April. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo initially aimed for a January launch.West Java, Jakarta and its satellite cities will be among the first cities that will form the program’s pilot project. Authorities will then evaluate the results, make improvements and expand “massively” to other cities, Moeldoko explained. “Automation and the Future of Work in Indonesia”, released in September by management consultancy McKinsey & Company, projects that 23 million jobs could be displaced by automation by 2030, but 27 million to 46 million new jobs could be created during the same period. center_img The Presidential Office (KSP) special economic policy advisor, Denni Puspa Purbasari, elaborated on Tuesday that the sophisticated back-end programming for the program’s digital platform and lengthy financial administrative processes have caused the delay.However, she said that both the Presidential regulation and the Coordinating Economic Affairs Ministry Regulation were nearly complete. KSP is currently giving its last feedback on some articles in the provisions, she said.“It will be like Go-Food where the ‘food’ will be the training institutions laid out in a single platform, so that users can easily compare their prices, location, packages and ratings,” said Denni, referring to technology company GoJek’s food delivery service.The pre-employment card program is aimed at addressing skill shortages, which have become a real problem in the country’s workforce makeup, as the education system has failed to produce graduates with the skills needed by industry.Unemployment rates of graduates of vocational high schools, that are meant to train students for specific jobs, are most alarming, standing at 8.63 percent of the workforce in February 2019, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data. Read also: Skills gap: Why education alone is not enough to land you a job in IndonesiaThe government has also been seeking partnerships with financial technology (fintech), banks and start-ups to digitize its subsidy for jobseeker training. This would help with cash transfers and other funding issues.However, critics and industry players have raised questions about the effectiveness of the cards in narrowing the country’s deep-rooted skills gap, as the education system remains a big problem when it comes to addressing the skills shortage, while budget shortages and weak unemployment data would hamper the pre-employment card’s implementation.Former finance minister Chatib Basri also warned the government to avoid overselling the program in order to avoid failure where “expectations are higher than the results”.“We must tone down expectations. There will be glitches in the process but that’s normal if we have realistic expectations,” Chatib said.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf: More Seniors to Receive Coordinated, Quality Health Care in Their Homes, Communities

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first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Seniors Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited the Stephen Foster Community Center in Lawrenceville to announce Community HealthChoices, a program to improve services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians that will launch in 14 southwest Pennsylvania counties in January 2018. The governor was joined by Teresa Miller, Acting Secretary for the Department of Human Services; Teresa Osborne, Secretary of the Department of Aging; and Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive.“Since I became Governor, my administration has been focused on improving health care across Pennsylvania, making it better and more convenient for patients and practitioners alike,” Governor Wolf said. “We spoke to those touched by our health care programs to hear how we could improve the care they get, and we found that one of the most important priorities was the ability to get high quality care close to home. Community HealthChoices delivers that ability to our patients, our seniors, and those with disabilities.”Community HealthChoices will help seniors age at home and receive quality health care services there and in their communities.The new, mandatory managed care program will serve people age 21 and older who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid or with physical disabilities, and will allow them to get access to high quality care in their communities – and in some cases even in their homes.“Community HealthChoices will improve service delivery for some of our most vulnerable friends, family members, and neighbors,” said Secretary Miller. “This transition will allow hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to a managed care program that will coordinate the care they need to have a voice and choice in where they live.”Community HealthChoices, as a program, was developed in partnership between the commonwealth’s Department of Aging and Department of Human Services and included ideas and components from hundreds of stakeholders, including the Area Agencies on Aging, senior and disability advocates, providers, future program participants, and participant caregivers.“Under the Older Americans Act, our network of 52 local Area Agencies on Aging is charged with assisting older adults to live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities,” said Secretary Osborne. “The Wolf Administration’s implementation of Community HealthChoices represents an exciting opportunity for the aging network to help us better coordinate and deliver effective and efficient long-term services and supports that will enable older Pennsylvanians to live and age well at home.”Once it is fully implemented, CHC will give Pennsylvanians access to high quality care to meet their needs, right in their home communities, with the added bonus of potential cost savings over care provided in nursing facilities.CHC will complete its statewide rollout by bringing the program to Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2019 and throughout the remainder of the state in 2020.“This phased rollout will give us time to listen to patients and hear their experience with the program so that by 2020 we will be delivering the best local care possible to hundreds of thousands of seniors and patients across the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said.For more information on Community HealthChoices, visit dhs.pa.gov. Governor Wolf: More Seniors to Receive Coordinated, Quality Health Care in Their Homes, Communities December 07, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sierra Leone Grave-diggers pay a heavy price for their work

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first_imgAfrica’s fight against Ebola has produced hundreds of unsung heroes. Many of them have given their lives in the past few months. In Freetown, Sierra Leone a special group of workers has faced death on a daily basis. CCTV’s Robert Nagila reports Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Defends Lockdown Related Sierra Leone faces setback in Ebola fightlast_img

‘Pusher’ nabbed in La Paz drug bust

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first_imgThe 38-year-old Rey Occeño, a fish vendor, was nabbed in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz district, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PN Drug suspect Rey Occeño sits handcuffed while antidrug officers inspect items seized from him during an entrapment operation in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz, Iloilo City on July 15. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN/PDEA REGION VI FB Occeño – resident of Barangay San Juan, Molo district – was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P500 around 11 a.m. on July 15, it added. When frisked, Occeño yielded three more sachets of suspected shabu. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the La Paz police station. ILOILO City – He sold suspected shabu, police said.last_img read more

Laudrup: Wrong time to face Norwich

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first_img Swans’ boss Laudrup admits it makes the trip to East Anglia more testing than it may have seemed a few weeks ago. The Dane said: “Of course this is a tougher game than it would have been a month ago. “Circumstances change. It’s the same team, the same pitch, the same ball, but in a different moment and circumstance. “If they beat us they go above us by a point. That’s how it is, maybe a month ago or in a month’s time it would be different, but we are not playing last month we are playing Sunday. “Three or four weeks ago I watched them at home in a crucial game against West Ham. “In the first half they were outplayed and could have been three or four nil down. “Then in the second half they got a penalty and a great free-kick from Robert Snodgrass and went on to score a third goal. “Since then in the last three games they have won two. Suddenly from being in a very difficult position they are right up there.” Sunday’s game comes just three days after Swansea advanced to the last 32 of the Europa League despite losing 1-0 to St Gallen in Switzerland. The hectic schedule caused by the 10 European games the Welsh club have played so far has seen Laudrup forced to constantly rotate his squad. But he hopes, with a two-month gap until the knockout stages, his side can settle down and find some consistency. “It is mission accomplished in Europe but now we have an important game on Sunday,” said Laudrup. “It will be the seventh game in 20 days with some players playing in four, five or six of those. “But we have to get everything we can out of this game and then on Monday we can enjoy the Europa League draw and then park that competition until the end of February. “After that we can think exclusively about the Premier League as from here to the next Europa League game there are 10 or 11 games in the league. “It is always easier to focus on one competition, especially if you are not experienced in playing in Europe. “This is the first time in the Europa League for us and we are only in mid-December but we’ve already had 10 games in this competition. “That’s a lot of games. Last year we thought we’d played a lot of games, but we’ve played more this year at a similar stage.” Press Association Michael Laudrup admits Norwich have started to find form at just the wrong time for his Swansea side. The Swans have not beaten the Canaries since their promotion to the top flight in 2011, but would have fancied their chances of ending that sequence when Chris Hughton’s men made a slow start to the season. But Norwich have won three of their last five fixtures and now lie just two points behind Swansea after their 2-0 win at West Brom last weekend. last_img read more