Business Grants Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems from USDA Rural DevelopmentBy David H. RobinsonBusiness Programs Director Energy conservation and renewable energy production are increasing the bottom line for businesses in Vermont and New Hampshire. USDA Rural Development can pay for up to 25% of eligible efficiency or renewable energy system costs with grant funds and help finance an additional 50% of the project costs with a guaranteed loan. Biofuel production equipment is also an eligible program purpose. The maximum grants are $500,000 for renewable systems and $250,000 for efficiency projects.In many cases, USDA RD can help a business structure a deal that requires no ‘out-of-pocket’ cash. Examples of Vermont and New Hampshire renewable energy and energy efficiency projects previously funded include installation of energy efficient lighting, development of biomass boiler systems, improvements to HVAC, upgraded refrigeration systems, geothermal heating systems and installation of reverse osmosis equipment for maple producers.USDA RD grant and loan guarantee funds may be combined with grants or loans from other private, state or local sources such as bank loans, efficiency rebates or renewable energy generation incentive programs.Businesses interested in learning more about the program and to determine if they qualify, should contact USDA Rural Development in either Montpelier, VT at 802-828-6031 or Concord, NH at 603-223-6045.- End –
Italian scientists want the government to conduct psychological tests on a sample of the population to determine how long people can stay confined to their homes, a report said Monday.The Corriere della Sera newspaper said scientists want to understand how long Italians “are able to endure a lockdown” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce a new set of social guidelines this week that could include the tests, the report said. The virus has officially killed 23,660 in Italy — second only to the United States — and probably many more because most care home deaths are not counted.Conte is expected to let people out of their homes for more reasons when the current lockdown rules expire on May 4. Italy entered into a progressively more restrictive lockdown over the first half of March that has since been replicated by most European nations.The Mediterranean country’s 60 million citizens have been barred from walking more than 200 meters from their homes without a significant reason.Reports of domestic abuse have surged and scientists worry about the impact of such isolation on the elderly and the more vulnerable.Conte’s government is now debating how it can lift the stay-at-home order and reopen businesses while there is still no coronavirus cure or vaccine. Topics :
On the play in question, Williams attempted to put back a Marcus Smart miss, but lost his balance and fell directly to the floor on his back.Robert Williams III has left the game after falling on his back vs the Hornets 😔 (@AAANe_MAnews) #AAANortheast pic.twitter.com/9SIXEnDIGg— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 23, 2019He stayed on the ground for a good amount of time before leaving the game. Celtics guard Marcus Smart fined $50K after shoving 76ers star Joel Embiid This is not how Robert Williams III wanted his first start with the Celtics to go.The 2018 first-round pick out of Texas A&M had to leave Saturday’s matchup with the Hornets after a scary fall. Related News The team announced soon after Williams would not be returning.#NEBHInjuryReport Rob Williams has suffered a lower back contusion and will not return to tonight’s game.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 23, 2019Williams came into the game averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 2018-19.