Photo: Capt. Steve Stasick, Commodore 30 NCR and Republic of Korea Navy Capt. Seok Han Yoon, Commodore NMCRON 59, sign a memorandum of understanding between the two units in Santa Ritam Guam on June 26. Photo: US Navy View post tag: ROK Navy View post tag: US Navy Share this article The US Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Naval Mobile Construction Squadron (NMCRON) 59 have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for mutual exchange and cooperation.Inked in Santa Rita, Guam, on June 26, the agreement is expected to strengthen naval facilities and engineering capabilities between the two navies.As informed, the MOU continues the longstanding partnership between the two naval engineering units on joint engineering projects and training and allows for both units to mutually express opinions and to advance the understanding and cooperation between the two Seabee commands.“The MOU will enhance the already robust joint naval engineering relationship between 30 NCR and NMCRON 59. It will strengthen our mutual understanding through more joint training opportunities, leading to a tighter operational relationship that will prepare both of our forces to face any future contingency,” Capt. Steve Stasick, 30NCR commodore, said.The agreement, signed by Stasick and ROK Navy Capt. Seok Han Yoon, NMCRON 59 commodore, will lead to combined field training events, regularize operational planning teams, facilitate mutual visits and exchanges between leadership, identify and carry out civil affairs operation projects in support of humanitarian assistance.The 59th Naval Mobile Construction Squadron operates under the Republic of Korea Navy Fleet Flotilla 5, based in Jinhae, ROK.As Commander Task Group 75.5, 30NCR provides command and control over all naval construction force units in the 7th Fleet area of operations.
Nearly two-thirds of British consumers have said they would return to cafés, bars and restaurants within the first month of them reopening, according to a survey by The NPD Group.,Sixty-three per cent of respondents to the global information company’s second Covid-19 British Foodservice Sentiment Study said they planned to visit these establishments soon after re-opening.However, three-quarters (76%) of those polled said good hygiene would be a more important factor in choosing an establishment than before lockdown. The same percentage admitted they wanted to see strict rules to “prevent contagion” and 74% said they would prefer places that could “guarantee social distancing”.This was particularly important as 58% of respondents said restaurants and bars were the riskiest places to be infected with Covid-19.“The majority of people in our survey plan to return to restaurants, bars and cafés within a month of lockdown ending, but in order to do so, they’ll need to trust operators to offer safe environments from the get-go,” said Dominic Allport, insights director (foodservice), The NPD Group.“Our data shows that consumers were already acutely aware of cleanliness in eating-out establishments before Covid-19. As the industry moves towards reopening, operators will need to make this a top priority in order to encourage people back into their operations.He added that some consumers would still be reluctant to go out, and encouraged operators to build this factor into their channel strategy by, for example, encouraging more people to try delivery.Many bakeries and cafés have turned to delivery in recent weeks – a medium that is already popular among the 18-34 age group, according to The NPD Group, with 59% using the channel. Patronage dips to 32% in the 35-54 age band and drops further to just 13% for the over-55s.
Fans of Dave Matthews Band have been reeling since the group wrapped up their summer tour last weekend at The Gorge. What is typically an annual celebration of all things DMB was marked by a sadder, nostalgic tone, as the band is planning a hiatus that will last for a year and presumably throughout all of 2017.Fortunately, for fans longing for some live Dave, there is a solution. Back in May, the band kicked off their summer tour with an extravagant 25th anniversary concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA. The concert, which raised over $1 million for local charities, saw the DMB debut three new songs and bust out other big hits for an incredible evening of music.If you missed out, TNT Drama will be airing the performance as part of their State Farm Neighborhood Sessions series, coming to televisions everywhere this Sunday, September 11th, at 10/9c. You can head to the TNT website for more information, and the website will also host a rebroadcast of the special beginning on September 12th.You can also watch a behind-the-scenes video of the DMB members below in anticipation!
Photo: Ellison White The 2019 High Water Festival in North Charleston, South Carolina’s Riverfront Park concluded on Sunday night. In their 3rd year, Shovels and Rope’s tasteful representation of the Lowcountry’s music and culture has refined itself as a breathing illustration of the region.High Water Festival is not a camping festival, it’s not a place you’ll find late-night super jams or night crawlers snagging ground scores. Instead, you’ll find an 11:30 am brunch curated by Charleston’s best chefs, a playground equipped for a family-friendly environment, local craft brews, and a showcase of folk, country, and soul from 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm. High Water Festival is a portrayal of the Lowcountry’s attitude; charming and soulful, with some grit to sharpen its coastal edge.If you’re not familiar with the festival leaders, Shovels and Rope is a Charleston-based husband-and-wife duo made up of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. Since 2008, they have brought a fresh approach to folk and soul music. Their songs are about everything from romance, great dogs, shucking oysters, and the personality of the South Carolina coast. Teamed with manager Paul Bannister, AC Entertainment, and their sponsors, Shovels and Rope were able to give 30% of proceeds to Charleston Waterkeeper, Green Heart Project, and Water Mission. Additionally, all bar tips went toward school gardens run by Green Heart Project, which brings self-sustaining agricultural education to schools across the Lowcountry. If you’re visiting the Lowcountry, check out any of their websites for their weekly events.Saturday and Sunday kicked off with a Lowcountry style brunch. Both menus were developed by some of Charleston’s best chefs including Jacques Larson (Wild Olive & Obstinate Daughter), Shuai Wang (Short Grain), Jill Mathias (Chez Nous), and Evan Guadreau (Renzo). The menu consisted of some of the freshest local ingredients including local snapper, tortellini with goat cheese, and plenty of oysters. Each course was served with wine as well as specialty cocktails by Craig Nelson of the award-winning bar Proof. Throughout the day, activities including oyster shucking classes, a DIY Bloody Mary stations, as well as food vendors from all over Charleston.Music on Saturday kicked off with a Shovels and Rope family affair. Lilly Hiatt, who’s 2017 record Trinity Lane was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, started things off at the main stage named Stono Stage. Michael Nau came next on the Edisto Stage, both stages were named after the rivers that surround some of the band’s origin on John’s Island, just south of Charleston.Shovels and Rope made their first appearance on stage in 6 months with Butch Walker. Walker’s electric performance and heartfelt friendship beckoned the hosts on stage for a performance of “Bullet Belt”. Following Walker, Shrimp Records Family Band brought Cary Ann and Michael out for a couple numbers before handing the attention to The War and Treaty.The War and Treaty was the most uplifting show of the day. It was most of High Water’s hope that they have earned a headlining spot next year. The other husband-and-wife led band brought plenty of energy to their performance with songs off their newest album. Their most well-received part of the show was not their music, but banter in between songs. Toward the end of the show, they brought on tears and asked the audience to hug one another. They continued to discuss suicide prevention and if you think someone may need you, they probably do.Blitzen Trapper, performance artist Mitski, Phosphorescent, Lord Huron, and Jenny Lewis led up to the headliners. Among these twilight acts, Jenny Lewis’s stage presence was captivating. In a mermaid style dress, she left her heart on the stage singing songs of hope, feminine power, and a lack of regret. “Wasted My Youth”, “Red Bull and Hennessy”, and “See Fernando” played out before ending her set at the front of the stage, arms up, and back turned as she cried to the crowd singing her songs.Easily one of the best Rhythm and Blues artists in the game, Leon Bridges closed out the night with hits like “Beyond” leading up to his high energy pieces. At the end of the show, Leon asked the crowd to get hyped in preparation for tomorrow.Day 2 kicked off with The Secret Sisters, Thelma & The Sleaze, and Ranky Tanky. The Secret Sisters warmed up the crowd for an explosive set from Thelma & The Sleaze. Thelma & The Sleaze shared crass songs of crackheads, sex, and a stage dives. Ranky Tanky brought the crowd to a happy medium. Their church-like soul teamed with Quiana Parler fluid vocals brought a heaviness to the festival grounds on the Lord’s day in the Holy City.Lera Lynn was up next on Edisto Stage parting away from her usual numbers to take her tunes a bit deeper than High Water had seen. Her pairing of post-Americana with Pink Floyd type arrangements showed why she was picked for the music for season 2 of the HBO hit True Detective and this part of the festival.Preservation Hall Jazz Band got the crowd out of their headspace complete with a Second Line Parade around the festival grounds. Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog, and Durand Jones & The Indications all came before the hosts of the fest. When Shovels and Rope hit the stage in Royal Blue suits, the crowd rejoiced as Cary Ann and Michael had their first show since giving birth to their child.In celebration of their new album By Blood, the group played tunes off the new album along with their Lowcountry sing-a-longs. Throughout the set, the husband-and-wife duo took on acoustic and electric guitar, their drum kit, and piano showing their break only improved their showmanship. Head to wherever you get your music to stream and download By Blood.To cap off the night, J. Roddy Walston & The Business kept the glow going as the sun went down. A heavy hitting “Don’t Break the Needle” kicked off with “Full Growing Man” which made it apparent he would be playing some of his album, Don’t Break the Needle. Alongside favorites like “Marigold”, this set up for the perfect headliner on a Sunday night at High Water in The Head and the Heart.The Head and The Heart played a set full of love, love lost, and even some tributes to the water that flowed on the other side of the crowd. Looking out onto the water there were around 30 boats taking in the free view of the festival. The biggest surprise of the festival was when Preservation Hall Jazz Band came out for the final number in “Rivers and Roads”. This final tribute led the audience out to what was the perfect send-off until next year.Thanks to Shovels and Rope, AC Entertainment, Polished Pig Media, and all the sponsors for putting on this event to benefit Charleston Waterkeeper, Water Mission, and The Green Heart Project. We cannot wait for what is in store for 2020!Check out a full gallery from the 2019 High Water Festival below, courtesy of Ellison White.High Water Festival | Charleston, SC | 4/12-14/19 | Photos: Ellison White Load remaining images
Star Files Brian Stokes Mitchell Shuffle Along A host of extraordinary leading men will shuffle back to Broadway this season. Tony winners Billy Porter (current star of Kinky Boots) and Brian Stokes Mitchell, along with Tony nominees Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon, will share the stage with Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Performances will begin on March 14, 2016 at the Music Box Theatre. Opening night is set for April 21.The show, which bills itself as a revival, combines the 1921 musical Shuffle Along with the backstory of the people who brought it to life, including the songwriting team Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and bookwriters Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller. Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk collaborators George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover will reunite to direct and choreograph, respectively. Wolfe will also pen the new book.McDonald will star as 1920s headliner Lottie Gee. Porter and Mitchell take on the roles of the librettists and performers Lyles and Miller, while Henry and Dixon will play composers Sissle and Blake. Additional casting will be announced later.Porter took home a Tony in 2013 for his star performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. He is scheduled to conclude his run in the show in January 2016. His additional Broadway credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, Five Guys Named Moe and Miss Saigon. Last year, he made his playwriting debut with the semi-autobiographical While I Yet Live off-Broadway.Mitchell won a Tony in 2000 for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate. He was also nominated for Ragtime (starring opposite McDonald), King Hedley II and Man of La Mancha. His additional Great White Way credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Love/Life and Kiss of the Spider Woman.Henry received Tony nods for his performances in Violet and The Scottsboro Boys. He has also appeared on Broadway in Bring It On, Porgy and Bess, American Idiot and In the Heights.Dixon earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Harpo in The Color Purple. Other Broadway credits include Motown and he recently starred in the City Center Encores! presentation of The Wild Party (stepping in for a previously announced Henry).Shuffle Along first played Broadway and became a runaway hit in May of 1921. The show, which was expected to become an immediate flop following a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, ended up playing for 504 performance. The story follows two friends who both run for mayor in fictional Jimtown, USA. One wins and the other is appointed chief of police, but as they fight, their opponent plots to drive them out. The original production featured the talents of such soon-to-be theatrical stalwarts as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson and Lottie Gee. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016
Even though the MWD programs in Colombia and Honduras are in vastly different stages of their development, the importance of the programs to the security of the region remains the same. And while security and stability in the Central American region remains crucial, West and Killian believe lessons learned from both SMEEs can have a lasting impact on MWD programs in the United States as well. During the month of July, a handful of U.S. Army South Soldiers traveled to Colombia and Honduras to conduct subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) with partner nation soldiers and civilians. While these are not an uncommon form of engagement within Army South’s area of responsibility, the topic of these two proved to be an exception. The focus for each one of these engagements centered on military working dogs, or MWDs. During the two engagements, the focus of each SMEE shifted slightly. While Colombia possesses a more robust MWD program, the Honduran Army is in its early stages of development. Colombian soldiers are working with Honduran MWD handlers to train them on the proper use of the MWDs. In September, there is a plan to send 20 Honduran handlers to Colombia for training. The veterinary working group focused on exchanging classes to create better understanding of each country’s Veterinary Corps and MWD programs. The classes led to discussions on challenges each program faces and points of collaboration. During the trip to Colombia, the Army South contingent chose to highlight the proper care of the working dogs to include the detection and treatment of common diseases among the dogs, specifically Leishmaniasis, a disease caused by protozoan parasites that is transmitted by the bite of certain fly species. Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects MWDs and Soldiers, often leaving permanent scars and potentially impacting force readiness. “The Colombian Military fully understands the value of their working dogs in detecting improvised explosive devises and narcotics,” said Killian, who led the veterinarian SMEE. “There is no piece of equipment that can replace these dogs. So, keeping them healthy is critical and requires a deliberate and robust veterinary team. The Colombian Army has increased the number of veterinarians in uniform, from three to 15, over the last year. This investment in veterinarians will certainly extend the working lifespan of Colombian MWDs.” “These dogs are a force multiplier,” said West. “They can detect and locate substances that we can’t see.” Like in Colombia, an emphasis on the care of the dogs was stressed to the Honduran soldiers in attendance. “Our SMEE with the Hondurans focused on the operational planning and utilization, the organizational structure and certification and training of an MWD program,” said West. “This is important in the implementation of a successful MWD program.” Both groups presented veterinary classes, and discussions geared toward mitigating the impact of Leishmaniasis. In addition, the Colombians learned how to collect tissue samples of a working dog with active Leishmaniasis. This was the first time most of the Colombian veterinarians were shown how to collect samples. “It’s a new program and they are reaching throughout the region for assistance,” said West. “The discussions centered on the prevention and treatment of MWDs diagnosed with diseases specifically Leishmaniasis,” said West. “We also discussed other important topics such as the proper care and treatment of the working dogs while they are deployed.” With the cost and time commitment invested in selecting and training a working dog, the importance of an effective breeding program becomes vital. In the U.S., a dog selected to become an MWD does not start training until approximately 15 months of age, while in Colombia, dogs as young as four months begin their training to become MWDs. The Honduran Army commanders see the importance of a strong MWD program in countering transnational organized crime, said West. “The ability to exchange information and dialogue with both armies will have a lasting effect on both countries’ dog programs,” said West. “We can certainly learn just as much from our partners as they can learn from us.” “The Colombian Army’s breeding program appears to have found the right way to breed dogs to become MWDs,” said West. “They have successfully bred more than 140 dogs with a 100 percent success rate.” “Because the two countries are in different stages of their programs, we chose to center our exchanges based on what was important to each of them,” said Master Sgt. Kirby West, the Army South military working dog program manager. By Dialogo August 30, 2013 Prior to leaving Colombia, the Army South contingent toured one of Colombia’s largest military kennels and received information on Colombia’s MWD breeding program. After leaving Colombia, the Army South team shifted their focus to assist the Honduran Army in their implementation of a brand new MWD program. Honduras began the construction of their first kennel and purchased their first MWDs in May of this year. While they currently only have seven dogs, the Honduran Army hopes to have that number swell to 30 dogs by mid next year. During the SMEE, West and Lt. Col. Jerrod W. Killian, the Army South chief of clinical operations and command veterinarian, worked with 15 veterinarians and two dog handlers from the Colombian Army. This exchange was the first time all 15 Colombian veterinarians were gathered in one area for a class. Currently, the working life of a Colombian MWD is about five years. In the U.S., a working dog can be expected to work up to 10 years. With proper disease detection and care of their MWDs, the Colombian Army is hoping to extend the working life of their approximately 3,500 working dogs.
December 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Should government lawyers be exempt from the pro bono plan? Associate Editor What about government lawyers? Should they continue to be exempt from pro bono representation of the poor?Yes and no, were the mixed answers during oral arguments November 7 (in case No. 02-1050) regarding a petition to modify Rule 4-6.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.Natasha Permaul, chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, petitioned the court to modify the rule to remove the deferral of government lawyers from the pro bono plan because she said it would remove confusion.Anthony Musto, on behalf of the Government Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar, asked the court to deny that petition. Instead, he asked the court to encourage the Bar to lobby the legislature for statutory changes to lift the prohibitions altogether for government lawyers. Otherwise, Musto said, pro bono service would become so broad it would lose its original mission to provide free legal representation for the poor. He warned it could actually result in all lawyers doing less actual representation of the poor, as they would instead take pro bono credit for general community service, like coaching Little League.Buddy Jacobs, general counsel for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, reminded the court why the deferral is necessary for assistant state attorneys, who are not equipped to handle civil cases for poor people.“We have substantial evidence that government lawyers who are prohibited by statute, rule, or regulation are providing pro bono legal services to the court,” Permaul told the justices. “Government lawyers with legal prohibitions have determined that there are ways to provide pro bono legal services to the poor and not violate the statutes, rules, or regulations that apply to them.”Justice Peggy Quince asked: “But aren’t there some government lawyers who are, in fact, not providing these kinds of services, based on the statutes and rules and regulations?”Permaul answered: “Your honor, I believe that there is confusion as to what the definition of legal services to the poor includes. The choice has been made that, to be careful, not to step across the line. But what the regulations actually say is that the attorneys cannot engage in the private practice of law.”In her petition, Permaul said, she asks the court to add to the definition of pro bono service that it is “overall a public service.” An example Permaul gave of acceptable legal service for government lawyers is handling the closing paperwork on a Habitat for Humanity house, knowing that house will benefit the poor. She said the court has given direction to government attorneys in the comment to Rule 4.6-1 and the activities listed in Rule 4-6.5. In Orange County, she said government lawyers help the elderly in nursing homes fill out public benefits assistance paperwork or help poor people apply for earned income tax credits. She stressed that the court had wanted to encourage more attorneys to participate in improving access to justice for the poor and working poor.“By removing the deferral for government attorneys, those who are somewhat hesitant about participating now know that the court is encouraging them to participate in the program,” Permaul said.But Musto warned against broadening the narrow definition of what a lawyer’s obligation to pro bono service should be all about.“We, as lawyers, are in a unique position. We are the only people who can walk past that bar and come into a courtroom and represent people. And, therefore, we have a unique obligation,” Musto said.The types of activities that Permaul’s committee has listed in its report, such as gun safety education and Teen Court, while worthy community service, Musto said, is “not what the purpose of the pro bono rule is all about.“You go down a slippery slope, because how do you say ‘no’ to the lawyer that coaches the Little League team and says, ‘Hey, I talk to them, I keep them off the streets, I tell them not to take drugs.’”Musto reminded the court that in the original opinion adopting pro bono rules, “you said specifically that although other public service by the legal profession is important, no authority exists for this court to address uncompensated public service not directly related to the needs of the poor. You already held you do not have the authority to do it.”Most importantly, Musto said, is that “what you may get is an increase in the number of public service hours performed by government lawyers, but you are also going to have all of those nongovernment lawyers, the 50,000 or 60,000 out there, who say, ‘Oh, I can meet this requirement in this manner or that manner,’ instead of actually handling cases. And I submit to you that, if you expand it that way, the bottom line will be an overall reduction in the number of hours spent actually handling cases for the poor.”Jacobs, speaking on behalf of Florida’s prosecutors, told the justices: “I submit to you that our people are involved in helping people around the state. We render service to the poor every day, by the nature of what we do as prosecutors. Unfortunately, because of the demographics of our state, a lot of poor people are victims of crimes.”Prosecutors are a lot like judges, Jacobs argued, and while they are involved in bettering their communities, they can’t take cases on behalf of poor people.“We are supposed to be seeking justice. We are not supposed to just prosecute everybody,” Jacobs said.“We are the chief law enforcement official in each circuit in Florida. And we have to be impartial. And so, to have us involved in representing people in civil cases, which we are prohibited to do anyway, I believe is a wrong thing.” Should government lawyers be exempt from the pro bono plan?
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Most women working in the computer science industry can trace their interest back to a compelling mentor or someone in their childhood who inspired them. Laurie Carey of Cold Spring Harbor got her start in this predominately male industry in a different way.Growing up in a small town in upstate New York, Laurie got a job on an assembly line at Fairchild Semi Conductor. In a twist on the famous I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Ethel tried to keep pace with chocolate bonbons overflowing from the conveyor belt, Laurie had to assemble circuit boards at a fast pace. Laurie’s managers belittled the employees who could not keep up with her fast pace and they, in turn, gave Laurie a hard time.No matter what came her way, Laurie mastered every task that she was assigned. “They kept moving me,” she says. It was at her next job that she was asked to build a PC from scratch and her untapped technological aptitude was finally recognized.During the 80s, Laurie rose through the thin ranks of women in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by working with many mentors. She built a networking community especially for women through Netware International, to not only open the lines of communication between women, but to encourage them to share their ideas and frustrations.“I like to build and bring people together,” she says.For more than 10 years, Laurie has been working at Microsoft and is currently a Partner Tech Strategist.Drawing from her own experience, Laurie wanted to make high school and college students aware of the opportunities for STEM careers. She also wanted to inspire a greater population by adding an important element to the equation: the Arts.“The “A” in STEAM is for a student who is artistic. They have a spark you don’t want to squelch, they can use that talent. There are many industries that can be applied to their capabilities,” she says.Even today, less than 20 percent of undergraduate degrees in engineering are earned by women.“There are so many bored high school students who are not using their talents. How do you make kids discover something exciting?”Laurie’s vision came to fruition when she founded the non-profit We Connect the Dots. Their mission is to empower both students and teachers by giving them the education and tools needed for pursuing STEAM careers.“We break it down for them. These are skills they can use to succeed for the rest of their lives,” she says.And it’s that passion and natural curiosity that Laurie is seeking in the students who are mentored by the We Connect the Dots (WCTD) organization.“We need to teach kids how to build their confidence and how to apply technology in business, like using a CRM, online tools and office products.” Laurie explains.Laurie’s planning to roll out multiple WCTD programs throughout New York state and Long Island this year and then nationally, including a spring pilot program at the Digital Animation & Visual Effects School in Orlando, Florida.“We have a five-day curriculum for a select group of 10 students, 13 to 18 years old,” she explains. “We want to expose them to see what can excite them.”WCTD offers internships, job shadowing for students and teachers, career development and coaching.“It’s a team collaboration,” she explains but said there is a need for more companies to offer student shadowing.Laurie found her passion the hard way. Because of her own experience, she wants to motivate children and young adults to learn STEAM skills while they’re still in school.“Going to work should not feel like work. My passion is to help others find the right career.”For more information, go to: we-connect-the-dots.org or to contact Laurie: [email protected] or 917-597-6974.
A pedestrian was killed early Tuesday morning in a crash in North Babylon, Suffolk County police said.Detectives said a 59-year-old Florida man was driving a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Route 231 near Pell Avenue just before 4 a.m. when his mid-size SUV struck the male pedestrian.The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said. He was not identified.The driver was not injured.The Jeep was impounded for a safety check, and the investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John San Filippo is the founder and president of OmniChannel Communications Inc. He has nearly 40 years of experience in financial services and technology. He’s written for every major … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details If you drive a gasoline-powered BMW, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi, among others, your automobile’s manufacturer recommends that you use Top Tier gasoline. The problem is, most consumers don’t know what Top Tier gas is, nor do they care. Gas is gas, right? Wrong.Top Tier is a trademarked name that refers to gasolines that meet specific detergent additive specifications that go above and beyond what’s required by the EPA. But why would gasoline makers want to do more than what’s required by law?In the late 1980s, as more and more auto manufacturers began to move to fuel injection systems, these manufacturers noticed that fuel injectors were becoming clogged faster than anyone expected. They traced the problem to a lack of sufficient detergent additives in most gasolines. Finally, with a little nudging from these manufacturers, the EPA introduced minimum additive standards in 1995.The problem was that while the EPA standards addressed emission concerns, they didn’t take engine longevity into account. The result was that EPA-compliant gasoline continued to cause clogged fuel injectors and contaminated combustion chambers, leading to higher emissions and lower fuel economy, not to mention expensive repairs.Rather than wait for the government to fix the problem, automobile manufacturers banded together to create their own standard for detergent additives. In 2004, the standard was finalized and thus was born Top Tier gas.But Top Tier gasoline sounds more expensive, doesn’t it? The truth is, Top Tier gas is more expensive – but only by an average of 3 cents per gallon. And you get plenty of benefit for those extra 3 cents.In one study, AAA set out to see just how much of a difference Top Tier gas makes. Simulating 4,000 miles in the lab for both Top Tier and non-Top Tier gas, they discovered than non-Top Tier gas left an average of 660 milligrams of deposits on each intake, while Top Tier gas left an average of only 34 milligrams. That a 95 percent decrease in deposits, which can translate to substantial savings in repair bills.Just as important, the same study showed that it’s never too late to start using Top Tier gas. After running a “dirty” engine only 1,000 miles on Top Tier gas, researchers discovered that the Top Tier gas had cleared out a significant amount of residue.Maybe you’re wondering whether Top Tier gas is hard to find. It’s not. Most major brands meet Top Tier standards. These include 76, ARCO, Chevron, Exxon, Mobil, Phillips 66, Shell and Texaco. However, there are also many lesser-known brands that meet Top Tier standards, including Break Time, Costco, Fast Fuel, Holiday, Kwik Star, QuikTrip, Ranger Stallion and Valero.If you’re wondering whether your favorite gas station meets Top Tier standards, just Google a list of Top Tier gasolines. You might be pleasantly surprised. And if your favorite station doesn’t cut it, it’s probably time to find another station. Your car’s engine will love you, and your auto repair fund will love you, too.