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Free Viewing of the Stars at Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad Cities Astronomical Society   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:07
Join The Quad Cities Astronomical Society and Davenport Parks and Recreation for a public family viewing of the stars!

Participants can see the celestial sights through the QCAS and member telescopes.

This program is free.

The weather pattern is likely to stay the same for the remainder of the week, which means, clouds in the afternoon, but clearing in the evening. The Moon will be a pretty crescent shape, that night, which makes for some very nice views of craters as seen through telescopes.

Where & When
8991 N Division St
Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 2
At Dusk (approximately 8:00pm)

 
Moline Public Library Awarded Illinois Secretary of State Project Next Generation Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jan LaRoche   
Friday, 25 July 2014 15:12

The Moline Public Library, 3210 - 41st Street, Moline, IL  has been awarded an $18,316 grant to connect tweens and teens with technology. The money is part of $289,310 in 2015 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants awarded by Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.

Moline, among 21 libraries in the state to receive the grants, will use the money to host technology programs throughout the school year, including computer game design, moviemaking, Lego Robotics, and graphic novel design. The Library is seeking instructors for these programs from local teachers and professionals. The grant will also allow the Library to offer after-school programming to junior high and high school students during early-out Wednesdays.

Project Next Generation is the statewide mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with young students at public libraries to develop technological skills and guide them in exploring life skills like effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

Grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations. This is the Moline Public Library's first year to be awarded a PNG grant.

For further information, please contact the library at 309-524-2470 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please visit the library’s website for program dates and times www.molinelibrary.com.


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Iowa’s Johnson County Board of Supervisors First in Nation to Welcome Driverless Car Operations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Eric Hanson   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:19
(Iowa City, Iowa) - The Johnson County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors today approved a proclamation encourage autonomous vehicle testing as a public safety and economic development initiative.

The proclamation passed unanimously on a 5-0 vote.

“When you consider what’s already available, such as hands-free parking, this technology is utterly amazing,” said Janelle Retting, Johnson County Supervisor.  “I’m excited that Johnson County can be on the forefront of testing, innovation, and safety, providing jobs and opportunities for our citizens.”

The Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group has made autonomous vehicle testing a priority since March and has already met with industry leaders at the Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco last week.

According to Mark Nolte, ICAD Group President, autonomous vehicle testing technology needs two things to advance, real road time and simulated testing, and Eastern Iowa is the ideal spot.  “We offer ready connection to the University of Iowa with its depth of research in Human Factors, Driving Simulation and V2V systems, as well as the National Advanced Driving Simulator,” said Nolte.  “And now the public sector has stepped up to declare that our roads can be made available to advance public safety and gain more consumer adoption.”

ICAD Group continues to set meetings with companies and organizations from the Automated Vehicle Symposium and is working on establishing dates with local city councils for future proclamations.

The Johnson County proclamation reads as follows:

PROCLAMATION
ENCOURAGING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE TESTING AS A
PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

WHEREAS, the next technological transformation that will profoundly affect our lives will be the introduction of passenger and freight automobiles operating with autonomous functionality.  These vehicles have the potential to one day eliminate traffic fatalities caused by human error and distraction.  Furthermore, intelligent vehicles will reduce congestion, emissions and the need for costly additions of lanes to busy roadways; and

WHEREAS, the University of Iowa and its related research endeavors, most notably, The National Advanced Driving Simulator and the Public Policy Center, have been at the forefront of advancing innovations in vehicle-to-vehicle communications, sensor technology, human factors, artificial intelligence, and public policy issues critical to the success of this transformational change; and

WHEREAS, many companies in our region have been successfully pioneering similar vehicle systems in the agricultural, aerospace and related fields, and there exists a cluster of software and technology companies whose development can be encouraged by supportive communities; and

WHEREAS, it is our stated goal to engage in strategic economic development initiatives that will create high-paying employment opportunities to strengthen our overall economy and provide benefit to all citizens.  We realize that those communities and states that are first to embrace this life-saving and transformational technological advancement will stand to gain the most potential economic benefit.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that we, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, do hereby proclaim that Johnson County welcomes the testing and operation of intelligent vehicles on the streets and roads over which we have jurisdiction in accordance with applicable law, as a means to encourage the advancement of this technology and to create economic benefit, and will, if necessary, work collaboratively with other jurisdictions in Johnson County to address any issues that arise in order to best protect the safety of our citizens.

Signed this 24th day of July, 2014, in Johnson County, Iowa

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Putting Iowa First: Braley Fights for Renewable Fuel Standard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:35
Braley working across party lines to stand up for Iowa’s economy and protect more than 70,000 Iowa jobs
Des Moines, IA – Iowans know they can trust Bruce Braley to represent their interests as their next U.S. Senator because no matter how much special interest money is spent, or whether he’s examining a Republican idea or a Democrat idea, he always puts Iowa first. Nowhere is this more evident than in Braley’s strong record of working across party lines to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the more than 70,000 jobs the biofuels industry helps support in Iowa.

That’s why he has been a leader in fighting back against the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since it proposed rolling back the RFS last November, giving an unfair advantage to big oil while undermining Iowa’s energy industry.

Braley is joined in his efforts by bipartisan legislators who understand that the RFS not only promotes job growth in Iowa and across the nation, but also bolsters innovation that helps the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil and achieve greater energy independence. As Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote in today’s Des Moines Register, “Pure and simple, the RFS is good for America's energy, environmental and economic stability.”

Watch Braley speak on the importance of the RFS and his work to protect Iowa jobs here:


 
Braley: Iowa Consumers Deserve a Choice in Our Energy Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:52

Congressman introduces bill requiring country of origin labeling at gas stations

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and with gas hovering near $3.50/gallon, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today introduced legislation that would allow Iowa consumers to have a choice at the pump.

“America has a decision to make about its energy future. We can gut the RFS and move toward further reliance on Saudi Arabia, Venezula, and Nigeria for our energy needs—or we can continue our path toward energy independence by making investments in ethanol and other domestic energy sources,” Braley said. “Iowans should know whether their fuel is coming from Saudi Arabia or from ethanol produced right down the road.”

 

Braley’s Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act would require gas stations to post the country of origin of the fuel right on the pump, putting purchasing power in the hands of consumers, who can then decide for themselves if they want to spend their money on domestic fuel or fuel that’s been imported from abroad.

The US consumes more than 15 million barrels of oil each day and nearly half of that total comes from abroad. Top oil importers include Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Venezuela, Mexico, and Nigeria.

Since the creation of the RFS in 2005, nearly 10 billion gallons of foreign oil per year have been replaced by renewable ethanol—much of it coming from Iowa.

A link to Braley’s legislation can be found online HERE.

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