Mar 08,2017: Color Me Irish

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Mar 06,2017: Color Me Irish

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Earth Talk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing?

Dear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists? — J.M.

A decade ago, in the wake of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and rising gas/oil prices, many of the same venture capitalists (VCs) who had made fortunes betting on software, hardware, Internet and biotech start-ups began shifting significant chunks of their investment dollars over to alternative renewable energy and related investments, putting the so-called “cleantech” sector in the spotlight as the “new new thing.” Given growing global concern about greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, it made sense that our highest stakes investors would be attracted to placing big bets on little companies jockeying to be the next major players in the fast growing alternative energy sector.

 

But a funny thing happened on the way to the next round of initial public offerings (IPOs): the cleantech bubble burst. According to a July 2016 report from the MIT Energy Initiative, some three dozen U.S. venture capital firms poured some $25 billion in cleantech start-ups between 2006 and 2011—and lost over half their money: “The results are stark—cleantech offered a dismal risk/return profile, dragged down by companies developing new materials, chemistries or processes that never achieved manufacturing scale.”

 

 

The MIT researchers studied the performance of hundreds of cleantech investments and compared the results against medical and software technology investments over the same six-year period. Their conclusion? “The VC model is broken for the cleantech sector, which suffers especially from a dearth of large corporations willing to invest in innovation.”

 

So where did cleantech go wrong? Unlucky timing may have had something to do with it, given the overall market collapse at the end of 2008. But the MIT researchers point out that cleantech start-ups have a longer timeframe of growth than, say, software ventures—and VCs don’t want to wait around for 15-20 years to cash in on their bets. Also, the cleantech sector suffers from underdeveloped supply chains and an “immature acquisition space” compared to more conventional tech startups.

 

The result is that most of the 150 renewable energy start-ups launched in Silicon Valley since 2006 are long gone. The flame-out of high-flying solar tube manufacturer Solyndra—after securing $500 million in federal loan guarantees—undermined investor confidence in cleantech, while cheap natural gas and a glut of Chinese solar panel exports undercut the competitiveness of American start-ups in the sector.

 

But cleantech’s fortunes may be turning around, given an influx of interest in leveraging technology and efficiency to help the U.S. meet its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris Climate Accord. Just prior to the landmark December 2015 Paris meeting, Bill Gates announced he was launching a new venture fund, the Breakthrough Energy Coalition—with a little help from 27 mega-rich friends like Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg. The nascent billion dollar fund is focused on “fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation” and represents a new type of venture financing that aims to not only make money but to help solve social and environmental problems as well. Gates and company are optimistic that other funders will follow in their footsteps to re-energize American cleantech innovation, create millions of new domestic green jobs, and help finally move us beyond fossil fuels.

 

CONTACTS: MIT Energy Initiative, energy.mit.edu; Breakthrough Energy Coalition, www.b-t.energy.com.

 

 

 

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Mar 04,2017: Lydia Can’t Breathe

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Mar 04,2017: American Warrior 5K Walk/Run

The American Warrior 5k Walk/Run will benefit His Bread of Life. His Bread of Life is a Christian food bank ministry, working with area churches to help feed the children and families in need. Food donations will be accepted the morning of the race.

The 5k is a certified race route and will begin and end at Festival Park.

Event Schedule:

5K: $25.00

Awards:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will go to:
Overall winners
12 Under
13-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70 and up

Registration Fees:

T-shirts are included for participants registered before February 19th.

$20 Military
$25 Pre-Registration
$30 Day of Registration

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Feb 28,2017: Expire and Homewrecker

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Feb 26,2017: Black History Month Celebration

Please join Piney Grove FWB Church in celebrating Black History Month starting

February  5, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.  Honoree:  Benjamin Major, Chief of Fayetteville Fire/Emergency

Management Department.

February 12, 2017.  Youth Presentation 8:00 A M worship service.

February 19, 2017,  Unveiling Presentation 11:00 A M worship service.

February 26, 2017,  Black History Month Finale, 11:00 A M worship service. 

Elder Kerby Haire, Pastor.  Piney Grove FWB Church,  244 Slocomb Road,

Fayetteville, NC 28311.   Church Phone 910-488-9050

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Feb 25,2017: Foreigner

Back on the road again after two years off, FOREIGNER and its new line up will be playing a series of shows during the summer and fall of 2005. Band members include Mick Jones, Jason Bonham, Kelly Hansen, Jeff Jacobs, Jeff Pilson and Thom Gimbel.

Formed in 1976, the band was made up of experienced British musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald, and four relative newcomers to the arena of major rock, British musician Dennis Elliott, and Americans Ed Gagliardi, Lou Gramm and Alan Greenwood. Less than a year after getting together, the five released their first album “Foreigner” [March 7, 1977] and within months had two top-ten hit singles. The unexpected and immediate success of their debut album astounded everyone – including them! Put on the road by Atlantic Records to promote the album, these now successful recording artists had to transform themselves immediately into a live music act. No time for months of practice and planning. They were just out there, trying to establish their style and create a performance to match the success of the music and the album just released. “We grew up in front of the public and made all our mistakes in front of crowds of kids” says Dennis Elliott. But despite the chaos, the music carried them through and the fans didn’t seem to care. “The problem at first”, says Lou Gramm, “was that we only had ten songs. When asked back by our audiences to do an encore, we had nothing else to play!”.

This situation was soon remedied when they went back to the studio to write and record their second album “Double Vision” [June 20, 1978]. Once again a surprising success and two more top ten singles. And, their first album was still on the national charts! A year later their third album, “Head Games” [September 11, 1979] hit the charts and produced two more hit singles. Surrounded by controversy at the time and considered a failure for the band, Head Games went on to sell 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Some failure!

The recording of the next album, 4 [July 2, 1981], ended with the band lineup reduced to Jones, Gramm, Elliott and Rick Wills. Still Atlantic’s best-selling album of all time, 4 produced Foreigner’s top ranking single with “Waiting For A Girl Like You” staying at #2 for ten weeks of the five months it was on the national charts. Nearing the 10 million mark in sales, 4 is one of the most successful rock albums of all time. A classic on almost everyone’s wish list.

1982 saw the release of the band’s first Greatest Hits album “Records” [November 29, 1982]. This album, also a classic, continues to be a popular seller today and the current 7 million plus sales tally is still climbing. Two years later, “Agent Provocateur” [December 7, 1984] became their fifth album of new material and produced the top ten single “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Following the release of “Inside Information” [December 4, 1987] the band went on hiatus while Mick Jones and Lou Gramm went their separate ways with solo projects.

Reunited in 1992, Lou and Mick wrote three new songs for the next generation Greatest Hits album “The Very Best and Beyond”. Then, in 1993, after some seven years with no new releases, the band was again reformed with Mick and Lou and Bruce Turgon on bass and Jeff Jacobs on keyboards. An album of new material, “Mr. Moonlight” was soon released. The album produced, yet again, another top ten single “Until The End of Time”.

In 2002, the 25th Anniversary Year brought affirmation of the enduring respect for FOREIGNER recordings with Rhino Entertainment re-issuing the 1977 – 1981 multi-platinum albums in special enhanced formats. Foreigner, Double Vision, Head Games and 4 received the loving attention of Rhino’s staff and bloom again with new photos and liner notes and bonus tracks of previously unreleased material. New Greatest Hits albums were also produced in the U.S. and in Europe. And, in 2001, the Warner Music Group selected Foreigner and 4 to be among the first group of albums from their catalog to be remastered, enhanced and released in the new DVD Audio format.

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Feb 23,2017: DAV NC 46 Meeting

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Accountants Help Seniors With Taxes

If being kind and generous to others makes one happier, than people who volunteer or who give their time to help others must be among the happiest in the world.

Just ask Lynn Boulware, who has been nominated as a Community Volunteer Hometown Hero for her work preparing taxes for seniors and low-income individuals.

Lynn is a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who offers her services pro bono to those 50 and older who can’t afford to pay to have their taxes done.

You do not have to be an AARP member or become one and there are more than 5,000 local locations across the country where you can go to have your taxes prepared.

If you are a CPA and want to be like Lynn and reap the happiness benefits of tax preparation, you can volunteer at a location near you. They will even help you to sharpen your skills with training and IRS certification. It’s a win/win!

Do you know someone who offers their professional services for free to help those in need in your community? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s heroes.

 

Photo credit: Donna Karch of Karch Photography and Graphic Design.

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