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December 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSecond subsidy-free solar-plus-storage facility opens in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:German battery manufacturer Tesvolt today announced the completion of a 7.4 MW PV power plant and 4.4 MW battery installation. The system was commissioned by West Sussex County Council in mid-October; and has now successfully completed its testing phase.As with the first subsidy free solar project in the UK, developed by Anesco, additional income brought in by the co-located battery is key to the business model: “Thanks to the high-voltage storage system, the local government earns additional money with grid services,” explains German manufacturer Tesvolt, which supplied the battery system. “Power generated at the solar farm will be sold on the electricity wholesale market. The batteries will generate additional income from price arbitrage, frequency services and triad management/ capacity market income.”Westhampnett Solar Farm is built on a disused landfill site, and is expected to provide enough power for more than 2,000 homes for the next 25 years. “it makes absolute sense for us to use our natural resources and to generate clean energy that can be fed in to the local electricity grid,” said County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith. “As one of the first solar farms to be built with battery storage and free from government subsidy, we are blazing a trail among local authorities and demonstrating that councils have a role to play as local leaders on energy.”While solar installations in the UK have largely ground to a halt since the government ended subsidies, a few business models have shown the ability to go subsidy free – particularly by leveraging the additional grid services a battery can provide.More: More subsidy free solar + storage for the U.K.last_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A firm hired by Hempstead School District last year for $85,000 to conduct a forensic audit of its financial records released an initial report with its “preliminary findings” to the District in early January.The memorandum of findings by Plante Moran – a highly respected firm that conducted the forensic audit of the Detroit public Schools – has not been released to the public, but the Long Island Press obtained a copy of it. The district extended the firm’s contract last week.Findings by Plante Moran auditors include:· 295 payroll distributions to 129 individuals who were not active employees at Hempstead Schools at the time. “It is unclear why individuals would still be receiving pay after their termination dates,” the memorandum stated.· Several employees listed with birthdates of Aug 31, 2017, several employees with ages exceeding 80 years old and one employee with a birthdate of 2013.· A match between the employee master file and the vendor master file identified several “vendors who shared addresses with employees.”· “Many” employees who received more than $3,000 in overtime pay in a month and a few who received between $4,200 and $8,150 in overtime pay in a month.· A vendor that received $2.8 million over the last 5 years had provided numerous instances of duplicative billings – including invoices by a single tutor providing home instruction services to multiple students at the same time; and multiple appointments without approval signatures, which is required of parents for the claims.last_img read more

December 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged hit-and-run driver was arrested for allegedly killing a 48-year-old Dix Hills woman in the suspect’s hometown of Deer Park on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Jalpa Patel was crossing Deer Park Avenue, when she was struck by a northbound Jeep Liberty that initially stopped but fled the scene prior to police arrival at 8:30 p.m., police said.Witnesses gave a description of the vehicle to responding officers and a Canine Section officer stopped an SUV that fit the description on Deer Park Avenue shortly later, police said.The driver, 57-year-old Irene Calderaro, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. She will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the Jeep, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who can identify the victim to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

November 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month – Advertisement – All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Defending champion Tiger Woods started with a bogey-free 68 Defending champion Tiger Woods started with a bogey-free 68

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe last promotional film of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board “Dubrovnik & Time” after winning 13 awards around the world was chosen among the 10 best tourist films in the world.And the winning team does not change – it is an unwritten rule in sports, and we can certainly apply it in everyday business. Thus, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board gave its trust for the new promotional film to Baludiči Film from Zagreb, who are responsible for the great success and promotion of both the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Croatia through the above promotional film. New promotional film of Dubrovnik – Neretva County – Good good dayThe Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board presented a new promotional film produced by BALDUČI FILMA from Zagreb, directed by Herva Tirmarche and producer Spomenka Saraga, which takes viewers and potential tourists on a truly relaxing and interesting walk along the Dubrovnik Riviera.The four-minute film harmoniously intertwines authentic gastronomy, magical beaches of our islands, natural beauty, eno-gastronomy, sports and recreation, entertainment, cultural and historical heritage and all the benefits of the destination that are recognized by many tourists of all generations, and the concept were jointly designed by Balduči film and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board. “With this promotional film, the goal was to show integrated tourist products and a relaxing riviera, which is fun, encourages the guest to get to know the tradition, and  at the same time it feels good, as the lyrics of the music that accompanies the movie “Good, good day poru” pointed out Spomenka Saraga from Balduči Film. In the period that follows, this tourist film will be shown at tourist fairs and numerous tourist film festivals, which we believe will not go unnoticed.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.By the way, last year the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board presented a new visual identity, and this year the TOMAS Summer 2017 survey on the attitudes and consumption of tourists for the entire county was presented. Find out more in the attachment below.RELATED NEWS:TOMAS SUMMER 2017 SURVEY FOR DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY PUBLISHEDNEW VISUAL IDENTITY OF DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY COUNTY PRESENTEDlast_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAssisted suicide laws do more harmOn Nov. 9, The Daily Gazette carried an article on suicide prevention that stated “America’s suicide problem has now reached crisis levels. Every year since 1999, the country’s suicide rate has increased, climbing 33 percent in the past two decades.”Despite such alarming increases, our governor promotes the physician-assisted suicide bill A.2694/S.394, to make things even worse. Using an argument of false compassion, he would allow sane persons with a short time to live the opportunity to voluntarily end their own lives.Assisted suicide laws are extremely dangerous and an affront to doctors who are in the business of healing, not killing. Insurance companies like assisted suicide because a death pill is much cheaper than nursing home care.Greedy relatives don’t want to see their inheritance frittered away on huge medical bills.While euthanasia laws always start being very restrictive, they soon expand to include comatose and disabled persons. Already in Canada, Judge Christine Baudouin has ruled that their euthanasia law is too restrictive and must not deny a “right to die.” New York state should learn from the Netherlands, where minors are allowed to choose suicide. These laws always follow a known progression: first voluntary, then involuntary, finally court mandated.Remember Terri Schiavo, Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, among many others. We don’t want to see that happen here.Gov. Cuomo and legislators, please do not support any euthanasia bills. Don’t throw gasoline on the suicide fire we are trying to extinguish. Keep this camel’s nose out of the tent.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaGrateful for help with in key in stormOn Dec. 1 the day of the big snowstorm, I went to the Balltown Road, Niskayuna Hannaford. It was not snowing when I (an elderly woman who has trouble walking) went in to shop.When I went out to go home, it was snowing so hard and the snow was accumulating fast. In the parking lot, I tried to get into my car, but my automatic key fob would not work.  Snow was accumulating fast on me and my many packages.A wonderful young woman, Sara, and her teenage daughter, Sofia, took charge to help me.They did not leave me alone until they knew I was safe and could get home.These angels took me back into Hannaford where Raymon J. and his associates were very helpful in finding the correct battery and fixing my key fob to work.With the key fob fixed, Sara and Sofia got me back to my car, cleaned off the snow that accumulated and got me on my way. My thanks to Sara, Sofia, Raymon J. and associates.Patricia DeSimoneNiskayunaUrge modifications to McDonald’s planWe are writing to express our concerns regarding the plan to construct a new McDonald’s on Union Street and Keyes Avenue.We moved to the Upper Union Street area precisely because it is a walkable community. The new McDonald’s design will make it harder to walk on Union Street, reduce shopping choices (eliminating two storefronts) of the Simon’s building, and take a viable commercial building off the tax rolls.This may make it harder for the businesses and taxpayers to fund services needed to keep the business district successful.We are concerned about the plan to add a second drive-through window, and a second vehicle “exit” (which people will use as an entrance, too). This would remove a number of existing on-street public parking spaces and, more importantly, present dangers to walkers. Increased traffic is of concern.When asked, the developer was unable to estimate a traffic count.This district is already congested. We have seen the impact of a poorly planned project in the same area with Dunkin’ Donuts.There are already backups on Dean Street.Other concerns have been voiced by local residents at recent 12309 meetings. We believe that this project needs to be significantly rethought and ask that 12309 residents reach out to the city Planning Commission on or before Dec. 18, when the plan comes before the commissioners, as well as contact our elected city council members to ask that the current McDonald’s plan not proceed as presented.David BacheldorLaurie BacheldorSchenectadyThe writer is an officer for the 12309 Neighborhood Association and vice president of SUN (Schenectady United Neighborhoods). More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Demand fuels need for pipeline approvalsLast month, the gas utility National Grid announced that since it is facing potential peak-hour supply shortfalls in New York and New England due to regulatory holdups of pipeline projects, the utility would truck in compressed natural gas to serve as a backup during peak periods.Last month, PSE&G and New Jersey Natural Gas warned New Jersey’s state Board of Public Utilities that they might not have sufficient pipeline capacity to meet customer demand on the coldest winter days by as soon as the winter of 2020-21.This is absurd. Our existing infrastructure is already insufficient to meet New York’s needs.One in four households uses fuel oil for heat in the winter, and 40 percent of the state’s electricity is powered by natural gas.Utility companies are warning us that without new pipelines to alleviate the limited gas supply, the problem will only get worse.We need to stop playing politics, cut out the stall tactics and allow pipelines like the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project to move forward.Wendy HijosAverill ParkThe writer is the New York Director, Consumer Energy Alliance.Seek out ways to improve gift givingHow can we create a kinder, more sustainable holiday experience? Let’s start with gift giving.Giving an experience means so much more than a tangible gift. Concert tickets, a trip to a museum or time spent together are all great options. Give a gift that brings joy to others. Lend a small sum through a micro-financing organization, such as Kiva.org to give people in underdeveloped communities a chance to break the poverty cycle.Or donate a farm animal through Heifer International to a rural family in need. Homemade gifts pack meaning.Make homemade cookies, a hand-knit hat, or a scrapbook from a shared vacation to show your love. The thought really does count.When purchasing an item, positively impact a life with a sustainable purchase. Think about the person who made that item by seeking out fair trade options.Wrap gifts thoughtfully with vintage newspapers, a reusable storage box or a pretty basket. Or use beautiful scarves or vintage shirts as wrapping. When food is the focus, trim the trappings by choosing organic, locally sourced, veggie-focused ingredients. Also, making conscious choices about quantity ensures less food waste.To travel to your loved ones, opt for the train or car-sharing whenever possible. If you must fly, help lighten that plane by packing less, choosing fewer stop-overs and purchasing the carbon-offset for that plane ticket. As we move through the New Year, these changes can help us to rethink our consumptive ways and focus on stepping greenly in all we do.Caroline BrooksScotiaTake action to save the fish populationIt’s estimated 1 trillion to 3 trillion fish are killed by humans per year. A world without fish? Some think it’ll happen.You’ll deplete the world’s resources at some point. They’ll have to decide what to do with the massive super trawlers that sweep the ocean floor clean. This is worrisome. The problems are too many people eating too much fish, and technology. Since people with power have shown no urgency with this crisis, expect it to continue, regardless of what happens with 2020’s elections.Colin YunickCharltonlast_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img25 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach sold for $6.5 million.THE heat has stayed in the property market with two $6 million sales netting sellers $1 million-plus profits.In Mermaid Beach, a Gold Coast buyer paid $6.5 million for a 1970s beachfront shack on Millionaires’ Row.In 2015, the two-bedroom home on a 607sq m block at 25 Hedges Ave sold for $5 million.Kollosche Prestige Agents principal Michael Kollosche said the new owners planned to demolish the house and build their dream home.“We had a fair bit of interest in it but it just took a while to transact,” Mr Kollosche said.The property also changed hands in 1996 for $1.2 million and again in 1998 for $1.4 million.Mr Kollosche said stock levels were the tightest he had ever seen.“There’s been lots of strong sales in Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, the beachfront and riverfront and it looks like we will continue to see this.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago20-24 Oatland Esplanade, Runaway Bay sold for around $6 million.On the northern Gold Coast, a triple waterfront block at Runaway Bay sold for around $6 million to a Chinese developer.In 2010 the same block sold for $4.75 million.Ray White, Sovereign Island agent Alex Phillis said 20-24 Oatland Esplanade was a prized location.“You have views across the Broadwater that extend to Wavebreak Island and over to South Stradbroke Island and of course it’s in a quiet cul-de-sac street,” Mr Phillis said.“Having the canal behind it makes it the ultimate block on the Gold Coast.“You could build three mansions there or an exclusive four-level apartment building.”The land was on the market for $6.9 million.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45SITTING at the start of Cairns’ growing southern corridor, White Rock is perfectly positioned to take advantage of a host of new infrastructure coming to the region in coming years.With its safe and friendly neighbourly vibes and access to great schools, White Rock is very popular with young families.And, despite being on the southside, it is still close to the city and several prominent schools meaning the affordable suburb appeals to families through its convenience.Schools within the suburb’s vicinity include Trinity Anglican School, White Rock State School, St Mary’s Catholic College, St Gerard Majella Primary School, Woree State School and Woree State High School. There is a kindergarten and childcare centre in White Rock. Trinity Anglican School has been located at White Rock for 35 years. From the top of its purpose built STEM facility, the view of the actual White Rock and surrounding landscape is spectacular.Principal Paul Sjogren said there were benefits to being located at White Rock.“Being on the southside of Cairns has its advantages; with easy access to Innisfail and Mission Beach areas while still being 15 minutes out of Cairns City. We have a wide range of great local shops and food outlets, and can be self-sufficient,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe nearby suburbs of Woree, Bentley Park and Mount Sheridan offer general shops but the closest major shopping centre is at Earlville, about eight minutes’ drive north, and offers large grocery outlets, speciality stores and a cinema complex.As well, an emergency operating theatre will be part of a new $25 million medical centre built to service Cairns’ southern suburbs.The Queensland Government unveiled plans for the Cairns Southern Corridor Medical Centre in April this year and the construction contract for which is expected to be awarded within the next financial year.It will be designed to be used as a temporary emergency response facility in the event of a natural disaster, if services become interrupted at Cairns Hospital.last_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img April 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak. Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___ The Latest: PSG helping to provide meals to medical staffcenter_img Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Published on April 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse running back Jerome Smith and linebacker Marquis Spruill modeled Syracuse’s new uniforms in Destiny USA on Wednesday before sharing updates on their interactions with NFL teams.Smith, ranked the 26th-best running back in the draft class by CBSSports.com and projected as a fringe pick, said he’s worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles and is in discussions with other teams.“I met with a lot of teams at the (NFL) Combine,” Smith said. “I didn’t take any private trips, but I met with a lot of teams at the Combine.”After a disappointing performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Smith elevated his stock by running around a 4.6-second 40-yard dash time at SU’s Pro Day on March 26.Spruill, who was not invited to the Combine, said he’s worked out for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots in Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and has been getting phone calls from many other teams.At SU’s Pro Day, Spruill said he’s been pitching himself as a versatile player with the speed to play nickelback and the hustle to play on special teams.In speaking with teams, he said many have discussed using him in multiple roles.Said Spruill: “I think it just depends on the team’s needs. Right now everybody still sees me as a linebacker, but some teams see me as a nickel linebacker.” Commentslast_img read more