New Website Launched To Track Reopening

first_imgImage by – A new way to monitor the status of reopening regions in New York State was released this week.The state launched a new website on Monday to monitor where each region stands in its reopening process.Previously, the Governor set seven criteria for reopening and each region must maintain each of those criteria to progress towards a full reopening:Metric #1: Decline in Total HospitalizationsMetric #2: Decline in DeathsMetric #3: New HospitalizationsMetric #4: Hospital Bed CapacityMetric #5: ICU Bed CapacityMetric #6: Diagnostic Testing CapacityMetric #7: Contact Tracing CapacitySo far, only four regions met all seven criteria’s for reopening: the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, the Finger Lakes and North Country. Western New York currently meets five of the seven benchmarks, falling short with the first two metrics for decline in total hospitalizations and deaths.Phased re-openings will depend on the ability of each region to achieve 30 tests per 1,000 people per month, consistent with the recommendation of Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task ForceThus far every region has met or is expected to meet the contact tracer requirement and New York City is the only region that did not meet the 30 percent hospital bed capacity criteria.Each region must maintain their seven metrics qualify for a new reopening phase. If they fail to maintain one of those criterias they will be forced to reset their reopening.It’s unclear how often the region by region status tracker will be updated by the state. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. installed 9.1GW of new wind in 2019, total capacity now tops 105GW—AWEA

first_imgU.S. installed 9.1GW of new wind in 2019, total capacity now tops 105GW—AWEA FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Engineering & Development:The [U.S.] wind industry experienced its third strongest year on record in 2019 as project developers added 9,143 MW of wind power capacity to the grid. On the heels of this activity, another 44,000 MW of wind projects – representing over $62 billion in investment – are either under construction or in advanced development. Utilities and businesses also set a new record in 2019, announcing 8,726 MW in new PPAs. And East Coast states continue to drive demand for offshore wind energy with 16 GW in new offshore wind targets pledged in 2019 — more than doubling previous state targets. These findings and the latest industry data are highlighted in the newly released U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).“The demand and growth of U.S. wind energy can’t be understated,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. “Today, there are nearly 60,000 wind turbines spinning across 41 states powering the equivalent of over 32 million American homes. Demand for wind energy is greater than ever as evidenced by corporations and utilities signing contracts in record numbers. Nearly 200 projects are underway in 33 states from the wind belt in America’s heartland to the booming offshore wind market, where visionary leaders are leveraging the affordable, clean energy that wind provides.”The fourth quarter of 2019 saw significant growth as developers installed 35 new wind projects totaling 5,476 MW in 16 states. Texas led installations for the quarter with 1,808 MW, followed by Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Illinois. In total, the industry commissioned 9,143 MW of wind power capacity in 2019. There are now 105,583 MW of operating wind capacity in the United States, with more than 56,800 wind turbines operating across 41 states. Texas and Iowa set individual records for annual wind power additions, with Texas adding nearly 4 GW of new wind projects and Iowa adding 1.7 GW. These two states led all others in 2019.In the offshore market, East Coast states continued to demonstrate their commitment to offshore wind power. Six states announced 16,300 MW of new offshore wind targets in 2019 alone, more than doubling total state targets to 25,000 MW. The latest announcement came from Governor Murphy of New Jersey increasing the state’s offshore wind target to 7,500 MW by 2035.States also moved forward with offshore wind project selection. In the fourth quarter, Massachusetts selected the 804-MW Mayflower Wind project, while Connecticut selected the 804-MW Park City Wind project. Further South, New York signed contracts with two projects: Ørsted and Eversource’s 880-MW Sunrise Wind project and Equinor’s 816-MW Empire Wind project. With these announcements, states have selected a total of 6,297 MW in offshore wind projects. Offshore wind farms now represent 17% of the overall wind development pipeline.More: 2019 was the U.S. wind industry’s third strongest installation yearlast_img read more

U.S. Army Recognizes Partner Nation Leaders

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 25, 2019 The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) inducted military leaders from Argentina and Jamaica to the International Hall of Fame (IHOF) at the Lewis and Clark Center, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, April 4, 2019. Argentine Army General Bari del Valle Sosa, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, and Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) Lieutenant General Rocky R. Meade, chief of Defence Staff, will have their portraits displayed alongside 280 inductees from 75 partner nations worldwide. Indian Army General Bipin Rawat, chief of the Army Staff, was also inducted. “CGSC is an institution committed to the creation and training of future leaders,” said Gen. Sosa during his speech. “[CGSC] is a unique place for the exchange of ideas, visions, experiences, and different cultures.” “When we come here as mid-level officers, there is no vision this would ever happen; we come here to do our best,” said Lt. Gen. Meade. “CGSC gave me a tremendous experience and the recognition is a great honor.” CGSC, created in 1881, offers post-graduate education to U.S. and international military officers and members of interagency organizations. CGSC established IHOF in 1973 to provide a prestigious and visible means of recognition for international graduates who through military merit have attained one of the highest positions of in their armed forces or who have held an equivalent position of rank of responsibility in a multinational military organization, according to the IHOF criteria for induction. Gen. Sosa and Lt. Gen. Meade received a certificate of honor from the Military Order of the World Wars, a U.S. Veteran Service Organization created for U.S. officers to promote patriotism and good citizenship. In addition, the CGSC Foundation gave the inductees, an eagle statue and a Life Constituent Certificate for their outstanding military service. In order to be nominated, an officer must graduate from CGSC and hold a high-ranking military position in their country. CGSC counts approximately 8,000 international graduates; 15 are heads of their countries’ military forces or of their government. “International Hall of Fame inductees represent the absolute pinnacle of professional achievement as senior uniform leaders. Their respective efforts furthered the readiness of their militaries, the security of their nations, and the stability of our world,” said U.S. Army Brigadier General Troy Galloway, provost of the Army University and deputy commandant of CGSC, at the opening ceremony. “I am extremely proud of the bonds formed here and the lasting partnerships established between our nations. The leaders that we have inducted today represent the finest traditions of CGSC.” A distinguished career in the Argentine Army Gen. Sosa is the third Argentine officer to receive this military honor. He began his military career as an infantry second lieutenant from the Army’s National Military College in El Palomar, Buenos Aires in 1978. In 1995, he joined CGSC’s Officers Course, becoming the first 1995 graduate to be inducted. He served in numerous assignments during his military career, including as executive officer to the Army Chief of Staff, deputy director of the Sargento Cabral Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and deputy commander of the U.S. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, among others. Gen. Sosa was appointed chief of Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces on January 18, 2016. “I deeply value this international climate as an engine to foster knowledge, bonds, and professional expertise. “It is here where we have our best tool for command in view of the new challenges of our times,” said Gen. Sosa. “I will be forever grateful to CGSC, its instructors, and the Class of 1995.” Gen. Galloway recognized Gen. Sosa’s cooperative and mutually beneficial efforts with the United States. “Gen. Sosa’s leadership demonstrates that Argentina is a strong and reliable partner in maintaining peace and security in the Western Hemisphere.” Military prestige for Jamaica Lt. Gen. Meade joined JDF in 1984, and graduated from CGSC’s Class of 2003. He is the second Jamaican officer to be inducted to IHOF. By the time he was appointed chief of Defence Staff, in December 2016, he had implemented a number of military initiatives for JDF, including the Jamaican Military Museum, the Flight Safety Program, the JDF Language Lab, and the JDF Technical Training Institute. Since then, he enhanced JDF’s personnel, resources, and infrastructure, including the Jamaica National Service Corps, the Jamaican Regiment, the Jamaica National Reserve, and the Maritime, Air and Cyber Command. “My experiences during the almost one year at CGSC were instrumental and enabled me to more effectively develop and lead a strategic force for Jamaica,” said Lt. Gen. Meade. “The thesis that I wrote when I was here, I am implementing it now in the transformation of the force.” “Lt. Gen. Meade’s leadership is indispensable to the modernization of JDF,” said Gen. Galloway. “Jamaica lays proud claim to being the first country to participate in the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program, which now includes 81 participant nations. [JDF] proudly continues its partnership with the District of Columbia National Guard.” Before the ceremony’s conclusion, Gen. Sosa and Lt. Gen. Meade, joined by their families and CGSC’s leadership, saw their portraits revealed at IHOF. “Each [of you] has distinguished yourself in service to your home nation and by rising to the highest position of uniformed leadership in your respective militaries,” concluded Gen. Galloway.last_img read more

4 signs you’re a workaholic

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Always in the officeDo you notice you’re first to arrive and last to leave? This is absolutely acceptable and encouraged when you’re new to a position and learning the ropes or if you’re completing an important project. But consider how productive and useful this extra time actually is as chances are, you are more fatigued during these hours. Instead, get plenty of rest so you can fire on all cylinders during regular business hours.Unable to sleepIf you are a workaholic, it will inevitably begin to negatively affect other things in your life, including your quality of sleep. The more you think of business matters during your off time the less likely you’ll be able to “turn it off.” Ever head to bed only to lay there consumed with thoughts of work? The less sleep you get the less likely you’ll function well the following day. So, when you leave the office, leave work at the door.Relationships are strainedWhen work overshadows other aspects of life, your loved ones will notice and be affected. A healthy personal life means devoting plenty of time to nurturing your relationships and maintaining strong bonds with family and friends. If they begin to feel you are more invested in your work than in them, it will cause tension. It is respectable to care about your professional career, but not at the expense of important people in your life.Your self-worth equals your work successWorkaholics often attribute their worth as a person to successes experienced in their work life. They find personal value in business accomplishments and let professional disappointments define their self-esteem. There will occasionally be setbacks at the office, but employees who place so much emphasis on their job performance end up feeling depressed and unhappy which directly impacts their outlook on life.last_img read more


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Neptune Wraps Up Papua New Guinea Work for Oil Search

first_imgNeptune has recently completed several survey, maintenance and construction campaigns for Oil Search at its offshore facilities in Papua New Guinea. The campaigns were conducted under the ongoing service agreement with Oil Search.Two survey campaigns were completed by Neptune’s Survey Service Line to conduct 3D sonar surveys and geophysical surveys of the field and its assets.A two-month diving campaign to conduct underbuoy hose replacement, routine inspection and other works started on site at the Kumul Marine Terminal in early January 2019. The work was carried out from the POSH Mallard, which was chartered by Neptune for the works.The vessel was mobilized in Singapore, and subsequently sailed to Port Moresby to mobilize the construction crew and begin work.Neptune’s service agreement with Oil Search allows OSL to call off diving, ROV, survey and other services as required, and provides a dedicated diving system permanently on stand-by in Port Moresby.The agreement has been in place since 2015 and has recently been extended beyond its initial term to 2022.Neptune chief executive officer, Robin King, said: “Our agreement with Oil Search is a key contract for Neptune and the successful completion of this work highlights Neptune’s ongoing commitment to one of our major clients. The campaigns demonstrated how Neptune’s various services can be combined to provide the right solution for our clients.”last_img read more

Mozambique opposition warns of instability

first_imgMozambique opposition eyes peace deal by November Mozambique opposition boycotts peace talks Mozambique gets a make overcenter_img Mozambique’s main opposition party has warned of a growing risk of instability in the energy-rich nation after parliament rejected a bill that would have given it autonomous powers in regions where it has strong support.Renamo, which lost fractious national elections in October, put a bill before parliament last week that would have given it rights to elect its own governors in six oil, gas and coal rich districts where it scored a majority at the polls.However, the ruling Frelimo party voted against the measure, while the small opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement abstained, consigning Renamo to a resounding defeat.“One thing is certain, the country is sitting on a barrel of gunpowder,” Renamo parliamentarian José Manteigas told Reuters on Wednesday, urging President Filipe Nyusi, who is a member of Frelimo, to intervene and revive the legislation.Frelimo, a former Marxist liberation movement, fought a 16-year civil war against Renamo and there have been concerns that Mozambique could slip back into conflict after Renamo withdrew from the 1992 peace deal that ended the fighting.In power since Mozambique won independence from Portugal in 1975, Frelimo dismissed suggestions that rejection of the bill would ignite violence.“We don’t believe that Renamo would go against the will and desire of the Mozambican population, which is not a return to war, but peace and stability,” Frelimo lawmaker Damião José told Reuters.President Nyusi agreed to debate decentralisation after Renamo parliamentarians had refused to take up their seats following the 2014 election, but signs of cracks in the fragile detente between the two main parties have begun to surface.Manteigas said Renamo preferred a peaceful resolution to the problem, but warned darkly of “armed men in the bushes” if there was no change of heart.Relatedlast_img read more

Two large Caribbean wind farm projects move forward

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Two large Caribbean wind farm projects move forward by: – October 14, 2011 30 Views   no discussions Image via: greenantilles.comSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – In separate announcements, two wind farm projects – one in the Dominican Republic and the other in Puerto Rico, and each described as “the largest in the Caribbean” – appear to be moving forward.On Thursday, VICINI, a leading asset management firm in the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean, celebrated the inauguration of Los Cocos, a wind farm projected to be the largest in the Caribbean with a generation capacity of 100 Megawatts. Thursday marked the completion of the first phase of the project, including 19 windmills that account for approximately 3 percent of the Dominican Republic’s power capacity and provides electricity to more than 90,000 families on the island.Over the next couple of years, the wind farm will total in 33 windmills of 125 meters high, each generating 1.8 Megawatts. The project, which is being jointly developed and operated by EGE Haina and the Energetic Consortium of Punta Cana, will generate over 10 percent of the country’s power capacity upon completion. “We are particularly proud of this investment, which marks the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic,” said Rafael Velez, VICINI’s energy and industry fund manager. “Alternative and traditional energy resources are critical to the future economic growth of the Caribbean, and VICINI is in a unique position to spearhead this growth by promoting the modernization of the energy sector and investing in alternative energies.”As the largest investor in the project, VICINI ensures that the project is being developed in conjunction with local communities and with the goal of spurring economic growth and development throughout the region.“We are making a long term commitment to renewable energy and we do not intend to stop with Los Cocos,” added Rafael Velez. “This type of investment is not only beneficial to the country, but most importantly, it makes good business sense. This is why we are exploring other opportunities in the Caribbean and in Central America to bolster our energy investments.”Meanwhile, Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) also announced on Thursday that financing has been completed for Finca de Viento Santa Isabel, the first commercial wind energy project in Puerto Rico. The 75 megawatt (MW) wind project, located in the southern municipality of Santa Isabel, seeks to provide clean, safe and renewable energy equal to the annual power needs of approximately 25,000 homes.The construction financing has been provided by Siemens Financial Services and the project is expected to begin construction in October and be completed in September 2012.“With this project, Pattern enters into a partnership with Puerto Rico to pioneer its much-needed energy diversification and lead the way to cleaner and more efficient energy sources,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern. “The provision of financing demonstrates the confidence that investors have placed in both Pattern’s proven ability to successfully see projects through to completion and in Puerto Rico as a viable market for the development of renewable energy in the long term.”Puerto Rico’s Governor, Luis Fortuno, welcomed Pattern’s announcement alongside company executives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.“A year ago we set forth a comprehensive energy reform that created the necessary conditions for clean, renewable energy projects to flourish in Puerto Rico,” said Fortuno. “Finca de Viento Santa Isabel is very much a result of that reform and we thank Pattern for sharing our commitment to diversifying our energy sources and for helping us position the island at the forefront of renewable energy development in the Caribbean region.”Once operational, Finca de Viento Santa Isabel will produce clean, renewable energy in harmony with the agricultural production for which the municipality of Santa Isabel is known, while also creating much needed new jobs.“Finca de Viento Santa Isabel brings many benefits to the region, including jobs, tax revenue, and homegrown clean energy, all in a way that coexists with the fertile agricultural lands of Santa Isabel and preserves them indefinitely,” added Garland.Pattern will leverage the experience of its seasoned management team and the expertise garnered from developing wind energy projects across North America to build a state-of-the-art facility in Santa Isabel. New Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines will be erected over the next 11 months, creating approximately 150 jobs during construction and 8-10 jobs during operation.“We have felt welcomed by the people of Santa Isabel and look forward to working closely with them throughout the lifespan of Finca de Viento Santa Isabel. We have great respect for the citizens and the environment of this beautiful island,” said Garland. Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase and operating agreement with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority for all of the wind energy generated from the project.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Bulldogs Win Wild Contest Against Pirates And Eagles

first_imgThe Bulldogs Win Back-And-Forth Affair Against Greensburg Batesville and Greensburg traded the lead back-and-forth on Saturday, but eventually the Bulldogs prevailed 13-12.Batesville took the lead for good in the fifth inning. The game was tied at six with the Bulldogs batting in the bottom of the fifth when Zack Blomer doubled off of Duerstock, driving in one run.Batesville built a seven-run lead in the sixth inning and then held off Greensburg’s charge. Greensburg scored six runs in the failed comeback on a double by Logan Smith, a walk , and a error. Greensburg left the tying runner stranded on third to end the game.After the game was tied 2-2 after the first inning, Greensburg scored three runs in the top of the second. The Bulldogs answered with three of their own. Greensburg scored when Logan Smith singled off of Lane Oesterling, driving in one run, there was an error, scoring one run, and Mason McLeod singled off of Oesterling, driving in one run. Batesville then answered when Jacob Christie singled off of Duerstock, driving in two runs and there was an error, scoring one run.Greensburg scored six runs in the seventh inning. The big inning for Greensburg came thanks to a double by Smith, a walk, an error, and the Bulldogs not being able to throw many strikes.Oesterling earned the win for Bulldogs and is 4-1 on the year. He went five innings, surrendering six runs (three earned), six hits, and striking out seven. Joe Bohman threw one and two-thirds innings, as two relievers helped Bulldogs finish off the victory. Zack Blomer recorded the last out to earn the save for the Bulldogs. Evan Tallent took the loss for Greensburg. He pitched one inning, surrendering five runs, and two hits.Batesville collected nine hits. Christie and Blomer each collected multiple hits for Batesville.Christie went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits.Six RBI Day For Heidlage Leads Bulldogs Past Jac-Cen-Del Batesville defeated Jac-Cen-Del 17-8 on Saturday thanks in part to Sophomore Trey Heidlage who had six RBIs. Heidlage drove in runs on a triple in the fifth, a double in the sixth, and a home run in the seventh.The Bulldogs’ offense was working Saturday, as they collected 15 hits.The Bulldogs captured the lead in the first inning, as Zach Britton doubled on a 1-1 count off of the fence scoring one run.Batesville took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth there was an error, scoring one run, Flint induced Jacob Christie to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored, Joe Bohman singled off of Flint, driving in one run, and then Campbell walked Zack Blomer to drive in a run.Blomer earned the win for the Bulldogs. He tossed four innings, allowing four runs, three hits, and striking out five. Raab threw one and two-thirds innings, as two relievers helped the Bulldogs finish off the victory. Flint took the loss for Jac-Cen-Del. He threw three and two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs, six hits, and striking out three.Christie, Heidlage, Alex McPherson, and Zach Britton each collected multiple hits for the Bulldogs. McPherson, Heidlage and Christie each collected three hits to lead Batesville.The Bulldogs have won six straight and improve to 16-8 on the season and 8-2 in the EIAC. The Bulldogs will compete against South Dearborn for Youth League Night on Tuesday, May 16th.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (11-27)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresTuesday  (11-27)Girls ScoresSwitz. County  44     Milan  42  (OT)North Decatur  47     South Ripley  44Oldenburg  54     Edinburgh  50South Dearborn  47    Rising Sun  42Rushville  54     Richmond  44Morristown  63     Hagerstown  46SW-Shelby  50     Eastern Hancock  49Boys ScoresJac-Cen-Del  62     Shawe Memorial  40Lawrenceburg  52     Franklin County  42Hauser  52     Trinity Lutheran  47Bethesda Christian  65     Waldron  59last_img