Cape Wind approval marks milestone for American offshore wind industry

first_imgUS Secretary Ken Salazar has announced approval of the first-ever Construction and Operation Plan  (COP) for a U.S. offshore wind energy project, granting Cape Wind Associates the official go-ahead to begin construction on the over-100-turbine project across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound.  When complete, the project will produce enough electricity to supply hundreds of thousands of American homes.  The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) congratulates Cape Wind and the Department of the Interior for the progress it has made in developing the American offshore wind industry. ‘Offshore wind power is the new frontier for our industry,” said Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA. ‘Thank you to Secretary Salazar for being a champion of offshore wind and for his commitment to making this industry a reality.  The Secretary understands the manufacturing and job opportunities that offshore wind brings to America and knows that it needs long-term policy support in order to do so.’  Joined by Dennis Duffy, vice president of Cape Wind Associates and Michael Bromwich, director of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Secretary Salazar signed the COP at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.  AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,500 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.  Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA Web site. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter. Boston, MA (April 19, 2011) ‘last_img read more

EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electric generation will fall to 21% this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal production and generation are expected to drop again in 2020 before stabilizing for the near-term, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected in its latest monthly energy forecast.The EIA expects coal’s share of electricity generation will fall from 24% in 2019 to 21% in 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, the agency expects U.S. production of coal to stabilize in 2021 as export demand rises and U.S. power sector consumption of coal increases slightly due to a projected rise in natural gas.The EIA forecasts Henry Hub natural gas spot prices will average $2.11/MMBtu in 2020 before increasing in 2021, to reach an annual average of $2.51/MMBtu.The drop in coal generation is occurring as natural gas consumption is expected to remain relatively steady. However, electricity generation from renewable energy sources in the U.S. is expected to rise from a 17% share last year to 19% in 2020 and 21% in 2021.Coal production in 2020 is expected to total 573 million tons in 2020, down 17% from 2019 coal production volumes. The EIA said the decline in production volume is a function of falling utility demand for coal. Electric sector demand for coal in the U.S. is expected to fall by 16%, or 86 million tons, in 2020.Coal exports from the U.S. are expected to average about 78 million tons this year, about 9% lower than what the EIA forecast in its February short-term energy outlook. The revision is due to lower expected demand as global markets for coal have weakened. EIA expects metallurgical coal exports to fall from 55.1 million tons in 2019 to 47.2 million tons in 2020 before rebounding slightly to 49.5 million tons in 2021.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): EIA’s latest forecast sees coal dropping to 21% of US power generation in 2020 EIA: Coal’s share of U.S. electric generation will fall to 21% this yearlast_img read more

Guyana Sees Drug Trafficking Spike in Wake of Colombian Crackdown

first_img Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it will be too expensive to invest in a primary radar system that covers a radius of only 70 miles, considering sparsely populated Guyana itself measures 83,000 square miles — about the size of Great Britain. Currently, radar data from neighboring countries is being shared. In November, Malaysian authorities intercepted $7.1 million worth of cocaine in sealed tins of coconut milk that had been shipped from Guyana. That same month, CANU agents unearthed 233 kilos of cocaine stashed in a consignment of powdered detergent destined for the West African nation of Niger. The following month, a Guyanese man who attempted to ship 327 kilos of cocaine in fish food to China pleaded guilty to smuggling charges, and was sentenced to four years in prison. “Guyana has been benefitting from training through CBSI to strengthen its law enforcement units to deal with drug trafficking and other threats,” said Singh, adding that drug traffickers are shifting to lucrative and less risky destinations in Africa and Asia — and away from closely guarded countries like the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Local officials say the decision by Brazil and Venezuela to shoot down illicit drug planes has resulted in fewer cocaine-laden aircraft entering Guyanese airspace. In September, Brazilian officials began teaching their Guyanese counterparts how to use Brazil’s Amazon Surveillance Integrated SIVAM/SIPAM system to monitor the area by satellite for illegal activities and environmental degradation. “Traffickers are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders and weak security sector capacity,” states the report. “Smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, or the postal services.” “It’s about new and emerging markets and who offers the best price. The multi-ton loads are what you see the U.S. intercepting, but then in other areas you’re seeing smaller loads because there is more money to be made and you reduce the risk by sending smaller loads,” Singh explained. “It’s easy to lose 50 kilos as opposed to, say, 500 or 5,000 kilos, and your returns are a lot greater.” Singh said traffickers prefer such emerging destinations because they’d rather see smaller amounts of drugs seized there than huge quantities seized in North America or Great Britain. Officials: $21 million worth of cocaine seized last year In 2012, according to government statistics, Guyanese authorities seized $21 million worth of cocaine at airports and seaports. In Guyana, one kilo of cocaine costs only $5,000 — while that same kilo can bring $30,000 in New York, $120,000 in China and $200,000 in Australia. He said the GDF has begun balancing its manpower and material resources to offer greater intelligence-gathering and operational support to CANU and the police. Guyanese laws prohibit soldiers from engaging in civilian operations on their own. Clandestine airstrips and fake registrations By Dialogo March 25, 2013center_img And…¿What will it be good for? Thanks for those notes. Those who speak are noticeable. People who are suffering the calamity of hunger, poverty and inequality, need to defend themselves, in any way. The “drug dealer” problem is not of the humble people or poor people, since it’s the the rich ones who can consume vices; because of the great ambition of attacking narcotics, since they provide dollars, they neglect their people: health, education, food, dwelling, etc. “We will deal with that when funds are available and as soon as those who benefit the most from this activity may be able to give us funding,” said Aviation Minister Robeson Benn. Added Guyana’s national security minister, Clement Rohee: What we are doing is building files on people, so that when we decide to move — with the permission of the court and the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] — I think we’ll be in a much better position than we are in now.” However, when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, Guyanese police and soldiers embarked on a search-and-rescue mission. They eventually found the freshly painted plane with extra fuel tanks and pumps — as well as a bogus Venezuelan registration. James Singh, head of Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), said high-speed boats and modern technology offered by that program will hopefully stop traffickers in their tracks. Enforcing laws already on the books Last October, authorities discovered an Ecuadorian-registered plane parked on a clandestine airstrip near Guyana’s border with Brazil. When the Cessna 421 lifted off, the plane’s Brazilian pilot followed a flight plan that would have taken it to the nearby city of Boa Vista. The U.S. State Department’s 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report paints a bleak picture of the uphill task Guyana faces. GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is banking on the U.S.-funded Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) to buffer the impact of a Colombian drug crackdown that has pushed traffickers to exploit new routes and high-paying markets for cocaine. Commodore Gary Best, chief of staff of the Guyana Defense Force, said CBSI-funded high-speed boats will help Guyana’s Coast Guard intercept drugs coming from Colombia through neighboring Venezuela. last_img read more

Opinion

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Dartford runs rings around the rest

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Shopping for answers in Newport

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Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

first_imgHarvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump’s administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.The universities’ lawsuit was in response to an announcement Monday by the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) that the affected students must leave the country or transfer to a school offering in-person tuition.”We will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students, and international students at institutions across the country, can continue their studies without the threat of deportation,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. “The order came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness,” Bacow said.He added it was made “without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors and others.”The universities say in their lawsuit that the order would harm students “immensely,” both personally and financially.It describes the order as “arbitrary and capricious” and says it threw US higher education “into chaos.”There were more than one million international students in the US for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).The plaintiffs ask that the court issue a temporary restraining order and “permanent injunctive relief” preventing the policy being enforced.They also ask that the order be declared unlawful, that their legal costs are covered, and that they receive any other relief that the court deems appropriate.’Ridiculous’ The lawsuit, filed in Boston, lists the defendants as ICE and the United States Department of Homeland Security.The US posted a daily high of 60,209 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, Johns Hopkins University said, and the country topped three million cases on Wednesday.The disease has claimed more than 131,000 lives across America.Most US colleges and universities have not yet announced their plans for the fall semester but Harvard has said all its classes for the 2020-21 academic year will be conducted online “with rare exceptions.”Some 40 percent of undergraduates will be allowed to return to campus, but their instruction will be conducted remotely.It says packed classrooms endanger the health of students and teachers.Trump has branded the decision “ridiculous” as he takes a bullish approach to reopening the country ahead of November’s presidential vote, when he seeks reelection.While cracking down on immigration is one of his key issues, Trump has taken a particularly hard stance on foreigners since the health crisis began.In June, he froze until 2021 the issuing of green cards — which offer permanent US resident status — and some work visas, particularly those used in the technology sector.Topics : Trump is pushing universities and schools to fully open when the new academic year starts in September despite the US registering record COVID-19 cases.ICE said in its announcement the State Department would not issue visas to students enrolled in programs that are fully online for the fall semester and such students would not be allowed to enter the country.Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status.The measure was seen as a move by the White House to put pressure on educational institutions that are adopting a cautious approach to reopening amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Aouar, Dest, Telles: Names to watch in last week of transfer window

first_imgMichael Cuisance (Bayern Munich)Target for: Leeds UnitedBayern Munich’s French midfielder Michael Cuisance. (various sources/AFP/Manu Fernandez)The France Under-20 international might have been hoping to play a more regular role at Bayern Munich this season, a year after joining from Borussia Moenchengladbach for 12 million euros.But after appearing just 10 times in Bayern’s treble-winning campaign, and making one substitute appearance so far this season, Cuisance is now close to joining Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.L’Equipe reported at the start of this week that a deal was close to being completed for a player Bayern value at 20 million euros. Memphis Depay (Lyon)Target for: BarcelonaLyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay (AFP/ Philippe Lopez )Depay has never hidden his desire to rejoin one of Europe’s giants after a failed spell at Manchester United earlier in his career, and the Dutchman will also be eager to play Champions League football, something which Lyon cannot offer him this season.Koeman is said to be keen to bring his compatriot to the Camp Nou to reinforce an attack which has lost Luis Suarez.Barcelona may lack the funds to spend big, but the 26-year-old Depay is in the final year of his contract and reports in France suggest Lyon may yet be persuaded to lower their initial asking price of 25 million euros. The transfer window will slam shut around Europe next Monday, Oct. 5, after clubs were given an extended period to do deals as a result of the long coronavirus shutdown.While the market has been quieter than usual due to the pandemic, AFP Sport looks at some names who could still make big moves in the coming days: Houssem Aouar (Lyon)Target for: Arsenal, JuventusThe 22-year-old midfielder had long been tipped for a big move abroad even before he stood out in Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in August, especially in their quarter-final win over Manchester City, who are one of his suitors.Now Aouar — who has not yet been capped at full international level by France — clearly feels it is time to fly the nest and leave his boyhood club, who are not involved in Europe at all this season and have had a poor start in Ligue 1.Their absence from continental competition increases Lyon’s need to sell, but the chances of them getting the 60 million euros ($70.2m) they reportedly want for the playmaker appear non-existent. Sergino Dest (Ajax)Target for: BarcelonaSergino Dest (Getty Images/AFP/Sam Greenwood)The 19-year-old could be the latest in a long line of players to come out of Ajax and join Barcelona, who are looking for a new right-back after selling Nelson Semedo to Wolverhampton Wanderers.According to widespread reports, Dest is set to move to the Camp Nou with Barcelona willing to pay an initial 20 million euros to beat Bayern Munich to his signature.Dest would become Barca’s first major signing since the arrival as coach of Ronald Koeman. He was born in the Netherlands but represents the United States, for whom he qualifies through his father. Arsenal are now seen as the leading candidates to sign Aouar, but according to French sports daily L’Equipe they have offered no more than 38 million euros and Lyon may be tempted to hold on to their man for another year instead.Last weekend Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Arsenal were “far too far away” from meeting Aouar’s value. Aulas also said no player would leave if a deal is not done by Friday, but the impending signing of Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan could smooth the way for Aouar, who has also been closely linked to Juventus. Alex Telles (Porto)Target for: Manchester UnitedPorto’s Brazilian defender Alex Telles. (AFP/Fernando Veludo )Brazilian left-back Telles joined Porto in 2016 after previous spells at Galatasaray and Inter Milan and has long been linked with a move from Portugal to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.It looks like this could be the moment for the 27-year-old, who has become a target for Manchester United.According to A Bola in Portugal, United have offered 15 million euros so far for a player who is out of contract at the end of the season, while Porto want 20 million euros.Telles could yet move elsewhere though. The once-capped defender was linked with Paris Saint-Germain several months ago, and the French club now need strengthening at left-back after losing Juan Bernat to a serious knee injury.Topics :last_img read more

Market

first_imgAustralia: Adtranz Australia and Walkers Ltd have won a joint contract to build five two-car EMUs for Westrail; they will be similar to the existing fleet, and first delivery is due in November 1998.Queensland’s Department of Transport has called tenders for a consultancy study to improve efficiency and best practice for Brisbane’s Citytrain.Brazil: CVRD has ordered 7000 tonnes of rail from Sydney Steel of Nova Scotia, Canada.Canada: CN and GE have signed a loco maintenance agreement covering servicing of Dash 8 and Dash 9 locos at Symington depot in Winnipeg.Sasib Railway GRS has been appointed by CN to upgrade 3000route-km of CTC over the next five years, replacing relay interlockings with VIP vital processors and improving data transfer to the dispatching centre.Germany: Rheinbraun AG has ordered 10 four-axle EL2000 electric locos from Adtranz; they will be based on technology developed for DB’s Class 101 and 145 locos, with a rating of 2·8MW, Flexifloat bogies and 70 km/h top speed.Erfurter Industriebahn has ordered five Regio-Shuttle railcars from Adtranz for use between Erfurt and Leinefelde.Great Britain: Transport Consultants International (formerly BR Projects Ltd) has been awarded a contract to manage procurement of new trains and refurbishment of 150 existing vehicles for North Western Trains.Hong Kong: KCRC’s two Adtranz/SLM Lok 2000 KTT electrics arrived in the colony on May 10; the Kinki Sharyo double-deck coaches arrived in April.KCRC awarded three consultancy contracts for Phase 2 technical studies for the West Rail project, covering West Kowloon terminus (Ove Arup), traction power supplies (CITIC Guo Hua), and drawing standards (Binnie).India: Ircon is negotiating with General Electric for technical collaboration to remanufacture 175 WDM-2 diesel locos supplied to IR by Alco in the early 1960s.Nigeria: China is to supply 400 wagons and 20 passenger coaches to NRC, as well 50 locos (RG 4.97 p210).Russia: MTH of Praha has won a US$59m contract from RZD to build track machinery in conjunction with PRMZ Kaluga.Sri Lanka: Rites has won a contract to supply four diesel-electric locos to Sri Lanka Railway; SLR has also called tenders for 15 DMUs.USA: Amtrak has ordered from GE Transportation Systems 22 P42 and eight P32 Genesis diesel locomotives worth $75m, and says it also expects to buy 21 F59PHI units from General Motors EMD for $46m.Rockwell’s Railroad Electronics unit has won a $10m order for 328 integrated cab displays from GM’s Electro-Motive Division.last_img read more

DEFY sets 16 new records at Maine Swimming Junior Olympics

first_img Latest Posts Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img ORONO — The Down East Family YMCA swim team set 16 new team records this weekend at the Maine Swimming Junior Olympics — the most ever set by the team in a single meet.DEFY coach Matt Montgomery said his team nearly doubled its previous high of nine new records in a single meet.“It was a really was great team effort,” Montgomery said. “Everyone really contributed.”Forty-three DEFY swimmers met qualifying times to compete in the meet that took place from March 12-15 at the University of Maine against 600 swimmers from 26 teams across Maine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTalor Hamilton’s 200-yard freestyle (1:44.99) and 200-yard backstroke (1:54.71) times in the senior boys division qualified for the YMCA National Championships scheduled for April in North Carolina. Hamilton also has already qualified for the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly as well as the 200-yard medley relay with Kohl Shaw, Maks Grover and Cooper Holmes. Holmes also has qualified in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.“What really struck me was how well they did in their relays,” Montgomery said. “Seventy percent of our relays placed among top eight.”Three DEFY swimmers — Ava Sealander, Hayden Sattler and Sam Alavardo — who placed high enough but didn’t qualify for Nationals were invited to compete against other Eastern states on the Maine Zones team in New York later this month.Three DEFY swimmers who earned high points awards were Ava Sealander (girls age 13-14), who placed third; Camden Holmes (boys age 13-14), seventh; and Talor Hamilton (senior boys), fifth.Listed below are the DEFY swimmers who set new team records:Girls age 13-14Ava Sealander: 200-yard freestyle, 2:02.02; 500-yard freestyle, 5:30.00; 100-yard butterfly, 59.60; 200-yard butterfly, 2:18.34; 400-yard individual medley, 4:57.65.Ellie Clarke, Miriam Nelson, Sidney Hamilton and Ava Sealander: 200-yard freestyle relay, 1:47.45; 400-yard freestyle relay, 4:02.60.Sidney Hamilton, Kiana Maddocks Wilbur, Ava Sealander and Ellie Clarke: 400-yard medley relay, 4:35.89.Senior boysTalor Hamilton: 200-yard freestyle, 1:44.99; 200-yard backstroke, 1:54.71.Sam Alvarado: 1650-yard freestyle, 17:25.86; 1000-yard freestyle, 10:28.16.Cooper Holmes: 200-yard breaststroke, 2:14.17.Talor Hamilton, Kohl Shaw, Maks Grover and Cooper Holmes: 400-yard freestyle relay, 3:19.48; 200-yard medley relay, 1:39.02; 400-yard medley relay, 3:43.12.For more individual results, click here. For relay results, click here. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more