Massachusetts looking to double offshore wind capacity

first_imgMassachusetts looking to double offshore wind capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享RTO Insider:Massachusetts is seeking to broaden its already ambitious goals for procuring clean energy and reducing emissions, state officials said last week.Topping the agenda: The state wants to solicit an additional 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy even as it is barely halfway through a procurement process for the same volume as authorized by 2016 legislation.“We’re launching an offshore wind study to look at … whether we can get an additional 1,600 MW,” Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson said Wednesday at a meeting of the Environmental Business Council of New England.Massachusetts last May awarded Vineyard Wind an 800-MW offshore wind contract that runs 20 years and has two 400-MW tranches. The first tranche starts at $74/MWh and the second at $65/MWh, with the prices increasing by 2.5% per year. Partially redacted contract summaries from the state’s Department of Public Utilities show an average nominal price of $64.97/MWh in 2017 dollars. “We’re excited to be jump-starting the offshore wind industry,” Judson said. “Because of the way we set that up, with a long-term, revenue-fixed contract … we were able to get that at a price that no one believed was possible. I know when we opened the bids, we were like, ‘Whoa’; we were surprised. I think everyone was surprised.”“We’re still in the midst of procuring our first 1,600 MW, and we will be issuing our next solicitation for offshore wind in the near term as well,” Judson said.More: Mass. looks to double down on OSW, clean goalslast_img read more

Oyster Bay Man Killed by Hit-and-run Driver

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 28-year-old Oyster Bay man who allegedly crashed a stolen truck on the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt early Thursday morning, New York State police said.Rick Munoz was walked into the eastbound lanes of the parkway when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene—and several other vehicles that also fled—just east of Exit 21 for Nassau Road at 1:46 a.m., police said.Moments before being hit, the victim was erratically driving a box truck that was reported stolen in New York City, and crashed the truck into a guardrail before walking away, police said.Munoz’ passenger, 27-year-old Joel Padilla of the Bronx, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.Troopers ask anyone with information that could assist with this investigation to call them at 631-756-3300.last_img read more

How smart leaders answer dumb questions

first_img“This might be a dumb question…”We’ve heard that before.  Usually, it is uttered by a new-comer.  Someone new to the board, or to the company.I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard anything dumb after hearing that phrase. A new set of eyes sees something strange, and they have the strength and courage to raise a hand and show their ignorance.Here’s what I’ve found.  After asking that “dumb” question, a conversation takes place.  And what do you usually find out?  Most in the room really didn’t have a clear understanding of the situation.  The dumb question forced the group to search for the reason – the underlying rationale for a decision or practice. Often, the rationale is hard to find.One company took this idea to the next level.  Brian O’Kelley of AppNexus, loves dumb questions.We created an e-mail alias called “[email protected]” so that if you have a question that many people might be wondering about, you can send it around and everybody in the company sees it. For example, somebody wrote recently, “Hey, we had a couple of low revenue days. Does anyone know what’s up?” I love having those out in the open, and then we’ll write back that a couple of seasonal things happened, and here’s what’s going on. Hopefully that eases people’s concerns. I like that it’s not anonymous, because it helps me get to know who’s really smart.Did you notice how he ended that?  He likes to know who asked the “dumb” question, because to him, it signals a person who is anything but dumb.  I urge you to continue reading, because Brian talks about how he hires, and how he built the culture of his company.Good stuff.So, here’s to the dumb question!  And those with the smarts (and courage) to ask them.  47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, March 2

first_imgAmerica must stop plundering the worldThe United States has a long, sordid, bi-partisan history of ousting democratically elected governments in Latin America, through force or sanctions, in order to appropriate resources.Truman started the School of the Americas (Assassins), teaching torture, killing, overthrows, etc., in 1946. It is still in operation.A partial list of U.S. presidents and their interference, incursions, coups and invasions includes: Eisenhower (Guatemala 1954, Haiti 1959, Ecuador 1960); Kennedy (Cuba 1961, Brazil 1962); Johnson (Dominican Republic 1965); Nixon (Bolivia 1971, Uruguay 1972, Chili 1973); Reagan (Nicaragua 1981, Guatemala 1982); Bush (Peru 1989); Clinton (Haiti 1992, Colombia 1999); Bush (Venezuela 2002); and Obama (Honduras 2009, Nicaragua 2015).Our deadly interference in Latin America increases the numbers of refugees fleeing the negative consequences of violent dictators. I won’t get into the oily chaos created by our $4 trillion illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Let’s stop plundering the world!Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExcited over first woman presidentSenator Kamala Harris was asked at a town hall event whether Democrats had to nominate a man to defeat the president in 2020. It’s dispiriting that this is one of the first questions faced by Sen. Harris as a presidential candidate.  With Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, at least five women will be vying for the presidency in 2020, and they all boast impressive legislative resumes.  These candidates, in many ways, feel empowered and driven to answer the call for the nation’s highest office in rebuke of a president who has been a demagogue since before he was elected.I’m inspired by the women who have announced their candidacy. Personally, women in leadership roles and political office is not a second thought; it’s a way of life in New York.  As a constituent, I’m represented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Senator/Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (who also announced her candidacy for president). The narrative in 2020 shouldn’t be that women are running for office, but about the fact that they seemingly are the most qualified.   The Democratic field is the most diverse in United States history. This group of candidates leaves me hopeful for our republic and confident that our political system is yet able to remove those who abuse power. I’m excited that we have an opportunity to check that “first ever” category for the office of president of the United States and elect our first “Madam President.”E. Hyde Clarke Albanylast_img read more

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WHO medics, aid flown into Iran as virus toll jumps to 66

first_imgA plane carrying UN medical experts and aid touched down Monday in Iran on a mission to help it tackle the world’s second-deadliest outbreak of coronavirus as European powers said they would send further help.As the official death toll rose by 12 to 66, the Islamic republic turned down a similar offer from arch-enemy Washington, dismissing it as “propaganda”.The World Health Organization said a flight arrived from Dubai carrying medical supplies and experts on a fact-finding mission and to “provide guidance on strengthening and scaling up the response to the ongoing outbreak.” ‘Supplies running low’ The WHO said it had sent Iran “medical supplies and protective equipment to support over 15,000 health care workers, as well as enough laboratory kits to test and diagnose nearly 100,000 people”.As the goods worth more than $300,000 — including gloves, surgical masks and respirators — were loaded onto an Emirati transport plane in Dubai, WHO’s Robert Blanchard warned that global supplies were running low.”What we see now is that demand has greatly exceeded our available stocks… and we are struggling to get access to more supplies.”The six-member medical team is made up of doctors, epidemiologists and laboratory specialists to help Iran detect and control the virus, Blanchard said.WHO operations manager Nevien Attalla said the supplies were the “first big shipment which supports the response to coronavirus”.”Iran is a challenging country. You don’t have always easy approvals to go,” she said.The UAE provided the military transport plane for the flight despite having downgraded its relations with the Islamic republic amid fierce rivalry between Iran and close UAE ally Saudi Arabia.Gulf states have announced a raft of measures to cut links with Iran to curb the spread of the virus, cutting off transport links and telling citizens not to visit.”Aid should reach all people regardless of their background,” said Sultan Mohammed al-Shamsi, the UAE’s undersecretary for humanitarian affairs.IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It did not specify the cause of death but said he had died at Tehran’s Massih Danechvari Hospital, the capital’s main center for patients suffering from the new coronavirus. Topics : Germany, France and Britain, for their part, said they would send emergency medical supplies including testing equipment, body suits and gloves as well as five million euros (US$5.5 million) to help tackle the outbreak.Iran’s confirmed cases leapt Monday by 523 on the previous day, hitting 1,501, said Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi.State news agency IRNA reported the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 72, a member of the Expediency Council which advises Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It did not specify the cause of death but said he had died at Tehran’s Massih Danechvari Hospital, the capital’s main center for coronavirus patients. The outbreak that originated in China has sparked concern among Iran’s neighbors, with the Gulf Arab states confirming 130 cases including, on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s first case.The health ministry in Riyadh, another key rival of Tehran, said the man had tested positive after returning from Iran.Many of the Gulf’s other victims are pilgrims returning from Iran, especially the Shiite holy city of Qom where the country’s first case was reported.US President Donald Trump had Saturday offered: “If we can help the Iranians with this problem, we are certainly willing to do so… All they have to do is ask.”But Tehran rejected the offer, charging that Trump, who has heaped sanctions and a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, was offering help “for propaganda purposes”.”We are suspicious of the intentions of the Americans and do not count on this aid,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Moussavi, quoted by IRNA.Germany, France and Britain, who remain as signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran despite Trump’s withdrawal, expressed “their full solidarity with all impacted by COVID-19 in Iran”.Beijing, also a signatory to the nuclear deal, said an expert team from China had arrived Saturday in Tehran “to provide what assistance it can in terms of epidemic prevention and control and medical relief”.last_img read more

Gyms ‘ordered to stay shut due to high risk of spreading coronavirus’

first_img Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… Gyms have been told they must stay shut until autumn at the earliest after Government officials deemed them one of the worst places for spreading coronavirus. Government scientists are understood to have grouped them with bars and restaurants, which will be among the last venues to reopen. More pessimistic forecasts within government have even predicted that gyms won’t reopen this year. An industry source in talks with the Government said: “Six months is a reasonable timeframe.” Whitehall officials who have been working with industry bodies on plans to reopen workplaces have concluded that like bars and restaurants, gyms are a “hotbed of infection”. A source who has been involved in extensive talks with government officials over the ‘Back to Work’ plans said: “Gyms won’t be open any time soon. It won’t be sooner than autumn.” Another of those involved in the planning said: “One way systems don’t work in gyms as people don’t use the equipment in order like aisles in Tesco.Advertisement “They are in close proximity in the wet environment of changing rooms, while exercise means lots of sweat and huffing and puffing in close quarters.” But some gyms have urged the Government to allow them to open for personal trainers and their clients. They have argued this could work because gyms could operate in a much more controlled environment where personal trainers could keep two metres away from their clients but also clean equipment after every use. The Treasury is understood to be working on plans to extend its wage support scheme for the specific sectors that are told to stay shut. read also:Inside Lionel Messi’s full-fledged Gym: To Hell with Coronavirus! That could see gym employees kept on some form of the taxpayer-funded job retention scheme, which currently pays 80 per cent of wages for workers who have been furloughed by their employer. The current scheme is currently due to end in June but Chancellor Rishi Sunak has assured employers that they will not face a “cliff-edge”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What to know about St. John’s

first_img Published on September 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer No. 6 Syracuse (3-0) will look to continue its perfect start to the season on Sunday at 7 p.m. against St. John’s (1-0-1) at SU Soccer Stadium.Here’s everything you need to know prior to the match.All-time series: St. John’s leads 19-8-6Last time they played: These two teams last played almost exactly two years ago. On Sept. 6, 2014, the Orange traveled to Queens to play the Red Storm. A goal in the seventh minute by Chris Nanco ended up being the only scoring in the game in the victory for Syracuse.The St. John’s report: The Red Storm hasn’t had a winning season since 2013, going 4-11-3 last year. St. John’s had only two players score three or more goals in 2015, and both return this year. Through two games the team has split the goalkeeping duties between Michael Bernardi and Andrew Withers, with the former getting 20 more minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats St. John’s: There really shouldn’t be a reason SU loses. The Orange is more experienced and more talented than the Red Storm. The starting 11 players in the Red Storm’s game on Wednesday had a combined 72 minutes of Division-I experience, and the goalie situation is up in the air.Stats to Know:5 — The number of saves SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert has had to make through three games on the season.190 — Last year St. John’s ranked 190th out of 210 teams in average goals per game with a mark of 0.72.63 — Five of the eight Orange goals (63 percent) on the season have come in the second half.Player to Watch: Mike Prosuk, forward, No. 18As a freshman Prosuk led the Red Storm in scoring with five goals. He’s scoreless through two games but is third on the team in shots. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound striker is two inches taller than any Orange player. The closest one is Syracuse senior Oskar Sewerin, who stands at 6 feet 4 inches, but hasn’t played this year. The next closest in height (not including goalkeepers) is Miles Robinson who is a full four inches shorter. Keeping Prosuk away from high balls in the box will be a tall order and probably one that falls on Robinson’s shoulders. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stars earning stripes: Flanagan and Hopkins enjoy success in America

first_img Tags: Angus Flanagan, Jon Hopkins 10 Jul 2020 Stars earning stripes: Flanagan and Hopkins enjoy success in America Former England boys’ squad player and Carris Trophy winner Angus Flanagan fired a course record score on Thursday to claim victory in the Minnesota State Open.The Surrey golfer – in his senior year at the University of Minnesota – shot an eight under par round of 64 at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo.His victory in the professional event also earned him a dream slot in the field for the PGA Tour’s 3M Open at Twin Cities, Minnesota later this month.Flanagan had planned on returning to England as the Covid-19 pandemic struck, but decided to stay in America because he would have had to quarantine for two weeks on arrival in the UK and a further two weeks on heading back across the pond.The 21-year-old made the most of his extended summer break in Minnesota by pulling off a brilliant win.It was a victory made all the more amazing due to the fact he cracked his driver face on the third hole of the final round and had to borrow a replacement from his caddie!After his round and a two-shot win confirmed with a stunning eagle three on the final hole, Flanagan said: “Stuck here sounds like a bad thing, but it’s really not.“I’m kind of speechless at the moment. It’ll hit me when I put my head down on the pillow that I actually did this.”Flanagan wasn’t the only English amateur making the news in America this week.Hertfordshire’s Jon Hopkins has been named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner for the NJCAA division.“It means a lot because it’s pretty much the biggest you can win at the junior college level in terms of pure golf,” Hopkins said.“He’s such a big name, such a prestigious prize.”In normal times, Hopkins (pictured above) would have competed in a shootout with the winners from the other divisions for a spot in a PGA Tour event.This year, he had to settle for a Zoom call with golf’s greatest champion – Nicklaus, a winner of 18 Majors.“He got to ask us one question, and we got to ask him one question,” Hopkins said. “To be honest, he really shaped the game. He and his era really changed the game for everyone.”Hopkins, whose younger brother Max is part of the current England boys’ squad, has also completed a business degree at Mississippi Gulf Coast and will now continue his collegiate career at NCAA Division I Florida Gulf Coast.last_img read more

Westport Winery Cider Garners Best of Class At Riverside International Wine…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s hard apple cider, Mercy, earned Best of Class and a gold medal at the 34th Annual Riverside International Wine Competition in Temecula, California on May 7. The tasting notes escribe the wine as “a fall orchard, ripe with fruit, falling leaves and fresh air.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits Mercy Ships a medical/surgical organization in based in Houston, Texas, that provides care to those in some of the poorest and most remote countries in the world. The art for this wine’s label was drawn by winery co-owner, Kim Roberts. The winery suggests you pair Mercy with their Northwest Nachos while listening to Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye.The winery’s 2012 Sangiovese named Smoky Nor’wester also earned a gold medal. The grapes for this wine were harvested at the renowned Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips, Washington. The winery’s tasting notes suggest this wine exhibits “Maserati intensity, like a good spanking.” They encourage guests to enjoy the wine with their restaurant’s Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup while listening to Life’s Been Good To Me by Joe Walsh.last_img read more