State to develop wind turbine plant on Brooklyn waterfront

first_imgThe South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (Google Maps; Waterfront Alliance)The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal is set to be transformed into a hub for renewable energy.The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority last week announced a partnership with Norwegian energy company Equinor to turn the site into a wind turbine manufacturing space, a project that will be completed in 2025, City & State reported.The Sunset Park project represents the largest procurement of renewable energy by any state government, and comes after the collapse of Industry City’s controversial rezoning.The waterfront terminal, between 29th and 36th streets, is operated under a lease by both Industry City and the Red Hook Container Terminal, and includes 73 acres of unused space. The main tenant is a recycling plant operator, Sims Metal Management.Read moreSouth Fork wind farm filing sets up fightOffshore wind project near Hamptons delayed until 2023East Hampton approves wind farm but legal fight looms Full Name* Under the plan, NYSERDA will invest $200 million in the terminal, and Equinor, partnered with BP, will invest the same amount.“One of the obstacles to developing offshore wind in the U.S. is, there haven’t been these types of manufacturing facilities available,” Nilda Mesa, adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, told City & State. “And so to develop one here bodes well for the future.”The facility will complement a plan backed by the Cuomo administration for a huge offshore wind farm near the Hamptons.Waterfront advocates have been calling for the marine terminal to be a wind power infrastructure hub for at least three years.The plan has been hailed as a win by local activists, including one who said the Industry City rezoning would gentrify Sunset Park.“This is an example that another world really is possible,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre of advocacy group Uprose. “New York City is going to position itself as a leader on climate justice.” [City and State] — Sylvia Varnham O’ReganContact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message*center_img Share via Shortlink Email Address* TagsbrooklynClimate ChangeIndustry Citylast_img read more

Colombian National Army captures alleged FARC extortionists

first_img The Army announced September 9 that soldiers, working in cooperation with agents from the Colombian National Police (PNC), had captured four alleged members of the financial commission of the 27th Front of the FARC. The four suspects were allegedly demanding extortion payments from farmers, merchants, and business people in the region. Soldiers captured the four suspects as part of Operation Justice in the rural area of Vista Hermosa Meta. The Army identified the four suspects as Negro Caimán, who is also known as “Fabián;” Álvaro Guerrero, who is also known as “El Tuerto;” Betty Mico Concuerda; a man known as “Alirio” or “Chonto.” Alirio is particularly important to the terrorist group because he is suspected of being a sniper and a bodyguard for a FARC operative who is known as “Chorizo,” the alleged leader of the financial commission of 27th Front. “That commission is in charge of extortions and intimidations with improvised explosive devices of farmers, merchants, workers, drivers and businesspeople in the municipality of Vista Hermosa, to compel them to pay their quotas,” said the Colombian Army in a statement. “This group had also participated in burning public transportation buses, and damaging the energy and road infrastructure of the municipality.” “At the time of the detention, alias Alirio had 26 million pesos in extortion money, six cellphones, seven SIM cards, a Pietro Beretta 9mm pistol and documents of interest for military intelligence. The captured were charged with rebellion and illegal enrichment.” FARC uses extortion to fund terrorism The FARC relies heavily on extortion proceeds to finance its terrorist activities, according to Yadira Gálvez González, a security analyst at the National Autónomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The FARC often targets oil companies for extortion. Capturing FARC operatives who engage in extortion disrupts the terrorist group’s finances. “The Ministry of Defense has been proactive in approaching the oil companies to reassure them of the work that it’s being done [to prevent the extortion], as well as to establish direct lines to report the crimes. This is necessary to avoid at any cost that these groups continue the extortion of these companies.” The FARC is increasing its extortion activities because security forces have succeeded in cracking down on much of the terrorist group’s drug trafficking activity, the security analyst said. “The extortion of merchants is becoming an alternative source of funding given the loss of money from drug trafficking. Obviously, it is not the same amount of money, but these groups are trying to identify other sources. Medellín, Bogotá and other big cities are the centers of extortion.” The arrests of the four extortion suspects who are allegedly part of 27th Front will damage the group’s ability to carry out attacks, the Army said in a written statement. “The 27th Front has been hit hard by this operation because we have taken out of circulation an important part of the financial commission, since it lost highly experienced men who would be hard to replace quickly.” “It will be very difficult to access logistical support, food, weapons and explosives because we have neutralized their key pieces. This is also a respite for the population and the businesses of the region, which had been suffering from the plague of extortion by these bandits. Our operations are constant, the 27th Front will not be able to recover the criminal zone we have taken away from them.” Between January 1 and early September 2014, the GAULA unit attached to the Fourth Brigade has captured at least 97 extortion suspects. Let us hope we arrive at a peace agreement soon because of the victims of the FARC Too bad President Santos gives the FARC breathing room in Cuba! They aren’t there as terrorists! The so-called secretariat is safe and the only one missing is Joaquín Gomez and they’ll all be safe! By Dialogo September 19, 2014center_img The Colombian National Army struck strong blows against the finances of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in early September by capturing five alleged leaders of extortion rings for the terrorist group. The Colombian Army announced September 16 the capture of a man as he allegedly collected an extortion payment from a woman in a park in the Yarumal municipality, north of Antioquia. The payment was for two million pesos. The suspect, who is 26, identified himself as a member of the FARC. Troops from the Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (GAULA) in Antioquia and agents with the Attorney General’s office cooperated to arrest the suspect after receiving tips from Yarumal residents, the Army said. The residents reported that a man was threatening them with violence if they did not make extortion payments. Many of the threats were allegedly delivered during phone calls. The Army arrests four other extortion suspectslast_img read more

One-day backpack & school supply drive, Click to help!

first_imgWith school starting Monday, kids are in need of supplies, and there is a way you can help!On August 11th, there will be a one-day drive to give students the start they need for a successful school year.School supplies including notebooks, glue sticks, binders, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, hand sanitizer, erasers, and folders will be put in backpacks and given to elementary, middle and high school students.Community Partners of South Florida, a nonprofit comprehensive community development agency providing services to families facing social, emotional, and financial adversity are hoping to collect enough to provide backpacks for “250 students in need.”“We know so many students struggle to get the supplies they need to excel in school,” said Community Partners of South Florida CEO Scott Hansel. “While they face many struggles each day, we want them to know that this is not one of the things they need to worry about.”For each $100 donation, Community Partners can fill ten backpacks with supplies including notebooks, glue sticks, binders, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, hand sanitizer, erasers, and folders.Donations can be made by cash, check, or online at one-day backpack drive will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 11th at Community Partners of South Florida’s office.The address is 2001 Blue Heron Blvd W., Riviera Beach, FL. 33404.Visit or call 561-841-3500 to learn more.last_img read more

Officials: Motel Murder Suspect “Armed and Dangerous,” Reward Offered

first_imgPolice have identified a suspect in the murder of a woman last weekend at a motel in Lantana.Lantana Police say 28-year-old Andre Ramirez should be considered armed and dangerous.He is the subject of an arrest warrant for the murder of 29-year-old Denecia Seward. Authorities found her shot to death at the Super 8 motel on Hypoluxo Road on Sunday morning.According to police, Ramirez was last seen driving a 2005 dark blue Ford Crown Victoria.The Florida license plate is NTQI88.Ramirez is wanted for second-degree murder.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.last_img

First they closed the athletic fields…

first_imgThis communiqué is about how sometimes the same message can be misinterpreted and/or perceived based on the sole premise of who the messenger may be. Just a few days ago it hit me hard, really hard that Schenley High, (alma mater God preserve thee) was really gone. I guess, no, I know that I have been in denial because I could not nor will I ever be able to comprehend why one of the foundations of urban education not only in Pittsburgh but in America was deliberately, unceremoniously and frivolously snatched away from future generations of potential students because of the nature of the political powers that be. There are a few reasons that I am concerned not only by the lack of leadership of the Pittsburgh School Board but by quality of these “stewards” of education.“This whole area, [Western Pennsylvania] years ago, was really redneck.” All right folks this was not a partial and misunderstood quote by the one and only Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the “man of the cloth” who almost declawed and removed all of the teeth from President Barack Obama’s first election. This caustic quote was from an experienced and learned legislator, the late Congressman John Murtha who hailed from and represented the area known by some as the “Confederacy” sitting just north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Schenley was a high school that for many years excelled both academically and athletically; well at least until some school board folks allegedly decided that mesothelioma might be in the near future of students, faculty and the general public if habitation at this potentially infected property was continued.Redneck alert…Now I am not promoting this definition of our beloved and sanctified region, but the words of the late congressman were a sorta kinda motivating force for me. When folks come in and gut a school system like a fattened calf after slaughter, it should leave everyone, parents, teachers and the community-at-large in a very “inquisitive” state of mind.Now closing our schools makes a lot of dough for other segments of our society. According to “The average per-pupil cost in Pennsylvania’s urban schools is $8,985; Pennsylvania’s average per-prisoner cost: $31,900.”How many uniforms and pairs of cleats could be purchased if the funding mechanism was reversed? Could some of the funds dispensed to insure the comfort of those who may be incarcerated be utilized to build better schools and to renovate the antiquated ones and the athletic facilities within? This seems to be a far better option than keeping a fresh coat of paint on the cells waiting for student/athletes after they drop out of school or are expelled from athletics because they fail to meet the minimum G.P.A requirements.When ex-Pittsburgh Board of Education Superintendant John Thompson (an African-American) offered balanced proposals in regards to closing schools in various neighborhoods, not just in Black neighborhoods he was driven out of town post, haste. When Mr. Thompson’s successor Mark Roosevelt rode into Pittsburgh at the crack of dusk on his horse “midnight” not wielding a scalpel but a hatchet, he made the students, parents and citizens of Pittsburgh appear as if they were in a hatchet fight and everyone had a tomahawk but them.On March 11, 2012 Eleanor Chute of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, “Without a scorecard, it was nearly impossible for an outsider to tell apart the students from Pittsburgh Perry and Pittsburgh Oliver—two North Side high schools separated by just 2-1/2 miles. Seated around a group of tables in the Perry library, 18 students met to talk about the transition this fall [the fall of 2012] when they will all be from one school: Perry. In an effort to save money and offer more classes, Pittsburgh Public Schools is closing Oliver High School, built in 1924, and assigning the students to Perry, which was built in 1901. Oliver received an addition in 1987 and Perry in 1992. Oliver is among seven city public schools being closed this fall.” Listen everyone, competition builds character, character builds self-esteem and self-esteem builds excellence.The juiced up pep rallies that used to be the highlight of the student-athletes week as Perry prepared to face arch rival Oliver or as Schenley readied it’s troops to face Peabody are no more. First they came for the athletic fields and closed them. Then they came for the schools and closed them.Athletics in high schools are often the only shining star at the end of the bleak pitch black tunnel otherwise known as urban education. As most of you who read my weekly “opinions” well know, I dedicate a couple thousand words per year to this very subject and as long as God gives me strength I will stand up and sit up for those who society perceives have no voice; but I will certainly never stand by nor shut up in regards to the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the athletic programs that have been at the heart and soul of their existence. I will never watch these events with indifference as calloused and corrupt “bean counters” dilute and devalue one of the few positive components that inner city youth have to look forward to as some of them leave dysfunctional homes ducking gunfire, drugs and God only knows what just to get to school. See folks oftentimes it is not the message, it is the messenger.Many young student­-athletes feel that sports and or music is their only way out of the “hood” and when those options are removed without opposition; the budgetary allocations to build more jail cells become a bit more feasible. The Pittsburgh Promise will be very easy to keep because just over 50 percent of the Pittsburgh district schools remain open. It is easier to promise four children $100 per week for their allowance than being committed to passing out a “C-note” to 40 kids? See ya later, alligators…(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2015)–Sunday’s Pick 5 payout at Santa Anita has been delayed due to a Sportech tote malfunction which was caused by a late change in racing surface in race four, the fourth leg in Santa Anita’s popular Pick 5 wager. Due to heavy rain during the second race, Sunday’s fourth race was moved from the downhill turf course to the main track.According to CHRB rule 1976.9, subsection “N,” once a wager such as the Pick 5 is underway, as was the case Sunday, the race in which the surface change occurs is adjudged to have all starters declared winners.Due to the fact Sunday’s fourth race was deemed an “all winners” contest, the pari-mutuel calculations for the Pick 5 were dramatically altered, resulting in an apparent software issue with Sportech. As of 6:00 p.m., PST, the Pick 5 pari-mutuel payoff was still not available. As soon as the Pick 5 payoff is provided by Sportech, it will be posted at –30–last_img read more


first_imgThe news has come through this afternoon of the sad passing of our great friend, Cllr. Tadhg Culbert. Though a native of Tipperary, Tadhg was a Letterkenny man through and through. He was sent to Letterkenny with the P&T as it was back then and spent 40 years as an employee with An Post.Being a keen hurler, he first joined St. Eunan’s as a hurling player in the 70’s. He immersed himself in Letterkenny life, marrying Hilda Flood and becoming a long serving member of Letterkenny Town Council. He was a passionate follower of first Neil T. Blaney before becoming a great friend, supporter and ally to Dr. James McDaid and Fianna Fáil.Over the years he retained a keen interest in sport, in particular Tipperary hurling, St. Eunan’s GAA club, Letterkenny Rovers and the Irish football team. Tadhg was always a generous contributor to St. Eunan’s GAA club from his council bursaries and his unwavering support, and that of his colleagues on Letterkenny Town council in our recent Boundary dispute will long be remembered by our club. Tadhg was known to enjoy a pint and was a regular in Blake’s Bar, McClafferty’s, The Orchard and the Central where there was always a good story and some good, honest advice to be had.He was a good friend, and I will never forget him, I will remember him with a smile on his face.To Hilda, Andrew and Lisa and his wider circle of family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathies.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. May He Rest In Peace. Paul McGovern PRO Naomh Adhamhnáin ‘HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE’ – TRIBUTE TO TADHG CULBERT was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE’ – TRIBUTE TO TADHG CULBERTlast_img read more

USDA announces January margin triggers first 2019 dairy safety net payment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers that was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that sign up for DMC will open by mid-June of this year. At the time of sign up, producers who elect a DMC coverage level between $8.00 and $9.50 would be eligible for a payment for January 2019.For example, a dairy operation with an established production history of 3 million pounds (30,000 cwt.) that elects the $9.50 coverage level for 50% of its production could potentially be eligible to receive $1,887.50 for January.Sample calculation:$9.50 – $7.99 margin = $1.51 difference$1.51 times 50% of production times 2,500 cwt. (30,000 cwt./12) = $1,887.50The calculated annual premium for coverage at $9.50 on 50% of a 3-million-pound production history for this example would be $2,250.Sample calculation:3,000,000 times 50% = 1,500,000/100 = 15,000 cwt. times 0.150 premium fee = $2,250Operations making a one-time election to participate in DMC through 2023 are eligible to receive a 25% discount on their premium for the existing margin coverage rates.“Congress created the Dairy Margin Coverage program to provide an important financial safety net for dairy producers, helping them weather shifting milk and feed prices,” said Richard Fordyce, FSA Administrator. “This program builds on the previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy, carrying forward many of the program upgrades made last year based on feedback from producers. We’re working diligently to implement the DMC program and other FSA programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill.”Additional details about DMC and other FSA farm bill program changes can be found at read more

Electric Resistance Floor Heat

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In most regions of North America, electric-resistance space heating is expensive to operate. Since air-source heat pumps use only 33% to 50% as much electricity as electric-resistance heaters, most homeowners who want to heat their homes with electricity specify air-source heat pumps.That said, there may be a good reason to include some electric resistance heat in your home: for example, if your house is very small and well insulated; if you live somewhere with low electricity rates; if your house is equipped with a large photovoltaic (PV) system; if you want to supplement the output of an air-source heat pump on the coldest nights of the year; or if you want to make your bathroom a little more comfortable.There are many ways to provide electric-resistance heat: you can install electric-resistance baseboard units, electric-resistance wall panel heaters, electric-resistance cove heaters, or an electric boiler connected to a hydronic distribution system. In this article, I’ll focus on another type of electric-resistance heat: electric-resistance cables or mats installed under flooring (usually tiles). The most common place to install this type of heat is in a bathroom.If someone in your family likes the feeling of a warm bathroom floor, and you don’t mind the operating cost for a small amount of electric-resistance heating, you may be thinking of installing electric-resistance heating cables under your bathroom flooring. Is this a good idea?Opinions vary widely on this point. Suffice it to say that electrically heated bathroom floors aren’t a total energy disaster, and many people like them.How much electricity will it take to heat your bathroom floor? The answer, of course, is “it depends.”A typical installation draws from 12 watts to 15 watts per square foot. Let’s start with some assumptions:When operating, the floor draws 480 watts, so the… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

AAP to launch stir if power tariff not rolled backed in Punjab

first_imgAam Aadmi Party has decided to launch a state-wide stir against the ruling Congress government in the Punjab for increasing the power tariff, if the hiked rates were not taken back.The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission had last week announced an average tariff hike of 2.14 per cent across categories for 2019-20.Senior AAP leader Aman Arora said the Congress government had increased the electricity tariff immediately after the Lok Sabha elections were over, which reflected the anti-people attitude.Mr. Arora said the Congress government during its nearly two-and-a-half year’s tenure had hiked power tariff for as many as five times, whereas the AAP led Delhi government had, instead of increasing the tariff, reduced it substantially.“AAP would first try to bring the Congress government on board over the recent raise in power tariff, through a written word and holding meetings with them. However, if the government failed to review its decision and mull a roll back, the party would be left with no choice but to hold state-level protests,” he said.Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday assured farmers of eight hours of power supply every day for the ensuing paddy season, beginning June 13, while promising 24-hour supply of power to all other categories of consumers.At a meeting to review the preparations by Power Companies Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited for supply of power during summer and paddy season, the Chief Minister said his government was committed to the supply of quality power, in addition to 100% cost subsidy for agriculture and free power to various categories of consumers.”The power companies briefed the Chief Minister about the arrangements made for meeting demand of 14,000 MW, even though the demand anticipated by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited was likely to be 13,500 MW,” said an official statement.last_img read more