Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Colorado

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Xcel Energy-Colorado has completed construction of the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge wind farm on the Eastern Plains.The 229-turbine facility in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties will provide enough energy to power about 270,000 homes, Xcel Energy said in a statement Wednesday. The project, owned by the utility, was completed ahead of schedule and began operating in August.Earlier in September, Cheyenne Ridge helped Xcel Energy set a record for hourly wind generation in Colorado when the wind power on its system served close to 70% of the energy for customers.Cheyenne Ridge will help move Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility, closer to its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, the company said. And by 2026, more than half of the power produced by Xcel will come from wind and solar energy, according to the utility.The Cheyenne Ridge project will also generate economic benefits for area landowners, Xcel Energy said. Over its life, the wind farm is expected to generate about $107 million in lease payments for landowners and $29 million in new tax revenue.A recent report by the organization The Western Way found that more than 95% of the state’s renewable energy capacity is on the Eastern Plains, producing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits each year.[Judith Kohler]More: Xcel Energy adds to its wind power with completion of Cheyenne Ridge on Eastern Plains Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Coloradolast_img read more

In Search of a Common Shield

first_img Interview with Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Staff Shootings between gangs and drug trafficking vendettas in Trinidad and Tobago, home to the most joyous carnival in the Caribbean, forced the government to declare a state of emergency during the summer of 2011. Still, from that unfortunate event came about an unprecedented link between the country’s Police and Defense Forces, both of which worked together to put an end to a crisis that was draining the island nation. A year-and-a-half after the emergency in Trinidad, is the Military still collaborating with the Police to avoid another episode like the one in 2011? During an interview granted to Diálogo during the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), in December 2012, Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj, Chief of Defense of Trinidad and Tobago, answered these and other questions about regional cooperation in the security realm. Diálogo: Last year, during CANSEC 2012 in St. Kitts and Nevis, we had the opportunity to speak to you about the security and defense challenges faced by Trinidad and Tobago. What’s new in the security and defense panorama of your country? Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj: What was significant over the last year was the change in the leadership of the Ministry of National Security, and the new minister, the Honorable Jack Warner, brought some new perspectives to the national security landscape in terms of his leadership style and his priorities. We have had to engage some additional rules and responsibilities to further our support to agencies within Trinidad. The new minister has placed to a higher level the importance of social interventions. So, in support of the Police, we have been engaged over the last few months in treating with some of the social issues and some of the high risk communities in Trinidad and Tobago, more so in Trinidad, with our targeted efforts on the youth. It has been interesting to actually have a new engagement that speaks to one aspect of crime prevention. Diálogo: During the state of emergency in Trinidad, in 2011, the Defence and the Police Forces worked together. Have you continued with that model of cooperation? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: I must admit to you, without having to be politically incorrect, that the relationship between the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Defence Force is an excellent one. There is really an open forum for discussions on any issue as opposed to 10 years ago when there was a clash of cultures in the way the Military did business versus the way the Police did business. We understand each other better now than we did previously, which makes for a more amicable relationship not just at the executive level, but at the ground level. There is a greater level of comfort working side by side in joint patrols, mobile patrols or foot patrols. Diálogo: How do you manage to work together without overstepping your boundaries? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: We had to craft very robust rules of engagement coming out from the experience of the state of emergency we had between August and December last year [in 2011]. My legal officer at the Defence Force has been very engaged in crafting rules of engagement and ensuring that there is a level of accountability and transparency in the way in which business is done by the Defence Force in support of the Police. And I want to extend that to include our involvement in social programs, since working with civilians requires a different type of engagement. Notwithstanding the fact that we have put more resources into social programs, the Defence Force has done well maintaining the security posture in the air and maritime environments, so our border security is not compromised in terms of allocation of resources, understanding the nature of the national security environment today and our commitments to the region as well. It is not just about Trinidad & Tobago. Thankfully we are now utilizing all of our air assets; the four Augusta-Westland 139 helicopters that were recently acquired are now all operational. They do maritime surveillance, search and rescue… The land force continues to be engaged within borders and all the other efforts that I already outlined. And our Coast Guard continues to grow. Our Coast Guard is in the process of acquiring long-range patrol vessels and is doing extensive repairs to our interceptors. We are now in the process of acquiring new engines and acquiring long-range patrol vessels so that we can provide support in the region, as well as that deterrence in our exclusive economic zone and in our littoral waters in general. Diálogo: Are you working with other countries in the Caribbean to create that common shield to protect each other against transnational organized crime and other threats? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: While we are a small island-state in general, there are some islands that are smaller than others, and they have limited resources. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the strong economies, and therefore we have greater capabilities. So far collaboration is about getting the best bang for the buck, in regards to the available resources. Trinidad and Tobago has had to take the lead there so our coastal surveillance has been extended up to Saint Lucia. We have radar coverage in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and what is already installed in Trinidad and Tobago. Generally speaking, the CARICOM member states relate very well. It is just that we have a challenge with respect to resource availability. While Trinidad appreciates the assistance it gets from international partners, as well as from regional neighbors and partners, we do have to understand and appreciate the levels of capabilities that exist within the region, and provide the type of assistance that will ensure that generally speaking, the shield that we seek to establish in the region is on the basis of mutual support, and who has the resources to help in that regard. Diálogo: How would you say is the relationship between the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force and the United States Military? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: We have many years of a strong friendship with the United States, with Canada, and the United Kingdom, with international partners. Over the 50 years of our independence that relationship has only strengthened, we have crafted many mechanisms for corporation. During the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which I tend to describe as a precipitating event, a number of legislative instruments were crafted to strengthen regional collaboration and to extend far beyond the regional collaboration between the CARICOM region, and with the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, just to name three international partners. I don’t want to remove France and other countries from that discussion because they are all partners, as far as Australia, South Africa… they are all very strong security partners of ours and we intend to continue to move from strength to strength in that regard. Diálogo: During one of your interventions at CANSEC 2013 you mentioned the importance of looking at the model created for the security of the Cricket World Cup in 2007 that took place in venues over several Caribbean countries. Can you please elaborate on that? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: I will preach the gospel of the Cricket World Cup of 2007 until I die. The legacy that came out of the Cricket World Cup, not all of those benefits remain today. At the end of the event those pieces of legislation were shelved. I do hope that sometime in the future we review those pieces of legislation because that is what constituted the success story of the Cricket World Cup of 2007. It was a willingness of the region to come up with some common agreements on how we treat regional security. So, that precipitating event that the Cricket World Cup 2007 was, mobilized regional, unified regional support. I would really like to see the spirit of that commitment return to the table. It must not necessarily be restricted to only an event, it must become part of the landscape, part of a thought that defines who we are in the context of the region. If we need to re-craft legislation to support or strengthen cooperation and collaboration, then so be it. If we have to draft new memorandums of understanding, no problem. So the residual effects of that success story live with me, and will continue to live with me until I die, as a citizen of the region, more so than a citizen of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Diálogo: How do you see the spirit of collaboration among the countries participating at CANSEC? Brig. Gen. Maharaj: As Mr. Francis Forbes [interim Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS] said during the conference, there are idiosyncrasies that reside within the region, but that does not mean that we don’t have the conditions to continue the mutually respectful engagement. Those conditions are there, and the region does have a history of cooperation, so we rely on our very friendly partners, we are communicating to ensure that we can convert that into the success that we can achieve on any issue of regional importance. By Dialogo January 16, 2013last_img read more

Taylor vs Gutierrez: Jack Cullen shatters John Docherty’s unbeaten record with points victory | Boxing News

first_img 2:01 Kash Farooq reflects on his wide points win over Angel Aviles A hurtful combination from Cullen stiffened the legs of Docherty, who repeatedly lost his gum shield as he endured a torrid eighth.Into the closing rounds, Docherty wearily tried to preserve his unblemished reputation, but Cullen claimed victory on the scorecards.Kash Farooq staked his claim for another major title fight after a dominant unanimous decision win against Angel Aviles. Thomas Whittaker-Hart beat Jermaine Springer in opening fight on the bill Thomas Whittaker-Hart beat Jermaine Springer in opening fight on the bill

HUT: Any change should be created and implemented in cooperation with the entire sector, which unfortunately was not the case in the preparation of new legislation

first_imgThe Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) welcomes the beginning of changes in the structure and functioning of the system of tourist boards announced in the published draft laws: the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, the Draft Law on Tourist Tax and the Draft Law on Membership Fees in Tourist Boards. but also points out that in passing the new Laws did not consult with the profession.HUT points out that any change should go towards strengthening the competitiveness of Croatian tourism and be created and implemented in cooperation with the entire sector. Unfortunately, this was not the case in the preparation of these legal proposals, as well as the previous ones, when in two years the amount of the sojourn tax, without any structural and detailed analysis and consultation with the sector, was raised twice.”Redefining the tasks of individual levels of the system, organizing local tourist boards on the principles of the organization that manages the destination, specific financial incentives for the association of tourist boards, decentralization of the distribution of funds, determining the maximum amount that can be used for salaries, starting certain economic activities. own revenues by performing activities on the market, has the support of all entities gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), which are in addition to the two most famous professional associations (Croatian Hotel Employers Association and the Croatian Camping Association) and the largest Croatian hotel company generating 70% of total revenue Croatian Hotel Industry ”HUT believes that the proposal to reduce the share of individual members of the tourist board from the existing 40% to 25% is not acceptable, as it will reduce the share of tourism workers in local community assemblies, and decisions will potentially be made by people not directly related to tourism. “We can understand the intention of the legislator that no member has a majority in the Assembly of the Tourist Board, but we believe that the proposed further reduction to 25% will be counterproductive. If we want to increase the quality of Croatian tourism, we need to enable professional tourism workers to sit in tourist bodies. In addition, we remind you that there is already a limit by which the total paid sojourn or tourist tax is limited to 25% of the total paid. “ HUT points out and adds that the association of tourist communities should be more strongly (with greater resources) financially stimulated, because in many cases it is necessary, for efficiency and market logic, at the level of a tourist-recognizable area or region, to promote and develop new products. is provided by the draft law.In conclusion, HUT points out that the proposed changes are a qualitative step forward compared to the current situation, but expect continuous improvements in the legislative framework for the functioning of tourist boards in response to increasingly demanding market challenges facing the entire tourism sector.RELATED NEWS:HUNT ON FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AND POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCESHUB: IT IS NOT LOGICAL THAT BANKS WHICH DO NOT PERFORM REGISTERED TOURIST OR SERVICE ACTIVITIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUBJECT TO THE LAW ON TOURIST MEMBERSHIP FEESMINISTRY OF TOURISM PRESENTS DRAFT PROPOSAL OF TOURIST LAW PACKAGESlast_img read more

Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

first_imgArmed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.In the first incident, which occurred in the morning hours some 50 nautical miles off Bonny Island, some eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a container vessel underway.IMB informed that the alarm was raised, ship security alert system (SSAS) was activated, and the speed was increased, while all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. The Nigerian navy was also contacted, who informed the Master to rendezvous with their naval vessel in the vicinity. As the pirate boat closed the Master commenced evasive manoeuvres.Due to the hardening the pirates were unable to hook their ladder onto the vessel and moved away. Nigerian navy escorted the vessel to the pilot boarding point.The second incident occurred in the afternoon hours, while a refrigerated cargo ship was underway some 40 nautical miles off Bonny fairway buoy.Around ten pirates in a speed boat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon the vessel. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away.IBM reported that all crew were safe, while the vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing.last_img read more

Titanic-Builder Harland and Wolff Files for Insolvency

first_imgIrish shipbuilder Harland and Wolff is filing for insolvency at the High Court in Belfast, after its bankrupt Norwegian owner Dolphin Drilling failed to find a buyer for the shipyard.The company informed that the insolvency request would be completed on August 6, adding that accountancy firm BDO had been appointed as administrators.The procedure will put 120 workers at risk of losing their jobs and could mean the end of the shipyard that is best known as the builder of the Titanic.Harland and Wolff opened in 1861 and employed as many as 30,000 people during World War II. It has built countless merchant and military ships. The shipyard built its last ship in 2003.General trade union GMB has organized a petition, calling for the shipyard to be nationalized in order to save local manufacturing jobs.“The future of Harland and Wolff is more than a commercial issue that the government can stand by and do nothing about,” the union said.“Nationalization will keep this yard open in order to protect this vital industry, the jobs that make it and the communities that rely on it.”last_img read more

Dominica government creditworthiness rated “adequate” by CariCRIS

first_imgPrime Minister and Finance Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. Dominica’s creditworthiness has been adjudged “adequate” by the Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS).In a press release dated March 15th, 2012 CariCRIS indicates that they have “assigned ratings on the USD$25 million debt issue (notional) of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GOCD) of CariBBB- (Foreign Currency Rating) and CariBBB- (Local Currency Rating) on its regional rating scale”.CariCRIS notes that level of creditworthiness of the government’s obligation has been adjudged in relation to other obligations in the Caribbean.These ratings, according to the Caribbean’s regional credit rating agency, reflect “Dominica’s favourable performance in the last 3 years relative to its regional peers in key areas such as economic growth and fiscal performance”.Dominica is rated as having the “highest 3-year average real gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 2.5%”.The construction, mining and quarrying and agriculture industries are said to have expanded by 3% in 2011 and CariCRIS predicts that there will be further growth in these industries in 2012. Dominica has also maintained one of the “lowest public sector Debt/GDP ratios of 60.2% in the last 3 years”.According to the release, the Dominica government reduced its “debt/GDP which moved to 66.2% in 2010 compared to 68.9% in FY2006” again CariCRIS anticipates that this trend is expected to continue however notes at a “slow pace”.Photo credit:cfsc.com.bbDominica’s monetary indicators, the report notes, have been “relatively stable and in line with its OECS peers”. “The external sector has generally performed creditably with a 3-year average balance of payments surplus of 1.3% of GDP. Gross international reserves are also sufficiently healthy to cover 8 months of imports. Gradual improvement in the external accounts is expected in the medium term as foreign direct investments (FDIs) and remittances increase in line with the slow global recovery”.CariCRIS has attributed Dominica’s “adequate” rating to the government’s “prudent fiscal policy, relatively low indebtedness, stable, moderate monetary indicators, relatively healthy external sector performance and consistency in economic policies in a stable political environment”. The strength of these ratings are “tempered by Dominica’s small, open economy with a narrow economic structure, which renders it highly vulnerable to external shocks; severe capacity constraints particularly in its human resources and the high dependence on grant funding to support the fiscal position and balance of payments”.CariCRIS is a unique market-driven initiative aimed at fostering and supporting the development of regional debt markets in the Caribbean.The company’s rating is an “objective assessment of an entity’s creditworthiness relative to other debt issuing entities”. The ratings aim to “provide a regionally relevant risk assessment of entities and the debt that they issue within a wider context of an analysis of economic trends and financial developments” which they claim will “significantly improve an investor’s ability to compare sovereign and corporate credits in the region”.Dominica Vibes News Tweet LocalNews Dominica government creditworthiness rated “adequate” by CariCRIS by: – March 29, 2012 35 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

IU researchers get grant to research type 1 diabetes

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. – An international team of diabetes researchers led by Indiana University scientists has been awarded a $2.4 million grant to discover and develop biomarkers meant to provide early prediction and diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.Nearly 2 million people in the U.S., most of them children, are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year, and nearly 30 million Americans are living with the disease.Type 1 diabetes occurs when the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas die off to the extent the body is unable to produce enough insulin, which is needed to convert sugar and other foods into energy.last_img

Judge blocks Indiana abortion restrictions law

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has blocked an Indiana law that would have banned abortions based on genetic abnormalities.The newly signed law would have prohibited abortions on the basis of disability, race, gender, ancestry or a fetus.The federal judge stopped the law, which would have gone into effect Friday, as part of a preliminary injunction filed by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the ACLU.Opponents of the Indiana bill argue the law would violate women’s rights.Thursday’s ruling is considered temporary.A spokesman for the governor released a statement following the ruling:“While disappointed in today’s ruling, Governor Pence remains steadfast in his support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities. The Governor will continue to stand for the sanctity of human life in all stages, for the compassionate and safe treatment of women faced with an enormously difficult decision, and for the rights of citizens to determine appropriate medical safety standards and procedures through their elected representatives. While the judicial process continues, the Governor remains focused on growing the already robust Hoosier economy and providing a world class education for all our children.”last_img read more

Henry E. Yager, 92

first_imgHenry E. Yager, 92, Clarksburg, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.Born, April 17, 1926 in Ripley County, Indiana, he was the son of Fred G. and Matilda I. (Kieffer) Yager.Henry graduated in 1944 from New Salem High School. He farmed most of his lifetime. He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rushville.He was married first to Mary C. Moorman on September 6, 1950 and she preceded him in death on August 27, 1992. He then married Bertie L. Bottomley on January 15, 1994 and she preceded him in death on June 27, 1996. He married Ruth Wissel in 1998 and she preceded him in death in 2006.He is survived by his companion, Mary Barnes, Greensburg; four sons, Jim (Lisa) Yager, Northville, MI, Don (Kim) Yager, Greensburg, Paul (Lorraine) Yager, Baltic, CT, Jerry (Beverly) Yager, Clarksburg; two daughters, Janet (Gus) Litmer, Greensburg, Ann (Mike) Koors, Greensburg; one son-in-law, Phil Anthony, Leander, TX; two brothers, Alfred (Eleanor) Yager, Rushville, Francis (Kathleen) Yager, Rushville; two sisters, Alberta Neuman, Rushville, Esther Nieman, Greensburg; 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.He was preceded in death by his parents, wives; daughter, Betty Anthony; brothers, Aaron and Raymond Yager; sisters, Evelyn Yager and Alice Nobbe; grandchild, Elizabeth Fox.Family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow until 5:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the St. Catherine of Siena at St. Maurice Campus with Rev. James Brockmeier officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Rushville, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or St. Maurice Cemetery Fund.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more