first_imgOklahoma cooperative, NextEra to build wind-plus-solar-plus-storage facility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Oklahoman:One of Oklahoma’s biggest electric cooperatives is juicing up its power capacity using cutting-edge technology. On Tuesday, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative announced it executed a power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources that includes 200 megawatts of battery-stored energy and will take the capacity of its generating fleet to more than 3 gigawatts.Gary Roulet, the cooperative’s CEO, said Tuesday the project will help the cooperative boost the amount of reliable, low-cost and environmentally friendly energy it provides its customers. “With the prices of wind and solar energy lower than ever, we are now able to pair those with battery storage to make more affordable, renewable energy available to customers for more hours of the day — even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining,” he said.Cooperative officials also said they expect the battery unit to be the first of its type active within the Southwest Power Pool when it becomes operational in 2023.“Wind has the tendency to blow during night times, while solar generates its energy during the day,” said Phil Schaeffer, the cooperative’s principal resource planning engineer. “We are really hoping to see how battery storage interacts with that whole profile.The power purchase agreement between Western Farmers and NextEra cements plans to complete what the developer stated will be the largest combined wind, solar and energy storage project in the U.S. The agreement announced Tuesday, Schaeffer agreed, could be the first of many similar projects across the Great Plains to generate power for the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization. Currently, more than 6,600 megawatts of storage projects are in some phase of development in the pool’s area, which covers parts or all of 14 states from Oklahoma to the U.S.-Canadian border.The NextEra project, called Skeleton Creek, will be located in Garfield, Alfalfa and Major counties and will become operational in phases. The first piece, Skeleton Creek Wind, will have the capacity to generate 250 megawatts of wind energy when it comes online at the end of this year. Skeleton Creek Solar will have the capacity to generate 250 megawatts of solar energy. It and the final piece of 200 megawatts of storage, called Skeleton Creek Storage, are expected to become operational in 2023. Officials said the batteries will be able to supply power for four hours on a full charge.More: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative agrees to tap wind, solar and battery-powered energy to help meet future demandslast_img read more

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo January 02, 2019 The Northern Triangle countries deployed Operation Regional Shield III (Operación Escudo Regional) to further weaken the complex networks of Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) and Barrio 18, devoted to contract killing, extortion, and narcotrafficking. The Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran state prosecutors and police led the raids, seizures, and captures of both gangs’ leaders on November 6, 2018. “We achieved a high level of coordination among the three countries to operate against gangs and provide solutions to the people who expect justice,” said Álvaro Rodríguez, national anti-extortion coordinator for the Salvadoran Office of the Attorney General. “We know that the decisions spokespeople of transnational gangs send come from gang leaders who operate from prisons and from the streets.” The operation was carried out in seven of El Salvador’s 14 departments: San Salvador, La Libertad, and Santa Ana in the west, and Usulután, San Miguel, La Unión, and Morazán in the east. The operation affected 18 structures of both gangs, and authorities arrested 501 leaders who ordered murder and extortion and facilitated narcotrafficking. “With this operation, the authorities were able to solve 62 homicides, 25 kidnappings in which victims haven’t been found, and 62 cases of extortion, among other crimes,” Rodríguez told Diálogo. “We disrupted several terrorist structures in seven out of 14 departments in the country, after arrest warrants were issued.” In San Salvador, the Salvadoran capital, the efforts focused on dismantling a structure of Barrio 18 devoted to extorting shopkeepers of a well-known fruit and vegetable wholesale market. The group was made up of 50 people who collected more than $50,000 monthly. Group leader Marlon Salvador, alias el Saico, was the owner of several stores in the market, which were used as fronts to launder extortion earnings. It’s estimated that his personal income was about $16,000 per month. Guatemalan authorities conducted 88 raids in 11 departments of the country to strike several structures of Barrio 18 and Los Imitadores, another criminal gang. Criminals pretended to be gang members to extort businesspeople operating city buses, taxis, and motorcycle taxis. “Both groups are responsible for collecting money illegally since last year [2017]. They operated through phone calls or messages where they threatened their victims,” Emma Flores, extortion prosecutor at the Guatemalan Office of the Attorney General, told Diálogo. “The victims paid with bank deposits or cash payments to avoid being killed.” According to investigations, the two groups obtained at least $48,000 from hundreds of victims in the Guatemalan departments of Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Escuintla, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Suchitepéquez, Izabal, and Sacatepéquez. In Honduras, the Special Prosecutor for Offences Against Life struck several rings of Barrio 18, which were involved in 14 violent murders against minors and women in the capital. Subgroups are also connected to aggravated theft, vehicle theft, purchase of stolen vehicles, illegal use and trade of weapons, and criminal association. “We realized that by just capturing and sending them to prison, the problem is not solved. We need to deprive them of all illicit resources, so they don’t have any operational or financial capability to operate outside the law from correctional centers,” José María Salgado, head of prosecutors in Honduras, told Diálogo. Regional instrument The same morning the operations took place, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran prosecutors signed a memorandum of understanding to promote strategic criminal pursuit in the region and the coordination of combined operations to counter transnational organized crime. They agreed to create a transnational task force to strengthen combined work and the timely exchange of information to pursue criminals in the Northern Triangle of Central America. “Unifying our efforts will allow for a direct and efficient fight against transnational crime structures, so as to dismantle them and bring their members to justice,” María Consuelo Porras, Guatemalan Attorney General, told the press. “Sharing information and good practices will be crucial, since our geographical position is strategic to stop these criminal gangs.” With the agreement signed, attorney generals must define the mechanisms to exchange information in a prompt, safe way, according to the laws of every state. The main crimes to be pursued are drug activity, human trafficking, corruption, vehicle theft, money laundering, and gangs and maras, among others. “We experience complicated situations with regard to the facets of crime. This agreement will allow us to unify our efforts to counter transnational structures,” Douglas Meléndez, Salvadoran Attorney General, told the press. “We understand that we cannot fight them on our own, because they are borderless. That’s why we must work together. We will shut off all their advantages, so they cannot turn our territories into their safe havens,” Salgado said.last_img read more

first_imgTax Watch to take another look at court funding November 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Tax Watch to take another look at court funding Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Acting at the request of the Florida Supreme Court, the Bar Board of Governors has approved commissioning another study from TaxWatch on state funding of the trial court system.The board approved the study at its October 15 meeting, and also approved having Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson join the board of TaxWatch.The new study is expected to cost around $100,000, as did one conducted last year. Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer said that committee is looking at the Bar coming up with $50,000 and raising the rest from other interested parties, such as The Florida Bar Foundation.Last year’s study was credited with helping get legislative funding for trial courts as legislators struggled to balance a tight budget and carry out the mandates of Revision 7. That 1998 constitutional amendment required the state to pick up a larger share of trial court funding from counties by July 1, 2004.The final budget approved by the legislature was very close to the amount recommended by TaxWatch in its report and left court officials largely satisfied with their finances for the coming year.“The court has asked us to fund a second study; this would be part two of the study from last year, and also TaxWatch has asked us to take a seat on their board,” Legislation Committee Chair Sharon Langer told the governors. “We come with a positive recommendation that The Florida Bar fund a second study with TaxWatch, subject to budget approval.”The second study will look at how the Revision 7 changes have been carried out, along with any shortfalls, problems, and unexpected difficulties. Lawmakers, court officials, and others involved in the Revision 7 process have said they expect numerous refinements will be needed because of the complexities of the funding shift.The committee also recommended that Johnson and subsequent presidents take a seat on the TaxWatch board, with the understanding the payment for the study would include this year’s $20,000 dues for board membership.The board approved the study, but some members raised questions about the Bar having a seat on the approximately 95-member TaxWatch board.Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., noted that membership would automatically be reviewed every year because the $20,000 dues would be reviewed by the Budget Committee and the Board of Governors.“I am concerned about the Bar being on the TaxWatch board because they take a lot of positions on a lot of issues,” said board member Ross Goodman, adding there is a potential for a conflict with Bar activities. “I’m not satisfied that TaxWatch is something the general membership of the Bar would fully support.”Board member Ervin Gonzalez, though, said that issue was considered in the Legislation Committee. He said TaxWatch is more like a think tank and approaches issues neutrally, and the Bar president could resign from that board if a conflict did arise.In addition, Gonzalez said the TaxWatch service would provide the president with the opportunity to meet and network with other groups represented on the that body, which in turn could help the Bar on its issues.The board authorized the president to join the TaxWatch board.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SPONSORED CONTENTYou figure that doing eight projects for ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition since the show premiered in 2004 might earn nothing but kudos but you’d be wrong.A few of Alure Home Improvements’ customers—not many but just a couple—weren’t happy that it took Alure about four and a half days to knock down a house and build a new one while they waited six weeks to get their kitchen done.But when the engineers at Alure thought about their concerns, it was decided that they had a point. Why drag it out if you don’t have to? Why not put what was learned doing these rapid makeovers on television to use for its customers in everyday life? And that’s how Alure came up with what it calls the “Extreme Department.” The idea gained so much traction internally, the company decided to make it one of its mottos: “We go to extremes to build your dreams!”“It’s not four a half days for a house,” explains Ron Benkin, Alure’s director of sales for kitchens and baths, “but five days for a bathroom and 10 days for a kitchen.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAdmittedly, the timing doesn’t necessarily work for every project—it has to qualify for the extreme treatment. There are legitimate concerns about obtaining building department approvals (some towns work more efficiently than others), advanced scheduling and pre-planning, plus what materials are picked, and most importantly, the scale of the remodeling.As Benkin says, these accelerated projects only work if they are “direct replacements.” For the five-day bathroom, that means the new tub stays where the old one was so the pipes don’t have to be moved. The fixtures will be new, but the plumbing will be the same. For the 10-day kitchen, the appliances and the counters and cabinetry will be replaced but the parameters of the room can’t be altered.“Whatever that old space is,” says Benkin, “we have to put that new kitchen into that space.”But the team at Alure says customers whose projects qualify are genuinely happy with the results.“Instead of your life being disrupted by six to eight weeks of people working in the hub of your home—in your kitchen—it’s only 10 days,” says Benkin. “Why wouldn’t they want that? The quality and the workmanship are the same.”The key to Alure’s success is quality and efficiency, without cutting corners.“What normally takes two to three weeks, we get down to three days without giving up anything,” says Benkin.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsTo meet the deadline takes advance preparation, but it also requires a large inventory and a special relationship with the major manufacturers, which Alure also has nurtured over the years, in case something unforeseen comes up.So, say the new vanity in the bathroom has a defective door that’s discovered only upon its installation. Rather than inconvenience the customer by making her wait for a new door, Benkin says, “We’ll go ahead and replace the vanity because we have it in stock and we can deal with it later.”Alure Home Improvements President and CEO Sal Ferro (center) directs workers during one of the company’s many projects for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. (Long Island Press)Having the experience and the expertise helps Alure earn its customers’ confidence.When homeowners purchase the five-day bathroom, for example, they know what day the project will begin and when it will end—even if the project is scheduled six weeks in advance.“In Nassau we start on Monday and finish on Friday,” Benkin says. “In Suffolk we start on Tuesday and finish on Saturday.”Not everything might qualify for a nationally televised unveiling, but for the homeowners who are tired of living with an outdated bathroom or kitchen, the transition can be a welcome extreme.last_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr All eyes are on Brazil. This South American country is catching the world’s attention as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. However, there is much more than athletic inspiration to be drawn from Brazil. Having completed its EMV chip card liability shift in 2011, Brazil is ripe with lessons on how to thrive in a post-magnetic stripe landscape.As countries, like Brazil, embrace EMV technology on a larger scale, they face a new set of fraud challenges. Those challenges often involve an increase in card-not-present (CNP) fraud. Countries yet to undergo a complete EMV liability shift can learn the following from Brazil’s post-shift fraud environment:Use every tool in the toolbox. A combination of resources, including algorithms, human intelligence and consumer verification tactics, can help identify and predict new fraud trends.Embrace the data – all the data. When analyzing consumers’ accounts for potential fraud cases, complete datasets are a must. The more complete the data is, the greater the chances of identifying card activity outside a consumer’s typical behaviors. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_imgTopics : “They’re losing their lives everywhere in the world,” Trump replied. “And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK?”Jiang, who identifies herself in her Twitter bio as a “Chinese born West Virginian,” pushed back.”Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?” she said, implying it was due to her race.”I’m saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that,” Trump said. US President Donald Trump abruptly ended his coronavirus press briefing on Monday after getting into a testy exchange with an Asian-American reporter.CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang asked Trump why he continued to insist that the US was doing better than other countries when it came to testing for the virus.”Why does that matter?” she asked. “Why is this a global competition when, every day, Americans are still losing their lives?”center_img He then attempted to move on to another reporter as Jiang continued to press him about his response.Trump called on another female reporter but then immediately called on someone else.When the woman tried to ask her question, Trump abruptly ended the press conference and walked back into the White House.The internet was quick to rally round Jiang, with the hashtag #StandWithWeijiaJiang soon trending on Twitter.”I #StandWithWeijiaJiang against Trump’s racist tantrums,” tweeted “Star Trek” actor and prominent Asian-American activist George Takei.Reporter and CNN political analyst April Ryan, who has also been on the receiving end of Trump’s words, tweeted: “Welcome to the club! This is sickening! It is his habit!”Trump, who has never been shy about his dislike for the news media, has often locked horns with journalists during his coronavirus press briefings.More than 80,000 people have died in the US from the coronavirus pandemic, out of more than 1.3 million cases, according to the latest figures on Monday from Johns Hopkins University, by far the highest death toll of any country.last_img read more

first_imgThe house at 1 Greycliffe St, Mount Gravatt East, is for sale.BRETT Salta was looking for a house he could convert for dual living when he bought 1 Greycliffe St about 13 years ago.Mr Salta required the space for his mother, so she could live close by but retain her independence. The second kitchen, located downstairs.Downstairs is a second full kitchen, rumpus, study nook and a multipurpose room.There are also two storerooms on this level, a cellar and a double lockup garage. The lower level also has its own entrance. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoOne of the bedrooms.The entry to the home is through the top level, which has four bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and a combined living and dining room. Cosy up by the fireplace.When asked his favourite room in the house, Mr Salta said it was most likely a bathroom he renovated about 18 months ago.“It’s all terrazzo and when you do a new bathroom when you’ve lived with the old one for a long time, it’s pretty luxurious.”center_img The home’s main kitchen, which is upstairs.“She lived with us for 10 years and it was fantastic, it is really suited for extended families or even teenage children,” Mr Salta said. “The downstairs area was the same size as the upstairs so it was absolutely perfect.” Terrazzo is a feature of the recently renovated bathroom.He said he also enjoyed being outside, on the deck.“You catch a nice breeze out there and the sun, it’s very quiet and there’s birdlife everywhere.”The house is being marketed by Stan Egawa, of Place Sunnybank.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

first_imgBrazilian mining giant Vale has finalized a sale agreement for two of its very large ore carriers (VLOCs) with China’s Bank of Communications Finance Leasing (Bocomm).The company disposed of two 400,000 dwt Valemax bulkers for a total price of USD 178 million. The ships in question are the 2012-built Shandong Da Cheng and the 2011-built Shandong Da De, which fetched USD 90.8 million and USD 87.2 million, respectively.Data provided by VesselsValue suggests that the ships, constructed by South Korean Daewoo shipyard, would be chartered back to the company for a period of 12 years each.The amount agreed under the deal was received by Vale on August 8, at the delivery of the vessels, the mining firm informed.Additionally, Vale said that it is negotiating the sale of its remaining two VLOCs, which is consistent with its strategy of strengthening its balance sheet and focusing on core assets.last_img read more

first_imgWith immediate effect and for a period of approximately 5 months, marine works involving dredging operations will be carried out in the Shing Mun River Channel, Sha Tin, the Hong Kong Marine Department (MARDEP) said in its latest announcement.The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels, including one derrick lighter, two hopper barges, two bucket pontoons, one backhoe pontoon, two tugboats and one workboat.According to MARDEP, the number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.The dredged material will be conveyed to a derrick lighter anchored within a transshipment area bounded by straight lines.A working area of approximately 15 meters around each working vessel will be established in the works area and the transshipment area.MARDEP added that a silt curtain – extending from the sea surface to the seabed – will be established beside the backhoe pontoon.last_img read more