BPU Ponders Solar Power Purchase Agreement Aug. 22

first_imgCOUNTY News: Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff will present the PPA at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the scheduled meeting in Council Chambers. If approved, the PPA will be forwarded to the Los Alamos County Council for consideration. Members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will consider at the August meeting whether to approve a 1.32-megawatt (MW) solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on the East Jemez Road landfill. The proposed 1.32-MW photovoltaic solar array would be installed adjacent to the existing 1MW array on the closed landfill owned by the Department of Energy and leased to Los Alamos County. Under the terms of the PPA, Los Alamos Solar II, LLC would deliver photovoltaic (PV) generated electricity to the DPU at a price of $0.0585 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a 25-year term. Philo Shelton Utilities Manager points out that, “this proposed project will reduce about 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into our atmosphere each year through fossil-fueled generation. Furthermore, by siting it on a landfill makes good use of otherwise unproductive land.”center_img The Los Alamos National Laboratory supports adding the project to the pooled electric generation resources in accordance with the Electric Coordination Agreement with the County. It is estimated that the new PV system would generate on average 2,250 MWh per year, which is approximately two percent of the County’s annual load. With a BPU-approved goal to be a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040, this project would bring the DPU one step closer. The Aug. 22 meeting is open to the public. Additional questions may be directed to the Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.last_img read more

SFNF May Implement La Presa Prescribed Burn

first_imgThe blacklining operation would prepare the unit for planned aerial ignitions in spring 2020. The 1,200-acre La Presa prescribed burn is designed to mimic a natural fire regime by using low-intensity fire to reduce forest fuels, recycle nutrients and increase habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. The decision to proceed will depend on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather.  Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information, please contact the Coyote Ranger District at 575.638.5526. The SFNF manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke from the blacklining operations may be visible from US Highway 112 and Highway 96 as well as the communities of Lindrith, Llaves, Abiquiu, Gallina, Tierra Amarilla, El Vado and Canjilon. center_img Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5. SFNF News:SANTA FE ― Fire crews on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may begin blacklining the perimeter of the previously announced La Presa prescribed fire on Mesa los Indios near Forest Road 473 as early as Dec. 2. last_img read more

Barbados fiscal accounts on track – CARICOM Business News

first_img Aug 25, 2020 Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 9 August 2019 CARICOM Business 9 August 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Oct 6, 2020 13th Annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum to be… Aug 17, 2020 CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Guyana Waives Banking Fees for Rest of 2020 – CARICOM… Aug 10, 2020 Barbados modernises immigration services – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 14 December, 2018December 17, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Barbados to embark on incentive reform – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 22 March, 2019March 25, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Jamaica & Barbados ban single use plastics & Styrofoam – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.September 24, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Region must harmonise measures, digitise processes to… last_img read more

ICYMI: Top 10 Stories Last Week

first_imgA dolphin was found on the rocky shoreline at Ditch Plains on Saturday morning. Independent/Mitch SavinoIt’s Monday, July 13, and while you get your week started, make sure you are caught up on all the news from last week. An assault took place after a bus passenger refused to don a face mask, and Nancy Goroff emerged victorious from the drawn-out primary race as the Democrats’ candidate to challenge Rep. Lee Zeldin this November. Over the weekend, there was a rescue attempt on the beach when a live dolphin washed ashore, but, sadly, it was too late.Here’s what you missed:• Dolphin Beached in Montauk Dies SaturdayDespite the efforts of a beachgoers as well as of officers from three different agencies, a dolphin found stranded along the rocky shoreline west of Ditch Plains Beach perished Saturday morning.• Montauk Man Charged With RapeA 21-year-old Montauk man was arrested on a charge of rape for allegedly having sex with a child he had met on social media who was between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.• State: Nursing Homes Can Accept Visitors, AgainAfter nearly four months, state health officials announced Friday that nursing homes and long-term care facilities may resume limited visitation, as long as there has been no new onset cases of COVID-19 within the past 28 days.• County Executive: ‘Let the Public Vote’ on Repurposing Funds During Fiscal Catastrophe Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone took aim at people he said are trying to derail proposed legislation that would help close an $800 million budget gap and ward off tax increases and county layoffs in the midst of a “fiscal catastrophe.”• East Hampton Sued in Federal Court Over Cell TowerThe Town of East Hampton is being sued in federal court over its decision to approve the construction of a 185-foot-tall communications tower at a former brush dump site in Northwest Woods.• Montauk Crash Leads to DWI ChargesThe recent pattern on the East End of vehicular crashes leading to arrests on drunken driving charges continued over the Fourth of July weekend. In one case, the alleged level of alcohol in the blood of the defendant was near a dangerous level.• Cops: Man Assaults Fellow Passenger Over Face Covering ArgumentA woman was assaulted when she asked a fellow passenger on a county bus to put on a face covering on Thursday morning, according to Southampton Town police.• Goroff Will Take on Zeldin in NovemberNancy Goroff has won the Democratic nomination for New York’s First Congressional District, after more than 36,000 absentee ballots were finished being counted on Thursday.• A Commemorative Show for Mark HumphreyArtist and gallerist Mark Humphrey died June 11 at The Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue, due to complications from cancer. He was 72.• Phase 4 Arrives on Long Island, But Some Businesses Still Can’t OpenGyms, bowling alleys, movie theaters and catering facilities still can’t reopen their doors just yet. Sharelast_img read more

EU adds guidelines for road cargo security

first_imgThe purpose of these guidelines is to provide basic practical advice and instructions to all persons involved in loading/unloading and securing cargo on vehicles, including carriers and shippers.They should also be useful for enforcement bodies performing technical roadside inspections in accordance with Directive 2014/47/EU and rulings of courts of law. It could also serve as a basis for Member States when taking the necessary steps for putting into practice the training of drivers, in accordance with Directive 2003/59/EC, on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers. The guidelines aim to provide a guide for adequate cargo securing for all situations that may occur in normal traffic conditions.The guidelines should also serve as a common basis for both practical application and enforcement of cargo securing.The new European Guidelines on Cargo Securing for Road Transport provide basic practical advice and instructions to all stakeholders involved in loading, unloading and cargo securing, including carriers and shippers.The guidelines are available to view here.last_img read more

DB Schenker Rail orders Vectrons for Italy

first_imgITALY: On November 30 Siemens announced a contract to supply DB Schenker Rail with eight Vectron DC electric locomotives for use in Italy from late 2016. The freight operator will lease the 5·2 MW locomotives from Unicredit Leasing. Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division, said 23 locomotives of the type had ‘already proven their worth’ in Poland, while basic approval for use Italy had already been obtained which would enable a short delivery time.last_img

Škoda and Sinara establish vehicle joint venture

first_imgRUSSIA: Škoda Transportation and Sinara Group have signed an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture for the production of metro trains, trams and trolleybuses. The joint venture, branded Sinara-Škoda will be headquartered in St Petersburg.‘Russia is a huge and promising market in which we want to establish ourselves in the long term’, said Škoda Transportation President Petr Brzezina on December 17. ‘The local fleet requires a massive renewal, entailing large investments and opportunities.’‘Through our partnership with Škoda Transportation we will create high-quality, modern vehicles’, said Sinara Transport Machines CEO Viktor Leš. ‘Our experience in development, production and service will enable us to create products that will outperform existing vehicles in terms of comfort, ergonomics, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.’last_img read more

Microsoft’s first testing center in Africa

first_imgDeputy president William Ruto with ICT CS joe mucheru (left), Techno Brain CEO Manoj Shanker (right) and Bambo Sofola (second left), partner director software engineering at Microsoft. Photo | Diana NgilaTechnology giant Microsoft has launched its first software testing centre in Kenya. It’s a development that will enhance East African nation’ status as a regional hub for emerging technologies.The Centre has been launched through a partnership with Techno Brain, making the centre the first in Africa and the fourth in the world.The other outsourced software applications testing centres are in China, Poland and India.It now hopes to create employment opportunities and transfer the knowledge to young engineers in KenyaWhile presiding the launch, Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, who officiated the launch hailed the job creation and innovation benefits of the centre.‘‘The Microsoft test engineering centre, the first in Africa, will create employment to our youths and position Kenya as a preferred destination of quality assurance and innovation,’‘ Ruto said.With the launch of this center, software engineers in Kenya will  also get early access to the latest Windows operating system builds. They’ll perform complex tests for various applications before they become available for the global market.Microsoft Director of software engineering Bambo Sofola who was present at the event said that ‘Kenya is said to be Africa’s ultimate technology hub of the future and it is rapidly growing in that area. Microsoft is here to support and enable Kenya and Kenyan’s to excel and achieve that purpose,’‘.Technology companies including Microsoft, Facebook and Google continue to invest in expansion to Africa, where they hope to leverage on the potential of its largely untapped market.last_img read more

Dominica suffers 2nd defeat in football tournament

first_img Share NewsSports Dominica suffers 2nd defeat in football tournament by: – May 3, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views   2 commentscenter_img Share Tweet The Nature Island boys can’t seem to catch a break in the Windward Island Football Tournament being held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau. It was trouble within the first minute of the team’s second game on Friday, May 2, 2014 when St. Vincent found the back of their net.A second goal by St. Vincent in the 20th minute was not welcome news for the team and the displeasure of the Dominican fans that came to support was heard throughout the stadium.Egbert Walsh gave the team some hope, with his extraordinary strike in the 27th minute that led to the team’s first goal.With the score at 2-1 and 18 minutes left in the first half, the local fans and the nature boys believed that they could win, that they could get something out of this game. St. Vincent continued pressing at the Dominican doors and they caved in. With another St. Vincent goal, the crowd grew silent as their hopes were crushed. But for the Nature boys, the battle was still on and in the 41st minute they found the back of the St. Vincent net leaving the score at 2-3 going into the half time break.The second half was goalless. The two teams were locked in an epic battle in the center of the pitch. Although there were a few close calls from both sides, it was already written that the game would end 3-2 in favor of St. Vincent.Dominica suffered their second defeat, leaving them no chance of winning the tournament. The team lost to St. Lucia 2-0 on Wednesday.Earlier that day St. Lucia defeated Grenada by one goal to nil leaving the St. Lucia team in the best position now to win the tournament.On Sunday St. Lucia will take on St. Vincent at 5pm and Dominica will square off with Grenada at 7pm at the Stadium.– / 96Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

WEATHER: Weak unstable conditions are affecting the island

first_imgLocalNews WEATHER: Weak unstable conditions are affecting the island by: – February 21, 2017 Tweet Sharing is caring! 357 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share The weather forecast issued by the Dominica Meteorological Service for Tuesday 21 February 2017 is as follows;“Weak unstable conditions due to the presence of a trough system is expected to result in increased cloudiness and scattered showers across parts of the island chain during the next 24 hours. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be vigilant and to exercise caution.Slight to moderate seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours with waves peaking near 5.0 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers on the west coast are advised to exercise caution.Forecast for Today and Tonight: Increasingly cloudy with scattered showers.Wind: Southerly to south westerly @ 10 to 25 km/h.Sea Conditions: Slight to moderate in open water.Waves: 1.0 to 1.5 meters or 3.0 to 5.0 feet.Warning/Advisory:Sunrise: 6:27 AMSunset: 6:11 PMLow Tide: 5:15 AM and 7:04 PMHigh Tide: 12:31 AM and 11:33 AM”last_img read more