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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New Haven Register:State utility regulators have given final approval of five long-term power purchase contracts that will provide Connecticut with 252 megawatts of renewable energy.The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approved the contracts late Wednesday. The 20-year contracts with Eversource Energy and United Illuminating include the state’s first-ever offshore wind power procurement as well as four fuel-cell projects. The projects approved by PURA will produce enough power to account for 4.6 percent of Connecticut’s annual power consumption.The so-called Revolution Wind project will produce 200 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm that will be built in federal waters about halfway between Montauk, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard. That’s enough electricity to power 100,000 Connecticut homes.Offshore construction of the Revolution Wind project will begin in 2022, It will begin operating a year later, according to officials with Orsted US Offshore Wind, which is building the project.Jeffrey Grybowski, co-chief executive officer of Orsted US Offshore Wind, said approval of the contracts for the project makes Connecticut “an important player in America’s offshore wind industry. We’re ready to make major investments in our local workforce and in the Port of New London to ramp up this project,” Grybowski said in a statement.More: Connecticut regulators approve contracts for renewable energy projects Connecticut regulators approve state’s first offshore wind projectlast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享RTO Insider:U.S. wind capacity grew another 8% last year, helping the industry support a record 114,000 jobs, more than 500 domestic factories and more than $1 billion a year in revenue for states and communities hosting wind farms.AWEA projects a “record amount” of wind generation to come online in the near future. It says more than 35 GW of capacity is either under construction or in advanced development across 31 states.Wind energy now stands at 96.4 GW of cumulative installed capacity, more than double what it was in 2010. AWEA says the United States now has enough installed wind energy to power more than 30 million homes. According to the report, wind energy now “reliably delivers” more than 20% of the electricity produced in six states: Iowa, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.[AWEA CEO Tom] Kiernan attributed the growth to corporate and industrial purchases of wind energy — 11.3 GW of clean wind energy because “Americans want it” — and utility purchase agreements.AWEA says if Texas were a country, it would rank fifth globally in wind energy capacity, with nearly 25 GW of installed capacity. Texas is home to about a quarter of the nation’s wind capacity, and the 7 GW of additional projects under construction or in advanced development is more wind than all but two other states have installed.More: AWEA: Another record-breaking year for wind industry AWEA sees ‘record amount’ of new wind capacity coming online in the next couple yearslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo September 23, 2018 In July and August, the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) seized more than 270 kilograms of cocaine in two operations carried out in the country’s east. During the operations, SENAFRONT’s Special Forces Group (AFFEE, in Spanish) neutralized a Colombian citizen, arrested another, and seized several weapons. AFFEE’s operations in Darién aim to secure territorial control in the jungle area known as the Darién Gap, which extends toward Colombia. The elite unit also seeks to put an end to drug smuggling, focusing operations against narcotraffickers who travel as backpackers through the dense, damp jungle. “Our main mission is to make every effort to prevent illicit substances from entering our country,” Major Oriel De Gracia, head of AFFEE, told Diálogo. “[And prevent] that they continue on to other countries in northern America.” Operation Navaja AFFEE started Operation Navaja on July 3rd, based on intelligence from the Colombian National Police’s Counternarcotics Directorate. The information pointed to backpackers carrying illicit substances, who may have crossed into Panamanian territory. With the information, AFFEE devised a mission to locate the group, detain its members, and seize the drugs. “The operational environment in Darién is very complex; it rains one moment, and the next it’s very sunny. [Units] work day and night.” said Maj. De Gracia. “They [the criminals] don’t rest either, and our units work nonstop until they fulfill the mission, as they are prepared, trained, and equipped for this kind of mission.” In mid-July, AFFEE officers found a group of backpackers in the Darién area of Alto Tuira. Units waited for the right time to catch them and then ordered them to stop. “With their knowledge of the terrain, they were able to determine where the suspects would pass through,” Maj. De Gracia said. “The suspects were ordered to stop, which they ignored, and instead opened fire on the units.” In the shooting, AFFEE units neutralized a Colombian national; the rest of the group was able to escape. As a result, authorities seized three AK-47 rifles and three loaders with ammunition. A few days later, the elite forces seized 11 bags of drugs inside a hideout in the same area. The bags, found with the support of canine units, contained 230 kg of cocaine worth more than $7 million in the international market. “Backpackers carry the drug from Colombian communities located on the border to a storage point,” Commissioner José Samaniego, commander of SENAFRONT’s First Eastern Brigade, told Diálogo. “[Criminals] hide the drug to then transport it to markets outside of Panama.” Operation Escudo At the end of August, AFFEE units and backpackers exchanged fire near the Darién village of Guna de Wargandí. The armed clashes, part of Operation Escudo, resulted in the seizure of 43 drug packages worth $1 million, several weapons, and one person captured. “Lately, we’ve had more incidences of arm bearing,” Commissioner Samaniego said. “In the past, we would see two or three armed individuals, but now there are more armed people.” In the first encounter, officers confronted a group of four people, who escaped and left a backpack with about 20 kg of cocaine, an M-4 rifle, and a loader with ammunition. In the second, authorities detained Neider Palacios Pino, a Colombian national who escaped from La Joyita Detention Center in the Panamanian province of Pacora in 2015. Authorities also seized more than 20 kg of cocaine, an M-4 rifle, two loaders, 82 rounds of ammunition, a GPS, and two portable radios. For Panama’s wellbeing AFFEE’s four companies—a total of 400 units—are committed to protecting Panamanian borders. According to Commissioner Eric Estrada, general director of SENAFRONT, the Darién strategy benefits from several components. The information exchange with Colombia, based on binational agreements such as the Colombia-Panama Binational Border Commission, in effect since 2000, strengthens the fight against narcotrafficking. “One [of the components] is intelligence, which obviously attempts to attack the criminal structure as such, and an operational component that seeks to have an active presence,” said Commissioner Estrada. “A very important component is the integrated action that seeks to get to know the human environment of our area of operations, its needs, demands, and expectations, which allows both [the Panamanian and Colombian] authorities to come in and combat the problem.” So far in 2018, AFFEE seized almost 340 kg of cocaine in operations against cocaine backpackers in the Darién region. Meanwhile, SENAFRONT seized 3,559 kg of cocaine between January and August 2018. “Special forces commands are ready and willing to contribute to Panama’s wellbeing,” Maj. De Gracia concluded. “We work day and night, tirelessly, with hope and faith in our Lord for his guidance and care in all our operations.”last_img read more

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first_imgCUNA followed its push for a 6-month extension of the Oct. 3 effective date for changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) rule this week with a joint letter sent to Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) member agencies requesting the agencies to delay examination of the new rule. FFIEC member agencies include the NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).“Given the delays associated with clarifying the rule and setting up systems to ascertain military status–and the severe penalties for MLA violations–we urge the agencies to provide express assurances that MLA examinations will be limited to inquiries about the status of preparations to comply and that examiners will postpone transactional testing for compliance until after March 3, 2017—giving industry six months to implement and test its MLA compliance systems,” the letter reads.“We believe that this approach is not only fair and practical, but will help to ensure that military personnel, their spouses and dependents continue to have access to depository institution credit products they need and value.”The Department of Defense (DOD) finalized changes to the MLA rule in July 2015, adding protections on loans made to covered servicemembers. Since then, CUNA has had a number of meetings with the DOD to share industry concerns and push for guidance. continue reading ? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgWhile the former DWTS pro released a similar statement at the time, she went on to accuse her estranged husband of “ongoing infidelity” as well as a “recent inappropriate relationship.”Gleb Savchenko All Smiles Dancing With The Stars Elena SamodanovaJordan Strauss/Invision/AP/ShutterstockSavchenko denied the accusations, telling Us Weekly, “While I will continue to respect the privacy of my family, I will not stand by and allow false accusations and internet rumors go unaddressed. My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic. Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing. It was my deepest hope to keep our private life just that: private. I am saddened and disappointed to see that Elena has chosen not to do the same.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keeping his head in the game. Gleb Savchenko appeared on Dancing With the Stars with a smile on his face amid his and Elena Samodanova’s split.“It’s #IconsNight on @dancingabc,” the Russia native, 37, captioned a Monday, November 9, Instagram slideshow. “Sending the best of luck to the remaining seven couples.”- Advertisement – As for Stause, the real estate agent wrote via Instagram that she was “saddened” by the news of her season 29 partner’s split.Gleb Savchenko All Smiles Dancing With The Stars Chrishell StauseChrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko ABC/Eric McCandless“It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life,” the Selling Sunset?star?added. “As you can imagine, the countless hours of training and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! In the social media upload, the dancer grinned in a striped tee and leather jacket. He was also shown cheering solo from the balcony following his and Chrishell Stause‘s elimination last week.Gleb Savchenko All Smiles Dancing With The StarsGleb Savchenko Courtesy of Gleb Savchenko/InstagramThe episode came days after Savchenko and his estranged wife, 36, announced that they were calling it quits after 14 years of marriage. They share two children together — Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3.“We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them,” the choreographer captioned a throwback Instagram photo on Friday, November 6. “We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgALTA, Iowa – A top check of $1,000 along with a berth on the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot are at stake for IMCA Modifieds vying Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway.The Modified portion of the Aug. 8 program at Alta is draw/redraw. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the card.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Iowa State and track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, veterans and students. Kids ages 12 and under get in for $2 or with the donation of a non-perishable food item.last_img

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first_img “I was delighted with her run in the Guineas as it is hard to go to the race without a prep race as all the trials meant she would have had to carry a penalty. “She ran a blinder for her first run of the season and she has come on an awful lot since the Guineas. “We are very pleased with her and expect more to come.” Channon is leaning towards making the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot the next aim for Bossy Guest. Although a firm decision has yet to be made, he is favouring a shot at the seven-furlong Group Three following his impressive performance in the 2000 Guineas. After landing a sales race over six furlongs at the Rowley Mile on his comeback, the three-year old outran his 50-1 odds on his return to the track earlier this month when finishing fourth in the colts’ Classic. Channon said: “Bossy Guest run a great race in the Guineas. “His form last year was very solid and when he won the sales race on his comeback he had his ground. Press Association Mick Channon nominated the Irish 1,000 Guineas as the most likely target for Malabar following her fourth-place finish in the Newmarket Classic. The West Ilsley handler landed the Curragh Classic with Samitar in 2012 and is happy with his filly this year, who finished fourth in the Moyglare on her previous visit to Ireland. He said: “I would have thought that Malabar will now go for the Irish 1,000 Guineas as long as everything is OK. “We thought he would get the mile as he is by Medicean, so he ought to have done. “For me, he ran all the way to the line, but he does have plenty of speed. “He’s in the Commonwealth Cup, the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Jersey Stakes. “At the moment, I would favour the Jersey. He has got no penalties to carry and gets in off a decent mark so we are likely to look at that, as long as the ground is decent.” last_img read more

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first_imgDavie Police are still investigating the fatal shooting that took place on Flamingo Road on Friday afternoon. The incident happened south of the 595 expressway.One driver died and another was hospitalized and died shortly after at the hospital. The second driver’s death was announced by Police on Sunday.The first driver was driving a white utility truck and the second person was in a BMW but it wasn’t revealed yet whether the second person was a passenger or the actual driver.Two handguns were found on the scene by investigators and they are still unsure of what exactly happened. Investigators believe the incident could be a result of road rage. The fatal shooting caused Flamingo Road to be shut down for hours. Police have not yet released the names of the men who died.last_img

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On a high after a defining tour of Australia, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team faces a trickier challenge when it locks horns with an ever-so-sprightly New Zealand in a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday. The Indian team, which has shifted its focus entirely on World Cup preparations, is still searching for the right middle-order combination despite their first-ever bilateral ODI series win on Australian soil.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hat-trick of half-centuries has brought joy to the dressing room but the smaller grounds in New Zealand against a better seam attack comprising the wily Trent Boult, the talented Lockie Ferguson and the relentless Tim Southee will be a different test altogether for the ‘Men In Blue’.New Zealand in their own backyard have always been a force to reckon with and the touring Indian teams over the years will testify that, having won only 10 out of the 35 ODIs, including a 0-4 drubbing during the last series in 2014.Also Read |?Virat Kohli creates history, becomes first cricketer to win Test, ODI and overall Player of the Year awardsThe first match at McLean Park, however, will be played in sultry conditions of around 30 degrees. Skipper Kohli is well aware that the Black Caps, with some quality players in their ranks, can be very competitive.“The fact they are No 3 in the world speaks about their consistency over the last couple of years. We played them in India and got beaten in Mumbai, and all the games were competitive and we felt they had a really good balance.“They have that energy and that buzz about them and they play their cricket in the right way which is something we always appreciate,” Kohli said at the pre-series media conference.For the Indian team, some of the issues that need to be addressed are Shikhar Dhawan’s form, Dhoni’s batting position and how to get the balance right till all-rounder Hardik Pandya comes back from suspension. Left-handed Dhawan’s position at the top of the order is under no imminent threat but a highest score of 35 in the last nine games doesn’t make a pretty picture.That Rishabh Pant has been instructed by the team management to face the new ball against England Lions in a home series is an indicator that they are trying to get back-up options ready. An immensely talented Shubman Gill has been selected as a reserve opener but it is unlikely that Dhawan will be dropped after a few failures.The No.4 position is another area of concern for India as Ambati Rayudu, after an inexplicable retirement from first-class cricket, looked completely out of sorts and is unlikely to regain his place in the side. Dhoni did well as a No.4 in the final ODI against Australia but Kohli is likely to use him more as a floater depending on match situations.With the Napier ODI promising to be a high-scoring affair as per New Zealand coach David Stead, a Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav could be promoted up the order. In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami will expect a bit more support in case the skipper plays a young third seamer in either Mohammed Siraj or Khaleel Ahmed.The New Zealand top-order also has a formidable look with one of the world’s best batsmen in skipper Kane Williamson and the ever-dangerous Ross Taylor, who is second only to Kohli in terms of batting averages (92) in 2018, holding forte.“We saw in the last series (vs Sri Lanka) we want to execute a few things better, certainly in the field, we want to step up and get back to our old ways which is that real attitude in the park,” Williamson said.TeamsIndia: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Micthell Santner, Tim Southee. last_img read more

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first_imgSerie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week.Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___ The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region.PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khela?fi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic. May 6, 2020 ___Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates. The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume.Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers. The Latest: Turkey plans to resume soccer season on June 12 ___German soccer could be cleared to resume when Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the governors of the country’s 16 states.The dpa news agency reports that May 15 and 21 are being considered by the federal government as start dates for the Bundesliga.The league has introduced blanket coronavirus testing at clubs and is eager to finish the season by the end of June. That is when some player contracts expire.The push to resume has faced a backlash. There have been at least 11 positive tests of players and staff since testing began last week and Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou was suspended after posting a video showing social distancing measures being flouted at the club. The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Associated Press Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.”Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus. The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started.Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.last_img read more

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