Hounslow Research Station Gets Independent Power Generating System

first_imgRelatedHounslow Research Station Gets Independent Power Generating System RelatedHounslow Research Station Gets Independent Power Generating System Hounslow Research Station Gets Independent Power Generating System TechnologyNovember 12, 2011 RelatedHounslow Research Station Gets Independent Power Generating System FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — A Photovoltaic electric power generating system (Solar) was officially commissioned at the Hounslow Research and Demonstration Plot, in St. Elizabeth, on November 11, by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Robert Montague. The Minister pointed out that the system, which belongs to the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), is a stand-alone solar system which has the capacity to provide all the electricity needs of the Research facility, independent of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) supply. He explained that the electricity generating aspect of the project was implemented because of the high energy cost that the NIC has to bear to run its operations. “The NIC has an annual light bill of $182 million, and therefore the mandate and charge to the NIC is to examine other areas of their operations that we can convert to renewable energy,” the Minister said. Emphasising that he is a firm believer in alternative and renewable sources of energy, Mr. Montague noted that in some areas where there are NIC pumps; there is a high wind factor present.  He said that wind energy can be utilised to run some of the pumps, and so serious consideration must be given by the NIC personnel to examine where this can be done or where solar energy can be utilised, to reduce the cost of operations of the Commission. The Minister urged farmers in the area to try and learn as much as they can at the research facility, and be willing to share the knowledge with other farmers. By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

California to require more transparency from charter schools

first_imgHomeFeaturedCalifornia to require more transparency from charter schools Mar. 01, 2019 at 4:33 amFeaturedNewsCalifornia to require more transparency from charter schoolsAssociated Press2 years agoapNewsNewsom. Photo courtesy Wikipedia. KATHLEEN RONAYNEAssociated PressCalifornia’s 1,300 charter schools will soon face stricter transparency requirements under legislation pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.State lawmakers sent Newsom, a Democrat, the bill Thursday, on the sixth day of a teachers strike in Oakland, the second major teachers strike for California this year.California law has until now been unclear on whether charter schools must hold public meetings, respond to public records requests and adopt conflict-of-interest policies. Teachers unions have demanded more transparency and argued charter schools drain money that should go to traditional public schools.“More transparency and higher ethical standards for charters is certainly needed, but the charter schools transparency bill doesn’t go far enough,” said Ismael Armendariz, 1st vice president of the Oakland Education Association, in a statement.Charter schools groups are split on the measure. The California Charter Schools Association doesn’t have a formal position, while the Charter School Development Center said the bill sets onerous restrictions designed to “cripple” the state’s charter schools.California passed its charter school law in 1992, calling public charter schools a way to increase student opportunity, promote innovative teaching methods and provide “vigorous competition” for public schools. Beyond California, a debate has raged nationally over whether charter schools enhance student opportunities or diminish the overall quality of public schools.Beyond holding open meetings, the bill would require charter schools to adopt conflict-of-interest policies aimed at preventing board members from profiting. It says teachers can still serve on charter school boards, as many do, but may not vote on anything that would directly affect their employment.Carlos Marquez, senior vice president of the California Charter Schools Association, told The Sacramento Bee that many charter schools already open their meetings and that he hoped the law would end “falsehoods” that people who run charters are “looking to line their pockets.”He praised Newsom for finding compromise.But the Charter School Development Center, another charter lobbying group, said the bill sets onerous restrictions that in some cases go beyond what’s required of public schools. The conflict of interest requirements in particular may be difficult for charter schools to navigate, the group said on its website. A representative from the group did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.Whether or not charter schools are subject the same transparency laws as public schools is a yearslong debate. Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an opinion saying they were in December — seven years after Lassen County’s district attorney requested a ruling on the matter. Robert Burns, a former district attorney, didn’t immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment about what prompted the question.Newsom’s spokesman, Nathan Click, said the governor plans to sign the law. Similar efforts in the past died in the Legislature or were vetoed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.“The governor took a leadership role in helping get this bill to the finish line,” Click said in an email. “He is pleased that this effort has received support from a broad coalition of teachers, parents, charter school supporters and open government advocates.”Democratic State Sen. Connie Leyva, the bill’s author, said it will provide communities and parents “fair and open access to participate in the decisions and collective missions of their charter schools.”Tags :apNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAssemblymember Richard Bloom Selects Kathy Griffin as “Woman of the Year”Laughing MattersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Arcade Fire Tears Down Earl’s Court With Style

first_imgFew bands have garnered as much acclaim from both critics and fans as Arcade Fire over the course of their decade plus-long career.  Touring behind their fourth studio album, Reflektor, Arcade Fire brought their mammoth production to Earl’s Court in London.  Earl’s Court has a long and fascinating history, hosting Olympic events in 1948 and 2012 while also being the site for numerous concerts including Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall tours and many more.  But a controversial redevelopment plan for the site to turn it into 8,000 condos has led to the eventual demolition of the 76-year-old exhibition hall in the near future.After the curtain dropped and the first notes of “Reflektor” rang out, the crowd burst in a flying ball of energy and adultation nary seen by fans as a man in a mirrored suit danced on a stage in the middle of the floor, created a secondary disco ball effect—there already was a disco ball set up above the floor—which added to the excitement of the crowd.The band’s set progressed through much of their latest release throughout the course of the show, playing more than half of the disc scattered around the show.  Front man Win Butler has a stage presence reminiscent of those who had played Earl’s Court so many years ago in the likes of a Robert Plant or a Freddie Mercury, using his prowess across multiple instruments to accentuate his movements.  His captivating persona occassionally made it hard to realize the full production the band brought.  At one point, a full troupe of dancers came into the middle of the floor and performed a synchronized routine, all while the lights, which were strung up and down the cavernous arena, blared away.One high point of the show was when Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnyman came out to sing the band’s “The Cutter,” off their 1983 classic, Porcupine.  You can check out a fan shot video of the song below.After a particularly spirited take on “No Cars Go” and a brief speech before the band played “Haiti,” the band played a trio of songs off Reflektor before a set closing “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains.”It was the encore where things really got interesting as a mariachi band masquerading as Arcade Fire played a unique rendition of The Verve‘s “Bittersweet Symphony” before the actual band came out for “Normal Person.”  In my opinion, the musical highlight of the night came with the one-two punch of “Here Comes the Night Time” and a raucous “Wake Up” to end the show.When I saw LCD Soundsystem‘s final show at Madison Square Garden, I thought I had seen the second coming of the Talking Heads.  After seeing Arcade Fire, who sat in during LCD Soundsystem’s final show for “North American Scum,” I can safely say the Talking Heads’ tradition is being kept aflame.  With 10 people on stage, a willingness to let songs breathe and a strong attention to rhythm that David Byrne was so acutely aware of, I can safely say that Arcade Fire is a must see for fans of live music, whether or not you are a fan beforehand, you will be after.last_img read more

Ledyard Financial Group announces stock repurchase plan

first_imgLedyard National Bank,Ledyard Financial Group (Ticker Symbol: LFGP) today announced that its Board of Directors on April 26th authorized a stock repurchase plan pursuant to which Ledyard Financial Group may repurchase up to 40,000 shares of its common stock.Ledyardâ s Board of Directors and management are committed to maximizing shareholder value and feel that the recent increase in the dividend along with the stock repurchase plan demonstrate their commitment to this goal. Any repurchases will be made in the open market at prevailing market prices or in privately negotiated transactions in accordance with all applicable securities laws and regulations and are intended to make appropriate adjustments to the Companyâ s capital structure, meeting the share requirements of stock option plans and for general corporate purposes. Such repurchases will be made from time to time, subject to market conditions, at the discretion of Ledyard Financial Group management.Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank. Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax and wealth management services in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. Ledyard National Bank has eight offices with locations in Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire and in Norwich, Vermont.Ledyard Financial Group, Inc. shares can be bought and sold through the NASD sanctioned â OTC Markets’under the trading symbol LFGP. Shares may be traded through an individualâ s broker. For more information, please refer to the â Investor Relations’section of the bankâ s website at www.ledyardbank.com(link is external) or contact the bankâ s Chief Financial Officer, Gregory D. Steverson. HANOVER, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 5.2.2012last_img read more

No time-wasters

first_imgIn common with many, I suspect, I enjoy reading the regular columns written by chief legal ombudsman Adam Sampson and his team. I am sure, like me, his readers recognise the familiar incidents described and agree that we can all improve our services. It would, however, interest me (but perhaps not others) to read the occasional story about the groundless allegation from the time-wasting client who got nowhere with his complaint about the diligent and dedicated solicitor who was completely exonerated by the ombudsman. Maybe that never happens? Tony Struve, Heald Nickinson, Camberleylast_img

Volga-Dnepr takes to the skies

first_img“The electrodynamic vibration tester, or test stand, is applied in various test operations, such as strength tests or instrument standardisation. The cargo consisted of two big pieces: a 24-tonne slip table and a 28-tonne shaker, as well as supporting equipment,” said Azat Yakupov, senior engineer at Volga-Dnepr Airlines.”For loading and offloading we used mobile cranes and seven tonnes of our own unique loading equipment, which included a ramp extension and a rail and roller system. As the customer had required the largest pieces of cargo to be delivered packed in wooden crates, our engineers had to secure the shipments inside the aircraft through holes in the crates,” Yakupov added.The delivery was organised on behalf of Russian logistics company Everest. In China the official agent of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, was on hand to support the customer by: organising delivery of the equipment to Shanghai’s Pudong International airport; arranging handling at the cargo terminal; securing a 60-tonne capacity crane for loading; and processing the necessary documentation. The sensitive equipment was then delivered to the Russian city of Chelyabinsk.www.volga-dnepr.comlast_img read more

R&S ZN-Z84 Switch Matrix for Easy Vector Network Analysis with up to 48 ports

first_imgThe R&S ZN-Z84 switch matrix is a new six test port Switch Matrix from Rohde & Schwarz that operates from 10 MHz to 8.5 GHz. When needed, the number of test ports can be increased in groups of six to provide a total of 24 ports. A four-port R&S ZNB with two 24-port matrices can therefore support 48 test ports. The combination of the R&S ZNB and the R&S ZN-Z84 is ideal for users in R&D and production who test components for the wireless communications sector: Today’s smartphones and tablets operate on multiple frequency bands and incorporate capabilities such as WLAN, Bluetooth® and GPS. Frontend modules that support this kind of functionality feature a large number of RF ports or port groups whose parameters need to be fully characterized. The R&S ZN-Z84 meets this requirement by allowing complete S parameter measurements on up to 48 ports. The R&S ZNB analyzer’s firmware supports and automatically detects the switch matrix, making it exceptionally easy to integrate the R&S ZN-Z84 into test setups. Measurements can be configured flexibly and simply: Users set parameters such as the numbering of matrix ports or configure used, unused and balanced ports in intuitive dialog windows on the analyzer’s large touchscreen. No additional software is required. Automatic Rohde & Schwarz calibration units with up to eight ports perform the multiport calibration required for applications with up to 48 ports. The R&S ZNB conveniently guides users through the individual calibration steps. The R&S ZN-Z84 switch matrix is equipped with fast electronic switches with low attenuation that allow high output levels, wide dynamic range and fast measurements, even with a large number of ports. The test ports in a four-port R&S ZNB that are not connected to the matrix can be incorporated into measurements. These two spare ports deliver the RF characteristics of the base unit such as maximum output level and maximum dynamic range to characterize the DUT’s active components. With the R&S ZN-Z84 switch matrix, users can measure the S-parameters of antenna I/O modules, multiband filters and splitters, especially those used in high-speed data communications systems. The test solution is also ideal for conducting phase measurements on multi-antenna arrays and for characterizing common multiport DUTs such as multiple splitters, switch modules and multicore cables.last_img read more

No. 7-ranked UWF women’s tennis team defeats NAIA No. 5-ranked AUM 5-4

first_imgBOX SCOREMONTGOMERY, Ala. – The No. 7-ranked University of West Florida women’s tennis team opened up the 2015 season by defeating NAIA No. 5-ranked Auburn Montgomery 5-4 on the road Friday afternoon. UWF’s No. 10-ranked doubles team of Monika Kochanova (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Laure-Eline Faure (Toulouse, France) defeated AUM’s NAIA No. 8-ranked doubles team of Paula Diaz and Anna Rudolfova by a score of 8-2. Fernanda Amaral (Curitiba, Brazil) and Nina Bubelova (Pova’sk’ Bystrica, Slovakia) defeated NAIA  No. 5-ranked doubles team of Alice Baudeigne and Claudine Maheu 8-6. No. 4 Kochanova defeated NAIA No. 21-ranked Diaz 6-2, 6-2 at number one singles. Bubelova defeated NAIA No. 28-ranked Maheau 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 at number four singles while Amaral won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at number five singles. West Florida will next face Gulf South Conference opponent North Alabama in the team’s home opener on Sunday, February 15 at 10 a.m. CT. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Man Arrested For Yelling And Firing Off Rounds In Residential Area Of Kasilof

first_imgAST contacted the male identified as Charles F. Kuhlmann, 60, of Kenai. Investigation revealed Kuhlmann was intoxicated and had been shooting his pistol. Kuhlmann was arrested for misconduct involving a weapon in the 4th degree and disorderly conduct in the 6th degree. According to the online Trooper dispatch, upon arrival the male could be heard yelling at the top of his lungs. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Heavy Down Drive in Kasilof for a report of an intoxicated male yelling loudly and shooting rounds off from a pistol, on April 12. He was transported and remanded to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility where he was held until sober and released (O/R) on his own recognizance.last_img

Smarkets customer pockets £165k as Trump defies election odds

first_img Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Smarkets betting exchange has revealed that one of its customers pocketed £165,000 after successfully trading on the US presidential race.Pascal Lemesre, SmarketsHaving been given just a 10% chance of success midway through the election night, Republican candidate Donald Trump secured victory in the race to the White House after a shock victory in Wisconsin put him over the required 270 electoral college votes.From a trading perspective, the pattern of the night bore a striking resemblance to June 23 earlier this year, when the UK surprisingly voted to leave the European Union. As it did on that night, the eventual outcome dipped below a 10% probability before a late upturn.In just three hours of trading, the two presidential hopefuls switched places on the market, with Clinton plummeting to below 10% and Trump soaring up above 90% before soon being confirmed as the president-elect. This has largely been attributed to Trump winning Florida, and his performance in other swing states such as Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.Pascal Lemesre, Press Officer at Smarkets, said: “In one of the most popular betting events ever, traders have again called it wrong throughout the build-up. Not until the midway point of election night did Trump overtake Clinton for the first time on the market, and the Republican never looked back.“The term prediction market should be used with caution. They do not predict the future, but suggest how good a chance either candidate has of winning the election. Just because Trump dropped as low 8% on the night does not mean he was out of it.”Trump on election nightPolitical betting attention now turns to the Italian constitution referendum on December 4, where Italy will vote on Prime Minister Renzi’s proposed constitutional reforms. A defeat for Renzi could be a blow for the Eurozone, already teetering from the impact of Brexit and the uncertainty of a Trump presidency. CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020last_img read more