On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for Greentech Media:New York has an ambitious goal of getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. To get there, the state will need to expand grid infrastructure to deliver renewable power from rural areas to load centers.But the state won’t always have to build new infrastructure — it can do more with what it has.The New York Power Authority and New York State Electric & Gas have just finished the first project that shows what is possible using existing infrastructure.NYPA completed a $120 million transmission upgrade, called the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, that will move up to 440 megawatts of additional capacity from upstate, where there are abundant wind and hydro resources, to downstate cities.“Marcy South is a prime example of how we can do more with existing assets,” Richard Kauffman, chair of energy and finance for New York, said in a statement.Instead of building new transmission, NYPA and NYSEG collaborated to connect portions of their grids with ABB capacitor banks installed in the middle of the state. The project is a part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy highway initiative that was established in 2012. The initiative calls for nearly $6 billion to modernize New York’s transmission system in order to enable more clean energy development.“This is a traditional transmission upgrade that utilities are turning to more and more, when additional capacity is needed or when power needs to travel further to get to load centers,” said Ben Kellison, director of grid research at GTM Research.New York Links Power Lines to Bring Renewables From Upstate to Downstate On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewableslast_img read more

Hill to lead Stetson Lawyers Association

first_imgHill to lead Stetson Lawyers Association Hill to lead Stetson Lawyers AssociationThe Stetson Lawyers Association recognized five alumni with service awards and named new officers at its recent annual meeting.Rhea Law of Tampa received the Ben Willard Award for humanitarian achievements. Dade County Judge Raphael Steinhardt received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding service to the legal profession and humanity. Cary Singletary of Tampa received the Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award for continuous support of time and gifts to the college of law. James Thaler, Jr., of Largo received the Outstanding Alumni Representative Award for encouraging alumni involvement in local district activities.Pamela A.M. Campbell of St. Petersburg was recognized with the President’s Award for her year-long service as president of the Stetson Lawyers Association.The Stetson Lawyers Association also elected its 2002-03 officers, which included: President Carolyn DuPree Hill of Clearwater, President-elect Robert J. Sniffen of Tallahassee, First Vice President Kenneth G. Turkel of Tampa, and Second Vice President Paul A. Turk of West Palm Beach. September 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Jamaica open to giving disabled drivers licences.

first_img Share 56 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Legislative amendments could be coming to allow disabled Jamaicans to get driver’s licences soon.KINGSTON, Jamaica– An almost 80-year-old law that has prevented disabled Jamaicans from being independently mobile looks likely to be soon struck from the statute books.Reports coming out of Jamaica are that amendments are likely to be made to the Road Traffic Act Regulations of 1938, which prohibited persons with paralysed legs from taking driving tests and earning the right to legally drive. According to the Jamaica Observer, their coverage of the discrimination against physically disabled persons who have been refused licences to drive based on the requirements 1938 act caught the attention of Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies and Senator Mark Golding, minister of justice, who have started the process toward reform.This was an area crying out for reform, so that persons with physical disabilities in Jamaica are facilitated rather than held back by laws which have not kept pace with modern thinking,” Golding reportedly told the media house.While it is possible for persons with disabilities affecting their spine and legs to still drive vehicles by having the necessary pedals and levels normally positioned in the floor of the vehicle moved to within arm’s reach of the disabled driver, according to the Observer, disabled people have been thwarted from getting this far as the licensing authority had barred those with a “walking disability” from even taking the driving test under the 1938 law.Forty-four-year-old Gausia Burchell was one of the men whose plight was highlighted in the Sunday Observer story. He was paralysed from the waist down after receiving serious injuries while working in the US.Sections 18 and 20 of the Road Traffic Act oultines the circumstances under which an applicant for a driver’s licence can be refused one. Applicants who have a physical disability must produce a certificate “from a registered medical practitioner, in the prescribed form, certifying that he is not suffering from any such disease or physical disability as may be specified in the form, or any other disease or physical disability which would be likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle to be a source of danger to the public…,” including:“Loss of both hands or both feet, or one hand and one foot.”However, after consultations among the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; the Ministry of Justice; the Combined Disabilities Foundation of Jamaica; and other stakeholders such as the Island Traffic Authority, an amendment is being made to this regulation which would delete the words “both feet”.The minister of transport, works and housing has reportedly approved the amendments which will come in force as soon as they have been signed and gazetted, possibly within weeks.President of the Combined Disabilities Association, Gloria Goffe, has been quoted by the Observer as saying that the disabled community is really happy about the amendment to the act, which will allow some of them to get their licences on modified vehicles.Caribbean 360 News Tweet NewsRegional Jamaica open to giving disabled drivers licences. by: – June 19, 2012last_img read more

Sevilla Beat Inter to Win Record Sixth Europa League

first_imgLukaku gave the Italian side an early lead from the penalty spot for his 34th goal of the season, extending his record of scoring in consecutive Europa League games to 11.Luuk de Jong scored two headers – from Jesus Navas and Ever Banega crosses to put Sevilla into the lead.Inter were level when Diego Godin nodded in to make it 2-2 in the 35th minute.The game could not continue at that high tempo, but with extra-time looming, there was one final twist.Carlos flew into the air to meet a high ball with an overhead kick which was probably going wide until Lukaku stuck out a leg and diverted it past his own goalkeeper.It was a first trophy in the managerial career of Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, whose side are unbeaten since February, a run of 21 games.Sevilla’s excellent record of never losing a Uefa Cup or Europa League final continues – six finals, six victories.But this was a new Sevilla team – with barely anybody left since their three wins in a row from 2014 to 2016.Former Spain and Real Madrid boss Lopetegui had never won a trophy in his managerial career and there was a complete overhaul of the squad last summer.They were cheered on by two fans, with Sevilla giving two of their 25 tickets for officials to supporters with membership numbers 2108 and 2020 (to make the date of this game).Carlos looked as if he was going to the villain of the run as he lost Lukaku and then fouled the Belgian striker on the corner of the box after five minutes.That was the third Europa League game in a row that he conceded a spot-kick, doing the same in wins over Wolves and Manchester United in the previous two rounds.But their unlikely hero was De Jong, a man who had scored only eight goals since joining last summer – and had a goalless spell with Newcastle in 2014.His first header was a diving one from a Navas cross and his second was a wonderful looping effort into the top corner from Banega’s free-kick.Carlos’ redemption was complete when he tried an audacious effort with help from Lukaku.Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – who has brought in five Premier League players since taking over last summer – led Inter Milan to second place in Serie A this season.That was their best finish since 2010-11, which was also the last time they won a trophy – the Coppa Italia.Left wing-back Ashley Young became the first Englishman to start a European final for a non-British club since Owen Hargreaves in the 2001 Champions League final for Bayern Munich.And it was his former United team-mate Lukaku who had a quick impact when he was fouled for a penalty which he fired home excellently.The plaudits rolled in at that moment. He is the first player to score 34 goals in his first season with Inter since Ronaldo in 1997-98 and his nine European goals is a joint record for an Inter player in a season.But he was not the story of the game – in the way he would have wanted anyway – as Sevilla came back.Inter’s confidence rose again when Godin, another big-name signing last summer, headed in.But Lukaku missed a one-on-one and substitute Alexis Sanchez had a shot cleared off the line, either side of Carlos’ winner.Conte’s future is in doubt after disagreements with the club’s owners. A trophy would have helped.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Europa League kings Sevilla won the tournament for a record sixth time thanks to victory over Inter Milan in a thrilling final in Cologne.The drama started when Sevilla defender Diego Carlos fouled Romelu Lukaku for an Inter penalty – and ended when Lukaku deflected Carlos’ bicycle kick into his own net.It means Inter Milan’s wait for a trophy will tick over into a 10th year at least.last_img read more