Former Brayton Point coal plant site to host massive new battery storage facility, offshore wind link

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:The former 1,493-MW Brayton Point coal-fired power plant site in Massachusetts is being redeveloped into an offshore wind power support center that will include 400 MW of battery storage, the site owners and developers said Monday.Commercial Development Company and transmission developer Anbaric have agreed to build the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at the CDC’s Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset, the companies said in a statement.“The Renewable Energy Center represents Anbaric’s broader vision for its Massachusetts OceanGrid project: high-capacity transmission infrastructure to maximize the potential of the region’s offshore wind energy resource,” Edward Krapels, Anbaric’s CEO, said.The main component of the Renewable Energy Center will be a 1200-MW high-voltage direct current converter to serve the emerging offshore wind industry. That portion of the project will require a roughly $250 million investment, the companies said. The 400 MW of battery storage will “bring an additional $400 million in investment,” according to Anbaric.The site is being prepared as the landing point for 1,200 MW of offshore wind power. Several offshore wind projects are in development in the area.More: Massachusetts coal plant to be redeveloped into offshore wind hub with 400 MW of storage Former Brayton Point coal plant site to host massive new battery storage facility, offshore wind linklast_img read more

NGOs Warn Narcotrafficking Threatens the Bolivian Amazon

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 20, 2020 Bolivian civil organizations have united to warn that the Bolivian Amazon is under threat from narcotrafficking.“In addition to the devastation of natural resources […], we now face the criminal activities of narcotrafficking, which seek to subject populations, especially youth, to the vicious circle of violence and ambition,” says the joint statement, released on June 26. Seventeen organizations signed the statement, including the Center for Legal Studies and Social Research, the Bolivian Center for Documentation and Information, the Agrecol Andes Foundation, Colectivo Casa, and Caritas Social Pastoral.The nongovernmental organizations expressed their support for the Bella Vista community in the Magdalena municipality, whose neighbors stood up against narcotrafficking. On June 12, they retained a light aircraft that criminals used and put it on display in the central square. The residents also destroyed part of a clandestine airstrip and closed a hangar that a human trafficking network allegedly used for sexual exploitation.On June 19, agents of the Special Force Against Drug Trafficking (FELCN, in Spanish) seized the light aircraft, along with four vehicles and one tractor. They also closed down the hangar.Juan Frías, FELCN director, said that narcotraffickers continue to operate in the region despite the quarantine. “There’s not a single day without a positive result in antinarcotics operations,” Frías said at a press conference on June 22.Narcotrafficking is gaining ground especially in the Norte de La Paz region, which is part of the Amazon River’s ecosystem. In that area, coca crops increased from 220 hectares in 2017 to 346 hectares in 2018 (the latest year with available data), a 57 percent increase, according to the Coca Cultivation Survey that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime published in 2019.The region contrasts with the rest of the country, where satellite images show a 6 percent reduction in the area used for coca crops, totaling 23,100 hectares.In recent years, at least four family clans based in the Bolivian Amazon, which operate with foreign organizations, have been reported on by the press and by authorities. “There have been reports of citizens from Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Paraguay, among other countries, who take part in drug transport operations,” the newspaper Los Tiempos reported.last_img read more

Is your scope too narrow or broad?

first_imgby: Kay PlantesAll too often, companies take the scope of their offerings as a given, delaying changes that make the organization ripe for disruption. Kodak stuck with “film” as its core business while competitor FugiFilm Holdings, Inc. accepted the inevitability of digital replacing film. Fugi transformed its business by leveraging its chemical and processing capabilities into liquid crystal displays and beauty products. The change was traumatic—thousands lost their jobs—but, unlike Kodak, Fugi exists and is growing.The Wall Street Journal is full of change-in-scope decisions. HP is splitting into two parts, enterprise solutions on one side, printers and PCs on the other. Unless HP can make a go of 3-D printing, I expect Lenovo or Dell will acquire the printing/PC unit as computing shifts to mobile devices. IBM is harvesting its more commodity-like businesses to double down on mobile, software and the cloud. HP and IBM exits from commodity markets make financial sense, but I for one feel a sense of lost opportunity. Apple integrates a broadening set of offerings in ways that reinforce its value promise. Why can’t IBM or HP?P&G is doubling down on its leading consumer brands where differentiating innovation holds promise, selling off about half of its brand treasure chest including smaller, less successful or slower growing brands. For example, it is selling its Duracell brand (batteries) to Warren Buffet. Kraft is taking similar steps. In 2012, it put its fast-moving snack brands like Oreo into a new business called Mondelez International, and the remaining slower-moving grocery brands like Oscar Mayer into Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Apparently SG&A synergies are not as great for share price as showing Wall Street a rapidly growing business.The right offering breadth is one that benefits your customers, creates hard-to-copy advantages, truly lowers your costs, or creates a stronger defense against rivals. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Values drive decisions and impact member relationships

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: Details People hold their values dearly. They are important to them. They are a force that directs a person’s life. Values affect relationships, how people spend their time, how they think about their work, and how they make decisions. Someone’s values might include honesty, integrity, respect, teamwork and communication. Like personal values, organizational values determine priorities and drive decisions. A common set of core values helps people work together to achieve goals. The productivity of the workplace and profitability are positively affected by values that encourage teamwork, decrease workplace frictions, inspire innovation and support the employees in serving the credit union’s members.Studies show that when it comes to organizational values, it matters that leadership actually lives them. University of Chicago Booth School of Business published an in-depth examination of values: “The Value of Corporate Culture” by Luigi Zingales et al. The vast majority of S&P 500 companies list great sounding values on their websites. The top ones listed were, not surprisingly, innovation, integrity, respect, quality, and teamwork. Booth found, however, that the types of values that a company listed were not correlated with performance. Yet, Booth did find that when employees understood that their leaders lived the organization’s values, it moved the dial on profitability. Specifically, organizations exhibited measurably better performance when the employees sensed that “management’s actions match their words,” and that “management is honest and ethical in its business practices”.So, applying values to decisions, matters for performance. Unfortunately, however, Gallup reports that only 23% of employees think they can apply their company’s values regularly in their work. Only a slightly greater percentage (27%) strongly believe in their company’s values. Gallup and Booth point out the dramatic disconnect that many companies face between stated values and the way many businesses operate. Since values drive decisions, when management’s actions don’t match stated values, other values are operating and disconnects take place.Leaders must uncover what really is driving their decision-making. It takes courage and effort to look closely at how decisions are made and the principles that underpin them. But this knowledge is needed to create and maintain a culture that is a generator and sustaining foundation for productivity and profitability. Management must decide if the values truly guiding decisions are fully serving the credit union and its members. An outside advisor, as a trusted third party with expertise in culture, leadership and governance, can help. They can work together with both boards, the CEO and management to uncover the underlying principles that really are in operation. If the operating values do not fully support the business, they need to be adjusted. If adjustment is required, an advisor can help management determine how best to do so.If continuous learning is a stated organizational value, what would being true to this value look like in day-to-day actions and decisions? Are budgets reflective of learning as a priority? Is learning incorporated into job descriptions and responsibilities? Are learning, skill growth, and leadership’s priorities for employee growth rewarded through compensation and recognition? Are managers held accountable for the learning and development of their staff?  A culture rests on values, and employees notice whether management’s decisions align with them or not. Productivity and profitability hang in the balance.last_img read more

Fiumare – Kvarner Festival of the Sea and Maritime Tradition becomes a kind of time machine in the authentic locations of the Delta – Dead Channel and Verdi Street

first_imgFrom the first post, I emphasize the same thing, let’s respect ourselves, our tradition, identity, culture, history… because only if we respect ourselves, others will respect us. Especially when we talk about tourism, because the very motive of travel is to get to know a new way and culture of living, which draws the logical hypothesis that authenticity is the very essence of tourism.Exactly one such great tourist story takes place in Kvarner, more precisely in Rijeka, as part of “Fiumare” – Kvarner Festival of the Sea and Maritime Tradition, which takes place from May 30 to June 6 in Rijeka. Connecting the maritime and trade tradition of the past with today’s everyday life, Fiumare will once again be a kind of time machine in the authentic locations of the Dead Channel and Verdi Street, and along the Promenade, traditional boats will occupy the entire Rijeka waters and port.The goals of the Fiumara event are the promotion of Rijeka and Kvarner through the presentation and valorization of heritage potentials in the field of maritime, fishing and traditional shipbuilding by organizing a number of attractive events, but also the presentation of Kvarner destinations with their specific eco-ethno products. In addition to preserving and revitalizing the maritime heritage, Fiumari aims to strengthen the potential of cultural tourism in Rijeka, but also to connect Rijeka as a natural and historical center of Kvarner with other destinations, which further valorizes all heritage potentials of the region.Wooden boats on sails anchored in the Dead Channel, traders and craftsmen in traditional costumes from all over Kvarner, interactive workshops of maritime and fishing skills, promotion of old customs, gastronomic offer of indigenous dishes and wines, organized tours of historical locations of the city center, regattas of traditional boats on sails, exhibitions, lectures, open deck days and museums… are just some of the programs offered by Fiumare. Download the Fiumare festival program HEREFiumare – Kvarner Festival of the Sea and Maritime Tradition is becoming a kind of time machine in the authentic locations of the Delta – Dead Channel and Verdi Street – a junction with the market and harbor.Opatija guc OP 552 from 1895 was declared the most original boat of the 7th Fiumare festival”Opatija guc” is a characteristic boat for transporting tourists at a time when oars and wind were used to drive boats. The purpose of this boat was exclusively tourist, so its restoration is very valuable as a reminder of the centuries-old tradition of “barkariola”. Opatija’s guc deserves a return to the regular tourist offer of the Opatija Riviera as a kind of “gondola” of the Riviera, in fact, it is insane that it is not long ago.last_img read more

Michael Owen backs two Arsenal youngsters to emulate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgMichael Owen backs two Arsenal youngsters to emulate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 10:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisement Advertisement Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying a breakthrough season at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘If you can unearth one of those from your academy, it’s a massive bonus.’Arsenal, currently ninth in the Premier League, were due to face Brighton this weekend but the fixture was postponed after Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.This morning, all professional football in England was suspended until at least April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMORE: Arteta sends message to Arsenal fans after testing positive for coronavirusMORE: Pablo Mari raves about ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal star David Luiz Michael Owen has backed two Arsenal youngsters to emulate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Pictures: Getty)Michael Owen believes two Arsenal youngsters have the potential to emulate star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang is arguably Mikel Arteta’s most important player at Arsenal, having scored 61 goals in 96 appearances for the Gunners since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.Arsenal are not short of attacking talent, however, with 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli and 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah already showing signs that they have long and successful careers ahead of them.Brazilian forward Martinelli has scored ten goals for Arsenal this term while Nketiah has contributed three in seven matches since returning from his loan spell at Leeds United.ADVERTISEMENTFormer Manchester United and Liverpool striker Owen told Premier League Productions: ‘I think Arsenal have got a nice little thing going under Mikel Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They’ve got a nice blend as well. They’re bringing a few young players through, Nketiah, Martinelli scoring goals as well.‘You never know, one of those two lads up front could turn into proper players and be like him [Aubameyang], scoring 20-plus goals a season and they’re worth their weight in gold.last_img read more

Premier League clubs non-home grown quota to be reduced to 13

first_imgPremier League clubs could be forced to lose four of their non-home grown players as the FA look to change the rules in a post Brexit world. Currently clubs in the top tier of English football must have at least eight home grown players in their 25 man squad, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they must be English. Brexit could mean a change of rules to work permits and the FA will use potentially scrapping the criteria needed for one as a way to negotiate clubs needing 12 homegrown players in their squad, as per the Daily Mail. The current restrictions have already led to a premium on English players meaning that clubs are able to charge more for home grown players. Reducing the number of non-home grown players would increase the premium and the rush to sign the best English players, especially youngsters. Nothing has yet to be agreed between the Premier League and the FA but the league want to make sure that signing players, now the country is outside the EU, is as simple as possible so they may agree to the FAs need to increase playing time for English players. Paul Pogba counts as a homegrown player, despite being French, by having moved to Manchester United at a young age. The Mail also report that Football League sides are worried that the rule changes could mean the big clubs coming for their academy players more often. It will be much easier for the top clubs to sign academy players from outside the top flight and from those with lower ranked academies than competing with clubs of similar stature and with the need to pack squads with more home grown players it would be inevitable. Restrictions would hopefully mean more game time for the likes of Phil Foden Read Also: Pogba keen to play for Man United again, steps up recovery from surgery There is a fear that new restrictions could lead to less of the world’s best players moving to England, with one source telling the Mail, “They have to be very careful they don’t just destroy what the Premier League is. Everybody wants to see homegrown players in the team but they also want to see the top players playing here.” Any change from 17 to 13 players is likely to be done over a staggered amount of time to allow clubs to come to terms with the changes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?If Zodiac Signs Were Women: Amazing Artwork By Vivien SzaniszloCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Product That Have Wild Origin Stories8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Loading… last_img read more

Tim Weberding Woodworking survives Gatlinburg fire

first_imgGATLINBURG, Tenn. — The wildfires that affected Gatlinburg hit a lot closer to home for some.Weberding Carving Shop also has a woodworking shop in Gatliburg.When WRBI reached out to Tim Weberding Jr to see if there was any damage to Tim Weberding Woodworking, he said, “Our shop is fine. We were one of the lucky ones and all of the employees places were safe as well. We’re all doing well. We all feel very blessed. We thank everyone for our thoughts and prayers and Gatlinburg will be better than ever I’m sure.”last_img read more

Two killed, two hurt in rail crossing accidents this week

first_imgBartholomew County CrashBatesville, In. — In Bartholomew County Monday at 11:45 p. m. a report from the Indiana State Police says a car driven by Joshua Kelso, 30, was eastbound on County Road 900 North near County Road 250 East in Bartholomew County.  Kelso disregarded a stop sign and crossed into the path of a Louisville-Indiana Railroad train consisting of two engines only.The train collided with the driver’s side of the vehicle.  The force pushed the Jeep down the tracks before it left the tracks and rolled over before coming to a stop. Kelso and a backseat passenger, Justice M. Llewellyn, were both killed. The front seat passenger, Myranda Akers, age 26, was ejected from the vehicle and flown to Methodist Hospital with serious injuries.In Hendricks County, at 11 p.m. Tuesday, a car attempted to beat an Amtrak passenger train by driving around the crossingHendricks County Crasharms at U.S. 136 and County Road 900 East. The unidentified driver was taken to an Indianapolis-area hospital with serious injuries.The train was traveling at 60-miles-per-hour with 91 passengers. The train did not derail and no injuries were reported.last_img read more

Europa League: Ighalo leads Man U assault against FC Copenhagen

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United have included Odion Ighalo in their first team squad that travelled to Cologne on Sunday.United have arrived in Germany ahead of Europa League quarter-final with FC Copenhagen and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to speak to the media later in the evening. Among the confirmed squad members pictured on various players’ Instagram accounts were David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes. Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Daniel James were also on the plane.United then posted a picture of the squad on the steps of the plane, with teenagers Ethan Galbraith, Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird all present.United confirmed squad members for Europa League final tournament: Bishop, De Gea, Grant, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah, Laird, Lindelof, Mengi, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Fernandes, Galbraith, Garner, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Pereira, Chong, Greenwood, Ighalo, James, Rashford.Tags: Europa LeagueFC CopenhagenManchester UnitedOdion Ighalolast_img read more