13,000-Home Kayenta Solar Project Comes Online as Closure Looms for Navajo Coal Power Plant

first_img13,000-Home Kayenta Solar Project Comes Online as Closure Looms for Navajo Coal Power Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A giant array of solar panels near the famed sandstone buttes of Monument Valley has begun producing electricity for the Navajo Nation at a time when the tribe is bracing for the loss of hundreds of jobs from the impending closure of a nearby coal-fired power plant.The Kayenta Solar Facility is the first utility-scale solar project on the Navajo Nation, producing enough electricity to power about 13,000 Navajo homes.The plant comes at a time when the area’s energy landscape is shifting.The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page is set to close in December 2019, leaving a site that both tribal and private entities say has potential for renewable energy development.The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, which owns the solar plant, said the project advances clean energy on the reservation long known for fossil fuel development, the Arizona Daily Sun reported (http://bit.ly/2wj3fsc ).Walter Haase, general manager of the tribal utility, said the plant proves to investors, developers and tribal communities that renewable energy projects are possible on the reservation. Economic development often is hampered by the lack of infrastructure, required environmental clearances and consent from anyone holding a permit or lease for use of the land.Before the solar facility, “we had a reputation in the industry of not being able to get something built or brought online,” Haase said.The town of Kayenta benefited, too. The contractor hired and trained about 200 Navajos to build the plant, said Deenise Becenti, a spokeswoman for the tribal utility, leaving a qualified workforce for other projects.The tribal utility avoided passing on the $60 million cost of the solar plant to its customers through federal solar investor tax credits, said Glenn Steiger, project manager for the solar farm. A two-year power purchase and renewable energy credit agreement with the Salt River Project will cover loan repayments for the plant’s construction, Steiger said.The tribal utility is working on extending the agreement.Navajo solar plant breaks new groundlast_img read more

New BBC boss threatens sack for staff who break social media rules

first_imgHe is also reportedly planning to axe some “left-leaning” comedy shows that are said to be biased on issues such as Brexit.Opposition parties have accused the ruling Conservatives under Prime Minister Boris Johnson of seeking to neuter the BBC.Davie was an executive at PepsiCo prior to joining the BBC as director of marketing in 2005. In the 1990s, he ran for election as a Conservative party councilor in London.At the hearing, he reaffirmed his predecessor’s drive to diversify the BBC’s recruitment from among ethnic minorities.But more broadly, Davie said his “key concerns were not historical issues in terms of left or right politics” but were focused on “audiences and audience values”. Topics : BBC journalists and presenters who violate impartiality rules on social media face potential dismissal under forthcoming new guidelines, the broadcaster’s new director-general said on Tuesday.The guidelines will be published “in the next few weeks”, covering both the BBC’s news department “and beyond”, Tim Davie told a committee hearing of MPs.”We will be able to take disciplinary action. We will be able to take people off Twitter. I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action, all the way to termination,” he said. One of the stars who may be in Davie’s sights is former England footballer Gary Lineker, the corporation’s best paid presenter, who is an outspoken voice on Twitter.”I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter,” Lineker tweeted in response to a news story about Davie’s remarks.The new BBC boss, who took over on September 1, said that Lineker and others were aware that change was coming, and said “party political statements are not the right thing for people to be making”.In one of his first decisions this month, Davie won plaudits on the right for reversing changes to the last night of the classical music festival the Proms, which had seen the BBC accused of being too “politically correct”.last_img read more

Two Who Left Shrewsbury A Better Place

first_imgBy John Burton SHREWSBURY –  With the planting of a tree and placing of a bench plaque, the borough honored two citizens whose efforts contributed to the borough’s quality of life over the course of their lifetimes.On Friday morning, Mayor Donald Burden joinedMonmouth County Freeholder John Curley, community and family members, as well as members of the borough police department as they offered their tributes to Hermann A. Allen and John J. McGuire Jr. These two longtime borough residents, now both deceased, gave of themselves for many years to the town they called home.The mayor looked around at the group and reflected on the small-town sentiment in the two-mile square community, “It really gives me a sense of what Shrewsbury is all about,” he said.“This is a community that is so tightly knit,” observed Curley, who grew up here. He compared it to the fictional Mayberry of “The Andy Griffith Show.”“It really is neighbor helping neighbor,” Curley said.Burden unveiled a bench located in front of borough hall at 419 Sycamore Ave. with a plaque recognizing McGuire’s contributions.Janet McGuire, widow of former Shrewsbury Borough Police Chief John J. McGuire Jr., attends a ceremony last week honoring her late husband.McGuire, who died in August at age 72, had lived in the borough since he was 12. He had been a member of the borough police for 27 years, retiring as chief in 1993. Afterwards McGuire worked as a Monmouth County undersheriff and served on the Borough Council for a number of years.“He was always a good mentor,” said Burden, referencing the days when he had first been elected to the borough council. And Curley recalled his time as an 18-year-old police dispatcher and how McGuire offered guidance to him.“He was an amazing individual and certainly gave a lot to this community,” said Police Chief Louis Ferraro, who also worked with McGuire.A short distance away, borough employees planted a red oak tree in memory of Allen, made possible through donations by the borough Environmental Commission and borough employees. Allen, who died in October 2010 at 91, was a lifetime honorary member of the borough Historical Society and member of the environmental commission. Burden and Shade Tree Chairman Bill Gerth told how Allen became a fixture at council and Planning Board meetings, offering his input on the government’s actions. He worked tirelessly in many ways, volunteering for numerous projects, Burden added.“When Mr. Allen stepped forward we all listened,” the mayor noted. Burden added, “For me personally, he was my buddy,” as the two regularly worked on those projects together.“In many ways Hermann was a de facto member of the borough council,” given the extent of his involvement, Gerth said.The red oak, which is also New Jersey’s state tree, will grow upward of 75 to 100 feet and will be a lasting tribute to Allen, Gerth added.last_img read more

Rocks and Rings program Rocks a big one

first_imgThe program allows students to experience a high energy, fun-filled session using unique floor curling equipment as they learn about the sport in their school’s gymnasium. With each elementary school visit, the Capital One Rocks & Rings program reaches seven to eight classes or approximately 150 to 200 students. Upon completion, each student receives a graduation certificate and valuable information on where and how the student and his or her parents can get involved in curling in their area.The addition of the Capital One Rocks and Rings program is part of an overall strategic plan adopted by the Nelson Curling Club.The idea, following on the heels of the success from the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympics Games, is to increase participation in the sport and ultimately, membership in their curling centre.  And the program appears to be working as almost 40 new adult curlers registered in the Friday night mixed league alone.There has also been a sizeable increase in the junior curling program — a junior fun spiel in Nelson attracted 16 teams from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Riondel, Salmo and Kaslo. Schools have enthusiastically embraced the Rocks and Rings program and followed through by subsequently offering curling as an option for students for the schools’ winter activity program.  For more information, please visit www nelsoncurling.com. It’s clear from the response of the participants the Capital One Rocks & Rings program rocks.The Capital One Rocks & Rings is an off-ice program that has been able to generate interest in the sport. The program focuses on children and families who would not otherwise receive the opportunity, with the ultimate goal being increased participation in the sport.Under the enthusiastic guidance of junior curler instructors Chris Haynes, Alex Breen, and Kazia Drake, more than 1000 elementary students in the area have been introduced to the sport, including schools at South Nelson, Blewett, Hume, Redfish, Rosemont, Brent Kennedy, Nelson Christian School and McLean Elementary in Rossland.   The instructors have also been invited to present the program in Cranbrook, Kimberley and Kelowna.last_img read more

GFI alumi are part of major league baseball history

first_imgFrom small beginnings in home town stadiums, many of the faces that have crossed the home plate in Grand Forks have made their way to stardom in the major leagues.Brent Lillibridge played in the 2003 Grand Forks International with the Seattle Studs. He is seen here crossing home plate after belting a home run against the Reno Astros in the championship game.Lillibridge was an outstanding player at the University of Washington and would be chosen in the fourth round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Later he was traded to the Atlanta Braves and made his MLB debut April 26, 2008. He was then traded to the Chicago White Sox.He was part of White Sox history earlier this season when, on April 11, he hit the 10,000th home run in the history of the Sox franchise. One article describes Brent as outgoing and an individual of deep faith who tries to connect with the White Sox fan base. Apparently he makes as much usage of Twitter as anyone on the team. Just a couple of weeks after he hit that milestone home run for Chicago he was once again in the news: Versatile, skilled Lillibridge makes statement, screamed one headline. Another said, Utility player secures White Sox win with pair of defensive gems.This occurred in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory over New York in Yankee stadium. To make back to back game saving catches is a rare feat. After watching these sparkling defensive plays on video one can only shake their head. In fact, two of baseball’s all-time greats, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter were doing just that, reflecting some exasperation and frustration but no doubt accompanied with admiration for the athletic ability and hustle of Lillibridge.Making this night in the Big Apple even more remarkable was that Brent, normally an infielder, was playing in right field for only the eighth time in his career.White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen quipped, “I finally found my closer.”From Grand Forks to Chicago; from this small town in Southern B.C. to New York and Yankee Stadium; from James Donaldson Park, an intimate ballpark on the United States/Canada border to 40,000 seat United States Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park)… and the story continues… the GFI – don’t miss it!Brent’s saving catch on video:http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/5052025-574/in-case-you-missed-the-game-saving-catches-by-white-sox-of-brent-lillibridge-video.htmllast_img read more

Bombers, Wildcats co-host High School Boy’s Hoop tourney

first_imgGames continue through Friday and into Saturday with semi finals set for LVR and Mount Sentinel at 12:30 p.m.The final goes at Mount Sentinel at 7:30 p.m.LVR had its first taste of the season Tuesday by defeating Stanley Humphries Rockers 52-22 at the Hangar.Top scorers were Robby Dixon with 15 points.Darian Johnson and Josh Matosevic each had eight points while Vinne Watson scored seven and Jake Anderson six. The L.V. Rogers Bombers and Mount Sentinel Wildcats prepare to host the first major basketball tournament in the region Friday in Nelson and South Slocan.Eleven teams from throughout the Kootenay and Central Okangan are set to tip off in the West Kootenay Rumble Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament.The Bombers play host to Prince Charles Comets of Creston at 1 p.m. at the Hangar in Nelson while the Wildcats meet Salmo Falcons at 6 p.m. at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.In the other first round games, Sparwood plays Heritage Christian of Kelowna; Nakusp meets Fernie Falcons and Selkirk of Kimberley takes on Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar.last_img read more

48th International Pan Celtic Festival to return this month to Letterkenny

first_imgLetterkenny is set to be the centre of Celtic music, song, language and dance later this month as the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival gets underway.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill and Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Ian McGarvey jointly unveiled this year’s festival programme at an event earlier today in An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny.The festival which will take place from 23rd to 28th April will bring together the Celtic nations of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man for what promises to be another unique celebration of the Celtic culture bearing witness to majestic displays of Celtic dancing, pipe band performances, choral performances and even Celtic rock and pop music in all of the Celtic languages. The festival programme sets out details on what’s on over the course of the festival. There will be many highlights during the week but one of the most colourful will be the carnival street parade in Letterkenny on Friday 26 April.Other highlights include the concert showcase from the Celtic countries during the official opening in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Tuesday 23 April, the International Song Contest in An Grianan Theatre on Thursday 25 April and the Choral Concert in An Grianan Theatre on Friday 26 April.Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill believes that the International Pan Celtic Festival is a great opportunity to experience our rich Celtic history and is encouraging visitors to call Letterkenny home for the week of the festival.“We value a time to pause and focus on the small comforts afforded by good music, language, good friends and good times. In so doing, we strengthen the threads which connect us in this wonderful tapestry of six Celtic Nations.” Cllr. Ian McGarvey acknowledged that great programme of events planned for Letterkenny during the week saying “great work has been done both by the Council and by many other cultural organisations in organising this festival. They have laid out a programme that will keep us all entertained and busy over the days of the festival.”Cathaoirleach of Comhairle Idirnáisiúnta Pan-Cheilteach Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha is looking forward to returning to Letterkenny saying “it is with great joy and enthusiasm that the Pan Celtic delegations from Alba, Breizh, Cymru, Éirinn, Mannin and Kernow return to Leitir Ceanainn to celebrate the 48th International Pan Celtic Festival while the highlights of last year’s festival are still fresh in our minds. We look forward to this trip to reconnecting with friends, creating new cultural experiences and renewing our commitment to our shared Celtic heritage”.Pick up a copy of the festival programme in many outlets in Letterkenny including the Tourist Information Office, An Grianan Theatre, Council Office and the library. It is also available online at www.panceltic.ie48th International Pan Celtic Festival to return this month to Letterkenny was last modified: April 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyPan Celtic Festivallast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Pelicans, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. as the Warriors take a five-game winning streak into Oracle while facing Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.The Warriors (30-14) turned in perhaps their most impressive performance of the season Tuesday in their eye-opening 142-111 win over the Nuggets to wrestle the top spot in the Western Conference from Denver. The opening act for the Warriors on Tuesday was historical — their 51-point first quarter set an NBA …last_img

AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. 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He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis.But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

American King Beats Efimova in 50 Breast at World Swim Meet

first_imgGWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Lilly King won the 50-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships, giving the American two victories over Russian rival Yuliya Efimova on Sunday.They were denied a third meeting when King was disqualified in the heats of the 200 breast for not putting both her hands on the wall at the same time in a turn.King touched in 29.84 seconds, the only swimmer under 30 seconds in the final.Benedetta Pilato of Italy took silver in 30 seconds flat.Efimova, who won the 200 and finished second to King in the 100, earned bronze in 30.15.—By BETH HARRIS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img