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10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearing

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their medical room is clearing ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.United have won both games since Solskjaer took charge but Anthony Martial joined Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines when being taken ill over the Christmas period.When asked by MUTV if anybody was coming back for the next game, Ole replied: “Hopefully the front three with Romelu, Alexis and Anthony – that is not a bad three to have ready. So towards the end [of a game], when you are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, if you can put players with pace on, then that makes a difference.”So when you score three at home but you know you have three lads awaiting to get on, then that’s great.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran

first_imgstephen a smith first take 6-13-16YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Waymo rolls out autonomous vans without human drivers

first_imgDETROIT – A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat.The move by Waymo started Oct. 19 with an automated Chrysler Pacifica minivan in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona. It’s a major step toward vehicles driving themselves without human backups on public roads. The company also said it would launch a ride service to compete with Uber and Lyft.Waymo, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is in a race with other companies including Delphi, General Motors, Intel, Uber, Apple and Lyft to bring autonomous vehicles to the public. The companies say the robot cars are safer than human drivers because they don’t get drowsy, distracted or drunk.Google has long stated its intent to skip driver-assist systems and go directly to fully autonomous driving. The Waymo employee in the back seat won’t be able to steer the minivan, but like all passengers, will be able to press a button to bring the van safely to a stop if necessary, Waymo said.Within a “few months,” the fully autonomous vans will begin carrying volunteer passengers who are now taking part in a Phoenix-area test that includes use of backup drivers.The company says the self-driving ride service will be the first application of the technology.“We want the experience of travelling with Waymo to be routine, so you want to use our driver for your everyday needs,” Waymo CEO John Krafcik said prepared remarks announcing the test Tuesday at a conference in Portugal.The company intends to expand the testing to the entire 600-square-mile (1,500-square-kilometre) Phoenix area and eventually bring the technology to more cities around the world. It’s confident that its system can handle all situations on public roads without human intervention, Krafcik said.“Our system runs thousands of checks on itself every second,” he said. “With these checks, our systems can instantly diagnose any problems and pull over or come to a safe stop if needed.”The company also says it has redundant braking, steering, power and computing systems so it never has to rely on a human driver.Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst for Navigant Research, says Waymo’s tests without a human backup are the first to his knowledge on public roads at normal speeds. The company picked Phoenix because weather conditions are ideal for testing with no snow and little rain, he said, adding that Waymo knows its system isn’t ready yet for inclement weather even with camera, radar and laser sensors.“This demonstrates Waymo’s confidence in the ability of these vehicles to function at least in this environment,” Abuelsamid said.He said he expects General Motors and its Cruise Automation autonomous vehicle unit to be the next to announce testing without human backups, followed by auto parts maker Delphi, which recently acquired Massachusetts Institute of Technology self-driving software startup nuTonomy.Waymo wouldn’t say how many vehicles will be in the initial test or exactly how wide an area it will cover. The test will take place in a small area at first, then spread to portions of five cities and 100 square miles (260 square kilometres) in the Phoenix area. Eventually it will go to whole metro area.The company also wouldn’t say how many minivans are taking part in the initial testing. It has a fleet of 100 autonomous vans in Phoenix, with plans to add 500.Waymo says it has an operations team that can answer questions from the cars’ computers, but the cars will make driving decisions.The company said it has been testing its autonomous systems for the past eight years with more than 5 million miles logged on public roads.Waymo is hoping to infuse its technology into ride-hailing services such as its current partner, Lyft, and big-rig trucking companies. It also intends to license its automated system to automakers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which makes the Pacifica minivan.last_img read more

Valeant strikes deal to reduce its portion of Allergan settlement to 9625M

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX) says it has agreed to pay US$96.25 million to settle lawsuits filed in California in the wake of the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.The company says in a news release the rest of the agreed settlement of US$290 million, about 67 per cent, will be covered by co-defendant Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.Pershing Square, an American hedge fund, says in a separate release that Laval, Que.-based Valeant had originally agreed to pay 60 per cent of the settlement but the two disagreed on “desirability and timing” of the move and the U.S. investment company will pay more to take control.Both companies say they are admitting no wrongdoing by settling. The lawsuit accusing them of insider trading was brought by shareholders who sold Allergan stock in the two months before the US$51-billion bid was launched.Pershing Square CEO Bill Ackman says he still believes the lawsuit had “absolutely no merit,” but settling now will save resources required for a lengthy litigation.Valeant CEO Joseph Papa said settling the suit will allow it to focus on the “transformation” of the drug company.last_img read more

Kochs warm to Trump policies not behaviour

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. – For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn’t what he’s doing. It’s how he’s doing it.Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement’s moneyed elite worried aloud this weekend that the Republican president’s undisciplined behaviour is clouding his achievements — and making it harder for the GOP to protect its grip on Congress heading into the 2018 midterms.“President Trump is not helping get many Republicans elected,” said Tom Shepherd, a Cincinnati-based businessman who joined roughly 550 Koch donors at a private retreat in the California desert this weekend. “I think he’s doing more harm than good because he’s distracting people from the good work which is happening, which is either happening because of him or in spite of him.”The frustration with the unorthodox president comes as the Kochs begin to implement their strategy to protect Republican majorities in the House and Senate this fall.The GOP has no more powerful ally than the vast political and policy network assembled by the Midwestern industrialist icons, long demonized by the left and revered by the right for their short- and long-term efforts to reshape American politics and culture.The Koch network’s chief lieutenants renewed their vow this weekend to spend up to $400 million on politics and policy to shape November’s midterm elections nationwide.That’s more than the combined resources spent by the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and the Chamber of Commerce in the 2016 election cycle.They outlined plans on Monday to spend big on political advertising now through the end of July on as many as 14 key Senate races and 15 gubernatorial elections. Their goal: Flood the airwaves with political messaging early to help shape voters’ opinions long before the election season’s final months.“We need to be on offence starting now,” said Emily Seidel, CEO of the Kochs’ political arm, Americans for Prosperity.She said the network has already decided to play in Senate contests in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida — all seats held by vulnerable Democrats. They expect to be active in many more. And on governor’s races, they’re targeting Nevada, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Florida to start.The investment includes $20 million to help sell the recently adopted tax overhaul to a skeptical American public through a series of public rallies, phone banking and paid advertising.Despite the extraordinary investment, the men and women who filled the luxury resort outside Palm Springs for a three-day retreat that ended Monday acknowledged a difficult road ahead.Some blamed history more than the regular distractions from Trump. The party in the White House traditionally struggles in the first midterm election of a new presidency.“It’s a challenge regardless of the president,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.But the donors who pledged at least $100,000 this year to the Koch network — there were an estimated 550 on hand this weekend — were less cautious when asked about the president’s leadershipMany opposed his candidacy before the 2016 election. The Kochs refused to endorse Trump, fearing that his style and policies might undermine conservative priorities.“I didn’t support him,” said Frank Baxter, a retired investment banker from California who served as the ambassador to Uruguay under former President George W. Bush. “The results are kind of changing my mind.”Like others, he praised the tax overhaul, Trump’s judicial appointments and regulatory cuts. He added, “I still don’t like what he says or does.”Gary Lynch, whose Iowa livestock business employs roughly 700 people, said he and his business have benefited from the Republican tax overhaul. He said, however, that Trump’s behaviour “doesn’t help” his party promote the benefits of the plan.“He hasn’t got it down yet,” Lynch said of the president, noting that he doesn’t mind Trump’s style personally.Another former Trump critic, North Carolina-based donor Art Pope, said he’s warming to the president as well.“The policies of this administration have really benefited the American people,” Pope said. He’s still worried about the political climate heading into the midterms: “It’s going to be a tough election.”Democrats need to pick up at least 24 seats nationwide this fall to claim the House majority for the last two years of Trump’s first term. Recent Democratic wins in Alabama and Virginia, backed by Trump’s low approval ratings, suggest the GOP is in trouble.When asked about his party’s 2018 prospects, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., among a handful of elected officials who attended the Koch conference, acknowledged that the House majority is at risk.“I can make the case for losing 18 seats and no more. I can make the case for 28 seats,” he said. “It’s a long ways off. It depends what we do between now and November.”As the White House and Republicans nationwide work to highlight the strong U.S. economy, Trump intensified a weekend feud with the rapper Jay-Z on Twitter.The musician said over the weekend the president’s recent vulgar comments about African countries and Haiti were “disappointing” and “hurtful.”Trump punched back on Twitter, urging his followers to inform Jay-Z that “because of my policies,” unemployment among black Americans is at the “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”Back at the Koch retreat, prominent Trump donor Doug Deason said he enjoyed the president’s social media habits, which allow him to speak directly to the American people.“I don’t think it helps. I don’t think it hurts,” Deason said.He noted that the Koch network would “spend a lot of money” to ensure the benefits of the tax overhaul aren’t overshadowed by any distractions.“Who gives a crap about Jay-Z?” Deason asked. “I don’t.”last_img read more

SC to hear on Apr 8 pleas challenging Centres decision on 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear on April 8 a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation in jobs as well as admissions to educational institutions to economically weaker sections across all classes.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said it would also deal with the contentions raised by some of the petitioners who have said that the matter was required to be adjudicated upon by a constitution bench. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, sought an adjournment saying he and Attorney General K K Venugopal were appearing in a matter on Thursday before a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. “I am on my legs before the constitution bench. Please accommodate me,” he told the bench. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for one of the petitioners, referred to the apex court’s last order passed in the matter on March 11 and said the issue of whether these pleas should be referred to a Constitution bench should be considered. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If the matter is to go before a Constitution bench, then ad-hoc adjournment cannot come in the way,” he said, adding, “You (bench) have to consider if this matter needs to go before a Constitution bench since it attacks the basic structure”. To this, Mehta said, “On this (issue of whether to refer the matter to a Constitution bench), the Attorney General has to say something.” He said these pleas have been “suddenly listed” before a new bench and the Attorney General was appearing in a Constitution bench matter today in the CJI’s court. “We would like to give opportunity to them (Centre) and the Attorney General,” the bench told the counsel appearing for the petitioners. Dhavan said the Railways is going to hold recruitment with 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections as per the 103rd amendment. The bench orally observed that it would be subject to its final orders in the matter. Referring to the nine-judge bench decision of the apex court in the landmark 1992 Indira Sawhney case, Dhavan said reservation is to be based on the concept of discrimination. The apex court allowed a separate plea filed by the Centre which has sought a stay on proceedings initiated in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the government’s decision to grant 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in jobs and education. On March 11, the apex court had said it was not in favour of passing an order at this stage to refer the petitions to a constitution bench. The court had said it will consider on March 28 whether the matter is required to be referred to a constitution bench. The top court had earlier refused to stay the Centre’s decision to grant 10 per cent quota in jobs and admissions to poor candidates in the general category. However, the court had agreed to examine the validity of the law and issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas. Petitions have been filed by parties, including ‘Janhit Abhiyan’ and NGO ‘Youth For Equality’, challenging the Centre’s decision. One of the petitioners has sought quashing of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019, saying economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. The petitioner has said the bill violates the basic feature of the Constitution as reservation on economic grounds cannot be limited to the general category and the overall 50 per cent ceiling limit cannot be breached.last_img read more

Aaron Hernandezs Fiancée to Share Her Story on Dr

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, the fiancée of former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez, and his child, Arielle. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)BOSTON (AP) — The fiancée of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez says she thought his suicide was a hoax.Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez says in an interview on “Dr. Phil” scheduled to air next week that she thought “some cruel person” was playing a trick on her when she heard Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, days after he was acquitted of a double murder. He was still serving a life sentence for another killing.Jenkins-Hernandez said her last conversation with the former New England Patriots player was positive and she “felt like we were looking so bright.”She also addresses rumors about Hernandez’s purported secret love life and whether she thinks he killed himself so she could collect millions of dollars.The interview with Dr. Phillip McGraw is scheduled to air Monday and Tuesday. read more

Commentary Covering mens tennis shows hope in otherwise scandalridden sports world

Stop what you are doing. Turn on ESPN. What do you see? A slew of NCAA sanctions, fake girlfriends, falsification of academic records and abusive coaches chucking basketballs at players’ heads floods the screen. It is enough to make even the most extreme college sports fan sit down and do some soul-searching about the future of their fandom. Admittedly, I myself fell victim to this epidemic. A lifelong college sports die-hard, I had to actively avoid watching collegiate sports through the lens of a bitter skeptic – just waiting for the next story to break that sends the program, the player or the coach toppling. The sanctity of college sports for me was dying, and dying fast. Fortunately, the road back to the former glory of my fandom began this semester, although it started off with Ohio State redshirt junior Peter Kobelt almost hospitalizing me with a 130 mph tennis serve. When I was assigned to write for the OSU men’s tennis team for The Lantern at the start of Spring Semester, I fought mixed feelings. I was excited to be steering clear of football and basketball, hopefully sparing myself from the possibility of uncovering anything that would crush the remaining Buckeye fan in me, but I was nervous to be covering a sport that I knew as much about as my seventh grade gym class had taught me. My first day on the job consisted of getting lost on the way to a building I’d never heard of and arrived 20 minutes late. Flustered, I entered practice, and was greeted by Kobelt’s serve grazing my right arm. This game was already much more intense than I had expected. My first interview that day with coach Ty Tucker was ill-prepared and probably full of questions that a seventh grade student in gym class would ask about the game of tennis. I wonder why. Honestly, it’s nothing short of a miracle that the team entrusted me to report on their season after that day. More than three months later, the tennis team is in the tail end of its regular season. As a sports reporter, I have grown immensely during that time. I now can say with confidence that I can accurately comprehend the scoreboard at a tennis match. But I’ve also learned a few other things. The players on the OSU men’s tennis team love what they do, and they do it well: Tucker has coached the Buckeyes to seven consecutive Big Ten regular season titles, six more Big Ten tournament crowns and a decade-long home win streak (which, by the way, is the longest home win streak in NCAA sports), and has barely made a peep about it. If I were not badgering him with questions all semester long, I am pretty sure he would not talk about it at all. The humility he emulates trickles down to his players. These guys are here to play tennis, and it shows. The players love each other, too: It took me a while to realize, but the tennis team is comprised of the most random assortment of players ever. There are four international players on the 11-man roster. To the naked, untrained eye, you would think the men had known each other their entire lives, and not just during their time at OSU. Their chemistry off the court is equally, if not more obvious and impressive, than when they are on the court. The players use their game to capture what’s special about collegiate sports: This is my favorite part. On Friday, when the team captured its 164th straight home victory and officially went 10 years without a home loss, the celebration that followed was what many would consider uneventful. There was no confetti falling from the ceiling or camera flashbulbs firing, but what there was were a group a college kids running around, laughing and throwing arms around each other while their head coach smirked at them off to the side. Several fans cheered in the bleachers, but they were mostly parents of players. The energy in the room, though, was contagious – even palpable. The players were ecstatic, and they didn’t need a fat paycheck or swarm of media attention to evoke it. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what a college sports team should be at its core. It’s what I now believe many teams at many schools across the country must look like. It just took a lesser-publicized sport, men’s tennis, to remind me of that. Consider my faith in college athletics restored. read more

Logan Stieber finishes decorated Ohio State career with fourth national title

OSU redshirt-senior Logan Stieber reacts after winning his 4th consecutive NCAA title by beating Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the 141-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21 in St. Louis. Credit: Courtesy of TNSEach year, 330 wrestlers compete for a National Championship. Since 1929, when national championships were officially first handed out, only three had won four individual titles.That number rose to four on Saturday when Ohio State redshirt-senior Logan Stieber accomplished the feat for himself. But even after inking his name in the history books, Stieber’s time on the mat isn’t over.The celebration won’t last long as the Monroeville, Ohio, native sets his sights on the World Team and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympics.“I’ll be able to take a week and a half off, and let my body rest and start lifting again and I’ll get three weeks of hard freestyle training in and be ready for the U.S. Open,” Stieber said.His title puts him alongside Cael Sanderson (Iowa State, 1999-2002), Kyle Dake (Cornell, 2010-13) and Pat Smith (Oklahoma State, 1990-1992, 1994) in the elite group of wrestlers to win four NCAA titles. Stieber accumulated a 119-3 record as a Buckeye, and he became the first OSU wrestler to tally four Big Ten individual crowns as well.Logan’s father, Jeff, said he was happy to see his son’s hard work pay off in his last tournament at OSU.“I’m extremely proud and happy for him,” he said. “To see all the hard work he’s put in pay off is amazing. Winning a team title was one of Logan’s biggest goals and he was able to get his fourth along with it. You couldn’t ask for a better ending.”The four-time Ohio state champion at Monroeville High School finished the year 29-0, marking his second undefeated season, and leading OSU to its first team title in school history. He won the NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler and the NWCA Most Outstanding Wrestler awards along the way.As much individual success as Stieber has had, he continued to give credit to those around him and said he wants to do everything in his power to help them achieve their goals.“It means so much,” Stieber said of the team title. “It’s just hard to put into words. It’s something we’ve wanted so bad. Our coaches, they’ve been sick. They’re so anxious, so nervous, they want to win so bad. Everyone wants to win so bad. I’m happy to be a part of this team.”His coach, Tom Ryan, said he wanted to see Stieber leave the program the right way and that he has put this team in the right direction.“To think that this little kid from a small farm town in Monroeville, Ohio, did what he did, is pretty awesome, pretty amazing,” Ryan said. “I’m so happy for him and his family, and they believed early on in the process of us getting to the point we are. And now he can pass the torch to the other guys.”Stieber said people think he’s putting on a front when asked about the pressure that surrounds him, but he continues to block out all nervousness and is never affected.“This has been so much fun,” Stieber said. ”I haven’t been nervous at all. I was nervous for Kyle Snyder, I was nervous for Nathan Tomasello. In my match, if I have an inch of nervousness, I push it out right away. And this is fun. It’s like wrestling in the practice room. I really, really enjoy it. And it’s a little bit of relief to be done and be able to, I guess, celebrate with my family and friends.”After enjoying his individual success and that of the people around him, the four time All-American will go down as the most decorated wrestler to yet don the scarlet and gray. read more

Report Chelsea make their move for Higuain

first_imgChelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Gonzalo Higuain this month after personal terms were agreed onManager Maurizio Sarri has decided to pursue Higuain once more after failing to reunite with his former Napoli star last summer.Tuesday’s 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Tottenham exposed Chelsea’s lack of sharpness up front with a host of chances to equalise going to waste.Current forwards Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have both struggled to deliver the goals on a regular basis, which has forced Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Now Marca reports that Chelsea are close to sealing a move for Higuain, who has fell below expectations in his loan spell at AC Milan.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…The Rossoneri are allegedly keen on cancelling Higuain’s loan deal from Juventus due to his €8m per season salary along with the €40m buy option for next season.On the other hand, Chelsea would be willing to take on the same deal that the Argentine striker has at Milan.Should a deal for Higuain go through, then it could pave the way for Morata to leave Stamford Bridge on loan at Sevilla.Higuain has scored six goals in 15 Serie A appearances for Milan this season.last_img read more

FortisTCI Receives Final Results from Renewable Energy Interconnection Study

first_img TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:eddinton powell, fortis tci FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFORTIS TCI PRESS RELEASEProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) – A leading commercial and industrial engineering solutions company, Leidos Engineering, LLC (Leidos), recently completed a Renewable Energy Infusion Study for FortisTCI (FTCI), the energy provider in the Turks and Caicos Islands. FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are now one step closer to understanding how and at what level we can integrate renewable energy into our electricity grid. We know that in the future renewable energy will play a role in the energy mix of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is important that these studies precede any implementation so that we can make the best decisions for our customers, for the Country and the Company. No new forms of generation should reduce the safety and reliability of service, or increase the cost”The study, commissioned in early 2014, was undertaken to determine the total capacity of intermittent renewable energy that FortisTCI can safely integrate into the electricity grid without compromising system stability.The final report, completed in August 2014, focused on (non-base load) photovoltaic (PV), often referred to as solar, and wind distributed generation (DG) installations on Grand Turk and Providenciales. The study was limited to these two locations, as a result of the small size of the electricity systems on the other islands. The assessment included both utility scale as well as small capacity (for example, 3 kW) systems.In the report, Leidos has made a number of recommendations. They include: Setting the upper limit of renewable DG, to a maximum of 4.15 MW in Providenciales and 0.34 MW in Grand Turk. Setting infusion of renewables on each distribution feeder to no more than the feeder minimum load to avoid system voltage issues. Prohibit DG on Grace Bay feeder five because of its impact on operating voltages, unless there are additional system upgrades or improvements.These are just some of the recommendations made in the report. In addition, Leidos recommends, setting all consumer DG interfaced with the current grid, at existing individual demand (electricity consumption) or less.The study went on to reveal that it is possible to achieve higher DG penetration, but only with significant investment and upgrades. The report read, “additional analysis is recommended to confirm technically and economically: 1) Altering the generation dispatch and (or) increasing the spinning reserve to provide more margin for system contingencies with DG. 2) Add substation and (or) line regulation to provide more voltage control of the T&D system and take advantage of the available capacity.” Additionally, according to Leidos all DG installations should follow already established international interconnection standards set by professional associations such as, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Suggested standards include; IEEE 1547, IEEE 929 and UL1741.FortisTCI is now working to position itself to accept customer-owned solar energy on the electricity grid by themiddle of 2015. In order to achieve this goal, it will require FortisTCI and the Turks and Caicos Islands Government to work together to set proper interconnection and metering standards.Notes to Editors:1) FortisTCI Limited (FTCI) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc. located in Newfoundland, Canada in August 2006. Turks and Caicos Utility Limited (TCU), which is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, was acquired by FTCI in August 2012. FTCI is the sole provider of electricity in Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. Together the two companies serve approximately 13,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Utilities have an aggregate diesel-fired generating capacity of approximately 75 megawatts. Additional information on FortisTCI can be accessed at www.fortistci.com.2) Fortis is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assets approaching $25 billion and fiscal 2013 revenue exceeding $4 billion. Its regulated utilities account for approximately 93% of total assets and serve more than 3 million customers across Canada and in the United States and the Caribbean. Fortis owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. The Corporation’s non-utility investment is comprised of hotels and commercial real estate in Canada. For more information, visit www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Sweetwater Union District employee pleads not guilty to embezzlement

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Sweetwater Union District employee pleads not guilty to embezzlement Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A former employee of the Sweetwater Union High School District who’s accused of embezzling more than $50,000 in money orders from the district pleaded not guilty today to embezzlement and grand theft charges.Danya Margarita Williams, 42 of Chula Vista, is accused of appropriating more than $50,000 in money orders between June 2016 and November 2017, Chula Vista police Capt. Phil Collum said. District officials discovered the alleged embezzlement in late 2017 and reported it to Chula Vista police, Collum said.As part of her job, Williams was responsible for processing money orders received for fingerprint background investigations at the district, which are required during employment screening, according to police. Each background investigation costs between $52 to $75 per applicant and the applicants pay the fee using money orders, Collum said.“Instead of processing the money in accordance with district requirements, Williams deposited the money into her personal bank account,” Collum alleged. The exact amount of money that Williams allegedly embezzled was not revealed.Williams, who faces four years in prison if convicted of all charges, was arrested last week but is out of custody on $50,000 bail. She’s due back in a Chula Vista courtroom April 16 for a readiness conference. March 12, 2019 Posted: March 12, 2019last_img read more

Shots fired over road rage in Clairemont Mesa

first_imgShots fired over road rage in Clairemont Mesa SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A driver fired shots at another car in Clairemont Mesa today in a road rage incident, police said.A motorist told police he was fired on by another motorist at about 3 a.m. on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard after the two drivers got into an altercation on the road. The gunshots blew out the victim’s passenger side window, according to Officer Tony Martinez of the San Diego Police Department.Police continued to investigate the shooting, and no arrests have been made. The shooting suspect’s vehicle description has not been released. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, June 22, 2019 Posted: June 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Music to Receive Android 412 Jelly Bean Update

first_imgSamsung’s budget Android smartphone, Galaxy Music GT-S6010, is all set to receive the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.According to reports, the company has started rolling out the update to the UK and the other countries will receive the upgrade in the coming days. Samsung Galaxy Music, which made its global debut in October last year, was launched with Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich operating system.The new update has been released over-the-air and also via Kies app. The latest update will bring user interface improvements, Google Now support, enhanced notifications, Project Butter improvements and more to the phone. Besides this, the battery life of the handset is expected to be enhanced greater and overall performance will improve. There is no official word whether the dual-SIM version of Galaxy Music will receive the Jelly Bean update.Regarding the specifications, Samsung Galaxy comes with a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display with 240×320p resolution and is powered by an 850MHz processor. It houses 512MB RAM along with 4GB internal memory onboard which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. On the connectivity front, it comes with WIFI 3G, 2G, Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB. The device which is designed especially for music lovers hosts a dedicated music key along with a SoundAlive music player and a 3.5mm ear jack. The all-new Galaxy Music Duos has two speakers on the front, stereo FM radio with RDS, built-in FM antenna. It packs a 1,300mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera.Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 are also next in line to receive Android’s latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS update.last_img read more

Blair announces return to politics to fight Brexit

first_imgFormer British prime minister Tony Blair said Monday he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit.Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election.But he said he wanted to build a political movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the European Union.Blair, 63, who was prime minister for a decade from 1997 and whose legacy has been defined by the Iraq war, said he knew he would face intense criticism for doing so.But the ardent Europhile, who has largely been working on Middle East and African issues since leaving office, still wanted to get his “hands dirty” and re-enter the fray, saying voters should have the chance to change their mind once the final EU exit deal becomes clear.”This Brexit thing has given me a direct motivation to get more involved in the politics,” he told the Daily Mirror newspaper.”You need to get your hands dirty and I will.”I know the moment I stick my head out the door I’ll get a bucket of wotsit poured all over me, but I really do feel passionate about this.”I don’t want to be in the situation where we pass through this moment of history and I hadn’t said anything because that would mean I didn’t care about this country. I do.”I am not sure I can turn something into a political movement but I think there is a body of ideas out there people would support.”He said his push was not about defying the vote to leave the European Union.He said leaving the European single market and seeking a free trade agreement, as is Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s intention, would be “relegating ourselves” from the top order.Opinion polls put the Conservatives far ahead of Labour, a few weeks out from the general election.Blair, who won three straight general elections as Labour leader, was from the most centrist strain of the party, while current leader Jeremy Corbyn is from its strident leftist wing that reviles Blairite politics.”Unless you are providing answers for the future you are not going to win,” Blair warned.last_img read more

Cattle markets yet to gain momentum

first_imgCattleThough Eid-ul-Azha is only four days away and cattle markets are crammed with sacrificial animals, a handful of buyers were seen at cattle markets in Dhaka city on Wednesday due to heavy rains since morning, reports UNB.Visiting different cattle markets in the city, the UNB correspondent found sellers eagerly waiting for customers but few were visiting the markets.The correspondent visited the cattle markets located at the open ground of Amulia Model Town, Aftabnagar Eastern Housing Dawkandi Endulia, Hazaribagh field at Zigatola, Lalbagh Rahmatganj playground and open space adjacent to Kamalapur Stadium and open space of Shanir Akhra-Dania.Talking to UNB, some traders said they were disappointed due to the unfavourable weather condition.Suman Sheikh, a cattle trader from Thakurgaon, said, “We’re yet to get the genuine response from customers. A few buyers are coming but no one is buying.”“Maybe people are waiting for the last two days to buy their sacrificial animals. If rain continues till the last two days before Eid, it’ll be a very tough situation for us,” he said.The correspondent also found that all the cattle market leasers have expanded the haats violating the terms and condition of lease, and the extended portions of the haats do not have adequate facilities.The cattle traders of the extended portions of the haats are enduring too much of sufferings with their cattle under the open sky.Some of the traders said now they have no other option as they have brought their cattle from far-flung areas.Leasers said they are taking special measures to protect animals from rains and mosquitoes.Twenty-five makeshift cattle markets were set up in the capital under Dhaka North and South City Corporations (DNCC and DSCC), up from 22 last year.The DSCC is hosting 14 cattle markets, while the DNCC is accommodating the other 11. Apart from the makeshift cattle markets, the permanent cattle market in Gabtoli will also be in business.last_img read more

Cardinals Fall to Georgia Tech

first_imgStory Links  Singles competition1. Kenya Jones (GT) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 6-0, 7-52. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) vs. Nami Otsuka (GT) 6-4, 2-6, 4-5, unfinished3. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) vs. Valeriya Deminova (GT) 6-4, 1-6, 4-3, unfinished4. Raven Neely (LOU) vs. Victoria Flores (GT) 3-6, 6-3, 4-2, unfinished5. Gia Cohen (GT) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 7-5, 6-7, 6-06. Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-3, 6-3 Photo Gallery Tennis Match ResultsGeorgia Tech vs Louisville3/10/2018 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass Rudd Tennis Center)  Doubles competition1. Valeriya Deminova/Victoria Flores (GT) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 7-62. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) def. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (GT) 6-43. Kenya Jones/Nadia Gizdova (GT) def. Aleksandra Mally/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2center_img Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.The Cardinals (10-7, 2-5) pushed the Yellow Jackets to three sets on four courts. Georgia Tech (6-6, 3-2) claimed the doubles point with two down-to-the-wire finishes. Junior Raven Neely and sophomore Diana Wong won 6-4, turning all eyes to court one.Senior Sena Suswam and freshman Dina Chaika pushed Georgia Tech’s Valeriya Deminova and Victoria Flores to a tie break, but the Jackets won 7-6 (4-0).Head coach Mark Beckham said the doubles point determined how the rest of the match was played.”If we get that, it creates scoreboard pressure. Then the players on Georgia Tech are playing slightly different in singles,” Beckham said.Suswam faced No. 11-ranked Kenya Jones in singles, almost pushing of the nation’s top players to a third set before falling 6-0, 7-5.Neely and redshirt senior Aleksandra Mally weren’t able to finish their matches, but were both up late in the third set. Neely has a team-best 13 singles wins this season.Freshman Chloe Hamlin nearly secured her ninth win of the season. The Tennessee native fell 7-5 in the first set and battled back to win 7-6 (4-0) in the second set before dropping the third 6-0.Louisville’s road doesn’t get any easier as they welcome No. 3 Duke on Friday, March 22 and No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday, March 24. Beckham noted the talent of both teams, but remained focused in house.”I want to see us play our level. When we do that, I don’t have any issues,” Beckham said. Georgia Tech 4, Louisville 0 Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tuck in an extra helping for the Earth

first_imgWhile the rest of the Delhi swelters in the heat, the Imperial gave a lucky few a luxurious break to taste some zesty green recipes and join heads to talk environmental issues. Celebrating this ethos and committing to the environment, The Imperial had organized Green Luncheon for opinion makers to share a range of initiatives which the hotel has applied to reduce carbon footprint, have effective waste management, sustain recycle measures and energy conservation etc. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The luncheon included specialties like vegetable and cream cheese spanakopitas, sautéed greens with sesame and brown garlic, spinach and fresh ricotta cannelloni with butter garlic, ratatouille, Vanilla panacotta and some salads to die for. The special menu was designed by Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef The Imperial New Delhi.‘The Imperial has always demonstrated a commitment to environment conservation, whilst providing its guests with experiences which will enhance the awareness and understanding of the environment. We installed solar panels for heating water in guest rooms which is extremely efficient in saving energy, emits less carbon and thereby is environment friendly,’ said Vijay Wanchoo Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager.  He further said ‘The Imperial key initiatives and significant efforts have been modeled to encourage healthy tourism and eco balance. An exclusive lobby décor for the occasion for the world Environment week is designed to create awareness amongst guests to contribute towards environment conservation and be conscious about it.’ He also shared few future green initiatives on the occasion, soon to be implemented in the hotel. The special recipes made for the World Environment day are available in the 1911 restaurant along with the perfect salad spread. The light eats are best suited for summer and will be available in the restaurant till 30 June. The mint and raw mango shooter and the wild mushroom and asparagus stew get the thumbs up from us. Go green, reduce the carbon foorprints as the experts put it and head over for this meal – you won’t regret it!last_img read more

West Bengal Khadi Village Industries Board to develop cotton khadi in state

first_imgKolkata: Buoyed by the success of project Muslin, the West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB) is taking up a project for the development of cotton khadi in Bengal. The project will encompass 14 of the 23 states in Bengal.”Our main objective is to train artisans in churning out products as per the present market demand. We will provide them with infrastructure and most importantly, create a platform for marketing their products,” said Mrityunjoy Bandyopadhyay, CEO of WBKVIB. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe 14 districts that have been earmarked for the project are Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, East and West Burdwan, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Howrah, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Nadia, South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur. Around 4,950 artisans will get the training and the project cost will be to the tune of Rs 16.52 crore. It may be mentioned that there are about 115 Khadi institutions and societies working in the area of cotton khadi production in Bengal at present. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe artisans are now mostly producing traditional items of white khadi and conventional items of cotton khadi. “At present, there is a huge demand for cotton khadi, both in domestic and international markets, mainly due to its eco-friendly nature. We will assist them in integrating modern design, equip them in order to cater to the demands and bridge the gap between supply and demand.” a senior official of WBKVIB said. Hand-spun and hand woven cotton khadi fabric bear a unique feeling and make consumers very comfortable as the fabric feels warm during winters and cool during summers. According to a senior official of WBKVIB, some of the challenges that are affecting the sector include: stiff competition with power loom products as the cost of production in khadi sector is high. “We will take adequate steps to overcome the challenges, such as lack of storage facility, lack of quality control and testing facility, absence of branding etc,” the official maintained. It may be mentioned that production of khadi played an important role in the Indian Freedom Movement to discourage the Indians from wearing foreign clothes.last_img read more