New York plans 800-MW offshore wind auction by year’s end

first_imgNew York plans 800-MW offshore wind auction by year’s end FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshore Wind Journal:New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state will hold its first offshore wind auction–for 800 MW–by the end of 2018.The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will procure approximately 800 MW of offshore wind through a solicitation issued in Q4 2018, in consultation with the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority. Awards are expected to be announced in Q2 2019. If needed, a second solicitation will be issued in 2019.Through the solicitations, NYSERDA will procure offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs) from awarded facilities. Each electric utility and other third-party suppliers of electricity serving retail customers in New York will support these new offshore wind resources through the purchase of ORECs from NYSERDA.The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan announced earlier this year by Governor Cuomo will guide the state in the responsible and cost-effective development of 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030. The governor also directed NYSERDA to invest US$15M in clean energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement to train workers to support the growth of the offshore wind industry.In June, NYSERDA was awarded a US$18.5M Department of Energy grant to lead the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. This nationwide offshore wind research and development consortium will be supported through a public-private partnership including the offshore wind industry, utilities, research laboratories, and other states.More: Cuomo kick-starts New York offshore wind with 800 MW procurementlast_img read more

Are you prepared for diversity legislation?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: Details There is a new narrative emerging from Congress about the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in financial institutions. Just a few short weeks before credit union advocates made their biggest descent on Washington D.C., the House Financial Services Committee released a study on Diversity in Banking. The report examined how the biggest financial institutions—those with over $50B in assets—are managing (or in this case, not managing) diversity. My summary of the key findings? Congress believes there is a lot of room for improvement— with Boards, with employees, and with investments. When it comes to changing behavior of those they oversee, Congress has one tool: Legislation. It comes as no surprise, then, that the committee has developed recommended legislation to improve diversity in banking. While the targets are all aimed at banks (today), credit unions must be prepared with their own response. With nearly twenty years of experience advocating for credit unions, I have observed that if Congress is ready to mandate how financial institutions should behave, credit unions must already be ahead of the legislation and telling the story of how they are already operating with consumers’ best interest first. Is the industry prepared to share our commitment to representing our communities through volunteer and executive leadership, community investment, and vendor selection? Can our stories successfully prove credit unions do not need to be subjected to another legislative or regulatory burden because DEI is in our DNA?   A recent assessment by CUNA examined how credit unions perform in both who we serve and who is doing the serving and found that credit unions have room to grow: The highest levels of leadership on our Boards and in our largest credit unions are mostly white, and mostly male. The NCUA’s annual voluntary diversity assessment for credit unions has not been widely completed, making it difficult to gain a complete picture of any progress in the industry so far. How does this look at your credit union? Can you share your intentional and organizational commitment to valuing diversity, demonstrated through metrics? Does your Board fully reflect and represent your entire community? Are your products developed by a team of leaders who understand diverse needs and varied perspectives because they represent diverse backgrounds? If you do not already have your DEI story ready for Congress, it is time to get serious about Diversity and Inclusion: To strategically integrate conversations about diversity in your planning conversations; to consider another approach to Board Succession Planning and Recruiting; and to win the war for executive talent by building inclusive cultures that attract top leaders to represent your community. Humanidei was founded to help credit unions and our system be the leaders in Diversity and Inclusion in banking. Our human capital solutions offer volunteer and executive succession planning and recruitment; organizational talent analysis; and DEI consulting that leads to diverse and inclusive cultures. Working together, we will develop a plan that ensures your credit union is ready to serve members and your community well into the future… and we’ll have you ready to tell a different DEI story before next year’s GAC. Are you ready to take action? Reach out to us and mention Advocacy Discount for 10% off any of our DEI Consulting Services before March 31, 2020.last_img read more

Researchers map 209 flu virus genomes

first_imgOct 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza researchers marked a milestone yesterday by publishing a report on the complete genetic mapping of 209 samples of human flu viruses, vastly increasing the supply of genetic data on flu. The report, published in Nature, is one of the first fruits of the Influenza Genome Sequencing Project, which aims to trace the genetic blueprints of thousands of flu viruses. The project, announced in November 2004, is a joint effort of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health in Albany, and The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Md. The flu genome sequencing project is now being expanded to include avian flu, in an effort to learn how often avian strains cross into humans, the article says. The H5N1 avian strain now circulating in Asia has already infected more than 115 humans. Experts fear it could soon gain the ability to spread readily from person to person, thereby launching a pandemic. “These new data give us the most comprehensive picture to date of how influenza viruses evolve and are transmitted throughout human populations,” NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, said in a news release. He said the new information could lead to better vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tools for flu. “As a result of this project, the number of complete human H3N2 influenza virus genomes in GenBank [a public online database] has already grown from just seven genomes to over 200,” the article says. The samples analyzed include 207 H3N2 viruses and two H1N2 isolates, which were gathered in New York state over five flu seasons, from 1998-99 through 2003-04. “The sequenced strains were not preselected because of their virulence or unusual characteristics, giving researchers an unbiased view of flu virus evolution as it moved through a varied human population,” the NIAID statement said. See also: They detected a number of mutations (changes in particular amino acids) that occurred during the study period, and also found three cases in which strains traded whole gene segments (reassortments). In July some members of the team reported in detail on the most significant of these events, in which two groups, or clades, of H3N2 viruses acquired the hemagglutinin gene from a third H3N2 group. That gave rise to the Fujian strain of flu, which predominated in the 2003-04 flu season. The vaccine that year was not well matched to the Fujian strain and had reduced effectiveness. The viruses were surprisingly varied. “Even within a geographically constrained set of isolates, we have found surprising genetic diversity, indicating that the reservoir of influenza A strains in the human population—and the concomitant potential for segment exchange between strains—may be greater than was previously suspected,” the researchers write. By carefully cataloging mutations and reassortments, “we can begin to get the first real picture of the rate of mutational events underlying influenza A virus evolution,” the researchers write. The research was done by a large team, with Elodie Ghedin of TIGR listed as the first author. They published their report the same day other teams reported on the re-creation of the deadly 1918 pandemic flu virus and a finding that the 1918 virus closely resembled avian flu viruses. Ghedin E, Sengamalay NA, Shumway M, et al. Large-scale sequencing of human influenza reveals the dynamic nature of viral genome evolution. Nature 2005 Oct 5 (advance online publication) [Full text] Ghedin and colleagues say that until now, scientists had fully mapped and published the genomes of only a few strains of human flu viruses. Most of the published data pertain to short fragments of the genes for the virus’s two key surface proteins, hemagglutinin and neuraminidase. Jul 26, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Flu viruses can evolve in unsuspected ways, study says”last_img read more

Lawyers shuffle City deck

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Pelham in $220m Polish push

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Boys Tennis Sectional Pairings

first_imgThe 2013 Indiana High School Boys Tennis Sectional pairings have been released.  Sectional play will be starting on Wednesday, October 2nd and wrapping up on Saturday, October 5th.Here’s The WRBI Area Boys Sectional Draws.Sectional 57 at South Dearborn.Wednesday (10-2):  East Central vs. Oldenburg Academy.   5 PM.Thursday  (10-3):  Batesville vs. South Dearborn.  5 PM.Milan vs. Wednesday’s Winner.   5 PM.Saturday  (10-5):  Thursday’s Winners.   TBAChampionship.   TBA.Sectional 10 at Connersville.Thursday  (10-3):  Union County vs. Connersville.   4:30 PM.Rushville vs. Franklin County.   4:30 PM.Saturday  (10-5):  Championship.   10 AMSectional 29 at Jennings County.Thursday  (10-4):  Madison vs. Southwestern.   5 PM.Jennings County vs. Greensburg.   5 PM.Saturday  (10-5):  Championship.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson and The IHSAA.last_img read more

Johnson resigned to leaving Anfield

first_imgDefender Glen Johnson appears resigned to leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after insisting he will not “go crawling” to the club for a new contract. Press Association “I have enjoyed the majority of the six years; I’ve had some good times and some bad times, but if I haven’t got a contract then I can’t stay,” said the England defender. “Of course it plays on your mind but that is when you have to be professional and try to do a job for your team, and I respect my team-mates and I want to put in a performance for them. “I want to play for a club that wants me – I am not going to go crawling to anybody. The club know where I am and they know the situation. “There were minor talks at the end of last season but nothing I could accept or reject.” Asked whether he was surprised Liverpool had not made more effort to extend his contract, Johnson added: “I have not really thought of it like that. “Whether it is football or business I don’t really worry about things I can’t control. “All I can do is try to keep doing my job every weekend and whatever will unfold will unfold.” As he enters the last six months of his contract the right-back is entitled to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs, but is remaining focused on his immediate future. “It is not my business to talk to other clubs at the moment,” he said. “I want to play my football, keep winning for Liverpool and I want to respect my contract, and that is what I am willing to do.” Johnson’s first goal since December 2012, stooping to convert a low header after Rickie Lambert’s header had come back off the crossbar, gave his side a 1-0 victory over Stoke. Having ended a three-match losing run in the league the defender believes a top-four finish is still very much within their grasp. “You enjoy winning games, scoring goals and being involved in assists – they are the great parts of football so on a personal level I am very happy,” he added. “Nothing has changed from last year. The backroom staff, the playing staff are fighting for the same cause and the objective is still the same, but in football you go through some sticky patches. “The quality is not in doubt, it is about confidence and trying to put a run of performances together.” Talks to extend his current deal, which expires in the summer, ground to a halt in the close season when the two parties reached an impasse over terms. It is understood the Reds wanted Johnson, who turned 30 in August, to sign a reduced-terms contract to reflect his age but he is unwilling to accept that. last_img read more

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe backs Stoke to start moving up the table

first_img The Potters thrashed Tottenham and Liverpool at the end of last season to finish ninth in the table but have failed to carry that momentum into the current campaign. No wins in six league games so far see Mark Hughes’ side languishing in the bottom three ahead of this weekend’s clash but Howe has warned his players not to underestimate their opponents. Press Association ”When I have reviewed Stoke’s games I have been very impressed,” Howe said. ”They don’t look like a team that haven’t won yet. They are the kind of side that you will see in a few weeks and they will be in a very different position. ”But we don’t need to worry about that. We know that if we are at our best levels we can beat anyone in this league, so it’s down to us. ”The performance against Sunderland was good, but we will prepare for Stoke on an individual basis. ”We are not at the stage where we can start to group games together. We want points from every game.” Bournemouth have enjoyed an encouraging start to life in the top flight. Wins over West Ham and Sunderland, as well as a draw against Leicester, mean the Cherries sit 14th and they scraped past Preston on penalties in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday. A second consecutive league victory against Stoke could see Howe’s side climb into the top half but they will have to do it without captain Tommy Elphick and midfielder Harry Arter, who are both injured. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Saturday’s opponents Stoke will soon climb away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. ”Both Tommy and Harry are still out,” Howe said. ”Tommy has flown to Sweden to get an update on his injury and Harry is still continuing his rehab. ”Harry has had a little niggle this week, not on his original injury, so it’s just a case of letting that settle down. But that’s only natural when you’ve been out for the length of time that he has. ”Tommy has gone to see a specialist he used when he was at Brighton. Hopefully after that it will be a case of building him back up quite quickly.” last_img read more

Mon Dieu! The Eiffel Tower is Closed Due to a Climber

first_imgThe Eiffel Tower is closed as police deal with a climber who scaled the Paris attraction.Officials tweeted the Tower was “closed until further notice” after the unidentified climber was spotted on the top side.The climber appears to be wearing a red jacket, but doesn’t have any political banners.

Man climbing Eiffel Tower prompts evacuation of the famed French landmark as a safety precaution.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 20, 2019

The popular Paris tourist attraction was also evacuated as a safety precaution.last_img read more

Ronaldo gives Real win over Malaga, Atletico hammer Levante

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored on the rebound after having a penalty saved to give Real Madrid a scarcely-deserved 3-2 win against Malaga on Saturday while Atletico Madrid recorded their biggest win of the season by thrashing Levante 5-0.Real twice squandered the lead at home to Malaga due to individual errors but restored their advantage for a third time in the 76th minute as Ronaldo knocked in on the rebound when his spot-kick was turned away by visiting goalkeeper Roberto, ending a domestic goal drought that had spanned four games.Atletico took advantage of some woeful defending from their hosts, whose defender Rober Pier scored an own goal in the fifth minute while Kevin Gameiro cashed in on a dreadful attempted clearance by Chema Rodriguez to tap in the second in the 29th.Gameiro struck again after the interval while Antoine Griezmann scored twice in the space of three minutes to complete the rout, netting for the first time in seven league games.Atletico are third, tied with fourth-placed Real on 27 points after 13 games while Barcelona, on 34, visit second-placed Valencia on Sunday with the chance to move seven points clear at the top of the standings.“This was a great performance from us, we began with an early goal and put them under a lot of pressure and created a lot of chances,” Gameiro told reporters.“It’s great to score five goals but we have to keep working like this.”Atletico also set a club record of 13 games unbeaten at the start of a season, bettering their previous tally of 12 from the 1995-96 campaign when they won a league and Cup double.Karim Benzema nudged in Real’s opening goal in the ninth minute after Ronaldo’s header came back off the bar but Malaga levelled in the 16th through Uruguayan Diego Rolan after an awful misplaced pass in the area by Real’s Toni Kroos.It was Malaga’s first goal away from home in the league this season.Germany midfielder Kroos made amends by whipping in a corner which Casemiro leaped to head Real back in front in the 21st minute, while Malaga were denied an equaliser on the stroke of halftime for a foul by defender Paul Baysse on Dani Carvajal as he headed home.“VERY DIFFICULT” Real were without captain Sergio Ramos, who broke his nose in last week’s goalless draw with Atletico Madrid.Coach Zinedine Zidane also rested Luka Modric and benched usual number one goalkeeper Keylor Navas despite the Costa Rican returning from injury, instead keeping faith with Kiko Casilla.Malaga pulled level again 12 minutes into the second half following two errors from Madrid. First Raphael Varane gave the ball away and then Casilla let Gonzalo Castro’s shot from distance slip through his hands.Real took the lead for the third time when Luis Hernandez tripped Luka Modric in the area, allowing Ronaldo to convert at the second time of asking.“We started well and scored early which is important but we started giving the ball away and everything changed,” Zidane told reporters.“The second half was very difficult but we’re happy with the result and need to remember we won, even if things didn’t go exactly as we would have wanted.”Elsewhere on Saturday Real Betis and Girona played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with three goals in a frantic finale while Eibar won a local derby at Alaves 2-1.last_img read more