U.S. installs 2,617MW of wind power in first quarter, additional 13,383MW under construction

first_imgU.S. installs 2,617MW of wind power in first quarter, additional 13,383MW under construction FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S. in the first three months of 2020 added 2,617 MW of wind power capacity, a record amount for a first quarter of any year.According to an analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the U.S. now has 107,801 MW of total installed wind power capacity. That is a 75% increase from the first quarter of 2014, when the U.S. had 61,519 MW of wind power capacity.Meanwhile, the project pipeline stands at 78,376 MW. That includes wind power projects in early development, advanced development or under construction, all scheduled to be completed by 2024.Of that, 13,383 MW of capacity is in the construction phase. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, may cause some of those projects to be delayed or canceled. The American Wind Energy Association said in April that the pandemic has put at risk up to 25 GW of planned projects. Nevertheless, wind developers have expressed confidence that the industry can ride out the economic impact of the pandemic.Oklahoma has the largest pipeline of projects under construction of any state, with projects totaling 2,391 MW of capacity being built. The largest is Invenergy LLC’s 999-MW Traverse Wind Energy Center, in Custer County, Okla., scheduled to come online in December 2021. American Electric Power Co. Inc. in May said it would invest $2 billion in wind farms in Oklahoma, including the Traverse project.Texas closely follows, with projects totaling 2,318 MW of capacity under construction. The state’s largest project under construction is FGE Power’s 500.4-MW Goodnight Wind Energy farm, in Armstrong County. The projected online date of the $900.7 million project is June 2021, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.[Justin Horwath]More ($): U.S. saw record Q1 for wind power capacity additionslast_img read more

UK regulator accused of cutting governance standards in listing rules

first_imgHowever, questions have been raised over the possible loosening of governance standards. The UK’s Investment Association (IA), which represents the asset management sector, said it welcomed the fact that the FCA had listened to concerned parties, but criticised certain aspects of the new rules. The new listing rules are believed to be designed to aid oil giant Saudi Aramco’s IPOChris Cummings, CEO of the IA, said it was critical that the UK remained a globally competitive and attractive place for companies to list, but added: “We are disappointed by the lack of a requirement for independent votes…“The acid test for this new premium listing category will be whether companies meet the high standards expected by their investors. Savers must have confidence that a company is run for all shareholders.”The Institute of Directors (IoD), which represents senior business leaders, was less circumspect in its response.Stephen Martin, director general of the IoD, said the organisation was “deeply disappointed” that the FCA had decided to plough ahead with its creation of the new listing category.“This decision has been made despite opposition from across the governance spectrum and without providing evidence as to the necessity for the reduction in standards,” he said.“By allocating [a premium listing] term to organisations which are not obliged to meet key requirements in relation to minority shareholder protections and independent directors – a central tenet of UK corporate governance – the FCA not only risks the market’s reputation with investors but the UK’s global reputation as a leader in best practice and good governance.”London has been competing with New York to convince Saudi Aramco – owned by the government of Saudi Arabia – to choose the UK capital for the possible listing of 5% of the oil company in what could be the world’s biggest flotation. The UK regulator has courted controversy with the introduction of a new premium listing category for sovereign-controlled companies that is widely believed to pave the way for Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, to opt for a London listing.Following a lengthy consultation process that began in July last year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) amended its final proposals “to ensure the regulatory requirements are appropriately calibrated” for companies owned by a sovereign nation.Under the terms of the new rules, which come into effect on 1 July, there would be independent votes conducted for independent directors and disclosure obligations “on related party transactions beyond market abuse regime disclosures”, the FCA said.“These rules mean when a sovereign-controlled company lists here, investors can benefit from the protections offered by a premium listing,” Andrew Bailey, FCA chief executive, said. “This raises standards. This package recognises that the previous regime did not always work for these companies or their investors. These rules encourage more companies to adopt the UK’s high governance standards.”last_img read more

Fifty-five volunteers to assist with planning of WCMF

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Fifty-five volunteers to assist with planning of WCMF by: – August 26, 2011 Plans are afoot to recruit up to fifty-five local volunteers to provide support for the various functional areas of the 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival scheduled to be staged here on October 28-30 at the Windsor Park Stadium.The recruiting process which commenced earlier this week is being coordinated Simeon Joseph, a board member of the Dominica Festivals Commission.Joseph says the process has proven to be an exciting one bringing together a cross section of the people with varying talents and interests.“By and large most of the people being interviewed were honest and I am confident that the DFC will be able to secure a cadre of dedicated, productive and a customer service oriented group of people”, explained Mr. Joseph.He further stated that many of the volunteers have a good idea of what the festival is all about and therefore that should make the process of volunteering more effective and rewarding to the DFC.Volunteers will be approved and accredited by the DFC Events Management Team and will be expected to add value to the spectator experience, providing a helpful service within the WCMF and in the wider community without financial reward.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Rice Board violating laws with 6-month contract – GRMA head

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairHead of the Guyana Rice Millers Association (GRMA) Leekha Rambrich is accusing the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) of violating laws that govern the sector, with particular focus on its delayed payments to millers under the Panama rice deal. To date, many farmers from Wakenaam, Essequibo Islands and other producers say their livelihood is stalled as millers are not forthcoming with payments.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderMillers are contending that the GRDB is not paying them for the rice obtained since the last crop in 2017. However, Government has sought to absolve itself from the issue with the Department of Public Information (DPI) recently reporting that Government was not responsible for farmers being owed for rice shipped to Panama as it was buyers in that country, which owe for rice shipped there. In fact, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said last week that “millers should desist from using the farmers as a bank.”However, speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday, GRMA head Rambrich posited that the GRDB, which is supposed to upkeep the relevant stipulations is in fact, “breaking the law”. He explained that with the signing of the Panama contract, the GRDB “is committing itself to a six-month payment plan” whereby rice would be obtained, and payments would come six months after. This arrangement, the official contends, would be tantalum to withholding payments from farmers for more than 42 days which is a violation of the Rice Factories (Amendment) Act of 2009.“Where will millers get money to pay the farmers from; why is it the Minister doesn’t let the GRDB pay the millers, so they could pay the farmers. GRDB is the exporter and they are buying the rice from millers and they are setting precedent and breaking the law; you cannot sign agreements to pay millers after six months; the Minister is contradicting himself,” Rambrich stressed on Sunday.The law stipulates that farmers need not wait longer than the mandatory 42 days before being paid for their paddy.According to the Act, the manufacturer (miller) is required to pay the paddy producer (farmer) half the amount due that farmer within two weeks of receiving that farmer’s paddy and the remainder of the liability must be liquidated within 42 days of the parties signing the agreement of sale for the paddy.He reiterated that the GRMA’s position that millers are signing agreements with GRDB which has a Government to Government arrangement with Panama. As such, Rambrich says that GRDB has an obligation to pay millers.“How can the Board, which is supposed to police the Act, buy rice from the millers and sign contracts for six months?” he queried. The representative further related that millers are hesitant to sell their produce in Panama and are opting for markets in Mexico and Cuba to sell to Panama.Meanwhile, millers have also been observing Minister Holder’s remarks on the industry. Guyana Times was told that many millers are currently operating in overdraft. Information disclosed that banks requested a payment schedule in which millers outlined how they would pay back the funds. Reports are that GRDB promised to pay millers since September last year but revised the payment deadline to April 30, 2018.“Since September last year they promised to pay us and they keep telling us that we would get paid by the end of April… it’s not that millers are using farmers as bank. Most millers have been asking GRDB when they will get their money; we are close to end of June and nothing as yet,” a miller disclosed on Saturday.An industry insider told this newspaper that the GRDB has been in discussions with Minister Holder for him to release funds to pay the millers, as the GRDB reportedly has reserves in its coffers. It was disclosed that the GRDB has been disbursing small percentages of the payments over the last two weeks to millers. This followed recent reports carried in this newspaper.GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan told DPI last week that “the Board is not in possession of the funds and is currently working with officials in Panama to ensure that the outstanding balance will be made available for payment at the earliest possible time.” The General Manager further told Government’s official media outlet that millers are aware that when they supply the Panamanian market, they will receive payments from the GRDB when it is received from Panama. He admitted that millers are owed for the two-contracted supply – the last contract for 2017 and the first contract for 2018 and not for contracts for any previous years.last_img read more

Number of homeless in Donegal up 75% as national records soar

first_imgThe number of people who are presenting as homeless in Donegal has almost doubled between January and February 2019. Twenty one households were accessing emergency accommodation from Donegal County Council last month, which is a 75% rise from the 12 households registered in January.The latest report from the Department of Housing has revealed that the number of homeless people in Ireland has exceeded 10,000 for the first time. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy described the figures as “hugely disappointing” as it emerged that 6,480 adults and 3,784 children were accessing emergency accommodation in February 2019. Sixty one adults and eleven families were recorded as homeless in the entire North West region of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo in February.In response to the report, Minister Murphy said: “The increase in homelessness in February is hugely disappointing. Our plans to fix the supply of both social and private housing are working and this is borne out by the most recent build figures. The latest RTB report also shows rent falling at the end of 2018. And yet still we see more people entering emergency accommodation.”“I am in constant contact with local authorities and am working with them to help move families out of emergency accommodation and into sustainable housing solutions,” he said.Donegal County Councillor Liam Doherty has said that the number of people experiencing homelessness is “unacceptable” and shows that government policy is failing to tackle the problem. He added: “This is simply deplorable and it is totally unacceptable that in the Ireland of 2019 we have entire families entering homelessness and living in emergency accommodation.“These figures also prove that homelessness is not simply an urban phenomenon but that rural counties such as Donegal too are struggling to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis gripping this state.“In the eight years since Fine Gael took office there has been an increase of 490% in the number of homeless children across the state, up from 641 in 2011.”Cllr Doherty said that the Minister’s ‘disappointment’ with the figures is an understatement.He added: “It should be remembered that Sinn Féin put down a motion of no confidence in Minister Murphy earlier this year, and he is only in his position because Fianna Fáil failed to support it. “As a Councillor, I pledge to continue to engage with officials at local authority level to find ways of improving emergency accommodation services for people in our county experiencing homelessness, and I will continue to work closely with families and those facing homelessness to ensure that they can access the supports they so badly need.”Number of homeless in Donegal up 75% as national records soar was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Do some selection tools result in unintended consequences?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You hear more about mature cow size and growth potential of calves, now that profit ebbs and flows with the cycle. We’ve written about mature size, but not much about how to use the relevant tools to change it. So now, let’s examine the strategies and tools available, and the unintended consequences of ignoring them.Commercial breeders can draw on more selection tools than ever before to improve the next generation of cows to match the market and ranch environments. Genomic testing can identify sires in multi-bull pastures while indexing heifer genetic potential and sorting outliers for adaptability and docility. You could start with cow records and docility notes early on, then cull heifers at weaning that don’t make the obvious phenotypic and docility cuts.With all the concern of increasing mature size in the cow herd, I am curious: how many heifers do you cull at weaning for being too large? Most will not hesitate to cull the small end, but my discussions suggest few sort off the larger heifers. Early genomic testing helps us find those with greater potential for mature size and excessive milk production, versus heifers that simply were born early or carry genetics for early growth with moderate mature size.If you didn’t test and sort heifers earlier, selection day may dawn without knowing much more than apparent post-weaning growth. Many commercial operations select bulls, even those used by artificial insemination (AI) simply to ensure a live calf, but much opportunity for genetic progress relative to mature size, milk production, growth potential and carcass merit is foregone without genomic information prior to breeding on the females.Some say just take the money you’d need for genomic testing and invest in better herd sires, those “spread bulls” with calving ease, post-weaning growth and carcass merit that are moderate in mature weight and height, with optimum milk for the environment. Over time, using sires matched to the market and ranch environments offer opportunity to produce heifers that do the same.Many more say the best way to select replacement heifers is simply expose all potential keepers and retain those that conceive early, effectively selecting for early fertility and ranch adaptability. The 2018 Nebraska Beef Report looked into the outcome of a reproduction-based selection program.Researchers looked at the age, weight and growth rate of heifers successfully conceiving to AI or natural service using 14 years of data collected throughout development. Weights were collected at late October weaning, February mid-winter development, April pre-estrus synchronization, late May AI, mid-July pregnancy check and mid-September pregnancy check.Heifers cycling prior to estrus synchronization were older and heavier at all pre-breeding weigh-ups, and were the only ones bred AI. Previous work suggests heifers are more likely to calve early in the calving season if cycling prior to breeding season, so selection for early puberty has benefits at weaning with older, likely heavier calves.If you just want pregnant heifers after AI or natural service, rather than opens, results are similar: pregnant heifers had been older and heavier at weaning and remained heavier through the September pregnancy diagnosis. Weight gain from weaning to the April AI date was no different for pregnant and open heifers, so the best predictor of heifer pregnancy in this data was older, heavier weaning weights rather than weight gain during development.This is why we don’t cull the heavier heifers early in development: they are more likely to conceive.Unfortunately, the Nebraska retrospective study doesn’t allow us to follow the heifers to evaluate their mature size relative to these developmental criteria. We do know the genetic relationship between weaning weight and mature size are positive, so simply selecting replacements based on reproductive success may indirectly increase mature cow size.The bottom line brings us back to genomic testing. It’s an unsurpassed opportunity to identify key sorting spreads in the females we seek to identify for breeding without discovering five years later our replacement selection method was inadvertently at odds with our goal of mature size moderation.last_img read more

Turner named Farm Bureau leadership development program specialist

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kelsey Turner of Bellevue has been named leadership development program specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, as part of the organization’s newly created Strategic Partnerships department. She will be working with the Young Agricultural Professionals, Youth Pathway and Ag Literacy programs, assuming some of the responsibilities of Melinda Witten, who was recently promoted to senior director, leadership development for Ohio Farm Bureau.Turner was most recently employed with the Bellevue City School District and as the Columbus-area market manager with Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse. She received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from The Ohio State University and is currently attending Ashland University studying for her MBA in Entrepreneurship.She is a native of Seneca County where her family’s grain and maple syrup operation, Sugarwood Family Farms, is located. She and her husband, Evan, are members of the Seneca County Farm Bureau, are active participants in Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program and are both volunteers for their 4-H club Spirit of ’76. She is a church council member and deacon for Zion United Church of Christ in Bellevue, where she also volunteers with local mission projects.last_img read more

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ONE: Elias Mahmoudi, Hiroaki Suzuki pull off wins in Muay Thai Super Series

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title Kaushik was also able to snap his three-fight losing streak while Rozten failed to get his third straight win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hiroaki Suzuki pulled off a last second victory over Mohammed Bin Mahmoud in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai event.Mohammed Bin Mahmoud vs Hiroaki Suzuki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was mostly a back-and-forth affair for most of the fight until Suzuki pinned Bin Mahmoud to the cage and the Japanese fighter proceeded to maul his Malaysian opponent.The fight was eventually stopped 2:53 into the third.In the opening match of the preliminary card, Himanshu Kaushik of India scored a technical knockout victory over Indonesia’s Egi Rozten in the strawweight divisionReferee Yuji Shimada called a stop to the fight 3:33 into the first round after Kaushik (4-3) took down Rozten (2-2) and proceeded to rain several punches to the head.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img View comments Yukinori Ogasawara(L) VS Elias Mahmoudi to cap off the ONE: Hero’s Ascent preliminary round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Elias Mahmoudi headlined the preliminary card with a unanimous decision win over Yukinori Ogasawara in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series in ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Algeria’s Mahmoudi had early control of the fight after a sharp right elbow cut Japan’s Ogasawara in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Mahmoudi then stayed through his course and maintained his authority over Ogasawara for the remainder of the fight.Tang Kai scored a beautiful knockout win after sending Sung Jong Lee to sleep 1:14 into the second round of their featherweight division fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChina’s Tang was rocked at the start of second round and was almost put in a guillotine choke but he was able to recover and sent a beautiful head kick to the temple of Lee.This was Tang’s (8-2) fourth straight win, all of which were knockouts, while Lee (2-4) suffered his third straight loss. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

NEW APPOINTMENTS FOR ATA

first_imgNo one can deny the fact that New Zealand have been catching up to Australia in the Touch standings and the Australian Touch Association (ATA) is certainly not about to let themselves be overtaken. The ATA and the Board of Directors has identified the need to improve not only the elite areas in Australian Touch but also the development at grass roots level. After the ATA Board of Directors meeting was held last weekend, the ATA are pleased to announce Louis Tompkins has been given charge of the men and women in white and diamonds (the referees), while Cathy Gray has been re-affirmed as the High Performance Programes Director. Gray, currently the ATA Director of Elite Programs, will continue in her role with the passion and commitment she has already demonstrated for so many years. Lou has been a member of the Federation of International Touch referees panel for the past 9 years, a member of the National Referees Panel for the last 11 years and if that’s not enough…a member of the NSW Referees Panel for 17 years! His experience and knowledge will benefit Australia’s top referees as well as encourage the growth and development of our up and coming referees. Not only is Lou qualified as a referee, referee presenter, referee coach and Touch coach, he has playing experience and administrator within NSW and has been heavily involved with the Penrith Rugby League affiliate in the past. Lou and the ATA will soon be calling for Nominations for the National Referee Panel in four portfolio areas; Education and Training, Communication, Coaching and Assessment and Affiliate/Youth referee development. All four of these portfolios are crucial to the development of refereeing in Australia. For Cathy, the work load is certain to get no lighter. Australian Touch is already setting it’s sight on retaining the World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and then winning back the Youth World Cup in 2009. Cathy will play a vital role as the High Performance Programs Director and will no doubt have a heavy load of pressure on her shoulders as the World Cup approaches. At the end of those long days of work she may be wishing she wasn’t spending her holidays away from those delightful Year 7-12 students she teaches at school! By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more