Will Offshore Wind Farms Come Near Bayshore Region?

first_img“Today we have taken another important step forward into our 100 percent clean energy future,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, NJBPU president. “With today’s award of 1,100 MW of offshore wind, a safer, healthier future for New Jersey is looking brighter and closer than ever.” The lease on a Raritan Bay site was signed in March 2017 by the Norwegian organization Equinor, which proposes a pizza-slice-shaped wind farm on 80,000 acres of federal waters. The tip of the slice is located 19.5 miles off the coast of Sandy Hook and 14 miles away from Jones Inlet on Long Island. Clean Ocean Action executive director Cindy Zipf said Murphy’s goal is one worth pursuing, but only if projects in coastal waters are done responsibly. Ørsted anticipates construction will begin in 2022 or 2023. The first power would be produced and circulated in 2024 in cooperation with PSEG Power. In a media release, the Murphy administration said the Ørsted project, titled Ocean Wind, is expected to power an estimated 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits, in addition to creating an estimated 15,000 jobs over the life of the project. Through a recent announcement, Atlantic Highlands environmental commission chair Jim Krauss said he believes it was six years in the making. “We spent a day at Monmouth University explaining to these federal officials where people were fishing, sailing, surfing, etc.,” Krauss said. “They were trying to determine where they could put this wind farm so it wouldn’t conflict with any of the ocean users.” In June the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy made a splash at the shore when the state board of public utilities approved a $1.6 billion wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Krauss said the officialshe spoke to were veryconcerned about projectsnegatively impacting thestate’s multibillion dollartourism and commercialfishing industries. Krauss said six years ago he and other environmental stewards, maritime professionals and recreational fishing leaders participated in a study led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. center_img Preceding this announcement was the May launch of the New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry, which allows companies, technical professionals and contractors to indicate their interest and offer their abilities to supply components and services for the offshore wind projects in New Jersey’s coastal waters and along the entire Eastern Seaboard. Murphy called the board of public utilities announcement “historic” and said it will “revolutionize the offshore wind industry in New Jersey and along the entire East Coast.” Local environmental officials say the rippling waves of that announcement could soon be felt in the Bayshore region, with two additional rounds of wind farm application approvals to come in the next three years and a site situated near Sandy Hook and New York already eyed for development. New Jersey Economic Development Agency CEO Tim Sullivan said the Ørsted project and the creation of the registry “represent a major milestone toward our goal of becoming the capital of the American wind industry.” If the proposal is adopted Equinor estimates construction will begin at some point between 2022 and 2023, with the first power available in 2024 or 2025. Estimates have the project powering 1 million New Jersey homes. “They basically told us, ‘we’re not here to tell you where we think they could be placed, we’re here to find out from you where they shouldn’t be.’ It was encouraging to hear because we’ve seen wind farms placed along fishing channels in Copenhagen and they can be a big annoyance,” Krauss added. The first project in Murphy’s three-part plan to generate 3.5 gigawatts of wind energy by 2030 was awarded to the United States branch of Ørsted, a Danish power company that proposed a 1.1 gigawatt project in Atlantic City waters. It is the largest offshore wind project ever awarded in the country. The next two projects call for even larger developments, soliciting 1.2 gigawatt constructions. “We want to work toward ensuring while we move ahead with this industrial but green energy use, that it’s done with respect and protection to our ocean. We need to make sure that during the process that marine life is not compromised and the implementation is as green as possible. Where exactly will they be built? How will they be moved? What exactly will the impact be? These are things we need to know,” Zipf said. last_img read more

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New country souvenir, United Arab Emirates, with Geocache of the Week: Burj Khalifa a Virtual Reward

first_img SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Cuba, with Geocache of the Week: Virtual Reward – FusterlandiaAugust 21, 2019In “community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Five new Geocaching country souvenirs for 2018December 10, 2018In “News” The view from below. Image by OscarPangea. Thankfully the coordinates themselves are at the base of the towering skyscraper—geocachers with a fear of heights are more than welcome to log with their feet safely on the ground! The city of Dubai has become an iconic cityscape, with towering buildings stretching into an impressive skyline. A booming global city, it houses businesses, tourism, and the UAE’s very own Geocache of the Week, Burj Khalifa a Virtual Reward. The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates stretched across the eastern coast of the Arabian peninsula. A vibrant and varied modern landscape, the UAE’s towers and cities spring from an ancient mix of arid desert, lush coastal plains, and soaring mountains. Today, we release a new country/regional souvenir for the United Arab Emirates! If you have found a geocache in the UAE, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More From Mysteries outside historic mosques, to Virtuals at sweeping sand dunes, to Traditionals along the sparkling Arabian gulf, it’s a country full of caching you won’t want to miss.  Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 1.5 Logging requirements are standard for a Virtual Cache, and exactly what you’d expect from a cache owned by two Reviewers! Cachers wishing to log this Virtual need only arrive at the posted coordinates and post a photo of a unique item showing their caching name.  Image by Ample and Workshy. The view from above. Image by fanticek. The Burj Khalifa holds the distinction of being the current tallest building in the world. Standing at over 2,715 ft (828 m), it breaks several world records including having the highest occupied floor in the world, and the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world.  Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Virtual GC7B7FV by Avanclan We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here. Though our Geocache of the Week is in the city and relatively accessible to most travelers to the UAE, it’s also worth taking in the other sights⁠—and finding some of the other cache⁠⁠s⁠—the UAE has to offer. Location: United Arab Emirates N 25° 11.728′ E 055° 16.640′ Enjoy the sunset after you’ve nabbed your smiley. Image by badhub.last_img read more

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Best Practices in Integrating HIV and MCH

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 24, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is a letter from the Centre for Development and Population Activities, an MHTF-supported project, that is seeking case studies for best practices with regard to integration of HIV and maternal health. For more information on the project or to submit a case study (using the Matrix for Documenting Best Practices form), please contact Mohammad Ahsan at [email protected] Friends,The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) is a non-profit organisation working to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. In India, CEDPA provides technical support, community-based reproductive and child health programs, leadership training, and innovative youth programs.CEDPA India is currently in the process of reviewing evidence with regard to integration of HIV and Maternal Health. In the next several months, we will be carrying out an analysis of existing policies and programs on convergence and integration of services. Our review includes gaps, needs and good practices to improve services and efficiency.As part of this review we have developed a matrix for documenting good practices. We request members of Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) to share details of initiatives working towards integration of Maternal Health and HIV programs. The matrix is attached. Please use the matrix to respond to the query with case studies. The cases can be from government as well as civil society, including those implemented by the corporate sector under public private partnership.Among other details, reports and documentations, we are particularly interested in knowing the following:Briefly describe your initiative in terms of objectives, activities, timelines, geographic context, population, partnerships, resources involved, and results.How did you engage the local authorities and community and how was the political commitment and support?What are the key lessons from your initiative in terms of its potential for replication or scale-up?Your contributions would be useful in our review to document experiences and scale-up initiatives integration of HIV and Maternal Health.Looking forward to your responses. With regards,Mohammad [email protected] IndiaDelhiShare this:last_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: Tottenham can win Premier League title

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: Tottenham can win Premier League titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Tottenham are capable of winning the Premier League this season.Spurs went second after thrashing the Cherries 5-0 yesterday.Following the game, Howe was asked if he sees Spurs as title contenders and replied: “Without a doubt.”They’ve got the forward players and the creative players that can cause anyone problems.”They are in great form and are very clinical – we had equally good chances but didn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UNC Honored Coach K’s 1,000 Wins Before Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCoach K honored before game against UNC.UNC and Duke just tipped off in the latest installment of their classic rivalry. The first game between the two teams back on Feb 18 was an overtime thriller, before which the two schools joined together to honor legendary former UNC coach Dean Smith, who had just passed away.Tonight, UNC returned the favor, presenting Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque to commemorate him reaching the 1,000-win plateau. The public address announcer at the Dean Dome also thanked Krzyzewski for the respect he showed Smith after his passing.Great moment by @GoHeels players and Coach Roy Williams to honor Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000 wins. #UNCvsDUKE pic.twitter.com/v67UFaeJvu— Durham Magazine (@durhammag) March 8, 2015Cool gesture on UNC’s part, and a great show of admiration and respect within the confines of a heated rivalry.last_img read more

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Parents Urged to Teach Children the Importance of Education

first_img As the new school year approaches, Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, is urging parents to teach their children the importance of education.“Children don’t actually understand how valuable education is when they are young. When they are older and looking for a job, that’s when it hits them, and, as such, we have to be responsible for ensuring that we teach them the value of education,” she said.Mrs. Holness was speaking to JIS News following a back-to-school treat at the Dallas Castle Community Centre in the constituency on August 17.She noted that education has been used as a vehicle by many to change their circumstances, and encouraged her constituents to do the same.Meanwhile, she urged parents to invest in textbooks for their children, so that they will be able to better participate in their lessons at home and school.Another back-to-school treat was also held at the Kintyre Community Centre in the constituency on the same day.The children received educational supplies and free health checks. The students, who will be attending basic, primary and high schools in September, received knapsacks and lunch bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners and book vouchers. They were also treated to food and entertainment.Ten back-to-school treats will be held across the constituency. A total of $5 million is being used from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and will go towards the paying of tuition and the purchasing of educational supplies.Mrs. Holness informed that 2,000 bags have been donated to the initiative.Treats have already been held in Harbour View and Bull Bay. The others will take place at Dublin Castle/Content Gap, and Mavis Bank High School on August 20; Irish Town-UCC Craighton Estate, and Savage Pen Playfield, August 22; and Top Maryland and Woodford Two Trees on August 23. As the new school year approaches, Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, is urging parents to teach their children the importance of education. Mrs. Holness was speaking to JIS News following a back-to-school treat at the Dallas Castle Community Centre in the constituency on August 17. She noted that education has been used as a vehicle by many to change their circumstances, and encouraged her constituents to do the same. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.The lab, known as FAIR Montreal, is headed by Joelle Pineau, a professor in McGill University’s computer science department and co-director of Reasoning and Learning Lab.The social media giant follows Google and Microsoft in establishing AI roots in Montreal.The lab is open and ready for business, with the first researchers already setting up shop in a new building.Pineau finished her degree in the United States and came back to Montreal against the advice of some of her American colleagues, who felt it would hinder her ability to do world-class research.She said she’s proven them wrong and added she hopes the new lab will give talented researchers in the field another option to stay put.“For many years, I’ve seen a steady stream of talented AI researchers … leaving my lab but also leaving our country,” Pineau told dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“I hope that some of the students who are here today will find an opportunity that matches their interest and their talent.”The Montreal lab will employ 10 researchers to begin, with the aim of tripling that number in the coming year.That would put it on par with three other Facebook hubs currently based in New York City, Paris and Menlo Park, Calif., and serve as recognition that Montreal has quickly developed a concentration of expertise in the area of artificial intelligence.Apart from the lab, Facebook said it intends to invest $7 million in the city’s AI community to fund research and students.Yoshua Bengio, a computer science professor at Universite de Montreal and an AI researcher, says Facebook is not just applying artificial intelligence but is also creating new science.“Facebook and a few other companies have been really contributing to the best science that is happening in our field in the last few years,” Bengio said. “This is unusual. It’s not what you usually see in industry.“But AI’s moving so fast and the importance of having the best people in one’s company is so critical.”Trudeau was joined by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Quebec’s innovation minister, Dominque Anglade.Speaking at his alma mater, Trudeau said generations of innovators have found inspiration in Montreal and Canada.“So it should come as no surprise that more tech giants are choosing our cities as their homes away from home,” he said.Outside the event, a large crowd of mostly students gathered for a chance to meet with Trudeau in his hometown.“You think he’ll sign my textbook?,” one McGill student quipped as she and dozens others patiently waited for the prime minister to emerge.last_img read more

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Daimler CEO Zetsche to step down early succeeded by insider

first_imgFRANKFURT – Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who unwound a troubled merger with Chrysler Corporation and led the German automaker to a string of record profits, will hand off next year to Ola Kallenius, a longtime insider who heads vehicle development for the Mercedes-Benz brand.The Stuttgart-based company said Wednesday that the change will take place in May and that Zetsche, 65, would be nominated to become head of the board in 2021 after the term expires for the current chairman, Manfred Bischoff.Zetsche’s latest three-year contract was to end in December 2019 and Kallenius had figured prominently in speculation about who would succeed him.Chairman Bischoff said that by nominating Zetsche early for the top board of directors post, “we are ensuring continuity for the sustained success of Daimler AG.”“In Ola Kallenius, we are appointing a recognized, internationally experienced and successful Daimler executive,” he said.The 49-year-old Kallenius, who was born in Vastervik, Sweden and still holds a Swedish passport, has headed group research and vehicle development for the key Mercedes-Benz luxury car division since the start of 2017. He worked as a manager in corporate controlling in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the 1990s.He is now slated to take over Zetsche’s dual mandate as both head of the entire company and the Mercedes division. The company also makes trucks and buses and provides financial services.Kallenius’ job is to be filled by Markus Schaefer, head of production and supply chain executive at Mercedes.Zetsche became CEO of what was then DaimlerChrysler AG in 2006. A smooth public speaker, he appeared for a time in U.S. television commercials as “Dr. Z,” ending his explanations of how German technology helped Chrysler brand vehicles with a cheery “auf wiedersehen.”Asked what Zetsche would do after Kallenius takes over, a company spokesman said only that Zetsche remains under contract until the end of 2019. He is also slated to take over as board chairman of travel group TUI on Oct. 1.His legacy includes leading Daimler out of its troubled 1998 merger with Chrysler, and subsequently racking up consecutive years of record sales and profits.The company also faces several headwinds, however. It is under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department and German authorities in connection with possible diesel emissions violations. And it issued a profit warning in June citing the U.S.-China trade dispute, which will hit some of its cars made in the U.S. and imported into China with new import taxes.The company is moving toward a strategic overhaul that would split Daimler into three divisions.last_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___The stock market starts off 2019 with more turbulenceNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks finish the first trading day of 2019 with small gains as a roller-coaster ride continues for the market. Indexes fell sharply in early trading following more disappointing economic news from China, then recovered in the afternoon. The market is coming off its worst annual drop in a decade as investors worry about slowing global economic growth and a trade fight between the U.S. and China. Energy companies rose as oil prices climbed, but health care companies fell.___Why slowing economies could prod US and China to reach dealWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are facing growing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade because of jittery markets and portents of economic weakness. The import taxes the two sides have imposed on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods — and the threat of more to come — have heightened anxiety on each side of the Pacific. The longer their trade war lasts, the longer companies and consumers will feel the pain of higher-priced imports and exports.___Apple sees further weakness in iPhone salesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple warns that disappointing iPhone sales will cause a significant drop in its revenue over the crucial holiday season compared to earlier projections. CEO Tim Cook made the announcement after the market closed Wednesday. Investors have been dumping Apple shares amid signs that the latest iPhone models weren’t living up to expectations. Apple now expects revenue of $84 billion for its past quarter, down from its projected range of $89 billion to $93 billion.___Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts’ estimatesDETROIT (AP) — Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all previous years combined. But fourth-quarter deliveries of 90,700 were below analyst estimates.___Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood cluckingSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix has provided the movie industry with an unprecedented peek at how a newly released film is faring on its service as competition for creative talent intensifies and its once-soaring stock sinks. The company lifted the tightly sealed lid on its viewership numbers in a recent tweet that disclosed 45 million subscriber accounts had watched the thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service. That is Netflix’s biggest first-week success in movies.___Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress — for small businessNEW YORK (AP) — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations. A newly Democratic House, a Senate that remains in Republican hands and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are expected to be obstacles to much small business-related work getting done. Some advocates say business owners will see more activity on their behalf in their state governments.___Plunge in oil prices threatens Iraq’s postwar recoveryBAGHDAD (AP) — The latest plunge in oil prices has dealt a heavy blow to Iraq’s stagnating economy, threatening the new government’s ability to rebuild after the devastating war with the Islamic State group and provide basic services to areas roiled by recent protests. Brent crude oil briefly rose above $85 a barrel in October but has since plummeted to less than $55 a barrel — a nightmare for a country like Iraq that derives 95 per cent of its revenue from oil exports.___Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in SaudiNEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s crown prince. Minhaj used his second episode to lambast the prince over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen. But Netflix says the episode was removed from the kingdom as a result of a legal request from authorities and not due to its content.___Department store executive Blake Nordstrom dies at 58NEW YORK (AP) — Blake Nordstrom, who led the upscale department store chain Nordstrom as co-president with his brothers Erik and Peter, has died. He was 58. The Seattle-based company did not disclose the cause of death, saying Nordstrom passed away early Wednesday unexpectedly. Last month, Nordstrom said that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, but that his cancer was treatable.___The S&P 500 index finished with a gain of 3.18 points, or 0.1 per cent, at 2,510.03, while the Dow industrials rose 18.78 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 23,346.24. The Nasdaq composite climbed 30.66 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,665.94. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 7.35 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,355.91.Benchmark U.S. crude jumped 2.5 per cent to $46.54 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 2.1 per cent to $54.91 per barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 1.8 per cent to $1.33 a gallon. Heating oil gained 1.3 per cent to $1.70 a gallon. Natural gas rose 0.6 per cent to $2.96 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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