Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Magazine:Final testing has begun on South Australia’s 150MW Hornsdale Power Reserve, the biggest lithium-ion battery in the world, which is owned by Neoen.The South Australian Government provided $15 million from its Grid Scale Storage Fund for the project.South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, said the start of testing is a key milestone for the Hornsdale Power Reserve, which will allow the huge battery to provide new grid support services at a scale unmatched in the world.Mr van Holst Pellekaan said that the additional storage power and capacity would result in a faster response to disturbances such as network faults, so that the Hornsdale Power Reserve could assist in stabilising the grid within milliseconds.“Independent modelling indicates that the Hornsdale Power Reserve has already delivered more than $150 million in savings to consumers in its first two years of operation. Upon successful completion of testing in the next few months, we expect these savings will continue to grow.”[Imogen Hartman]More: SA’s big battery hits final testing phase Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australialast_img read more

Nottinghamshire couple win Midlands Golf Steward of the Year award

first_img Nottinghamshire’s Phill and Louise Maxwell have been recognised as the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s Midlands region. The Maxwells, from Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, received their trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. The competition to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards was in its ninth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards. Phill commented: “We’ve got a great team of people behind us, our staff, the management committee and the club manager.” Louise added: “The club is very well supported by the members and they come up even when the course is closed.” The couple are very experienced stewards. Phill spent 25 years as the steward at Newark Golf Club before moving to Radcliffe-on-Trent two years ago, where they have the catering franchise, including a halfway house, and run the bar. They’ve introduced a 15% loyalty/discount card and started Sunday lunches, which have become hugely popular with members and local residents. They run weddings and birthday parties as well as a full range of social events such as wine tastings and summer barbecues – and their famous ‘Cow Pie’ is a great favourite. During the time they’ve been at the club they’ve increased the food turnover by 42% and the bar by 17%. The Maxwells and the other winners all received their trophies from England Golf Acting Chief Executive, Crag Wagstaff, and from Earl Baker, Fuller’s Sales Manager (Traditional Free Trade). The other winners were: national and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk; South West winner, Fiona Snook of Wareham Golf Club, Dorset; and North winner, Kirsty Glaister of Stamford Golf Club, Cheshire. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2014 Stewards of the Year, Samantha Hudson, joined the judges to whittle down the entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Phill and Louise Maxwell. 12 Feb 2016 Nottinghamshire couple win Midlands Golf Steward of the Year award last_img read more

Rebels make it look easy, pound Leafs 8-2 in KIJHL exhibition play Thursday in Nelson

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsAfter winning a preseason tournament in Beaver Valley over the weekend the Nelson Leafs were quickly brought back down to earth by the defending Kootenay Conference Champions from Castlegar.The Rebels scored early, often and then some in posting a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition wins over the Leafs, the final victory an 8-2 pasting of the Green and White Thursday at the NDCC Arena.Castlegar doubled the Leafs 6-3 in game one of the home-and-home series Wednesday in the Sunflower City.“We’ve got lots of work ahead of us,” Leaf coach Frank Maida admitted following the six-goal pounding.Of course, almost in the same breath, Maida added the coaching staff was taking a look at all the players remaining in camp to before making final cuts this weekend.And the way the puck was bouncing past, off and into the Leaf net, today was not a good day to purchase a Lotto ticket for any of the players dressed in the home jerseys.“On some nights that’s the way the puck rolls,” Maida said.“Then again we’ve only had one practice before the two games against Castlegar,” he added.Scoring for Castlegar, leading 3-1 after one frame and 7-1 following the 40-minute mark, were Anthony Delong, Dylan Houle, Arthur Andrews, Peter Mingus, Bryce Eviston, Tyler Robinson and Quinn Klimchuk.Mathew Naka and Dallas Barker replied for Nelson.Pat Defoe and Braden Minus shared goaltending duties for Castlegar while Sam Monk, welcome to junior hockey, and veteran Andrew Walton were between the pipes for the Leafs.The teams have a full week of preparation before the teams kick off the regular season Friday, Sept. 16 in Castlegar.The Rebels pay a return visit Saturday, Sept. 17, Nelson’s home opener at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 [email protected]last_img read more

Parse.ly Adapts to Interests: The Pro Blogger’s Feed Reader

first_imgThe problem with most feed readers is that they’re controlled by humans – namely, us. As curators of the Web, we collect disparate links in Jekyll and Hyde-like bouts and then forget to maintain our feeds. It’s totally understandable. Over time and depending on our moods, our interests change. Years ago the term “social media” may have seemed as futuristic as robotic exoskeletons and citizen space travel. Today, if you’re naive enough to add “social media” as one of your feed-related interests, you’re likely to drown in a river of presentation posts. Parse.ly hopes to change that. To begin, Parse.ly asks users to enter the topics they’d like to read about. From here you use a drag-and-drop interface to determine your level of interest around each topic. Your favorite topics go into a “Most” interested box, while your fleeting fancies are labeled as “Somewhat” interesting. From here, the system scores and compiles your reading list based on relevancy. As you star, unstar and delete items, Parse.ly learns your preferences and acts accordingly. For those of us suffering from information overload, this is a great way to get back on track. Rather than having to go through each and every subscription, users can either ignore articles or take an active role in removing or demoting an interest. What’s more, the fact that this system is adaptive means that based on keyword matching, it might just serve you some unknown gems. Parse.ly is currently in closed beta and is expected to launch in 2010. If you’d like to try the service, register for an invitation at parse.ly. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Parsely Tour from Sachin Kamdar on Vimeo. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Bloggers, muckrakers and news fanatics, lend me your ears. It’s entirely possible that we’ve discovered one of the best approaches to media monitoring since RSS itself. My mother always said, “You’ll never get what you want unless you ask.” But with adaptive feed application Parse.ly, that simply isn’t true. Rather than forcing us to abandon our overflowing feed readers, Parse.ly records our preferences and learns to work with us. last_img read more

Kangna Ranaut won’t endorse Hilton fashion line

first_imgThe buzz has been doing the rounds that Kangna Ranaut has been approached by American socialite and business woman Paris Hilton to endorse her clothing line in Asia.However, Paris denied contacting Kangna and it is said the actress has allegedly been spreading this news to grab some limelight. Kangna, apparently, is very upset with this and her spokesperson claims she was indeed approached by Paris Hilton’s manager but things could not work out between them.Moreover, it is being said Kangna is planning to launch her own clothing line.last_img read more

4 days ago​Ings hails Southampton character in Wolves draw

first_img​Ings hails Southampton character in Wolves drawby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton star Danny Ings was pleased with the character his side showed against Wolves on Saturday.The Saints managed a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at Molineux.The draw leaves Southampton in 17th place, just above the drop zone on goal difference. But Ings took positives from the game.”For any player it’s important to have a positive mentality around the group, whether you’re starting or not starting,” he told the club’s official website after the game.”I really feel that’s important for a dressing room and I feel we have a great dressing room. We have players who are hungry and want to learn and it’s great to be a part of.”I feel it was a great point for us with the circumstances of the game, and now we have a great week coming where we can train, put our work in and hopefully put on another performance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Canadian Solar CEO seeks to take it private in cash deal board

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – Shares in Canadian Solar Inc. rose Monday after the company revealed it has received a non-binding takeover offer from its chairman, Shawn (Xiaohua) Qu, who is also CEO and president.Qu is tentatively offering US$18.47 in cash for each share not already owned by him and his wife Hanbing Zhang, who together have about 23.5 per cent of Canadian Solar’s stock.The indicated offer was 7.1 per cent above the closing price of US$17.25 on Nasdaq on Friday. The stock was up $1.10 or six per cent at US$18.35 shortly after the market opened Monday.Qu said in a Dec. 9 letter distributed on Monday that he wants to take Canadian Solar private using a combination of debt, the equity owned by him and his wife and potentially third-party equity sponsors.“I believe that the transaction will provide superior value to the company’s shareholders as compared to remaining a publicly traded company,” said Qu, who added that he’s not interested in selling his stake.Canadian Solar said its board has formed a committee of independent and disinterested directors to consider the proposal.Its shares have been mostly below US$20 since March 2016, well off their most recent highs in early 2014.Founded in 2001 and publicly traded on Nasdaq since 2006, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest solar power equipment manufacturers and solar utility developers.last_img read more

RCMP clear over 100 abandoned builds near Gillam as search continues

first_imgNot only are our officers combing through kilometers of dense northern forest, they’re also challenged with searching & clearing large abandoned buildings like this one (with approx. 600 rooms) at the Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp, near Gillam. #rcmpmb @manitobahydro pic.twitter.com/IMkqMlKxx8— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 27, 2019On top of the crews searching both in Gillam and Fox Lake Cree First Nation, officials are still searching the dense forest in the communities.  With the request for military aircraft approved on Friday, Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules & personnel arrived in Gillam Saturday to help with the aerial search.Just now: CF130 Hercules arrives in Gillam to assist in search for suspected killers. @globalnewsto @globalnews pic.twitter.com/UMvBJoNZd1— Seán O’Shea (@ConsumerSOS) July 27, 2019The Mayor of Gillam Dwayne Forman says the search has added a lot of stress to the community.  The Mayor says community hopes the search concludes as quickly as possible.Kristen Van Alstyne and family: “…this was the safest place on earth.” Gillam isn’t seen that way anymore by some we interviewed. @globalnewsto @globalnews @GlobalNational pic.twitter.com/l5hI0VGagI— Seán O’Shea (@ConsumerSOS) July 27, 2019Other Sightings Before GillamRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.” The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.SEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP have cleared more than 100 abandoned buildings in the Gillam area.The RCMP released new information Saturday that they had searched and cleared 100 abandoned buildings include a 600 room work camp.  The Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp opened in 2015 and is located 90km northeast of Gillam.The RCMP said in a press release Saturday there have been no new sightings of the suspects.  “And no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area. However, our investigators remain open to the possibility and continue to ask anyone who may have inadvertently provided assistance to the suspects to come forward and contact police.”center_img Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.last_img read more

Wake Up World Bank

first_imgOver three decades back, it looked quite impossible to ask the World Bank to review a project approved by them and to have a complaint mechanism inside the Bank. Yet, the struggle of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) against the Bank-financed Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Dam did just that. After years of struggle, in 1991, the movement got the World Bank to review the dam project. Two years later, the Bank withdrew from the project — a first in their history of financing projects around the world. On February 27, 2019, by challenging the immunity of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the United States of America (US) Supreme Court in a landmark case, the fishworkers associated with Machimar Adhikaar Sangharsh Sangathan (MASS) rewrote history. Also Read – A special kind of bondParadoxically, both these peoples’ movements have roots in Gujarat. Indeed, it would have been impossible for the people to reach the highest court of US if not for the tenacity of the committed team of lawyer-activists at EarthRights International — a US-based NGO specialising in “legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders and advocacy campaigns.” However, the victory, though significant, is only partial in this case. In 2015, a case was filed before the District Court of Washington DC — where IFC is registered — to hold IFC accountable for lending to the Tata Mundra project (Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd). The petitioners claimed irreversible loss to their livelihood. IFC, instead of challenging the case, sought to hide behind the veil of immunity. Now that the Supreme Court has decided that they do not enjoy absolute immunity, the case about IFC’s liability in Tata Mundra project will commence in the District Court. Also Read – Insider threat managementWith the documentation of non-compliance of IFC’s social and environmental policies, as reported by its own Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) in an eloquently crafted report, it’s only a matter of time before IFC is held accountable and made to pay. Besides, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) — the independent accountability mechanism of Asian Development Bank (ADB) — another co-financier of the project, also reported about the gross violations of ADB policies. ADB’s actions on the findings continue to be inadequate and far from addressing the real violations as reported by the CRP. Despite confronting a heedless company and careless financiers, the people never gave up hope. Even in the face of extreme difficulty, with sources of their livelihood dwindling and pressure from different quarters to withdraw the case, they stood their ground. And that paid. Immunity, even as a principle, is incompatible with present day’s advanced discourse on human rights, good governance and equitable development — terms which the Bank tosses around at their conferences and publications, but seldom practices. Even an elected government could be taken to court by its citizens. So how can then the World Bank and other international organisations enjoy immunity? Absolute immunity leads to impunity, and that foments lack of transparency and the reluctance to be held accountable. This historical decision has opened up an opportunity for communities around the globe to take decisive actions against lenders whose investments are causing damage to humans and the environment. This decision will push financial institutions to be more responsible in their lending and ensure that no or least damages are caused due to their investments. As in the case of Narmada and many other struggles, this judgment proves that local struggles along with the support of other likeminded organisations, developing extensive documentation of violations and building their case on rock-solid facts, will certainly drive the violators to look for hideouts. It has undeniably thrown open an opportunity for peoples’ movements, fighting against destructive developmental projects, to include ‘finance’ as a part of their existing strategies. It also upholds that the rights of the people are above the privileges of the rich and powerful. In a world where spaces are shrinking for people to dissent in order to protect their rights and are disempowered before the might of corporations and financiers, this verdict becomes more significant. Not just for the World Bank Group, this decision is a clarion call to other financial institutions as well — both national and international — that they will be held accountable, and made to pay, for investments where they do not consider people and environment. Interestingly, a case from Honduras filed by the farmers may not have to go through the same process. The suit, filed through EarthRights International, arises out of the substantial financial support by IFC and the IFC Asset Management Corporation (IFC-AMC) — both World Bank entities — in Honduran palm-oil company Dinant. The company has been at the centre of bloody, decades-long land-grabbing in the Bajo Aguán region of Honduras. Furthermore, the outgoing President Jim Yong Kim was at the helm when CAO report about non-compliance of IFC’s policies by the company was published. The CAO reported many shocking findings — that the social and environmental impact assessments were erroneous, people were not consulted before the project was approved, project is causing health hazards to people in the vicinity and the livelihood of the people is gravely impacted. Kim had every reason to take action on the report. Instead, he chose to ignore the findings and the demands of the people. The consistent indifference of the Bank led the people to knock at the doors of US judiciary. Of course, inadvertently, Kim made the World Bank a step closer to accountability. And he will be remembered for that. In 2013, a campaign around the CAO findings was named ‘Wake Up Kim’. It demanded that President Kim wake up from his slumber, recognise the violations and take actions. Time has come to rename it to ‘Wake Up World Bank’. (The author is Executive Director of Centre for Financial Accountability. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more