The future of Appalachian Power is Renewable

first_imgChris Beam, the new president of Appalachian Power, plans to move towards renewable energy in hopes to attract large businesses to West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee.Top tech companies such as Amazon and Google are on the lookout for new locations for data and distribution centers, and both of these companies require 100 percent clean reusable energy. Beam said bringing these companies to West Virginia could have a massive impact on the region.“So if we want to bring in those jobs, and those are good jobs, those are good-paying jobs that support our universities because they hire our engineers, they have requirements now, and we have to be mindful of what our customers want,” Beam told the West Virginia Gazette-Mail.Stepping back from coal might be tough for a region that has depended on the coal industry for jobs for decades. In the near future, Appalachian Power plans to build a wind farm in Southern West Virginia.Read more here.last_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse sells for more than $5 million

first_img150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach.CoreLogic data reveals the property last changed hands in 2014 for $4.06 million.A heated pool, theatre, bar and wine cellar are among its standout features. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach.“Both the buyers and sellers are ecstatic over the purchase,” he said.Mr Graham said he had 67 groups through the property over the campaign. “It was one of the best received properties on the market for some time,” he said. “It was because of its size of 836sq m with the views that were on offer — you’re unable to purchase anything like it at any other building. It’s value for money.” 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach sold for more than $5 million.A MAIN Beach penthouse has changed hands for more than $5 million.The Xanadu North three-level luxury residence hit the market in December and sold in 32 days.While Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige wouldn’t reveal the exact sale price of 150/59 Pacific St, he said it sold in line with the price guide on the expressions of interest campaign. center_img 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach.last_img read more

RRS Sir David Attenborough Gets Its Engines

first_imgAnother milestone has been reached on the journey towards the completion of Britain’s new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough, designed by Rolls-Royce and being built by Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird.The last of the vessel’s Bergen B33:45 engines /gensets have been craned into the ship’s hull at Cammell Laird ready to be connected to the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s Rolls-Royce propulsion system.The nine cylinder engines are installed in three separate pieces. The first part of the nine cylinder engine to be craned into place was its double resilient foundation. This huge specialised rigid welded skid, which sits on rubber noise dampers, is an integral part of the vessel’s low underwater radiated noise design. The foundation is followed by the engine itself and then the alternators.Professor Dame Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Director, said: “All of our scientists, engineers and support teams are watching the build progress of our new ship with excitement. This latest milestone takes us a step closer towards using this state-of-the-art research facility. Our engineers and scientists need the ship’s engines to be quiet during underwater scientific experiments and we are very pleased that the engines are designed for fuel efficiency to help us minimise our impact on the environment.”John Syvret CBE, CEO, Cammell Laird, said: “This is a major milestone in the journey towards the completion of this state-of-the-art vessel. It shows what Cammell Laird, one of Europe’s most innovative, best equipped and highest skilled marine engineering service providers can do. With our world-class facilities and workforce, we are well on the way to completing the highly complex advanced engineering project which is the RSS Sir David Attenborough.”Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, president – Marine, said: “The Rolls-Royce designed RRS Sir David Attenborough is the most advanced scientific maritime vessel ever constructed. We had to meet a very demanding list of design requirements from Cammell Laird and its customer, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) on behalf of the British Antarctic Survey, and work hand in hand with them to make our vision a reality. I’m proud to think that Rolls-Royce equipment, including the B33:45, will play a role in helping future climate scientists understand how changes in the Arctic and Antarctic will impact the wider global climate.”The Bergen B33:45 (two nine and two six cylinder) engines provide both mechanical propulsion and electric power generation in a power range from 3,600 to 5,400kW. The engines, together with the Rolls-Royce hull shape design, will allow the RSS Sir David Attenborough to cut through the ice, pushing it away and under the ice sheet being crossed. This enables the vessel to break ice to a thickness of 1.5 metres at a minimum speed of 3 knots.The engines run on low sulphur fuel, have good fuel efficiency down to very low loads and are fitted with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system and an electronic engine management system with an integrated control unit. This monitors and controls all key engine functions and exhaust after treatment. The vessel complies with both IMO Tier II and Tier III rules.One of the most stringent design requirements for the vessel was very low levels of underwater radiated noise to allow the undertaking of underwater survey work.The gensets provide power to the electrical system and 5 MW peak effect battery capacity. Batteries reduce the vessel’s fuel consumption, emissions, noise and vibration as well as increasing redundancy and consequently safety. Using electrical winches instead of hydraulic ones where possible also reduces the risk of pollution.The RSS Sir David Attenborough has been commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). When it enters service in 2019, the ship will carry out oceanographic and other scientific work in both the Antarctic and Arctic as well as transporting supplies to Antarctic research stations.Rolls Royce’s most recent polar research vessel design project, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research’s FF Kronprins Haakon, has successfully passed sea trials and will soon be delivered by the shipyard Fincantieri in Italy.last_img read more

Rangers could sell Taarabt to German club – report

first_imgWolfsburg are set to make a bid for QPR’s Adel Taarabt, according to The Sun on Sunday.Taarabt, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, has been linked with a move to the German club for some time.And it is claimed that Rangers could be willing to sell the Moroccan.Related West London Sport stories:Hughes insists Taarabt will not leave QPRQPR star in line for bumper contract offer Boss Hughes keen to cement Taarabt’s future at QPRMeanwhile, the Daily Star on Sunday claim QPR manager Mark Hughes is looking to sign Paul Konchesky from Leicester in a £1m deal.The Sunday Express, who also suggest Hughes wants Konchesky, report that Joey Barton will be given a final chance by Rangers to mend his ways.The club are tipped to issue Barton with a public warning and move to curtail his outbursts on Twitter. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

With some major exceptions, new deal has old NAFTA feel

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetRight before a deadline set by President Trump, the U.S. and Canada came to an agreement on the framework for an updated North American Free Trade Agreement, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s a shot in the arm for American agriculture, which has been struggling as trade disputes with U.S. trading partners dragged on.“It’s the first step in really getting us from this summer of disruption in global trade and getting us back to a fall of business resumption and that will bring stability in North American markets,” said Daniel Ujczo, International Trade and Customs Lawyer with Dickinson-Wright in Columbus. “I think over the next 60 days we will start to see steel and aluminum tariffs lifted which will end the retaliation in Mexico. That will be good news for the agriculture community, who will not have to worry so much about losing those customers not only in Mexico, but throughout the Americas.”While it’s good news, he says there’s still significant work to do, including getting the agreement through Congress. He says timing forced the U.S. and Canada to come to an agreement.“The clock was critical here,” Ujczo said. “At the end of the day that clock was being driven by the fact that we are seeing a transition of power in Mexico with a new President taking office on Dec. 1. He made is real clear that he did not want to reopen a deal with the United States and so the whole goal is to get this new deal signed before he took office.”Ujczo says the economies of all three countries are very intertwined with each other because of the original NAFTA deal. That meant coming away with no updated agreement would have made things much more difficult.“Trade would continue in North America, even if there was no framework, but it would continue in a very haphazard way,” Ujczo said. “There would always be the threat of tariffs, threats of the whims of whoever might be in the White House, Mexico City or Ottawa and there could have been drastic consequences if we might not have reached a deal. I think it might have even been problematic if we only went forward with a deal with Mexico. That became clear this past week. Congress, as important as they saw the idea of locking down a deal with Mexico, is that they wanted to make sure Canada was part of it.”Canada and the U.S. both made significant concessions to come to an agreement. Canada is ending its Class 7 milk system and allowing U.S. dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market. Overall, Ujczo says it looks like an improved deal for the United States.“Half of the old NAFTA looks like it’s getting a fresh coat of paint, looking like a modernized trade deal and the other half of this agreement is getting some new fixtures and upgrades,” Ujczo said. “We are going to see some things with technology and customs and border issues that will make it easier for companies and even farmers that ship good across the border. That is an upgrade. But we also saw the President knock down some walls with dairy being at the top of the list with Canada, which made some significant concessions on dairy going farther than they were willing to go in other past trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”The new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement is now on its way to each respective government for approval. For the U.S., that isn’t expected to happen until after the November elections.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: You Weren’t Born to Be Ordinary

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You weren’t born to be ordinary. You were just infected by other people’s beliefs about what it’s okay to settle for.Your DNA is different. Your experiences are different. Your thoughts, wants, and desires are different. In many ways, we are all more alike than different, but the things that make you different are massive and magnificent. What makes you special is different than what makes someone else special, and what makes you special makes you extraordinary. But only if you believe and behave in accordance with this truth.Pure PotentialYou are pure potential. If you knew what you are really capable of, you would struggle to believe it. In fact, most of the reason you still have so much potential left to develop is that you don’t yet recognize that you have it. You don’t know what your superpowers are or why you were given your gifts (including the gifts that you don’t recognize as such when you receive them).Ordinary is something you are taught. You may have been infected with the idea that you are not to make waves, not to stand out, and not to draw attention to yourself. The people around you likely shared a set of common goals and beliefs like: go to school, get an education, get a good job, and work towards retirement. Even the people who love you will want to keep you safe, perhaps even telling you that using your gift is too dangerous, that you may get hurt.Pleased, Never SatisfiedYou weren’t put here to survive. You were put here to do something and to flourish. You’re here to reach your full potential and to make a difference.If you aren’t growing, then you are wasting your potential. It’s okay to be pleased with your results, but it isn’t okay to be satisfied. No matter how well you are doing, you have more potential in front of you than the potential you’ve developed in the past.If you stop striving to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more, then you are settling for something less than what you are truly capable of.last_img read more

The Graduates – Oscar Sanft

first_imgIn the third edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Oscar Sanft, who is playing for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Australian 18’s Boys squad member Oscar Sanft is back in the Brisbane City Cobras team after playing for QSST in the past, and he is very excited to be back. He is now hoping to guide the Cobras to the finals in his last year of the championships.  “I think I’ve played for Queensland for the past five years so to be back in the Cobras is overwhelming, especially for my last year, it feels good,” Sanft said. “I’m confident that we’ll be up the top, we’ve got a lot of kids with real potential and it’s going to be a long week as well. I’m very confident that we will do well and hopefully get to the finals.”The Cobras team has a mixture of youth and experience and Sanft is hoping to pass on some of his knowledge to the younger members of the team.“We are trying to develop them to become Open’s players but the senior boys are doing well, looking after the young guys. But it’s not like there is a difference, we are a good team so you can’t really see the difference in the developing players and the senior players.”Sanft and his Cobras team had the chance to play his former side on Friday morning, and in the lead up to the game he said he was looking forward to the challenge. “I’ve been thinking about that game ever since I saw the draw. As much as I love Queensland, as soon as I step out of it I have to give them so much pressure and aggression. I’m looking forward to it,” Sanft said. As well as being his last National Youth Championships, it is also Sanft and his fellow Australian Youth Squad player’s last chance to impress in the lead up to the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series to be played in Canberra. Sanft was part of the 20’s Mixed team at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman and is hoping to be included in the team again this time. “That’s always on your mind. I try to keep humble about it, not trying to think that just because I’ve been there before it’s going to happen again so I’ve just got to knuckle down.”last_img read more

18 days agoJuventus striker Paulo Dybala: We said lot of wrong things during transfer window

first_imgJuventus striker Paulo Dybala: We said lot of wrong things during transfer windowby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala is adamant he’s happy he’s stayed with Juventus.The striker started and scored for Juve in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Inter Milan.And Dybala stated at the final whistle: “A kind of revenge for me? During the summer, everyone knew what I wanted. I’m happy to be here. “We said a lot of wrong things during the transfer window, but I stayed here, that’s what I wanted.”And today I played one of my best games.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Blood donations double in wake of Humboldt tragedy

first_imgCanadian Blood Services says its Saskatoon Blood Donation Clinic has been over capacity since Saturday, as donations have doubled in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 15.Calgary received 117 units of blood on Saturday, while normally our city would see 90 units donated.Spokesperson for the Canadian Blood Services Jhoanna Del Rosario said it’s times like these the organization and the community has to step up.“We are losing more during the response efforts in Saskatchewan so we want to make sure that we have enough supply of blood and blood parts, for those that are affected in the collision,” she said.She said a lot of blood is needed for one person who is severely injured.“You will need about 50 units, that’s about 50 donors needed to save one patient in a car accident,” she said.Anyone interested in donating blood can download the Canadian Blood Services app, or head to any blood donation clinic to sign up.last_img read more

Police Assistance Needed in Missing Persons Investigation

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Robert Poulin.On December 28, 2018, at approximately 9 p.m., the Prince George RCMP and the Prince George Fire Rescue Service responded to a report of a residential fire at 4416 Greenwood Street.  While responding to this fire, Police located a 2004 Black Ford F150 pickup truck. This truck was determined to be related to the residence.  The owner of the residence and the truck, Robert (Bob) Poulin, has not yet been located and Police consider his disappearance suspicious.The Police are interested in speaking with anyone who may have information about Poulin’s truck on the days leading up to December 28, 2018.  They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating any witnesses or vehicle dash camera footage that was obtained on the following dates: December 27, 2018 from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between Chetwynd, B.C. and Fort St. John, B.C. During this time the police know that the truck had a white canopy on the back as shown in the photo below.December 28, 2018 from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 9:00 p.m. between Fort St. John, B.C. and Prince George, B.C. During this time the vehicle no longer had the canopy attached as shown below.If you have any information, please contact Cpl. Meghan Driscoll of the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).Photo of missing man Robert Poulin. Source RCMPVideo Surveillance of Poulin’s truck. Source RCMPPoulin’s Truck. Source RCMPlast_img read more