Construction begins on massive 2.7GW solar project in California FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Real estate and infrastructure company CIM Group has kicked off construction on the first phase of an over 2.7-GW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in California’s San Joaquin Valley.The huge project, named the Westlands Solar Park, will become one of the largest power plants of its kind, generating electricity to over 1.2 million homes when working at full capacity. It will span over 20,000 acres of previously selenium contaminated and drainage-impaired land in the state’s Fresno and Kings Counties, the developer said earlier this week.The capacity is planned to be switched on in phases, the first one of which will be the 250-MW Aquamarine power plant. All needed entitlement and conditional use approvals for it are in place. The output from a 50-MW portion of its capacity will be sold under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with local power supplier Valley Clean Energy Alliance, which was signed following a competitive solicitation. First deliveries under the deal are planned for late 2021.Power from the Westlands Solar Park will go to public and private utilities and other energy consumers, the statement says. The development of the project follows the installation in 2016 of a 2-MW pilot solar system at the site, which is supplying power to the Anaheim Public Utility.[Veselina Petrova]More: Ground broken on 2.7-GW solar complex in California
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Avoid the frustrations of fear-based planning
It’s estimated that 90% of companies fail to execute their strategic plans successfully. With statistics like this, it’s not surprising that only 2% of leaders surveyed express confidence their organization will achieve 80-100% of the goals they set. Unfortunately, credit unions aren’t immune to these discouraging trends—which is why many leadership teams encounter resistance during strategic planning sessions.Resistance is usually a sign that it’s time to pause, regroup and gain perspective. In many sessions, bold new ideas are introduced, and the board and leadership teams have a hard time imagining how they’ll even attempt something so audacious. Resistance rarely happens because the leaders don’t care; it surfaces because fear causes them to freeze.Fear-based paralysis is real. It’s one of the primary reasons strategic plans fail. When leaders give in to the fear of the unknown, they stay in their comfort zones because they don’t have a reference point for what they’re trying to accomplish. As funny as it sounds, organizations refuse to try something new simply because they’ve never done it before. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb For the Greater good
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Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Savvy buyers can pick up a whole Lota bargains
The cottage at 32 Belgamba St, Lota.A post-war cottage in Lota has sold under the hammer as the local market begins to cool.The property at 32 Belgamba St sold to the highest bidder for $400,000 on June 17.Marketing agent Solomon Soner of Team Solomon Estate Agents said “20 odd” people watched on as three buyers vied for the three-bedroom home. “There was a bit of negotiation with the vendor, who was on the phone interstate but in the end she was happy with the (sale price),” Mr Soner said. “The buyer is a local man who will be an owner-occupier.” Mr Soner said the property, which was three streets from the Esplanade and Boxhead Park, attracted a solid amount of interest during the marketing campaign.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We had nine groups come through in the lead-up to the auction,” he said. “The home is post-war and in need of restumping — most people wanted to buy it to knock it down and build a new home.” Mr Soner said the Lota market in general was “going a little sideways and slightly down”.The Cleveland-based agent said the slower market was most likely due to the normal seasonal downturn.“Some winters are great and some are not — this one is a bit slower than others,” he said. “There are less inquiries per property … so it’s the best time for buyers to try get a bargain. “There will be more stock coming on to the market in spring but there will also be more competition.”
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Ivy Tech offering special events to help residents enroll in college
Lawrenceburg, In. — Ivy Tech Community College is holding two special enrollment events in early August to help residents get started in pursuing their educational goals and advancing their careers.Express Enrollment Days will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg, 50 Walnut St., and at Ivy Tech Batesville, 1 Ivy Tech Drive. Ivy Tech employees will be on hand to help anyone interested in enrolling at the College.At Express Enrollment Day residents can:Complete the first steps to enroll as a student, known as FYIvy;Get financial aid questions answered;Learn about and meet assessment requirements;Meet with an advisor;Register for the semester;And find out about orientation.Residents are encouraged to RSVP only for either Express Enrollment Day by visiting the website.To prepare for Express Enrollment Day, residents are asked to bring high school or college transcripts and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores to assist with assessment and course placement. If residents have already completed some college courses, they are encouraged to bring an official college transcript to have their credits evaluated.Those unable to attend Express Enrollment Day can complete the enrollment process at any time. To schedule an appointment, call Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg at 812-537-4010.
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb Costa eager to complete Atletico chapter in style
Despite going out on a few loans, it was always clear that if he could force his way into Diego Simeone’s plans, he would be a key presence for the Rojoblancos, and so he’s proved to be over the last few years. Loading… Diego Costa and Atletico Madrid were a match made in heaven.Advertisement Now his time is coming to an end, as age catches up with him and he plays less and less, but despite rumours linking him with a return to Brazil, the former Chelsea striker is keen to see out his time in the Spanish capital.Read Also: Ronaldo misses out of world’s most valuable footballersMarca say that the striker has “only one thought in his mind” – vindicating his 2017 move back to Atleti and showing what he can do one more time before his contract runs out next summer.It may well be that the club actually look to move him on before then to free up wages, but if it comes down to Costa, he will apparently elect to stay one more year and do his best to help the team again.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19Awesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb ICC World Cup Archer selection would be morally unfair: Chris Woakes
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Woakes told BBC Sport that England, the top-ranked one-day-international team, have become close under captain Eoin Morgan as they prepared for the World Cup which gets underway in England at the end of May.”It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally, but at the same time it’s the nature of the international sport,” said Woakes.”If he was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate.”We’ve been a tight-knit group for the last two to three years, played some really strong cricket, won a lot of series.” I wouldn’t want to see any of my mates and team-mates miss out.” But the all-rounder insisted that England would remain focused on the job at hand should Archer get a call-up.” I don’t think it would disrupt the team, because everyone would find a way to move on and we’re trying to win a World Cup for England. That’s the bigger picture,” added the 30-year-old.Archer, who is playing in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals, has appeared in just 14 one-day matches as a professional, but England coach Trevor Bayliss has said the all-rounder will feature in the ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan in May. Other England pace bowlers have also expressed doubts. David Willey said in March he did not know “whether someone should just walk in at the drop of a hat because they’re available”.Mark Wood said last week that selecting Archer risked changing the “dynamic” of the side.(With Inputs: PTI) London: Jofra Archer may be an exciting prospect, but fast-tracking him into England’s provisional World Cup squad on Wednesday would not “be fair morally”, said fellow paceman Chris Woakes. Barbados-born Archer — described by England all-rounder Ben Stokes as the most “naturally-gifted” bowler he has seen — became eligible for England earlier this year.The 24-year-old Sussex bowler — whose father is English — was the only high-level player to benefit when the England and Wales Cricket Board decided in November to alter residency rules. Previously, players who entered the UK after turning 18 needed to live in the country for seven years to be eligible for England, but the ECB reduced that to three years. Archer arrived in 2015. Archer selection would be morally unfair believes Chris Woakes. Jofra Archer is currently associated with Rajasthan Royals. The upcoming World Cup is scheduled to be played in England and Wales.
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb The Latest: British jockeys need masks when racing returns
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic. The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.___ There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain.One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative. The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held. The Latest: British jockeys need masks when racing returns May 23, 2020 Associated Press
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb USC Libraries hosts eighth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
Saturday marked the 8th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, where organizations such as the Venice Heritage Foundation, Getty Research Institute and the University of California, Irvine Libraries Special Collections set up public exhibitions in Doheny Memorial Library.SoCal buff · Jon Leonoudakis, one of the presenters on Saturday, is shown with a detached finger and hair of Tom Dewhirst, a former baseball player. – Jessica Zhou | Daily Trojan This is the fourth year the event has been held at Doheny and its sixth year at USC. The event is hosted by the USC Libraries and planned by L.A. as Subject, a research alliance that connects more than 230 archival collections held by both institutions and individuals. The only requirement to participate in the bazaar is to hold a collection that focuses on Los Angeles.“It’s so important to instill a sense of place into the next generation,” said Todd von Hoffman, president of the Venice Heritage Foundation. “When [people] have a sense of pride of where they live, they are much more apt to […] impart that enthusiasm and respect for history unto the next generation.”The event hosted many exhibits highlighting parts of California history in unique ways, including a display that was distinguished by a large basketball-sized plastic orange looming more than 6 feet above the ground. David Boulé used the exhibit to display his extensive research on the California orange and his latest book, in which he examines the impact of the orange on California’s agricultural industry and our cultural image of California.Special events and panels were also held throughout the day, such as “Craft Brewing in L.A.: Tastes and Traditions.” In this panel, brewmaster Dieter Foerstner of Angel City Brewery discussed the history of American beer, the resurgence of craft brewing in Los Angeles and the birth of some of the brewery’s more quirky brews: the “Avocado Ale,” inspired by guacamole, and the “French Sip,” a brew crafted to taste like au jus.Later in the day, participants were provided a preview to The Good Giants, a documentary about the Buffalo Soldiers, an all-black regiment of the army, and the irony behind their liberation of Italian villages in WWII while being treated as second-class citizens in America.Inspired by PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, the Los Angeles Preservation Network held their own “Archives Roadshow” at this year’s bazaar. Here, individuals could bring their documents and photographs of historical significance, and have them examined and digitized by professional archivists. Participants also received instructions on how to best handle and preserve their documents.The bazaar has recently grown in recognition among those who work in history, and also has much to offer for the participating institutions.“There are 10 percent more exhibitors each year,” said Liza Posas, coordinator for L.A. as Subject. “It gives them an opportunity to evolve how they promote their institution. [The exhibitors] have learned how to articulate themselves and make their exhibits fun and relevant. It’s a networking opportunity.”The event participants hail primarily from the greater Los Angeles community. Many professional archivists and historians as well as history buffs and students from other colleges attended. Many of the historians emphasized how important history is to education at all levels.“Where’s the first place the government cuts in a crisis? Library and archives. Math and science are heavily valued, but history is also important,” said Nancy Saul-Larson, an archivist and historian with the Topanga Historical Society.Kevin Lopez, a junior majoring in chemical biology, entered Doheny Library in search of books for his Writing 340 class, but soon struck up into a conversation with the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America.“I really appreciate the interest for people to document the past,” Lopez said. “Preservation of culture through technology, and its ability to help me develop connections with my heritage, really caught my interest.”For Jessica Zhou, a freshman majoring in business administration, the sheer amount of history in Los Angeles was what drew her to the event.“I’ve always liked history,” Zhou said. “This may or may not become a hobby for me, but will I be back next year? Definitely.”Posas was excited that students were interested in the subject and getting involved.“Everybody has history,” Posas said. “We don’t have to celebrate the history of those who conquered, those who win, those who are stars, but the everyday person. I hope people understand that it starts with their history, and ripples outward into an engagement with history.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Category: ozedmkksvfoasatb DPS annual security report sees increase in sexual assault claims due to new Tyndall information
With the guidance of the Department of Education, USC has released reported sex crime statistics related to former campus gynecologist George Tyndall. The University was unable to include all allegations due to constrains in place by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.(Daily Trojan file photo) The University expects the statistics for reports of sexual assault and misconduct received in 2018 to increase in the coming year. DPS reported 118 sex offenses on campus and in the surrounding community, marking an increase from 34 reports in 2017 and 40 in 2016. “In the context of the clinical setting, there is some level of touching or other medical procedure that would be taking place,” Giwa said. “The guidance we got from the Department of Education, their Clery office, is that we needed to look at the concerns on-face to see if they met [Clery Act] elements.” “To me, every individual experience reflected in this report is distressing. But seeing the aggregate numbers for Tyndall — involving reports over a period of 27 years — is especially distressing to all of us,” President Carol Folt wrote in the report. “For me and my entire administration, the stark numbers reinforce our resolve to remain vigilant about safety, to continue to provide care and resources, and to take measures to enhance safety and well-being on all of our campuses.” “We really wanted to get this right so we did reach out and engage with the Department of Education,” Giwa said. “And especially given the complexity of this taking place in a medical setting … we did additional outreach so that we could meet our obligations under Clery and also provide accurate information to our community.” Wright’s letter elaborates on the reports against Tyndall, explaining that not all allegations received by the University are considered under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal law that requires colleges to disclose this information. “In keeping with guidance from the Department of Education, the University has sought to classify and account for all Tyndall-related conduct reported to designated campus officials in 2018 in the annual statistics,” the letter read. In a letter to the USC community, Senior Vice President for Administration David Wright wrote this year’s security report includes reports related to Tyndall, who worked at the University for nearly 30 years until his removal in 2016. This report comes three months after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested and charged Tyndall with 29 felony counts, including sexual penetration of an unconscious person and sexual battery by fraud. In early September, Tyndall surrendered his medical license. “The University of Southern California is committed to keeping all of us out of harm’s way,” Folt wrote. “This report outlines the many actions the University, our dedicated public safety team, and our campus partners take every day to keep our community safe. We live in an urban center, and each of us needs to take personal safety seriously and also do all that we can to keep others around us safe.” According to the report, though DPS has not identified any immediate needs for future improvements to campus security programs and efforts, it will continue to improve upon existing programs and technology. Regarding an increase in robberies, Carlisle said DPS had caught a group of juveniles on campus robbing community members of their property. Carlisle said all students should be cautious when walking late at night with their phones out. In response to these incidents, DPS established a Crime Reduction Unit to work with LAPD and local transit officers to tackle robbery on and near campus. According to the letter, USC will continue to review any additional information it receives regarding reports of misconduct in the Tyndall case and will revise the 2018 statistics as needed. And with the revelations regarding Tyndall’s behavior, the University has taken steps to try to increase student safety and well-being as well as reform the Engemann Student Health Center such as by adding more female gynecologists, hiring a new medical center director and placing the center under the oversight of the Keck School of Medicine. Giwa said that though the Department of Education maintains an open dialogue with universities producing safety and security reports, the unusual number of sex crimes and the fact that these reports are from the past 26 years initiated more guiding conversations with USC. In addition to publishing crime and safety statistics at the University and its many satellite locations, the report outlines University and DPS resources, such as the Office of Threat Assessment and Management, crime prevention programs and DPS procedures regarding monitoring crimes. “We added nearly 3,000 student beds in the [USC] Village and more students on campus,” Assistant Chief David Carlisle said. “We work very closely with Residential Education to talk about the education of the students, but also accurate reporting when there are violations of student conduct. And we are thinking the additional education with [resident assistants] … has contributed to increased numbers.” While instances of robbery and aggravated assault increased in 2018 in comparison to years prior, instances of burglary and motor vehicle theft have decreased. The annual report also indicates that disciplinary referrals related to drug violations have nearly doubled on campus. According to the report, there were 68 reports of rape and four reports of fondling related to Tyndall. Unrelated to the former gynecologist, there were an additional 24 reports of rape and 21 reports of fondling. Stacy Giwa, vice president of ethics and compliance, said interactions within a clinical setting may not fit the Clery definitions of rape of fondling. Additionally, she said the Clery Act ensures that universities maintain accurate reporting and that institutions can be penalized for overreporting or underreporting incidents. The Department of Public Safety’s annual security and fire safety report released Tuesday indicates increased reports of rape and fondling on the University Park Campus in 2018 due to incidents of sexual assault under former campus gynecologist George Tyndall. While the report does not include the over 800 assault-related allegations against Tyndall, it sees an increase in sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, acts of violence against women and drug violations. “This information has been shared with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights,” the letter read. “The University also is aware of 811 current and former students who filed lawsuits in state and federal court and have asserted they were harmed by Tyndall.” “One of [President Folt’s] highest priorities is ensuring that every student, faculty and staff feels safe and confident in their experience, and also stressing the commitment to being accurate and open,” Giwa said.