Legislation aims to develop Southern California geothermal resources and pumped-storage hydro plants

first_imgLegislation aims to develop Southern California geothermal resources and pumped-storage hydro plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Palm Springs Desert Sun:California could dramatically reshape its energy future in the next few weeks.Two bills are of particular interest to the desert. One of them, from Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, would require utilities to purchase thousands of megawatts of geothermal power, potentially jump-starting development of geothermal power plants at the southern end of the Salton Sea. The other bill, from Assembly member Bill Quirk, would require utilities to buy electricity from “pumped storage” hydropower plants. The bill’s sponsor is NextEra Energy Resources, which is working with Eagle Crest Energy Company to develop a pumped storage project on land just outside Joshua Tree National Park, in the open desert about an hour east of Palm Springs.Several other bills could have similarly long-term impacts on where Californians get their power, how much they pay, and the environmental consequences.One of those bills is SB 100, which would require California to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045, and 60 percent specifically from renewable resources like solar, wind and geothermal by 2030. The bill was approved by the Assembly’s energy committee in a party-line vote and could now move to the Assembly floor.Then there’s Assembly Bill 813, which would lay the groundwork for an interstate energy market that could eventually cover much of the western United States. It’s a priority for Gov. Brown, who sees a valuable opportunity for California to export its excess solar power to neighboring states, and to import low-cost, climate-friendly energy sources, such as wind power from Wyoming and hydropower from the Pacific Northwest.More: California’s energy future is up for grabs. Here are the bills that could pass in the next 3 weeks.last_img read more

Abandoned Aircraft in Ecuador Allegedly Linked to Mexican Drug Traffickers

first_imgBy Dialogo January 30, 2013 A light airplane allegedly linked to Mexican drug traffickers was abandoned on a coastal area in Ecuador, where last year three other aircrafts linked to drug trafficking were found, Ecuadorean authorities informed on January 28. The aircraft “was presumably slated to be used for transporting drugs,” Minister of Interior José Serrano stated in his Twitter account. The Ministry said that “evidence coming from Mexico, specifically from Sinaloa, was found inside the plane,” such as egg boxes from a company out of Mexico. “The aircraft’s license plate is altered, so that it appears to be an Ecuadorean plane. However, technicians are verifying its origin,” Manuel Espinoza, prosecutor in charge, told the press. On November 19, 2012, the Ecuadorean Police had seized 576.6 kg of cocaine and an aircraft in the coastal town of Santa Elena (southwest). Meanwhile, on May 13, 2012, a similar aircraft with Mexican registration crashed against a hill in the town of Pedernales, province of Manabí (west), killing its two Mexican occupants. Inside the plane, $1.3 million was found, which would be aimed at drug trafficking operations, according to Serrano. Similarly, the Ecuadorean Air Force detected another Mexican-flagged private light aircraft in early June last year.last_img read more

Bolivia Seizes 7.7 Tons of Cocaine This Year

first_imgBy Dialogo May 22, 2013 From January to date, the Bolivian police seized 7.7 tons of cocaine – paste and hydrochloride – of which 50% came from Peru, Counter Drug Chief Col. Gonzalo Quezada reported on May 20, in La Paz. According to the United Nations, Bolivia is the third largest producer of coca crops and cocaine after Peru and Colombia, and it seized 38 tons of coca paste and cocaine hydrochloride in 2012, while making efforts for three decades to reduce coca crops, which now total an area of 29,200 hectares. “We are going to conduct two important operations in border areas,” Col. Quezada stated, and added that actions will start “in the next 60 days.” The chief of police also reported that Peru has requested to conduct trinational counter drug operations with Brazil, since the cocaine departing Peru towards Bolivia, as well as the cocaine produced by Bolivia, is mainly shipped to Brazil, and then to Europe. “From January to date, we have seized 7.7 tons of cocaine,” Bolivian Director of Counter Narcotics Special Force (FELCN) Quezada told the press, adding that “a great deal of the drug, about 50%, came from Peru.” Bolivia, located in the heart of South America, shares a 1,131-kilometer border with Peru, and a 3,133-km one with Brazil.last_img read more

New research on the richest people in history reveals the secrets of the 1%

first_imgIn 1991 there were about 270 billionaires in the world. Today there are more than 1,600, and 290 were added to the rolls in the past year alone. In other words, more people became billionaires in the past year than there were billionaires in 1991.A skeptical person might say that’s further evidence the rich are getting richer. A positive, go-getting person would say, “It’s easier to become a billionaire than ever before.” And it is.I’ve made a comprehensive study of the richest people in history and the present day, and found common ground in many of their wealth secrets, including:1. Don’t be the best. Be the onlyMany experts on personal financial success will exhort you to be the best. They will advise you on routes to self- improvement and personal growth. Business books will tell you how to make your business “great” or “excellent.” continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The case for contactless cards

first_imgCredit unions have had a lot on their technology plates of late, between rolling out EMV cards and keeping pace with the ever-changing mobile and digital needs of their members. The last thing they want to hear is there is another technology challenge they need to tackle. But it’s here. It’s called contactless payments. And don’t worry—it’s not as scary or complicated as it may sound.Contactless cards, also known as “tap-to-pay” cards, have been common fare outside the U.S. for a long time. It’s no longer a question of whether these cards will take hold here. The question now is how soon until they are the preferred form of payment?The Technology Is in PlaceAccording to information from Visa, 95 percent of new POS terminals shipping today are contactless capable with either near-field communication or magnetic secure transmission technology. Thanks to advancements in new technologies and manufacturing processes, the cost of contactless dual interface cards (cards that are enabled to be dipped using the card’s chip or tapped using the card’s embedded RF antenna) is greatly reduced. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Legalizing pot will be crazy, idiotic or both

first_imgThose who vote it in should be put in jail. They and their friends will have a jolly old time.If someone is using it at the time of an accident, he or she should be put in jail along with those that vote it in.How many are in jail for selling and distributing it on the streets? How many will be let out of jail?Also, what is going with the police — one having an alcohol limit over 0.08 and another with child pornography?James MaxfieldScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Crazy government, wanting to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.Are they nuts or idiots or both? Are they doing it so they can smoke it while in session? They should have their heads examined.Just what we need, more accidents on the road.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Working in late stages of pregnancy bad as smoking – Study

first_imgMail Online 28 July 2012Expectant mothers who work up to their due date are likely to have babies with a lower birth weight, creating risks for the future. A study has found that the effect of continuing to work during the late stages of pregnancy was equal to that of smoking while pregnant. Women who worked into their ninth month of pregnancy had babies on average around half a pound lighter than those who stopped work between six and eight months. The University of Essex research drew on data from three major studies, two in the UK and one in the US. Past research has shown babies with low birth weights are at higher risks of poor health and slow development, and may suffer from multiple problems later in life….One of the authors, Professor Marco Francesconi, said the Government should consider incentives for employers to offer more flexible maternity leave.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2180356/Pregnancy-risks-Working-ninth-month-pregnancy-bad-smoking-new-research-claims.htmllast_img read more

History Week Begins October 7th

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 46 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNews History Week Begins October 7th by: – October 4, 2019 Sharecenter_img Share Share Chief cultural officer, Raymond Lawrence (file photo)Monday 7th October marks the beginning of History Week, under the theme, ‘Heritage Sites of Dominica.’Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence highlighted that many areas across the island have traditional significance.Lawrence hopes the public will make some time to visit and appreciate these heritage sites.“We are encouraging the general public to help to visit, even to help clean or restore or beautify our heritage sites in Dominica. To show greater appreciation for these sites.”Lawrence also noted that schools have been encouraged to plan field trips and lectures so children can better appreciate their country’s history.“A lecture by Historian Lennox Honychurch on Wednesday October 9th at UWI Open Campus starts at 7pm. The theme for the lecture is Heritage Sites of Dominica.”last_img read more

‘Remarkable’ Man City consistency delights serial winner Guardiola

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone Baffled7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… Guardiola’s raft of changes also handed a rare start to Phil Foden and the 19-year-old more than justified his selection with a man-of-the-match performance.Rodrigo’s fine pass picked out Foden to head back into the path of Aguero and the Argentine’s deflected effort beat Orjan Nyland in the Villa goal to open the scoring on 20 minutes.Villa felt aggrieved at the source of City’s second as Jack Grealish fired the ball off Ilkay Gundogan for what should have been a goal kick.Instead, City doubled their lead as Gundogan’s corner was met with a powerful downward header from Rodrigo.– Spirited Villa fightback –Villa could barely even get a touch for the next 10 minutes as the holders threatened to run riot in a repeat of the 6-1 thrashing they handed the hosts at Villa Park in January.Sterling had a glorious chance for his first goal of 2020 deflected behind by a brave block from Tyrone Mings.But moments later the reason Mings is ahead of John Stones in the pecking order for England selection became clear as the City defender fell over his own feet to give Villa a lifeline.A long ball forward eventually came to Anwar El Ghazi and from his cross Samatta headed low past Claudio Bravo to the delight of the travelling thousands from Birmingham and Villa fan Prince William in the stands.Three and easy: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (centre) celebrates a third straight League Cup winRead Also: Man United get Marcus Rashford injury boostThe difference in the desperation for success between the two supports was obvious as Villa were roared on vociferously throughout, while City failed to sell out their allocation.City’s failure to turn their dominance into more goals in the second half gave those Villa fans belief in a fairytale fightback.And it very nearly arrived three minutes from time when Bjorn Engels rose highest at a corner only for the often-criticised Bravo to turn his header onto the post and maintain City’s grip on the competition. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img City have now won eight of the last nine trophies on offer in English football under Guardiola, who has now won 29 trophies in his managerial career.”(Since) we won the first title here against Arsenal in the League Cup we played 11 competitions and won eight. Is a lot,” said Guardiola.“For this club it is not just about one title it is about showing every game we play counts and we want to win.“Everybody knows we have the responsibility to fight, to try to win the titles. Eight out of 11 is something remarkable.”After City sped into a 2-0 lead inside 30 minutes, Mbwana Samatta pulled a goal back for Villa, but their wait for the club’s first silverware since 1996 goes on.“I’m disappointed. Everyone wrote us off, but there was a lot of belief in that dressing room,” said Villa boss Dean Smith.“Unfortunately you have a mountain to climb against a team like Man City when you go 2-0 behind.”Guardiola made eight changes from the side that won 2-1 at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday with Kevin De Bruyne among those left on the bench.However, it mattered little as City had the luxury of recalling Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva to the starting XI, and the gulf in class showed.Phil Foden won man-of-the-match in Manchester City’s 2-1 League Cup final win over Aston Villa Pep Guardiola hailed his Manchester City side’s desire to leave a lasting legacy after lifting a third straight League Cup by beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodrigo.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mayweather’s £20m car collection features all white vehicles in Las Vegas

first_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Mysterious Underwater Objects Most People Don’t Know AboutBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Floyd Mayweather is said to have made over a $1billion in a boxing career that saw him go undefeated in 50 professional fights. The most exceptional being the car collector’s favourite, the Bugatti Veyron. Just like Cristiano Ronaldo, Mayweather is a huge fan of the Italian car maker. Loading… He seemingly owns four – one in white, one in black, and the exceptions to the two-tone rule being in red and silver. The other vehicles include a Lamborghini Aventador (£275,000), as well as a Ferrari 488 worth around £238,000. There’s even a classic Porsche 911, but the Bentley Mulsanne – the most expensive Bentley you can buy with a starting price of £238,700 – takes centre stage. Occasionally, in true Mayweather style, he’ll throw in a wad of notes to show off the interior of his motors in an Instagram post. read also:Mayweather returns to sparring to fuel comeback talk And he’ll even park them in front of a private jet, just to show off his impressive range. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 And although he’s been forced to deny he’s broke because of his lavish spending, should he be hard-up there’s always the mega car collection he could sell. Pretty Boy has amassed his own fleet of dream motors which is said to be worth £20million. It includes a series of Rolls-Royces worth over a staggering £3million, as well as four Bugatti Veyron supercars that cost £1.7million. But what’s unique about ‘Money’ Mayweather’s cars is that they mostly come in two colours – white or black – and are divided between his two mansions in LA and Las Vegas. In Los Angeles they’re black, and in Las Vegas they’re white. Scanning through 43-year-old Mayweather’s Las Vegas collection in his palatial Nevada abode, you’ll see some wondrous toys.last_img read more