Brian Harwood of Waterbury, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Vermont Public Television (VPT), Vermont’s statewide public television network. One of the state’s best-known radio personalities and a Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame member, he is morning host on WCVT Classic Vermont. He was formerly chair and CEO of hmc2 advertising in Stowe. Since his retirement from the firm, he serves as chair emeritus.Harwood succeeds James Wyant of Pointe Claire, Que., who continues on the VPT board as past chair.Pamela Mackenzie of S. Burlington, Vt., was elected vice chair. She is the area vice president for Comcast in Vermont and western Massachusetts.Source: VPT 7.2.2010
Rising rooftop solar output pushes demand on Western Australia’s grid to all-time low FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The West Australia grid has set a new record low for minimum demand as rooftop solar continues to increase its share of generation, and the government announces it is reshaping solar export tariffs to encourage storage, electric vehicles and west facing solar panels.The new low was set on Sunday, just after noon local time, when grid demand fell to 1059MW as rooftop solar provided 40 per cent of total generation. That’s below the previous record of 1135MW set in January this year, but the Australian Energy Market Operator expects that further lows will be set this spring and in following years.The record fell on the same weekend that new winter lows for minimum demand were set in Victoria and South Australia, according to AEMO, both also the result of increased generation from rooftop solar, and low overall demand.The lows for minimum demand levels are falling rapidly. “This was the fourth consecutive quarter in which a minimum quarterly demand record was set, of which two were all-time minimum demand records, highlighting the continuing impact of distributed PV on demand patterns and quantities in the WEM,” AEMO said in its latest Quarterly Energy Dynamics statement.This new record takes the number of consecutive quarters with a new minimum demand record to five, including three which are all time records.[Giles Parkinson]More: Rooftop solar: W.A. sets new record low for grid demand, two other states set winter lows
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gobernador Wolf: El estado continúa la reapertura gradual: 16 condados más listos para pasar a la fase verde el 5 de junio Español, Press Release, Public Health Con más del 80 por ciento del estado en alguna fase de reapertura, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que 16 condados adicionales darán un paso más y entrarán en la fase verde a partir de las 12:01 a.m. del 5 de junio. Los condados incluyen Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington y Westmoreland.Los primeros 18 condados pasaron hoy a la fase verde. Estos incluyen Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango y Warren.Ocho condados pasaron hoy a la fase amarilla. Estos incluyen Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike y Schuylkill.Los condados que permanecen en fase roja y que se espera que pasen a la fase amarilla para el 5 de junio incluyen Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery y Philadelphia.Con más de la mitad del estado listo para estar en fase verde el 5 de junio, esta semana el Gobernador presentó una orden actualizada para los condados que pasan a la fase verde con el fin de darles a las empresas y los residentes un panorama más claro de lo que está permitido en esa fase de reapertura. La orden incluye estos aspectos destacados:Las reuniones grandes de más de 250 personas están prohibidas.Los restaurantes y bares abren al 50% de su ocupación.Los servicios de cuidado personal (que incluyen peluquerías y barberías) abren al 50% de su ocupación y solo con cita previa.La recreación en interiores, los centros de salud y bienestar, y los servicios de cuidado personal (como gimnasios y spas) abren con una ocupación del 50%. Se recomienda enfáticamente la implementación de citas previas.Todos los entretenimientos (como casinos, teatros y centros comerciales) abren al 50% de su ocupación.La actividad relacionada con la construcción puede volver a su capacidad total con la implementación constante de protocolos.Las visitas a prisiones y hospitales pueden reanudarse sujetas al criterio de la institución/del centro médico. Los visitantes que interactúan con residentes y pacientes deben ser diligentes con respecto a la higiene. Dada la importancia crucial de limitar la exposición a la COVID-19 en los hogares de ancianos, los hogares de cuidado personal y centros de cuidado prolongado, las restricciones a las visitas se mantendrán vigentes en primera instancia.También se actualizaron las preguntas frecuentes respecto de las empresas y están disponibles aquí.El Gobernador Wolf también brindó más opciones a los condados que están en la fase amarilla al permitir los restaurantes con servicio al aire libre a partir del 5 de junio y ofreció una guía sobre campamentos de verano para proveedores, padres y cuidadores.La guía sobre campamentos de verano incluye información sobre qué tipos de programas para niños están permitidos durante la reapertura gradual, la situación de los parques públicos y el funcionamiento de las piscinas comunitarias, y la situación de los deportes organizados en equipos.El estado continúa usando las métricas basadas en riesgos de la Carnegie Mellon University, junto con la capacidad de rastreo de contactos y de la realización de pruebas, y una reducción sostenida en las hospitalizaciones a causa de la COVID-19 para tomar las decisiones sobre los cambios en los condados. Se siguen considerando los 50 nuevos casos por cada 100,000 habitantes, pero no son el único factor decisivo.Para ver los datos actualizados sobre los recuentos de casos y los datos demográficos, la preparación de los hospitales y las pruebas, vea el Panel de datos de COVID-19.A medida que más condados y residentes disfrutan de las restricciones más flexibles, el Gobernador resaltó la necesidad de equilibrar la reanudación de las actividades con los bajos recuentos de casos y asumir la responsabilidad personal al usar una máscara o elegir mantenerse alejado de las multitudes para reducir la probabilidad de entrar en contacto con portadores de COVID-19.“Si tomamos los simples pasos de usar una máscara, quedarnos en casa cuando estamos enfermos e implementar las tácticas del distanciamiento social, podemos ayudar a eliminar la propagación de la COVID-19 y hacer una gran contribución para que nuestro estado retome su rumbo”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf.View this information in English. May 29, 2020
National Issues, Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Eleven governors send letter calling for significant investments to bridge digital divideAs states continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including economic recovery efforts, Governor Tom Wolf and a bipartisan coalition of 11 governors today sent a letter urging the president and Congressional leaders to make critical investments to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband internet connectivity, which they say is critical infrastructure that’s vitally important to our economic future and national security.“An investment in broadband internet connectivity is an investment in our commonwealth’s future and prosperity. The critical need for high-speed internet has become clear in light of our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as more families work and learn from home, businesses operate online services and patients access medical care through telehealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “Now, as Pennsylvania focuses on our economic recovery, it’s critical that broadband internet access becomes a reality for every community, and especially our rural areas.“It’s clear that this is more than a Pennsylvania issue – the digital divide exists in communities across the country,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s in everyone’s best interest, especially as technology continues to evolve and advance, that we make a significant infrastructural investment.”Some 18 million Americans, including nearly a million Pennsylvanians, lack access to broadband internet connectivity. Businesses and families without adequate access are left behind, and the consequences are staggering from an economic, health, education, and social standpoint, the governors said. A significant investment in broadband connectivity, the governors added, will unleash economic potential, promote stable job growth that’s resilient in times like these, and ensure all businesses and families can participate in the digital economy.Governor Wolf has made access to high-speed internet a top priority. He led this bipartisan call to address the issue following a discussion with Land O’Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford. The farmer owned cooperative is working with organizations across industries including agriculture, healthcare, finance, and tech to address connectivity.“We commend Governor Wolf and his fellow leaders for making this bipartisan call to action and for recognizing that our country simply cannot afford to allow the digital divide to widen,” Ford said. “Land O’Lakes, and many of our partners who understand the economic, educational and quality of life impacts that digital technology can have for individuals and for communities, look forward to working together with these governors and other policy makers as we advocate for high-speed internet access to become a reality for all Americans.”Broadband internet access is also a key component of Restore Pennsylvania, a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs, including installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Leads Bipartisan Effort in Calling on President, Congressional Leaders to Invest in Broadband Internet Access June 25, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Some 15 million Moroccans went to the polls Friday for local elections seen as a gauge of the popularity of the government of Abdelilah Benkirane a year ahead of a general election.Around 32,000 seats on local and regional bodies are in play in a vote that will offer a snapshot of the political climate, four years after the Arab Spring swept through the north African state. The 2011 protests led to concessions from King Mohammed VI, and a new constitution was issued, leading to a parliamentary vote in November of that year that brought Benkirane’s Islamist Justice and Development Party to power.Benkirane remains popular in the conservative country, despite limited success in tackling corruption, and is credited with bringing down the budget deficit to less than five percent of GDP, down from seven.But Mustapha Bakkoury, leader of the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party, has criticised Benkirane’s rule.“His priority over the last four years has been his own clan, rather than all the people of the country,” said Bakkoury, a close adviser to the king.With less than half of registered voters taking part in the election of 2011, turnout at Friday’s polls is being closely watched for an indication of the state of political transition in one of the region’s more stable countries.“In a Morocco that is learning to walk along the path of democracy, participation in elections is not a luxury; rather it is the first step along the road to building the future,” said independent daily Akhbar al-Yaoum on Thursday.
Tweet Share 23 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today by: – June 1, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: luxurytravel-destinations.comToday (June 1) marks the official start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.However, the season has already gotten off to a quick start with Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl which were formed in the month of May. This is the first time since 1908 that two Tropical Storms have developed before June 1. Tropical Storm Beryl which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach, Florida early on May 28 was the strongest pre-June Tropical Cyclone to make landfall in the United States.This year is expected to be a near Average year with according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 9 -15 Named Storms, 4 – 8 Hurricanes and 1 – 3 of those possibly becoming Intense Hurricanes of Categories 3 to 5.The names for 2012 are Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.Although this season isn’t expected to be as busy as last year’s above-average season island residents especially those on the coast should start stocking up on hurricane supplies, forming evacuation plans and generally preparing adequately.“There is still going to be a lot of activity. So just because we’re predicting a near normal season doesn’t mean anybody’s off the hook at all,” says one of the lead seasonal forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Dominicans are therefore being urged to continue all preparedness activities, ensure they are in a safe shelter whenever a storm is announced, move away from coastal and other vulnerable areas and have on hand emergency supplies as advised by Disaster Management Officials. By:Cecil P. ShillingfordDisaster Risk Management Correspondent
Dozens of doctors’ groups on Saturday warned the Philippines was losing the coronavirus fight, calling for a “timeout” and urging President Rodrigo Duterte to tighten a recently eased lockdown to an enhanced community quarantine. FILE PHOTO Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) is scheduled to meet with medical frontliners group on Monday to reconfigure existing strategies in dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a letter signed by 40 medical societies, it said that the health care system has been overwhelmed, with hospitals temporarily closing to decongest and health workers falling ill as COVID-19 cases in the country surged under eased lockdown measures. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on whether to grant medical professionals’ call for Mega Manila to revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will be known today. directed the IATF-EID to act on these concerns immediately,” Roque said. “Your voices have been heard. We cannot afford to let down our modern heroes. This is our commitment,” he added. The letter cited a potential collapse of the health care system, with more COVID-19 patients being admitted into packed hospitals, while health facilities are understaffed as medical workers have also contracted the disease./PN The groups called for a return to ECQ for at least two weeks, from Aug. 1 to 15, to give exhausted health workers “breathing space” as they served in the frontlines of a pandemic that has seen no letup. “President Rodrigo Duterte has heard concerns of the medical community and the Chief Executive “We propose that the ECQ be used as a timeout to refine our pandemic control strategies addressing the following urgent conditions or problems: hospital workforce efficiency; failure of contact tracing and quarantine; transportation safety; workplace safety; public compliance with self-protection; social amelioration,” the letter read.
Press Association Injuries to key first-team players have seriously hampered the Hammers so far this campaign, with the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal leaving them in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Co-chairman David Sullivan has publicly promised funds for additions next month, and Hammers boss Allardyce would like nothing more than to sign another Djorkaeff. Sam Allardyce hopes to find another Youri Djorkaeff to help West Ham stave off the threat of relegation. The World Cup-winning forward’s career was winding down when he joined up with Allardyce at Bolton in 2002, yet his class proved just the tonic as the Trotters avoided the drop. “I can’t tell you exactly when Andy Carroll will be back,” the 59-year-old said when asked about injuries. “I am not medically qualified enough to say. “Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, James Collins and Ravel Morrison have all got to get fit as quickly as we possibly can. “If we have got two additions in January, my concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running. “I need them to jump into the team and deliver what we know he has delivered elsewhere from day one. That is a massive, massive task in this window, but we have to try and achieve it. “It would help if they had Premier League experience, but you have to take the CV of a player if they are from abroad, if he is a top, top player in the countries he has played, like a Djorkaeff. “He kept me up at Bolton many, many years ago when I was in this position. He came in January, scored the goals we needed, kept us in the division with two or three games to go. “A player with an impact like that would be important not just for the team and the results, but everybody at the club.”
While Congress is impeaching the President, he is trying to solve world peace.President Trump’s long awaited Middle East Peace Plan is expected to be released today at noon. Trump calls the plan as “the deal of the century.” Palestinian leaders have already rejected the plan, which would reportedly allow Israel to annex portions of the West Bank. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu says the plan will make history.
A WASHED out final day of the third Test in Hamilton will see South Africa jump ahead of Australia in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, earning the Proteas a bonus $300 000 windfall.The tourists were set to resume at 5-80 on the fifth morning, still trailing New Zealand by 95 runs as the Black Caps pushed for a victory that would have levelled the series.But torrential and persistent rain at Seddon Park meant no play was possible and the Proteas escaped with the draw they needed to move ahead of Australia and into second place in the ICC rankings.South Africa will earn a $500 000 bonus for being in second place by the April 1 cut-off date, while Australia’s drop to third means they will pick up just $200 000.India, who strengthened their grip on top spot with a 2-1 series win over Australia, will earn $1M for finishing No.1.Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis admitted his side were fortunate to escape the match with a draw.“New Zealand outplayed us in this game,” said du Plessis, who led his side to a famous series win in Australia earlier in the summer.“They can count themselves very unlucky. They outplayed us in every department.”The draw is also a cruel blow to New Zealand, who will now drop from fifth to sixth spot, behind Pakistan.