A San Joaquin Valley case study suggests that our knowledge of methane inventories is vastly underestimated. Without an ongoing comprehensive methane monitoring program, California will not meet its statewide air regulation requirements. Increasing the confidence in satellite, airborne, and ground-based sensors will help move the needle toward a more accurate local, regional, and international understanding of methane emission sources and rates. A practical and tiered remote sensing approach using satellite, airborne, and ground-based sensors will improve local, regional, and international understanding of methane emission sources and rates. Download paper here. Courtesy photo
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UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has issued a contract notice for a project of up to GBP 10 million in an effort to form an energy technical specialist framework.DECC plans to appoint suppliers for technical support for determination, evaluation and delivering the UK energy and climate change policies and programmes as part of the Energy Technical Specialist Framework.The framework will consist of 22 lots with each having up to 6 suppliers.Focusing on offshore wind and hydroelectric and marine technologies, including wave and tidal, are lots 2 and 8. Total value of these lots ranges from GBP 100,000 to GBP 450,000.In the document, a brief description of the likely subject areas for offshore wind includes:Cost structure of off-shore wind projects (both CAPEX and OPEX or equivalent),In assessing the viability of new technologies and their deployment potential,Planning and consenting issues (such as radar, acoustics, etc.)As for the marine technologies lot the likely subject areas include:Cost structures and technology development in the marine environment,Deployment, maintenance, foundations, marine growth/fowling on equipment and cables and survivability in storms.The deadline for submission of tenders is December 22, 2014.Offshore WIND Staff; Image: flickr/Steph Gray
RWE Innogy UK has started the next round of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund, awarding nine local groups and charities with grants totalling over GBP 20,000.The North Hoyle Community Fund will invest over GBP 1.5 million into local community activities and projects over the lifetime of the wind farm. The fund benefits the communities of Rhyl, Prestatyn & Meliden.This recent round of funding include the charity Contact the Elderly who have been awarded GBP 2,000 to fund various activities aimed at combating social isolation. Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station have received a grant of GBP 3,000 which will be used to install gates and provide disabled access to the station. Sports groups have also benefited with Prestatyn Community Table Tennis Club and Meliden Football Club receiving GBP 1,500 and GBP 1,000 respectively.Katy Woodington, RWE Innogy UK’s Senior Community Investment Officer, said: “It’s exciting to see these awards come through and especially rewarding to see the wind farm support so many varied groups within the local community. The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund is a fantastic opportunity for organisations at the heart of the local community to develop tailor-made projects. I encourage any groups interested in applying to the scheme, to find out more.”North Hoyle is located 4-5 miles off the North Wales coast between Rhyl and Prestatyn and comprises 30 wind turbines, each rated at 2 megawatts. The wind farm was built in 2003 and declared fully operational in July 2004.
International firm Hogan Lovells is to ditch its annual performance review model for associates, insisting the process is ‘outdated and irrelevant’. The US-headquartered firm is to instead run a ‘pathways’ approach by which associates will be encouraged to seek continuous feedback from their seniors.Chief executive Steve Immelt said the time had come to break the ‘outdated and irrelevant’ mould of performance reviews and move on to provide the information that ‘people really need to hear’.The firm said ‘hundreds’ of its lawyers reported that they were not receiving meaningful or timely feedback in their annual review, and that the process was ‘time intensive and energy draining’.IDEO, a global design company, was enlisted to help design a new programme. The firm declined to reveal how much it paid the company for its services.According to the firm, Pathways implements a variety of ‘customised resources and tools’, associates are able to take real-time feedback and apply it to their career goals. It was piloted in various offices last year, including London. It will be expanded to cover employees in business services in 2019.Katie Hunter, the firm’s global head of talent management, said: ‘This forward-looking process meets the changing expectations of people joining the legal profession – they’re focused on getting feedback regularly and feeling empowered to consistently develop their professional skillset. Eventually we hope this will shift the culture of feedback throughout the firm, enhance recruitment efforts, and improve client service.’
RUSSIA: The Russian Railways board has approved the sale of half of its 50% stake in airport train operator Aeroexpress to TransGroup subsidiary Delta-Trans-Invest, which currently has a 25% shareholding. The reported price of €11·7m is based on a market value calculated by an independent appraiser. Announcing the planned sale on February 11, RZD said it was still interested in the development of Aeroexpress, but ‘significant underfunding of its own railway infrastructure’ means it lacked the financial resources needed for investment in the air-rail operator. Aeroexpress runs trains to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports, provides suburban services to Lobnya and operates airport trains in Kazan and Vladivostok. More than 20·1 million passengers were carried in 2013. It also acts as an agent for RZD, providing ticket sales and passenger services on the Sochi airport rail link and leasing out space at the Sheremetyevo rail termina Aeroexpress current shareholding Russian Railways50% TransGroup (Delta-Trans-Invest)25% Iskander Makhmudov17·5% Andrei Bokarev7·5% Stadler Rail’s Altenrhein factory in Switzerland has produced the first aluminium bodyshell for the 25 double-deck EMUs which Aeroexpress ordered in May 2013 at cost of €381m. The first EMU is scheduled to be delivered to Russia for certification in October 2014, with entry into service on the Moscow routes planned for June 2015. Gazprombank is providing a 15-year financing package for the EMUs, while SERV Swiss Export Risk Insurance is providing project risk insurance in roubles for the first time.
Dancehall artiste turns himself inDancehall DJ, Alkaline, says reports of him being involved in a murder are untrue.In a social media rant the artiste, who ruled the dancehall charts in 2016 with hits like City, Formula, My Side of the Story and Company claimed he is not involved in any act of criminality and pleaded for his fans to be calm.Part of the post read:“There is a rumour circulating. Regarding Alkaline, Earlan Bartley, and questioning for murder. Please ignore, this is one of the most cruel, vicious, destructive, degrading, derogatory, ruthless lie, I have ever experienced in my 23 years of existence. I am asking my fans to be calm, relax. I am in no form of mix-up with any form of illegal activities of any sort. And I declare innocence in all its entirety”, the post read. He also took jabs at the media for reporting that he was wanted for questioning.“I am therefore asking the media personnel to desist from spreading rumours on me unnecessarily. BIG LIE!!!! Alkaline!! Try again!!”On Tuesday the Twitter accounts of both the Jamaica Constabulary Force and National Security Ministry posted information regarding interest in the entertainer.@JamaicaConstab tweeted “Police are seeking Earlan Bartley o/c Alkaline for questioning in relation to a murder. He is to report to Harman Barracks by 5:00 p.m., Feb 8”@NatSecurityJA tweeted “Police seek Earlan Bartley (Alkaline) 4 questioning related 2 Rohan Morris’ murder. It is believed he can assist with the investigation.”Alkaline…turned up at the Harmon Barracks in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday morning (Photo: Marlon Biggs)The artiste turned up at the headquarters of the Harmon Barracks about 9:00 AM Thursday, with his attorney, Peter Champagnie, in tow.Morris, popularly called ‘Head’, was shot more than 15 times by hoodlums at his Three Oaks Gardens, St Andrew home in January. The murder was reportedly witnessed by a five year old child who was inside the dwelling at the time of the attack.The police were tight-lipped when Caribbean News Weekly checked whether Morris was an associate of the artiste and would only say he could assist them in their investigations.
The governor’s spokeswoman, Helen Ferre, said there would be no comment on the litigation until it is settled. In May, a federal judge in Tallahassee ruled that Florida law can’t stop an estimated 774,000 disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law a “pay-to-vote system.” But Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately appealed that ruling to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of Hinkle’s ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. The appellate court, in a three-sentence order Wednesday, granted both requests. The court gave no timeline as to when it would hear the case. “But it means there will be a lot of people who are unsure about their eligibility to vote,” he said, “and will be unable to figure out if they are eligible.” The stay, if it extends into the fall, could influence the election outcome in November. Florida is considered a must-win state in President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election. Florida’s disenfranchised felons represent a significant bloc in a state well known for razor-thin election margins. Many of those felons are Black and presumably Democrats. Hinkle’s ruling said state elections officials were ill-prepared to review the hundreds of thousands of voter registration applications that could arrive ahead of the state’s August primary and the November presidential vote. “Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of Campaign Legal Center, which is representing felons seeking access to the ballot box under Amendment 4, a voter-approved measure that sought to return voting rights to released felons. “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent,” he added. “We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.” “It doesn’t mean we’ve lost—it’s just a stay,” said Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice, which is also among the groups representing plaintiffs. -AP A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election. Amendment 4 permanently bars convicted murderers and rapists from voting, regardless of financial debts. Under Amendment 4, felons who have completed their sentences would have voting rights restored. But the legal dispute arose after state lawmakers moved to define what it means to complete a sentence. In addition to time served, lawmakers stipulated that all legal financial obligations, including unpaid fines and restitution, would also have to be settled before a felon could be eligible to vote.
EntertainmentLocalNews New Miss Dominica to be crowned by: – February 8, 2013 Share 128 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 2013 Carnival Queen Contestants (Back row; L-R): Leslassa Armour-Shillingford, Daina Matthew, Fatima Noel and Nickisha Philbert.Front row (L-R): Jeanne Royer, Kelshia Breezie and Melinda Ulysses.Photo credit: Dionne Durand A new Miss Dominica will be crowned at the Carnival City in Roseau this evening, (Friday February 8th) under the theme “Triumph of Elegance”.Seven ladies who will compete in five rounds; costume, talent, swim wear, evening wear and question and answer, will be judged by three judges per category from 8:30 pm.The contestants, chaperons and sponsors are as follows;• Jeanne Royer chaperoned by Leticia Butler-Moses and Mara St. Rose sponsored by Dutch Lady Power Shake• Melinda Ulysses chaperoned by Regina Walsh and Cynthia Walsh, sponsored by Vibes Radio, Petro Caribe and DA Vibes Inc,• Kelshia Breezie chaperoned by Kimberly Daway and Kishma Breezie, sponsored by Clear Habour Community and AID Bank,• Fatima Noel chaperoned by Cynthia Vidal and Jael Joseph, sponsored by Fast Cash and Petro Caribe,• Nickisha Philbert chaperoned by Chandra Irish and Genevieve Rolle, sponsored by NCCU and 4Dominica Limited,• Leslassa Armour-Shillingford chaperoned by Carla Armour and Joanne Armour, sponsored by Auto Trade and Anchorage Hotel,• Daina Matthew chaperoned by Audris Jno Baptiste and Stephanie Alexander, sponsored by DOMLEC.Nadira Lando is the reigning Miss DominicaCoordinator of Queen Show Committee, Romulda Hyacinth has assured patrons that “they will get a high quality show for this evening”.Tickets costs; EC$100 (VIP), EC$55 (uncovered seating) and EC$40 (standing) and can be purchased at the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) located on the Ground Floor of the Financial Centre, Roseau and at the Carnival City.Dominica Vibes News