Colorado cooperative to close Nucla coal plant early, boost wind and solar investments

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Colorado Public Radio:Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced plans to develop an “aggressive” energy plan to incorporate more wind and solar. The power provider currently relies on renewable energy for 30 percent of its power supply.Tri-State also announced it plans to retire the Nucla coal-fired power plant in southwest Colorado two years early. The plant will close by the end of 2020. The retirement was originally scheduled for 2022 as required by a regional Colorado air quality improvement plan. Tri-State also suggested it could change a 5 percent limit on local renewable energy generation by member cooperatives, a big bone of contention in the past.Tri-State hopes its renewable energy plan will lower electricity bills for 1.3 million customers, while cleaning up power delivered across rural parts Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.“We’ll be looking for how these efforts could be done in a way that lowers costs,” said Lee Boughey, senior manager of communications and public affairs at Tri-State. “So, the transformation really is in having a cleaner portfolio, more opportunities locally for renewable energy, and the goal over the course of this work to reduce rates.”Tri-State has sailed troubled waters over the past two years. In 2018, Delta Montrose started the process of exiting its multi-year contract with Tri-State, following disagreements about rising rates and low renewable energy penetration. Recently it reached an agreement on the terms of breaking free.In 2019 both Colorado and New Mexico announced plans to severely curtail greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. Tri-State members like United Power and La Plata Electric Association have also pushed the power provider to change its limits on local renewable energy generation, currently capped at 5 percent. At the same time, Tri-State announced plans to have the federal government regulate rates, as opposed to individual states.More: Rural electricity provider announces early coal plant closure, focus on renewables Colorado cooperative to close Nucla coal plant early, boost wind and solar investmentslast_img read more

De Bruyne is my Man City blueprint – Guardiola

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Kevin De Bruyne incarnated Manchester City’s future after the Belgian’s sublime display inspired his side to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.De Bruyne smashed in City’s second goal on Saturday and had a hand in their third, scored by Raheem Sterling, who went on to complete a brace as City registered a record-extending 16th successive Premier League win. “And of course that’s happened because I was with three amazing clubs: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and this one. All three clubs supported me, all the decisions we believe in and they provide me with outstanding players.“Without good players and the club supporting your ideas, it’s impossible to achieve this kind of thing.”– Hotheaded Alli –Ilkay Gundogan put City ahead in the 14th minute, ghosting in unmarked to head Leroy Sane’s corner past Hugo Lloris.After Spurs rallied in the second half, De Bruyne carried the game beyond them, rifling home a left-foot shot in the 70th minute and sparking the move that culminated in Sane teeing up Sterling for a tap-in.Sterling added another, smuggling his way past Lloris and walking the ball in, before Christian Eriksen claimed a stoppage-time consolation.De Bruyne’s goal — his seventh of the season — occurred moments after he had been left in a heap by an ugly ankle-high challenge from Dele Alli, who escaped with only a booking.Harry Kane, too, was shown only a yellow card for an untidy foul on Sterling, but although Guardiola felt both tackles were “dangerous”, he refused to criticise referee Craig Pawson.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was reluctant to discuss the hotheaded Alli and instead urged his team to take inspiration from City’s display.“Look, I’m not going to talk about individual names today because it’s not fair,” said the Argentinian, whose team slipped from fourth to seventh.“The most important thing is our collective performance wasn’t how we expect and I think we were poor. Not only poor — the way we conceded the first goal was a massive mistake for us.“When you play against teams like Manchester City, if you concede a goal like this after 15 minutes, come on. We can’t assess individual performances.“We need to learn from this situation. Today was a very good example of a team that believe, that have quality and is in very good form. They deserved the victory completely.”Share on: WhatsApp Guardiola has matched his best winning run with Barcelona from their all-conquering 2010-11 season and stands three wins short of his own record for Europe’s five major leagues, which he set at Bayern Munich in 2013-14. De Bruyne’s hurtful passing repeatedly tore holes in the Spurs defence and Guardiola said that ability on the ball, allied to his exemplary work-rate, made him a figurehead for the club’s young players.“Kevin is one of the most talented players and you see how he runs without the ball,” said the City manager.“You cannot imagine how good he plays with the ball, but he runs like a player in the Conference (semi-professional) league.“It’s a good example for the young players, for our academy, for Phil Foden, for Brahim (Diaz). They know how good Kevin De Bruyne is. And when they see how he runs and he fights without the ball, that is the best example.“He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future. Because that is what we want to do. His performance today, I have no words.”The one-sided win at a misty Etihad Stadium gave City a provisional 14-point lead at the top of the table, ahead of second-place Manchester United’s trip to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. “Of course I’m proud,” said Guardiola.“I don’t want to be humble right now. I’m proud with my staff to achieve that with three teams, every day being there. We work a lot and the players know that.last_img read more

Offers of accommodation supplies and entertainment pour in for BC fire evacuees

first_imgAs thousands of British Columbians are forced from their homes by wildfires, hundreds of people are stepping up to offer whatever support they can.Kristi McLean posted to an Facebook evacuee support group saying she has a tent trailer at her home near Kamloops, B.C., that would be perfect for a family.McLean, who has an autistic son, said it would be a good environment for a family with an autistic child.“Being in an evacuation centre, I know it wouldn’t be good for us, for sure,” she said in an interview. “Any family with special needs that need a place … we’re cool with it.”There are numerous offers of accommodation, ranging from a room to full homes.“Chilliwack accommodation for evacuees: three-bedroom house with full basement,” one posting said.Others are offering space for evacuees to park their trailers.Many people have said they can provide shelter for pets.“We have space available for evacuee horses, sheep, goats, chickens and a few dogs and/or cats,” one person said.Supplies for the evacuees are also being offered.“I have a 20-foot container almost full of non perishable food, Gatorade, baby supplies, toiletries, blankets and pillows,” a Chilliwack, B.C., resident said.There was even thought of evacuees who would be missing Sunday night’s premiere of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.”Kayla Charest posted on Facebook that she’d be willing to host seven or eight fans of the series who’ve been evacuated to Prince George.“There’s not much I can do to help with accommodations but I can definitely house some people for a couple of hours for some entertainment — take their minds off things,” she said in an interview.last_img read more

Britain Is The Home Of Golf The Old Folks Home That Is

With first-time winners taking each of the last seven major titles, you might not think experience counts for much in golf anymore. But as the world’s top players head to Royal Birkdale for this week’s (British) Open, it serves as a reminder that the unique challenges of links-style courses still provide at least one championship showcase for golf’s greybeards.Traditionally speaking, championship golfers do the bulk of their winning in their late 20s and early-to-mid 30s: Since 2000, about 60 percent of major winners were age 32 or younger at the time of their victory. But the big exception seems to be the British Open, whose champs are consistently much older than those of the other majors. Of the five major wins by the 40-and-older set since 2000, only one of them didn’t come at The Open (Vijay Singh’s 2004 PGA Championship win). According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age for British Open winners since 2000 was 33.7, while the average age for all other major champs was 30.7.And the results have been even more extreme in recent years, with four 40-somethings winning the Claret Jug this decade,1Henrik Stenson in 2016, Phil Mickelson in 2013, Ernie Els in 2012 and Darren Clarke in 2011. and this doesn’t even count Zach Johnson (who won The Open at age 39 in 2015), nor does it reflect the heroic near-misses from old-timers this century, such as 59-year-old Tom Watson’s playoff loss at Turnberry in 2009 and 53-year-old Greg Norman’s third-place finish in 2008 — the last time Birkdale hosted the event. Since 2011, the average age for The Open winners has been 38.5, nearly 10 years older than the average of the other three majors (28.7), according to ESPN Stats & Information. So why do older players excel at the British? One reason might be in the way experience helps players deal with the ever-changing weather conditions that often beset The Open — and how those same atmospheric effects negate the advantages of long-hitting younger players.To test this theory, I looked at data provided by Stats & Info for the first two rounds of each British Open since 1983. For players who have birthdate information in the database,2Because of incomplete data, about 20 percent of players who played in the British Open are missing age information. I broke them down into the following categories: “Young” (ages 28 or below — the youngest 25 percent of players), “Old” (ages 39 or older — the oldest 25 percent of players) and “Regular” (everyone else). I also recorded whether the average score for a given round was more than three strokes over par, considering such rounds to have “high-scoring” conditions. This is admittedly an imperfect proxy for weather effects, but in the absence of tee times and climate data, it will have to do as a means of flagging rounds where conditions were challenging.When scoring conditions were normal, old and young players shot equally well relative to the field average. (Players who fit neither category shot about a third of a stroke better on average, which makes sense given those players were in the primes of their careers.) But when conditions got bad, the young players shot worse — and the older ones shot better. In high-scoring rounds, young players lost about a third of a stroke per round relative to older players, an even bigger margin than the quarter-stroke they lost relative to prime-aged players.3It’s a safe assumption that the missing ages in this data set only work in the favor of the younger players: Many of the ones missing are amateurs and fringe international qualifiers, who typically put up worse scores; likewise, past Open winners age 60 or younger, who automatically qualify, also tend to perform poorly, but their ages are reflected here. A “high-scoring round” is one in which the field average was more than three strokes over par.Source: ESPN Stats & information group Old (39 and older)1,616-0.11730-0.28-0.17 Open weather can infamously turn on a dime, and it requires shots of a very different shape than the usual ones many younger Americans have spent the vast majority of their careers playing. So at least in part, this is evidence that experience — and not raw power — can help a player better navigate around such challenging conditions.And that shouldn’t be any different this time around, with typical rainy, gusty weather on the forecast for Royal Birkdale. So although this has been a great season for young players on the PGA Tour, don’t be surprised if the sport’s elder statesmen take center stage in England this week. Young (28 and younger)1,408-0.127260.00+0.12 NORMAL ROUNDHIGH-SCORING ROUND When the going gets rough, the old get goingFirst- and second-round scores vs. field average under normal and high-scoring conditions in the British Open, by age, 1983-2016 Regular (29–38)2,765-0.471,153-0.58-0.11 PLAYER AGEROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.ROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.DIFF. read more

Former Torrey Pines High student pleads guilty to making threats

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A former Torrey Pines High School student pleaded guilty today to posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account and will spend a minimum of six months in a residential treatment facility.Kevin Gregory Matlak, 21, will be sentenced Aug. 10 by Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon. He pleaded guilty to one count of making a criminal threat.Matlak will be placed on five years probation and sentenced to a year in custody, which he will be able to serve at the treatment facility. Shamoon told Matlak to become stable on his medications before he is sentenced. Shamoon told Matlak that everyone is worried about him. “Nobody wins if you go to prison,” Shamoon said. Shamoon allowed Matlak’s mother to give him a hug after the plea. Classmates of Matlak who graduated in 2015 reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest.Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself in to a lockdown mental health facility, defense attorney Brian Watkins said. Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them.“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco. “Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” Matlak wrote in another post. He also posted a photo of an AR-15 rifle, Greco said.RELATED STORY: Man accused or threatening Torrey Pines HS to remain in hospital Former Torrey Pines High student pleads guilty to making threats Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Gregory Matlak, Torrey Pines HS KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 11, 2018 Updated: 7:37 AMlast_img read more

Getting back whats ours

first_imgThe National Museum in the Capital is holding a month long show of the single piece of work to emphasize on the fact that what belongs to the country must be strictly protected.A seminar was held recently based on the same thought process where the unanimous consensus was that a detailed, nationwide documentation of all existing monuments across cultures and regions is essential so as to avert illicit international trafficking of antiques.Simultaneously, the country requires an environment that encourages the development of a domestic market for artefacts by suitably amending the Antiquities Act, according to experts at the symposium on Return of Yogini: Art & Crime noted during day-long deliberations. The speakers also discussed ways of creating general awareness about heritage objects, thus promoting transparency through better informed public stakeholders. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The meet was organised by the National Museum Institute (NMI) as part of an ongoing exhibition — The return of the Yogini — that displays an exquisite 10th-century stone sculpture which recently returned to the country from Paris to where it was smuggled out a quarter century ago.The single-object exhibition organised by the National Museum was to end on 6 October, but has been extended till 20 October, owing to public request, according to Dr Venu V, director-general of the museum.last_img read more

OpenSSL 30 will have significant changes in architecture will include FIPS module

first_imgOn 13th February, the OpenSSL team released a blog post outlining the changes that users can expect in the OpenSSL 3.0 architecture and plans for including a new FIPS module. Architecture changes in OpenSSL 3.0 ‘Providers’ will be introduced in this release which will be a possible replacement for the existing ENGINE interface to enable more flexibility for implementers. There will be three types of Providers: the “default” Provider will implement all of the most commonly used algorithms available in OpenSSL. The “legacy” Provider will implement legacy cryptographic algorithms and the “FIPS” Provider will implement FIPS validated algorithms. Existing engines will have to be recompiled to work normally and will be made available via both the old ENGINE APIs as well as a Provider compatibility layer. The architecture will include Core Services that will form the building blocks usable by applications and providers. Providers in the new architecture will implement cryptographic algorithms and supporting services. It will have implementations of one or more of the following: The cryptographic primitives (encrypt/decrypt/sign/hash etc)  for an algorithm Serialisation for an algorithm Store loader back ends A Provider may be entirely self-contained or it may use services provided by different providers or the Core Services. Protocol implementations, for instance TLS, DTLS. New EVP APIs will be provided in order to find the implementation of an algorithm in the   Core to be used for any given EVP call.  Implementation agnostic way will be used to pass information between the core library and the providers.  Legacy APIs that do not go via the EVP layer will be deprecated. The OpenSSL FIPS Cryptographic Module will be self-contained and implemented as a dynamically loaded provider. Other interfaces may also be transitioned to use the Core over time  A majority of existing well-behaved applications will just need to be recompiled. No deprecated APIs will be removed in this release You can head over to the draft documentation to know more about the features in the upgraded architecture. FIPS module in OpenSSL 3.0 The updated architecture incorporates the FIPS module into main line OpenSSL. The module is dynamically loadable and will no longer be a separate download and support periods will also be aligned. He module is a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module that contains FIPS validated/approved cryptographic algorithms only. The FIPS module version number will be aligned with the main OpenSSL version number. New APIs will give applications greater flexibility in the selection of algorithm implementations. The FIPS Provider will implement a set of services that are FIPS validated and made available to the Core. This includes: POST: Power On Self Test KAT: Known Answer Tests Integrity Check Low Level Implementations Conceptual Component View of OpenSSL 3.0 Read the draft documentation to know more about the FIPS module in the upgraded architecture. Read Next Baidu Security Lab’s MesaLink, a cryptographic memory safe library alternative to OpenSSLOpenSSL 1.1.1 released with support for TLS 1.3, improved side channel securityTransformer-XL: A Google architecture with 80% longer dependency than RNNslast_img read more

TPI taps Umapped for mobile itinerary platform for clients

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, November 16, 2016 TPI taps Umapped for mobile itinerary platform for clients TORONTO — TPI has joined forces with Canadian travel tech start-up Umapped to provide TPI clients with an interactive mobile itinerary with real-time messaging and content that extends to the client’s personal and social networks.TPI officially unveiled the new partnership with Umapped to nearly 200 attendees at the 2016 TPI Annual Conference aboard Celebrity Reflection.Umapped’s collaborative itinerary management platform is aimed at  streamlining TPI advisors’ workflow, generate incremental revenue and engage with their customers. “We have done our due diligence across all itinerary management tools, and Umapped is by far the most advanced,” said Morris Chia, TPI President and CEO. “Umapped’s unique interactive capabilities and pioneering technology align with TPI’s ongoing commitment to finding new, innovative solutions that deliver continued program enhancements to our advisor members. Umapped empowers our advisors to become true collaborators and build connections on mobile and social platforms where travelers are spending their time. We look forward to the positive impact that this new partnership will bring.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthTPI says many TPI advisors already using the platform have reported improved productivity and sales, with increased conversion rates on proposals and upsell revenue.Available as a white-label and API solution, Umapped enables travel brands to deliver visually rich, consolidated mobile itineraries which includes sharing real-time content, exclusive offers and expertise via messaging and social media. “Mobile engagement has moved from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ as more travellers increasingly turn to their tablets and smartphones to stay connected and simplify their trips,” says Umapped CEO Lisa Israelovitch.Umpapped (umapped.com) has been growing rapidly and now services agencies and companies in 11 countries, she adds.center_img Posted by Tags: Sphere, TPI Sharelast_img read more