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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Atlanta Business Chronicle:Georgia Power Co. will continue reducing its reliance on coal during the next two decades while stepping up its investments in renewable power and energy efficiency, according to a plan the Atlanta-based utility submitted Thursday.The 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) would keep Georgia Power moving toward the goals the company committed to when it filed its last IRP with the state Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2016. Georgia Power is required to submit a report every three years outlining the mix of energy sources it plans to rely on to meet the needs of its 2.5 million customers for the next 20 years.Specifically, the company is asking to retire four coal-burning units at Plant Hammond near Rome, Ga., and to retire one coal unit at Plant McIntosh near Rincon, Ga, west of Savannah. Georgia Power also proposes not to renew the operating licenses of two hydropower projects on the Chattahoochee River in West Georgia, which would ultimately lead to the dams’ removal.While taking those power supply sources out of the mix, the utility is seeking to procure an additional 1,000 megawatts of energy from renewable sources. If approved, the additional renewable power would increase Georgia Power’s renewable portfolio to 18 percent. The IRP also proposes new energy-saving programs for residential and commercial customers aimed at reducing peak demand by about 1,600 megawatts.The plan would continue to emphasize a mixed array of energy sources, long a mantra with Georgia Power. That includes nuclear power, as the utility remains committed to completing a $27.3 billion nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle despite soaring costs and scheduling delays.“We have invested in a diverse energy mix of nuclear, natural gas, hydro, renewables, coal and energy efficiency resources in order to maintain high levels of reliability for our customers that have resulted in rates that are 15 percent below the national average,” said Allen Reaves, senior vice president and senior production officer at Georgia Power.More: Georgia Power doubles down on renewable power, energy efficiency Georgia Power proposes closing Hammond, McIntosh coal plantslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Union-Endicott Central School District announced on its website the middle school would be fully remote due to staffing issues at the school. A post on the district website says quarantine has forced many staff members and substitute teacher absences, forcing the switch. District officials say these staffing issues only impact the middle school. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Jennie F. Snapp Middle School will be going fully remote starting Monday, with the model running through Friday, Nov. 13. The school returned from a two-week remote learning model back last week. The district is planning to return to in-person instruction on Monday, Nov. 16.  last_img read more

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first_imgBintan Island in Riau Islands, Bali, and Manado in North Sulawesi have been among the favorite destinations of Chinese tourists, who for years have been among the largest group of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia.Transportation Ministry expert staff member Adita Irawati said the ministry had discussed with a number of airlines about providing discounted prices for flight tickets.Read also: Indonesian tourism could lose US$4 million amid coronavirus outbreak: WishnutamaAdita said that it would be the airlines’ prerogative to decide how big the discounts would be. “The Transportation Ministry has given the instruction, the application is up to each of the airlines,” she said as quoted by kompas.com.Adita said the discounts were one of the country’s efforts to keep Indonesia’s tourism afloat despite the many route closures to and from China.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) revealed that from January to November 2019, 1.9 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia, representing nearly 13 percent of overall foreign tourist visits.”We are looking for ways to keep [tourism] attractive by [offering] various packages from the airlines,” Adita said, “The airlines will soon announce how big the discounts will be.” (gis)Topics : The government has called for airlines to entice domestic tourists with special discounts for flights bound for some of Indonesia’s top tourism destinations as part of the country’s strategy to cope with declining foreign tourist arrivals amid China’s coronavirus outbreak.The move followed Jakarta’s decision to impose a travel ban to and from mainland China and to halt visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese tourists — a policy aimed at preventing the fast-spreading virus from entering the archipelago but which will almost certainly take a toll on Indonesia’s tourism.”Through the Transportation Ministry, the government has initiated giving special discounts for domestic flights to Bali, North Sulawesi and Bintan Island,” Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said on Thursday.last_img read more

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first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Representatives from the Indiana DNR divisions of Law Enforcement and Forestry recently deployed out of state to assist with the effects of Hurricane Florence and wildfires, respectively.A team of 16 Indiana conservation officers, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, responded to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from North Carolina to assist with swift-water rescue and flood evacuations in the wake of Florence. The team of Indiana conservation officers that had been trained in river rescue and dive rescue and recovery was assembled within hours of the request. The team deployed to North Carolina on Sept. 11.“Instructions were to come prepared to be completely self-sufficient, as there were no guarantees regarding food, water or even shelter once they arrived,” said Major Jason Lee of DNR Law Enforcement.The team was originally staged in Raleigh, but as the hurricane hit, the team began a series of moves that eventually brought the officers to just outside Wilmington, the city where Florence made landfall.Work involved rescuing people and their pets from flooded homes and vehicles at all hours. The team specifically worked in Pitt, Onslow and Pender counties, in Belvoir, Jacksonville and Rocky Point.The Indiana conservation officers worked with a variety of state and federal agencies during their nine-day deployment. Included was the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which provided helicopter evacuation services to the residents and their pets as Indiana conservation officers rescued them from high water.“I am extremely proud of the job our officers did,” Lee said. “Deployments to other states are strictly voluntary, and officers know up front that they will be away from home and family for an undetermined amount of time.“The work periods are long and typically in extreme conditions.”Lee said the conservation officers were wet for nearly nine days, either from the rain and flooding or from the 90-degree heat.“The bottom line is that our officers saved lives through their sacrifices, and I cannot thank them or their families enough for what they accomplished,” Lee said.Indiana conservation officers answered one late-night call for help with a boat-based rescue. A woman called 911, saying water was rising in her home. Indiana conservation officers found her in a wheelchair, chest-deep in rising water, holding her small dog.“The woman was hypothermic and would have likely not made it much longer,” Lee said. “It turned out that it was her 93rd birthday, and being carried to safety by our officers was one of the most meaningful presents they had ever given.”Regarding wildfires, the DNR Division of Forestry sent 27 individuals and provided personnel on one 20-person interagency crew to assist with wildfires in 10 different states— Oklahoma, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Positions filled by Forestry personnel range from overhead management to on-the-ground firefighters.DNR Forestry has been mobilizing resources to all-hazard incidents such as wildfires since 1976.last_img read more

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first_imgSecundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr.Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr., age 86, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and Wellington resident, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Andy retired from the Santa Fe Railroad Bridge Department after 41 years as a carpenter.Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr. was born on October 19, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Secundino Castaneda and Cristina (Artega) Castaneda.Andy married Teresa M. Rubio on January 23, 1961 in Tototlan, Jalisco, MEX. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.Andy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an active volunteer for the Mission Thrift Shop, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Eucharistic Minister for St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church.He is survived by his loving wife, Teresa M. Castaneda of Wellington, KS; two sons, Jose Castaneda and his wife Melisa of Wellington, KS and Ramiro Castaneda and his wife Cheri of Belle Plaine, KS; one daughter, Silvia Roddy and her husband Richard of Nashville, TN; one brother, Ramiro Castaneda of Guadalajara, MEX; four sisters, Cristina Castaneda of Kansas City, KS, Eva Castaneda, Rosa Castaneda Ocha and Chelo Castaneda Lopez all of Guadalajara, MEX; eight grandchildren, Andrew and Kelsey Castaneda, Mikey & Jordyn Castaneda, Kylea and George Glazier, Kaleb and Johnna Castaneda, Pete and Tiffany Castaneda, Zachary Castaneda, Jake Gehlen, Colton Gehlen, Joshua Castaneda and Maria Roddy; 11 great grandchildren, Kaden, Kaylee, Madison, Mason and Kaytlin Castaneda, Kyler Glazier, Korbin and Fallon Castaneda, Emery and Brady Castaneda and Tristan Castaneda.Rosary will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony – St Rose Catholic Church on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. Father Hung Pham and Father Dwight Birket will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.A memorial has been established with the Wellington Food Bank in lieu of flowers. Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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first_img[Suppressed] Warning: mysqli_ping(): MySQL server has gone away in /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/db.php on line 1334 [newpittsburghcourieronline.com] [/db.php:1334 mysqli_ping(), /db.php:501 ex_mysql_ping(), /db.php:836 db_connect(), wp-includes/wp-db.php:2503 query(), /mu-plugins/2-vip/protected-embeds.php:858 get_row(), /mu-plugins/2-vip/protected-embeds.php:111 get_embed_row(), wp-includes/shortcodes.php:325 _protected_widget(), do_shortcode_tag(), wp-includes/shortcodes.php:199 preg_replace_callback(), /mu-plugins/2-vip/protected-embeds.php:620 do_shortcode(), wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php:286 filter_the_content_export(), wp-includes/plugin.php:208 apply_filters(‘ Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) in action in an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and North Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior tackle Aaron Donald, arguably the most disruptive defensive player in the country, has been named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his incredible performance in the Panthers’ 17-16 victory over Syracuse this weekend.Called a “game wrecker” by ACC Network analyst and former NFL quarterback Dave Archer, Donald collected nine tackles (eight solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. He made the game’s decisive play – blocking an extra-point kick – as the Panthers edged the host Orange by the slimmest of margins.[protected-iframe id=”958f2e3702ddad9484e5c2222f9b2930-56132170-56839318″ info=”http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=caa30698e36440cbbb4ded82b21efa23&ec=NkeW9taDoCUYjaVWUAW5lww1X38dzx8T” width=”665px” height=”369px”]Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.4 per game), while ranking 10th in sacks (0.91 per game) and 11th in forced fumbles (0.36 per game). Perhaps his most impressive statistic this season: more than half of his total tackles (51) have been behind the line of scrimmage (26).A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Penn Hills High School, Donald is the active FBS career leader in total sacks (28.5) and solo sacks (27).[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SUK7gVFleY&w=560&h=315]Donald is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy.Donald’s senior year production compares remarkably with former Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who swept the Lombardi, Outland, Bronko Nagurski and Bednarik awards in 2009 and was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.Through 11 games, Donald has 26 TFLs and 10 sacks. Suh had 20.5 TFLs and 12 sacks for the entire season (14 games).suhimage006The Panthers (6-5, 3-4 ACC) host the Miami Hurricanes (8-3, 4-3) this Friday, Nov. 29, at Heinz Field. It will be the final home appearance for Donald and 17 additional Pitt seniors.’), bin/wp-cli/php/commands/export.php:524 apply_filters(‘the_content_export’), bin/wp-cli/php/commands/export.php:94 export_wp(), bin/wp-cli-wpcom/commands/export-wpcom.php:25 __invoke(), __invoke(), bin/wp-cli/php/WP_CLI/Dispatcher/CommandFactory.php:35 call_user_func(), WP_CLI\Dispatcher\{closure}(), bin/wp-cli/php/WP_CLI/Dispatcher/Subcommand.php:212 call_user_func(), bin/wp-cli/php/WP_CLI/Runner.php:206 invoke(), bin/wp-cli/php/WP_CLI/Runner.php:213 run_command(), bin/wp-cli/php/WP_CLI/Runner.php:528 _run_command(), bin/wp-cli/php/wp-cli.php:29 after_wp_load(), bin/wp-cli/php/boot-fs.php:17 include(‘bin/wp-cli/php/wp-cli.php’)] Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) in action in an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and North Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)[/caption]PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior tackle Aaron Donald, arguably the most disruptive defensive player in the country, has been named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his incredible performance in the Panthers’ 17-16 victory over Syracuse this weekend.Called a “game wrecker” by ACC Network analyst and former NFL quarterback Dave Archer, Donald collected nine tackles (eight solo), 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. He made the game’s decisive play – blocking an extra-point kick – as the Panthers edged the host Orange by the slimmest of margins.Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.4 per game), while ranking 10th in sacks (0.91 per game) and 11th in forced fumbles (0.36 per game). Perhaps his most impressive statistic this season: more than half of his total tackles (51) have been behind the line of scrimmage (26).A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Penn Hills High School, Donald is the active FBS career leader in total sacks (28.5) and solo sacks (27).[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SUK7gVFleY&w=560&h=315]Donald is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. He is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy.Donald’s senior year production compares remarkably with former Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who swept the Lombardi, Outland, Bronko Nagurski and Bednarik awards in 2009 and was also a Heisman Trophy finalist.Through 11 games, Donald has 26 TFLs and 10 sacks. Suh had 20.5 TFLs and 12 sacks for the entire season (14 games).The Panthers (6-5, 3-4 ACC) host the Miami Hurricanes (8-3, 4-3) this Friday, Nov. 29, at Heinz Field. It will be the final home appearance for Donald and 17 additional Pitt seniors.]]>last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 OLYMPIA –  Thurston County Superior Court Judge Paula Casey will retire July 31 after 30 years. The public is invited to a ceremony celebrating her service the afternoon of July 31 at the Thurston County Superior Court building.Judge Casey was appointed as a Court Commissioner for the Thurston County Superior Court in 1982. In 1984, she was elected as Superior Court Judge for the joint Thurston-Mason County judicial district. She was elected to six subsequent terms in Thurston County. Over her career she handled all the types of Superior Court work, including the third and final death penalty trial of Mitchell Rupe.Judge Casey is best known locally and around the state for her work with Family and Juvenile Court. She was instrumental in the co-location of Family and Juvenile Court operations in Thurston County’s current second courthouse attached to the Juvenile detention facility in the Mottman Industrial area. She advocated for best practice principles for family matters including a judiciary serving on long-term assignments to this work and specialized education for judges beyond the law on issues involving families and children. The best practices also include a single judge being assigned to all a family’s cases and hearings and the early use of problem-solving, non-adversarial practices such as mediation. These best practice principles have been adopted as state-wide goals.Judge Casey was a founding board member of Thurston County’s Dispute Resolution Center.  Other projects early in her career included local rules for mandatory mediation of parenting disputes and introduction of Alternative Dispute Resolution Week twice a year for low-income mediation of civil cases. She has served several terms as the Court’s Presiding Judge.Judge Casey ends her judicial career on assignment to Family and Juvenile Court.last_img read more

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first_imgSANDY HOOK  – Cadets from the drill team of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) took first place overall at Manchester High School’s recent Pearl Harbor Day drill competition. The Sandy Hook-based school competed against cadets from 12 other NJROTC units from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware in eight events, including academics, athletics, uniform inspection and precision marching.MAST placed first in Armed Platoon (commanded by Cadet Liam Kile of Tinton Falls), New Cadet Color Guard (commanded by Cadet Zachary Mansfield of Monmouth Beach), and Academics (commanded by Cadet Caroline Davidson of Brielle); second in New Cadet Basic (commanded by Cadet William Hurley of Monmouth Beach), Unarmed Platoon (commanded by Cadet Emily Fuller of Brielle), Varsity Color Guard (commanded by Cadet Jake O’Donnell of Tinton Falls) and Personnel Inspection (commanded by Cadet Shane McCutcheon of Manasquan); and third in Athletics (commanded by Cadet Liam Hoagland of Colts Neck).“The cadets really went above and beyond preparing for this meet,” said retired Navy Commander Tracie Smith-Yeoman, MAST’s Senior Naval Science Instructor. Students attending MAST are required to be active members of the NJROTC program during their high school years, but there is no requirement for military service after graduation. The program focuses on citizenship development and leadership.Cadets from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology Navy Junior ROTC drill team took home three firsts, four seconds and a third on their way to an overall first place finish at the Pearl Harbor Day drill competition at Manchester High School.Smith-Yeoman commended the cadets for their dedication. “Since we don’t have an indoor facility here on the Hook that’s large enough for drill practice, the cadets must practice outside in all kinds of weather,” she said.“We also don’t have late buses like many other schools, so the parents must arrange for transportation for the cadets when they finish after-school practice,” explained Smith-Yeoman. Many of the cadets live quite a distance away from the school, so the support of family and friends is integral to the program’s success. “This win belongs to the entire MAST family,” she said.Colts Neck High School’s NJROTC unit, headed by retired Marine Corps Major Gregory Penczak, took third place at the event. Atlantic City High School took second place.MAST’s next competition will be at Linden High School’s Martin Luther King Jr. meet on Jan. 15. They are hoping to qualify for the 2018 NJROTC Nationals Academic, Athletic & Drill Championship in Pensacola, Florida in April.This article was first published in the Jan. 4-11, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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first_img10 July 2006Public-private partnerships are playing a major role in turning South Africa’s crime situation around, according to a special survey of the country in the 8 April 2006 issue of The Economist.Singled out for special mention by The Economist is Business Against Crime South Africa, the organisation that pioneered a successful model, combining private sector know-how with a mixture of private and public money, of combating crime in the country. Formed in 1996 at the behest of former president Nelson Mandela, Business Against Crime (BAC) supports the government’s crime-fighting initiatives by harnessing the skills and resources of the country’s business community.The organisation, a not-for-profit body funded primarily by the business sector, is still best known for its role in dramatically cutting street crime in Johannesburg’s central business district – by setting up closed-circuit TV surveillance cameras following the success of a similar scheme in Cape Town.Oiling the wheels of justiceMission accomplished, Business Against Crime left others to run this project, and applied its model to other parts of South Africa’s criminal justice system, such as the slow processing of criminal cases.According to The Economist, the BAC “spent R31-million over several years on getting outside experts to analyse the flow of cases, from the initial reporting of an incident in a police station to the arrival (or not) of the case in court.“On the basis of this research, the government spent about R2-billion on reforming the whole system. Perhaps partly as a result, conviction rates – a dismal 8% in 2000 – are beginning to creep up.”Management training for policeAnother major BAC project involves management training in South Africa’s police stations. In pilot projects in the provinces of Mpumalanga and Gauteng, over 200 policemen and women from 28 police stations received training in 2005.And according to the BAC, the country’s business sector has donated an effective R88-million for developing a leadership development programme for senior station managers and implementing the programme between 2006 and 2008.Commercial courtsBusiness Against Crime, together with the South African Banks Risk Information Centre, has also tackled commercial crime, establishing four specialised commercial courts in Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria – with two more to come, in Bloemfontein and Cape Town, in 2006.Staffed by specialists to convict the guilty quickly and efficiently and secure appropriate sentences, the commercial courts boast an average 97% to 98% conviction rate, and have cut the case processing time for commercial crimes in the country by half, from 30 months in 1999 to 14 months in 2005.Tackling trade in stolen goodsWhen it came to tackling organised crime involving large syndicates, the BAC shifted its approach, taking steps to help remove the commercial benefit in the trade of stolen goods – in the first place, vehicles, cellphones and copper cable.Improved business processes within the government’s vehicle management system have helped to root out fraud and corruption and, according to the BAC, contributed to a 30% reduction in hijackings in Gauteng province in 2005/06.Business Against Crime is also helping to facilitate:the introduction of improved vehicle identity measures such as microdotting;a better co-ordinated approach to “chop shop” disruption operations, supported by new legislation in the form of the Second-Hand Goods Act; andgreater control over the movement of “vehicles in transit” to help curb the illegal registration of second-hand vehicles locally.In February 2006, SA’s Retail Motor Industry Organisation became the 14th business organistion to join the Industry Alignment Forum, a body set up by the BAC to co-ordinate business efforts to combat crime.In April 2005, Business Against Crime also brokered a cellphone blacklisting agreement between the police and the country’s three cellular operators – Cell C, MTN and Vodacom.According to the BAC, the reporting of stolen, lost and damaged cellphones “increased by approximately 500% during the first 10 months of 2005, compared to the same period in both 2003 and 2004.”Reaching out to schoolsBusiness Against Crime has also reached out to South Africa’s schools, with a special programme that teaches positive morality and non-violent methods of conflict resolution.The Tiisa Thuto project was run in 121 schools in Gauteng province in 2004/05, reaching over 1.2-million scholars, teachers and parents, and is now being rolled out in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Western Cape provinces.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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