first_imgFLS Energy commences 42 MW North Carolina solar projectThe project comprises seven utility-scale solar farms scattered across the state. Local utility Duke Energy has agreed PPAs. January 13, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Solar energy provider FLS Energy has closed financing and begun construction on seven utility-scale solar PV plants in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The 42 MW project will produce some 64 million kWh of solar electricity each year, producing enough clean power to meet the needs of 6,000 local households. North Carolina utility Duke Energy has agreed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with four of the projects, with the remaining three agreeing PPAs with Dominion North Carolina Power. “To have a bundle of projects under construction this early in the year truly shows how our industry has matured in North Carolina,” said FLS Energy CEO Dale Freudenberger. The state’s solar ambitions have proven bold in recent months, driven largely by Duke Energy’s desire to augment its solar delivery. The utility was recently granted approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) to add 128 MW of solar power in the state, working alongside First Solar (acting as EPC) and Yingli Solar (module supplier). Overall, the utility has pledged a $500 million commitment to solar development in North Carolina. Current cumulative PV capacity in North Carolina recently reached around 700 MW, placing the state third overall in the U.S. in terms of solar installed, just behind Arizona in second place. California remains the leading solar state in the U.S. by some distance.Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. Yet sometimes, even when best practice is applied – and without particul… The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… iAbout these recommendations Share Ian Clover Ian joined the pv magazine team in 2013 and specializes in power electronics (inverters) and battery storage. Ian also reports on the UK solar market, having worked as a print and web journalist in Britain for various multimedia companies, covering topics ranging from renewable energy and sustainability to real estate, sport and film.More articles from Ian Clover [email protected] Related content Lack of policy hampers energy storage in Cyprus Ilias Tsagas 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Although the government last month started offering purchase incentives for residential batteries, a net metering regime… Sri Lankan garment manufacturer could invest in Bangladeshi renewables Syful Islam 28 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Although the Windforce clean power developer controlled by garment maker Hirdaramani has not been forthcoming in respons… SEIA releases tool aimed at increasing solar supply chain transparency David Wagman 30 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The document is written to have “universal application” across product lines intended for export to the U.S. market, and… NTPC tenders 600 MW of wind-solar projects across India Uma Gupta 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com EPC service providers have until May 31 to bid for Interstate Transmission System-connected solar capacity anywhere in India. 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first_imgQatari firm to offer solar training for Syrian refugeesGreenGulf is partnering with the Norwegian Refugee Council and other organizations to improve the quality of life for residents with solar installations and a training program. The project is part of a greater effort to meet the massive need for energy among displaced people. November 27, 2015 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Qatar-based renewable energy development firm GreenGulf Inc. is set to install solar power systems at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan in an effort to improve living conditions and in the process offer young Syrians housed there the opportunity to take part in a solar training program. According to Qatar’s Gulf Times, GreenGulf is partnering on the training project with the Norwegian Refugee Council, London-based non-profit organization iPlatform and the University of Jordan. As part of the program, GreeGulf will install solar power systems to provide supplementary sources of electricity for the camp, a settlement of 83,000 people located south of the Syrian border, with the aim of improving the quality of life and security at the site, which is afflicted by power shortages. The Zaatari refugee camp. Photo: U.S. Department of State The initiative is the result of GreenGulf’s partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council, which already provides courses to train residents between 16 and 30 in a variety of skills, including carpentry, welding and electrical engineering. “GreenGulf Inc. hopes that the introduction of solar power technology will inspire a new generation of Syrian electrical engineers, and has partnered with the University of Jordan to provide students with academic and vocational training in the subject,” Gulf Times reported, citing a statement. The newspaper quoted GreeGulf co-founder Omran al-Kuwari, who said the program was initiated in response to the Syrian refugee crisis that presents the biggest challenge facing the international community. “The program is about a lot more than providing a source of much-needed solar power to the Zaatari camp,” al-Kuwari said. “It is about providing knowledge, too, which we hope will assist the refugees’ future employment opportunities.” GreenGulf is looking to launch the program next year. If successful, the organizers plan to scale up the solar training initiative and deploy it in other areas and disaster zones and expand it to include other professional skills that can be taught using online platforms. According to Chatham House, which recently conducted the first ever global analysis of energy use by refugees, high costs and poor supply are undermining humanitarian assistance. 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first_imgNo person would consider watching a movie without prior knowing what the film is about today. Of course, the movie’s rating in the popular review and rating sites like IMDb and rotten tomatoes. In this article, I’ll try to explain how the rating and review sites influence how we watch movies and perceive how good the film is—of course, not considering the Netflix movies. In some unusual yet a typical case where it is the background score for us to browse through Instagram.First things first, to understand how the rating and review sites influence our movie watching experience, let us try to understand how we watch them. The order of things is identifying, in this case, could be referred by a friend, and the next step would be the information search. Which usually is a google search, which gives the results from IMDb and Rotten tomatoes. And next comes the processing of the information obtained from the search process, including reading the reviews. And then the judgment and decision phase wherein we process the information available to us and decide whether or not to watch it—all of it in the span of 2 to 5 minutes. And after all that, the only thing that sticks in our mind is the initial information we come across. In this case, our friend talks about the movie, which is the initial source. Then all the other information may either aid it or contradict it. Still, we rarely change our beliefs, in this case, opinion on the movie.A classic I wanted to share is about one of the most influential movies of all time. It has inspired many filmmakers to cross the boundaries that the time may put upon them. King Kong 1933, which, if watched now, might seem a bit silly due to its visual effects and the limitations that time has placed upon them. The rating & review sites recommend movies like King Kong to users, thereby serving as a primary source of information for them and informs beforehand of what to expect from this particular movie. One specific thing about human judgment is that we most primarily trust the initial information that they have crossed upon whatever the source might be. Only in a few cases do they tend to change their views upon the things, in this case, being movies. So while watching a film like King Kong, either a review site mentioning it as “One of the most influential films of all time” makes us watch it with a different mindset. And viewers don’t mind some apparent flaws.Moving on for about a few decades, let us consider The Shining 1980. upon release, the movie received mixed reviews by the critics at the time, added to Stephen king’s (author of ‘The Shining.’) dissatisfaction with the film, it was not a big commercial success. The critics’ primary concern was the slow pacing of the movie and a lot of other reasons. But over the years, considering the popularity that the film has garnered, it was subjected to a thing critics do when they are wrong, called the re-evaluation or reappraisal. And since then, ‘The Shining’ has become a staple in pop culture, inspiring filmmakers and creating a new genre.Let us consider the movies of the present time, in particular, the Netflix originals. The Netflix originals are made based on the data collected from millions of users worldwide based on their watching preferences; this might range from selecting a particular genre that people watch frequently or the inclusion of Asian and Latin American cast in their shows. And we are so used to this type of programming that subconsciously, whenever we hear about a Netflix original movie/series, we think of it as a no-brainer and let the movie run. At the same time, we do our work as a background score for whatever we are doing.So how exactly do they influence the way we watch movies? The answer might be both as simple as we want or make it as complex as we like. Keeping things simple, we might say that Netflix tried to make that reputation for itself. So even if the movies are passable, they make a pretty good attempt at it that people like watching those generic movies with an all-inclusive cast.Let us not consider the rating sites for a while and talk about the movie genres. While all the movies come with a genre tag attached to them, it might spoil the movie and increase others’ enthusiasm. When a movie tagged as a drama, and a particular twist comes up, we genuinely feel it and get thrilled. And if the same film, when labelled as a mystery or a thriller, we might see it with a different mindset and try to find clues throughout the movie.So, we might say that not only review sites, but also the tags for the movies change the way we see movies.last_img read more

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first_img“…and again as I was getting slow down while waiting and waiting and waiting for the results to be declared, I bucked up myself with a spirit to go beyond the expectations. “You will get what you deserve!” So why waste time waiting in sadness?” Instead, make the moments count. Live life, not as an introvert but like an individual ready to mingle with anything that faces the time, make the most of your time and make memories. Don’t wait for the call, make the call.Don’t wait for the result, make another attempt. Don’t wait for others to get closer, go approach them. Don’t wait for the announcement, create the appearance. Don’t wait for the indications, create the signs. Don’t wait for the sadness to fade, fade it away. Don’t wait for the money to cash-in, en-cash the money. Don’t wait for the cab to reach, drive to the destination. Don’t wait for the treadmill to get free, walk. Don’t wait for the moments to come, make memories.last_img read more

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first_imgMireya Acierto/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Russell Simmons struck back at one of his accusers in a court filing on Wednesday, alleging the woman sent him love messages and unsolicited nude photos both before and after the dates she claims the assaults took place.The accuser, Jennifer Jarosik, filed a $5 million civil against Simmons in January, claiming he “got aggressive” and sexually assaulted her after inviting her to his home in 2016.When Jarosik arrived, Simmons asked her “to have sex, whereupon she responded ‘no,’” according to the lawsuit. The two then got into a struggle and Jarosik said she eventually fell to the floor and hit her head, the lawsuit said.The lawsuit then claims Simmons “pounced on her while she was still in shock and fear, and proceeded to rape her.” Simmons disputed those claims in his legal rebuttal on Wednesday, saying they met in 2006 and maintained a “casual acquaintance” over the years. “On the occasions when Ms. Jarosik and Mr. Simmons had sex, it was with Ms. Jarosik’s full consent,” according to court filing. “In the wake of the #metoo movement, Ms. Jarosik alleged that Mr. Simmons raped her, but in exchange for funding her film project, she would help him restore his ‘image’ with women.”Simmons, who said Jarosik would often ask for his assistance with her “nascent entertainment projects including a documentary, reality television shows and children’s books,” also presented text messages and emails allegedly sent from Jarosik, according to the rebuttal. According to the Wednesday court filing:“On July 23, 2016, days before August 2016, when Ms. Jarosik alleges Mr. Simmons sexually assaulted her a second time, Ms. Jarosik sent him a text that stated ‘I emailed u love.’”“On July 31, 2016, she texted Mr. Simmons to say ‘love to c u soon.’”“On September 24, 2016, mere weeks after the incident alleged in the Complaint, Ms. Jarosik sent a text to Mr. Simmons stating ‘Sending love <3.’ A few days later, she sent a text that said ‘I miss u Russell. r u ok?'”“On November 5, 2016, after allegedly being assaulted by Mr. Simmons, Ms. Jarosik sent Mr. Simmons a text that said ‘Coming to l a. I want to see u ok.’ Mr. Simmons ignored each of these texts.”“Additionally, Ms. Jarosik sent Mr. Simmons unsolicited nude photos after the alleged 2016 incident.”Jarosik is asking for at least $5 million in damages and a jury trial. She is one of at least nine women who have accused Simmons of sexual misconduct; he’s denied wrongdoing.In November 2017, Simmons, the founder of hip-hop music label Def Jam Recordings and CEO of Rush Communications, announced that he was stepping away from his companies to “commit myself to continuing my personal growth, spiritual learning and above all to listening.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgXavier’s Department of Physics invites applications for theposition of Laboratory Support Services Manager. This positionprovides academically informed technical assistance to the PhysicsDepartment in order to ensure the successful teaching of laboratorycourses, as well as faculty research, and related duties as needed.This 30 hours-per-week position is considered full time and iseligible for benefits.Xavier University is part of the 500-year old Jesuit Catholictradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and isstrongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity.These values are central to our mission . We strivefor a climate of respect an inclusiveness that welcomes andsupports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, iscommitted unreservedly to open and free inquiry, and deliberatelyseeks out multiple perspectives.This position is responsible for the general care, upkeep,operation, and use of the physics machine shop and its associatedfacilities. This position is also charged with maintaining andrepairing all general laboratory equipment in the department aswell as providing primary assistance to the physics faculty infabricating and maintaining all specialized and research-relatedequipment and systems. This position can include research supportto the faculty in carrying out specific research tasks. Inaddition, this position will serve as the primary trainer(educator) for physics student shop-related training as well as alaboratory teaching assistant for specified technical aspects ofphysics labs. This position may also teach undergraduate physicslab courses appropriate to the professional experience orbackground of the candidate.Qualifications include: a M.S. degree in Physics or in mechanical,electrical or electronics Engineering (or closely related field) ORa B.S. degree in these fields with at least three years ofexperience in a relevant professional position; experience withmachine shop equipment set up and operation; the ability todiagnose and repair equipment and systems failures for experimentallab and research apparatus; the ability to oversee and coordinatedelivery and installation of major experimental laboratory systems;the ability to work independently, creatively and collaborativelywith diverse team members; climb stairs; kneel, squat and lift upto 30 lbs. 3+ years of work experience preferred. The work may attimes require morning, evening, or weekend hours.Xavier is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancingequity, inclusion, and diversity. All qualified applicants willreceive consideration for employment without discrimination on thebasis of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age,marital status, veteran status, or disability.Applications must be received by May 21, 2021 to receivefull consideration. Applicants must submit a CV/resume, the namesof three references, and a cover letter explaining your suitabilityfor the position on Xavier University’s website. Candidatesare asked to include in their cover letter a brief statement on howthey might support/contribute to Xavier’s commitment to diversityand inclusion.last_img read more

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first_imgBournemouth-based Excelsior Coaches has appointed Geoff Stockley as its new Assistant Operations Manager.Geoff joins Excelsior after nine years at parent company, Go South Coast Geoff joined parent company Go South Coast as a driver in 2008, before rising to driver mentor, classroom instructor and then driving instructor.With responsibility for the coach operator’s workforce operations, Geoff will oversee recruitment, the day-to-day running of the business and service standards.Excelsior Area Manager, Adam Keen, adds: “Geoff will be instrumental in ensuring we offer a class-leading product for our clients in Dorset, Hampshire and further afield.“Having worked with Geoff for more than four years at Morebus, I know he will deliver that.”last_img read more

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first_imgBut critics of the US military occupation of Iraq promptly described the visit as an attempt to curry favour with the mammoth Irish-American community ahead of November’s presidential election.Dublin Socialist MEP Proinsias de Rossa dubbed the invitation to Bush “an affront to the 100,000 Irish people who, just a year ago, marched against US aggression in Iraq”.Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, meanwhile, said a joint EU-US plan to combat AIDS could be on the summit’s agenda.last_img

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick. The improvised filter should trap any bacteria, producing fresh, uncontaminated water.In fact, an MIT team has discovered that this low-tech filtration system can produce up to four liters of drinking water a day — enough to quench the thirst of a typical person. In a paper published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers demonstrate that a small piece of sapwood (the youngest wood of a tree which serves to move water up from the roots) can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water. They say the size of the pores in sapwood — which contains xylem tissue evolved to transport sap up the length of a tree — also allows water through while blocking most types of bacteria.Co-author Rohit Karnik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says sapwood is a promising, low-cost, and efficient material for water filtration, particularly for rural communities where more advanced filtration systems are not readily accessible. “Today’s filtration membranes have nanoscale pores that are not something you can manufacture in a garage very easily,” Karnik says. “The idea here is that we don’t need to fabricate a membrane, because it’s easily available. You can just take a piece of wood and make a filter out of it.”Tapping the flow of sapThere are a number of water-purification technologies on the market today, although many come with drawbacks: Systems that rely on chlorine treatment work well at large scales, but are expensive. Boiling water to remove contaminants requires a great deal of fuel to heat the water. Membrane-based filters, while able to remove microbes, are expensive, require a pump, and can become easily clogged.Sapwood may offer a low-cost, small-scale alternative. The wood is comprised of xylem, the porous tissue that conducts sap from a tree’s roots to its crown through a system of vessels and pores. Each vessel wall is pockmarked with tiny pores called pit membranes, through which sap can essentially hopscotch, flowing from one vessel to another as it feeds structures along a tree’s length. The pores also limit cavitation, a process by which air bubbles can grow and spread in xylem, eventually killing a tree. The xylem’s tiny pores can trap bubbles, preventing them from spreading in the wood.“Plants have had to figure out how to filter out bubbles but allow easy flow of sap,” Karnik observes. “It’s the same problem with water filtration where we want to filter out microbes but maintain a high flow rate. So it’s a nice coincidence that the problems are similar.”Seeing redTo study sapwood’s water-filtering potential, the researchers collected branches of white pine and stripped off the outer bark. They cut small sections of sapwood measuring about an inch long and half an inch wide, and mounted each in plastic tubing, sealed with epoxy and secured with clamps.Before experimenting with contaminated water, the group used water mixed with red ink particles ranging from 70 to 500 nanometers in size. After all the liquid passed through, the researchers sliced the sapwood in half lengthwise, and observed that much of the red dye was contained within the very top layers of the wood, while the filtrate, or filtered water, was clear. This experiment showed that sapwood is naturally able to filter out particles bigger than about 70 nanometers.However, in another experiment, the team found that sapwood was unable to separate out 20-nanometer particles from water, suggesting that there is a limit to the size of particles coniferous sapwood can filter.Picking the right plantFinally, the team flowed inactivated, E. coli-contaminated water through the wood filter. When they examined the xylem under a fluorescent microscope, they saw that bacteria had accumulated around pit membranes in the first few millimeters of the wood. Counting the bacterial cells in the filtered water, the researchers found that the sapwood was able to filter out more than 99 percent of E. coli from water.Karnik says sapwood likely can filter most types of bacteria, the smallest of which measure about 200 nanometers. However, the filter probably cannot trap most viruses, which are much smaller in size.Karnik says his group now plans to evaluate the filtering potential of other types of sapwood. In general, flowering trees have smaller pores than coniferous trees, suggesting that they may be able to filter out even smaller particles. However, vessels in flowering trees tend to be much longer, which may be less practical for designing a compact water filter. Designers interested in using sapwood as a filtering material will also have to find ways to keep the wood damp, or to dry it while retaining the xylem function. In other experiments with dried sapwood, Karnik found that water either did not flow through well, or flowed through cracks, but did not filter out contaminants.“There’s huge variation between plants,” Karnik says. “There could be much better plants out there that are suitable for this process. Ideally, a filter would be a thin slice of wood you could use for a few days, then throw it away and replace at almost no cost. It’s orders of magnitude cheaper than the high-end membranes on the market today.”(Originally Published by MIT – Top photo by Sun Star; other photos courtesy of researchers)Thanks to Harley Hahn for submitting the link!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA lot of youngsters have woken up on Christmas morning with the hopes of finding a puppy waiting under the tree – but Cash isn’t that young at all.In fact, the 12-year-old Golden Retriever lost a lot of his vitality after his sister Rosie suddenly passed away in 2014.Cash’s owner, Marie Ahonen, says that she was heartbroken to see Cash feeling so lonely – which is why she decided to give him a special surprise for being on Santa’s nice list this year.LOOK: Stray Dog Crashes A Wedding And Finds His Own Happily Ever AfterEarlier this month, the Ahonen family presented Cash with a big neatly-wrapped Christmas gift.The senior dog is visibly excited by the package – and he only becomes more exuberant when Jennings the Golden Retriever puppy pops his head out of the box.According to multiple UK newspapers, Ahonen said: “I knew he would be good [with another dog], but I never expected the reaction of pure joy – I had tears watching him. There’s now so much joy and sparkle in Cash’s eyes, he’s got a new lease of life.”“They’ve been best buds ever since,” she added.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Pawesome Story With Your Friends – Photo by Caters NewsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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