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Institutional Resistance Against Solar in Many Sunny States


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Across most of the nation, it’s clear solar power is taking off. But still some states are lagging behind and are holding on to policies that cramp growth instead of nurturing it, according to a new report.The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) recently released a report listing the ten states with high solar potential blocking distributed solar development. These states, primarily located in the Southeast, hold 35% of total solar potential in the United States, but only account for 6% of the nation’s total installed capacity.“We are building a campaign in the environmental community to support distributed solar in the built environment, on rooftops and other kinds of spaces, because it is wildlife friendly and an opportunity for a just energy system,” said Greer Ryan, research associate for the Center for Biological Diversity and author of the report “Throwing Shade; 10 Sunny States Blocking Distributed Solar Development.”“Policy determines whether solar will be affordable, whether it can connect to the grid, and how utilities interact with their customers,” Ryan said. “A lot of whether it is possible for people to take advantage of the technology goes back to policy.”Utilities, greens still miles apart on solar valuation, new report show Institutional Resistance Against Solar in Many Sunny Stateslast_img read more


Download This: Education Apps


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the arrival of smartphones, high school and college students are no longer being told to put their electronic devices away in class. Cell phones are not only being used for conversations and games, but as important educational tools within classrooms. Technological advances are now, more then ever, transforming the everyday lives of students in their quest for academic success and there are thousands of apps aimed to help them. Here are nine must-haves that can make the bumpy educational road a whole lot smoother.Activity Timer is a time-management app that can be used to keep track of all tasks within a 24-hour period. This Android app, produced by LiteDroid Studios and available on Google Play for $1.99, enables students to incorporate their daily activities—from homework to game time—in order to make every second count.Breaking News delivers hard-breaking news stories in real time, for free. Developed by NBC News Digital LLC, this app sends out notifications about the biggest current news stories headlining the world. Useful for people with a busy schedule, the app also allows users to track specific topics and stay informed about current events, as they happen.Note Everything enables students to create and share text, voice and even paint notes. Users also have the option of combining note styles and enabling links. Created by SoftXperience, the free app also lets notes be imported from Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook.myHomework Student Planner allows students to keep their class schedule, homework calendar, organizer and student planner all in one place. Created by Instine, this free app also reminds students about assignment due dates and exams. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Kindle Fire and the Windows 8 Store, this app has been listed as one of the best school apps every year since 2009.Flashcards Study Helper, created by David Skelly, was created for students who have to study on the go. This app ($3.99) allows users to create their own flash cards and organize them according to subject matter. It also quizzes users (in four difficulty levels) on the flashcard materials.Puzzle Alarm Clock (free on Google Play) promises to solve the first problem many students have in the morning: getting out of bed. Created by Wro Claw Studio S.C., the app provides random puzzles (math equations, memory cards, captcha, patterns) that open after every alarm. You’ve got to be on your toes, though: The only way to shut the alarm is to complete the puzzles.Dictionary.com gives students access to more than 2 million definitions, synonyms and antonyms. This free app by Dictionary.com includes audio pronunciation, the words’ origins and a thesaurus. It’s useful for building vocabulary and spelling.50 Languages provides roughly 1,600 language combinations and includes 100 lessons aimed to teach students simple phrases, such as “How are you?” in a foreign language. Audio lessons are available on www.50languages.com. Learning a new language is now more accessible then ever.last_img read more


Waverly encourages testing to residences amid surge in COVID cases


first_imgThe department is also asking those who have attended public gatherings where health restrictions were not followed to be tested as well. The New York State Department of Health, the Tioga County Publich Health Department, Guthrie and the Village of Waverly are responding to the rising number of COVID cases in the village. Nov. 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Dec. 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dec. 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Officials say the rapid testing site at the Waverly Village Hall is open for testing on the dates and times below: Tioga County Public Health is encouraging anyone who has recently been exposed to the coronavirus or who is experiencing symptoms themselves to get tested for the virus. The departments are encouraging people to take advantage of a rapid testing site at the village hall to do so. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Due to an increase in COVID cases in Waverly, a number of departments are being called to action and residents are being encouraged to get tested. last_img read more


Is Papadopoulos key to how bad probe will get for Trump?


first_imgThat’s because while Manafort and Gates sure look like they’re going to jail, as of yet they aren’t cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.George Papadopoulos is, which means that he likely has information that will lead Mueller closer to the heart of the case.Papadopoulos was a junior foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.In August we learned that he had tried to set up meetings between Trump officials – and even Trump himself – with representatives of the Russian government.At the time, his suggestion was characterized as having been rejected by other Trump officials as inappropriate while Trump was still a candidate and not yet president.But now that we’ve seen the details of Papadopoulos’ plea, it sure looks like that wasn’t the whole story.Papadopoulos has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhile the biggest news of the day is the indictments Robert Mueller has handed down against former President Donald Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Monday he also released a plea bargain with a heretofore minor figure in the Russia scandal by the name of George.And that could actually be the day’s biggest news. “I think it’s a fair conclusion to think that he has information that is valuable in the prosecution of others,” McQuade says.“You would only offer that cooperation if you’ve sat down with him and learned that he has information that is of value.”And that appears to be what is happening: in return for what will likely be a reduced sentence, Papadopoulos has agreed to sing.As the letter laying out the terms of the plea agreement says, “The Government agrees to bring to the Court’s attention at sentencing the defendant’s efforts to cooperate with the Government, on the condition that your client continues to respond and provide information regarding any and all matters as to which the Government deems relevant.”Who does Papadopoulos have information on? We don’t know.The plea document mentions his discussions (his efforts to set up a meeting with the Russians) with people who are referred to as “Senior Policy Adviser,” “Campaign Supervisor,” and “High-Ranking Campaign Official,” but we don’t know who that is. Then there’s this:“On or about May 4, 2016, the Russian MFA Connection sent an email (the ‘May 4 MFA Email’) to defendant PAPADOPOULOS and the Professor that stated: ‘I have just talked to my colleagues from the MFA. The[y] are open for cooperation. One of the options is to make a meeting for you at the North America Desk, if you are in Moscow.’ Defendant PAPADOPOULOS responded that he was ‘[g]lad the MFA is interested.’ Defendant PAPADOPOULOS forwarded the May 4 MFA Email to the High-Ranking Campaign Official, adding: ‘What do you think? Is this something we want to move forward with?’ The next day, on or about May 5, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS had a phone call with the Campaign Supervisor, and then forwarded the May 4 MFA Email to him, adding to the top of the email: ‘Russia updates.’” This exchange happened not long before Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner had their infamous meeting with representatives of the Russian government who purportedly had damaging information on Clinton to offer.Given that context, it seems rather unlikely that Papadopoulos would not have mentioned the possibility that the Russians had of “dirt” on Clinton contained in “thousands of emails.”But we don’t yet know for sure.What we do know is that the prosecutors believe that Papadopoulos’ information will be valuable to them in building a case against others. Paul Manafort, on the other hand, is not cooperating – at least not yet.“The fact that he was indicted suggests to me that pre-indictment he said ‘No, I don’t want to cooperate.’ I’m sure they presented him with the opportunity,” says McQuade.It’s a common tactic to hand down one set of indictments and then offer a defendant the chance to start cooperating, since if he doesn’t they’ll keep investigating, and who knows what else they’ll find.“I think that’s quite possible, that there are additional potential charges against Manafort, and he could still cooperate,” McQuade said.center_img Specifically, he falsely claimed that they had occurred before he joined the campaign in March 2016.He had communication with a professor who had contacts in the Russian government; this professor told him that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”The professor introduced him to a female Russian national who was supposedly Vladimir Putin’s niece (it turned out she wasn’t), and to someone who supposedly had connections in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).Based on those conversations, Papadopoulos pressed the campaign to set up meetings with the Russians, a suggestion that never came to fruition.So what does this have to do with the larger case? I spoke this morning with Barbara McQuade, a professor at the University of Michigan law school who is a former U.S. Attorney and has worked extensively in criminal and national security cases.I asked: If Papadopoulos was just some low-level nobody tossing around ideas that were rejected by the campaign’s higher-ups, why would Mueller offer him a plea deal that is contingent on his cooperation?Doesn’t that suggest that he has information that can be used to build a case against someone more important than him? If Manfort is going to flip, there are only so many people he could flip on, who are actually closer to the center of whatever happened than he was.That could include Jared Kushner, perhaps Donald Trump Jr., and of course President Trump himself.But right now, Papadopoulos is the one who is providing Mueller an entry into the heart of the Trump campaign and its relationship to Russia.Which is why McQuade says, “That one, because of its relevance to that larger question, strikes me as maybe the more important development today.” And this is just getting started.Paul Waldman is a contributor to The Washington Post Plum Line blog, and a senior writer at The American Prospect.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


Tenants should follow these top tips to protect themselves


first_imgRenters need to make sure they are protected.Last week I was greeted with the horrific news that one of the properties our office manages was on-fire and the fire brigade and police were in attendance.Ripping across town my immediate thoughts, as you would expect, were with the lives of the tenants and their pets.I was relived when I arrived to discover the tenants were not home, their pets were safe and no one was hurt.It was a steep learning curve. I have never dealt with a fire of this magnitude and the lessons over the last week have been many.The biggest reminder was obviously the importance of insurance, regular maintenance and smoke alarm monitoring.This property had been regularly serviced and it was the smoke alarms that alerted the neighbours to the drama. There was no outstanding maintenance and the owner had adequate insurance.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoBut here are the two lessons. Unfortunately the tenant didn’t have contents insurance and in these circumstances the owner has to cover the expenses in relation to the building and the tenant has to protect their contents. It is essential that owners and tenants have adequate insurance.It is also a good reminder about another thing that is the tenant’s responsibility during a lease – which could end p being very costly.Many tenants are surprised to know that unreported maintenance can became a cost borne by the tenant.For example, if you notice a leak and don’t report it and the leak causes more damage which could have been avoided, then the tenant could be liable for the costs.My top 3 tips for tenants to ensure maximum protection during a lease are:· Complete your entry report within 3 days of receiving it noting any discrepancies. Ensure you get an acknowledgment that you returned it in time· Get contents insurance· Report all maintenance itemslast_img read more


Women Conceived With Donor Eggs, Sperm Speak Out


first_imgThe Christian Post 4 August 2018Family First Comment: Katy Faust, founder and president of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us, said in an interview with CP on Friday that the practice of donor conception is, “quite simply, the commodification of children … and every Christian needs to stand against it.” And the reason why is because it separates the child from both biological parents, she said. “Not because of a crisis or tragedy such as in adoption, but rather the willful violation of a child’s fundamental right to be known and loved by both their mother and father … simply because an adult wants something.”Women who were conceived with donor eggs and sperm are speaking about their journey and shock of finding out their biological parents are not who they thought they were.A video released last week on the YouTube channel of We Are Donor Conceived, an organization that began in 2016 “where donor conceived people can share their stories with each other and the general public in order to inspire greater understanding about the unique challenges we face.”The video features several women sharing their experiences of discovering that they were deceived about their genes. The women do not identify themselves by name.“When I found out the truth about my origins I was disgusted. I couldn’t look in the mirror. I didn’t want to see myself. I didn’t want to see my body. I didn’t want to hear my name. There was a huge question mark and I didn’t know where I had come from,” one of the women in the video explained.Another said that when she found out she started screaming repeatedly: “What! What!” She was in disbelief that half of what she believed was her family tree was gone.“To realize that I was only half-related to my sister was pretty painful,” she said, noting that at the same time it was validating to know the truth as she didn’t look like her family members and was sometimes asked growing up if she was adopted.READ MORE: https://www.christianpost.com/news/women-conceived-with-donor-eggs-sperm-speak-out-i-often-cant-understand-how-or-what-i-am-226602/last_img read more


January 4, 2018 Police Blotter


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White line edging on I-74 today


first_imgBatesville, IN–Crews will re-stripe the white edge line along I-74 EB from west of New Point (Exit 143) to S.R. 101/Sunman/Milan (Exit 156) starting today at  10 a.m. Please use caution in the area. Attenuator trucks will be present.last_img


Cole completes Roma move


first_img It read: “AS Roma have acquired Ashley Cole’s playing registration on a two-year deal which expires on June 30, 2016. “The agreement also gives the club the right to extend the contract into a further season.” Cole flew to the Italian capital earlier on Monday, with Roma posting a photo on their official Twitter feed, with the message: “Welcome to Rome, Ashley!” The full-back subsequently underwent a medical before travelling to Roma’s Trigoria headquarters to sign a contract that will reportedly net him 4.6million euros (£3.65million) in wages. Cole left Arsenal in May 2000 as part of a deal which saw William Gallas join the Gunners, and spent eight seasons with Chelsea, during which he won the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and four FA Cups. He earned 107 England caps but announced his retirement from international football ahead of the World Cup after he was left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the finals in Brazil. At Roma his mission will be to boost the fortunes of a side that improved from sixth to second place in Serie A following Rudi Garcia’s appointment as coach last summer. Champions League football will return to the Stadio Olimpico later this year. The Giallorossi led the table in the early part of the 2013-14 campaign after winning 10 consecutive games but results dropped off, allowing Juventus to overhaul them and clinch a third straight title. Press Association Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has completed his switch to Roma. Cole was the second new arrival at Trigoria on Monday, with Fenerbahce midfielder Salih Ucan joining on a one-year loan. Roma will pay the Turkish club 4.75million euros (£3.8million) to have the player next season and can extend the loan for a second campaign at no further cost. They will then have the option to purchase the player in the summer of 2016 for an additional 11million euros (£8.75million). Cole later tweeted: “Will never forget my time in England was a pleasure, but now onto a new challenge.” The 33-year-old left-back, a free agent following his release by the Blues earlier this summer, had been linked with a number of teams both in the Barclays Premier League and in Europe. A statement on the Serie A club’s official website confirmed Cole had signed a two-year contract. last_img read more


Cricket News Saha to undergo shoulder surgery in Manchester: BCCI


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Wriddhiman Saha will undergo a surgery on his shoulder in Manchester at the end of July or beginning of August, the BCCI confirmed on Saturday amid speculations that the Test wicketkeeper’s problem was compounded by a “bungled” rehabilitation programme at the NCA. “Wriddhiman Saha has sustained a posterosuperior labral tear. He will undergo surgery on his shoulder in Manchester at the end of July or the 1st week of August,” the board said in a statement.  “The labral repair surgery will be done by Dr. Lennard Funk in Manchester, UK. The entire course of treatment and consultation that was carried out at the NCA was performed in co-ordination with the India Team management and the GM of Operations,” it added. Saha was not picked for the upcoming Test series against England but the Board did not reveal the full extent of his fitness problems.Also Read | Disgraced David Warner make roaring comeback to cricket  The BCCI said in its defence, “The entire course of treatment and consultation that was carried out at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) was performed in co-ordination with the India Team management and the GM of Operations.”  The BCCI has posted a timeline on its website, explaining the nature of Saha’s injury and further course of action.  The 33-year-old Bengal stumper reported to the NCA after the South Africa tour in January. Various experts prescribed him ultrasound guided injections, which he had taken. A BCCI official recently admitted that Saha had long recovered from a thumb fracture sustained during the IPL.  As per the BCCI timeline, an appointment was then fixed with Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, orthopaedic surgeon at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, on July 6.Read More | MS Dhoni set to RETIRE after England series? “Pardiwala opined that another steroid injection would assist Saha’s recovery. He also stated that should the injury not respond to the injection, then surgery would be necessary. “Post the injection, after observation and rehabilitation for five days, when his condition had not improved, he was declared unfit on the 13th of July and the India team management was informed of the same,” the BCCI stated. last_img read more