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Business leaders testify in support of net metering expansion

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first_imgBusiness representatives that are creating local jobs from the state’s net metering projects testified Wednesday before the Vermont Legislature in support of the program’s expansion.Doug Goldsmith, chief operating officer at AllEarth Renewables, Ken Pidgeon, president of Engineers Construction, Inc., and Douglas White, project manager at J.A. Morrissey, Inc. all testified on the job-creating economic benefits of Vermont’s successful net metering program.Pidgeon’s company is the design/build contractor for the Vermont Air National Guard’s 2.2 MW net metered project and installed over 190 foundations for AllEarth’s AllSun Trackers last year. In the coming months, that number will jump to over 575 trackers. J.A. Morrissey created another division of the company and is cross-training the majority of their staff to meet growing renewable energy business, White testified.The business representatives spoke Wednesday before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.Goldsmith testified on the benefits of Green Mountain Power’s $0.06/kWh “solar customer benefit” and that the state could see more net metered projects by increasing the size and amount of allowable projects, expanding the additional financial incentive for solar net metering to Vermonters statewide, and making net metering billing more consumer friendly.”The Green Mountain Power program was established as an incentive for solar development at no cost to ratepayers and is now creating good local jobs,” said Goldsmith.Net metering allows residential, commercial, farm, and municipal customers to produce their own energy and secure stable energy prices. If more energy is generated than used, the customer’s electric meter runs backward providing a credit for the value of the electricity produced. See more about net metering, group net metering, and how it works by clicking here.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc. www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs. MONTPELIER, Vermont . . . February 9, 2011 . . .last_img read more

Tourism Minister calls on public to embrace Dominica’s tourism product

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first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 16 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Tourism Minister calls on public to embrace Dominica’s tourism product by: – February 27, 2012 Share Tourism Minister Hon. Ian Douglas.Minister of Tourism Ian Douglas is urging Dominicans to embrace the island’s tourism product.Mr. Douglas, at a press conference last week Friday, highlighted the contribution which the tourism industry has been making on the island’s economy, noting that it is therefore the responsibility of every citizen to ensure that the sector flourishes and is not threatened in anyway.“The Tourism Industry really now is the goose that lays the golden egg; Tourism right now on average employs about 5000 people around Dominica, Tourism generated $243 million into our economy last year and that money filters right through our economy, everybody gets a little piece of the action.”The Minister also noted his concerns regarding recent acts of crime and violence against tourist; this he described as posing a “damaging image” on the sector and should be stopped immediately.“When we have visitors particularly from our source markets like Germany and France being attacked and acts of violence being perpetrated against them; when these people go back or even before they get back in this age of internet and Twitter and Facebook; these type of propaganda and bad publicity damages our destination and people will not want to come anymore.”He further explained that “those types of actions really hurt all of us in Dominica”.Mr. Douglas commended the efforts of the Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security who have organized a community policing imitative at the Prince Rupert Bay in Portsmouth.The Association has secured a boat from the Ministry of Tourism and employs security officers to police the waters between 6pm and 6pm to ensure that the visitors feel safe while at the harbor.He noted that the reviews from this initiative has been tremendous and encouraging increasing the tourist traffic in that area as well as the increased sales for the restaurants in that area.The Minister said; “we want to replicate that kind of example throughout Dominica in all communities” as it is his wish that Dominica’s tourism product can continue to thrive and develop.He admonished that there is a great need for “every single one of us in all our communities must be policemen in our various areas of Dominica” as tourism is indeed everybody’s business.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Cricket News Don’t need to bowl 90 mph every spell to take wickets: Jofra Archer

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first_imgJofra Archer took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.Warner and Labuschagne scored fifties for Australia.Australia are currently leading the five-match Ashes series 1-0. New Delhi: Jofra Archer has displayed his ferocious pace on a placid wicket in Lord’s. His spell on day 4 was nine overs of intense pace in excess of 90 mph, including one delivery which was measured at 96.1 mph. In one of the spells, his bouncer hit Steve Smith on the side of the neck and he had to retire hurt. Although he resumed batting, Smith was withdrawn from the match on the final day and ruled out of the Leeds Test as he suffered the effects of concussion. On day 1 of the Leeds Test, under overcast conditions and on a pitch assisting seam movement, Archer showed his awareness and bowled according to the conditions. Archer generated tremendous movement both off the pitch and in the air to trouble the Australians. In between, he bowled pacy bouncers in excess of 90 mph to rattle the batsmen. Only David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne stood tall with fifties but the Australian batting floundered as Archer took 6/45, his maiden five-wicket haul to bowl Australia out for 179. Speaking after the end of the day’s play, Archer remarked that he need not rely on pace all the time to take wickets. “I don’t need to run in and bowl 90 mph every spell to get wickets. I’ve shown that today. There will be times in Test matches you have to focus on hitting your length. There will be times to ramp it up as well but you don’t have to go into it every innings. I bowled a few, obviously to let the batter know they are still there but this wasn’t a short-ball wicket, it wasn’t as hard as Lord’s. So it’s just get it on the full line and length and it got results today,” Archer said. Incredible Test bowlingAustralia were in a good position after the rain break with Warner and Labuschagne tackling the conditions well. They shared a 111-run stand and scored at a rate of over four runs an over. However, Archer dismissed Warner with a 90mph delivery that nipped away and the batsman fell for 61. Warner’s dismissal saw Australia lose eight wickets for 43 runs. Warner labelled Archer’s spell as the best he had seen in Test cricket.  “That’s incredible Test bowling. It’s a bit like how (South Africa great) Dale Steyn with the new ball tried to just use the conditions and then sort of ramp it up when they need to. That was world-class bowling at its best. Today was about trying to negate that good ball and not get out to it. I had a lot of luck, I played and missed quite a lot but I kept my bat nice and tight,” Warner said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

SA expertise for new UK gold mine

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first_img23 January 2012 A new gold mine set to open in the United Kingdom will be processing its ore using South African technology and expertise – an indication of how SA’s economy could benefit from new mining operations internationally, reports the Mail & Guardian. The newspaper reported on Friday that Australian-owned Scotgold Resources had secured environmental approval to start operations at the new Cononish gold mine in midwestern Scotland in 2013 – and had ordered a turnkey ore-processing plant from South African engineering firm Consulmet Metals. The Johannesburg firm would “design the plant, have it built locally, partially disassemble it before shipment, and commission it at the mine near Loch Lomond in Scotland,” the Mail & Guardian reported. “It may be a small deal in the world of mining, but the $10-million gold extraction plant … casts the spotlight on South Africa’s readiness to capitalise on local mining expertise. “Extensive mining opportunities opening up in Africa have deepened the experience of local engineering houses such as Consulmet Metals in building ready-to-use processing plants in hostile terrain. “This, and an emotional preference to do business with fellow Africans, ensures that South Africa will benefit from the African mining boom in particular.” An additional incentive for foreign firms to make use of South African expertise, the Mail & Guardian points out, comes from South Africa’s state-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation, which provides guarantees to banks to finance orders for South African capital equipment. Consulmet Metals CEO Rupert Swanepoel told the newspaper that the Scotgold project was the first – but certainly not the last – in which it would be using the Export Credit Insurance Corporation to “sweeten” its offering to its foreign clients. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Venkaiah Naidu bats for promotion of mother tongue

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first_imgRespecting and recognising the mother tongue and promoting it is vital for the survival of any civilisation, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has said. Addressing the valedictory function of the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) here on Sunday, Mr. Naidu said, “the colonial rulers always try to attack the culture by destroying the local language and we should not fall prey to that.” “Every nation must encourage their children to study primarily in the mother tongue, as I always say the mother tongue is your eyesight and the other language is your spectacle. If you have eyesight, then spectacle will give better sight. If you don’t have eyesight and if you wear glasses, nothing will be visible. Promote, propagate and write in mother tongue first, then go to other languages. All other languages are important. You should respect, learn and understand your mother language,” he said.Stating that promotion of literature was also an “impactful method” to preserve and promote language, the Vice-President pointed out the best way to do so was to use it extensively in everybody’s life. “That is why, wherever I go, I suggest to people to promote, practise and feel proud of their mother tongue. That’s why in the beginning itself I used certain Odia words,” he said.On the importance of poetry in life, he said, “what is needed is to encourage youngsters to take to poetry, literature, music, dance and other arts so that they can become an ideal citizen. I would also like to ask universities to encourage literature, arts and humanity education. We need poets, writers, artists and singers as much as we need doctors, engineers and scientists.” “Poetry should promote peace, motivate people to cultivate universal brotherhood, social harmony and tolerance, and poetry can serve as a powerful catalyst for transformation. I urge schools to make poetry reading and appreciation a compulsory part of curriculum,” Mr. Naidu said.last_img read more

Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change

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first_imgPhoto by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio is likely on his way to a title shot if he goes on to hurdle his Chinese opponent Min Qiang Lan in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.But as much as the Filipino strawweight contender wants to get his hands on the gold, he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself especially with a big bout coming up against a dangerous opponent.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Of course, I want the belt but for me, right now, I’m not thinking about getting a title shot just yet,” Pacio told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Tuesday.“I still need to gain more experience for me to get to the level of champions,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPacio is supposed to fight Pongsiri Misatit, but the Thai was forced to withdraw due to an injury.ONE announced the opponent change on Friday, giving Pacio’s camp less than two weeks to adjust their game plan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding But Pacio isn’t concerned with the sudden change.“I’m not worried because fighters in the international stage are expected to cope up with the changes and that’s how fighters’ mentality should be,” Pacio said.Pacio said there are similarities between his initial foe and replacement in terms of their strengths which is striking, but added that Lan is the more lethal striker than the two.“We saw a video of one of Lan’s fights and he’s better than Pongsiri in striking so I prepared really hard in training and that’s what I’m going to showcase on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kolkata Police gears up to ensure safe Puja

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first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has made elaborate security and traffic arrangements for Durga Puja. According to senior police officials from Lalbazar, around eleven thousand police personnel, including traffic police, will be deputed during the Puja days.This year, Kolkata Police has urged the vehicle owners to write their names and phone numbers on paper and stick it on the windshields as it will be helpful if the car needs to be moved due to some reason. If the owner is not driving, the driver’s name and number should be there instead. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA temporary control with a helpline number 9002999999 will be active during the Puja days. On Thursday, police informed that in the major Puja pandals, forces will be deputed from Chaturthi. The full-fledged police arrangement will come into effect from Panchami. This year, a total of 2,509 Pujas will take place in the city.To secure the city from Panchami to Nabami, a total of eight thousand police personnel will be deployed in the different Puja pandals throughout the city. Three thousand traffic police personnel will be on the road to maintain smooth vehicular movement.Apart from overall management, 400 police pickets will be placed in different areas. Also, 13 Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS) will patrol the city. Also, 46 watchtowers have been built to keep strict vigil in the areas. Police have also installed Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in 74 places, leaving the existing cameras.last_img read more

Romancing nature with Tagore songs

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first_imgIndia International Centre will come alive with ‘Romancing Nature’, an evening of Tagore songs by Kamalini Mukherjee. The event will be presented by SEHER in association with India International Center on June 7, at 7 pm at C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi.Mukherjee is known for Rabindra Sangeet across India and Bangladesh. Paying an ode to Tagore’s love for nature, Kamalini, a student of South Point school, Kolkata aspires to take Tagore’s music to a wider international audience, cutting across generations and geographical boundaries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe concert will reflect Tagore’s creative impulses which were deeply influenced by nature and the environment in which he lived. To him, nature is an entity much bigger than the individual parts of beauty that make it up. It is a moving spirit; a source of inspiration he drew much of his philosophy from. Kamalini has performed extensively in India, US, Canada, and Bangladesh. In 2013, she went to Mauritius on a mission to teach and spread Tagore’s music as a joint initiative between Government of Mauritius and UNESCO, in commemoration of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. The evening’s concert will be a tapestry of Tagore’s songs to illustrate the deep connection between the poet and nature.last_img read more