Tampa Electric to Convert Big Bend Coal Plant

first_imgTampa Electric to Convert Big Bend Coal Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tampa Bay Times:The parent company of Tampa Electric plans to seek regulatory approval to convert its Big Bend power plant, the site of an industrial accident that killed five workers last year, from coal to natural gas, a top executive said Friday.If approved, the full conversion would cost an estimated $1 billion and could take a decade to complete, said Rob Bennett, who led the integration of TECO Energy with Emera after the Canadian company bought TECO in 2016.The four coal-fired units at the Big Bend Power Station are the oldest in Tampa Electric’s fleet, dating back to the 1970s and ‘80s.Three of the four are known as “wet-bottom boilers;” they use water to cool a molten byproduct of burning coal known as slag. That technology is being phased out nationwide, and by 2015 only about 30 of the nation’s roughly 800 main electric utilities still had them. Tampa Electric’s wet-bottom boilers are the only ones left in Florida, according to the Energy Information Administration.Bennett said two of the four units would be converted in the next couple of years to what are known as combined cycle natural gas generators, which burn natural gas to generate electricity, then use the waste heat from that initial combustion to generate more power. The other two existing coal-fired units, which are newer than the first two, would be converted to natural gas over the next five to 10 years, said Bennett, who last month was appointed CEO of a new company, Emera Technologies, created to seek business opportunities and develop technology related to energy transformation.Big Bend wouldn’t be the first Tampa Electric plant where coal has been phased out. The company replaced the coal-fired Gannon Power Station with the natural-gas powered H.L. Culbreath Bayside Power Station in 2003. A third plant, Polk Power Station, uses a combination of coal and gas.More: Tampa Electric To Convert Big Bend Coal Plant To Natural Gaslast_img read more

Members of the Brazilian Armed Forces are trained in human rights

first_imgBy Dialogo December 29, 2013 I like your articles, they are interesting and complete. The Brazilian Defense Ministry focuses on training the Armed Forces in human and international rights by educating instructors who teach at institutes of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. About 100 soldiers and civilians participated in the Expedited Course on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law through lectures by professors and specialists in the field. The course was held from November 5-7 with the aim of training instructors at the educational institutions of the Armed Forces. “The militarized police, at any hierarchical level, constantly incorporate law in the performance of their unique profession,” Adilson Luís Franco Nassaro, Lieutenant Colonel of the São Paulo State Police Force, wrote in his article “The State Police Force: Law Operator.” “Their main tool is precisely the interpretation of legal rules, in order to achieve full compliance of the law and ‘law enforcement’ in defense of society for the preservation of public order,” the analyst said. To strengthen training in human and international rights, the Defense Ministry wants to ensure that military forces comply with the highest standards, within and outside the country’s borders, as Brazil extends its activities in humanitarian assistance worldwide. For Lt. Col. Franco Nassaro, the goal is “highlighting the importance of legal information and training in military and police activity and the recognition of the effective operation of law, which is processed in the direct relationship with the population, in real time,” outside the classrooms, forums, and law departments. Professor Fausto Pocar, president of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Italy, concluded the course at the Naval Warfare School in Rio de Janeiro. He elaborated on the inherent difficulty of judging international war crimes. The state, according to Pocar, has an obligation to protect civilians in an extreme situation. “Sometimes the state is unable to carry out that defense. For this reason, the international community takes responsibility. The United Nations, for example, acts on criminal matters in cases of international jurisdiction,” Pocar said. Law enforcement authorities in Brazil have redoubled their efforts by educating all personnel on rights. “The legal training of the militarized police has gained prestige in the different training and development courses for the State Police Force (Policía Militar). At the institution, almost half of the credit hours of courses in the field consist of matters related to legal science, with emphasis on their application in police activity,” according to Lt. Col. Franco Nassaro. In the military field, however, Professor Pocar explained that there are different opinions in relation to the responsibility of a commander in the event human rights are not observed during a military exercise, act of war, or activity. “The Commander must be aware that a crime was committed,” Pocar said. He believes it is important that human rights become the real basis for any military activity. “The discussions about this are fundamental.” The Secretary of Personnel, Teaching, Health and Sports for the Defense Ministry, Julio Saboya de Araujo Jorge, gave the closing remarks of the course. He believes the constant evolution of human rights in society symbolizes a new framework of solidarity. “The Armed Forces have contributed to this great national effort, which extends from the Amazon to the poor populations in large urban centers,” he said. The participation of the Brazilian Armed Forces in peacekeeping missions around the world is characterized by the relentless and resolute defense of human rights and international humanitarian law, Secretary Saboya de Araujo said. The training of the Brazilian Armed Forces in the field of human rights and, in particular, international humanitarian law is particularly important given the country’s growing commitment to humanitarian interventions in crisis situations due to natural disasters or conflicts. In fact, the Brazilian Army led the command of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).after the earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, hit Port-au-Prince and its environs on Jan. 10, 2010, killing an estimated 220,000 people, including 96 UN peacekeepers. The largest “blue helmet” contingent is represented by Brazil, which has 1,700 peacekeepers in Haiti. Other key contributors to the MINUSTAH mission are Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. This was the first edition of the course, but the Defense Ministry started to promote skills and studies in human rights in 2012. The Expedited Course was an unprecedented opportunity with the participation of international speakers. The Defense Ministry plans to make the course an annual training event. last_img read more

Foundation funds Innocence Initiative, education programs

first_img Foundation funds Innocence Initiative, education programs Foundation funds Innocence Initiative, education programs June 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Bar Foundation recently approved a $214,841 grant to the Florida Innocence Initiative, Inc., the nonprofit legal clinic that uses DNA tests to challenge convictions.And to Jennifer Greenberg, director of the Tallahassee office struggling to exonerate the innocent on a shoestring budget, the grant is a blessing worth celebrating.Finally, all of the mail has been opened, another lawyer has been hired, Greenberg is interviewing candidates for a third lawyer and social worker position, and she is able to get back to doing full-time case work instead of reacting to crises.“Without the Bar Foundation support, there would be no innocence project in the state of Florida,” Greenberg said. “We are enormously grateful that the Foundation understands the critical importance of innocence work and has repeatedly stepped in to keep our doors open. More DNA exonerations are imminent, and we all have the Foundation to thank when innocent citizens victimized by decades of wrongful incarceration walk through the prison gates and back into the lives of their families and communities.”The money was part of a total of $963,527 in grants the Foundation recently awarded in its improvements in the administration of justice category.The Florida Innocence Initiative was formed in 2003 when the statute of limitations for filing post-conviction DNA motions was six months away, and there was no organized effort to assist the hundreds of prisoners who needed help filing their motions.“The funding provided by The Florida Bar Foundation has kept our doors open during critical times; allowed us to help free Wilton Dedge, Luis Diaz, and Al Crotzer; and facilitated the screening of 1,000 criminal cases for indicia of innocence and the viability of DNA testing,” said Greenberg. “Solely because of The Florida Bar Foundation, we are no longer a two-person, one-lawyer office, and can more expeditiously assess hundreds of pending cases and place them with pro bono counsel — now numbering 53 statewide — and we can now also begin to work in earnest on systemic reform.”This past session, the legislature removed the deadline for Florida prisoners to request DNA testing to help prove their innocence.Throughout Florida’s legal community, the Foundation’s administration of justice grants are known as a kind of “venture capital” for projects to improve the justice system, said Camille Murawski, the Foundation’s communications manager. Murawski said a previous project in Lee County known as the “Pay or Appear” program resulted in the collection of more than $1 million in delinquent child support payments.Other projects receiving recent Foundation administration of justice grants include: • The Children’s Campaign, Inc., in Tallahassee, which received $444,436 for its “Justice for Girls: Florida’s Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative.” The two-year grant will support an initiative that will spearhead systemic reform in the care and treatment of girls in Florida’s juvenile justice system and includes a Florida-based Girls Reform Blueprint Taskforce combined with a public information advocacy campaign. • The Florida Law Related Education Association, which received $194,250 to provide general support of resources for a statewide law-related education program to impact students, teachers, judges, attorneys, and policymakers. FLREA also received another $30,000 for its Florida Justice Teaching Institute, which equips teachers with the academic and clinical experiences necessary to effectively teach students about the court system. • The Florida TaxWatch Research Institute received $80,000 for phase three of its evaluation of the state courts system following the implementation of Revision 7 to Article V of Florida’s Constitution.last_img read more

National Law Enforcement Appreciation day

first_img(WBNG) — Owego Mayor Mike Baratta gave the Owego Police Department a shout-out on Facebook Thursday, thanking them for their service. He wasn’t the only one to show gratitude on Facebook. The Village of Endicott Police Department and the Deposit Fire Department making sure our local law enforcement were appreciated Thursday. Mayor Baratta says its important to show appreciation to the ones who protect us everyday. “It’s really nice to see the appreciation from our mayor, it means a lot to us internally and hopefully it shows out in the community.” said Patrolman Thomas Woodburn. On top of that to show his appreciation, he sent over wings and pizza to the department.last_img read more

Voters are ‘going to rise up one more time,’ Warnock predicts of Georgia Senate runoffs

first_img– Advertisement – This is a huge opportunity, but Ossoff and Warnock will also have to overcome both the state’s historically Republican tilt and the voter suppression that has been such a major feature of recent elections. In 2008, Saxby Chambliss won a Senate runoff by 15 points. In 2018, Stacey Abrams came achingly close in an election tainted by voter suppression. “This is a very different state than 2008. We’ve been working really hard. We have registered hundreds of thousands of voters in the state,” Warnock told reporters Thursday. “With record turnout this time around, I think that people understand what’s at stake. They’re going to rise up one more time.”- Advertisement – But that’s what it will take: a mass uprising.“We can’t be complacent,” said state Sen. Jennifer Jordan. “If we don’t vote for Warnock and Ossoff, we’re just going to have another situation where [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell is doing everything he can to make sure the president fails.”The runoffs are Jan. 5, 2021. If you live in Georgia, register to vote now and share that link with your family and friends in the state. The deadline is Dec. 7.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Keep illegal immigrants, drug criminals in jail

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSo our compassionate caring fearless leader of New York pardons illegal immigrants who are in prison. This is our governor who was sworn to protect and uphold the laws of our state and nation.He gives these pardons to show President Trump that comrade Cuomo will not be pushed around and told he should enforce the laws of his state and nation. I found the little side note that the reporter stated this one particular illegal immigrant was arrested for selling a small amount of cocaine to an undercover police officer. So other than being in this country illegally and selling a controlled substance, he seems to a great guy. Raise your hand if you want him living next to you and your family. Any takers? I am guessing no.This is a slap in the face of the officers who risk their lives to get drug dealers off the street and put them in prison for dealing drugs. I think instead of pushing back, we let the liberal socialist followers keep doing what they are doing. During the next election, a simple question can be asked:Do you want a governor who puts illegal immigrants on the street so they can deal drugs to your kids, or are you going to vote for the person who says I think we should keep illegal immigrants who deal drugs on our streets in jail until they are deported? Which one will you vote for?Robert SponableSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img read more

Didcot powers up for £30m regeneration plan

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Croydon offices: Croydon’s in-crowd

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Fitzhardinge shares peak on 2003 results

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Alibaba revenue up 38 percent in third fiscal quarter

first_imgChina’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group reported year-on-year revenue growth of 38 percent to 161.4 billion yuan (US$23.12 billion) for the fiscal quarter ending Dec. 30, 2019.The company’s net profit attributable to shareholders was 52.31 billion yuan, soaring 58.3 percent compared with the same period last year. The profit surge was mainly due to the strong performances in online retailing and cloud computing, the company said.In the third fiscal quarter, the Alibaba Group Holding was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, making it the first Chinese Internet enterprise to list both in New York and Hong Kong. Alibaba’s annual active consumers on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 711 million. Mobile monthly active users on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 824 million in December, an increase of 39 million than that at the end of September 2019, with 60 percent of the annual new consumers coming from less developed regions. “We will remain dedicated to investing in digital infrastructure and services, supporting our customers and partners across the Alibaba Digital Economy, especially during the challenging time,” said Maggie Wu, the chief financial officer of Alibaba Group.Daniel Zhang, chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group said Alibaba will also mobilize its strength in commerce and technology to support the fight against novel coronavirus and mitigate the impact of the outbreak on small and medium-sized enterprises by lowering their costs.Topics :last_img read more