Historic CVPS hydro facility in St Johnsbury gets makeover

first_imgAn historic hydro-electric facility that has produced renewable energy for 81 years is getting a substantial overall starting today. Central Vermont Public Service is beginning extensive improvements to the company s Arnold Falls hydroelectric project, located on Mill Street along the Passumpsic River in Saint Johnsbury. The existing structures, similar to those originally constructed during the 19th Century for nearby mills, consist of two rock-filled, timber-crib dams with concrete abutments. Though the deteriorating timber dams will remain in place, new concrete dams will be built adjacent to them to ensure the facility s long-term future. This is a nice little site, producing an average of 1,112,328 kilo-watt hours of electricity annually over the past 10 years, CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. At peak water flows, this facility can power 200 homes with clean, renewable energy. After construction, we expect slightly improved production, possibly as much as an additional 120,000 kilowatt-hours annually.The federally licensed generating station, which was built in 1928, includes two timber-crib dams separated by an island. The 189-foot north dam and 66-foot south dam consist of interlocked logs, which have a limited life span due to the riverine exposure and the inevitable decay of wood.CVPS made substantial repairs to the Arnold Falls dams in the 1940s. In 1976 and 1977, CVPS reconstructed the dams using logs from a local sawmill, and in recent years the company has made ongoing repairs. Compression of rotting logs has allowed the crest of the timber-crib structures to settle to the point that the improvements are necessary.The existing timber-crib dam structures will serve as coffer dams during construction. Although the timber-crib dams will remain submerged in the Passumpsic River after construction of the new dams, they will be somewhat visible and continue to represent the original structural design of the hydroelectric station. The new dams will be constructed one at a time, starting with the north dam. Bancroft Contracting Corp. of South Paris, Maine is expected to complete the project this fall.Each new dam will consist of a concrete structure cast in place immediately downstream of the existing timber-crib structures. Flashboards atop the north dam and a crest control system atop the south dam will stabilize the water level in the impoundment.Work on the $1.3 million project is not expected to reduce station generation during construction. We expect to be able to complete the project with minimal, if any, impact on power production, Costello said. That s good for our customers today, and the improvements mean the facility will continue to produce low-cost, no-emissions energy for our customers for years to come.The Arnold Falls facility is one of 20 owned and operated by CVPS across the state. Along with power supply contracts and other generation projects, they help provide CVPS customers with the lowest rates of any major utility in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute, and Vermont with the lowest air emissions in the country.last_img read more

Plitvice Lakes National Park will provide scholarships to students in deficient occupations

first_imgAn agreement on cooperation and scholarships for students in deficient occupations was solemnly signed at the Hotel Jezero in Plitvice Lakes.The agreement was signed by Tomislav Kovačević, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Šimo Pavlović, director of the Plitvice Lakes High School in Korenica. The director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Tomislav Kovačević, said in his welcome address that cooperation with Plitvice Lakes High School is connecting education with the economy through student scholarships, internships and employment opportunities, which makes working in tourism sustainable in the long run. “Scholarships for students who are educated in deficit occupations (chef, waiter, pastry chef and hotel and tourism technician) will result in the selection of the best candidates who will continue to work and improve in the Plitvice Lakes National Park after graduation. ” Kovacevic pointed out.The director of Plitvice Lakes High School Šimo Pavlović expressed satisfaction with the signed agreement, emphasizing that Plitvice Lakes High School is a school with a long tradition and quality educational programs in tourism and hospitality and that the Plitvice Lakes National Park will have a quality partner.The signing ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy Tomislav Ćorić, who praised the initiative of the director of the National Park “Plitvice Lakes” and pointed out that it represents a further step forward in the business of this public institution. “The cooperation of the Plitvice Lakes National Park with the Catering and Tourism School from Korenica is a good example of how a public institution takes care of future staff, so I appeal to the representatives of other institutions, to whom this is applicable, to try to ensure the availability of future staff.” Minister Ćorić pointed out.last_img read more

Central Java company exports double-decker buses to Bangladesh

first_img“I want the President and the finance minister to know that here in Central Java, we have already taken advantage of the incentives given by the government. We’ve already enjoyed the benefits; this is one of them.”Ganjar emphasized that the government would fully support the advancement of businesses, especially those focusing on exports, adding that he would help market Central Java’s products to other countries.“I will help. I can call ambassadors from prospective countries to help market these products. These [products] are exemplary, grand and no less competitive than other foreign products.”He added that the reason behind his support was in his opinion, export was one of the ways to accelerate economic growth in Central Java, especially as he had targeted Central Java’s economy to expand by 7 percent by 2023.According to the Central Java office of Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Central Java’s economy grew 5.41 percent in 2019, a slight improvement from the 5.31 percent recorded in 2018 and slightly better than Indonesia’s economic growth of 5.02 percent last year. (ydp) Topics : Central Java-based bus assembling company CV Laksana has exported 10 double-decker buses to Bangladesh after exporting about 200 executive buses to Fiji and Timor Leste last year.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Semarang Regent Mudjirin took part in a ceremony to mark the shipment of the buses, held at the company’s factory in Semarang, Central Java, on Friday.“What’s exciting is that these [buses] are going to be exported. With a new design created by one of our own people, these buses have already been exported to several countries,” Ganjar said.center_img Laksana, which exported about 200 executive and double-decker buses to Fiji and Timor Leste in 2019, plans to export similar buses to the Philippines and Thailand as well.The government’s incentive of offering tax waivers for imported materials for export-oriented goods (KITE) — which exempted those materials from value-added tax (VAT), luxury goods tax (PPnBM) and excise fees — has significantly helped companies such as Laksana in exporting their products overseas, Ganjar said, adding that such incentives made his company’s buses more competitive in such countries as Bangladesh, Fiji and Timor Leste. “The process of obtaining [incentives] is faster; it took one hour [and] and everything was done.”Ganjar said he was happy the central government’s initiative to provide incentives was helpful for local companies.last_img read more

Saudi grand mufti: Ramadan evening, Eid prayers to be done at home amid coronavirus

first_imgSaudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said that Muslim prayers during Ramadan and for the subsequent Eid al-Fitr feast should be performed at home if the coronavirus outbreak continues, Saudi’s Okaz newspaper reported on Friday.”Ramadan’s Taraweeh [evening] prayer can be performed at home if it cannot be performed at mosques due to the preventive measures taken to fight the spread of coronavirus,” he said in response to a question, adding that the same applies for Eid prayers, according to the paper.The holy fasting month of Ramadan begins next week. Saudi Arabia in mid-March stopped people performing their five daily prayers and the weekly Friday prayer inside mosques as part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.On Thursday, the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina said it was banning events which dispense evening meals in the mosque to those in need during Ramadan to break their daily fast.The kingdom has reported 6,380 cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, and 83 deaths so far.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal expect to complete George Lewis transfer after FA Cup final against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal are set to sign George Lewis (Pcture: Getty/Tromso)Arsenal are confident of wrapping up a deal for winger George Lewis but the club are set to wait until after the FA Cup final to complete the transfer.Lewis, 20, was handed a week’s trial at the club in March and he impressed so much that the club extended that by a further seven days.The Rwanda-born midfielder has spent the bulk of his career playing in Norway but he broke from a move to Fram Larvik in 2019 in a bid to move to a club in one of Europe’s top five leagues.Bournemouth showed interest in Lewis but Arsenal moved quickest to secure the winger and Goal report that they expect to complete a free transfer for the 20-year-old after Saturday’s game against Chelsea. ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 4:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.4kShares Arteta wants to overhaul his Arsenal squad (Picture: Getty)Lewis will become Mikel Arteta’s first signing of what is set to be a crucial summer for the Spaniard. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe winger is already in London and can easily undergo a medical at any time, as he’s waiting on the green light from the Gunners.Once Lewis is through the door, Arteta will look to bulk up his options in central midfield and in defence.Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is a priority target but the Gunners are unwilling to activate his £45m release clause.Instead, Arsenal have offered around £22.5million, as well as midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. However, Atletico are not intereted in a swap deal and will not sell Partey unless a club activate his release clause, which they’re keen on removing by getting the midfielder to sign a new deal. MORE: Jack Grealish posts cryptic response to Manchester United links on Instagram Arsenal expect to complete George Lewis transfer after FA Cup final against Chelsea Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane houses cheaper than they were 20 years ago: HIA

first_imgA house being auctioned in Beacons Hill, NSW. Image: AAP/Annika Enderborg.The index, which measures the mortgage repayment burden as a proportion of typical earnings in each market, improved 0.2 per cent nationally during the December 2017 quarter, as a result of weaker house price growth in Sydney and a slight increase in average earnings.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoDuring the December quarter, the largest improvement in affordability occurred inDarwin (+3.6 per cent), followed by Sydney (+3.1 per cent), Brisbane (+1.4 per cent) and Perth (+1.3 per cent). THE BLOCK WINNERS MOVE ON TO NEXT PROJECT THE ULTIMATE DOOMSDAY HOUSE HOME OWNERSHIP DREAM IS OVER Brisbane’s housing affordability has improved, according to the HIA. Picture: Patrick Hamilton.The index reveals Perth has replaced Hobart as Australia’s most affordable capital city.Mr Garrett said housing affordability was still a major challenge in the country’s two biggest capital cities.“Affordability conditions in Sydney are still more challenging than any other city,” he said.“After Sydney, Melbourne has the second highest mortgage repayment burden.“To win the affordability battle, governments need to make tough decisions on reducing the tax burden on new home building, speeding up the planning process and releasing new residential land in a more timely fashion.” A house goes under the hammer in Manly. Image: AAP/Annika Enderborg.IT is cheaper to own a house in Brisbane now than it was 20 years ago, according to a peak industry body.The latest quarterly Housing Industry Association index reveals housing affordability is at its highest level in two decades in most capital cities, except Sydney and Melbourne. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE “It is often overlooked that affordability conditions are favourable in the markets outside of Sydney and Melbourne,” HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said. “Housing prices are more affordable in the other six capital cities today than has typically been the case over the past 20 years — primarily due to very low interest rates.”last_img read more

13 men arrested during child solicitation investigation

first_imgMadison, IN — The City of Madison held a press conference yesterday regarding 13 men who were all arrested during an online investigation in Madison. Madison Police Department’s Crime Suppression Team began an online investigation in August, according to Madison Police Chief John Wallace. Wallace stated that many of the men arrested were from outside the city of Madison, traveling from Aurora, North Vernon, and even Michigan and Kentucky to meet with what they thought would be a minor. Chief Wallace added that the investigation, which has lasted over 300 hours so far, remains ongoing and more arrests are likely. Jefferson County Prosecutor David Sutter stated the 13 men arrested range in age from 24 to 63.Those arrested were:Bryton Wise, 26 of Lexington, Indiana: Charged with possession of marijuana, hash oil, or hashish; child solicitation; and sexual misconduct with a minor.Christopher Warren, 44 of Milton, Kentucky: Charged with child solicitation, possession of methamphetamine, and sexual misconduct with a minor.Jonathan Smith, 35 of Clarksville, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, false informing, battery on a law enforcement officer, dissemination of matter harmful to minors, and resisting law enforcement.Michael Spradling, 30 of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with child solicitation and attempted sexual misconduct with a minor.Travis Case, 27 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.Dillon Stewart, 24 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with providing obscene material/pornography to minors and child solicitation.Matthew Sowers, 47 of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.John Barlett, 30 of Bloomington, Indiana: Charged with child solicitation and sexual misconduct with a minor.Adam Gaskins, 41 of Aurora, Indiana: Charged with possession of methamphetamine, sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of anabolic steroids, and child solicitation.Ray Bell, 57 of Madison, Indiana: Charged with possession of child pornography.Ryan Perdue, 37 of Scottsburg, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child solicitation.Dennis Mothersbaugh, 40, of North Vernon, Indiana: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, child solicitation, and resisting law enforcement.George Grosse, 63 of Hamilton, Michigan: Charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, possession of methamphetamine, and child solicitation.last_img read more

Syracuse offense finds unexpected contributors in transition

first_imgSometimes Syracuse’s best offense doesn’t come from its offense.In five of the Orange’s seven games this season, SU has received a point from its defenders. Most recently, against Duke on March 25, Joe Gillis provided a goal and an assist. Without Gillis’ aggressive play — the helper off pushing up a ground ball and the tally off an Evan Molloy save rushed up field — SU may not have found itself eventual 12-11 winners in overtime.“They got some run-outs (in transition), some 5-on-4s,” said Duke head coach John Danowski. “We allowed that to happen. … Most of us ride to sub, just to get our personnel on and off the field and re-sub. We subbed very poorly, and they took advantage.”Danowski is the most recently frustrated head coach at the Syracuse transition success. Short-stick defensive midfielder Paolo Ciferri put Syracuse up two goals early in the fourth quarter the week before against Johns Hopkins — a goal that proved valuable when the Orange coughed up three unanswered goals and then tied it up with 34 seconds to go. Pushing from the defense has jumpstarted SU’s offense at times this season and enabled the No. 4 Orange (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) to escape with five wins in its program-record six consecutive one-goal games. Strengthening the transition game became more of a focus for SU, senior attack Jordan Evans said, after studying game tape on a 14-13 win over Virginia on March 5.“As a team, we could take advantage of some more transition opportunities,” Evans said on March 9.”(Virginia) was a one-goal game, but there was a couple of stretches where we had a couple of transition opportunities where we were shooting it over the goal, or not making that extra pass where we could have had an easy score in front of the goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has engineered a defensive rotation particularly adept at succeeding in transition. While defenders Scott Firman and Marcus Cunningham don’t often push up, they can. The pair also serves as ideal complements to Tyson Bomberry and Nick DiPietro. Bomberry, whose box lacrosse background provided him with some of the best stick handles Desko has ever seen, has a goal and assist. DiPietro rotates in depending on the situation with hyper-physical Cunningham to provide speed and finesse.The crux of the transition offense rests on Molloy, SU’s aggressive maestro. He turns saves into counter-strikes by unabashedly slinging 40-yard heaves to players leaking out to the midfield. In a normally risky play, Molloy usually makes the correct decision. Syracuse converts its clears at 92.1 percent, second-best in the nation.“We have the get the ball up out from the defense and all the way up,” junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry said. “That’s big for us. It’s a big momentum switch if we can get those goals in transition.”Brendan is also the closest thing Syracuse has to a two-way midfielder. When he’s caught on defense, he can push up the sideline alongside a defender or short-stick defensive midfielder. Against Albany on Feb. 18, that situation arose in a game when his cousin, Tyson, forced a turnover, started the attack, passed off to Brendan and ended the rush with a Bomberry-to-Bomberry feed for Tyson’s first career goal.The grab-and-go goal on the defensive half of the field has been stressed to the newest team members from the beginning. True freshman Jamie Trimboli acknowledged the expectation to counter hard on Jan. 26. “This year,” he said, “we’re taking it to a whole new level.” And, so far, he’s right.“(The defense) pushes the ball in transition when we need to and makes smart plays,” SU head coach John Desko said. “… They’re playing very well. We have to have their backs a lot more.” Comments Published on March 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more