Facebook plans 437 MW of solar to power Oregon data centers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Facebook and Pacific Power said Wednesday they are teaming up to construct solar projects that will produce enough power to offset what the social media giant consumes at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon.The solar projects—two near Prineville and four in Utah—will generate 437 megawatts of power when completed by the end of 2020.Data centers use large amounts of energy to run and cool the computers inside. The solar power for Facebook’s Prineville campus is roughly equivalent to the energy use of 100,000 Northwest homes. The company declined to say how much it will cost to build the solar projects or how the cost of the clean energy will compare to what it pays now, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.The companies along with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the deal at an event in Prineville. “This partnership bolsters Prineville’s 21st century model for a small town,” Brown said. “With projects like these, we continue to demonstrate that Oregon is ready for the clean energy economy of the future.”Facebook, drawn by tax breaks, has three data centers in the Central Oregon community and is adding two more.More: Facebook goes solar to power Oregon data centers Facebook plans 437 MW of solar to power Oregon data centerslast_img read more

US Looking for New Ways to Get Aid into Venezuela

first_imgBy VOA News February 26, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is looking for ways to get humanitarian assistance into Venezuela, after troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro repelled aid trucks in clashes at the borders with Brazil and Colombia. In an interview on CNN Sunday, February 24, the top U.S. diplomat did not suggest how the U.S. might carry out the aid mission in the face of armed opposition. He said, however, that the U.S. would consider imposing more sanctions against the Venezuelan government to increase pressure on Maduro to quit in favor of the country’s interim president, Juan Guaidó, the president of the National Assembly. Guaidó is considered by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as the legitimate leader in Caracas. Pompeo called Maduro a tyrant, saying, “I’m confident that the Venezuelan people will ensure that Maduro’s days are numbered.” Maduro has blocked the aid effort spearheaded by the U.S., saying it is a pretext for an armed U.S. invasion. On Saturday, February 23, Maduro supporters fired bullets at those attempting to get aid trucks into Venezuela, while Venezuelan border troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Foro Penal [Criminal Forum], a group that tracks violence in Venezuela, reported four deaths at the Brazilian border with Venezuela on Saturday. It said the victims were shot by pro-government militia members. A spokesman for the group, Alfred Romero, posted a video on Twitter saying more than two dozen other people were wounded in the violence. At one border point, aid trucks caught fire, leading the crowd to rush to save the boxes of food and medical supplies. A U.S. State Department official traveling with the Brazilian aid convoy told VOA that the trucks crossed the border into Venezuela, but were not allowed through the military checkpoint there, and did not unload their cargo. Afterward, Guaidó pressed the case for new foreign assistance to oust Maduro. “Today’s events force me to make a decision: to pose to the international community in a formal way that we must have all options open to achieve the liberation of this country that is fighting and will continue to fight,” he said on Twitter. The European Union, also supporting Guaidó, condemned Maduro’s actions to repel the trucks with the humanitarian aid. “We repudiate the use of irregular armed groups to intimidate civilians and lawmakers who have mobilized to distribute assistance,” Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, said on behalf of the 28-member bloc of countries. Sunday, Pompeo deplored the fact that the Venezuelan military, despite a small number of defections to the opposition, has mostly remained loyal to Maduro. “We hope the military will take that role back in protecting their citizens from these tragedies. If that happens, I think good things will happen,” he said. “We’re aimed at a singular mission — ensuring the Venezuelan people get the democracy they so richly deserve and the Cubans and the Russians who have been driving this country into the ground for years and years and years no longer hold sway,” he said. Colombian officials said more than 60 Venezuelan soldiers defected Saturday. Venezuelan Army Major Hugo Parra announced his defection, telling VOA Noticias he recognizes Guaidó as the legitimate president of Venezuela. Guaidó tweeted his praise of the soldiers’ actions. “They aren’t deserters,” he said. “They’ve decided to put themselves on the side of the people and the constitution.” Maduro announced in a speech to his supporters Saturday that he is cutting off diplomatic ties with Colombia. Colombia President Ivan Duque has been making public appearances with Guaidó as they work to transport aid across Venezuelan borders. Maduro said Colombian ambassadors and consuls have 24 hours to leave Venezuela. Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holms Trujillo released a statement in response, saying, “Colombia holds the usurper Maduro responsible for any aggression or violation of the rights of Colombian officials in Venezuela.” Maduro also said he would defend Venezuela’s independence with his life. He called Guaidó a puppet of the White House. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Guaidó. “The people of Venezuela stand at the threshold of history, ready to reclaim their country and their future. God Bless the people of Venezuela!” Trump said. The people of Venezuela stand at the threshold of history, ready to reclaim their country – and their future.last_img read more

Credit union executives express concerns over examinations and regulations

first_imgMembers of the Federal Reserve’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) raised concerns about compliance examination processes and the current regulatory landscape in a recent meeting, according to minutes released on Friday by the Fed.CDIAC members are selected from representatives of banks, thrift institutions, and credit unions serving on newly created local advisory councils at the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. One member of each of the Reserve Bank councils is selected to serve on the CDIAC, which meets twice a year with the Board of Governors in Washington.“The council is very concerned that the working partnership that has existed for many years between examiners and bankers and credit unions is no longer working well, as manifested by increased examination timeframes, less risky concerns being mentioned as matters requiring attention or documents of resolution, and a lack of exam focus on an institution’s overall risk profile,” the group said. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Buyers finally have a chance to snap up this stately residence

first_imgNAMED after an Irish legend about the land of the ‘forever young’, Tir na nog is a renovated residence on offer to the open property market for the first time in 70 years.Built in 1947, the stately house sits atop a ridge across a sprawling 2,499sq m block, overlooking Raby Esplanade Park and Raby Bay.The home at 15 Cleveland Tce, Ormiston in Redland Bay has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage.15 Cleveland Tce, OrmistonAgent Rebecca Lawler of Place Bulimba called the property a piece of Brisbane’s history, offering a seaside lifestyle that was second to none.“Viscount Dunrossil, The Governor General of Australia, was entertained at the home on a private visit in 1960,” Lawler said.“Originally surrounded by acres of land and painted pink, the home known locally as The Pink House was purchased privately by the current owners in 1987.”15 Cleveland Tce, OrmistonBeautifully renovated while adhering to its original character, the U-shaped house offers plenty of space and four aged ironbark verandas.A formal lounge room with an original fireplace and built-in book shelves opens through French doors to both an east and west-facing veranda, both shielded from the view of neighbours.15 Cleveland Tce, OrmistonMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoA formal dining room also opens to the east-facing outdoor space, which has park and bay views, while a separate southerly veranda has stairs leading down to an established garden.Open-plan, the kitchen features granite benchtops, splashbacks and AEG appliances, while adjoining an informal family room.“Well designed and private, there is no direct line of sight from the kitchen and family room to the formal lounge or dining room,” Lawler said.15 Cleveland Tce, OrmistonPrivately positioned to one side of the house, the main bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with granite benches, a doorless double shower with bench seating and a circular window capturing bay views.To the other side of the residence are three more bedrooms, of which one was the original main suite before the house was extended.These bedrooms are serviced by a bathroom, while off the west veranda is a fully self-contained double guest bedroom with an ensuite.Other features of the residence include a study with built-in granite desks, ample natural light and views to the bay. There is also a storage area that could be used as an office, gym, wine cellar or media room, along with a laundry featuring terracotta flooring and Caesarstone benchtops.A concrete zone is ideal for mowers, mulchers and tools, while the double garage contains a workshop.Inspections are by appointment and expressions of interest in the property close at 5pm on May 23.last_img read more

ABP opposes remuneration proposals from Ahold Delhaize

first_img“As an investor, it is almost impossible to assess this target, as it isn’t clear how ‘healthy’ is defined and measured,” explained Alex Williams, sustainability specialist at APG, ABP’s asset manager.He argued that carbon emissions, energy use, food waste and the number of issued plastic carrier bags would be better criteria for measuring the firm’s performance on sustainability.Worldwide, its supermarkets issued 3.2 billion non-reusable carrier bags in 2019, Williams added.ABP, which has a stake of approximately €173m in Ahold Delhaize, voted remotely and ahead of the company’s annual general meeting.It said it had been in an engagement process with the supermarket chain last year, together with several other institutional investors, including pension funds.It indicated that it had also voted against the reappointment of Bill McEwan, the Canadian chair of the company’s remuneration committee and member of its supervisory board (RvC).ABP and its like-minded shareholders, however, failed to prevent the remuneration proposals from being adopted.In 2018, a survey conducted by Dutch daily Het Financieele Dagblad, revealed that Ahold Delhaize’s chief executive pay equated to 182 times the salary of the company’s average worker in the Netherlands, and 114 times the average salary in an international context.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The €459bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP said it had voted against executive pay proposals for supermarket chain Ahold Delhaize.ABP’s decision was due to the Dutch-Belgian company not taking sustainability sufficiently into account, it said.It added that Ahold Delhaize had given the wrong signal by reducing its sustainability criterion for executive pay last year from 20% to 15%, while increasing the weighing for financial performance.The pension fund also disagreed with the proposal that the €33bn company takes the proportion of its own brand of healthy products within the entire range of own branded food products, as a single criterion for establishing remuneration.last_img read more

Voluntary euthanasia should be available to children: civil libertarians

first_imgBrisbane Times 17 April 2019Family First Comment: Disturbing comments in Australia..“We would define such a mature minor as a child over 12 years of age who … has a sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him or her to understand fully what is proposed,” he said.Children as young as 12 should be able to choose to end their own lives, with civil libertarians citing European laws as a model that could be replicated in Queensland.A Queensland inquiry, led by a parliamentary committee, is examining aged care, palliative care and voluntary euthanasia.Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope said the views of mature minors about voluntary assisted dying (VAD) should be respected.“We would define such a mature minor as a child over 12 years of age who … has a sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him or her to understand fully what is proposed,” he said.“However, we do recognise that children are entitled to extra protection when making their decision.”Mr Cope said children should be assessed by an independent psychiatrist before their request to die was authorised.“Secondly, at least one of the independent medical practitioners should have specific qualifications and experience in dealing with children,” he said.“Thirdly, in the case of children a request for VAD should not be based solely on an underlying psychiatric condition.”Mr Cope said the suggestion was based on laws in Europe, where 13 minors had accessed voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands since 2002 and three in Belgium since 2014.READ MORE: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/voluntary-euthanasia-should-be-available-to-children-civil-libertarians-20190417-p51ex1.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Fury rematch with Klitschko confirmed for October

first_img(REUTERS) – Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title rematch with Vladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on October 29, the British fighter’s camp confirmed yesterday.Fury ended Klitschko’s 11-year unbeaten run on points in Dusseldorf last November to claim the WBO, WBA and IBF belts but pulled out of a July rematch with an ankle injury.“I’m delighted that we can finally get the fight back on. We can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve,” Fury’s uncle and manager Peter said on Twitter.Ukrainian Klitschko, who had held the belts since 2006, also confirmed the fight, saying on Twitter that he would avenge his surprise defeat.“Finally the rematch is fixed,” the 40-year-old said.“I’ll remedy my mistake on October 29 at Manchester Arena. See you there!”Fury was stripped of the IBF belt after he failed to face the mandatory challenger. That belt is owned by fellow Britain Anthony Joshua.last_img read more

Syracuse confronts ultimate faceoff test in final hurdle against Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — Duke head coach John Danowski never expected this out of Brendan Fowler. The midfielder was strong at the faceoff X for two seasons, but a broken clavicle against Syracuse in the NCAA tournament a season ago seemed devastating.Danowski couldn’t have anticipated what Fowler would do this season. Twenty games and 319 faceoff wins later, maybe he should have.“He broke his clavicle clean through and had to rehab all summer and played some football and got some special teams reps at the end of the year,” Danowski said, “but Brendan has far exceeded our expectations, and we just marvel at his resiliency and toughness week in and week out.”Two weeks ago Syracuse (16-3) matched up with a spectacular faceoff man, Bryant’s Kevin Massa who then broke the record for most faceoff wins in a season. Now, SU faces another against Duke at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field for the NCAA championship.Fowler broke Massa’s single-season record in the No. 7-seed Blue Devils’ (15-5) final four win over Cornell. The top-seeded Orange won just one faceoff in that first-round game against BU, then struggled in its next two games against Yale and No. 4-seed Denver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s an issue — SU’s only visible weakness, really — and it even leaves John Desko, the normally unflappable Syracuse head coach, wondering.“I keep wondering when we’re going to see somebody that isn’t better than 50 percent,” Desko said. “Everybody we play is like 60 percent or 58 percent. Somebody has got to be less than 50 percent out there.”The Orange is. It didn’t matter against Bryant, when an inferior team shot itself in the foot with an abundance of turnovers. In the end it became a non-issue in the next two games as SU pulled out late comeback victories. But that mediocre 42.8 faceoff percentage could catch up to Syracuse.Duke’s 62.5-percent performance at the X ranks third in the nation.But against Denver, Cal Paduda won the faceoffs when it mattered for SU. His dominance in the first half kept Syracuse in the game. Then he won the faceoffs when necessary at the end of the game.“They might not have had the winning percentage that they wanted, but we really trust our faceoff guys,” SU midfielder JoJo Marasco said.On Saturday, Fowler won the big faceoffs, too. He controlled the game, even as the Big Red was rallying, and won the last faceoff to end Cornell’s furious rally. He used the same mantra and confidence he did for every faceoff this season.“I just kind of tried to go out there just like it was any other face off, not to freak out, not to get all nervous,” Fowler said. “I went out there, I’ve taken a bunch of faceoffs this year, tried to treat it just like any other one.”And when he was reminded of breaking the faceoff record after the game, he didn’t have any reason to celebrate.Calm, cool and collected. The way he goes out for every faceoff, and the way he’ll go out again for the national championship.“That’s cool,” Fowler said. “I’ll enjoy that after Monday. Right now the focus is really just winning on Monday.” Comments Published on May 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Syracuse expects significant contributions from healthy Galasso and Mullins

first_img Published on January 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Faceoffs may not have been the only reason Syracuse fell short of a national title last year.The argument could be made that two fallen Orange studs – Nicky Galasso and Brandon Mullins — played a role. Had they been healthy, it’s possible they could have pushed SU over the brink and into the winner’s circle instead of Duke.Galasso, an attack who transferred from North Carolina, was sidelined for the season with a stress fracture in his right foot. Mullins, a starting defender, went down with a right knee injury in the Orange’s third game of the season.“At that point, if someone said we were going to be in the championship game in 2013, I might’ve disagreed,” SU head coach John Desko said, “with players like that gone.”As Syracuse begins its first season without the graduated JoJo Marasco and Brian Megill, its highly rated freshman class won’t be the only newly infused talent. The statuses of Galasso and Mullins were topics of discussion at Syracuse’s media day at Manley Field House on Monday, and the Orange has no doubts the two will be healthy enough not only to contribute, but thrive in this upcoming season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“My feet are great and I’m good to go,” Galasso said.Galasso joins a deep Orange attack that, despite the loss of Marasco, still figures to carry plenty of explosive weapons. The No. 1 high school recruit in the Class of 2010 spent his first two seasons at UNC, where he garnered the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year award and All-ACC honors.However, a foot injury limited his sophomore campaign to 13 games, and the stress fracture to his right foot last year ended his first season at SU before it began. But senior attack Derek Maltz insists Galasso is still the same high-caliber player, despite the injuries he’s suffered to both feet.“He looks great,” Maltz said. “He’s got to be one of the best playmakers I’ve ever played with. Anytime he’s out there with the ball, he makes things happen. When you have a guy like that, he makes everyone else’s jobs pretty easy.”Galasso wasn’t completely up to speed in SU’s conditioning test, Desko said, but he added that Galasso became more and more comfortable as the fall progressed. The SU coaches will treat him no differently, the head coach added, and he expects Galasso to catch up in his fitness and be one of the Orange’s go-to players on an offense that has to move on without Marasco and midfielder Luke Cometti, who scored 34 goals as a senior last year.Just as the Syracuse attack has production to replace, the Orange defense has Megill to fill in for. And Mullins’ much-anticipated return helps fill that void.Mullins, who was still in his native Texas during SU’s Media Day, was cleared in early December, Desko said, and recovered earlier than he was supposed to. Mullins hasn’t suited up yet, defender Sean Young said, but he’ll be ready for SU’s opener on Feb. 10.“Brandon’s doing great,” Maltz said. “He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever – the kid’s a freak of nature. One of the strongest kids on our team, easily one of the most athletic. He’s a beast.”The timing of the defender’s injury was “almost sickening,” Desko said, because of how much Mullins had improved with the Orange’s defensive schemes. The then-sophomore had already proved his abilities as a solid one-on-one defender, the head coach said, but Mullins’ right knee gave out at the same time he was developing his understanding of SU’s zone packages.But now, Mullins’ knee is healed and he will have another shot to establish himself as a lockdown defender, while a healthy Galasso hopes to utilize his playmaking talents for Syracuse’s attack.“I can’t wait to get back out with them this spring,” Maltz said. “I’m really looking forward to it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Recess over

first_imgStudents catch up with one another before starting class on Monday. Students in professor Albert Herrera’s general physiology class (BISC 307) turn on their laptops to open PowerPoint slides. All of the course’s lectures and notes are recorded and put online.Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojanlast_img