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AES Gener plans 863MW wind-solar-storage project in Chile

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Santiago-based power company AES Gener SA submitted in Chile the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 863-MW Parque Terra Energia Renovable wind-and-solar hybrid project.According to documents sent to the Chilean environmental evaluation service (SEA), the South American firm plans to invest USD 750 million (EUR 634.6m) in the project through its unit Energia Eolica Paposo SpA.Located in the commune of Taltal in Antofagasta, Parque Terra will consist of a 350-MW wind farm, with 50 turbines of 7 MW each, and a 513-MW solar park comprised of 1,102,080 bifacial panels mounted on trackers. It will also have battery storage capacity.The project is expected to break ground in the second quarter of 2022 with commissioning scheduled to take place during the first half of 2024.[Lucas Morais]More: AES Gener files EIS for 863-MW renewables project in Chile AES Gener plans 863MW wind-solar-storage project in Chilelast_img read more

Top 40: Camping

first_img8. MSR MicroRocketWith the MicroRocket, MSR goes even smaller than the barely noticeable, standard-setting PocketRocket. The MicroRocket is a little lighter and even more compact, fitting inside a coffee mug, but it still puts out an impressive flame that gets a liter of water boiling in a little over three minutes.$40; cascadedesigns.com 1. Columbia ReactorLast year, Columbia released winter jackets with Omni-Heat reflective liners, tiny silver dots that radiate your body heat back at you. This year, Columbia is releasing the Reactor, a 30-degree sleeping bag with the same liner that, we’re happy to report, works just as well. The bag warms up quickly, turning your body heat into a comfy oven on a cold night. The only downside our tester found with the bag, is the plastic feeling of the liner thanks to those same tiny silver dots that keep you extra toasty. Keep the base layers on as you sleep, and you won’t notice.$299; columbia.com 2. Sierra Designs Pyro Maniac 15/30One sleeping bag with two different temperature ratings? The Pyro Maniac uses an additional set of insulated baffles placed over the torso of the 600-fill bag. Camping on a warmer night? Lose the extra baffles and go with a trim 30-degree bag. Expecting chillier temperatures? Stuff the baffles into the bag and you’re set for 15 degrees. The mummy bag has a few other great touches, like a draft collar to keep your neck and head warm and a pillow pocket. According to our tester, the temperature ratings of the bag are legit, giving the Pyro Maniac more versatility than much of its competition. It’s like adding an extra blanket when the temperature drops.$319; sierradesigns.com3. ENO Reactor HammockOn your next overnight, save some pack weight by ditching the tent and spending the night in a Reactor. Eagles Nest Outfitter’s hammock has a sleeve that holds a sleeping pad in place for extra warmth and comfort when spending the night swinging between two trees.$80; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com4. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XThermThis four-season pad also uses a reflective heat barrier, similar to what you find in emergency blankets. Our tester was surprised at how quickly the NeoAir XTherm warms up. Place your hand on top of the sleeping pad and it immediately gets hot, adding a noticeable level of heat to your portable bed. The only bummer? The metallic treatment is a bit loud, so if you’re a restless sleeper, your neighbors may get annoyed. Still, the pad excels beyond the heat-reflective technology. It’s only 15 ounces and compacts to smaller than a Nalgene bottle, while still offering plenty of cushion. It’s a suite of winning characteristics that convinced our tester to make the XTherm his sleeping pad of choice.$219.95; cascadedesigns.com5. MRS Carbon Reflex 3 TentThis three-season shelter proved a comfy, roomy haven for a family of three during a cold, wet weekend. Yet it weighs a scant 4lbs. 7 oz. One reason is the ultralight poles, which retain their durability thanks to plastic bushings at connection points and horizontally wrapped carbon fibers. The poles’ geometry also trims ounces: they’re positioned in parallel arches with a support pole in between, creating more headroom and a peak height of 46 inches. But the space-to-weight ratio doesn’t come cheap.$600; cascadedesigns.com6. Mountain Hardwear SuperMega UL2To get your tent weight down to the Supermega’s  2lbs, 2oz, you typically have to go with a shelter that sacrifices poles, and therefore needs some combination of stakes and trekking poles. But this two-person tent is completely freestanding, with a fully waterproof double-wall construction and an ample 27-square-foot floor. Thank the DAC Featherlight poles and predominantly mesh canopy for the weight savings. This is the lightest tent Mountain Hardwear makes, and was still plenty big for two normal sized campers. The mesh storage pockets were unexpected, but welcome. A bigger vestibule would be nice, but then you’d add weight, so…$430; mountainhardwear.com7. Easton Mountain Products KiloHow does a two-person tent weigh less than a kilogram? Easton uses carbon fiber poles that are more than 50 percent lighter than standardly used aluminum. There’s also savings in the minimal tether of the AirLock connection system, as opposed to heavier shick cord. The advanced technology will cost you a pretty penny, but you’ll feel the difference in your pack. One-person and three-person Kilo models will be released next summer.$400; eastonmountainproducts.comlast_img read more

Russia’s Private Military Companies: A Threat to Latin America

first_imgBy Ayax Rangel/Diálogo November 18, 2020 Private military companies, or PMCs, are legally established international firms that operate as independent corporations, trading military and paramilitary services.In recent years, Russia has taken a leading role using PMCs as an extension of its Armed Forces to advance its foreign policy objectives. The United States Congressional Research Service reported on September 16, that Russia has employed this “unofficial” military force in conflicts around the world to include Syria, Libya, Sudan, and the Central African Republic.PMCs are present-day mercenary armies, which a United Nations (U.N.) committee report on October 30, 2018 defined as “private military companies [that] can violently destabilize a country, rendering it helpless and ineffective.”Saeed Mokbil, chairperson-rapporteur for the U.N. Working Group on the use of mercenaries, also stated that the activities of these groups can jeopardize the achievement of sustainable development, since there is often pervasive impunity for crimes committed by mercenaries.An example of such a company is the Wagner Group, Russia’s most notorious PMC, which gained its reputation by helping pro-Russian separatists during the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Such activities highlight the PMCs’ roles as instruments of the Russian government’s policymaking.The Threat to Latin AmericaFor years Russia has been a staunch supporter of the narcoterrorist regime of Nicolás Maduro, as evidenced by the enduring Russian-Venezuelan defense ties, carried out by PMCs. Rostec, one such private military company, completed the construction of a military helicopter training center in March 2019, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.Additionally, Caracas has welcomed Russian military specialists, who are allegedly there to carry out maintenance on military hardware, and has even allowed PMCs into the country to beef up security for Maduro in the face of opposition-led protests, as reported by Reuters.According to Mokbil, the presence of mercenaries can threaten regional stability, human rights, and international humanitarian law, as well as impede the exercise of the right to self-determination.During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 30, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said “While Moscow denies having a military presence in the region, Russian ‘advisers’ continue to prop up the former Maduro regime.”Moreover, on March 11, when asked about Venezuela during a press briefing at The Pentagon, Adm. Faller said there were hundreds of Russians there, including Russian Spetsnaz and Russian technical advisers, fixing their air defense systems and advising on upgrading their SU-30s.On July 15, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against the Russian PMC Wagner Group, its cover entities, and its leadership, for their role in preserving authoritarian regimes in Africa, while exploiting natural resources. Such actions will limit attempts by these PMCs to “foment disorder or undermine democratic reforms”, concluded Pompeo’s press release announcing the sanctions.last_img read more

The Lasting Lenape Legacy on the Navesink

first_imgClaire Garland, left, shows Red Bank Public Library children’s librarian Sira Williams a Lenape “knee wrap,” made of leather and deer knuckles. These wraps were used in Native American dance ceremonies and were prized for their musical sounds.By Rick Geffken |Hundreds of years before the Oyster Point Hotel and Marina was built on the banks of the Navesink, a band of Lenape feasted on those succulent shellfish and left behind a huge 30 ft. wide by 15 ft. high midden of oyster shells. These piles of shells were found all along the Bayshore and helped archaeologists determine much about how our Native American predecessors lived on our Two River estuaries, according to Claire Garland.Garland, the director of the Sand Hill Indian Historical Association, gave an informative talk, “500 Years on the Navesink” at the Eisner Memorial Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, August 11th. She brought along her sizable collection of artifacts from her Native-American ancestry – leather shirts and pants, a feathered fan, gourd rattles, and pictures of her Revey family ancestors, whom she dates to 1780. Their heritage lingers in a section of Tinton Falls still called Reveytown, along and around Shafto Road in that borough. It was named for Thomas Revey during the 19th century.Among the Lenape and Cherokee artifacts Claire Garland dis- played were a leather vest, moccasins, a peace pipe and other clothing adornments. Photo by Rick GeffkenSand Hill in Neptune was the location of one of her ancestor’s homes. The area near today’s West Bangs Avenue is occasionally used for family reunions, including one with over 75 people just a few weeks ago.“History didn’t begin here with Columbus in 1492,” Garland told the attentive audience of adults and children. “European fishing boat crews in the 13th century were trading with natives along the coast down through Massachusetts.” Indians, as they were wrongly described by Columbus and other explorers, even further south were aware of these strange looking men sailing along their coastal waters.Garland’s ancestry is a mix of native Lenape, Cherokee (who had moved from Georgia to New Jersey), and colonial Dutch. The Revey family included many artisans who created traditional clothing and other useful articles to help support themselves. Lenape influence on European culture after first contacts was substantial in surprising ways. “When the European started arriving in the New World, they dressed in shorty-sorts and high stockings,” noted Garland. “They quickly learned to wear leather pants like the Indians to prevent briars from cutting their legs.”Claire Garland, director of the Sand Hill Indian Historical Association, spoke about her Native-American heritage before an audience at the Eisner Memorial Red Bank Public Library Saturday, Aug. 11. Photo by Rick GeffkenPlace names, or “Indian talk” as Garland called it, that we take for granted now were originally Lenape designations – Wanamassa, Mantoloking, Manalapan, Manasquan, Wickatunk, and yes, even Navesink and Rumson. The last two derived from variations of the name of the Navesinck band of Lenape and from the peninsula they referred to as Narumsunk.Garland pointed out that the late Paul Boyd (Atlantic Highlands, From Lenape Camps to Bayside Town) believed that the shell middens he found about every eight miles along the shoreline indicated Indian villages about a day’s walk from each other. Until Europeans appeared, Native Americans believed in communal rights to property with everyone share in the land’s riches. When the Indians “signed” deeds (mostly by making a mark like an X), they thought of them like leases. The European concept of hard rights to property essentially let the Europeans steal land. The New Jersey State Archives has preserved over 800 of these deeds.An interesting aspect to Garland’s talk was her assertion that during the last Ice Age, the water captured as ice at the north pole reduced the Atlantic Ocean to the extent that our coastline was a further 80 miles out from today’s. She claimed that Native Americans built villages and houses on this extended shelf, though few remains of them have ever been found.Other revelations from Garland included that the Turtle Clan of the Lenape occupied most of the middle section of New Jersey in our area. “Lenape people hunted seals, whales, porpoises. They supplemented their diets with fruit like apples, quince, and beach plums. Europeans were in awe of the abundance in the local estuaries here. They sent letters back home encouraging more settlers to come to the New World where they would find ‘a whole cellar of food.’”Garland also mentioned, seemingly without rancor, that “The County of Monmouth took 105 acres of my family’s property at Reveytown to construct the Reclamation Center along Shafto Road.” One wonders if the pungent odor in the area is something of a Lenape revenge.For more about Garland’s Revey and Sand Hill Indian ancestry, see www.SandHillIndianHistory.org.last_img read more

Warriors keep their cool this time to hold off pesky Atlanta Hawks

first_imgOAKLAND — Jonas Jerebko helped the Warriors pull through on a night with no Stephen Curry and no Draymond Green.The 6-foot-10 forward and instant fan favorite replaced some of Curry’s sharp shooting by nailing four 3-pointers. Jerebko also provided some of Green’s typical ruggedness by securing a game-high 13 rebounds.In all, Jerebko’s contributions helped the Warriors pull away from the Atlanta Hawks, 110-103, on Tuesday night and helped soothe an Oracle Arena crowd after a night of …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 23, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Very few changes this morning, as cold air looks to take over the state. We still have some minor moisture holding over Ohio today, and that may trigger some light snows from time to time. The best chance of these will be from US 30 northward, but the moisture set up looks much more unorganized than yesterday. So, we are going to look for a coating to an inch in spots, but have coverage of snows today limited to 40% of the state. Areas south of I-70 see little to no action today and far southern Ohio will deal only with clouds.Cold air continues to intensify tomorrow, and we likely reach our peak of cold tomorrow afternoon, where a large part of the state struggles to hit freezing. We do expect some sun, though, and winds will turn to the southwest for late Thursday. This will allow temps to moderate again for the last part of the week. Temps Thursday will start to climb, but will lag somewhat…meaning we could still be below normal there. But, on Friday temps go above normal thanks to sunshine and that strong south flow. Now, winds at 15-30 mph will mean we still feel a pretty good chill, though, even though actual air temps may run toward the lower to middle 40s again. This surge and strong wind set up will be in advance of our next system, which still looks strong.Rains kick off Saturday night and we are making no serious changes to our forecast. The best rains will roll through overnight Saturday night through Sunday.  We are keeping rain totals at .25”-1” with 90% coverage, but have some concern about some 1”+ totals in central and southern parts of the state if action lingers. Then, we see cold air blasting into the state overnight Sunday night while moisture is still trying to exit the eastern half to third of the state. While we think that moisture has a good chance of being gone before the coldest air arrives, models are having a hard time with this setup…one model run says it’s done and snow potential is minimal, and the next says we could see some 3-6 inch snow potential overnight Sunday night over the eastern part of the state. Timing will be everything. For now, we will keep an eye on snow, but will not talk it up just yet. We think there is a chance for some accumulation over the eastern third, like we mentioned yesterday, but we do not want to make a big deal about it just yet.We still won’t rule out some lake effect snow for next Monday (29th), mostly over northeast Ohio. However, this morning the action looks a little less impressive, thanks to wind direction (more north) and temperatures not as cold. For example…temps Monday likely are in the lower to mid-30s, and that temperature change is not as conducive to big lake snows.  Cold air holds through next Tuesday.The rest of the way, out outlook is unchanged from yesterday. We finish the 10 day period with wind shifting back to the SW for midweek next week, which will allot temps to moderate some for Wednesday, the 31st. We do not expect a big move above normal, but a return to normal for Wednesday is likely. A clipper races through next Thursday, and brings a quick burst of snow, along with colder air.The extended period brings another strong system up from the SW out of the central plains for the 3rd and early the 4th. This system has liquid precipitation potential up to 1.25” and coverage at 100% of the region. This system may have some rain to start, but its current projected track would signal that we need to be on the lookout for some significant snow as well. Time will tell. Behind that event, we put together several dry days, but could see another strong system for the 6th into the 7th, bringing the potential for snow. This would be the start of a potentially very active month of February.last_img read more

Audio: President Trump’s American Farm Bureau address and reaction after

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday, making it the second year in a row he has done so.The President’s speech comes at a politically tumultuous time with the ongoing border wall dispute, which he was sure to touch on, carries on, leaving the government shut down. Included in the shutdown is the closure of Farm Service Agency county offices, causing a disruption to farmers hoping to sign up for programs made available in the recently signed 2018 Farm Bill.Listen to the full speech from President Donald Trump below. Audio courtesy of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and the American Farm Bureau. Audio Playerhttp://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/011419-AFBF-Trump.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III was in attendance and spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood immediately afterward about what the President had to say and reaction from the audience. Audio Playerhttp://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/190114_FrankBurkett_TrumpSpeechReaction.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next “Slowly, we’re picking up. What’s important for us is to stress and make sure that we can be mentally tough and prepared for this coming season in terms of how to handle pressure.” Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games After bursting into the Final Four last year, Adamson is now regarded as one of the contenders for this season’s championship.Coach Franz Pumaren is well aware of that, and he believes that it’s time for the young Soaring Falcons embrace the challenge head-on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s important for us to start manning up, start accepting the pressure. The difference right now, probably, is that other teams will be preparing for us, unlike last season that they underestimated us because we’re consistent being at the bottom of the team standings,” he said.With focus on consistency in his program, Pumaren has also set higher expectations for his team—from just merely trying to make the Final four to achieving higher than fourth place. “We need to improve on our finish last year, but we have a tough task ahead of us. As we all know, other teams have been rebuilding since last year. It’s a never ending process. Two years ago, they’ve stockpiled their players so we just have to assess everything once the season gets going,” he said.The Soaring Falcons will have a virtually intact line up with Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr upfront, together with the trio of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, and Sean Manganti.Pumaren, though, is expecting more from his bench unit as he wants Adamson to be unpredictable on both ends.“Hopefully, we can get some lift from our guys and the rest of the team because it’s so hard if you rely in only a couple of guys. You’ll be predictable,” he said.But more than the talent, Pumaren is putting emphasis on he mental side of things as he seeks to see a more mature Adamson crew this year.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img MOST READ Coach: Franz PumarenLast Season: 8-6 (Final Four)Holdovers: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, Papi Sarr, Sean MangantiAdditions: Tyrus Hill, Koko PingoyKey Losses: Jaydee Tungcab, Harold NgADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Joshua Smith drops big game Racela is expecting from him

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJoshua Smith knows that his hefty size is seen as a defensive liability at times for TNT, so when coach Nash Racela called his number in the final 7.1 seconds of regulation on Friday, even he was surprised.“It’s weird because in those situations, I’m [usually] out off the floor. The fact that they put me on the ball, I kind of looked at the coach and told him, ‘Are you sure you want me out there?’ I was just trying to be disruptive, use my length,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire With the KaTropa staring at an 89-88 deficit, Smith tried his best to distract inbounder Chris Newsome and take his options out, forcing the Bolts swingman to throw the ball to his foot.“Once I saw he had no options, he was going for my feet, I tried to move out of the way. It ended working out for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe ball rolled on the court, paving way for Jayson Castro to split the ball and fish for the foul. He ended up splitting his freebies to tie the game at 89 and force overtime.TNT went on to claim the winner-take-all Game 3, 104-96 to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For all of his faults, Smith delivered a monstrous double-double in the victory with 31 points, 27 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, much to the delight of Racela.“He’s a due for a big game like this. If you’ve noticed from the moment he came in, he has been playing controlled minutes. There were games when he played less than 20 minutes, but slowly, we’ve been stretching that,” the youthful mentor said. “As long as you give him minutes, he will get you numbers. That’s the good thing about Joshua. We just took advantage of what we had.”Smith, meanwhile, is just making most of the confidence Racela has on him, especially with the high stakes the Game 3 of the quarterfinals had for the KaTropa.“In do-or-die games, you want to leave it all out there. You don’t want to have any regrets. You don’t want to have turmoil—coulda, shoulda, woulda,” he said. “Today, I wanted to make sure I could score as many points and to try and grab as many rebounds as I can.”With Meralco out of the way, TNT will now move on and prepare for top-seed Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals series to start on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron sets record for most triples-doubles in NBA Finals View commentslast_img read more