Advanced Power Finances $1.6 Billion Gas Plant in New York

first_img Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions Cricket Valley, which will cost an estimated $1.584 billion to build, will sell energy, capacity and ancillary services to the New York Independent System Operator energy market. The investors in the project, including Advanced Power AG, JERA Co. Inc., TIAA Investments, BlackRock Financial Management Inc., Development Bank of Japan Inc. and NongHyup Financial Group, will provide $709 million in equity investments. Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables 1.25.2017 Twitter Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction Previous articleTexas Electric Cooperatives, AMS Announce Energy Storage PartnershipNext articleDominion Adds Two Directors to Its Board chloecox Twitter By Editors of Power Engineering Cricket Valley will be Advanced Power AG’s second major generating facility in the U.S., with the 700-MW Carroll County Energy Center in Carroll County. Ohio under construction. TAGSNYISO Advanced Power Finances $1.6 Billion Gas Plant in New Yorkcenter_img Advanced Power AG announced the successful financing for construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a 1,100-MW combined-cycle gas facility slated for Dover, New York. Gas $875 million in funded debt facilities will come from GE Energy Financial Services Inc.; BNP Paribas; Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank; Bank of America N.A.; CIT BANK N.A.; Industrial Bank of Korea; Shinhan Bank, New York Branch; Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, New York Branch; NongHyup Financial Group; National Australia Bank Limited; Siemens Financial Services, Inc.; and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Linkedin Facebook By chloecox – Facebook Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Betchel will undertake engineering, procurement and construction of the energy center, which is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2020. The gas power equipment will be provided by GE. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Man smokes marijuana in front of judge after advocating for legalization

first_imggradyreese/iStock(LEBANON, Tenn.) — A 20-year-old man caused a stir in a Tennessee courthouse when he advocated for the legalization of marijuana and then proceeded to spark a joint in front of the judge.Spencer Alan Boston was appearing before Judge Haywood Barry on Monday at the Wilson County Courthouse in Lebanon, on a simple possession-of-marijuana citation, when he began to tell Barry that marijuana should be legalized, according to Lt. Scott Moore, a spokesman for the Wilson County Sheriff’ Office.Courtroom video captured what came next: Boston is seen seen reaching into his jacket pocket, pulling out what appears to be a joint and lighting it up, taking multiple puffs.Security quickly intervened and took Boston into custody.Moore told ABC News in a telephone interview that Boston said something to the effect of “the people deserve better” before he was taken away.“I’ve been here 20 years,” Moore added, “and this is the first time I’ve ever seen that.”Boston faces two new charges: disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana. He’s being held on $3,000 bond, online jail records show. He’ll also have to serve 10 days in Wilson County Jail because Barry held him in contempt of the court, according to Moore.A spokesperson at Barry’s office said the judge had no comment on the incident.The joint smoked in court was collected as evidence.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: DHS warns of security risks posed by online learning

first_imgmrtom-uk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed nearly 200,000 people worldwide.More than 2.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 905,000 diagnosed cases and at least 51,949 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Saturday. All times Eastern:10:37 a.m.: UK death toll surpasses 20,000The death toll in the United Kingdom has reached 20,319, according to the National Health Service (NHS). That number includes the 813 new daily deaths reported in the country.The country is now the fifth in the world to surpass 20,000 fatalities, behind the United States, Italy, Spain and France.The number of confirmed positive cases in the U.K. has reached 148,377, out of the 517,836 people who have been tested, according to the NHS.9:59 a.m.: DHS warns of ‘opportunity’ for criminal activity created by online learningThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned officials in law enforcement and school systems of the security risks posed by cybercriminals and cyber-actors who might want to exploit what has become the new normal of online learning under COVID-19, according to the notice reviewed by ABC News.“We assess cybercriminals likely view schools’ greater reliance on eLearning tools due to the pandemic as an opportunity to conduct a range of criminal activity against educational institutions, faculty and students who use these tools,” the April 24 document says.The risks outlined include theft of login information, identify theft, the ability of cybercriminals to obtain discarded computers that still had cached data on their drives, extortion by using confidential student or employee data to blackmail either the educational institution or an individual, or denial-of-service attacks in exchange for ransom payments.The notice warned that the theft of login information could be used for either profit or by foreign governments, like Iran, to gain access to data they could not otherwise view. The theft of one’s identity could also be used for profit or by foreign governments like Russia, whose intelligence services have previously bought online ID info for spying and intel-gathering operations, according to the notice.Cyber experts at the DHS said that these threats are not hypothetical, every type of attack has been seen.They are warning employees who work on security and defense of IT systems to take proper precautions.6:33 a.m.: WHO warns against ‘immunity passports’In response to some governments suggesting that detection of COVID-19 antibodies could serve as the basis of an “immunity passport” that would allow people to travel or return to work assuming they are protected from contracting again or spreading the coronavirus, the World Health Organization issued a warning that said such a program is not backed up by scientific evidence.“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” the WHO said in a statement Friday.No study, as of April 24, has evaluated whether the presence of antibodies guarantees immunity to subsequent infection of COVID-19 in humans, the organization said.The WHO said people who have tested positive might be prone to ignore public health advice and “increase the risks of continued transmission” to other people.The warning comes as some states in the U.S. look to ease social distancing restrictions and to let some nonessential businesses reopen.States like Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, while all taking a different approach, are now reopening businesses to jumpstart their economies. Georgia, despite criticism from President Donald Trump, will allow many businesses to reopen this week, including tattoo parlors, movie theaters, bowling alleys and more.5:20 a.m.: 138 inmates in Colorado prison test positiveAt least 138 inmates at the Sterling Correctional Facility in Colorado have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Department of Corrections, and that number will likely rise soon.“Given the insidious nature of this virus, we had suspected that despite seeing a relatively low number of inmates with symptoms, the number of positives was potentially much higher,” Department of Corrections Executive Director Dean Williams said in a statement Friday. “That is exactly why we conducted this large scale testing, so that we can continue to isolate, monitor and treat any inmates who were positive and try to mitigate the spread to others inside the facility.”At least 473 symptomatic and asymptomatic inmates were tested for the novel coronavirus last week. Of those, only 255 results have been returned; 138 were positive, 104 were negative, 12 were inconclusive and one was unsatisfactory. The state is still waiting for the results of 218 inmate tests.Inside the prison, inmates are largely kept in their cells to help slow the spread of the virus, the state said. Outside of showering or using the restroom, they remain in their cells. All meals and medications are delivered to inmates during the quarantine.The facility previously had eight inmates that tested positive.Prisons across the U.S. are struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19 inside their walls. At the Rikers Island jail in New York City, 367 inmates have tested positive for the virus while 235 detainees in custody at Cook County Jail in Illinois are currently positive for COVID-19.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PostDoctoral Associate

first_imgPh.D. in Electrical Engineering or associated field with anemphasis in applied electromagnetics.Ability to start immediately. Research in applied electromagnetics with emphasis on one ormore among: What We Can OfferThe salary range for this position is $54,000-$58,000annually.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental,retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. TheUniversity of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers inBoulder County and offers an inspiring higher educationenvironment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .Be StatementsBe Accomplished. Be Engaged. Be Boulder.What We Require Review of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position is filled.Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. Forconsideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human ResourcesPosting Contact Email: [email protected] Novel antenna and arrays research and development;Design for manufacturing of microwave and millimeter wave RFcomponents with specific fabrication technologies;Additive manufacturing technologies;Analysis, modeling, and design of RF components and integratedsubsystems;Active phased arrays design and integration;RF measurements;Antenna topics related to high power, miniaturization, widebandwidth, operation in a harsh environment, etc. Job SummaryThe Department of Electrical, Computer & EnergyEngineering at CU Boulder encourages applications for aPostDoctoral Associate !The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building aculturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and studentsdedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. Weare an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans andindividuals with disabilities.Who We AreElectrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at CU Boulder is thepremier undergraduate and graduate program in Colorado byreputation, rankings, and size. Nationally, we are ranked 22ndamong public electrical engineering graduate programs, and 21stamong public computer engineering graduate programs by U.S. Newsand World Report.Our number of required and elective undergraduate laboratorycourses is among the highest of any engineering college in thecountry. Our students say the hands-on laboratory component greatlyimproves understanding of lecture concepts, and industry recruitersprove that the value of our graduates is definitely increased bytheir laboratory experiences.What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:Cover LetterDetailed Resume/CVPDF of your most relevant journal publicationName and full contact information of one reference mostfamiliar with your research accomplishments (used for phonereference checks)Additionally, during the application process you will need toenter contact information for one reference who will be contactedto provide a letter of recommendation immediately after youapply. Proof of DegreeThe document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcriptwhich shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; orofficial letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School orCollege conferring the degree.If your degree was obtained outside of the UnitedStates, please submit a translated version (ifapplicable). Reporting results of the research as required by the sponsorand by the established ARG procedures.Working with students, other ARG post-docs, and researchassociates.Continuous professional development by reviewing papers,writing papers, attending seminars, webinars, etc.last_img read more

Why rent stabilization will likely never end in New York

first_imgAccording to the latest rental report released by Douglas Elliman, vacancies rose to 4.33 percent in July, a more than 2-point increase year-over-year. But the rent law does not use the brokerage’s metric. Instead, it relies on a government-conducted housing survey that will not be released until 2022.The state bill that would preserve rent stabilization even if vacancies soar is, therefore, not addressing an immediate threat to rent caps. Rather, it is part backup plan, part symbolism, to reassure tenants of New York City’s more than 900,000 rent-stabilized apartments that no matter what, the system will continue — as its critics suspected all along.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Assembly member Harvey Epstein (Epstein by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images; iStock)Evidence is mounting that if the “housing emergency” used to justify rent control should end, politicians would find another rationale.New York law caps rents to prevent a tight housing market from pushing them up, but provides that the limit would be eliminated if vacancies rise because rents would fall on their own — as is happening now.But Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week that if the vacancy rate surpasses the 5 percent threshold that has long defined a housing emergency, state lawmakers would move the goalposts.“I don’t have a doubt in my mind that the Legislature will immediately create continuity with our current approach to rent stabilization and rent control. We absolutely need that in New York City,” the mayor told reporters Tuesday. “If there was any question about that, I and many others would be in Albany fighting for it immediately. But I’m quite confident they will help us continue to protect tenants.”He has good reason: State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assembly member Harvey Epstein in late July proposed a bill that would extend the city’s declared housing emergency for two years beyond the pandemic.The bill’s text is upfront about its purpose: “To ensure that declarations of housing emergency that provide the basis for New York’s system of rent regulations remain in effect, regardless of the local vacancy rate.”Real estate professionals view the Manhattan lawmakers’ bill as a sign that rent stabilization is not really about a housing emergency.“It almost feels like Charlie Brown and Lucy, where she pulls the football out before he can get to it,” said Deborah Riegel, an attorney with Rosenberg & Estis.She added, “If you are being intellectually honest, the premise for rent regulation, in theory, doesn’t exist anymore.”Available apartments are at a record high in the 10-year history of StreetEasy’s inventory tracker and up 26 percent from a year ago, and the median rent in Manhattan has fallen by 10 percent. Many landlords are offering concessions to attract tenants to market-rate units, which are still generally pricier than rent-stabilized ones.In a pending lawsuit challenging the state’s rent stabilization law, real estate groups call the 5 percent threshold “arbitrary” and a part of a “scheme” that fails to alleviate the city’s affordable housing shortage.Jay Martin, president of the Community Housing Improvement Program, one of the landlord groups behind the lawsuit, said most vacancies and rent decreases are occurring in market-rate housing. Still, a survey of the group’s landlord members released Thursday found the vacancy rate in their buildings has soared to 10.8 percent from 3.4 percent in February. It was 7.1 percent for units renting for less than $2,000.Like de Blasio, Martin thinks state officials will stop rent stabilization from lapsing regardless of the vacancy rate.“I have no doubt that elected officials would continue to twist themselves in knots to find a legal rationale for a system that does not solve the problem that it claims to fix,” he said.Economists say the system does provide affordability for tenants lucky enough to snag a stabilized unit, but at the expense of those who don’t.Cea Weaver, tenant organizer at Housing Justice for All, said the group has discussed whether the vacancy rate is the best metric to determine the need for rent regulation — especially in smaller municipalities where a single landlord could skew that number.“The rent stabilization laws were always intended to protect renters during times of housing crisis,” she said, adding that renters are “certainly living under extraordinary circumstances right now.” Her group has been pushing lawmakers to cancel rent altogether during the pandemic.Hoylman said his bill “would assure [tenants] that they won’t be at risk of losing these crucial protections simply because the vacancy survey is set to be conducted during a historic, unprecedented crisis beyond their control.”Read moreFederal aid dries up and eviction bans loom over landlordsNew Yorkers’ exodus could unravel rent regulationAffordable housing project withdrawn after Council member Jimmy Van Bramer objectslast_img read more

Hilton Times Square owner: “Take my hotel, please”

first_img Message* But the hotel was in trouble before the pandemic hit. Its debt service coverage ratio, a metric that indicates a property’s ability to cover its mortgage and interest expenses, had dropped to perilously low levels as of late 2019.As The Real Deal previously reported, the hotel’s loan had been underwritten assuming net operating income would be 2.16 times its debt service. By September 2019, it had dropped to 1.03 times.Then came the pandemic and its related lockdowns, which caused hotel occupancy in New York to plummet. By April, Sunstone had stopped making payments on its mortgage, which is securitized in a CMBS deal. The loan’s current balance is $75.8 million, according to Trepp.The REIT also stopped paying rent on its ground lease as of March, according to the company’s most recent quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the filing, the company said the REIT was considering a “negotiated transfer” of the hotel to either its lender or the landlords.The hotel is now valued at $61 million, less than 25 percent of its 2010 valuation of $246 million.Struggling hotels are increasingly turning keys over to lenders as the pandemic continues to ravage the hospitality industry. A November report from Trepp found that the proportion of hotel loans in special servicing has remained above 25 percent. Meanwhile, hotels that have been reappraised since March have on average seen their values sliced by nearly 30 percent.“Major players in the hotel segment have been forced to reassess the value of their properties and have shown an increasing willingness to give up ownership,” according to the Trepp report.Contact Akiko Matsuda Email Address* Hilton Hotel in Times Square (Google Maps)The owner of the Hilton Hotel in Times Square has given the keys to the hotel back to its mortgage holder.The hotel’s owner, California-based REIT Sunstone Hotel Investors, surrendered the 44-story property to Torchlight Investors, the special servicer. The lender and the borrower signed a lease in lieu of foreclosure, which allows the hotel owner to hand the keys back to its lender, according to property records filed in December.Torchlight and Sunstone did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The 478-room hotel, located at 234 West 42nd Street, was one of the biggest casualties of the pandemic-driven downturn in the hospitality sector. In September, Sunstone notified the state of its plan to lay off 200 employees because of the facility closing, and in October, it permanently closed its doors.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreHilton Times Square to close permanently Brooklyn hotel projects file for bankruptcy in one weekcenter_img Full Name* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Aalborg Handball sign Croatian youngstar Lovro Jotic

first_img1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Danish champions Aalborg Handball signed the contract with Croatian youngster Lovro Jotic. The 22-years old left back – playmaker coming from RK PPD Zagreb, where he made his name in the last two seasons providing TOP quality performances from time to time.John was a member of the Croatian NT squad at Men’s World Championship 2017, where Croatia finished at a fourth position.He will replace Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen in Aalborg, who left to Paris Saint Germain to open another chapter of the professional career.PHOTO: CHF, Jozo Cabraja Shady 11. January 2018. at 14:03 Aalborg made a strong team next season , they will play a big role in EHF Champions league Related Items:center_img 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Molecular analysis of T. rex protein shows shared avian ancestry

first_imgPutting more meat on the theory that dinosaurs’ closest living relatives are modern-day birds, molecular analysis of a shred of 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex protein — along with that of 21 modern species — confirms that dinosaurs share common ancestry with chickens, ostriches, and to a lesser extent, alligators.The work, published this week in the journal Science, represents the first use of molecular data to place a non-avian dinosaur in a phylogenetic tree that traces the evolution of species. The scientists also report that similar analysis of 160,000- to 600,000-year-old collagen protein sequences derived from mastodon bone establishes a close phylogenetic relationship between that extinct species and modern elephants.“These results match predictions made from skeletal anatomy, providing the first molecular evidence for the evolutionary relationships of a non-avian dinosaur,” says co-author Chris Organ, a postdoctoral researcher in organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University. “Even though we only had six peptides — just 89 amino acids — from T. rex, we were able to establish these relationships with a relatively high degree of support. With more data, we’d likely see the T. rex branch on the phylogenetic tree between alligators and chickens and ostriches, though we can’t resolve this position with currently available data.”The current paper builds on work reported in Science last year. In that paper, a team headed by John M. Asara and Lewis C. Cantley, both of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMS), first captured and sequenced tiny pieces of collagen protein from T. rex. For the current work, Organ and Asara and their colleagues used sophisticated algorithms to compare collagen protein from several dozen species. The goal: to place T. rex on the animal kingdom’s family tree using molecular evidence.“Most of the collagen sequence was obtained from protein and genome databases but we also needed to sequence some critical organisms, including modern alligator and modern ostrich, by mass spectrometry,” says Asara, director of the mass spectrometry core facility at BIDMC and instructor in pathology at HMS. “We determined that T. rex, in fact, grouped with birds — ostrich and chicken — better than any other organism that we studied. We also show that it groups better with birds than [with] modern reptiles, such as alligators and green anole lizards.”While scientists have long suspected that birds, and not more basal reptiles, are dinosaurs’ closest living relatives, for years that hypothesis rested largely on morphological similarities in bird and dinosaur skeletons.The scraps of dinosaur protein were wrested from a fossil femur discovered in 2003 by John Horner of the Museum of the Rockies in a barren fossil-rich stretch of land that spans Wyoming and Montana. Mary H. Schweitzer of North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences discovered soft-tissue preservation in the T. rex bone in 2005; Asara became involved in analysis of the collagen protein because of his expertise in mass spectrometry techniques capable of sequencing minute amounts of protein from human tumors. While it appears impossible to salvage DNA from the bone, Asara was able to extract precious slivers of protein.The current work by Organ and Asara suggests that the extracted protein from the fossilized dinosaur tissue is authentic, rather than contaminated from a living species.“These results support the endogenous origin of the preserved collagen molecules,” the researchers write.Organ, Asara, Schweitzer, and Cantley’s co-authors on the Science paper are Wenxia Zheng of NCSU and Lisa M. Freimark of BIDMC. Their research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Paul F. Glenn Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.last_img read more

Weekly preview: July 27-Aug. 2

first_imgTUESDAY: This week’s Power Rankings presented by Outback is sure to get a shakeup, and Kyle Busch may be in contention for the No. 1 spot … @nascarcasm gives us his best with two funny ideas — Kyle Busch‘s mock Facebook page post-race, and a list of Jeff Gordon‘s crappiest retirement gifts. FRIDAY: The Sprint Cup Series gets on track at 11 a.m. ET, and we’ll have full coverage from a busy day at the track … 8 Tweets You Might Have Missed highlights the best from social media over the past week. Here’s what you’ll see on this week: MONDAY: Indianapolis was the first instance of the new high drag package being used, and drivers shared their opinions on it … The Rundown will once more feature how all 43 drivers in the field fared … Weekend in GIFs will recap all the best action from the track, in GIF form. THURSDAY: Driver Reports highlights the 16 drivers currently on the Chase Grid, and how they fare at Pocono … Pocono has had plenty of noteworthy moments at the track, and we’ll look at a crazy Dale Earnhardt Jr. wreck for #TBT. WEDNESDAY: New paint schemes will be on display at Pocono and Iowa, and we’ll have them all in Paint Scheme Preview … Senior writer Kenny Bruce gets into the nitty-gritty of the sport with Tech Talk … Bruce will also be at Bristol to cover the open test … High Five highlights the best five pieces of NASCAR content from around the web. Also coming this week: Should stock cars race on dirt? Brad Norman and Kathy Sheldon debate after a successful weekend at Eldora … We’ll tell you who can clinch a spot in the Chase at Pocono, and how.last_img read more

‘Nothing Short of a Miracle’ – Florida Boy Survives Crash Ejection

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, Fla. — A car crash flung a toddler over a 20-foot wall and into the backyard of a home in South Florida, and he came out of it with only scratches.The boy was conscious when paramedics arrived Friday. Authorities say his injuries didn’t appear to be serious.Broward Sheriff Fire-Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles says “it was nothing short of a miracle.”The driver of a vehicle lost control and the car rolled over and landed at a 45-degree angle against a wall, ejecting the child.Authorities are trying to verify whether the child was wearing a seat belt or in car seat.Another child was strapped in and suffered no injuries. The driver, who was the mother, was hospitalized with a leg injury.last_img read more