First Wind cuts ribbon at Sheffield site, East Burke next week

first_imgBurke Mountain Ski Area,Governor Shumlin will be among several dignitaries to cut the ribbon at the First Wind, 40 megawatt Sheffield Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on Wednesday October 26 at 11 am. The Sheffield project is Vermont’s first utility-scale wind energy project. The project will generate enough power for more than 14,000 Vermont homes, or nearly half of the homes in the Northeast Kingdom.  The power generated by the project will be sold to Burlington Electric Department (BED), the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc (VEC) and the Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WEC) under power purchase agreements.Later on the same day in nearby East Burke, Burke Mountain Ski Area will celebrate its new wind turbine, manufactured by Barre-based Northern Power Systems. The Northwind 100 turbine at Burke is expected to produce close to 20 percent of the ski resort’s power needs. Governor Shumlin is slated to speak at both ribbon cutting events.  “Across the state, Vermonters embrace a clean energy future that creates local jobs, keeps Vermonters’ money working in our state, and creates a future for our children that we are proud of,” said Gabrielle Stebbins, executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV). “Vermont leads the nation in many ways with our progressive approach to a clean energy economy, and this Wednesday we celebrate new, clean Vermont-made energy.” Burke Mountain Ski Area’s new wind turbine Grand Opening Ceremony will be held at the summit of Burke Mountain at 3:30 pm, October 26. The ski area is located at 223 Sherburne Lodge Road in East Burke.  About First Wind First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States.  Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 695 megawatts of power and projects under construction with the capacity to generate up to an additional 181 megawatts.last_img read more

Watchdog urges Russia world cup opening boycott over Syria

first_img0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow © AFP/File / YURI KADOBNOVBEIRUT, Lebanon, May 22 – World leaders should boycott Russian President Vladimir Putin’s VIP box at next month’s World Cup opening unless he takes steps to protect Syrian civilians, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.Russia, which hosts the world’s most-watched sporting event for the first time this year, is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and arguably the most powerful broker in the seven-year-old war. “In hosting one of the most televised events in the world, Russia is courting world public opinion and looking for respect,” HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, said in a statement.“World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening night.”Billions of people worldwide are expected to watch the World Cup on television and HRW argued that Moscow’s responsibility in the suffering of Syrian civilians should not be forgotten.Russia is the main exporter of weaponry to the Syrian regime and its forces provide on-the-ground support to government forces and allied militia.The New York-based watchdog has documented Russian-Syrian joint military operations that “have caused thousands of civilian casualties”, including recently in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.Roth warned that millions of other civilians faced the same fate in upcoming operations, especially in the northwestern province of Idlib that still largely escapes government control.“World leaders should not allow a sporting event to gloss over a pattern of atrocities in Syria that now looms over two million civilians,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bolton v QPR: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgHammersmith-born Liam Feeney is set to line up against QPR todayKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 20 February 2016Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancaster, Lancashire)Match in a nutshell: Having been beaten by Fulham, QPR look to bounce back against a club in turmoil on and off the pitch.Five key battles: Including Paul Konchesky against Liam preview: QPR marginal favourites to win at BoltonInjuries and suspensionsBOLTON WANDERERSRuled out: David Wheater (hamstring), Liam Trotter (hamstring).Fitness test: Gary Madine (back), Jay Spearing (groin).QPRRuled out: Ale Faurlin (thigh), Jack Robinson (match fitness). Possible line-upsBolton: Amos; Vela, Dervite, Holding, Moxey; Feeney, Pratley, Spearing, Wellington Silva; Madine, Clough. Subs from: Rachubka, Osede, Finney, Twardzik, Danns, Davies, Walker, Woolery, Dobbie, Heksey.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Luongo, Henry, Hoilett; Washington, Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Angella, Kpekawa, Tozser, Doughty, Chery, Petrasso, El Khayati, Grego-Cox, Mackie. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesBolton total: L W D W L (7 points)Home: W W L W D (10 points)QPR total: L W D D W (8 points)Away: D W D L L (5 points)Top scorers – all competitionsBolton: Madine 6; Feeney 4, Pratley 4; Clough 3; Danns 2, Dobbie 2, Heskey 2, Spearing 2, Wellington Silva 2; Dervite 1, Holding 1, Moxey 1, Vela 1, Wheater 1, Woolery 1.QPR: Austin 10; Phillips 6; Chery 5, Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Polter 5; Hoilett 4; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1.Last five meetings3 October 2015: QPR 4 Bolton 328 January 2014: QPR 2 Bolton 124 August 2013: Bolton 0 QPR 110 March 2012: Bolton 2 QPR 113 August 2011: QPR 0 Bolton 4Bolton 2 wins, QPR 3 wins, 0 drawsSee also:Bolton v QPR: five key battlesHasselbaink says he ‘can’t wait’ to pick Robinson for QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NFL Week 6 picks: Raiders solve ‘Scotland Yard’, 49ers fall in Lambeau

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, start your engines for our NFL Week 6 picks:Raiders 31, Seahawks 28: Let’s make “Scotland Yard” a goal-line play-call in honor of Marshawn Lynch taking on the Seahawks in London. Line: Raiders +3Packers 33, 49ers 26: Kyle Shanahan remains 0-for-October as the 49ers coach. But if he culled 92 plays out of last game’s patchwork offense, he’ll mystically keep the 49ers close under Lambeau Field’s Monday night lights. Line: 49ers + 9 1/2Eagles 29, Giants 22: A Super Bowl …last_img

TV series: ordinary people show the way

first_img1 November 2011The third episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, featuring up-and-coming musician Brandon Phillips, community farmer Jimmy Botha, and high school with a difference The Ethembeni Enrichment Centre, broadcasts on SABC 1 at 12h30 on Sunday, 6 November.The 13-part television series promoting Brand SA’s Play Your Part campaign features inspirational stories of ordinary citizens getting out there to change the lives of others in their neighbourhoods, their communities and their cities.Brand SA has travelled the length and breadth of the country asking ordinary South Africans how they are playing their part for positive social change, in the process uncovering a range of inspirational stories to share with the nation.From humble roots, pursuing excellenceThis week, the show features Brandon Phillips, who has broken into an artistic field that was the preserve of white South Africans.As principal bassoonist for the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and winner of the inaugural Len van Zyl Conductors Competition, Phillips is the heir-apparent for the illustrious position as the orchestra’s conductor – quite a journey for the young man whose first gig was in a small ensemble in his local church in Mitchell’s Plain.The serene mountains of the Magaliesburg are a far cry from the loud sounds and hard streets of Westbury, where Jimmy Botha spent much of his youth. Farming was the unlikeliest of career paths for a city boy who had spent his adult life as a contractor for one the country’s largest telecoms corporations.But tilling the land has brought unexpected joy to Botha, who now runs the successful Tila’s Herbs farm, which has brought much needed employment opportunities for the local population.Applying the right basic principlesThe Ethembeni Enrichment Centre began its life as a response the education crisis that had crippled the country’s township schools. The idea was to provide a place for matric students who wanted to improve their marks. Today the school has over 400 students, and is a fully fledged high school teaching grades 8-12.Ethembeni’s secret seems to lie in the five basics that are strictly adhered to: 100% attendance; completion of homework; parent involvement; respect for property and people; and punctuality.Through these, Ethembeni has turned the tide on the low morale and ill-discipline that plagues so many schools in similar circumstances – in the process becoming the largest student feeder for the University of Port Elizabeth.‘Each one of us can make a difference’“There are a number of opportunities, big and small, where each and every one of us can make a positive difference in the communities in which we live and operate,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said at the launch of the new show.The TV series “will lift the spirits and inspire all South Africans with examples of how their fellow citizens are creating a South Africa we can all be proud of”.Play Your Part is a social movement created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. For more information, visit reporterlast_img read more

African National Congress celebrates 100 years

first_img(l to r) ANC general secretary GwedeMantashe, President Jacob Zuma,Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe andjustice minister Jeff Radebe cut thecentenary cake at the Free-State Stadium. Former President Thabo Mbeki, RevJesse Jackson and President Jacob Zumachat while eating birthday cake. The three days of celebration culminatedin a fireworks display.(Images: Skyscraper City)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jackson MthembuANC: National Spokesperson+27 82 370 8401Ray MaotaAfrica’s oldest liberation struggle movement and South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has turned 100 years old.Thousands of people descended on the quiet Free State province to the city of Mangaung, also known as Bloemfontein, to celebrate the party’s existence since 8 January 1912.The celebrations were attended by former heads of state, current leaders, the party’s political elite, and throngs of ordinary citizens.Those in attendance included former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda; Ugandan president Yuweri Museveni; Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba; Mozambican president Armando Guebuza; and Rev Jesse Jackson from the US.“Let’s congratulate South Africa for a job well done on their freedom. The ANC brought this country’s people into a new dawn,” said Kaunda.Museveni labelled the ANC’s centenary as an “achievement for the entire African continent.”The motto for the celebrations is Unity in Diversity – also South Africa’s national motto – and the party truly displayed this sentiment after being plagued with faction fighting over the past year, especially with its youth wing.But it showed a united front throughout the weekend of festivities.Former ANC and South African president Thabo Mbeki was seen laughing heartily with the incumbent president Jacob Zuma and suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.Zuma said: “We continue to have different and differing perspectives on the processes unfolding in our country. Despite the progress we have made, there remain deep fault lines in our society that continue to undermine our vision of a united, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.”Nobel Peace laureate and the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, was there in spirit although not in person.Attendees were reminded of the elder statesman’s contribution to democracy by the many posters of him, and other former presidents of the party, hung throughout the usually quiet city.Baleka Mbete, the ANC’s national chairperson, said: “He is in good spirits but very, very old.”Nobody expected the centenary events to be anything else but pomp and ceremony with nearly R100-million (US$12.4-million) spent to commemorate this achievement.The celebrationsThe celebrations included a golf day; gala dinner; a cow slaughtering ritual to appease the ancestors; a centenary torch lighting ceremony and a rally held at the Free State stadium, which included a concert by some of South Africa’s most prominent artists.The golfing took place at Schoeman Park golf club in Bloemfontein on 6 January 2011.ANC stalwart and enthusiastic golfer Andrew Mlangeni opened the celebrations by playing a round of golf with government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi; Justice minister Jeff Radebe; former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni; former South Africa Broadcasting Corporation chief executive Dali Mpofu; and United Democratic Movement leader and MP Bantu Holomisa.On 7 January, a cow slaughtering ritual took place at the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church – where the ANC was founded – as part of a cleansing ceremony to thank the ancestors for helping the party reach such a milestone and to ask for guidance in the future.Luxury cars lined the streets and hymns were sung along with revolutionary songs as dignitaries entered the birthplace of the movement.Waaihoek Church is where the party’s first president John Dube and his compatriots Sol Plaatjie and Pixley ka Isaka Seme founded the organisation as the South African Native National Congress.The slaughtering of an animal in most African cultures symbolises a connection with the ancestors to give thanks for blessings received, and to ask for more blessings.Later that night Zuma lit a centenary torch that will go around the country throughout the year to commemorate the centenary. It was handed over to the Free State leadership of the ANC, who will in turn hand it over to the party’s Western Cape leaders, where the next celebrations will be held.The torch will make its way back to Bloemfontein when the party holds its national conference in December. Here party members will elect the next round of leaders.Mbete said the symbolism of the torch “is a poignant reminder of pulling together in one direction”.On 8 January, thousands gathered at the 48 000-seater Free State Stadium to celebrate. The mood was festive, and the stadium was a sea of yellow, green and black – the party’s colours.The 40°C temperature could not stop the people from rejoicing as they packed the stadium.The event opened with the singing of the national anthem and a prayer blessing by the country’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and ANC chaplain-general Vukile Mehana.President Zuma made a speech and cut a huge cake, and the bottles were popped to toast the centenary.The rest of the day was about the entertainment of the revellers, who saw performances by singer Zahara, rapper AKA and the 100-year history of the ANC in the form of a play.TributesMany speakers throughout the weekend praised the ANC and the tributes poured in from as far afield as the UK.British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “On behalf of the British people, I want to congratulate you and everyone involved with the ANC on this very special anniversary,” in a letter addressed to Zuma.Leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, said: “I extend my sincere congratulations to the ANC and its leader, President Zuma, on reaching this impressive milestone.“These 100 years show an extraordinary record, without parallel on the continent of Africa,” Zille continued. “If the ANC is saying this is much more than a celebration of the 100th birthday of a political party, we agree. It represents a history of progress, a quest for human rights and the advent of democracy after a long, arduous struggle that took over 80 years.”Kaunda stated that the liberation struggle would not mean anything if the fight against poverty in Africa was not won.“We have to fight poverty and all its offshoots of hunger, ignorance, disease, crime, corruption and above all, exploitation of one mind by another.”last_img read more

Mandela bikers take on gender issues

first_img12 July 2013 Bikers for Mandela Day, together with a number of key sponsors and contributors, will be supporting various initiatives this Mandela Month to drive awareness of gender-based violence issues as part of the broader movement to inspire change for Mandela Day. The Bikers for Mandela Day initiative sees groups of volunteer bikers and celebrities traversing parts of southern Africa each July, stopping along the way to engage in community awareness and upliftment activities aimed at spreading the Mandela day message. “The aim is to embrace Mr Mandela’s legacy of doing good and in so doing to inspire change in other’s lives, with the emphasis on educating and engaging communities to positively affect change,” Zelda la Grange, a convenor of Bikers for Mandela Day, said in a statement on Thursday. This year, after a number of other incidents put the spotlight on gender-based violence in South Africa, the bikers, with the backing of First for Women Insurance Trust, will be championing initiatives to change people’s mindsets around gender while supporting the victims of violence. “Levels of gender-based violence are still unacceptably high in South Africa,” said La Grange, who is also a patron of First for Women Insurance Trust. “The statistics speak for themselve,s and what is needed is a programme of prevention that drives awareness and education, together with the mobilisation and participation of civil society to address this challenge and change behaviour.” The bikers’ 2013 tour begins on Saturday, 13 July in Mafikeng in North-West province, one of the three cities in South Africa with the highest incidence of rape. The bikers will create a vegetable garden and children’s jungle gym for the Mafikeng Lifeline Crisis Centre, which provides a safe house for victims of abuse as well as counsellors for the Stop Gender Violence Helpline (0800 150 150). All bikers in the Mafikeng area are invited to take part, the entrance fee being a hard-cover story book that can be read by victims while they are sheltered at the centre (contact 018 381 0976). On Sunday, across the border, Bikers for Mandela will be joining the Botswana Biker Society in visiting Ramotswa, close to Gaborone, to offer support for a victim and survivor of physical abuse who has been ostracised by her community (contact Peter Moalafi +267 727 32099). On Monday, 15 July, the bikers will be painting the Makeba Centre for Girls in Midrand, Johannesburg, which provides a sanctuary for destitute and/or abused girls that have been removed from their circumstances through a court process. Bikers wishing to join in should bring any toiletries for girls (such deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotions, etc) as a “participation fee” (contact 011 805 1150). On Mandela Day, 18 July, Bikers for Mandela day in Bloemfontein will assist with a community street clean-up in Mangaung, Heidedal and Brandhof (bikers contact Stefan Boshoff 082 337 2876), after which they will participate in an initiaitive by the No Student Hungry campaign of the University of the Free State. The No Student Hungry Programme aims to raise funds to provide modest food bursaries for needy students, and give them daily access to a balanced meal at the university, under the leadership of Professor Jonathan Jansen and his wife, Grace Jansen. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

8 days agoEx-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coady

first_imgEx-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coadyby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves stalwart Dave Edwards has praised Conor Coady for his leadership skills.The former Liverpool man has been a mainstay for Wolves since Nuno took over the dugout.Edwards said: “Conor has always been a leader. He’s so vocal – such a big talker.”He’s like that every single day in the dressing room, and such a happy guy as well, always having a smile on his face.”That raises the energy in training and around the place, even when you’ve lost a game.”Conor was the natural choice for Nuno, and he has revelled in the centre of defence.”It was a natural option. He can see the pitch from there and organise.”He has been a leader since he was a teenager, captaining England at youth level. I just hope he gets a chance at senior level with England now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more