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Indian Railways moving toward a solar-powered future

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Indian Railways has taken some significant measures over the last few weeks that will cement its place as one of the single largest clean energy users in India. These steps include the issuance of tenders for large-scale solar power projects and the commissioning of a first-of-its-kind project to use solar power for trains’ traction systems.These measures are part of Indian Railways’ long-term sustainability goals. According to a 2017 study, Indian Railways has a potential to set up 5 gigawatts of solar power capacity, which will be sufficient to meet all its power demand in the coming years.India’s minister for railways recently announced that Indian Railways has commissioned a 1.7-megawatt solar power project. Power generated from this project will be supplied to trains’ traction system. This project is the first of its kind in the world, Indian Railways has claimed. The project is located in Madhya Pradesh and was commissioned by a public sector company, BHEL. According to Indian Railways, the project is expected to generate 2.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year, resulting in annual savings of around $180,000.The 1.7-megawatt project has been implemented on an experimental basis and will form the foundation for gigawatt-scale solar-powered train operations. Railways Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) has been assigned the responsibility to set up 3 gigawatts of solar power projects across the country to ensure solar power supply to Indian Railways’ vast network. These large-scale solar power projects will be commissioned over the unused land that Indian Railways owns across the country.Last year, REMCL issued two tenders to procure 140 megawatts and 109 megawatts of solar and wind power. These projects will be spread across multiple states. The Railways has put more emphasis on wind power capacity in these tenders, possibly to ensure the round-the-clock supply power necessary to operate trains.In June, REMCL issued a 400-megawatt solar power tender. This capacity will be distributed across six states. Three of these six states do not have any significant solar power capacity operational. Project developers are mandated to use Indian-made solar cells and modules for these projects. Earlier this month, another tender was issued by REMCL with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts. Again, developers will be required to use only Indian-made solar cells and modules. Developers will supply power at a fixed rate for 25 years.[Smiti]More: Indian Railways accelerates toward a solar future with new tenders Indian Railways moving toward a solar-powered futurelast_img read more

Trail Mix – Grayson Capps

first_imgBack home in Alabama, Grayson Capps celebrates the reissuing of his debut record.This week’s blog post has been a long time coming.Back in 2012, when Grayson Capps released his last record, Grayson Capps & The Lost Cause Minstrels, I ran a track on Trail Mix and promised his publicist a blog post. A litany of reasons – none of them good, so it’s probably best to call them poor excuses – got in the way and the blog post about what is a tremendous record never materialized.I’ve never been comfortable not following through on a promise, so upon learning that Grayson would be reissuing his debut record, If You Knew My Mind, this month to mark the tenth anniversary of its release, I knew the day for my penance was at hand.And woe to me for waiting so long. If I had only known that Grayson made for such a great interview, I would have reached out to this long-wandering minstrel years ago.Finally, and after way too long, I have caught up with Grayson Capps to chat about songwriting, the South, and Alabama heat.BRO – You are celebrating the tenth anniversary of your debut record, If You Knew My Mind, this month. How have those songs evolved over the last decade?GC – The songs in If You Knew My Mind have become solid fixtures in my repertoire and are so well known by the musicians who play with me and the audience alike that I have gotten comfortable stretching and bending them to the point of them hardly being recognized sometimes. They have more of a jam band aspect to them these days and still remain fresh and dear to me.BRO – Your dad is the writer Ronald Everett Capps. Got a favorite sentence that he wrote?GC – “Change is the only constant. Don’t waste your time trying to stop it.”BRO – Is there something about being from The South that distinguishes your songwriting from that of writers from other regions?GC – Being from The South ties a person to a deep seeded history of a secret language with which people all over the world identify. The Alabama red clay stains your soul blood-colored, and it stays that way the rest of your life. No kind of washing will ever get rid of it. So, I reckon the answer is yes, being from the South distinguishes me from writers from other regions – no better, no worse, just different.BRO – We are featuring “Lorraine’s Song” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?GC – “Lorraine’s Song” was written specifically for the movie A Love Song for Bobby Long. It was inspired by the real Bobby Long and his traveling companion during his later years, Barbara. She was a great big Cheeto eating woman who had escaped from an insane asylum out of North Florida. She was real ugly and cackled like a screech owl, but Bobby would put his arms around her and say, “This is Barbara, isn’t she beautiful?” It taught me a great lesson about humanity. Everyone is beautiful if you look at them in the right light.BRO – You have moved back to southern Alabama. Summer is approaching. Best advice on how to beat the heat?GC – A little bit of weed and a whole lot of creek dipping.You can catch Grayson Capps with Corky Hughes and John Milham tonight at Plow in Fairhope, Alabama, and tomorrow night at Blue Nile in New Orleans, Louisiana, with his cohorts in Willie Sugarcapps.For more information on Grayson Capps, surf on over to his website, and be sure to check out “Lorraine’s Song” on this month’s Trail Mix.And, for those of you who are interested in getting your hands on a copy of the reissued If You Knew My Mind, we have a little trivia contest for you. Grayson Capps and his team were kind enough to offer up a copy of the CD to one lucky winner who correctly answers the question below. Shoot your answers to [email protected] A winner will be chosen from all of the correct answers received by noon on Thursday, April 30th.Good luck!Question . . . . A Love Song For Bobby Long, the movie mentioned above, was based on what novel written by Grayson Capps’ dad, Ronald Everett Capps?last_img read more

PARK AND PLAY: The Rise of Urban Whitewater Parks

first_imgImagine living in a place where a river always flowed and there was no such thing as “paddling season”—you could get your whitewater fix seven days a week, 52 weeks a year if your shoulders held.By and large, that place exists right here in the Southeast. Between rainforest-like springs, summer releases, wet falls, and winter snowmelts, river running is available year round. That’s certainly more than the boaters out West can claim. Their paddling season is short, inconsistent, at the whims of their fickle weather.But it’s perhaps this unpredictability that is responsible for a growing number of whitewater parks in states like Colorado and Montana, an idea that is just now starting to gain traction in the East. Paddling hubs like the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) in Maryland and the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in North Carolina are the stomping grounds for some of the world’s stoutest kayakers and, it’s worth noting, some of the earliest sites for artificial river features here on the East.So what is a whitewater park exactly? Think of it as a skate park for kayakers, an entirely man-made series of features that either require the creation of an artificial river from scratch or the modification of an existing one. Whitewater holes and waves that are placed into a natural river, like the NOC’s permanent freestyle feature, are costly investments and require the use of bulldozers and heavy machinery. But money and equipment aside, taking these projects to fruition also eats up years of jumping through bureaucratic hoops, acquiring permits, persuading community leaders, and ensuring that the environment is not damaged in the process.akorn-AUSNWCFourthOfJuly0714-1037_FIXStill, it’s not impossible. Colorado alone has more than a dozen whitewater parks and play features scattered throughout the state with plans in the works for more. The benefits of integrating this concept into small communities are numerous. At the top of the list? The economic impact that comes from introducing outdoor recreation as a sustainable means of local revenue.For kayakers, Denver, Colo., wasn’t always an appealing place to live. But after a flood ravaged the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, leaving the surrounding industrial area abandoned and littered with oil tanks and storage containers, the city decided not only to do something to prevent flooding in the future but also to make that section of river recreation friendly.Now, nearly 40 years after that flood, Confluence Park attracts kayakers, inner tubers, and dog walkers alike. It’s become a source of pride for the community.Here in the East, where arguably the best paddling in the country exists, what need is there for whitewater parks? And more importantly, how on Earth will it ever be possible to convince local governments fueled by decades of natural resource extraction to turn the wheels and drop hundreds of thousands of dollars (at the very least) all for the sake of a bunch of river lovin’ hippies?“It starts by thinking a little bit larger than yourself,” says Risa Shimoda, a seven-time paddler on the U.S. National Freestyle Team and a fixture within the paddling community.Shimoda’s spent the better part of her life dedicated to the sport of paddling, from securing river access to promoting rodeo, but her work now with the McLaughlin Design Group focuses specifically on helping local paddling communities take their vision of a backyard whitewater feature from dream to reality.“Who’s going to spend a million bucks on a bunch of kayakers?” Shimoda adds.Well, to be perfectly honest, no one. Unless, that is, you’re a bunch of kayakers who happen to share the river with a diminishing species of fish, like the American shad.“We had some perfect storms that helped us, and in any other situation it would have been extremely difficult to create a dialogue with the power company,” says Matt Samms, a 40-year-old kayaker from Safe Harbor, Penn., who has spent nearly his entire life on the waters of the Susquehanna.Samms was one of the key players who helped ensure that PPL Electric Utilities followed through with its promise to build whitewater features below Holtwood Dam after the plant applied for a relicensing that would have taken away 264 hours of recreational release time from paddlers. In short, thanks in part to over 60 years of efforts to help the Susquehanna shad make its annual upstream river passage as well as the heavily involved presence of American Whitewater (AW) and the local Lancaster County paddling community, the kayakers got what they wanted and PPL took a loss—a $4 million dollar loss, at that.“It’s world class whitewater,” Samms says of the big volume Susquehanna. “We’re hoping to have a world championship event here which would bring international paddlers. That would be huge.”Perhaps Shimoda wasn’t necessarily thinking about fish when she advised paddlers to think larger than themselves, but there’s no question that a world championship event at Holtwood Park would draw much-needed attention to the local businesses and area attractions that Lancaster County has to offer and help establish that slice of Pennsylvania as a whitewater destination on par with the Bryson Cities and Deep Creeks of the East.The land surrounding Holtwood lends itself to further development, something perhaps that might resemble the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, N.C. Though on the larger end of the whitewater park spectrum, the USNWC embodies exactly Shimoda’s sentiments on play parks, that they need not only cater to kayakers but to the area’s residents in general.“There’s something out here for everybody. The Olympian in-training is going to come out on the water the same day a family comes out to enjoy rafting for a day or to get dinner and listen to live music,” says Eric Osterhus, the brand manager for the USNWC.With over 20 miles of trails, rock walls, zip lines, and a boat conveyor belt, your backyard play feature will likely look nothing like the USNWC. But according to Shimoda and Samms, with a little passion, a lot of patience, and a helluva lot more persistence, anything is possible.last_img read more

Huntington Man Killed Girl, 9, in DWI Hit-and-run, NYPD Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Huntington man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 9-year-old Queens girl in Brooklyn over the weekend, New York City police said.Kenneth Palache was charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an fatal crash and driving without a license.Police said the 62-year-old suspect was driving a Honda Odyssey minivan southbound on Remsen Avenue when he struck a westbound Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Siena on Avenue N shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.Six people, three in each of the vehicles Palache allegedly hit, were taken to Brookdale Hospital, where Rebecca Ramnarine, a passenger in the Elantra, was pronounced dead.The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Arraignment information for Palache was not immediately available.last_img read more

Thompson signs NLI to Fairfield

first_imgTOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — Chenango Valley senior Rory Thompson signed his national letter of intent to play lacrosse at Fairfield University. Thompson called playing a division one sport a “dream come true.” “I’ve been waiting for this moment, literally for my entire life,” he said. “I think it was second grade, first grade was when I decided I wanted to play division one sports.” Thompson said the lacrosse team and coaches at Fairfield were what sold him. He said his goal after college is to become a lacrosse coach. Thompson also plays football. He said he always thought he’d end up playing football in college, but playing on a travel lacrosse team in 8th grade changed his perspective. center_img Thompson is an Under Armour All-American, was named to the first-team all-division lacrosse team twice, and was a four-year starter on the varsity team. For football, Thompson was given all-state and all-division honors. “I was discovered by a travel coach, and he told me to come play and I ended up choosing to play with him and it made me way better. Coach Bob Street in Corning, New York. He changed my life, changed my lacrosse, taught me so much about everything,” said Thompson. “When I got there, the first thing I noticed was coaches energy,” he said. They were amazing, probably some of the nicest and coolest people I’ve ever met. Met a couple of the guys, and the campus was beautiful so that’s where I decided to go.”last_img read more

More than 6,2 million kuna is being invested in the construction of breakwaters and the installation of pontoons in the port of Poreč

first_imgThe Port of Poreč Authority continues to invest in the Poreč waters, and will start the construction of the Barbaran breakwater immediately after the New Year. The plan is to build a pier and set up a pontoon in the port of Poreč, in front of the city administration building with the aim of relieving the port in the season, and this is an investment in the amount of 1.480.000 kuna from the Port Authority’s own funds. Of this amount, 130 kuna is also planned for the installation of electricity and water cabinets in the sports port of Poreč. The deadline for performing the works after obtaining the necessary permits is 000 days.   Photo / Source: Poreč Port Authority The amount of the investment is HRK 4.785.981 without VAT, and the funds are provided from the own revenues of the Port Authority, the County of Istria and the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, reports the Port of Poreč and adds that the deadline for completion is 135 days. job.  It is a project that will make a breakwater that will protect the port of Poreč from northwest and west winds, as previously made a breakwater between the cliffs of Sarafel and the mainland. last_img read more

Golden Era

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Murray Seeded No 1 in a Grand Slam for the First…

first_imgAndy Murray has been named as the top seed for the Australian Open which starts next week, the first time the Scot has been ranked No 1 in a Grand Slam.Murray, a five-time finalist, will be chasing his first Melbourne title while his main rival will be six-time winner Novak Djokovic who has been handed the second seed position.The pair have met in four previous finals, including last year, with Djokovic winning on all four occasions and having beaten Murray in Doha last week, the Serb will be confident of becoming the first man to win the Australian Open on seven occasions. Federer return to Grand Slam action having missed the US Open and the second half of last season with back and knee injuries and having dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2002, he is seeded 17th meaning a possible third round tie with Murray or Djokovic could be on the cards.The four-time Aussie Open champion is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title but has not won a major since Wimbledon in 2012 and Melbourne next week will be his first competitive tournament since Wimbledon last year.Nadal is seeded ninth and a potential quarter-final opponent for the top four. The 14-time Grand Slam champion is without a major in almost three years and suffered a five-set first round defeat to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne last year.In the women’s singles, defending champion and world No 1 Angelique Kerber leads the way followed by 22-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.Britain’s Johanna Konta, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park 12 months ago, is the No 9 seed.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Local Cruise Line Launches “Voluntourism” Program for Bahamas

first_imgAs the northern Bahamas continue to recover from Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is taking its humanitarian efforts there to another level.For the past three weeks, the ship “Grand Celebration” has been bringing volunteers and aid to the main port on Grand Bahama.On Wednesday, officials with the cruise line announced they are launching a new effort called ‘voluntourism.’CEO Oneil Khosa says, “To get back up and running, getting cruising and getting tourism back to an island that just saw devastation of this magnitude is remarkable.”With that in mind, the the Grand Celebration will set sail on Friday evening from the Port of Palm Beach for two-day trips to Grand Bahama.The weekly commercial sailings are resuming at discounted rates, while giving people the option to book a trip as a tourist, a volunteer or both.“We believe the growth, the recovery and the sustenance of the island is hugely dependent on our cruise ship and cruise passengers,” says Khosa.He adds, “We are still receiving tremendous aid in our warehouse and we’ll continue to ship that which is critical for the island. They need supplies.”Fares are $99 per person, whether as a tourist or volunteer, along with a 50 percent discount for a second traveler in the room.Khosa explains, “As much as we want to help the volunteers get there and help Grand Bahama we also don’t want to shortchange our regular passengers. So we have lowered the overall prices so that everyone can benefit from them, whether you are cruising or are a volunteer.”Additionally, tourists will be able to stay on board, or be taken to the south portion of Grand Bahama, which was least affected by the storm.The program will continue indefinitely, as the restoration efforts continue on the northern islands.“Whatever you’re doing by getting on this ship is helping the Bahamas,” says Khosa.The company’s second ship, the Grand Classica, is set to begin a new route to Nassau on October 12.last_img read more

Gough claims Men’s Amateur title

first_img Tags: Conor Gough, England Boys’ Squad, English Men’s Amateur Championship Conor Gough produced a sparkling performance to win the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.The 16-year-old from Stoke Park beat 20-year-old Callum Farr from Northamptonshire County 3&2 in the final to add to the McGregor Trophy and the British Boys’ titles he won last year.Gough spent much of the early part of the season studying for his GCSEs but clearly the enforced break has had no detrimental effect on his golf.He began the morning round of the final by hitting a 350-yard drive down the first and then holing out from 12-feet for a birdie and seven holes later he was three up after a birdie on the 6th and an eagle on the 8th.20-year-old Farr claimed his first hole of the day when he birdied from just off the front of the green at the 10th but he could never quite reel in his opponent and he was four down heading into lunch before he won the 18th with a par.Farr started the second round strongly by winning the first with a birdie and the second with a par but he found himself three down again after dropping shots at both the 4th and the 5th. Thereafter the pair were to share eight birdies between them before Gough sealed victory with a testing four-foot downhill putt for a par on the short 16th.“It feels great to win,” said Gough moments after holing the winning putt. “I played really well. I love match play and as soon as I got through the stroke play qualifier I knew I had a good chance.“I’m proud of myself. I’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up so I hope I can keep things going.“I’ve got the Boys’ Home Internationals next week and then the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. I’m really looking forward to that. It’s the same format as this so hopefully I can put in another good performance.”It was impossible not to feel for England “A” squad member Farr who has now reached the last four and the last two in the past two years without tasting success.“I hit the ball better this afternoon but just couldn’t get the putts to drop,” he said. “I’m disappointed but Conor is a very good player and he deserved to win because he played a lot better than me.“I got to the semi-final last year and now the final so maybe next year will be my year,” he added.Photo: Credit Leaderboard Photography. 5 Aug 2019 Gough claims Men’s Amateur title last_img read more