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Feasibility Study Underway for a Microgrid in Middletown

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – In the wake of Super Storm Sandy much of the north side of the township went dark for at least two weeks, with others forced to live without power for nearly a month.It was a trying time, and with that in mind, last November the governing body moved toward establishing a more stable future by awarding a $150,000 grant from the State Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to Leidos Engineering for a 12-month feasibility study. The goal of the study is to test the viability of a waterfront location at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Leonardo for the installation of a community microgrid.So far, the study’s authors have found that a microgrid at Earle is technically feasible, but no further conclusive recommendations could be made until the final stages of the study are completed in December, said Paul Heitmann, an independent consultant contracted by Leidos, who spoke at a Sept. 27 public information session at the Middletown Township Public Library.Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said a microgrid could enhance the reliability of distribution, which would benefit public safety by eliminating the need for costly generators and diesel fuel to power critical community facilities.During a severe weather event, a community microgrid of this magnitude could be used to power critical community facilities like NWS Earle’s Waterfront Administration Area, the Township of Middletown Sewage Authority, NY Waterways Ferry Terminal, Middletown Public Works and CNG Fueling Facilities, Middletown’s municipal complex, Leonardo Elementary School, Bayview Elementary School, Bayshore Middle School, Monmouth County Highway Department, Middletown Fire Stations 3 (Belford Engine), 4 (Community, in Leonardo) and 7 (Belford Independent) and the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority.Traffic signals on coastal evacuation routes like State Route 35, 36 and Leonardville Road could also be powered by the microgrid, as well as the $110 million Port Monmouth Flood Wall, which is in Phase II of construction, and will serve as an important defense against severe flooding upon its completion, Mercantante said.In order to make a determination about the naval base site, Heitmann said the researchers will be seeking a better understanding of energy use at the facilities and roadways, the kinds of technologies at these sites – such as installed gas-powered generators – and what legislative hurdles, environmental restrictions and regulatory barriers must be overcome for such a project.In terms of these obstacles, Heitmann said the tide is turning in New Jersey thanks to a new regime led by Gov. Phil Murphy.“At least tentatively, overcoming all three of those is looking, to some degree, like a possibility,” Heitmann said in an Oct. 2 interview with The Two River Times. “Looking around the country, the biggest factor in overcoming these hurdles is the degree to which the utility is willing to cooperate and collaborate, rather than provide friction to slow the process in order to maintain their current business model.”In Middletown’s case, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is the service provider that would need to play ball, but Heitmann said it’s not a one-way street.“In areas where the utility has embraced the concept and realized that microgrids can be an asset for them, and where regulators work with utilities to ensure they stay whole on revenues while rewarding them for taking risks to transform their business model, these projects can work.”The Middletown effort is one of just 13 microgrid studies approved by the state and when it’s filed to the BPU in December, the study will be considered for further development. If selected, the project will be elevated from concept plan to design proposal and from that point actual cost estimates can be generated.“That’s when the big questions arise: Who’s funding this? How are we going to pay for it?” Mercantante said of the project, which he speculates will be a multimillion dollar endeavor. “Nobody knows that for sure. But it is well beyond the ability of any single town to finance.”Mercantante said the third phase of the process – funding the installation – is still very unclear. “It’s unknown whether the funding will come from private sector money, current utility companies or newly formed utility companies. It’s certainly not going to be the government.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgFIFA ethics judges open case against Valcke ZURICH (AP): FIFA ethics judges have formally opened a case against Jerome Valcke, who faces a nine-year ban from football. The ethics committee’s judging chamber says it “decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings” against FIFA’s former secretary general after studying a prosecution file sent by ethics investigators. The judges acted one day after extending Valcke’s 90-day interim ban by 45 days. Valcke is charged with several violations of the FIFA code of ethics while serving as President Sepp Blatter’s top aide since 2007. The charges include accepting gifts and conflicts of interest. The judges gave no details of the case, citing Valcke’s “privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty”. Man United recall winger DORTMUND, Germany (AP): Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj was returning to Manchester United yesterday after his one-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund was cut short after half a season. The Bundesliga side confirmed that the clubs agreed on “an immediate return”, and that the “last contractual details between the parties are being sorted out”. The 20-year-old Januzaj joined Dortmund at the end of the last transfer period but failed to make his mark with the side. He played just 166 minutes as a substitute in six Bundesliga games, managing four shots at goal, and scoring none. He played two full games in five Europa League appearances for Dortmund, but again didn’t score. Football’s rule-makers discuss approving video replay trials LONDON (AP): Soccer’s rule-makers are discussing whether to approve trials of video replays to assist referees who find it harder to keep up with the faster, modern game. The International Football Association Board first approved technology in 2012 that was limited to systems determining whether the ball crossed the goal-line. But the FIFA-dominated panel met yesterday in London to decide whether to allow the first official in-game tests with video replay systems that could, for example, help to inform referees on whether a penalty should be awarded, a player should be sent off, or consider violent conduct they might have missed. It is “physically harder for referees to keep up,” and high-tech assistance is proving essential, English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said. Kiwis beat Lankans by three runs in T20 MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP): Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson each made half centuries in a 101-run opening partnership to help New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by three runs in the first Twenty20 international between the teams yesterday. Guptill scored 58 from 34 balls to give New Zealand the high-tempo start they needed after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. Williamson supported him with 53 from 42 balls to lead New Zealand to 182-4. In reply, Danushka Gunathilaka made 46 and Milinda Siriwardana 42 to help Sri Lanka keep things close into the final over.last_img read more

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McLaughlin-Whilby beaming after Western Relays

first_img STRONG CHALLENGE Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby is always smiling, but her countenance was brighter than usual at the Western Relays in Montego Bay last Saturday. The glow came from a fine performance there and the good training she has had so far for the 2017 season. McLaughlin-Whilby, a 2016 Olympic relay silver medal winner, contributed fast legs to Sprintec teams in the 4×100 metres and 4×400 metres relays on a cool evening at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Her team finished second in both events to strong teams from the MVP Track Club, but McLaughlin-Whilby sparkled. In an unaccustomed role of lead-off running in the sprint relay, she jetted from the blocks and gave Sprintec a good start. Her effort showed the speed that won her gold medals in the 100 metres at the 2002 Carifta Games in the under-17 age category and at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2005. “This was my first race for the season, and I was excited because we have a little makeshift 4×100 team”, she said, “and I hadn’t run a start leg in, like, probably 17 years.” With double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson on the anchor leg, the MVP team won in 43.61 seconds. Missing from the Sprintec line-up was Gayon Evans, who is racing on the European indoor circuit. McLaughlin, now 31, helped the Maurice Wilson-coached Sprintec Club to challenge MVP in the 4×400 with a 51.3 seconds run on the third leg. Shericka Jackson, the Olympic 400 metres bronze medallist, sealed the win – 3 minutes 32.67 seconds for MVP. Sprintec clocked 3 minutes 33.16 seconds. In between those efforts, McLaughlin-Whilby explained that so far, her training for the 2017 season has been going well. “Well, training is going great. I can’t complain, just taking it one day at a time,” was her analysis of her preparations so far. Despite a fifth -place finish in the 200 metres in the World Championships as far back as in 2009, the former Holmwood Technical and University of Technology athlete had worked past injuries to reach the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year. Her fast contribution to the women’s 4×400 relay helped Jamaica to the silver medals. That experience has made her optimistic about this season. “Yes,” she agreed, “and the good synergy that me and Mr Wilson had from high school, that contributed to everything that I achieved last year, and I’m looking forward to great things this season.” Asked if her targets included lowering her 400 metres personal best from 51.03 to something below 50 seconds, she smiled and said, “That’s the plan most naturally.”last_img read more

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To Retrieve Gov’t Vehicles, Prez Weah Constitutes Task Force

first_imgIn early January 2018, ahead of Weah’s inauguration, several government vehicles were arrested from their assignees President George Weah has constituted a Special Presidential Task Force to retrieve all government-owned vehicles still in the possession of former government officials.President Weah has mandated the former officials to submit within two weeks the vehicles to the Special Presidential Task Force, an Executive Mansion release said late last night.Those named to the Task Force are Benedict E.E. Reeves, Chair, with other members including Patrick Sudue, Inspector General of Police, Sam Worzie, Garmondeh Glaydor, Isaiah T. Harris, Fleet Specialist and Robena L. Brown.According to the release, President Weah has also directed that all former officials who had purportedly purchased vehicles from the General Services Agency (GSA) to submit these vehicles to the Special Task Force for verification.President Weah has further directed that the vehicles should be submitted to the Special Presidential Task Force on the Executive Mansion grounds.The submission of the vehicles, the release said took effect immediately after the President made the pronouncement upon his arrival in the country on Friday, February 23, from his first foreign trip that took the President and 23-people delegation to Paris, France.The circular has accordingly mandated that failure on the part of former officials will result in the forwarding of their names to the Minister of Justice for prosecution.The President’s WrathSome former government officials who did not heed the order of President  Weah to return government vehicles that were assigned to them could face his wrath after his two weeks’ ultimatum expires, which took effect as of Monday, February 26.Though President Weah did not indicate how many vehicles are involved, he said some former officials of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration are still in possession of vehicles assigned to them while serving in government.He warned them to turn over those vehicles, an order he had stated prior to his inauguration on January 22.President Weah declared this after he returned home following his three-leg successful visits to Senegal, Morocco, and France.At an intercessory service held for his safe return home at the Dominion Church in Congo Town, Monrovia, President Weah said, “Our government is having a problem and these are just simple problems.”“People who worked with the former government are hiding and scrapping vehicles they used in the past government. They are stealing all the cars leaving this new government with the burden to buy new vehicles. What is a car that you cannot be honorable enough to leave behind?“All of you who took government properties, you have two weeks to bring them back. If not, we will come for them. You have two weeks,” the President threatened.He added: “We have to be true to our government. I am glad that I am saying it in a church. You got two weeks or we will come for them to be used for the benefit of our country.”The ultimatum comes amid efforts by the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Mary Broh and her team to retrieve GOL vehicles and other properties from past officials.This is the second of such an ultimatum as the GSA had initially issued a similar caveat for those former officials to turn in government properties. The initial call might have fallen on deaf ears, but the reiteration by the President seems to add some weight, many officials say.Many believe that President Weah is gradually realizing that, in spite of his overwhelming victory, it will take tough decisions and measures, sometimes against his own kith, if his administration is to succeed.Weah’s declaration comes amid speculations about his tenacity, ability and courage to make tough decisions.  Although some have considered him politically strong but ineffective, others say his success would definitely boil down to radical decisions and measures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana/India celebrate ITEC day

first_imgThe Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, being offered by the Government of India to the people of Guyana, is well in place to help in the development of the country’s human capital.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam MahalingamPermanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry, Reginald Brotherson on Friday said that the programme has been significant in this regard. He was at the time speaking on behalf of Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, at a luncheon held by the Indian High Commission to commemorate the programme’s 54th anniversary. The event was held at the Aagman Restaurant, in Georgetown.“Human capital can be increased by education and training and ITEC is instrumental in allowing us to enhance our human resource development,” Brotherson told the gathering of Government Ministers and members of the diplomatic community.He underscored the critical role played by the Public Service Ministry in ensuring that training and developmental plans are actualised when offered by the Indian High Commission. He noted that there are some 35 areas that are allotted to Guyana. These are utilised by officers of some 30 public service agencies.The programmes, he said, are in keeping with Government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the National Development Agenda. As part of the Employee Learning and Development Plan, the ITEC courses are also used to aid in personal and professional programmes.The ITEC programme was initiated by the Government of India and has several components, including training in the fields of hydrology, engineering, cyber technology, management, education, agriculture, horticulture, banking and financial services, environment protection, public and management. The programme has seen over 500 Guyanese benefiting.Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam said the ITEC programme is just one of the many collaborations his country has with Guyana.“Guyana is an important partner for India in the area of development partnership cooperation with Guyana it is purely driven by… We may proudly say that more than 500 Guyanese have been trained in the ITEC scheme,” he said.Under the ITEC programme, India has partnered with countries including Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Venezuela, Brazil and Chile among others. It offers over 280 courses in 47 institutions in India, in a diverse range of areas. Its objective of developmental assistance and capacity building is realised through innovative and technical collaboration.last_img read more

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Williams tops local entries

first_imgSouth Hills High School’s Thomas Williams leads a contingent of 18 wrestlers from the San Gabriel Valley into today’s State Meet in Bakersfield at the Rabobank Arena. The two-day event is California’s Super Bowl of high school wrestling, with most elite grapplers in attendance. Williams, the Huskies’ 112-pound junior, is 47-1 on the season and is coming off a Masters Meet title last Saturday in Rialto. Williams finished second last year at state and is the odds-on favorite to win a state title from the Valley, according to local coaches and his peers. Northview’s Steven De La Fuente (140 pounds) brings a 28-0 record into the meet and is ranked No. 1 in the state. The Vikings’ senior captain is back to full strength after orthoscopic surgery in January and will be making his first state appearance. De La Fuente has won Valle Vista League and CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division and Masters Meet titles in the last three weeks. “I am feeling pretty confident and anxious,” De La Fuente said. “I feel fine physically and want to get out there and win my first match and go from there.” Marcus Johnson (215) is 46-1 for Diamond Bar after dropping his final match at the Masters because of a shoulder injury. The Brahmas standout has recovered well and worked out Thursday evening in Bakersfield and felt no pain or discomfort. “Over the weekend, I was in a lot of pain and pretty frustrated, but as the week went along, I got stronger and stronger,” Johnson said. Johnson was winning his match last Saturday and would likely be unbeaten if not for the shoulder strain. “I am excited and anxious to get out there and try and bring home a state championship,” he said. Sierra Vista’s Adrian Gonzales leads three Valley wrestlers in the 152-pound weight class. Gonzales has just two losses this season, but will have to face the state’s second-ranked wrestler, Joey Wilson of Half Moon Bay. “I’m going to leave it all out on the mat and leave Bakersfield with no regrets,” the senior said. George Munoz finished fourth at Masters, but got a much better draw than Nick Inclan or Gonzales. “This is my third year at state and I feel real good going into this weekend,” the West Covina 152-pounder said. “I need to take advantage of my draw.” Munoz feels his experience with play a huge role. “I’ve been in this environment before, so I won’t have the jitters I’ve had in the past.” Damien’s Aaron Kunihiro is the valley’s top 125-pounder and heads to state after placing sixth at Masters. Kunihiro won the CIF Southern Division final at Chino Hills. West Covina’s Armendariz (112) lost in the semifinals at Masters to South Hills’ Williams after an injury, but had defeated Williams the week before. Armendariz is using his success against the state’s No. 1-ranked wrestler in his weight as motivation that he can wrestle with anyone. “I am not ranked in state and I like being the underdog,” he said. “I am going to wrestle with all my heart and do it with passion.” Taylor Louie (West Covina) and Steven Salinas (Northview) are two of the state’s top 103-pound wrestlers and look for a possible third match against the other. “I feel confident going in and anything less than placing at state would be a disappointment,” Louie said. Inclan (152) has two CIF titles under his belt for Northview and drew the state’s top seed, Jordan Abed (Alhambra of Northern California), in the first round. “I am hoping to catch him off-guard, because whomever wrestles best is going to win this,” Inclan said. West Covina’s A.J. Guardado (135) also goes in as an underdog, but is a thinking man’s wrestler. “Its going to be an emotional weekend because I’ve been wrestling with these guys since the sixth grade,” Guardado said of his last state meet with teammates Munoz, Armendariz and Louie. Angel Garcia (119) finished second at Masters in the 119-pound division. The San Dimas junior standout is a three-time CIF champ and will compete with Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona for the top spot. South Hills’ Josh Pearson (189) and Sal Castillo have (140) tough draws, but both Huskies are aiming to place this weekend. Bishop Amat is sending Steven Espindola (112) and Andrew Ortega (119) after both won CIF titles and placed at Masters. Coaches and wrestlers polled think Williams, De La Fuente and Johnson have the best shot of bringing titles back to the valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “This is a whole different ball game this year,” South Hills coach Robb Froh said. “Thomas is more mature both mentally and physically and his experience will be a huge asset for him this time around.” “I started training for the State Meet the day after last year’s ended,” Williams said. Williams’ lone loss of the season came to West Covina’s Chris Armendariz, 4-2, in the CIF-Southern Section Coastal semifinals on Feb. 17. Some questioned the effect the loss would have on the Huskies standout, but Williams proved any doubters wrong by cruising through the Masters draw. Another advantage for Williams is the vast tournaments he’s competed in. Williams has wrestled five of the six wrestlers ranked in the top seven in the state, and has defeated each. last_img read more

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Done deal? Chelsea on verge of sealing transfer of £27m World Cup star attacker

first_img Chelsea transfer news: Juan Cuadrado to leave Stamford Bridge for Juventus 1 Chelsea are on the verge of doing another big transfer deal, but this time it’s a big signing set to depart Stamford Bridge. Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the Italian giants are close to signing Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado on loan from the Premier League champions.Speaking before Juventus’s opening Serie A match of the season on Sunday, Marotta told Sport Mediaset: “Cuadrado will arrive on loan. It could be made official as soon as tomorrow.”Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Serie A side Fiorentina on the final day of the Premier League transfer window in February for a reported £27million. The 27-year-old has failed to settle at Stamford Bridge, making only four league starts last season as the Blues coasted to the title, and the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona appears to have hastened his departure.last_img read more

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MODEL ‘PIPPED’ AT POST FOR PLACE IN CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR FINAL

first_imgThere was heartbreak for Laghey’s Naomh Brid when they were knocked out of RTE’s Celebrity Bainsteoir tonight.The Donegal team gave it their all for model bainisteoir Pippa O’Connor but it simply wasn’t enough.Fellow model Roz Purcell’s Longford side eventually ran out 1-9 to 0-4 winners. Dublin model Pippa, who was helped by hubby Brian Ormond, said she was devastated for her Donegal boys.Roz will now face Calum Best in the final. MODEL ‘PIPPED’ AT POST FOR PLACE IN CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR FINAL was last modified: October 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Celebrity BainisteoirPIppa O’Connorlast_img read more

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DRAGON BOATS AND LION DANCING COME TO DONEGAL TOWN THIS SUNDAY

first_imgBY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: Donegal Town will experience for the first time the colour and energy of Chinese Lion Dancing this Sunday for the official Naming Ceremony of the towns’s first two Dragon Boats which ​will take place ​outdoors behind Pier 1​ at 3pm.The 3 times All Ireland winning Donegal Town Community Band will perform live on the Diamond at 2.30 pm beforehand and lead the parade down Quay St. for the ceremony which includes a spectacular Lion Dance in full costume.Disney’s Minnie & Mickey will be attendance for photos. The upper body movement of Dragon boat rowing has been proven to speed up the recovery of and help to prevent breast cancer.The two all new Dragon boats will be a regular feature in the town’s picturesque estuary all through the summer.The organisers are fortunate to have one of the country’s leading experts in breast cancer; Mr. Michael Sugrue from Letterkenny General Hospital who will give the keynote address.After the ceremony, everyone is invited into Pier 1 for food & entertainment. Adm is only €5. Donegal Town’s first Dragon Boat on its’ inaugural voyage in Donegal TownDRAGON BOATS AND LION DANCING COME TO DONEGAL TOWN THIS SUNDAY was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Towndragon boatsfestivalSundaylast_img read more

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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners forward joins Bundesliga club on loan

first_img Takuma Asano scored four goals for Stuttgart last season Arsenal forward Takuma Asano has re-joined Stuttgart on loan.The Japan international spent the last campaign with the German side and helped them win the second division.That led to Stuttgart gaining promotion to the Bundesliga and now the 22-year-old will join them for the challenge next season.Asano joined Arsenal from Sanfrecce Hiroshima last summer, but was sent to Germany on loan after failing to gain a work permit.The forward bagged four goals for Stuttgart over the course of last season. 1last_img

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