Bill to Limit Wind Farms Fails in North Carolina House

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation banning wind energy projects across central and eastern portions of North Carolina used for military training flights failed to clear the House amid a contentious end-of-session showdown with the Senate over multiple bills before the state’s General Assembly adjourned last week. The measure approved in the North Carolina Senate last month was designed to protect missions at several installations by banning projects located in military training areas included on a map developed for the state’s Military Affairs Commission. The state’s new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs would have reviewed applications to build turbines and recommended whether to approve or deny them based on how the projects would affect military training.But despite passing with bipartisan support in the Senate, the measure pitted local advocates for military installations against wind proponents and officials from regions planning to take advantage of some of the strongest wind energy assets along the East Coast. Opponents of the legislation, including environmental groups, say the boundaries go further than the corridors mapped out by DOD.The legislation put at risk two large wind farms proposed in coastal North Carolina that would generate more than 400 megawatts from an estimated 150 turbines, reported the News & Observer.Following the measure’s defeat in the House, a group of eight lawmakers vowed to reintroduce the bill in the General Assembly during next year’s “long session” as part of their effort to protect military training routes from incompatible development.“Make no mistake — if we fail to fully protect our military installations, decision-makers in Washington could award them to states that will, and our local communities will be left picking up the pieces. Three taxpayer subsidized wind projects that create few jobs for North Carolinians should not take priority over the hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars that we could jeopardize if we fail to stand up for our military,” according to a joint statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R) and seven other lawmakers.Wind energy advocates said the Senate bill would unnecessarily have halted projects given the military’s existing role in reviewing them, reported the Coastal Review Online.“Communities in Eastern North Carolina should be able to attract investment from the wind industry through the comprehensive permitting process adopted by the legislature in 2013. That process requires input from the military,” Melissa Dickerson, coastal coordinator for the North Carolina Sierra Club, said after the Senate approved the bill. “The proposed legislation adds unnecessary complexity and uncertainty for businesses navigating the wind permitting process.”last_img read more

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Mouth watering delights

first_imgLooking out for something exotic for your dinner date this weekend? For a  ‘cow-boy styled’ dining rendezvous over delightful Tex-Mex cuisine head to Rodeo, Delhi’s first authentic Mexican-Italian cuisine restaurant. Rodeo’s executive chef Sanjay brings to your palate a complete new mouth-watering menu of authentic dishes. The wide array of non-vegetarian options features delectable offerings like the hot favorite- Enchiladas, an elegant adaptation of folded tortillas ;Barbacoa-marinated barbeque chicken; Pan PolloAsado -Pan pollo chicken; Coredeo En Cazuela-tender lamb simmered in aromatic spices, chilies and red wine to name a few. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For all the ardent vegetarians, the menu offers a variety of Masha Dishes, Tortillas such as Tortilla Aztec- an oven dish made with cheese , corn , herbs and your choice of stuffing in chef special sauce and much more. Compliment your food with a variety of cocktails, mocktails, and many such interesting drinks.  Tease your sweet tooth with the lip-smacking  Mexican style brownie  topped with vanilla ice cream, plenty of home-made hot fudge sauce and nuts.So, get ready for a culinary voyage over a unique Tex-Mex experience with friends or family.last_img read more

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Desires revealed in nine parts on Delhi stage

first_imgWhat is the meaning of the word ‘liberation’? Its connotations are several, open to all kinds of interpretations from men and women of all colours and creeds. Is there a ‘real picture’ of liberation? Can it ever mean one thing, and isn’t the fuzziness of meaning a liberating facet of the word itself? That is the answer that Ishwar Shunya in his play, Nine Parts of Desire, tries to seek. Shunya says the play, which is making its debut in the Capital and is directed by Kanchan Ujjal Singh, is an attempt to find a catharsis for the lack of female agency in today’s world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The play is based on nine stories of nine Iraqi women post or during the Gulf War. The play embodies the argument of what liberation means for each of the women. Inspired by the work of Geraldine Brooks and Heather Raffo, it is a portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of Iraqi women – a sexually alluring painter, a radical Communist, doctors, exiles, wives and lovers. It portrays the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war,’ says Shunya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe nine monologues span through different situations, varied sufferings, both imaginary and real, of the nine characters. It further explores love, life, desires, wishes and whims seen from the women’s perspective. ‘One of the nine characters is an innocent child who lives her strife-ridden life in the war-struck Iraq. There is lament for how American forces, under the garb of welfare, have only carried out vested interests for their own countrymen,’ he added.last_img read more

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Why do people develop high blood pressure

first_imgEarly life changes in brain activity and blood flow may be the reason why people tend to develop abnormally high blood pressure, or hypertension, researchers said.High blood pressure is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.It is also often called the silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done significant damage to the heart and the arteries.In 90-95 per cent of people, high blood pressure has no identifiable cause, yet it is a risk factor for diseases of the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, and other parts of the body, said a group of researchers at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Russia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in Experimental Physiology, the team investigated physiological changes in a rat model called ISIAH, short for inherited stress-induced arterial hypertension.These rats develop high blood pressure at four to six weeks of age, and this is sustained throughout their lifetime.The researchers compared the high blood pressure rats to a control group with normal blood pressure. As the mice in high blood pressure group grew older, changes in rates of blood flow in certain arteries were observed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn addition, changes were found in the brain activity, specifically a decrease in the prefrontal cortex – the brain region associated with cognition, decision-making and working memory – as well as an increase in the hypothalamus – an area of the brain that controls mood and appetite.”The study of early physiological changes may help clarify the cause of high blood pressure. Understanding this could help us prevent the disease early on,” said led author Alisa Seryapina from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics.last_img read more

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