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Solar facility begins operating at closed coal plant in Ontario

first_imgSolar facility begins operating at closed coal plant in Ontario FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 former Nanticoke Generating Station site, located on the northern shore of Lake Erie, has been transformed into a 44-megawatt clean energy facility that hosts 192,431 solar panels across 260 acres.The project has just been completed by PCL Construction, a company that was commissioned to design, engineer and build it, as well as supply the photovoltaic solar panels and racking system. Behind the idea and funding are Ontario Power Generation, the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.The opening of the solar facility coincides with the one-year anniversary of the demolition of the Nanticoke 650-feet smokestacks. It has also been almost five years since the station burned its last piece of coal.In its heyday, the Nanticoke Generating Station was the largest coal-fired plant in North America, providing 15% of Ontario’s electricity. After serving the province for more than 40 years, it stopped using coal as fuel in 2013. Two years later, the site was safely closed while the switchyards, operated by Hydro One Networks, remain in operation as a significant hub for the electricity grid in the southwestern part of the region.Since 2014, Ontario Power Generation stopped using coal to generate electricity in Canada’s most populous province, a move that resulted in the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.More: Former coal-fired power plant in Ontario becomes solar facilitylast_img read more

Costa Rica Shuts Down Liberty Reserve in Money Laundering Scandal

first_imgBy Dialogo June 21, 2013 SAN JOSÉ — Costa Rica-based digital currency giant Liberty Reserve shut down June 6 following a criminal investigation in what U.S. officials are calling the largest money laundering bust in history. The business’s founder, naturalized Costa Rican citizen Arthur Budovsky, was arrested in Spain along with another company principal, Azzeddine El Amine, Spanish authorities reported. Three others including Budovsky’s partner, Vladimir Kats, have been arrested in the case and two are still at large in Costa Rica, said the case’s New York prosecutors. U.S. officials allege that the company has moved about $6 billion in the last seven years and knowingly transferred money in at least 55 million illegal transactions. The seven men are charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to operate unlicensed money transmitting business and operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to an indictment filed in New York. That indictment said the men “intentionally created, structured, and operated Liberty Reserve as a criminal business venture, one designed to help criminals conduct illegal transactions and launder the proceeds of their crimes.” Police raid 8 sites associated with laundering operation The Liberty Reserve site allowed users to buy the company’s digital currency and make instant money transfers using only a name, email address and date of birth. The company ran its servers out of Costa Rica and was not registered with U.S. authorities. Authorities raided eight sites in Costa Rica including six companies Budovsky was involved with as well as two private homes, the San José-based Tico Times newspaper reported. Police seized computers, paperwork and three vehicles worth more than $500,000 in total. Following the arrests, French Development Minister Pascal Canfin listed Costa Rica along with 16 other countries on a blacklist of the world’s top tax havens. Costa Rica’s Finance Ministry denied the country’s inclusion on the list in a press release and a clarification was later released by the French government. Costa Rica was included in the original blacklist in 2010, but was removed in 2012. Currently, Costa Rica is listed in the U.S. State Department’s annual money laundering report as a country of “primary concern” for money laundering. The report estimates that $4.47 billion in illegal funds filters through Costa Rica every year. Costa Rica establishes bureau to fight money laundering The Central American country counters that it has made significant reforms in an attempt to cut down on money laundering. In 2010, it established the Economic Crimes, Taxation and Money Laundering Bureau. Celso Gamboa, a vice-minister with the Public Security Ministry, said that has led to a “significant increase” in prosecution of money laundering cases. Costa Rica has also cracked down on the financial freedom of foreigners living within its borders. Since July 2012, foreigners residing within Costa Rica have been barred from opening bank accounts without an official foreign personal identification document known as a DIMEX card. Before, anyone could open a bank account with only a passport. In addition, Costa Rica has joined a list of 50 countries updating their systems in preparation for the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires countries to supply tax information to the Internal Revenue Service about U.S. citizens living abroad. Costa Rica is expected to be in full compliance by Jan. 1, 2014. “In just four years our country has gone from being considered internationally uncooperative financially to a nation used as a regional example for fiscal transparency,” the Foreign Trade Ministry said in a press release.last_img read more

Ex-Hempstead Clerk Gets Community Service, $1K Fine

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaEx-Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was sentenced Monday to 300 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine for his misdemeanor official misconduct conviction this summer.Nassau County Judge Sharon Gianelli had found the 51-year-old Bellmore man threatened to transfer an employee unless the employee provided Bonilla with compromising photos of the employee’s ex-girlfriend who is suing Bonilla for alleged sexual harassment.Gianelli ruled that is was unclear whether Bonilla requested the photos or if the employee offered them, but it was clear that the ex-clerk wanted to cover up the existence of the negotiations.Bonilla, a Republican who had been in office for a decade, was removed from office following his conviction. His attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, has said that he would probably appeal the conviction.He was found not guilty of petit larceny, coercion and a second misconduct charge in July.Prosecutors had recommended the maximum sentence of one year in jail.The sexual harassment lawsuit against Bonilla is still pending.last_img read more

Prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound suspended over virus

first_imgTopics : All Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound will be suspended from Monday until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, religious officials said on Sunday.The doors of the mosque and the adjoining Dome of the Rock had already been shut, but worshippers were still able to gather in the open areas of the hilltop compound, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.”It was decided to suspend the arrival of worshippers to prayers through all the gates to al-Aqsa mosque starting Monday,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in Jordan, which acts as custodian of the site, the third holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina. The new edict suspends the outdoor prayers as well. Those sessions usually draw large crowds, though the numbers have dwindled in recent weeks.The Palestinian director of the mosque, Sheikh Omar Kisawni, confirmed the decision to Reuters.Religious leaders at other holy sites in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, such as the adjacent Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, have also set precautionary limitations.The compound’s religious workers and guards will continue to be allowed entry and the Muslim call to prayer will continue as normal, said the Waqf council, which oversees Jerusalem’s Islamic sites.last_img read more

$70m beachside project kicks off in Queensland hotspot

first_imgAll kinds of surfcraft compete for position at Alex Heads as swell hits the coast. Picture: Lachie Millard.A $70M apartment development in one of the most desireable surf spots along the Sunshine Coast has already begun to generate strong interest.Construction was expected to kick off in March of Cube Developments “Beach Life Alex” project – a 64 strong apartment complex in Alexandra Headland.The 2,276sq m site at 118-120 Alexandra Parade was “directly opposite the sand and waves between the iconic Maroochydore and Alex surf clubs”, the firm said.The 64 apartments, with prices ranging from $599,000 to $2.49m, include two and three-bedroom luxury units with ocean views, light-filled interiors, quality appliances, big balconies and room to entertain, according to Scott Juniper of Cube Developments.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoBeach Life Alex will occupy a prime 2,276 sqm site at 118-120 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland.“We haven’t seen major projects of this nature on the Sunshine Coast for many years. Enquiry from local and interstate buyers is already very strong,’’ he said.He expected construction work on the project to be finished by May 2019.“This is the coastal lifestyle that everybody dreams about,’’ he said. “We expect strong interest from the market because of the luxury, low maintenance lifestyle and proximity to world class leisure assets and infrastructure.”He said the area was one of South East Queensland’s most exciting hotspots because of the Maroochydore City Centre development which complemented the precinct’s historically strong appeal.“Buyers are realising that opportunities in this prime Sunshine Coast location are becoming rarer by the day.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

Gender choice: are you Mr, Ms or Mx? (Aust)

first_imgThe Australian 23 May 2016Family First Comment: Australia has officially lost their way!“In February, the Australian ¬Bureau of Statistics issued a “standard for sex and gender variables, 2016” which listed an “other” category. “The inclusion of the ‘please specify’ write-in facility for ‘Other’ allows respondents the opportunity to describe their sex using a term they are comfortable with, while also maximising the potential for analysis of the responses provided.” Imagine the phone call – “Which gender are you? I’ll read out the 55 options….”Gonna be a looooooong phone call. :)  Government departments facing a July 1 deadline to comply with new federal gender guidelines are introducing new categories alongside male and female on forms and advising staff to refrain from assuming a person’s gender based on their name. Thousands of voters updating their personal electoral details ¬before this year’s federal election have been given an option to list their gender as unspecified, as part of a broader push to eradicate ¬gender-based assumptions.The Australian Electoral Commission has also recently started accepting Mx as a title, with a -default gender of indeterminate. This year’s census on August 9 will be the first where people are provided the option to identify as male, female or “other”.In February, the Australian ¬Bureau of Statistics issued a “standard for sex and gender variables, 2016” which listed an “other” category. “The inclusion of the ‘please specify’ write-in facility for ‘Other’ allows respondents the opportunity to describe their sex using a term they are comfortable with, while also maximising the potential for analysis of the responses provided,” the standard states. Government agencies are following the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, updated in November last year, and issued by the Attorney-General’s Department. The ABS said the guidelines meant it had advised staff they “should refrain from making assumptions about a person’s sex and/or gender identity based on indicators such as their name, voice or appearance, and suggests that when interviews are conducted interviewers should read out the question and all response options.” read more

Girls Tennis Regional Scores-Twisters Down Cats

first_imgGirls Tennis Regionals.Tuesday (5-23) @ Richmond.Oldenburg Academy  3     Franklin County  2Centerville  5     Blue River Valley  0Regional Championship.Wednesday  (5-24) @ Richmond.Oldenburg Academy vs. Centervillelast_img

Food Growers Association announces ‘Holiday Gathering’

first_imgPhoto: Food & Growers Assoc.Batesville, In. — The Food and Grower Association’s Holiday Gathering will be held Tuesday, November 14 at Kathy and Ted Cooley’s Alpine Berry Farm at 5:45 p.m. The farm is located at 26191 Pocket Road in Batesville.Please bring a dish to share made with fresh ingredients, preferably locally, sustainable or organic. A $5 donation will be accepted in lieu of a dish.The event is an opportunity to trade/barter, buy or sell items that have been locally grown or created. Some suggestions are farm or garden produce, fresh herbs, honey, canned goods or soaps.Please RSVP by November 12 by emailing If possible, please post what you plan to bring on the group’s Facebook page. Water, glasses, plates, cutlery and napkins will be provided.last_img read more

Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark

first_imgMr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark, age 69, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 24, 1950 in Hamilton, Ohio. He was the loving son of the late, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio where he was a 1968 graduate of New Miami High School. In 1983, Bob graduated from the Bible Baptist Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Bob was united in marriage on November 5, 1971 in Fairfield, Ohio to Sharon Kay Campbell. This happy union was blessed with a son, Robby and two daughters, Rebecca and Rachael. Bob and Sharon shared 48 years of marriage together until his death. Bob was employed as a machinist for Mosler Safe Company in Hamilton, Ohio. Bob held membership in the Miltonville Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. He enjoyed farming all of his life and was a self-employed carpenter. Bob loved ministering, woodworking, crafts, and singing. Bob passed away at 3:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Bob will be missed by his loving wife, Sharon Kay (Campbell) Roark of Vevay, IN; his daughters, Rebecca Wagner and her husband, Jason of Vevay, IN and Rachael Mueller and her husband, Jarrid of Vevay, IN; his son, Robby Roark of Canton, OK; his grandchildren, Kendra Roark, Ethan Roark, Lucas Roark, Jessica McClellan, Serena Wagner, and Bobby Roark; his great-grandchildren, Ryker, Veronika, and Cyrus McClellan; his brothers, Larry Roark of Hanover, IN, Jeff Roark of Vevay, IN, Steve Roark and his wife, Pamela of Bennington, IN and Joey Roark of Bennington, IN; his sisters, Lou Collins and her husband, Kenneth of Hamilton, OH and Rosetta Combs and her husband, A.C. of Hamilton, OH and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse “Slim” “J.R.” and Hattie (Baker) Roark; his brothers, Gregory Roark and William Eugene Roark and his sister, Marie Roark.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Bro. A.C. Combs, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Slawson Cemetery, Bennington, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 21, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Robert Ray “Bob” Roark Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at read more

United ‘make Fabregas bid’

first_img Press Association Sport understands the bid was submitted Monday evening Sydney time and thus so far there has been no response. If the deal did go through it would represent David Moyes’ first significant signing as United manager. United were heavily linked with the former Arsenal skipper earlier in the summer, although at the time Fabregas claimed his intention was to remain with Barcelona. Press Association Manchester United have submitted a £26million (30million euro) bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.center_img Moyes then turned his attentions to Fabregas’ Barca team-mate Thiago Alcantara. At one point it seemed as though a deal for the Spain Under-21 star was nearing completion. However, at the 11th hour Pep Guardiola stepped in and Thiago has now agreed to join Bayern Munich. Fabregas does appear to be in a similar position to Thiago in that his World Cup place could come under threat if he does not play regularly for Barcelona following their £50million acquisition of Brazilian superstar Neymar. Barca are unlikely to let Fabregas go willingly, having nurtured the player through his formative years, only for Arsenal to sign him as a 16-year-old in 2003. Fabregas spent eight years with the Gunners, making 303 appearances and ending up as club captain, before returning to the Nou Camp in 2011. Though he has played 96 times in two seasons, including 60 league games, he has rarely featured in his preferred midfield role due to the performances of brilliant duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta. His forceful approach in central midfield is just what United are looking for following the retirement of Paul Scholes, continuing doubt over the career of Darren Fletcher and a belief amongst fans Brazilian Anderson will never fulfil the promise that earned him a big money move from FC Porto in 2007. When contacted by Press Association Sport about United’s reported bid for Fabregas, sources at Barcelona said the midfielder was not for sale. “The player is not transferable,” the source said. last_img read more