RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articleHow to catalyse renewable energy deployment in AfricaNext articleAfDB’s grant to assist The Gambia improve electricity access Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), together with Mitsubishi Corporation and H. Young & Company Ltd., declare to have received a full-turnkey order to provide power generation facilities to Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen).According to a joint press release, the order is inclusive of two sets of 70MW class steam turbines, generators and auxiliaries for installation at the Olkaria V Geothermal power plant in Nakuru district.The Olkaria V Geothermal power plant, scheduled to go on-stream in 2019, is located approximately 100km northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, at an elevation of some 2,000 metres in the Great Rift Valley.This new project will expand existing power plant facilities in the Olkaria geothermal field with the aim of alleviating severely stretched power supplies in Kenya’s urban areas while increasing power supply from renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, the press release stated.The project is being carried out with an official development assistance loan arrangement, extended to KenGen by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.Geothermal accessoriesMHPS will be responsible for the design of the geothermal facilities and will supply the steam turbines, generators, condensers, and other main auxiliaries.Applying its extensive expertise as an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor, the company will also dispatch technical advisors to the site to assist H. Young with expertise in installation and commissioning.According to the release, the company has already supplied six sets of power generating equipment for the Olkaria I and II geothermal power plants with 150MW total output.Geothermal power generation capacityKenya is reported to rank at ninth position worldwide in terms of geothermal power generation capacity.In recent years, demand for electric power has been increasing in step with the country’s steady economic growth. In response to this demand, KenGen is focusing on building new geothermal plants and expanding the output of existing facilities. Finance and Policy BRICS
ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — An Ohio man who said he was inspired by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect planned to attack a Toledo-area Jewish house of worship for a “mass casualty attack” on behalf of ISIS, officials said.Damon Joseph, 21, of Holland, Ohio, was arrested on Friday and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS.“In a matter of months, Damon Joseph progressed from radicalized, virtual jihadist to attack planner,” said FBI acting special agent-in-charge Jeff Fortunato.“Joseph will now be accountable in a court of law for his pursuit of a violent act of terrorism upon our fellow citizens attending their desired house of worship,” Fortunato said in a statement released by the Department of Justice.Joseph unknowingly had multiple interactions with undercover FBI agents, telling them that he was an ISIS supporter and saying that he was supportive of “martyrdom operations,” the statement reads.According to officials, Joseph expressed admiration for the shooter who opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27, killing 11 people inside the house of worship.“I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually,” Joseph told the undercover agent, according to the DOJ.“I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah. They wouldn’t even [an attack] expect in my area…” Joseph said, the Justice Department said.Joseph then started planning an alleged attack, sizing up two synagogues in the Toledo area as potential targets and telling the undercover agent that the final location would depend on “which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home.”He gave the undercover agent the name and address of the synagogue that he was planning to attack, though that information has not been publicly disclosed. He told the agent that he wanted to kill a rabbi, and showed the agent photos from inside the synagogue, according to the DOJ.He then discussed which weapons would who be helpful in inflicting mass casualties, the DOJ said, and made a plan for the undercover agent to purchase the two AR-15s that Joseph would then hide in his house.Joseph was arrested when he took the bag containing two AR-15s from the undercover agent on Dec. 7.It was not immediately clear if Joseph had a lawyer.Jeremy Pappas, the regional director of the Cleveland chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, praised law enforcement “for working so diligently to prevent terror from hitting our community.“The Jewish community is still grieving following the October attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We can never let that happen again,” Pappas said in a statement.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday the federal government will be resuming capital punishment.In the announcement, the U.S. Department of Justice said the decision was made related to “five death-row inmates convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society — children and the elderly.”The DOJ further added that Barr had asked Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to “schedule to executions” of those five individuals.“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” Barr said in the announcement.According to the Justice Department, the inmates to be executed include Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three and threw them into the Illinois Bayou in Arkansas in 1999. Another is Lezmond Mitchell, who stabbed to death a 63-year-old woman and forced her granddaughter to sit next to her dead body on a “30 to 40-mile drive” before then murdering her as well. He was sentenced in 2003.Also to be executed is Wesley Ira Purkey, who was sentenced in 2003 for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, whose remains he dismembered dumped into a sewage pond. The DOJ adds he also was convicted on state charges for bludgeoning an 80-year-old woman to death with a claw hammer.Alfred Bourgeois is now scheduled for a Jan. 13, 2020, execution after his 2004 sentencing for the torture, sexual molestation and murder of his toddler daughter. The last newly scheduled execution is for Dustin Lee Honken, who shot and killed five people, including a single mother and her 10- and 6-year-old daughters, and was sentenced in 2004.DOJ says all executions will take place at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana, and will take place between December 2019 and January 2020.Amnesty International, which calls the death penalty “the ultimate cruel and inhuman punishment,” released a statement decrying the move.“The Trump administration’s decision to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus is outrageous. It is the latest indication of this administration’s disdain for human rights,” Amnesty International USA executive director Margaret Huang said in a statement.The issue of the death penalty has been a tug-of-war between states and the federal government.According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 78 federal defendants have been sentenced to death between 1988 and 2018. Only three have been executed and 12 were removed from death row.The last person to be put to death by the federal government was Louis Jones Jr. a Gulf War Veteran who raped and killed a fellow solider and his lawyers blamed it on Iraqi nerve gas. He was put to death in 2003 and before that Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber.In late May, New Hampshire became the latest state to ban the death penalty on the state level. Prior to the New Hampshire vote, there were 30 states that still had the death penalty, though four of those states have moratoriums in place banning executions.One such moratorium was put in place in California in March, which was significant because the Golden State has a sizable death row population but hadn’t performed an execution for years. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Rising Appalachia’s music is a mix of European Folk Music, Appalachian Music, and West African Music. While many of these styles have found their influence in electronic music as well, it’s great to see such a creative take on completely acoustic music. Their live show is quite energetic, and the band even features live painters on stage.Rising Appalachia’s slow acoustic jams get the crowd ready for the pumping beats of Jamtronica when Papadosio took the stage. It’s great to see these guys playing a nearly full Fillmore, with a top-notch light rig blowing the roof off the place, when, just four years ago they were playing Quixotes (a much smaller venue in town). Their set offered a varied selection of Papadosio favorites from throughout the years, accompanied by a stellar light show. My personal highlight was an extremely epic and emotive cover of “Dayvan Cowboy” by Boards of Canada. Sadly, BOC is a group that never plays live, so it was a real treat to hear their incredible compositions bursting at the seams with live energy. Other highlights from the night include the great Dosio track “We Are Water,” along with some other oldies from their first album, “Night Visions” and “All I Knew,” which haven’t been in rotation as much recently.Papadosio has definitely carved out something special for themselves, and it’s a pleasure to watch their meteoric rise to the forefront of the Jamtronica scene. At this rate, this band is well on their way to earning a coveted spot as one of the top bands on the festival circuit. If you get a chance to see one of these Earth Night shows, definitely seize the opportunity! Following their sold out Red Rocks show with Lotus in September [read the review here], Papadosio made a triumphant return to Colorado at the Fillmore Auditorium on the auspicious date of 12/13/14.Papadosio has had quite a fervent intention to help people evolve and respect each other and the planet, from their album and song titles, to Anthony Thogmartin’s side project EarthCry, and grassroots efforts by the band to make the world a better place beyond just playing music. Their new concert series Earth Night holds that same spirit of our collective evolution. Their playing, the energy in the venue, and the stylistic variation offered by the openers helped shows just how far the band has come in the past several years, and the untapped potential that exists for them down the road.San Francisco native Eskmo kicked off the night with his eclectic and transcendental take on electronic music. His sets are always fun to watch as he uses live samples of physical objects he has with him on stage anything from a soda can opening to creative orchestration of a coat hanger, and also sings live with far out lyrics and vocal effects complimenting the wobbly, ultra trippy sonic canvas that he provides.After Eskmo, the lineup took an abrupt, yet tasteful turn with the roots/folk serenade of Rising Appalachia. Their folky sound has stumbled upon a welcome niche in our festival scene, which is so saturated with electronic production. Having a group like Rising Appalachia opening for a electronically-influenced group like Dosio offered a broader auditory palette than most other shows where the standard one or two person producer team opens up.
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Vermont State Police At approximately 2145 hours on 11/07/18, the Springfield Fire Department was notified and responded to a reported structure fire at the above stated address. This structure was reported as an occupied residential building. While en-route to this call, it was confirmed as a working structure fire. The Springfield Fire Department responded and upgraded this response to a second alarm bringing in several mutual aid departments from the area. Upon arrival the fire department was met with heavy fire on the west side of the structure. Fire extended up the exterior and interior walls of this structure spreading to the 3rd floor and roof area. Fire Departments were able to contain the fire to the structure of origin. The building suffered heavy fire and water damage. Damage is estimated to be in excess of $120,000. During his assessment of the fire, the Springfield Fire Chief Russ Thompson contacted the VT Department of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance with the origin and cause determination. Investigators from the VT State Police and VT Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene during the morning hours on 11/08/18 and began an investigation. It was determined the fire originated in the west side area of the basement. This area was determined to be the area of origin for this fire. The investigation showed that this fire originated in the area of a pellet stove exhaust pipe and the structures sill plate area. Investigation showed that the fire spread from this area to the nearby combustible materials which were being used as insulation. These materials lead to a rapid fire spread throughout the structure. This fire is not considered suspicious. No injuries were reported at this fire. The residents were not home at the time of this fire. Numerous pets inside the residence survived the fire without injury.This fire is currently classified as accidental with no suspicious circumstances. This fire was caused by heat from the vent pipe of the pellet stove in too close a proximity to nearby combustible materials.Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact the VT State Police barracks in Rutland at 802-773-9101, Detective Senior Sergeant Thomas Williams at 802-773-9101.The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program offers a monetary reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in an arson fire. Please call 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766).STATE OF VERMONTDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNITVERMONT STATE POLICE – RUTLAND BARRACKSCase # 18B106730FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Senior Sergeant Thomas Williams VSP, Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz, Det. Sgt. Mike LaCourse VSP, & Assistant State Fire Marshal Tim Angell from Division of Fire Safety.STATION: RutlandCONTACT# 802-773-9101DATE/TIME: 11/07/18 @ approx. 2145 hrs.INCIDENT LOCATION: 50 Valley St., Springfield,(link is external) VT(link is external)INCIDENT: Structure Fire InvestigationVICTIM: Michael Hopkins,Yes
In partnership with the local businesses of Weymouth, the team at Challenge UK have confirmed the launch of the new Challenge Weymouth Reward Scheme. The scheme has been introduced to celebrate the first year of the Challenge Family’s UK event in Weymouth, and further maximise the strong local links that have been forged by the events team.It offers a number of exclusive offers that have been put together especially for Challenge Weymouth competitors and supporters, allowing them to enjoy a number of special discounts across many popular local Weymouth businesses – including shops, hotels and restaurants across the town.Alan Rose, Challenge Weymouth Event Director is excited to be in a position to launch this scheme. He said, “As many of our Challenge Weymouth athletes are likely to visit Weymouth ahead of September, we thought it would be good to offer some special deals for them to enjoy. And recognising that they will travel with family and friends, we have also opened up this special deal to include them too.”He continued, “We have formed extremely close relationships with the local Weymouth community and this is also our way of thanking them for their on-going support and also help strengthen these partnerships moving forwards. We look forward to welcoming lots of you down to Weymouth over the next few months, and hope that your training is going well so far!”Weymouth Councillor Ian Bruce, the Brief Holder for Tourism in the town, is thoroughly supportive of the scheme and also very excited about welcoming the event to Weymouth in September.He said, “The Challenge Weymouth Reward scheme is the perfect way to offer a friendly welcome to Challenge Weymouth competitors and their supporters. We have a very lively summer of activities here in Weymouth and will be hosting a range of events, festivals and days out for the whole family. We look forward to welcoming many of you down to our beautiful coastal town.”Athletes competing in Challenge Weymouth 2014 will soon receive a Challenge Weymouth membership card, along with three key-fobs for closest family and friends. To find out more about the offers that are available athletes will be able to go to the new ‘Rewards’ page on the Challenge Weymouth website.For those in Weymouth checking out the course, athletes are also advised to look out for the Rewards Scheme posters in shops, hotels and restaurants across the town and surrounding area.www.challengeweymouth.com Related
Students at Clear Creek Elementary in USD 232. Photo courtesy of USD 232Three elementary schools in Johnson County were named Blue Ribbon Schools this year as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s recognition of school excellence.Clear Creek Elementary in USD 232, Corinth Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District and Lakewood Elementary in the Blue Valley School District were recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools. Exemplary High Performing Schools have their state’s highest high school graduation rates and the highest achieving students — the top 15% — in English and mathematics, measured by state assessments. The three elementary schools are among six schools in Kansas to receive the Blue Ribbon recognition this year.Located in Shawnee, Clear Creek Elementary serves about 570 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.Kelley Begley-McCall, principal of Clear Creek Elementary, said she believes that the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students consistently scoring well on test scores brought the attention of the state for the nomination.“Their scores are very good — I’ve been in other districts where we’re creating goals based around those state assessment scores, and honestly, we’re at that point where we’re doing so well that we have to look at other ways to make goals to help improve our instruction,” Begley-McCall said.Begley-McCall said other factors have driven the school to receive the Blue Ribbon award this year, including an involved parent community, a veteran faculty with each teacher having at least 10 years of experience, and a “very strong” culture at Clear Creek that brings the school community together.“We really believe in maximizing every child’s potential, and we feel that our mission is to prepare all students for their future,” she added. “There’s a dedicated and passionate staff, and they want to provide a safe and secure environment for our students.”Corinth Elementary students have also had consistently high test scores. Photo courtesy of Shawnee Mission School DistrictCorinth Elementary serves about 555 students from kindergarten through sixth grade who live in the area of Prairie Village and Leawood.Chris Lowe, principal of Corinth Elementary, said the school’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School is based off the students’ consistently high state assessment scores over the past several years. However, it’s the team culture of working together that really drove the school to receive the award.“We’re just very blessed to have such a great, supportive, amazing community, and our staff,” Lowe said. “We’re very proud of the kids and the teachers and the community for this award, just proud to represent Shawnee Mission in a positive way.”Lowe said Corinth Elementary has earned the blue ribbon just one other time — in 2001.“It’s just a reflection of our kids, our teachers, our community, our parent involvement,” Lowe said. “It’s something to be very proud of.”