Blackstone moves top executive to Asia

first_imgMonday 13 December 2010 3:10 pm Blackstone moves top executive to Asia Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap whatsapp BLACKSTONE Group has moved one of its most senior executives to Hong Kong to take the helm of its Asian private equity business to increase its focus on the high-growth region.Michael Chae, a senior managing director in Blackstone’s New York arm, will take up the newly-created position. Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman said the move reflects Blackstone’s “growing commitment” to Asia.“The region is of strategic importance to us in terms of both the extraordinary investment opportunities and the critical role that Asian institutions are playing in our funds,” he said in a press release.Chae joined Blackstone in 1997 and has led its investments into firms including Nielsen, Michaels Stores, The Weather Channel Companies, and Hilton Hotels. He had previously worked at rival buyout firm Carlyle.He will take responsibility for Blackstone’s relationships with investors in the region.China Investment Corp, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, has about a 10 per cent stake in Blackstone.Blackstone has 157 employees in Asia, with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Mumbai, the company said.Blackstone has invested in companies in the region including Bluestar Chemical, Dili, eMobile and China Animal Healthcare, it said. It is also raising a Chinese renminbi-denominated private equity fund. Share Show Comments ▼center_img alison.lock by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGemZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

On This Day in History: D-Day!

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter June 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1 COMMENT Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear center_img God Bless the USA! Now, when is Donald Trump going to be impeached and Russia won’t be running our country, not that I care for Pence either? Reply TAGSD-Day Previous articleUnexpected traffic congestion? Dial 511Next article4 ways to vacation on the water this summer Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  From The History ChannelJune 6th, 1944:Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.With Hitler’s armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his.On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.By dawn on June 6, 18,000 parachutists were already on the ground; the land invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame light opposition to capture Gold, Juno and Sword beaches; so did the Americans at Utah. The task was much tougher at Omaha beach, however, where 2,000 troops were lost and it was only through the tenacity and quick-wittedness of troops on the ground that the objective was achieved. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.Courtesy of CNNFor their part, the Germans suffered from confusion in the ranks and the absence of celebrated commander Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was away on leave. At first, Hitler, believing that the invasion was a feint designed to distract the Germans from a coming attack north of the Seine River, refused to release nearby divisions to join the counterattack and reinforcements had to be called from further afield, causing delays. He also hesitated in calling for armored divisions to help in the defense. In addition, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.Though it did not go off exactly as planned, as later claimed by British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery–for example, the Allies were able to land only fractions of the supplies and vehicles they had intended in France–D-Day was a decided success. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001). Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Technology Trust offers Avoca tablets to charities

first_img Eligible UK charities and housing associations can acquire Avoca Android tablets at nearly 60% off the retail price through Technology Trust’s tt-exchange donation programme.The mobile computing devices are available in 7″, 8″ and 9.7″ sizes on a first come first served basis, starting at just over £40. Limited stocks are available.All tablets include a high resolution HD touch-screen, built-in camera, audio and wi-fi, and support streaming video content, Android apps and a range of e-books.“Supporting the not-for-profit sector is an important part of our business ethos,” said Paul Lyon of Avoca distributor, STB.“We are pleased to be working with Technology Trust to provide charities with affordable access to mobile working practices through our tablet range.”Avoca tablet pricesEligible organisations can purchase up to 500 Avoca tablets in total for the following prices:7”:  £40.83 + VAT8”: £57.50 + VAT9.7”: £74.17 + VATCharities interested in obtaining more than 500 tablets can request contact Technology Trust directly. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Charity Trust Technology Howard Lake | 2 April 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 [message_box title=”About tt-exchange” color=”blue”]Technology Trust‘s tt-exchange programme has saved charities over £100 million to date. It enables eligible charities to receive hardware and software products, donated by leading brands, to improve the efficiency of their operations.[/message_box] EligibilityThis offer is open to UK charities registered with the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Registrar (OSCR), the Northern Ireland Charity Registrar and charitable Housing Associations.Some donated or reduced cost items can be claimed or sell out very quickly. For example, a range of Flip video cameras from tt-exchange were snapped within hours in 2011.  127 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Technology Trust offers Avoca tablets to charitieslast_img read more

Delhi HC Issues Notices On Plea Against Extension Of Training Period Of Final Year Postdoctoral Medical Students Due To Lockdown; Denies Interim Relief [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Issues Notices On Plea Against Extension Of Training Period Of Final Year Postdoctoral Medical Students Due To Lockdown; Denies Interim Relief [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 May 2020 12:35 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court recently issued notices to the Central Government and the National Board of Examination in a plea against extension of training period of Post Doctoral Medical Students purportedly due to the nationwide lockdown. While hearing the case via video-conferencing, the bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar refused to grant any ad interim relief to the Petitioner-students…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court recently issued notices to the Central Government and the National Board of Examination in a plea against extension of training period of Post Doctoral Medical Students purportedly due to the nationwide lockdown. While hearing the case via video-conferencing, the bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar refused to grant any ad interim relief to the Petitioner-students while stating that he was prima facie ‘not convinced’ with the grounds of challenge raised by the Petitioners. Further, he added, “given the necessity for optimum availability of doctors during the present COVID pandemic, and bearing in mind the interests patients, the balance of convenience would also militate against grant of interim relief to the petitioners.” This observation was made after the Centre pointed out that availability of the Petitioners, in the hospitals in which they are undergoing training, is essential and if their training is allowed be completed and they leave the hospitals, there will be an “exodus of 3156 doctors”, which could adversely impact the treatment of patients, COVID sufferers and otherwise, during the currency of the present pandemic. Stressing on the MHA notifications regarding functioning of hospitals during the pandemic, the Petitioners had argued that the work in hospitals continued as it is and hence it could not be said that “training of DNB/FNB residents has been adversely impacted by the COVID-2019 pandemic.” Disagreeing with this submission, Justice Hari Shakar observed that there is a “qualitative and quantitative difference” between functioning of hospitals and imparting of training to DNB/FNB students therein. “It is not possible for this Court, as a writ court, to return a finding that there is, in fact, no adverse impact on training of DNB/FNB students merely because, even during the currency of the COVID pandemic, hospitals continue to function. The extent to which imparting of training to DNB and FNB students stands impacted by the COVID-2019 crisis, and the altered workload and manner of functioning of hospitals during the currency thereof, is entirely within the province of knowledge of the respondents. There is no reason for this Court to believe that the respondents are, without any justification, averring, in the impugned Public Notice, that the exercise of imparting of training to DNB and FNB students stands impacted during the COVID-2019 pandemic, and the crisis that has arisen as a consequence thereof,” he observed. The Petitioners had also argued that the extension of their doctoral programme was arbitrary inasmuch as the training period for 1st and 2nd year students was not extended. Dispelling this argument the court held that the nature of training, which is required to be imparted to first and second year DNB students, cannot be automatically equated with the nature of training to be imparted to final year students. “It is not for this Court to return a finding that the plea of difficulty, being faced in imparting training to final year DNB/FNB students, is belied by the fact that there is no extension of training in the case of first and second year students,” the court held. Further the Petitioners had argued that the extension of their training period will adversely affect their prospective jobs as they will still be undergoing training on their respective joining dates. In this context the court said that though it “sympathized” with the Petitioners however, “the extraordinary and emergent situation, with which the country is faced, and which has necessitated the issuance of the impugned Public Notice, or the validity of the Public Notice, cannot be wished away merely because, as a consequence of the impugned Public Notice, certain students may find difficulties in joining jobs to which they have been appointed.” Accordingly the court held that given the pan-India impact of the impugned Public Notice, it would be appropriate to seek a response from the respondents. However, it remarked, “no case for grant of any ad interim relief, ex parte or otherwise, is made out.” “Counter affidavit, in response to the writ petition, be positively filed within a period of 10 days with advance copy to the petitioners, who may file rejoinder, if any, thereto, if any, at least one day prior to the next date of hearing,” the court ordered while posting the matter for May 14. Case Details: Case Title: Dr. Devyesh J. Pathak & Ors. v. National Board of Examination & Ors. Case No.: WP (C) 3005/2020 Quorum: Justice C. Hari Shankar Appearance: Advocate Sahil Tagotra (for Petitioners); ASG Maninder Acharya with Standing Counsel for NBE Kirtiman Singh with Advocates Waize Ali Noor and Viplav Acharya, CGSC Anurag Ahluwalia and Advocate Viplav Acharya (for Respondents) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

Can’t Understand Why Govt Is Not Trying To Manufacture COVID19 Vaccine Itself, Allahabad High Court Asks

first_imgTop StoriesCan’t Understand Why Govt Is Not Trying To Manufacture COVID19 Vaccine Itself, Allahabad High Court Asks Akshita Saxena17 May 2021 9:55 AMShare This – xImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe Allahabad High Court today raised eyebrows on the issue of vaccine manufacturing in India. Amid the rampant shortage of vaccine doses across the nation, a Division Bench of Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar said, “one cannot understand as to why the Government of ours which is a welfare state is not trying to manufacture the vaccine itself on a large scale.”It suggested that big medical companies which are working in the country and may not have their own vaccines—may take the formula from just any of the vaccine manufacturers in the world and start producing the vaccine. “In this way, they would help the country to meet the shortage of vaccines which it is facing today,” the Bench remarked.Advertisement In opined that to avert any further havoc that may be created by Covid-19, it is absolutely necessary to vaccinate each and every individual in the country; and that may be possible only with the help of an “excellent medical infrastructure”. “Since the vaccine producing countries are advocating for expansion of vaccine manufacturing and distribution to meet the challenge of global health crisis caused by Covid pandemic and in that process are agreed to the waiver of intellectual property protection, our central agencies may give the green signal to various manufacturers who have the infrastructure to manufacture the vaccines on a large scale so that they may manufacture vaccines of whichever kind they feel suitable. Advertisement The vaccines may be first vigorously tested and only thereafter may be given out for use by the public. For this various incentives may be announced,” the Bench suggested. It also said, (i) Such people who might like to buy the vaccines for the havenots, may be allowed to do so and may also be given certain benefits under the Income Tax Act. In the global tenders, the Government after getting the reasonable prices may negotiate with the world manufacturers and try to buy as many vaccines as can be bought from wherever the vaccines are available.Advertisement Advertisement (ii) Big business houses who take various advantages under the taxation laws by donating to various religious organizations may be asked to divert their funds to vaccines. However, these are only suggestions and the Court has asked the Government to check the viability of having them. “By the next date, a report may be submitted before this Court. While preparing the report, the Central Government may not depend on its bureaucrats only. It may use the best brains which might be available to it,” it said.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Also Read: Entire Medical System In Smaller Cities And Villages Like “Ram Bharose”, Says Allahabad High Court in COVID19 Suo Moto Case Case Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres… Click Here To Download OrderTags#Allahabad High Court Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy #Vaccines #Manufacture Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Vanessa Guillen’s family reacts to US Army report that murdered soldier was sexually harassed

first_imgU.S. Army(NEW YORK) — In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the sister of Spc. Vanessa Guillén spoke about the family’s reaction to a new investigation by the U.S. Army that confirmed their long-standing suspicions that a supervisor sexually harassed the soldier before she was murdered last year.The report said leaders in Vanessa Guillén’s unit at Fort Hood, Texas, did not take appropriate action after she stepped forward to report the two incidents of harassment.Twenty-one soldiers have since been reprimanded or disciplined as a result of their handling of Vanessa Guillén’s case.Mayra Guillén said her family is relieved that the Army finally backed their claims and that some disciplinary action has been taken.Still, the report did not name the supervisor who harassed Vanessa Guillén.Mayra Guillén said her family feels the Army needs to do more to hold those responsible for her sister’s harassment accountable.“The Army keeps trying to protect this name and I want to understand why,” she said of Vanessa Guillén’s harasser. “Why not just try to take a step forward, admit that you were wrong, fix it and make yourself look better so, the nation could trust you again.”Army Spc. Aaron Robinson is believed to have murdered Vanessa Guillén on April 22, 2020, the day she disappeared from the base, according to authorities. Robinson died by suicide on June 30, 2020, as police closed in on him.The Army’s report found “no credible evidence to conclude Spc. Robinson sexually harassed Spc. Guillén or that they had any relationship outside of their work setting.”Natalie Khawam, an attorney representing the Guillén family, told ABC News that the day the report came out, the family was devastated. She blasted the Army for failing to take Vanessa Guillén’s claims seriously in the first place and for not keeping an eye on Robinson when he was under suspicion for her disappearance.“People reported it, she reported it to her fellow soldiers, and yet it all fell on deaf ears,” Khawam said.Since the incident took place, the Army has taken measures to make sure nothing like it happens again.Last December, the Army fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood, including two generals, following an independent panel’s investigation into the command climate at the base.Six of the soldiers relieved of their duties in December were among the 21 soldiers who received administrative punishments as a result of the investigation released on Friday.Mayra Guillén said the family is still struggling to process Vanessa Guillén’s death, but they are also committed to changing the system. Mayra Guillén has joined Congress members and other activists to push for the passage of the “I Am Vanessa Guillen Act.”The legislation would create an independent system where service members would be able to safely report sexual misconduct cases without fear of retaliation. It would also move prosecution decisions out of the hands of the chain of command and make sexual harassment a punishable crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.Khawam told ABC News that the bill is slated to be re-introduced to Congress this month.Mayra Guillén said the family hopes that her sister’s death can push the U.S. government to address sexual harassment in the armed services“We’re still looking to work very hard on this so we can put an end to it and not have what happened to Vanessa happen to anyone else ever again,” she said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The third hop whistler anomaly: possible evidence of df/dt-dependent wave amplification

first_imgOn occasion the third hop of an echoing magnetospheric whistler exceeds the first hop in intensity over some low range of frequencies. Case studies show that this anomalous behavior can occur over periods ranging from tens of minutes to hours in duration. Most of the five cases studied involved coupling of waves from one ducted magnetospheric path to another (at the point of ionospheric reflection) rather than repeated propagation on the same path. The coupling tended to be from lower to higher latitudes. In two of the five cases, it occurred from paths inside the plasmapause to paths outside. The anomaly is interpreted as the result of df/dt-dependent amplification of weak whistler signals by a gyroresonant wave-particle interaction in the magnetosphere. This amplification is facilitated by interpath coupling. Through this process the waves are either able to retain a degree of coherence not achieved by other signals in the same whistler and/or are coupled into a region of relatively large interacting particle fluxes. The anomaly appears to provide a way of looking with some degree of isolation at the factors of spectral purity, df/dt, and magnetospheric location (with respect to particle activity) that may affect the amplitication of much larger classes of whistlers.last_img read more

Stone Temple Pilots, Bush Announce Co-Headlining Tour

first_imgLate ‘80s and 90’s alternative rock fans will be excited to learn that Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult are embarking on a co-headlining tour across the United States this summer. Dubbed The Revolution 3 Tour, the six-week run will bring the trio of bands through the South. Midwest, Northeast and West Coast in July, August and September. Their outing will kick off on July 18th at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville before wrapping up at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix on September 2nd.Stone Temple Pilots are currently in midst of their first tour with new lead singer Jeff Gutt, an X-Factor alumnus who joined the band late last year following the death of vocalist Chester Bennington (who had himself replaced the band’s founding vocalist, the late Scott Weiland, after he parted ways with STP in 2013). The band also recently released a new self-titled album with Gutt.Bush and The Cult have put out new music in recent years as well. Bush’s Black and White Rainbows dropped in March of last year, while The Cult released their latest effort, Hidden City, in 2016. Tickets for The Revolution 3 Tour will go on sale this Friday, April 6th via Live Nation. Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, and The Cult Tour Dates:July 18 Nashville, Tenn. @ Municipal AuditoriumJuly 20 Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music CenterJuly 21 Burgettstown, Pa. @ KeyBank PavilionJuly 22 Huber Heights, Ohio @ Rose Music CenterJuly 24 Detroit, Mich. @ Michigan Lottery AmphitheatreJuly 25 Toronto, Ontari @ Budweiser StageJuly 27 Wantagh, N.Y. @ Jones Beach TheaterJuly 28 Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts CenterJuly 30 Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank PavilionAug. 02 Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire PavilionAug. 05 Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube LiveAug. 10 Pehlem, Ala. @ Oak Mountain AmphitheatreAug. 15 Laredo, Texas @ Laredo Energy ArenaAug. 16 The Woodlands, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionAug. 18 Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta AmphitheaterAug. 19 Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks AmphitheatreAug. 20 West Valley City, Utah @ USANA AmphitheatreAug. 23 Pocatello, Idaho @ Portneuf Health Trust AmphitheatreSept. 01 San Bernardino, Calif. @ Glen Helen AmphitheatreSept. 02 Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin PavilionView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Feeling renewed connection to family and neighbors

first_img Life at a distance Some groups have retooled old school rituals, while others have created new ones Snapshots of the widespread Harvard community: A Zoom wedding; reunion in St. Croix; challenges of teaching ASL online; and a taste of Cuba This is part of a series called Postcards From Here, in which Harvard undergraduates talk about the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Gabrielle “Gabby” Donaldson ’23Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.Concentration (Intended): PhilosophyHouse: DunsterMissing it all“I miss spending time with and seeing my friends, teammates, coaches, and even my professors every day. I miss the ambiance of our campus and the sense of community that it provides. Harvard is a unique place, and the people that I am surrounded by every single day make it all the more amazing. I miss being able to have lunch with friends, being greeted by Mr. John and his daily jokes in Annenberg, exchanging smiles with Schoolmates who I do not know, walking to and from class, and seeing the sunset over the bridge after [basketball] practices.” Show and tell“My School friends are from various parts of the world and being able to keep in touch with them has made this transition a lot easier. My teammates and I have had a lot of fun keeping in touch with each other by having themed Zoom calls (picture shares, show and tell), joking with one another daily, and having calls or exchanging messages to check in with each other. The springtime is a time where we spend a lot of time together both on and off the court. Being able to maintain connections and our chemistry has been the best.”Tech support“Outside of School, I spend a lot of time with family, talking with friends, getting workouts in, cooking, and taking care of technological duties for my church, such as sending out weekly updates and helping members with Zoom.”Distanced but not distant“My family is healthy, which I am incredibly grateful for. I have a lot of elderly family members — aunts, uncles, and my grandpa — who I check in on. A good direct effect that we have experienced is being able to spend more time with one another and having more availability to provide encouragement and support for others who need it as well as each other. I have also enjoyed seeing neighbors who I have not seen in a long time, new faces, kids playing outside again and not being stuck to computer screens and phone screens, neighbors taking the time to wave ‘hello,’ yard improvements, and a human connection like I have not seen in a long time. I believe that people recognize the power in selfless unity and togetherness, though we are socially distanced from one another. I see an effort from people to let others know that they are not alone and that we are all in this together.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Teaching by podcast; a taste of campus life; lessons from the South Pole; virtual voice lessons Notes from the new normal A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember Related Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Scenes from the socially distant Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower Finding creative ways to maintain campus bonds remotelylast_img read more

Another natural gas project cancelled in California

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Independent power producer Calpine has abandoned plans to build a new natural-gas plant in Southern California, swelling the ranks of recently canceled fossil fuel plants in the state.The company withdrew its application for the Mission Rock plant in a letter to the California Energy Commission dated May 21. That decision ended a years-long conflict over the permitting of the plant, a 255-megawatt combustion turbine facility planned on the banks of the Santa Clara River in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. The Native American Chumash people opposed the plant as a disruption to a river environment that they consider sacred.The permitting battle also became a test case for new fossil fuel plant development as the Golden State moves toward its legislative goal of carbon-free electricity by 2045.Mission Rock joins a string of recent gas plant cancellations in California. The state still relied on natural-gas generation for 34 percent of its electricity in 2017, but new gas construction there has become a rarity as market and policy headwinds intensify.Calpine’s decision to walk away from the project comes a few weeks after SCE announced the battery plants it picked in place of the Puente gas plant. Calpine could have waited until those batteries were up and running, but it would still face headwinds from the local opposition that would ask regulators to rule the same way they did with Puente.A handful of previously approved gas plants are working their way through construction to commercial operation. The elimination of Mission Rock, though, narrows the list of new gas plants seeking approval as California moves toward the legally mandated deadline of 2045 to remove carbon emissions from power production. The thinning pipeline and recent string of failed gas plant developments raise the possibility that California won’t build any more new plants.More: California’s gas plant pipeline dwindles as Calpine drops Mission Rock application Another natural gas project cancelled in Californialast_img read more