Tritec activates 5.21 MW rooftop plant

first_imgTritec activates 5.21 MW rooftop plantThe Swiss solar energy company Tritec has connected to the grid a 5.21 MW roof solar plant. Tritec says this is the largest solar power plant in Switzerland. August 30, 2013 Ilias Tsagas Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share The plant, for food retailer Migros, consists of four PV systems distributed over six buildings. Altogether, nine flat roofs were covered with 20,039 mono-crystalline 260-watt modules, supplied by Hareon Solar and JA Solar. The total module surface covers 32,000 square meters. The project uses over 60 SolarMax string inverters and 12 central inverters from Swiss manufacturer Sputnik Engineering AG. The plant also features three compact transformer stations, two of which are directly installed on the roofs of Migros distribution centre at the southern foot of the Jura mountains. That way, Roland Hofmann, Managing Director of TRITEC AG says, “we are feeding, for the first time, solar power directly on the roof into the medium voltage grid. We thus prevent possible losses and bring electrical energy fast and optimally from low voltage of 320 volts to medium voltage of 16,000 volts.” Building the solar plant required removing the roof substrate, replacing it with gravel, as well as installing a high fiber, low aerodynamic mounting system, developed in cooperation with Montavent AG, a Zurich based firm. 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FEI European Vaulting Championships – Final Freestyle

first_imgSwitzerland’s Simone Jäiser held on to the lead she established in the technical test to scoop gold at the FEI European Vaulting Championships 2015 in Aachen, Germany.The 28-year-old, who was individual bronze medalist at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA), showed great body control and strength in today’s Final freestyle, and couldn’t be overtaken despite a brilliant performance from Germany’s Corinna Knauf who had to settle for silver, while Austria’s Lisa Wild took the bronze.The atmosphere in Aachen’s Deutsche Bank Arena was at an all-time high, with Vaulting fans getting together on Facebook prior to the event to coordinate their colours. Spectators in the north stand wore black, while those in the east wore red and in the west stand they wore yellow to represent the host nation flag. And it proved well worthwhile when, in a competition filled with dramatic errors but courageous recoveries, Team RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen took gold for Germany in the hard-fought squad final.Female finalJäiser went way out in front in today’s competition, scoring 8.668 for a performance that oozed comfort, confidence and class when 12th to go of the 15 starters. But the 22-year-old German, Corinna Knauf, followed with a routine that placed her first in this fourth and final test. With no mistakes, and movements so smoothly blended, she posted 8.747, which was the best of the day. However, all athletes carried their scores from Thursday’s opening compulsory competition, Friday’s first freestyle and yesterday’s technical test into today’s deciding freestyle, so Knauf’s final tally of 8.280 slotted her in behind her Swiss rival.Second-last to go, and lying fourth going into this final afternoon, Germany’s Christine Kuhirt made an elegant start to her jazz-themed performance, but struggling with an early off-floor movement and late with her dismount, her score of 8.103 would only be good enough for fifth on the day and left her just off the podium. Now it was all down to Austria’s Lisa Wild who was last to go.Creating a sensationThe 20-year-old became known as “the backflip queen” after creating a sensation with the dare-devil movement at the FEI World Vaulting Championships in Le Mans, France, three years ago, and was considered a strong contender for the 2015 European title after her victory at the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final in February of this year. She is always a big hit with spectators everywhere she goes and, as she entered the arena today with her lunger Nina Rossin and horse Robin, she knew she was still in with a chance of taking the title if she was prepared to take the risk.She had moved into third with a strong technical test yesterday and was working her way through an impressive routine today until she finally attempted the back-flip exercise, but it didn’t come off. Without enough height she crumpled when landing on Robin’s back, but the crowd appreciated her courage in attempting the movement that would have earned her extra marks for the high degree of difficulty, and the judges rewarded her with 8.452, which brought her closing total to 8.207 and was good enough for the bronze.Newly-crowned champion Jäiser was thrilled with her result. “I can’t believe that now I am the European champion. It’s a big dream, I hoped it, but I never believed it would happen – it’s fantastic. My performance was good, there were no mistakes, or only a little one that I could make it so that the audience couldn’t see it very well! So I’m very happy!”, she said.Squad finaleIt was an even more nail-biting finish in the squad, with nerves and pressure affecting some of the strongest sides, while others really rose to the challenge.Team Ecurie de la Cigogne went out in front for France, with their flier, Christopher Robin Krause, and their fabulous horse Watriano R reinforcing a tremendously solid team effort that was filled with grace and elegance, ensuring it was a pleasure to watch. The strength of the three-tier movements was particularly impressive, with Krause holding position and presenting the picture of lightness and athleticism. When their score of 8.877 went up on the board, the 14-year-old and his older squad-mates Christelle Haenell, Cleone Fritsch, Clement Taillez, Remy Homberq and Anthony Presle put it right up to the remaining three teams. And one by one, they all felt the pressure.Austria’s Team Wildegg had three fall errors including two in a triple stance, but they made a strong recovery to post 7.669 considering the extent of their drama. And then the reigning world champions from Germany, Team RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen, ran into trouble with two dismount falls and another in a triple movement. However, such was the complexity of their programme, that high horse scores and artistic marks earned 8.863 and brought their final scoreline to 8.597. So Pauline Riedl, Julia Dammer, Jannika Derks, Leonie Falkenberg, Mona Pavetic and Johannes Kay could now only be denied the top step of the podium if Switzerland’s Team Lütisburg could produce something very special indeed when last to go. But they were in trouble from the outset with a fall in their very first movement, and another later in their programme. Although Nadja and Martina Buttiker, Ramona Naf, Nathalie Bienz, Raffaela di Maria, and Kyla Seiler finished strongly, their final overall score of 8.104 left them over 4.5 points behind the German champions, but only 0.42 ahead of the bronze medalists from France.ResultsIndividual Female: Gold – Simone Jäiser (SUI) 8.321; Silver – Corinna Knauf (GER) 8.280; Bronze – Lisa Wild (AUT) 8.207.Squad Final: Gold – Team RSV Neuss-Grimlinghausen (GER) 8.597; Silver – Team Lütisburg (SUI) 8.104; Bronze – Team Ecurie de la Cigogne (FRA) 8.062.Full results of FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 here Tags: FEI European Vaulting Championships, Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Missing Louisiana girl Domeanna Spell has been found, older man arrested

first_imgFBI(Pagosa Springs, Colo.) — A 15-year-old Louisiana girl who went missing for over a week with an older man was found Friday, police said, and the suspect was taken into custody.Domeanna Spell, of Port Barre, was last seen getting off the school bus on March 28 around 7 a.m. by Port Barre High School and was believed to be on the run with an older man in a 2003 silver Honda Civic, police said.The suspect was identified as 47-year-old Corey Shane Disotel.On Friday, Disotel and Spell were located in 1,165 miles away from her school, in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the FBI said.Disotel was taken in to custody and Spell was deemed safe, said Port Barre Police Chief Deon Bordeaux.“This was a joint effort with our agency, the FBI, US marshals, state police, St. Landry Parish sheriff’s office and many other agencies and organizations, working tirelessly and fervently,” said Bordeaux. “We are so thankful that the hard work paid off and the end result was this girl was found safe.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Assistant Professor in Residence- Chemistry

first_imgThe Chemistry Department within the College of Liberal Arts andSciences at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, invitesapplications for a non-tenure track faculty position at theAssistant Professor in Residence level.UConn Avery Point offers all the benefits of a prestigiouspublic research university in a small, liberal arts collegesetting. Avery Point provides specialized programs that takeadvantage of our waterfront location and delivers an exceptionaleducation in more traditional areas of study. On campus partnerssuch as the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and ClimateAdaptation, Connecticut Sea Grant and the Mystic Aquarium makeavailable opportunities for collaboration both in and out of theclassroom.Avery Point contributes to the understanding – and solution – ofproblems relating to the intersection of the environment andpeople, both through the expertise of the faculty and the educationof its students who will help ensure sustainable uses ofenvironmental and marine resources as well as coastal regions andcities. In addition to supporting the University’s graduate andundergraduate programs, the Avery Point campus places specialemphasis on marine and maritime-oriented undergraduate curricula,as well as programs responsive to the needs of its significantcorporate and industrial constituencies, and its unique regionaleconomic and cultural characteristics.Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institutionand member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’sflagship institution of higher education and includes a main campusin Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, andMedical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus inFarmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty andstaff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduatesand over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is aCarnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution,among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Throughresearch, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversityand cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship inits students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the healthand well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic,cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. TheUniversity serves as a beacon of academic and research excellenceas well as a center for innovation and social service tocommunities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, andinnovation areas. Today, the path forward includes excitingopportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers ofundergraduate applications and support for student success haveenabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe successful candidate will assist with teaching introductoryand organic chemistry lecture and laboratory classes and take thelead in developing and prepping the laboratory for the chemistrycourses in collaboration with the other full-time faculty members.This position requires an individual with dynamic personality whocan interact with undergraduate and graduate students in additionto faculty across the branches and main campus at UConn, and whohas a track record of excellence in teaching and working with adiverse student population.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSApplicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely relatedfield, experience teaching lecture and laboratory courses. Demonstrated excellence and experience in teaching. Commitment toworking with a diverse student body.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge of current safety practice, waste and hazardmanagement and experience with environmental health and safetypractice.APPOINTMENT TERMSThis position is a full-time, nine (9)-month appointment, with astart date of August 23, 2021. The position may be annuallyrenewable based on performance, budget and needs of the departmentand college. Salary is competitive based upon qualifications andexperience. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointmentwill be at the Avery Point Campus.TO APPLYPlease apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18401 andsubmit the following application materials:A cover letterDetailed curriculum vitaeA statement of teaching philosophyRecent teaching evaluations bystudentsA commitment to diversitystatement Names and contact information of three (3)professional references.Screening of applications will proceed immediately and until theposition is filled.Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon thesuccessful completion of a pre-employment criminal backgroundcheck. This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code ofEthics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp. The University of Connecticut is committed to building andsupporting a multicultural and diverse community of students,faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staffcontinues to increase, as does the number of honors students,valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn theirtop choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve theUniversity’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions,leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top researchuniversities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link tofostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverseUniversity community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal EmploymentOpportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women,veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionallyunderrepresented populations.last_img read more

“Wasn’t me”: Toby Moskovits disputes $210,000 legal bill

first_imgA separate affidavit from Moskovits’ lawyer similarly asserts that Heritage Equity Partners “simply does not exist” and “is a non-entity.”One problem: In a previous filing, Moskovits’ lawyer also used that name.But the developer has an explanation for that, too. Her lawyer blamed “a scrivener’s error which did not include the ‘LLC’ designation.”The Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue (Streeteasy)Katsky Korins’ suit names three separate entities as defendants, in addition to Moskovits herself: the “unincorporated entity” Heritage Equity Partners, the New York-registered Heritage Equity Holdings LLC d/b/a Heritage Equity Partners, and the Delaware-registered Heritage Equity Partners LLC.The three cases for which the law firm is seeking fees are foreclosure lawsuits against the Williamsburg Hotel, the 215 Moore office development, and the rental project at 564 St. John’s Place.564 St. John’s Place (Streeteasy)Moskovits’ affidavit says Katsky Korins “was engaged for approximately two months in connection with the litigation during which time I vehemently opposed the bills that were submitted as well as the litigation tactics of the plaintiffs.” It adds that the firm was fired largely because of these billing disputes.In a statement, Moskovits said, “We stopped working with Katsky Korns as we were unhappy with their work and with their billing practices. We work with many law firms and have not seen such a case of extreme over-billing as this one, nor a total disregard of client instructions, all in an effort to drive egregious bills.”Katsky Korins did not respond to a request for comment.Contact Kevin Sun at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Toby Moskovits (Sasha Maslov)What’s in a name? That which we call Heritage Equity Partners, by any other name would be as liable.Or not, argues its principal, Toby Moskovits, who claims that a lawsuit against her firm misnamed it and therefore is moot.As lawsuits in New York City have resumed following a coronavirus hiatus, the developer’s legal battles have also sprung back to life. And it’s not just lenders coming after debts — law firm Katsky Korins, which sued Moskovits in December, is seeking nearly $210,000 for services rendered on three other lawsuits.Moskovits disputes the legal bill, saying in an affidavit filed last Friday that the hours were “grossly inflated.”Her affidavit includes some other curious assertions, such as the law firm’s alleged misnaming of her company.“Heritage Equity Partners does not exist,” the affidavit says. “Heritage Equity Partners LLC is a Delaware Limited Liability Company … Heritage Equity Partners could not and did not contract with the plaintiffs.”Read moreToby Moskovits’ Bushwick Generator thrown into receivershipCreditors are banging on Toby Moskovits’ doorWilliamsburg Hotel dispute escalates as pandemic raises stakeslast_img read more

Parrys International takes a high-spec Van Hool

first_imgA very high-specification Van Hool TX17 Astron has been delivered to Cheslyn Hay operator Parrys International by Moseley (PCV) (01977 609000).The super-high coach has a huge amount of additional equipment, including Funtoro seat-back on-demand multi-channel entertainment systems, a rear kitchen with two fridges, mood lighting, a vacuum cleaner and a hot water boiler. It has 48 Kiel two-tone leather seats.Power is from a 510bhp DAF MX-13 engine, which drives through a six-speed Allison T 525 automatic gearbox. The coach will be used on Parrys’ range of tours, including international work.last_img

The rose that lost its blush

first_imgThe Georgian state, previously considered close to failure, became much stronger. The government initiated reforms in almost all areas of life, replacing corrupt police with much more efficient patrol units, liberalising the economy and strengthening the country’s military capacity. The supply of electricity, once intermittent, became constant, and the country’s once neglected economic infrastructure began to be modernised. Tbilisi re-established control over the region of Ajaria, after years of autocratic rule by Aslan Abashidze.However, some deficiencies of the political and economic process in Georgia became visible early on, although Western governments preferred to ignore these early harbingers of future problems. In 2005, US President George W. Bush called Georgia a “beacon of democracy”, but in 2004 dubious changes had already been introduced into the Georgian constitution that strengthened the president’s powers at the expense of those of other branches of power. Parliamentary elections conducted in the spring of 2004 produced a parliament dominated by a single political force, and through it, by the incumbent president. A weakness in strategic thinking was revealed when limited military action to bring secessionist South Ossetia back under Tbilisi’s control failed dramatically. Numerous violations of human rights put in doubt the moral basis of governance. The government prioritised moderni¬sation and state building at the expense of the democratisation process and development of democratic institutions. The situation deteriorated further, as – in parallel to economic growth, a military build-up, rapid economic liberalisation and other reforms – more control was established over electronic media and the government’s disregard for the views of the political opposition and civil society increased. Any who opposed the government’s innovations were labelled as traitors against the national interest. Relations with Russia rapidly worsened and, with that, the risk grew of new tensions in South Ossetia and a second secessionist region, Abkhazia. While low-level corruption was indeed reduced, at the top level it remained less affected, and scandals followed many privatisation tenders.Dissatisfaction in the policies of the government led to the deep crisis of November 2007, when the government used excessive force to disperse peaceful protesters. It became obvious that the early promises of EU and NATO accession, as well as those of restoring the territorial integrity of the country, were little more than populist rhetoric.However, the real disaster was brought about by the war of August 2008. No mistakes by the Georgian leadership could justify Russia’s invasion and bombardment of Georgian cities and civil infrastructure. Nonetheless, it is clear that the government did commit grave mistakes and fell into the Russian trap, sacrificing human lives and territories. What we have today is a weakened state, political volatility and insecurity caused by the Russian military presence in big chunks of Georgian territory; control over Abkhazia and South Ossetia lost for years to come; a political opposition in disarray and a government whose popularity and legitimacy have been dramatically reduced. Tens of thousands of internally displaced people continue to live in misery, as do many ordinary citizens. The prospects for the Georgian economy are unclear, and there is a fundamental degree of unpredictability about both the internal political situation and about security and the risk of another invasion. The emergence of a genuinely pluralistic political system – one based on mutual respect and an essential degree of co-operation between government and opposition, with effective checks and balances and a peaceful rotation of power – remains distant. Six years ago on 2 November, Georgians went to the polls in what would prove to be a vote profoundly marred by fraud. Twenty days later, on 22 November, a dam of public protest broke and supporters of the opposition entered parliament, carrying roses, to prevent a compromised legislature taking office. Since then, the hopes and expectations of the Rose Revolution have blossomed and faded. Six years after the revolution, how justified is the disillusionment?Undoubtedly, there have been both achievements and failures, but it will be some time before they can be judged objectively on the scales of historical analysis. But, first, about the achievements:The new generation of politicians came to the fore, bringing with them core Western values, skills and education received in Western universities, the decisiveness of youth and greater international support. They could tap into a huge reserve of trust, both on the part of Georgia’s population and from democratic states around the world. The Georgian economy, after years of stagnation started to grow rapidly, foreign direct investment and budget revenues rocketed, and low-level corruption was dramatically reduced. Rather a bleak picture, indeed. The only reason for moderate optimism lies with the population of Georgia, strongly pro-Western and pro-democracy, as it has proven on a number of occasions. However, without decisive external support, Georgia’s people will find it difficult to escape despair.George Tarkhan-Mouravi is the co-director of the Tbilisi-based Institute for Policy Studies and chairman of the PASOS network of think-tanks.last_img read more

2 EMTs are injured in West Brighton, New York

first_imgTwo emergency medical technicians, one male, one female, suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to authorities. The ambulance was not carrying a patient. “I braked. There was nowhere I could go. It was an ambulance. It was about the size of the intersection,” Sawler said. He said his arm felt sore following the crash. A tow truck slammed into an FDNY ambulance driving the wrong way down a West Brighton street yesterday afternoon, flipping the vehicle over. Witnesses said the ambulance was going the wrong way on Delafield Avenue when it crossed the intersection of Broadway at about 5 p.m. – into the path of a tow truck driven by South Beach resident Joe Sawler, 22. “He flipped. I thought it was like something in a movie,” Cruz said. Accounts differ on whether the ambulance had its sirens blaring and lights flashing. Sawler said the lights and sirens were off, but fire officials said otherwise. center_img “You can see the skidmarks here,” said Jimmy Crupi, owner of Fix-a-Dent, whose West Brighton-based company owns the tow truck. “He tried to stop.” “They were responding … with lights and sirens,” contended Battalion 22 Chief Joseph Harris. One witness, West Brighton resident Rob Cruz, said the sirens caught his attention in time for him to see the crash, which occurred just down the block from where he was standing. At one point, Cruz said, the two EMTs were trapped in the overturned ambulance. “The girl was crying. The guy was talking on his radio.” Both were taken to Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.last_img read more

First Responders Train for Chemical Accidents on Railways

first_imgColumbus firefighter Travis Brown said the classes were good to keep old training from getting rusty. Firefighters and other students huddled around an expert offering lessons on protective gear. Down a few cars was a demonstration tank used to teach first responders how to identify when a tank is carrying dangerous substances. More than 140 people attended the training, held at Norfolk Southern’s downtown railyard in Columbus. Agencies from Columbus, Phenix City, Russell County and even Macon were represented. Chief Jeff Meyer of the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services said much of what was being taught at the event was a refresher, and that it would enhance the training that his staff already gets. Between 30 and 35 Columbus fire and EMS personnel attended. Police officers, firefighters and other public safety officials from all over the region went to school Friday to learn how to deal with railway accidents involving hazardous chemicals. In rail cars converted to classrooms and tank cars outfitted for demonstrations, Norfolk Southern, along with chemical and railway experts from across the country, taught first-responders how to recognize tanks carrying dangerous chemicals, how to protect themselves, and ways to respond to emergencies. The event was organized by Norfolk Southern. “We want to be prepared in the event that something does happen,” he said. Columbus was the last stop on the train’s 350-mile journey, which began four days earlier in Hattiesburg, Miss.center_img “It’ll help,” he said. Sgt. Joe Gary of the Phenix City Police Department said the classes would make it easier to recognize tanks carrying hazardous material. Nonetheless, he said, practice makes perfect. “In the event there is a hazardous material spill, this kind of training is going to allow emergency responders to have the skills to respond more quickly and to protect their community,” said Susan Terpay of Norfolk Southern. Depending on the magnitude of an accident, Columbus might call on other communities for help, Meyer said, but his department would be effective in its response to a hazardous-material emergency. Contact Brian McDearmon at 706-571-8543last_img read more

Chase Elliott wins Monster Energy Fan Vote

first_imgThe fans have spoken, and they’ve chosen Chase Elliott. As a result of winning the Monster Energy Fan Vote, he is headed to the prestigious Monster Energy All-Star Race field Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The Monster Energy All-Star Race awards $1 million to the winner. The annual rite of spring boasts an impressive history and plenty of elite drivers. Elliott, driver of the No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports, is a previous winner of the Fan Vote as well, earning the honor in 2016.“It’s awesome to hear that crowd just then,” Elliott said, referencing the cheering fans. “That means a lot to me. I appreciate you guys voting for me. That is really cool for our team. Obviously, we would have loved to have raced our way in. I feel like every time we run this race we’ve got some sort of drama with this year and last year, but have had a shot at it tonight. We will try to move forward and give ourselves the best chance we can.”Sixteen drivers had qualified for the event heading into Saturday evening’s Monster Energy Open by virtue of either winning a points-paying race in 2016 or thus far in 2017, having won a previous All-Star Race or being a former series champion.Three drivers qualified from the Monster Energy Open’s three stages: Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez. Elliott joined them as the final transfer to lock the All-Star field in at 20 drivers.The top five vote-getters this year, in alphabetical order, were: Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott and Danica Patrick.last_img read more