CVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar project

first_imgCVPS provides $50,000 grant for solar projectSPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Making its second foray into solar energy in a month, Central Vermont Public Service today announced a $50,000 solar donation and a partnership to learn as much as possible about large-scale solar potential in Vermont.CVPS President Bob Young symbolically handed a large photovoltaic panel to Christian Craig, executive director of the non-profit Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, in announcing the grant. The grant will help pay for a 73.5-kilowatt system containing 420 solar panels.”CVPS is committed to learning all we can about solar potential on a utility scale,” Young said. “Working with the Southern Vermont Health and Recreation Center, we expect to get some real-world experience with solar generation in an urban Vermont climate.”This will complement our own solar project planned for rural Rutland Town. Together, these systems will provide us with extensive data on costs, generation and maintenance of large-scale solar in Vermont’s at-times-challenging conditions.”The CVPS grant will help pay for up to 420 photovoltaic solar panels, each 3 by 6 feet, at SVHRC. The recreation center already has an extensive solar thermal heating system that heats some of its pool water, and will build the solar electric system on an adjacent building.The total cost of the project is $587,000. The CVPS donation brings fundraising to $300,000. SVHRC hopes to begin construction this fall, with plans for completion in June 2009.As part of a partnership to fully understand the project’s performance, SVHRC agreed to allow CVPS complete access to the solar array, generation data and maintenance records.”We’re a major energy user,” Craig said. “We believe this array will produce about 20 percent of our electricity annually, but equally important, it will provide CVPS with a real-world laboratory to study solar performance.”CVPS has already made major strides in developing new renewable technologies, and our project will provide keen insights into solar potential in Vermont.”Young said solar PV is significantly more expensive that other electricity sources, but advances in concentrating solar and other ideas may help solar play an increasingly important role in Vermont in the years ahead. Larger systems provide some economy of scale, and solar component prices appear to be headed down generally, but one key will be understanding, based on real data, how effective solar arrays can be for utilities, Young said.”CVPS has among the lowest rates in the Northeast and one of the cleanest power supplies in the nation,” Young said. “Those are tremendous advantages for our commercial and industrial customers, and important to all of us. Our goal, as we face the end of major power contracts in the years ahead, is to protect those competitive advantages to the greatest extent possible. Solar may play an important role in that effort.”last_img read more

PL aims to have matches played on ‘usual’ grounds

first_img(REUTERS) – The Premier League (PL), which will resume on June 17, says its aim is for the remaining games to be played on the usual home-and-away basis but that they have a contingency plan for neutral venues.The initial suggestion from the UK government had been for the closed-door matches to be played at neutral venues but some clubs have expressed opposition to that idea – views that have been put to the government by the league.Some media reports have suggested that select games which may have a risk of fans gathering outside grounds, such as the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool, would still be held at a neutral venue even if most matches are held on a home/away basis.“The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible,” the league said in a statement yesterday.“We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while co-operating with the police at a local and national level.“Discussions with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and UK Football Policing Unit have been positive and are continuing. We are prepared for all outcomes and have a neutral venue contingency,” the statement concluded.PL Chief Executive Richard Masters told Sky Sports News: “We’ll have a clearer picture in the next seven to 10 days but we hope the amount of games (at neutral grounds) will be low.”“… (the police) have legitimate concerns but we think we can mitigate some of the issues they’re trying to deal with.“Ultimately, we want the season to be played out on the pitch and we’re discussing a number of options to make it as fair as possible.”The PL was suspended on March 13 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic but teams returned to small group training last week and on Wednesday voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling.last_img read more

Chris Paul need not play every game again for Clippers

first_imgChris Paul of the Clippers played all 82 regular-season games last season for the first time in his 10-year career. It’s a cool achievement, particularly for a point guard.Coach Doc Rivers played the position for his entire 13-year career. It’s taxing, he said.“You gotta come back to get the ball, you gotta push the ball up the floor, you gotta start the offense, you gotta make sure everybody’s in the right place and then when the other guy has the ball, you’re up full court because he has the ball,” said Rivers, whose team is currently in China to play the Charlotte Hornets in exhibition games Saturday and Wednesday.“So the point guard spot is no joke. It’s a hard position for everyone.” “We’re going to see how it goes,” he said. “If I’m healthy enough, Doc knows I want to play every night.”Paul, entering his fifth season with the Clippers, played 80 games in 2007-08 and 2010-11.Rivers played all 82 games just once in his career as well — in 1986-87 with Atlanta; he played 81 his rookie season in ’83-’84.The bright sideRivers really wasn’t looking forward to going to China. He could hardly be blamed, as the eight-day trip — the Clippers left Wednesday morning — will be draining and will cut into practice time less than three weeks before the season opener Oct. 28 at Sacramento.It was therefore no surprise to hear Rivers respond the way he did when asked what he was most looking forward to on the trip.“Looking forward to?” he said, repeating the question. “The flight? Coming back? I don’t know. I mean, we’re going to find something.”The flight is roughly 15 hours each way. That’s not to mention there will be a couple of more hours in the air when the Clippers travel from Shenzhen to Shanghai, where the two games against Charlotte will be played.Since this is a trip mandated by the NBA, there will be a full itinerary — especially on days when the team doesn’t play.“There is something every night,” Rivers said. “I don’t know if I like that or not, but there is something. One of those things will be good for the team. I don’t know which one, but there will be.” Rivers was asked this week if Paul’s goal this season should again be to play every game in the regular season.“That should not be a goal of his,” Rivers said. “His goal should be to play … how many games in the playoffs to win it? If it’s 16 wins, I’m all for that.”Paul, 30, conceded his position is hard.“Oh, no question, definitely tough,” he said. “After the regular season, I told a big thanks to our training staff and all the people who helped through that.”Paul didn’t bat an eye when asked if he has a similar target for this season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chiropractor to accept toys as payment for a special cause

first_imgAnthony Lavin of Freedom Spinal Health Chiropractic is accepting toys instead of payment on Friday in aid of Saint Vincent de Paul in the run-up to Christmas.In the season of good will, the clinic is calling on new and existing clients to book appointments as normal but instead of paying for their session to simply donate a new toy with a similar value to the treatment.Anthony says that already, they have received donations from people who aren’t even clients and would just like to donate to this worthy cause. “It’s something that I’ve done for the last 10 years when I was working in the UK, in relation to the Salvation Army, so when I returned to live here in Donegal I wanted to continue it.” Anthony explained to Donegal Daily.“As the community supports me all year round by choosing us to be their chiropractor I feel it’s great to be in a position to give something back.“St Vincent de Paul do brilliant work with those most at need, right on our own doorstep, so I felt it right to support them.“Last year, even as our first year doing it was brilliant. St Vincent de Paul was blown away when they came to collect the donations. They had to send a van! “We were amazed at the generosity of many who aren’t members of our practice but heard about what we were doing and came in and donated. We also had many who donated even though they weren’t booked in for care on that day!”Anyone interested in availing of an opportunity to improve their spinal health and contribute to a worthy cause should call the clinic on 074 91 11292.Chiropractor to accept toys as payment for a special cause was last modified: December 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasfreedom spinal health chiropracticsvdptoyslast_img read more

A Ferocious Dispute Over James Bonds First Gun has Canceled an Auction

first_imgA controversy over a gun used on the set of Dr. No has led an auction house to reluctantly cancel the sale of what had been billed as “James Bond’s first gun.” The firearm was listed as belonging to actor Bernard Lee, who played “M,” and reportedly used in the scene where Bond is told to upgrade his weapon.The crew needed a gun and the story goes that Lee provided his own Walther PPK. Later the firearm “was gifted to the vendor,” according to original listing.Sean Connery starred as 007 in the first five Bond films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967). Then appeared again as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983). Photo Credit Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo), 1945-1989Last spring, Esquire magazine reported, “Lee brought it into set after a prop didn’t arrive, and a letter signed by the actor confirms that it was the ‘first ever to appear in a James Bond film.’ Auctioneer Jonathan Humber described the gun, which was fully-active and unregistered during filming, as a ‘superlative piece of British film history.’ ”Notes from the movie’s producers also confirmed the brief appearance of the weapon, which was replaced for the rest of the film by a Walther PP.However, James Bond experts say that even in the first scene when M tells Bond what gun to use, it is the Walther PP, not the PPK supposedly from Lee. They have studied freeze frames to analyze the gun.Photo by HUMBER ELLISAuctioneer Humbert said its sale was pulled “with a heavy heart.”The PPK on offer came with a signed letter from Bernard Lee, dated 1974, which explained how the gun ended up in the film. The letter was addressed to a friend accompanying the weapon as a gift.“…This Walther pistol numbered 149894 is a small piece of 007 history. As you are aware I have played the part of M in several of the James Bond films. The first of these, Doctor No contained a scene in which Sean was scolded by myself about his choice of firearm.”Dr.No Photo by Getty Images“His Beretta pistol was replaced by a Walther pistol. On the day of the take the pistol that was to be used was not going to be available, so I took into the studio and used for the scene this pistol which I have had for many years. (It was fully functional at the time, I have since removed the firing pin).”“This pistol is there for the first one ever to appear in a James Bond film. Yours very sincerely, John Bernard Lee.”Lee played the role of M in 11 Bond films, from Dr. No to Moonraker.On a James Bond site, one person posted, “It’s utter balderdash… It’s a PP in that scene. If the letter is genuine, Mr Lee was certainly exaggerating and bending certain truths.”Photo by HUMBER ELLISAnother person who consulted on an earlier auction of James Bond guns posted that he has told auctioneers which gun was used in Dr. No. “This actually meant freeze framing every time Bond’s pistol appeared on screen, in his hand, by his bed, in the sand and in his pocket.”The consultant went on to say, “There are too many examples of PPK pistols in particular appearing at major auctions claiming to be the one used by a particular actor where in reality the engraving on the pistol was not utilised by the factory until long after the actor in questions tenure as 007 had come to an end or the shape of a pistol being pre-Bond.”The Walther PP is a German pistol issued to Bond in the Ian Fleming novel, Dr. No. With the transition to film, the PP became Bond’s primary weapon and was featured until 1997 and Tomorrow Never Dies.Read another story from us: 7 Intriguing Surprises about James BondHumbert told the BBC, “Given such a tide of differing opinion, the only course was to regretfully withdraw it, pending further diligence and investigation. Even the experts cannot agree.”The pistol was estimated to fetch £80,000 at Humbert and Ellis auctioneers on December 6, 2018.last_img read more