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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.DUNKIRK — The City of Dunkirk’s National Night Out Committee has moved the date of its annual National Night Out Celebration this year due to COVID-19.Officials say Night Out is now slated to happen on Tuesday, Aug. 25 with an alternate date for Tuesday, Sept. 1. National Night Out is traditionally on the first Tuesday in August.The Committee says they do not want to cancel the program but in order to keep everyone safe they will require that masks be worn by everyone in attendance and that social distancing is practiced. They will have safety precautions in place and theyt will separate the picnic tables around Washington Park so there is distance between citizens and families during the evening and they will keep them separated for the usual Movie that they end the night with.Police Officers and Firefighters will be on location and they will interact in a safe way with all that attend. The Night Out Committee wants to thank all people that come out for the event every year and we look forward to seeing all of you again this year and ask everyone to help them have a safe event.last_img read more


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first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Sheldon Says Bonjour to BerkeleyTony nominee Tony Sheldon has joined the cast of Amélie at Berkeley Rep as Dufayel/Collignon. As previously announced, the West Coast production will begin on August 28 and star Les Miserables favorite Samantha Barks, as well as Adam Chanler-Berat. No word yet on whether the musical, which features a book by Craig Lucas and score by Daniel Messé, will bring the adventurous Parisian to the Great White Way, but with a cast like this, we suspect the answer is oui.David Arquette Takes Sherlock on the RoadScream star David Arquette will star in Greg Kramer’s Sherlock Holmes adaptation. The new take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle character is all about opium. People want it, the House of Lords might ban it and criminal kingpin Professor James Moriarty is on hand to thwart the imminent vote. That’s when they discover a drowned body. Performance will kick off at L.A.’s Ricardo Montalban Theatre on October 15.Bend It Like Beckham Releases Cast AlbumYou can now shake it like Beckham in your own home. The West End production of the new musical Bend It Like Beckham has released a digital cast album on iTunes and Amazon. The Sony Classical recording will be available in stores on September 11. Unlike most cast albums, this one was recorded live over the course of several performances at London’s Phoenix Theatre. Get a taste of some of the Bollywood-influenced numbers below! View Commentslast_img read more


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first_img Marines from ten countries held a series of military exercises on the north coast of Peru, including a demonstration of amphibian incursion and domination of an urbanized area, as well as a hostage-rescue and evacuation operation, AFP confirmed. The multinational exercise “Partnership of the Americas and Southern Exchange” brought together marines from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, and Peru. The activities took place on the marine base at Ancón, in the areas of Salinas-Huacho Bay and Inocente Gorge. Following the operation, the 1,500 military personnel participated in a humanitarian action to benefit the inhabitants of the district of Ancón, in the province of Lima, 25 km north of the city of Lima. The objective of the exercises was to build mutual trust, to strengthen integration, to increase combined operational doctrine, and to train for peace-keeping operations, security, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief, a Peruvian Navy spokesperson announced. The training also included offensive tactics and daytime and nighttime training, the spokesperson added. By Dialogo July 21, 2010last_img read more


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first_img *The views expressed herein are strictly the author’s. By R. Evan Ellis*, Latin America research professor with the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. November 09, 2018 On September 7, 2018, the U.S. ambassadors to El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, and the U.S. charge d’affaires to Panama met in Washington D.C. to discuss the recent decision by those three countries to switch their diplomatic relations from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Following the meeting, the U.S. State Department issued a strong statement: that it would consider suspending the visas of officials in such countries where there was evidence they had engaged in corruption or other criminal acts, including commercial contracts and other deals with their new PRC-based partners. The expansion of Chinese commercial activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including over $150 billion in loans to the region, and $114 billion in equity investment, has thrust the behavior of PRC-based companies in the region into the spotlight. The challenges of corruption and other questionable activities in public contracts in the region long pre-date recent Chinese engagement. Nonetheless, the irregularities involving projects with PRC-based entities are striking, particularly in Venezuela and Bolivia, and previously Ecuador and Argentina, as well as within governments with limited resources, such as those of Central America and the Caribbean. Examples include uncompleted railroads and factories and massive purchases of Chinese appliances in Venezuela, loans-for-oil contracts with lucrative intermediation fees in Ecuador and Venezuela, and the empty “City of Knowledge” built by Chinese contractors in Ecuador. Others include unaddressed flaws in the country’s massive (supposedly completed) Coca-Cola Sinclair hydroelectric facility, a broad array of questionable contracts in Bolivia, an unproductive paper mill, a zinc smelting facility in Potosi, delay-plagued road and bridge projects awarded to the Chinese firms Vicstar and Sinohydro, and the construction of a rail line from Montero to Bulo Bulo (in which both Chinese contractors had to be fired). Beyond the populist socialist regimes, examples of irregularities include the granting of lucrative real estate by the Jamaican government to China Harbor Engineering company for construction of a highway, and most recently, a series of questionable projects in Panama, including failure of Chinese business groups to stop construction on a port despite a court order, uninvestigated labor law violations involving the same port, the awarding of a construction contract for the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal under questionable circumstances, and the use of public monies to pay for a cruise ship terminal and possibly a $5.5 billion cross-country train, although neither were identified in the national development plan. As the Lava Jato scandal in Brazil has shown, no country in the hemisphere is immune to public corruption. Nor are Chinese companies the only entities which may be engaging in corrupt practices. The preference of Chinese companies for government-to-government deals and the building of personal relationships are not always corrupt. There are, however, strong tendencies for the pursuit of interests by PRC-based companies in both populist socialist and small states of the region to fuel public corruption and deals that benefit the Chinese, and the personal interests of the local elites involved, while harming the interests of the country and the health of its democratic institutions. With respect to leftist populist regimes, the turn away from the West has placed additional importance on Chinese loans and investment as alternative revenue streams, while the character and political orientation of their populist leaders has made them receptive to negotiating government-to-government deals with their Chinese counterparts, rather than using conventional sources of financing and procedural mechanisms. At the same time, the consolidation of power by those populist governments increases the risk of abuse by transforming institutions and undermining or eliminating previously existing (if flawed) mechanisms for oversight, as well as checks and balances on power through democratic opposition. The weakening or disappearance of such institutions, which also provided technical advice, further undermined the ability of populist regimes to negotiate effectively with the Chinese to secure a good deal for their countries. The associated erosion of transparency and oversight also expanded options for Chinese organizations to court populist elites through particularistic favors in exchange for arrangements that benefitted the Chinese more than the populist government. As with populist regimes, other countries in the region such as those in the Caribbean and Central America are also highly vulnerable to the Chinese style of wooing elites with particularistic benefits, albeit for different reasons. On one hand, the small size of their populations and economies magnifies the temptation of even modest-sized Chinese loans or investment, often offered with relatively limited delays and few political or fiscal conditions, but substantial conditions involving the use of Chinese contractors, workers, materials and equipment. The small size of the local market and often high levels of public indebtedness of Central American and Caribbean nations makes the offer of Chinese money yet more attractive for local governments starved for easy alternatives. Making matters worse, the small bureaucracies of those nations are often grossly out-resourced by their Chinese counterparts, open to making exceptions in public procurement practices and vulnerable to corruption. With so many advantages, the Chinese are not only effective in winning projects, but also in protecting their own interests in dealing with regimes of limited capability and projects of questionable economic logic. In addition to the common Chinese practice of securing sovereign guarantees for such projects through government-to-government deals, the Chinese employ an array of bureaucratic protective measures, from securing loans through commodities contracts in the case of “oil-for-loans” deals in Venezuela and Ecuador, or sophisticated default clauses, such as that used to secure control over the Baha Mar hotel project from local partner Sarkis Izmirlian in a Hong Kong court when performance deficiencies by the Chinese builder drove the project into bankruptcy. In doing business with socialist-populist nations, the Chinese “win-win” approach means that the Chinese win even the most questionable projects to then establish the bureaucratic conditions to “win again” if it fails. The risk posed by the interaction between the Chinese style of engagement and the vulnerabilities of their Latin American counterparts in the short term is magnified by the renewed struggle between PRC and Taiwan. Insofar as PRC’s establishment of diplomatic relations with countries in the region involves a flood of new loan-based infrastructure projects and other forms of cooperation, it is particularly worrisome that the nine states in the region that still recognize Taiwan are relatively small, with imperfect institutions and particularly vulnerable to the corrupting effects of such engagement. The United States cannot and should not attempt to block the countries of the region from the benefits of open, legitimate engagement with PRC and its companies. Rather, insofar as the conditions in Latin America directly impact the United States through ties of commerce, investment, geography, and family, it’s particularly incumbent on the United States to be a good neighbor, helping the region to strengthen its institutions so that it can secure the greatest advantage for its own development out of economic engagement with China and other extra-hemispheric actors. last_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every 13 minutes someone in the United States dies from suicide; the equivalent of 108 people every day. Suicide is among the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., with close to 40,000 Americans dying annually.Robin Williams’ apparent suicide has shocked the nation. The death of this rich, famous, and funny man brings to light the important fact that mental illness, addiction and suicide do not discriminate. In fact, those are some of the exact factors that can make a person at risk for suicide.“Suicide is a permanent solution to what is often a temporary problem, and that problem is often depression,” Dr. Douglas Jacobs, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has said.Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take his or her life. Knowing these factors can lead to increased awareness and help-seeking behaviors for a person in need. Some of these factors include: mental disorders, in particular, depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, alcohol or substance use or dependence, previous suicide attempts, family history of attempted or completed suicide and a serious medical condition and/or pain. Suicide risk tends to be highest when someone has several risk factors at the same time.Educating individuals about warning signs of suicide is just as important a step in suicide prevention as knowing risk factors. Signs an individual might display include, but are not limited to: talking about wanting to kill themselves, or saying they wish they were dead, looking for a way to kill themselves, such as hoarding medicine or buying a gun, talking about a specific suicide plan, feeling hopeless or helpless or having no reason to live, feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation, losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure, insomnia, and becoming socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family, and others. Research shows that talking to someone about suicide does not increase their chances of going through with the act; in fact it may lower the immediate risk.Mental illness affects one in four people directly. This also means that everyone involved with this individual will certainly feel its impact. Open conversations about the reality of these illnesses, and their potential to be fatal, are necessary. Awareness of mental health issues, as well as warning signs, positive interventions and treatment are essential to prevention.It is impossible for us to know exactly what Robin Williams was thinking or going through at the time of his death and many are left asking “Why”? If we continue to educate ourselves and learn from this tragedy we can hopefully save a life.If you, or someone you, know is having suicidal thoughts call The MHANC HELPLINE at (516) 504-HELP (4357) or the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-(800)-273-TALK (8255) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.Michael J. Chambers is executive director of the nonprofit Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Inc.last_img read more


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first_imgAs cyber-attacks continue to grow in complexity and frequency, the need for a comprehensive data protection strategy is essential, but it may not be enough. Consider that:73% of companies are not adequately prepared to face a cyberattack.65% of C-suite executives believe their cybersecurity strategy is well-positioned, but just 17% of these strategies are considered at the highest level.Even when organizations have such a plan, they can face significant losses if a breach occurs. For example, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) enforces protection of consumer data and can impose civil penalties of up to $7,500 per violation in the case of a breach. The average cost of cybersecurity incidents caused by company insiders is $8.76 million.As part of a sound framework of assessments, training, policies, and procedures, it is important to also consider investing in a cyber insurance policy. These policies further protect your credit union in a worst-case scenario and can help protect against financial losses, defend litigation, invest in forensics, and other unforeseen actions and expenses. Here are four questions to ask a provider when evaluating a cyber insurance policy: Does the policy include both first-party and third-party coverage?Not all cyber policies are equal in terms of the damages covered. If the policy offers first-party coverage, it will typically cover your credit union against direct losses due to a breach, such as business interruption, notifying customers of the breach, consulting services to address the breach. Third-party insurance will typically cover defense costs and other expenses as a result of customers’ damage claims. A credit union, which is responsible for both its own data as well as sensitive customer data, should have both types of coverage. What are the limitations and requirements of the policy?Cyber policies are subject to limitations and requirements. In addition to coverage thresholds, which will limit how much the insurance company will pay because of a breach, coverage may be subject to various requirements. For example, your credit union may need to adopt certain security protocols to do your part in keeping data safe. If those protocols are not in place or ignored, you may find that coverage levels are affected. Be sure you discuss the requirements and limitations of the policy in full with your insurance broker. What is your approach to emerging threats?With the emerging innovations like artificial intelligence and machine learning, these technologies give cybercriminals more tools and opportunities. Discuss your insurer’s approach to emerging threats and how they communicate the risks and mitigation strategies to policyholders. How will you keep us informed of the latest threats and best practices? Look for an insurance provider that has ample resources to help you learn about cybersecurity threats and best practices. Some have support materials to help educate employees about how to protect credit union data. Take advantage of any advisory, information, or other cybersecurity support services the insurer provides to help protect your institution.Cyber insurance can play an important role in your risk management program by providing a resource for risk-prevention measures as well as coverage if a breach does occur. Be sure you understand the difference between first- and third-party coverage, as well as the specific coverage areas and support your policy provides.Sources:1 Hiscox, Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2018, 2018.2 IBM, Securing the C-Suite: Cybersecurity Perspectives from the Boardroom and C-Suite, 2018.3 Ponemon Institute, 2018 Cost of Insider Threats: Global Organizations, 2018. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Birgitta Meylor Birgitta Meylor is Director of Partner Management for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. Contact her at Birgitta.Meylor@… Web: www.cunamutual.com Detailslast_img read more


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first_imgWHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said China had tested hundreds of thousands of packages and “found very, very few, less than 10″ proving positive for the virus.Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said in a statement that it was seeking clarification on the Chinese findings. Ecuador’s production minister, Ivan Ontaneda, told Reuters that the country maintains strict protocols and cannot be held responsible for what happens to goods after they leave the country.More than 20.69 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and almost 750,000​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.The WHO urged countries now that are striking bilateral deals for vaccines not to abandon multilateral efforts, since vaccinating pockets will still leave the world vulnerable. The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain.Two cities in China said they had found traces of the coronavirus in imported frozen chicken wings from Brazil and on outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp, raising fears that contaminated food shipments might cause a new outbreak.”People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food,” WHO head of emergencies program Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva. “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus. And people should feel comfortable and safe.” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move Moscow likened to its success in the Cold War-era space race.Moscow’s decision to grant approval before then has raised concerns among some experts. Only about 10% of clinical trials are successful and some scientists fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.The WHO does not have enough information to make a judgment on the expanded use of the Russian vaccine, said Bruce Aylward, WHO senior adviser.”The vast majority of the population of the world is susceptible to this disease,” he told the briefing. “The second thing that we are seeing is the stringency of the application of control measures is dropping. People are coming closer together…masks aren’t being used the way that they should etc.”So any leveling of the disease that we are looking at is just lulling you into a sense of false security … because it has lots of space to still cause trouble,” Aylward added.Topics :last_img read more


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first_imgSaint-Etienne aim subtle swipe at Arsenal over failed William Saliba loan move Comment The Frenchman is yet to play a competitive match for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Fulham registered a strong interest and guaranteed Saliba regular minutes in the Premier League but it seems Saliba favoured a return to Saint-Etienne, who were confident of reaching an agreement before the deadline.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Saint-Etienne claim ‘administrative conditions’ could not be met in England as they pointed the finger of blame at Arsenal, leaving both the club and the player ‘disappointed’.‘Long before the transfer window closed, Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal’s offer for a one-season loan,’ a statement on the Ligue 1 club’s official website said. ‘Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the completion of the deal. ‘The disappointment is great for Saint-Etienne and William Saliba, who was particularly determined to return to a club where he has flourished.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 9:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kSharescenter_img Advertisement Arsenal defender William Saliba was keen to return to Saint-Etienne on loan (Picture: Getty)Arsenal appear to have got on the wrong side of Saint-Etienne once again after the French club missed out on a temporary agreement for William Saliba.The Gunners signed Saliba from Saint-Etienne for a fee of around £27million last summer before immediately loaning the 19-year-old central defender back to the Ligue 1 outfit for the 2019/20 campaign. Mikel Arteta hinted that Saliba could be in his plans for the new term by giving the youngster a chance to impress in pre-season but widespread reports suggested the youngster would head out on loan before the summer transfer window closed. Saliba spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)It’s not the first time Arsenal have upset Saint-Etienne, with the Gunners coming under fire back in July for their ‘absolutely unacceptable’ demands which meant Saliba could not play in the Coupe de France.The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the French football season meant Saliba’s deal came to an end before Saint-Etienne faced Paris Saint-Germain and they were unable to reach an agreement with Arsenal to extend his loan.‘Saint-Etienne was pleased to learn yesterday Tuesday that Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, was ready to leave William Saliba at the disposal of the club until the final of the Coupe de France,’ Saint-Etienne’s statement at the time said.‘William Saliba had been training for several days with Claude Puel’s group and was obviously very enthusiastic about the idea of ​​finishing his course in Green with such a match. ‘Alas, Saint-Etienne, which simply wanted the extension of the initial loan until July 24, could not find an agreement in the evening with Arsenal to allow the defender to properly prepare and play this meeting, the English club imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityReports suggest Arsenal have also angered Atletico Madrid for the lack of notice they gave before triggering Thomas Partey’s £45million release clause on deadline day.The Ghana midfielder put pen to paper on a four-year contract at the Emirates and agreed to wages of £250,000-a-week, making him the third-highest player in Arteta’s squad after Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He is expected to take over the No.18 shirt in north London, which was last worn by Nacho Monreal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: ‘The team that many people don’t see’ – Edu posts behind-the-scenes picture after Arsenal sign Thomas ParteyMORE: Atletico Madrid furious with Arsenal over ‘incredible’ Thomas Partey deallast_img read more


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first_imgSome of the amazing views from 9 Royston St, Brookfield.SANDY Baldwin describes the view from her Brookfield home as being like “Hollywood Hills views’’.The house was designed to make the most of the views of the surrounding Brookfield area and to capture it from every room, when it was built four years ago.“It is pretty amazing,’’ Ms Baldwin said.There are amazing views from most parts of the home.Her brief to the architect was to reflect a casual lifestyle with an open feel and, of course, to make the most of the views of the city and Mt Coot-tha.But, don’t mistake casual for poor quality; the home is built and finished with the highest quality materials.The property has a 22m infinity pool with individually laid imported Biasazza glass mosaic tiles from Italy, on top of a wing of the house and there is a heated spa.The pool sits over a wing of the house.“Underneath we have got the wine cellar and a kids area downstairs,’’ Ms Baldwin said.The cellar has sake barrels that were sent over from Japan, and there is also a wine bar area, which also overlooks the views.Ms Baldwin said it was a very modern sort of home that felt luxurious but was still low key.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoShe said high-end finishes were important to her and it had been kept fairly simple.“ I have always liked clean lines and seamless indoor outdoor spaces,’’ she said.Her favourite part of the house is an outdoor shower, which also has views, as well as the barbecue area and main living area.There are even views from the wine cellar.The home, known as “Lani Mauna”, was designed by architect Tim Ditchfield.Recycled timber floorboards from Brett’s Wharf are used in the home as well as Port Fairy bluestone granite, Carrara marble, and polished concrete floors.There is a commercial-grade cool room off the kitchen. The kitchen has Liebherr and Miele dishwashers and freezers.9 Royston St, Brookfield.There is also a commercial grade teppanyaki barbecue.There are three bathrooms in the home as well a parking for five cars.Mrs Baldwin said she had really enjoyed living in the home but she was keen to move on to another project and build another house, so had decided it was time to list 9 Royston St for sale.The floorplan. Supplied: DiakritThe home is cut into a northeast-facing 1.01ha block of land and is designedwith separate living areas for adults and adult children.There are two fire places, a cold room with a viewing window, and a fully functioning gym.DETAILSlast_img read more


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first_imgOrkney Isles light up with Scotrenewables tidal powerScotrenewables Tidal Power’s SR2000 produced 116MWh in less than a week of continuous generation, providing nearly 7% of Orkney’s electricity demand in August 2017. The power was produced from the 2MW floating tidal generator during ongoing trials at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).On shorter periods, the SR2000 output’s contribution to the Orkney grid exceeded 25% of demand over a seven day period, the Scottish-based tidal energy developer said.Turbulent tides hit AlderneyAlderney Commission for Renewable Energy (ACRE) has reportedly cancelled the agreement with Alderney Renewable Energy for the development of tidal power resources around the island’s waters. The body in charge of licensing and regulating renewable energy developments in Alderney, the ACRE, has decided to end the agreement with Alderney Renewable Energy due to apparent breach of contract, the BBC has reported.The contract in question is actually a 65-year permit Alderney Renewable Energy received from ACRE in 2008 to install tidal turbines and infrastructure for renewable energy systems in Alderney’s territorial waters in the English Channel – an area of 48 square miles with an estimated tidal resource in excess of 3000MW.Illustration/OpenHydro tidal turbine (Photo: DCNS) SE Asia in the spotlight for new floating tidal technologyInternational collaboration between European and Asian clean energy developers has resulted in the introduction of a new floating tidal energy solution for Southeast Asia. Sustainable Marine Energy (SME), and Schottel Hydro, clean energy developers from UK and Germany respectively, have been working together to develop an integrated surface floating tidal platform solution known as PLAT-I.The platform floats on the surface of the water hosting four Schottel’s SIT 250 turbines, with the total capacity of 268kW. It is meant for deployment in less aggressive tidal sites to enable the exploitation of a greater number of locations to support island communities.A significant opportunity exists in the Philippines to harness the power of the oceans to provide a reliable supply of energy as the country boasts more than 7,000 islands, many of which are isolated communities that still have limited access to electricity.GE drops Oceade tidal turbine. Sinks NEPTHYD projectGeneral Electric (GE) has decided to not pursue further development of the Oceade tidal turbine, which resulted in Engie shelving the tidal array demo project planned for Raz Blanchard, off France. The two companies were selected in 2014 to develop a tidal array demonstration farm where GE was tasked with supplying four Oceade 1.4-18 tidal turbines for the project dubbed NEPTHYD.However, GE decided to suspend the development of the Oceade tidal turbine and redeployed around 40 of its employees working on tidal developments across its other activities, mainly in offshore wind, French media reported. As a result, Engie decided to shelve the NEPTHYD project citing ‘lack of supplier’ as the reason.Cape Sharp Tidal untangles Bay of Fundy tidal turbineCape Sharp Tidal has recovered its 2MW tidal turbine from the Bay of Fundy after untangling the line that caused a two-month-long delay in its retrieval. The turbine was recovered on Thursday, June 15, 2017, after it was set free from the tangled line around its subsea base that was preventing its safe retrieval. After that, the turbine was moved to Port Saint John for maintenance.Illustration/Cape Sharp Tidal deployment (Photo: FORCE) Tidal Energy Today is bringing you the list of the articles you read the most in 2017.MeyGen nears 400MWh of tidal power generationAtlantis Resources has revealed that in the first three weeks of March, the average generation at MeyGen has been sufficient to power the equivalent of 1,250 UK homes. The power performance of the turbines at MeyGen exceeded the contractual output guarantees, putting the project on track to achieve capacity factors in excess of 40%.The first phase of the MeyGen tidal array project started operation in November 2016, subsequently securing the full Ofgem accreditation as a 5 ROC project in February 2017. MeyGen’s Phase 1A features four tidal turbines with a total capacity of 6MW, three of which built by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest (AHH) and one AR1500 Atlantis turbine.Giant wave device sails across Atlantic for Wave Hub trialsIn February 2017 the US-based wave energy developer GWave unveiled plans to deploy a 9MW wave energy device at the Wave Hub testing center in UK. GWave spent the past decade developing its Power Generation Vessel (PGV) technology, and is currently preparing to bring the first full-scale device for testing purposes at the Wave Hub test center, off Cornwall.The device floats on surface of the ocean and pitches with the swells as the waves pass underneath. Inside the device there are weighs which swing in counter motion to generate electricity.The target date for the deployment of the device is summer of 2018.Philippines plans 20GW of renewable energy capacity by 2040Energy Secretary for the Philippines, Alfonso Cusi, said in April 2017 that the country plans to add at least 20,000MW of renewable energy capacities by 2040. Cusi made the statement during the launch of the Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) for the Philippines, undertaken by the country’s Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).PLAT-I tidal platform generates first powerThe 280kW PLAT-I platform was installed on November 25, 2017, and within two days after the installation, the SME and Schottel Hydro teams completed the first phase of commissioning the system. The work resulted in first power generation, and according to the developers, all four Schottel Instream Turbines (SITs) mounted on the platform reached their rated power of 70kW each, and proved their performance characteristics.Also, SME said the platform demonstrated ‘excellent stability’ throughout a range of tide and weather conditions, operating autonomously through its platform control system during spring tides in December 2017.SIT turbines on the PLAT-I platform (Photo: SME)center_img Horizon 2020 picks Nova Innovation to lead €20M tidal arrays projectEuropean Union’s Horizon 2020 has selected Nova Innovation to lead the project that aims to increase the commercial viability of tidal power through tidal arrays optimization. The project, titled Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT), will build on Nova’s existing operational tidal power station in Bluemull Sound off the Shetland Islands in Scotland, which was one of the world’s first grid-connected offshore array of tidal energy turbines.It will extend the Bluemull Sound array to six turbines and seek to demonstrate that high array reliability and availability can be achieved using best practice maintenance regimes. Also, the layout of the turbines will be adjusted to enable array interactions and optimization to be studied for the very first time at an operational tidal energy site.The EnFAIT project began in July, and will run until June 2022, bringing together a consortium of nine leading industrial, academic and research organizations from across Europe.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more