California’s utility-scale solar generation hits new peak of 4.8 GW

first_imgCalifornia’s utility-scale solar generation hits new peak of 4.8 GWPeak solar generation had come near 4.8 GW on at least three other occasions during the summer prior to the August 15th, record. This peak generation comes as solar PV is meeting less demand overall in late summer. August 18, 2014 pv magazine Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The California grid hit a new peak generation record for utility-scale solar PV and CSP of 4.813 GW at 12:03 PM on August 15, according to data released by the California Independent System Operator (ISO).Peak utility-scale solar generation had come near 4.8 GW on at least three other occasions this summer: On August 8th, July 22nd, and June 1st.These figures do not represent the full contributions of solar PV, as the California ISO does not include “behind the meter” distributed solar in its figures. According to Greentech Media, California had another 2.6 GW of distributed solar at the end of the first quarter of 2014.Based on the 4.813 GW figure, PV and CSP peaked at around 14% of demand. 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Can Cornelissen Clinch the Reem Acra Crown?

first_img 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. Email* The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen is firm favourite to take the 2010/2011 title at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Leipzig, Germany in three weeks’ time. But Cornelissen is a rider who knows more than most about the fluctuating fortunes of international sport, so despite five fabulous victories with the majestic Jerich Parzival during the hotly-contested 10-leg Western European League qualifying series, the 31-year-old expressed only cautious optimism after her most recent success on home turf at ‘s-Hertogenbosch 10 days ago.“You can never predict what is going to happen, so instead I just concentrate on getting better and better with Parzival – that is my goal”, said the Dutch woman.The One to BeatThere is no doubt that she is the one to beat however and, if she is successful, then she will bring the Dutch tally to 11 victories from 26 finals. Her fellow-countrywoman, Anky van Grunsven, holds the unchallenged record for most wins in the series. Over a 13-year period stretching from 1995 to 2008 she claimed the title on nine occasions with the her two star rides, Bonfire and Salinero.Dutchman Edward Gal will compete as defending champion this year, but without the much-loved Moorlands Totilas who, during a sensational record-breaking spree, stole not only all of the most important titles but the hearts of spectators all around the globe before his sale and temporary retirement from competition in order to concentrate on breeding.Principle ThreatThe principle threat to Cornelissen seems likely therefore to come from the host-nation contingent, as German riders have been in flying form throughout the winter months and Ulla Salzgeber and her compatriot Isabell Werth have been particularly impressive. Both ladies are double FEI World Cup™ Dressage champions – Salzgeber recorded back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002 riding the great Rusty, and she put herself right back in the frame this season when first winning the Central European League qualifier at Kaposvar, Hungary in October and then bringing the exciting Herzruf’s Erbe out to top the line-up in the Reem Acra FEI Western European legs at Frankfurt and Neumunster.Multiple-medallist Werth claimed her first title with Fabienne in Gothenburg in 1992 but had to wait another 15 years to repeat that achievement with Warum Nicht in Las Vegas in 2007. She said at ‘s-Hertogenbosch recently that she may opt for the 17-year-old Satchmo, runner-up for the series title in 2009 and winner of this season’s opening round of the Reem Acra FEI Western European League at Odense in Denmark, as her choice for Leipzig.  But she also headed the second leg, at Lyon in France, with her 2007 champion Warum Nicht who has been incredibly consistent over the past few months, so she has great strength in depth in her string of equine talent.Cannot be OverlookedPatrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic cannot be overlooked either. At the penultimate Western European qualfier in Gothenburg, the Swedish partnership finished a close second to Cornelissen and looked to have plenty of room for further improvement as they continue to grow in confidence. But the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage final is not just about Western Europe – qualifying leagues have also taken place in Central Europe, North America and the Pacific region and a total of 18 riders will compete for the title including Central European League winner, Katerzyna Milczarek from Poland and runner-up, Hungary’s Robert Acs.European-based Catherine Haddad has enjoyed a great season with Winymaro, who has rarely been out of the ribbons and is long-destined for the Final, but her fellow-Americans Jan Ebeling and Shawna Harding have, only this week, joined the list of starters following the last US qualifier at Burbank in California.New                                                                                              So far, riders from nine nations are confirmed for the seasonal finale which promises to be a great celebration of the new three-year sponsorship deal with leading fashion designer Reem Acra of New York. And it will be a ground-breaking event due to the presence, for the very first time, of a new Judges Supervisory Panel which will oversee the work of the seven-strong Ground Jury judging team whose tough job it is to measure the individual performances and to separate the best from the rest. This development brings Dressage in line with many other world-class sports, demonstrating the capacity of a discipline which is firmly rooted in tradition to embrace modernisation. And it also shows its capacity to remain forward-looking – always seeking new ways to appeal to competitors and spectators alike.New ground is also being broken due to the staging, for the very first time in the history of equestrian sport, of four FEI World Cup™ finals at the same fixture. The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage, FEI World Cup™ Driving and the inaugural FEI World Cup™ Vaulting finals will take place under one roof in Leipzig from 27 April to 1 May, bringing together four world-class disciplines for a fabulous festival of horse sport.But the question for the Dressage contenders and their fans is whether Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival will go down in the record books as the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ champions. Only time will tell. Tags: Adelinde Cornelissen, Dressage World Cup, Reem Acra, FEI World Cup, Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Suspected killer of reputed mob boss was influenced by conspiracy websites: Lawyer

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The 24-year-old suspect in the killing of reputed Gambino family mob boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was arraigned on Monday on a murder charge in a New York City courtroom as his attorney cryptically said right-wing conspiracy websites and online hate speech influenced the slaying.Anthony Comello appeared in Staten Island Criminal Court just hours after he was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the fatal shooting of the 53-year-old Cali outside his home on Staten Island.Defense attorney Robert Gottlieb requested that Comello be placed in protective custody, telling a judge that Comello and his family are in danger.Comello was arrested at his family’s home in Brick Township, New Jersey, last week and was extradited to Staten Island early Monday to face justice.Following a brief court hearing, Gottlieb suggested the killing stemmed from Comello’s recent obsession with right-wing internet conspiracy websites, particularly QAnon, and hate spewed by citizens and politicians “including right at the White House.”“This is a tragedy for everybody, for the two families. But this case, perhaps more than any other, reflects what everyone has been saying recently, and that is that words matter, hate words matter,” Gottlieb told reporters outside the courthouse.Gottlieb declined to say what specifically motivated Comello to allegedly gun down Cali, asking people to wait until the evidence comes out.When Comello appeared in a New Jersey courtroom following his arrest last week, he flashed at reporters the palms of his hands on which were written the words “MAGA Forever,” “United We Stand MAGA” and “Patriots In Charge.” MAGA is an acronym for President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”“All of that is going to become quite clearer once all the evidence is known and the truth comes out,” Gottlieb said. “We are certainly taking this very seriously. But at the end of the day, the truth and the reasons for whatever happened here will become so clear and it will be shown to be directly related to the impact of the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet and elsewhere.”Gottlieb went on to express fear for Comello’s life while he is in jail.“I know the department of corrections is very concerned about it. That’s why we asked for protective custody,” Gottlieb said. “But also his family, certainly, there are concerns and we appreciate the concerns, considerations that law enforcement has shown in ensuring their safety as well.”Cali was shot multiple times on March 15 outside his home in the posh Staten Island neighborhood of Todt Hill. Police said he was apparently lured out of his house when a pickup truck allegedly driven by Comello crashed into his Cadillac SUV parked outside the home.New York Police Department homicide investigators have obtained security video of the shooting that reportedly shows Cali talking and shaking hands with a man believed to be Comello, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a news conference last week.When Cali turned his back on the killer to put the license plate that fell off his SUV in the rear of the vehicle, the man he was talking to pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired 12 shots, hitting Cali at least six times, sources with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News. Cali was taken to Staten Island University North hospital where he died.Police investigators have yet to comment on a motive for the killing. When asked if the homicide was related to organized crime, Shea said investigators are not ruling anything out.Gottlieb said Comello’s family claimed they noticed a sharp change in him in recent months.“His family and friends, the people who know him the best, recognized and picked up significant changes in him over the past few months. Something clearly went wrong,” Gottlieb said. “People who know him, love him, who spent time with him, know something dramatically happened to him that certainly seems to be affected by the hate that is being spewed throughout the internet.”Comello was ordered to return to court on April 3. Gottlieb said Comello may testify before a grand jury hearing the murder case.“He’ll be pleading unequivocally not guilty,” Gottlieb said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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“I believe in the future of Downtown Los Angeles”: Silverstein closes US Bank Tower buy

first_imgContact Kevin Sun Full Name* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address*center_img Message* OUE Limited executive chairman and CEO Stephen Riady and Silverstein Properties’ Larry Silverstein, with US Bank Tower at 633 West Fifth Street (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, and Wikipedia)Silverstein Properties closed on its $430 million deal to buy US Bank Tower, an iconic Downtown Los Angeles property whose purchase price was far below initial expectations.New York-based Silverstein made the announcement on Wednesday. The company was first confirmed to be the buyer of the 73-story trophy office tower in July.In a statement, chairman Larry Silverstein said: “I believe in the future of Downtown Los Angeles.”He added that over the last few years, DTLA “has started to transform into a 24/7 community, with new residential buildings, restaurants, and bars — much like Lower Manhattan in the years after 9/11.”The seller was Singapore-based investment management firm OUE Limited, which had put the 1.4 million-square-foot property on the market in early 2019.OUE had acquired the property for $367.5 million in 2013, and valued it at about $633 million in its latest annual report. The sales price reflects the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the seller noted in July.Silverstein is planning comprehensive capital improvements to the property “to provide building tenants with a creative office campus in a vertical urban environment.” The company is also launching “INSPIRE, its hospitality-focused tenant experience program and mobile app designed to help tenants get the most out of their workday.”According to previous disclosures to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Silverstein plans to finance about 55 percent of its US Bank Tower acquisition and capital improvement costs with a three-year loan at an interest rate of Libor plus 3.4 percent, with two one-year extension options. No specific lender was named.Read moreSilverstein Properties confirmed as buyer of US Bank TowerDowntown’s US Bank Tower in contract to sell for $430MUS Bank Tower in Downtown lists for salelast_img read more

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Who is the HANDBALL PERSON 2015/2016?

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHandball-Planet.com with the support of our friends, legendary stars, famous players and coaches, wants to put lights, once again, on the season – 2015/2016. A few months after the end of spectacular year 2015 with a lot of great events, amazing matches and unforgettable individual achievements, our Contest for the HANDBALL PERSON is on the way.Handball-Planet.com TEAM would like to praise the best of the best, individuals, among them not only players and coaches, but also events and projects who have the biggest positive impact on our sport.HANDBALL PERSON has to be an example which will be followed and recognized by the global handball community. Values of achievement could be measured in number of goals and trophies, but on the same level with positive examples to the future generations, charity, commitment, battle with injuries and illnesses or great handball visions which provide “revolution” in some handball countries, teams or organizations.Handball-Planet.com Jury made the nominations for the HANDBALL PERSON 2015/2016. Six, like in the year before, are ahead of handball fans, who can support them by voting in the next eight days – until April 23.PREVIOUS WINNERS:2012 – DRAGAN ADŽIĆ (ŽRK BUDUĆNOST / MONTENEGRO)2013 – DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK (HSV HANDBALL – CROATIA)2014 – NIKOLA KARABATIĆ (FC BARCELONA – FRANCE) Lily 22. April 2016. at 01:05 Joana Bolling Related Items:HANDBALL PERSON 2015/2016 Vardar 29. April 2016. at 08:21 Joana Bolling Maria Sardo 22. April 2016. at 00:30 Pingback: Александр Мешков номинирован на звание «Handball Person 2015/2016» | СпортНавины.com Diego 21. April 2016. at 10:29 Cristina Neagu, nobody else Maria 22. April 2016. at 00:35 alejandra 21. April 2016. at 13:52 Agustín 22. April 2016. at 20:00 Un,ejemplo de amor y de buena personal Mary 22. April 2016. at 10:55 jorge alberto brugorello 21. April 2016. at 16:11 Alexander Meshkov Who is the HANDBALL PERSON 2015/2016? Dagur Sigurdsson Thorir Hergeirsson MVM Veszprem FANS Alexander Meshkov Cristina Neagu Joana BollingView Results Beatriz evangélina 27. April 2016. at 11:59 Alexander Meshkov The Best in 2015/2016 Season THE VESZPRÉM FANS TEAM. Joana Bolling Kseniya 15. April 2016. at 21:38 Chiara 21. April 2016. at 22:35 Natalia 21. April 2016. at 01:39 Takács Ilona 15. April 2016. at 08:31 Joana Bolling voto a favor de Joana Bolling. Karina Ansaldo 21. April 2016. at 17:04 Mar ! 21. April 2016. at 01:48 Joana Bolling Joana Bolling Claudia 19. April 2016. at 13:19 33 Comments Un ejemplo de amor y de buena persona Joana Bolling, Un ejemplo de Valentia y AMOR… alexis ducler 21. April 2016. at 14:40 center_img Johanna Bolling Alexander Meshkov Joana Bolling Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Joana Bolling!! Dolores 20. April 2016. at 21:08 Joana Bolling alfredo 21. April 2016. at 16:15 Oleg 19. April 2016. at 18:01 marta 21. April 2016. at 22:19 La pagina dice votar hasta el 23 de abril.y hoy 27 ya.siguen modificandose las votaciones. Porque?solo pregunto Joana bolling The best in 2015/2016 season THE VESZPRÉM HANDBALL FANS TEAM! joaana buling ejemplo y ogullo agostina 19. April 2016. at 14:25  Loading … Javaslatom mert megérdemelnék. Joana Bolling Voto a Johana Bolling Vanina 21. April 2016. at 16:13 Яна 20. April 2016. at 12:38 Lily 22. April 2016. at 01:03 Hajrá Veszprém!!!!!!! Pingback: Izaberite RUKOMETNU LIČNOST godine | Balkan Handball Füles 16. April 2016. at 12:25 Joana Bolling, una genia total y persona maravillosa!! Füles 16. April 2016. at 12:23 ShareTweetShareShareEmail 33 Comments Gustavo 20. April 2016. at 18:43 Yo voto a joana bolling Joana Bolling es la mejor!! porque es de Concepcion del Uruguay, Entre Rios!! y ayudo a su papa!! Annabella 21. April 2016. at 12:13 Joana Bolling, she is the best by far! Végh Erzsébet 15. April 2016. at 08:04 last_img read more

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POLITICO Brexit Files: ‘Unelected wreckers’ — Barnier’s Irish welcome — Grumpy voters

first_imgTAKEAWAYSFRUSTRATED FOX. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox doubled down on the U.K. government’s rejection of a post-Brexit customs union with the EU this morning, calling the idea “null and void.” Speaking to the BBC’s Today Program, he said: “I don’t think there is a customs union that could ever be acceptable.”— Fox also expressed barely concealed frustration at the difficulty of dragging the government’s flagship EU (Withdrawal) Bill through a reluctant parliament. The government suffered another series of defeats on amendments to the bill Monday (now nine in total). The most significant being an amendment that would give parliament the power to decide what happens next if MPs reject the eventual Brexit deal with the EU — rather than the U.K. falling out of the bloc without a deal at all (see Insight below).— “In terms of parliamentary procedure it has been difficult,” Fox admitted, denouncing “procedural devices that would keep us in the Union indefinitely.”— “We don’t have a parliamentary majority and that makes life harder, but there are of course quite a number of Labour MPs who represent seats where there is a very heavy vote in favor of leaving … who I think are rash, to say the least, if they try to confront the democratic view of the British people,” he said.— And he warned the Lords not to stand in the way of the government’s interpretation of the EU referendum result: “I think there’s a very big debate now about whether the unelected house can actually thwart the view of the British electorate in a referendum.”— Fox is giving a speech this afternoon at Chatham House on prospects for post-Brexit trade with Africa.IRISH WELCOME. Calling him the Bono of Brexit would be going too far, but Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, definitely got a celebrity welcome during his two-day visit to the Ireland-Northern Ireland border region this week — certainly a warmer greeting than might normally be afforded to a visiting functionary from Brussels.— Figuring out how to avoid the reinstatement of a hard border is the toughest issue in the Brexit talks, posing the main obstacle to an exit treaty that would guarantee an orderly withdrawal for the U.K. and protect the Good Friday peace accord. More so than almost any other member of the EU27, Ireland’s fate is in Barnier’s hands.— That was clear from the moment he was introduced at an Irish government-sponsored conference on Brexit in Dundalk on Monday. “You have become a household name in Ireland,” Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told Barnier. The veteran French statesmen did not disagree. “I am not only a friend of Ireland for a long time,” Barnier said. “I am the negotiator for Ireland.”— Indeed. Barnier was often recognized as he traveled around the border area, in Dundalk and Newry, and then in Derry and Leterkenny. On Monday, while crossing the Peace Bridge, some passersby even asked him to stop to pose for selfies. At his various stops, including at Guildhall in Derry this morning, Barnier stressed his main message: There will be no Brexit deal without an “operational” solution for the border that protects the peace accord.— It is a message that has made him a hero in Ireland and an anti-hero among Unionists, who have accused him of not grasping their concerns and making a “land grab” by suggesting Northern Ireland should stay in the EU customs union. Barnier did not engage those critics but vowed to keep working on Ireland’s behalf.  “Together with the Irish government we are looking for practical solutions to a very complex problem,” he said.FROM POLITICO— There’s little hope the U.K. and Europe’s red lines on Brexit can be woven together into a compromise on Northern Ireland. London insists Brexit means quitting the EU customs union. Brussels and Dublin say maintaining a customs union is the only way to avoid re-establishing an Irish border. As the deadline for an agreement approaches, the stalemate is hardening and nobody sees a way out, David Herszenhorn reports from Belfast.— While the appointment of Sajid Javid, who (reluctantly) backed Remain in the Brexit referendum, as home secretary will ostensibly maintain the Brexit balance in the British Cabinet and buy Theresa May some breathing space, he got the gig simply because May is in too weak a position to hand the job to a more trusted ally, senior Tories told Tom McTague and Annabelle Dickson.— More than a third of NHS hospitals and care institutions say the impact of Brexit has been negative for their workforce, according to a new survey of 68 NHS institutions, seen by POLITICO. In total, 62,000 non-British European nationals work for NHS England. In a blog to accompany the survey, NHS Providers warns that, beyond the immediate problems of retaining and recruiting EU staff, the NHS will not completely fill nursing and care staff rosters after Brexit with domestically trained workers.— European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger on Wednesday will unveil his proposal for the EU’s next long-term budget, which will run from 2021 to 2027 and will have to find ways to plug the multibillion-euro hole that will be left after Brexit, when the U.K. will cease its contributions. Get the latest news, reaction and analysis with POLITICO’s live blog. THEY SAID WHAT?“There is a great deal of national grumpiness, and when the British people get grumpy, they are a force to be reckoned with. The dispossessed rejected the status quo and were unimpressed by Project Fear, and my advice to my noble friends is to stop digging.” — Labour peer Lord Howarth said in the House of Lords debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on Monday, urging peers not to call for a second referendum on the Brexit deal.EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier greets locals during a walk in the city of Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, today. Barnier is on a two-day visit to the island of Ireland | Paul McErlane/EPA-EFEINSIGHTWe have a new entry in the hysterical Brexit headlines hall of fame.“HOUSE OF UNELECTED WRECKERS” is the catchy new moniker the Daily Mail assigned the House of Lords on its front page this morning. It joins “ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE” (high court judges), “CRUSH THE SABOTEURS” (announcing the election), and of course the Daily Telegraph’s memorable attempt to get in on the act “The Brexit Mutineers” (MPs who voted against the government on an amendment to Brexit legislation).The Mail was responding to Monday’s vote in the House of Lords in favor of an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which (if accepted when the Bill returns to the House of Commons) would mean parliament, not the government, decides what happens next if MPs reject the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the EU at a crunch parliamentary vote expected this fall.Cue much sound and fury — not just from the Mail, but from International Trade Secretary Liam Fox too this morning — about an apparent attempt by parliament’s unelected revising chamber to “block the democratic will of the British people.”To be fair, there were several peers in Monday’s debate who gave succor to the near-universal suspicion of Brexiteers that any attempt to alter the parliamentary course of Brexit is cover for a wider attempt to prevent the U.K. leaving the EU altogether. Crossbench peer Karan Bilimoria — one of the co-founders of Cobra beer — was explicit that in his view the amendment would allow parliament “to stop the train crash that is Brexit.”And as for fire and fury, Liberal Democrat John Roberts showed that Remainers too can get hysterical about Brexit, crassly comparing May’s attitude to parliament to Hitler’s Enabling Act in the 1930s.In truth, the rhetorical barbs from either side obscure the meaningful parliamentary game being played here.The real driving force behind Monday’s amendment wasn’t unapologetic Remainers who want to thwart Brexit — it was the Labour Party, whose peers provided the bulk of votes needed to get the amendment passed.The Labour Party, it seems clear, is not trying to thwart Brexit. But it is trying to change it, and to increase its role in shaping it. Pushing for greater parliamentary input into the negotiating process has been an effective way by which their shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, has won wider support for this agenda than a more nakedly party-political approach could have achieved.How would Labour change Brexit if, with parliamentary allies like the Lib Dems, the Scottish National Party and Tory rebels, they were enabled to? Quite fundamentally. They’d keep the U.K. in a customs union, and would be willing to send the government back to the negotiating table after this fall’s deadline for withdrawal negotiations to achieve it.Underneath the sound and fury, that’s the real parliamentary game being played.— Charlie CooperBY THE NUMBERS— 96 percent — The proportion of British in-house and agency HR professionals who say Brexit is impacting their hiring strategies, according to a recruiter sentiment quarterly survey from LinkedIn of 600 professionals.— 80 percent — The percentage increase in the export of cars from the U.K. to Australia from 2011 to 2016, making it the top British export to the country, according to the Office for National Statistics.POLICY BRIEFING — TRADE— The U.K. government must first establish a “clear, comprehensive and evidence-based trade strategy” before hastily pursuing a trade deal with the U.S., since “a deal with the U.S. is central to the government’s post-Brexit trade strategy,” the parliament’s international trade committee says today in a report on U.K.-U.S. trade relations. Committee Chair Angus MacNeil said in a press release that “the economic benefits of a U.S. deal are presently unproven.”— Ministers have been warned that, if the U.K. leaves the EU next year without a deal, it would not be able to operate an “optimal” border on day one after Brexit, the head of the national tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, told MPs on the public accounts committee Monday. Jon Thompson said that in that scenario, the government would face a choice at the customs border between three objectives: “the free flow of trade, the security of the U.K. and the raising of revenue.”— Pressed on whether HMRC would in such a scenario be under pressure to just wave through lorries without collecting customs duties just to keep the ports moving, he said he has talked to ministers about the issue. “If you have to trade one of those objectives, one of them might be revenue,” he said.— Brussels is gearing up to propose a new set of global negotiations to tackle the highly contentious issue of carving up the EU’s food import quotas after Brexit. The new EU approach puts it at odds with Britain, which hopes the issue can be largely resolved in a quick bilateral deal with the EU.— “Once we have left our alliance with the EU, the United States will be even more central to our foreign policy than it currently is, especially as we are unlikely to be flavour of the month with the EU after our departure,” Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg writes in the Times, saying President Trump “will be our greatest ally after Brexit.”INS AND OUTS— The U.K. revenue and customs department will be hiring more than 5,000 Brexit staff, up from the 3,000-5,000 previously announced, department head Jon Thompson told MPs Monday. He added that 898 of them are already in place, and most of them will be in customer service and customer compliance roles (read: ensuring loads of businesses know what they’re doing).ELSEWHERE …— Theresa May’s Cabinet met this morning and voiced its “strong disappointment at the defeat inflicted on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords” Monday, the prime minister’s official spokesman said at a daily press briefing. Cabinet’s view is that the Lords “risked tying the government’s hands behind its back in negotiations with Brussels,” the spokesman said.— “The prime minister said when the Bill returns to the House of Commons the government would be robust. She said it was vital to ensure the legislation was able to deliver the smooth Brexit which is in the interests of everybody in the UK,” he added. As POLITICO reported two weeks ago, opposition parties expect House of Lords amendments to come back to the Commons by the end of this month. Prepare for another major parliamentary Brexit bust-up.— Shadow Health Minister Lord Philip Hunt could be sacked from Labour’s frontbench after he voted for a Liberal Democrat amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill calling for a second Brexit referendum, according to PoliticsHome. The proposal was rejected 202-260 by the House of Lords. However, 51 Labour peers defied their party’s order to abstain and backed the plans.— Theresa May faces a new immigration crisis after it emerged that she overruled Cabinet ministers pleading for more doctors from overseas to fill empty NHS posts, the Evening Standard reported. At least three government departments lobbied for a relaxation of visa rules to let in doctors and specialist staff sought by businesses and the understaffed NHS. Brexit uncertainty has prompted fewer medical staff from the EU to apply for positions.— MEPs on the Brexit Steering Group sent a letter to new U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid Monday, raising concerns about the online application system to register EU citizens living in the U.K. after Brexit. The letter says particular attention should be paid to vulnerable groups, members of the same family should be able to register together on one form, and there should be full compliance with EU data protection regulations.— Former senior Ulster Unionist Party MP Lord Kilclooney has been criticized for calling Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar a “typical Indian.” He tweeted the comment in response to Jeffrey Donaldson, a DUP MP, saying Varadkar’s visit to Northern Ireland with the EU’s Michel Barnier “is another demonstration of the poor manners and disrespect.” Lord Kilclooney told BBC News NI he rejects “false accusations of racism” and that he does not intend to withdraw the tweet.— Theresa May is considering signing up Britain to a catch-all association agreement with Brussels that Brexiteers fear will amount to “EU Mark II,” according to the Telegraph. Critics say it would make Britain a “rule taker” from Europe, but Chancellor Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis are open to the idea, which is also favored by the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt and featured in the institution’s Brexit guidelines in March this year.— U.K. manufacturing slowed more than predicted in April and consumers borrowed at the weakest pace in 5 1/2 years in March, adding to signs that the economy’s poor first-quarter performance could persist. IHS Markit said its monthly Purchasing Managers Index was at 53.9, from a downwardly revised 54.9 in March. This is a 17-month low, worse than economists had forecast, Bloomberg reported.— The U.N. special rapporteur on racism is visiting the United Kingdom until May 11 to study “structural racism” among police forces towards minority groups and people of African descent, and will pay particular attention to the impact of Brexit on racial equality in the country.— Brexit Secretary David Davis will appear before the House of Lords EU committee at 4.30 p.m. local time today.BREXIT COUNTDOWNThere are 332 days until the U.K.’s formal exit from the European Union.Brexit Files is compiled by Sanya Khetani-Shah, Paul Dallison, and James Randerson. Reach them at [email protected] | [email protected] | [email protected] newsletter is part of POLITICO Pro’s coverage of Brexit. Email [email protected] to request a complimentary trial.last_img read more

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Pilot Survives Plane Crash in Wyoming

first_imgCHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A small plane has crashed near Cheyenne.Only the pilot was on board the plane, which went down around 7:30 Tuesday morning. Lew Simpson, spokesman for Laramie County Fire District No. 2, says paramedics arrived to find the pilot walking around at the scene 13 miles west of Cheyenne.The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/M0EntI) that a helicopter flew the pilot to a hospital.Simpson says the plane severed at least one power line as it crashed. About 400 people in the area were without electricity.The power line started a small fire that was quickly extinguished.___Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.comlast_img read more

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Concept Senza Bike Lock IS Part of The Bike

first_imgQuick, name one of the biggest issues behind why people avoid commuting by bike. After time concerns and how to get all your stuff to the office, one of the reasons that’s sure to pop up again and again, is how to keep your bike locked up and safe, due to the fact that many businesses still do not offer bike lockers for safe keeping.Regardless of the reason for needing to lock up your bike, bike locks are still a bit of a better than nothing approach to security. Even the best locks are able to be breached in a relatively short amount of time, and there have been countless stories of thieves taking angle grinders to bike locks in the middle of the day, with passerbys either completely oblivious, or unwilling to get involved.So the question becomes how do you make the bike lock better, and make it so that the thief isn’t willing to waste his time in the end? When the question was posed to Savannah College of Art and Design student Jaryn Miller, Jaryn thought that it made sense if the bike lock was integral to the bicycle. Jaryn’s final concept is a lock that is fully integrated into the bike, locks all the major parts, and if broken will cause the bicycle to be difficult to ride.Sound intriguing? See how it would work after the break! While the concept of a frame mounted rear wheel lock is nothing new, Jaryn had visions of the rear lock actually locking both the seatpost and the wheel at the same time. From the looks of the rear lock from his artist rendering above, for the rear lock to have that capability it would have to be a fairly specific frame for it to work, so that the seatpost extended below the seat tube. Again, though, this is an idea, not necessarily a product. The idea of creating some kind of lock that served to keep both your seat and your rear wheel safe could be a more elegant solution than the permanent seat leash.While the rear is interesting, the really intriguing idea is the concept of building in a lock to the handlebars. Sure, you would have to come up with some ingenious way to attach the lock halves to the base bar to withstand the stress of actually riding the bike, along with a host of other issues. But, as a concept, it’s interesting to say the least.Imagine, just jumping on you bike and riding. No searching for your lock, fussing with frame brackets, or loading your bag down with 15 pounds of metal. Instead you just ride your bike to the destination, and upon arrival unlock the ends of your handlebar which is then locked around your front wheel and frame. Not only would the lock provide security, it would mean that if the lock is compromised in order for someone to steal the bike, that means the handlebars would be damaged as well. Granted in the pictures shown, the section of the bar remaining on the bike is still wider than the bars on some fixed gears, but if it could be designed so that the handlebar was basically useless it may cause thieves to think twice.Clearly, this design would really only be practical for commuters and city bikes due to the added weight, but in reality it seems like it could be feasible. So what do you think? If someone actually manufactured a integrated lock/handlebar would it be of interest?last_img read more

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The Paradox of the Free-Market Liberal

first_imgThe New York Times:IN American politics, personality is, supposedly, destiny: Having a conservative personality makes us conservative on economic and social policy, and vice versa for liberals. Think of the stereotypes: the free-spending, libertine liberal; the rock-ribbed, free-market conservative.But there’s nothing natural about this pairing between personality and such broad ideologies. Instead, the structure of our ideological divide is shaped by political messaging rather than psychological differences. In fact, our research, which we recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggests that the personality characteristics that make someone culturally conservative will often tend to promote left-wing economic views, favoring redistributive economic intervention by the government. How is this possible?Start by considering the most influential scholarly view of how personality affects political ideology: the “rigidity of the right” model. It holds that people differ from one another in terms of whether they are closed-minded and prefer what is familiar, or are open-minded and prefer diverse experiences.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Why a Messy Workspace Undermines Your Persistence

first_imgHarvard Business Review:The disorganized accumulation of papers and coffee cups scattered across your desk may help you project the impression that you’re working at full throttle, but in fact it’s probably dragging you down. We’ve found that people sitting at messy desks are less efficient, less persistent, and more frustrated and weary than those at neat desks.But wait, you may say. No one who has worked in a busy office for more than a week can possibly keep a neat desk — the work comes at you too fast. Or you may say that you like your mess, that it’s as comforting as a little nest. To which we say yes, it can be challenging to keep a desk neat. And yes, a mess can be comforting, even freeing, in a sense: You don’t have to worry about things becoming disordered, because they’re already disordered.But look at the data:In one of our experiments, more than 100 undergraduates were exposed either to an uncluttered space or to a work area where papers, folders, and cups were scattered over shelves, a desk, and the floor, like so:Read the whole story: Harvard Business Review More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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