Duke Energy issues 300 MW solar energy request in North Carolina

first_imgDuke Energy issues 300 MW solar energy request in North CarolinaThe company’s Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to assist its efforts in meeting the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards. February 17, 2014 Ian Clover Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Power holding company Duke Energy has issued a 300 MW RFP in North Carolina (NC) as it ramps up its efforts to comply with the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards. The Charlotte, NC-headquartered company is hoping to add new solar PV capacity in its Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories, with an inauguration of service date set for the end of 2015. Bidders for the RFP can offer to supply either full renewable energy certificates or provide a turnkey solution of which Duke Energy will take ownership as it seeks to diversify its energy mix. The RFP targets those solar installations that are greater than 5 MW in capacity, and is limited only to those projects that can be realistically completed by the end of 2015. Any affiliates of Duke Energy will be not invited to participate in the RFP. “This proposal will practically double our current solar capacity for customers in the Carolinas,” said Duke Energy’s VP for renewable generation development, Rob Caldwell. “It gives developers the opportunity to pursue projects for the long term, or to negotiate for Duke Energy to acquire ownership of the new facilities once they are operational.” North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS) enables any renewable energy facility that is connected to the Carolinas system to be eligible for compliance obligations. Duke Energy is eager to add more renewable energy generation capacity, with the RFP allowing the company to target those projects that are already in the planning stages. “For bidders who wish for Duke Energy to assume ownership, it will allow us to better locate and integrate the new capacity into our energy mix,” added Caldwell. “We are in the best position to manage the unique characteristics of intermittent solar generation into our existing system to assure cost-effective, reliable, dependable electricity for our customers.”Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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ReneSola connects four PV farms in UK to beat RO cut-off deadline

first_imgReneSola connects four PV farms in UK to beat RO cut-off deadlineReneSola has completed and connected to the grid four utility-scale PV projects totaling 20 MW in the U.K. March 29, 2016 Adilya Zaripova Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share Four solar plants powered by ReneSola’s Virtus II solar modules have been successfully connected to the grid in the U.K. These PV farms, with a combined capacity of approximately 20 MW, are located in Barnstable, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Notthinghamshire.Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola, which is currently undertaking strategic growth into the downstream sector, managed the design and construction of these projects. The company will also provide ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services.“These projects reinforced our commitments to the clean energy businesses in the U.K., and demonstrated our strong competitive advantages in developing downstream projects,” said ReneSola’s CEO Xianshou Li.All four of the projects are qualified under the Renewable Obligations (RO) program and connected to the grid, mere days before the subsidy scheme closes at the end of this week.Last week, British solar developer Lightsource announced that, considering the current economics of solar PV, it would “not be able to grow the U.K.’s solar generation capacity without subsidy on non-private wire projects in 2016”. 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Manager of Network Infrastructure and Services

first_imgOther duties as assigned.Ability to assist, participate or learn any other type ofnetwork or security related function not listed above. Participate in “on-call” duties within rotating scheduleRotating on-call duties shared amongst the team.  The leadnetwork and security engineer needs to be available to assist ifneeded even if not currently on-call. Lead the development, management, and implementation of MaristCollege’s network infrastructure.Manage the design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring ofMarist College networks, including all network routing, switching,wireless, and end device security.Lead high-availability initiatives to ensure proper design andimplementation to guarantee all servers and services remainfunctioning during outages.Create and communicate key networking metrics and analytics toappropriate partiesAssist in the technical configuration, implementation, andmaintenance of all network related devices. Marist CollegeManager of NetworkInfrastructure and ServicesReporting to the Director of Special Projects, Networking &Telecommunications this position is responsible for managing andleading a team of technical engineers that are responsible forengineering, designing, expanding, integrating, securing,deploying, managing, monitoring and maintaining the college’snetwork infrastructure while enforcing network securitypolicies.  This position is also responsible for overseeinguser access to the network.The ideal candidate is an individual who can navigate a rapidlyevolving field and is a demonstrated expert in all aspects ofnetwork engineering, monitoring and troubleshooting.Our Network and Infrastructure team consists of innovativeproblem-solvers and we seek an enthusiastic and technicallycompetent candidate to lead and manage our team.  For theright individual this is an exciting professional opportunity in arewarding, challenging and fast-paced environment.  If youtake tremendous pride in your work and you are ready to both leadand learn the College welcomes your candidacy for the position ofManager of Network Infrastructure and Services.  Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of relatedprofessional experience.Excellent written and verbal communication skills isrequired.Professional licensures, certifications or designations arealso required; such as Cisco CCNA.Preferred Qualifications:Master’s degree in Information Technology or Computer Science ispreferred. Essential Functions:Manage the daily operation of the wired and wireless network,set standards for quality of service and ensures data integrity,network uptime and secure access across all platforms. Thisincludes network hardware and software, including routers,switches, WAP’s and network related appliances, in addition to ACIand VMWare infrastructure that supports virtual machines thatfacilitates network access and tools. This position providessupervision to Network staff for training/mentoring and isresponsible for performance management.Provide direction and mentoring to the technical team ofNetwork Engineers who develop and build solutions using a varietyof technologies.Responsible for the activities of the team, leading changemanagement, identifying appropriate resources needed, anddeveloping schedules to ensure timely completion of theprojects. About the Department and School:As a leader in educational applications of technology,Information Technology (IT) offers students, faculty, and staffaccess to advanced technologies to help promote a strong sense ofcommunity. A distinguishing feature of the Marist education is themanner in which information technology is used in support ofteaching, learning, and scholarship. This environment creates astrong applied research culture and includes Marist students asyoung paraprofessionals, which makes Marist unique within highereducation.Marist IT staff come from diverse career and educationalbackgrounds. Our community of technologists collaborate to supporta commitment to excellence with 80 staff members within 15departments, more than 200 student paraprofessionals, and a24/7/365 operation. Effort, talent, and commitment are rewarded andrecognized within the division both internally by leadership, andexternally through numerous industry accolades and awards. No twodays are ever the same while working in IT. With our focus onopen-source technology and innovation, we are committed to findingmore effective and practical ways to use technology to meetinstitutional goals.We are looking for excellence, attention to detail, strongownership of one’s work, and exceptional problem solving andproject management skills. If you are a critical thinker with theability to solve problems independently and as part of ahard-working team, we welcome your application for the Linux SystemAdministrator position.About MaristLocated on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at itsFlorence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive,independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its missionis to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skillsrequired for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in theglobal community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistentlyrecognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges ThatCreate Futures and The Best 385 Colleges), U.S. News & WorldReport (10th Best Regional University/North, 5th Most InnovativeSchool/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best CollegeValues”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term studyabroad (#4 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doorsreport. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-ageundergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, includingfully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor ofPhysical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs.  To learnmore, please visit https://www.marist.edu/aboutApplicationsTo learn more or to apply, please visit https://www.marist.edu/careers.Only online applications are accepted.Marist College is strongly committed to the principle ofdiversity and is especially interested in receiving applicationsfrom members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women,individuals with disabilities, veterans, and persons from otherunder-represented groups.AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONEMPLOYER Design, implement, and manage network security policyenforcement and cybersecurity best practice strategies.Ensure best practices and security requirements are employedfor the configuration of network technology and servicesEnsure all network infrastructure is patched and upgraded in atimely mannerSupport the selection, design, development, and implementationof cyber and information security technologyEnsure cyber threats are identified, monitored, andcontainedSupport effective cybersecurity incident response andrecoverySupport monitoring and analysis of network and systemsbehavior Research, document and present emerging networking and securitytechnologies in order to successfully implement them in the networkStay current on the latest trends, technologies and bestpractices to enhance the overall infrastructure.Participate in online forums, mailing lists and any other meansto keep up with all of the emerging technologies.Evaluate new products, participate in beta trials and recommendnew products to enhance the overall network.  This includeshardware, software, and appliance based product solutions for bothnetwork, and security related services.last_img read more

FirstGroup employees support Action for Children

first_imgA month-long fundraising drive by FirstGroup employees has helped raise almost £10,000 for the Action for Children charity.FirstGroup employees raising funds for Action for ChildrenHeld to mark the first six months of a three-year charitable partnership, events organised by the transport operator’s charity champions place took place around the UK and raised more than £6,800. Activities included cake sales, auctions, a bake off, cake sales, a second-hand book sale and static cycle rides.The final amount raised for Action for Children will be almost £10,000 due to FirstGroup’s matched funding scheme.last_img

A smuggler’s paradise

first_imgThe U.K. plan would put a tariff on beef amounting to 53 percent of the EU most-favored nation rate, while tariffs on poultry products would be set at 60 percent of the EU most-favored nation rate. Butter and cheddar cheese would have tariffs of 32 percent and 13 percent of the EU most-favored-nation rate respectively.A farmer at work on Gola Island, Ireland | Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesEU farmers, particularly those from Ireland, would find it much harder to compete in the U.K. market under these terms. Up to 65 percent of Ireland’s cheddar cheese exports go to the U.K., along with large shipments of butter and infant formula. In total, 30 percent of Ireland’s dairy production is sold to the U.K, according to Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Ireland’s food exports to the U.K. made up 35 percent of the total in 2017.“There is nothing to stop that [smuggling] at the moment,” added Ivor Ferguson, the president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. “We can see Northern Ireland really being the back door into the main Great Britain market.”Farmers in both the U.K. and Ireland expressed dismay at London’s plans.Bord Bia said London’s plan “would be detrimental to Irish farmers and Ireland’s agri-food exporters,” while the Irish Farmers’ Association said the U.K.’s tariff proposals would devastate rural areas and inflict huge damage on the country’s beef sector.“Our most exposed sectors, particularly beef, simply will not survive the kind of tariffs being talked about. This would have a devastating effect in the rural economy,” the IFA’s president, Joe Healy, said. “We export over 50 percent of our beef to the U.K.  If this is subject to tariffs, it will be a ‘direct hit’ of almost €800 million on the sector.” Ireland’s borderlands were once a smuggler’s paradise. If the U.K. leaves the EU in a no-deal Brexit, experts say, they likely will be again.The British government’s no-deal contingency plan released early Wednesday morning would create enticing opportunities for smugglers, by slapping steep tariffs on agricultural products like beef and cheddar cheese while not applying checks at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.”I assume this is more of a theoretical plan than a practical one,” said David Henig, director of the European Centre For International Political Economy, a think tank. “I cannot see this being in anyway sustainable beyond a short period. There are reasons we check things at borders.” Not everyone, however, sees things as being as gloomy as the Irish are suggesting.”I’m not so sure a hard Brexit means as much pain for Irish beef farmers as they might want you to think,” said Ben O’Brien, director for the trade group Beef + Lamb New Zealand. “It takes some kind of front for an EU member state to complain about anybody else’s beef access arrangements.” Also On POLITICO UK Chancellor: Brexit deal ‘dividend’ if MPs can agree a way forward By Charlie Cooper ‘Exasperating’: David Cameron comments on latest Brexit turmoil By Laurenz Gehrke “In simple terms, the U.K. grain and oilseed rape market would be open to all global exporters after previously seeing protection from the EU’s tariffs,” he said. He also noted that while lamb would be protected by a steep tariff under London’s plan, it would still face the EU’s common external tariff in a no-deal scenario. “This will impact trade flows and market dynamics,”‘ he said.”It has been said that an open border in Northern Ireland will be an invitation for smuggling” — Holger Hestermeyer, reader in international dispute resolution at King’s College LondonMinette Batters, the president of the U.K.’s National Farmers Union said: “While we are relieved that we are finally able to see the tariffs that will be applied on imported food in a ‘no-deal’ scenario, it is appalling that we only now have this opportunity to do so — a fortnight before they could come into effect. Farmers and food businesses have no time to prepare for the implications.”The U.K. could also face legal challenges to its plans, said Holger Hestermeyer, a reader in international dispute resolution at King’s College London.Hestermeyer said the plan would open up the U.K. to complaints inside the World Trade Organization because it would break the so-called most-favored nation rule, a principle that dictates that all special trade benefits outside of a trade deal must be shared with every other WTO member.”It has been said that an open border in Northern Ireland will be an invitation for smuggling,” he said. “Quite possibly, the reality could turn out worse: Routing goods via the Northern Irish border could — depending on the details of the policy — become a legal alternative to paying tariffs that would be due anywhere else.”center_img The trade body Dairy Industry Ireland said London’s suggested tariff on cheddar would result in additional costs of €20 million per year. Currently, Irish cheddar exports to the U.K. are well north of €250 million in value.”The proposed tariff levels are deeply unwelcome, would put Irish butter and cheddar under severe pressure in the U.K. markets … and would necessitate increases at consumer level,” Dairy Industry Ireland said.Northern Irish sheep farmers would also stand to lose out | Charles McQuillan/Getty ImagesWhile Irish agriculture producers might try to export to the U.K. through Northern Ireland, Dairy Industry Ireland said this is not an option as exporters would be keen to keep up their reputation by trading through legal channels. Northern Irish sheep farmers, who sell some 400,000 of their lambs in the Republic every year, would also stand to lose out. Added tariffs would crush the trade, Ferguson of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, said.U.K. farmers meanwhile worry the selective tariffs would distort markets and leave parts of the industry vulnerable.Sensitive agricultural goods, such as meat and dairy products, will be protected but cereals, potatoes and most fresh produce imports will face no tariff barriers and massive competition from abroad, said Tom Hind, chief strategy officer at the U.K.’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The move was intended to provide businesses and consumers with clarity and prevent a return to the period prior to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, when the British army patrolled the borderlands between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, blockaded country roads and struggled to stop smugglers.The U.K. said the plan would be temporary in nature, but offered little clarity about how it would be able to carry out checks on goods coming over to Britain from Ireland.“We can see Northern Ireland really being the back door into the main Great Britain market” — Ivor Ferguson, president of the Ulster Farmers’ UnionThe goods affected range from farm products to motor vehicles.”You’re essentially saying ‘we’re not going to check anything on the border between Ireland and the rest of the U.K.,'” said Henig.Someone could buy a car in Ireland, drive it across the border into Northern Ireland before shipping it over to Scotland, bypassing the U.K.’s 10.6 percent tariff on vehicles. “If you are not going to put something in place and check goods crossing the sea border, then it opens up all sorts of differentials,” Henig said.last_img read more

Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer Sues Band After Being Forced To Audition Again

first_imgAll is not well between longtime bandmates in Aerosmith. According to new reports shared by TMZ, drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against the rest of the rock band saying they’ve unfairly blocked him from rejoining after taking time away for medical reasons in 2019. This comes just days ahead of the MusiCares “Person of the Year” concert in Los Angeles this weekend, where they’re set to appear and perform as the honored recipients.According to the report, Kramer, who’s been with Aerosmith since they formed within the Boston music scene in 1970, claims the rest of the band refuses to let him rejoin for live performances after he took brief time away from their Las Vegas residency last spring for minor, non-music related injuries. Kramer claims he never approved of the new band policy which requires an audition and solo rehearsals alongside a click track to prove he’s “able to play at an appropriate level” to earn his job back.Related: Aerosmith Adds 2020 Dates To ‘Deuces Are Wild’ Las Vegas ResidencyThe 69-year-old Kramer also claims the stress of all this had “significant repercussions” to his health and even hospitalized him this past November. The hospitalization was the cause for Aerosmith to find a replacement drummer for their Vegas residency shows at $20k per week–a bill that Kramer had to pay.The band has yet to give Kramer the green light to rejoin playing with them, saying he “did not have enough ‘energy’ in the recordings.” The band is set to appear and perform at the MusicCares “Person of the Year” awards in Los Angeles this weekend where they are the act of honor.The band has yet to comment on the lawsuit.Awkward, right?Kramer shared a statement on news of the suit in saying:“Being prohibited from playing with a band that I have given 50 years of my life to supporting, is beyond devastating. This is not about money. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers, for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry. Neither the MusiCares’ Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated … I hope our fans can understand that all I’m trying to do is get back to playing with the band that they love – and that’s Aerosmith with all five original members. The greatest magic and success of Aerosmith happens when all the band’s founding members are together in the house … To be removed from my rightful place on stage to celebrate our success – a success that acknowledges my own life’s work, is just plain wrong.”Classic rock star egos never fail to grab a headline, even in 2020, and who doesn’t love some extra drama heading into Grammy Week? Let’s hope the Aerosmith guys can patch this up and get it together for a 50th-anniversary (and possibly, a farewell) tour in 2020.The winter dates for the band’s DEUCES WILD Vegas residency are also set to pick up at the end of the month on January 29th. Head to Aerosmith’s website for tickets and concert info.[H/T TMZ]last_img read more

Lightning Stings Fast-Food Employee

first_imgMEDFORD, Ore. — Lightning shocked a fast-food worker emptying the dishwasher in Southern Oregon over the weekend, as a storm knocked out power to thousands of Rogue Valley customers. The Mail Tribune newspaper reported a half inch of rain fell in about 20 minutes southwest Medford. Firefighters say the McDonald’s employee in Central Point was conscious Sunday and was sent to the hospital for observation. They say lightning apparently hit a pipe on the roof.center_img Editor’s Note:Read“When Lightning Strikes” to brush up on how to treat patients who have been struck by lightning.last_img

How Our Golden Retriever Lost Her Sight — But Kept Her Love of Life

first_imgSARDS I hoped her blindness might be an immune mediated inflammation of the optic nerve, which could have been treated and might have been cured. But in the back of my mind, I feared that it was something called SARDS, or Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome. SARDS strikes female dogs more frequently than males and is more commonly diagnosed in the winter, although no one really knows why in either case. What we do know is that there is no treatment for SARDS and the condition is permanent.Our Shakira is now, and will always be, blind.I’ve treated many blind dogs over the 31 years I’ve been a veterinarian, dogs who’ve lost eyesight from causes ranging from diabetes (common) to progressive retinal atrophy (very common in some breeds like Miniature Schnauzers and Shelties) to shotgun blasts (fortunately, less common). When Teresa and I were first married, our first “child,” a Miniature Schnauzer named Bode, also went blind in just a couple of days during a bout of pancreatitis. But Bode was an indoor dog who knew the paths of our home very well; unless we moved the furniture, he got around just the same as when he could see.Shakira’s life is very different. She lives on a 150-acre horse ranch, and for her there’s nothing as important as our twice-daily routine of my throwing the tennis ball for her down our lane, across our lawn and into the woods until she’s panting tired. Without her eyesight, I worried that the thing that made her happiest would be something she could no longer do.Overcoming a DisabilityI am happy to report that I was wrong. And I should have known better – I can’t tell you how many times in this veteran veterinarian’s career that I’ve seen someone’s beloved pet adapt to a challenge and live just as fully as before.So it is with our Shakira. She can no longer see the tennis ball, but she still finds it every time – and on a dead run! When I throw it, she waits and listens for the “whoosh” in the direction my arm is moving, stands still until the ball hits and then runs for it. She knows our ranch so well that she runs along well-worn paths and ducks under the fence with ease. She then uses her keen sense of smell to find the ball.I’ve thrown for her at least 200 times now, and she has retrieved her ball every single one of them. I do throw the ball in areas that are safer for her (not in heavy brush or in piles of rocks), and I talk to her more so she knows where I am, but that makes her adaptation no less amazing. If you didn’t know she was blind, you’d never notice it as she makes her way around our ranch.My whole life I’ve been aware of the power of what I call “The Bond,” that special connection we have with our animals, and the many ways they help us live our own lives. Seeing our Golden Girl take in stride what would send many of us into mourning is just another reminder of how many ways our animals help us.Her message is clear: Enjoy what you have, and don’t worry about what you don’t have. There’s joy in every day, if you just look for it. Or smell for it, in the case of Shakira, who will not let her handicap slow her down for a minute.Vetstreet.com is a pet website written by top veterinarians, pet health experts and professional journalists dedicated to giving you the most accurate information possible, so you can keep your dogs and cats healthy. The key is a well-informed owner and an expert veterinary care team.RELATED– Are Tennis Balls a Dangerous Toy for Dogs? – Yes And No (by Dr. Marty Becker)MORE FROM VETSTREET–  Most Unique New Pet Products That We LoveMinistry Pups: A Different Kind of Service Dog__________________________AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor years, our Golden Retriever, Shakira, had the ability to track an incoming missile – a yellow tennis ball, I mean – better than the air defenses of most of the world’s countries. Her ability to lock on to a target and pull in the prize, coupled with her speed in the 100-yard dash, would have made NFL scouts drool like a Bloodhound, sure they’d found the next hall of fame wide receiver.Shakira is an athlete, a hard-bodied, golden phenom who never has an off day. If you threw it, she would retrieve it. And beg you to throw it again. And again. My arm would fall off long before my tail-wagging retriever would allow me to put down the ball.These days, though, she wouldn’t notice if I stopped throwing the ball because she can’t see what I’m doing anymore. In just two days, 12-year-old Shakira went from being able to track an airborne tennis ball at a dead run to not being able to see a spoonful of canned dog food held two feet in front of her nose. (Read more of the article by By Dr. Marty Becker, below)last_img read more

The Amazings: Join a UK Website to Teach Your Skills and Get Paid

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEveryone has a skill. Now retirees and other talented individuals in London are invited to share their passions by joining “The Amazings”, a new social enterprise that helps people with skills to teach others by way of group classes and activities.The website explains, “We handle the advertising and payments – all the Amazing has to do is decide when they want to run their experience, turn up, be amazing, and then collect the cash.”Upcoming scheduled classes include “Introduction to Crochet,” “Steel Pan Drumming” and “Cooking Hungarian Food”.The website, run by a trio of young entrepreneurs, offers gift vouchers for classes, which start at just £10. They see it as a way for people to make a bit of extra cash, and in the process enrich the lives of others.“She gave great advice,” one pupil said of the teacher in her “Alterations Workshop” in February. “In the process we also transformed three items of clothing.” Co-founder Katie Harris told the website HowToHome, “We initially were just going to work with the retired but when we started doing the on-street research what we found was a variety of amazing people who wanted to share their skills.”Katie says it’s all about community, and there are more ideas planned for branching out. “The thing is we want it to be a real social thing, and we’re going to try running a social evening for the current Amazings, where we meet in a different pub each time – the Amazings can come together, people that might want to go on the course can come and chat to the Amazings, new Amazings can come and learn about the experience of other Amazings.”Interested Londoners should check the website often for more classes in foraging, dancing, Thai Chi and more, at TheAmazings.org.Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Game day operations run smoothly despite storm

first_imgFor the second time this season, intense storms changed the course of game day activities. But this time, Saturday’s severe weather was brief and almost completely unpredicted. Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations and associate vice president of Campus Safety, said officials had been tracking the weather going into the weekend and that all information pointed to “cool and clear” until about 10:30 a.m. on game day. “[It] kind of popped out of nowhere, was intense [and] short in duration,” Seamon said. “As quickly as it came, it left.” He said Notre Dame issued the first campus-wide announcement of the day around noon, warning people that a storm was approaching and advising them to find shelter. “About 12:30 p.m. or so [the storm] hit campus and covered the ground in hail and snow and sleet,” Seamon said. “People who were tailgating had to seek shelter. It was really, really unusual.” The storm passed campus by 1 p.m., Seamon said, and the University issued an all-clear message over the loudspeakers at 1:10 p.m. He said soon after the announcement, fans resumed tailgating, and the sky was clear for the rest of the day during the Notre Dame victory over Navy. Phil Johnson, director of Notre Dame Security Police, said police made only one arrest inside Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday. Outside the stadium, police issued four citations for underage drinking. One man was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and his case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Johnson said. Despite the brief storms Saturday, Seamon said the Game Day weekend was a success overall. “It was a really good weekend, minus the little weather incident we had,” he said. “Everything worked really well. It was a great victory.” Seamon said 8,000 people attended the pep rally Friday. Over 3,300 visitors walked through the tunnel, and 1,000 attended the football luncheon. The LaBar practice field had 1,035 visitors on game day. “[There was] a lot of excitement [with the] Halloween weekend and home game. People were ready to go, which I thought (was) great,” Seamon said. Seamon said that as usual, Notre Dame fans showed great support for the team and a high level of respect for Navy. “I thought it was a great atmosphere. There was a lot of respect for the rivalry with Navy,” Seamon said. “People were fired up to get back to winning.”last_img read more