News bites from August 14

first_imgTwitter Print Previous articleTunnel closedown as truckers ignore warningsNext articleScourge of high rents and rates admin WhatsApp Facebook NewsLocal NewsNews bites from August 14By admin – August 12, 2010 544 Bus Eireann employee suspendedA LIMERICK based Bus Eireann employee has been suspended.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A Bus Eireann spokesperson in Dublin confirmed to the Limerick Post this Tuesday that an “internal disciplinary matter” was under investigation.Gallery extension underwayCONSTRUCTION of a new extension to Limerick City Gallery of Art, is currently in progress.Temporary hoarding has been placed at the junction of Pery Square and Upper Mallow Street.The new art gallery extension will include a canteen, offices and storage area and work will extend over a 10 month period.However, there will still be pedestrian entrance to the park from the main and other entrances.Pattern mass in KilquaneDEVOTEES of the annual Pattern Day mass at Kilquane Cemetery, near Parteen, should take note of its 2010 date, falling this Saturday, August 14. At 6pm Fr Tom Carroll will celebrate and all are welcome at the cemetery which is now approached by a new road. Car in embankment at Barrington’s PierA CAR is reported to have driven onto the embankment at Barrington’s Pier off the Condell Road.Limerick Fire Services confirmed that a “person went into the embankment” on Friday evening August 6, but it is not known whether any injuries were caused to the occupant(s).  Advertisement Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Rocks New Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their dynamic brand of blues-rock virtuosity to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time this year. On the heels of the February 15th release of their new album Signs and the passing of their beloved keyboardist and flutist Kofi Burbridge on the very same day, last night’s performance at the newly reopened Met Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House) was tight as a drum and full of spirit. For a relatively large and decadent theatre venue, the tightly stacked mezzanines, wide stage, and plush seating nevertheless delivered an intimate concert experience. Excitement in equal measure for the new venue and award-winning ensemble ensured that the energy in the space was absolutely palpable even before the music started.The band opened the first set with “I Want More”, a setlist staple from 2016’s Let Me Get By, which saw Derek Trucks warming up his lead guitar chops as he filled the spaces between his wife Susan Tedeschi’s vocal phrasing. Trucks then broke out his trademark slide for rollicking favorite “Do I Look Worried”, with the band exploring its dynamic boundaries for the evening in terms of volume and intensity. The song’s tightly rehearsed and sharply abrupt ending briefly convinced more than a few that the power had gone out.The group then drew material from new album Signs for the next couple of tunes: “When Will I Begin” proved equal parts tender and fierce, while “I’m Gonna Be There” exuded celebration and catharsis. “Sit down up there!” an older lady yelled at the crowd during a break in the music. A good-natured smattering of voices shouted in reply, “You stand up back there, this is rock and roll!”Covering the Delaney & Bonnie tune “Comin’ Home” gave Tedeschi her first chance to wow the crowd with her own formidable soloing as well as showcased Trucks’ blues licks in a raging, extended outro. Former Derek Trucks Band singer Mike Mattison then took over lead vocal duties for a rendition of Lee Dorsey’s blues classic, “Get Out My Life.” Tedeschi used her freedom from the microphone to take a wah-pedal driven solo, leading the band through an improvisational section which also saw renowned keyboardist Gabe Dixon and trombonist Elizabeth Lea wow the crowd with instrumental acrobatics.The pairing of the soulful “It’s So Heavy,” featuring saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and the pounding blues rocker “Signs, High Times” saw the band hit its first-set stride. They kept up the pace through set closer “Idle Wind,” which featured standout moments from nearly every band member and a captivating percussion breakdown.Tedeschi launched right into Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces” to start the second set, with Trucks exercising masterful restraint in a tasteful solo that served the song well. The band then followed Dixon’s organ stylings right into their popular version of Spooner Oldham’s gospel-soaked “Sweet Inspiration.” The audience anthem of the night came with a powerfully-delivered “Laugh About It,” which preceded straightforward country-tinged rocker “They Don’t Shine.”Next, Mattison and Tedeschi dueted on “Right on Time” before the group launched into the funk-driven “Anyday,” which saw Trucks and Dixon trading blistering licks. Trucks went on to channel B.B. King’s clean, trebly guitar tone in a polished cover of “How Blue Can You Get,” before ending the second set with a power pairing of album title tracks: “Made Up Mind” and “Let Me Get By.” The band left the audience thoroughly satisfied with the encore performance of Little Milton’s “More and More” and Joe Cocker‘s “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, bringing to a close a memorable night full of new music in a new venue. Catch the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, AL, on Thursday, February 28th, 2019, and head to their website for more upcoming dates.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band |Met Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 2/26/19 Set 1: I Want More, Do I Look Worried, When Will I Begin, I’m Gonna Be There, Comin’ Home, Get Out My Life, It’s So Heavy, Signs, High Times, Idle WindSet 2: Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, Sweet Inspiration, Laugh About It, They Don’t Shine, Right On Time, Anyday, How Blue Can You Get, Made Up Mind, Let Me Get By”Encore: More and More, Let’s Go Get Stonedlast_img read more

Japanese utilities see expansion opportunities in booming Texas electricity market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Texas’ booming energy market is attracting interest from overseas, including Japanese investors. Two Japanese energy companies have in recent weeks made their first investments in the U.S. renewable energy sector, looking to capitalize on expected continued growth in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. market, while a third Japanese company has expanded its U.S. presence by investing in its second renewable energy asset in Texas.On July 10, Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. teamed up with Michigan-headquartered utility company CMS Energy Corp. to acquire the 525-MW Aviator Wind Project in Coke County, Texas, from Ares Management Corp. The deal closed Aug. 6. CMS owns 51%, Kansai Electric owns 48.5% and Ares funds own the remaining 0.5%.The Aviator Wind project is the first renewable energy holding in the U.S. for Osaka-headquartered Kansai Electric. The company has partial ownership interests in two operating gas-fired plants in the PJM Interconnection LLC region. It has also invested in onshore wind farms in Finland and Ireland, according to a news release, as well as the Triton Knoll and Moray East offshore wind farms supplying the U.K.The new investments mark the latest step in Japan’s growing involvement in overseas energy projects. A number of Japanese energy companies have invested in the European offshore wind sector for nearly a decade. In its home islands, Japan by 2030 wants renewable energy resources to make up 22% to 24% of its power supply, primarily from solar and offshore wind.Tokyo Gas Americas Ltd., a new subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., on July 29 announced the acquisition of the 500-MW Aktina Solar Project (Ramsey) in Wharton County, Texas, from Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered private developer Hecate Energy. The deal, which closed Aug. 5, is the first international solar project that Tokyo Gas has seen through from construction to completion. The first phase of the Aktina project is expected to be in commercial operation in mid-2021, and its output will be sold into the ERCOT market.On Aug. 5, J-POWER USA Development Co. Ltd., a unit of Tokyo-based Electric Power Development Co. Ltd., announced its second U.S. renewable energy project with AP Solar Holdings LLC, a Texas-based developer. Called Charger Solar, the 400-MW facility will be located in Refugio County, Texas, midway between Houston and San Antonio. Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2021, with the project in operation in 2023. In April, the two companies said they had teamed up to develop a 350-MW solar project, to be in operation in 2022, in Wharton County, Texas, supplying ERCOT’s Houston zone.[Michael Lustig]More ($): Japanese utilities expand presence in U.S. renewables sector Japanese utilities see expansion opportunities in booming Texas electricity marketlast_img read more

Gov. Cuomo updates NYS on COVID progress

first_imgNEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo gave an update to New Yorkers on the state’s progress with COVID-19, saying the statewide rate of positive cases is at 1.51%. In the whole of the Southern Tier, reports showed a positivity rate yesterday of less than 1%. Governor Cuomo said, “New York had the highest positivity rate in the nation at the peak of this crisis — now we have the third lowest in the nation. New Yorkers should be very proud of that fact, but we also need to remain vigilant.” To see Governor Cuomo’s micro-cluster strategy, click here. Broome County’s rate of positivity went down to 2.31% as reported. The 7 day rolling average for Broome County as a yellow zone area is reported as 6%. Governor Cuomo said yesterday, focus zone areas in the state reported a rate of positivity of 3.1%, while the remainder of the state reported a rate of 1.36%. Governor Cuomo reported 1,125 hospitalizations due to COVID and 17 deaths in the state yesterday from the coronavirus. Two of those reported deaths occurred in Broome County.last_img read more