GM, Ford sign big wind power deals with Michigan utility DTE

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s Detroit Business:General Motors will use 100 percent renewable energy to power its global technical center in Warren and a large part of its Detroit-based world headquarters at the Renaissance Center.About 300,000 megawatt-hours of wind power, enough to power about 30,000 households per year, will come from DTE Energy Co.’s MIGreenPower program, said GM and DTE in a statement. Nationwide, GM said its renewable energy deals to date total 1.71 terawatt hours, more than any other automaker in the region.Last week, Ford Motor Co. signed a similar deal with DTE for 500,000 megawatt hours through MIGreenPower.DTE said it plans to build or acquire new wind projects to source the MIGreenPower program that Ford has joined. The Detroit-based company did not say where they would be located as sites are being investigated. The company now has 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays. The wind parks are in the Thumb and mid-Michigan. The utility said it plans in March to commission its largest park so far, in Gratiot and Isabella counties in Mid-Michigan.In January, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a special rate structure for DTE to expand MIGreenPower, its voluntary renewable energy program for large corporate and industrial customers. GM is the second company, after Ford, to take advantage of this new structure. In 2017, DTE launched a slightly different MIGreenPower voluntary program to residential customers in which people pay extra on their monthly bills to support renewable energy capacity. Customers can invest in DTE-owned wind and solar farms by paying about $5 extra per month. Michigan’s 2016 energy law mandated utilities to create a green pricing program for customers.GM officials also said the company now generates 20 percent of its global energy supply from renewables. GM also is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and an early signatory of RE100, a collaborative global initiative uniting influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for and delivery of renewable energy.More: DTE, General Motors agree to wind farm green energy project GM, Ford sign big wind power deals with Michigan utility DTElast_img read more

Honduran authorities launch security initiative to cut homicide rate by more than half

first_img Gang activity Honduran security officials understand the need to cooperate with other Latin American countries and the United States in the fight against drug trafficking, Rodríguez said. Cooperation primarily involves the sharing of information about the movements and plans of drug traffickers. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández recently, warned gangs and other criminal groups that they have run out of friends and have three options. “Gang members, extortionists, people involved in organized crime have very few friends remaining. The dark party that has caused so much harm to this country is over,” Hernández said. “Either shape up your behavior, seek peace in your souls, dedicate yourselves to your families and work decently, or you have the option of leaving the country, and if not, you will end up in prison.” Successful security initiatives ‘El Chapo’ in Honduras Honduran authorities are working to dramatically reduce the country’s homicide rate, which has been driven up in recent years by drug trafficking activity. In early January 2014, Security Minister Arturo Corrales Alvarez announced that Honduran security forces will cooperate with each other and go after street gangs and transnational organized crime groups which operate in the country. The security initiative is designed to reduce the rate of killing, Corrales said. Corrales made the announcement following a meeting with Honduran National Police Commissioner Ramón Sabillón. The security minister also asked local officials, such as mayors, and all members of society to help in the battle against organized crime. Ordinary citizens could help authorities by providing information. Honduras, which has a population of 8.5 million, has one of the highest rates of homicide in the world, according to the United Nations. The country has a homicide rate of 86.5 killings per 100,000 residents, according to UN statistics. There were more than 7,000 killings in Honduras in 2013. Eight of every 10 victims were men under age 45 who were, shot to death, according to the Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), repored. Authorities hope the security initiative will reduce the homicide rate to what it was in 2004, Corrales said. That year, Honduras recorded 35 killings per 100,000 residents, according to UN figures. By Dialogo February 05, 2014 Honduran security forces have achieved several successful initiatives in recent months. For example, in September 2013, Honduran police agents apprehended several alleged leaders of the gang “Los Cachiros,” including Javier Eriberto Rivera Madariaga and Devis Leonel Rivera Madariaga, who are brothes. Police also seized more than $800 million (USD) in properties, including hotels and even a zoo. . Los Cachiros is a violent drug trafficking organization based in Honduras. It has forced alliances with Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. Corrales said Honduran police are “the front line” in the battle against violence by international drug traffickers and street gangs. Corrales did not provide further details about the security initiative. Honduran police forces should cooperate in the fight against violence with the country’s Armed Forces, which are stable and effective, said and strong, said said Armando Rodríguez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Specifically, police should rely on the intelligence arm of the Honduran Army and the Special Security Response Group, which is known as “the Tigers,” the security analyst said. “The high level of training of the Armed Forces and the Tigers group should be used in areas of conflict,” Rodríguez said. “They should be used in remote regions where access is difficult, to round up criminal gangs, which will improve security. Trying to reduce the number of murders in a year to the number from ten years ago is a tough challenge to achieve.”” What does the DEA think of the continuity of “Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán”? Can it be that El Chapo is a DEA informer???????????? Cooperation between police and Armed Forces crucial: analyst The need for cooperation Violence in Honduras has increased dramatically since 2009, when Mexican drug cartels began increasing their operations in the country. Honduras has become an increasingly important place for Mexican transnational criminal organizations, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The Sinaloa Cartel and other Mexican organized crime groups, such as Los Zetas, smuggle large amounts of cocaine from South America through Honduras. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine which is smuggled from South America to the United States and Mexico is transported through Honduras, according to published reports. Authorities estimate there are 200 illegal airstrips in Honduras, which are used by drug traffickers to transport cocaine. Most of the airstrips are near the Atlantic Ocean. The forces of El Chapo control most of these airstrips. In 2013, the Armed Forces of Honduras disabled 100 irregular airstrips, the Defense Ministry reported. There are about 1,350 youth gangs in Honduras, which have more than 150,000 members, according to published reports. Most of the gang members are between the ages of 11 and 18, and many of them operate in San Pedro Sula. Young gang members commit killings, extortion, kidnappings, and sell drugs. Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18 are the major gangs in Honduras. In addition to San Pedro Sula, gang violence is high the cities of Tocoa, Distrito Central, Tela, La Ceiba, and Juticalpa. San Pedro Sula is the industrial hub of the country, and also the second largest city in Honduras. San Pedro Sula topped the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world in 2013, according to the Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, a community group based in Mexico. San Pedro Sula had a homicide rate of 187 killings per 100,000 residents. Acapulco was third on the list. last_img read more

Cops: Pedestrian Killed in Shirley

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old woman was killed while crossing a road in her hometown of Shirley on Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Jessica Chaimowitz was trying to cross William Floyd Parkway at the intersection of Roberts Road when she was hit by a northbound pickup truck at 9:10 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash is asked to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

Humpback Whale Found Dead in Amagansett

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marine biologists are investigating the discovery of an estimated 25-foot-long dead humpback whale found that was floating in Napeague Bay in Amagansett over the weekend, officials said.East Hampton town bay constables received the initial report on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard members stationed in Montauk confirmed its location off Cranberry Hole Road on Monday and experts with the nonprofit Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation responded Tuesday to take samples, officials said.The whale was found in shallow water on the north side of the South Fork near the Amagansett-Montauk line. Responders tied a line to the whale’s tale and towed it to Little Albert’s Landing in East Hampton, where it’s beached, officials said. Biologists will perform a necropsy Wednesday to determine the whale’s cause of death. East Hampton Town officials are working on a plan to dispose of the carcass, the East Hampton Star reported.It is not uncommon for dead whales to wash up on Long Island. At least a half dozen washed up on LI last year. Among them were a humpback whale found dead of ship strike on Fire Island in June, a True’s beaked whale found dead of starvation the following day in Westhampton Beach, a Minke whale covered in shark bites that washed up dead at Robert Moses State Park in July, another humpback whale found dead of apparent blunt force trauma in Lloyd Harbor in October and a Northern Bottlenose Whale that was euthanized after being found stranded in Long Beach later that month. Live whales are also occasionally spotted off the Atlantic coast on the South Shore, including one seen off Lido Beach on Monday, according to a resident there. Rare sightings of humpbacks and belugas off the North Shore in the Long Island Sound, where they are less likely to swim, also made news last year.So far this year, the Riverhead foundation has rescued a stranded gray seal pup in Hampton Bays, a beached dolphin in East Hampton and a harbor seal that was found tangled in rope and gill netting in marshland south of Merrick. Also so far this year, the group released a sea turtle and two seals that it had previously rescued and treated at its Riverhead headquarters.Humpback whales are a threatened species that can grow up to 60-feet long, 25-to-40 tons and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are primarily threatened by being entangled in fishing gear, ship strikes, whale watching harassment, habitat changes and hunting, NOAA said.The Riverhead foundation urges anyone that finds marine wildlife on the beach to call their stranding hotline: 631-369-9829.last_img read more

Come together to support Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion15-LOVE celebrates the legacy and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, of course, remembers those of Arthur Ashe, who personally involved himself in the program’s formative years. With those inspirational leaders in mind, two years ago, 15-LOVE proudly celebrated 25 years of service to thousands of children from our region’s cities, including broad participation by families of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. The sport of tennis is the vehicle we use to reach the children and their families, but striving to improve race and cultural relations remains one of our central missions. We are especially proud of the success stories and accomplishments of many 15-LOVE children of immigrant families of limited means from African countries, the Caribbean region, South America, Asian and Middle Eastern nations, among others, and, of course, the children from right here — the urban communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer. Some of those young people now serve on the board of directors of the 15-LOVE organization, and many have gone on to college and successful professional careers.More than 25 years later, we are still reminded of the challenges we face, seemingly every day. Some of it is extremely uncomfortable and disappointing. We ask, in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, that the entire community join together in rejection of anti-immigrant and openly racist rhetoric and public policy, and in recognition of the value of all our diverse communities that together TRULY make our country great.Daniel SleasmanAlbanyThe writer is a member of the Board of Directors of 15-LOVE and the letter has been signed by the board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Josh Kroenke explains why Arsenal chose Mikel Arteta as new head coach

first_imgThe Spanish coach had to beat off a host of competition to land the job (Picture: Getty)Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has explained how new head coach Mikel Arteta beat off a host of significantly more experienced names to land the job of being Unai Emery’s successor.The Gunners dismissed Emery at the end of November and conducted a thorough search for his permanent replacement in the proceeding weeks, interviewing a number of high-profile managers after drawing up a 10-man shortlist of candidates.Despite his lack of experience it was Arteta who emerged as the standout pick and Josh Kroenke – son of owner Stan – believes they have found the perfect fit for Arsenal.Welcome back, Mikel! 👋Head coach of The Arsenal 👔— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019 Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 2:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Josh Kroenke explains why Arsenal chose Mikel Arteta as new head coach Advertisementcenter_img ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, he said: ‘We’re delighted to be bringing Mikel back to Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Mikel was the outstanding candidate and showed a burning desire to get Arsenal back to winning ways.‘He knows our expectations and those of our fans around the world are high and we are confident he can play a lead role in taking the club back to the levels we all demand.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks.‘He stepped up at short notice and has helped us through this difficult period with great professionalism.’ Advertisement Arteta spent fives years at the club as a player, captaining the side (Picture: Getty)Head of football Raul Sanllehi added: ‘We met several top-class candidates and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us.‘Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.’MORE: The three main priorities on Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to-do listMORE: What Arsenal can expect from their new manager Mikel ArtetaMore: 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 Citylast_img read more

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil

first_imgArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil can be a ‘massive player’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says it’s his responsibility to get the best out of Mesut Ozil, a player he believes can be ‘massive’ for the football club.Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, was less than impressed with Ozil’s work-rate and performance level in training throughout his 18-month stay in north London and the German found himself exiled from the first-team.Ozil is yet to score and has only registered one assist in the Premier League this season and recent reports have suggested that the playmaker could be set for a move to Fenerbahce this January.Arteta was in Manchester City’s dugout at the Emirates last weekend and witnessed first hand Ozil’s strop after being substituted in the second half of Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Arteta knows how influential Ozil can be when he ‘ticks’ from the time they shared as team-mates at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s a massive player for this football club. What I want is I want to understand how they’re feeling and what they need,’ Arteta said at his opening press conference as Arsenal boss.‘You have to understand them because sometimes with conversations you get to understand a point.‘When you understand them I can take the excuses out of them and focus on the things that are relevant and have an impact for the team on the pitch and off the pitch.‘Of course he’s a massive player. I worked with him and I know when he ticks what he can bring to the team. My job is to get the best out of him, of course.’ Ozil has been heavily linked with Fenerbahce in recent days (Picture: Getty)Many have questioned Arteta’s appointment at Arsenal due to the Spaniard’s lack of experience in top-level management, but he insists he would not have taken the job if he did not feel he was ‘ready’ for such a big job.‘If I wouldn’t feel ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,’ he added.‘The first priority is to change the energy. Last week I was here with Manchester City and I felt a little bit down.‘I want to get everybody in the club with the same mindset. We have to build a culture that sustains the rest.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 City‘My job is to convince everybody that this is how we’re going to live. If you’re going to be part of this organisation it’s going to be this way.‘We need the fans. We need to engage them, to transmit our behaviour and intention. That’s the only way they’ll give us a little bit and we’ll feel that connection.‘When you’re outside this football club you look at it and think wow, this is massive.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal manager but praises ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Lillian Faye Ross

first_imgLillian Faye Ross, 91, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday July 31, 2019 in Tucson, AZ.She was born April 30, 1928 in Arlington Heights, OH, daughter of the late Charles E. Skidmore and Dorothy (Sullender) Skidmore.She worked as a receptionist for Dr. Leslie Baker for many years. She then worked as a secretary for Schenley Distillery, retiring after over 20 years of service.She was a member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Tuscon, AZ.Faye had a strong faith and a deep love for her two husbands, family, her two children, two step children, grandchildren, step grandchildren, great grandchildren and step great grandchildren.Lillian is survived by her loving spouse Howard Ross of Tucson, AZ; children, David (Nancy) Giffin of Chesterfield, MO, Debra (Roger) Fehling of Aurora, IN; step son, Michael (Diane) Ross of Tucson, AZ; step daughter, Nancylou Ross of Tucson, AZ; siblings, Charlotte (late Dick) Horn of Lawrenceburg, IN, Bernard (late Sue)Skidmore of Lawrenceburg, IN; brother-in-law, Jerry (Julia) Giffin of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, Shelby K. (Will) Baxter of El Paso,TX; Erin M. (Kris) Fairfield of Covington, KY; Scott D. (Amber) Giffin of Wildwood, MO; great-grandchildren, Morgan K. Jones of El Paso, TX, Cainan N. Baxter of Fort Polk,LA; Sawyer I.F. Baxter of El Paso,TX; Carter S. Giffin of Wildwood, MO, Madelyn M. Giffin of Wildwood, MO; step grandson, Jason K. Ross of Tucson, AZ; three step grandchildren, Rachel (Boston) Grambo of Tucson, AZ, Julie (Jason) Chaffey of North Pole, AK, Nicole Sanchez of Tucson, AZ; step great-grandchildren, Jordyn K. Sanchez, Alec N. Sanchez, Jaron A. Chaffey, Jacee M. Chaffey, Hannah L. Ross.She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Clayton “Red” Giffin; sisters, Gloria Becker and Virginia Skidmore, brother David Allen Skidmore; step son, Kenneth D Ross, step grandson, Michael W Ross,Friends will be received Friday, August 9, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Burial will take place on Saturday at 9:30 am at River View Cemetery.A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Aurora First United Methodist Church, 304 Third Street, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to Aurora First United Methodist Church, Stain Glass Window fund,or Charity of Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Sanctuary presentation to feature Tuskegee Airmen plane crash findings

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary continues their speaker series with one of the most fascinating topics related to Lake Huron and the state of Michigan.During World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen would participate in pilot training programs at Selfridge Airfield northeast of Detroit and Camp Skeel near Oscoda. Six pilots lost their lives training on flights over Michigan.Two Tuskegee airplanes have been found in Lake Huron. State of Michigan Maritime Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi and a team of archaeologist were able to dive down in Lake Huron to one of these plane crash sites off the coast of Port Huron to recover artifacts. Now, Lusardi is in the process of preserving these different items, so they can be added to an exhibit at the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum in Detroit.“These can be the only Tuskegee-related archaeological sites perhaps in this country outside of Tuskegee, Alabama itself, and so it’s a pretty special thing and a great opportunity for us to learn from these sites and to learn about the men that were associated with the aircraft,” said Lusardi.A presentation on the findings of the excavation, the stories of the pilots, and the cultural adversity these men went through in Michigan will be offered next Thursday, October 25 will take place at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.Wayne Lusardi will present the information and findings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 989-884-6200.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: archaeology, Artifacts, detroit, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, Lake Huron, Maritime Archaeologist, MICHIGAN, Oscoda, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee Airmen National Museum, Wayne Lusardi, World War IIContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending on October 17Next Former PI prosecuting attorney heads to court, againlast_img read more