There are currently 17 active renewable energy leases on state trust lands with over 30 pending applications for new solar and wind energy projects. Director Jeremy Lewis and Analyst Kelly Haug are tasked with managing existing projects, aggressively pursuing new opportunities, and stewarding relationships between the renewable energy industry and the State Land Office. Jeremy Lewis comes to the Land Office from the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Energy Conservation and Management Division, where he served as the Chief of the Energy Planning and Program Bureau. Kelly Haug, a former Senior Land Negotiator for Enchantment Energy Inc., will assist in the analysis and execution of wind and solar leases. “As part of the first Office of Renewable Energy, we have the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to maximize New Mexico’s abundance of natural resources,” Haug said of her new position. “I am very fortunate to be a part of this new office and pave the way for how New Mexico State Land Office shapes the renewable energy division. I am excited at the opportunity to be on this team and provide New Mexico with clean energy.”Wednesday, Sept. 11, Commissioner Garcia Richard signed a lease awarding close to 7,000 acres of state trust land in Torrance County to Pacific Wind Development, LLC. The energy generated from the project can power an estimated 5,651 homes for an entire year.“This addition to the La Joya Wind Farm will help us reach our goal of tripling the amount of renewable energy generated on state trust land,” Commissioner Garcia Richard said. “This lease will benefit New Mexico public schools to the tune of over $8 million during the life of the lease. The State Land Office is grateful to Jeremy and Kelly for joining us on a journey to help New Mexico actualize its renewable energy future. These projects are vital to helping us diversify the money that we raise to fund our public schools, universities, and hospitals.” Commissioner Garcia Richard Awards 7,000 Acre Lease for La Joya Wind Farm Expansion “My long term goal for the Land Office is for renewables to play a significant role among our diverse energy offerings in New Mexico. To start, this means tripling wind and solar power generation and revenues on state trust lands,” Director Lewis said. “It is exciting that we are already on track to hit this goal, so essentially the sky is the limit when looking at all of the remaining land that is prime for wind and solar leases.” STATE LAND OFFICE News: SANTA FE – The State Land Office has hired two new staff within the first ever Office of Renewable Energy. Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard requested and received funding during the 2019 Legislative Session to create the Office of Renewable Energy in order to help the Land Office reach a goal of tripling the generation of renewable energy on state trust land.
Share Who: Chef Daniel Sharp, Executive Chef, The Meatball ShopInstagram: @ChefDSharpChef Sharp’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: Spinach-Basil PestoWhy?“Our pesto is nutty, light, and packed with flavor — it’s perfect for a light summer pasta salad, atop chicken or fish, or over one of our signature veggie balls! Because we keep it simple (like everything we do at The Meatball Shop), the pesto is a gorgeous, bright green color and tastes incredibly fresh.”Ingredients:1/4 c roughly chopped walnuts4 c baby spinach leaves2 c fresh basil1 tsp salt (or to taste)1/2 c olive oil1/4 c grated Parmesan cheeseDirections:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Fill a large stockpot three-quarters full with water and bring to a boil over high heat.Meanwhile, spread out the walnuts on a small rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 12 minutes, giving them a shake after six minutes.Continue roasting until golden brown and toasted.Set aside and allow to cool thoroughly.Fill a large bowl halfway with ice and water, and set it close to the sink.Dump the spinach and basil into the boiling water and stir. After a minute, strain the greens, and plunge them into the bowl with ice water. Drain the greens again and squeeze them tightly to get as much water out as possible. Chop the greens roughly.Combine the greens and walnuts with the salt, olive oil, and parmesan in a food processor and process until a smooth consistency is reached. Taste and season with additional salt if desired.
CGG is set to start a multi-client airborne gravity and magnetic survey offshore South Africa. The Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) has authorized the program which will extend across two blocks totaling approximately 78,000 line kilometers. The survey areas are located offshore Cape Agulhas (West Bredasdorp area) and offshore Durban (Eastern Margin area).Data acquisition is anticipated to take four months utilizing specialized geophysical survey aircraft. The project has received prefunding from the oil industry; survey data and interpretation products will be available for licensing in mid-2016, CGG said.The survey will provide partial coverage of the largely underexplored Western Bredasdorp, Durban and Zululand basins and the data will assist with mapping crystalline basement and magnetic and density anomalies within the sedimentary section. The airborne survey will allow data collection through the “transition zone” from the marine environment to the near-shore.A comprehensive interpretation, combining this new data set with available geologic and geophysical data, will also be undertaken by CGG’s in-house interpretation team. Deliverables will include a full geophysical interpretation report, including definition of basement lithology and structure, mapping of sediment fairways and depositional-centers and any intrusives or salt which may be present in the sedimentary section.The final results will be presented in ArcGIS®format for assimilation into the clients’ own seismic, geological and well control databases. These survey deliverables will provide significant assistance to exploration and de-risking of prospective areas by oil companies when they become available for licensing in mid-2016, the company explained.PASA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Lindiwe Mekwe, said: “The oil industry’s funding of CGG’s early-phase exploration effort offshore South Africa is a testament to the prospectivity of the region. PASA expects that the geological insights of the West Bredasdorp and Eastern Margin areas gained from the CGG survey will attract further exploration investment and help focus explorers’ efforts.”Greg Paleolog, Senior Vice President, Multi-Physics, CGG, said: “Our multi-client South Africa project will be a great addition to our existing multi-client gravity & magnetic database that contains over 16 million line kilometers of profile data. It will result in a unique exploration dataset in an exciting frontier area about which we have, as yet, very little information regarding active petroleum systems.”
Darryl BergerThe port commissioners also serve as directors of the New Orleans Public Belt Corporation (NOPB), a Port NOLA subsidiary.Berger – founder of real estate firm The Berger Company – joined the Port NOLA and NOPB boards in February 2017. He brings a wealth of experience in real estate development and finance to the board.Tara Hernandez, the most recent past chair of both Port NOLA and the NOPB boards, will continue to serve as a commissioner until her five-year term ends in July 2021.www.portnola.com
The first case allowing vulnerable victims and witnesses to give evidence ahead of trial started last week.Pre-trial cross-examination is being tested by Crown courts in Leeds, Liverpool and Kingston upon Thames for 10 months. If it proves a success, the measure will be extended more widely.
INDIA: The foundation stone for the Medha Traction Equipment Ltd plant was laid during a ceremony in Hyderabad on March 3.The traction motor factory is being developed by a joint venture of Traktionssysteme Austria and local company Medha Servo Drives. The first motors are expected to be delivered from the plant during 2013. The Austrian company has recently won a contract to supply Polish manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach with traction motors for the five trams ordered by the German city of Jena, and is to supply Vossloh Kiepe with traction drives for 25 Citylink NET 2012 tram-trains to be delivered to Karlsruhe.
A celebration of the culinary, spirits and cultural wonders of the Caribbean takes place at Mana Wynwood, June 22 MIAMI – Caribbean305 returns to Miami on June 22 at Mana Wynwood and is South Florida’s premier Caribbean culinary and cultural celebration with flavors from more than a dozen Caribbean destinations.Caribbean305 is presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Monster Energy and Belvedere Vodka, the official spirit sponsor of Caribbean305.Caribbean305 features a rich display of Caribbean culture and entertainment and will shine a spotlight on award-winning chefs and mixologists from 14 Caribbean destinations: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos.In addition to these destinations, Caribbean305 will also showcase cultural influences from destinations like Antigua and Barbuda, and the Dominican Republic.Caribbean305 is the only event where one can experience a culinary and cultural voyage through the Caribbean without leaving Miami.Guests will experience live entertainment including traditional music from the region – such as reggae, soca, salsa, and zouk – surrounded by carnival dancers in full-feathered regalia and moko jumbie stilt walkers and dancers. Caribbean305 also provides attendees the chance to learn more about travel experiences while interacting with Caribbean tourism representatives, and the opportunity to win free trips to Caribbean destinations throughout the night.“We look forward to our third edition of Caribbean305, which serves as a wonderful event to celebrate the region’s culture with some of the finest culinary talent available anywhere,” said Frank Comito, Director General and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and producer of the annual event.The Caribbean cultural showcase also features the region’s top chefs and mixologists who will create their island’s signature cocktail with Belvedere Vodka.Patrons will experience unlimited tapas style dishes, an open bar, Caribbean music and more at the event’s new location in Mana Wynwood.Wynwood is Miami’s eclectic district known for its dynamic street art and as an enclave for Caribbean immigrants. “This is the perfect event for foodies, Caribbean travelers as well as the Caribbean Diaspora,” said Comito.
A scandal over leaked data has hit Zimbabwe’s election after the ruling party sent personalized, unsolicited campaign messages to potential voters’ mobile phones.The opposition says thousands of supporters reported receiving the messages. “ZANU-PF has been caught with its hands in the cookie jar. There is no legal way for any political party to access voter phone numbers,” opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said Tuesday on Twitter.Some of the messages seen by The Associated Press solicited support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the July 30 election and were issued in the language of the area where the voter lives. Zimbabwe, like many countries in Africa, is multilingual.Mnangagwa, who took office in November after longtime leader Robert Mugabe was pressured into stepping down, has pledged a free and fair election in the hope that years of international sanctions will be lifted. Past elections in the southern African nation have been marked by alleged violence and fraud, and the main opposition under Chamisa has raised a number of concerns about transparency that have been echoed by Western election observers who have been welcomed for the first time in almost two decades.Another opposition politician and former finance minister, Tendai Biti, said the data leak “proves beyond reasonable doubt collusion between (the election commission), ZANU-PF and mobile networks.”The electoral commission denied sharing voters’ data with the ruling party. “There are so many instances where you leave your phone numbers where you buy your goods,” one commissioner, Netsai Mushonga, told reporters.Another commissioner, Qhubani Moyo, called the messages “bulk telemarketing adverts that we have always seen and received from various suppliers of services.”ZANU-PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed the party sent the messages but denied allegations that the data came from the elections body as “hogwash.” He won’t say how the party obtained it.Related Empowering Zimbabwe Nurses Regulator cuts Zimbabwe’s mobile data tariffs by 60 percent Zimbabwe’s Vendor Law
Heavy Rains Caused Floods In Accra Young village girls wade into an agricultural plot inundated by unseasonal heavy rains. | Location: Lokichoggio, Kenya. (Photo by David Bathgate/Corbis via Getty Images) Reports from Kenya Red Cross have revealed that about 20 people have died following heavy rains across the country for several days now.Further the downpours are said to have displaced more than 20,000 households and left a trail of destruction.Young village girls wade into an agricultural plot inundated by unseasonal heavy rains in Lokichoggio, Kenya./Getty ImagesKenya Red Cross Society said it has documented 18 deaths so far four each in Marakwet, Kitui, Meru, Turkana and two in Wajir.Fears are however rife that the numbers could go higher even as Kenya Meteorological Department warns in their weekly report that rainfall intensities are likely to increase in parts of the northeast, the highlands east and west of the Rift Valley, the southeast lowlands and the coast.Kenya, Nairobi. Commuters brave the rain at Nairobi Railway Station./Getty Images“The situation could worsen due to the ongoing rains and we are asking Kenyans to observe safety measures including carrying umbrellas, being on the lookout for flash floods, moving to higher grounds and not to drive, walk or swim through flooded areas or moving water,” said Red Cross Communications Manager Peter Abwao.Kenya Red Cross is looking at the possibility of setting up camps for displaced families especially in Wajir where about 8,000 households had been displaced and Mandera where 5,000 households have been affected.“We are currently assessing as to whether we need temporary shelters. Some have found themselves safer grounds so far, but some may need assistance until the floods subside,” said Mr Abwao.The latest deaths of two people were reported Saturday after flash floods wreaked havoc in Turkana County following heavy rain on Friday, which the Red Cross fears might have left more casualties.Reports also indicate that transport and business activities had been paralyzed along Kitale-Lodwar and Lokichogio road after the usually dry river beds burst their banks.PHILE PHOTO:KENYA-Wildebeests,feeding and migrating during a thunderstorm through the grasslands towards the Mara River in the Masai Mara in Kenya./Getty ImagesThe weatherman warned that there will be heavy rains in the coastal region including Mombasa, especially in the early morning hours over several places of the county.Related Heavy rains and floods claim the lives of 14 people on the Kenyan coastline Mozambique summer rains leave 50 people dead
Kenya confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases Kenya reports eight new COVID-19 cases Kenya reports 28 new COVID-19 infections Workers transfer medical supplies from China in Cairo, Egypt, on May 10, 2020. Egypt received on Sunday the second batch of medical aid from the Chinese government for the North African country to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo) Workers transfer medical supplies from China in Cairo, Egypt, on May 10, 2020. Egypt received on Sunday the second batch of medical aid from the Chinese government for the North African country to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo)Zhejiang Business Association Kenya, an association of Chinese business owners in Kenya, on Thursday donated 70,000 face masks to the government to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak.Chen Jianbin, secretary-general of Zhejiang Business Association Kenya told journalists in Nairobi that COVID-19 is a global problem that will only be defeated through cooperation.“With this donation, we hope to assist our Kenyan brothers and sisters to overcome COVID-19 which knows no borders,” Chen said.Zhejiang Business Association Kenya which was established in 2018 brings together over 60 locally owned businesses by people from Zhejiang province in China.Chen also praised Kenyan government’s strong leadership in containing the spread of the virus.The donations will be disbursed to the various government departments including the health, immigration, police, University of Nairobi and the Kenya Investment Authority.Lawrence Karanja, chief administrative secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Enterprise Development, said that the donation is timely as it will compliment government efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus.Karanja noted that assistance is an indication of the strong and cordial ties that exist between Kenya and China.“We need friends like this who can help us in our time of need,” Karanja noted.Related