Deepwater Wind Deploys Offshore Survey Teams

first_imgUS offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind is starting geophysical and geotechnical surveys that will help inform the design and locations of the turbines at the South Fork and Revolution Wind projects.The start of this five-month suite of offshore surveys at Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site off New England will begin this week with the work of a 132-foot specialized liftboat and a support vessel, plus 25 local personnel, including geotechnical specialists, engineers, biologists, archaeologists and mariners.“We’re embarking on this major scientific endeavor so we can better understand the seafloor where we’ll build these next windfarms,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.“When we’re done, we’ll know more about this part of the ocean than ever before. Local laborers, mariners and scientists will help us get the job done.”Area Piledrivers from Local 56 were tasked with preparing components on the Seacor liftboat Supporter at Specialty Diving Services’ quayside at Quonset Point.Deepwater Wind commissioned the Providence, Rhode Island office of the engineering design firm GZA to perform this survey – the same local team who completed this work for the Block Island wind farm, America’s first offshore wind farm. GZA will oversee offshore sampling operations and then conduct the geotechnical analysis on these samples.The 104-foot offshore support vessel Matthew Hughes will carry equipment and personnel back and forth from Quonset Point to the Supporter. Together, the vessels will be busy with geotechnical surveying offshore for the next month or so, the developer said.Deepwater Wind’s studies will continue this fall, with additional geophysical surveys between September and December to support the development of the South Fork and Revolution Wind farms.The developer will conduct a specialized high-resolution geophysical survey of the site to identify any boulders buried in the seafloor. This highly specialized survey will inform the specific location of turbines. In addition, the company has commissioned a separate team of experts to conduct a large-scale geophysical survey at the site.A full suite of high-tech survey technology will be used in the geotechnical and geophysical surveys, including sonar, magnetometers and tools to measure the depth and slope of the seafloor. Marine biologists aboard will use monitoring systems and thermal imaging cameras to alert the team of any marine mammals in the area.The South Fork wind farm and Revolution Wind projects are located in Deepwater Wind’s federal lease site, more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and more than 30 miles off Montauk, New York.Once permits are in-hand, local construction work on the 90MW South Fork wind farm would begin in 2021, with the wind farm in operations in 2022.Construction would start as early as 2020 on the 400MW of power from Revolution Wind to serve Rhode Island, and in 2021 on the 200MW of power from Revolution Wind to serve Connecticut. Revolution Wind is planned to begin operations in 2023.A similar survey effort is already underway off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware to inform the design and construction of Deepwater Wind’s 120MW Skipjack wind farm.last_img read more

Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It’s contentious, but doctors, feds say yes

first_imgUSA Today 31 January 2020Family First Comment: If he remains off pot and symptom-free a year after the episode, the psychiatrist can say with certainty he suffered from “cannabis-induced psychosis.” “What shocked me is that I had never heard of it,” said McIntosh’s dad, Rob. “All you hear is all these proponents of legalization of pot without thought to the risks and the consequences.” In March, The Lancet, a British medical journal, reported a two to five times higher risk of psychotic disorders for daily consumers of high-THC marijuana compared with people who never used. A number of physicians and parents are pushing back against the long-held assertion of users and advocates that marijuana is a safe, benign and even beneficial drug.Those sounding the alarm include the nation’s “mental health czar,” as well as doctors in Colorado, California and Massachusetts where marijuana is legal for recreational use. They say the facts are irrefutable: Excessive use of high-THC pot and concentrated oil is linked to psychotic episodes that in some cases develop into full-blown schizophrenia.There is great disagreement over the strength of the science linking pot and psychosis. Advocates on either side of the marijuana debate have different interpretations of the connection reported in a National Academies cannabis study in 2017 and other studies. In March, The Lancet, a British medical journal, reported a two to five times higher risk of psychotic disorders for daily consumers of high-THC marijuana compared with people who never used.Arguments surround how much of the illness is preceded or worsened by the drug use, how often marijuana is used in response to it and whether the psychosis would have occurred anyway.“At the end of the day, you can’t make a causal statement,” said Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and a member of the National Academies panel. “You need to have some biological premise to show that this kind of exposure causes psychotic disorder.”The federal government and other health officials say the type of psychosis McIntosh experienced and other psychiatric disorders are clearly tied to the drug.“It is time for Americans to understand there are substantial risks with marijuana,” said Elinore McCance-Katz, the Department of Health and Human Services’ top mental health official. “This is not the government making up data.”READ MORE: read more

Charles Kolb – Brookville

first_imgCharles F. Kolb, of Brookville, was born on January 10, 1939 in Franklin County, a son to George and Mary (Baudendistel) Kolb.  He married Sarah Stidham on October 15, 1964 at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Charlie was a logger for over 50 years and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.  He loved racing, car shows, TV wrestling and football.  On Monday, July 20, 2020 at the age of 81, he passed away at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Charlie’s memory include his wife of almost 56 years, Sarah Kolb; children, James (Pam) Kolb of Liberty, Cindy Kolb and Thomas Kolb, both of Brookville; siblings, Ed (Virginia) Kolb of Brookville, Clara Jordan of Indianapolis, Liz (Alvin) Stenger of Brookville and Clarence Kolb of Brookville as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Bill Kolb. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Charlie Kolb.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Fr. Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church at 10 a.m. and burial will follow in the church cemetery.last_img read more

FA to celebrate in style

first_img Press Association The dinner will be held in the Grand Connaught Rooms at Holborn, a site of particular significance for the FA given it was the place where it was founded a century and a half ago. A glittering list of football’s biggest names will be present, including England manager Roy Hodgson, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, UEFA counterpart Michel Platini and a trio of England’s World Cup winners in George Cohen, Martin Peters and Sir Geoff Hurst. However, pride of place will go to the original FA Minute Book from 1863. Valued at £2.5million and described as one of the 12 books that changed the world by Lord Melvyn Bragg, who is to present a video about it, the book contains the 13 original handwritten laws of football penned by the FA’s first secretary Ebenezer Cobb Morley. Although England still have a high-profile friendly against old foes Germany to play at Wembley on November 19, and the draw for the FA Cup first round will take place on Sunday at the same historic venue, Saturday’s dinner effectively marks the culmination of a long list of activities celebrating the FA’s birth. The day will be marked by teams at every level wearing special FA150 T-shirts during their pre-match warm-ups. Prince William will make the opening address, whilst there will also be speeches from Blatter and FA chairman Greg Dyke. Birthday celebrations began earlier this week with a ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Monday to mark the successful search for living descendants of the eight Founding Fathers of Football. Relatives travelled from as far afield as New Zealand and the United States to take part in a ceremony honouring their ancestors. On Friday, Dyke and FA general secretary Alex Horne took part in a ceremony to unveil a plaque at the Grand Connaught Rooms, meaning there is finally a permanent record of football’s birthplace. center_img Football Association president the Duke of Cambridge will be the guest of honour on Saturday at a gala dinner to round off the organisation’s 150th anniversary celebrations.last_img read more

Cove out to be a star

first_img Elsewhere on the card, O’Brien runs the frustrating General Marshall in the five-furlongs Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race. The son of War Front has form figures of 32322 and while that itself tells a story, he has now been beaten favourite on four of those five starts, the last three times at odds-on. He drops to the minimum trip for the first time but might again have to play second fiddle to the Tommy Stack-trained Blackbriar, who was sixth in a Group Three at Ayr last time out. Adeste Fideles, a daughter of Oaks winner Imagine, goes in search of that illusive first victory in the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Maiden. A half-sister to the ill-fated Horatio Nelson, Adeste Fideles switches to the Polytrack as she tries to break her duck for O’Brien at the sixth attempt. O’Brien’s Waver, who carries the colours of JP McManus, bids to follow up his course and distance win from a fortnight ago in the concluding Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap. The Matty Tynan-trained Maontri developed quite a following when rattling off a quick four-timer at the venue last winter and now rated 98, might be able to add to that tally in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Race. Press Association Dundalk’s eight-race card on Friday features the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal Stakes, where champion trainer Aidan O’Brien sends out recent Listowel maiden winner Smuggler’s Cove.center_img O’Brien has a strong hand at the meeting and relies on the son of Fastnet Rock in the seven-furlong event, having improved from his debut run to win well over this distance at Listowel last month. Opposition includes the Ger Lyons-trained Bertie Le Belge, which finished fourth behind the exciting John F Kennedy in Group Three company latest. Prior to that, the Big Bad Bob gelding recorded wins at Leopardstown and the Curragh. last_img read more

McCarthy commits to Toffees

first_imgEverton midfielder James McCarthy has signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park. Press Association “I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff.” McCarthy had reportedly attracted the interest of Tottenham and Manchester City, although Toffees boss Roberto Martinez insisted all summer that the player was going nowhere. “This is a brilliant club with a brilliant fan-base and what we want to try to do is bring some success here and push forward,” the Republic of Ireland international added. “The gaffer is trying to build a team and a squad for the long term and I’m excited to be a part of that and to be a part of this team.” center_img The 24-year-old, who has made 76 appearances for the Barclays Premier League club since arriving from Wigan in 2013, is now committed to Everton until June 2020. He told “I’m buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long term to Everton. last_img read more

Michael O’Neill would be happy to draw France at Euro 2016

first_img O’Neill said in the Guardian: “Playing France in the opening game would be a special experience. “I suppose you would look to avoid Italy from pot two and probably an England game as well, simply because the attention around that could overshadow everything else.” Hosts France have already been guaranteed their place as the seeded team in Group A, meaning if they win the group they will face one of two third-placed teams in the next round. Arguably the toughest group for Northern Ireland could see them placed in a group with world champions Germany, Italy and Poland. But they would look favourably on a draw which placed them alongside Belgium, Ukraine and Hungary, whom they beat in the qualifying process. O’Neill’s men start in pot four for the ceremony alongside the Republic of Ireland and Wales as they step up preparations for their first major finals appearance in 30 years. And O’Neill conceded that while being part of the opening night against the hosts would be something special, there are other draw possibilities he would be pleased to avoid. Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill says he would be delighted to draw hosts France in Saturday’s Euro 2016 finals draw in Paris.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Man Trespassing at Mar-a-Lago Prefers Jail to Seeing Parents

first_imgA man accused of trespassing near Mar-a-Lago late last week reportedly told police he would rather go to jail than see his parents.Palm Beach Police arrested 38-year-old Allen Cox for trespassing after issuing a warning on Thursday.According to the arrest report, a Palm Beach Police received a call about a suspicious man on the property around 4:30 a.m. The caller told police the man appeared to be in his 30s or 40s, was wearing a black long sleeve shirt and blue jeans and was hiding between the bushes and privacy wall of the estate.When police arrived, they found a man walking westbound on Southern Boulevard who matched the description, according to the arrest report. Police identified the man as Cox from a previous encounter they had with him on Feb. 7, when they gave him a written warning for trespassing.While speaking with police after being given his Miranda rights, Cox said he had been sleeping between the trees and privacy wall outside of the estate so he would be safe, the report states.He acknowledged being given the trespass warning but added that he preferred jail to seeing his parents.Cox was released from jail on $500 bond.last_img read more

FIFA to stick with 32 teams for Qatar World Cup

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held with 32 participating teams and not an expanded 48 teams, organisers FIFA said yesterday.FIFA president Gianni Infantino had proposed expanding the tournament and explored the idea of adding additional host nations.But the sport’s world ruling body said in statement: “Following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process with the involvement of all the relevant stakeholders, it was concluded that under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now.”FIFA and Qatar also looked at whether the Gulf state could host an expanded tournament alone by changing the normal requirements for facilities.“A joint analysis, in this respect, concluded that due to the advanced stage of preparations and the need for a detailed assessment of the potential logistical impact on the host country, more time would be required and a decision could not be taken before the deadline of June,” said the FIFA statement.“It was therefore decided not to further pursue this option.”Infantino began to back away from the idea in March when after a FIFA Council meeting in Miami he said: “If it happens – fantastic. If it doesn’t happen – fantastic also”.The 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is scheduled to feature 48 teams and given the large number of stadiums available is unlikely to face any logistical problems.The obstacles to a 48-team tournament in Qatar were numerous and some of the natural partners for joint-hosting in the Gulf were ruled out due to a deep political and economic rift in the region.The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and non-Gulf state Egypt cut political, trade and transport ties with Qatar in June, 2017. Those countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.FIFA’s study said the blockade would need to be lifted before there was any chance of those countries hosting matches.The Qatar World Cup organisers were not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Ferguson Undergoes Emergency Surgery

first_imgFormer Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had emergency surgery yesterday for a brain hemorrhage. A United statement said the procedure “had gone very well” but Ferguson “needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”.The Scot, 76, retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge. He was at Old Trafford last Sunday when he presented Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy. Ferguson’s family have requested privacy as he recovers in Salford Royal Hospital.The most successful manager in the history of the British game, Ferguson’s trophy haul at Old Trafford included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups. Ferguson famously won the Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1999, the year in which he was knighted. United’s club captain Michael Carrick said he was “devastated” to learn his former manager had undergone emergency surgery. “All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong boss,” he wrote on Twitter.Ferguson began his playing career with Scottish club Queen’s Park as a 16-year-old striker whilst working as an apprentice tool-worker at Clyde Shipyards. His most notable spell as a player came in a two-year stint at Rangers from 1967. He retired as a player in 1974 when he was on Ayr United’s books.He began his managerial career as a 32-year-old at East Stirlingshire before going to St Mirren, where he won his first trophy by taking the Scottish first division title in 1977.Ferguson moved on to Aberdeen and turned them into a major force in a Scottish top division where Rangers and Celtic had dominated.He led them to three Scottish titles, four Scottish FA Cups, one League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983 by beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more