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first_imgRichard Deverell, Director Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew said: Kew Gardens is one of the world’s most iconic botanical gardens, home to beautiful grounds, historical buildings, extraordinary collection of flora and a scientific institution of global renown. I am pleased to introduce this Bill to the House, which will help Kew in boosting revenue and, thereby providing a further lasting legacy for this UNESCO World Heritage Site and ensuring generations of visitors can experience this exceptional British landmark for years to come. A new Bill which will allow Kew Botanic Gardens to prosper for centuries to come and generate up to £15 million in new income has been introduced in Parliament today.The Kew Gardens (Leases) No. 3 Bill extends the maximum allowable lease on Kew Gardens’ land from the current 31 years to 150 years.The historical legislation restricts the length of leases on Kew’s estate – making it difficult for the Gardens to generate commercial interest and investment in the culturally important 18th century buildings that face Kew Green.By extending the lease, Kew Gardens can open up new streams of revenue – estimated to be up to £15 million in the first 10 years – and allow the public to enjoy all elements of the history and beauty of this 132-hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site.Lord Gardiner, Minister for Kew Gardens, said: The passing of this new Bill offers Kew an excellent opportunity to attract private investment that will help ensure that we have an estate that supports the needs of the botanic gardens, the scientific team and our visitors for many years to come. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the globe.A major international and a top London visitor attraction, Kew attracts over 2.1 million visits every year.last_img read more

first_imgRadio NZ News 10 June 2014Child, Youth and Family’s (CYF) fostering system is failing the children it is meant to be protecting, a foster mother has told Nine to Noon.Karen Scott said she and her husband took in a 5-year-old boy who had been removed from his father’s care, and told Nine to Noon why after two years she felt she had no choice but to ask CYF to take him back.She and her husband have a blended family of 6 children.After going through the required background checks and a three day training course, the family were finally asked to care for a 5-year-old boy – who Ms Scott has called James (not his real name).James seemed to thrive in the family environment, and could be charming and affectionate, she said.But Ms Scott said he also exhibited some worrying behaviours, such as cutting up his siblings toys, and hurting animals on the family’s lifestyle block.Karen Scott said she tried many times to get counselling for James through Child, Youth and Family as she felt there were deep-seated issues that needed to be dealt with, but this never happened.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/246789/cyf-failing-children-foster-motherAre Foster Parents given enough Support?One News 9 June 2014http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/foster-parents-given-enough-support-video-5996506Foster parenting – is it a bigger issue?One News 10 June 2014http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/foster-parenting-bigger-issue-video-5997848last_img read more

first_imgGAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (2-0) vs. Pittsburgh (0-2) at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. (PT)TV: CBS-TV, Greg Gumbel … Follow along Sunday beginning at 1:25 p.m. for in-game insights and analysis when the 49ers look for their third consecutive victory when they take on the Steelers in Santa Clara. Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.Watch: 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan on his team’ win versus the Steelers.last_img

first_imgAfter a delay of over a year, the air shuttle service by SpiceJet was launched between Hisar and Chandigarh on Tuesday under the Regional Connectivity Service. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off the service and also become the first passenger to take the flight to Chandigarh.To begin with, the air travel has been started through a small seven-seater aircraft, later 18-seater and larger aircraft would also fly from Hisar. SpiceJet would provide the service of two flights between Hisar and Chandigarh daily. The flights will take off from Hisar at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and from Chandigarh at 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m and the one-way fare has been fixed at ₹1,674. For booking, SpiceJet will soon set up its own call centre at the airport and after a week the process of advance booking would start, for which the company had to complete some formalities.After Hisar and Chandigarh, SpiceJet would gradually expand its air services from Hisar to Delhi, Jammu, Dehradun and Shimla. Interacting with media persons before taking the flight, Mr. Khattar said that it was a historic day for the people of Haryana. With Hisar airport, the dream of many people of the State had been fulfilled, as now they could take air flights from their own. He said that Hisar airport would be linked with Rapid Rail Task Force System from Delhi and the distance from Delhi to Hisar could be covered in just 90 minutes. For this, the work on railway line between Rohtak and Hansi was in progress.Phased developmentMr. Khattar said that Hisar airport would be developed as an international-level airport in three phases. For this, 4,200 acres had been made available and the process of providing 3,000 acres of additional land was in progress. The Chief Minister said the length of the runway, which is 4,000 feet at present, would be increased to 10,000 feet, which is a required set criteria for an international-level airport.He said that hangers would be constructed in the second phase. In the third phase, the work of increasing the length of the runway and other civil works would be completed. Mr. Khattar said that Hisar airport would be the most suitable option to reduce the air traffic pressure at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.last_img read more

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The Hornsdale Power Reserve responding to a drop in system frequency. Citation: A month in, Tesla’s SA battery is surpassing expectations (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-month-tesla-sa-battery-surpassing.html Generation and consumption of the Hornsdale Power Reserve over the month of December 2018. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The aspect that has generated the most interest is the battery’s rapid response time in smoothing out several major energy outages that have occurred since it was installed.Following the early success of the SA model, Victoria has also secured an agreement to get its own Tesla battery built near the town of Stawell. Victoria’s government will be tracking the Hornsdale battery’s early performance with interest. Generation and ConsumptionOver the full month of December, the Hornsdale power reserve generated 2.42 gigawatt-hours of energy, and consumed 3.06GWh. Since there are losses associated with energy storage, it is a net consumer of energy. This is often described in terms of “round trip efficiency”, a measure of the energy out to the energy in. In this case, the round trip efficiency appears to be roughly 80%.The figure below shows the input and output from the battery over the month. As can be seen, on several occasions the battery has generated as much as 100MW of power, and consumed 70MW of power. The regular operation of battery moves between generating 30MW and consuming 30MW of power. It’s just over one month since the Hornsdale power reserve was officially opened in South Australia. The excitement surrounding the project has generated acres of media interest, both locally and abroad. As can be seen, the the generation and consumption pattern is rather “noisy”, and doesn’t really appear to have a pattern at all. This is true even on a daily basis, as can be seen below. This is related to services provided by the battery. Frequency Control Ancillary ServicesThere are eight different Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) markets in the National Electricity Market (NEM). These can be put into two broad categories: contingency services and regulation services. Contingency servicesContingency services essentially stabilise the system when something unexpected occurs. This are called credible contingencies. The tripping (isolation from the grid) of large generator is one example. This is usually done by rapidly increasing or decreasing output from a generator (or battery in this case), or rapidly reducing or increasing load. This response is triggered at the power station by the change in frequency. To do this, generators (or loads) have some of their capacity “enabled” in the FCAS market. This essentially means that a proportion of its capacity is set aside, and available to respond if the frequency changes. Providers get paid for for the amount of megawatts they have enabled in the FCAS market. This is one of the services that the Hornsdale Power Reserve has been providing. The figure below shows how the Hornsdale Power Reserve responded to one incident on power outage, when one of the units at Loy Yang A tripped on December 14, 2017. Regulation servicesThe regulation services are a bit different. Similar to the contingency services, they help maintain the frequency in the normal operating range. And like contingency, regulation may have to raise or lower the frequency, and as such there are two regulation markets. However, unlike contingency services, which essentially wait for an unexpected change in frequency, the response is governed by a control signal, sent from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).In essence, AEMO controls the throttle, monitors the system frequency, and sends a control signal out at a 4-second interval. This control signal alters the output of the generator such that the supply and demand balanced is maintained. Output of Horndale Power Reserve compared with enablement in the regulation raise FCAS market. This is one of the main services that the battery has been providing. As can be seen, the output of the battery closely follows the amount of capacity it has enabled in the regulation market. More batteries to comeNot to be outdone by it’s neighbouring state, the Victorian government has also recently secured an agreement for its own Tesla battery. This agreement, in conjunction with a wind farm near the town of Stawell, should see a battery providing similar services in Victoria. This battery may also provide additional benefits to the grid. The project is located in a part of the transmission network that AEMO has indicated may need augmentation in the future. This project might illustrate the benefits the batteries can provide in strengthening the transmission network. It still early days for the Hornsdale Power Reserve, but it’s clear that it has been busy performing essential services and doing so at impressive speeds. Importantly, it has provided regular frequency control ancillary services – not simply shifting electricity around. With the costs and need for frequency control service increasing in recent years, the boost to supply through the Hornsdale power reserve is good news for consumers, and a timely addition to Australia’s energy market. When such unexpected events occur, supply and demand are no longer balanced, and the frequency of the power system moves away from the normal operating range. This happens on a very short timescale. The contingency services ensure that the system is brought back into balance and that the frequency is returned to normal within 5 minutes. In the NEM there are three separate timescales over which these contingency services should be delivered: 6 seconds, 60 seconds, and 5 minutes. As the service may have to increase or decrease the frequency, there is thus a total of six contingency markets (three that raise frequency in the timescales above, and three that reduce it). Tesla’s enormous battery amazes in quick outage response Provided by The Conversation Generation and consumption of the Hornsdale Power Reserve on the 6th of Jan 2018. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Enormous salary expectations—driven by the Bay Area’s soaring cost of living and competition from well-paying giants such as Google and Facebook—have made it too expensive for a growing number of local startups to recruit employees here. Others say the workers they do have want to leave, frustrated by their inability to buy a home as the region grapples with a chronic housing shortage.Now local startups increasingly are opening satellite operations in cheaper markets—no longer expecting all their employees to congregate in one Silicon Valley office for work, free food and ping-pong. It’s a cultural shift shaking up the startup eco-system that has long been credited with powering Silicon Valley’s iconic tech industry.”As we’ve been looking to hire, we’re running into the same issue that everyone else is running into—in that the Bay Area is broken,” said Michael Dougherty, co-founder and CEO of San Mateo, Calif.-based advertising tech startup Jelli.Jelli, founded in 2009, opened a satellite office last June in Boise, Idaho, where Dougherty says average salaries are about a third lower than the Bay Area. The startup has 10 people in the office so far and plans to add another 30 or 40.”The community’s cool,” Dougherty said. “There’s a lot of really great folks there.”As with many startups that operate satellite offices outside Silicon Valley, Jelli’s 30 employees in San Mateo generally make more than their counterparts in Boise, Idaho. But the money goes farther in Boise.The median home value in Boise is $236,200—compared to $1.3 million in San Francisco, $1.1 million in San Jose and $755,600 in Oakland, according to Zillow.San Francisco-based startup UrbanSitter, which runs an online platform for on-demand babysitters, recently started recruiting engineers in Portland, Oregon. About two years ago, one of their top engineers said he was moving to Portland because he wanted to a buy a home in the Bay Area and couldn’t. Not wanting to lose him, the company let him work remotely from his new home. The next year, two more UrbanSitter engineers announced within a week of one another that they, too, were moving to Portland in search of cheaper real estate. “We said, listen, maybe this is a huge opportunity for us,” UrbanSitter co-founder CEO Lynn Perkins said. “Maybe we should open an office in Portland.”UrbanSitter now has four engineers in a WeWork space in Portland—about a third of its engineering team. The company invested in Zoom video conferencing technology to bridge the 600-mile gap between the two offices and tries to share the fun events that have come to be synonymous with startup culture. Workers in Portland and San Francisco connect via video chat for lunches, happy hour drinks with online trivia games, and even the occasional in-office yoga session.Those efforts help, but working in the satellite space isn’t the same as being in the main office, said UrbanSitter lead engineer Travis Dobbs, who moved from the Bay Area to Portland in October.”I would say there definitely is a small bit of longing,” he said. “You feel like you’re missing out a little bit on things that are happening in San Francisco.”Dobbs was fed up with renting a tiny, two-bedroom home in Berkeley with his wife, two kids and their dog. The family was so short on space that their son, now 1, slept in a room with Dobbs and his wife, and the dining room also served as the kids’ playroom and an office. Shortly after moving to Portland, the family bought a five-bedroom house for just over $700,000. Now the kids each have their own room and a yard to play in.Seeking talent outside the Bay Area is a major change, because Silicon Valley remains one of the world’s premier tech talent pools, said Chris Nicholson, co-founder and CEO of open-source artificial intelligence startup Skymind. From the company’s inception more than three years ago, Skymind’s founders decided they weren’t going to limit hiring to the San Francisco headquarters. Now about six of their 37 employees are in the Bay Area. They also have large engineering teams in Japan and the Ukraine and other workers scattered in Canada, Australia, Germany, India, Ohio, Tennessee and Los Angeles.Nicholson says not paying everyone Silicon Valley wages is saving the company millions annually—a sum that can make or break a fledgling startup.”It’s a painful decision to make,” he said, “but we did that to increase the likelihood of our survival as a company.”Remote working is becoming increasingly viable as Silicon Valley shifts its focus from hardware—and the silicon chips that gave the region its name—to software and app development, Nicholson said. Engineers can code from anywhere, and there’s no shipping costs associated with transporting their code around the globe.”Startups that decide to keep all their employees physically in one office in the Bay Area,” Nicholson said, “by default become vehicles that transfer cash from venture capitalists to Bay Area landlords.”Toni Schneider, a partner at San Francisco-based venture capital firm True Ventures, said nearly every company his team invests in has some remote workers—it’s become a “best practice” for a Silicon Valley startup. Schneider is the former CEO of Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blogging website, which started 12 years ago with a mostly remote team of employees who worked from home. Over time, Schneider said, Automattic began attracting tech talent who lived in the Bay Area but wanted to leave, and those who wanted to stay in the Bay Area but ditch their nasty commutes.”We never had a problem finding people,” Schneider said, “whereas every single startup in San Francisco, we ask them what their biggest problem is, and it’s always hiring. And that’s directly related to the cost of living.” Startup aims to poach workers at tech bus stops Citation: ‘The Bay Area is broken’: Why Silicon Valley startups are hiring elsewhere (2018, April 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-bay-area-broken-silicon-valley.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Silicon Valley may be the world’s tech paradise, but it’s a hiring nightmare for many local startups now forced to venture from Portland to Boise in search of talent. ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. This document is subject to copyright. 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