FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:A consortium led by French state-owned utility EDF has won a contract for a major 600 megawatt (MW) offshore wind project near Dunkirk in western France, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy said on Friday.EDF’s bid in partnership with Germany’s Innogy and Canada’s Enbridge beat rivals including utility Engie in partnership with Portugal’s EDPR and energy group Total in partnership with Denmark’s OrstedThe ministry said the tariff proposed by the winning consortium was significantly lower than 50 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). That compares with 63 euros/MWh for an onshore wind tender of around 516 MW that was awarded by the government on Wednesday. It also said the price was comparable to the best prices seen in European offshore wind projects and demonstrated the competitiveness of the French wind industry.The wind farm will have forty-five wind turbines producing 2.3 terawatt hours of electricity per year from 2026, equivalent to the consumption of around 500,000 French households.EDF, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors that accounts for over 75 percent of the country’s electricity needs, is rapidly expanding into wind and solar generation. Its EDF Renewables subsidiary, which manages around 13 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity globally, has a project portfolio of more than 2 GW in France. It is negotiating to participate in two projects in China totaling 500 MW and also developing an area with a potential of 2,500 MW in the United States.“Our winning bid was highly competitive, and this has notably prompted the government to double the offshore wind power targets contained in its multi-year energy Plan, giving new development opportunities for EDF and all participants in the sector,” EDF’s CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said in a statement. The government said on Wednesday it would double the pace of developing offshore wind projects to 1 GW per year from around 500 MW previously as costs are falling.More: EDF consortium wins 600 MW Dunkirk offshore wind project EDF wins French offshore wind project with bid below 50 euros per MWh
Frankie Mercado might not have ever considered the power of a bobblehead – until he saw one crafted in his own image nodding positively in his direction.The preschool teacher from Silver Lake goes by the alter ego of “Hiccups The Clown,” a self-proclaimed Dodgers’ super fan whose team-inspired blue-and-white jersey, cap, shorts and oversized shoes have expanded from entertaining at kids’ parties to becoming fixture in the stands at Dodger Stadium.With National Bobblehead Day upon us Sunday – was that on your 2018 calendar? – the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum decided to honor Hiccups with a limited-edition bobble. Proceeds go toward two causes that bring him joy.One is the Hiccups Pizza Project, a once-a-month grass roots effort he started with volunteers several years ago to feed the hungry on Skid Row in downtown L.A. The other is the PADRES Contra El Cancer/Parents Against Cancer non-profit. Mercado is an ambassador for the program and helps childhood cancer patients and their families, particularly in the Latino community.“This has been an awesome journey,” Mercado said, who works at the Camelot Kids Preschool in Silver Lake. “When the bobblehead was first offered to me, my first response was: I have no money to pay for it. But when they told me they wanted to do it, as a fundraiser …. when I first saw it, I thought it was amazing.”The Hiccups The Clown bobblehead with angel wings will be limited to 500 for sale.This is actually the second edition of a National Bobblehead Hall and Museum bobblehead in Hiccups’ honor. The first, in 2015, sold out quickly and has since become a collectible. Mercado himself bought up a batch to give free to the kids with cancer who he often visited. The sales of that raised $2,000 for PADRES.The new edition has added a pair of angels wings, in honor of a global arts awareness project started in L.A. in 2012 by Collette Miller. During one Skid Row visit, Mercado noticed a pair of Miller’s wings painted on the side of a building near their project on Gladys and 6th streets. He handed his phone to one of the Skid Row residents nearby to take his photo standing in front of the wings, gaining his trust and starting another new relationship.That photo became the framework for this bobblehead, with Miller’s endorsement. Again limited to 500 bobbles produced, the goal this year is to raise $3,000 to apply toward Mercado’s projects. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame, explained that he and partner Brad Novak began several years ago creating a “Super Fan” line of bobbleheads to pay tribute to those whose characters become a part of the sports they love. Sklar said he had not heard of Mercado and his mission until another collector, Pedro Avalos, suggested it.“As soon as I Googled Hiccups and watched a video, I knew he needed a bobblehead,” said Sklar. “The work he has done on behalf of others through the Hiccups Pizza Project and other community involvement efforts, combined with his passion for the Dodgers, made it a no-brainer.”Mercado explained how his work on Skid Row was actually inspired by a Dodgers promotion – a Sunday game-day sale of the famous Dodger Dogs for just $1. Mercado decided to buy up 20 as he was leaving the game, but not for himself. He drove straight to Skid Row and handed them to a man in a wheelchair wearing a Dodgers cap.“All of the sudden, people were running across the street to see what was going on – but we didn’t have any more Dodger Dogs,” Mercado said. “The people were saying, ‘That’s all right, we wanted to see you and say hi.’”The next $1 Dodger Dog promotion, Mercado organized a plan on Facebook to have other Dodgers fans buy up the hot dogs, meet him outside the left field pavilion and would deliver them together to Skid Row. About 50 dogs were donated this time.“Those kind of moments break my heart into pieces, but it really brought some happiness. I went home and wrote up a plan on how we could do more. Things just fell into place.”The second bobblehead has other distinct meaningful additions.The number 98 on Mercado’s bobblehead was intended to honor the age of his grandmother, who he has been taking care of at his home – but she has since reached the age of 103.In his Hiccups persona, he has also been working at Children’s Hospital in L.A. The yellow ribbon on his bobblehead cap reflects his acknowledgement of cancer patients. On the back of the cap is “I Am Hope,” the website of the PADRES organization.Hiccups is also holding a pizza box, with a stick on the top lid recognizing the Hiccups Pizza Project. A copy of the original photo of him with the angel wings is also on the base of the bobblehead.“I am blessed in every aspect,” said Mercado, who only reveals his age to be “in my 40s.” “The Pizza Project has been a win-win situation now. We get as many as 70 volunteers each month who don’t miss a Sunday – nurses, doctors, single parents, cancer survivors, veterans … even those who were previously homeless. We serve with integrity. We learn that if we treat people the way we all should be treated, it would be a better world.“I like to think through all this, we’re helping kids live on hope, and we helping humans feel they’re less hopeless.”The Hiccups The Clown second edition bobblehead is available for $25 at store.bobbleheadhall.com with $6 of every sale going toward Mercado’s projects.
The leader of the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP), Rev. Kennedy Sandy, says that Liberia has made more gains in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and must continue.Making the statement over the weekend in the Air Field Community, the LTP leader emphasized that the war against the virus was not over and called on Liberians to ensure that the country is free of the epidemic as the spread of the virus could return.Rev. Sandy observed that, “In the midst of the national health crisis, political tensions had grown very high and continue to rise to exacerbate the health crisis. (While) exercising our political franchise and constitutional rights, we must continue to observe the preventive measures of the virus.”In the process of electing the 15 lawmakers in the ensuing election, he believes it is important for every Liberian to act in the confines of the law.He explained that the special senatorial election is necessary for the smooth running of Liberia but must not create any condition that would lead to further spread of the epidemic.“It is also constitutionally mandated that the election is held in a free, fair, transparent and credible as well as a peaceful and democratic atmosphere. This will reflect the authentic views and choices of the people of Liberia and a clear representation of each county,” said the LTP leader.He admonished that the efforts and support of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations, the United States, China, European Union and the Centers for Disease Control as well as other experts around the world, who have risked lives by joining Liberia and contributing immensely to the fight against the Ebola virus must not be wasted.The LTP leader warned the general public against engaging in any act that would undermine the fight against the epidemic, adding that Liberia has gone far in the fight and must continue until it is completed.He urged that the political parties, the election, the Government of Liberia and all senatorial candidates must be responsible to make sure that this election is fully participatory, inclusive, transparent, impartial and free.“As we elect our 15 senators, let us not do any thing that would place the life of our people in danger or put the citizens at risk. Liberia faces constitutional challenges today as we go into this election. The people own the country and have the right to change whatsoever they want to change,” he stressed adding that while Liberia goes through political recuperation, Liberians should show political maturity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)