Student government candidates discuss plans for increased diversity, inclusion

first_imgThe Diversity Council of Notre Dame hosted its third-annual student government election debate in the LaFortune Ballroom on Thursday. Candidates were asked to detail their plans to promote inclusiveness at Notre Dame and demonstrate their awareness of diversity issues on campus.This year’s candidates for student body president and vice president include junior Elizabeth Boyle and sophomore Patrick McGuire; freshmen Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary; juniors Eduardo Luna and Haley Coleman; and juniors Mario Markho and Charlie Ortega Guifarro. (Editor’s note: Ortega Guifarro is a former Sports Writer for The Observer and Patrick McGuire is a former Scene Writer.)The Chang-O’Leary ticket was not present at the debate.Junior Kaleem Minor, vice chair of the Diversity Council, moderated the discussion and began by asking the candidates to provide a brief overview of their diversity platform.Coleman said one of her ticket’s main initiatives is to provide more diverse dining hall meals.“Concerning our diversity platform in particular, we have quite a few great ideas, but one of our most exciting ones is an initiative alongside Campus Dining,” Coleman said. “ … We would like to include authentic cultural food into the dining plan.”The team also plans on “working with diversity groups across campus” to ensure their platform represents a variety of voices, she added.“We’ve sent out over 80 club emails,” Coleman said.Markho said the Markho-Ortega ticket will work to provide more locations for constructive dialogue about diversity and inclusion on campus.“The first [plan] … is to reserve space for students who feel marginalized or who feel they have something to say, at all,” he said. “ … To have a space anywhere across campus regularly scheduled to have these types of conversations.”The pair also hopes to give diversity groups priority funding, Markho added.“One of the main points on our platform is that we want to increase club funding,” he said. “By focusing those funds on groups that concentrate on culture and inclusion, we would be putting money directly into the hands of students that would be able to affect that change on a personal level.”Boyle said she and McGuire have plans to form a student civil rights commission.“We thought it would be really unique and special if we had a student-run commission that looks at discrimination and students’ rights violations and thrusts students right into the middle of that debate,” she said.McGuire said the team will also work to revise the University’s nondiscrimination clause.“We see a lot of student groups [and] individuals on campus that aren’t protected, at the moment, by [the nondiscrimination] clause,” he said. “You know, looking into that and restructuring it is a very tangible and powerful way to give protections to more students on this campus.”Minor then asked the candidates for vice president to share their favorite Walk the Walk Week event and discuss how they plan to further the week’s mission throughout the year.Ortega Guifarro said he participated in a photography series as part of Walk the Walk Week, and said he will encourage Notre Dame to continue to showcase diverse selections of student artwork.“Art is under-appreciated, and I think it speaks to the current state of Notre Dame,” he said.Coleman said her favorite event of Walk the Walk Week was the lecture delivered by Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi, saying she believes the University could benefit from more visits from prominent speakers.“I think bringing speakers into this campus is really important,” she said.McGuire said the MLK luncheon stuck with him because it gave students a unique opportunity to share their voices.“Not only did [the luncheon] have great representation … but it really was a powerful forum for students such as Alyssa [Ngo] to ask important questions without apologizing and without tailoring to the audience,” he said.Tags: diversity council, Student Body President, student body vice president, Student government elections, Walk the Walk Weeklast_img read more

BAVO ‘One in Four’ free t-shirt giveaway aims to start conversations, raise awareness about domestic violence

first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), which works with the community to prevent and respond to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking at Saint Mary’s, is hosting a number of events this year to raise awareness for violence on campus. In spirit of their mission to cultivate a violence-free culture through education and advocacy, the group will be hosting a t-shirt giveaway and vigil this week for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.BAVO will be handing out t-shirts with the words “One in Four” at the entrance of Noble Family Dining Hall on Monday, Oct. 7 during dinner hours. “One in Four” comes from the statistic that represents the one in four college women who will experience violence during their college years. To address this statistic, free t-shirts dealing with this issue will be handed out to 25% of Saint Mary’s students.Senior Courtney Driscoll has been part of the BAVO since freshman year, and served as an ally for one year and on the BAVO Student Advisory Committee as a co-chair during her sophomore and senior year. She said the shirts will help students grasp the statistic visually.“We have not handed out shirts for this campaign every year, although I thought it was important to do it this year (my freshman year may have been the last time) to provide a visual for the meaning behind the shirts,” Driscoll said in an email. Driscoll said she finds through personal experience the shirts are a good method of starting conversations about the topic of sexual assault awareness.“Every time I wear my ‘one in four’ shirt from freshman year, I have many friends and people I do not even know of all ages ask me what it stands for,” Driscoll said. “This has created discussion on the topic that may be lost throughout the typical events thrown on campus. Through this activity, we hope this will create open dialogue and promote awareness for sexual assault.”On Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. BAVO will also be holding a Belles for Healing Vigil. “We hope everyone will wear their 1 in 4 shirts on this day and at the event in solidarity for survivors on campus and in the greater community,” Driscoll said.Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, One in Fourlast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims stay steady, low

first_imgThere were 836 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 19 from the week before. Altogether 11,842 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 191 from a week ago and 2,690 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,026 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 29 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 898 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 24 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate also continued to fall. The February rate was 5.6 percent, down one-tenth from January and down 1.1 points from February 2010. CLICK HERE FOR STORYlast_img read more

Honduran Navy Confronts Maritime Drug Trafficking

first_img“We know the risks are high, but we are resolutely committed to blocking traffickers from using our territory as transit ground for their activities,” said Rear Adm. Caballero. On that occasion, the FNH was prepared to stop the suspicious vessel. “Some three or four years ago, we had locals who worked with traffickers; they got paid for safekeeping bundles of drugs temporarily,” he said. “I would describe them as narco-communities that protected the individuals involved in this type of activities. It is no longer so.” “The boats traffickers use are small, which makes them hard to detect, but we knew this one was coming,” said Lt. Cmdr. Carbajal. “All our boats deployed that night and because La Mosquitia was blocked, they went farther, to Colón. It was of no use because our Marines there tracked them and followed them to shore, where they tried to flee.” “There was a time in the past when we would find abandoned motor boats every day, in our shores, in canals, and in entrances to rivers,” said Lieutenant Commander Alex Carbajal, who leads the Naval Base in Carastasca in La Mosquitia. “This year (in 2015) we’ve only found three, and one of them was very old; it must have been left there a long time ago, not recently by any means.” “It takes about seven hours to reach our waters, depending on the speed of the boat and their cargo, but we were ready,” said Lt. Cmdr. Carbajal. “We had boats floating in the water and in the openings of rivers to intercept their arrival. When we have an alert we can remain in the area for as long as 48 hours or more, waiting.” “On both coasts, we are permanently positioned in strategic points that allow for our fast response in the case of an event,” said Rear Adm. Caballero. “It is a large effort to maintain a large number of vessels covering the entirety of the coasts.” The FNH also participates in Operation MARTILLO, a joint Western Hemisphere and European partner-nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. By Dialogo October 21, 2015 Good news. There needs to be more coverage, i.e. more issues such as politics and other topics. We should support the police Successful drug interdiction In mid-October, one of the Marines remained in the Military Hospital in Tegucigalpa, where doctors were trying to save one of his eyes. On the night of October 2, for example, FNH service members followed a suspicious motorboat near Iriona, in Colón, and engaged in a gun battle with suspected criminals that left three Marines injured. The suspects, who were attempting to unload illicit cargo on the beach, also threw a grenade at the Naval patrol. The firefight ended with the Marines capturing the four suspects and seizing Russian-made, rocket-propelled grenades from the motorboat. The Honduran Navy (FNH, for its Spanish acronym), working in cooperation with the Coast Guards of Colombia, the United States, and Canada, has since 2014 reinforced security measures to block the trafficking of narcotics through the country, according to Rear Admiral Héctor Orlando Caballero, FNH’s commander. Under Operation Swordfish, a collaborative international initiative among the Honduran Navy and Colombian, U.S., and at times Canadian Coast Guards, the FNH patrols the waters off Honduras’ Pacific coast to crack down on maritime drug trafficking. “Coming into La Mosquitia is harder now,” he explained. “Our coasts are lined with sea patrols and land elements covering 50 to 80 kilometers of seashore. Traffickers know this, so they are trying to find other spots. Our first barrier is two Coast Guard vessels and then other smaller vessels we have working in pairs, because we will always have two of our boats to fight one of theirs.” The FNH’s vigilance in the Atlantic Coast region paid off around noon on August 23, when U.S. security forces alerted the FNH that a vessel with a load of drugs was headed toward the country’s waters from Colombia. center_img “These beaches are surrounded by jungle,” explained Lt. Cmdr. Carbajal. “We lost two (suspects) in the vegetation and in the dark, but Loren Arrechavala couldn’t outrun our men on land. They captured him. He was promptly put on a helicopter and turned over to authorities.” Far fewer drug traffickers are trying to use Honduran maritime routes in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean than in previous years. Fortunately, no Marines or other service members were injured during the operation that ended with Arrechavala’s capture – but drug interdiction operations remain inherently perilous. “A lot has been done in a relatively short time,” he stated. “We will be relentless. The mission is to eradicate the flow of illicit drugs through our country, and I believe we are achieving it.” “That is a strategic point to cut off the illicit drug flow from South America,” explained the Rear Admiral. “We place a larger emphasis in the zone between Puerto Castilla, in the department of Colón, and La Mosquitia, because of the high incidence of drug trafficking we have registered in that area.” The FNH is also devoting much of its resources to its 700-kilometer Atlantic coast. Rear Adm. Caballero is familiar with La Mosquitia, where he was assigned before his current post. The FNH intercepted the drug boat near the ethnic Garífuna community of Limón in Colón, where a team of eight Marines engaged in a gun battle with the suspected drug traffickers. Two of three men who had been on the vessel escaped, but the Military captured the third man, identified as Loran Arrechavala, a Colombian native, and seized 45 kilograms of cocaine, a Military assault rifle, and several barrels of fuel. The government is providing social action programs in these communities to provide residents economic opportunities and various goods and services. Dangerous missions “We have reduced the transit of drug-trafficking boats by 75 percent,” he said. “We have seized more than 1,500 kilograms of drugs. We’ve had only about two dozen vessels attempt to unload in our territory and we have intercepted more than half of them.” “We in the FNH have begun preparations to start taking food, products to cover basic needs, and even equipment to facilitate their participation in different productive activities,” said Rear Adm. Caballero. “Mosquitia will be a drug-free territory. That is our mission.” A few weeks before the October incident, the FNH had engaged in a firefight with suspects aboard a suspicious boat in the Colón area. The crew members tried to escape by directing the vessel inland, but National Inter-Agency Task Force (FUSINA) agents captured one suspect, Gerson Rutherford, who was identified by authorities as a Colombian national. The FNH also seized 211 kilograms of cocaine, weapons, and ammunition from the vessel. Cooperation with partner nationslast_img read more

Insights from the non-member and driving credit union engagement

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At the annual Discovery conference in August, CUNA Mutual Group Chief Economist Steve Rick predicted ongoing economic growth into 2018. Even with new car sales slowing from an 18 million-per-year peak and increasing interest rates, credit unions will continue to benefit from the second largest economic expansion in U.S. history. But, it won’t last forever. Rick stated that credit union membership growth will slow to 3 – 3.5 percent through 2018, due to slower job growth and slower lending trends.This potential decline points to increasing focus on expanding membership. Recent research from TruStage® CUNA Mutual Group’s consumer insurance brand, examines an often-untapped opportunity for credit unions to grow. “What Matters Now®: Insights from the Non-Member,” is a deep-dive into non-member and under-engaged member mindsets, lifestyles, attitudes, and habits. These crucial insights can be invaluable tools for your credit union to reach this audience. Watch the recent webinar for a breakdown of the research here. Who are non-members?Only 22 percent of hardworking families surveyed were fully engaged credit union members, meaning they consider their credit union their primary banking institution.* The other 78 percent of hardworking Americans fall into three areas of opportunity for membership growth: partially engaged members, disengaged members, and true non-members.* continue reading »last_img read more

Thailand has first avian flu outbreaks in 3 months

first_imgJul 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has surfaced in poultry flocks in Thailand for the first time in 3 months, according to reports from the country.The disease has broken out among birds at five locations in Suphan Buri province, about 60 miles north of Bangkok, according to several news services. The Associated Press reported that the disease was found in 10 fighting cocks in five villages where outbreaks occurred in 2004.The last poultry outbreaks of avian flu in Thailand were reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in mid-April. Thailand has had no reported human cases of H5N1 flu since October 2004.News reports today did not say whether laboratory tests have identified the H5N1 strain in the new outbreaks, but they strongly implied that the outbreaks involved that strain.The Bangkok newspaper The Nation quoted Nirandorn Uangtrakoolsuk, a Livestock Department official, as saying that officials have destroyed more than 450 birds and banned the movement of poultry in the area of the outbreak.Nirandorn also said authorities were running laboratory tests to determine if recent “mass deaths of fowl” in six other provinces were related to avian flu, the report said. The provinces were Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Kalasin, Lampang, and Phetchabun.The new outbreaks forestalled Thai authorities’ plan to declare the country free of avian flu tomorrow, according to the Nation and the Bangkok Post. Jul 12 would have marked the passage of 90 days since the last recorded case, in Lop Buri province in April.The Post story said Thailand, a major poultry exporter, cannot resume exporting fresh poultry until the OIE certifies that the country has been free of outbreaks for at least 90 days.The latest outbreaks occurred at “small, native chicken farms,” not at farms raising poultry for export, said Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, as quoted by the Post.Nirandorn said the new outbreaks were small and unlikely to evolve into a serious crisis, according to the Nation. He called on farmers to immediately notify officials of any mass deaths of poultry.The head of the Livestock Department, Yukol Limlaemthong, said infected birds are living longer because of increasing immunity to the virus, making it less likely that unusual deaths will alert farmers to outbreaks, according to a Reuters report.The Post reported that about 11,000 Thai poultry farms and 1,700 layer farms have met government biosecurity standards that include strict safeguards against outside contamination. But small farms still pose a concern because most operate as open-air facilities that can easily be contaminated from the outside, the newspaper said.Seventeen human cases of H5N1 infection, 12 of them fatal, occurred in Thailand in 2004. Overall, the virus has infected at least 108 people and killed 54 in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization’s count. Unofficial counts put the death toll at 55.In other developments, Japanese authorities said they discovered the seventh outbreak of avian flu in less than a month in an area about 60 miles north of Tokyo, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today.Previous outbreaks were identified as H5N2, a milder strain than H5N1, the report said. A local official said the latest outbreak involved an H5 virus, and tests to identify it further were under way.Authorities in Ibaraki prefecture said they would cull 8,550 birds at the infected farm, AFP reported. About 150,000 chickens at six other farms in the area have been destroyed to stop the disease, the story said. Officials had checked 11 other farms and found no cases.last_img read more

ITB Asia: Croatian tourist offer presented in Singapore

first_imgCroatian National Tourist Board this year as well presents the Croatian tourist offer at fair ITB Asia 2019., the leading tourism fair for the Asia-Pacific tourism industry, which brings together international exhibitors from the MICE, leisure and corporate tourism segment and takes place in Singapore from 16 to 18 October. As they point out from the CNTB, as part of the first day of the fair, were held meetings with Christian Brumby, Director of International Partnerships OTT a globally renowned online travel platform for learning about tourist destinations that is the primary source of knowledge for travel professionals around the world. The meeting was also held with Gianluigiem Bazziniem, commercial manager Skyscanner, one of the world’s most famous tourist search engines for flights, accommodation, car rental, travel agencies, which has over 100 million individual visits per month. Possibilities for future joint cooperation were discussed, as Skyscanner has been part of Ctrip, the largest agency in China and the second largest travel agency in the world, since 2016. “Participation in ITB Asia 2019 is a continuation of CNTB activities aimed at a very important Asian market, given that Asian tourists mostly travel in the pre- and post-season periods and have a great influence on the further affirmation of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. This year’s focus is on presenting the entire Croatian tourist offer in distant markets such as Australia, the USA, China, South Korea and Singapore, because our goal is to reduce the dependence of Croatian tourism on traditional European markets.“Pointed out the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić and added that the major tour operators Holiday Tours & Travel Singapore, Pacific Leisure Group, Globe Travels and C&D Global Tourism Group, Inspiring Vacations, and Wings Away Travel have already confirmed increased interest in Croatia in 2020. Tourists from Asia on average opt for two to three overseas trips a year, in addition to one long haul a journey lasting 10 to 21 days. Most people come to Croatia in June, and their favorite destinations are Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.  So far this year, the Asian market has achieved a growth of 10 percent in arrivals and overnight stays compared to the same period last year.  This year, ITB Asia has attracted over 1300 exhibitors from 127 countries, the fair will be visited by over 13.000 tourism professionals, and participants can choose from 200 lectures with over 260 renowned speakers. With a primary focus on new travel trends for next year, this year’s conference lectures bring a range of topics from corporate travel, Chinese travelers ’preferences, destination marketing, sustainable destination development and halal tourism to innovative travel technology solutions.last_img read more

Experts criticise UK’s institutional framework for infrastructure

first_imgThe UK government is unlikely to relinquish full control over infrastructure planning to an independent infrastructure commission, according to senior managers at Heathrow Airport and the UK’s high-speed rail management company.Beth West, commercial director at HS2 Limited, said she thought the idea of an independent commission – proposed last month in a report by the former chairman of the London Olympic Delivery Authority – was a sound one.But she said it would nonetheless be “challenging” to completely de-politicise the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects.John Holland-Kaye, development director at London’s Heathrow Airport, added that he could envisage a role for an independent body, and pointed to the current Davies Commission’s deliberations on the expansion of the airport capacity in the UK as such an undertaking, if on a smaller scale. Speaking at the inaugural IPE/Stirling Capital Partners infrastructure conference in London, West, however, noted that funding issues on government projects, such as the £17.1bn (€20.4bn) state-funded first phase of the rail line, would ultimately be linked to “various” political issues.“It’s a good idea to have a good cross-government or independent body that can look across infrastructure to make those advisory kind of statements, but it would be challenging to truly remove it from a political process,” she said.Holland-Kaye agreed with her, citing HS2 as a prime example for why politicians would never surrender control.“Look at HS2,” he said. “The size of the funding is so enormous politicians are going to want to control that.“In practice, anybody will play the part of acting as an independent evaluator on behalf of the country.”James Wardlaw, a partner at Campbell Lutyens, meanwhile noted that comparisons with Australia’s independent advisory body Infrastructure Australia neglected the fact the country had dedicated infrastructure ministers on Commonwealth and State level.“What they are therefore able to do is bring together the various elements of infrastructure and decide on the priorities,” he said, “whereas in [the UK], you have about six different departments involved in infrastructure decisions, and the way in which that comes together and [they] decide public spending priorities happens once every three years.”He said the current institutional framework was “definitely sub-optimal” and pointed towards the UK energy market as an example of the problems faced in the country.“We have effectively two energy ministries, the DECC and the Treasury, which are pursuing completely different policies,” Wardlaw said of the Department of Energy & Climate Change and the UK department in charge of government spending.While the Liberal Democrat-controlled DECC is in favour of renewable energy, Conservative chancellor George Osborne is a proponent of fracking for shale gas as a means of strengthening the UK’s energy independence.Zoltan Bognar, managing director of renewables investor Capital Stage, said it was therefore more important for a market to have reliability over an independent body advising on development.“Investor trust and confidence relies very much on our commitments being met,” he said. “Are they being delivered over 20 years or longer?”His firm, investing in Italy and Germany after chancellor Angela Merkel introduced her policy of Energiewende in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, could potentially invest in other countries “where solar or wind makes a lot of sense from a geographic or even macroeconomic perspective”.But he added that issues of corruption and political reliability weighed heavily on investors’ minds.last_img read more

Statoil says meets climate change goals ahead of schedule

first_imgNorwegian oil major Statoil has already achieved its 2015 target of reducing the CO2 emissions from the Norwegian continental shelf by 1.2 million tonnes annually from 2008 to 2020 – two years ahead of schedule.According to Statoil, the reduction equals the emissions from some 600,000 private cars annually or almost every fourth car on Norwegian roads.Arne Sigve Nylund, executive VP of Development and Production Norway (DPN), said: “It is essential that we take strong and effective actions to meet the challenges associated with man-made climate change and to realize the important goals set in the Paris Agreement. Targeted efforts are therefore underway throughout our business.“The results show that it is possible to achieve ambitious emission reduction targets. Skills, technology and hard work over time pay off, and confirm that the transformation we need must be achieved in cooperation with, not in opposition to the petroleum industry.”In 2008, the petroleum industry, under the direction of Konkraft, set a collective energy efficiency goal equivalent to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year between 2008 and 2020. Statoil’s share of this was 800,000 tonnes.In 2015, four years ahead of schedule, Statoil achieved this goal, and therefore the company raised its target by 50 percent to 1.2 million tonnes the same year.“We did not know how to achieve the targets set in 2008, but we did get there. And the emission reductions have been both quicker and bigger than we defined as our original ambition. This gives us important inspiration and motivation when we now go for our 2030 target,” Nylund added.In nine years until September this year, Statoil has implemented 228 energy improvement measures within the categories flaring, production processes, gas compressors, and gas turbines.In August 2016, the petroleum industry, under the direction of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, launched an ambition of introducing carbon reduction measures equivalent to 2.5 million tonnes on the NCS by 2030, compared with 2020. Statoil’s share of this is 2 million tonnes.Nylund said: “We aim to reduce CO2 emissions from the NCS by another 2 million tonnes by 2030, i.e., a total of 3.2 million per year. We do not have all of the answers to how to achieve this, but the results we have achieved show that we can find solutions that make this possible. Our goal is to maintain our industry leadership in producing oil and gas with lower emissions.” CO2 emission reduction examplesStatoil implemented several measures to ensure reduction of CO2 emissions. As a result, the company reduced emissions from gas to flare by 140,000 tonnes of CO2 since 2007.On the Statfjord A offshore platform, Statoil changed the way it produces drinking water, reducing CO2 emissions by around 4,800 tonnes per year while on Åsgard A in the Norwegian Sea, modification on two gas compressors saved 8,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.By using gravity pressure from the sea instead of a water injection pump on the Kristin field the Norwegian oil firm reduced CO2 emissions by 7,375 tonnes per year. On Oseberg South, an upgrade of two main power turbines reduced annual CO2 emissions by around 10,000 tonnes.The Kristin field also reduced emissions by installing a new check valve to reduce pressure drop in the inlet manifold. As a result, CO2 emissions went down by 10,000 tonnes per year.last_img read more

Top news, November 6 – 12, 2017

first_imgTidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from November 6 – 12, 2017.Tidal array demo project off France comes to endNaval Energies and EDF Group have decided to bring the Paimpol-Bréhat tidal energy array demonstration project to a close as they have completed the lesson learning from construction, deployment and testing of the turbines as part of the project, the companies said.EU makes available €8M for ocean renewable energyEuropean Commission has earmarked €8 million to help developers test novel products and services in high-potential emerging blue economy sectors, including ocean renewable energy. The announced funding is part of a larger €14.5 million investment initiative to further promote sustainable blue growth across the EU.Canada funds five projects to tackle tidal knowledge gapsThe Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA), together with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, has awarded C$1.25 million in support of five collaborative research projects aimed at addressing knowledge gaps and challenges associated with tidal energy development in Canada.CorPower expands to Scotland ahead of Orkney deploymentSwedish wave energy developer CorPower Ocean has set up a Scottish subsidiary to support its growing activities in the country and prepare for wave energy device deployment off Orkney. The newly established CorPower Ocean Ltd, with offices in Kirkwall, has already welcomed Robert Argo and Mairi Dorward as members the operations team.Waves4Power eyes wave energy park off Isles of ScillyWaves4Power is considering getting onboard the Smart Islands project to develop a full-scale wave energy park that would help the isles meet its electricity needs and renewable energy ambitions, Business Cornwall reports. The Smart Islands project on the Isles of Scilly aims to meet 40% of the isles’ energy demand through renewable generation by 2025, and cut 40% of electricity costs by that time.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more