Princess Tarr Evicted From LABFest

first_imgThe third week of the Little Angel Beauty Festival (LABFest), a Christian reality show for children, was marked by preaching activities dubbed ‘The Pulpit,” where each contestant took to the stage and delivered inspiring sermons on biblical themes, including forgiveness, love, faith, and worship. After all the excitement, the night ended with Princess Tarr being evicted from the competition, though she delivered a powerful sermon on The Essence of Praise and Worship.In her farewell statement, ‘Angel’ Princess said: “I want to thank all my guardian angels for helping to make me a better girl. Thanks also to the judges for seeing the best in me. To my angelic sisters, I will miss you; and my friends, family and supports, I thank you. You will see me again in the finals when we come back to close the academy.” Bendu Massaquoi, who was announced the ‘Angel’ with the best performance, gave a sermon on salvation and ended her message with an altar-call, which saw people coming up to give their lives to Jesus Christ.In her sermon, ‘Angel’ Bendu said “every day we wake up and hear bad news of wars, rapes, deaths and a lot. This tells us that this world is not safe and we all need Christ.” She added that it is impossible to have a successful and fulfilled life without Christ. “There is judgment, which is eternal. And if you want to live after earth’s experience, you need Christ in your life,” she said.In separate remarks, the festival’s director, Richlue O. BURPHY, said Princess Tarr’s sermon was exceptional; unfortunately, her votes from the festival’s Facebook page and the voting tickets were low, accounting for 40 of the total 100 percent. BURPHY encouraged parents to support their children by voting for them on Facebook, and called on friends to do the same.‘Guardian Angel’ Richlue concluded by saying: “I believe the decision to dedicate this night to the pulpit was not wrong in any way. The Bible says we should train up a child in the way he/she should go. It didn’t say a way, but the best way.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FortisTCI Prepared for Projected Growth with Arrival of Third Wärtsilä Engine

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (April 1, 2015) – A third Wärtsilä 20V32 generating unit, purchased by FortisTCI Limited (the Company) in August of 2014 arrived in Providenciales (Provo) today. This latest engine will replace a recently retired Caterpillar unit at the Company’s power plant in Provo, offering increased fuel efficiency and enhanced reliability. The purchase also adds to the major capital investments made in the Turks and Caicos Islands by FortisTCI to ensure that the Country has one of the most robust and reliable electricity systems within the region.The contract for the newest 8.7 Megawatt (MW) Wärtsilä engine was signed for on June 10, 2014 and will place the Company in a position to meet projected load growth based on economic development forecasts through 2018. Reliable electricity is a precursor to economic development and is one of the first assessments potential investors will make regarding their investment decisions. The unit will be commissioned in September of this year at the Provo plant, which serves customers on Providenciales, North and Middle Caicos, as well as the Cays between Provo and North Caicos (excluding ParrotCay).FortisTCI President and CEO, Eddinton Powell said, “The load on the electricity system is determined by our customers’ aggregate demand, and FortisTCI must be in a position to meet that demand. Failure to do so would result in rolling blackouts and an unstable electricity grid, a situation common in our region. Moreover, the Turks and Caicos Islands is a high-end tourist destination which must have state-of-the-art electricity infrastructure. Because of the high quality of our system, we offer a competitive economic advantage to the Turks and Caicos Islands, helping to attract direct investment that contributes to the continued economic development of the country. The utility business is highly financial-capital intensive, and the Company must invest to efficiently meet the load demand at all times. The new Wärtsilä engines are amongst the most technologically advanced in the world and have helped to reduce our carbon footprint through lower exhaust emissions over the past several years. FortisTCI has invested millions of dollars’ in infrastructure, from generation and transmission & distribution (T&D) systems to customer service support and delivery infrastructure. The company has also taken the lead in exploring alternative sources of energy, including renewable energy.In addition, FortisTCI has engaged consultants to investigate the feasibility of off-loading solutions that will facilitate streamlining the Company’s fuel supply chain, which has the potential of further reducing the cost of electricity to our customers. Recommended for you FortisTCI honors Electricity Industry Pioneers FortisTCI reports 60% decrease in electricity bills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI strong rating from Standard & Poor’s is hinged on stability Related Items:eddinton powell, frtis tci, wartsilalast_img read more

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Authorities investigate unfounded threats at two San Diego high schools

first_imgAuthorities investigate unfounded threats at two San Diego high schools KUSI Newsroom SANTEE (KUSI) — Authorities Friday were investigating reports of an apparently unfounded shooting threat at San Marcos High School and a separate unfounded threat of violence at Santee’s West Hills High School, officials said.The threat at San Marcos High was reported sometime overnight and was unsubstantiated, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Amber Baggs said.No details on when or how the threat was made known or how deputies determined it was unfounded were immediately available.Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, deputies learned of an Instagram message threatening students not to come to school Friday or they would get hurt, sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Beaumont said.Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the original social media post was made by a student of Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky, Beaumont said. A Franklin County Sheriff’s Department resource officer at the school advised that the threat was scratched into a stall of the women’s restroom Thursday, and the incident was under investigation.“We are aware of an unsubstantiated threat circulating on social media that includes reference to a possible act of violence at West Hills High School today,” Grossmont Union High School District spokeswoman Catherin Martin tweeted.Out of an abundance of caution, extra patrols will be conducted at West Hills High School throughout the day, Beaumont said. Posted: September 14, 2018 September 14, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Nanocones could be key to making inexpensive solar cells

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) — One of the biggest challenges facing the silicon photovoltaic industry is making solar cells that are economically viable. To meet this goal, the module cost, which is currently about $1/watt, needs to be decreased to just half that. Much of this cost comes from the silicon material and the expensive fabrication processes often used. In a new study, a team of scientists and engineers has demonstrated that a hybrid solar cell covered in silicon nanocones and a conductive organic polymer can address both cost-cutting areas while providing excellent performance. Citation: Nanocones could be key to making inexpensive solar cells (2012, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nanocones-key-inexpensive-solar-cells.html USC team develops promising polymer for solar cells Journal information: Nano Letters Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img More information: Sangmoo Jeong, et al. “Hybrid Silicon Nanocone-Polymer Solar Cells.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl300713x (a) Fabrication process of the solar cells, in which silicon nanocones are coated with a polymer. (b), (c), and (d) show scanning electron microscope images of the nanocones after each step. Image credit: Jeong, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society 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. The researchers, led by Professor Yi Cui and Professor Michael D. McGehee from Stanford University, have published their study in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The hybrid solar cells’ use of nanoscale texturing has two advantages: it improves light absorption and reduces the amount of silicon material needed. Previous nanoscale texturing of solar cells has involved nanowires, nanodomes, and other structures. Here, the researchers found that a nanocone structure with an aspect ratio (height/diameter of a nanocone) of around one provides an optimal shape for light absorption enhancement because it enables both good antireflection (for short wavelengths of light) and light scattering (for long wavelengths). In previous designs using nanoscale texturing, the space between structures has normally been too small to be filled with polymer, so a full second layer is required. But the tapered nanocone structure demonstrated here allows for the polymer to be coated in the open spaces, eliminating the need for other materials. By forming this nanocone/polymer hybrid structure with a simple, low-temperature method, processing costs are also reduced.After testing the solar cell and making some improvements, the researchers produced a device with an efficiency of 11.1%, which is the highest among hybrid silicon/organic solar cells to date. In addition, the short-circuit current density, which indicates the largest current that the solar cell can generate, is only slightly lower than the world record for a monocrystalline silicon solar cell, and very close to the theoretical limit. Due to the hybrid silicon nanocone-polymer solar cells’ good performance and inexpensive processing, the researchers predict that they could one day be used as economically viable photovoltaic devices.last_img read more

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What to Expect at Googles Oct 4 Event

first_imgOctober 4, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Four months ago, Google CEO Sundar Pichai went on the record to say that his company had no plans to make new smartphones of its own, and would instead continue to rely on partnerships to manufacture the devices.Those partnerships will bear new fruit on Oct. 4, when Google is expected to unveil the latest version of its Nexus/Pixel phones alongside a host of other consumer tech devices. PCMag will be bringing you live coverage from the event, which kicks off at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET, and while we don’t know exactly what Google has in store, we have several pretty good guesses.More pixelsGoogle already uses the Pixel nomenclature for its Chromebooks, which are expensive but still some of the best Chrome-powered devices money can buy. That premium theme will likely continue with the Pixel smartphone line, which will either complement or replace current Nexus devices, depending on which Internet rumor you believe.Pixel phones will likely come in at least two sizes, similar to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy lineup. But the size difference could be small, with Android Police reporting that Pixel will have 5- and 5.5-inch versions. That report corroborates rumors that surfaced earlier this year about two devices codenamed Sailfish and Marlin.Other specs and pricing remain very speculative. Reliable hardware leaker Evan Blass writes that the devices will be manufactured by HTC. His photos show a handset with a buttonless black bezel, a front-facing camera and a volume rocker along the right edge.Android Police reports that the smaller of the two devices will have a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front shooter.An ultra chromecastCiting a person familiar with the company’s plans, Blass wrote that Google will also reveal a new 4K streaming stick on Oct. 4, to be called the Chromecast Ultra. A leaked photo shows a round, jet-black device with a short HDMI cable that looks very similar to the Chromecasts currently on sale, but without the logo. Instead, there’s simply Google’s stylized “G” logo, which suggests that the search giant may be consolidating its product branding.The Chromecast Ultra is expected to retail for $69, according to Android Police. Although that’s nearly double the price of the current Chromecast, it’s still less than many competitors charge, including Roku’s new $79 Premiere, which can stream in 4K at 60fps.(Day) Dreaming of VRFirst announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in May, Daydream is a new protocol for VR-ready Android phones and tablets. The idea is similar to the Oculus platform — you’ll be able to snap your phone into a visor or headset, and take advantage of Google’s collection of VR apps, videos and games.Google previously confirmed that it intends to sell its own Daydream-branded hardware, which it will likely unveil on Tuesday (the Daydream website announces that it is “coming in Fall 2016.”) Google’s approach here will likely be similar to that of Tango, its augmented reality platform, which is available on a branded device (the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro) as well as offered to other manufacturers via an API and developer kit.Bringing it homeWe’ll likely see updates to or a new version of Google’s Wi-Fi router, called OnHub. Various versions of OnHub are built by third parties, and they’re fairly niche products at this point given their $199 starting price. It could take the form of a $129 router that Android Police suggests will have many of the same capabilities as OnHub, such as enhanced range. It could also include cheaper, smaller devices similar to the Echo Dot, which will extend the Wi-Fi signal and provide an interface to control other smart home features.At I/O, Google also showed off an Amazon Echo rival called Google Home, so look for launch details at Google’s event later today. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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