US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and US Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Wednesday announced $683,388 in recovery funding for Barre, Vermont’s Northern Power Systems. Northern Power was one of just 28 wind energy projects nationwide to receive nearly $13.8 million in Department of Energy funding intended for research, testing and analysis. The federal investment was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.In announcing the funding, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu noted that wind power capacity in the U.S. increased by 8,558 megawatts in 2008. A nationwide investment of $16 billion in 2008 made the U.S. the fastest-growing wind power market in the world for the fourth consecutive year.Sen. Leahy said, This reflects the priorities for Vermont and the nation that we have pursued on the Appropriations Committee, and I m pleased to see another tangible result in this announcement about Vermont s Northern Power Systems project. These projects will help to strengthen our economy while also growing green jobs and will take us farther in expanding our renewable energy deployment here at home.Sen. Sanders said, We must move, as aggressively as possible, to become energy independent, to address the crisis of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and, in the process, create millions of new jobs over a period of years in the clean-energy field. Federal investment in Vermont s green jobs sector is another welcome sign that Vermont can be a national leader in this area.Rep. Welch said, This federal investment in Vermont s economic recovery will enhance Northern Power s ability to compete in the rapidly growing clean energy economy. These funds will create good jobs in Vermont and further enhance the state s leadership in developing renewable energy resources.Source: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON (Wednesday, July 15) —
CASTRIES, St Lucia, (CMC) – T20 specialist Chris Gayle will be suiting up for the St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), after being released by his home franchise, the Jamaica Tallawahs.The franchise announced Wednesday that it has signed the 40-year-old as its marquee player for the eighth edition of the tournament that is scheduled to begin in August if it is not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Gayle, who is the leading T20 run scorer of all time – having made 2,344 runs at the CPL – played for the Tallawahs in the first four seasons, then went over to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for two years, before rejoining the Tallawahs in 2019.Chris Gayle will be playing for the St. Lucia Zouks in the 2020 CPL. (Credit: CPL)The announcement of his move came a day after Zouks disclosed that Daren Sammy would return as the team’s captain.Commenting on Gayle joining his squad, Sammy said it was “great news for St Lucia Zouks and for me as a captain to have the universe boss on my side”.“Chris is one of the most successful T20 batsmen in the world and with his experience with our young openers, a lot can be learnt from Chris,” he said of the man who has amassed the most centuries in the format.“I welcome him to the Zouks franchise. Chris will be in St Lucia and the fans will be happy that Jamaica has released him. I will have a motivated Chris Gayle looking to prove a point that he is one of the leading T20 batsmen in the world. I can’t wait for CPL 2020 and hopefully the Coronavirus will be under control and we can have an exciting T20 tournament. Welcome home, Chris Gayle!” Sammy added.Zouks coach Andy Flowers was also excited about the addition of the veteran cricketer to his side.“I have got a long association with Chris running all the way back to his debut Test match in Trinidad back in 2000. I’ve seen his exploits in all three forms of the game and I am really looking forward to working with him and Daren Sammy toward a special year for St. Lucia cricket,” he said.The CPL is currently set for August 19 to September 26, but organisers are keeping an eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and liaising with medical advisors and governments to determine if play will go ahead.Chief operations officer, Pete Russell, has said there is a possibility the tournament could be played without international players and using only a few stadiums as venues to mitigate against widespread contact.In addition to the Zouks, Tallawahs and Patriots, the CPL will see the participation of Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, and defending champions Barbados Tridents.
Liverpool are ready to make a £80million offer to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Turin, according to reports in Argentina. 3 Dybala is the poster boy of this Juventus team, but no doubt he will lose his place in the limelight to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.“Dybala is the main commercial and advertising image of the whole of Turin in the last season… but the truth is that Ronaldo will arrive and eclipse everyone,” the report from TyC Sports reads.The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar season for Juve, scoring 23 goals in 37 appearances and helping the team to a seventh-straight Serie A title and a fourth-straight Coppa Italia.He was among the host of Juventus players to welcome Ronaldo to the club on Tuesday, but it is claimed the 33-year-old’s arrival will mean other stars could leave. Dybala helped Juventus to another league and cup double this season The 24-year-old is one of the club’s top stars, but will be eclipsed by the arrival of Ronaldo 3 3 Ronaldo completed a stunning €105million (£92.7m) transfer to the Italian champions on Tuesday, leaving Real Madrid after a historic nine years at the Bernabeu.But, it is claimed Juventus are now faced with having to sell a number of their top players this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play – and Liverpool are ready to take advantage.According to reports from TyC Sports in his native Argentina, Dybala is a target for the Reds after Ronaldo’s arrival cast doubt over his role in the team.It is claimed Dybala was not told by Juventus about the club’s plans to sign the Portuguese superstar this summer, and has also not yet been told if he is in manager Massimiliano Allegri’s plans to play alongside their new record signing. Paulo Dybala has been linked with a surprise move to Liverpool Bienvenido @Cristiano ! Benvenuto! Bem-vindo!#CristianoRonaldo #cr7 #juventus #cr7juve #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/8MNcNrC8aW— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) July 10, 2018Gonzalo Higuain has already been linked with a move to Chelsea, and now Liverpool are said to be keen on Dybala and are said to have made contact with the Argentine’s representatives that they are prepared to pay £80million to bring him to Anfield this summer.