While Production is Needed, Some Cuban Industries Cut Hours – Havana Times

Due to Lack of Energy in Cuba, Sancti Spiritus Paralyzes Part of its Industries During Peak Hours

“The unforeseen exit of some generating plants and the fuel deficit in recent days have caused the current electricity situation,” said the Electric Company in Sancti Spíritus. (UNE)

HAVANA TIMES – The promises made by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel last week in the Council of Ministers have not been fulfilled and energy continues to be a serious problem, to the point that in Sancti Spíritus there is a total or partial paralysis of industries and services considered not essential in “peak hours. The sections cover six hours a day, since it must shut down between 11 am and 1 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Camilo Pérez Pérez, an official of the Provincial Government, indicated that, in work centers, “working hours must be adjusted to shift them from the hours of greatest consumption and take advantage of distance work and teleworking as an alternative.”

In addition, he requested that the continuous production centers apply the restriction plans provided for these purposes, such as the shutdown of air conditioning systems and ovens, as well as refrigerators, refrigeration equipment and chambers “as long as they do not affect the state of the products,” an observation that could be of doubtful feasibility unless there are empty units.

The official also made reference to the irrigation machines, which should not be used during peak hours, and that the pumping of water to the population must be reorganized to avoid the night hours, which are the most demanded.

All the above measures are aimed at industry and shopping centers, where in addition to monitoring the consumption reading so as not to go beyond what was planned, lighting should be reduced as much as possible. Sancti Spiritus residents must also grope through the streets, since it has been requested to disconnect public lighting and leave only those essential for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians.

“The State’s policy is to reduce the impact on the service to the population as much as possible,” said Pérez, who, however, asked the general population to contribute to the complicated moment by saving energy in homes as well.

“It is about disconnecting or turning off equipment that is not in use and having the support of the People’s Councils to implement these and other actions aimed at the rational and efficient use of energy,” he insisted. In addition, he requested that there be a communication policy from the State media that promotes the optimal consumption of resources.

“Although they announce it now, we have been suffering from measures of this type for several days now,” a woman from Sancti Spiritus tells 14ymedio, and reports that, despite the fact that it is true that in some state offices they do not take care of saving energy – closing the doors, for example, when the air conditioning is on – these places are also not designed for natural ventilation (in many there are no windows that open). The woman, familiar with state employment, says that “self-blackouts” are not uncommon: “They themselves disconnect all electrical appliances one day a week.”

State workers were informed at least four days ago, in addition, of the suspension of labor transport.

The state telecommunications monopoly Etecsa announced last Saturday that, as of that date, its commercial network was modifying its hours of service to the public, from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Saturday, and specified that, during the hours without power, they could carry out the procedures for bill collection, card sales, attention to procedures, doubts and complaints.

“We know that blackouts are annoying, but the intention is that we at least have the possibility of preparing ourselves for when this service is affected. The unexpected outage of some generating plants and the fuel shortage in recent days have caused the current situation with regards to the electricity, and although work is being done uninterruptedly on solving breakdowns, there is no generation reserve that can be said to end these annoying blackouts immediately, so we must keep ourselves informed through the different planning channels of the blocks of affectations existing in the province,” Yoanny Acosta Solenzar, director of the Electric Company in Sancti Spíritus, said on social networks.

A few days ago, the official defended himself against criticism from the population, who complain that the schedules are not kept, and argued that the lack of generation in recent days has exceeded 20 MW and, when this happens, they must “turn off circuits that belong to the other block, that is, shuffle some of those planned a little later for the one that is in blackout.”.

Last week, the Mesa Redonda (Roundtable) program explained the serious energy situation that, for the umpteenth time, is affecting the country. Officials commented on television that of the 20 blocks of thermoelectric plants in the country, eight are outside the system and the remaining 12 generate 1,023 MW, barely 39% of the total power of these plants (2,608 MW).

“Every two days we have almost three blocks out of service,” said Edier Guzmán Pacheco, director of Generation of the National Electric Union. In addition, and despite the fact that shipments of Venezuelan oil and its derivatives, which are free for the Government, have increased, the shortage is evident. The problem continues, already in June, and it shows no sign of improving in the face of the rising temperatures of another summer that is approaching too hot.

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GNTC President’s and Dean’s Lists for spring 2022 – AllOnGeorgia

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is proud to announce the students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2022 spring semester.

To be eligible for the President’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with a course load of at least 12 credit hours.

President’s List Students for:

Catoosa County: Jess Aldridge, Luke Allen, Elijah Ard, Kaylee Beard, Irina Bonnell, Britney Booth, Austin Britton, Abigail Brown, Sabrina Garcia, Sarah Goins, Aaron Grissom, Meagan Harris, Tiffanie Hilley Stephens, Benjamin Hillner, Samantha Holliefield, Tracey Key, Katherine Kinnamon, Lucas Loboda, Mary Mills, Lillie Moeller, Camille Oswald, Mariana Salinas, Julie Shore, Leah Taylor, Lyndsey Teague, Hannah Teems, Husein Vajzovic, Makenzie Ward and James Wilson.

Chattooga County: Steffany Adams, Crystal Bevel, William Bishop, Hannah Burris, Abigayle Bynum, Mindy Edge, Kaitlyn Fuller, Jared Guinn, William Higgins, Austin Jones, Dakota Jones, Darrian Jones, Lisa Logan, Natalie Matthews, Amanda Millican, Graci Murdock, Celina Norton, Ally O’Neal, Amanda Parker, Ernest Richardson, Brittany Teems, Betty Williams and Jacob Worthington.

Dade County: Crystal Conner, Krysta Cuzzort, Daniel Franks, Makayla Heard, Autumn Holden, Shyann King and Heidi Raines.

Floyd County: Elizabeth Abernathy, Savannah Adams, Ashley Ahilon-Carrillo, Latice Allen, Samantha Arellano, Sky Atkins, Courtney Avila, Briska Bailey, Ramsey Blair, Timothy Bohannon, Aleah Booth, Ansley Boynton, Kayla Burke, Colton Burkhalter, Necie Campbell, Esther Carswell, Gabriel Chapman, Lamesha Chubb, Ethron Crawford, Wendy Crumley, John David Cunningham, James Deen, Nathan Faircloth, Nancy Felipe-Diego, Stephanie Fountain, Serenity Green, Dawsin Grieff, Jonathan Guerrero, Zoila Guzman Hernandez, McKala Hall, Anna Harrell, Kayla Hayes, Amber Hines, Alexander Holt, Dylan Holt, Shauna Ingram, Calandra Jones, Mary Jones, Stephen Jones, Shanique D. King, Marissa Lon Morales, Matthew Mathison, Tara Maurer, Sylvia McDaniel, Zaqueo Mendoza Calmo, Emily Mijangos Melendez, Brandis Nelson, Luis Oliva, Heather Payne, Edgar Perez Ramos, Jace Phillips, Ciera Pitts, Esmeralda Quinonez, Heber Ramos-Ramirez, Brett Rhinehart, Crista Roberson, Star Roberts, Aixa Rodriguez, Sergio Romero Vargas, Giulio Secciani, Audrey Smith, Emily Stager-Holder, Mackensie Stewart, Robert Thomas, Megan Thomasson, Jordan Touchstone, Brianna Turner, Kristin Wade, Angela Walter, Rebecca Watson, Meagan White, Dacey Willingham, Jacob Wiseman and Brooke Youngblood.

Gordon County: Spencer Amos, Bobby Baggett, Gisselle Beltran, Kelsey Bishop, Ronald Bond, Amber Bravo, David Brown, Carolyn Casey, Jaime Cooper, Jayce Derryberry, Dallas Doane, Makaela Dobson, Miguel Domingo, Leighanna Edwards, Pamela Ferraro, Kristen Findley, Joshua Forney, Abigail Freeman, Jeremiah Freeman, Jeshua Freeman, Joanna Gillette, Deborah Godfrey, Ivy Gonzales, Edith Gonzalez, Cesar Gracia, D’wight Graham, Jacob Hayter, Edwin Herrera, Lexi Hill, Cody Holden, Scarlett Hunter, Brittany Ingram, Jacey Johnson, Payton Kankaala, Brittany Kephart, Cristian Knight, Emma Long, Stacy Long, Jennifer Lopez, Marvin Mendez, Jeffrey Morrell, Jalania Mulkey, Cindy Nacorda, Karimar Negron Ramos, Johana Nunez, Ryleigh O’Mahony, Karen Orozco, Connor Padgett, Tommy Roden, Stefany Rodriguez, Kristopher Rooks, Brianne Sloan, Anna Smith, Mia Smith, Bryson Thurman, Jesse Vess, Yecica Vicente Vicente, Findley White, Alexus Young and Hannah Yun.

Murray County: Jennifer Alfonzo, Danielle Bruner, Joshua Burchfield, Justin Davis, Lisa Deloach, Markie Dilbeck, Leticia Epperson, Tyler Gadd, Morgan Gibson, Kristy Green-Coram, Briana Headrick, Taylor Howard, Justin Kirk, Daniel Magana-Sanchez, Ramiro Medina, Pamela Patterson, Wanda Pratt, Grace Sanford, Brittany Simpson, Anna Smith, Shawn Tatom, Kenya Vargas, Rachel Vineyard and Rylee Wimpey.

Polk County: Suni Allen, Julia Arant, Haley Beckom, Whitney Bonds, Kyleigh Bowman, Rio Cameron, Ashley Campos, Jessica Chapple, Tina Clark, Corey Clements, Lisa Dayberry, Jovany Diaz, Heidi Dougherty, Ansleigh England, Emma Evans, Cindy Flores, Joy Fredrick, Carla Freeman, Jasmine Gaines, Wendy Garner, Carly Hampton, McKenley King, Danyell Lippincott, Paris Livsey, Martin Mangan, Eileen Mascote-Lopez, Gracen McElwee, Carter Norton, Marrio Oliver, Samuel Omotosho, Kaneisha Pace, Ashley Paramo-Carmona, Leah Phanmanee, Jarett Raine, Hannah Raines, Dedra Roberson, Maricelys Romero Campos, Jessica Sandoval, Sebastian Segura-Diaz, Johana Segura-Torres, Benjamin Stevenson, Jessica Strickland, Jeanna Suppes, Aslyn Truett, Aleida Vail -Mendez, Raymond Velasquez, Yasmin Velasquez-Escalante, Ava Wheeler and Valerie Williams.

Walker County: Ella Atkinson, Brandon Avans, Austin Bailey, Megan Bethune, Mary Bryan, Katherine Chamlee, Abigail Clark, Siouxanne Clonts, Amanda Crowder, Lucas Dooley, Chelsie Eaton, Owen Frost, Emily Gilbreath, Colton Gilreath, Lindsey Jenkins, Parker Lively, Katie Long, Daniel Luke, Pamela Lynch, Mary McConathy, Courtney McGill, Harley McKinney, Jerry McRae, Keely Mcbee, LeeAnna Miller, Lauren Oliver, Rylee Paradiso, Christopher Paulin, Grady Payton, Landon Powers, Michael Price, Justin Race, Christopher Reyes, Cayenne Russ, Molly Russell, Brian Rutledge, Natalie Shell, Samuel Shivy, Christian Sloope, Terra Smothers, Michael Stoker, Morgan Suits, Charles Talbott, Colby Thompson, Emily Thompson, Jessica Trejo, Destiny Velazquez, Mason Walker, Cameron Wallin and Emily Williamson.

Whitfield County: Jessica Allen, Jesus Becerra, Kelvin Bonilla, Kimber Capistran, Kadie Cardin, Matthew Carter, Dawson Cole, Tiffany Cooper, Kenneth Cordell, Angel Cruz, Justin Derosier, Fabian Diaz, Stephanie Dillard, Matthew Dorsey, Jacob Drobnick, Adriana Flores, Jonathan Garcia Cervantes, Emelly Garnica, Benjamin Gonzalez, Kristy Grady, Lupita Guzman, Alexander Hall, Susan Haynes, Sean Henery, Patricia Herrera Pena, Rhonda Hopkins, Susana Huerta, Brenda Joaquin, Savannah Johnson, Griffin Kirk, Kelsey Kirk, Nicolas Lama, Brittany Letner, Hannah Longmire, Josh McCraven, River Mcclain, Osvaldo Mendiola-Aguilar, Martin Meza, Brittany Moore, Sarah Mosley, Tara Moss, Oscar Peralta, Jacob Petty, Sydney Planzer, Mary Powell, Ivan Rangel, Jose Rangel, Arianna Rodriguez, Valerie Rodriguez, Alejandro Rosillo, Jacqueline Sanchez, Sarah Sullivan, Edgar Tapia, Eduardo Torres, Jennifer Triana, Luis Vasquez, Manuel Vega, Holly Williams, Jade Willis-Cruz and Wilmer Zelon.

Other Counties: Krystal Akerley, Bristol Bell, Rosalinda Beltran, Cassondra Bennett, Michael Bonds, Donald Briggs, Kayla Briggs, Jayson Cantrell, Skylar Caudill, Duncan Cheeves, Hiden Cherrico, Jamie Cifuno, Mandy Conner, Gelsley Dasinger, Kaeler Davidson, Erica Deavers, Erwann Desormeaux, Alexa Doherty, Brandon Ensley, Emily Fraire Gonzalez, Haylee Frederick, Lauren Gilliland, Ashley Goddard, Heather Green, Rakim Hamilton, Jeremy Harris, Wolf Hemby, Jamison Hendrix, Jaylen Hulsey, Joanna Jacobs, Aletha Johnson, John Kelly, Mariah Key, Daisy Konter, Anthony Kretschmer, Tanner Kretschmer, Jasmine Lanier, Connor Layton, Dafne Leonard, Joshua Little, Caitlin Mahoney, Shondrea McCullum, Mackenzie McMahan, Devonta Mckenzie, Jordan Millirons, Nicole Moore, Kendyll Mulkey, Jacob Neal, Brittney Partridge, Hugo Ramirez, Lisa Roberts, Dominique Robinson-Epps, Makenzey Roseberry, Aryn Santos, Matthew Shuff, Jacob Silvers, Isaac Torres, Gabriela Vargas, Montserrat Villalobos Hernandez and Jordan Williams.

Dean’s List Students for:

Catoosa County: Autumn Beaty, Thomas Bell, Deirdre Bobo, Jasmine Brewer, Braden Byer, Christopher Cabe, Stephanie Driggers, Shandi Hall, Carol Haynes, Holly Hogan, Sharon Holliday, Jonathan McKeehan, Brynley Oliver, Klara Owens, Michael Phillips, Lisa Raby, Joan Rivera Cruz, Joshua Roach and Megan Stewart.

Chattooga County: Delaina Duvall, Carlie Groves, Amanda Hegwood, Ashlyn Hodges, Cadence Hughes, Cara Love, Ivey O’Neal, Danyeal Rivers, Crystal Seay, Risa Willbanks and Patrick Woods.

Dade County: Emily Breedlove, Amanda Chambliss, Dylan Fritz, Alesha Huffstuttler, Kenadi Nichols and Mary Roberts.

Floyd County: Charles Archer, Alicia Barnes, Joseph Bisher, Leandro Borges, Amber Broome, Randall Burns, Alana Carroll, Courtney Carter, Jonathan Casey, Cassidy Causey, Camden Chastain, Kristina Cole, Cesar Cornejo Lopez, Ariel Crider, Crystal Cron, Israel Escobar, Benjamin Fellers, Rachel Francis, Jessica Gibson, Jennifer Guzman, Jamie Hamilton, Gavin House, Samantha Jones, Andrea Jordan, Maranda Ledford, James Madden, Melissa Miranda, Kristen Morgan, Kathy Nolasco, Simran Patel, Jamie Perez, Yaslin Perez Aguilar, Nicole Ramirez, Jimmy Rivera Velasquez, Jerec Roberts, Timothy Roberts, Christina Ross, Allison Shaw, Lashekia Smith, Amber Stapley, Mollie Teems, Jenesis Trevino, Freddie Vargas, Stephen Wheelus, Brian Whiteman, Paisley Williams and Shana Yarbrough.

Gordon County: Luis Alarcon, Tammy Baggett, Elijah Baldridge, Giovanny Barragan, Jade Bishop, Kerry Bryant, Savannah Cardenas, Oliver Cardona, Joshua Carr, Melissa Chance, Dawn Charles, Jacob Cloer, Cassandra Counsell, Ashley Crowley, Christian Elrod, Alaura Ensley, Taylor Evans, Madison Floyd, Rene Gonzalez, Amanda Hill, Jenna Hinkle, Craig Hudspeth, Maria Jaramillo Forcado, Chloe Kirkland, Zachary MacKay, Sarah Mason, Brodie Mathews, Leslee Menjivar, Leanna Mulkey, Tori Perez Fraire, Trinity Reyes, Eric Rojo Olguin, Amilee Sutherland, Elizabeth Taylor, Joseph VanDyke, Manuela Villalobos, Brady Wilson and James Yother.

Murray County: Bailey Blankenship, Cylie Clark, Dagoberto Hernandez, Christina Hooker, Emily Maddox, Nicole Pacheco, Megan Roach, Christopher Valdez and Nicholas Yates.

Polk County: Laycie Brookshire, Houston Edwards, Cynthia Godfrey, Ashlyn Graham, Brenton McGinnis, Zoee Mercer, Emily Meyerkord, Amanda Mohon, Fatema Momin, Ronaysia Moseley, Emerson Norton, Tanya Reyes-Cornejo, Bryan Rodriguez, Brittany Romines, Selena Segura, Maranda Smith, Sophie Smith, Jose Soto, Caleb Terrill and Princess Williams.

Walker County: Jillian Alspaugh, Daisy Ball, Sarah Barton, Gabriel Bennett, Rowan Campbell, Kinsey Chernicky, Ashlyn Couch, Cameron Cox, Kaitlyn Davis, Allie Farrow, Monica Foster, Nakiah Hilton, Maison Hinson, Erin Hughes, Austin Johnson, Richard Lancaster, Patience Lay, Regina McKin, Haley Morgan, Arlyn Mull, Blakely Perkins, Levi Pettigrew, Rachel Plaster, Maggie Scruggs, Ashley Simmons, Shane Skidmore, Kennedy Stroud, Zachary Thomas, Rebecca Tomlinson, Sadie Turner, Tyler West, Lindsay Whited and Alexandria Young.

Whitfield County: Jennifer Ayala, Jesenia Azbill, Daisy Azua, Elgar Bonilla, William Bradley, Jared Bryant, Ariana Camp, Cuauhtemoc Cerpas, Mackenzie Daugherty, Joshua Davis, Sebastian De Santiago, Mateo Domingo, Diego Espinoza, Oscar Esquivel, Harrison Fraire, Brodie Goforth, Gildardo Guzman, Carla Huskey, Christeth Jackson, Nicholas Jones, Stephanie Kelly, Timothy Kittle, Brianna Lindsey, Tara Linville, Alondra Mendoza, Cristhian Padron, Siobhan Painter, Anthony Palacios, Miguel Ramirez, Carlos Rodriguez, Christopher Ruedas, Dana Ruiz, Alexis Santos, Braden Smith, Kasha Taylor, Brandon Tran, Henry Vaughn, Nicholas Woods and Brady Zelaya.

Other Counties: Kiley Abernathy, Kyle Braid, Clarah Burley, Timothy Caldwell, Carly Cannon, Hannah Carr, Destini Cody, Mary Crowe, Shaticia Curtis, Maleah Daniell, Bayley Downing, Britni Ford, Alyssa Gibbs, Thomas Hartley, Kaitlyn Hayes, Adrianna Herrington, Caleb Jones, Tracie Jones, Emily Lippincott, Crystal Mallory, Jasmine Melton, Feiser Munoz, Le Anh Khoa Pham, Makayla Powell, Tyler Rawlins, Brooklyn Reed, Jeremy Reed, Rachel Reiffenstein, Sierra Reynolds, Katelyn Russell, Elijah Smith, Felicia Stowers, Taylor Sutton, Colby Swieton, Kasie Taylor, Endia Toney, Cassandra Townsend, Baylee Vandall, Lexie White, Jacob Wilson, Laura Wilson and Jessica Wynn.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma or a certificate in aviation, business, health, industrial or public service career paths. This past year, 11,134 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. GNTC has an annual credit enrollment of 8,528 students and an additional enrollment of 2,606 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at www.GNTC.edu. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

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Eden Landing Ecological Reserve restoration underway

On October 29, the waters of the Suisun Bay breached the levee along the northern shoreline of Martinez and flowed into the Pacheco Marsh. The breach was the culmination of a process that took 18 years, $24 million in funds, and dirt. Lots of dirt.

 “Dirt is cheap,” said Paul Detjens, the project manager of the Pacheco Marsh restoration project, “but moving the dirt from one place to another is expensive.”

Wetland restoration in the Bay Area requires massive amounts of dirt – or sediment – to protect against rising sea levels. Like the Pacheco Marsh, many of the Bay Area’s coastal wetlands are degraded after decades of dredging, draining and construction activity. As sea levels rise, restoring them could be a long-term solution to build resilience against flooding, but acquiring enough sediment is proving to be an issue for some restoration teams.

Paul Detjens, Contra Costa County Senior Civil Engineer and Program Manager, at the Contra Costa County Flood Control District’s Lower Walnut Creek and Pacheco Marsh restoration project. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

Tidal marshes like the Pacheco marsh are wetlands situated at the boundary between land and sea. When healthy, these ecosystems play an important environmental role. They act as carbon sinks and are natural habitat for a variety of wetland species, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and Ridgeway’s rail. Additionally, the vigorous vegetation the wetlands support acts as a natural barrier against seawater flooding. However, since the 19th century, wetlands across the Bay Area have been leveed, diked, and drained to accommodate urban expansion along the coast.

As a result, these degraded marshes have sunk below sea level, sometimes as much as 10 feet. Restoring these landscapes entails raising them to sea level or higher, and then allowing seawater to flow into them, by breaching levees or seawalls.

Over twelve years, tidal flows have naturally deposited sediment at the Mt. Eden Creek marsh and North Creek marsh in the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. (Photo courtesy Charles C. Benton)

Save the Bay, an organization that works towards the preservation of the San Francisco Bay,  estimates the region requires 100,000 acres of healthy wetlands to thrive. Of these, 78,000 acres of wetlands have been restored or are in the process of being restored all over the Bay Area.

However, to raise thousands of acres of marshland to sea level, restoration projects need huge amounts of sediment.

Sediment is often largely composed of clay, but it must be tested to make sure that it is clean and that it won’t cause any environmental damage once it is put in the marsh. In the case of the 232-acre Pacheco marsh restoration, Detjens said that his team lucked out.

“Our site was previously a disposal site for sediment dredged out of adjacent Walnut Creek in 1963 and 1973.  So, unlike other marshes, we had plenty of extra dirt to work with.” Thus, his team did not need to import any sediment from another location in the Bay Area, a process that he reckons would increase the total cost of the project by eight or nine times.

While small habitat improvements such as this one at Oliver Brothers salt works at Eden Landing are carried out without externally acquired sediment, acquiring sediment is not feasible for larger restoration projects. (Photo courtesy Charles C. Benton)

In the absence of readily available sediment, restoration projects have two alternate sources of sediment: construction sites or the bay itself.  

When material from construction sites is excavated, it must be tested and then transported to the site of the marsh. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) facilitates this process with Sedimatch, an online tool that connects construction projects with restoration projects. “It’s like a dating app for sediment,” said Detjens.

“Since we launched it a few years ago, there have been a few successful matches through the portal,” said Brenda Goeden, who manages the sediment program at the BCDC. However, there is only so much construction activity taking place at a time and, hence, only so much sediment that can be acquired through this route.

The alternative is to use sediment dredged up from the bay itself during the maintenance and widening of navigation channels near deep-water ports, harbors and marinas. While the bay contains a substantial amount of sediment, the process of extracting it from the water and transporting it to the restoration site is not easy or cheap due to the cost of dredging machinery, related power costs and specialized infrastructure required.

“If even dredging is not feasible, the last option for restoration projects is to allow the waters of the bay into the marsh and hope that the tides deposit enough sediment to keep the marsh level with the sea,” said Goeden.

Work on a small-scale habitat improvement in northern Eden Landing during the first phase of restoration in 2013. (Photo courtesy Cris Benton)

Such is the case with the Eden’s Landing restoration project in Alameda County. Dave Halsing, executive project manager of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration, said that while he would like to have used dredged sediment, the math just didn’t work out. “The actual dredged sediment would not be expensive, but the infrastructure costs are immense,” he said.

Dredged sediment is typically deposited on a barge for transportation to a restoration project. But in the South Bay, the water is so shallow that barges can only come as far as the edge of the deep-water channels. So, to transport the sediment from a barge to the marsh site, restoration teams would need to install an offloader facility – essentially a massive bucket attached to a temporary wharf in the bay – from which sediment can be pumped to the restoration site via pipes.

Halsing estimates that the cost of the Eden’s Landing restoration project is around $35 million, and that using dredged sediment would push that to a staggering $160 million. “Just running the power cables out to the bay to pump the sediments will cost $10-11 million, I kid you not,” he said.

Instead, Halsing and his team are hoping that once they open the Eden’s Landing salt marshes to the bay, the water itself will deposit enough sediment to sustain a thriving marsh. He is confident that if the project moves ahead in a timely fashion, a healthy marsh will be formed at Eden’s Landing without any external sediment.

However, he points out that the critical test will come around 2050, when sea level rise is projected to accelerate dramatically in the Bay Area. 

“Right now, marshes keep up with current sea level rise. But I do worry about the future, even though that is not in my control right now,” he said. “What I hope is that, by then (2050) we will have an understanding of other ways of delivering sediments to the marshes, possibly through a public-private partnership model wherein costs of dredging are shared by government agencies, dredging companies and restoration projects.”

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Marcus Pacheco: Flying Under The Radar

Kelowna Rockets forward returned for his second season with Kelowna looking like an entirely different player having grown a couple of inches, added nearly 20 pounds of weight and rocking a new number.

Last season Pacheco was one of three sixteen year old’s to crack the team, with the other two being Andrew Cristall and Caden Price.

Rourke Chartier, Austin Glover and Rielly Stadel were the last trio of first, second and third-round WHL Prospect Draft picks to make the team as 16-year-olds back in 2012-13.

Standing at 5’11, 163-pounds last September, he learned quickly how much of a difference there was making the jump to the WHL.

Limited to two games of CSSHL U18 Prep hockey at OHA Edmonton during the 2020-21 season due to Covid-19, he said that the speed and strength were the two biggest takeaways.

“I think it’s a huge change on and off the ice,” said Pacheco in an interview following practice earlier this week.

“You’re moving away from home at sixteen, playing with a whole different team against older guys. It was a great experience to get into the league at that age and experience it.”

In addition to his billet family, Pacheco thinks that having Cristall and Price around helped him ease into his rookie campaign.

“My billet family are more than I could ever ask for. They’ve done so much to help me.

“It was awesome having both Crsitall and Price here last year too, I knew both of them coming in having played against them growing up. It was a bit easier coming in as a rookie having them here to go through it with them at the same time.”

The Edmonton, AB, product appeared in 57 games for the Rockets last season, posting 14 points (3G, 11A), eight penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating.

More familiar with the Western Hockey League style of play, Pacheco went home for the summer with a detailed training plan that included hitting the gym five days a week.

Coming into training camp last month he checked in at 6’0, 184-pounds. To nobody’s surprise, he ranked first in the Rockets fitness combine.

“Adding the weight and muscle was a huge part of my offseason, it was something I really worked on. It’s come to fruition throughout training camp and the preseason, you can see it in the corners. Being just over 180 now helps a lot when it comes to getting hit and making a hit.”

With Mark Liwiski ageing out of the Rockets program at the end of last season, Pacheco quickly scooped up his old number nine.

He said that he made the change from 18 because he had always worn the number nine growing up. It’s also the number of some of his favourite players including Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Paul Kariya, Mike Modano and Jack Eichel.

Coming into training camp, Rockets director of player personnel Terry McFaul told kelownarockets.com that Pacheco was his pick to have a breakout season.

“Marcus has all kinds of skill and is a phenomenal skater,” said McFaul.  “All he needed was strength and weight, the strength will come with the weight. We’re starting to see that with him, he’s come back a little bit heavier and looks very comfortable. He was 5’9, 144-pounds when we drafted him and now he’s at least 6’0, 180-pounds. I think it’s going to be a breakout year for him.”

Wearing a new number and with his added height and weight, Pacheco posted a strong preseason for Kelowna.

Making the switch back to playing centre, he posted five points (1G, 4A) in five games.

Pacheco is poised to play a bigger role this year, he’s expected to grow on his 14 points from last season. During the preseason he saw time on the power play and the top six during the preseason.

“That’s something that’s always earned,” said Pacheco. “It’s nice to get that playing time under your belt. I have to take advantage of those opportunities when they come and keep it going.”

Expectations are high for him this season as he enters his first year of eligibility to be drafted into the NHL. With all eyes on Cristall and Price, it’s almost as if Pachecho is flying under the radar when it comes to media coverage. He said that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“We all love the spotlight, but it’s nice to not have it on you sometimes. I think I’m just focused on myself, I’m just here to do my job.”

Pacheco and the Rockets next home game is Wednesday, October 5th, when they’ll host the Victoria Royals.

Single game tickets for all Rockets home games will go on sale on Thursday, September 29th at Select Your Tickets. Tickets will be available to be purchased online through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office, or by phone at 250-762-5050.

Top 10 NEW Games of October 2022

Looking for a new game to play on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S/One and Nintendo Switch? We’ve got you covered with these October 2022 release dates.
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0:00 Intro
0:18 Overwatch 2
1:42 Dragon Ball: The Breakers
2:28 A Plague Tale: Requiem
3:45 Victoria 3
5:09 Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
6:35 New Tales from the Borderlands
7:56 Bayonetta 3
9:06 Scorn
10:27 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
11:27 Gotham Knights
12:24 BONUS

Overwatch 2

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S Switch F2P PvP

Release Date : October 4, 2022

Dragon Ball: The Breakers

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S Switch

Release Date : October 14, 2022

A Plague Tale: Requiem

Platform : PC PS5 XSX|S Switch

Release Date : October 18, 2022

Victoria 3

Platform : PC Linux

Release Date : October 25, 2022

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S

Release Date : 18 Oct 2022
New Tales from the Borderlands

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S Switch

Release Date : October 21, 2022

Bayonetta 3

Platform : Switch

Release Date : October 28, 2022


Platform : PC XSX|S

Release Date : October 21, 2022

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S

Release Date : October 28, 2022

Gotham Knights

Platform : PC PS5 XSX|S

Release Date : October 21, 2022


Dakar Desert Rally

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S

Release Date : October 4, 2022

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S

Release Date : October 25, 2022

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Platform : PC

Release Date : October 19, 2022

Resident Evil Village’s Shadows of Rose DLC + Gold Edition

Platform : PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S Switch

Release Date : October 28, 2022

Persona 5 Royal

Platform : PC PS5 Xbox One XSX|S Switch

Release Date : October 21, 2022 October games of 2022

Fighters Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Alex Fernandez win runoffs in Miami Beach

Two ‘new’ commissioners the community already knows, and well

Miami Beach voters chose two longtime City Hall regulars and resident advocates as commissioners in Tuesday’s runoff election — despite the deep pockets running against them.

Former Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who left in 2018 to run for Congress, is back in office with 55% of the vote and Alex Fernandez — who has served on a million committees and worked as an aide for former Commissioner DeeDee Weithorn — got 59%.

Raquel Pacheco had the Miami-Dade Democrats helping her hard and the endorsements from Mayor Dan Gelber, former Mayor Philip Levine, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, SAVE, firefighters everywhere, The Miami Herald y no sé quien más. Todos equivocados. She raised more money for her campaign since the first round than before Nov. 2 — $68,735 in eight days to more than double her total raised as of Friday, which is the last day recorded on the latest campaign finance reports.

Rosen Gonzalez, too, had her best fundraising period with just over $47,000 collected since getting pole position in the first round, according to her campaign report. She raised a total of $146,314 that was just a smidge over Pacheco’s total of $133,500.

Of course, she didn’t have the Dems paying for mailers like Pacheco did.

Low turnout — at 14% of the registered voters — definitely had an impact. Rosen Gonzalez won the runoff with 50 fewer votes than all the ballots cast for Pacheco in the first round. All this proves, however, is that Pacheco was popular with casual voters and Gelber’s base. But Rosen Gonzalez is known to the voters who are always engaged and know what they are doing.

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That’s also why the other seat in Miami Beach goes to Fernandez, who beat Stephen Cohen by a bigger margin, 59% to 41%. Most political observers expected it. Ladra doesn’t know one person who voted for Cohen, who came de la nada and doesn’t know where the bathroom is at City Hall. But Fernandez, who’s been on many committees and chaired the police board, was — que lindo — flabbergasted, truly sweating it out on Election Day.

“I’m beyond honored by such a strong show of confidence from the electorate and I will work hard everyday to make them proud of having voted for me,” Fernandez told Ladra. “This is a message from residents that they want a cleaner and safer city and a government that is worthy of its people — transparent, accessible.”

Fernandez was run out of City Hall in 2013 by Levine, as political payback because he supported former Commissioner Michael Góngora, whose seat he now fills. So, he turned around and got a better job at the county.

He’s going to resign from his job as a legislative aide to Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and dedicate himself to the council full-time. Fernandez says he can afford to and that residents didn’t only get him, but his husband Robert Wolfarth, who is also actively engaged in civic life.

“We’re a small city and it’s a part time job, but we have big city problems,” Fernandez said.

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Cohen spent about twice as much as Fernandez, raising $408,000 to the latter’s $245K. Well, really Cohen raised almost $10,000. He loaned himself $397,860, according to the latest reports. An an additional $40-some-thousand in in-kind expenses like postage and office supplies. He paid for a lot of advertising — local TV, cable, emails, social — and went negative. Fernandez kept it clean and on the issues.

But, then again, Fernandez didn’t have to go negative to get attention. Cohen did.

What Cohen didn’t have to do was waste so much money ($270,000+) on a New York City political consultant that obviously knows nada about Miami Beach politics.

The Great Fall Of China’s Housing Market: Who Will Pay The Price? | Insight | China Mortgage Boycott

In July, thousands of Chinese homebuyers threatened to boycott mortgage payments. Since the Evergrande Crisis, other cash-strapped developers have halted construction, leaving millions in limbo.

Over speculation left Chinese property market in jeopardy. Meanwhile, desperate homebuyers have moved into their unfinished apartments, making do without electricity and water. With echoes of the 2008 US subprime mortgage financial crisis, people around the world are closely watching how this crisis in China will unfold.

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