Metropolitan Network – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 12:31:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5.png Metropolitan Network – Northwest Metropolitans http://northwestmetropolitans.com/ 32 32 London Police Take ‘No Further Action’ Regarding Prince Andrew’s Examination https://northwestmetropolitans.com/london-police-take-no-further-action-regarding-prince-andrews-examination/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:47:38 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/london-police-take-no-further-action-regarding-prince-andrews-examination/ By Amy Cassidy and Tara John, CNN London Police decided to take “no further action” against Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, following an investigation triggered by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who filed a complaint against him in New York for abuse suspected sexual intercourse. The Metropolitan Police Service has decided to drop its investigation after […]]]>

By Amy Cassidy and Tara John, CNN

London Police decided to take “no further action” against Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, following an investigation triggered by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who filed a complaint against him in New York for abuse suspected sexual intercourse.

The Metropolitan Police Service has decided to drop its investigation after reviewing a number of documents, including those released in August 2021 in connection with Giuffre’s civil trial in the United States.

“This review is complete and we are taking no further action,” the force said Monday in an emailed statement to CNN.

Giuffre, an alleged victim of disgraced sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, has alleged that she was forced to perform sexual acts with Prince Andrew. She said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with her friends, including the Duke of York, when she was underage.

Andrew has denied similar allegations by Giuffre in the past.

The Met also said it would take no action following a review of the allegations uncovered in an investigation by London-based Channel 4 News in June, which reported “more than a half dozen of claims that young women and girls have been targeted, trafficked, cared for or abused in the UK for over a decade by Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges.

“We have also reviewed information provided to us by a media organization in June 2021. This review has concluded and no further action will be taken,” the Metropolitan Police said.

The force “continues to liaise with other law enforcement agencies investigating matters related to Jeffrey Epstein,” the statement added.

It comes months after Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told LBC radio station that “no one is above the law” when asked about the allegations against the Duke of York.

“The position is that we have had more than one allegation related to Mr. Epstein and we have looked at them, assessed them and we have not opened an investigation,” Dick said at the time.

The trial

Giuffre’s lawyers provided the senior British royal with legal documents for a lawsuit last month.

In the lawsuit, Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her at the invitation of Epstein and Maxwell while she was underage and that cases of alleged sexual abuse occurred at Maxwell’s London home and at Epstein’s home in Manhattan and on his private island in the United States. The Virgin Islands.

Buckingham Palace and Prince Andrew have vigorously denied his claims.

But Andrew’s associations with Epstein and Maxwell – Epstein’s former girlfriend – continue to haunt him.

U.S. authorities have previously accused Andrew of not cooperating in attempts to interview him as part of the investigation into the alleged sex trafficking ring Epstein and Maxwell are suspected of operating.

The prince stepped down from royal duties following a 2019 interview he gave to the BBC in which he was widely seen to have damaged his own credibility. He now rarely appears in public.

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Namma metro: a slow decade https://northwestmetropolitans.com/namma-metro-a-slow-decade/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:35:01 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/namma-metro-a-slow-decade/ Hailed as the ultimate panacea for Bangalore’s infamous road traffic problems, the Namma metro had shown great promise on October 20, 2011. Ten years later, with only two lines and 56.1 km operational, the transportation option glitzy mass is now trying to pass quickly. a maze of missed deadlines and escalating costs, as other Indian […]]]>

Hailed as the ultimate panacea for Bangalore’s infamous road traffic problems, the Namma metro had shown great promise on October 20, 2011. Ten years later, with only two lines and 56.1 km operational, the transportation option glitzy mass is now trying to pass quickly. a maze of missed deadlines and escalating costs, as other Indian cities rush in. Before the pandemic hit, the Namma metro had a total of 46 km, completed after 13 years of construction. Did that qualify it to be one of India’s slowest metro projects? “There is no truth in this,” says Anjum Parvez, managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). “The only delay that has occurred is due to Covid while the workers are gone,” he said. Part of phase 2 of the project will be completed by December 2022. “The entire phase will be completed by December 2024. So it’s on track and there is absolutely no problem,” says Anjum.

Daily ridership in the metro had reached six lakh before the pandemic. “Over a length of 46 km, we had one of the best pre-Covid crowds, comparable to Delhi. The ridership will increase again with more lines. The Kengeri and Silk Institute lines were opened. The major leap will come when the Whitefield line begins, ”he explains. But ridership also depends on other critical factors. Huge gaps in last mile connectivity, intermodal links and station design during the first phase prevented commuters from switching from their personal vehicles to the metro along several corridors. This has been a challenge for metro systems across India.

“Multimodal integration should be part of the planning phase itself. The location of the station, the access to the power buses, the way passengers are picked up and dropped off, the ease of access on foot, all of this was completely neglected in the first phase ”, notes the Professor Ashish Verma, Transportation Engineering Expert at the Indian Institute of Science. Many phase 1 stations do not have adequate bus bays. This design compromise was also a feature of many Phase 2 stations. “Even the integration between metro and rail stations was not considered, Yeswanthpura and Cantonment stations being examples. These integration differences can lead to a loss of goodwill, ”he warns.

But in a long-term perspective, Namma Metro and similar systems extending their networks to 12 other cities – large and small – across India could be a game-changer in urban mobility. The real estate sector has already sensed the enormous potential. Rising land values, land use change and densification along the corridor are fertile grounds for the sector to flourish. Industry watchers say land and rental values ​​increase dramatically as the distance to a metro station decreases.

As Anjum notes, “At the time the airport line was announced, many builders and developers came forward to ask for direct pedestrian bridges between metro stations and their upcoming campuses. The real impact is visible along the corridor of the airport road, as there is plenty of land available there. Computer parks, offices and residential apartments all move there. Once connectivity improves, the metro tends to turn barren expanses into malls and raise land prices even on the outskirts of a city. This was especially noticed after the commissioning of the 30 km Noida-Greater Noida metro, which triggered a rise in house prices.

Rajendra Joshi, CEO of Brigade Group, Residential echoes this point of view: “While Whitefield, which is congested today and lacks public transport infrastructure, is connected by metro to a place like Kengeri, the people will head to Kengeri where the cost of living is much lower. . Obviously, Metro in any part of the city will stimulate real estate growth.

Also read: An integrated public transport system, not a metro, is the key

As part of the first phase, BMRCL had entered into a public-private partnership with Mantri Developers to build the Mantri Square Sampige Road station attached to a shopping center. This unique collaboration could be a model for future alignments if all financial and compliance conditions are met, believes Suresh Hari, president of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI). “Many such proposals have been sent to BMRCL in the past.” he remembers.

In general, the properties around the subway corridors performed very well, Suresh notes. But landowners have enjoyed better returns than developers. “Developers in the intermediate and affordable housing categories, who anticipated the potential demand and invested intelligently, have also benefited. The big players are now looking to develop access areas.

13 subways

Nationally, 13 metro systems are currently operational, with Delhi leading the pack by a huge margin. Serving 254 stations on 10 lines, the Delhi Metro is today the busiest and second oldest in India after Kolkata. Several other systems are now in preparation in Tier 2 cities. But it is only in recent years that the expansion of the metro network has accelerated. The Kolkata Metro opened in 1984, but it took another 18 years for the Delhi Metro to start blowing on December 25, 2002.

A single line, the 11.07 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar section, is the torchbearer of the Mumbai metro. More than a dozen lines are expected to be commissioned in the coming years. Red line 7 and yellow line 2A will be operational in four months. Work on the Andheri East – Dahisar East and Dahisar West – DN Nagar lines began in 2016. Scheduled for launch in December 2019, the opening was delayed for a number of reasons. In the Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR), covering the city of Mumbai, the suburbs of Mumbai, Palghar, Thane and Raigad, more than 300 km of metro line has been planned.

Chennai got its first metro lane in June 2015 after a tumultuous journey. The project was approved in 2009 and construction began immediately. After a regime change in 2011, the then chief minister, J Jayalalithaa, wanted to suppress it but could not. Work on the project has resumed. The first phase connecting 45.06 km was fully operational in February 2019 with a nine km extension added earlier this year. But the total traffic is around 1.25 lakh, only 15% of the expected daily traffic of six lakh. High fares and lack of last mile connectivity are cited for low footfall.

Work on the ambitious Phase II of the Chennai metro has started. Planned to add 118.9 km to the network, this will link the northern part of the city (Madhavaram) to the southern part and the IT corridor. The second phase, connecting the suburbs of Poonamallee, is expected to further increase ridership.

Operationalized in 2017, the first 25 km phase of the Kochi metro currently runs between Aluva and Pettah, passing through the heart of the city. The services are operated in an interval of 8 to 20 minutes, connecting 22 stations. Average ridership had peaked at 70,000 before the lockdown. Based on a survey of commuters, Kochi Metro Rail Limited plans to cut fares to meet its target of two lakh of daily ridership by the end of the year. The Kochi Metro was unique in its integration with an aquatic metro service to enhance connectivity to 10 islands in and around the city. Its first phase was officially launched in February with environmentally friendly boats.

Unlike the developed world, Indian metro systems have largely used the elevated track with a few sections underground. Cost is a factor, but Anjum’s claim that an elevated line at Rs 280-300 crore / km is cheaper than the metro at Rs 550-600 crore / km is disputed.

Reasons Prof Ashish: “There may be some initial savings on investment costs, but the cost-benefit analysis shows that the basement becomes cheaper in the long run. The metro should be underground at least in central areas of the city, as is global practice. High structures, he recalls, also have an enormous social cost. “We are killing our open spaces and, as the MG Road section of the Namma metro shows, destroying our urban aesthetic. The emblematic boulevard has given way to the pillars of the metro. Going underground didn’t make any practical sense here either, since the intersection with the Gottigere-Nagawara line is now five levels apart.

(With contributions from Mrityunjay Bose, ETB Sivapriyan and Arjun Raghunath)

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Governor Hochul announces completion of new ramps at Kew Gardens interchange in Queens https://northwestmetropolitans.com/governor-hochul-announces-completion-of-new-ramps-at-kew-gardens-interchange-in-queens/ Fri, 08 Oct 2021 20:57:04 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/governor-hochul-announces-completion-of-new-ramps-at-kew-gardens-interchange-in-queens/ Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a milestone in the Kew Gardens Interchange Phase 4 project in Queens. Construction was completed on two newly reconfigured ramps that will improve safety and reduce congestion along this busy suburban corridor used by hundreds of thousands of commuters every day to reach John F. Kennedy International Airport and other […]]]>

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a milestone in the Kew Gardens Interchange Phase 4 project in Queens. Construction was completed on two newly reconfigured ramps that will improve safety and reduce congestion along this busy suburban corridor used by hundreds of thousands of commuters every day to reach John F. Kennedy International Airport and other key destinations throughout New York City and Long Island. The new ramps will facilitate connections for motorists entering the Grand Central Parkway westbound from the Union Turnpike Westbound, and for those traveling from the Jackie Robinson Parkway eastbound at Exit 8W to the Westbound. Grand Central Parkway.

The new ramps, which will be fully open on Friday evening, are a signature item of the state’s ongoing $ 365 million Phase 4 project of the state Department of Transportation, which will help reduce safeguards, reduce vehicle emissions and facilitate continued economic growth throughout the metropolitan area. .

“We are committed to rebuilding our infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century and help our local communities thrive” Governor Hochul noted. “These new ramps at the Kew Gardens interchange will help reduce congestion and make it easier for motorists to navigate this vital interchange, keeping goods and people moving more safely.”

The new westerly ramp from Union Turnpike to Grand Central Parkway westbound eliminates the prior need for motorists to come to a complete stop before entering the boardwalk, allowing traffic to merge more efficiently and reduce traffic. congestion on both routes.

The new Jackie Robinson Drive Eastbound ramp at Exit 8W to Grand Central Drive Westbound has been redesigned to reduce a significant curve that previously existed on Exit 8W. The new ramp, which is based on a new bridge structure, has standard lane and shoulder widths, which were not previously available. The project also increased the length of the junction from Eastbound Jackie Robinson Drive to Westbound Grand Central Drive – which allowed for the removal of a stop sign at the end of the ramp – and improved drainage systems. These improvements will allow motorists to merge more safely and efficiently at this location.

In addition, work on the rehabilitated Jackie Robinson Parkway exit 8E to the eastbound Grand Central Parkway was also completed.

The ramp completion follows the opening earlier this year of a new 13W Westbound Grand Central Parkway Exit Ramp to the Westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway and the new Van Hwy 7 Exit Ramp Wyck southbound, both of which were included in Phase 4 of the Kew Gardens Exchange Project. Bridges completed in Phase 4 include Westbound Union Turnpike Bridge on Grand Central Parkway, Westbound Grand Central Parkway Bridge to Union Turnpike / Queens Boulevard Westbound, and Eastbound Union Turnpike Bridge on Grand Central Parkway.

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie-Thérèse Dominguez said, “The Kew Gardens Interchange Project is a top priority for the Department of Transportation and is a prime example of New York State’s commitment to make smart investments in our infrastructure that promote resilience, improve quality of life and promote economic growth. These new ramps improve traffic flow, improve safety and reduce congestion at one of New York City’s busiest interchanges. “

Representative Grace Meng said: “As I said, continued investment in our local roads and highways is critical, especially as we seek to modernize our infrastructure and rebuild better. The completion of these new ramps, and the improvements that result from them in terms of safety and congestion reduction, will improve travel for Queens residents and anyone who uses this section of highway. Thank you Governor Hochul and the New York State Department of Transportation for continued to advance this project.

State Senator Leroy Comrie said: “I would like to congratulate Governor Hochul and NYSDOT Commissioner Dominguez for completing the Kew Gardens Interchange Phase 4 project. Utopia Turnpike has been a major headache and a source of frustration for motorists. As we continue to find ways to improve safety and reduce emissions, I am pleased that the completion of these new ramps will provide Queens drivers as well as visitors to the Borough of the world with better access. and better mobility to JFK and other parts of the city. “

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. said: “The completion of these two ramps brings much needed relief to the hundreds of thousands of daily drivers on the Kew Gardens interchange. Motorists no longer have to worry about construction going on in this area creating detours and confusion, and drivers will be thankful that the new ramps will reduce congestion on these major highways. I’ll be one of those grateful motorists, as I take the interchange every time I drive to my office in Albany. I thank the NYS DOT for their work on this part of Phase 4 of their project. ”

Assembly member Daniel Rosenthal said: “As New York continues to rebuild itself from the devastating effects of this pandemic, it is crucial that we have the infrastructure to support a recovering economy. This latest development of the Kew Gardens interchange project will benefit both to my constituents and to our city as a whole. I thank NYSDOT for their longstanding commitment to this initiative. “

Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi said: “These ramps will facilitate traffic and provide additional safety measures for the thousands of our neighbors who use this road every day. I am grateful to Governor Hochul for the early completion of this project.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. said: “The completion of these ramps is another step forward in the continuous improvement of Queens transportation infrastructure. Motorists who use these ramps will now benefit from safer and smoother journeys thanks to their reconfiguration. The Kew Gardens interchange project is an undertaking of vital importance to our borough transportation network, and I thank Governor Hochul and State Transportation Commissioner Marie-Thérèse Dominguez for makes this project a priority.

The Kew Gardens Interchange is the complex intersection of the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway, Jackie Robinson Parkway and Union Turnpike, serving more than 200,000 vehicles per day. The New York State Department of Transportation is making a number of operational improvements with four construction contracts at the interchange valued at nearly $ 700 million. The four phases of the project enhance safety and improve traffic flow on Interstate 678 (Van Wyck Expressway), Grand Central Parkway and Jackie Robinson Parkway. Work on the first phase began in 2010 and the final phase is expected to end in 2022.

The completed Phase I project included widening part of the Van Wyck Expressway and rehabilitating the exit ramp from Van Wyck northbound to Queens Boulevard westbound, four bridges over Van Wyck, the Van Wyck Bridge on Main Street and the Queens Boulevard Bridge on Main Street. This project also included the construction of auxiliary lanes on the northbound and southbound Van Wyck lanes between Grand Central Parkway and Main Street and provided a dedicated southbound exit lane to Hillside Avenue.

The completed Phase II project constructed a new, wider viaduct north of the Van Wyck Highway, which has three lanes of traffic now that Phase III is complete. In addition, it replaced the one-lane entrance ramp connecting the Jackie Robinson Parkway and Union Turnpike to the Van Wyck Expressway northbound with a new two-lane ramp. A new deck was installed on the Eastbound Union Turnpike Bridge over the Grand Central Parkway connecting ramps, and a new deck and steel beams were installed on the bridge where the Union Turnpike and Jackie Robinson Parkway merge .

Completed Phase III replaced the existing deteriorated two-lane southbound Van Wyck Expressway viaduct over the Grand Central Parkway with a continuous three-lane viaduct, and constructed new exits to the Westbound Union Turnpike Expressway. and the Jackie Robinson Parkway. The three lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway now also merge with two lanes of the Grand Central Parkway over a longer distance.

Phase IV, in progress, links the improvements already made during the first three phases of construction. The project consists of installing five new bridges and replacing six existing bridges; widening of traffic lanes and shoulders; improving access and exit ramps to improve traffic flow; change the lane configuration for safer merge and exit; improved visibility distance; updating of signage; and make improvements to lighting, drainage and landscaping.

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Xplornet Subway Loop providing Gigabit Internet speed in Haldimand, Ontario https://northwestmetropolitans.com/xplornet-subway-loop-providing-gigabit-internet-speed-in-haldimand-ontario/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 14:10:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/xplornet-subway-loop-providing-gigabit-internet-speed-in-haldimand-ontario/ Metro Loop, powered by Xplornet, brings fiber to the home in over 6,500 locations in Haldimand County MARKHAM, ON, October 7, 2021 / CNW / – Xplornet Communications Inc., from Canada the largest rural broadband provider, today announced that Metro Loop’s fiber-to-home expansion continues in Haldimand with gigabit internet service now available to 6,500 homes, […]]]>

Metro Loop, powered by Xplornet, brings fiber to the home in over 6,500 locations in Haldimand County

MARKHAM, ON, October 7, 2021 / CNW / – Xplornet Communications Inc., from Canada the largest rural broadband provider, today announced that Metro Loop’s fiber-to-home expansion continues in Haldimand with gigabit internet service now available to 6,500 homes, businesses , schools and seasonal residences.

Launched in April 2021, Metro Loop’s fiber-to-home expansion project will deploy more than 600 kilometers of fiber-optic cable and provide next-generation broadband service to more than 19,000 homes and businesses across County. Haldimand, over the next two years.

“Xplornet has made significant private financial investments to expand our fiber optic network in rural areas Ontario and we are delighted to now offer fiber-to-the-home service, with broadband plans with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, to over 6,500 residents and businesses in Haldimand, ”said Allison Lenehan, CEO and President of Xplornet Communications Inc.

“This is great news for my constituents. One area that is often overlooked when talking about high speed internet is rural areas. Ontario. Agriculture is changing and farmers are adapting to technology to be competitive. As agriculture becomes more land and labor intensive, technology needs to be much more controlled and precise. Farmers cannot remain compliant and competitive if they cannot effectively do business online or file documents, ”said Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand – Norfolk. “Modern agriculture requires connectivity for a variety of jobs, checking the weather, checking markets. Affordable broadband is essential in rural areas. Ontario to access e-commerce, close deals, process payments, share information and connect with customers and markets. ”

This major fiber expansion follows recent announcements of the Xplornet fiber to home project in Gray, Bruce and Brant Counties as well as ongoing 5G fiber and fixed wireless projects in the east Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Quebec provide fast, reliable and affordable Internet services to rural Canadians. Over the next five years, Xplornet will invest $ 500 million to deploy its state-of-the-art fiber optics and 5G wireless network in rural Canada.

About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Based in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. is one of from Canada major broadband service providers. For more than a decade, Xplornet has provided innovative fixed and mobile broadband solutions to rural customers at work, home and leisure across Canada. Today, Xplornet delivers voice and data communications services through its unique hybrid fiber wireless and satellite network that connects Canadians to what matters.

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Entergy New Orleans’ reliability declined dramatically in 2021 even before Hurricane Ida https://northwestmetropolitans.com/entergy-new-orleans-reliability-declined-dramatically-in-2021-even-before-hurricane-ida/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 18:47:35 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/entergy-new-orleans-reliability-declined-dramatically-in-2021-even-before-hurricane-ida/ The reliability of electrical service has dropped significantly in New Orleans this year, even before Hurricane Ida caused one of the city’s most serious power outages in recent memory, according to a new report the company has said. submitted to city council this week. The report shows that in the first six months of 2021, […]]]>

The reliability of electrical service has dropped significantly in New Orleans this year, even before Hurricane Ida caused one of the city’s most serious power outages in recent memory, according to a new report the company has said. submitted to city council this week.

The report shows that in the first six months of 2021, New Orleans experienced tens of thousands of outages greater than what the city experienced in the first half of each year dating back to 2018. (The report does not shows no data for previous years.)

The reason for the increase in blackouts, according to the report, is more extreme weather conditions.

“This increase in customer interruptions is due to the adverse weather conditions experienced in 2021 with much higher than normal precipitation totals,” the Entergy report said. “The additional precipitation was caused by an increase in the number of thunderstorms in the metropolitan area, which also caused the noticeable increase in customer disruptions by lightning. “

The report notes that according to the National Weather Service, New Orleans saw more than 50% more rain in the first half of 2021 than the average amount of rain in the same six-month period over the past 10 years.

The council began requiring Entergy to submit these reliability reports in 2017 after it launched an investigation into the city’s increasingly frequent power outages. The investigation found that the reliability of the system began to decline soon after 2015, when Entergy withdrew millions of dollars from funds spent on maintaining and improving the network.

The board ended up fining the company $ 1 million in October 2019 for the reliability failures. The company has challenged the fine in court and has so far withheld the money pending resolution of this case. Along with regular reliability reports, Entergy was also required to submit a reliability improvement plan to city council and provide regular updates on its progress.

After 2017, Entergy data indicates that the company has made great strides towards creating a more reliable system. But after three years of improvement, the new Entergy report indicates that the company’s reliability could decline in 2021.

Entergy did not answer questions for this story. A spokeswoman for councilor and public services committee chair Helena Moreno said she was not available for an interview as she was returning from Washington DC, where she met legislators on securing federal funding to invest in the state’s energy grid.

The new Entergy report breaks down the numbers according to whether the outage occurred on the distribution system – the local poles and wires that supply electricity to homes and businesses – or the transmission system – which brings electricity in. bulk from all over the region.

The majority of New Orleans outages occur on the distribution system. According to the report, there were just under 140,000 distribution outages in the first six months of 2021, 29% more than in the first six months of 2020 and 27% more than the average number. outages observed between 2018 and 2020.

The number of outages refers to the number of affected customers. The report notes that the distribution outage figures do not include an April outage in the central business district caused by an equipment fire, as the “network that serves the central business district is currently unable to capture outages on the network in the automated report. . “

The main causes of the distribution failures were “lightning, scheduled interruptions, emergency switchings, foreign objects and sleeper failures,” according to the report.

Meanwhile, the city has experienced around 40,000 transmission grid outages, 130% more than in the first six months of 2020 and 108% more than the three-year average.

The main cause of the increase in transmission outages appears to have been the winter storm in February which caused power outages across the region. The storm increased demand for electricity above what is normally expected while taking some plants offline. The imbalance threatened to create a catastrophic failure on the network.

To avoid this failure, Entergy, like other utilities in the region, intentionally disconnected some customers in order to avoid the catastrophic imbalance between supply and demand. In New Orleans, 26,000 customers were disconnected. It was later revealed that the company had cut power to three times as many customers as needed, prompting the board to launch another investigation into the company, which is still ongoing.

Logan Burke, executive director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, told The Lens that there were potential issues in the data.

She pointed out that the data does not explicitly include all failures. The report notes that reported outages do not include those “due to major events, government mandates, customer equipment, late calls and incompatible customers.”

She said it was not clear what the overall picture of reliability would look like if those numbers were included. And she said Entergy’s most recent filing, unlike previous reliability reports, does not appear to include the granular daily data that allowed the public to see whether the outages happened on sunny days or on bad days. time.



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BET Awards 2021: The list of winners https://northwestmetropolitans.com/bet-awards-2021-the-list-of-winners/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 12:27:00 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/bet-awards-2021-the-list-of-winners/ Tyler, the creator took home the hip hop album of the year and the awards for best live performer, as well as the first prize for cultural influence at the prerecorded ceremony. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion won three awards, including Best Hip Hop Video. Cardi B Duck J. Cole little baby *WINNER Megan […]]]>

Tyler, the creator took home the hip hop album of the year and the awards for best live performer, as well as the first prize for cultural influence at the prerecorded ceremony.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion won three awards, including Best Hip Hop Video.

Cardi B

Duck

J. Cole

little baby *WINNER

Megan you stallion

Tyler the creator

Hip-Hop Album of the Year

Moneybagg Yo: “The Pain of a Gangsta”

Tyler, the creator: “Call me if you get lost” * WINNER

Migos: “Culture III”

Megan Thee Stallion: “Good News”

DJ Khaled: “Khaled Khaled”

21 Savage & Metro Boomin: “Savage Mode II”

J. Cole: “The offseason”

Best Hip-Hop Video

Cardi B: “Up”

Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” * WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug: “Go crazy”

Drake with Lil Durk: “Laugh now cry later”

Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call me by your name)”

Saweetie with Doja Cat: “Best Friend”

Better collaboration

21 Savage & Metro Boomin with Drake: “Mr. Right Now”

Bia with Nicki Minaj: “Whole Lotta Money (Remix)”

Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” * WINNER

DJ Khaled with Lil Baby & Lil Durk: “Every Chance I Get”

Drake with Lil Durk: “Laugh now cry later”

Pooh Shiesty with Lil Durk: “Back in Blood”

Best Duo / Group

21 Savage & Metro Boomin

Chris Brown and the young thug

City girls

nasty c & blxckie

Lil Baby & Lil Durk * WINNER

Migos

Best Live Performer

Busta Rhymes

Cardi B

DaBaby

Doja cat

Megan you stallion

Tyler, the creator * WINNER

Lyricist of the Year

Benny the Butcher

Duck

J. Cole * WINNER

little baby

Megan you stallion

Nas

Video Director of the Year

Cole bennett

Colin Tilley

Dave Meyers

Director X

Hype williams

Missy Elliott * WINNER

Producer of the Year

DJ Khaled

Hit-Boy * WINNER

Boomin Metro

Mustard

The alchemist

Tyler the creator

Song of the year

Pooh Shiesty with Lil Durk: Back in Blood

Roddy Ricch: late at night

Drake with Lil Durk: Laugh Now Cry Later

Cardi B: high

Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion: “WAP” * WINNER

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

BLXST

Coi Leray

Don Toliver

Morray

Winnie the Pooh

Yung Bleu * WINNER

Hustler of the year

Cardi B

Duck

little baby

Megan you stallion

Saweetie * WINNER

Yung Blue

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Cardi B: “Type S ** t” (Migos)

Drake: “To have our way” (Migos)

Jay-Z: “What does it look like” (Nipsey Hussle & Jay-Z) * WINNER

Lil Durk: “Back in Blood” (Shiesty Bear)

Megan Thee Stallion: “On Me” (Remix) (Lil Baby)

Roddy Ricch: “Lemonade” (Remix) (Internet Money)

Impact track

Black thought: “Thought against everyone”

Lil Nas X: “Montero (Call me by your name)”

Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin: “We Win”

Meek Mill with Lil Durk: “Pain Away”

Nipsey Hussle & JAY-Z: “What does it look like” * WINNER

Rapsodie: “12 problems”

Best international flow

Ladipoe (Nigeria)

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BT and Toshiba build commercially available quantum secure metro network in London https://northwestmetropolitans.com/bt-and-toshiba-build-commercially-available-quantum-secure-metro-network-in-london/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 22:15:44 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/bt-and-toshiba-build-commercially-available-quantum-secure-metro-network-in-london/ Against the growing threat of quantum computing to the security of traditional networks, BT and Toshiba announced that the two companies will build and test a commercially available quantum secure metro network. The all-new network will link the London Docklands, City and M4 Corridor locations, and provide secure data services using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) […]]]>

Against the growing threat of quantum computing to the security of traditional networks, BT and Toshiba announced that the two companies will build and test a commercially available quantum secure metro network.

The all-new network will link the London Docklands, City and M4 Corridor locations, and provide secure data services using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC).

The new network, which is the world’s first commercial trial of a quantum network infrastructure, will be operated by BT, which will provide a range of quantum secure services, including high-bandwidth end-to-end encrypted links, delivered over the optical spectrum of Openreach. Access Filter Connect (OSA FC) solution for private fiber networks.

The QKD links will be delivered using a quantum network that includes both basic and access components, and will be integrated into BT’s existing grid management operations. Toshiba will provide the quantum key distribution hardware and key management software.

The pace of advancement of Quantum computers presents an increasing risk for standard encrypted key exchanges, authentication and digital signatures; some estimates suggest that quantum computer-activated security attacks are possible within 5 years and likely to occur within 10 years.

Securing encrypted traffic is an urgent issue today, as data that requires long-term security could be exposed to ‘store today, crack later’ attacks, in which key exchange and traffic encrypted are now stored and broken when a sufficiently powerful quantum computer is available. QKD-based security is unique because the key exchange is secure against any computer or mathematical advancement, so it is immune to any present or future attack by quantum computers.

While BT and Toshiba have already installed a point-to-point quantum security link between two business sites, deploying a fully quantum secure metro network environment with multiple endpoints requires new integration and management approaches. Building on BT and Toshiba’s point-to-point solution for the Bristol-based National Composites Center (NCC) and Modeling and Simulation Center (CFMS), this new network will expand the solution to serve multiple customers across a large area. metropolitan.

London is an ideal environment to deploy and test this technology thanks to the density of customers whose data is extremely sensitive and requires maximum security, such as financial and legal institutions. The initial goal of the two companies will be to provide trials to corporate clients that carry sensitive traffic (such as database backups) between sites, and to explore potential future offerings such as encrypted links and “keys”. quantum as a service ”.

Toshiba launched commercial products for QKD, manufactured at its Cambridge site, in the second half of 2020. These offer the highest key rates (1000 keys per second) and longest range of any QKD system at commercially available optical fiber.

Toshiba’s innovative multiplexing compatibility allows data and quantum keys to be transmitted over the same fiber, eliminating the need for expensive dedicated infrastructure for key distribution. Toshiba will also provide network key management and distribution software that provides end-to-end data protection across the network.

Howard Watson, CTO of BT, said: “BT and Toshiba have established global leadership in the development of secure quantum networks. We are excited to take this collaboration to the next level by building the world’s first commercially operational secure quantum metro network in London. Secure, robust and reliable data transfer is increasingly crucial for our customers around the world, so we are proud of the role our Quantum R&D program is playing in making global networks more secure as we move into the future. dawn of a new era of quantum computing. “

Taro Shimada, Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at Toshiba Corporation, said: “Our partnership with BT will enable us to provide organizations with quantum secure network services that protect their data against retrospective attacks with a quantum computer. We are delighted to be working with BT, with a long tradition of providing secure and reliable networks. This network paves the way for QKD commercial services in the UK and possibly beyond. “

BT has led the industry in the development of QKD networks, techniques and applications. In 2017, he conducted his first field test of QKD integrated into a secure optical communication network. In 2018-19, he conducted a second QKD test on a live network between Cambridge and its Adastral Park R&D campus in Ipswich, at that time the longest link in the UK quantum network. Last year, BT conducted customer trials with QKD’s NCC over 10G Ethernet.

In addition to working with BT last year on the installation of the UK’s first secure industrial quantum network, which transmits data between the NCC and CFMS, Toshiba has achieved many milestones thanks to its extensive research into the technology. quantum in his Cambridge research lab.

More recently, in June 2021, the company announced the first demonstration of its long-haul Twin Field QKD system over optical fibers exceeding 600 km, using its pioneering dual-band stabilization technique.

The combination of multiplexed QKD using existing infrastructure for metro networks, alongside conventional QKD and Twin Field for longer distances, paves the way for a commercially viable secure quantum network in the UK.


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Authorities seize historic amount of fake pills containing fentanyl in Metro Atlanta https://northwestmetropolitans.com/authorities-seize-historic-amount-of-fake-pills-containing-fentanyl-in-metro-atlanta/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 03:29:09 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/authorities-seize-historic-amount-of-fake-pills-containing-fentanyl-in-metro-atlanta/ Fake pills containing fentanyl become harder to spot The DEA has called the Atlanta metro a “central command” for drug cartels that sell pills containing fentanyl. A victim’s sister says she hopes her brother’s story can protect others. ATLANTA – Drug enforcement officers are stepping up efforts to remove fake pills containing fentanyl from the […]]]>

Drug enforcement officers are stepping up efforts to remove fake pills containing fentanyl from the streets of the metro Atlanta area.

In one day, I grabbed over 9,000 pills containing fentanyl and 2 kilograms of pure fentanyl in the Atlanta area last week.

It was part of a two-month crackdown on the deadly drugs. The DEA special agent in charge of the Atlanta division says counterfeit pills have become harder to spot.

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“The Mexican cartels have become so good at producing these pills that it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a real one and a fake,” said Rob Murphy, DEA special agent.

DEA Special Agent Rob Murphy says counterfeit pills containing fentanyl have become harder to spot.

Murphy said much of fentanyl is produced in China, shipped to Mexico, and smuggled across the border and into communities across the country.

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DeAnne Turner’s brother, Gerald Gilbert, was just 28 when he took a pill earlier this year that he believed to be the prescription pain reliever Xanax.

“It turned out to be fentanyl,” Turner said. “He had such a good heart.

She said her brother collapsed in the middle of the family home in County Paulding moments after eating the pill.

Despite his father’s best efforts, Gilbert passed away.

Gerald Gilbert

DeAnne Turner’s brother, Gerald Gilbert, was just 28 when he took a pill earlier this year that he believed to be the prescription pain reliever Xanax. It turned out to be fentanyl. (FOX 5 Atlanta)

“If her story saves a life, it’s worth it,” Turner said. “Friday is his birthday. He would be 29 years old.”

Special Agent Murphy says the cartels are squeezing fentanyl into pills to make it look like the prescription pain relievers people use to get high, using industrial pill presses. He said that sometimes his agents are not even able to tell them apart.

Ultimately, Murphy said money was the motive.

“They ship it across our borders, they know it’s made from fentanyl, but the profit potential is so high for them the cost is so low,” he said.

For the first time in six years, the Drug Enforcement Administration last week issued a public safety alert to Americans to shed light on the threat of what authorities are calling a “nationwide significant increase” in pills. counterfeits that are “killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate.” rate.”

“Illicit fentanyl was responsible for almost three-quarters of the more than 93,000 fatal drug overdoses in the United States in 2020,” said Monaco’s deputy attorney general.

More than 9.5 million counterfeit pills have been seized so far in 2021, according to a number of officials, this is more than all of 2019 and 2020 combined. Tests in the DEA labs have found an increase in the number of pills containing at least 2 milligrams of fentanyl, which is fatal.

According to officials, the pills are manufactured illegally by criminal drug rings and designed to look like prescription opioid drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc. The pills are typically sold online on social media platforms.

“The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally manufactured fentanyl and methamphetamine,” said Anne Milgram, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Counterfeit pills that contain these dangerous and extremely addictive drugs are deadlier and more accessible than ever. In fact, DEA lab tests show that two out of five fake pills containing fentanyl contain a potentially fatal dose. The DEA focuses its resources on taking on the violent drug traffickers causing the most harm and posing the greatest threat to the safety and health of Americans. Today, we are alerting the public to this danger so that people have the information they need to protect themselves and their children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2020. Authorities say the main cause of the increase in deaths is fentanyl.

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Massachusetts wildlife experts say hunting is good for local forests https://northwestmetropolitans.com/massachusetts-wildlife-experts-say-hunting-is-good-for-local-forests/ Mon, 04 Oct 2021 11:28:49 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/massachusetts-wildlife-experts-say-hunting-is-good-for-local-forests/ With the hunting season close at hand, one can soon expect to hear gunfire or spot hunters in camouflage gear walking around. But the archery hunters in Framingham and the bow and gun hunters in other communities across the state also help keep the forests healthy. That’s according to Pat Huckery, Northeast District Supervisor in […]]]>

With the hunting season close at hand, one can soon expect to hear gunfire or spot hunters in camouflage gear walking around. But the archery hunters in Framingham and the bow and gun hunters in other communities across the state also help keep the forests healthy.

That’s according to Pat Huckery, Northeast District Supervisor in the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Division.

Massachusetts, where archery season begins today in areas east of Interstate 495 (and October 18 everywhere else), has a long history of safe hunting practices.

It has been decades since the last death of a non-hunter in the Commonwealth; Huckery said there have been deaths from people falling from trees – harnesses are now required – or heart events when moving woodland game.

At any time of the year, however, Huckery suggests donning “Hunter Orange,” a painfully bright shade that’s easy to spot in wood.

“I want everyone to feel safe in the woods together,” Huckery said. “Wear your Hunter Orange, whether it’s hunting season or not, so people can see and find you in the event of an accident. “


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Temperatures above normal this Sunday and during the week to come https://northwestmetropolitans.com/temperatures-above-normal-this-sunday-and-during-the-week-to-come/ Sun, 03 Oct 2021 15:30:05 +0000 https://northwestmetropolitans.com/temperatures-above-normal-this-sunday-and-during-the-week-to-come/ The weather is great today for the runners and spectators of the Twin Cities Marathon. Those sticky Saturday dew points are gone and we now have comfortable dew points in the 50s. Most of Minnesota will have a Sunday afternoon and evening without rain. There is a risk of scattered light rain showers in northeastern […]]]>

The weather is great today for the runners and spectators of the Twin Cities Marathon.

Those sticky Saturday dew points are gone and we now have comfortable dew points in the 50s.

Most of Minnesota will have a Sunday afternoon and evening without rain. There is a risk of scattered light rain showers in northeastern Minnesota, extreme southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

You can hear updated weather information for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin on the Minnesota Public Radio News Network, and you can see updated weather information on the MPR News Live Weather Blog.

Temperature trends

The average high temperature of our Twin Cities is 65 degrees on October 3. The Twin Cities metro area and much of Minnesota will experience high temperatures of 70 degrees or more on Sunday afternoon. Northeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have highs Sunday in the 60s.

Monday’s high temperatures will reach the 70s in many places:

Highs expected on Monday

National Meteorological Service

Northeastern Minnesota will be primarily 60 years old.

Monday’s dew points will be in the comfortable 50s and above 40:

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Monday 1:00 p.m. dew point forecast

National Meteorological Service

Returning to warm temperatures, the highs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are expected to hit the lower 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the mid-70s on Thursday and Friday.

Above normal temperatures may persist over the next weekend and into the following week. The NWS Climate Prediction Center shows a trend of above normal temperatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin from October 10 to 16:

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Temperature outlook October 10-16

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Autumn colors

A view of fall colors on a mountain.

A view of fall colors looking west toward Leveaux Mountain in northeast Minnesota in September 2021.

Andrew Krueger | MPR News

The percentage of fall color change is currently highest in northern Minnesota. Here is the latest report on fall colors from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

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Report on the fall colors of Sunday

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Keep in mind that all deciduous trees are included in the Fall Color Report, not just maple trees. Information on Wisconsin’s fall colors can be found here.

There are a few pockets of really good fall color elsewhere, including parts of the Twin Cities metro area. This photo was taken along the Mississippi River on Friday:

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View of St. Paul in Minneapolis Friday

Ron Trenda / MPR News

Back in February

September was warmer than normal in the Twin Cities and most of Minnesota. The past seven months have all been warmer than normal in the Twin Cities. Our last colder than normal month in the Twin Cities was February.

MSP Airport experienced a ten-day period in February with high temperatures below 10 degrees … on four of these days, the high the temperature was below zero!

I highlighted this arctic stretch from February:

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Twin Cities weather data for February 2021

NOAA, via the Minnesota State Climatology Office

December 2020 and January 2021 were much warmer than normal in the Twin Cities, so the meteorological winter (December to February) was slightly warmer than normal… despite this incredibly cold period in February.

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