Googles new US data centers will run on 16 million solar panels

first_img Share your voice Tags 5 Comments Google Google plans to purchase 100 percent renewable energy for its data centers and offices in the US and around the world.  Google Google will amp up its expansion in the southeastern US with millions of solar panels. Google wants the electricity consumed by its new data centers in Yum Yum, Tennessee, and Hollywood, Alabama, to be “matched with 100 percent renewable energy from day one.” To meet this goal, the search giant said Wednesday it’s struck a multi-year deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority to purchase output from several new solar farms, which will total 413 megawatts of power from 1.6 million solar panels. The two largest solar farms will produce roughly 150 megawatts each, according to a Google blog post. They’ll be among the largest renewable energy projects in the Tennessee Valley region, Google said, and the biggest solar farms ever built for the search giant.Google said in 2016 that the company planned to source carbon-free electricity on a 24/7 basis for each data center. The search giant tried to reach 100 percent renewable energy purchasing goal in 2017. So far, Google has sourced carbon-free energy for its data centers in Finland, Netherlands, Taiwan, North Carolina and Iowa, according to Google’s October 2018 report. Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Tech Industry Sci-Tech Internet Serviceslast_img read more

Police appeal for witnesses after Staffordshire trainspotters cause major disruption to rail

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman The Flying Scotsman (Image: David Parker) Chief Inspector Gareth Davies from British Transport Police, said: “It is extremely disappointing that a small minority of rail enthusiasts put their lives in grave danger in an attempt to take photos of the Flying Scotsman. Quite frankly, they should know better and we are today sending a strong message that this will not be tolerated.    “We’re making a number of urgent enquiries to identify those who trespassed on the tracks, I would therefore ask anyone with information to get in touch.    Read MoreTake YOUR water bottle to these Stoke-on-Trent venues and they’ll top it up for free (and here’s where) “The railway is an extremely hazardous environment, trespassing could result in serious injury or even death. In order to prevent further incidents, we’re stepping up our patrols when the Flying Scotsman is out on the rail network – those caught trespassing or obstructing trains can expect to be prosecuted.”    As part of enquiries into incidents on Sunday, May 5 officers have released a picture of two people they want to speak with in connection to a trespass incident near Elford, Lichfield. Anyone who recognises this man and woman is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40   If anyone witnesses a trespass incident, they are advised to call the police immediately on 999. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have made an appeal for witnesses after trainspotters in Staffordshire caused major disruption to rail services. The incident happened on Sunday (May 5) when enthusiastic rail enthusiasts illegally accessed the tracks in Burton-on-Trent and Tamworth in a bid to see the iconic Flying Scotsman which was travelling through the Midlands. Nearly 60 train services were disrupted causing 1,000 minutes of delays. British Transport Police say in one instance, two enthusiasts stood ‘incredibly close’ to the tracks, with a line speed of 125mph.   last_img read more

Laser tag and race track to debut on NCLs new Norwegian Bliss

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Laser tag and race track to debut on NCL’s new Norwegian Bliss Monday, August 14, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line LAS VEGAS — New details have emerged about the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s 16th ship that will sail to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera (select voyages) beginning in June 2018.Currently being constructed at MEYER WERFT in Germany and scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018, the custom-built ship will boast many firsts at sea, including the largest competitive race track at sea and an open-air laser tag course. These exclusive details were announced earlier this week by Andy Stuart, NCL president and chief executive officer at Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.“Norwegian Bliss will no doubt be our most incredible ship to date. We have elevated Norwegian Bliss’s onboard experience to new heights, bringing the best features from across our fleet plus exciting new first-at-sea activities like the largest race track and new dining concepts to create the ultimate cruising experience,” said Stuart.The two-level electric-car race track – the longest at sea at nearly 1,000 feet – will feature four speed settings to accommodate novice, intermediate and advanced drivers, reaching up to 30 miles per hour with a special ‘turbo boost’ available on each lap. The electric cars will run silent but the sounds of a race car engine will still be piped in through speakers located in the car’s headrest to give racers a more authentic experience.The laser tag course, available both day and night, will be themed as an abandoned space station. Guests of all ages can go into stealth mode and compete against family and friends with state-of-the-art laser guns.To wind down, passengers can relax at the ship’s expansive pool and sundeck featuring two pools and six infinity hot tubs that scale the side of the ship. There’ll also be the Aqua Park with two multi-storey waterslides: the high-speed Ocean Loops free fall slide featuring two loops, and the tandem Aqua Racer, which will allow guests to race side-by-side on inner tubes.2017 Norwegian Joy Architecture Photo ShootNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingFor younger guests, there’ll be the Kids’ Aqua Park, a watery wonderland of splash pads, water cannons, tipping buckets and slides, as well as the Splash Academy, the fleet’s award-winning complimentary youth program featuring age-appropriate supervised activities for kids aged three to 12. Teens aged 13 through 17 can also enjoy their own space aboard at Entourage, home to gaming stations, foosball, air hockey and a dance floor. Even the youngest of guests – ages six months to under three years old – will have a dedicated space onboard the Bliss at the fleet’s largest Guppies playroom.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionDining will be both vast and varied, with restaurants like Q, the all-new Texas Smokehouse, and Los Lobos, which will serve elevated Mexican cuisine. Also onboard will be Cagney’s Steakhouse, The A-List Bar, Le Bistro for French food, La Cucina for Tuscan cuisine, Ocean Blue for fresh seafood, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea, Teppanyaki for Japanese, the new Coco’s for à la carte dessert, and much more.Norwegian Bliss Architectural Rendering2017 Norwegian Joy Architecture Photo ShootNorwegian Bliss Architectural RenderingFor Wellness options the Mandara Spa on deck 16 aft will offer 24 treatment rooms, a full-service salon and barber shop, fitness centre and themal suite. At the fitness centre, guests can use state-of-the-art TechnoGym cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as sign up for personal training and group fitness classes like TRX, Norwegian Fight Club and RYDE Cycle. Equally impressive will be the thermal suite where guests can enjoy the vitality pool and heated whirlpool, steam room, sauna, snow room and 17 heated stone loungers. Passes to the thermal suite will be available for purchase for a limited number of guests each sailing.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthDuring her inaugural summer season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle where it will be the largest ship to ever seasonally homeport on the West Coast. A first for any ship on the West coast will be The Waterfront, a popular feature that debuted on Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. This outdoor promenade will be home to al fresco dining, bars and lounge spaces with spectacular views of Alaska’s scenery and wildlife.As for nightlife, Norwegian Bliss will offer deck parties at Spice H2O and an expansive casino featuring hundreds of slot machines and table games. In a first for Norwegian, the casino will now offer a smoking and non-smoking casino to cater to all guest preferences. There’ll also be the Tony-Award winning Jersey Boys musical production and two observation lounges from where guests can spot whales and watch the sunset.Accommodations onboard run the gamut, from luxury suites in The Haven by Norwegian, to Studio staterooms for solo travellers and new connecting staterooms for large groups and families.The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising. Norwegian Bliss will sail her inaugural Winter season beginning in November 2018, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.last_img read more

LOT sale includes up to 50 off international flights

first_img WARSAW — Travellers can expect to see LOT flights selling like hotcakes over the next couple of weeks, thanks to a limited-time special offer on flights to global destinations.Starting today, as many as one million tickets for flights to nearly 70 destinations around the world via LOT’s hub in Warsaw are available at reduced prices for the next 14 days. This includes tickets for roundtrips from LOT destinations in Europe as well as from the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Canada. Connections via Warsaw to many destinations in Poland and worldwide are also included in the offer.Passengers can travel from cities such as Vilnius, Zurich, Frankfurt, Kosice, Madrid, London, Brussels, Paris and Sofia, as well as from New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing or Tokyo with a discount of up to 50%. For example, flights from Berlin, Dusseldorf to Warsaw start at €69. Others like Larnaka, Cluj Napoka, Vilnius to Warsaw start at €79, and from Tel Aviv to Gdansk starting from US$89.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFlights from New York to Krakow start at US$699; passengers can fly beyond into Europe via Warsaw, with New York to Vilnius priced from US$499.“It is not the first time that LOT has proven that comfortable travel does not have to be expensive. We offer the best value for the price. Our special offer comes not only with inexpensive tickets but with free checked baggage, meals onboard and flights to major hubs only. To passengers travelling from outside of Warsaw we ensure the most comfortable and short transfers at our hub at the Warsaw Chopin Airport,” said Adrian Kubicki, Director of Corporate Communications.Last year, LOT inaugurated 41 new connections, including Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Newark and Astana, all of which are included in the special offer.The offer ends on Sept. 19. Passengers can plan their travels from Nov. 1 until Dec. 16, 2017, and from Jan. 13 until May 31, 2018. LOT sale includes up to 50% off international flights Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Tags: LOT Polish Airlines, Promotions << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more

Youll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up next

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Tuesday, September 12, 2017 You’ll never guess what Dubai has dreamed up nextcenter_img DUBAI — Only in Dubai will you find the world’s tallest building, the world’s most luxurious hotel, and now…the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort.Launched by the Kleindienst Group, ‘The Floating Venice’ will essentially bring a Venice experience to the heart of the Middle East. Valued at US$680 million, this unique floating resort will be located in The World Islands, four kilometres offshore from Dubai, and have a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily.The Floating Venice gondola and Ca d’Oro view (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)Accommodations, restaurants and recreation will be split over four decks, one of which will be underwater. Guests will arrive by boat, seaplane or helicopter to the main Piazza San Marco, where they can check-in at the underwater lobby. Gondolas imported from Venice will transport guests to their cabins through winding canals; alternatively, guests can stroll through canal side walkways and across bridges to their awaiting cabins.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyUpon completion, there will be a range of 414 bespoke cabins arranged over four decks, including one that’s underwater that includes spectacular views of the coral reefs below. Other ultra-luxe amenities include 24 pools, some of which will have acrylic bases, over 400,000 square feet of corals, an on-site coral nursery, 12 floating beaches, 12 restaurants and bars, and the world’s first floating underwater spa.And to complement the wide range of artisanal shops and boutiques on site, there’ll also be traditional festivals like Carnivale di Venezia, Binnale di Venezia and Festa del Rendentore.The Floating Venice Arial Overview (PRNewsfoto/Kleindienst Group)“As a developer our vision supports and aligns with Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global destination and home of innovation as the world’s most forward-thinking city. I am extremely excited and proud of The Floating Venice. Our aim is to enhance the landscape of real estate and hospitality and deliver a new iconic experience,” said Josef Kleindienst, Chairman.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe Floating Venice is made possible through the new technologies developed creating The Floating Seahorse. Constructed from a mixture of concrete for the underwater sections and marine lightweight materials for the upper decks, The Floating Venice is designed to have a lifespan of at least 100 years. Construction is scheduled to begin in Q1 2018 with completion by Q4 2020. Travelweek Group Tags: Dubailast_img read more