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Wind power in the Republic of Ireland

As of 2017, the Republic of Ireland has 2,878 megawatt of installed wind power nameplate capacity. In 2015 wind turbines generated 23% of Ireland's average electricity demand, one of the highest wind power penetration in the world. Ireland's 226 wind farms, are exclusively onshore, with only the 25 MW Arklow Bank Wind Park situated offshore as of 2017. Ireland's instantaneous wind power generation fluctuates between near zero and 3,071 MW due to weather, with an average capacity factor of 32.3% in 2015. Irish wind power generation is lower in the summer. Ireland uses an EU industry subsidy known as the Public Service Obligation to support development of wind and other domestic power generation levied at €72 per year per household. In the 2016/17 period, €308 million raised through this levy was planned to be granted to supporting domestic renewable energy schemes. €120.90 million was planned to be granted to peat generation. 2020 On 21 February 2020 maximum output reached 4347 MW. On 10 January 2020 maximum output reached 4137 MW on the entire island 2019 On 7 December 2019 maximum output reached 3152 MW.

On 18 December 2019 maximum output reached 4039 MW on the entire island. 2018 On 12 December 2018 maximum output reached 3990 MW on the entire island. 2016 On 23 December 2016 as the named Storm Barbara passed close to Ireland, a new record was generated in the Republic of Ireland, peaking at 2,815 MW. 2015 In 2015 the island had 2,911 MW wind capacity. In 2014, 17.7 % of Irish electricity came from wind at that time. As of March 2015 Ireland has an installed wind power nameplate capacity of 2,230 megawatts, wind supplied 39% of December's demand. On 7 January 2015, the output from the country's turbines peaked reaching 2,514 megawatts, a new record.2013 By 20 August 2013, Ireland had an installed capacity of 2,232 megawatts. The 2013 figure shows an increase of 232 megawatts compared to the figures reported on 24 March 2012. Average 2013 output to 21 September is 486 Megawatts and Median 2013 Output is 393 Megawatts. Output can be as low as 3 Megawatts on a still day such as 12 July 2013 when a low of 3 Megawatts was reached at 9:30 am, 0.012% of the Rated Installed Capacity of over 2,200 Megawatts.

2012 As of July 2012, up to 14.8% of Irish electricity has been generated from renewable sources, up from 5% in 1990. Wind is the main source of renewable energy production, increasing from less than 1pc of total renewable production in 1995 to over 40pc today. 2012 capacity is more than four times the total of 495.2 megawatts in 2005. Depending on weather conditions wind power was enough to supply 1.3 million homes in 2012.2010 On 19 July 2010, the Irish Wind Energy Association reported an installed capacity of 1746 megawatts, enough to power 753,000 households.. Once in April 2010, 50% of electricity demand was met from wind power. However, the wind generation capacity factor for 2010 was approx. 23.5%, giving an annual average wind energy penetration of approx. 11% of total kWh consumed.2009 On 31 July 2009, the output from the country's turbines peaked at 999 megawatts. At that time, 39% of Ireland’s demand for electricity was met from wind. On 24 October 2009, the output exceeded 1000 megawatts for the first time with a peak of 1064 MW. 2008 In 2008 alone, the rate of growth was 54.6%, amongst the highest in the world.

Eddie O’Connor CEO of the semi-state owned peat harvesting company, Bord na Móna, commissioned the country’s first "commercial wind farm" in a cutaway peat bog in County Mayo in 1992. In the Directive 2001/77/EC, otherwise known as the RES-E Directive, the European Union stated a goal to have 22% of the total energy consumed by member states to be produced from renewable energy resources by 2010; as a result, Ireland, in a report titled "Policy Consideration for Renewable Electricity to 2010", made the commitment to have 4% of its total energy consumption come from renewable energy resources by 2002 and 13.2% by 2010. The Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources founded the Renewable Energy Group which established the short term analysis group to investigate a means of accomplishing this goal. To meet the 2010 target of 13.2%, 1,432 MW of electricity will need to be generated from renewable resources with 1,100 MW being generated from wind resources both onshore and offshore.

Ireland uses an industry subsidy known as the Public Service Obligation to support development of wind power. The PSO charge is in place so that money is given to companies for generating electricity from renewable sources and to help fund peat-burning stations, as neither are competitive enough without it. Irish homes are charged €63 a year in the PSO levy, resulting in €328 million going to the Wind and peat companies as of 2015. In 2016, this was increased to €72; the Arklow Bank Wind Park, located 10 km off the coast of Arklow on the Arklow Bank in the Irish Sea, was Ireland's first offshore wind farm. The wind farm was co-developed by Airtricity and GE Energy; the site has 7 GE Energy 3.6 MW turbines that generate a total of 25 MW. The development of the site was divided into two phases with the first phase being the current installation of 7 turbines; the second phase was a partnership between Acciona Energy. Acciona Energy had an option to buy the project; the wind farm was planned to expand to 520 MW of power.

However, in 2007, Phase 2 was cancelled. Although the waters off the Atlantic coastline of Ireland have higher winds, sites along the eastern coastline such as Arklow were chosen because of the shallower waters, which are 20 m deep or less; the National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland

Adrian Gonzales

Adrian Gonzales was a Filipino comics artist best known for his work on All-Star Squadron, Son of Thunder, Super Powers for DC Comics. Adrian Gonzales began his career as a comic book artist in the 1960s working for such Philippine comics publications as Hiwaga Komiks and Tagalog Klasiks, he made his debut in the US comics market with the story "The Young Wolves" in Our Army at War #252 published by DC Comics. He only did sporadic work for US publishers until 1981 when he became the penciler on the All-Star Squadron series. Editor Len Wein hired Gonzales as a replacement for the previous artist Rich Buckler and notified the title's creator/writer Roy Thomas with a note stating "You're going to like Adrian Gonzales", he drew the series for 13 issues which included a crossover with the Justice League of America and became the artist on the Arak, Son of Thunder title. DC Comics produced several Superman stories for the German comics market in the early 1980s and Gonzales drew one of them. In addition, he contributed to Archie Comics' 1983 revival of the Mighty Crusaders series.

A New Teen Titans drug awareness comic book sponsored by IBM and drawn by Gonzales was published in cooperation with The President's Drug Awareness Campaign in 1984. That same year, he penciled the Super Powers limited series which tied-in with the Kenner Products toyline of the same name. After a brief stint working on the Sgt. Rock series, Gonzales left the comics industry in 1985 and became a storyboard artist for several animation studios including Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears. Blue Ribbon Comics #6 The Fly #2, 4 Lancelot Strong, the Shield #1 Mighty Crusaders #4–5, 8 Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #4, Annual #1 Gremlins #11365 Adrian Gonzales at the Comic Book DB Adrian Gonzales on IMDb Adrian Gonzales at Mike's Amazing World of Comics Adrian Gonzales at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators Sawyer, James. "Holy Cow! Never Before Seen Unpublished Whitman He-Man Origin Comic!". Motucfigures.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Pages of original art for an unpublished He-Man origin comic drawn by Adrian Gonzales

Office action

In the United States, an Office action is a document written by an examiner in a patent or trademark examination procedure and mailed to an applicant for a patent or trademark. The expression is used in many jurisdictions. Formally, the "O" is supposed to be capitalized, since it refers to the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. In United States trademark law, an Office action is issued by an examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, rejecting an application to register a trademark. An Office action includes one or both of two elements; the first possible element is the category of "informalities", matters such as an inadequate sample to show use of the mark, providing insufficient information with respect to the nature of the entity seeking the mark, or providing insufficient information for the examiner to determine what the goods and services provided by the applicant are. The second possible element of an Office action is an actual basis for rejection of the mark itself; the most frequent bases are likelihood of confusion with an existing registered mark and genericness or descriptiveness of the mark for which registration is sought.

A mark will be rejected as "immoral or scandalous" if it contains sexually suggestive terms, or vulgarities, for example the rejection of a logo with a defecating dog in Greyhound Corp. v. Both Worlds, Inc. 6 U. S. P. Q.2d 1635. When an Office action is issued, the applicant has six months. If the Office action was issued with respect to "informalities", the response may be the correction of these matters by providing additional information. If the action is premised on a defect in the mark itself, such as likelihood of confusion, genericness, or descriptiveness, the applicant may need to present evidence and legal argument to overcome this rejection. If the Examiner is not convinced by the evidence submitted, a final Office action will issue; this may be appealed to the Trademark Appeal Board. A final Office action is known as a filing refusal. In United States patent law, an Office action is a document written by a patent examiner in response to a patent application after the examiner has examined the application.

The Office action cites prior art and gives reasons why the examiner has allowed, or approved, the applicant's claims, and/or rejected the claims. An Office action may be "final" or "non-final". In a non-final Office action, the applicant is entitled to reply and request reconsideration or further examination, with or without making an amendment. In a final Office action, the applicant has two options for reply. In the first option, the applicant may appeal rejection of claims to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Otherwise, the applicant may file an amendment which complies with the requirements set forth in the Office action. Reply to a final rejection must include cancellation of, or appeal from the rejection of, each rejected claim. If any claim stands allowed, the reply to a final rejection must comply with any requirements or objections as to form. Replies to final Office actions must be in accordance with 37 C. F. R. 1.113-1.114. When an Office action is issued, the applicant may take up to six months to respond to the Examiner.

Note that a shortened statutory period of between one and three months applies and responses sent than the shortened period require the filing of a petition and the payment of a petition fee that varies with the number of additional months requested. Each additional month requires an higher fee. For example, when an Examiner sends a restriction requirement, a one-month shortened statutory period applies, if the applicant sends a response on the 31st or 32nd day, a petition for a one-month extension, the associated fee, must accompany the response. Most other Office actions have shortened statutory periods of either three months. Note however that an applicant cannot petition for an extension of time beyond the six-month limit. FAOM is an acronym used by the USPTO for "first action on the merits". Search report Manual of Patent Examining Procedure Manual of Patent Examining Procedure on the USPTO web site Trademark information on the USPTO web site

Eastern Canada Cup Challenge

The Eastern Canada Cup Challenge is a Canadian Junior ice hockey mid-season prospects tournament, featuring All-star teams from Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Canada-sanctioned Junior A leagues from across Ontario and the Maritime Provinces. It was founded in 2011 as the Central Canada Cup Challenge; the first tournament of its kind was held in Smiths Falls, Ontario from December 27-29, 2011. The tournament featured teams from the four divisions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League All-stars, the two divisions of the Central Canada Hockey League, the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League All-stars; the Superior International Junior Hockey League declined. In 2012, the tournament was held again, this time in Ontario; the NOJHL decided not to attend the event, so the QJAAAHL, who were dominant in 2011, sent two teams instead of one. The 2013 edition of the tournament will be hosted by Terrebonne and the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League; the tournament was renamed the Eastern Canada Cup Challenge in 2015 as the tournament grew to include the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

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Gia-Fu Feng

Gia-Fu Feng was prominent as both an English translator of Taoist classics and a Taoist teacher in the United States, associated with Alan Watts, Jack Kerouac, The Beats and Abraham Maslow. He was born in Shanghai in 1919 into a wealthy family of some influence, his father was one of the founders of the Bank of China. He was educated in his own home in the classics of the Chinese tradition and in private boarding schools, he was for several months tutored by the wife of the British Consul-General. His family members were Buddhist. For the springtime holiday, they traveled to the ancestral tombs in Yuyao, in Chekiang Province, for the spring festivals. During the Japanese invasion, Gia-Fu went to Kunming in Free China to complete his bachelor's degree at Southwest Associated University in the liberal arts. Gia-Fu once commented that he had become a millionaire three times in his life, giving his money away each time; the first time was. After he returned to Shanghai in 1946, he left again in 1947, to go to the U.

S. for a master's degree in international finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After the communists took over China and the Korean War began, U. S. policy kept many Chinese students from returning home. When Chinese Communist Party policies made life for the Feng family less certain, his father advised him to stay in the U. S. During the Cultural Revolution, some members of his family were persecuted. After this, he started wandering across the country “in an old jalopy”, he spent some time in a Quaker community, lived in a Georgia commune during the time of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v The Topeka Board of Education, in the mid-fifties moved to the West Coast. There, he'hung out' with Jack Kerouac and other Dharma Bums, began teaching Taoism, he translated Chinese classics for Alan Watts at the American Academy of Asian Studies, the center where Alan Watts served as administrator and primary teacher. Watts was to state that Gia-Fu was “The Real Thing”, sending aspiring Beat-and-Hippie Taoists to him.

Watts' championing of Gia-Fu as a genuine Taoist Adept abetted sales of Gia-Fu and his wife, Jane English's classic Taoist philosophy, coffee-table picture-books, which were published by Random House in many languages. Gia-Fu and Jane's books contained Jane's artistic black-and-white photos in conjunction with his outstanding calligraphy and understood wisdom translations, they initiated an important segment of what would become for the global book industry a popular, multicultural spirituality and philosophy genre. They foreshadowed a trend toward multi-media usage in an emergent, holistic marketplace. Gia-Fu became involved in the East-West philosophy and spirituality movement that occurred in Northern California, centered by the evolution of the AAAS, reformed as the California Institute of Integral Studies; this was part of a core sociocultural transformation that became known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Regarding that, Alan Watts stated, “I know what it is, but when you ask me, I don't.

I am too close to. I know only that between, say, 1958 and 1970 a huge tide of spiritual energy in the form of poetry, philosophy, religion, communications techniques in radio and cinema, dancing and general life-style swept out of this city and its environs to affect America and the whole world.” Michael Murphy, a primary founder of Esalen Institute, was a student at the AAAS during his Stanford student days. From this network, including the community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in San Francisco, the seeds of Esalen were planted. Gia-Fu was drawn to Esalen by his close friend Dick Price. At Esalen, Gia-Fu served as accountant, “Keeper of the Baths” and Crazy Taoist, a few stories of which can be found in the entertaining and informative history of Esalen and birth of the human potential movement, The Upstart Spring. During the early and mid-1960s Gia-Fu and Fritz Perls, arguably Esalen's key resident teacher during that era, had a difficult relationship, with Perls being the primary reason Gia-Fu left Esalen only after creating the original Stillpoint retreat center on Bear Creek Road and Skyline in the Los Gatos/Santa Cruz Mountains.

Where he and Jane English translated the Tao Te Ching between 1968-1972. This version is still the most popular English version with over 1,250,000 copies sold. There, Gia-Fu held Perls in high esteem, was distraught when Perls died in 1970. Perls' Gestalt Therapy and method of enlightenment became a primary influence in Gia-Fu's work. Gia-Fu viewed Virginia Satir, a famous resident teacher of Esalen, her practice of Family therapy as a primary influence in his own advancement of such, which he termed “Cultural Therapy.” To illustrate how different people perceived Gia-Fu, one person writes: Toward the end of the 1960s Gia-Fu gained a great degree of notoriety as a Patriarch of the Countercultural Free Love movement. As a hippie-beaded, Chinese Guru and Taoist Adept, he became popular as a focus for newspapers and magazines around California. At the time, Taoist-Buddhist Yoga was not popularly known, Gia-Fu acted as the primary agent or Master in America teaching such, he founded his own center of Taoist studies in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and called it Stillpoint, after T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets.

Gia-Fu and Stillpoint soon proved to be a magnet for aspiring Indian Yoga-meets-Chinese Tao seekers. His biographer views this phase of his life differently, understanding that Gia-Fu shunned guru-type associations and yearned to create a community wher