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12.06.17 - Resorts World Catskills: Upstate NY’s newest casino has 1,400 jobs to fill

"A Catskills casino opening in March is looking to fill about 1,400 positions. Resorts World Catskills in Monticello will be the fourth casino to open in upstate New York after voters approved the gambling expansion. The other casinos are in the Finger Lakes, Schenectady and the Southern Tier. 

The $1.2 billion resort is holding job fairs next week in Sullivan and Orange counties. Jobs that need to be filled include housekeepers, cooks, security guards and servers."

"Here's where to attend the job fair: 

Dec. 14, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Ramada at the Sullivan Event Center

283 Rock Hill Drive., Rock Hill, NY

Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emergency Services Center

22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen, NY"

Read the full Associated Press article here

12.06.17 - Tesla Just Started Six More Battery Projects in Puerto Rico

"Tesla is bringing several more battery pack projects to Puerto Rico. The hurricane-struck territory has struggled with power issues after Maria wrecked infrastructure in October. As part of a larger restoration project, the government plans to improve capacity on the islands of Vieques and Culebra with six Tesla Powerpack systems paired with existing solar panel arrays. “When the electrical system comes back into operation in Vieques and Culebra, Tesla’s battery systems can help stabilize the network to avoid interruptions and reduce the cost of energy for businesses and residents,” Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, said in a local radio interview transcribed by Electrek on Tuesday."

"The systems are being set up at key community points, like the Susan Centeno hospital, the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques, the Arcadia water pump station, a sanitary sewer treatment plant, and the Ciudad Dorada elderly community. The packs, which have a reported 500 kilowatt-hour capacity, will help 8,825 people in Vieques and 1,797 in Culebra."

"The move follows the deployment of a solar and battery pack array to Hospital del Niño. Rosselló told Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter that restoring power to Puerto Rico through a combination of solar panels and battery packs that store energy could become the company’s “flagship project.” Just 18 days later, the project came to life."

Read the full Inverse article here

​12.05.17 - Total Wine Spirits & More opens in Westbury

"Imagine a supermarket filled with wine, plus gin, bourbon and hundreds of other spirits. Then envision an entire quadrant of that store - say, equal to a large produce section - given over to New York wine and spirits. That gives you an idea of the scope of Total Wine Spirits & More, which opened in Westbury on Nov. 9 inside the former Sports Authority and is now Long Island’s largest wine store, as well as the state’s only Total Wine. (This sprawling chain, owned by David Trone, is to have 170 stores around the country by the end of the year.)"

"The 26,000-square-foot store is filled with 11,000 brands of vino, broken into Old and New World sections and then organized alphabetically by varietal. There are two tasting bars that pour wine and spirits daily, and one of those bars is inside a mammoth area stocked with 1,200 New York State-produced wines - many of those from Long Island - and 400 spirits."

Read the full Newsday Long Island article here

12.04.17 - State’s grid operator lays out plan to promote energy storage resources

"The state's grid operator is developing ways to reduce obstacles facing developers of batteries and other energy storage technologies selling their electricity in New York."

"The New York Independent System Operator is working on new market rules and software to allow energy storage resources to make a single bid into the wholesale electricity market and be more fully compensated for the value they provide, according to a roadmap released Monday. More storage resources can help complement additional renewable resources such as solar and wind that are not consistently available and also improve grid resiliency. NYISO hopes to have the new procedures finalized by 2020."

Read the full POLITICO New York article here

11.30.17 - Patrick Drahi’s i24 News Cabler Gets U.S. Carriage Boost With Charter Deal

"Cable channel i24 Newsis getting a big distribution boost in the U.S. through a carriage pact inked with Charter Communications."

"The Tel Aviv-based news operation is owned by media mogul Patrick Drahi, whose Netherlands-based conglomerate Altice has expanded into the U.S. with its 2015 acquisition of Cablevision and Suddenlink cable systems. The channel focuses on international news and public affairs out of the Middle East and Europe, as well as covering U.S. breaking news and politics."

Read the full Variety article here

11.30.17 - Retail Giant Total Wine & More Closes In On $3 Billion In Revenue

"Total Wine & More, the country’s largest independent wine and spirits retailer, continues to expand aggressively while modernizing existing stores and upgrading its online presence."

"The Maryland-based chain is on track to have 173 stores and annual revenue of $2.7 billion by the end of this year. It has big plans for the future—and no intention of slowing down. Along with continued unit growth in existing markets, Total Wine & More is working to enter two new states—New York and Tennessee—and launch some major online initiatives, in addition to increasing its cigar business, upgrading older stores and expanding its home delivery service. In fact, 2017 has shaped up to be Total Wine’s biggest growth year ever."

Read the full Shanken News Daily article here

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