Is Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Power the Next Big Thing?

first_imgIs Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Power the Next Big Thing? FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:Europe’s renewable energy industry is used to breaking records for generating more power from low carbon sources. Yet two recent milestones stand out.Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, and Norway’s Statoil were among the companies that took the market by surprise before Christmas when they bid in the world’s first exclusively subsidy-free offshore wind auction, held by the Dutch government.Many had thought the auction would be “too challenging” for offshore wind farm developers given the early delivery date for projects of 2022, said Wouter Hertzberger, a partner at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.There were similar landmark bids in a German offshore wind auction in April, when Orsted, the Danish energy giant previously known as Dong Energy, and Germany’s Energie Baden-Württemberg became the first companies to offer to build schemes by 2024 that would rely on market power prices alone.The German and Dutch auctions have given policymakers across the continent hope that the industry’s reliance on government-guaranteed electricity prices could soon come to an end. Such subsidies are funded through consumer and industry energy bills.But investors, analysts and developers are yet to be convinced that subsidy-free offshore wind farms will become the “new normal”. There is also some scepticism about whether all of the subsidy-free bids submitted will be delivered. How subsidy-free offshore schemes will be funded is “the biggest single worry for investors in the market”, said one investment banker involved in renewable projects.Orsted’s CEO, Henrik Poulsen, has acknowledged investor concerns. “We are . . . well aware that our zero-subsidy bid may have come earlier than what the market has expected,” he told investors during a call in April, shortly after the German auction. More:  ($) Winds of change blow through renewable energy marketlast_img read more

UW prepares for battle at Capital One Bowl

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoJoe Thomas has a pretty vivid memory of the last time Wisconsin faced Auburn.”I just felt like every time I tackled a guy, I felt like it was the same guy, but he was wearing a different number,” Thomas said. “Those guys were so hard to tackle, you could barely knock them down I felt like and their [offensive line] was huge.”Thomas, who lined up at defensive end in the game due to a slew of injuries along the UW defensive line, was part of the unit that had the unenviable task of bringing down the Tigers’ two-headed monster of Carnell “Cadillac” Williams and Ronnie Brown.But then again a lot has changed in the two years since the two teams met in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Gone are Auburn offensive machines Jason Campbell, Williams and Brown — all three gone in the first round of last season’s NFL Draft. Instead, names like Brandon Cox and Kenny Irons will try to lead the Auburn offense against Wisconsin in the 2006 edition of the Capital One Bowl.While Cox has done an admirable job stepping in for Campbell, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and tossing 14 touchdowns to seven interceptions, Auburn’s bread and butter this year has been its ground attack. After sitting out the 2004 season because of transfer rules, Irons has picked up where Williams and Brown left off and the Tigers have rarely seemed to miss a beat.Irons has rushed for 1,205 yards, 13 touchdowns and averaged better than five yards per carry in his first action since a 19-carry, 51-yard sophomore campaign at South Carolina in 2003. And he’s running behind another huge line, one that features first team All-American Marcus McNeill at left tackle and four starters that weigh more than 300 pounds.”I’m sure they’re going to try to pound the ball at us and run the ball. But that’s the kind of thing our defense is built for,” junior linebacker Mark Zalewski said.But that’s not to say everything has changed. Ask any Badger what one word classifies the Auburn team and you’ll get the same answer for both sides of the ball.”Fast. A real fast team, good speed,” Wisconsin senior wide receiver Jonathan Orr said when asked what stuck out about the Auburn team. “That’s the main thing when I think about them, the thing that comes to mind — speed. Especially on the defense, especially the line and their linebackers and of course the [defensive backs]. Just a real fast team.”Second team all-SEC selections Will Herring (safety) and Travis Williams (linebacker) lead the way for an athletic Tiger defense — one that has allowed just 14.7 points per game on the year.”Their linebackers fly around and make a lot of plays for their defense,” Thomas said.Wisconsin is hoping that defense won’t stop them in their tracks like it did two years ago, when the Tigers topped the Badgers 28-14 and limited them to 261 yards of total offense. Even more so, though, they’re hoping to send head coach Barry Alvarez off on a winning note in his final game on the sidelines for Wisconsin.”We don’t really talk about it, but I think we all know, we want to put him out right after what he’s done here,” Zalewski said. “The way we finished last year and losing a bowl game, I think everyone remembers that and how bad we felt after that, so I think the whole team just wants to finish real strong.”With a win, UW could avoid closing out the season on a down note for the first time since Dec. 28, 2002, when then-quarterback Brooks Bollinger led the Badgers to an overtime win over the Colorado Buffaloes in the Alamo Bowl. More importantly, though, this group is hoping to set themselves up for a smooth transition into the first year of Bret Bielema’s tenure as head coach.”It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth for the whole offseason when you’ve got to go through seven, eight months thinking about that last game and how you lost it,” Thomas said. “And we definitely don’t want to do that. We want to be able to propel ourselves into a new season with Coach [Beliema].”last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius involved in nightclub fight

first_imgSouth African athlete and murder accused Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a nightclub at the weekend, his spokesperson has said.Mr Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer who said he was drunk, The Star newspaper says.Mr Pistorius’ spokesperson said the argument took place after Mr Mortimer started to “aggressively interrogate” him about his murder trial.Mr Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.He says he mistook her for an intruder, but the prosecution says he deliberately shot her dead after an argument.Ms Steenkamp was killed at Mr Pistorius’ home in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, on 14 February 2013.’Bouncers intervene’ Mr Mortimer said he got involved in a row with Mr Pistorius at the nightclub in Johannesburg’s upmarket suburb of Sandton, after the athlete insulted his friends and South African President Jacob Zuma’s family, The Star reports.”I took that personally because I am very good friends with a member of the Zuma family,” Mr Mortimer is quoted as saying.Mr Mortimer said the Olympic sprinter was intoxicated and started to poke him in the chest while they were talking.The businessman said he then pushed Mr Pistorius away from him and the athlete fell over a chair.The club’s bouncers helped Mr Pistorius up, but were asked to remove him after he “had a confrontation with another man”, Mr Mortimer is quoted as saying. Anneliese Burgess, a spokeswoman for Mr Pistorius’ family, disputed Mr Mortimer’s version of events.Mr Pistorius was in the VIP section of the club when he was approached by a man who had since been identified as Mr Mortimer, she said.”The individual, according to my client, started to aggressively interrogate him on matters relating to the trial,” said Ms Burgess.The Olympic sprinter’s murder trial was adjourned last week for closing arguments on 7 August.If found guilty of murder, the 27-year-old, who went on trial on 3 March, could face life imprisonment. If he is acquitted of that charge, the court will consider an alternative charge of culpable homicide, for which he could – if convicted – receive about 15 years in prison.last_img read more

Electrifying Cooper Classic gets plug pulled as Xavier muscles way to victory

first_imgDuquesne University ushered in Black History Month in a big way by selling out the Consol Energy Center and playing a spirited basketball game that had historical significance. The Second Annual Chuck Cooper Classic, presented by PNC Bank, was designed to honor the legacy of former Duquesne star Chuck “Tarzan” Cooper, the first Black player drafted by an NBA team. AWARD PRESENTATION—Steelers Hall of Famer Mel Blount, left, accepts the Chuck Cooper Award for Bill Nunn Jr. Presenting the award are Joe Guyaux, right, from PNC and Chuck Cooper III. (Courier Photos/William McBride) Cooper was born in Pittsburgh in 1929 and he attended and won a City League championship at Westinghouse High School. In 1950, Cooper became the first African-American drafted into the NBA when the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round.Cooper died Feb. 5, 1984 and when a special video presentation and tribute to his ground-breaking achievements was played at half time there was not a dry eye in the place.“I’m proud of the sellout crowd and how far my father’s Classic has come in only one-year,“ said “Cooper’s son, Chuck III, who played basketball at Schenley High School, CCAC and the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League.“We honored Bill Nunn Jr., and Mel Blount accepted the award for him. We are very proud. The Dukes have a great basketball program and the best is yet to come.”Although the Duquesne University dance team and the Bucket Boys fired up the crowd, it was Tu Holloway and Xavier who showed just how colorful the game of basketball has become 60 years after Chuck Cooper.The Xavier Musketeers (18-6, 9-1) knocked Duquesne (16-7, 8-2) out of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 71-63 victory.During warm-ups, the Duquesne does not look intimidating. It doesn’t have a dominating 7-foot center—the team’s tallest player is 6-7—and everybody in uniform appears to be clean cut, All-American type. They don’t appear particularly fast or particularly athletic.But how does that saying go about appearances?Duquesne is led by tiny 6’0, 160-pound freshman T.J. McConnell and when you playagainst T.J. and his team you better be prepared to put up your Dukes!After stockpiling various accolades following the 2010 high school basketballseason, where he averaged 35-points per game and scored nearly 2,500 careerpoint, McConnell admits he isn’t yet the same dominant player. But he isn’t far behind.McConnell leads the Dukes in assists leads the Atlantic-10 conference in steals. Ferocious defense is also a symbol of what he is about and he is a leader in his new role.Despite being much smaller than the Musketeers, the Dukes scrapped and foughttheir way to a one point halftime lead. Duquesne led 49-43, with 12:06 remaining.With the game on the line, Xavier played like the No. 1 team in the Atlantic-10and Holloway and 7-foot center Kenny Frease proved that size does matter. The Musketeers went on a 19-4 run and never looked back.Holloway finished with a game-high 20 points, but received help from teammatesDante Jackson and Frease, who finished with 19 and 12 points, respectively.“You got to keep pushing and disrupting the flow and we didn’t do that,” saidDuquesne senior forward Bill Clark. “It just seemed like we just didn’t come toplay in the second half.”Junior guard Holloway is one of four Division I players who average at least 20points and five assists per game.“Xavier is a team that, almost every guy on that club has been to a Sweet 16,”said Everhart. “That was basically the same team that eliminated Pitt from theNCAA tournament last year.”Duquesne hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since B.B. Flenory and Norm Nixonran the backcourt in 1977.Cooper shattered the NBA racial barrier by becoming the first African-American player to play in the National Basketball Association, and it appears that his University is on its way back.Thanks to Coach Ron Everhart, the Chuck Cooper Foundation, PNC Bank, and the spirit of Chuck Tanner, Duquesne basketball finally feels like fam-a-lee again after wandering in the wilderness for more than 30 years.last_img read more

Student Urges Govt to Address Challenges Posed by WASSCE

first_imgStudent P. Owen Freeman, 2018 valedictorian of GUMS: “If proper mechanisms and priorities needed are ordered and maintained, we will not experience such devastating results, as it was during these last exams.”The student who duxed this year’s Ganta United Methodist High School has called on the government to address the challenges posed by the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to the student community by improving education facilities across the country.Student Owens P. Freeman spoke at the school’s recent commencement in Ganta, Nimba County.Freeman said the lack of well equipped libraries, laboratories and other education facilities that could enhance teaching and learning pose serious constraints to students who sit public tests, such as the WASSCE.He said:  “If proper mechanisms and priorities needed are ordered and maintained, we will not experience such devastating results, as it was during these last exams.”“We need well equipped libraries, laboratories that offer modernity and civility in all the high schools across the country,” the young valedictorian said.The valedictorian has urged all his fellow students to stop engaging in unwholesome  acts.“I want we the students to put aside unnecessary and unacceptable behaviors of drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking and maintaining unintelligent and undisciplined conduct,” he said.“We need to desist from worldly goods, for social pleasantries have destroyed our future and the future of our country,” he added.Student Freeman, who spoke on the topic, “Education, the Hope for a Greater and Prosperous Future,” quoted the late Professor Albert Einstein that, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds.”He challenged his friends to cultivate their minds with positive attitudes, for the mind is full of treasures and prosperity that our country and the rest of the global world can benefit from, if you set your agenda straight, he concluded.The Ganta United Methodist High School on July 29, graduated about 88 students.The Acting School Principal, James Y. Korlorblee, also called on the government to provide financial support to all schools as faith-based and private schools were giving a boost to government’s efforts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coroner demands review of ambulance turnaround times after tragic death

first_imgA coroner has pleaded with the HSE to review their protocols for ambulance turnaround times at hospitals across the country.It comes following an inquest into the death of Co Donegal mother-of-eight Margaret Callaghan who died in the early hours of January 9th, 2018. An inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard today how it took an ambulance 71 minutes from Letterkenny University Hospital to reach Mrs Callaghan at her home just two kilometres away.Mrs Callaghan, aged 71, from Bracken Lea at Mountaintop in Letterkenny had only been released from hospital the previous day having undergone a non-emergency bone marrow biopsy.However, her daughter Caoimhe told the court that her mother gradually got worse as the day went on.She was tired and frail and at 5.20am the family called an ambulance as their concerns for their mother increased.They were forced to call the 999 service three times as the ambulance was delayed and the ambulance did not eventually arrive until 6.31am.The paramedics tried to work on Mrs Callaghan but she was later pronounced dead at the scene.The court was told that two ambulances parked at the hospital had been having off-load delay issues because of a capacity issue at the hospital and they could not release their patients into the care of hospital staff.One ambulance was queuing at the hospital for six and a half hours while the other had been there for three and half hours.An ambulance which had been in Dungloe which is 58 kilometres away was dispatched to attend Mrs Callaghan but that was stood down when one of the ambulances was eventually freed up.Professor Cathal O Domhnaill, Medical Director of the National Ambulance Service said the issue of off-load times with ambulance around the country was endemic.He added that these delays are a consequence of emergency department overcrowding and that overall hospital capacity is the issue.He further stated that the issue in his opinion has gotten worse in recent times.General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital Mr Sean Murphy painted a grim picture of conditions at the hospital.He revealed that full capacity protocol at the hospital during 94% of the time during this past year.He described the situation as “horrendous” but paid tribute to his staff for the conditions in which they had to work on a daily basis.He said that even with the opening of an extra ten beds in the past year as well as a ‘discharge lounge’ they were still fighting over-crowding on a daily basis.He also described how himself and his Director of Nursing recently went around the hospital in the middle of the night looking for extra bed capacity because of overcrowding.Sean Magee, barrister for the Callaghan family asked if an extra trolley could be placed on an ambulance so that it could be used to prevent or relieve off-load delays.But Mr O Domhnaill said that this could not be possible for a number of reasons including the fact that ambulance simply could not fit it in.Mr Magee was also asked if it was ever advisable that the families of patients in extreme emergencies could drive them to hospital.Mr O Domhnaill said that they could not stop people from doing this but the HSE would never advise this for a number of reasons including the fact that the drivers could be under emotional stress and may cause an accident themselves.Summing up, coroner Dr Denis McCauley said he was returning a narrative verdict.He found that Mrs Callaghan had died as a result of haemorragic shock as a result of haemorrhage secondary to a bone marrow biopsy.However, he said among the important facts were the ambulance offload delays and the fact that Letterkenny University Hospital was at full capacity protocol where no additional measures were possible to hasten the release of ambulances back to the community.He then called on the HSE to review those protocols for the prevention of ambulance delays because the present ones are “insufficient and unworkable.”He expressed sympathy with the many members of the extended Callaghan family who were present for the inquest.The Callaghan family thanked the coroner and also Mr O’Domhnaill and Mr Murphy and the hospital staff for how they handled the inquest.Coroner demands review of ambulance turnaround times after tragic death was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coronerdeathdelayinquestletterkennyMargaret Callaghanturnaorund timeslast_img read more

Saudi crash – 29 hurt

first_imgA Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767-300 on lease from Thai Orient Airlines, operating flight SV-2841 from Mashad in Iran to Madinah in Saudi Arabia has made a partial wheels-up landing injuring 29.According to Aviation Herald flight SV-2841 had 299 passengers and 16 crew on board and was on approach to Madinah when the pilots received an unsafe indication for the right hand main gear and aborted the approach at 03:30 local time.The pilots put the 767 into a holding pattern while they tried unsuccessfully to resolve the issue. They also received a visual confirmation from the control tower during a slow fly by.The crew then performed a partial gear up landing and the 767 came to a stop on the runway resting on left main and nose gear and right hand engine.During the subsequent evacuation 29 passengers received injuries and 11 of them were taken to hospital.last_img read more

Azkals off to Kathmandu

first_imgMake a new boxing star shine here Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “This will be as good as any chance for us to qualify,” Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband told the Inquirer. “We were so close in 2014 and for some of the players, it was one of their biggest disappointments. But now we have another chance.”The Azkals will be returning to a country where it has already achieved success, having reached the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time in 2012 in the Nepalese capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout The Philippine Azkals left for the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu early Wednesday with the goal of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time when the continental showpiece event is played in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.Held to back-to-back draws by Yemen in the last two qualifying matches, the Azkals hope to finally nail the Asian Cup berth with a win over Nepal on Nov. 14 at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

MS Dhoni reveals CSK connection behind his 2011 World Cup final masterstroke

first_imgMS Dhoni’s decision to promote himself higher up the batting order in the final of World Cup 2011 remains one of the most celebrated moments of Indian cricket.India got off to a nightmarish start as the dismissals of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early in chase of 275 silenced the Wankhede crowd. Left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship with an 83-run stand but the dismissal of the latter in the 22nd over gave Sri Lanka a bit of cushion.At the fall of Kohli’s wicket, Wankhede and the entire nation was waiting for in-form Yuvraj Singh to walk out. However, helping raise a lot of eyebrows, Dhoni strode his way into the middle.The then skipper was able to put behind what had been an ordinary tournament to play one of the most iconic knocks a 79-ball 91 in modern-day cricket. It’s been seven years but Dhoni’s winning six a huge one over long on is etched in the memories of millions.Also read: Relive India’s 2011 World Cup triumphAs it turns out, Dhoni has revealed that he came out to bat ahead of Yuvraj in the big final due to his familiarity with the Sri Lankan bowlers, especially his former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammates Muttiah Muralitharan and Nuwan Kulasekara.Dhoni was severe against Muralitharan and never let the Sri Lankan veteran settle down as he and Gambhir stitched a decisive 109-run stand to help India to glory.I knew most of the bowlers of Sri Lanka as they were part of the Chennai Super Kings earlier. I promoted myself because Muralitharan was bowling at that time. I have played him a lot in the CSK nets and I was confident that I will be able to score runs freely against him. That was one of the main reasons why I pushed myself up the order during the final, Dhoni said at a promotional event in Dongargaon, Chhattisgarh.advertisementGambhir missed out on World Cup final century by three runs but Dhoni made sure he remained unbeaten and sealed the deal for the hosts.Also read: Did you know that MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final bat is the most expensive ever?Meanwhile, Dhoni also insisted his success as captain helped change the perception about wicket-keeper’s leadership skills.The 37-year-old handled the additional responsibility with ease and went on to become one of the most-successful limited-over captains from the country.Even after stepping down as captain in 2017, Dhoni has been instrumental in guiding Kohli with on field placements and spin bowling from behind the stumps.Despite not being in the best of forms with the bat, Dhoni continues to be a vital member of the Indian ODI squad, considering his experience and leadership skills that may come in handy during next year’s World Cup in England.Before me, selectors were quite reluctant to make stumper as captain saying he will be burdened too much. But I changed their view with my successful tenure as the captain, Dhoni added.Keeper is in the best position to help any captain analyse the match. He is very close to the action and can accordingly guide the team leader about many things. He is an asset for any captain. He can release the burden on the captain with his inputs.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham offer terms to Samir Nasri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham offer terms to Samir Nasriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are offering terms to Samir Nasri.The Mirror says they have offered Nasri a six-month contract worth £80,000-a-week.The Irons have backed boss Manuel Pellegrini by handing the 31-year-old French midfielder a heavily-incentivised deal until the end of the season.It means the pair are reunited after Nasri lifted the title under Pellegrini at Manchester City four years ago.It also comes with Pellegrini hit by the loss of striker Javier Hernandez and defender Fabian Balbuena.Balbuena suffered a knee injury against Watford on Saturday and striker Hernandez came off with back and hamstring problems.Should Nasri impress, West Ham will have an option to keep him beyond next summer. last_img read more