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TLP to report on Welsh tidal lagoons’ progress

first_imgSwansea Bay tidal lagoon illustration (Photo: TLP) Cardiff University’s Innovation Network has organized a free-to-attend event on the progress made with the development of Swansea and Cardiff tidal lagoon projects.The event, to be held on September 6, 2017, will feature Mark Shorrock, the Chief Executive Officer of Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), the company behind the proposed tidal lagoons, who will give an update on the projects and the associated opportunities.“The Swansea Bay and Cardiff Tidal Lagoons offer huge potential for Wales and the UK. The green light from Government will give first-mover advantage in a new global industry, capable of scaling to sustain tens of thousands of skilled manufacturing and construction jobs – potentially 71,000 jobs will be sustained at the fleet’s peak construction,” it is stated on the event page.As reported earlier, the 320MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project was awarded a Development Consent Order in 2015 and is currently being prepared for construction.The £1.3 billion Swansea ‘pathfinder’ project will act as a blueprint for a program of larger tidal infrastructure to generate renewable electricity at a scale, and is said to be capable of meeting the annual electricity requirement of 90% of the homes in Swansea Bay.The Cardiff tidal lagoon project, currently in design phase with a 2019 target for planning application, is estimated to be able to provide enough electricity to power the equivalent to every home in Wales with its 3GW potential installed capacity.Cardiff University’s Innovation Network was founded with the mission to develop a stronger network of links between industry and academia in order to promote innovation and collaboration.last_img read more

See which athlete will become the first woman to kick off the Olympic torch…

first_imgAdvertisement arcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2knbnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4h7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1robWould you ever consider trying this?😱nrvvqCan your students do this? 🌚2iy9Roller skating! Powered by Firework For the first time in history, a female athlete has been chosen to kick-off the torch relay for this year’s Olympic Games. The Greek Olympic committee on Thursday, announced that they had picked Anna Korakaki, the shooter who won gold in the Rio Olympics four years ago, to be the first woman torchbearer of the competition following the flame-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia on March 12. The Olympia is regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Olympics games. Advertisement Picture Credit: Olympic.orgThe flame-lighting ceremony which is being carefully choreographed, will see Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou posing as the ancient Greek High Priestess, who will light the flame using a bowl-shaped mirror to focus the heat of the sun’s rays on her torch. She will then pass it on to Korakaki, which will be an iconic moment in the history of the tournament.The torch relay will then begin its tour of Greece which is scheduled for a week, before the flame is presented to the organizing members of the Tokyo Games at a ceremony in Athens. Significantly, the final torchbearer of this summer’s Olympics will also be a woman; Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi, who won the pole vault gold medal at Rio has been given this prestigious task.Advertisement In an interview, the president of Greece’s national Olympic committee, Spyros Capralos said that both Korakaki and Stefanidi’s selection was a “historic” moment.In the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Anna Korakaki bagged a gold and a bronze medal in the 25m pistol and 10m air pistol event respectively and was also named the world champion in 2018. One of the most prolific athletes of her generation, Korakaki at the tender age of 20, became the first Greek woman to win two Olympic medals in the same competition.Advertisement Meanwhile, pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi also won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games with a superb leap of 4.85 meters. She is the current World Outdoor (2017), European Outdoor (2018), Diamond League (2018) champion, and has won a total of ten medals in all five major international athletics championships. You may also like:Shooter Deepak Kumar books himself a Tokyo 2020 berth with bronze medal win at Asian C’shipsSee how shooting legend Abhinav Bindra is helping refugees prepare for the Olympics Advertisementlast_img read more

Samuels content ahead of Twenty20s

first_imgMarlon Samuels has highlighted that now that his form is back, he intends to take it into the West Indies two-match Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka, which bowls off today in Pallekele.The stylish batsman, following an abysmal Test series against the Sri Lankans, with scores of 11, 0, 13 and six, improved in the team’s subsequent one-day international series that ended last week.He hit scores of two, 63 and 110 not out, and in the final game of the series was named Man of The Match.The Test and one-day series ended 3-0 in favour of the Sri Lankans.UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS”I got out in the Test series a couple of times as a result of some unfortunate decisions. However, nonetheless, I continued to work hard,” said Samuels.”Sometimes, when you fail a couple of times, you try different things. However, I didn’t, and now that my form is back, I will continue to work hard.”Samuels, the most experienced batsman for the West Indies in the Test and one-day series, is set to be joined in the Twenty20s by the experienced trio of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and captain, Darren Sammy.This, it is expected, will make the team more competitive and according to Samuels, he is looking forward to playing his role.last_img read more

Unity Party Dist. #13 Endorses Cornelia Kruah-Togba

first_imgWith the odds against her, Cornelia Kruah-Togba (pictured) is leaning on the quest to provide a different kind of representation for the people of District #13 in Montserrado County, something they have not seen since 2005.Unity Party Montserrado County District #13 has endorsed the candidacy of Cornelia Kruah–Togba, former chief of staff of former Education Minister George Warner, to contest for its pending representative by-election.Alexander T. Q. Harris, the former ruling party district #13 mobilization chair, said the endorsement of Cornelia Togba reflects the party’s quest to promote gender balance at the legislature.He added that Cornelia Togba’s years of experience working in government makes her an ideal candidate to promote good representation of the district.“We have vetted her and are excited about what she will do at the House of Representatives. We trust her ability to serve and know what she stands for. It is time to support all our good leaders for the betterment of the country.“Therefore, we acknowledge with our signatures that we have agreed to campaign for her, vote and support her as the candidate on the ticket of the Unity Party for Montserrado County District #13 for the upcoming November 20 representative by-election,” he added.Cornelia Togba also worked in former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s government as a program assistant in the president’s delivery unit at the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Public Works, and was admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as a dedicated and committed servant of the state.She also runs a recreational program that provides girls’ education and youth empowerment. Her organization, Young Women’s Empowerment Network, every two years recruits 10 young women between the ages of 17-30 and empowers them to implement community service projects.In response to the endorsement, Cornelia Togba expressed gratitude to the leadership of the district for endorsing her as their sole candidate in the ensuing elections.She added: “I thank you for the confidence that you have reposed in me, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you, to ensure that we will not only succeed in this district, but also I would bring change to District # 13 and Liberia as a whole.“My election will be the beginning of a revolution that believes in the potential of young people and is dedicated to leading the way for youth representation in governance. I have a vast understanding of how a government works and a huge network that can be harnessed to provide opportunities for change and development,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sweeney could give Angels a big boost

first_img The Angels are no-doubt-about-it hurting in only one spot — the slot behind Vladimir Guerrero in the batting order. They have lots of good players, and scads more in the minor leagues. As “Let’s Make a Deal” partners, the Angels and Royals are perfect for each other. So let’s get busy on this, can we, Bill Stoneman? Pick up the phone to your Royals counterpart, Allard Baird, and do the general manager thing. Sweeney would work for the Angels for several reasons. He makes a lot of money, $11 million a season through 2007, and the Angels are one of the few teams that can afford him. Sweeney has 18 homers and 63 RBI, and is batting a tick under .300 — for a horrible club. Park him behind Guerrero and watch him pile up the numbers. And he is still only 32. The Angels’ “protection” for Guerrero was Garret Anderson, until GA came down with another ouchy — what looks like the same mysterious back pain/arthritis that shelved him for 43 games in 2004. In Anderson’s absence, manager Mike Scioscia is attempting to make do with Bengie Molina, who is having a nice season — for a 7-hole hitter. Opponents have stopped throwing anything even resembling a strike to Guerrero. Sweeney would end all those intentional walks to Vlad the Whaler. Sweeney has hit in the middle of the Royals lineup for most of a decade. He is known for spraying line drives and has hit as many as 29 home runs. He has cleared waivers. He grew up an Angels fan and would approve the trade. He seems so eager to see it happen that he reportedly would waive the clause in his contract calling for an extra $1.5 million per year if he is traded from Kansas City. Sweeney also is a great presence in the clubhouse. A stand-up, high-morals guy and natural leader. Who deserves a chance to play in the postseason before he retires. OK, his back can be balky, but Scioscia could use him at designated hitter. Or first base, on his good days, sending Darin Erstad back to left field. To free Mr. Royal from Kansas City, the Angels shouldn’t have to give up much talent. Just taking his salary off the Royals’ books would allow K.C. to spend $11 million on several competent players. The Angels could throw in a kid or two from the low minors. Or maybe a Juan Rivera. Worst-case scenario, perhaps young first baseman Casey Kotchman – who could be a star someday, but isn’t right now. And “right now” is when the Angels need help. They lead the American League West, but we don’t like their chances of staying there without another bat for Scioscia to swing at the opposition. And we really don’t like their chances of surviving in the playoffs with Bengie hitting fourth or fifth and Jeff DaVanon or Kotchman DH’ing. Sweeney isn’t the only veteran who might be available. Magglio Ordonez, Aubrey Huff … just look at pricey guys playing out the string with bad clubs, and they can be had. Ken Griffey Jr. would be quite a coup, but he is signed through 2008 at $12.5 million a year, might not approve the trade – and Cincinnati fans might burn down the town if Junior were sent away during his best season since 2000. The Angels have made noises about being the serious ballclub in the L.A. market. But not many of us have bought it. Here is a chance for Arte Moreno & Co. to show that the “A Team” stuff isn’t just hot air. Make a move, spend some money, reel in an accomplished hitter. This is about seizing an opportunity. And making the cash-strapped Dodgers look bad, too. Mike Sweeney, in Angels red. It has to have crossed Stoneman’s mind. If ordinary fans can figure it out … certainly the Angels’ GM can, too. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Angels are desperate for a middle-of-the-lineup presence. A veteran. A man who knows his business. Before their offense dries up and is blown away. And we have someone in mind. Mike Sweeney. Sweeney is a career .300 hitter and Ontario High School alumnus who is living out a nightmare with the Kansas City Royals. A bigger-than-usual Royals nightmare, that is. To the tune of 18 consecutive defeats, only three shy of the American League record. The Royals need help almost everywhere. They have one good player, Sweeney, and precious little else. We have reached such a moment, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and most anybody can see it. This team must add a run-producer. Now. Not next week. Not next month. Not if it wants to make a serious World Series run. center_img ANAHEIM – You don’t always have to be a slow-talkin’, tobacco-chawin’ baseball lifer to spot the gaping hole in a lineup. Stat wonks with advanced degrees in statistical analysis aren’t necessarily required to divine the baseball move that must be made. last_img read more

49ers aftermath: How they’re responding Monday to Rams rout

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Adrian Colbert seized the 49ers’ free safety job last year when Jimmie Ward got hurt. But Colbert’s punishing hits were few and far between this season, a season that is now over for him.Colbert is done for 2018 as a high-ankle sprain sent him onto injured reserve Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.“Now with Colbert going out, it gives more opportunities to D.J. Reed or other players,” Shanahan said. “We hope they step it up like he did last year.”San Francisco 49ers’ Adrian …last_img

Home Affairs’ turnaround man

first_img6 September 2007The top technocrat in the Department of Home Affairs, Director-General Mavuso Msimang, has his eye on transforming the beleaguered organisation within 12 months.Briefing the media on his first 100 days in office, Msimang said Home Affairs had the reputation of “being one of South Africa’s most dysfunctional departments”. The department has a backlog of some 600 000 identity document (ID) applications and over 144 000 refugee applications.The former CEO of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) said he was on record as saying the department was “sick,” and pledged that it would be carrying out its job – as the country’s custodian of citizenship – efficiently in roughly 12 months.“The Department of Home Affairs’ objective is to transform the department into a modern, efficient, cost-effective service organisation responsive to the needs of South African citizens, residents and visitors to our country.”In line with this vision, the director-general had visited local and provincial offices, interacted with his counterparts in other departments, embarked on a technology fact-finding mission to Japan, and met with the United Nations Children’s Fund and UN High Commission for Refugees.“We have designed a comprehensive strategy for Home Affairs that analyses the root of our problems and identifies opportunites for immediate action,” Msimang said.This strategy will be rolled out over the next two years, with the first phase – running until December – involving understanding the problems facing the department, designing a vision for the future and implementing “quick wins”.These “quick wins” will include the launch of an ID track and trace system, streamlining the ID application process, dealing with refugee application backlogs, enhancing permit application processes and reviewing current IT systems and projects.“Our first major quick win will be to provide a streamlined, efficient, customer-centred ID process through a reliable new tracking system which will enable customers to query the status of their applications without having to queue at an office,” Msimang said.The system, launched in August, allows customers to trace the progress of their ID applications via their cellphones, laptops and PCs. Besides the obvious benefits, it cuts down on the opportunities for corruption.The system will be bolstered with staff and management training, the addition of new fingerprint scanning machines, and better use of existing image capturing machines.It currently takes over 100 days for an ID book to be processed, and by the time a customer receives it, it has been handled about 80 times, Msimang said. The department would be looking to remove a number of bottlenecks from this process.The director-general noted that while “a lot of people are supervisors, they do not quite know what that means”. Management training would instil a culture of accountability among Home Affairs’ staff.Before a recent operations management exercise, Msimang said, documents were “stored haphazardly and the environment was untidy … Today the environment has been cleaned up and basic document management processes have been put in place.”Regarding refugees in South Africa, he said the department had launched a project to clear the backlog of over 144 000 asylum applications.In tandem with this, the department had announced a two-month grace period for outstanding asylum applications, to run between September and October 2007.“Absolutely fundamental to the running of any organisation” was its IT services, Msimang said, noting that R700-million had been budgeted for a complete revamp of Home Affairs’ IT services.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Glenn Harsh, March 26

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I’m a fifth generation farmer in Delaware County. We have about 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans. We sell seed, we have a crop consulting business called Precision Soil Tek, I sell cover crops, and my wife is a crop insurance agent for rain and hail. The economics of wheat don’t work well for us but we are interested in looking at barley for the future.The cover crops were little disappointing this last fall. The first warm spell they looked like they were coming on and greening up and then it turned cold and everything is brown out there again. I am really curious to get another warm up and see what happens. It looks like they went dormant a second time.At first it can seem tough to spend $12 to $18 an acre on cover crops from the standpoint of profitability. But when you look at the increasing organic matter, weather-proofing your ground, holding nutrients and keeping soil and nutrients in place, it definitely helps the economics. It also improves yields by breaking up compaction and improving the soil.I am optimistic that with corn acres down we could see some bumps on the corn price and there is a lot of demand there for beans as long as we keep the politics out of it and keep out exports flowing out of the ports. We need to make sure exports stay strong and ethanol production stays strong to keep the demand out there. If we have much downturn, the economics per acre are going to get pretty bad pretty quick. We are doing too good a job of growing crops and got ourselves into a surplus situation we have to work through. We have to do a good job of marketing to stay profitable.We have moisture in the soil and it sounds like this week we are going to get recharged again. We are getting equipment ready and I am anxious to get out in the fields to see if our improvements are going to work the way we want.last_img read more