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Tidal energy facility smashes generation records in first year of operation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Independent:A floating tidal stream turbine off the coast of Orkney has produced more green energy in a year than Scotland’s entire wave and tidal sector produced in the 12 years before it came online. In 12 months of full-time operation, the SR2000 turbine supplied the equivalent annual power demand of about 830 households.Its developer claimed the machine– the most powerful of its kind in the world – had set a benchmark for its industry due to its performance. It produced 3GWh of renewable electricity during its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre.Over the 12 years before its launch in 2016, wave and tidal energies across Scotland had collectively produced 2.983GWh, according to Ofgem.Andrew Scott, chief executive officer of developers Scotrenewables Tidal Power, said: “The SR2000’s phenomenal performance has set a new benchmark for the tidal industry. “Its first year of testing has delivered a performance level approaching that of widely deployed mature renewable technologies.”He added: “The ability to easily access the SR2000 for routine maintenance has been a significant factor in our ability to generate electricity at such levels over the past 12 months, including over winter.”The team at Scotrenewables said their success – combined with Meygen’s generation of more than 8 GWh over the past year from four tidal turbines deployed in the Pentland Firth – is evidence that tidal power generation could be rolled out more widely.More: Scotland’s floating turbine smashes tidal renewable energy records Tidal energy facility smashes generation records in first year of operationlast_img read more


Taking risks is taking steps forward

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Typically, individuals and businesses start the new year by taking an assessment of where they stand and setting challenges for the next 12 months. This could mean an exercise regimen for an individual or some new product initiative for a retailer.Why not get started early and begin that progressive thinking now, in the last few days of the year?An established business maxim goes something like this: “If you’re not experiencing failures, you’re not taking enough risks.”While this is not an open admonishment to fail, it is a terrific reminder that if we’re not trying new things, we’re not likely to experience either the learning aspect of failure or the success aspect of achievement. To challenge your credit union before the new year even starts, ask yourself a similar question: “Is our credit union taking enough risks to be successful in the rapidly changing financial retail environment?”Only you know the answer to this question. However, there are three key areas in which most credit unions could easily look to establish whether or not they are taking enough risks.Marketing: Are you pushing the envelope in reaching both members and potential members? Are you trying new things and using new tools to emotionally impact and persuade members to become a part of your credit union experience?If not, it’s likely you’re not taking enough risks in marketing. A terrific way to assess your current marketing risk-taking status is with a marketing audit. A marketing audit takes a deep-dive look at your entire marketing array, including traditional collateral materials, digital marketing, your website, as well as mystery shops of both your own branches and those of your competitors. A marketing audit provides both strategic and tactical recommendations to help ensure your marketing machine is well-oiled, efficient and taking enough risks to be successful.Member Experience: Are you confident you have your finger on the true pulse of what your members need and expect? If not, you’re likely not taking enough risks when it comes to your member experience.A great method to help better define, deliver and measure the success of your member experience is by going through a journey mapping exercise and subsequent member experience training. By doing this, you help ensure you are providing a member experience that offers clarity, consistency and constancy at all points of contact (including every branch, in the drive-throughs, via phone and email, etc.).Journey mapping and member experience training empower all staff to interact with each other (internal culture) and with members (external culture) in such a way that builds both camaraderie and deeper, more meaningful ties. Journey mapping and member experience training transforms all your employees from task-driven worker bees into culture-evangelizing brand ambassadors.Strategic Planning: Is your credit union taking enough risks when it comes to strategic planning? Even if your strategic planning session had already been completed this year, it’s never too early to think about next year. Many credit unions run the risk of slouching into a “strategic planning rut,” either sticking to what is safe and secure or setting up plans that far exceed practical reality (bandwidth, resources, etc).Setting your sights higher on a different kind of strategic planning session is a calculated and necessary risk. Your next planning session must accomplish progressive goals like engaging all participants to speak up, establish an actual strategic plan (and not just a glorified “to-do” list) and, critically, introduce the element of fun into the process. You’re not likely to accomplish much of any real strategic importance at your session unless you’re having fun as a group. Reaching out to a facilitator that can help achieve these goals can help put the zing back into your strategic planning sessions and empower the entire process.Taking risks can be scary. Taking risks is also necessary for success. Microsoft took a huge risk when it through its Xbox at the dominant video game platform in Sony’s Playstation. Apple gambled big when it decided to take on the cell phone world. Uber rolled the dice when it took on the entire taxi cab industry. Risks can pay big.What risks will your credit union take in the coming months and years?last_img read more


From Manhattan to Hiroshima: The race for the atom bomb

first_imgConventional bombs On March 9-10, 1945, US warplanes carry out massive firebombing attacks on Tokyo and other major Japanese cities. Around 100,000 people die in the capital alone. Hiroshima and Nagasaki On August 6 the US B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” drops a 9,000-pound atomic bomb over Hiroshima at 8:15 am, killing 140,000 people by the end of December, according to a widely accepted toll. Truman tells Japanese leaders that if they do not surrender “they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this Earth”.On August 8, the Soviet Union declares war on Japan.On August 9, a second atomic bomb explodes over Nagasaki at 11:02 am, killing 74,000 people.On August 15, Japanese Emperor Hirohito tells his nation it has lost the war. He remains on the throne during post-war reconstruction of the country. Allied ultimatum On July 26, in the Potsdam Declaration, Britain, China and the United States warn Japan that it must surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction”. Japan decides to “ignore” the ultimatum, although the word used – — mokusatsu —  also translates as “no comment”. German surrender On May 8, Germany surrenders, but fighting continues in Asia and the Pacific. Potential targets Around spring 1945, possible targets are evaluated and a list drawn up of Japanese cities that could be hit with an atomic bomb. At the top of the list is Japan’s seventh-largest city, Hiroshima. Kyoto is rejected as a target owing largely to its historic and cultural importance. Einstein warning  Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes destroy much of the US Pacific fleet based at Pearl Harbor. The next day, the United States enters World War II. Topics :center_img First American test Between May and July, components of the atomic bombs are shipped to Tinian, an island in the Marianas chain from where B-29 bombers are able to reach Japan.On July 16, at 5:30 am, the “Trinity” test takes place near Alamogordo, New Mexico, demonstrating the awesome power of an atomic bomb and marking the dawn of the nuclear age.On July 25, Truman agrees to a mission to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. It included approval to drop additional bombs as soon as they became available. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki capped six years of top-secret work by scientists from Europe and North America. Here is an overview of how that process unfolded. In 1939, Albert Einstein signs a letter warning US president Franklin D. Roosevelt of the destructive potential of nuclear fission, which was discovered by the German chemist Otto Hahn. The letter says the process could result in “extremely powerful bombs of a new type”. Roosevelt creates the Advisory Body on Uranium. Battle of Okinawa On March 26, the battle of Okinawa begins. More than 100,000 Japanese soldiers and a similar number of civilians die over the next three months, while 12,000 US soldiers are also killed. The battle is used by US officials to justify using atomic bombs, since an invasion of mainland Japan is forecast to result in an even higher cost.On April 12, Roosevelt dies and Harry Truman becomes president of the United States and learns of the “Manhattan Project”. First Soviet bomb On August 29, 1949, four years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki are destroyed, the Soviet Union successfully tests its own atomic bomb in Kazakhstan and becomes the world’s second nuclear power. The Manhattan Project In August 1942, the US officially launches a top-secret program to develop an atomic bomb. The project, which had been approved the previous year, comes to be known as the “Manhattan Project”. Approximately two billion dollars are spent to achieve its goal.In 1943, Robert Oppenheimer is named scientific director of a secret lab at Los Alamos, New Mexico that is to build the bomb. The project includes top physicists from the US, Britain and Canada, in addition to several who fled the Nazi occupation of their homelands in Europe.last_img read more


Arsenal fans demand Shkodran Mustafi is sold immediately after Crystal Palace horror show

first_imgArsenal fans demand Shkodran Mustafi is sold immediately after Crystal Palace horror show Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Apr 2019 5:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Skip Comment PLAY About Connatix V67539 Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Video Settings SPONSORED Top articles Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / Advertisementcenter_img 1/1 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen Coming Next Shkodran Mustafi was at fault for Wilfried Zaha’s goal against Crystal Palace (Picture: Sport Image)Arsenal fans instructed Unai Emery to sell Shkodran Mustafi following another error-strewn display against Crystal Palace.The Germany international was restored to the starting line-up as a consequence of Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s suspension after the former Borussia Dortmund defender picked up his 10th booking of the season in the recent defeat at Goodison Park.Arsenal had kept six cleans sheets in their last seven games in all competitions, but Mustafi’s presence heralded the return of familiar defensive frailties.The 27-year-old was partly at fault for Christian Benteke’s opener, allowing the Palace striker, who hadn’t scored a Premier League goal in over a year, the freedom of the penalty area to head home Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Mustafi has to be sold this summer. He is broken and in need of immediate repair somewhere else #ARSCRY— Alex (@TotalFootball_7) April 21, 2019 Read More Read More Shkodran Mustafi appeared to blame Bernd Leno for Wilfried Zaha’s goal (Picture: PA)Arsenal equalised immediately after the break through Mesut Ozil but another Mustafi error gifted the visitors the lead when he failed to play the ball and allowed Wilfried Zaha a clear run in on goal.The Ivory Coast international comfortably beat Bernd Leno with Mustafi compounding his error by appearing to lay the blame at the feet of his goalkeeper, much to the annoyance of Arsenal’s fans who were left to count the cost of an eventual 3-2 defeat that put a huge dent in their Champions League qualification hopes… More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Skip Ad by Metrolast_img read more


Referees named for final day matches

first_imgThe Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association releases list of officials for the weekend’s final day matches in the Glo Premier League.Below is the list of referees and assistants for match-day-30 on Sunday.Sunday, June 23Match: King Faisal v LibertyVenue: Baba Yara StadiumReferee: S.B. Bortey Assistant 1: Mumuni IssakaAssistant 2: Osman Ouedraogou4th Official: Willliam AgboviMatch: Amidaus v KotokoVenue: Tema Stadium Referee: Nuhu LimanAssistant 1: Eric NantiereAssistant 2: Alhassan Yahaya4th Official: Solomon MordeyMatch: AshantiGold v RTU Venue: Len Clay StadiumReferee: Fred AndohAssistant 1: Kenndey BentilAssistant 2: Michael Asare4th Official: Daniel Dorgbetor Match: Heart of Lions v ChelseaVenue: Kpando ParkReferee: Samuel GyasiAssistant 1: Samuel BorquayeAssistant 2: Samuel Asiedu 4th Official: Silas OkineMatch: Aduana v Wa All StarsVenue: Tamale StadiumReferee: Jonathan TettehAssistant 1: E.O. Ankrah Assistant 2: Tijani Seidu4th Official: Ernest BaafiMatch: Arsenal v DwarfsVenue: Sekondi StadiumReferee: Reginald LathbridgeAssistant 1: Sarfo AdadeAssistant 2: Kofi Asare4th Official: Amofa SarkodieMatch: Medeama v EdubiaseVenue: T&A ParkReferee: Otis OppongAssistant 1: Joseph SeyAssistant 2: E.T. Alottey4th Official: O.B. AmankwahMatch: Hearts of Oak v Tema YouthVenue: Accra Sports StadiumReferee: Patrick KyerematengAssistant 1: A.S. MalikAssistant 2: Emmanuel Baah4th Official: Emmanuel Dally Gagbalast_img read more


Angels’ Mike Trout is a star among All-Stars again, while Ross Stripling’s night ended badly

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros But he won’t remember his All-Star experience so fondly. Stripling entered in the ninth inning with the NL trailing 5-3 and retired both batters he faced. It would have been a great night, except he came back out for the 10th, after Scooter Gennett had given the NL new life with a two-run homer in the ninth.Stripling then gave up back-to-back homers to Alex Bregman — who was named the game’s MVP — and George Springer.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It was just more salt in the wound that Stripling gave up the homers to two members of the Houston Astros, who beat the Dodgers in the World Series last year.Afterward, Stripling was in no mood to consider the excitement of simply being in the All-Star Game.“I think I’ll look back and think it was pretty (lousy),” he said. “It was fun being in this group with these kind of guys, but it (stinks) to have it end like that. That’s what they’ll remember and that’s what I’ll remember, so I’m (ticked) about it.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels Mike Trout batts in the first inning during the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout (27) rounds the bases on a solo home run during the second inning of the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout (27) is welcomed at the dugout by (28) after his solo home run during the third inning of the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)MVP Houston Astros Alex Bregman holds the trophy after the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The American League won 8-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling (68) throws in the tenth inning during the Major League Baseball All-star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout batts in the first inning during the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout batts in the first inning during the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)ExpandWASHINGTON — Making an All-Star Game is great, but succeeding in the All-Star Game is even better.It’s a point Mike Trout continues to demonstrate, hitting his second homer and extending his All-Star Game hitting streak to six games during the American League’s 8-6, 10-inning victory on Tuesday night.“It means a lot (to have good games),” the Angels star said. “You want to get hits, and help the team win. … You are playing against the best, and I love to compete.”On the other end of the spectrum is Ross Stripling, the Dodgers’ pitcher who was a late replacement on the roster and was floating on a cloud for most of two days around the game’s best. A little earlier, outside the other clubhouse, Trout was all smiles as he discussed yet another performance to add his amazing resume.“He’s on another planet,” Bregman said.After fighting for an eight-pitch walk against Max Scherzer in his first plate appearance, Trout came up in the third inning against Jacob deGrom, who he had faced just three times in his career. His teammates gave him something of a scouting report.“He’s nasty. Good luck,” Trout said he was told.Trout nonetheless said he got a “slider or cutter down, and barreled it.”He hit it over the left-field fence, putting the American League up 2-0 and sparking all sorts of Trout historical notes.Only Willie Mays and Joe Morgan had hits in their first six All-Star Games, and only seven other players had All-Star hitting streaks of at least six games. The last was Dave Winfield, who hit in seven straight in the 1980s.Trout is now 7 for 15 with two homers in his All-Star career. Five of those hits are extra base hits, which is second only to Ted Williams (seven) in All-Star history.The only players with at least seven All-Star hits before age 27 are Trout, Al Kaline, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle and Joe Medwick.In case you wondered, those stats link Trout to nine Hall of Famers.While Trout was vying for his third All-Star Game MVP award — which ended when the game changed entirely with all the late scoring — the Dodgers All-Star starter, Matt Kemp, also contributed an extra-base hit in his first All-Star Game since 2012.Kemp doubled and struck out in his two plate appearances, with the double most notably punctuated by posing at second for a selfie with Manny Machado — rumored to be his teammate as soon as Wednesday.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen did not pitch, which he said was a decision Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had made because of his recent heavy workload.Among the other big leaguers with Southern California ties to get in the game, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (Westlake High) contributed a homer, pulling the NL within 5-3 in the eighth.Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (El Toro High), Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (El Modeno High) and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (UCLA) all started for the NL, and they combined for only an Arenado walk.Houston Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole (Orange Lutheran High, UCLA) did not pitch for the AL. Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer (Hart High, UCLA) also did not pitch. Bauer was not expected to pitch unless the game went to extra innings, because he threw 110 pitches on Sunday.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Catalonia: Tearful Pique haunted by ‘worst experience’

first_img“For a moment I couldn’t believe it. I thought they would try to block the vote but they would try to do it in a peaceful manner,” he added.“It wasn’t like that, but at least the whole world has seen it. This decision has made things a lot worse. It is one of the worst decisions made by this country in 40 or 50 years.“It has only served to separate Catalonia and Spain more and it will have consequences.”Pique’s political stance has seen him targeted by Spain fans when playing for the national team, despite his role in winning the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with La Roja.The 30-year-old has already announced his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.However, he said he will step aside before then if his presence in the Spain camp is deemed a problem by coach Julien Lopetegui or the federation.“I think I can continue going with the national team because I truly believe there are many people in Spain totally against the events that took place today in Catalonia and that believe in democracy,” said Pique.“If not, I will not go. If anyone in the federation thinks I am a problem I don’t have a problem in stepping aside and retiring from international football before 2018.”Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona played in an empty stadiumBarcelona, Spain | AFP |  Gerard Pique broke down in tears describing Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas in an empty stadium as the “worst professional experience” of his life on a chaotic Sunday in Catalonia.At least 92 people were injured as Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations over an independence referendum for the north-eastern region of Spain deemed illegal by the Spanish government.After Barcelona’s attempt to have their game abandoned was dismissed by Spanish league authorities, Barca decided to play behind closed doors in protest at the violent scenes.“The board tried to cancel the game but it wasn’t possible. They came down to speak to the players and we opted to play,” Pique told reporters.“It was very difficult to play the game. It was the worst professional experience I have had in my life.“We have had seven years of demonstrations without violence and what happened today has been seen around the world.”Pique has been an outspoken supporter of Catalonia’s right to self-determination in the face of the Spanish government’s crackdown on preparations for the referendum.He posted a picture on his Twitter account as he voted before the game on Sunday.And he believes the shocking scenes have only served to rupture fractious relations between Catalonia and Madrid even further.last_img read more


Van Dijk record fee doesn’t matter because he’s class says Klopp

first_img“We don’t make the prices, the market does. Liverpool supporters should forget about the price.“We only talk about the player and what he can bring in; the quality, the mentality, the character. That is why we are really happy about it.”Van Dijk has struggled to reach peak form this season after missing several games due to injury and the fall-out from a rejected transfer request in August.But Liverpool had tried to land Van Dijk before the transfer deadline and Klopp is relieved to have finally got the centre-back, who will officially arrive on January 1 and could make his debut in the FA Cup third round tie against Merseyside rivals Everton.Calling for fans to allow time for Van Dijk to adapt to Liverpool, Klopp said: “Virgil hasn’t had the best first half to the season at Southampton.“He was out injured for a long time and we all know about the things that happened last summer.“He’s a tall player, they always need a little bit longer especially after being out for around nine months.“But that’s no problem. We already have quality here in that position so we don’t have to rush anything.“He needs to adapt to our style of play. It’s a completely different game, but we are 100 per cent sure he will do it.”Share on: WhatsApp Asked what the 26-year-old will add to Liverpool, Klopp told Sky Sports: “Quality. That’s why we got him, that’s why we were interested in him. It’s quite difficult at the moment because technically he’s still a Southampton player. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp insists it doesn’t matter that he paid a world record fee for a defender to sign Virgil van Dijk because the Dutch star is good enough to prove value for money.Klopp splashed out a reported £75 million ($100 million, 84 million euros) to bring Van Dijk to Anfield from Southampton on Wednesday.Opinion is divided over whether the Liverpool manager was right to pay such a huge sum for a player that Premier League leaders Manchester City wanted before they balked at the asking price.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claimed Netherlands international Van Dijk isn’t worth it, while ex Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher disagrees.But Klopp doesn’t care about the size of the transfer because he is confident Van Dijk will plug the holes in Liverpool’s leaky defence.last_img read more


FL mom stabbed multiple times by her child

first_imgA child is in custody after officials with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said the child stabbed their mother.Officials say the 40-year-old woman was stabbed multiple in the family home, Friday evening.The juvenile was arrested at the scene, but charges have not been filed at this time.Police have not established a motive for the attack.This story is developing.last_img


Monmouth Park Cheers Sports Betting Decision

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo | OCEANPORT – Following seven years of legal battles the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced its decision on Monday morning that Monmouth Park Racetrack had won its right to sports betting, a decision that ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) as unconstitutional.“We started this fight back in 2012 and are grateful that the Supreme Court has recognized that we’ve been right all along,” said Dennis Drazin, the chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, in a statement released shortly after the announcement.Drazin spent the better part of a decade entangled in this fight to preserve the future of Monmouth Park. He has expressed confidence in interviews and at the racetrack’s annual opening luncheon Wedneday that victory was assured.With that notion in mind, Drazin revealed that Monmouth Park had already expanded the first floor gaming area of the grandstand at the William Hill Race & Sports Bar.Oceanport Borough Council President Joe Irace believes sports wagering at the racetrack is approaching quickly.“I understand that they already have wagering machines on site, the grandstand has been redone, and I believe they’re in a position to be accepting wagers within the next two weeks,” Irace said Monday.Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey said this decision has solidified the future of a Jersey Shore institution in an era when the health of the horse racing industry is uncertain.“The racetrack industry is not a standalone industry anymore,” Coffey said. “This is the first step in a multi-step journey that will allow for other types of revenues to come to Monmouth Park…And it’s a win for all of us. Because the better they do, the better it is for Oceanport.”There is more to come on this developing story as Drazin is expected to speak today at a 1 p.m. press conference at the William Hill Race & Sports Bar in Oceanport.last_img read more