Coal-Plant Retirements in New England Have ‘Opened the Door’ for Alternatives

first_imgCoal-Plant Retirements in New England Have ‘Opened the Door’ for Alternatives FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Peter Marrin for SNL:The retirement of coal and nuclear generation in New England has opened the door for more natural gas-fired and renewable generation.Regional capacity auctions have successfully replaced EquiPower Resources Corp.’s Brayton Point 1-3 coal-fired units and Brayton Point 4 oil-fired unit, as well as Entergy Corp.’s Pilgrim nuclear station, both in eastern Massachusetts. Brayton Point, which is ultimately owned by Dynegy Inc., is slated to shut in June 2017, and Pilgrim is expected to shutter operations in June 2019.More than 1,500 MW of capacity will be lost due to the Brayton Point retirement and nearly 700 MW of capacity will be lost by the impending shutdown of the Pilgrim plant. Together these two plants represent 8% of ISO New England Inc.’s total reserves.However, a total of approximately 3,500 MW of new gas-fired generation will replace, and in fact outpace, the retirement losses. New capacity will include 675 MW in service by the 2017 reliability year, 985 MW in service for the 2018 reliability year and 1,800 MW in service for reliability year 2019. The reliability year begins June 1 and runs through the end of May.Relatively ambitious RPS standards support continued renewables development, which is expected to contribute 1,300 GWh by 2018, including 235 GWh in the region covering southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island.While natural gas generation will fill in for the loss of the Pilgrim nuclear plant and could hold almost 60% of New England’s power-generating market share by 2020, Piper sees renewables capturing all incremental generation growth thereafter. By 2025, gas-fired generation is expected to step back to 56% of New England’s total while combined wind and solar resources see their market share rise from 4% in 2017 to 7% in 2020 and 10% by 2025.Full article ($): New England power market facing challenges as gas, renewables vie for market sharelast_img read more

NOC Welcomes New Associate Director

first_imgCatherine AllenThe National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has appointed Catherine Allen as associate director for Government International & Public Engagement.Allen will join NOC in June from a regional cancer charity, where she is currently chief executive and until 2015 was chief executive of the National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland.After graduating from the University of Lancaster with a BA in English, Allen began her career with five years in the private sector in press and public relations before moving in 2003 to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in various communications roles, progressing to Head of Corporate Affairs. In 2009 Cait joined the Curriculum & Qualifications Authority as Head of Media and Stakeholder Relations.“I am delighted Catherine will be joining us as the NOC progresses on its exciting journey as an independent organisation. Catherine brings with her a wealth of experience to help us engage widely with the story of the ocean, its importance in all our lives, and the critical role that NOC plays in advancing knowledge and understanding of the ocean for the benefit of society and to inform key decisions for the future,” said Professor Edward Hill, chief executive of the NOC.Catherine Allen said, “I feel privileged to be joining an organisation that is helping us all understand more about the world in which we live. It is immediately clear that NOC has a team of awe-inspiring scientists, as well as very dedicated employees supporting their work. The organisation has a real buzz and energy, so I can’t wait to join the team. Having moved from the Midlands to live closer to the sea, I believe we all have lots to learn from the ocean and am looking forward to sharing the NOC’s amazing work with policy makers, partners and the public.”last_img read more

Body found in Malaysia is confirmed as that of Irish teenager Nora Quoirin

first_imgThe family of Nora Quoirin have identified her body after it was found in a rainforest in Malaysia today.The 15-year-old Irish schoolgirl was missing for 10 days after disappearing from a holiday resort where she was staying with her family.A search volunteer found Nora’s body in an area of the jungle 2km away from the resort. Nora’s parents Sebastien and Meabh Quoirin were taken to identify the remains. A statement was later released by a support charity on behalf of the family, saying: “The Lucie Blackman Trust can confirm with great sadness that the body found today is that of missing teenager Nora Quoirin. Local police have confirmed identification.”A post-mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow.Body found in Malaysia is confirmed as that of Irish teenager Nora Quoirin was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

The Deets: The 49ers need to make a trade after Joe Staley’s injury — if only it were that easy

first_imgWelcome to The Deets — three thoughts on the world of sports, with an effort to focus on the things that might fall through the cracks in this convoluted Bay Area scene, three times a week.If you have something you’d like me to hit, just holler. I’m on Twitter @dieter or you can email me at [email protected] The Niners need to make a trade for a left tackle(Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)For the last 13 years, you could count on No. 74 being on the field for the 49ers …last_img read more

Former child soldier turns his story into a graphic novel

first_imgChildren’s rights activist Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped as a five-year-old and used as a child soldier in Democratic Republic of Congo. Now he has turned his story into a graphic novel. It is aimed at children from 10 years old and up. He wants to educate that age group about the issue. At the age of five, Michel Chikwanine was kidnapped and forced to become a child soldier. He has turned his story into a graphic novel. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube) Priya PitamberWhen Michel Chikwanine was just five years old his life changed irrevocably during a soccer game near his school in Democratic Republic of Congo. Rebel militiamen kidnapped him and the other children and forced them to become child soldiers.In a drug-infused daze, he was blindfolded and told to shoot. His victim was his best friend. “I was forced literally to kill my best friend as an initiation process into the army,” Chikwanine told US news website The World Post. “That’s something I will never forget, and I still fight with every single day.”He was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape after a few weeks and find his family again. They eventually fled to Uganda, and in 2004 made it to Canada as refugees. His father, a human rights activist, was killed in the conflict at home.But his experiences have led him to raise awareness about the issue of child soldiers, and he has become a children’s rights activist.Chikwanine wrote a graphic novel, Child Soldiers: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, with co-author Jessica Dee Humphreys and illustrator Claudia Davila. It’s aimed at children aged 10 to 14.“It chronicles my experience in escaping this deal and ending up in a refugee camp with my family and escaping a war that affected so many people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.More than just a graphic novelChikwanine said illustrator Davila did a great job of depicting the story “in a very real way but also not making it too violent for young people”. Michel Chikwanine commended the illustrations by Claudia Davila in his book, Child Soldiers: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)There was an educational resource at the end of the book to help young people figure out how they could get back to their communities, should they find themselves being used as child soldiers, Chikwanine said. “It’s one of the most important parts of the book because as much as my story is so important, taking action and ending the problem is just as important.”Another educational aspect of the book is that it provides a wider view of the conditions that led to the conflict in his country.“When we talk about Africa, or any other part of the world, it’s always talked about in headlines,” he told The World Post. “Africa has a very stereotypical mention of being very violent and poor, but we forget to mention the context of the conflict and the poverty. It leads people to conclude the very stereotypical idea of what Africa is, and that’s not what it is.”Worldwide problemUsing children as soldiers in conflict is not isolated to Africa. According to Canada’s Toronto Public Library, “an estimated 250 000 children in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 40% of which include girls, have been kidnapped, stolen, forced and brainwashed to do the dirty deeds of violent captors in countries where political, economic, and humanitarian disputes have turned into lengthy and bloody wars”. Children are used as soldiers across the world, according to the United Nations. (Image: Human Rights)“Young people have to understand the complexities of what’s happening in the world,” Chikwanine told Toronto’s CBC Radio. “We can’t hide it from them — because whether we like it or not, it’s happening to five-year-olds in the Congo, in South America, in the Middle East and there are gangs here [in Canada] as well.”last_img read more

Physically challenged mountaineer loses chance to address Parliament as sports ministry couldn’t contact her

first_imgA physically challenged mountaineer, who was recently honoured for one of her rare achievements, failed to be a part of a proud moment in her life owing to the Union sports ministrys negligence. Arunima Sinha, who had scaled Mount Chhamser Kangri (21,110 feet) with an amputated leg recently, was included in the list of 10 sportspersons with the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, M.C. Marykom and Deepika Kumari, who were to speak on the issue of gender discrimination before a parliamentary committee. The sports ministry said that it did not have the phone number or address of Arunima, whom the ministry had awarded sometime ago, to contact. That meant that she had to miss out on an opportunity of addressing Parliament. Ironically, the sports ministry had given Arunima a cheque of Rs 2 lakh for her treatment after she was badly injured in an incident that took place in her state Uttar Pradesh last year. In fact Sports Minister Ajay Maken had met Arunima in the hospital. The athlete also claimed that the sports minister had even refused to meet her when she visited his office in Delhi recently. The 26-year-old mountaineer was recently presented the 4th TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Awards for her feat. She was a national level player of football and volleyball when she had to undergo amputation of her left lower limb after being thrown off a running train in Bareilly for resisting a chain-snatching attempt.last_img read more

Young’s buzzer-beating jumper lifts Hawks past Bucks in OT

first_imgView comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I knew it was probably going to get tipped because Lopez was right there and I knew he was going to try to tip it out,” Young said.Lopez credited Young for spoiling his attempt to deflect the ball away from the basket.“I just tried to bat it away,” Lopez said. “The kid made a good play.”The Bucks played without Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton due to injuries. Antetokounmpo, one of the favorites for the NBA MVP award, was held out due to right ankle sprain. Middleton has a sore groin.Coach Mike Budenholzer also rested Eric Bledsoe, who is averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think it was just a great team effort,” said Lopez, who had 19 points.Milwaukee is three games ahead of idle Toronto in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The team’s magic number is two for securing home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.Sterling Brown scored a career-high 27 points for Milwaukee, including a go-ahead layup with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime.Young said his string of second-half misses didn’t affect his confidence.“I know I didn’t play well as far as shooting, but for me it’s all about the next shot,” he said.Justin Anderson set season highs with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. Collins finished with 23 points and 12 boards. Alex Len also scored 23 points.Milwaukee led by as many as 23 points during a high-scoring first quarter. Atlanta recovered to lead in the third quarter and rallied again after trailing by 10 points midway through the fourth period.Len’s jam cut the Bucks’ lead to 133-132 with 33 seconds remaining in overtime. Following Brown’s missed jumper, Young’s baseline floater with 6.6 seconds left gave Atlanta a 134-133 lead.TIP-INSBucks: Tim Frazier had 20 points and 15 assists. He is Milwaukee’s first player with at least 20 points and 15 assists since Monta Ellis in 2013. … Antetokounmpo has missed two games since spraining his ankle on March 17 against Philadelphia. … Forwards D.J. Wilson and Bonzie Colson each made their first career starts. 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He aggravated the ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ 128-118 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. /gsg Young grabbed a deflected inbounds pass and converted a last-second jumper to lift the Hawks to a 136-135 overtime win over the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.Young missed each of his seven second-half shots from the field and his first two shots in the extra period. Even so, he plotted for a chance to grab what he figured would be a deflection on the final play of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJust as Young expected, Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez deflected Atlanta’s inbounds pass intended for John Collins near the basket. Young grabbed the ball with his left hand and sank the short game-winner.A video review confirmed Young got the shot off before the buzzer. The young guard finished with 12 points and 16 assists. LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) reacts after the Hawks won in overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)ATLANTA  — Trae Young wanted the ball with the game on the line for the Atlanta Hawks.Forget about that shooting trouble. The rookie star made the most of another opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantslast_img read more

Buckeyes creating a survival mentality during Fall Camp

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) waits to have the ball snapped to him during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Jones and the Buckeyes are set to begin a tough week of practices for Fall Camp.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State Buckeyes are getting ready to enter survival mode as Fall Camp will intensify next week with eight practices. Coach Urban Meyer said the team is not where they need to be just yet, but they are progressing day-to-day. For now, Meyer’s main goal is to preserve the overall health of the team, which means avoiding injuries at all costs.“I hope number one, and our prayer every morning is safety of our players, health of our players because you see it across the country right now,” Meyer said. “Man, I hit ESPN.com and FOX Sports and CBS, I pull down these Internet sites and I hit them real fast to see what’s going on across the world and you see a young guy get hurt, I don’t think the world realizes how much time goes into that, and that’s the number one thing is health of your players.”Meyer noted that the team made it through the first week virtually unscathed, with only two notable injuries.Junior H-back Dontre Wilson had a small tweak to the broken foot that caused him to miss the final six games of last season. Meyer said it is nothing major and he expects him to return to practice on either Monday or Tuesday.Redshirt freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is sidelined with a minor hamstring injury. Meyer downplayed Lattimore’s injury as well. He said he expects the Cleveland, Ohio, native to be back practicing this week.Meyer is looking forward to seeing how his players lean on each other during next week’s practices.“Number two is you want to make it real hard and all the walls are broken down so they bleed, we call it bleed on each other, and that means just it’s just that whole (G.K.) Chesterton quote we live by. The soldier doesn’t fight because of the hatred that’s in front of him, he or she fights because of the love of those behind him, and that’s what we’re trying to create right now. It’s a survival mentality. This week is a tough one, real tough.”Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones is looking to utilize the increased practice schedule to separate himself from redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett. Jones stressed that the upcoming week is important for every player donning the scarlet and gray.“This week is really going to be a gut check for everyone in the program,” Jones said. “To really see if you love football like you think you do.”Jones, who’s in the midst of an intense quarterback battle with Barrett, spent media day holding his 9-month-old daughter Chloe in his arms as she teethed away at her dad’s “12 Gauge” wristbands. He said juggling being a father and student athlete has been tough act to balance.“Being a father, a football player and a student at the same time, not just a football player, being a quarterback, you know that’s the difference between just being a football player,” Jones said. “So much of the game is mental, and so much of the game is film study, so it’s definitely tough. It should be easier now because she just moved back down here yesterday.”Although a strenuous slate of practices are on the horizon for the Buckeyes, the players are trying to take their mind off it and enjoy themselves when the time is right.Junior safety Tyvis Powell said the team likes to cut loose once they have the chance.“Absolutely, we definitely know how to have fun,” Powell said. “I think we got that part locked down. When it’s time to get serious, we get serious. But when we got some free time, and it’s time to enjoy ourselves, we actually know how to do that to. It’s just the best of both worlds.”The players displayed exactly what they mean by enjoying themselves, when a player came up from behind redshirt senior Braxton Miller and dunked on with a toy basketball hoop as he spoke to the media.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said that the team is trying to stay loose through camp but remain focused for their season opener on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.“We have a focused team, but we are not too uptight,” Perry said. “One thing people say is you win one (championship) and you get uptight. We don’t feel that way right now.” read more

Mertesacker on Reiss Nelsons performance in Hoffenheim

first_imgArsenal’s academy manager Per Mertesacker says 19-year-old Reiss Nelson who is spending 2018-19 season on loan with Hoffenheim is setting a fine example for young prospects to follow.The teenage sensation began to impress in Hoffenheim but not to the surprise of the manager who insisted there are differences between PL and Bundesliga and claims Hoffenheim is the club for bringing up young players.“It was the best decision for him to go there,” Mertesacker told the official matchday programme via Gunners website.“When you compare the Bundesliga to the Premier League, there are similarities but there are differences.“At the moment the Bundesliga suits him, and he went to a club where they are used to bringing up young players, educating young players and giving young players a chance in their first team. He has a young coach who will educate him and give him an insight.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Reiss is getting out of the comfort zone he was in at Arsenal, so the loan system should work brilliantly for us. Some Bundesliga clubs are very interesting for us and the way he could make an impact at Hoffenheim was by starting on the bench but then scoring immediately.“Through scoring those goals, he gained trust from the coach, from the fans, by learning some German and earning the right to start and make an impact.“I think he has done a brilliant job but that all fell into place because he wanted to go. He had a great opportunity but you need to take these opportunities and make sure you learn from those moments. Instead of being a first-team player between the under-23s and the first team, this is something different.“It’s difficult to manage and I’m really pleased and glad that it’s worked right now for him. We have other prospects we really need to think about. What’s their best path towards making an impact for our first team? There are different ways, different challenges.“Those are individuals. But I feel we are in a good place right now and those situations show us how big an impact a loan can make on a player. We need to select wisely.”last_img read more