Subsidy-free renewable projects spreading across Europe

first_imgSubsidy-free renewable projects spreading across Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Next to a wheat field north of London, banks of solar panels in 35 neat rows are generating electricity without any support from the government.Despite Britain’s reputation for grey skies, the closely-held developer Anesco Ltd. is building the hybrid solar and battery facility in Milton Keynes with its own capital. It’s just one of about 15 photovoltaic projects underway from Italy to the U.K. that aren’t relying on subsidies to make a profit, according to Bloomberg NEF, which anticipates many more to come.European nations are leading the way because they were among the first to back solar farms with above-market power prices and tax breaks in the early 2000s. That triggered a global manufacturing boom and 80 percent plunge in the cost of installing photovoltaics. Now, governments are cutting incentives as prices drop, and renewables are competitive with fossil fuels in more places.In Germany and Spain, incentives in the form of feed-in tariffs for solar electricity made it easy to anticipate how much each project would earn. That gave investors and bankers comfort enough to write loans to the industry. Now, developers are starting to build plants that don’t rely on those mechanisms. Their costs are low enough that they can profit from selling power at the market price or by arranging a long-term power-purchase agreement, or PPAs, with big industrial consumers. Seeking a greener energy footprint, companies from AT&T Inc. to Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. have been prominent buyers of PPAs. Those arrangements are used as security for banks lending money for construction costs.“Corporate PPAs will be a key tool,” said Matt Setchell, head of energy at Octopus Investments Ltd., a renewables investor in London. “Clearly subsidies aren’t going to be around forever.” In Italy, Octopus has five solar projects totaling 64 megawatts that don’t rely on support. The country’s MPS Capital Services Banca per le Imprese SpA partly funded those plants with 23 million euros ($27 million) of project finance. The developer will build more solar farms across 12 sites in Italy a total capacity of 110 megawatts.Once the most expensive type of renewables, offshore wind farms are now being planned in Germany and the Netherlands by Orsted A/S and Vattenfall AB without any support from government. Denmark expects the trend to spread to its waters.More: Solar farms without subsidy sprout from gloomy Britain to Italylast_img read more

Third straight win for Shute at Southern Iowa

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox OSKALOOSA, Iowa (May 14) – Todd Shute picked up his third Musco Lighting IMCA Modified feature win as many nights at Southern Iowa Speedway on Wednesday.Cayden Carter and Shute battled it out side by side before Shute took the lead away for good on lap nine and sped to the checkers.Carter was second.Defending track champion Todd Cooney had to contend with Colby Springsteen and Nick Marolf following a lap nine restart but held on to take the IMCA Late Model win. Zack VanderBeek passed long-time leader Damon Murty following a lap 14 restart and led the rest of the way in the Budweiser IMCA Stock Car main event. Carter VanDenBerg became the third different KBOE Radio Northern SportMod winner this season at SIS. Next Up was the IMCA Sport Compacts feature, which saw Trent Orwig take the early lead but just after one lap was completed the caution came out for debris in turn one. Orwig and Bill Whalen began to battle for the top spot and it was Whalen getting by. Whalen went on to take his 2nd consective win over Orwig, Larry Hopkins, Matt Moore and John Whalen. Mike Hughes was the winner of a Pepsi IMCA Hobby Stock feature that was red flagged early after Gina Greubel’s axle broke and she rolled two times in turn one.Bill Whalen won his second straight Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.last_img read more

Marek Dolezaj’s patient, powerful play in the post adds scoring element

first_img Published on February 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img In the first game since an offseason that promised to end a career-long weakness, Marek Dolezaj positioned himself between the baseline and the high-post. Virginia’s defenders rarely offered openings in SU’s season-opening loss Nov. 6, but a Dolezaj face-up, rip and a left-handed drive opened one.But Dolezaj didn’t look at the rim. He never turned around fully. The 6-foot-10 quasi-point forward cocked back and swung a one-handed, no-look pass to Buddy Boeheim on the wing for an open 3-pointer.“Just trying to find the open guy,” Dolezaj said after the loss.But Dolezaj was hesitant to declare passing his biggest strength, even though until then he had dazzled with little more than that ability. There were some shots, some drives that the player Syracuse teammates have called “Magic Johnson” would not take.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorDolezaj said he’s stronger, but the Orange have rarely seen him play strong. Twenty-two games later, he still gets pushed back on post-ups, still is bothered by the slightest bit of contact on his own offensive drives, but there’s now an essence of unpredictability. Over the last few years, Syracuse’s (14-9, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) big men have all been tabbed a similar miscue: too skinny, weak and not a natural fit at the five. Dolezaj simultaneously fits into that category, and rises above it. Though just 185 pounds, Dolezaj has mastered his body control in such a way that he can employ a powerful and patient post game, absorbing contact and finishing through it.“He’s very difficult to guard,” head coach Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s loss to Duke. “If we find some way to get 20 pounds on him, it would be nice, but he’s still a good player.”The balance of finesse and control around the rim has contributed to some of Dolezaj’s career-games in recent weeks. Against Duke — one of the best teams in the country — Dolezaj scored 22 points and has scored 15-plus points in two of his last four games for a perimeter-oriented SU team. After Dolezaj fouled out against Wake Forest, Syracuse lacked an inside presence and just barely escaped with a win.Two years ago, like most big men new to Syracuse, Dolezaj’s rawness often masked occasional flashes. He had a team-high 17 points in the NCAA Tournament against TCU, but scored mostly on jump shots. Dolezaj’s ball skills had potential for a big man, evident with straight-line drives to the rim, but struggled to match the strength of sturdier players his height in the post.In the first five weeks last summer, Dolezaj tried to add weight. It started in the weight room: When he first arrived on campus, he struggled to bench one repetition of 125 pounds, but built up to 145 this offseason and easily reaches six reps now. The result was a 10-12 pound weight gain that didn’t make him feel heavier, he said, but instead allowed the same quickness in a stronger frame.Though Dolezaj’s strength has improved, it’s still seen as a slight weakness by opponents and the SU coaching staff. When Dolezaj wants a defender on the block to move, he dribbles with his head down — like a freight train breaking through a barrier on the tracks — and rarely chooses to operate with his back facing the rim.Assistant coach Adrian Autry helped Dolezaj add simple maneuvers: pass and shot fakes to help Dolezaj strike defenders off-balance. Though simple, it has at times made matching Dolezaj against a smaller, quicker player a liability. His speed advantage remains when shifting around bigger defenders.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital Editor“Sometimes he has a smaller guy on him, sometimes he has a bigger guy,” Autry said. “I’m just trying to give him something he’s comfortable with so he has a go-to.”Sporting a black-eye sustained from going for a rebound in the Feb. 1 Duke loss — friendly fire from his interior neighbor Bourama Sidibe — Dolezaj said it all depends on the matchups. Notre Dame and Virginia don’t go for fakes. The young Blue Devils did and flew past him.He’s learned when moves work and when they don’t throughout the season. And Dolezaj brings a different approach to each game.When asked how easily he can identify a team he can fool, Dolezaj smirked and shook his head to dismiss the question.“There’s a lot of ways I could improve,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgMeryl McFadden!DONEGAL has another famous daughter – Hollywood actress Meryl Streep.Genealogists say Streep descends from families who emigrated from Dunfanaghy 150 years ago.The revelations come in the online magazine Irish Lives Remembered – in its January edition. Reporter Fiona Fitzsimons say the star’s great-great grandparents on her mother’s side were Manus McFadden (born 1831) and his wife Grace Strain (born in 1842).They married in Doe chapel in February 1864 and emigrated to America straight away, arriving in April 19, 1864, says Fitzsimons.The magazine also delves into the rest of the family tree of the McFaddens and Strains.You can read the rest of the story here: ACTRESS MERYL STREEP IS A McFADDEN FROM DUNFANAGHY! was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GeneaologyMcFaddenMeryl StreepStrainlast_img read more

Durant, Kerr ‘did not have the greatest relationship’, Stephen A. Smith says

first_imgAnother day, another piece of dramatic information revealed about the superteam Warriors now that Kevin Durant has left for Brooklyn.Stephen A. Smith said Tuesday morning on ESPN’s First Take that Kevin Durant “wasn’t too fond of Steve Kerr at all.”Smith continued: “Kevin Durant was a part of the team but he was his own man, very independent. People didn’t know too much about him.”That piece fits with some snippets that have come out recently about how Durant fit with a team that had grown …last_img read more

Scopes 80th Anniversary Leads to Reanalysis

first_imgAlex Johnson, reporter for MSNBC News, has written a piece trying to set the record straight about the Scopes Trial of 1925.  Often portrayed as a battle of science vs religion and a group of hillbilly hicks against enlightened intellectuals (the “Inherit the Wind” stereotype), the historical trial was much different, he demonstrates.  William Jennings Bryan has “really gotten a bad rap,” for instance, because he performed well under cross-examination by Darrow and stayed on the offensive.  He kept his head throughout the trial and afterwards as he continued to work on his final arguments.  His death was not due to stress over evolution but rather to diabetes.  History should remember Bryan as a defender of women’s suffrage, direct election of senators and many other good things.    The image of the Scopes trial many have comes more from the biased rhetoric of H. L. Mencken and Hollywood than from history:If you read only Mencken’s account, dripping with big-city Northern snobbery, or remember Fredric March’s semi-hysterical performance as the fictionalized Bryan in “Inherit the Wind,” you could be forgiven for believing Darrow demolished Bryan and, with him, the biblical account of creation.  But the trial transcript and more objective contemporary coverage tell a different tale. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Johnson referred to the new book by John Perry and Marvin Olasky, Monkey Business: The True Story of the Scopes Trial, and also a book by Jeffrey P. Moran (U of Kansas), The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents (2002).  He indicates that “Historians know better” than to accept the caricature perpetuated in the media about the trial.  “The most important thing to understand about the Scopes trial, Johnson writes, “was that it was a publicity stunt.  There were no fundamentalist preachers trolling the hallways of Dayton’s schools hunting for teachers who were violating Tennessee’s prohibition on teaching evolution.”  This image of “yahoos in overalls who didn’t like book-learnin’” has caused trouble for those trying to understand the anti-evolution movement, Johnson says, quoting Moran: “What’s happened in the last 40 years is creationism has become quite suburban, even quite well-educated and not purely a Southern phenomenon.”Go to this article and give it a good vote.  It was refreshing to see, for a change, a reporter helping dismantle the myths about the Scopes Trial rather than perpetuating them.  Johnson’s treatment actually made the northern liberals look bad and Bryan look good.  He showed how the perception of the Scopes Trial was due more to propaganda and the media circus surrounding it than to the actual record of what happened.  He pointed out that historians give a much more favorable impression of Bryan than is commonly assumed.  For those of us raised in public school with mandatory viewings of Inherit the Wind, it’s about time.  See The Monkey Trial site for a comparison of portrayals in the movie with the historical record.  Inherit the Wind deserves to be thrown into the bin along with Birth of a Nation as an egregious example of twisting history.  (Surprisingly, the play and movie was written to satirize the McCarthy era, not the actual Scopes trial, according to Johnson.)    One unfortunate part of Bryan’s testimony during cross-examination by Darrow is that he waffled on whether Genesis should be treated allegorically, and compromised on the idea of long ages.  This made it seem that Christians were prepared to capitulate before the evolutionists over assumed evidence for long ages and transitional forms – evidence that was later shown to be flawed or even fraudulent.  Overall, though, he gave it his best shot and was prepared to put Darrow on the hot seat before the defense decided to plead guilty, thus undermining his chance to similarly grill Darrow.  The fact that this was the “first trial to be covered with the full arsenal of modern media – broadcast live on the radio, filmed for newsreels in the theaters, chronicled by hundreds of newspapers that printed the daily transcript,” made it a setup for any spin desired.  As such, the Scopes Trial provides a fountainhead of case studies on propaganda, logical fallacies and smokescreen tactics (see the Baloney Detector for examples).    Teachers: teach Scopes!  Show your students the differences between the movie portrayal and the facts.  They will learn some valuable skills in how to interpret the media.  Many facts about the Scopes Trial should be resurrected to embarrass the Darwin Party.  Did you know, for instance, that the textbook Darrow was defending taught racism?  Did you know that Piltdown Man and Nebraska Man, both hoaxes, were going to be used as proof of evolution?  Did you know that John Scopes, a football coach and substitute teacher, could not even remember if he had taught evolution in the classroom at all?  Did you know he agreed to help the ACLU test the Butler Act by agreeing to lie that he had taught evolution?    The whole event was a media circus from the get-go.  Poor Judge Raulston tried his best to keep the trial on the issue of whether Scopes had violated the statute or not, and so did Bryan, but they were no match for the spin doctors around the world who took what they wanted and ran with it.  Political cartoonists had a field day with this southern American phenomenon.  History should be kinder to the southerners than to the elitist reporters and scientists who printed unspeakable diatribes against Bryan and his supporters, such as: “he is still engaged in battling earnestly for organized ignorance, superstition, and tyranny… He has illuminated vividly for the rest of us the essentially bigoted position of himself and his followers, and the degree of religious intolerance which they will undoubtedly enforce upon the country if they ever get the chance.”  Have they no shame?    Bryan only agreed to the cross-examination because he was promised he would have his chance to grill Darrow in return, but Darrow’s strategy was to hit and run, thus scoring points with the world media.  This strategy has served them well ever since (see 07/11/2005 and 06/13/2005 entries for recent examples).  Darwinists who have used Scopes for 80 years to push their myth should be put on the witness stand.  It’s about time. 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Majority of Consumers Use Social Networks to Inform Buying Decisions, Says Study

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perez Tags:#Facebook#NYT#Real World#social networks#Social Web#Trends#twitter#web center_img Marketers take note: a new study from research firm Gartner has discovered that a majority of today’s consumers rely to some extent on social networks to help guide them in purchase decisions. Despite this fact, social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and others, while critical, are currently an underutilized aspect to the marketing process, the report says. But not everyone using social networks is worth targeting equally, as it turns out. Instead, there are three types of online personalities that make up just one-fifth of the consumer population but are the key influencers in the purchasing activities of 74% of the population. Gartner calls them Salesmen, Connectors and Mavens.Key Influencers: Salesmen, Connectors, MavensThe Salesmen, Connectors and Mavens are the three key influencer roles in today’s social networks, just as they are offline. Salesmen, as you may guess, are defined by their ability to persuade people to purchase or act in certain ways. Salesmen aren’t commercial entities, though; they just have the ability to encourage others to action. Connectors can be split into two sub-groups – “Heavy” and “Light,” and are defined by their status as a bridging function between disparate groups of people. Connectors have contacts in a multitude of different social groups and enjoy introducing people to one another. Mavens are essentially information brokers. They are experts in a particular area and typically field questions from friends and family in need of advice. Often this advice influences purchasing decisions. Mavens, however, aren’t necessarily trying to persuade people to purchase; they’re just informing them. Targeting the Key Influencers is CriticalThese three roles play part in the purchasing activities of 74% of the population, says Gartner. The survey, taking place in the fourth quarter of 2009, studied nearly 4,000 consumers in 10 key markets and identified six different roles of user behavior. In addition to those mentioned above, there are also Seekers, who are the ones asking others for information, the Self-sufficient, who prefer to find the answers themselves and the Unclassified, who didn’t fit into any defined role. Gartner said it expected that some wouldn’t easily fit into these prescribed roles because they may take on different roles when in different social contexts. You may be heralded as the IT expert (aka Maven) among your family, for example, but among your IT colleagues you’re more of a Seeker of information. Two-thirds of the population ended up as Unclassified, however, which makes this report’s findings and the staggering percentages regarding influence somewhat moot . What marketers can take away from the study is that there are specific personality types that can be (and should be) targeted when using social networks to promote a brand, company, product or service. Salesmen, Seekers and Connectors are the most effective social network segments to target. This can be done by focusing on both the shopping experience and making information easily available to them. Mavens aren’t as useful, because they don’t do anything with the information they know unless specifically asked. For these folks (as well as the Self-sufficients), the focus should be primarily on improving the shopping experience. At the end of the day, none of this is really new information – it just reinforces the fact that when online, consumers behave pretty much as they did prior to the Internet age. Word-of-mouth is still the best way to attract new business, and businesses should target those who like to influence others. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Oracle Makes More Big Promises After Missed 4Q Earnings

first_imgIt’s classic Larry Ellison: earnings for his company showing weakness? The CEO of Oracle will blame the market. Or try to distract investors with promises of better things to come.During yesterday’s earnings call for Oracle’s Q4 yesterday, things must have been pretty bad, since Ellison was apparently doing both. The database giant missed expectations for software sales and cloud computing subscriptions for the second quarter in a row, which set the stage for Ellison’s ginormous cavalcade of amazement.First up, CFO Safra Catz blamed the sales misses last quarter on weak sales in Latin America and Asia. She also expects sales in the current quarter to grow anywhere from 3% to 6%, with some of that growth coming from hardware sales. If true, this would the first quarter where the hardware division grew in revenue since Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2010.(See also Oracle Flim-Flam Alakazams Missed 3Q Earnings)To be clear, Ellison said the same thing about the hardware division in December, and that has yet to pass. Of course, those comments may have been missed during Oracle’s distraction moves last quarter.The star performance in the big Oracle distraction game was Ellison himself, who made a big to-do about “partnerships with the largest and most important SAAS companies in the cloud.” And, before anyone could wonder who Ellison was talking about, he rattled off, NetSuite and Microsoft.Note to self: never invite Ellison to my kids’ birthday parties. Before they even start to open the presents, he’ll yell “Hey, you’re gonna love that new ‘Xbox 180’ I got for you!”The name-dropping appeared to have worked, a little, in that some of the media picked up on it and started speculating what it could all mean. Specifically, Ellison indicated that Salesforce and NetSuite would be “committing to our [12c database] technology for years to come.”That’s not exactly a surprise, since both companies already use Oracle’s database software. Salesforce has been making noises lately that it was seeking an alternative to Oracle’s solutions, probably in part because Oracle’s cloud computing offering is a direct competitor to Salesforce’s. If an actual deal is in place between the two companies, that would be interesting, sure, but hardly earth-shattering. Even if Salesforce did settle on an alternative technology, it would take a long time – years, even – to migrate 100% to such a solution.Oracle’s 12c database is likely at the heart of the announcement that is scheduled for early next week. 12c – the “c” stands for cloud – is a multi-tenant database that enables multiple clients to access and store their data on the cloud. Preferably, I would imagine, Oracle’s cloud.Ellison’s mention of Microsoft does give a clue to one possible bit of interesting news… because now I am wondering if we might see Database 12c instances deployed on Azure? That would be news of note, because Oracle could use a little subscription love for its databases that wasn’t completely tied to its own services.Whatever the news, shareholders aren’t buying it. Fifteen minutes before the market opened today, Oracle shares were down 7.80% in after-hours trading, but they were down as much as 9% overnight. That’s after yesterday’s general market beating, where the stock fell 2.58% in regular trading.They may change their minds next week, but if Oracle fails to deliver real substance to back the Ellison Show, expect more of the same problems for Oracle’s market value. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#cloud computing#databases#Microsoft#NetSuite#Oracle#Salesforce Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

USF presents computers to children of persons affected by breast cancer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 27, 2017 – Kingston – The Universal Service Fund (USF) handed over four laptop computers to the children of persons affected by breast cancer, during its Positively Pink Midday Mingle on October 25 in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The USF-hosted event, which was held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium, Trafalgar Road in Kingston, featured presentations by Harmony Health Clinic and Medical Spa Physician, Dr. Sandra Allen-Knight; Officers and Board members of the USF, and others who shared their personal stories of breast cancer.   Several breast cancer survivors were also presented with gift vouchers for spa treatment at the Eden Gardens Resort and Spa in Kingston.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, who brought greetings at the function, hailed the initiative and stressed the importance of family support for persons battling breast cancer.“In the family structure with husband, wife and children, when the woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and may have to remove her breast, the whole family must support that woman.   I am pleased to see that as a society we are maturing and accepting that this is part of the process, and we are more supportive of women affected by this terrible disease,” he said.Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed annually in October internationally in an effort to raise awareness and increase education on early detection, education and treatment of the disease.   It is the most common cancer affecting women.   According to a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Estimates, more than 508,000 women died from the disease in 2011.Women most at risk are over the age of 50 with a family history of breast cancer; have had their first child after age 30; have never had children; or are obese, that is, weighing 40 per cent more than their ideal body weight.Early detection is the best defence. Women are encouraged to do a breast self-examination every month, and have a clinical examination by a physician; and women 40 years and older should do a mammogram at least once a year.   Men between 60 and 70 years of age are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.A mammogram is still the number-one screening tool for early detection of breast cancer.   It is able to detect lumps two years before they can be felt and has the capacity to detect other abnormalities that indicate the presence of cancer.Additionally, a healthy plant-based diet with limited intake of processed foods and alcohol, and a minimum of 30 minutes’ exercise daily are some simple measures that can be adopted to lower the risk of developing cancer. Related Items:last_img read more