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NCAA, Power Five play defense with Dems controlling Congress

first_imgThe NCAA and the Power Five conferences will have to work harder to prevent major changes to college sports now that Democrats control Congress and the White House. The NCAA and the Power Five collectively spent more than $2 million last year to lobby Congress for a bill that would allow athletes to earn money from endorsements.The lobbyists got most of their wish list into a Republican-backed Senate bill last year. But Democrats are pushing for broader reforms, including guaranteed health care for athletes and revenue sharing. They see college sports reform as a racial and economic justice issue.last_img

On the Blogs: Unsubsidized Costs of Wind Energy Seen Dropping 50% by 2030

first_imgOn the Blogs: Unsubsidized Costs of Wind Energy Seen Dropping 50% by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享National Renewable Energy Laboratory:With science driving wind-technology innovations, the unsubsidized cost of wind energy could drop to 50% of current levels, equivalent to $23 per megawatt-hour, by 2030, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).In 2016, the U.S. wind power industry benefited from an estimated $14 billion in new investments. Wind energy supplied more than 5.5% of U.S. electricity generation.“Our research indicates that, if the United States continues to invest in wind research and development, wind energy can achieve costs competitive with the fuel-only cost of natural gas-fired electricity generation in less than 15 years,” said NREL engineer Katherine Dykes, lead author of the report.  Next-generation wind technology—enabled by government-funded scientific advancement and industry-led technology innovation—will comprise a collection of intelligent and novel features characterized as “System Management of Atmospheric Resource through Technology,” or SMART strategies. SMART wind power plants will be designed and operated to achieve enhanced power production, more efficient material use, lower operation and maintenance and servicing costs, lower risks for investors, extended plant life, and an array of grid control and reliability features. The realization of the SMART wind power plant is projected to result in an unsubsidized cost of energy of $23 per megawatt-hour and below—a reduction of 50% or more from current cost levels. Under this scenario, wind energy deployments in the United States could increase to more than 200 gigawatts by 2030 and 500 gigawatts by 2050, supplying respectively 20% and 47% of U.S. electricity with wind. In addition, investment in SMART wind power technology research and innovation could support as much as $150 billion in cumulative electric sector cost savings from 2017 to 2050.More: Science-Driven Innovation Can Reduce Wind Energy Costs by 50% by 2030last_img read more

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Fact-finding team of slain Papuan pastor concludes field investigation, returns to Jakarta

first_imgThe TGPF has also convinced Yeremia’s wife and family members to allow the body to be autopsied as part of the ongoing investigation.Four members of Yeremia’s family also signed a police interrogation report, which made them witnesses in the case.According to the Indonesian Communion of Churches, Indonesian Evangelical Christian Church (GKII) and local media in Papua, Yeremia was allegedly shot by Indonesian Army (TNI) personnel on his way to his pig pen on Sept. 19, at the same time when a military operation reportedly took place.Meanwhile, the TNI has denied the allegation, instead saying that Yeremia was shot by an armed group. The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) confirmed last Friday that it was behind an attack on members of the TGPF in Mamba village, Intan Jaya regency, Papua.Two members of the investigative team were injured: Gadjah Mada University (UGM) lecturer Bambang Purwoko and Indonesian Military (TNI) soldier First Sgt. Faisal Akbar Force.Read also: Body of slain Intan Jaya pastor to be autopsied, says fact-finding teamBenny said the team would resume its investigation in Jakarta to meet its 14 day deadline to report the results of the investigation to the government, which would end Thursday. The government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team (TGPF) says it has concluded the field investigation of the shooting case of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani, despite naming no suspects yet.National Police Commission (Kompolnas) head and TGPF chief Benny Mamoto said the team was set to return to Jakarta on Monday, after conducting a crime scene investigation and questioning more than 25 eyewitnesses. “We have worked to our maximum capacity and were able to relatively achieve our targets, despite the security threats that we faced there,” Benny said in a written statement on Monday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Warnock fumes over disallowed goal

first_img Press Association City moved level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea thanks to a brace from David Silva and Yaya Toure’s fourth goal in six matches. But Warnock thought his team could have taken something from the game had they not wrongly had a goal chalked off while the hosts were 2-0 up. “I think we could have come away with something. That’s why I am bitterly disappointed because we worked so hard all week and it’s nothing to do with us why that goal gets chalked off. We could have put them under the cosh for 20 minutes. “I wish I was still working in the media so I could say what I want without getting fined.” City had eight attempts in the first half, but Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni did not have a save to make because of City’s wayward finishing. The hosts improved after the break though and Silva put them ahead with a deflected shot that looped over Speroni. The Spaniard converted Aleksandar Kolarov’s square pass to double City’s lead before Toure sealed the win with nine minutes to go. “I was always confident (we would win),” Pellegrini said. “We had the patience to try to create the space. We did not allow them to have not one counter attack. “I was absolutely sure we were going to score and in the end we scored three goals against a difficult team that defended very well.” Pellegrini and his players came in for criticism at the start of the season for being unable to keep pace with Chelsea, but after a run of six straight league wins City are now equal on points with the Blues, who play Stoke on Monday. Pellegrini has been happy to see Toure return to form, but also pointed others out for praise following the win. “Yaya was very criticised at the beginning of the season but it was not only Yaya (who) was not putting in his best performance,” the Chilean said. “I said then, when our midfielders like Yaya, Fernandinho, (Samir) Nasri and Silva return to their normal performance, the team will play again the way we normally do. “I think that all of them this moment are in a very good moment, especially Fernandinho, Yaya and Nasri. They are playing regular and David is returning from a long injury with his knee the way he knows how to play.” Pellegrini was sure City would recover from their poor start to the campaign. “We are in a good moment,” said Pellegrini, who had to play James Milner up front because Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko were injured. “Maybe nobody believed one or two months ago we can continue in Champions League and be involved in the fight for the title but we always trust in what we do and the way we work every day and that is why I am so happy the squad demonstrates why we won the title last year. “You do not win the title in December but it is a key month. “If you want to be involved and have a chance to win the title, you must be as near as you can be to the lead of the table.” When asked whether any of his strikers would be fit for City’s game at West Brom on Boxing Day, Pellegrini said: “I don’t think so.” Manuel Pellegrini was happy to see Manchester City move joint top of the table, but Neil Warnock was in a much darker mood following Crystal Palace’s 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. James McArthur’s effort was disallowed halfway through the second period even though he was played onside by City midfielder Fernandinho. “It was a disgraceful decision,” the Palace boss said. “The linesman was in a terrible position. “I don’t understand why top-class officials get it wrong like that. “There is no explanation for it. The linesman will be disappointed when he sees (a replay) but that’s no consolation to me. It was a game-changing decision. “You could tell the crowd were nervous. It could have been 2-1 with 20 minutes go but it’s a canter for them all because of that. “You have to do your job right if you are at the top level if you are a linesman. “It’s not hard to look over and see. It’s not even close, it’s miles onside. last_img read more

Southampton complete the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic

first_imgSouthampton have completed the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk from Celtic. Van Dijk, who moved to Celtic Park from Groningen in 2013, said the “unbelievable” opportunity to play in the Premier League was something he could not refuse. “I’m delighted. It was a very easy decision to join this club,” he told Southampton’s official website. “This is a very ambitious club, who have been doing very well in the last couple of years. It’s a great place to be and it’s the right step for me. “For me now to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League is unbelievable and I will enjoy it. I know it’s an ambitious club – they have been through a lot throughout the years. They are trying to play football and that’s something that really attracted me. “I’m so excited. I hope to settle in really quick, get everything around football sorted, start playing and enjoying it because the most important thing in football is to have fun and enjoy every day.” The Dutchman becomes Koeman’s eighth summer signing following the arrivals of Juani, Cedric Soares, Cuco Martina, Jordy Clasie, Oriol Romeu and Harry Lewis and the loan moves for Maarten Stekelenburg and Caulker. The 24-year-old former Holland Under-21 international has signed a five-year contract with Saints after a successful two years in Scotland. A long-term target of Southampton, Van Dijk will now compete with the likes of Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida and fellow summer recruit Steven Caulker for a place in Ronald Koeman’s defence. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Over 20 hinterland communities received transportation in 2017

first_imgMore than 20 hinterland communities benefited from transportation in the form of buses; All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs); pickups; tractor-trailers; boats, and engines, in 2017.The vehicles and engines were procured through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s 2017 Capital programme, to aid in emergencies, agriculture, tourism drives, and the transport of seniors to uplift their pensions and students within the hinterland communities.During her 2018 Budget presentation, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe explained that during 2017, funds were released to procure four buses to transport students to and from schools at Santa Rosa, Port Kaituma, Thomas Hills and Moblissa. These buses form part of President David Granger’s 5 Bs (buses, bicycles, boats, breakfast, and books) Initiative.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), a total of 13 villages in Regions One, Five, Seven, Eight and Ten received outboard engines, while 12 villages got grants to construct boats for the engines.  Two villages also received ATVs.“…The Government is committed to providing such transportation relief to the Indigenous communities to provide assistance to our people, especially the elderly, children and also for emergency purposes,” Minister Garrido-Lowe emphasised.The Minister announced that in 2018, the Ministry will extend its transportation programme by procuring one additional bus to serve the scholarship students at the Hinterland Dormitory at Liliendaal.An additional six villages will receive support with outboard engines, while 10 villages will receive grants to construct boats.  Four ATVs will be bought in 2018 to serve communities in Regions Two, Eight and Nine.last_img read more

Induction in B.C. Sports Hall of Fame a chance to thank everyone for Morrison

first_imgFort St. John’s Denny Morrison officially had his impact on the history of British Columbia sports recognized as he was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame last week. The multi Olympic and World Cup medallist will now have his name alongside the greatest athletes, builders, and media members to have come from the province.The event was first class all the way for Morrison and his family as he expressed his gratitude to Sport B.C. for not only for the nomination, but for the way he and his family were treated leading up to the induction.“It’s a really cool honour that you get from Sport B.C. and they invite your family and everything,” he said. “They really make you feel like you’ve achieved something. Not just me but also made my family feel like VIPs and I really appreciate that because my family is a huge part of it too.”- Advertisement -As for the induction itself Morrison made a point of making sure he thanked everyone who has played a part in his career, as well as those in attendance“I thanked everyone in the room because it was quite a neat feeling to be in that room full of athletes, or other inductees, or honorary members who have been inducted in the past who come out to the dinner. They’re equally as passionate about sport as I am.“I distinguished between teammates and support staff because everyone is a part of the team. Obviously my parents were in the crowd so I thanked them and said a piece about how they’ve supported me through the years.”Advertisement When it comes to his injuries and the road ahead in a comeback, Morrison learned recently that aside from the broken leg he suffered in a motorcycle accident last month, he also has a torn ACL in his right knee. The good news is that when it comes to speed skating the ACL isn’t as key as it is in sports such as basketball or football. As his femur heals, doctors have advised him to eventually get back on the ice to see how he copes with the ACL injury.The goal for this week according to Morrison is to try to walk normally without a limp. He’s at the stage in his recovery where he is seeing improvement every day.Morrison is hopeful he’ll still be able to skate this upcoming season. Morrison also expressed his appreciation of the work done by Speed Skating Canada, and the B.C. Speed Skating Association for providing an avenue to get to the Olympics, and to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame for being in existence to support and celebrate sports in the province.With having as many medals and achievements Morrison does no one could blame him if the desire to keep on competing was starting to fade. That’s not the case for him however as he’s still in love with the sport, and hopes to work with the younger skaters on the national team as he rehabilitates from his injury.“It’s a great question but I just love speed skating. I love the challenges that it makes you face. Every race is truly a fearful moment. I’ll finish that race and I’ll get sick to my stomach, or I’ll have to put my legs up or I won’t be able to stand, or I’ll be on the podium and I’ll be delirious and I’ll wave to the crowd and almost faint.“That’s what I love about speed skating. That’s what’s left for me to do is to continue my passion for the sport. At this point in my career my sports psychologist, my coaches, and especially because I’m injured they want me to act more as a mentor to the other athletes on the team and perhaps share any of my experiences with them that may help them.”Advertisementlast_img read more

June 27 2014Welcome to the June 22 2014 workshop

first_imgJune 27, 2014Welcome to the June 22. 2014 workshop participants.from left:Jackson Rollings,Lorenzo Mastino, Ryota Michael Takahashi [seminar week], Sophie Shrager [seminar week], Alex Adler [seminar week], Lucas Klein [two weeks].Also Zebulon Hornberger, not in the photo.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img

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Rep Lower to serve as chair of Local Government committee

first_img26Jan Rep. Lower to serve as chair of Local Government committee Categories: Lower News,News Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, will be chair of the House Local Government Committee for the current 2017-18 session.Today’s announcement by House Speaker Tom Leonard also includes Lower’s selection as a member of the Energy, Communications and Technology, Tax Policy, and Capitol committees.“It’s time for us as a state to take a serious look at the way we organize, fund, and structure local government,” Lower said. “Our basic design of local government was laid nearly two centuries ago. It is exciting to be named chairman of this committee on Michigan’s 180th birthday. The leaders of the past would expect us to bring our system of government into the 21st century. I consider it an honor, a privilege, and a huge responsibility to help ensure our local governments are successful as we move into the future.”Lower also highlighted the importance of all his committee assignments and is committed to helping families and small businesses.“Making technological improvements to our communications and energy infrastructure will also help make our local governments successful,” Lower said. “Reducing taxes for all citizens and all businesses, rather than focusing on handouts to favored industries will create a more fair and competitive environment for us all.”#####last_img read more