14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportWeek 1 of the college football season was marred by weather delays and cancellations. Although this weekend has been better on the weather front, it looks like we’re headed for a delay in Tennessee.Tennessee and East Tennessee State are headed for a delay after lightning strikes in the area.The Volunteers and the Buccaneers are battling it out in Knoxville from Neyland Stadium. Tennessee curently holds a 10-0 advantage early in the second quarter of the game.Although the team hasn’t scored yet, East Tennessee State isn’t going anywhere. The Buccaneers are nearly equal with the Volunteers in terms or yards gained during the first quarter.Lightning in the area for #Vols #ETSU game.Delayed.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) September 8, 2018A new kickoff time has yet to be named at this point, but lightning strikes usually delay the games for at least 30 minutes.We’ll update you on the latest with a new kickoff time when it becomes known.We’ll have to wait and see if the delay works in either team’s favor.
zoom Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee agreed recently on a compromise position on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, which lays the foundation for a global measure to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping.Shipping being a truly global industry, regional legislation often runs the risk of reducing the competitiveness of the European maritime transport sector in this fast-moving and volatile globalised environment. The need for measures adopted and enforced at international level is therefore essential for the preservation of the EU’s competitive edge.The compromise position adopted by the European Parliament essentially enlarges the scope of the initial Commission proposal for an EU law on the matter. According to the European Parliament, the MRV system should not only monitor CO2 but also Nitrogen Oxyde emissions.What is more, the European Parliament also supports the inclusion of smaller ships in the system by lowering the threshold of 5000 GT (gross tonnage) to 400 GT.However, by doing so, the EU might actually undermine its own efforts to pave the way for an agreement at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).“We realize that the position taken by the European Parliament is a basis for negotiation with the Council of Ministers” said Patrick Verhoeven , ECSA Secretary General. “We are however concerned about several of the contents, namely the inclusion of other emissionsand the lowered threshold to 400GT, which might prove to be an obstacle for a speedy agreement at IMO level”.“EU Member States have however given a clear political signal that any solution to curb global CO2 emissions must result from an international agreement at IMO level” added Mr. Verhoeven, referring to a joint submission to the next IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, made by the EU Member States and the European Commission, which proposes the key elements for a system to collect data on CO2 emissions and energy efficiency of ships.ECSA, February 4, 2014; Image: iStock