In Maine, A Battle Royal Over Energy Policy

first_imgNet metering is a “regressive tax”Echoing arguments made by any number of electric utilities, the governor’s energy office called current net-metering rules “regressive” and said they amount to unfair subsidies for those who can afford to install photovoltaic (PV) systems.“It’s a regressive tax that’s disproportionately placed on low-income Mainers, and we have a lot of low-income Mainers,” said Lisa Smith, senior planner in the energy office. “In Maine, someone who has a solar panel who applies for net metering not only gets credited the full retail value of the electricity, they’re not paying their fair share of grid maintenance because they’re not only being credited for the supply, they’re also being credited the [transmission and distribution] portion of the bill.“They’re getting everything for free and someone who doesn’t have a solar panel is paying for that,” she continued. “They’re paying for their own and they’re paying for the folks who have solar panels.”Because there are only a couple of thousand net-metered customers in the state now, she said, the costs are not significant, adding, “It has the potential to become quite significant.”Recently, a study conducted for the Maine Public Utilities Commission concluded the actual value of electricity generated by PV customers is double what net-metering now pays. And the latest news was greeted with “disbelief” by the co-founder of a Maine renewables company.“We are rubbing our eyes in disbelief at the governor’s new energy bills,” Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy, told The Portland Press Herald in an article published on May 13.“They will take Maine’s energy policy back to the Stone Age,” Coupe said of the new proposals. In what’s shaping up to be one more clash over state energy policy, Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed the elimination of both net metering and Maine’s renewable portfolio standard. Both policies are regarded as essential by renewable energy advocates but too expensive by the executive branch.Legislators already are doing battle with the Republican governor over how to fix a typo in a 2013 law that now threatens to gut the Efficiency Maine program. The new proposals, yet to be scheduled for a public hearing, will add fuel to the fire.Under current rules, Maine residents with small solar or wind systems are paid the full retail rate for excess electricity they sell to the grid. That would end, as would requirements that Maine electric utilities purchase an increasing amount of their electricity from renewable sources.In both cases, the governor’s energy office says changes are intended to simplify existing law and make electricity more affordable for both residential and industrial customers.Renewable energy advocates are outraged. Lower regulatory barriers for nuclear plantsAlso on the energy front: The governor recently submitted legislation that would eliminate the requirement for voter approval for any nuclear plant with a generating capacity of less than 500 megawatts.Maine hasn’t had a nuclear power plant since Maine Yankee in Wiscasset closed in 1996. There are still some 550 tons of spent nuclear fuel from the 900 MW plant stored on site.The new proposal hasn’t had a hearing to date, and Smith said she was unaware of any specific plans for bringing a new reactor into the state.“I’m personally not aware of it,” she said. “A couple of these proposals were put in to just start a discussion and try to eliminate some outdated language. We actually had language in our statute that said nuclear was bad, or something along those lines. So there were a couple of proposals to look into this issue again. I’m not aware of anything on the horizon.”LePage is actively working to increase the availability of natural gas in the state as a way of bringing down energy costs and making the state more attractive to new industry. Lower costs, not the source of the electricity, is key, Smith said.“The governor is completely agnostic as to the source of the energy,” she said. “He just wants the best deal and he does not want the electricity price hikes we’ve seen. We have large industrial customers who won’t come to the state because of the volatile electricity prices.” But it’s a blow to advocatesMaine is the only state in New England without incentives of its own for solar power, and installers and other renewable advocates were dismayed by the latest proposals from the governor.Vaughan Woodruff of Insource Renewables told The Press Herald that the legislative proposals will discourage customers because they will create uncertainty about the future of net metering, a key component in weighing the economics of a purchase.Coupe also pointed to the contribution renewable energy already is making to the state — a $2.6 annual contribution to the state’s economy every year and the creation of 12,000 jobs, according to a study funded by the Maine Technology Institute, the newspaper said.He called LePage’s proposals “mind boggling.”In an email, Coup raised another point: Maine’s economy increasingly relies on tourism, yet the state is the “worst air polluter in the region.”“Maine already has the lowest electricity rates in all of New England, but we also have the highest per capita carbon pollution in the region due to our over-reliance on oil, propane, natural gas, and gasoline,” Coupe wrote. “As our once-vaunted pulp and paper continues to decline due to global market factors and the advent of the digital (not because of energy costs), tourism has gradually become Maine’s strongest economic driver. Our tourism industry is predicated on Maine’s pristine environmental reputation — in reality we are the worst air polluters in the region.”He said ocean acidification and carbon pollution is already taking its toll on Maine’s lobstering and clamming industries as well as the $7 billion tourism industry.“Gov. LePage’s energy proposals will devastate Maine’s renewable energy and clean-tech industries and over the long term will harm our vital marine fisheries and tourism industries,” Coupe added. “It is the height of insanity.”Given that the Legislature will be in session another month, it’s unclear how far these latest initiatives will get this year. But, Smith pointed out, they can always be put back on next year’s session without being formally reintroduced. Portfolio standard is an “artificial subsidy”Maine has a two-tier renewable portfolio standard that separates renewable energy sources into two classes, Smith explained. Class 1 includes energy projects that existed prior to 2005 or 2006, such as combined-heat-and-power plants and waste-to-energy facilities. Class 2 includes solar, wind, small hydro, and biomass.Maine utilities are now required to purchase an increasing amount of the electricity they sell from Class 2 sources, rising to 10% by 2017.“What has actually happened in Maine is that over 50% of our electricity is already generated from renewable sources,” Smith said. “We have one of the cleanest, the second cleanest, [mix] in the nation as far as electricity generation already.”The real driver of renewable investment in the state, she said, is the demand from southern New England, where the prices for renewable energy certificates (or RECs) are higher.“A wind project in Maine,” she said, “they’re selling their RECs in Massachusetts or Connecticut. They’re not even using our market. We have this artificial, so to speak, subsidy that is not achieving the goal of driving renewable energy investment in Maine.”Smith said the renewable portfolio standard costs Maine ratepayers millions of dollars a year.last_img read more

Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series

first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And with that being said, here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s UAAP Finals.Share the orangeRoster-wise, La Salle has arguably the better bunch.Ateneo, though, moves the ball better than the Green Archers with the Blue Eagles racking up an average of 17 assists in their previous two meetings.The Green Archers registered just 11.5 assists in the two elimination games played against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Chot Reyes gets back at old foe MOST READ And those are the intangibles.Ateneo has a bone to pick with La Salle and not just because the two schools are archrivals in basketball.The Green Archers are the ones who derailed the Blue Eagles’ potential sweep of Season 80 and Ateneo still wants revenge from its Finals mishap in Season 79.La Salle, meanwhile, are hell-bent on taking its second straight title and prove that it’s still the ruling party despite having a worse eliminations record than Ateneo. 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Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Both teams got one win each in the eliminations against each other but expect the Blue Eagles to veer away from isolation sets in order to counter the Green Archers’ sheer physical might.And speaking of physical might…Power!There’s no question that Ben Mbala is the most dominating player in the UAAP for the past two seasons and his two MVP trophies attest to that.Mbala averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks against the Blue Eagles in the eliminations and quite frankly nobody on that Ateneo roster can stop the big man one-on-one.La Salle can afford to just throw the ball down to Mbala and leave him to work out against Ateneo’s defense, which usually gives him double and sometimes triple teams.When that happens, Mbala has the luxury of finding four open shooters or sometimes one big man open inside.Big men can shootThere was a time in the first round that Mbala fell in love with shooting the triple but against Ateneo he came away with four blanks.Ateneo’s bigs, however, have started to get comfortable with the long ball and Isaac Go, Chibueze Ikeh, and Vince Tolentino showed that in the Final Four against Far Eastern University. It’s that time of the year once more when families flock outside wearing matching-colored t-shirts as they catch-up with other families who are wearing the same clothes as they do.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Mom and dad jump in jubilation and the kids cheer with joy in their smiles and happiness in their eyes.Oh, this is not Christmas. It’s the UAAP Finals and it’s Ateneo vs. La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe most ballyhooed rivalry in all of Philippine sports, the Blue Eagles face off against the Green Archers for the sixth time in the championship round and both teams have something to prove.La Salle wants to get its second straight title while Ateneo want to avenge its loss in Season 79. The Blue Eagle trio went a collective 5-of-12 from deep in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over the Tamaraws with Go getting owning three of those conversions.Go also proved that he can shoot the three in dire situations when he sent the game to overtime with a clutch triple.Ateneo’s newfound three-point touch can spell trouble for La Salle as it will force the likes of Mbala, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar to close out in the perimeter leaving the paint open to cuts and drives.Press it and push itBoth teams have shown they can pressure the ball for the full 94 feet of the basketball floor and run it off for easy scoring opportunities.The Green Archers have the Mayhem defense while the Blue Eagles have whatever they call their pestering scheme.Ateneo has the slight edge in turnovers and points off turnovers in the two previous meetings against La Salle with the Blue Eagles turning the ball over 16.5 times while the Green Archers gave the rock away an average of 19.5 times.The Blue Eagles are also more adept at scoring quickly off their opponent’s miscues with 16.5 points off turnovers while the Green Archers are at 13 points.The unseen statsSure the stat sheets show just how much the two teams play, but there are far many aspects of the game that those legal-sized papers don’t show.last_img read more

Dharamsala, Ranchi among India’s six new Test venues

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced the venues that will host India’s home season in the 2016-17. The board has named as many as six new Test venues. Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pune, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Indore will host Test matches against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. The announcement comes after BCCI’s Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee met on Thursday in Mumbai. Bangladesh will be visit India for a one-off Test, their first ever in the country. The match will be played in Hyderabad and not at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, as had been believed earlier. Australia, who last toured India for a Test series in 2013, will be here in February 2017 for a four-Test series which will be played in Bangalore, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune. Before that India will be playing three Tests vs New Zealand at Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata. Dharamsala, Delhi, Mohali, Ranchi and Vizag will host the five ODIs against New Zealand. Mohali, Rajkot, Mumbai, Vizag and Chennai have been selected to be the venues for the five-Test series against England. The three-ODI series between the two will be played in Pune, Cuttack and Kolkata. India will play 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is in their 2016-17 home season Venues for India’s 2016-17 home season: 3 Tests vs New Zealand: Indore, Kanpur, Kolkata. 5 Tests vs England: Mohali, Rajkot, Mumbai, Vizag, Chennai.  4 Tests vs Australia (2017): Bangalore, Dharamsala, Ranchi, Pune. One-off Test vs Bangladesh: Hyderabadlast_img read more

Delhi University Admissions 2017: A brief guide to Miranda House

first_imgMiranda house was established in 1948 and is a residential college for women. This year it was rated as the best college in India in National Institutional Ranking Framework. The foundation stone was said to be laid by an English socialite, Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Address: University of Delhi, Delhi, 110007Principal: Dr. Prathiba JollyCourses on offer:Arts:Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Bengali)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Economics)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (English)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Geography)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Hindi)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (History)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Music)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Philosophy)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Political Science)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Sanskrit)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Sociology)Science:Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Botany)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Chemistry)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Mathematics)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Physics)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Zoology)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Programme} (Life Sciences)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Programme} (Physical Sciences)Bachelor of Elementary Education [BElEd]Number of Societies: 14Highlights:Library: The library is a well equipped one and is also a double-storeyed one.Sports: The college gives importance towards sports as well such as basketball, table tennis etc.Notable Alumni: Mallika Sherawat, Nandita Das, Sheila Dikshitlast_img read more

Grizzlies Devour The Knicks, 105-83

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley knew how important it was for the Memphis Grizzlies to start the second half aggressively against the depleted New York Knicks.After injury-ravaged New York stayed close in the first half, and even took a brief lead, the Grizzlies pulled away and handed the Knicks yet another loss.Conley scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies beat New York 105-83 on Jan. 5, sending the Knicks to their record-tying 12th straight defeat.“It was very important we didn’t come out and ease into the (third) quarter,” Conley said. “We really took it upon ourselves to come out and play team defense and play aggressive defense.”Tony Allen forced four of his game-high seven steals in the quarter to pace the defense, which forced nine turnovers in the period.“Tony got going with all those steals, and that always sparks us a little bit,” Conley said. “Guys were also making shots on the offensive end and we were getting layups.”The Grizzlies led by 11 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter behind Courtney Lee and Conley.Lee scored all 11 of his points in the first seven minutes of the frame. Conley made both of his 3-pointers in the period, and the Grizzlies built a 22-point lead entering the fourth.The Knicks (5-32), who have the NBA’s worst winning percentage, lost for the 22nd time in 23 games.Reserve forward Quincy Acy led the Knicks with 19 points, and Jose Calderon added 13.New York played without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Amare’ Stoudemire. The Knicks were also missing J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.Knicks coach Derek Fisher said the trade created a difficult pregame environment and even more challenges during the game.“We had to make some adjustments in terms of things we could do offensively and defensively,” Fisher said. “You saw us play some zone, which we hadn’t done before.“In some spurts it was effective, but overall, the nine guys that went out there, I thought they were trying their best. Memphis was the better team.”The Cavaliers sent reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, who are desperate to clear salary-cap space.New York also received forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.Fisher called it a strange pregame setting. “I can honestly say I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced it as a player where you’re right before tipoff and a teammate is not right there with you,” he said.The deal forced guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to play small forward. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.“It’s tough,” he said of the trade. “But you still have to go out there and give it your all and compete.”Allen and Marc Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who rested their starters for most of the final period.Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said he found out about the trade about 12 minutes before tipoff, and adjusted his lineup and the matchups accordingly.The Knicks fell behind by 12 in the first quarter, but recovered to take leads of 27-26 and 29-26 midway through the second after successive baskets by Calderon.Calderon’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks their first lead, and he followed with a 20-foot jumper on the next possession.The Grizzlies recovered in the final six minutes of the quarter. Vince Carter sparked a 21-7 run, starting with a 3-pointer to tie it 29-29. He closed the spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 47-36 lead at halftime.Tayshaun Prince had eight points in between, including six straight before Carter’s finishing 3.New York shot 33 percent in the first half, including 26 percent in the opening quarter. The Knicks finished at 43 percent. Memphis shot 45 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game.(PHIL STUKENBORG)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

VadaTech: octal versatile wideband transceiver with UltraScale+ FPGA

first_img Continue Reading Previous FRAMOS: ON Semi release X-Class CMOS image sensor platform devicesNext Arrow: IoT board boosts colour-HMI development for smart sensors and gateways VadaTech announces the AMC588, a wideband transceiver in AMC form factor. The AMC utilizes four AD9371 connected to a Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA providing eight transceivers channels. The modules is suitable for software defined radio (SDR), SATCOM, 3G/4G micro and macro BTS, antenna systems, research and instrumentation.The AD9371 supports Time Division Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) operation, with a frequency range of 300 MHz to 6 GHz covering most licensed and unlicensed cellular bands. Each receiver and transmitter subsystem includes quadrature error correction (QEC) and on-chip programmable digital filters. The on-board re-configurable UltraScale+ XCVU13P FPGA interfaces via JESD204B directly to wideband transceivers. The FPGA interfaces to a single bank of DDR4, 64-bit wide for a total of 8GB. This allows for large buffer sizes to be stored during processing as well as for queuing the data to the host.The benefits of the AMC588 are wide ranging but most notably a frequency range 300 MHz to 6 GHz, flexible clocking, observation channels for implementation of error correction functions and sniffer receiver channels that can monitor different frequency bands. The AMC588 is compatible with Analog Devices RadioVerse design tools and comes with a reference design implementation complete with VHDL source code, documentation and configuration binaries.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Sergio Ramos and Spain heartbroken after knockout drama

first_imgSpain coach Fernando Hierro and captain Sergio Ramos were broken men after their dramatic round of 16 match against Russia but the former took responsibility of their shock defeat to the hosts at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.The 2010 world champions were stunned by Russia, who somehow managed to take the game to penalties after drawing 1-1 after 120 minutes of football. In the shootouts, Russia converted all of their four penalties and Igor Akinfeev saved two of the five spot kicks to win 4-3 on the night and move into the quarters.Hierro, who replaced Julen Lopetegui at the start of the tournament, had a job on his hands after the drama that unfolded right before Spain’s World Cup opener and he just did enough to take La Roja to the knockout phases but his luck ran out and he feels that there were no cracks in the dressing room and the team gave everything.World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finals”This is sad, it is the way it is. I’m not holding anything against anybody. We came here with ambition and we empathize with our people, those that came all the way to Russia. I don’t think you can talk about the team breaking down or collapsing. There’s a fine line between winning and losing,” said the former Spain defender.”Nevertheless I do accept responsibility and I don’t avoid blame. We all tried to give it our best but that’s football,” added the 50-year-old.Spain falter against another host nationadvertisement Fernando Hierro replaced Julen Lopetegui right before the World Cup (Reuters Photo)Ramos added that his team did everything possible but nothing happened.”We did everything possible. It’s difficult, very painful.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe former Real Madrid player also paid his tribute Andres Iniesta, who probably played his last World Cup match. The former Barcelona player came on in the 67th minute to replace David Silva, did his best to make his team win but it was just not his day as the Russians somehow managed to withstand Spain’s ‘boring’ possession football and tale it to penalties, where they edged the Spaniards out.”I give my whole hearted recognition to one of the greatest players of our history. He’s an outstanding professional. The way he played on the pitch when he substituted on was like he was playing in his first cap and I want to thank him whole-heartedly,” said the Spanish coach.World Cup 2018: Russia’s heroic goalkeeper was hoping for penalty shootout Iniesta came on as a substitute in the round of 16 clash versus Russia (Reuters Photo)But, all said and done, the way Iniesta bowed out, won’t be an ideal way for him or any Spain fans around the world.Lowest ranked team of World Cup 2018 shocks former world championsDespite the 74 percent possession, 1137 passes and utter territorial domination, the only statistic that counted in the end for Spain was the two penalties they missed after they strangled themselves out of the World Cup.Today’s a day that #RUS’s Igor Akinfeev will never forget.Here’s his @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch interview following #ESPRUS World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018Igor Akinfeev was the hero of the night for Russia but more than Akinfeev, Spain would be kicking themselves for thier play on Sunday. It was only during the penalties that the Russia goalkeeper was seriously tested as, despite pinning the hosts deep in their own half for most of the 120 minutes, the 2010 champions managed only nine shots on target – and precious few of those carried any venom.Spain’s defeat on Sunday meant that they have now failed to win a World Cup knockout game in Europe since 1934. Not only that, the 2010 champions have never defeated a host country at the tournament. In 1934, they lost twice to hosts Italy, while they lost to hosts Brazil in 1950 World Cup.Before Sunday’s match, the last time they faced a host nation was South Korea in 2002. They lost that match 5-3 on penalties.last_img read more

Pep hopes Kun breaks record at home

first_imgSergio Agüero ‘At home would be better’ – Guardiola looking for Aguero to break City record at the Etihad Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 05:44 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sergio Aguero - cropped Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Manchester City v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Premier League Guardiola The Argentine can become the club’s new record scorer if he nets a hat-trick on Saturday, but his manager sees no rush Pep Guardiola hopes Sergio Aguero can become Manchester City’s new record goalscorer in front of his home crowd, but the manager also feels the striker should not be overly concerned with individual accolades. Aguero needs three more goals to pass Eric Brook’s record of 177 strikes for City, and the Argentina international, who netted a hat-trick against Watford last weekend, could achieve the feat by plundering another treble at home to struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday.Leicester 16/5 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Addressing the media before the match, Guardiola acknowledged the Etihad Stadium would be a fitting venue for the long-standing milestone to be passed. “The record is going to be broken, where, I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe at home would be better.”I’m not thinking about tomorrow [Saturday] that he is going to score three goals, just that we score one, we win the game, the team plays good and we will have more chances. “The focus is on playing good and if we play good, we will create chances to score goals. You have to provoke scoring more goals in the way that we play.”#CmonCity #ManCity— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) September 16, 2017Aguero was not named among the 15 forwards on the shortlist for this year’s FIFA FIFPro World XI, which is decided by the professional players.According to Guardiola, the former Atletico Madrid attacker has no need to be disappointed at missing out on selection. “Always I encourage my players to fight for [the] recognition of his team-mates,” he said.”So the best present is when you have the feeling that the team-mates love you and you feel you have helped them.”Recognition about the media and the prizes, that’s okay for 10 minutes, and then after that it disappears. So he’s not in the FIFPro this week, he will be in the next one. It doesn’t matter.”Guardiola will go up against a former England manager when Roy Hodgson brings his Palace side to the Etihad Stadium.RH: We need to take each game as it comes, cause the opposition as many problems as we can.#CPFC— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 22, 2017The former Barcelona boss, though, appears to have no intention of following the veteran’s example by moving into a nomadic career in international coaching. Asked if he would consider an offer from England’s Football Association, Guardiola said: “No, I don’t know what is going to happen in the future. I never expected to be in Germany or here now in England.”I think the national teams, especially the traditional national teams… in England, there was Fabio Capello and [Sven-Goran] Eriksson, but I believe the England manager has to be English and the Brazil manager be Brazilian, and Argentina an Argentinean. “They know the feeling more and the media respect their own nationality more than the foreign guys. It’s easier to settle, especially in the beginning.”There are expectations. Anything can happen, but in my mind now I’m so happy at City.”last_img read more

Neuer: Germany do not need changes

first_imgGermany No Germany line-up changes needed despite Mexico defeat, says Neuer Josh Challies 20:01 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neuer cropped Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden The world champions were beaten by Mexico in their tournament opener, but the goalkeeper does not expect Joachim Low to ring the changes Manuel Neuer does not believe Germany need to change their starting line-up in response to their 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.Hirving Lozano’s first-half goal condemned Germany to their first opening defeat at a World Cup since 1982, raising the pressure on the defending champions ahead of clashes against Sweden and South Korea.The last two world champions, Italy and Spain, have both exited the World Cup at the group stages in the defence of their crowns and defeat for Joachim Low’s side against Sweden on Saturday could bring a premature end to their campaign in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move However, Neuer is confident the squad will respond positively to the defeat against Mexico and, despite Germany’s depth, feels that changes to the line-up are not necessary.”I don’t think we need to take out one or two of the players to bring in new ones,” the captain told reporters on Tuesday.”We’re not thinking about changes in the squad or in the team but the quality is there throughout. For some of the players it’s the first tournament but there are also very experienced players.Last time we lost our opening #WorldCup​ game in 1982, we reached the final Who’s to say we can’t do it again?! #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 18, 2018″Everyone is raring to go again, in Monday on training it was clear the players were fired up. They were battling and of course battling for places, everybody wants to be involved in the games.”Everyone is desperate to play. We are not scared of giving our own opinion to each other within the squad as to who we think should play.”Germany, like the other nations at the World Cup, are also adjusting to the introduction of VAR and Neuer admits it has had an impact on the squad.”We have a new situation with VAR and those things need to be discussed too. You have to wait to see how the referee decides things and there will be a bit of a break after that,” the 77-cap goalkeeper added.”The decisions are difficult to make and you can’t protest. Only the referee can decide if there’s an offside or not, we have no say in it.”Germany fly to Sochi on Tuesday ahead of the clash against Sweden and Jonas Hector is available again after missing the Mexico defeat with the flu.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Willian is wanted by Juventus.The Telegraph say the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with the Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31-year-old striker moved to Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi. During his time with Chelsea, Willian has played 203 matches in the Premier League and scored 28 goals. last_img read more

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes Refuses To Talk About Kentucky, Cites What Happened To West Virginia’s Daxter Miles

first_imgNigel Hayes won't discuss Kentucky during press conference.Nigel Hayes is a smart young man. Following Wisconsin’s Elite Eight victory against Arizona, the Badgers’ sophomore forward was asked about Kentucky, his team’s potential opponent in the Final Four. Hayes, who scored eight points in the West Region final, refused to say anything about the undefeated Wildcats. He cited what happened to West Virginia and victory-guaranteeing Daxter Miles as the reason for his decision to keep quiet. Does Nigel Hayes want Kentucky? “I’m not going to go down that road. A young man tried that a couple days ago, and it didn’t work too well.”— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 29, 2015Hayes knows not to poke the bear. The bear is currently in a dogfight against Notre Dame, though. The Wildcats and the Fighting Irish are tied at halftime, 31-31. The game is being televised on TBS.last_img read more

Report Activity of Trust Accounts – Real Estate Board

first_img The trust account is used to hold fees pertaining to a real estate transaction, including sales deposits. Real estate dealers, developers and bankers, and others involved in financial transactions in the industry are being reminded to report activities on trust accounts to the Real Estate Board (REB). Story Highlights Mrs. Watson Garrick, who spoke under the theme ‘Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas’, said ethical challenges may arise in the industry, by nature of the money involved and the number of intermediaries, including attorneys, financiers, developers/vendors and salesmen/dealers. Real estate dealers, developers and bankers, and others involved in financial transactions in the industry are being reminded to report activities on trust accounts to the Real Estate Board (REB).The trust account is used to hold fees pertaining to a real estate transaction, including sales deposits.Chief Executive Officer of the REB, Sandra Watson Garrick, said that under the Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act, the Board must be notified immediately if funds are withdrawn from the trust account.She was speaking at an Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Conference hosted by the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA), in collaboration with the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS) at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston recently.Mrs. Watson Garrick said that like the banking sector, the real estate industry is safeguarded from potential risks by various pieces of legislation that insist on strict reporting policies.These include the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Terrorism Prevention Act, and the Financial Investigations Division (FID) Act.She noted that dealers are required to assign a nominated officer whose responsibility it is to file the required reports with the FID, which is the designated authority for the real estate sector under the POCA.The nominated officer should be a qualifying director or a senior manager with the requisite experience and training to fulfil his or her duties.Mrs. Watson Garrick, who spoke under the theme ‘Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas’, said ethical challenges may arise in the industry, by nature of the money involved and the number of intermediaries, including attorneys, financiers, developers/vendors and salesmen/dealers.She said that professionals can prevent potential ethical issues by avoiding conflicts of interest, that is, representing separate purchasers in the same sale, providing complete and factual advertising, maintaining an office and displaying licences, and hiring other licensed practitioners.Mrs. Watson Garrick noted that the REB has identified developers as one of the more ‘at-risk’ categories in the industry, as they are not subjected to anti-money laundering training and reporting requirements as are dealers and salesmen.last_img read more

More than 90000 cases disposed in 104 days

first_imgNew Delhi: In order to reduce pendency of cases, Delhi Police in four months (till april 14th) disposed of 93,764 pending cases. Sources said that Delhi Police Commissioner himself monitors the disposal and in several crime review meetings he reviewed the pendency of cases.Police sources told Millennium Post that from January 1 to March 30 as many as 77,994 cases were disposed off whereas 15,770 cases were disposed from April 1 to April 14. One of the districts disposed of 7,021 cases whereas four districts separately disposed of more than 6,000 cases. Three districts separately solved over 5,000 cases. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources said that in September last year, in a bid to clear the massive backlog of pending cases, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a crime review meeting with deputy commissioners (DCPs) of all districts and units of Delhi Police, directed them to expedite the process with proper investigation. Sources added that Joint commissioners and Deputy commissioners will be able to keep tabs on the probe undertaken by investigating officers (IO) in all cases pending for more than a couple of years. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further said that till the start of New Year, as many as 1,02,094 cases were pending whereas 92306 cases added this year. Another meeting related to the disposal of cases took place this year. Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Special Commissioner of Police rank officer. “The discussions were held on pending complaints of VIP references from Public Grievances Commission (PGC), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), NHRC, Listening Post of Lieutenant Governor,” said sources adding that the pendency of the complaints was till February 5. In another meeting to review the redressal of grievances received through Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), Delhi Police was told that there should be sustained efforts at the police station level to build up trust among citizens of Delhi.last_img read more

Solicitors warned about sexist emails and posts after surge in complaints

first_imgSolicitors have been warned not to send sexist emails and comments after a surge in complaints. The solicitors’ regulator said it had seen a “significant increase” in reports of “inappropriate communications” made by lawyers, including sexist, racist and threatening language on social media and in emails.Such behaviour could be classed as misconduct, which could lead to punishment including a fine or formal warning, it said. The Solicitors Regulation Authority added that it had recently passed several cases on to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which investigates misconduct by solicitors, including harassment, threatening language and sexually explicit comments.  It also warned that some were becoming too relaxed when communicating with clients as this is increasingly done by email or text instead of more formally by letter. This could “lead to the blurring of the line between client and friend and the informality, [which] together with the expectation of a quick reply, makes it easy to overlook the need to consider carefully what you are saying,” it said. Exchanges between law firms on opposite sides of a case which are “gratuitously offensive” and use “inflammatory language” should also be avoided, added the regulator, noting that a solicitor was recently fined for sending “heated and abusive” emails to an unrepresented opponent. Paul Philip, Solicitors Regulation Authority chief executive, said: “We expect solicitors to act at all times with integrity, including on social media and when commenting in what may seem to be a personal capacity. “Public confidence in the profession is undermined by offensive or inappropriate communication and the misuse of social media can be a real problem.”The most serious available punishment is being struck off, which can be imposed by the SDT. Earlier this year the SRA fined London-based solicitor Stefano Lucatello £5,000 plus £2,500 in costs over emails in which he accused the opposing party in a family law case of “games and lies” and said she had “argued in court like a fisherwoman”.  We expect solicitors to act at all times with integrity, including on social media and when commenting in what may seem to be a personal capacity.Paul Philip, Solicitors Regulation Authority chief executivecenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Organisation brings elephants to Twitter using GPS collars

first_imgFIRST IT WAS sharks tweeting their location on Twitter, now it’s the turn of elephants in Keyna to do the same but for different reasons.An organisation called Space for Giants, a UK based charity dedicated to reducing human-wildlife conflict and sustaining the population of large wild animals, has tagged four bull elephants in Laikipia, Kenya, and is following their movements through GPS collars.These collars help the organisation’s scouts on the ground to keep track of where they’re going. It also allows them to visualise their roaming patterns and better understand their behaviour since crop-raiding by elephants is a major problem in the area.Using the hashtag #ElephantsLive, the movement of the four elephants Evgeny, Tyson, Carlos and Kimani, is reported on Twitter and each one has their own unique personality, based on what handlers have noticed about them.The aim of the project is to help build up awareness of the species and highlight the problem of elephant poaching. Any tweets that mentions the elephants’ movement is delayed by 48-second to keep them safe from poachers. (Video: spaceforgiants/YouTube)Read: Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching? >Read: Weird Wide Web: Plastic surgery, tiny windmills and Snapchat masterpieces >last_img read more

Blue Waters petaflop supercomputer installation begins

first_imgBlue Waters will be one of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet when it finally gets built. Its sustained performance is expected to exceed 1 petaflop, which will be put to good use tackling real-world problems in the fields of science and engineering.However, the machine was approved for funding back in 2007 and has yet to be built at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) located at the University of Illinois. The problem: complexity. IBM spent three years trying to plan the build and then threw in the towel. Then Cray stepped in and the machine has now started being installed, with a completion date expected before 2012 is over.Cray is receiving $188 million for building Blue Waters, and it’s clear to see why the machine is so expensive. It will use 235 Cray XE6 cabinets that use AMD’s 16-core Opteron 6200 processors combined with 4GB of memory per Opteron core for a total of 1.5 petabytes. Messaging will be handled by Cray’s scalable Gemini high-performance interconnect and the system will run Cray’s scalable Linux Environment and GPU/CPU Programming Environment.Even when the above system is built, Cray intends to expand upon it with a further 30 cabinets containing Cray XK6 blades that use Nvidia’s Tesla GPUs with Kepler architecture.As for storage, there will be 500 petabytes available and 300Gbps wide area connections. The file system running on this storage will be the Cray Lustre parallel file system, which is capable of terabyte-per-second storage bandwidth.The room Blue Waters will occupy (image courtesy of Daniel Schwen)Everything about Blue Waters screams performance, and it will be put to good use. Planned projects include modeling molecular assemblies to advance nanotechnology, looking at how viruses enter our cells, figuring out how earthquakes cause damage, how tornadoes are formed, helping to design new systems for avionics and automobiles, and looking at how the universe has evolved since its inception.via The Vergelast_img read more

Tom Clonan Deal or no deal the border will be our problem

first_imgTom Clonan: Deal or no deal, the border will be our problem this time. And we aren’t ready for it The Irish Defence Forces is already on its knees and will be unable to patrol any border on this island, writes Tom Clonan. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Brexit will critically alter the economic, social, political and security conditions in Ireland for decades to come.  By Tom Clonan AS WE RAPIDLY approach the cliff edge of Brexit, with the real possibility of Britain crashing out of the EU, perhaps even within days,  we are faced with the stark reality of a renewed border on the island of Ireland. It is becoming increasingly clear that irrespective of the manner in which Britain exits the European Union – deal or no deal – we will be forced to re-introduce border controls within Ireland. But this time, unlike during the Troubles – it will be the Republic’s turn to operate the border.  The EU will insist on that in order to protect the integrity of the single European market. During the Troubles, the British Army operated a series of permanent vehicle checkpoints and mutually supporting observation towers and listening posts along the length of the Irish border. In South Armagh alone, the British Army operated 13 such installations. In the border counties of Armagh, Fermanagh and South Tyrone, the staggering financial cost of such infrastructure was only overshadowed by the enormous human cost. 53 RUC Officers and more than 120 British soldiers were killed in this sensitive border area. Hundreds were seriously wounded along with dozens of innocent civilians killed and maimed during Operation Banner – the British Army’s longest ever military campaign which lasted from 1969 to 2007. In total, 3,500 people lost their lives during this period, with tens of thousands seriously injured.In 2006, as a journalist specializing in security and defence, I was invited to one of the last British Army patrols of Operation Banner. I accompanied members of C Company, 39th Infantry Brigade and elements of the 25th Regiment Royal Engineers as they patrolled from Bessbrook Mill to the notorious ‘Golf Four Zero’ Observation Post, atop Croslieve Hill, overlooking the border crossing point south of Newry.I was also transported by British Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter to the nearby observation towers of ‘Romeo One Three’ and ‘Romeo Two One’ at Camlough and Glassdrummon, overlooking the breathtaking scenery and surrounding hills of Cloch Og, Tievecrom, Creeveceeran, Sugarloaf Hill and Drummocakavall. Each of these border positions and their ugly military designations – with blast walls and barbed wire fences – despite their state of the art imaging and eavesdropping technologies proved completely ineffective at policing our porous border. In a point that is especially significant for a generation who no longer remember the Troubles – this border infrastructure simply became a visual symbol of division and hatred.The infrastructure and the people who operated it, supported or serviced it, became de facto targets.Earlier in the Troubles, in the early 1990s, I had a brief experience of patrolling the border as a member of the Irish Defence Forces. In what was termed ‘Aid to the Civil Power Operations’ or ATCP Ops, I participated in Irish military operations in support of An Garda Siochana in the border area. At that point, the Irish Army had approximately 1,800 troops permanently deployed in support of border operations in eight barracks and military installations along its length.   In 2019, on the eve of Brexit, the Irish Defence Forces have just two military posts along 300 miles of a twisting, turning border with over 300 crossing points. Recent reconnaissance and mapping of the border, carried out by the Irish military authorities, estimate that there are approximately 13,000 individual movements of freight and goods, daily, across the border. On a weekly basis, there are almost a quarter of a million individual journeys across the proposed frontier by ordinary citizens going about their business. Given the porous, meandering nature of our border, which corresponds with no recognizable physical feature and erratically splits townlands, neighbours and individual farms its idiosyncratic nature renders it almost impossible to monitor or police.  58 Comments Short URL Tom Clonan Share556 Tweet Email4 The Irish border, a completely artificial and arbitrary political construct, when activated, becomes an impenetrable safe haven for smuggling, criminality and inevitably,  terrorist activity. There may be distinct advantages to this, including the inevitability of a united Ireland, but in order for this transition to take place peacefully and for the security conditions necessary for prosperity and continued economic growth – Ireland needs a major investment in policing, defence and security.    Dr Tom Clonan is a former Captain in the Irish armed forces. He is a security analyst and academic, lecturing in the School of Media in DIT. You can follow him on Twitter here.       Mar 29th 2019, 7:01 AM 30,692 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 29 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM As we are confronted with this emerging existential threat to our internal security – compounded by the increasing inter-communal tension that will accompany it within Northern Ireland, the Defence Forces is already on its knees. At its lowest strength for decades, the Defence Forces, through budgetary starvation and appalling pay and conditions, including the lowest wages in the entire public service – is simply unable to patrol or monitor any border on this island, hard or soft. Apart from the loss of the corporate and operational capacity to secure a border here, morale within our armed forces has never been lower. According to a survey carried out by Amarach, for the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (RACO), 79% of Lieutenants and Captains in the Irish Army plan to leave the organisation. This is a shocking finding compounded by figures submitted by the military authorities to the Public Services Pay Commission which show serious pre-existing shortfalls in officer numbers – at just 55% of strength in the Army, 78% in the Naval Service and 77% in the Air Corps.In addition to this exodus among officer ranks, key skills among non-commissioned personnel including explosive ordnance disposal, information technology and engineering are haemorrhaging from the organisation to the extent that the Defence Forces are finding it difficult to meet overseas commitments or operating our fleet of 8 coastal patrol vessels in our territorial waters.Apart from security concerns on the ground here in the event of Brexit, another pressing defence issue will immediately arise with regard to the security of our airspace. Again, due to a lack of investment in suitable aircraft along with the loss of pilots and air support crew, the Irish Air Corps are not capable of patrolling or monitoring Irish air space. As a consequence, in January 2015, a memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation was reached between the Irish and British governments to permit the Royal Air Force (RAF) to monitor and patrol Irish airspace. This MOU was formalized in 2016 in an agreement which allows the RAF to ‘identify, pursue and interdict’ hostile aircraft within Irish airspace.  These agreements were reached as EU members and they will lapse with Brexit.In the last number of years, Russian TU-95 Bear bombers along with TU-160 Blackjack bombers have regularly entered Irish controlled airspace – where 75% of transatlantic air traffic passes en route to the USA and Europe – in order to exploit this major gap in the EU’s air defence systems and to test RAF reaction times off the Irish coast. Despite the danger posed to international air traffic and civil aviation by these incursions, Ireland is the only country among the EU27 member states that have no primary radar systems capable of monitoring our airspace for military aircraft flying without transponders. Given that this gap in our air defences is currently filled by the RAF, questions need to be asked about what will happen after Brexit. Back on terra firma meanwhile, the existential threat posed by Brexit and a hard or soft border is a clear and present danger to Irish society. The dissident paramilitary groups and ‘organised’ crime networks that will exploit any border on this island are already ramping up their activities here.  In Northern Ireland alone, paramilitaries have carried out over 220 separate shootings in the last four years. They have also carried out almost 50 separate bomb and incendiary attacks during the last two years – including the recent parcel bomb attacks on London. In the Republic, criminal gangs continue to use gun violence to bolster their drug operations with dozens of execution-style killings in the feud and non-feud related acts of terrorism in the last number of years. In this context, the emerging security threats posed by Brexit, require a major investment on the part of government into an Garda Siochana – in terms of vehicles, information technology and numbers of personnel – along with a major investment in our armed forces, particularly in the area of pay and conditions in order to halt the imminent collapse of our Defence Forces operational capacity. It will not be enough to recruit customs officers and veterinary inspectors to deal with a border on this island. last_img read more

Health reform through

first_imgA controversial bill overhauling the debt-ridden health sector was voted into law on Wednesday despite the objection of all opposition parties and vehement protests by striking doctors who demonstrated outside Parliament.The legislation was approved, in principle, by ruling PASOK though lawmakers from the main opposition New Democracy party, as well as the Communist Party (KKE), the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) all voted against it. Additional votes on separate provisions of the bill were being carried out late into the night.Opposition from within the ranks of PASOK was limited. One of the most vociferous critics though was Ektoras Nasiokas, a former deputy health minister who claimed that the draft legislation was not comprehensive or bold enough.Health Minister Andreas Loverdos insisted that the reforms were crucial for Greece’s debt-crippled health sector to become viable, noting that Parliament should “celebrate” the arrival of changes that should have been introduced three decades ago.Earlier on Wednesday striking doctors marched from the Health Ministry, where they had been staging a sit-in for more than a week, to Parliament where there were minor scuffles with police who fired small quantities of tear gas to disperse the crowd.The demonstrators were joined by teachers who object to planned reforms for their sector and public transport workers who staged the latest in a series of work stoppages in protest at the streamlining of their services.Pharmacists protesting plans to liberalise their profession called off their action at the end of the day after Loverdos agreed to tweak the legislation outlining the overhaul of their sector. As a result pharmacies were to reopen to the public on Thursday after days of rolling strikes.The outlook for state hospitals, which have been paralysed by the doctors’ protest action, remained unclear late on Wednesday. So far, nearly two weeks of doctors’ strikes have resulted inthe cancellation of nearly 500,000 appointments.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more