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Consulting firm predicts wind power will supply 30% of global electricity by 2050

first_imgConsulting firm predicts wind power will supply 30% of global electricity by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Engineering & Development:Wind energy is rapidly becoming the new norm for power generation and will deliver 30% of all global electricity production by 2050, with 12% from offshore wind and 18% from onshore wind. In 2019, mega wind projects achieved a new UK record low of £39.65 (US$51.05) per MWh – a 30% price drop on 2017 prices. New projects such as the 252-MW Liuheng (Guodian Zhoushan Putuo) offshore wind farm in China and the 30-MW Block Island wind farm in Rhode Island will help to expand the potential of global offshore wind.These are just some of the forecasts by DNV GL in a new report, Offshore wind: The power to progress. The report delves into 12 key factors which influence the adoption of offshore wind and focuses on the successes, challenges and lessons learned. It provides an insight into the future of offshore wind and how expansion can be accelerated.When looking at the future of offshore wind energy, two mega-trends are very clear. Firstly, the relentless drive to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCoE). Secondly, as a result of the first trend, turbines and wind farms will continue to get bigger.As wind technology progresses, the reports outlines an increased use of robotics and artificial intelligence. In construction, robots will initially supplement human capabilities, for example, in heavy lifts and underwater work. They will go on to handle an increasing amount of offshore wind farm construction, especially for wind farms located in remote and hazardous environments. On the operations and maintenance side, robots will take on activities, such as on-site repairs and inspections inside, outside (by drones and crawlers) and below the surface (by remotely operated vehicles).More: DNV GL predicts wind power to deliver 30% of global electricity production by 2050last_img read more

The March 2018 Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgWe’re excited to announce that our March 2018 issue is out! In this issue we take a look into the region’s best trout towns, the endangered Red Wolf, murder in the mountains, and we head down to the coast to profile some folks from our beaches.A Note From The EditorThe Red Wolves’ Last StandQuick HitsWhat’s New This MonthCode Red: The Endangered Red Wolf May Go Extinct In The Wild This YearRight On The Edge: Navy Training Range Adjacent To Valving Grounds Spells Trouble For Endangered Right WhalesA Really, Really Long Walk In The WoodsFlashpointPay To Play? User Fees Can Provide More Political Clout For Outdoor Groups But The Forest Services Is Still Far More Focused On Firefighting And Logging.Featured ArticlesTrout Towns: 8 Fly FavoritesDown By The SeaOf Artists And AthletesA Murder In The Woods: The Mystery Behind Shenandoah National Park’s Last Homicide206 Miles: Teams Tackle The Smoky Mountain RelayTrail MixExpanding A Country Heartlast_img read more

Chile Protects Northern Border

first_img Although Chile is not considered a major producer of illegal narcotics, it is a significant transit country for Andean cocaine shipments headed for Europe and the United States, according to the 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of the U.S. Department of State. The South American nation is taking steps to prevent the entry and exit of drugs and contraband through its ports and borders. In October 2011, Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and Interior and Public Security Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter led the launch of the Northern Border Plan initiative that seeks to fight organized crime in the regions of Arica, Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta. The implementation of the plan will include purchasing fixed ground radars, a Coast Watcher Unit, as well as thermographic detection and command and control systems costing more than $5 billion. Sources: Ministry of Defense of Chile, U.S. Department of State By Dialogo January 01, 2012last_img read more

Panama Seizes, Burns 11 Tons of Cocaine As Drug Busts Set New Records

first_img Panamanian anti-narcotics officials recently celebrated their most successful month of the year with a bonfire of sorts. On June 21, more than 11.4 tons of confiscated narcotics — mainly cocaine — went up in smoke at Cerro Patacón, a landfill just outside Panama City. This was the largest quantity of drugs burned so far in 2013, the government noted in a press release. Destroyed in the bonfire were 11 tons of cocaine as well as five kilograms of heroin and a few hundred kilos of marijuana. This year, Panamanian authorities have incinerated 24 tons of drugs, with almost half of that in the last month. For Panama’s security forces, the highlight for June was a major bust along the border with Colombia. With drug seizures up and murders rates down, Public Security Minister José Raúl Mulino said his country of 3.5 million is on the right track — and that cocaine routes in Central America are being diverted from the isthmus. Mulino also said his forces are hurting growers too. On June 18, police destroyed almost 5,000 coca plants in the thick jungles of the Darien Gap near Colombia. “Just returned from the border with Colombia,” Mulino wrote on his Twitter account. “Great binational day against narcos. A hectare of coca plants and a laboratory destroyed by National Border Service.” Nobody was arrested in the operation, but a source told news agency AFP that the lab had the ability to turn coca into cocaine. Carlos Alvarado, director of the state-run Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas in neighboring Costa Rica, said the busts in Panama didn’t surprise him. Colombian drug cartels, including members of the FARC guerrilla movement, often work in cocaine productions along the Darien Gap, he told the Spanish newspaper El País. “It is very unfortunate that the traffickers have already crossed the border from Colombia to Panama,” Alvarado said, calling Panama “very lucky” for detecting the farm. The big month of busts actually started at the end of May, when a joint effort between U.S. officials and the Panamanian Navy seized 2.7 tons of cocaine from speedboats in nearby waters. Police stated the several thousand pounds of cocaine was worth $500 million. One boat was sunk and three suspects were arrested. The five suspects who carried most of the cocaine escaped into the jungle at the Colombian border. However, the seizure marked the biggest bust of the year. “These two disruptions are an example of the international cooperative law enforcement effort to disrupt transnational criminal activity and deny their profiting from such activity,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release. Almost all the cocaine is destined for the United States. Central American leaders continue to debate strategies for effectively dealing with that flow of cocaine. Mulino praised joint operations with Colombia and the United States, through Operation Martillo, for Panama’s successful busts during the first half of 2013. In fact, Panama is now on pace to disrupt more drug operations than in the past three years. In 2012, Panamanian police confiscated 35 tons of drugs, down from 39 tons the year before. In 2009 and 2010, the country netted 54 tons of narcotics, and the country seems likely to arrive at similar numbers this year. “All of the narco-guerrilla traffic that we stop between Colombia and Panama benefits all of the region,” Mulino said. I think that the work performed by Panama to fight drug trafficking is carried out in very unequal conditions. Panama needs more logistic resources and better technical training. Also, it’s necessary to increase the manpower, it’s not enough to only supervise the borders, we need to cover the entire country. Today we have a mob of drug dealers with an active presence in the least expected places. They are very active in sports club, cock fights, folk dancing and discotheques. By Dialogo July 09, 2013last_img read more

NAFCU Caucus Day 2: Metsger, Donnelly, Cruz and more

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus general sessions resume today with remarks on credit union issues from more than a dozen lawmakers and regulators, including NCUA Chairman Rick Metsger, former presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.Metsger has served on the NCUA Board since 2014 and has served as chairman since May.Donnelly and Sasse spearheaded a letter signed by 70 senators urging CFPB to grant credit unions relief from more rules through the bureau’s authority under the Dodd-Frank Act. Donnelly also serves on the Senate Banking Committee.Cruz, a candidate in this past year’s Republican presidential primary, was also a signatory to the letter. Cruz also cosponsored NAFCU-backed legislation that would fight the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point Initiative.Caucus attendees today will also hear from the following: continue reading »last_img read more

CNTB in the French media promotes Croatia as a hit holiday destination

first_imgA show called “The French found their place under the Croatian sun” So far, several million people have visited it, and destinations such as Split, Pakostane, Pag, Krka National Park, Brač, Hvar and Pag are shown, along with a number of useful tips for creating the ideal vacation in Croatia. French media promote Croatia as a hit holiday destination In a show dedicated to Slavonia, French culinary chef Julien Duboue accepted the challenge according to which, after tasting fish stew, he is the host of a local family farm Zoltan Jovic, in less than 48 hours should prepare an identical dish, that is, identify the ingredients of this authentic Slavonian dish, catch fish in the Danube and procure the remaining ingredients. The show shows Ilok landscapes and cellars, vineyards, quality wine, and Slavonia is presented as a region with a rich tourist offer. Also, the prestigious French weekly Le Figaro in its article included the Croatian island of Lopud in the first place of the three Mediterranean paradise islands, along with the Greek Santorini and the Corsican Brando, while the French edition of the lifestyle magazine Grazia in its article called “Europe’s most beautiful island: we bring you a selection of the most beautiful we dream of visiting” published a list that also includes Croatia, more precisely the island of Hvar, which is in the high fifth place of the most beautiful European islands.  In the prime time of the French TV channel TF1 a popular show was shown Cuisine impossible in which they are presented gastronomic charms of Slavonia. This is the result of cooperation between the CNTB and its representative office in France and the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board. It is a show that represents destinations through the discovery of local products and producers, and a special show about Croatia was organized by the Croatian Tourist Board, the CNTB Representation in France and the Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County.  In the most watched term French national television M6 the show was broadcast Zone interdite, entirely dedicated to Croatian tourism and Croatia, which has been presented as an Adriatic gem and a hit destination for French guests in recent years.  Both the leader among the French motonautical media and the monthly with a 25-year tradition Moteaur Boat, in its issue since August presents Croatia as a nautical paradise, with special emphasis on Vis, which delighted the journalist and camera crew with its beauty and indigenous experience. The article from Slavonia starts from 46.40 min “We are satisfied with the successful realization of this project, through which Croatia once again placed itself on the list of favorite European destinations of the French, who from year to year discover new Croatian regions. We are sure that in the coming period the richness of Slavonia’s tourist offer will attract more and more French people”, Said the director of the CNTB Representation in France, Daniela Mihalić Đurica, adding that many other French media have been reporting on Croatia as a hit destination in recent days. The CNTB also points out that the recording of the popular 90-minute travel show Echappées Belles in Istria and on the islands of Cres and Pag is in progress. The show is watched by almost two million viewers, and the episode about Croatia will be shown in May 2021 in prime time on the national TV channel France 5.last_img read more

Thornton outruns Aikey in epic Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – The seventh time was a charm as Ricky Thornton Jr. put another check on his IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s bucket list Saturday night.  Ricky Thornton Jr. checked off another Modified bucket list win when he topped the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. At lest is IMCA President Brett Root, at right Fast Shafts’ Pat Fagen. (Photo by Nick Woolley) He becomes the fifth driver to complete the Super Nationals Modified triple crown, having previously won both the main event and the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions.  Much accomplished at Boone Speedway himself, Aikey took off again and led Thornton and defending race winner Joel Rust into traffic by midway. Aikey rocketed from sixth starting to the front on the initial green flag, following the high side of the track and scored ahead of Mitchell Hunt and Thornton, who’d started 10th, following the only caution of the contest on lap two.  Nineteenth starting Jason Wolla, 16th starting Tim Ward and Ethan Dotson rounded out the top five. Now the two-time and defending Late Model champion, he’s already qualified for Sunday’s Modified and Stock Car main events.center_img Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 4. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas; 9. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 10. Mitchell Hunt, Kent City, Mich.; 11. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 12. Tom Berry, Des Moines; 13. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 14. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 15. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 16. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 17. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 18. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas; 19. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 20. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 21. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 22. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 23. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 24. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 25. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 26. Trever Sloan, Lake Odessa, Mich.; 27. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 28. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz.; 29. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa. Making his career seventh start in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Thornton chased down Jeff Aikey in traffic, leading the last eight times around the track in taking a fast-paced IMCA Modified feature.  Twenty-eight drivers were elected to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field, which was filled by the top driver in national point standings and the top driver in 40-point feature wins competing at Super Nationals. The win paid $1,675. Thornton previously posted a race career best third place finish in 2016 and was already a candidate for next year’s Invitational. Thornton cut into Aikey’s lead and finally slipped past when the leader was slowed by a lapped car, then sped to the checkers. last_img read more

2019 Fiba World Cup: Philippines joins Serbia, Italy, Angola in Group D

first_imgGroup D games will be staged at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan, China. Serbia, which was the losing finalist in the 2014 Fiba World Cup and is ranked fourth-best in the world, is the favorite to rule Group D.The Philippines is currently ranked 31st, 18 spots lower than Italy and eight slots higher than 39th Angola.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe top two teams in each group move on to the second round where the two best squads advance to the quarterfinals.The two best finishers in Group D will join their counterparts in Group C for the second round. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Gilas Pilipinas, which needed to win its last two assignments and a Korea victory over Lebanon to push through, is making its second straight appearance in the World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines was drawn into Group D along with European powerhouse Serbia, Italy and Angola.The 2019 Fiba World Cup draw was held Saturday night at Shenzhen Cultural Center in Shenzhen, China.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivingcenter_img Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for ‘special’ Roger Federer clash MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:41UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Group C consists of Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico and Tunisia.Host China is in Group A along with Ivory Coast, Poland and Venezuela while Russia, Argentina, South Korea and Nigeria compose Group B.Defending champion USA was joined by streaking Japan, Turkey and Czech Republic in Group E.Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the favorites to win the MVP award in the NBA, and the rest of the formidable Greeks lead Group F with New Zealand, Brazil and Montenegro.Lastly, Group F is made up of Dominican Republic, France, Germany and Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

3 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.” last_img read more

MES Delivers Bulk Carrier to Genoa Shipping

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) has delivered MV Desert Harrier, a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier, to the Marshall Islands-based shipping company Genoa Shipping and Investment Limited.Delivered at MES’ Chiba Works on February 1, 2017, the newbuilding represents the 21st vessel of the shipbuilder’s “neo60BC” eco-ship design.The 34,507 gross ton MV Desert Harrier features a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 32.25 meters.Having four cranes and five cargo holds, the bulker is designed for loading various cargoes like coal, ore, grain, as well as lengthy/heavy cargo such as steel pipe and hot coil.Classed by classification society ABS, the ship has low sulfur fuel oil tanks designed for operation in ECAs (Emission Control Areas).MES has 23 ships on order, of which ten 60,000 dwt bulkers. The ten bulk carrier newbuildings are slated for delivery in 2017 and 2018, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more