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U.K. renewables topped fossil fuel electricity generation in third quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:The third quarter of 2019 saw the UK’s renewable generation pass that of fossil fuels for the first time, according to an analysis by the climate and energy policy group CarbonBrief. The shift is driven by the completion of several enormous offshore windfarms and has been accompanied by a near-elimination of coal on the UK grid. And it comes only four years after the very first day in which renewables outpaced fossil fuels.CarbonBrief performs regular analyses of the UK electrical market based largely on government figures but also incorporating off-grid sources like combined heat and power facilities. In general, its results have been within 3% of the final quarterly figures for the last several years, but the numbers for 2019 are close enough that it remains possible that the first quarterly landmark will have to wait until 2020.That said, the organization estimates that renewables produced 29.5 TeraWatt-hours in July, August, and September, while fossil fuels only produced 29.1 TW-hr. The news for carbon emissions is even better, as the UK is well on its way toward its goal of eliminating coal-fired generation—almost all of the fossil fuel generation was in the form of natural gas, which has relatively low emissions. The report estimates that less than 1% of the UK’s electricity came from coal during the quarter.Coal was planned to be eliminated from the UK grid by 2025, but the implementation of a carbon tax has hastened its decline. As a result, the UK now regularly goes weeks without using any coal. Nuclear provided nearly 19% of the UK’s electricity; if nuclear and renewables are lumped together as carbon-free generation, the UK is on track to have fossil fuels fall to under half its generation for the entire year, as had been predicted by its National Grid.Among the renewables, solar provided 6% of the power during the quarter, while biomass accounted for double that. Wind provided the biggest contribution at 20%, and CarbonBrief ascribes this in part to the opening of new offshore windfarms. Earlier this year, a 600MW farm opened, and this month has seen the completion of Hornsea One, a monstrous 1.2GW offshore farm. Those join 2.1GW completed during 2018. The report also notes that contracts are already in place that would more than double the UK’s 8.5GW of offshore wind over the next five years.More: UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter U.K. renewables topped fossil fuel electricity generation in third quarterlast_img read more

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Medical Exercises Wrap Up In Les Cayes

first_imgBy Dialogo May 27, 2010 Eu era um dos intérpretes, as obras que os policiais foram realizar em Port Salut foram tão maravilhosas. Eram muito sensíveis e ajudaram o povo de lá a encontrar tratamento para o que sofriam…Espero que eles viajem a todo o mundo e ajudem as pessoas necessitadas. Deus os abençoe, Deus abençoe o Haiti, Deus abençoe os Estados Unidos. The grounds in front of the American University of the Caribbean were dotted with folding chairs, U.S. military personnel, Uruguayan Soldiers assigned to MINUSTAH and Haitians, young and old, filling in the seats on May 20. Everyone was there to celebrate the success of the Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE). “In the name of all the people of Les Cayes, I would like to thank the Navy and Soldiers who left family at home to come help us,” a representative for the mayor of Les Cayes said. “What you have done goes straight to our hearts. The work you have done has greatly improved the relations between Haiti and the U.S.” Although the mayor himself was unable to attend, Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, commanding general, JTF-Haiti, Maj. Gen. Luiz Guilherme Paul Cruz, force commander, MINUSTAH, and David Lindwall, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, attended as guests of honor. “Thank you [Cmdr. Rhonda] McLain,” Lindwall said. “Your team has done great things for the people of Les Cayes. What [the Navy] did in this country will be remembered for a long time.” Cmdr. Rhonda McLain, MEDRETE officer in charge, Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU), and a team of more than 40 Navy medical personnel, spent 10 days providing Haitians with immediate, basic health care. They teamed up with Uruguayan Soldiers assigned to MINUSTAH and local Haitian doctors to provide care for more than 4,100 Haitians. “This is the first time that [Uruguayan Soldiers] have had the opportunity to work with the U.S. and it is a learning experience,” said Capt. Nelson Puclei, civil affairs officer, Uruguayan forces assigned to MINUSTAH. “[The U.S.] is learning as much as we’re learning on the MEDRETE. It’s very important because the local population sees the two armies working together to achieve a bigger mission.” Uruguayan doctors and nurses worked side by side with the Sailors and said the MEDRETE was enjoyable. “It was a great experience,” Uruguayan Soldier Nicolas Gonzalez said. “It’s been very good helping the Haitian people and a very good experience working with the doctors from the U.S.” Other Soldiers with MINUSTAH saw a different opportunity arise from the exercise. “It was a very good experience working with the Haitian population,” Uruguayan Soldier Patricia Correa said. “We sometimes don’t get a chance to work with the locals. We learned a lot from the U.S. also.” With the assistance of the Uruguayans and the local medical staff, Navy personnel were able to focus on providing as much care as possible and focus on the mission. “The mission is to encourage the population to stay in the [Les Cayes] area,” McLain said. “We were told to focus on women’s health, dental, optometry and pediatrics health.” Patients were able to receive treatment from doctors, dentists and optometrists. “It went excellent,” McLain said. “My personnel put in 100 percent. If someone was done in their [station] they came around and helped in other stations. We’ve [also] stayed late to get the job done.” The staff expected to be busy and see a variety of complaints and illnesses. “We saw a lot of [complaints for] headaches, a lot of post traumatic stress like not sleeping at night, memory loss, all from the earthquake,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Judi Clauer, corpsman, OHSU. “The majority of the people I talked to lost someone.” She said she met a student at the university who lost his father and house. He was stressed and unsure how he would even continue school. “Every story touches you,” Clauer said. “A man was in a motorcycle accident, and I knew he was in a lot of pain, but you would never know because he just sits there and smiles.” Although most of the Sailors had not met before the exercise, many felt it went smoothly and was very efficient. “I think it went very well,” Clauer said. “It was well organized considering many of us didn’t know each other [two weeks] ago.” The team was not alone in their efforts though. The Uruguayans assisted in this MEDRETE and the previous one in Port Salut. There were also many Haitians volunteering their services. “We had support from the Haitian physicians and we had excellent interpreters,” McLain said. “I know that the country is in need of our assistance and I’m just so happy we were here.” As the Sailors prepare to part ways, a common theme continued to come up in conversations; Haiti and the strength of the people. “I don’t understand [their resiliency],” Clauer said. “I could never [continue on] myself. It’s amazing to me and because of this mission, I’m not going to complain as much [back home].” McLain noticed not only the courage of the locals, but the respect they had for themselves. “I think the Haitian people are very proud people,” McLain said. “Even though they may be impoverished, they arrived [at the MEDRETE] in their best clothes. They are very appreciative for the [health care] we are giving them. Every day there is something new that amazes me about the country.”last_img read more

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3rd Miller Place Gang Murder Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A federal grand jury indicted a third reputed MS-13 gang member for his alleged role in killing a fellow gangster they suspected was an informant in Miller Place last year, authorities said.U.S. Marshals apprehended 19-year-old Milton “Diabolico” Contreras, a member of the gang’s Brentwood chapter, in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder and firearms offenses.“The prosecution of these three defendants is a part of the office’s ongoing commitment to dismantle MS-13,” said  Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which intends to extradite Contreras to Long Island.Prosecutors said the 19-year-old suspect and two other alleged gang members lured Sidney Valverde, a fellow MS-13 member who was also 19, to Miller Place Beach under the guise of conducting business there, when they allegedly shot him in the back of the head on Feb. 25, 2014.Investigators believe that the gang killed Valverde because they suspected him of cooperating with federal law enforcement, authorities said. A beachcomber found his body two weeks after he was slain.Byron “Viruz” Lopez, the 23-year-old alleged leader of a Queens chapter of the gang, was previously accused of ordering the murder. He has pleaded not guilty to the same charges as Contreras. Also pleading not guilty to the same charges was the third suspect, Oscar Wellman Espinoza-Merino, also known as “Speedy” and “Petey,” a 32-year-old member of the gang’s Brentwood chapter.The arrests were the result of a joint investigation involving Suffolk County police, New York City police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms.If convicted, all three face up to life in prison.last_img read more

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New Report: Problem Care Harms Almost One-Third of Rehab Hospital Patients

first_imgBy Marshall Allen, ProPublica Patients may go to rehabilitation hospitals to recover from a stroke, injury, or recent surgery. But sometimes the care makes things worse. In a government report published Thursday, 29 percent of patients in rehab facilities suffered a medication error, bedsore, infection or some other type of harm as a result of the care they received.Doctors who reviewed cases from a broad sampling of rehab facilities say that almost half of the 158 incidents they spotted among 417 patients were clearly or likely preventable.“This is the latest study over a long time period now that says we still have high rates of harm,” says Dr. David Classen, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Utah School of Medicine who developed the analytic tool used in the report to identify the harm to patients.“We’re fooling ourselves if we say we have made improvement,” Classen says. “If the first rule of health care is ‘Do no harm,’ then we’re failing.”The oversight study, from the office of the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focused on rehabilitation facilities that were not associated with hospitals. Rehab facilities generally require that patients be able to undergo at least three hours of physical and occupational therapy per day, five days a week. Patients at these facilities are presumed to be healthier than patients in a more typical hospital or a nursing home.Still, the findings echoed those of previous studies that found that more than a quarter of patients in hospitals and a third in skilled nursing facilities suffered harm related to their care.“It’s important to acknowledge that harm can occur in any type of inpatient setting,” says Amy Ashcraft, a team leader for the rehabilitation hospital study. “This is one of the settings that’s most likely to be underestimated in terms of what type of harm can occur.”For the purposes of the study, doctors and nurses identified harm by reviewing the medical records of 417 randomly selected Medicare patients who stayed in U.S. rehabilitation facilities in March 2012. The events they identified varied in severity, ranging from a temporary injury to something that required a longer stay at the facility or that led to permanent disability or death.Almost a quarter of the harmed patients had to be admitted to an acute care hospital, at a cost of about $7.7 million for the month analyzed, the study shows.The physicians who reviewed the cases for the OIG say substandard treatment, inadequate monitoring, and failure to provide needed care caused most of the harm. Almost half the cases, 46 percent, were related to medication errors, and included bleeding from gastric ulcers due to blood thinners and a loss of consciousness linked to narcotic painkillers.That high number indicates there’s lots of room for improvement, says Dr. Eric Thomas, director of the UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety.“We know a lot about preventing medication errors,” Thomas says.Another 40 percent of the cases in which patients were harmed were traced to lapses in routine monitoring that led to bedsores, constipation or falls. These problems almost never contributed to a patient’s death, but could mean extra days or weeks of recovery, a loss of independence or permanent disability, says Lisa McGiffert, director of the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project.“It is a domino effect for any person who has had an adverse event,” says McGiffert, who was not involved in the study.The inspector general is recommending that Medicare and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality work together to reduce harm to patients by creating a list of adverse events that occur in rehab hospitals. In their responses to the report, the agencies have pledged to follow that suggestion.Officials from the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, the trade group that represents rehab facilities, say they have not yet seen the report and decline to comment for now.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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Rural property with opportunity to set up mini farm hits the market

first_img195 Lakes Drive, Laidley Heights.First National Real Estate Action Realty – Ipswich agent Helene Shephard said the owners were a family who had fostered many children at the property over the past 11 years.“It impacted on their lives and now it is time to buy more land and raise more horses and to be as independent and off the grid as much as possible,” Ms Shephard said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“They have started growing fodder for the new horses in an hydroponic system. The two-level property is currently vacant.” 195 Lakes Drive, Laidley Heights. The cute cubby house at 195 Lakes Drive, Laidley Heights.Ms Shephard said there was a cubby house ideal for children to enjoy their own space.She said collecting eggs and growing vegetables and learning to be responsible and accountable for animals and themselves was the key to providing a strong family base.center_img A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with plenty of space for a mini farm could be yours for under $500,000.With a $449,000 price tag, the .73ha property is at 195 Lakes Drive, Laidley Heights, and perfect for a young family wanting to look after a horse, some chickens, cats and dogs.last_img read more

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Keystone Bank partners Nilayo Sports to host Valuejet Remo Ultra Race

first_imgRelatedPosts Keystone Bank trains SMEs on ways to boost sales during COVID-19 Keystone Bank approves N500m for farmers COVID-19: Keystone Bank launches online platform to empower SMEs As a way of demonstrating its commitment to promoting fitness and healthy living amongst Nigerians, Keystone Bank Limited recently partnered with Nilayo Sports Management Limited to host the maiden edition of the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019.The 50km ultra-distance race event, held on December 7, 2019 at Sagamu, Ogun State, was the first African championship in IAU’s 35-year history.The three-in-one championship had about 4,000 athletes from across 35 IAU member countries.The race, which took off at the Gateway International Stadium, had in attendance dignitaries, including the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; President of IAU in Africa, Solomon Ogba; Executive Director, Keystone Bank, Yemi Odusanya; and ex-Nigeria athlete, Falilat Ogunkoya.Speaking at the event, Bukola Olopade, the Managing Director of NSML, said the race is one of the company’s numerous ways to create bond among Nigerians and the world at large.Olopade said: “The ultra-marathon is first of its kind in Africa and we are elated that our company is responsible for bringing youths together to harness their talents.“Valuejet IAU African Championships is a trendsetter.“The ultra-race has set an excellent example for ultra-running on the continent.”Commenting on the bank’s involvement in the event, Odusanya said the lender recognises the importance of health to nation building, stating: “A healthy workforce is considered the most productive workforce. Good health is critical to economic development and therefore, health remains one of our core CSR pillars in the bank. Keystone Bank will continually strive to promote advanced healthcare in Nigeria.“The competition showcases the bank’s commitment to community investment and project financing.“Therefore, sponsoring the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo  2019 competition is in line with our vision to promote a healthier nation as a whole.”At the event, winners of the 50km ultra-race in both foreign and local categories pocketed $2,000, while the second and the third placed runners received $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.For the Nigerian local 5km run, the winner received N500,000, runner-up N300,000, while the second runner-up went home with N150,000.Nigerian musical artistes, CDQ, Slimcase and Naira Marley, were also on ground to add glamour to the event.While Nilayo Sports Management is a sports management and marketing company, working with some of the biggest names in the world of sports like IAAF, CAA and AFN aimed at promoting sporting activities from grassroots level to international level in Africa, Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.Tags: Keystone BankNilayo SportsValuejet Remo Ultra Racelast_img read more

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Kieron Pollard charges TKR to 9th win on the trot

first_imgTAROUBA: A late cameo in the first innings from captain Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo turned out to be the difference between the two sides as the Trinbago Knight Riders continued their unbeaten start to Carribean Premier League 2020 with a 23-run win over St.Lucia Zouks.Brief scores: TKR 175/5 (Bravo 50, Pollard 42; Scott Kuggeleijn 2/35) vs Zouks 152/7 (Fletcher 42, Deyal 40; Pollard 3/35). IANS Also Watch: Honouring Retired Teachers at their Homes on Teachers Daylast_img

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Football News Brazil held to a draw by Panama in international football friendly

first_imgBrazil will next play Czech Republic in an international friendly.Panama are ranked 76 in the world in the FIFA rankings.Brazil are the five-time World Cup champions. highlights Porto: Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw against Panama in an international friendly played at Porto’s Dragao Stadium. AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta claimed his first international goal for the five-time World Cup winners before captain Adolfo Machado responded for the side in 76th place in the world rankings. Injured Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar watched the game from the stands as he recovers from a fractured right foot. “The performance wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t below par either,” coach Tite said.”When we go to the Copa America we will make more accurate choices to be more efficient.” The Selecao opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark. Midfielder Paqueta was on the end of a deep Casemiro cross to volley home at the back post.     Skipper Machado brought the teams level four minutes later. Erick Davis’ central free-kick found the centre-back near the penalty spot who lobbed his long-distance header over a stunned Ederson who appealed for offside.RELATED     Everton attacker Richarlison came close to bagging his side’s second as his effort smashed the crossbar five minutes after the break. Real Madrid’s Casemiro had two chances to win the game for Tite’s outfit with a header and a powerful shot with quarter of an hour remaining. Both teams made a wave of substitutions in the closing moments and Eder Militao went close with an injury-time header.     Next for Brazil is Tuesday’s friendly against the Czech Republic as they prepare to host this year’s Copa America which starts on June 14.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Moore returns from back injury to contribute as 5th-year senior guard for Colgate

first_imgColgate was only one game into the 2013-14 season when guard Pat Moore injured his back while lifting weights. And it wasn’t until December that he fully felt the effects of two herniated discs.During his time at home, even the simple actions of sitting and standing were difficult.“Just hard to walk around,” Moore said, “hard to move, hard to do pretty much anything.”He managed to play in eight more games after suffering the injury, but his experiences during Winter Break indicated that he couldn’t play in his current state. Two months later, he underwent surgery.After a lengthy rehabilitation period and a lot of paperwork lobbying for another year of eligibility, Moore, who needs 142 more points to reach the 1,000 mark, is now finishing out his career at Colgate (3-8) as a fifth-year senior and co-captain. And despite not being ready for the start of the season, he has seen significant playing time in the Raiders’ last three games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoore, a native of Whitesboro, New York, received an offer from Colgate when he was just a sophomore at Notre Dame Junior/Senior (Utica, New York) High School. He said the school’s clear interest in him was reason enough for the prolific scorer to choose the Raiders.“I have coached there for 30 years and Pat was one of the top three players I ever coached,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Durr said in an email. “A great young man, a dedicated student of the game, and a superb work ethic.”Moore’s first three years at Colgate were defined by his prowess along the perimeter. By the end of his junior season, he was eighth on the all-time list for 3-pointers made in program history with 141.But his senior season was defined more by his injury than it was outside shooting. For a while after his surgery, his actions were limited. He could do some walking, but no bending, twisting or lifting.“So for six straight weeks after the surgery,” Moore said, “it was pretty much nothing, just laying around my house.”The next phase in the recovery process was about three months of physical therapy that took place three times each week. Only after that was completed was he allowed back on the court.In total, Moore said, it was about a six-month recovery process.The physical struggles were not the only obstacles between Moore and a fifth year of basketball at Colgate. His nine games played last season were just few enough to allow him another year of eligibility.In order to be allotted that chance, he had to change his sociology minor into a second major.A few months after meeting with all of the appropriate people and filling out paperwork, Moore learned that he would be able to return to the university and the team for a fifth year.“It just shows how much he loves the game,” senior guard Luke Roh said, “how much he loves being a part of this team, how much he loves being at Colgate.”Moore didn’t return for the first eight games this season, and hasn’t started in the first three he’s played in since being cleared. But he has seen an increasing number of minutes. In the team’s most recent game, a loss to the New Hampshire, Moore played for 20 minutes and scored five points.He’s redeveloping a role that he once held so prominently at Colgate, and it hasn’t been easy. But his head coach, Matt Langel is appreciative of his dedication to playing one last season.“He does great in school. He’s zero maintenance, meaning you never have to worry about him being on time or taking care of any of his responsibilities,” Langel said. “He’s just a wonderful young guy to coach.” Comments Published on December 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s basketball: Fans pack the Kohl Center, line streets to see team off to Indianapolis

first_imgA sea of red anxiously waited outside the door of the Kohl Center Wednesday afternoon, staking out spots to ensure good seats at the men’s basketball send off celebration.As they were filing in, the final minutes of the Badgers’ Elite Eight victory over Arizona played on the scoreboard above mid-court. This was the reaction when junior forward Sam Dekker’s three-pointer in the final minute hit nothing but net.Crowd erupts after showing the final minutes of the Elite 8 victory #Badgers @BadgerHerald https://t.co/ntCXWTpjmY— Chris Bumbaca (@BOOMbaca) April 1, 2015The band started playing and everybody was having a grand ol’ time.Tequila! #Badgers @BadgerHerald https://t.co/lTUeowo5Xo— Chris Bumbaca (@BOOMbaca) April 1, 2015Then Bucky joined in on the fun.Oooooohhhhhhh kill ’em Bucky!! @BadgerHerald https://t.co/08ZgFOmYZl— Chris Bumbaca (@BOOMbaca) April 1, 2015Would the team rip-roar through a paper sign and come hooting and hollering out of the tunnel? Absolutely not. Swag walks only.The winningest team in school history swag struts to the stage #Badgers @BadgerHerald https://t.co/6wvoIGN9oj— Chris Bumbaca (@BOOMbaca) April 1, 2015Dekker, fifth-year senior guard Josh Gasser, senior forward Frank Kaminsky and senior guard Traevon Jackson each had a turn at the microphone while on stage before it the microphone turned over to head coach Bo Ryan. And just as swaggy as they appeared, the Badgers disappeared back toward the locker room to pack their things and head to Indianapolis.last_img read more

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