Renewable Costs

first_imgGlobal power demand today is about 12.5 terawatts, which is likely to grow to 17 terawatts by 2030, the U.S. Energy Department reports. Meeting that demand with renewable power certainly won’t be cheap. Mark Jacobson, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Stanford, and Mark Delucchi, a research scientist at the University of California, Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies, estimate that construction of a worldwide wind, water and solar system would cost $100 trillion over 20 years, including upgrades to the grid.But, Jacobson and Delucchi write, “This is not money handed out by governments or consumers. It is investment that is paid back through the sale of electricity and energy.” And the authors contend that because electrification is more efficient than using fossil fuels, a drop in global energy demand occurs from 17 terawatts to 11.5 in 2030.According to a new report from the University of California at Davis and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, all of this spending and more could be saved if the world’s urban population made the transition from automobile dependence to reliance on mass transit, walking and cycling. (A co-benefit would be a 1,700-megaton annual reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.) But that rosy future is dependent on a massive change in consumer behavior.The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate puts a slightly lower price tag on the global infrastructure expenditure necessary to reach renewable energy and climate goals by 2030—$89 trillion—but also envisions $2 trillion savings to that date from “reduced investment in fossil fuel power plants in a low-carbon scenario.” And it sees further savings accruing from energy-efficiency gains, reductions in transmission and distribution investment, and drastically lower costs for fossil fuel exploration and transportation, among other things.Those savings could add up dramatically. “Overall, the net incremental infrastructure investment needs from a low-carbon transition could be just $4.1 trillion, if these investments are done well,” said the Global Commission report. It even imagines a scenario that would result in net savings of $1 trillion. Some disagree. Ottmar Edenhofer, a German climate economist who served as an advisor to the Global Commission but was not an author of its report, told The New York Times that the assumptions necessary to reach that no-net-cost outcome are “overly optimistic.”High Up–front CostsIn 2011, President Obama outlined a goal of 80% renewable energy for the U.S. grid by 2035. Reaching that ambitious target could mean adding 20 gigawatts a year for 20 years, then 45 gigawatts annually until mid-century.The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that President Obama’s scenario would raise average utility bills in 2035 by 29% (higher in some areas). A megawatt-hour of electricity could rise from $9 to $26 in 2030, and from $41 to $53 per megawatt-hour by 2050, the Renewable Electricity Futures study said.According to that federal report, “Higher electricity prices associated with the high renewable scenarios are driven by replacement of existing generation plants with new generators (mostly renewable), additional balancing requirements reflected in expenditures for combustion turbines, storage and transmission; and the assumed higher relative capital cost of renewable generation, compared to conventional technologies.”A new “Green Growth” report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute estimates the cost of reaching a similarly ambitious goal — 40% reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2035 — at $200 billion annually from both public and private sources (with public investment averaging about $55 billion per year).However, the CAP report notes that the projected public spending under its plan would be only 0.3% of current U.S. GDP, and approximately 1.4% of the federal budget. Some $90 billion of the annual expenditures would go to energy-efficiency measures for buildings, transportation and industry — with the potential of reducing American energy use by 30%.Looking to recent history for guidance, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reports that there’s little evidence that a 40% increase in renewable energy on the grid since 1994 has raised electricity prices in the U.S. EDF reports that those rates have “remained steady” during this period, even as coal plant sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions declined by more than 75%.That Could Exceed Projections …Critics say the actual increases from committing to renewables will be higher than the federal estimates. For instance, the Manhattan Institute said in 2011 that reaching the 20% wind goal for the U.S. national grid would “impose a tax on U.S. electricity consumers of $45 to $54 for each ton of carbon dioxide that was removed,” and it claimed that electricity consumers in coal-dependent regions would end up paying as much as 48% more for electricity.”Utility-scale solar in the U.S. has dropped from $3 per installed watt in the first quarter of 2012 to $1.85 in the first quarter of 201…. Commercial solar prices dropped 20% … and residential solar 25%. –The Solar Energy Industries AssociationMeeting British renewable energy goals, said Britain’s Renewable Energy Foundation in 2014, would require $211 billion in subsidies by 2040, with peak annual costs of around $10 billion. The country’s Committee on Climate Change estimates expenditures of $10 billion per year.The German goal of 40% to 45% renewable energy by 2025 (and 80% by 2050) is proving costly to achieve. According to the The Wall Street Journal, “Average electricity prices for companies have jumped 60% over the past five years because of costs passed along as part of government subsidies of renewable energy producers. Prices are now more than double those in the U.S.”The International Energy Agency has put a price tag on confronting climate change at $10.5 trillion by 2030. That’s the global investment in low-carbon energy (plus energy efficiency) that’s needed, the agency estimates, to hold greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to 450 parts per million and world temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.According to Mark Moro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, “The figure $10.5 trillion by 2030 declares objectively and indelibly that the battle against climate change requires remaking the world energy system with new Save & add newtechnologies, many of which don’t exist, or don’t exist cheaply enough, and that we’d better get to work on that in earnest.” … But Prices Are Coming DownYet, renewable energy costs are already dropping. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported in 2014 that the average, upfront installed price for utility-scale photovoltaics dropped by more than a third since the 2007-2009 period, with an attendant increase in project-level performance. And, said report author Mark Bolinger of Berkeley Lab, “The price of electricity sold to utilities under long-term contracts [in 2013 and 2014] from large-scale solar projects has fallen by more than 70% since 2008, to $50 per megawatt-hour on average.”According to Lazard Freres & Company’s “Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) Analysis 7.0,” LCOE for wind and solar in the U.S. has declined more than 50% between 2009 and 2013. Lazard estimates that utility-scale solar photovoltaics are competitive with fossil fuel for peak energy in much of the world, even without subsidies. The New York Times concludes that Germany’s fast-paced purchase of wind turbines and solar panels is bringing large Chinese manufacturers into the space and “driving down costs faster than almost anyone thought possible just a few years ago.” That development is threatening to electric utilities, which have seen few challenges to their business plans.According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, utility-scale solar in the U.S. has dropped from $3 per installed watt in the first quarter of 2012 to $1.85 in the first quarter of 2014. And, in the same period, commercial solar prices dropped 20% (to $3.72 per watt) and residential solar 25% (to $4.56 per watt).Wind farms are also competitive. Bernard David, an entrepreneur and author who is also a senior fellow at Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), agrees that, although there are some technical constraints, the aggressive Chinese push into renewable energy is bringing with it the economies of scale necessary to compete with fossil fuels.Wind costs have dropped 90% since 1980 and, reports the Motley Fool, “Wind energy is now cheaper than many conventional fuels.” According to Mandy Warner, an EDF climate specialist, “New coal-fired power plants are one of the costliest generation options even without considering the significant pollution they generate. If built in the next five years, they would cost about 19% more than onshore wind, 44% more than combined cycle natural gas, and significantly more than energy-efficiency measures.”Targeting CoalAddressing coal-burning power plants has become an effective strategy for reducing emissions, and the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan aims to cut U.S. power carbon by 30% below 2005 levels. And EPA modeling shows that implementation of its Clean Power Plan for older coal plants will result in bills $8 per month lower in 2030 than they would be without the plan.Just $50 billion “is the surprising low price to buy up and shut down all the private and public coal companies in the U.S., breaking the centuries-old grip of an obsolete, destructive technology that threatens our present and our future.” –Felix Kramer and Gil FriendIn The Guardian, Felix Kramer and Gil Friend report that $50 billion “is the surprising low price to buy up and shut down all the private and public coal companies in the U.S., breaking the centuries-old grip of an obsolete, destructive technology that threatens our present and our future.” The authors claim that such a move would “generate $100 to $500 billion in benefits every year,” and imagine “a few shrewd and enlightened investors” taking the lead on funding and structuring the Coal Buyout Fund.The Path Not Taken?And any analysis of energy generating costs has to include consideration of the costs of not taking the renewable path. That’s the focus of the Risky Business Project, co-chaired by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and hedge fund manager/environmentalist Tom Steyer.Because of higher sea level and aggravated storm surge, the average annual cost of coastal storms on the eastern seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico could reach $3.5 billion in 15 years, with hurricane activity taking that figure to $7.3 billion. By 2050, $66 to $106 billion in coastal property could be underwater, and up to $507 billion worth by 2100.Midwestern and Southern farmers could see their corn, wheat, soy and cotton yields drop 10% over the next five to 25 years. There’s a one in 20 chance the losses could top 20%.Temperature changes because of climate change might require the construction of up to 95 gigawatts of new power generation in the next five to 25 years. That translates to 200 coal or natural gas power plants.Some of the projections may underestimate the cost of switching to renewables, but the more pessimistic reports probably downplay the offsetting benefits and consequences of not taking steps. Related Itemslast_img read more

Vernon Gonsalves part of front outfit of CPI (Maoist): police to HC

first_imgActivist Vernon Gonsalves, who is accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, is part of a front organisation of the banned organisation, CPI Maoists, Pune police told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.Additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai opened her arguments opposing bail for Mr. Gonsalves, who is at Yerwada jail for the past 18 months, before Justice Sarang Kotwal.Ms. Pai said the police has relied on the forensic report of documents recovered from accused Rona Wilson and computer files from Surendra Gadling, who are also in Yerwada jail. “We (police) have not tampered anything (sic),” she said.She read out a letter dated January 2, 2018 recovered from Mr. Wilson’s laptop, which she said, “acts as corroborative material as far as the first information report is concerned and shows the role of a banned organisation (CPI M),” she said.She then read out another letter recovered from Mr. Gadling’s laptop that said, “Vernon and Arun (Ferreira also an accused in jail) are members of ‘radical study circle’, which is a front organisation of CPI M.”The court, however, said, “The author of these letters is unknown.” Ms. Pai went on to talk about the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners and Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, and said they were fronts of the CPI M.The court asked, “How is Vernon connected to these organisations or even either of them?” Ms Pai said, “His name is not there, and there is no direct involvement.”In the end, she read out call detail records of all the accused: Dalit activist and writer Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, a Tata Institute of Social Sciences alumnus known for working for tribals in Gadchiroli, Shoma Sen, a retired professor at Nagpur University, Mr. Wilson, poet Varavara Rao, activists Mr. Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj, and said “Call records show they were in touch with each other.”The hearing will continue on October 3.last_img read more

Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena shines as NLEX survives KIA; Magnolia rips Alaska The player is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year’s failed military coup.Kanter was detained in Romania on May 20. He said he was able to return to the United States after American officials intervened.He said his family remains in Turkey and he is concerned for them — he said his father at one point was jailed for a week — but he downplayed the situation otherwise.“I was like, that’s it, only four years? All the trash I’ve been talking?” Kanter said. “I promise you guys, it doesn’t really bother me even bother me a little bit, because my thing is just going out there and playing basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kanter said he wasn’t concerned and continued his criticisms of Erdogan, saying, “That dude is a maniac.”“That stuff really don’t bother me because I’m used to it,” Kanter said after the Knicks practiced Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) in New York.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 shutout“I think it’s just nothing to me, man. I’m in America. I’m good and my focus right now is just going out there, playing basketball, have fun with my teammates and just winning and just thinking about playoffs.”Kanter cannot return to Turkey because his passport has been canceled. He would be tried in absentia. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next AFP FILE PHOTOANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: ICC praises Team India for Bell recall

first_imgHaroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, on Sunday praised Team India, the England team and the match officials at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, for the way they upheld the spirit of the game with regards to the ‘Ian Bell’ incident. At the end of the afternoon session England batsman Ian Bell was given run out after leaving his crease in the belief that tea had been called by on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Marais Erasmus. On appeal, after consultation with television umpire Billy Bowden, Bell was given run out, which was the technically correct decision under the letter of the law of the game. But India skipper MS Dhoni later decided to call Bell back.”Absolute credit must go to Team India, the England team and the match officials – Ranjan Madugalle, Asad Rauf and Marais Erasmus as well as the off-field umpires Billy Bowden and Tim Robinson – for the superb way that they all handled a tricky situation,” said Lorgat in press release. “While the initial appeal and umpire decision may have been acceptable to the letter of the law, the decision by India captain M S Dhoni and his team – as well as the Team India coaching staff – to withdraw the appeal shows great maturity. To see players and officials uphold the great spirit of cricket, which has underpinned the game for more than a century, is very special.  “I am indeed grateful for the way that the teams and match officials handled what was clearly a difficult situation and their behaviour reflects well on everyone,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian football : Kolkata to launch their first Baby League this season

first_imgAdvertisement Also Read :National Sports Awards 2018 Roundup AdvertisementThe All India Football Federation started their Grassroots Development Programme back in 2008 with Mizoram being the first state to organise a grassroots course in October of that year. In subsequent years similar projects have been launched in Bengal, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Assam, Goa and Kerala. Though, AIFF’s Head of Youth Development Mr Richard Hood believes that the methods of engagement with football have been very limited but the new model of the Baby Leagues has the highest potential to create the change.The entire concept of the newly inaugurated Baby Leagues is to instill a will to win for the budding football enthusiasts in the nation who want to take football as a career. Big names like Bhaichung Bhutia and IM Vijayan had instilled to become professional players since childhood but then they never had 100 games a year to improve consistently as kids. In Japan, children are engaging with the sport for 52 weeks in a year whereas, in India, it’s hardly 3 weeks.The entire concept of the Baby League in India is coming from the South and Central American countries like Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, which Richard Hood says contributed about 7000 players worth about 3.5 billion dollars in the last transfer window.Kolkata, the mecca of football is known for its rich history of the sport and the proficient players it has produced. For the first time in Bengal, the AIFF Baby League is going to take place in the city of Joy. An active Sports Events company namely Federation De Sports Association are an operator of the Baby League in Kolkata. The league is to be divided into 3 categories ( U-8, U-10, U-12). Each age group will be divided into 8 teams. The League in Kolkata starts from 18th November till 19th February. Each team has a mere registration fee of 3000/- and the venue for the league will be in South Kolkata area.For Indian Football to succeed, this is the baby steps taken forward and a proper development model which ‘catches them young’. Every ground in India where the Baby Leagues shall take place, keeping aside the beautiful sight of children playing, there will be some sure spotting of genius.last_img read more

MACOM: 400Gbps chipset for short reach optical connectivity applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous ALLDAQ: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed isolator for industry and audioNext ON Semi: image sensor platform enables new functionality for industrial camera design MACOM Technology Solutions announced the sampling availability of its four channel, 56 Gb/s PAM-4 VCSEL driver (MALD-38435) and companion four channel transimpedance amplifier (TIA) (MATA-38434) devices for short reach VCSEL-based optical module and active optical cables (AOC) applications. These new devices complement previously announced transmit and receive clock data recovery devices for a complete transmit and receive solution. MACOM’s chipset solution operates at up to 56 Gb/s PAM-4 (28GBbaud PAM-4) data rate per channel, enabling short reach (up to 100m) optical modules for 200G QSFP and 400G QSFP-DD and OSFP applications.As demand for 100G connectivity progresses to 200G and on to 400G, optical module suppliers are looking to enable Cloud Data Centers and high-performance computing clusters with optical connectivity solutions delivered in a small form factor and consuming low power at low cost. MACOM’s fully analog chipset solution, featuring the MALD-38435 driver and MATA-38434 TIA along with MACOM’s existing MASC-38040 and MAOM-38051/38053 CDR devices, offers customers that optimal high-performance, low power and low-cost combination. By utilizing fully analog circuitry as opposed to digital signal processing, MACOM’s solution delivers best in class low latency, especially critical for high performance computing applications. The MALD-38435 driver and MATA-38434 devices are offered as a die-level solution with 250um channel spacing, optimal for direct wire-bonding to VCSEL lasers and photodetectors. The devices feature individual channel programmability control via an I2C interface for flexible management by the module’s local microcontroller. The devices feature low power and a small die size enabling implementations in QSFP and QSFP-DD modules. The devices’ low jitter performance enables low bit error rate (BER) of 1E-15 with an FEC protected link. When combined with MACOM’s CDRs, the solution delivers extensive per channel equalization and eye shaping programmable features as well as PRBS generator and checker and eye monitor features.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Virat Kohli is a good captain and will get better with time: Kumar Sangakkara

first_imgKumar Sangakkara defended Virat Kohli the captain and said that he will only get better with time. Few days back, former England captain Nasser Hussain had bashed Kohli for his captaincy and had said that India lost the Edgbaston Test because of his captaincy.”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He single-handedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.However, Sangakkara, who himself is recognised as one of the game’s most prominent captains, said that Kohli is a good leader and he will only get better with time.”I think he is a very good captain and will get better as time goes along. Everyone has a few weaknesses here and there,” Sangakkara said.Also read – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonHe also said that it is a tad unfair on other Indian batsmen to say that India are dependent on Kohli. Sangakkara said that Kohli has been performing sensationally for a while now and has been a one man army for India but others are fantastic players too.advertisement”He has been a one-man army for India for a while, in terms of weight of runs. It is almost unfair to the other batsmen because we have seen Virat batting like he has for the last few years. It is incredible to watch and he is an incredible performer, but others are also fantastic players,” Sangakkara said.Also read – The curious case of Pujara and Dhawan: Constant Test struggles overseas Ajinkya Rahane failed to score big in any of the four innings in England so far (Reuters Photo)Sangakkara also defended Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who have failed to live up to their abilities in the Test matches in England so far. He said that they are great batsmen and average fantasticly overseas and other players like KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan are also not incapable with the bat.”Pujara and Rahane are absolutely great batsmen – Pujara averages 50 in Test cricket, Rahane averages 50 overseas. Then, there are others. KL Rahul looks brilliant (when in form), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik – these are no insignificant names”, Sangakkara said.When asked if too many changes in India’s batting core since the tour of South Africa had an adverse effect, the legend replied.Also read – England star Jonny Bairstow not ready to write off India yetWhen asked about if too many changes in the batting order and the core since the tour of South Africa is hampering the team, he said: “In fact, it is more a question for players themselves, and if the Indian team can have a chat in the dressing room about it.””If it is bothering them, then be open about it – talk to the captain, the coach and the management. Ask them, ‘can we have a little more consistency because this is bothering us’. But if they have bought into it (changing and chopping) and are fine with it, then it’s a different question,” he signed off.last_img read more

Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat Kohli

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ended in a draw. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli was in a celebratory mood after becoming the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia. With a 2-1 Test series victory Down Under, Kohli’s Team India ended a 71-year drought in Australia and put up dominating performances against a blunted Australian side.Kohli, who was also a part of the 2011 ICC World Cup victory, said this was the proudest he has ever felt in his 10-year long cricketing career and the fact that everyone’s hard work brought results in Australia made him feel happy beyond words.”When you work hard and prepare for something, as a team we want results. In the last 12 months, the number of tosses we have lost, if you really want to see our performances in them, you will understand what kind of cricket we have played. The tosses that we have won, in those games the oppositions haven’t come close to us. I am not saying it in arrogance but we believe so much as a team that we can beat anyone anywhere.”We knew that as a team and eventually when we have won the biggest series in Indian history, we can’t express how happy we are that everyone’s hard work has reaped rewards in Australia and we did what no other team before us could do. Like I said, this is the proudest moment for me since the time I have been playing,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.advertisementAhead of the Sydney Test, Kohli had rubbished all talks of being motivated by history or looking for a historic achievement. Soon after the victory though, Kohli said he understood the historic significance of the victory and it meant a lot to him and the team that they had achieved something that had not been done by an Indian team before.When asked by a reporter if after the victory, he would give the history a bit more significance, Kohli joked that he was playing “mind games” before. He however mentioned that the fact that their intent and work had been proven right was something that gave him more happiness.India vs Australia: SYDNEY TEST REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD”We all play mind games, don’t we. It’s obviously a very proud moment, more so because for the last 12 months, we understand what we have gone through on the field. We understand the kind of cricket we have been able to play and I was just mentioning that even after losing the toss, we have been in the competition throughout even when we lost. We understand that as a team we were on the right track but the fact that the reward has come in the most historic series in Indian cricket is a cherry on top of the cake and something as I said, in the 10 years that I have played, this is the proudest I have felt.”I am very happy for the team because it has a young bunch of guys and to have that belief and drive for excellence on a daily basis and to get a reward like this, we definitely have to be happy. Although changing history or creating history is still I would say not what I’m thinking of, it’s pure satisfaction of hard work of 12 months and to understand what we believed in has been proven right and regardless of the whole world against you, if you are striving with a good intent, God’s going to reward you. So that’s what I’m more happy about,” Kohli said.Some happy faces in the dressing room post the Historic win #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/nVosuIEwltBCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019Kohli attributed the series win to all the learning they got from their wins and losses in South Africa and England and said this journey of an overseas win was something that started in South Africa.”Our journey started in South Africa and it’s not only the preparation for this tour but we figures out the things that were required to win in Australia, which was going to be the toughest, we knew it. So we just worked on rectifying the mistakes. We didn’t work on feeling good about the things we did well, as a team we focussed on the things we didn’t do well and those things don’t sound too good but you need to accept them to improve as a team.advertisement”So the fact that we laid out everything on the table and no one took offence to anything and everything accepted that yes we have made a lot of mistake in certain areas and come game time and come crunch situations, we were better than the opposition in those areas. So that’s the progress of a team, it’s pretty basic. But the one thing we always stuck to was good intent and doing things for the right reasons. We always did things to help the team and that’s why we have been rewarded with the series win like this.”Kohli mentioned how Team India saw contributions to the team’s cause – he said Hanuma Vihari’s 66-ball 8 at Melbourne was as big a hundred score by another player.”It was a team effort through and through and that is what we strive for – to play well as a team. Single spells and single innings don’t win you games in cricket, especially Test cricket and this is a team that doesn’t play for single innings and single spells. We play to make the team win.”If you ask me to single out a contribution, for me [Hanuma] Vihari playing 70 balls with the new ball in MCG is as big as anyone getting a hundred or anyone crossing 70 or 80. That’s how we recognise contribution, we don’t look at contributions as something that goes up on the honours board and if you want to win a series like this, you have to play well as a team. I would say it was a total team performance.”Also Read | Virat Kohli celebrates historic Australia series win with wife Anushka Sharma at SCGAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s groundbreaking series in Australia: 20 catches and 350 runslast_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash Slammed Home One Of The Best Dunks Of The Year vs. Texas

first_imgLeBryan Nash throws down nasty dunk vs. Texas.Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.last_img

PM Says 5,000 Solar Lamps Will Be Distributed to Energy-Poor Households

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households. Story Highlights “A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20. Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households.This is in light of house fires that since the start of the year have claimed the lives of eight adults and five children, caused mainly by lit candles or lamps.“A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20.He pointed out that using solar solutions to replace open flame light sources is an established policy response to address energy poverty, noting that there are many such programmes successfully implemented all over the world.Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps.“With simple and inexpensive actions, the Government can make a difference in the lives of energy-poor households, and particularly and significantly reduce or virtually eliminate the risk of these tragic fires,” he said.The Prime Minister further noted that the solar lighting programme “is a real opportunity for social enterprise to support the ecosystem around the production, installation, user education, servicing and recycling of these solar lamps”.To this end, Mr. Holness said he has directed the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme to develop a National Service Corps to support all elements of this solar lighting programme and to work with existing social entrepreneurs in this area.These, he said, would include members of the Jamaican diaspora, such as Nathaniel Peat of Genex (Solar), which is a renewable energy company providing this very service in countries in Africa.“We are not just giving solar lamps. We want to make it so convenient and practical to use these solar lamps that households no longer use open-flame lighting sources such as candles and lamps.After the full implementation of this programme, no child should perish in a house fire caused by a candle or a lamp used for light,” the Prime Minister stressed.In the meantime, Mr. Holness urged parents/caregivers to ensure the safety of children, lamenting that too often, the investigations into these fires reveal that the parent or legal guardian left the child in the care of another person who themselves are either children or not capable of taking care of children.“While this programme will remove one of the risk factors in such fires, ultimately, however, parents and guardians are responsible for the safety, care and protection of their children,” he said.“We must educate, support and empower our parents, so that those who want to do better will, while ensuring that the organs of State are in a position to protect children from those parents who refuse,” he added.last_img read more

Quebec students join global marches to demand climate change action

first_imgMONTREAL — University and high school students across Quebec are holding strikes today as they join climate marches taking place around the world.In Montreal, a large crowd is marching from Mount Royal, waving signs and denouncing government inaction on climate change.Earlier today, students formed human chains around six Montreal high schools, forcing the cancellation of morning classes.The protesters are demanding stronger government action on climate change, including a law to require measures that would limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. One of the organizers says 150,000 students are on strike in the province, representing 120 student associations.Other climate marches are expected to take place in Quebec City, Moncton, Toronto, Regina and Vancouver, as well as in close to 100 countries around the world.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

first_imgTRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A U.S.-Canadian team is preparing for another mission to relocate grey wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island on the eastern side of the lake, which was home to hundreds of caribou until ice bridges formed in recent years, enabling wolves to cross over from the mainland and feast on their helpless prey.The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources airlifted some of the last surviving caribou to another island last year. Before long the wolves were the ones in trouble, with only small mammals such as snowshoe hare left to eat.Their hunting prowess makes them prime candidates for Isle Royale, where a multi-year effort is under way to rebuild a wolf population needed to keep moose numbers under control, Superintendent Phyllis Green said.“We can use the good skills of those wolves, and this will match them with a larger island that will give them a better opportunity,” Green said.Isle Royale now has eight wolves, including six that were brought there last fall and winter from Minnesota and Ontario. Two of the newcomers were from Michipicoten Island, including the pack’s alpha male.Around six are believed to remain on Michipicoten. A crew of pilots, biologists and others will try to capture at least some and fly them to Isle Royale in the next few days, weather permitting.Officials had said earlier this month that no additional transfers were planned until this fall or next winter, partly because of a lack of money.But two private organizations — the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation and the International Wolf Center — kicked off a fundraising effort, fearing the Michipicoten wolves would run out of food before then.“They’re not going to make it,” said Carol Brady, spokeswoman for the foundation.The groups have pledged $75,000 between them and have started a GoFundMe campaign to produce the remaining $25,000 needed for a four-day airlift operation. The Ontario ministry granted approval Monday, Brady said.As they’ve done before, crew members will trap the wolves with net guns fired from helicopters. They’ll be examined by veterinarians, and those healthy enough for movement will be taken to their new home, where there will be no shortage of prey. Isle Royale’s booming moose population is believed to exceed 1,500.“If left unchecked, moose would over-consume the island’s vegetation,” said Rob Schultz, executive director of the wolf centre. “Apex predators like wolves are important components of any healthy, natural ecosystems.”John Flesher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sir Roger Moore Urges British Prime Minister To Ban WildAnimal Circuses

first_imgIn a moving article written on behalf of PETA, Sir Roger Moore – the beloved actor, humanitarian, and animal advocate – urges Prime Minister Theresa May to introduce legislation banning wild-animal circuses.In the piece, published in Sunday People, he writes that other countries around the world have put an end to wild-animal circuses, while “ever-so-civilised, animal-loving Britain still allows these archaic exhibitions simply because of a lack of action on the part of Downing Street. … [P]opular legislation to prohibit circuses from keeping tigers in see-through boxes called cages and carting them about the land has been dragging on for aeons, because the Prime Minister holds the key and won’t give it up”. He adds, “Wilfully allowing such cruelty is unforgivable”.Referring to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s broken promise to prohibit the practice by January 2015, Moore continues, “No matter what else one may think of him, [he] proved himself no gentleman when he failed to act on his word to get wild animals out of circuses … despite overwhelming public approval of a ban, including support from the British Veterinary Association”.The famed 007 actor goes on to make May an offer: “Madam Prime Minister, it’s time – past time – to do the right thing by animals and the public and finally bring in a ban on this outdated form of so-called ‘entertainment’. I will put a bottle of Dom Pérignon ’52 or Bollinger ’69 on ice for the occasion and gladly pop the cork with you”.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that wild animals in circuses spend their lives confined to cages or trailers when they’re not being bullied into performing tricks. They commonly endure abuse and are denied the opportunity to engage in natural behaviour.Moore joins Michael Sheen, Martin Freeman, and Ann Widdecombe in teaming up with PETA to raise awareness of the plight of animals in circuses.last_img read more

Family allowed to continue search for daughter on Manitoba First Nation

first_imgThe Canadian PressPORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A family desperately seeking answers to a loved one’s disappearance is being allowed to continue searching for clues on a Manitoba First Nation.Bernice Catcheway – whose daughter Jennifer disappeared seven years ago – says the family was barred from searching the Dakota Tipi reserve after searchers brought in a backhoe last week.Chief David Pashe said searchers were digging holes and knocking down trees with their equipment.He said he would need to see an RCMP search warrant before searchers would be allowed back in.Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, who represents northern First Nations, says all parties talked today and the search will be allowed to continue.She says the chief just wanted to protect the community from damage from the heavy equipment.last_img read more

Winners of the Peace Country Open and 2019 Ladies Open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual Peace Country Open took place at the Lake Point Golf & Country Club.Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, 2019The following are the winners of the 2019 Petron Communications Peace Country Open; Mens: Ritch HoskerSeniors: Gene DanylukLadies: Ann SawyerLake Point Golf & Country Club presents the 2019 Ladies Open.The one-day tournament is a two-person best-ball event.The event takes place Saturday, July 20th, 2019 and includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, and prizes, at $50 per member, $80 per non-member.Deadline to enter the event is Thursday, July 18th, 2019Call the Pro shop at 250-785-5566 ext. 1 for more information and to register.last_img

Summer care tips to beat this heat

first_imgAs Summers are here, so are many problems related to skin. Experts list down a few tips for you to fight this season gracefully:Get rid of uneven patches: For the lips which are extremely vulnerable to have unbalance tone and texture, mix 1 spoon of lemon juice some raw honey apply this paste on your lips and rub it for like 3-4 minutes. Thereafter, wipe it off. After this process apply some balm or home based oil for nourishment. you can replace honey with brown sugar. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHydrate your body and hair: When the Summers strikes, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of plain water and coconut water. Coconut is good for skin and hair also. For your hair, mix a fine paste of one banana, 2-3 spoon of coconut oil and 1/3 cup of plain curd. Apply this paste on your hair from roots to your hair length, massage your hair for about 5 minutes. Keep this mask for 50-60 mintues for better result and rinse your hair with mild shampoo. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardKeep your face acne free and smooth: Summers are the season of oliy skin, and it is the main cause of acne on our face. Take orange peel powder, Aloe Vera gel and rose water mix these three ingredient and apply it on your face for glowing and acne free skin. Control oil on skin: Be it Summers or chilly winters, never leave your skin non-moisturised. Otherwise, the skin will produce more oil on your face. Use clay based mask as they absorb the excess oil for better result use this mask for 2-3 times in a week. Night Cream: Night care is the most important step for a good skin. Add few drops of tea tree essential oil to your aloe vera gel and use it as a night cream and deep moisturise your skin throughout the night. (Inputs shared by Arpita Das, Skin Care expert).last_img read more

UN to launch 17million appeal to feed 100000 Nicaraguan hurricane victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it plans to launch a $17-million emergency appeal for 100,000 hurricane victims in Nicaragua, as rescue crews reported that they were stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought along the impoverished country’s northern coast. “The victims of this catastrophe are among the poorest and most vulnerable people, not just in Nicaragua but in the whole Latin American region,” WFP Country Director William Hart said of the last week’s landfall of Hurricane Felix. “As our staff arrive with supplies, it is clear they have been left with literally nothing. Everything is destroyed and their lives are in pieces. What we are discovering as we visit these remote areas is a desperate swathe of humanity that has been invisible to the outside world, and which now more than ever needs the help of outsiders,” he said. Initial reports indicate that of the almost 10,000 homes affected by the violent Category 5 hurricane, 80 per cent were completely destroyed. Almost 5,200 wells were contaminated and 6,000 latrines destroyed. Diarrhoea among children is increasing and heavy rainfall is creating unsanitary conditions that have raised fears of worsening health conditions. “The numbers of people seriously affected continues to grow while at the same time, as more information comes in from this remote region, we realize just how violent and destructive Hurricane Felix really was,” Mr. Hart said. “Not only have entire villages up and down the coast been pummelled and flattened into the ground, but extensive damage has also been reported among those living as much as 100 kilometres back from the coastline.” Hurricane Felix also ripped out large quantities of coconut, banana and mango trees, depriving inhabitants of basic foods. The upcoming harvest of rice and other vital crops has been lost, and due to salt water damage to fields it is expected that December’s harvest may be lost or severely reduced. Under the six-month WFP emergency operation, which is part of a consolidated appeal of UN agencies being announced today, WFP will provide a general distribution of emergency rations for the first three months, followed by food support for rehabilitation activities. These activities are likely to be extended for an additional period once a more detailed assessment of the region’s needs is completed. Meanwhile, WFP emergency feeding operations continue. Over the weekend, two ships carrying a combined total of 151 metric tons of food (enough for 15,000 people for 20 days) arrived in the battered coastal port of Bilwi (formerly Puerto Cabezas) after a two-day journey along the Escondido River. Bilwi has been cut off from overland transport after a key bridge was destroyed by Felix. About 14 tons of the food (enough to feed 1,550 for 18 days) was then transported by two United States Air Force helicopters to the town of Raiti, one of more than 100 Miskito Indian communities along the coast. Without the helicopters, which have established an air bridge in the area, the journey would have taken over a week. Yesterday the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was seeking over $2 million in relief aid over the next six months for the hurricane victims. 13 September 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it plans to launch a $17-million emergency appeal for 100,000 hurricane victims in Nicaragua, as rescue crews reported that they were stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought along the impoverished country’s northern coast. read more

Sudanese Government and UNICEF sign agreement to protect children

23 December 2008Sudan’s military and child welfare authorities have partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to protect children’s rights and prevent the recruitment of child soldiers in the war-torn African nation. The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Sudan’s National Council for Child Welfare (NCWW) and UNICEF signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to create a Child Rights Unit in the SAF to enforce the 2007 Sudan People’s Armed Forces Act, which sets 18 as the minimum age for armed forces recruitment. The Unit will also help SAF educate personnel about the Act and other child protection laws ratified by Sudan. NCCW and UNICEF will give the Unit technical support. UNICEF will also offer more specialized training and funds for the Unit to carry out its work.UNICEF hailed the move as a “remarkable step forward and a significant commitment” by Sudan’s Government to enforce child protection.“Sudan is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as other international and national instruments that are designed to protect women and children. However, the signing of this Memorandum increases the potential for implementation, and thus strengthens protection of children and prevention from recruitment into the armed forces,” said Ted Chaiban, the outgoing UNICEF Representative in Sudan. The Memorandum is the outcome of a partnership begun early in the year among SAF, NCWW and UNICEF to train 190 SAF officers in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, and in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million displaced from their homes since rebels began fighting the SAF and allied militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, in 2003. read more

East Timor UN police peacekeepers team up to investigate killing of alleged

A group of alleged cattle thieves were confronted Friday by TNI troops on the Indonesian side of the tactical coordination line that separates East Timor and West Timor. TNI reported it had shot three of the suspects, killing two. The wounded man and another suspect reportedly escaped and fled into East Timor.UN police, assisted by peacekeepers from New Zealand, launched an investigation into the incident. They were conducting a search operation in the area surrounding Nanu village, where the two surviving suspects were last seen.UN investigators have not confirmed the nationality of the two killed.

Five things to know about embattled Valeant Pharmaceuticals

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 26, 2015 11:51 am MDT Last Updated Oct 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to know about embattled Valeant Pharmaceuticals Five things to know about Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which is under fire in the U.S. for some of its business practices:The company: The pharmaceutical giant, based in Laval, Que., is a publicly traded, multinational specialty drug company that focuses on neurology, dermatology and eye care. Among its subsidiaries are Bausch & Lomb and Salix Pharmaceuticals. It employs 18,000 people worldwide. In addition to its prescription drugs, Valeant’s non-prescription retail brands include Cold-Fx and Swiss Natural.Trouble: Valeant was trading at a 52-week low last week after its stock fell as much as 39 per cent — prompting a brief halt in trading. That happened amid a scathing report on the drugmaker’s use of specialty pharmacies on the heels of news that U.S. lawmakers were also taking a close look at the company’s pricing practices. The report by Citron Research called Valeant “the pharmaceutical Enron,” accusing the company of setting up phantom pharmacies to fool auditors. That was vehemently denied by CEO Michael Pearson in a conference call on Monday, who urged U.S. securities regulators to investigate Citron. He said outsiders are trying to manipulate the market for their own gain.Losses: The plummet in stock prices — which began upon word that American legislators were investigating the company — has resulted in billions of dollars of losses for Valeant shareholders. The company’s shares peaked at $347.84 on Aug. 5, 2015, on the Toronto Stock Exchange. As of the close on Monday, its stock price on the TSX was $145.34, down 4.81 per cent from Friday’s close.Specialty pharmacies: Designed to help distribute certain drugs, including those that need constant refrigeration, they are exempt in the U.S. from reporting their sales to IMS Health, which tracks pharmaceutical sales for the industry south of the border. Drugmakers say they use the pharmacies to encourage the use of expensive drugs that insurance companies often won’t cover, and they consider these mail-order outlets essential to providing people with easier access to drugs. But insurance companies beg to differ, saying they promote high-priced drugs when much cheaper alternatives are available.Interesting fact: Eugene Melnyk, the billionaire owner of the Ottawa Senators and founder of drug maker Biovail Corp., fired off his own allegations in 2014 against Valeant, the company that now controls his one-time business. Melnyk alleged that Valeant is merely posing as a Canadian company to make use of Canada’s international fiscal treaties and dodge U.S. taxes. Valeant responded that it’s doing nothing wrong and follows all the rules in the jurisdictions where it operates. The sign of Valeant Pharma is pictured at its head office in Montreal on May 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more