New York plans 800-MW offshore wind auction by year’s end

first_imgNew York plans 800-MW offshore wind auction by year’s end FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshore Wind Journal:New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state will hold its first offshore wind auction–for 800 MW–by the end of 2018.The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will procure approximately 800 MW of offshore wind through a solicitation issued in Q4 2018, in consultation with the New York Power Authority and the Long Island Power Authority. Awards are expected to be announced in Q2 2019. If needed, a second solicitation will be issued in 2019.Through the solicitations, NYSERDA will procure offshore wind renewable energy certificates (ORECs) from awarded facilities. Each electric utility and other third-party suppliers of electricity serving retail customers in New York will support these new offshore wind resources through the purchase of ORECs from NYSERDA.The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan announced earlier this year by Governor Cuomo will guide the state in the responsible and cost-effective development of 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030. The governor also directed NYSERDA to invest US$15M in clean energy workforce development and infrastructure advancement to train workers to support the growth of the offshore wind industry.In June, NYSERDA was awarded a US$18.5M Department of Energy grant to lead the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. This nationwide offshore wind research and development consortium will be supported through a public-private partnership including the offshore wind industry, utilities, research laboratories, and other states.More: Cuomo kick-starts New York offshore wind with 800 MW procurementlast_img read more

Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich consolidate visitors lead in the ongoing Test series

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON: Riding on an unbeaten partnership between Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich, West Indies went past England’s first innings total in the second session of the third day of the first #raisethebat Test series at Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday.Resuming the innings at 159/3 after Lunch, the visitors suffered an early blow as James Anderson got rid of Shamarh Brooks for 39. The batsman went for the review but replays showed that he had indeed edged the ball into the hands of wicket-keeper Jos Buttler. Chase, along with Jermaine Blackwood hit a few boundaries to release the pressure a bit. But Bess was having none of it as he picked his second wicket of the innings in Blackwood for 12, who hit the ball high in the air and was caught by Anderson at mid-off. That is when wicket-keeper-batsman Dowrich joined Chase in the middle and they overhauled the England’s total with ease. The hosts’ bowlers toiled hard but couldn’t force a breakthrough as the duo put together an unbeaten 49-run stand till Tea and helped the visitors take a slender 31-run lead at the end of second session. England will take heart from the fact that the second new ball will be available after the break and they could opt for it straightaway before this partnership creates further trouble for them. Brief Scores: West Indies: 235/5 (Brathwaite 65, Brooks 39; Anderson 2/42); England 204 all-out (Stokes 43, Buttler 35; Holder 6/42). IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Impact of COVID on Education & What’s Nextlast_img read more

Juventus make De Ligt world’s most expensive defender

first_imgThe Turin-based club, now coached by former Chelsea mentor Maurizio Sarri, were keen to bring new blood into an ageing defence that features 34-year-old Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, 32.De Ligt played 117 games for Ajax in all competitions, scoring 13 goals. He scored the winner in Turin as Ajax eliminated Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.De Ligt has played 17 times for the Netherlands, forming a formidable central defensive partnership with Van Dijk.He took over the captain’s armband at Ajax in March 2018, making him the club’s youngest ever captain.De Ligt said Ronaldo had urged him to join Juventus after the two faced each other for their countries in the Nations League final in June won by Portugal.Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman says De Ligt “will become one of the best defenders in the world in a short time”.De Ligt is the latest big-money summer transfer following the 120-million-euro deal that took France striker Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona and the 126 million euros that Atletico splashed out on 19-year-old forward Joao Felix from Benfica.After a disappointing 2018-2019 season, Real Madrid have strengthened with the acquisition of Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard from Chelsea for an initial 100 million euros, with another 34 million euros in potential add-ons.Premier League champions Manchester City bought Spain international Rodri for a club record 70 million euros (£63 million).Share on: WhatsApp Matthijs de Ligt during Juventus medical. PHOTO via @juventusfcenRome, Italy | AFP | Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt, one of the most coveted young players in world football, signed Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for a fee of 75 million euros ($84.2 million) plus add ons.The 19-year-old agreed a five-year contract with the Italian champions.Juventus said in a statement the fee would be paid over five financial years, with “additional costs” of 10.5 million euros.The combined fee makes De Ligt the world’s most expensive defender, surpassing the 84 million euros Liverpool paid to sign his Netherlands teammate Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in 2018.De Ligt is Juventus’ third most expensive signing after the 105 million euros they paid to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018 and the 90-million-euro transfer of Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli in 2016.De Ligt had also been linked with Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive performances for a young Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.His Ajax teammate, 22-year-old midfielder Frenkie de Jong, has already joined Barcelona.In a deal hammered out by his powerful Italian-born Dutch agent Mino Raiola, De Ligt will earn a basic annual salary of 7.5 million euros that could reach 12 million euros with bonuses, according to reports in Italy.“The sporting project proved decisive” in De Ligt’s decision to choose Juventus. “For a defender, Italy is always an ideal place.”– Ageing defence –last_img read more

County Commission to Consider Body Cameras for PBSO

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it has some catching up to do.The agency, which serves most of the county, lacks body cameras.However, that could soon change.County mayor Dave Kerner said last week that he plans to raise the idea of shifting sales-tax money, in an effort to find the nearly $19 million Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says he needs to buy the cameras.Kerner added that he plans to bring up the discussion this summer.The mayor went on to say that he had “positive” talks Tuesday with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, and had also spoken with Bradshaw.Twelve municipalities in Palm Beach County currently have body cameras, as does Florida Atlantic University’s police department.PBSO is responsible for 1,874 of the 2,227 square miles in the county.The agency is also contracted to 14 of the county’s 39 municipalities, or a combined population of 185,000 people.Its proposed 2020-2021 is about $740 million.Currently, PBSO has dashboard cameras in 960 of its 3,200 vehicles, which include patrol cars, unmarked units and support vehicles.last_img read more

What fast bowlers need to do to swing a cricket ball without saliva

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TOI/APAdvertisement g4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmzj3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En71rz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yfWould you ever consider trying this?😱6s0tCan your students do this? 🌚mRoller skating! Powered by Firework The COVID-19 pandemic of the past few months have made an impact on world sports in more than one way. In addition to a long suspension of all fixtures, tournaments and tours, a number of new rules and regulations have been implemented across several sports as means of precautions and as a counter measure against contamination. Advertisement One of them belongs to cricket, the ban on the use of saliva, which is an age old method used by pace bowlers to swing the ball, and the ban is currently in effect in the ongoing three match Test series between England and West Indies.Image Courtesy: Getty/TOI/APFrom the bowler at the non striking end of the pitch to the keeper behind the wickets, the cricket ball is treated with multiple polishes of saliva on one side, to generate swerve in the next delivery. Although the method is surely insanitary in the gentleman’s game, the benefits were worth for the pacers.Advertisement However, now with the prevalence of the novel Coronavirus, saliva possess a high chance of contaminating the virus, and handling a saliva polished ball during a match creates a risky affair for all the players on the field. When the medical guidelines are strictly to use masks and to avoid touching your mouth, licking your finger to shine a cricket match ball, termed a ‘vector of the disease’ by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is surely not a good idea.The ICC’s implementation of the ban in June, on the same day the Windies arrived at England for the series. While the decision, recommended by former Indian bowling icon and captain Anil Kumble has been widely accepted by players, as bowlers are retraining themselves to let go of their habit of wetting their fingers, there are a number of ways the seamers can achieve swerving the ball. Lets look at them below-Advertisement 1. Sweat:Although saliva usage has been prohibited, the ICC gave no red signal to use sweat for shining the ball. “…it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted through sweat and saw no need to prohibit the use of sweat to polish the ball…” the ICC release had stated last month.No saliva? No stress: Sweat is a hugely effective alternative for the age old method of shining the ball. (Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TOI)Using sweat will be very useful for cricketers in humid climates such as India and Australia. Wiping off perspiration mixed with sunscreen from forehead will be a pretty effective alternative for pacers. While this method may not be that useful in dry and winter conditions, there is another way to get the job done.2. Dukes Ball:The Dukes ball, used in English cricket, can be shined on one side without using any bodily fluid. As stated by Dilip Jajodia, the owner of Dukes ball manufacturing company British Cricket Balls Ltd, rubbing the ball on the trousers will allow the grease inside to come out and shine one side of the ball, thus, allowing it to swing. Although saliva used to speed up the process, it is still better than nothing.The answer lies in the question: The waterproofing grease inside the Dukes balls of England is a good shining alternative. (Image Courtesy: Getty)While the waterproofing grease inside the Dukes ball is allowed, ICC has also banned using wax, as it constitutes as ball tampering. Back in May, Australian manufacturer Kookaburra had proposed the idea of producing a wax applicator as an alternative to both saliva and sweat, but that scheme is now futile.3. Damp Towel:South African speedster Lungi Ngidi has recently come up with an interesting idea of using a damp towel to do the shine work. “So now we have to find a game plan to get the ball to swing. Probably a damp towel is the best thing but you’ve got to find something somehow, to shine it,” the 24 year old spoke to ESPNcricinfo.A no brainer: Proteas speedster Lungi Ngidi proposes the use of damp towel to do the shining work. (Image Courtesy: Getty)Human life is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it, the sport of cricket will also see some new changes. While there are some negative views on the saliva ban, the icons of pace bowling will use such alternatives to their best effects.Image created by BetwayIf you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Coach reveals if Aussie players will participate in IPL 2020Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood outlines Rohit Sharma’s greatest strength as a batsman Advertisementlast_img read more