Coal plants faltered in Australian heat wave, while renewables powered on

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A report into the Victoria “load-shedding” events in the January heatwave, which sparked yet another political battle over Australia’s energy policy, has highlighted the critical failure of the state’s main brown coal generators, as well as the important contributions of rooftop solar at key times.The report by the Australian Energy Market Operator confirms observations made at the time that its efforts to keep the lights on in the face of a record heat-wave were undermined by a series of failures and capacity reductions at all three of Victoria’s big brown coal generators.In contrast, AEMO notes, renewables performed better at the time of the major load-shedding at 11 am on January 25 than had been anticipated when modelling for the anticipated hot summer was completed.“The contribution from coal generation was significantly less than expected and renewables was slightly more than expected, based on the 2018 ESOO modelling assumptions,” AEMO says.It is the poor performance of the brown coal generators that stands out in the events over January 24 and 25, where load shedding was experienced on both days in Victoria, and South Australia escaped only because AEMO was able to call on emergency reserves.The performance of the brown coal generators contrasts sharply with other generation sources. As AEMO notes, brown coal performed substantially worse than expected when it was putting its plans together a few months ahead of time, gas and hydro performed as expected, but both wind and solar did a lot better than expected.More: Brown coal generators failed the grid in Victoria heat-wave, blackouts Coal plants faltered in Australian heat wave, while renewables powered onlast_img read more

Your brand is only as strong as its weakest link

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” I never understood this saying until recently. As far as I was concerned, the strong members of your group could compensate for the weaker ones, as long as the weak members were outnumbered. It doesn’t work that way.My son’s soccer team recently merged with another team because neither had enough players to make a roster. The two halves of the teams live in different cities, hold separate practices and train with different coaches who have different coaching philosophies. Our half of the team took first place four consecutive seasons. The other team was always toward the bottom of the pack. Combined, we’re at the bottom of the pack.Financial institutions most likely relate to this, because they usually have teams of employees at different branch locations with managers who manage differently. Do any of those managers exercise business practices that contradict your brand? Those are your weak links, or brand gaps. Even if it’s only one manager at one location, that branch weakens the overall strength of your brand.Following are a few suggestions to strengthen or repair your weak links: continue reading »last_img read more

Union fees legal case raises new questions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGeorge Will’s Feb. 25 column, “On Coerced union fees, Supreme Court can correct itself,” in regards to Janus vs AFSCME: I must say I agree in part with Mr. Will in regards to not having to contribute to funding any political lobbying if it is against one’s beliefs to do so. We must keep in mind that “lobbying” government can be to the benefit of all government workers.But what Mr. Will failed to mention is that some unions return a person’s portion of their “agency fee” that would have gone for that lobbying. He also failed to mention that portions of the “agency fee” are used to negotiate that person’s fair wage, health insurance and other benefits.Let’s go under the assumption that Janus wins. With this win, should those that are no longer fee payers negotiate their own contracts with the government entities? Should they negotiate the cost of their health insurance?If Janus wins, I feel it only fair to consider these people as non-union and not entitled to the benefits the union negotiate. Why should someone who doesn’t participate, even if it is a monetary contribution, benefit?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Jack Wilshere names ‘unreal’ Moussa Dembele as his toughest ever Premier League opponent

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 12:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link129Shares Wilshere named Fabregas as one of his best ever team-mates (Picture: Getty)On his best ever team-mate, Wilshere answered: ‘It’s tough, I played with some good players. ‘Probably Cesc [Fabregas] or Wazza [Wayne Rooney].’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalElsewhere in the Q&A, Wilshere reserved special praise for Arsene Wenger for allowing him to express himself and play with ‘freedom’ in his early days at Arsenal. ‘He gave me freedom,’ the West Ham midfielder explained.‘He let me play how I wanted to play.‘Obviously there was some tactical stuff but in terms of me on the ball… he told me to express myself and just play.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacementMORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snub Manchester United transfer Advertisement Jack Wilshere had plenty of encounters with Moussa Dembele during Arsenal’s clashes with Spurs (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere has picked out Moussa Dembele as the best player he ever faced in the Premier League and admits he ‘always hated’ coming up against the Belgian during Arsenal’s clashes with bitter rivals Tottenham.Both Wilshere and Dembele have since departed north London to join West Ham and Guangzhou R&F respectively but the two midfielders are remembered fondly by Arsenal and Spurs supporters.The pair had numerous heated battles in various derbies down the years and Dembele, known for his combative nature and occasional hotheadedness, even tried to headbutt Wilshere during Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal back in January 2014.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTHowever, Wilshere clearly harbours no hard feelings towards Dembele and hailed the ‘unreal’ Belgium international during a candid Q&A session with his Instagram followers on Saturday evening. Asked to name his toughest ever opponent in the English top flight, Wilshere replied: ‘I always hated playing against Dembele from Tottenham.‘Obviously it was a derby and he was always up for the game and made it difficult.‘He was strong, you couldn’t get the ball off him and his dribbling was unreal.’ Jack Wilshere names ‘unreal’ Moussa Dembele as his toughest ever Premier League opponentlast_img read more

Euthanasia bill under party pressure

first_imgNZ Herald 17 July 2013Labour MP Maryan Street is under pressure to drop a member’s bill which would legalise euthanasia because her party is concerned it could be a negative distraction in the lead-up to the general election next year.If Ms Street’s End of Life Choice Bill was pulled from the ballot, the debate could extend into election year, and some Labour MPs felt this could hurt the party’s run for Government by distracting from its main policies and deterring more conservative voters.Ms Street said that several colleagues had discussed with her what would happen if the bill were pulled from the ballot in 2014.“They have been very sympathetic and they know it is my decision whether it stays in the ballot or not. The issue is that it could be a distraction from our key messages … and I have to weigh that up, I have to think about that.”She argued that it would be a distraction for all parties, and the debate would affect not just Labour.Asked whether she planned to withdraw the bill, Ms Street said she would consult with the pro-euthanasia group End of Life Choice, which had asked her to draft the bill. read more

Telcos, PECO have until Dec. to fix ‘spaghetti wires’, posts

first_imgILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas hasgiven concerned companies until next month to fix “spaghetti wires” androad-obstructing posts. According to the BFP, the reasons for these incidents were dilapidated and ageing wooden poles and electrical wires and overloaded transformers of the 95 years old power utility PECO. They have no uniform plans for theircables, according to Estante, resulting to these wires dangling more like peskycobwebs. “Kalabanansang poste sang Panay Electric Co. (PECO) na-idog na nila,” said Estante. From January toOct. 27 of this year, BFP recorded 200 incidents of pole fires in thecity. Meanwhile, the Bureau of FireProtection (BFP) told the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in a recenthearing that fromOct. 1 to 27, there were 12 incidents of pole fires. Estante’s proposed ordinance alsocovered posts – also by telecommunications and television cable companies –that have yet to be removed from widened roads in the city. Estante’s proposed ordinance compelstelcos, cable television companies and PECO to fix their unkempt wires and movepoles that have become road obstructions. In 2016, therewere 453 reported fire incidents, 360 of which were caused by faulty electricalconnections and 303 of pole fires.  In 2017, therewere 361 fires caused by faulty electrical connections and 275 polefires.  center_img “These are eyesores and pose danger tothe public,” said Estante. According to the councilor, PLDTconfirmed having around 49 poles yet to be removed from widened roads whilePECO has 10 left. Bedraggled wirings uglifying the cityare mostly cable wires of telecommunications companies and cable televisioncompanies, not power lines, a recent hearing of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’sCommittee on Rules found out. “Angkalabanan nga culprit sini PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.) gid,” according to Estante whoseproposed ordinance addressing the problem on “spaghetti wires” was tackled bythe Committee on Rules recently. In 2018, 301 fires were caused by faulty electrical connections and 233 are pole fires, and as of Oct. 27, 2019, there were already 253 fire incidents caused by faulty electrical connections and 200 pole fires. That is an average of 28 fire incidents caused by faulty electrical connections per month. “Konindi pa gid nila maareglo, sya (Treñas) na lang mang-utod,” according to Councilor Ely Estante. The tolerance of illegal connections or “jumper” is also a culprit to the fires caused by faulty electrical connections, it added. In the ERC hearing, BFP clarified that only electrical cables could cause fires and not telephone or cable TV wires, contrary to PECO’s justification./PNlast_img read more

Sectional Champs!

first_imgCongratulations to the local champions of the girls sectionals.  In 1A Jac-Cen-Del added another sectional title to their recent run of championships.  In 2A South Ripley won their second consecutive sectional title with an easy win over Milan.In 3A Greensburg outlasted conference foe Batesville for a 6-point win.  Finally, East Central came up 2 points short to Columbus East.Regionals will be held this Saturday.  Follow WRBI for the games they will cover.  Good luck to the teams moving on!last_img read more

Access Bank-Lagos City Marathon: Lagos issues Travel Advisory

first_imgRelatedPosts Sanwo-Olu presents 18-seater bus to Lagos SWAN Lagos shuts down sport facilities, suspends sporting activities Davido, Teni others thrill fans at Access Bank-Lagos City Marathon The Lagos State Sports Commission has notified motorists that due to the Access Bank-Lagos City Marathon event scheduled to hold on February 8, 2020, the National Stadium in Surulere to Ikorodu Road as well as the entire stretch of Third Mainland Bridge to Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, inwards Eko Atlantic City will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race. A release by the Commission said participants will take off from National Stadium, Surulere on Lagos Mainland, proceed through the entire stretch of Funsho Williams Avenue/Ikorodu Road to connect Third Mainland Bridge through Gbagada, into Adeniji, Osborne Road down to Bishop Oluwole Street before finishing at Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island While noting that no vehicle will be allowed to ply designated routes during the marathon from 4am on the scheduled date, the Commission advised motorists to use alternative routes as well as plan their journey in advance. The statement, therefore, advised that motorists going to Surulere from Lagos Island shall be diverted through Costain Roundabout to connect Ebute-Metta, Orile, Nigerian Brewery and Bode Thomas to link their final destination, adding that those coming from Masha, Kilo inward Stadium shall be diverted at Shitta Roundabout for onward movement through Falolu or Adeniran Ogunsanya Roads in order to proceed further. It advised motorists plying Apapa/Orile-Iganmu and going towards Ojuelegba, Mushin and environs to go through Eric Moore, Bode Thomas, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Shitta Roundabout down to Falolu to access endpoints, stressing that vehicular movement is allowed on Ikorodu Road from Anthony (by Theodolite Junction) inward Ojota as well as from Ojota through Maryland, Anthony to Ojuelegba and Eko Bridge via the National Stadium Bridge. While pointing out that no U-turn is allowed between Anthony and Stadium as a result of the marathon holding from Stadium inwards Anthony, the release informed that motorists coming from Mile 2 inward Gbagada will be diverted into Agege Motor Road via the service lane of BOC Gases/Armed Forces Resettlement Centre or through Town Planning Way to connect their destination. The statement explained further that cars coming from Old Tollgate, Alapere, Ogudu going to Lagos Island shall be diverted to Gbagada, Anthony to Ikorodu Road-Funsho Williams Avenue to connect Lagos Island through Eko Bridge, while those coming from Ajah inward Ozumba Mbadiwe shall be diverted to Admiralty Way from Lekki Second Roundabout to connect Cable Bridge for their onward trip. It stated further that motorists descending Cable Bridge into Ikoyi shall be diverted into Gerrard Road to connect Osborne Road, while those from Awolowo Road shall be diverted to Falomo Bridge to connect Ozumba Mbadiwe Road due to the restriction of traffic towards Falomo Roundabout inwards Bourdillion as well as Akin Adesola inwards Bar Beach. The Commission emphasised that all adjoining streets and feeder roads leading to the designated marathon routes shall be temporarily closed to traffic until all runners leave in order to ensure the safety of the athletes. While apologising for any inconvenience the event may cause, the Lagos State Government solicited the co-operation and understanding of the general public in complying with the directives of Traffic and Security Personnel that will be deployed and strategically positioned at major road points and intersections in order to ensure compliance and ease of movement.Tags: Access Bank Lagos City MarathonLagos State Sports Commissionlast_img read more

Lerner leaves door open to sale

first_imgAston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has insisted he will not address rumours that he is ready to sell the club until the end of the season. Press Association Lerner released a statement on Sunday afternoon which is likely to further fuel the speculation that he is ready to call time on his ownership of the Villa Park club. In it, he said: “As regards my personal role at the club and the steady rumours of a sale, I will address these after the season. “Randy’s always been great with me as an individual and someone to talk to,” said the manager. “What he’s done here has been phenomenal. We’ve got an incredible training ground due to him and an incredible stadium, it’s been fantastic. “He has spent one hell of a lot of money since he’s been at the club. “Without a doubt (Lerner is still passionate about this club). I don’t think you do what he’s done and not be passionate about it. He loves this club.” However, Lambert also admits the team will continue to struggle in the Premier League unless more funds can be made available for big-name players. He added: “There’s loads of work to be done in this league. The finances are vital for this league – the better the players you buy, the better chance you have of doing something. “We’ve done it for two years and tried to keep this club in the league and to keep it going. But this club’s too big, far too big, that’s me being honest. “All the players I’ve been linked with cost one hell of a lot of money. If you don’t have it then you have to work within the parameters that you’ve got. “The size of this club and the fan base it’s got, and the way things have happened in the past, winning the league and the European Cup, these supporters don’t want to see a club like this for the past few years. “But this league and how hard it is, you’ve got to look at it and say, ‘Okay, we can go and get x, y and z’. But the big ones I’ve been linked with, you couldn’t do it.” “[Manager] Paul Lambert, [chief executive] Paul Faulkner and I speak daily and remain committed to the immediate job of limiting distraction and confusion in order that Villa have the best chance possible of finishing on a strong note.” Lerner’s statement came after Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Southampton which left Villa in 15th place in the table and five points above the drop zone with four games still to play. He remains steadfastly behind manager Paul Lambert after a week during which coaches Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa were suspended. Lerner said: “Following the point yesterday at Villa Park, there have been stories about my selling the club. “On a personal level, I had hoped the emphasis would have been on the amazing effort on the part of our manager and our players to re-group throughout a very difficult week. “Injuries to Libor (Kozak) and Christian (Benteke), compounded with the early loss of Jores (Okore) and the difficult rehab of Charles (N’Zogbia) have no doubt left Paul with far less to work with than is fair. “Still, Paul Lambert has done nothing but work within the parameters I’ve set, put the club first and continue to trust his players.” Lambert was equally praiseworthy of Lerner and his contribution to the club. last_img read more

Ospreys back on track with victory

first_img After three games without a victory Steve Tandy’s side returned to winning ways to boost their chances of a top-four finish. Outside half Sam Davies, son of former Scarlets and Gloucester coach Nigel, kicked 21 points and set up a try for number eight Dan Baker to seal a much-needed win. A first-half yellow card for forward Dave O’Callaghan proved to be costly for the visitors as the home side scored 11 of their 26 points while Munster were down to 14 men. Munster’s reply came from late tries by Donnacha Ryan and Keith Earls but the outcome was never really in doubt by that stage. A bright start from the Ospreys saw Davies kick them ahead with a penalty after five minutes. They dominated territory and possession in the opening quarter but were struggling to turn their advantage into points on the board. It was the 22nd minute before Davies added to their lead with a second penalty. The key incident of the first half came when Munster flanker O’Callaghan was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Ospreys full-back Dan Evans. Within 90 seconds the Ospreys had their opening try when they moved the ball wide and Baker collected Davies’ long pass and went over in the corner. The young fly-half missed the conversion but was able to nudge the Ospreys further in front with his third penalty minutes later. The Ospreys got their Guinness PRO12 play-off charge back on track with a 26-12 victory over fellow title contenders Munster. Press Association Straight from the restart the home side were back on the front foot with Justin Tipuric, making his 100th appearance for the Welsh region, making 30 metres with a fine break down the middle. It put Davies into drop goal range and he slotted his effort straight down the middle to give the Ospreys a 17-0 lead at the break. Munster tried to force their way back into the contest at the beginning of the second period but when they got into Ospreys territory the home side did well to defend a driving line-out and clear. With Munster back up to 15 players the game returned to a tight affair with much of the rugby being played in the middle of the field. Davies kicked a long-range penalty just after the hour mark to keep the scoreboard ticking over for the Ospreys and the 21-year-old was managing the game well for the hosts. Munster finally got success from a driving line-out nine minutes from the end when replacement Ryan was pushed from close range for their opening try. Davies added his fifth penalty for the Ospreys on 75 minutes before less than 90 seconds later Earls crossed in the corner for Munster’s second score. But it proved to be nothing more than a consolation when Davies kicked his sixth penalty at the death. last_img read more