An Energy-Self-Sufficient Community

first_imgFrom a distance, Feldheim looks like many other rural villages in Germany: a cluster of buildings surrounded by farmland and forests. The backdrop includes numerous wind turbines, but that’s not unusual in Germany’s breezy north. What is unusual is that there are two signs welcoming visitors to Feldheim: the typical yellow sign that is found at the edge of every village, and another in blue and white announcing that Feldheim is an “Energieautarker Ortsteil,” or an energy self-sufficient district.In 2010, Feldheim became one of the first villages in Germany to supply all of its own electricity and heat. Electricity from wind and PV are becoming cheapFollowing the tour, I had a chance meeting at the EQ-Sys facility with Michael Raschemann, one of the two founders of Energiequelle. I was surprised both by his youthfulness and his accessibility. When I asked about the absorption cooling system that used heat from the biogas plant to keep the EQ-Sys factory cool during the summer, he happily showed me the system’s components. On the shop floor, he also explained to me various exhibits-in-progress that would be housed in Feldheim’s New Energy Forum.“All that you have helped to achieve here in Feldheim is impressive and admirable,” I told him. “I’d like to think that communities in the U.S. could also become energy self-sufficient. But how feasible is it to replicate Feldheim’s success without generous government subsidies and a deep-pocketed partner like Energiequelle?”He considered the question and answered carefully.“I think it comes down largely to energy prices. In Germany, new wind parks are producing power for 4 to 5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is on par with coal plants that burn lignite [inexpensive but highly polluting brown coal]. Power generated by large solar farms continues to drop in price, and is now in the 8 to 10 cent per kilowatt hour range — making the newest PV competitive with gas-fired power plants, and within striking range of coal plants. As costs for renewable energy continue to drop, many things will become possible.”I thanked him for his time, and for helping to demonstrate in Feldheim what may one day be possible to achieve in villages around the world. Wood chips are used to fuel a combined heat and power plantThe wood-chip boiler is located a few hundred feet from the biogas plant. Heated water from the CHP plant flows to a distribution center (with all of the necessary manifolds and circulators) near the boiler, and from there is sent through distribution pipes to buildings in the village. The boiler is equipped with two hot water storage tanks that help to accommodate spikes in hot water usage — for example during unusually cold weather. The wood-chip boiler does not fire often, because heat from the CHP plant covers the village’s needs for most of the year.After seeing the biogas plant and the wood-chip boiler, we piled into a bus to visit the solar farm located between Feldheim and the town of Treuenbrietzen. During the Cold War, the Russian military had used the site as a communications center. When the Russians abandoned the buildings in 1994, Treuenbrietzen did not have the resources to make use of the site. Energiequelle purchased the site in 2004 for a nominal sum, invested about 1.7 million euros in building demolition and site remediation, and began developing the solar farm in phases. Although the solar farm is owned by Energiequelle, all of the PV panels are mounted on trackers produced in Feldheim by the company’s daughter firm, EQ-Sys.As we wandered through the field of large column-mounted PV arrays, I asked a member of the group about other stops on their energy-related tour of Germany. One of the group’s visits had been to a nuclear power plant that was being decommissioned.“The nuclear power plant’s output was roughly equivalent to that of the wind park in Feldheim,” he told me. “The plant took ten years to build, it operated for twenty years, and it will take twenty years to decommission. Makes wind power look pretty attractive, doesn’t it?” RELATED ARTICLES Germany’s Bioenergy VillagesVisiting a District Heating Plant in AustriaGerman Building Codes Keep Ratcheting UpA Construction Trade Fair in GermanyA Visit to a German Home CenterA German Deep-Energy RetrofitGermany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany The wind turbines are supported by concrete towersThe final stop on our tour was the wind park — or rather, two of the many wind turbines located on agricultural land just outside the village of Feldheim. As I have long been fascinated by these giant wind turbines, I was excited to see them close up.The first tower we visited was a 2.3-MW unit that has been in operation since 2005. Kathleen gave us the particulars: 98 meters high to the hub, rotor diameter of 71 meters, etc.I was surprised to learn that the stacked rings that make up the tower are concrete until the uppermost section, which is steel. Two vertical holes in each column section are aligned so that steel cables can be installed that run the height of the tower. The cables tie the sections together, but they also allow for some flexibility in high winds. The 16 meter diameter base of the tower contains a transformer and inverters for managing the power generated, and a simple cable-suspended man lift for conveying technicians up and down. A vertical ladder along the inside of the tower provides emergency access.The second tower we visited was one under construction. I marveled at the size of the track crane being used to hoist mechanical equipment up to the top of the tower. This new turbine would have a capacity of 3.0 MW, which is apparently standard for the industry today. In the distance, we could see another similar tower being erected.The distant tower was part of a “repowering” project. Three of Feldheim’s original four wind turbines are being replaced. The original turbines were completed in 1994, and were rated at 500 KW. At 3.0 MW, the new turbines are six times more powerful. Energiequelle owns some turbines that are rated at 7.5 MW. The wind industry has come a long way in twenty years. Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Local residents get cheap electricityThe energy-related developments in Feldheim have had a cascading effect. The decision to install a district heating system led to discussions about the village’s electricity grid. Could some of the power being generated in the wind park be fed directly to buildings in the village?The answer was a qualified “yes.” When the utility company that owned the existing power lines refused to allow the village to use those lines to distribute electricity directly from the wind park, Energiequelle fronted the money to pay for the installation of new underground power lines — and fiber optic cables. As with the district heating system, the connection fee paid by building owners for access to this local grid was €1,500.Residents pay 16.6 cents/kWh for electricity. Germany’s national average is about 26 cents/kWh. It all started with a few wind turbinesI visited Feldheim twice recently. During my first visit I met with Michael Knape, the mayor of Treuenbrietzen, the adjacent town to which Feldheim belongs. I had seen Mr. Knape give a presentation about Feldheim at a bioenergy village conference in Berlin, and I was eager to follow up with him. He suggested that we meet “at the construction site” in Feldheim. When I asked which one, he sounded surprised: “There’s only one.” PV trackers are manufactured locallyThe relatively low cost of electricity and heat was a factor in Energiequelle’s decision to build the production plant of a daughter company, EQ-Sys, in Feldheim. The company, which fabricates trackers for solar arrays, has twenty-three employees, most of whom live in and around Feldheim.Heat from the CHP plant keeps the production facility warm in the winter and — via an absorption chiller — cool in the summer. The solar trackers fabricated in Feldheim were used by Energiequelle in a large solar farm that it developed on an abandoned Russian military base north of the village. A boost to the local economyThe story of Feldheim becoming energy self-sufficient is largely about the successful public-private partnership between Energiequelle, the company that Mr. Raschemann founded, and the village of Feldheim.In 2000, the German government passed the original version of its Renewable Energy Law that provides attractive incentives for investments in renewable energy. In consultation with the residents of Feldheim, Energiequelle developed a plan to build thirty-nine more wind turbines in two phases.With annual lease payments in the €15,000 to €20,000 range, these additional turbines represented a welcome boost to the local economy.By 2004, the renewable energy industry in Germany was growing briskly, but the agricultural sector was suffering. Prices had fallen for sugar beets and potatoes, the staple crops of the farmers in Feldheim. At the same time, costs for fuel, fertilizer, and animal feed were rising.Because Energiequelle had proven to be a reliable and generous partner for the village, the manager of the local agricultural cooperative approached Mr. Raschemann to explore ways in which the cooperative and the company might work together. These discussions led eventually to the building of a biogas plant that is jointly owned by the farmers and Energiequelle. Battery storageMy meeting with Mayor Knape helped to clarify the history, ownership structure, and financing of the projects in Feldheim. However, there wasn’t time for a tour of the various installations. He suggested that I contact the New Energy Forum Feldheim — the nonprofit group in whose temporary conference room we were meeting — to set up a tour.Before we parted, I asked Mr. Knape about what comes next: Where does he see Feldheim heading in terms of energy infrastructure?“We are looking forward in the coming months to the completion of the New Energy Forum Feldheim, which will be an information and training center focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. We also hope to have a large battery storage system installed in Feldheim later this year. The battery will be able to store excess electricity from the wind farm, and release it when needed to the public grid. But my main focus these days is on the town of Treuenbrietzen. I’d like to find ways to adapt the technologies used and lessons learned in Feldheim to the town — particularly to the historic town center.” A district heating system with a wood-chip boilerThe villagers, the local municipality, and Energiequelle formed a limited partnership to finance and construct a district heating system that uses heat from the biogas-fired CHP plant. The system includes a wood chip-fired boiler and two hot water storage tanks to help handle peak heating loads. The boiler is fueled with waste wood from logging operations in the cooperatively owned local forest.The heating network supplies thirty-five homes, two town buildings, four large pig-breeding barns, and a machine shop.The district heating system was commissioned in 2009, and cost €1,725,000 ($2,348,000) — including the wood chip-fired boiler. Of this amount, €138,000 was provided by the local limited partnership, €830,000 came from EU and state grants, and the balance was financed conventionally through a local bank.The owners of each of the thirty-five homes on the grid paid a one-time connection fee of €1,500 ($2,000). Their heating costs have been averaging 10% to 20% less than for fossil fuel-based alternatives. Perhaps more importantly, most of the money that residents pay for heat stays in the village, and heating costs are now largely independent of fossil fuel prices. Finding the job site was not difficult. Feldheim has just one main street, and most of the village’s homes are on it. I pulled up to a two-story building wrapped in scaffolding. Several masons were repointing brick and reproducing masonry moldings on the front of the building, while at the gable end, another crew was installing batts of mineral wool insulation on the walls. A large sign out front announced the Neue-Energien-Forum Feldheim, or “New Energy Forum Feldheim.” I noticed an electric vehicle charging station adjacent to the building.As Mr. Knape and I settled into a temporary conference room that had been set up on site, I asked him, “Why Feldheim? Why here?”“In the early 1990s,” he told me, “a graduate student named Michael Raschemann visited the village while looking for a location to install four wind turbines.” The conditions in Feldheim seemed promising because the area is windy, and the land surrounding the village is relatively flat. In his subsequent discussions with the villagers, Mr. Raschemann proved adept at addressing the villagers’ concerns and winning their trust. He even offered local residents the opportunity to invest in one of the four wind turbines — a wise investment, as it turned out. Fuel from agricultural wasteThe technology underlying biogas fermenters is well-understood in Germany, where there are over 8,000 plants in operation. These systems typically create usable methane gas by fermenting a combination of agricultural waste and fuel crops. The raw materials that feed Feldheim’s biogas plant are all produced within a radius of about four kilometers, on land owned by the farmers’ cooperative.The methane gas generated in the biogas fermenter is burned in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to produce heat and electricity. Originally the farmers had intended to heat only the stalls of their pig-breeding operation with heat from the CHP plant, but once it was up and running, they realized that the system could provide most of the heat needed in the village. A mixture of corn silage, rye, and manureI returned to Feldheim several weeks later to tour the renewable energy installations. The group I accompanied was an international delegation that was being hosted for a week in Germany by the nonprofit group Bread for the World. The group included representatives from Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Tanzania, and Bolivia.After watching a PowerPoint presentation (in English, the common language), we headed out for the tour. Our guide was Kathleen Thompson, a British ex-pat who lives nearby.We stopped first at the biogas plant. Technicians from EnviTec, the company that had installed the plant, were doing routine maintenance. Kathleen explained that the farmers who cooperatively manage the plant typically handle day-to-day issues, but that every 2,000 hours (roughly every 3 months), professional technicians give the plant a tuneup.On a daily basis, corn silage, rye grain, and manure slurry are fed into a mixer, and then piped to the fermenting tank where the substrate remains for fifty days. Pipes conveying warm or cool water regulate the temperature in the tank, and the bacterial composition of the substrate is carefully monitored. Fermentation gas consisting mostly of methane and CO2 is collected from the top of the fermenter and piped to the CHP plant.The biogas is burned in the engine of the CHP plant to power a generator that creates electricity which is then fed into the public grid. Heat from this process is transferred to the district heating system via water pipes. The sludge that remains after the substrate has been fermented is a high quality fertilizer that the farmers spread on their fields.The entire process is automated, for the most part. Daily responsibility for the biogas plant rotates among the farmers, who typically check on the operation several times a day.last_img read more

Verizon Terremark Wants To Change The Architecture Of The Cloud

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#IaaS#object storage#public cloud#Verizon Terremark brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Another major cloud service is angling today to join the pantheon of public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Rackspace and Windows Azure. Verizon Terremark, a unit formed by Verizon’s $1.4 billion purchase of the Miami-based cloud vendor Terremark in 2011, is launching two new public infrastructure services today: Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage.But what will this new public cloud offering give the world that it already doesn’t have? Verizon Terremark’s infrastructure-as-a-service Cloud Compute and object storage Cloud Storage offerings are most analogous to Amazon Web Service’s EC2 and S3 services, respectively. But VT claims it offers some key technological and business advantages. Let’s have a look.The Technology ArgumentFor starters, VT claims its networking architecture will allow for multi-tier networking, with multiple network interfaces available to any virtual machine. Applications running on the VT cloud service can have any number of tiers available, from the client-server two-tier architecture, to the more stable three-tier presentation-business-data architecture that is common for many web apps and beyond. Using multi-tier networking can introduce a lot of stability and fault-tolerance into an application; the more parts of an application’s process that are handled by different machines on the network, the less chance there is for the application to fail. And, if you want to swap out a software component of the application, it can be done without rewriting the whole app. But, there’s a catch. Any time an application process or data has to jump from one machine to another, it slows the process down. The more tiers introduced, the slower the process gets, as information has to potentially hop multiple times from one server to the next.To adjust for this problematic latency, Verizon Terremark CTO John Considine told me that the topography of the network will also be laid out as an “ultra-flat network,” which means that inside each of the new public cloud’s seven regions, virtual-machine-to-virtual-machine communication will be done in one network hop, even if there are hundreds of thousands of virtual machines within a region’s virtual network.This is a sharp departure from what Considine called the typical leaf-and-spine topography seen in many places today. That topography, he claims, leaves many network links oversubscribed and can introduce latency into the system—especially with multi-tier network architecture. “We’ve removed the restrictions on where in a region we put a customer’s servers,” he said. “We can do this by rewriting network packets on the network layer as the packets move through the network.”Besides the improvement in multi-tier processes, Considine argues, Verizon Cloud customers shouldn’t have to suffer the so-called “bad neighbor” effect that can adversely affect one or more virtual machines if a nearby virtual machine is hogging too many network resources. Considine says that should help increase reliability of the VMs on the network.This kind of network flexibility is pretty much what you would expect a network provider would feature: after managing a network of its own for so long, one would expect VT to have some decent tricks up its sleeve. Such network flexibility should translate into faster multi-tier applications, if developers want to build them.The Business ArgumentFrom a business perspective, Verizon claims its Cloud Compute customers will have far more control over the resources they use on the cloud.For example, in AWS’s EC2 service, the m1.small server instance offers 1.7GB of RAM. So, Considine said, a customer with a 2GB app can either try to squeeze the app into the smaller 1.7GB space, or upgrade to Amazon’s next instance, the 3.75GB m1.medium, and pay more.By contrast, Verizon prices its services are priced by the gigabyte and the gigahertz. Servers, then, can be better sized to a customer’s actual need, Considine said.Verizon has also simplified pricing by eliminating, for instance, charges per input/output of memory transferred.Simplified pricing would be a cool part of this new cloud service; given that some customers actually attend seminars to learn just how to read a bill from AWS, simplicity would be a welcome breath of fresh air.The Bottom LineU.S. customers will get the most access right now, with four available cloud regions. The EMEA will have two available cloud regions, and another cloud region in Brazil. The APEC region will see availability of Verizon Terremark cloud services in 2014, Considine said.If these cloud services deliver what they promise, Verizon Terremark could shake up the public cloud market. The company is targeting enterprise customers (naturally), but it is also driving towards medium-sized and government clients as well—the latter being a direct square-off with AWS’s recent claim staking of the government sector this summer.Lots of companies have tried to knock AWS off the top of the public-cloud heap, but Verizon Terremark might have a better chance than most. Unlike AWS and all of the other cloud competitors, VT controls a network, which may give it an advantage until the other services can catch up.Image courtesy of Wikimapiacenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Taller Cambodian rival continues to haunt Alora

first_img“But this was the best fight I had against her, maybe next time I can get back at her,” said the Rio Olympian.READ: Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer “No regrets. It was a good fight. I did my best,” said Alora who in the third round of the middleweight final tried frantically to score but still can’t find her range.Her defeat came after Francis Aaron Agojo fell to Vietnamese Nguyen Van Duy, 30-17, in the men’s bantamweight semfiinals.Agojo barged to the semis with a dominating 35-5 win over Cambodia’s Va Mithona.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next What she can’t solve?READ: Alora falls to familiar foe, settles for silver in taekwondoFEATURED 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“Her height. I tried to intercept but every time she has (arms and legs) sticking to me,” said the 27-year-old, five-foot-8 Alora in Filipino.Seavmey is reigning Asian Games champion and just also recently defeated Alora in the Asian Championship/Olympic qualifying held in the Philippines. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Traffic welcomes Ray Allen in Manila LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ But he found himself in the same bracket as the Vietnamese who dealt him a defeat in the gold medal match two years ago in Singapore.The Philippine taekwondo team will go home with two golds—via men’s poomsae team and Samuel Morrison in men’s lightweight—three silvers and four bronzes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Faced with an enemy four inches taller, Filipino top taekwondo bet Kirstie Elaine Alora lost a 14-6 decision to settle for silver in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Alora tried to fight through the outstretched arms of 6-foot Cambodian Sorn Seavmey up to the last second but still fell short against the opponent that has beaten her four times already.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Exemplifying the role of a student-athlete, Ravena has completed his academic duties and he posted his graduation photo on his Instagram account on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 22-year-old Ravena has come a long way after he was forced to sit out UAAP Season 78 due to academic deficiencies.Ravena, who studied AB Interdisciplinary Studies with Communications and Information Design as tracks, said he plans to take a master’s degree in either communication or management. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Blackwater flaunts depth in win over Rain or Shine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena has garnered a long list of accolades throughout his young basketball career, having won two UAAP championships and a pair of Finals MVP awards for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.His latest achievement, however, shows that the do-it-all forward can also get it done off the court.ADVERTISEMENT But before that, Ravena still has one more mission left to accomplish for Ateneo.He has one year left of eligibility in the UAAP and he wants no less than another championship to cap off his colorful collegiate career. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Yass Knockout 2019 is coming!

first_imgThe Yass Knockout is coming around again, it’s on the weekend of 26th to 27th January 2019. What better way to spend Australia Day?!Play in Men’s, Women’s or Mixed divisions.$15,000 prize money up for grabs.Teams must nominate by 11th January 2019.There are many accommodation options, listed in the form below, or teams can camp in tents at the venue.To find out more, go to: Yass Knockout 2019 form (002)last_img

10 months agoArsenal chief Mertesacker: Ozil needs to fight back

first_imgArsenal chief Mertesacker: Ozil needs to fight backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chief Per Mertesacker feels Mesut Ozil still has much to offer manager Unai Emery.Ozil has missed all of the last three games in the Premier League and does not appear to be in Emery’s first-team plans.But Mertesacker expects his fellow German to stay and fight for his place in the team.”Mesut is a player with magical abilities,” he said.“Last time (for the 1-0 won at home to Huddersfield on December 8) he was injured.“Now I’m curious how he fights back. He can still be very valuable to Arsenal.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoTalking Tactics: Man Utd crisis looms; Chelsea calm; Wilder flexibility

first_imgTalking Tactics: Man Utd crisis looms; Chelsea calm; Wilder flexibilityby Alex Keblea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMan City’s 8-0 victory over Watford made the biggest splash of the weekend while Chelsea’s late rally in defeat to Liverpool was the talking point of Sunday, and yet beneath the surface a more interesting story is developing. Manchester United’s defeat, plus Leicester City’s win against Tottenham, suggested that the Big Six may well be broken up this season.Six matches in and only three of the top six are as expected. Bournemouth will probably fall away – their wins and losses always seem to come in streaks under Eddie Howe – but West Ham and Leicester could be there to stay. Here are three tactical talking points from the Premier League action:1) Solskjaer needs to rediscover narrow tactics of early 2019Injuries might have left Man Utd with few attacking options, but their 2-0 loss at West Ham was as much a tactical issue as a personnel one; Solskjaer has emphasised pace on the flanks over the summer in an attempt to mimic the style of football deployed by Alex Ferguson in the 1990s, and the system was entirely inappropriate for this match.When Solskjaer was caretaker manager he looked to funnel attacks through the middle, crowding this area of the pitch to create narrow short-passing attacks via Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, and Jesse Lingard. This now-abandoned approach should be reinstated to give United greater control and purpose. On Sunday, Mata was completed isolated in the number ten zone and therefore forced to move into the channels, where Marcus Rashford also drifted.Consequently West Ham’s defensive shell was barely troubled as the visitors dallied on the ball in harmless wide areas. Solskjaer might be light on numbers, but he should have picked Lingard here and instructed him to stay close to Mata for creative support. What is most damning for Man Utd is that West Ham didn’t even play particularly well. A full-blown crisis looms.2) Smith’s nervousness is making Villa too negativeAston Villa sit 18th in the table and, with one win from six, should begin to worry about their chances of survival this season. Their poor start to the campaign could be highly significant because at the moment manager Dean Smith is being too negative. If Villa develop an inferiority complex they won’t stay up.Just as in the late collapse at Spurs in Villa’s first game of the season, they became very anxious in the final 20 minutes at the Emirates, unnecessarily dropping ultra-deep to absorb pressure despite 10-man Arsenal having performed poorly up until that point. It was being too deep that cost Villa in the end, the defensive mix-up between Tyrone Mings and Neil Taylor that led to Arsenal’s equaliser caused by overcrowding in the six-yard box.Smith should take the blame for his tactical reshuffle. In the 68th minute, just seven after Wesley gave Villa the lead, he substituted the dangerous Trezeguet for Ahmed Elmohamedy, a right-back playing on the wing. It was a very nervous change that set the tone for Villa’s subsequent collapse. The manager must remain brave and confident in matches – or Villa will make a habit of losing leads.3) Chelsea benefit from less frantic tacticsOne of the most important reasons for Chelsea’s porousness this season is their propensity to race out of the blocks, pressing so aggressively that they become tired by the hour mark – when huge gaps in midfield begin to open up. N’Golo Kante’s return to the starting line-up certainly helped solve the problem on Sunday, but as important was Frank Lampard’s tactical change.As in the Super Cup, Chelsea sat much deeper, cautiously allowing Liverpool’s defenders to have the ball and absorbing pressure when necessary. This meant the hosts’ fitness levels were higher towards the end of the match, leading to a final 20 in which Lampard’s side were unlucky not to equalise.Liverpool’s 4-3-3 leaves a lot of space on the flanks because the forwards never track back, so by keeping themselves fit – and in the contest – Chelsea were able to exploit this late on; Trent Alexander-Arnold was repeatedly overwhelmed down Mohamed Salah’s side. In future, Klopp must respond quicker, switching to a more resilient back three far earlier than his injury-time change.Best of the Week – Sheff Utd’s tactical versatility in denying EvertonChris Wilder’s side like to play with the ball, their 3-5-2 a complex formation involving frequent positional swaps and, of course, overlapping centre-backs. However, none of that was on display at Goodison Park where Sheffield United sat back and defended doggedly. They held a meagre 30% possession, grinding out a 2-0 win despite having just two shots on goal all match.Wilder was clearly banking on Everton’s poor chance conversion – and he was right to do so. Moise Kean needs more time to adapt to English football while Richarlison is only really dangerous with space to run into, which explains why United were able to hold firm. Their tactical adaptability puts them in a very strong position to avoid relegation.Worst of the Week – Watford’s passivity at the EtihadThe scars of their 6-0 defeat in the FA Cup final clearly hadn’t healed, because Watford weren’t just defensive at the Etihad, they were completely passive. Their tactics appeared to be: sit deep, retreat even deeper, and wait for City to score. There was no pressure on the ball and no sense of resolve.Man City’s opener within the first minute of the match summed it up. Kevin de Bruyne has been peeling off to the right wing all season, and yet when he did so on Saturday he found acres of space to cross for David Silva’s goal. That’s because Will Hughes, nominally a left midfielder, had already dropped unnecessarily into defence to make a back five – marking no-one. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tribunal rules against NL woman at centre of Scottish harassment scandal

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A U.K. tribunal has rejected the claim of a Newfoundland-born woman who alleges she suffered a decade of harassment at her civil service office in Scotland — including once being taped to a chair.The Scottish Employment Tribunal ruled against DeeAnn Fitzpatrick’s complaints of a racist and misogynistic workplace culture at Marine Scotland’s office in Scrabster.Fitzpatrick, a fisheries officer originally from Bell Island, N.L., claims co-workers mocked her for having a miscarriage, used racist language, and threatened female staff members.A photo published by the BBC in May showed Fitzpatrick taped to a chair with tape over her mouth — an incident she claims was a response from two male co-workers for “[speaking] out against the boys.”The photo prompted an outcry in the U.K., but it and much of her evidence was ruled inadmissible as too dated and her claim was ultimately rejected.Fitzpatrick, who has been on leave from her job since last year, said Thursday she and her lawyers are now considering an appeal.“A lot of people have asked me if I want to go back to my job and the response is yes. That’s my professional career, it’s in tatters at the moment because of what other people have done, not because of what I’ve done,” Fitzpatrick said.“Why should I leave something that I’ve done well at because other people are trying to hide the fact that they’re bullies?”Fitzpatrick said she became a target when she reported two men to her union after witnessing their threatening behaviour towards another female colleague.“It’s horrifying that you’re in that situation and you’re stuck in that situation because the area that I’m at, it’s very difficult to find work.”A statement from her family says they are “hugely disappointed” by the result, although they are not surprised, given a judge had decided older evidence would not be allowed.The family’s statement says the tribunal highlighted that the human resources department could have been more proactive in dealing with the matter by launching an investigation, questioning staff and reminding staff that such matters might be regarded as grounds for disciplinary action.The restrictions ruled out any evidence older than three months to the date of complaint, so the tribunal case focused on eight cards with threatening and insulting messages that Fitzpatrick received at home in 2017 while on leave.The tribunal ruled against Fitzpatrick’s case because the people who wrote the cards could not be specifically identified or linked to people from her workplace.But Fitzpatrick said she and other colleagues think the cards were likely written by people from work — two cards used insulting nicknames particular to her office, including one calling her a troll.Others included misogynistic language, one referred to a poem her alleged harassers wrote about her after a promotion, and another depicted her with male genitalia.After the photo went viral, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “absolutely horrified,” and ordered a review of Fitzpatrick’s case.“Bullying, abuse, sexism, racism, have no place in any workplace, and let me be very clear today, they will not be tolerated within the Scottish government and within our agencies,” Sturgeon told Scottish Parliament in May.Fitzpatrick said a report on the review is due soon.“I’ll only feel positive once the outcome of the result of the investigation, that they find there was harm done, what was done was highly inappropriate, and measures are put in place to ensure that it never happens again,” she said.Fitzpatrick also wants an investigation into all the events she’s reported, not just a select few such as the cards or the incident with the chair.“That’s not how you treat women, that’s not how you treat anybody,” Fitzpatrick said Thursday.last_img read more

AIIMS Trauma Centre suspends admissions may remain affected for over a month

first_imgNew Delhi: Admission of patients to the emergency department of the AIIMS Trauma Centre, the biggest such facility in the country, is likely to be suspended for over a month after Sunday’s blaze rendered the operation theatre complex non-functional, hospital sources said on Monday. Several surgeries scheduled for Monday were postponed due to the non-functional OT, they said.On an average, 25-30 emergency surgeries are performed at the five major operation theatres of the facility, named Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, on a daily basis. “New admissions cannot happen because of the non-functional OT complex. Patients who suffer trauma injuries or accidents come here and are emergency cases, mostly requiring surgery. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Four to five emergency surgeries scheduled for Monday, that could not wait, are being performed at the main AIIMS facility. Rest of the surgeries, based on priority, would be performed over the next few days,” one of the sources added. However, the outpatient department of the facility is functional and the patients coming for follow-ups are being treated, they said. Unaware of the development, several patients who arrived at the hospital for treatment were sent back or referred to the main AIIMS hospital, besides Safdarjung and RML hospitals. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough the extent of the damage to the OT complex has not yet been ascertained, the engineering team which inspected it Monday estimated the repair would take at least two months as two out of the five major operation theatres were charred, a source said. He said all OT linen and cotton got burnt and some instruments were also damaged. Meanwhile, the hospital administration is trying to set up an OT on the first floor of the Wing A, which was dismantled few months ago due to renovation work on the floor, to perform admitted surgery cases. “The first floor was to be renovated to make five more operation theatres and one OT which was functional was dismantled couple of months back. That might be started for the time being to cater to the surgical needs of the admitted patients,” a senior doctor said. The doctor said the first, fourth and fifth floor patients who were shifted to disaster and casualty areas last night have been shifted back to their wards and everyone is safe. Some of the recuperating patients were discharged in the night itself. A woman guard and an employee of the fire unit of the trauma centre, who suffered Carbon Monoxide poisoning during the blaze, are being treated at the main AIIMS and their conditions remain stable, a source said. The emergency department of the hospital witnesses a footfall of an average 250-300 patients per day.last_img read more

Shark week Titus seeking opinions from Kimmel Simmons

“As far as a career, I don’t really know what I want to do,” Titus said. “I thought about acting or writing scripts. I’ve thought about being a sports writer. I’ve thought about everything, I guess.” Fortunately, he has a few people looking to lend a helping hand. “I’m flying out to L.A. to meet with [ABC’s] Jimmy Kimmel and [ESPN’s] Bill Simmons, and we’re going to try and figure something out,” Titus said. “I thought of some stuff that would be fun, but I haven’t really tried to pursue anything seriously because I’m going to wait and see what they have to say. “I don’t really know,” Titus said. “I’m open to anything.” As a friend of then-Ohio State freshman Greg Oden, Mark Titus began his OSU basketball career as a team manager. However, shaky camera work, lazy water bottle filling and sub-par punctuality quickly forced him back into the general student population. But when injuries left coach Thad Matta’s roster dwindling, Titus was again asked to help out — this time as a player. He joined the team in 2006, and in just four years Titus went from being a lowly walk-on to a Buckeye legend. The question now, as Titus approaches graduation at the end of Spring quarter, is where does he go from here?  No longer will he have his cushy seat at the end of the Buckeye bench, and like so many other graduating seniors, he is soon to be thrust into the real world. Although he doesn’t have any specific plans, Titus, who is majoring in marketing, said life could take him just about anywhere.  read more