Odion Ighalo’s brace fires Man United to FA Cup quarter-final

first_img Loading… United squandered an opportunity to go ahead through Ighalo after an error from Max Lowe after the Nigerian saw his effort beaten away.But the visitors did finally open the scoring in fortuitous circumstances. After Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard saw their attempts charged down, Luke Shaw volleyed towards goal and it took a slight nick off Lingard before looping over Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos.That goal seemed to take the pressure off the Premier League side and it wasn’t long before they doubled their advantage. This time Shaw turned provider by finding Ighalo in the box and he bulldozed his way past two defenders before poking into the bottom corner.With a two-goal cushion, United were able to play with swagger and confidence in the second half as the game opened up, with Derby looking to find a way back into the game and Martyn Waghorn nearly found the answer, only to glance his header wide from Jayden Bogle’s delivery. Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo netted a brace as Manchester United zoomed into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win against Derby County on Thursday night.Advertisement Rooney would get his chance to score a memorable goal with a free-kick from 20 yards out, but Sergio Romero made a decent stop in the United goal to deny the 34-year-old. Promoted Content6 Best Natural History Museums You Won’t Regret VisitingDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Surprising Ways Drones Could Be Used In The FutureWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple Mistake5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themcenter_img Wayne Rooney was also captain for Derby after starting against the club where he spent 13 glorious years, with 253 goals for the Red Devils.And with so many changes, it was always going to take time for this United side to gel together and it proved.Derby began on the contest on the front foot, with 18-year-old Louis Sibley inches away from finding the bottom corner from 20 yards out. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made six changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Everton at the weekend, with Juan Mata captaining the side in the absence of the injured Harry Maguire. Read Also: Ighalo idolises Rooney, calls him a FighterInto the last 20 minutes, United were comfortable and the scoreline finally showed it. Some good work from Juan Mata down the right allowed him to cut back for Ighalo, who saw his first effort blocked before smashing home into the roof of the net to make it three goals in three starts.Lingard had a chance to end his long goal drought only to miss while Rooney saw a fine free-kick tipped wide as United cruised into the quarter-finals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

“Offends public, taxpayers” – Ramkarran

first_imgGovt’s .5M ware “house” deal… says President not fully briefedThe deal, conceived and entered into by the Government with Linden Holding Inc, smells. It is offensive to commonsense and to the Guyanese public and taxpayer and violates the Government’s promises of transparency and an end to sole sourcing.Former Speaker Ralph RamkarranSeasoned politician and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, delivered this scathing observation as he weighed in on the brouhaha that has erupted over the past week when it was discovered that Government not only fronted $25 million to one of its financial supporters but also opted to pay $12.5 million monthly for a 10,000 square foot sub-standard facility to store the nation’s drugs and medical supplies.Ramkarran, writing in his conversationtree.org outlet has since called on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, to explain why the Guyanese people must lose in excess of $9 million a month on “this sordid deal.”Opposition members questioning Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton Monday last, on an item seeking approval for $31 million, it was revealed that the sum was intended as expenses for renting a bond for the storage of pharmaceuticals.The Minister, according to Ramkarran, explained that rent of $19.2 million per month was being paid to New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC INC) and that the Government wanted a cheaper facility in a hurry to avoid paying that ‘exorbitant’ sum. Consequently, there was ‘sole sourcing’ and the contract was given to Linden Holding Inc.The size of the premises in Albouystown is 10,000 square feet and the rent was $12 million per month.Ramkarran has since reported that it also turns out that, contrary to what the Minister said, NEW GPC had been storing Government owned pharmaceuticals free of charge and had been doing so since it was the Government’s main supplier of drugs under sole sourcing arrangements.He accurately noted that since sole sourcing of pharmaceuticals came to an end, NEW GPC put forward a proposal for monthly rental from March for its 70,000 square foot facility but Government decided to sole source another facility – Linden Holding Inc, being the beneficiary.That company, owned by Larry Singh – a financial supporter of the Administration in its campaign – bought the property in which to store the pharmaceuticals in March and is receiving rent, even though the facility is not yet in operation because it is still under preparation.According to Ramkarran, “This deal, conceived and entered into by the Government, smells… It is offensive to commonsense and to the Guyanese public and taxpayer and violates the Government’s promises of transparency and an end to sole sourcing.”Ramkarran posits that the ‘arrangement’ fits squarely in the governance methods against which the population revolted in elections in 2011 and 2015 and about which the then Opposition complained bitterly and vowed to end.“How can rent of $12 million for 10,000 square feet be a saving on rent of $16 million for 70,000 square feet,” asks Ramkarran.He pointed out that based on his calculations, “$16 million divided by 70,000 square feet gives $228 a square foot and $12 million divided by 10,000 square feet gives $1200 a square foot.”As such, he points out that “this ‘deal’ therefore requires the taxpayer to fork out $1200 a square foot when other premises are available at $228 a square foot… How can this be right?”The former Speaker noted too that sensing all of these factors the Cabinet, which had previously approved the contract, acted swiftly and appointed itself, through a sub-committee, to examine the contract and report, equally swiftly.According to Ramkarran, no sooner had the sub-committee been appointed, it began to make excuses and set up defences.Granger clearly not fully briefedRamkarran observed too in his writings that President David Granger also weighed in on the issue in a defensive mode, “but the President demonstrated that he was clearly not fully briefed on the matter.”Granger in defence of the deal entered into by his Administration said the contract was awarded out of necessity, citing the “punitive nature in which NEW GPC increased its fees as a result of the termination of single sourcing.” The President explained “What happened is that the new Administration decided to bring an end to single sourcing.”last_img read more

Saving priceless African history

first_imgA private family library in the Tuaregvillage of Ber, 65 km east of Timbuktu.(Image: Alyssa Banta) Crumbling and fragile, the priceless Timbuktu Manuscripts are under intense scrutiny by expert teams from Mali and South Africa. (Image: Unesco)Janine ErasmusFrom August 2008 South Africans will get the chance to see a precious piece of African history, when 40 documents from the vast collection of Timbuktu Manuscripts go on exhibition around the country.South Africa and Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, are working together to preserve the priceless collection of thousands of documents once held in Timbuktu’s ancient libraries and universities. More than 100 000 manuscripts are still in existence, some dating back to the 13th century.Once the site of the world’s southernmost Islamic university, Timbuktu is the legendary Malian city that sprang up as an important commercial centre 900 years ago. The city lies on the southern edge of Africa’s vast Sahara desert, where it is subjected to the relentlessness of the climate. While its golden days as a busy caravanserai and a hub of Islamic learning are gone, it still remains in high regard because of its role as guardian of the manuscripts.The collaboration is a key element of the South Africa-Mali project, initiated personally by South African President Thabo Mbeki in 2002. It is also the flagship cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).Minister of Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan opened the Timbuktu script and scholarship exhibition on 7 August 2008, where Mbeki delivered a keynote address.“This exhibition of a representative selection of manuscripts from the Ahmed Baba Institute is partly a consummation of the process started in 2001, when the governments of Mali and South Africa committed themselves to the preservation of the great written heritage of Timbuktu,” said the president in his address.“I consider our having this body of materials here to be a great privilege and of historic importance, and is a clear indication of our vision of consolidating historical ties with the rest of the African continent.“South Africa is also taking the lead in various aspects of the conservation and research on the manuscripts. We are, of course, also nearing completion of a new home for the manuscripts in Timbuktu, which will be a state-of-the art archive.“While we had always heard of the legendary tradition of learning of that city it was a revelation to lay eyes on such a dense and distinctive range of written materials. As the exhibition travels through major South African cities many of our people will now also be able to see the rich diversity of written materials from Timbuktu.”While Africa is known for its rich oral history, the exhibition will also help to raise awareness of the continent’s centuries-long association with the written word.“It is very important for our people to be given the opportunity to view a diversity of manuscripts from Timbuktu,” Jordan said. “Various writing materials and subjects are included, revealing a multifaceted history of reading and writing in Africa.”Examples from the collection have been seen in South Africa before – in 2005 the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg hosted an exhibition of 16 manuscripts, which included a biography of the Prophet Muhammad and treatises on music, astronomy, physics and traditional pharmacy, as part of a fundraising drive for the project.The exhibition was opened by Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure. It was the first time the documents, which are now held at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research in Timbuktu, had ever appeared in public. The Ahmed Baba Institute is an institution of learning founded in 1974 with the help of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). Ahmed Baba was a famous 15th-century Timbuktu scholar.“We undertook the Timbuktu Project because we all agreed that the modest facilities of Ahmed Baba Institute and the limited resources available for the preservation of these manuscripts meant that over time most of them would fall into a serious state of disrepair, and many would be lost to the illegal traffic,” said Mbeki on that occasion.“Clearly, we cannot allow such a critical part of African history to die, because such a death would mean erasing an important link to our glorious past.”A centre of medieval learningTimbuktu’s renowned and ancient libraries thrived through a process of copying by hand. Learned travellers passing through the town were asked for permission to copy their books, and scholars came from all over the African and Arab worlds to study the documents, becoming known as Ambassadors of Peace throughout North Africa. During its heyday there were over 25 000 students enrolled at the University of Timbuktu.Speaking to the BBC, Ahmed Baba Centre archivist Chirfi Alpha Sane said, “In Timbuktu these scholars said that gold came from the south, salt came from the north, money came from the lands of the white men, but they believed that wisdom and the word of God were to be found only in Timbuktu.”Great care was taken in the production process, resulting in exquisite calligraphy, illuminations and leather bindings. Over the centuries, however, these beautifully-made documents have suffered much physical damage, mainly due to the climate and to insects such as termites. Paper has become brittle in the heat and dryness, while dust, grit, and human handling have also inflicted great damage.Not only did the city boast a number of well-stocked public libraries, but private libraries contained religious texts, trade contracts, legal decrees, and diplomatic notes. Today there are an estimated 60 to 80 private libraries remaining in the city. The Ahmed Baba Institute holds about 25 000 of the 100 000 surviving manuscripts, while the rest languish in Mali’s private libraries and private collections in Spain, France and Morocco.The collection has been inscribed as the first in Unesco’s Memory of the World project and Timbuktu itself was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1998. The city and its residents, once wealthy, are today largely poverty-stricken.Working together to preserve the pastPresident Thabo Mbeki made a state visit to Mali in 2001 and was invited by that country’s president at the time, Alpha Konare, to conclude his trip with a visit to the ancient town of Timbuktu. Mbeki had no hesitation in accepting since, as he said, “as a student of African history in years gone by I had read about the significance of Timbuktu in the history of the great Malian and Songhay empires”.The manuscripts, which were used to teach mathematics, philosophy, chemistry, botany, astronomy, medicine, law, history and other disciplines, were described by Mbeki as among the most important cultural treasures in Africa as they show the advanced extent of African learning and civilisation at a time when Europe was only emerging from the Dark Ages.Moved by the efforts of Malian officials to care for the documents under the harshest and most basic of conditions, Mbeki realised that there was a need to create conditions conducive to the conservation and study of the artefacts.The South African government consequently pledged its support for the cause, which led to the signing of an agreement between the two countries, and the establishment of the South Africa-Mali project which was then declared an official South African Presidential Project.Benefactors from the public and private sectors donated money to build the new Ahmed Baba Centre near Timbuktu’s historic Sankore mosque, one of three mosques at the centre of the 12th century University of Timbuktu. The Sankore Mosque was established in 989 by the highly intellectual chief judge of Timbuktu, Al-Qadi Aqib ibn Mahmud ibn Umar, who was also the dean of Sankore University. The new facility contains an underground library for more efficient preservation of the documents.As part of the project South Africa also embarked on a training programme for the conservators of the Timbuktu Manuscripts, hosting them for two months in the year over a period of three years. With the support of the National Archives, conservators are being taught how to take care of the ancient tomes. Archivists from South Africa also travelled to Timbuktu to offer advice to families who own documents privately, while academics promoted their study.Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Ntombazana Botha said at a ceremony to mark the successful conclusion of the initial programme in 2005, “It is our responsibility to make all South Africans and the people of Africa aware of the cultural, literary, scientific and historical importance of the manuscripts.”Speaking directly to the graduates, she added, “We are confident that you will fulfil your important responsibilities back home with equal commitment and diligence. Remember that Africa has entrusted you with her greatest treasure – the Timbuktu Manuscripts. Please look after this treasure and handle it with care. You are the pioneers of a new generation of committed African Renaissance conservators and we are extremely proud of you.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksIziko Museums of Cape TownDepartment of Arts and CultureUnesco: the Timbuktu ManuscriptsUnesco: Memory of the WorldAhmed Baba CentreNew Partnership for Africa’s DevelopmentLonely Planet: MaliTimbuktu: the History ChannelTimbuktu FoundationTimbuktu CityTimbuktu digitisation projectNational Archiveslast_img read more

Malaika orphans smile on Mandela Day

first_imgAll the love and attention they got on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2016, is evident on the faces of the children at Malaika Orphanage.In the heart of Hillbrow, a place of despair for many, the young children at Malaika Orphanage beamed on Nelson Mandela Day when they were offered the love and care many children take for granted.GEM (Going the Extra Mile), the mobile rewards platform for volunteers, along with Trace TV and The Sophie A Kanza Foundation, brought smiles to the children of Malaika Orphanage when they hosted them to a photo shoot, a mini concert and face painting.Among those at the orphanage on the day were rapper Emtee and singer Bucie Nqwiliso, who treated the children to a performance, and TV personality Maps Maponyane.Groceries and clothing were also donated to the orphanage on the day.GEM is in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign as they work towards the same end.GEM’s relationship with Play Your Part started with a phone conversation between David Shields, co-founder of GEM, and Brand South Africa’s strategic relationship manager for business, Rodney Moloko. This led to the app’s first 10 activations, on Mandela Day last year.“Since then we have grown in leaps and bounds. I would like to think GEM and Play Your Part go hand-in-hand as GEM helps people physically play their part,” said Shields.The turnout varies from activation to activation as volunteers tend to go to places closer to them. “We choose the establishments to help whether or not they fit the GEM profile, which is quite stringent. The place has to be safe, warm and welcoming and some organisations don’t fit those criteria.”THE FOUNDATIONThe Sophie A Kanza Foundation is an NPO operating in the inner city of Johannesburg. It was founded by two sisters, Sophie and Louise Kanza, who were born in Democratic Republic of Congo but have lived in South Africa since they were toddlers.The foundation focuses on collecting and distributing food, clothes and toiletries and recruiting local and African youth as volunteers. This is to show unity in diversity, the sisters say. The foundation also runs the #25Dresses Campaign, which collects matric dance dresses for orphaned girls.“My sister and me grew up with nothing and lived out of the generosity of people until we could fend for ourselves,” said Sophie Kanza. “That has been our single motivation to do good for those in need.”They had decided to use charity as the means to bring people together because they felt it was important for youth to know they could make a difference, regardless of their nationality, race or financial status, she added.ONE NATIONUnity in diversity is the goal of the foundation – building friendships and learning from and about each other’s cultures.“Many ‘foreigners’ are accustomed to congregating among themselves to avoid victimisation,” Sophie Kanza said. “We work to take them out of these comfort zones. Once we work together towards making a difference we learn that we are all the same, brothers and sisters of Africa. Not enemies or threats.”There was a lack of platforms created for dialogue and genuine interaction between locals and immigrants, she added, saying South Africans needed to go into Africa to soak up the culture and experiences so that they could bring them home to share with others.“I believe Africans have an inherited entrepreneurial spirit. Even before paper money, banks, business schools etc. This inherited spirit needs to be nurtured and developed to bridge the gap. Many skills have become income generators, such as hairdressing, dress making etc, many of which are self-taught.”In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly officially declared 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as Nelson Mandela International Day. The purpose of the declaration was to “honour the long history of Mandela’s leading role in the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa”.The day is celebrated with 67 minutes of doing something good and trying to make every day Mandela Day.last_img read more

Pests to watch for in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the topics of discussion this winter at the corner table of the local coffee shop most certainly was the upcoming growing season and the expected higher than average insect populations due to the mild temperatures this winter. That topic of discussion paired with high armyworm and black cutworm moth captures from neighboring states should keep early season insect pressure at the forefront of growers’ minds this year. Insects that overwinter as adults such as bean leaf beetle, flea beetle, and stink bug will have the potential to have higher than normal populations early this spring. However, just because insect mortality was lower this winter does not mean there will be a problem this spring because populations may have been lower heading into winter. Nevertheless, lets look at some of the insects to keep an eye out for this spring.Corn flea beetle that overwintered as adults are the vector for Stewart’s wilt that can cause seedling corn plants to tiller and yellow striping in the leaves. Corn flea beetle feeding leaves long linear holes that are parallel with the margins of the leaf. Flea beetle feeding is often confused with slug damage, but can be distinguished by looking for the silvery slime trails left by the slugs on the underside of corn leaves. Some control of corn flea beetle can be achieved using a neonicotinoid seed treatment.Bean leaf beetle can cause early season damage to soybeans from overwintered adults but rarely causes damage that results in an economic impact due to a soybean’s ability to compensate for early season defoliation. This first-generation beetles leave shot hole feeding patterns on soybean leaves and can feed heavily on the first emerged soybeans in an area.The visual symptoms of stink bug damage to corn is not apparent until long after the feeding has occurred. Stink bug damage appears as consecutive holes across a leaf that appear to rip or tear as the plant grows. Affected plants may also exhibit excessive tillering and will not produce a harvestable ear. Stink bugs can be scouted for early season concentrating on no-till fields with high amounts of crop residue and corn following cover crops. Corn fields with a history of early season stink bug damage should be scouted for the presence of stink bug.The final two pests are not of concern due to the mild winter because they do not overwinter in the Corn Belt. Black cutworm and armyworm are of concern, though, due to the high moth catch numbers collected by cooperators of Purdue University. Both insects overwinter in the Gulf States and moths are blown into the Corn Belt on storm fronts where they look for fields to lay eggs. Black cutworm moths look for fields that are green with winter annual weeds to lay eggs. Armyworm moths seek out grass crops to deposit eggs so corn fields planted into a grass cover crop would be of high importance for monitoring.Growers who are planting traited corn should not be lulled into a false sense of security as not all traits contain proteins that control black cutworm or armyworm. Traited corn growers should consult the handy Bt trait table from the Michigan State University to determine their level of protection. The table can be found here www.msuent.com. Products containing traits that do control these pests may still reach an economic threshold level for treatment under high pest populations so scouting for damage is still advised.last_img read more

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

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president FILE – In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Andre Ward celebrates after defeating Sergey Kovalev during a light heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Ward is retiring from boxing with an undefeated record because he no longer has the desire to fight, according to a statement on his website Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Ward decided to end his career on top.Ward announced Thursday he is retiring from boxing because he no longer has the desire to fight, leaving the sport at age 33 with an undefeated record and the light heavyweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs Ward released a statement on his website titled “Mission Accomplished ” thanking those who helped him throughout his career and explaining his reasons for his retirement.“I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,” he wrote. “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.”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 shutoutWard is currently rated the best “pound for pound” boxer by Ring Magazine. But in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, he said he no longer wants to do the work leading to his bouts.“People see what I do fight night, they see under the lights, but they don’t see the toil, they don’t seethe grind, they don’t see just the pain, the physical pain that you go through, not just in the fights, but to prepare and to get ready for those battles,” he said. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I felt the physicality of the sport, not just in the ring stuff, but the training and the preparation, start to take its toll on me for the last two or three years and I bit down and continued to push through and at this point, it’s time and I know it’s time.”Ward declined other interview requests through his publicist, saying he wanted to celebrate his retirement with family and friends.Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knockouts. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight in 2004. Ward won the WBA super middleweight title in 2009 when he defeated Mikkel Kessler and unified that title in 2011 when he beat Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final.Ward then battled shoulder problems that kept him out of the ring and later went 19 months without a fight because of a protracted legal dispute with his former promoter, the late Dan Goosen.Ward got back in the ring in June 2015. He won the light heavyweight title in a disputed, unanimousdecision against Sergey Kovalev in November 2016, taking all three belts in the process. Ward then beat Kovalev more decidedly in a rematch in June that was stopped in the eighth round.Kovalev said Ward’s retirement will be good for boxing because it will allow “good and strong” fighters to compete for the vacated titles. He also said through his Main Events promoter that he doesn’t concern himself with the possibility that Ward’s retirement won’t stick.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I don’t think about him at all because I’m looking forward (to reaching) my goals,” he said, adding that his last two fights are “history” and “I forgot it already.”He said he would have been happy to get a third fight, but not if he had to wait and take lesser bouts in the interim. Kovalev does wonder if Ward and his handlers are playing psychological games.“They did before second rematch,” he said. “I don’t know. I don’t care at all.”HBO said Ward will work as an analyst on its boxing broadcasts.“Andre Ward ends his boxing career as he only knew how to live it — as a champion at the top,” HBO executive vice president Peter Nelson said. “To watch Ward was to marvel at constant mastery of craft in the ring, to say nothing of his being the consummate role model outside it. The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him.” Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Gameslast_img read more

22 days ago​Bayern Munich target Birmingham City whizkid Bellingham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bayern Munich target Birmingham City whizkid Bellinghamby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich are showing an interest in signing Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City.The 16-year-old has already been earning rave reviews for his performances in the Championship.And The Sun reporters that Bellingham is among a crop of youngsters that Bayern would love to have at the Allianz Arena.The England under-17 international has two goals in six games for Birmingham this term.Unfortunately for Bayern, he was not in the starting line up for his side’s last two matches. last_img

13 hours agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer hails ‘man-of-the-match’ Williams

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer hails ‘man-of-the-match’ Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with the performance of James Garner and Brandon Williams in the 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.The two teenagers were thrown into the deep end in Serbia, with Solskjaer giving his man-of-the-match vote to fullback Williams.He said: “I thought Jimmy grew into the game, did really well in the end got tired in the end which is normal. And Brandon MOTM absolutely excellent, fantastic attitude, great defending, great in the air, gets us the pen by driving the ball forward, brace, we have found a left back there.”The atmosphere was excellent, intimidating but we gave them loads of encouragement our players had to step up and calm the crowd down we couldn’t but Brandon I don’t think he put a foot wrong.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Princess Grace Awards Gala To Return To Los Angeles

first_imgThe upcoming Princess Grace Awards Gala on October 8th will mark a milestone in the Foundation’s history, returning to Los Angeles for the first time in nearly three decades.Gala Co-Chairs, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Los Angeles Dick Wolf and his wife Noelle and Chairman/CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay will be joined by President/Chief Executive of Dior Couture, Sidney Toledano and his wife Katia to kick off a three-year partnership with the iconic design house, who will serve as the sole presenting sponsor for upcoming Awards Galas in Los Angeles, Monaco and New York.Dior will play a vital role in taking guests on a three-year journey following Grace Kelly’s life as an artist – from Hollywood to Monaco (as the Gala will be held in Beverly Hills and Monte Carlo in 2014 and 2015 respectively) and then back to NYC in 2016 where Dior Haute Couture will help celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.Held in the presence of Their Serene Highnesses, The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, the 2014 Awards Gala will recognize this year’s Princess Grace Award winners and Prince Rainier III Honoree.“It is our pleasure to welcome Dior Haute Couture into our artistic family,” Toby Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA said. “We are delighted to be working with the House of Dior whose long-standing relationship with the Princely Family of Monaco is celebrated by this new collaboration. Dior’s dedication to artistic excellence parallels our own mission of supporting emerging talent, and we look forward to a spirited and inspiring partnership.”Sidney Toledano said, “Our partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is deeply rooted in history and mutual admiration between the Princely family of Monaco and the House of Dior. We both share the same pursuit of artistic excellence and are honored to be a part of recognizing the artistry of Princess Grace Award winners in theater, dance, and film.”In addition to the co-chairs, the host committee dedicating their leadership support includes: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Brad & Colleen Bell, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Ron Burkle, Tina & Rick Caruso, Jennifer Grant, Barbara Grant Jaynes & David Jaynes, Sherry Lansing & William Friedkin, Marc & Jane Nathanson, Mandy Patinkin, Cecilia Peck-Voll & Daniel Voll, Lisa & Richard Plepler, Tawny & Jerry Sanders, Eric & Wendy Schmidt, Barbara Sinatra, Cicely Tyson, Andrea & John Van de Kamp, Denzel & Pauletta Washington and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more