Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reflects on Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa and reveals the Gunners are 5/1 to go on and clinch the Premier League title next season.He looks at the contenders to become Newcastle United’s next manager, with Patrick Vieira emerging as the even-money favourite for the job.And he also looks at the names in the running to take charge of their rivals Sunderland, stating Phillip Cocu [6/4 favourite] is leading Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche in the betting.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport will be in Donegal today for a number of official functions.The Minister will open both the Killybegs Lifeboat station and also the N56 Bruckless Bridge.It has long been recognised that the old Creamery Bridge at Bruckless posed a hazard to road users due to the very poor road alignment at the bridge. Throughout the years the 90-degree bend at the bridge was responsible for many parapet and safety barrier impacts. In addition to the safety concerns, in more recent years the bridge had become a pinch point on this strategically important link to the Port of Killybegs and as the main route to west and North Donegal.In 2010, the NRA Bridge Management section based in the NRDO Donegal Town developed preliminary designs options to improve the situation at the bridge.From consultations with Killybegs shipping service it was established that large commercial vehicles carrying wind turbine rotor blades with lengths of up to 50m would frequently travel this route following their delivery to the Port of Killybegs. The overall design of the scheme would have to accommodate the movement of these large vehicles. MINISTER VARADKAR IN DONEGAL TO OPEN PROJECTS TODAY was last modified: March 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrucklessdonegalKillybegsLEO VARADKARviist
Does the addition of solar capacity on the grid cause an increase in air pollution? A North Carolina newspaper argues that it does. Earlier this month, the North State Journal pointed to an air pollution application from Duke Energy for gas-fired power plants it operates in Goldsboro, North Carolina, as evidence that solar energy causes an increase in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. The Raleigh newspaper quoted Duke spokeswoman Kim Crawford as saying that reductions in carbon dioxide emissions also could be reversed if solar energy policies aren’t changed. Emissions go up, the article says, because solar energy is intermittent. When solar output drops, inefficient peaker plants fired by fossil fuels must be brought on line, but starting and stopping the plants reduces efficiency and thwarts emission control devices.RELATED ARTICLESSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientSolar Blooms in the Rural U.S.PV Cost Reaches Grid Parity in 11 StatesRethinking the GridThe New ‘Smart’ Grid In fact, the article continues, more NOx is released into the atmosphere than would be the case if natural gas were used exclusively and solar energy was eliminated. It quotes Steve Gorham of the Heartland Institute, which does not accept climate science, as saying there’s “very little measured data” showing that renewables lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. According to an article detailing the dispute posted at E&E News, Duke Energy acknowledges that ramping power plants up and down does lead to more emissions. But a spokesman said conclusions reached by the newspaper were wrong. “We just need to note that in our air permits for the units,” spokesman Randy Wheeless said of the utility’s March application to North Carolina authorities, “To take that and stay, ‘Renewable energy causes more pollution,’ that’s faulty. That’s like saying an [electric vehicle] is bad because your electric costs go up, not noting that you saved money on gas.” Costra Samaras, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon, also rebutted the newspaper’s argument. He told E&E News, “Increased cycling for many types of fossil generators will affect the pollutant emissions. Is that more emissions than just turning off solar and running gas all of the time? I doubt it.” The connection between more solar deployment and increased greenhouse gas emissions have been raised before. But a 2013 study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that carbon emissions caused by more frequent cycling of power plants running on fossil fuels are “negligible.” North Carolina is second only to California in the amount of solar capacity currently online. In California, greenhouse gas emissions have been falling for the past 15 years, due to modern natural gas plants and a flexible, real-time market system for energy. Older, less efficient plants have been retired because they cost too much to operate. In North Carolina, where monopolies rather than an independent agency operate the grid, older power plants are kept online until they are paid off. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.”
Man Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Champions
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality at this year’s World Maritime Day with the “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” theme.In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the theme would also highlight the important, yet under-utilized, contribution of women within the maritime sector.It gives IMO the opportunity to work with various maritime stakeholders to foster an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes and to encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space.“Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping,” IMO’s Kitack Lim earlier said.A series of activities and events will be held during 2019 related to the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Events will include the 3rd International conference on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, to be held in April, World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 in Cartagena, Colombia, and Celebration of World Maritime Day at IMO Headquarters, both scheduled in September.
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.
New Delhi: After the successful anti-satellite missile test by India, concerns are being raised from some quarters, including the United States and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), over creation of space debris.The United States on Thursday said it will continue to pursue its shared interests with India in space and technical cooperation, but expressed concern over the issue of space debris. “The issue of space debris is an important concern for the US government. We took note of Indian government statements that the test was designed to address space debris issues,” a State Department spokesperson said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After the missile test on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here had sought to assuage such concerns stating that the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no space debris. Incidentally, the United States was the first country to test ASAT. In September 1959, a High Virgo missile was launched by the US from B-58 aircraft targeting an Explorer satellite. However, it was unsuccessful, according to a paper presented by Anatoly Zak at the UNIDIR. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA month later, a Bold Orion missile launched from a B-47 aircraft at an 11-kilometer altitude passed within four kilometers from the Explorer-6 satellite at an altitude of 251 kilometres. Further as latest as 2008, during Operation Burnt Frost, the US destroyed its own satellite, USA-193, with an SM-3 interceptor creating 174 pieces of trackable debris, plus non-trackable shards. In 2007, China destroyed its FengYun 1C weather satellite with an SC-19 missile, leaving behind space debris consisting of 3,280 pieces of trackable debris, as well as up to 32,000 pieces that are non-trackable. The UNIDIR too raised concern over the space debris. “Testing anti-satellite weapons in space can create damaging debris. Guidelines on testing these systems can prevent collateral damage and the escalation of tensions in outer space,” the UNIDIR tweeted with a video on the subject. Matthias Maurer, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, said shooting down a satellite and voluntarily creating space debris is not a sign of being a responsible space power. “Shooting down a satellite to prove you’re a space power only shows that you’re not. No responsible space power contributes to creating voluntarily space debris! Space belongs to all mankind. Let’s use it for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of the people. @esa @dlr,” Maurer tweeted. On Wednesday, Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow, UNIDIR, said conducting the tests at an altitude of 300 km does not augur well for satellites in the Low Earth Orbit . “It was not a good sign for LEO (low earth orbit)… which has telecommunication and earth observation satellites and also the International Space Station,” which cruises at a height of 400 km, he said. “The test was done at 300 km, so pretty low, meaning most of the debris will slowly come down. However, lots of objects near that altitude…. Not a good sign for all those LEO constellations. Also, if any debris damages other objects, India will be liable under the Liability Convention (if attribution is established),” Porras had tweeted. The MEA, in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) released on Wednesday, said “whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks”.