Campaign group warns that LKG could be downgraded without action

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Previous articleLifford Father tells of ongoing heartache over missing sonNext articleDonegal Spitfire dig uncovers WW2 machine guns News Highland Twitter The campaign group Donegal Action for Cancer Care says if action isn’t taken, Letterkenny General Hospital will eventually be downgraded to community hospital status.The group has met with a cross party group of Oireachtas members urging them to be more vocal in their support for Letterkenny General Hospital in the Dail and Seanad.DACC spokesperson Betty Holmes says all Oireachtas members, backed by the general public, must start campaigning for the hospital before it’s too late:[podcast][/podcast]center_img Google+ By News Highland – June 28, 2011 Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Campaign group warns that LKG could be downgraded without action 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

BNEF: Unsubsidized wind, solar are now the cheapest bulk generation sources

first_imgBNEF: Unsubsidized wind, solar are now the cheapest bulk generation sources FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Engineering & Development:Falling technology costs means unsubsidized solar and/or onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan, according to BloombergNEF‘s (BNEF) new 2H 2018 LCOE report. The report assesses the cost competitiveness of different power generating and energy storage technologies globally (excluding subsidies).Every half year, BNEF runs its Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) analysis, a worldwide assessment of the cost competitiveness of different power generating and energy storage technologies – excluding subsidies.These are the key, high-level results:Solar and/or wind are now the cheapest new source of generation in all major economies, except Japan. This includes China and India, where not long ago coal was king. In India, best-in-class solar and wind plants are now half the cost of new coal plants.The benchmark global levelized cost for onshore wind sits at $52/MWh, down 6% from our 1H 2018 analysis. This is on the back of cheaper turbines and a stronger U.S. dollar. Onshore wind is now as cheap as $27/MWh in India and Texas, without subsidy.In most locations in the U.S. today, wind outcompetes combined-cycle gas plants (CCGT) supplied by cheap shale gas as a source of new bulk generation. If the gas price rises above $3/MMBtu, our analysis suggests that new and existing CCGT are going to run the risk of becoming rapidly undercut by new solar and wind. This means fewer run-hours and a stronger case for flexible technologies such as gas peaker plants and batteries that do well at lower utilization (capacity factor).Short-duration batteries are today the cheapest source of new fast-response and peaking capacity in all major economies except the U.S., where cheap gas gives peaker gas plants an edge. As electric vehicle manufacturing ramps-up, battery costs are set to drop another 66% by 2030, according to our analysis. This, in turn, means cheaper battery storage for the power sector, lowering the cost of peak power and flexible capacity to levels never reached before by conventional fossil-fuel peaking plants.Batteries co-located with PV or wind are becoming more common. Our analysis suggests that new-build solar and wind paired with four-hour battery storage systems can already be cost competitive, without subsidy, as a source of dispatchable generation compared with new coal and new gas plants in Australia and India.More: Onshore wind & solar lead as cheapest source of new bulk power, finds BNEFlast_img read more

The 2020 Election Candidates Who Made History

first_img– Advertisement – Election night victories by Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, in the state’s First District, Yvette Herrell, a Republican, in its Second District, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, a Democrat, in its Third District, mean that New Mexico’s entire House delegation will be made up of women of color. In the Senate Cori Bush, a progressive who toppled a member of the Democratic Party establishment during her primary, cruised to victory over Anthony Rogers, a Republican, and became the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress. “To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers — this is our moment,” Ms. Bush said in her victory speech.Ritchie Torres, a Democrat who is Afro-Latino, swept aside his Republican opponent and became the first openly gay Black man elected to Congress. He will replace Representative José Serrano in New York’s 15th Congressional District. (Mondaire Jones, another Democrat who is also Black and gay, is ahead in his race to fill the seat in New York’s 17th Congressional District that is being vacated by Representative Nita Lowey.) “I am hopeful that there’s a young person desperately in need of that message, who, just before going to bed, looked online and saw this result,” Ms. McBride said. “For that person, they know that change is possible and things can get better.” – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – The 2020 election saw a diverse set of candidates in races across the country, even though the presidential contest was between two septuagenarian white men. Votes are still being tallied, but barrier-breaking candidates have notched victories in some of the races that have been called.Here are some of the winners who have made history.In the House of Representatives Cynthia Lummis, a Republican former congresswoman, will become the first woman to serve in the Senate from Wyoming. She cruised to victory in the race to succeed Senator Michael B. Enzi, who is retiring.In Statehouseslast_img read more

Guyana Beverage Co. Tampico 60-mile cycle road race set for July 3

first_imgWITH the 2017 Guyana cycling season in full swing and the return to Guyana of the country’s overseas based wheelsmen, the Guyana Beverage Company sponsored 60-mile cycle road race under the Tampico Brand promises much excitement.The event is being organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club of Berbice and will be held on July 3 in the Ancient County of Berbice and is open to all local cyclists.The participants will pedal off from outside the Guyana Beverage Company office located at Palmyra, East Berbice and proceed to the Number 51 Village Police Station before returning to the place of origin for the finish.last_img read more

Q&A with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas

first_imgATLANTA — The matchup between Syracuse and Michigan, a pair of No. 4 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, is considered by many experts to be a toss up in the days leading up to Saturday’s semifinal. Even Las Vegas, the city with a sports-betting industry designed to find the smallest discrepancies between two opponents, has Michigan as just a two-point favorite.Will Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone defense frustrate yet another opponent? Will Trey Burke, the Associated Press Player of the Year, continue to dominate games as he has all season?Those are just some of the questions that will be answered Saturday afternoon. But in the meantime, The Daily Orange caught up with ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas to analyze the matchup. Here’s what Bilas had to say:The Daily Orange: A lot of Michigan’s play is predicated on Trey Burke being able to penetrate and pass to teammates. Everyone wants to know if Burke can penetrate Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. From what you’ve seen, what are your thoughts on that?Jay Bilas: I think he can, but I think it’s going to be really difficult. I think Syracuse has been more active in the zone than earlier in the year. In the past seven or eight games, they’ve been really, really active. I think it’s been difficult for opposing guards to get into the lane because of how active Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche have been up top.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI tend to think that the best opportunity Burke is going to have is in transition. If Syracuse turns it over or they take a bad shot and allow Michigan to get a run-out, then Burke can take advantage of getting to the rim or finding some of the opportunistic 3-point shooters that they have. I think their 3-point shooting in transition can be much more dangerous because those are going to be open, step-in looks, which are better shots than they would get against the half-court zone.The D.O.: One of the things Jim Boeheim has always said is he can’t stop teams from shooting, but he can dictate who takes the shot and where they take the shots, for the most part. So if you’re Jim Boeheim, who do you want taking the 3-point shots for Michigan?J.B.: You would rather have guys like Glenn Robinson III taking them than Stauskas. You want Stauskas to be made to put the ball on the floor. I think against Michigan you’re not going to be able to stop good 3-point shooters from taking shots. But you can try to limit the amount of open looks that their best 3-point shooters take. One of the things that Michigan can get caught up in is sometimes they can take too many 3s. That’s a concern against the zone is that they jack up too many 3s. That will be advantage Syracuse if they wind up doing that.The D.O.: Michael Carter-Williams has been great partly because of his length and partly because of his skill. One of the things his length allows him to do is get into the lane, and it seems like once he gets two feet in the lane he becomes a huge problem for defenders. How do you see Michigan trying to stop him defensively?J.B.: Michigan can put a couple of guys on him. They can put Trey Burke on him, and Burke is a good defender. One of the things when you play against a smaller player is you think about being able to see over him. But the difficulty of playing against a smaller player is that, that player can get under you. Burke can cause some problems there, force Carter-Williams to turn his back. Burke can be disruptive.They can also put Tim Hardaway Jr. on him, that’s possible. I think that would be an advantage for Michael Carter-Williams if he’s guarded by Hardaway. Hardaway is a really good player, and I think what you want to do is try to take away Carter-Williams’ ability to penetrate and make him a perimeter jump shooter. If you make him a perimeter jump shooter, he is less likely to hurt you.The D.O.: One of the things that have plagued Syracuse is offensive rebounding. Last year, we saw Notre Dame dominate with Jack Cooley inside, and Andre Drummond had two really good games against Fab Melo. Can Mitch McGary crash the offensive boards and play that role of garbage man inside?J.B.: Absolutely. I think that’s a possibility. Sometimes that zone will give up some second shots, but that’s a question of where those shots come from. If it’s a 3-point miss, I think McGary is less likely to be as big of a factor on the glass because those longer shots are usually longer rebounds. The better the quality of the shot, the more opportunity Michigan is going to have for an offensive rebound.The D.O.: Is this Syracuse team really peaking at the right team, or is this group really good at “turning it on” when it matters in the postseason?J.B.: That’s a good question. It’s hard to determine when and where a team gets hot and where it comes from. Even during the period where Syracuse was really struggling toward the end of the season, they were still working in practice and working hard to get better. I don’t think it’s necessarily a cruise control thing and then a flip-the-switch deal.But to me, the game was Seton Hall in the Big East tournament. When they played Seton Hall, they got down early as Seton Hall hit some 3s. When they wound up winning that game, with as well as they played on the offensive end, that really gave them a shot in the arm and some much-needed confidence. Their offensive improvement really helped their defense. Comments Related Stories Long and winding road: Beilein arriving at Final Four stage with decades of help, friendship from BoeheimRobinson III, Burke in for test against Syracuse’s lengthy zoneNot just yet: Boeheim reiterates he doesn’t plan on retiringBuild up: McGary develops from raw talent into focal point of Michigan offenseWare’s horrid injury motivating Louisville teammates ahead of Final Four clash with Wichita State Published on April 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more