Puerto Rico Forum: Involve Puerto Ricans

first_imgPuerto Rico Forum: Involve Puerto Ricans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享IEEFA:Key takeaways in a Washington, D.C., forum co-sponsored by IEEFA include the necessity of eliminating Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) legacy debt; the importance of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission’s role in overseeing PREPA’s transformation; and the need for the people of Puerto Rico to lead the development of a new vision for a modern energy system.A recording of the forum, co-sponsored with the Institute for Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability of Puerto Rico, the Center for a New Economy, and the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association is available here.Among the highlights: A presentation by Scott Hempling, an advisor to the Puerto Rico Energy Commission since it was established in 2014. Hempling’s remarks focus on the legal authority of the commission to oversee PREPA’s operations and to serves as the key regulatory agency in implementing reforms.The forum also included a panel discussion on immediate rebuilding concerns and recommendations to Congress to the longer-term vision for a new energy system in Puerto Rico. YouTube video: Puerto Rico: How Best to Get and Keep the Lights Back On?last_img read more

Talk of the towns

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Real Valladolid coach Sergio blasts Setien after Barcelona defeat

first_img Loading… Real Valladolid coach, Sergio Gonzalez, blasted Barcelona rival Quique Setien after Saturday’s defeat. Setien refused to credit Real Valladolid for largely stifling Barcelona during the Blaugrana’s 1-0 win on Saturday, which brought about a response from Sergio. Quique always tries to minimise us, he already did it when he was at [Real] Betis,” Sergio said. What the coach is referring to is a match last season when Valladolid picked up all three points away at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. On that occasion, Setien argued that it was tough for Betis to attack when the other team has 10 players in their own box.Advertisement read also:Setien, Suarez back Griezmann after difficult first Barcelona season “The answer has been on the pitch,” Sergio added after losing to Barcelona. “If there has been a team that has generated dangerous chances, it has been us. “The heat and the pitch were the same for everyone.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Ayre: Reds learned valuable lessons

first_img Press Association Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre admits the “dark days” of the Tom Hicks and George Gillett era at Anfield taught him and the new owners the importance of long-term sustainability and respecting the club. The Reds’ previous owners drove the Merseysiders to the brink of administration after a disastrous leveraged buy-out, and it has taken successors Fenway Sports Group the best part of four years to put things back on track. Liverpool are a different prospect both on and off the pitch now, and Ayre said hard but valuable lessons had been learned. He cited the example of the recent signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli as an instance where they have upped their game since the infamous incident of the club shop being closed the day after Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005. “I read a stat the other day that we sold £50,000 worth of Balotelli shirts on the day he signed,” added Ayre, speaking at Soccerex in Manchester. “You have to be geared up for that. In the past Liverpool had the situation where they had success or an opportunity and did not capitalise on that, but those days are long gone. “The signing of Mario was never about commercial opportunity, it was about football and it always will be. But it shows you the power of the Liverpool name and the power of a player like Mario. “That is what Liverpool is about, having huge reach and success around the world. “When you have big opportunities you have to be able to capitalise on them.” Ayre believes Liverpool are now entering a different phase where they can look to consistently challenge their rivals on and off the pitch after running big-spending Manchester City close in the title race last season. “We have to be realistic and ambitious and optimistic at the same time,” he said. “Brendan said very recently finishing in the top four and qualifying from our Champions League group would be our two core objectives. “You could say progress would be winning one more game and winning the league (they finished two points behind City), but as long as we acquit ourselves as we did last season I think we will be in great shape. “You set out to win, but we were very pleased with where we got to and surpassed all our expectations. “While we were ahead of where we expected to be, we certainly made the progress we expected to make, to break into the top four and improve the squad, and again this summer I feel we have been able to do that. “The ambition and desire and commitment is there and it will be down to how other people acquit themselves and how the numbers add up.” “It is great for our supporters because they went through a difficult time and it is always devastating to see such a great tradition and establishment as Liverpool being in such great difficulty,” he said. “It taught us the importance of sustainability and running the club properly. No-one wants to go back to those dark days again. “There was a lot to focus on: we had to improve the squad overall and that took investment at a time when we had little cash and a lot of debt. And it is testament to our new owners that they invested heavily and we started to improve the on-pitch side. “It was also important to put in the pieces to take the business of the club forward, because in a world of Financial Fair Play and sustainability they are the things which generate the revenue to buy the players. “It was a five-year plan and I am pleased to say it has been successful on all fronts, and the club has not been in such great health. “It is pleasing to know we are on a great footing, have fantastic owners who believe in sustainability, believe in putting the club where it should be and treating it with the respect it should have. “As long as we continue with those values we will be in good shape.” The implications of FFP have increased the significance of commercial success, and Ayre believes in that area the club have matched the progress made by manager Brendan Rodgers on the field. last_img read more

Women’s water polo dominates at Riverside tournament

first_imgDespite the number of goals that USC was able to rack up in both games, there was still room for improvement in powerplays, with the Trojans scoring on 6 of 13 against CBU and 2 of 8 against Concordia.  After scoring 5 unanswered goals in the second period, the Trojans were up 8-1 heading into the second half. With just one more goal from CBU senior driver Katie Quon in the third, the Lancers struggled to a scoreless fourth allowing USC’s scoring tally to rise to 17.  Senior driver Denise Mammolito was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Second team last season. She scored 2 goals against California Baptist Saturday and scored 3 more against Concordia University Sunday. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team made a statement this weekend with a 17-2 win over California Baptist and a 25-2 win against Concordia at the Lancer Joust in Riverside.  In Saturday morning’s match, the CBU Lancers opened the scoring with junior attacker Kira O’Donell finding the net on a power-play.  “If it wasn’t there the first time, it was going to be there the second time,” said Weber, who had 4 goals from power-plays across the two games. “So I think we held off taking those [shots] until it was clearly shown that we were going to make them.” “I think the first game was, you know, it’s the first game of our season,” Weber said. “We’re all excited to play and I think we came out with a lot of energy but we just couldn’t find the right passes — we were hitting the bars or throwing the ball at the goalie.” The Trojans will look to continue their winning streak at the UCLA Mini Tournament this weekend. USC will face LMU at 12:45 p.m. Saturday before a scrimmage against UCLA at 5:15 p.m. While the Trojans maintained the same sort of defensive effort as in the previous game and improved their shooting, they saw a drop in goals from powerplays against Concordia.  The USC scoring drive was unstoppable with 6 or more goals per period and an overall shooting percentage of .758. The Trojans’ depth was a key factor with 11 players scoring. Freshman driver Téa Poljak, freshman driver Christina Crum and freshman utility Brooklyn Aguilera each picked up their first career goals as Trojans.  “I really like Carolyne’s attitude,”  head coach Marko Pintaric said after her performance. “She’s a very bright kid doing everything great in the training. She’s a student of the game, stays extra and asks the right questions, so I’m not surprised for her to be successful.” The victories set the tone for a Trojan team steadfast in defending its No. 1 ranking despite the loss of several players to Olympic training. Redshirt freshman goalie Erin Tharp saw some playing time, allowing just 2 goals in the first half, and freshman Carolyne Stern also clocked in her first time as a Trojan with eight saves in the second, including a 5-meter penalty block.  Starter redshirt junior goalie Holly Parker closed out the game with a .800 save percentage and just 2 goals allowed. It would be one of the last goals they saw for quite some time. All-American senior drivers Denise Mammolito and Kelsey McIntosh answered back for USC. The scoring only continued from there, with four other Trojans scoring later in the game. “We missed high percentage opportunities [in the first game] and I think the coaches did a really good job in reinforcing that in our meeting after the game,” Weber said. “So when we came in the second game, we were more aware that not making those high percentage opportunities can lose us a championship.” Even with the double-digit scoring, sophomore utility Bayley Weber, who scored 4 goals in the opener, noted that the 0.486 shooting percentage was in part due to nerves. last_img read more