Neart na Gaoithe Design Change Gets OK

first_imgEDF Renewables UK has received consent from the Scottish Government for an improved design of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.The updated consent will allow the offshore wind farm to be built using fewer turbines, but with higher capacity, which will generate the same 450MW energy output.The new design will comprise a maximum of 54 turbines instead of the planned 75, which will have a maximum tip height of 208m above sea level.In line with its practice, EDF Group said it plans to have the project open to other investors in due course.“This is great news and we are excited to move forward delivering this milestone project for Scotland which will provide low carbon energy for decades to come,” said Matthias Haag, EDF Renewables UK NnG Project Director.EDF Group bought Neart na Gaoithe from Mainstream Renewable Power in May following a competitive bidding process.The wind farm, located some 15km off the Fife coast, is expected to be operational by 2023.last_img read more

Gay Marriage – And now on to polygamy

first_imgThe Economist 8 April 2013THE excitement over the Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage has probably died down until the court comes back with a decision. And what with a majority of senators now in favour, it certainly looks like, whether by judicial or legislative action, gay marriage is on a fairly rapid road to acceptance across America. So this moment, when fewer people are paying attention and it can’t do too much harm, seems like a good time for people who support gay marriage to admit that there are a couple of arguments for it which they’ve always thought were wrong.….One of the assumptions that gay marriage calls into question, for many conservatives, is: why pairs, then? If not man-woman, then why not man-woman-woman, and so forth? Again, the response of gay-marriage proponents is generally ridicule. I don’t think this is a ridiculous question. “Why can’t you marry your dog, then?” is a ridiculous question; marriage, in our society, is between consenting adult persons. (Though states where girls can marry below the age of legal adulthood violate this premise, and show the traces of a premodern understanding of marriage as a reproductive contract between extended families that few Americans would say they support today.) But “why only two?” isn’t a ridiculous question. It’s easy enough to show that gay marriage does not empirically lead to pressure to legalise polygamy; that hasn’t happened anywhere that gay marriage is legal. But this is different from explaining why opening up the boundaries of the 20th-century understanding of marriage shouldn’t raise the possibility of legalising polygamy. Why shouldn’t it be legal for more than two consenting adults to marry each other?There are, obviously, a whole lot of societies in the world where polygamy is legal and normal. In fact the anthropological record suggests that the overwhelming majority of human societies have allowed men to have more than one wife simultaneously. I don’t want to be taken to be making a creepy dirty-old-man argument in favour of polygamy. But the reflexive belief that polygamous marriages must be evil and oppressive even in societies where they are traditional is basically an expression of cultural prejudice. I would never want to be in a polygamous marriage myself, because I’ve grown up in the West and it seems freaky and inegalitarian to me; but for people who grew up in Yemen, or in Swaziland, or in Vietnam before the 1950s, that is not necessarily the case. Women in polygamous societies may decide to become a rich man’s second wife rather than a poor man’s only wife, and do not necessarily feel oppressed by that choice. Their children usually turn out well-adjusted.http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/04/gay-marriagelast_img read more

Old Market vendors frustrated

first_img 14 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Old Market vendors frustrated by: – June 17, 2011 Share Souvenir items on display. Photo credit: darda.orgPresident of the Old Market Vendors Association Evady St Ville says vendors are frustrated about several issues affecting them that seem to be falling on death ears.She says high duties on imported craft items, the finish of the local products, license of vendor’s assistance and stiff competition from Chinese nationals are among the major concerns.St Ville told the media yesterday, that it is difficult to operate as vendors under such conditions.She says there are some officials and staff of the Discover Dominica Authority who are not doing their jobs properly.Click here to listen to Ms. St. Ville:“There are a bunch of people who works in DDA well dressed and we do not see value for money. They do not want to speak to us because they feel that there is some barrier where you are underneath them. They need to come down to the ground and do what they are being paid to do,” she said.St. Ville is hoping that most of these problems will be eliminated in the next tourism season.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Whittingham secures Bluebirds win

first_imgPeter Whittingham’s header gave Cardiff a crucial 1-0 win over West Brom and extended the Baggies miserable run of form, which cost manager Steve Clarke his job. Morgan Amalfitano pulled back to Claudio Yacob but the Argentinian scuffed his shot to McAuley who made a better fist of hitting the target, only for Gary Medel to block on the line, with Marshall also in attendance. Cardiff hit back and took the lead. The excellent Noone delivered a pinpoint cross which Whittingham headed wide of Myhill’s despairing dive into the bottom corner. Caulker came close to doubling the lead from a Whittingham corner a few moments later, only for Odemwingie to get in the way and flick the ball away from goal. The game had suddenly sprang to life and West Brom had a decent penalty shout turned down by referee Howard Webb. Shane Long appeared to be bundled over by Turner as he turned in the box, but the Republic of Ireland striker was waved to his feet. Jordon Mutch then fired over after cleverly making room for himself on the edge of the box. Clarke sent on Saido Berahino and Scott Sinclair as his side launched a late bid for an equaliser. But their final chance came and went when a Long header was brilliantly saved by a full-stretch Marshall and later in the evening the Baggies relieved Clarke of his duties. Neither side had won in their previous five games, but Whittingham’s fine finish from a Craig Noone cross in the 65th minute gave the hosts a merited three points and opened up a little breathing space to the bottom three for Malky Mackay’s side. Gareth McAuley and Shane Long failed to convert West Brom’s best chances, while the striker also had a penalty attempt turned down after a push by Ben Turner. Both these teams had won just one of their last nine games, while Cardiff had gone three games without scoring. Mackay’s response to their lack of a goal threat was to field a two-man strikeforce, with Fraizer Campbell joined by former Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie. It prompted a lively start from the hosts, with Odemwingie working Boaz Myhill with a sharp free-kick. Winger Noone also featured prominently, testing Liam Ridgewell and turning in a threatening cross which Jonas Olsson turned behind with Campbell lurking. The best early chance fell to Steven Caulker, Turner flicked on Whittingham’s corner but the England centre-half put his shot wide with Myhill stranded out of position. But, after Campbell just failed to get on the end of a driven Odemwingie cross, the first half fizzled out. The visitors created very little and Cardiff’s only real alarm came when Andrew Taylor inadvertently diverted a pass across goal, but David Marshall made an easy save. Cardiff pressed again at the start of the second half, but it was West Brom who carved out the clearest chance. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea’s swoop for Pedro was most talked about summer signing on Twitter

first_img Twitter released its data relating to the whole of the summer transfer window today and, according to the social network, the move which saw the Premier League champions steal Pedro from under the nose of Manchester United was the most discussed. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s switch from Bayern Munich to Manchester United was second and Raheem Sterling’s move to top-flight leaders Manchester City third. The rest of the top 10 is made up of the likes of Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) and Angel Di Maria (Paris St Germain). Unsurprisingly the non-transfer of David De Gea to Real Madrid was the most discussed rumour, ahead of Karim Benzema being linked with Arsenal and Chelsea’s pursuit of John Stones. De Gea was also the most popular individual across the network on deadline day itself, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger second as fans raged at his lack of action. Also in the top five were Manchester United new-boy Anthony Martial and West Brom striker Saido Berahino, while Sky Sports’ yellow-tied Jim White also featured. The transfer of Pedro from Barcelona to Chelsea has emerged as the most talked-about signing of the summer on social media.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mother says baby formula purchased for Walmart may have actually been flour

first_imgA mother is claiming that her infant became sick after injesting what she now believes was a container of baby formula that may have been filled with flour.The incident occurred last month in Phoenix, Arizona.According to Madeline Roque, she purchased the formula from her local Walmart but noticed her 9-month-old daughter developed a case of gas and began throwing up the formula.Roque says she didn’t notice that something was off until the second time she fed her daughter the formula and the samething happened.That time she dumped the formula out into the sink and realized that the consistency did not seem right.“When I poured the bottle in the sink and saw how it got, that’s when it hit me,” Roque told KPNX.Roque says she now believes someone may have swapped the baby formula out with flour.While the incident has not yet been confirmed, Walmart says they are now conducting their own investigation.Authorities in the area also reported that they have had several reports of people purchasing baby formula, swapping it out with flour and then returning it to the store for cash.last_img read more

Pregnant FL woman saves family by fatally shooting intruder with AR-15

first_imgA Florida woman is being hailed a hero for saving her family’s lives during a violent home invasion, Wednesday evening.Jeremy King told BN9 that his wife “evened the playing field and kept them from killing me.”Around 9 p.m., Wednesday, two masked men armed with guns broke into the Lithia family home.One of the men first grabbed the couple’s 11-year-old daughter before violently attacking the male victim, police say.King said one of the men pistol-whipped him while another kicked him repeatedly in the head during the attack.His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was in the back bedroom and peeked out to see what was going on, according to King.He said that one of the men shot then at her.She retreated, grabbed an AR-15, and returned fire, King said.Deputies later found a man identified as one of the intruders dead in a nearby ditch.The second gunman fled the scene after the fatal shot was fired and is still at large, deputies said.Detectives do not believe the attack was random and are currently investigating the relationship between the victims and suspects.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office also noted that the AR-15 used by the pregnant female was in the family home legally.“Anyone with information is asked to call Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200.”last_img read more

Tiger Boys 6th, Girls 9th in MPA

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 SULLIVAN — The Sumner Tiger boys upped their record to 4-2 with wins of 4-1 over Stearns and 3-2 over Lee Academy this week, while the Sumner girls are 2-4.In the Class C standings the Sumner Tiger boys are sixth and the girls are ninth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Let’s hear it for the band

first_imgThe USC Trojan Marching Band and the USC Concert Band play in Bovard Auditorium on Sunday as part of “40 Years of Music and Memories,” a concert honoring band director Arthur C. Bartner, who has led the Trojan Marching Band for 40 years. The concert featured both music and visual components and was a preview to “The Man on the Ladder,” a gala concert to be held May 1 at the Galen Center.Sunil Murali | Daily Trojanlast_img

Wrapping Up

first_img Published on November 7, 2014 at 12:03 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb The squat rack faced the wall, so Cameron Lynch couldn’t see behind him.His father, Sean Lynch, was his spotter as the rising high school junior went through 16 reps at almost 380 pounds in a Houston gym. Lynch was in the early stages of learning how to squat.Or supposedly so. When his father looked up, seven gym rats had surrounded the rack, watching in awe of Lynch’s impeccable form and asking if Sean Lynch was a trainer, not the 16-year-old’s father.“If I can’t grow taller, I can go wider and stronger,” Lynch said. “That was the plan.”To combat what scouts call a height deficiency, the 6-foot tall Lynch conquered the weight room and developed into a stud linebacker and an NFL hopeful for Syracuse. His strength has formed him into one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top tacklers, while his experience and leadership qualities earned him a captain role this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd when the Orange (3-6, 1-4 ACC) holds its Senior Day ceremony before its game against No. 22 Duke on Saturday — knowing it needs to win to preserve bowl eligibility — Lynch will have one last time to play before the Carrier Dome crowd.“It’s all come and gone so fast. To see his progression, him growing from when he first walked in as a freshman to now,” Sean Lynch said. “To see all of that culminate this Saturday, that’s what’s going to get me teary-eyed and smiling at the same time.“… And he’s not done yet. He wants to go to the next level. It may not be pretty, but he’ll get there.”Lynch’s weight-room prowess quickly became too much for his father to keep up with — and Sean Lynch was once a Division I linebacker himself. He played baseball and walked onto the football team at Colorado in the 1980s, but transferred after one year.His passion for football bred his son’s.“I credit all my success to him,” Lynch said, “because he got me started.”Though adolescence naturally helped Lynch drop his youthful chunkiness, after his freshman year in high school he and his father researched and designed a program that included weight lifting, plyometric work and exercises utilizing his own body weight.Even if it meant jumping over trash cans or bounding onto student desks to replicate box jumps in the 100-degree heat of Houston — where he visited his father for the summers — Lynch was determined not to feel puny anymore. Core exercises and hip and flexibility work fine-tuned him into even more of a specimen.“He’s a very, very, very strong human being,” SU defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said.Lynch’s athleticism was apparent at a combine-style UCLA football camp going into his junior year of high school. After waiting in a line of 60 players, he took his shoes off, furrowing the eyebrows around him, but then raised them as he hit 38 inches in the vertical jump, his father said. Then Lynch repeated it when he was dared to do it again. It was one of the highest marks at the camp, Sean Lynch said.On the field, he was soon a 215-pound beast making 135 and 188 tackles in his jun-ior and senior seasons, respectively, at Brookwood (Georgia) High School.He even scored a touchdown on a wheel route in his one time moonlighting as a fullback for Brookwood and won a state championship in his senior season. The championship game was one of the best individual high school performances SU head coach Scott Shafer said he has ever seen.Still, recruiters from Virginia and Georgia Tech and a shortage of interest from the Southeastern Conference surrounding Lynch told him he was too short to make it as a college linebacker.“Man, if I was 6-2, I’d be getting all kinds of offers. I could go anywhere,” Lynch said at the time to his father.“Yeah, but you know what? You’re not,” Sean Lynch told him. “You play like you’re 6-2, 6-3, and that’s what you’re going to do from this point on, but you’re not.”“He got over that,” Sean Lynch says now, “and he never looked back.”Lynch knew he wanted to take Syracuse’s offer after his official visit and passed on offers from Harvard and Vanderbilt, according to his Scout.com profile. He earned three starts through his first two years with the Orange before taking on a starting role last year and finishing as SU’s second-leading tackler with 69.This year his 73 tackles lead the Orange, his 54 solo tackles rank second in the ACC and his 6.5 sacks are tied for third in the conference. In May, he was named the No. 4 “freakish” athlete in college sports by an NFL.com college football writer. Shafer used the same word to describe Lynch’s numbers in the weight room.He’s done his part in passing on the Syracuse linebacking torch, first by learning un-der Siriki Diabate and Dan Vaughan, then ascending with Marquis Spruill and cur-rent roommate Dyshawn Davis.Now he’s close to handing it off to underclassmen Zaire Franklin and Marqez Hodge.“He’s a vocal guy that gets everybody in the right mindset,” Bullough said. “He understands what we want to do. Coaches, we say it but it’s bigger when it comes from one of their peers.”He’s intent on riding his football career out to the very end, however long his skills pan out for if he’s given an opportunity in the NFL.But after speaking with reporters in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing on Tuesday evening, he had the Graduate Record Exam waiting for him the next day. He also had another episode of his brainchild, Cam’s Cam, to shoot — a weekly video feature in which he interviews his SU teammates, a preview to his aspirational career in broadcasting.But regardless of when football ends and his next door opens, Lynch has a chapter to close over the next month.Sean Lynch doesn’t regret how his college playing days ended, but he remembers the experience of knowing he was playing his last college football game.With three games left, his son approaches that same feeling.“You don’t want to look back when you’re 40 years old and you’re looking at your-self in the mirror and you start reminiscing, you don’t want to remember the time where you didn’t give it all,” Sean Lynch said. “Leave it all out there.“So when you do have those times when you’re reminiscing and you look back — hey, you’ll be proud of yourself.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more