Cardiff boss Warnock writes off Tottenham as title contenderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has wrote off Tottenham as a title contender.Cardiff will face Spurs tonight.”I don’t think they (Tottenham) are title contenders but I think they are going to have a great season,” said Warnock.”It’s such a strange thing, I think they would be (challenging for the title) in a normal situation but we’ve just got two incredible teams at the minute.”At the moment one of them (Liverpool) is just flying. If Liverpool do get a result (against Manchester City) on Thursday it is very difficult to see anything else (other than Liverpool title win) really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alabama is getting all it can handle from Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday, and many are starting to wonder if the Crimson Tide could be in trouble when it comes to the College Football Playoff. The fan you’ll see below seems concerned as well.After a big defensive play by Georgia, the CBS camera crew cut to an Alabama fan who was a bit upset about what’s transpiring. She uttered one word – which is pretty easy to figure out.At the moment, it’s 28-14 Georgia midway through the third quarter. Tua Tagovailoa has struggled mightily, while Jake Fromm has looked sharp.The Internet is having fun with the newest college football meme:In terms of college football memes this young lady is on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum from the sad piccolo player. #SECChampionship pic.twitter.com/VdW7Lj0218— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) December 1, 2018When Alabama can’t convert on 3rd Down this is the fan reaction! Here come the Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/EpuU4Z2WYd— Dr. Jim Louro (@Drjimrugby) December 1, 2018How #BAMA fans are feeling right about now. #godawgs #alabama ##jakefromm #Gabulldawgs #bulldogs #SECCHAMPIONSHIP pic.twitter.com/RYvA9KanMq— Michelle (@MichelleAtlanta) December 1, 2018If Alabama does lose, the College Football Playoff committee is going to have its hands full. Assuming Ohio State wins tonight, they’ll have to choose between Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State.It isn’t over just yet, but Alabama fans, as you can tell above, are worried.
The second session of the 60th general assembly will resume at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30. The opening day will follow the daily routine of House business, including question period. Government business on the order paper will be called for debate. There will be no Speech from the Throne. The resumption of the House continues the long history of parliamentary democracy in Nova Scotia, which began 250 years ago. -30-
Residents of the United Kingdom who move to Nova Scotia will now be able to exchange their valid driver’s licence for one in Nova Scotia. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell and High Commissioner Andrew Pocock have signed a reciprocity agreement that will allow residents of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to drive in Nova Scotia without taking a written or road test, if they have a valid licence from home. Nova Scotians who live, work or study in the United Kingdom will have the same privileges. “This agreement will make it easier for residents of the United Kingdom who choose to work or study in Nova Scotia, while ensuring road safety is protected,” said Mr. MacDonell. Nova Scotia has similar arrangements with Germany and South Korea. To qualify, Registry of Motor Vehicles staff must review a country’s driving regulations to ensure they are compatible with Nova Scotia’s.
Ron MacDonald, head of the Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT), is retiring next month after 26 years in the civil service. Mr. MacDonald, SiRT’s first and only director, developed the independent investigations office from a concept to a highly effective civilian oversight body. Mr. MacDonald has accepted a new position as chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office in British Columbia. “I thank Ron for his years of service and outstanding leadership at SiRT,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “Our loss is B.C.’s gain. Because of Ron’s good work, Nova Scotia has an innovative model that is unique to Atlantic Canada and is respected across the country.” The Serious Incident Response Team independently investigates all serious incidents which arise from the actions of police in Nova Scotia. Since it began in 2012, SiRT investigated more than 120 cases. It is an important part of the province’s justice system. The process to hire Mr. MacDonald’s replacement will begin immediately.
Jakarta: US President Donald Trump’s son and his Indonesian business partner say a theme park that also features a Trump hotel and condos will no longer have Chinese financing. Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday at a news conference in Jakarta that his father is not involved in Trump-branded resorts in West Java and Bali. In a move that alarmed Trump critics, MNC Land, the Indonesian company that is developing the theme park owned by billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, said in May that it has hired a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned Metallurgical Corporation to build the park at its Lido City development outside Jakarta. Tanoesoedibjo said the Trump Organisation has nothing to do with the theme park and his company has canceled a Chinese bank’s loan for the project.
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Economy on front burner this week: traders look to jobs data, rate announcement TORONTO – Traders will be looking at U.S. jobs data at the end of the week for further clues as to how much this year’s severe winter weather has depressed the American economy and employment.“This is always looked at with some degree of trepidation and this will be no exception,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.Job creation in January was a major disappointment with only 113,000 created that month. But much of the U.S. has laboured under severe weather this winter and traders largely have been willing to give the benefit of a doubt to those kinds of jobs numbers.The expectation for February, for example, is that a modest 150,000 jobs were created.Since the January data came out, other data have also suggested winter-related weakness, including a report out at the end of last week showing the U.S. economy only grew by 2.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, down sharply from the initial estimate of 3.2 per cent.U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen told senators last week that a number of data releases have pointed to softer spending than many analysts had expected but that it was difficult to discern how much that had to do with the weather.“When you drill down into the numbers, a lot of it is fairly clear, some is weather and we will see some more of that,” said Gorman.“But people will start getting nervous if the data seems to represent a trend going forward. But I’m not too concerned — we’re holding to GDP growth in the US of 2.6 per cent, which is lower than quite a number of folks who expected three and change.”Canadian jobs data for February will also be released on Friday. Economists expect that about 17,000 were created during the month.The other major economic event for the week happens on Wednesday when the Bank of Canada makes its next announcement on interest rates.“Obviously any rate hike is far in the future,” observed CIBC World Markets senior economist Peter Buchanan. Many economists don’t expect the bank to move on upping rates from its one per cent level until early next year.Buchanan thinks Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will likely offer encouraging words about inflation, which in January came in at an annualized rate of 1.5 per cent, compared with a 1.2 per cent rise in December.“They have some concerns in that area,” said Buchanan.“It’s moved a bit further away from the worrisome one per cent level. But we’re still probably not out of the woods yet.”He adds that markets will also be interested in seeing the central bank’s assessment on how severe winter weather has impacted the Canadian economy. Data released on Friday showed that Canadian gross domestic product contracted a worse than expected 0.5 per cent in December, a month that saw severe ice storms in Ontario and Quebec.Meanwhile, geopolitical anxiety centred around Ukraine had yet to make itself felt significantly at the end of last week.The TD’s Gorman observed that there are events that take place when traders get a bad case of nerves, avoid risky assets and seek safety. These include higher gold prices, falling equities and a flight to the U.S. dollar and American Treasuries. But none of these events have taken place.“The markets are more less taking this in stride with the proverbial grain of salt because the view is that it won’t escalate into a big geopolitical event,” he said.“That could be proven right or wrong — stranger things have happened. But that’s what the market is saying at the moment.”The TSX finished last week up four points with the market pressured by sliding gold stocks. But the Dow industrials ran ahead 218 points or 1.36 per cent for the week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2014 4:00 am MDT
Updated 08.30, 4 February THE BUILDING IN which two Irish students were killed in Belgium complied with all fire safety regulations, contrary to previous reports.The two victims were 22-year-old Dace Zarina from Longford and 19-year-old Sara Gibadlo from Oranmore, Galway. Dace and Sara were both Irish nationals.The two women were both second year students studying a Bachelor of Business degree in Hotel and Catering Management in GMIT’s main Galway campus. They had just commenced a 30-week Erasmus work placement in the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe in January.Emergency services attended the scene of the fire at the Institute for Ireland in Leuven early this morning.Eight students were evacuated from building and taken to hospital for a medical examination. They are not believed to be seriously injured.The two girls were reported missing following the evacuation and their bodies were later discovered.Leuven mayor Louis Tobback previously said that the house had not been declared as a student residence and its owner was not paying tax, meaning it had not been given these safety checks by firefighters.However, the college later released a statement to say that the building had been thoroughly inspected two years previously and complied with all fire safety regulations.FamiliesDace’s family originally came from Latvia and Sara’s from Poland. They were the only two GMIT students on placement in the Belgian college.“Everyone at GMIT is in shock over the news,” said a spokesperson for the college, adding that students and staff are trying to come to terms with the tragic news this morning.Members of GMIT management are currently with both families, and are liaising with the Belgian Embassy and authorities in Leuven.“Many of their classmates are on placement in different European locations and are being informed of the tragic news by the college authorities in the past hour. Some 400 GMIT students go on work placements every academic year,” the college said in a statement.The Department of Foreign Affairs stated they are providing consular assistance to the families of the students.Head of the GMIT College of Tourism and Arts Cait Noone, said:GMIT is devastated. Dace and Sara were very talented young students. They were both bright, creative young girls. It’s a huge loss.Private residenceThe Institute confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the fire involved a private residence where Irish students were staying.The fire was not in the Leuven Institute building itself, and was first reported to emergency services at 5am this morning.The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed that the Irish ambassador to Belgium was also at the scene.GMIT says it has a long established working relationship with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.“Our students have been going on placement to the Belgian college for at least six years,” they said.Fire safetyThe University of Leuven has moved to clarify that although the Institute is on its campus, they are separate organisations.In the statement, they added that this morning’s fire raises concerns about fire safety in student accommodation in the city.Additional reporting by AFP and Nicky Ryan.Originally published 31 January
L’Icann lève le voile sur les 1900 nouveaux suffixes de noms de domaineMercredi 13 juin était un grand jour, pour les noms de domaines du moins. C’est aujourd’hui que l’Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), l’organisme chargé de les réguler, a lèvé le voile sur les près de 2.000 dossiers déposés par des sociétés en vue d’obtenir la gestion de nouveaux noms de domaines de premiers niveau amenés à remplacer les traditionnels .com, .org, ou .fr. Mais alors que le suspense est à son comble, l’Icann, lui, doit subir les conséquences des lourds problèmes techniques auxquels il a été confronté.L’Icann a dévoilé mecredi à Londres les quelques 1900 nouveaux noms de domaines de premier niveau déposés par de nombreuses entreprises. Les traditionnels .com, .org ou .fr laisseront ainsi place à de nouveaux suffixes tels que .web, .porn ou encore .LOL, .Youtube, ou .docs, trois noms de domaines déposés par Google.Une démarche loin d’être à la portée de n’importe qui, le dépôt d’un nouveau suffixe coûtant quelque 185.000 dollars auxquels viennent s’ajouter 25.000 dollars de frais annuels. Au total, l’Icann a récolté plus de 352 millions de dollars grâce à son appel à candidatures. Une campagne qui ne s’est toutefois pas déroulé aussi bien que prévu.L’organisme chargé de la régulation des noms de domaines a en effet connu d’importants problèmes informatiques. “Le système d’enregistrement a été victime d’un bug informatique permettant à certains de ses utilisateurs de voir les fichiers, par nature hautement confidentiels, d’autres utilisateurs” rappelle Stéphane Van Gelder, directeur général d’Indom et président de la GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organization), dans un entretien accordé au Monde. Aujourd’hui, “il est indéniable que ce problème a terni [l’image de] l’Icann” auprès des entreprises clientes, déplore-t-il. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Très clairement, l’Icann est maintenant plus que jamais sous surveillance et ne peut se permettre d’autres faux-pas” poursuit-il avant d’évoquer ses craintes quant à l’avenir de l’Icann. “J’avoue aujourd’hui avoir peur pour cet organisme et le modèle de gouvernance qu’il représente, un modèle ouvert et fortement participatif, à l’image d’Internet, qui est loin de plaire à tout le monde” souligne Stéphane Van Gelder.”C’est vraiment un moment historique pour l’internet”, affirmait hier à l’AFP Bhavin Turakhia, le patron de la société d’hébergement Directi. Celle-ci a déposé des dossiers pour 31 suffixes quand seulement une vingtaine sont aujourd’hui homologués.C’est au premier semestre 2013 que pourraient apparaître sur Internet les premières nouvelles extensions. Mais “là encore, il s’agit d’une question polémique, puisque l’Icann se voit contraint de prendre les dossiers par lots de 500 pour des raisons de limites de capacités de traitement. Or, vous imaginez bien que la plupart des candidats ont envie de voir leur dossier traité en premier” expliqueStéphane Van Gelder.Le 14 juin 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
The niche magazine for the performing arts community, Backstage, has redesigned its print publication and website in an effort to stay ahead of its competition and a bit ahead of the curve—a move that seems to be working, so far. “What we’ve tried to do with this magazine is take almost every part of it and lead it back to the Web,” says John Amato, chairman and CEO of Backstage.The print publication will go from a tabloid size of 11.5 inches by 15 inches, to a 9 inch by 10.875-inch book. The magazine will have an increased paper quality with a glossy interior and cover stock. According to Amato, readers were asking for a smaller product so it could be easily transported to casting calls and auditions. The print publication is also more integrated with the brand’s digital presence. A story with a casting director, for example, has links to Backstage’s career center in the magazine’s margins, alerting readers to “Find representation now.” Similarly, the margins surrounding an article on a new actor’s app encourages readers to “Find more essential tools and DIY tips at backstage.com.”“We’re literally trying to incorporate how you process the magazine and interactions with Backstage online into one cohesive product that is Web and print,” says Amato. “I love print—it keeps you relevant as a brand, it gives you a currency that being online only doesn’t give you. [With the Web] we wanted to make it one experience.”Though the print product hasn’t officially hit yet, the website has been live for more than a week and total traffic has increased by more than 25 percent; page views since the relaunch are up 35 percent; unique visitors are up 60 percent and message board traffic is up 65 percent. “We made a site that is leading the user into the products and content that we’ve seen historically be the most helpful for our audience,” says Amato. “The things that were visited the most in the past, and have a historic presence and popularity on the site, things that we’ve seen through user surveys that have told us what is most helpful, we’ve tried to bring that to the forefront of the online experience.” According to the company’s website, Backstage.com receives over 1.4 million unique visitors monthly and more than 5 million monthly page views, with the average visit lasting about 9 minutes. There are also more than 29,000 paid online members. In order to better serve this audience, the utilities that are popular on the site are highlighted in the print magazine, which is then used to drive people back to Backstage.com. Additionally, the most trafficked areas of the site have been given a higher prominence on Backstage.com. “We made our casting listings the focal point of the homepage,” says Amato. “That is the content that our audience needs the fastest access to and it’s also the most refreshed and relevant. We’re bringing actor resources to the forefront—how to find an agent or casting director—and giving that a larger presence on the homepage.”The site still delivers industry related news, information and content, but the tools and utilities for the audience are claiming the most prominence. Amato says this will likely not harm the site because of the way the audience consumes Backstage.com content when compared to tool usage.“They get our news, probably more often than not, through our social media streams and daily email,” he says. “There, we only feature our content. What we want to do is keep a lot of the homepage for utilities so it’s helpful for actors, though the news is not hard to find there.”According to Backstage.com, there are over 105,000 subscribers to Backstage’s e-newsletter and more than 120,000 subscribers to its monthly casting email alerts. On average, the company posts 2,000 casting calls per week nationwide and 20 percent of daily visitors check in to review and apply for casting calls. In all, there are over 60,000 print subscribers. “We’re reinventing how people look at content, and keeping it fresh and making sure people know that if they’re looking for foundational acting advice they can also go to Backstage.com and see our legacy stuff, which is really helpful,” says Amato.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, May 13, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will hear from Town Engineer Paul Alunni regarding improvements to Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.Selectmen to hold a public hearing with National Grid and MSR Utility Maintenance Corp. to locate one pole on Salem Street and one pole on Anthony Avenue.Selectmen will hold its annual reorganization and select a chair for 2019-2020.Selectmen will receive an update from Town Manager Jeff Hull on the replacement of the high school gym floor.Selectmen will receive an update on the town’s efforts to recruit a new Finance Director/Town Accountant.Selectmen will receive a letter from the AARP Foundation regarding the town’s participation in the 2019 Income Tax Assistance Program.Selectmen will receive a letter from the MWRA thanking the town for its support during the water main break on Friday, May 3.Selectmen will finalize the makeup of the town’s Economic Development Committee.Selectmen will finalize the makeup and purpose of the Rink Committee.Selectmen will appoint members to the Town Meeting Review Committee.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Recreation Department to the use the Town Common and Gazebo for the Summer Concert Series on Wednesdays, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31.Selectmen will consider the request of Friends of Field Hockey for the WHS Field Hockey team to conduct a Car Wash Fundraiser at the Municipal Parking Lot on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 9am to 1pm.Selectmen will consider the request of Kristen Stokes to hold a Neighborhood Block Party on Jacobs Street on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 2pm to 9pm.Selectmen will sign the contract for Town Counsel for Fiscal Year 2020.Selectmen will sign the contract for Special Town Counsel Services for Fiscal Year 2020.Selectmen will consider appointing Diane Giamberardino to the Council of Arts Advisory Board.Selectmen will consider its meeting date schedule, proposed to be July 15 and August 12.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”
Neymar Jr.ReutersSpanish giants Barcelona are considering to sign Brazilian superstar Neymar on a loan with an obligation to buy next season whereas Dutch wonder-boy Matthijs De Ligt has signed for Juventus.After recently adding Antoine Griezmann to their squad, Barcelona are now planning to get Neymar on loan with an obligation to buy next summer as they have spent a lot of money on the signing of the Frenchman. According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Catalan club is planning a surprise deal for Neymar as they desperately want the PSG star in their squad. The Ajax players celebrating their historic victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.David Ramos/Getty ImagesJuventus have confirmed the signing of Dutch centre-back Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax. After all the fierce battle with top clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United, the Turin-based club came out as the winner and have completed a five-year contract deal with the 19-year-old Dutch. The Serie A champions have paid 67.8 million pounds for the youngster who played a major role in Ajax’s journey to the semi-finals of the Champions League and winning the Eredivisie title. De Ligt arrived in Turin to undergo his medical at the club on Wednesday. Catherine Ivill/Getty ImagesLeicester City have given a warning to Manchester United for the signing of Harry Maguire. United’s initial bid of 70 million pounds was rejected by Leicester as they thought that the centre-back is of a much higher price. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on asked about reducing the price tag as quoted by Daily Express UK said, ” Yes, there will be. We can’t leave ourselves short.””If the valuation isn’t met, it certainly won’t be allowed to go to the very end because if we did want to bring someone in it would be too late so there will be a point in time where even if the valuation is met, it may be too late,” he further added.Manchester United are going to submit a bid for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes by this week.
Abner Fletcher(L-R): Olympic swimmers Cullen Jones and Simone Manuel pose with former competitive swimmer and Houston native Johnnie Means, who serves as director and head coach of the Harris County Aquatics Program, at an event on May 12, 2017. 00:00 /07:34 Share Listen X Last month, Sugar Land’s Simone Manuel capped off her collegiate swimming career by being named the 2018 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.Manuel swims for Stanford University, and, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, she became the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming, all while setting an Olympic and American record in the 100-meter freestyle. Manuel is a 14-time NCAA champion and a 21-time All-American.Last summer, Manuel co-hosted an event at the Harris County Aquatics Center’s Johnnie Means Swimming Pool near the Texas Medical Center for an event sponsored by the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash campaign, which promotes swimming safety for kids. She and fellow Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones got in the pool to give some neighborhood kids some swimming lessons.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Abner Fletcher talked with her about her career and her mission to encourage more minorities to take up competitive swimming.Manuel made her professional debut last month, winning the 50-meter freestyle in a meet in Indianapolis.– / 7 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
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AlaskaPrincess Cruises [Midday AEST]: A statement released by Princess Cruises has expressed sadness reporting the news that five people are dead, one person is missing and and others are injured after two floatplanes collided mid-air, carrying passengers from Royal Princess on shore excursions, near Ketchikan in Alaska.“We are deeply saddened to report this news and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today’s accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.”The tragedy happened around 1pm local time today [AEST 7am]. The 7-day cruise departed Vancouver on Saturday 11 May 2019.The FAA has begun investigating the cause of the collision. IMAGE:The Seawalk onboard Royal Princess
State doctors – members of civil servants’ union Pasydy – called on the government on Wednesday to keep its promise and solve existing problems in public hospitals such as understaffing, long patient waiting lists and infrastructure.In a statement, the union’s branch of doctors and state hospital clinic directors, called on the health ministry and the state health service organisation (Okyy) to implement all decisions already taken concerning the smooth transfer of state hospitals under the Okyy.As of January 1, 2019, all civil servants employed in state hospitals will be seconded to Okyy – which is tasked with overseeing the implementation of hospital autonomy – and will be given the option to either sign personal contracts with the organisation or remain as seconded staff.The branch said that it had requested during meetings at the health ministry, but also with the board of the Okyy, for as many problems to be resolved in state hospitals before the procedure for their financial and administrative autonomy is launched.These problems concern understaffing, lack of equipment, infrastructure, long patient waiting lists, but also working conditions of health professionals.“We are once again expressing our concern about the state of public hospitals, the delay in recruiting management teams at all levels of the Okyy administration, and the continued postponement of key decision-making for problem-solving and organisation of hospitals,” it said.All these must take place on time before the launch of the National Health Scheme (Gesy).The state doctors appealed to the ministry and Okyy “in the short period of time” until January 1, when the transfer of state hospitals is to take place, to implement all decisions taken without further delays in order to ensure that the hospital autonomy plan “proceeds seamlessly within the given timeframes”. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
We’re nowhere near reaching our renewable energy targets and the reasons for the delay defy common senseBy Charles EllinasA renewables roadmap for Cyprus was the title of a comprehensive roadmap published in 2015 – but still very valid – by the inter-governmental International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), of which Cyprus is a member. The report’s introduction states that “the Republic of Cyprus has engaged with Irena to develop a renewable energy roadmap for the country.”Irena expressed hope that “this roadmap will prove useful in the country’s pursuit of accelerated renewable energy deployment. As our world strives for a future based on clean, secure and affordable energy for all, Cyprus can be the lighthouse that helps illuminate the course for others.”Sadly four years later Cyprus has not progressed far in implementing Irena’s recommendations or advancing adoption of renewables, leaving Cyprus far behind.Irena recommendationsThe key findings from this roadmap are:Based on this analysis, renewable energy could provide 25-40 per cent of Cyprus’ total electricity supply by 2030.Solar PV can be the dominant source with about 500-1,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity providing 15-27 per cent of the electricity supply while wind can be the second most important renewable energy source with about 175-375MW of capacity providing 5-9 per cent of the electricity supplyThe deployment of renewable energy in Cyprus has the potential to create between 11,000-22,000 jobs in Cyprus by 2030, based on Irena’s estimates of the job-creation potential of different renewable energy technologies (RETs)The accelerated deployment of RETs along with the shift of thermal generation to natural gas is estimated to lower generation cost to EUR €83-92 per megawatt-hour (MWh) by 2030. Costs in 2013 were around €130/MWh (close to €190/MWh in 2018), based primarily on heavy fuel oil and diesel generation.The roadmap went further and made detailed recommendations that would help increase use of renewables and minimise electricity generation costs in Cyprus.Had its recommendations been fully implemented, according to the roadmap the renewable energy share of electricity by 2020 should have been between 18-28 per cent. Of course this has not been done. Only 8.9 per cent renewable energy share was achieved by 2017, against a modest, binding, target to reach 16 per cent renewables in electricity consumption by 2020, that now looks increasingly unachievable.What is holding this upIt has been stated that it is not easy to increase use of renewables in power generation in Cyprus because our systems are designed to use fossil fuels and conversion is costly – we have to wait until electricity storage systems become available. It is claimed that this is what is holding us up. But is it correct?Solar PV power costs have come down dramatically. Recent auctions in Egypt and Jordan have produced costs down to €22/MWh. Both countries are already benefiting hugely from renewables.Use of storage batteries have now become widespread globally because of rapidly falling costs – between 2016-2019 unit prices halved. In California they are not building gas-fired power plants any more, despite access to cheap natural gas. New additions are predominantly solar PV plants combined with battery storage, because they are even cheaper and cleaner. In the UK 3.3GW of storage capacity is now operational and a further 5.4.GW has planning consent.With the costs of solar PV and battery continuing to decline relentlessly, by 2020 unit costs are expected to be even lower.Portugal and Spain relied mostly on fossil fuels for their electricity generation not that long ago. And they are not richer countries – the GDP per capita of Portugal is below Cyprus, just over 80 per cent, and that of Spain just above. By 2017 they were producing 54 per cent and 36 per cent renewable electricity respectively. Conversion to renewables does not appear to have led to insurmountable costs or problems. Even Greece has achieved 24.5 per cent, with a GDP per capita of just over 70 per cent of that of Cyprus.So what is really holding us up? Why don’t we implement Irena’s roadmap, already available to us? And even better, why don’t we ask Irena to come and update this roadmap and advise us on its swift implementation, starting immediately? Irena would welcome the opportunity.Import of LNGImporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) appears to be the main reason behind the slow implementation of renewables. If, for example, a third of Cyprus electricity consumption per year is diverted to renewables, the unit cost of recovering LNG facilities investment and operational costs will go up by 50 per cent per kWh. This will make electricity prices even higher.But importing LNG has a number of serious drawbacks as follows:By the time the imported gas arrives at EAC, costs will be high because of having to recover the high cost of the LNG facilities and operations from small volumes of LNG, on top of the cost of imported LNG – this will lead to an increase in electricity pricesFor the reasons explained above, it will delay even further the wider and faster implementation of renewablesThe switch from heavy fuel oil to natural gas will not achieve the EU target of a 40 per cent reduction compared to 1990 levels; in fact it will not get anywhere near it. As a result, it will still leave Cyprus well above 1990 emission levels, requiring further measures to achieve 2030 targetsIt will not help achieve the EU target of 32.5 per cent renewables by 2030 – this still requires implementation of the Irena roadmap.In other words, soon after committing to LNG imports Cyprus will still be faced with problems achieving 2030 EU carbon emission and renewables targets and will require to implement further measures to achieve EU targets.This means that importing LNG will have short term benefits, at best, and will not deal decisively with EU carbon emission and renewables targets – used as the main reason for considering imports of LNG in the first place. The major drawback is that this will come at an increase in costs to the Cypriot electricity consumer. Cyprus should disclose the results of any economic impact studies it has carried out justifying the import of LNG.It is understood that the European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering investing in the LNG import project. So in effect, the European Commission (EC) through its grant and the EIB may end up subsidising a fossil fuel project which in doing so delays even further the implementation of renewables – thus going in the opposite direction to EU’s climate change objectives.What we should be doingCyprus should move from words to action on climate change. Claiming that we are at the forefront of climate change action, but doing nothing about it does not inspire confidence. Cyprus’ universities are doing a lot but Cyprus is way behind.We should implement Irena’s roadmap as a matter of priority and invite Irena to update it and assist with its implementation.The roadmap and generally all energy-related plans and activities should be included within Cyprus’ Energy Plan to 2030. Cyprus is late in preparing this, so there is still time. And very importantly, this should go through meaningful public consultation as required by the EU.The immediate goal to achieve Cyprus’ climate change targets can be realised through rapid implementation of renewables projects combined with battery storage. The process to be followed should be through competitive auctions. Those countries who have done so, including Egypt and Jordan with help from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, have achieved dramatic results.The EC and EIB should request the government to demonstrate how the import of LNG will help swift implementation of Irena’s roadmap, with a firm timetable to implement renewables targets between 2020 and 2030.If that is not demonstrated, the EC and EIB should reconsider their investments into LNG imports and, instead, support renewables, and in particular in combination with energy storage support measures to address grid congestion and improve grid reliability and stability.Dr Charles Ellinas is senior fellow at the Global Energy Centre of the Atlantic Council @CharlesEllinasYou May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Varosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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