World’s First Floating Wind Farm Outdelivers

first_imgThe 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm, performed better than expected in its first three full months in production, Statoil, the operator of the wind farm said.In the first three months of operation, the Hywind Scotland weathered one hurricane, one winter storm and wave heights of up to 8.2 metersThe floating wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and is powering approximately 20,000 UK households.During the winter, when the wind is at its strongest, the typical capacity factor for a bottom fixed offshore wind farm is 45-60%, Statoil said.By comparison, Hywind Scotland achieved an average of approximately 65% during November, December and January, meaning that the wind farm was producing 65% of max theoretical capacity.“We have tested the Hywind technology in harsh weather conditions for many years and we know it works. But putting the world’s first floating wind farm into production comes with some excitement. Therefore, it is very encouraging to see how well the turbines have performed so far. Hywind Scotland’s high availability has ensured that the volume of electricity generated is substantially higher than expected. In addition, it has delivered without any HSE incidents,” said Beate Myking, senior vice president of offshore wind operations in Statoil.Hywind Scotland’s first encounter with harsh weather conditions was the hurricane Ophelia in October when wind speed of 125 kilometers per hour were recorded. These wind speeds were surpassed during Storm Caroline in early December when gusts in excess of 160 km/h and waves in excess of 8.2 meters were recorded.Whilst the wind turbines shut down for safety reasons during the worst of these winds, they automatically resumed operation promptly afterwards. A pitch motion controller is integrated with the Hywind turbine’s control system and will adjust the angle of the turbine blades during heavy winds which mitigates excessive motions of the structure.“Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources globally are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, we see great potential for floating offshore wind, in Asia, on the west coast of North America and in Europe. We are actively looking for new opportunities for the Hywind technology,” said Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for New Energy Solutions in Statoil.Statoil and Masdar are trying to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to EUR 40-60/MWh by 2030, making it cost competitive with other renewable energy sources.“This is an ambitious, but realistic target. Optimised design, larger and more efficient turbines, technology development and larger wind parks will drive down costs, improve infrastructure and logistics,” Rummelhoff said.last_img read more

Tevez released on bail

first_imgManchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been released on bail after being arrested for allegedly driving whilst disqualified.The Argentina international had his driving licence suspended for six months in January after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to supply information relating to incidents in which his Hummer vehicle was caught by speed cameras, while also admitting to not having a drivers’ licence.The former Manchester United forward has since been bailed pending further inquiries, with a spokeswoman for Cheshire Police revealing: “At 5.13pm yesterday (Thursday) police arrested a 29-year-old man from Alderley Edge on the A538 in Macclesfield.“The man was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified and has since been released on police bail.”Tevez was reportedly driving a white Porsche Cayenne when he was held by police on Thursday as a result of “information provided”. No bail date has been released.last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Mets discussing acquiring J.T. Realmuto in 3-team deal that would include Yankees

first_img#Mets have been in steady talks with #Yankees since Brodie Van Wagenen became GM, sources say. NY teams have not made trade involving major leaguers since 12/3/04 (Mike Stanton to NYY for Felix Heredia). @JonHeyman first noted possibility of NYY serving as conduit for Realmuto.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2018 MLB hot stove: Yankees will reportedly meet with Manny Machado, not willing to spend $300M for him #Mets have discussed trade in which they would land J.T. Realmuto in three-team deal with #Yankees and #Marlins, sources tell The Athletic. Not known if Syndergaard involved. NYM would not part with Syndergaard (three years control) if getting only Realmuto (two years) in return.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2018Source: Noah Syndergaard to Yankees is a real possibility but there are “10 other scenarios” Mets are considering— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 11, 2018 MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper not a good fit for Yankees, GM Brian Cashman says Related Newslast_img read more

Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March

first_imgGabrielle’s 10th Diary Charity Ball will take place in the Clanree Hotel on March 23 in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome at 7.30pm. The night will start with a drink’s reception followed by a five-course dinner in the Shellbridge Suite, while the David Craig band will provide entertainment after the dinner followed by DJ Tubsy.Gabrielle’s special guest this year will be Sinead McDevitt, who interviewed Gabrielle last year for World Down Syndrome Day and she decided to have her this year as her special guest. Compere for the night will be Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.A group of Down Syndrome dancers will take to the floor along with their partners and put on a display of dancing for the guests.Gina Grant from Donegal Down Syndrome will say a few words as well as Martin McGettigan on behalf of the McGettigan family.They have kindly given the top prize of a trip for two to Dubai including flights and accommodation to their five-star Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes Hotel. To enter just put €20 into the envelope on your table to be in with a chance of winning.There are also nine other amazing prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses.Tickets (€60) are available from the Clanree Hotel. Phone: 074 9124369Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Gabrielle McMonagleGABRIELLE’S DIARYlast_img read more

Change of flight routes?

first_imgThe downing Malaysia Airlines MH17 with 283 passengers and 15 crew by a sophisticated surface to air missile is likely to cause a paradigm shift in the thinking of flight paths over trouble spots and war zones.Both the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the International Air Transport Association had apparently declared the flight route taken by MH17 as safe, probably because of the very high altitude the aircraft fly over Ukraine.It is understood that all airspace above 30,000ft was cleared and at the time of the tragedy there were at least 50 planes crossing Ukraine in all directions – including over the conflict area.In fact there was a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 and an Air India 787 only 25km from the Malaysia 777 when it was shot down according to Flightradar 24.IATA’s Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said that he shared the shock and sadness expressed by so many around the world on the terrible loss of MH 17. “At this time, it is important we are very clear: safety is the top priority. No airline will risk the safety of their passengers, crew and aircraft for the sake of fuel savings. Airlines depend on governments and air traffic control authorities to advise which air space is available for flight, and they plan within those limits,” said Mr Tyler. “It is very similar to driving a car. If the road is open, you assume that it is safe. If it’s closed you find an alternate route. Civil aircraft are not military targets. Governments agreed that in the Chicago Convention. And what happened with MH 17 is a tragedy for 298 souls that should not have happened in any airspace.”Aircraft have been flying over trouble spots for decades without incident because typically insurgents lack the military hardware to reach the cruising altitudes of high flying commercial or military jets.Certainly a few commercial passenger aircraft have been shot down but typically at lower altitudes or by the military in supposed mix-ups.However with rebels and terrorists becoming more sophisticated and some countries willing to supply more capable hardware the threat of another shoot down of a high altitude passenger aircraft is all too real.There is also the deep concern that other terrorists groups wanting to emulate the “success” of the shoot down.Aviation authorities and airlines will now have to go to great lengths to assure the travelling public that air routes are well clear of trouble spots.Changing air routes particularly those from SE Asia to Europe will add considerably to the operational challenges as extra fuel will be required to fly more circuitous routes.Potentially there are a number of areas that airlines may now avoid such as Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, Iraq, Syria as well as Ukraine.Interestingly one of the most cooperative countries for over flights has been Iran which wants the US dollars that airlines must pay to fly over its territory.And while airlines will be striving to assure passengers they are avoiding trouble spots, passengers themselves will possible start avoiding Malaysia Airlines.The double loss of MH370 and MH17 is a terrible blow to the airline. If the airline wasn’t government owned it would likely collapse from the impact of these tragedies. But it will survive.For the wider industry the losses will also have an impact as passengers rethink air travel in general despite the fact that it is the world’s safest mode of transport with 100,000 flights carrying 8.25 million passengers every day.Today the loss of a large modern commercial jet aircraft with a first rate airline is extremely rare – so two such losses in the space of 132 days is devastating to the industry’s safety record.last_img read more

2010: SA to monitor for hooligans

first_img3 December 2009South Africa has introduced an Advanced Passenger Processing system, and will work closely with Interpol, international travel agencies and Fifa to monitor for the possible entry of soccer hooligans into the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The system, which started operating on 23 November, will help the Department of Home Affairs to check incoming passengers against a prohibited list of passengers before boarding planes at their respective foreign countries.Dedicated Fifa lanesDeputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said that due to the high volumes of people that will be coming into the country for the World Cup, dedicated lanes have been established at both OR Tambo and Cape Town international airports for use by Fifa accredited members.He said a total of 3 000 Fifa accredited delegates were expected for the 2010 Final Draw on Friday. A total of 2 000 of them are already in the country, while the remaining are expected to land in the country in the next two days.Visa exemptions, pre-screeningGigaba said visa exemptions were only made available to Fifa accredited delegates in possession of letters of accreditation from the world football body.However, delegates are pre-screened by the National Intelligence Agency before being granted with a visa exemption. A dedicated unit was also available to Fifa for the fast tracking of all visa applications.The department has also established an Immigration Response Unit which will be deployed during periods of congestion at the ports of entry with a 15 to 30 minutes response time.24-hour operations centreGigaba said the department has already made significant contribution towards ensuring that the Final Draw is a success.“The draw event is the first step towards ensuring our state of readiness for 2010. In this regard, we have implemented the 24-hour operations centre to monitor and unlock logjams.“We have also implemented an extensive communications campaign abroad and we are working with travel agencies, airlines and embassies to ensure the smooth passage of Fifa accredited delegates including the media,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: How to Fix Rolling Shutter

first_imgLearn how to easily reduce rolling shutter in this FCPX video tutorial.Rolling Shutter is one of the most annoying aspects of shooting video in a digital age. Even if you aren’t familiar with the term ‘rolling shutter‘ you have probably encountered it while shooting video. Rolling shutter is a phenomenon that creates wobbly or “Jello-like” footage when panning or shooting a fast moving object. It occurs because, unlike film cameras of years past, most modern cameras don’t expose the entire sensor at the same time. Instead the sensor exposes from top to bottom causing horizontal shifting to occur.Rolling shutter shown on guitar strings.To combat this problem, higher-end cameras are beginning to introduce global shutters that expose the entire sensor at once, just like old film cameras. Unfortunately these cameras are pretty expensive. Luckily for us, this video tutorial from TheHowToMac demonstrates how to reduce rolling shutter in Final Cut Pro X. The video covers:Identifying Rolling ShutterThe Rolling Shutter ToolRolling Shutter and Motion TrackingAre you more of an Adobe person? Check out our post about reducing rolling shutter using Premiere Pro.This video was first shared on TheHowToMac’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for reducing rolling shutter? Are global shutters worth the cost? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Danielle Kang wins KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “The back nine, I think I honestly got really tired,” Thompson said. “I don’t really know what hit me. Overall the whole week, I played very well. Just missed a few putts that I needed to make, and kind of my wedges let me down a little bit.”  /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Cycling: Chris Froome under fire over ‘cheating’ jersey Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kang birdied the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, edging defending champion Brooke Henderson.Kang bogeyed the tricky par-3 17th, and Henderson closed with two birdies to move into a tie for the lead, coming up just short on a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. But Kang responded with two solid shots to get to the green in two, and then two-putted for the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I just told myself it was my week. It was my day,” Kang said.Kang lost her father, K.S., to cancer in 2013, but her mother, Grace Lee, was one of the first people to congratulate her on the victory. She also face-timed with brother Alex, an instrumental figure in her performance at Olympia Fields, after the trophy presentation. Kang also had a clutch 21-foot par putt at 16 on her way to a 3-under 68 and the winner’s check of $525,000. Her previous best finish in a major was a tie for 14th in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open.Henderson closed with a 66 to finish a stroke back. Choi, who was tied with Kang for the lead coming into the day, was third at 10 under after a 71.“Really, she won this, and I was just trying to make it a little bit closer and maybe force a playoff but like I said, I played great and I wouldn’t really take anything back,” Henderson said.Mi Hyang Lee (67), Amy Yang (68) and Sei Young Kim (68) tied for fourth at 9 under, and Lexi Thompson (69) and Inbee Park (68) were another two strokes back.Kang’s first victory in her 144th LPGA start was a popular one in some high-profile circles. Michelle Wie, one of Kang’s closest friends on tour, followed her around right after the win. Dustin Johnson texted “That’s how you’re supposed to play, congrats,” and Wayne Gretzky and Caitlyn Jenner — two buddies from her days at Sherwood Country Club in California — also reached out.While she got some great support from her friends this weekend, it was some sage advice from brother that set the tone for her breakthrough win. Feeling overwhelmed after her last practice round, Kang called Alex, who plays on the Tour, to help formulate a game plan. He told her to “just blast it down.”“Alex is the one that I called to map out the golf course. He’s one of the people that I lean on for everything,” Kang said.Worked out quite well. Kang posted four rounds in the 60s. She had just five bogeys, with each of them coming in the final two rounds.Thompson looked ready to make a charge, beginning with three birdies and no bogeys on her front nine. But she sputtered down the stretch.Thompson contended for the first major title of the year, but was penalized for a controversial rules violation and lost to So Yeon Ryu in a playoff in the ANA Inspiration. The top-ranked Ryu shot a 72 in the final round at Olympia Fields and tied for 14th. LATEST STORIES Kang’s father caddied for her when she won the US Women’s Amateur in 2010 and 2011. She keeps a journal where she writes messages to her father.“If I could wish anything, I would wish that my dad saw me won,” said Kang, wiping tears from her eyes. “I think that it’s been a really difficult road for me the past four or five years. It’s life, though, you pick yourself up and you have to keep working hard at it, and then believe in what you’re doing, and not letting yourself down.“I just know that he’s here for it. What are the odds that my first win is a major? Pretty sure he had something to do with it. It’s just incredible. But I know that he was there, because I felt—I felt him with me every day, and I still do.”It was another great finish for the LPGA Tour’s second major of the season. Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a playoff last year at Sahalee in Washington.The 24-year-old Kang trailed Henderson and Chella Choi by one after she bogeyed the par-4 10th. But Kang moved in front with four straight birdies on Nos. 11-14, getting hot with her putter at the right time.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Danielle Kang reacts after making birdie on the 18th green to win the Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club, Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois, USA—From a young age, Danielle Kang’s parents instilled in her the belief that anything was possible.Even major championships.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Asha Bhosle’s daughter Varsha commits suicide by shooting herself in Mumbai

first_imgVarsha Bhosle, daughter of legendary singer Asha Bhosle, allegedly committed suicide on Monday by shooting herself with a licenced gun at her South Mumbai residence.Varsha’s body was discovered in a pool of blood by her maid servant and driver early on Monday morning. Varsha was known to be depressed for a long time and had attempted suicide on two occasions in the past.Varsha, 56, was a singer and a former columnist for web portals and magazines and had a history of depression for which she was undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Varsha had reportedly attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills in 2008.However, the family maintained that her previous attempts were actually adverse reactions to medicines.Sources close to the family, however, said that Varsha was indeed undergoing psychiatric treatment for a better part of the last few years.On Monday, Asha’s driver and maid discovered Varsha’s blood soaked body on the sofa of their ‘Prabhu Kunj’ residence at Peddar Road in Mumbai. Asha was away in Singapore for an event on Marathi music.Varsha’s aunt and Asha’s older sister, Lata Mangeshkar, who resides in the adjacent flat was also not at home. It was early morning when Asha’s maid Deepali arrived as usual and knocked at Asha’s door. When no one answered, she went down to the driver to ask him if Varsha was at home.”The driver told her that it is possible that Varsha might be sleeping. Deepali returned a couple of hours later to still find no answer to the door. This is when, worried, she rushed to the driver and asked him to enter the house. The driver then entered Ashaji’s house from Lataji’s flat and found Varsha’s body,” a police officer said.Police have said that Varsha used a licenced gun to shoot herself in the head. They are now investigating who the gun belongs to. Varsha, however, has left no suicide note in the house.”We are awaiting the post-mortem report from JJ Hospital, where the body was taken for autopsy. We are also waiting for Ashaji to arrive. We will be able to get clarity on who owned the weapon and also on the mental state of her daughter immediately before she may have taken the drastic step. As of now, it is the case of an accidental death. When we are through with the investigations, we’ll be able to arrive at the exact nature of the death,” said a senior officer.The police have also said that primary investigation has brought to their notice that Varsha was suffering from severe depression after the death of noted fashion photographer Gautam Rajadakshya, who she was very close to. Rajadakshya passed away last year.Varsha, who was Asha’s daughter from her first marriage to Ganpatrao Bhosle, used to live with Asha at Peddar Road and also their apartment in suburban Khar. She had been living with Asha for many years, especially after her divorce from her husband, Hemant Kenkre, who is a freelance sports writer.Varsha had written a few articles in praise of her mother for websites. Asha arrived in Mumbai late on Monday evening from Singapore.advertisementlast_img read more