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  • Sunshine again … Fowler-Reid happy to be back in national set-up

    first_imgFollowing dismal performances from Jamaica’s senior netball team on two recent overseas assignments, Netball Jamaica has called on the services of experienced goal-shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid to help them in their next tournament – a four-match series against England later this month. The Sunshine Girls were swept 3-0 in a friendly series in New Zealand and finished fifth in the six-team Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia in what was the country’s worst performance ever at the tournament. Without Fowler-Reid and fellow world-rated player Romelda Aiken in the team, the Jamaicans were rather poor, especially in the Fast5 tournament, where they failed miserably in the shooting circle. Both Aiken and Fowler-Reid, who ply their trade overseas, had come under fire from Netball Jamaica for not making themselves available for those tournaments. However, Fowler-Reid, who is also a student at the Mico University College, where she is doing a bachelor’s degree in guidance and counselling cleared the air recently about her absence and will be available for the upcoming England friendly. Jamaica, which is ranked number four on the world list, is hoping to use the tournament to get back on track against their fierce rivals, who are ranked at number three. Fowler-Reid, who will be attending her first training session with the national team this afternoon, is very excited to get back in the national set-up. “I am very excited to be going back to the squad to train with them as part of the team going to England later this month. I am looking forward to helping to redeem some of what we have lost over the past few weeks with the games we have played in New Zealand and Australia, and I am hoping to give my best performance here,” said Fowler-Reid. Fowler-Reid also spoke about her reasons for missing the New Zealand and Fast5 assignments. “In terms of not going to those tournaments, I had personal things to deal with, including school – making sure that everything was okay at school because I am out for a full semester, and I am thankful to the Mico University College because they understand what I am doing and they give me a lot of room to do what I love to do as well to get an education,” she continued. “In terms of shape, I am not yet fully where I want to be fitness-wise, but I am getting ready and I will be working on getting to a level where I think I will be okay on the court. My body is ready and my skill is always there, but fitness really plays an important role for being on the court for 60 minutes, and with a little more running and cardio, I will be ready,” said Fowler-Reid who last season, had the best shooting average in the ANZ tournament while playing for the Southern Steel. BEST PERFORMANCElast_img read more

  • Good Signs for LRA, But GOL Budgetary Support Needed

    first_imgThe newly created Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) started off on a dynamic and hopeful footing.  In the very first quarter of its existence, January to March, 2014, LRA recorded a US$2.6 million surplus in its tax collections.According to LRA’s Commissioner General, Madam Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, the Authority had benchmarked itself to collect US$122 million in revenues in the first quarter, but actually collected US$124 million or 2.6% in excessThis is a clear sign that the LRA is up to the task and needs all the support, especially budgetary, that will empower it to meet the challenge of getting people and institutions to pay their taxes on time and do so with honesty and transparency.  This will enable GOL to garner the financial resources it needs to execute successfully its development agenda.Budgetary support is even more crucial now that the LRA, like the entire government and the whole country, is faced with the Ebola pandemic that has devastated the economy and every aspect of life in our country.  The drastic decline in the revenue intake in July and August provides tangible evidence of the negative impact that Ebola has had on the economy.  In July collections declined yielding only US$43.4 million or 35% of its target. Performance dipped further in August from 35% to 28% (US$34 million).  However, September showed a slightly better performance, rising to 37%, or US$45.8 million.We consider these numbers to be very serious challenges for LRA.  This calls for GOL to become even more vigorous in its support for the Authority, so that it is empowered to meet all of the administrative and logistical challenges as it executes its primary task of revenue collection.Commissioner Stewart-Tamba, in a brief interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, outlined what she meant by budgetary support. Her first point was that GOL make the best possible use of the revenues collected, by investing wholesomely in healthcare delivery, education, energy, roads and agriculture.  These are long-term initiatives that will empower the people to contribute meaningfully and dynamically to national development.GOL, Madam Stewart-Tamba further suggested, should attract long-term investments, both local and foreign, into the country, to keep the economy developing and expanding, thus   enabling the LRA to collect more revenues.Commissioner General Stewart Tamba was quite cognizant of the immediate needs of LRA.  She began with salaries and other benefits for her staff.  The salaries and pension benefits of the revenue collectors need serious adjustments, as a motivation to work hard, honestly and productively in their collections.She gave the Daily Observer a somewhat alarming revelation: that the Chief Examiner at the Free Port of Monrovia earns a meager US$350 per month!  Yet this is the country’s main port of entry for most of the commercial, industrial, food and other commodities.  We know exactly what we are asking for when the Chief Examiner, who is part of the leadership of all Customs Officers at the Free Port of Monrovia, is so poorly paid.  Madam Stewart-Tamba stressed the need for not only much improved salaries but also pension benefits and regular and sustained payments to the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).  When GOL can improve the salaries and benefits of its Revenue Collectors, then GOL can expect from them the most efficient, productive and transparent performance.Commissioner General Stewart-Tamba and her Board of Directors should take the necessary steps to provide appropriate salaries and benefits for LRA’s tax force without delay and empower them to perform their duties with alacrity, integrity and productivity. A word of caution however:  higher pay does not necessarily translate into honesty and hard work judging by the high level of corruption that prevails in every aspect of our society.  Many Liberians were recruited at very high salaries, and yet they were found stealing.  Some of them were even convicted and imprisoned.  High salaries also do not necessarily guarantee or promote high productivity, competence, commitment or patriotism.A rigorous monitoring system needs to be established to ensure that employees perform with integrity and competence and meet productivity measurements.  Whistle blowers should be encouraged and handsomely rewarded if their reports are proven to be factual.Well communicated terms and conditions of service, continuous training, mentoring and incentives for excellence also go a long way to building an admirable workforce.Godspeed, Madam Stewart Tamba.        Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • 11 Guyanese awarded Chevening scholarship

    first_img…urged to return and serve their country Eleven Guyanese will soon be departing Guyana’s shores for studies in the United Kingdom (UK) after they were selected for the Chevening scholarship this year.At the British High Commissioner’s residence on Friday evening, the candidates were joined by two others from neighbouring Suriname. The scholarship is a fully-funded initiative which the UK Government extends to several countries. Awardees are required to spend one year in some of the most prominent universities, completing a post-graduate master’s programme.British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn explained that this opportunity is geared at providing a gateway for Guyanese to study and then return to serve the country. While other employment offers will come along, it is the expectation that Guyana will be placed as a priority.“After these scholars have been awarded their degrees, we expect them to come back and work for the benefit of Guyana…This is the purpose of Chevening – to give people the skills and knowledge needed to help develop their own country. Not to go and work elsewhere but to return and work here. It is the least we can expect. We are not spending money to have people vanish off elsewhere,” Quinn expressed.This year, the scholarships were funded by the British Government at a cost of $93 million. The post-graduate studies were awarded in a number of fields including marine planning, oil and gas law, health, environment, human rights, economics, information technology, media and cultural studies; and sports science. The envoy said this demonstrates their commitment to developing Guyana.“I am proud that we have committed this amount of funding to develop and train those people who will help develop Guyana. I am also proud that we have shown an increasing commitment to Suriname over the same period,” he stated.Meanwhile, one of the alumnus Dr Quincy Jones shared advice to the new batch, charging them to make the best use of this opportunity. He also positioned that while it was challenging to gain admission, there will be other roadblocks.“You will meet people who think that you’re too entitled but don’t let that stop you. You have to remember why you were chosen for Chevening. You have to remember that you checked that box and you have to remember that this is not just for you, but it is a shot for Guyana moving forward,” Jones told the new scholars.Among this year’s candidates are Anjie Lambert, Ashley Bankay, La Donna Fredericks, Carlyle Collins, Petra Richmond, Sunita Samaroo, Jaime Skeete, Vivette Wellington, Desilon Daniels and Christelle Chesney.Applications are opened for next year’s scholarships and will close on November 5.last_img read more

  • Study: Obesity costs employers

    first_imgThe findings were based on eight years of data from 11,728 people employed by Duke and its health system. Researchers found that workers with higher body mass indexes, or BMIs, had higher rates of workers’ compensation claims. The most obese workers – those with BMIs of 40 or higher – had the highest rates of claims and lost workdays. BMI is a measure of height and weight. A 6-foot, 300-pound person, for example, has a BMI of just over 40. Study co-author Dr. Truls Ostbye said the findings should encourage employers to sponsor fitness programs. “There are many promising programs,” Ostbye said. “We’d like to see more research about what is truly effective.” But there isn’t enough good information about employer-sponsored programs that work, said John Cawley, an expert in the economics of obesity at Cornell University. CHICAGO – Overweight workers cost their bosses more in injury claims than their lean colleagues, suggests a study that found the heaviest employees had twice the rate of workers’ compensation claims as their fit co-workers. Obesity experts said they hope the study will convince employers to invest in programs to help fight obesity. One employment attorney warned companies that treating fat workers differently could lead to discrimination complaints. Duke University researchers also found that the fattest workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries, and their medical claims were seven times higher than those of their fit co-workers. Overweight workers were more likely to have claims involving injuries to the back, wrist, arm, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot than other employees. Employers don’t know whether paying for nutrition counseling, obesity surgery or anti-obesity drugs through health insurance makes economic sense, he said. New York employment attorney Richard Corenthal cautioned employers not to overreact with discriminatory policies. “Employers need to be careful not to view this study as a green light to treat obese or overweight workers differently,” Corenthal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • DD Motoring: A decade of driving in Donegal

    first_imgTen years ago I captured this photo of Paddy Doherty at work with his team of Irish Cob working horses, Rose (25) and Tommy (3) at Burt, Co Donegal.Tommy is a retired building contractor from Burnfoot who spent his working life on the sites of England and Northern Ireland, he is pictured back on the fields that he worked in as a boy as he trains up his team of horses for the ploughing championship which he hoped to compete in Co Carlow at the end of the month in that year.Paddy Doherty at work with his team of Irish Cob working horses, Rose (25) and Tommy (3) as he gets in some training at Burt, Co Donegal many years ago. Photo Brian McDaidAfter the photo was taken , Paddy asked me if I would like to take the reins and plough with the two horses which I did and often treasure the thought of when I am driving less interesting cars on the road. Advertisement This week Rab C Nesbitt came to mind from that once famous Hamlet ad as he sits in a photo booth and tries to cover his balding head with his comb-over as he struggles with his adjustable seat and the timing of an automatic camera. Like him I ended up with three photos that I didn’t like!I was nearly ready for a smoke like Mr. Nesbitt at the end of my ordeal. As a photographer you would think I would be a bit better prepared for this but I wasn’t and today I was at the wrong side of the camera as my cross photo will show in my driving licence for the next ten years.On reflection this snap will probably look more like me when I am stopped and asked for my licence. Advertisement Bottom of the leagueMy old ten year licence was taken off me without any ceremony, I thought they might have said something but not a word, I thought at first they threw it in the bin behind the counter of the RSA driving licence centre at Boyce’s Corner in Letterkenny but it was heading into a photocopier.I once told someone that I never got a puncture on a car that I owned one time only to get a puncture the following day. So I don’t feel to happy saying that my old ten year licence was the first licence that I owned where I ended up at the bottom of the league, in that I hadn’t incurred any points or any offences! Hope this statement doesn’t come back to bite me!I can’t help but notice in places like the driver licence office how everyone looking to get their driving licence renewed are so cordial and gentle, myself included as they try to get through the process of collecting all the relevant proofs of identity of PPS numbers, utility bills and medicals for them with more than the standard car driving licence needed renewed. In less than a week my new licence arrived in the post. And with a bit of hope I will not need to visit the licence authority until 2027.Red mistWhat didn’t register on my “clean licence” over the last decade was the times of my near misses. I have seen enough of accidents as a fireman for over 25 years and most days I plan to get behind the wheel of my van and not end up becoming another stat of Irish Roads.One of my survival plans everyday is the space I leave between me and the car in front of me.That’s the space where I hope I will be able to react if the flow of traffic changes quickly and the faster the flow of traffic the bigger I leave the gap. The red mist comes into the equation for me when another motorist decides that my survival space is a waste nips into it while passing a line of traffic.The fight part of flight comes into action when this happens and for the majority of times that I drive well, it’s times like this that let me down for all the wrong reasons. I see others who decide that they are going to be upholders of the law and make out that they are doing nothing wrong as they drive slowly letting on that they don’t see the car behind them with a driver going off the head trying to get past their car positioned in the middle of the their side of the road. These are just two examples of drivers taking their personalities on to the road something that might never show up if these actions don’t end up in an accident.Aussie rules could benefit young Donegal driversWhen I started out driving I managed to clean the passengers wing of each of the three of the cars my father owned. A Hillman Avenger, A MK3 Cortina and Ford Escort Van all have my signature on their replacement wings. In them days I listened to no one, thought I knew it all though all these accident were just part of the learning process or was someone else’s fault.A diagram of a path for young drivers driver in Australia . Ireland could learn from this system.So the thought cross my mind after a chat with an Australian Policeman who was recently on holiday in Co Donegal who gave me an idea of the effort the Australians are doing to cut the amount of accidents by young people on their roads.The Australian guidelines are as follows; Passenger and night restrictions will be imposed on young drivers under changes to provisional licence laws in South Australia.Young P1 licence holders will be banned from driving between midnight and 5am unless granted an exemption.P1 drivers under 25 will be allowed to transport only one passenger aged between 16 and 20, excluding immediate family.The minimum provisional licence period will be increased from two years to three.Drivers will need to carry any exemption letter issued by their employer, volunteer or religious organisations, education institutions or sports associations, or other supporting evidence, to show police if they are pulled over.Road Safety in Australia said new drivers had been shown to be at the greatest risk on the roads.These initiatives are not about removing the freedom that comes with having a licence but rather ensuring young drivers have the best start.“Young drivers are at greatest risk of a crash in their first year of driving unsupervised, and South Australia has the second-worst fatality rate for the 16- to 19-year-old age group of all Australian states and territories.“If these changes had been in place over the past five years previous, they would have had the potential to prevent 22 deaths, 240 serious injuries and 1,397 minor injuries.”The L plate in Australia which is a P plate and prepares you driver better for the road.Motoring organisation, the RAA says changes will need to be made clear before they are enforced. Road safety says some young licence holders will need exemptions to let them work or attend sporting commitments.“For most people it won’t be too difficult. It’s likely to save potential crashes and possibly fatalities during this period when people are inexperienced, so I think overall it’s potentially a good outcome,” he said.“It’s also important that this will only apply to P1 drivers. Once they move on to their P2s, these restrictions on the curfew and the number of peer passengers are lifted.”Key changes•A passenger restriction for P1 drivers under 25, allowing no more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 for the duration of holding a P1 licence, excluding immediate family members (with an exemption system)• A restriction on driving between midnight and 5am for P1 drivers under 25 for the duration of their P1 licence (with an exemption system)• Extending the total minimum provisional licence period from two to three years will mean one year on a P1 licence and two years on a P2 licence• Removing regression to a previous licence stage following a disqualification period• The hazard perception test (on a computer) will be a requirement of graduation from learner’s to P1, rather than P1 to P2.Under the exemption system:• P1 drivers will be exempt from the passenger restrictions if they are required to carry multiple peer passengers during the course of their employment• P1 drivers will be exempt from the night-time driving restriction if they need to drive for employment, formal volunteer work, education, training or sporting purposes.I know a lot of people might think this is a very harsh ruling by the Australians but most of this was put in place just over three years ago now and it has reduced the numbers of their young drivers that have been involved in fatal car crashes.A view of a typical provisional driver’s Licence (P1) in Australia.I was reading this week another survey about the projected number of young drivers and passengers who will be killed on the roads by the end of this year. I think if even a part of the way Australians are working with their young drivers was deployed in Ireland it to would go a great distance to cut the carnage on Irish roads.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: A decade of driving in Donegal was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Australiabrian mc daidlicensemotoringlast_img read more

  • Spanish report claims Arsenal will fight Liverpool for Ousmane Dembele

    first_imgArsenal have not given up hope of signing Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, who is a reported target of Liverpool’s as well.Dembele, the France forward, joined Barca for £135.5million from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017, but his ill-discipline is said to have become an issue at Camp Nou. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED But now Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have revealed that Arsenal are also monitoring the situation very closely.Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat knows all about Dembele, having signed him for Dortmund from Rennes back in 2016.Now there could be a reunion on the cards in January with Dembele still firmly on Mislintat’s radar. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED huge blow no dice BEST OF 1 Various reports suggest Dembele could be sold by Barcelona REPLY shining REVEALED center_img ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade He was left out of Ernesto Valverde’s squad at the weekend after failing to turn up to training on the previous Thursday and it has been reported that he’s struggling to adapt in Spain.Now it has been suggested that the Catalan club may be ready to cut their losses with the pricey attacker and sell him on to the highest bidder.Liverpool, managed by former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, are keeping close tabs on Dembele and were linked with a making a stunning £85million bid for him earlier this week. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

  • DD Gardening: End of summer doesn’t mean end of colour!

    first_imgThis past week I was out and about visiting gardens and giving consultations on everything from choosing plants for wet gardens, renovating lawns and pruning apple trees – this week I was in Newry, Ards, Coleraine and county Donegal. One of the gardens I visited was Dunmore House in Carrigans, open as part of the Donegal Garden Trail. This historic gardens dates from the early 18th century, however much of what can be seen today within the walled garden are from the early 20th century onwards. The walled garden is typical of its period with a fine network of paths and a mix of productive and ornamental horticulture now occupying the c.2 acres. When I was visiting head gardener Andy was busy planting out Wallflowers, to add spring colour, however we were both in agreement on how much colour was still showing in the garden – plants such as Perennial Lobelia, Golden Rod, Sedums, Fuchsias and more were dazzling with their show of Autumn flowers, and there were still many varieties of Dahlia yet to start blooming – these ones colour from mid October for Andy.The soil in Dunmore benefits from centuries of cultivation, and is rich in organic matter from countless wheelbarrows of leaf mould compost added over the years by Andy, and his father before him.As gardeners it’s easy to overlook this source of fertility which literally falls into our laps each Autumn, so start a leaf mould pile in your garden this Autumn. In our own gardens its easy to look at the 7.30 sunsets and think about dark winters and snow, but there are many plants which offer great colour through Autumn, each and every year, available now from your local garden centre.One of the best tips I give to gardeners is to visit garden centres throughout the year, thus you’ll pick up plants which look great every month of the year – as opposed to visiting just in the summer and getting summer flowering plants.Dunmore House in Carrigans is open through the Donegal Garden Trail, with details found on the DonegalGardenTrail.com website.DD Gardening: End of summer doesn’t mean end of colour! was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare 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)last_img read more

  • Saving Evolution with a New Narrative about Dinosaur Soft Tissue

    first_img(Visited 864 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The ability of evolutionary ‘scientists’ to distract attention from big questions and avoid the obvious has never been more evident.The evolutionist’s response to their most radical challenge in the last two decades (6/09/15) seems to be, “When fossils give you blood, make lemonade.” Look how a site called ‘Experimental Biology 2017’ is responding to the challenge of dinosaur soft tissue, according to Science Daily:Researchers recently confirmed it is possible to extract proteins from 80-million-year-old dinosaur bones. The discovery sparks hopes for new insights about evolution and environmental change and could even offer useful clues for drug discovery or the search for extraterrestrial life.Let’s be clear. Dinosaur soft tissue is a challenge to millions of years (1/31/17). It has nothing to do with:Insights about evolution (other than falsification)Environmental change (other than a worldwide Flood, possibly)Drug discovery (scientists can use ostriches for that)SETI (no dinosaurs have been found in space)…have demonstrated repeatedly that proteins can be extracted from dino bones…According to the article, Mary Schweitzer, the discoverer of numerous cases of dinosaur soft tissue including stretchy blood vessels, is in on the revised narrative. She was to be presenting her findings on dinosaur soft tissue to the annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists at an event for the Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago this week. But instead of the society expressing shame and dismay at an onslaught of falsification charges coming from creationists about long-age beliefs, they are passing out rotten blood lemonade:“We have transparent, flexible, hollow polymers that have lasted for 80 million years,” Schweitzer pointed out. “Someone surely can find a use for that!“One good use would be to ditch millions of years, and admit these specimens are not as old as claimed.On the positive side, Schweitzer is working on better methods to discover soft tissue in the fossils:Now that she and her colleagues have demonstrated repeatedly that proteins can be extracted from dino bones, Schweitzer is focusing on new research directions. First, she is turning her attention toward refining methods for studying these ancient proteins so that paleontologists can get more information with less damage to specimens. Mass spectrometry, central to her team’s current methods, is time-intensive and necessarily destroys the sample, so Schweitzer’s team is working to build a database of methods and criteria that other researchers might employ to get as much information as they can from other fossils and optimize the use of mass spectrometry when it is truly worthwhile. She also is working on ways to broaden the search for proteins to different dinosaur tissues, specimens and environments.Everyone can benefit from more data. Creationists might use the information to make inferences about antediluvian environments. Evolutionists who believe in millions of years, however, need to remember that nobody in secular science expected proteins to last for a few hundred thousand years, let alone tens of millions.last_img read more

  • New law gives SKA bid a boost

    first_img14 July 2008President Thabo Mbeki has signed the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Bill into law, giving the Science and Technology Minister the power to declare astronomy advantage areas, in order to ensure that large-scale and globally important astronomy facilities are protected from developments that might interfere with their research activities.“The benefits of the legislation include the protection of large-scale investments already made in astronomy; the preservation of an environment for a global astronomy hub that will continue to attract international investment,” the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement last month.The Bill gives South Africa with a competitive advantage in its bid to become the preferred host of the full Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in the Northern Cape province, which is already home to the Southern African Large Telescope (Salt), the largest single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.Developing skills, identifying protected areasIt also provides for the developing of skills, capabilities and expertise of those involved in astronomy and related scientific work in Southern Africa; the identifying and protecting of areas in which astronomy projects of national strategic importance can be undertaken; and for the declaration and management of astronomy advantage areas.In addition, the bill defines a framework for the establishment of a national system of astronomy advantage areas to ensure that geographic areas highly suitable for astronomy and related scientific work – owing, for example, to their high atmospheric transparency, low levels of light pollution, low population density or minimal radio frequency interference – are protected, preserved and properly maintained.Lastly, it enhances South Africa’s geographic advantages by restricting activities that cause or could cause light pollution or radio frequency interference, or might interfere in any other way with astronomy and related scientific work on designated areas.“This marks a tremendous boost for our international bid to host the SKA, which is likely to be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the next two decades, consisting of thousands of dishes between 10 and 15 metres in diameter,” said South Africa’s SKA project manager, Dr Bernie Fanaroff.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

  • Not All Energy Savings Are Equal

    first_imgThey problem is power versus energy. You know, the old rate versus quantity question. Utility companies don’t think of electricity in terms of how much total energy they supply to their customers. They have to think of it in terms of power: providing the right amount of energy each minute of the day.They don’t want to have plants running with nowhere to send the power they generate. They also never want to have more demand than they can meet. It’s a delicate balancing act.Matt Golden says, “As we’ve thought of saving energy traditionally, in terms of kilowatt-hours and BTUs, well, that’s not capacity. Capacity includes location and time.” Capacity to Golden is having enough power to meet the demand.“In California, we have this duck curve, which is very real — and very, very real in some places. The statewide average is one thing, but go to Sonoma, where next year, 15% of their capacity will come from local generation. What happens on a cloudy day on the spot market?” Well, they lose up to 15% of their capacity and have to make it up from somewhere else.The opposite situation also occurs. There are some times where they have “negative energy, when people get paid to use energy” because of oversupply.Energy efficiency to the rescue?Currently, energy efficiency rebates can cover individual measures like window or HVAC equipment replacements. They can also pay for full home performance upgrades. According to Golden, “When I look at the data on home performance compared to more traditional approaches, home performance saves a lot more energy. The data shows it actually works, compared to box-swapping, which we always knew.”But it’s not just about saving energy. “Energy savings aren’t actually valuable to the grid. If we want to move out of the ratepayer bucket and maximize the value of what we’re doing, we have to think of it as capacity, which has to include time and location,” said Golden.Transforming the electricity marketThat’s exactly what they’re trying to do in California, Golden told me. They’re taking a market-based approach and rewriting the rules so that efficiency does get valued. Aggregators will look at all the forms of capacity available and put together portfolios of the ones that make the most economic sense.As the aggregators put together their portfolios, they make their decisions based on the bottom line. “Efficiency just has to be cheaper than the alternative to be a good deal,” said Golden.The goal is to be able to participate in emerging markets for power. And there’s a lot more money when efficiency is considered alongside solar power and new nuclear power plants than there is in ratepayer rebate programs. “If energy efficiency isn’t counted in the forecast, we may be helping people with their bills, but we’re not really having the macro-impact we want.”“The big innovation is to make energy efficiency look like car loans or solar or building a power plant. It’s all the same mechanism,” said Golden.I can get behind that. Energy efficiency rebate programs have had some success, no doubt about it. But they’ve really had a small impact overall because they’ve been the street vendor setting up near a busy store. A little bit of money gets exchanged there, but far, far less than what happens inside the store.“The nature of the grid is fundamentally changing,” Golden said. Let’s help energy efficiency be a part of the store. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESAn Introduction to the Duck CurveSolar Owners Are Givers, Not Takers Solar Power Can Cut Consumers’ Bills and Still be Good for UtilitiesMaine Completes Value of Solar Study A California Utility Looks for New Answers in Solar Integration PuzzleSolar Beats Utility Power in Many CitiesHard Truths of Home PerformanceIs Weatherization Cost-Effective? The world of electricity is changing quickly. With all the photovoltaic modules out there generating solar power and the advent of the smart meter, there’s a revolution going on within the electric utility industry.I wrote a little bit about this revolution recently when I discussed the duck curve. Near the end of that article, I mentioned that Matt Golden said something about the “new world where EE [energy efficiency] is dead.” So I spoke with Matt last week, and here’s some of what he said.Time and location matterLet’s say you do something in your home to save energy. You might, for example, do all the things on my list of Winterizing Tips That Work and cut your energy bills in half. You reap the benefit of having a more comfortable, healthful, and energy-efficient home. Your utility company probably doesn’t care at all about your savings. If you take advantage of a rebate program they sponsor, they get to pat themselves on the back and show the Public Service Commission they’ve done their duty, but they still don’t really value the savings you’ve provided.last_img read more