On the blogs: Former skeptics are now backing renewables

first_imgOn the blogs: Former skeptics are now backing renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:Who would have thought wind’s transformation from subsidy-supported to self-financing power source would happen so quickly—not this publication, that’s for sure.Apart from diehard environmentalists, most consumers have been opposed to renewables on the basis they cost significantly more, and turbines are an eyesore on the landscape. But in the span of less than 10 years, public opposition has declined. Opposition has not gone way entirely, but it has softened as we have become more familiar with the sight of slowly rotating turbine blades on the horizon and with the realization that its costs are falling dramatically.A recent article in The Telegraph reports on how the cost of power production from onshore wind farms has dropped so far it undercuts conventional coal, natural gas and nuclear options. Calling it the “subsidy-free revolution,” the Telegraph article reflects our own surprise at how quickly the change has taken place.To be fair, offshore power still requires some subsidy because of the greater cost of installation and maintenance. Even here, costs continue to fall, and subsidy is a route the authorities prefer to entertain because of public opposition to what was seen as the blight of onshore turbines dotting the landscape. In large part, this is because turbine sizes have increased and, as a result, efficiencies have increased.The latest figures are sounding the death knell for nuclear power in the U.K., but as usual the government hasn’t caught up with the numbers. Nuclear power is costing a massive £92.50 per megawatt hour and is partly justified on the basis that a base load of power is always required to fill in renewables variability. However, battery parks like Glassenbury in Kent are springing up that can meet gaps in demand, but nothing like a 2 GW nuclear power plant; still, a few MW here and there is slowly adding up.Still, a low-carbon future, at lower power costs and with the benefit of economic growth from investments–what’s not to like?More: Wind Energy Is Getting Cheaper And Cheaperlast_img read more

Double departure hands Pakistan a testing transition

first_imgBy Sudipto Ganguly(REUTERS) – As Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq head off into the sunset after long and illustrious careers, Pakistan (board) begins a tricky period of transition looking for a new wave of players ready to fill a huge void left by the retired batting greats.In a fitting finale, Younis, Pakistan’s most prolific Test run-scorer, and Misbah, the country’s most successful captain, bowed out together in a blaze of glory on Sunday with the team celebrating a first-ever series triumph in the Caribbean.The thrilling 101-run victory in Dominica sealed a 2-1 win over West Indies and was Pakistan’s 26th under the 42-year-old Misbah, who also led the side to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) world Test rankings last year.Since his 2001 Test debut in New Zealand, Misbah accumulated 5 222 runs in 75 matches at an average higher than 46.Admired for his unflappable temperament in a dressing room replete with mercurial talent, Misbah was handed the Test captaincy after a 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England led to the expulsion of his predecessor Salman Butt.ICC chief executive David Richardson was among those to pay a glowing tribute to the consistent right-hander.“Misbah has been the bedrock of many a Pakistan innings, time and time again extricating his team from difficult situations with a terrific temperament,” the former South Africa wicketkeeper said.“He knew how to graft for his runs but could also be inventive and score at a brisk pace, as was evident during his impressive 56-ball century against Australia in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, which equalled Viv Richards’ world record.“He was a leader who took charge at a difficult time. He was a true sportsman and role model.”If Misbah represented the voice of reason in both the dressing room and out on the field, Younis let his bat do the talking, and is currently the only Pakistani who has joined the coveted 10 000-run Test club.GREAT SERVANTSThe former captain, who led Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title in 2009, tallied 10 099 runs in 118 Tests, embellishing his legacy with 34 hundreds at an average of more than 52.Together they were the pillars of Pakistan’s batting lineup for over a decade and it could take many years for the country to find anyone capable of matching their feats.Pakistan’s situation mirrors the dilemma South Asian rivals Sri Lanka faced when batting mainstays Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ended their international careers two years ago.“I was really sad when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene left the Sri Lankan team together. Look at their team now, they are in such disarray,” former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir told the Express Tribune.“Likewise, both of these batsmen leaving together could cause problems for Pakistan’s Test team. However, they have been great servants to the country.”Pakistan have coped with their absence in the shorter formats since 2015 but the challenge of white-ball cricket is completely different to the patience and technique required in the red-ball arena.“The onus is now on the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed to step up and fill the void,” Misbah told Cricket Australia’s website in an interview last month.“When two Pakistan greats Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf left the scene, Younis and I tried to fill that gap. Azhar and Asad have developed in the meantime and now they are at a stage to replace us.“We need Azhar and Asad to take ownership of the Test side. Every team goes though transition periods and Pakistan is no different.”last_img read more

WPD and Humane Society find 65 animals at S. Jefferson home

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Thank you for your input. +15 Vote up Vote down Michael Cody · 220 weeks ago Another reason to let the city Code Compliance officers do their job. I personally have been trying to get the city to do something about the outside conditions for over a year. Thanks City Council. Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Benjamin Forrest · 220 weeks ago The city has been aware of the problem and hasn’t done anything about it. There are three children living 15 feet from that disease infested excuse of a house and its been called in several times with little response. Wellington KS made National news in 2012 because they made a law that only allows 4 cats per household. This is why they made that law and the frustrating part is I told them there was 6 cats in that house and knew they had several dogs and rabbits. I had pictures of 4 inches of feces on the floor and we told the city this and nothing. Its about time and they had better condemn and destroy that house. Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Rusty jones · 220 weeks ago This is Solid reporting newscow.. Report Reply 1 reply · active 220 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down GHHS · 220 weeks ago Agree that this is the best reporting I’ve seen on here in a while. Original, as sourced (verbatim with updates) here: http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Police-find-65-a… Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — According to a KWCH Channel 12 story, the Wellington Police Department found 65 animals at a house in the 600 block of S. Jefferson Street, Saturday evening.Officers said the floors in the home were covered with inches of feces, and the Humane Society called the conditions inside unlivable, the report said.Police found 22 rabbits, 12 dogs, nine cats, three guinea pigs, three ferrets, two rats, and four mice living in the home, as well as 10 chickens in the backyard.Police and the Wellington Humane Society removed cage after cage covered in feces and matted fur from a home in 600 block of S. Jefferson Street Saturday night.“I’ve never had this many in a building, in a house. It’s a classic case of hoarding,” said Phyllis Todd, vice president of the Wellington Humane Society.A neighbor called police Friday night after he noticed the front door open for hours.Benjamin Forrest, who lives next door, said he could see animals running in an out of the house after the front doors were left open.“The cops showed up after we had a bunch of animals running around the yard and block. When the cops were gagging, I assumed it was pretty bad,” said Joseph Richards, who also lives on the block.Neighbors say they knew the man and woman living in the home had a lot of animals, and when walking by, could sometimes smell feces or urine. But Richards says he still didn’t expect police to find 65 animals.“I surprised at the number but wasn’t too surprised there was something like that going on in there,” he said.Officers say all the dogs are Pomeranians. Police brought eight dogs to the pound Friday night, but allowed the owners to bring the rest of the dogs and the cats to a relative’s farm.Police are also giving the owners until Sunday to bring the chickens to a safe area.But that still leaves 34 small animals and eight dogs for the Humane Society to handle. Todd says one of the biggest challenges now is finding space for all the animals and checking them for health problems, like infections.“It’s not always visible at first glance, so we’re going to check them over and treat them if they need any surgery or anything cleaned up. That’ll be first thing on the list,” Todd said. “If anyone’s looking for any of those pets, we have plenty to share and we’d love to find them good homes.”Todd says she can’t comment yet on overall health of the animals, but said it does look like the animals were well-fed.Wellington’s police chief, Tracy Heath, told Channel 12 he’s presenting the case to the Sumner County Attorney’s office and will decide if and what charges need to be filed.“I’m concerned with the health issues associated with the house and specifically for the neighbors,” Heath said. He said all the waste from the animals create a potential for diseases to spread.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more