China’s national oil company brings first offshore wind project into operation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China’s offshore oil and gas major CNOOC Ltd announced on Tuesday that its first offshore wind power project has connected to the grid and begun to generate powerThe wind power project, located in the sea area nearby China’s eastern province of Jiangsu, and with a total installed capacity of 300 megawatts, is scheduled to fully come into on-grid production by end of 2020, CNOOC said in a press releaseThe project, planned to be equipped with 67 wind turbines, is expected to have annual on-grid power generation reaching approximately 860 million kilowatt-hours, CNOOC saidChina’s state energy giants including PetroChina, Sinopec and CNOOC Ltd have all laid out plans to develop renewable projects, in an effort to stay relevant in a low-carbon future.[Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu]More: China’s CNOOC launches first offshore wind power plant
The state of North Carolina is about to get a little bit better. We already have one of the most robust craft beer scenes in the country, not to mention Pisgah’s singletrack and the Outer Banks surf breaks, and now Deschutes is getting into the mix. Last year, the Bend-based brewery passed on building their East Coast facility in Asheville, opting to build it in Roanoke instead (kudos to our brothers to the north). The Roanoke brewery should be up and running in the early 2020’s. At that time, Deschutes beer will be readily available across the eastern seaboard. And it’ll be awesome. Luckily, North Carolinians won’t have to wait that long; Deschutes will start distributing their core beers on draft in North Cackalacky this month, and bottles will hit the shelves later in the summer.Deschutes is already one of the 10 largest craft breweries in the country. While you can’t really do wrong with anything Deschutes makes, there are a few beers you should definitely seek out. The brewery is best known for its flagship, Black Butte Porter. If you’re gonna get excited about just one beer that you’ll be able to drink on the reg now, this is it. Black Butte is so good, it will ruin other porters for you. Seriously, after drinking Black Butte, I started to wonder why anyone else even bothers to dabble with the style anymore. As for seasonals, get your hands on Hop Slice Summer Ale, an easy-drinking 5% beer with all kinds of citrusy hop notes along with a bit of caramel for balance. And when winter comes, make plans to drink Jubelale, their spiced winter ale that will add another layer of awesome to any powder day.Everything will get a little better from here on out. The sun will be a little bit brighter, the powder a little softer. Thanks Deschutes.
Giant sequoias are the largest trees in the world and can live for over 3,000 years. Of the 28 dead trees, 25 appear to have lived in particularly wet areas, “which is very weird,” said Christy Brigham, chief of resource management and science at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Are you a college student interested in environmental stewardship and conservation? The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is currently accepting applications for a Land Protection Assistant Intern. The position is a paid, 10-week, full-time summer internship through Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s Diversity of Conservation Internship Program. Internships run from May – August 2020. The Diversity in Conservation Internship Program seeks to engage two and four-year college students and recent graduates from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Read the press release here: https://aceee.org/press/2020/01/new-doe-rule-undercuts-top-us-policy The DOE made changes to its Process Rule, adding new steps to an already lengthy standard-setting process, says ACEEE. It will significantly increase the energy savings threshold needed to trigger the process and allow manufacturers to largely design the testing that decides if the products meet standards. The Trump administration has approved a rule that will make it more difficult to set energy efficiency standards for common appliances and equipment like refrigerators, dishwashers and home furnaces as well as commercial air conditioners and industrial motors, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) said in a press release. These standards reduce pollution and save the average US household $500 every year. California’s giant sequoias are dying because of climate change Learn more and apply for the position here: https://ctnc.hiringthing.com/job/167893/land-protection-assistant According to a joint study by the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, 28 sequoias at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have died since 2014 due to drought, fire, and beetle infestation, all of which have been linked to global warming. The Department of Energy approves rule that will make it more difficult to set new energy efficiency standards Read the full story here: https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2020/01/22/stories/1062150049 Calling all college students: Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina seeks summer interns
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff tied the decision on a fighter jet in a deal worth billions of dollars to the country’s economy picking up. “We have pushed back the choice… and this will take some time depending on how long it takes the Brazilian economy to recover,” Rousseff said at a joint press conference with her French counterpart Francois Hollande. Brazil is looking to buy 36 multi-purpose jets to modernize its air force in a contract valued at between $4 billion and $7 billion. The Rafale fighter, built by French firm Dassault Aviation, is up against the US aviation giant Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and Swedish manufacturer Saab’s Gripen. Brazil, which boasts the world’s sixth-largest economy, began considering buying a new fighter model several years ago, but Rousseff said the government had postponed making a decision in the face of a sharp economic slowdown. The Brazilian economy rose 2.7 percent last year, sharply down from a sizzling 7.5 percent in 2010. “We are waiting for growth at a higher rate that will permit us to make this project a priority again,” said Rousseff. She said there were signs that growth was picking up “but we still have to be careful about extraordinary expenditures.” The early favorite was the Rafale, but Brasília finds it too expensive and has been pressing for a better price. Paris has offered full technology transfers in its bid to win the contract. Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is cheaper, but Brazilian officials are wary of Washington’s possible use of technology restrictions. By Dialogo December 13, 2012
September 25, 2020 Energy, Environment, Press Release Nearly a dozen clean energy, business, faith and environmental advocacy organizations have expressed their support of Governor Tom Wolf’s recent veto of House Bill 2025, which ignored the dangers of climate change and would have prevented the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from taking any action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions in the commonwealth without the prior approval of the General Assembly.Carbon dioxide is a harmful greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, and this bill would have put a halt to DEP efforts to mitigate the impact climate change has on lives and livelihoods in Pennsylvania, including rulemaking currently being developed to allow Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is an economically sound program that has a proven record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in member states.Clean Air Council:“I congratulated Gov. Wolf last week on the successful Environmental Quality Board vote to advance his carbon limits program forward, and I applaud him today for vetoing a reckless, dangerous piece of legislation in House Bill 2025 that would have reversed that progress. House Bill 2025 would indefinitely obstruct any and all policy efforts to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania. It’s that simple. Supporters deceitfully framed it instead as a mere process bill, one that would give the General Assembly a voice in setting climate policy. This is fundamentally misleading because, under state law, the legislature already has a robust role in the development of regulations and, quite frankly, we know the legislative majority’s position: block progress, deregulate the fossil fuel industry, and drill our way to ‘prosperity,’” saidJoseph Otis Minott, Esq., executive director and chief counsel of Clean Air Council. “Climate change is an urgent, existential threat that demands serious, commensurate policy solutions. Thank you, Gov. Wolf, for standing with the vast majority of Pennsylvanians who agree and who support your plan to cut carbon while creating tens of thousands of new jobs.”Clean Power PA Coalition:“We applaud Governor Wolf for rejecting House Bill 2025 and protecting efforts to cut carbon pollution and create jobs through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). With this veto he is standing with the overwhelmingly majority of Pennsylvanians who support RGGI.A poll conducted earlier this month found that 72 percent of Pennsylvania voters are in favor of the state becoming part of RGGI. The initiative also has wide support from the business community because of the significant economic benefits it has brought to participating states and will deliver to Pennsylvania as well. Economic analysis of the program shows that it would create 27,000 jobs and boost the state economy by nearly $2 billion. It also will reduce asthma attacks and other health problems for thousands of Pennsylvania children and adults. The Governor’s veto of House Bill 2025 keeps the state moving in the right direction in tackling climate change and investing in the clean energy jobs of the future. RGGI also can provide resources to help communities affected by the continuing transition in our energy markets and ensure that workers are not left behind.”Evangelical Environmental Network:“The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is thankful for Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the ill designed House Bill 2025. House Bill 2025, if signed, would have stopped Pennsylvania from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and continued fossil fuel pollution’s threat to our children’s health. House Bill 2025 would have kept Pennsylvania in the dark with continued dependence on dirty fossil fuels instead of rebuilding Pennsylvania with family-sustaining jobs to ensure a cleaner, brighter, and healthy future,” said the Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network.“It’s well past time to transition to a clean energy economy. Today we can have both the energy to power our economy and a clean environment. We no longer must choose between a strong economy and the life and health of our children, including the unborn. One in eight women give birth prematurely in the United States each year due to PM2.5, with the number increasing to one in five for Black women (30 percent of premature infants die).“Over 2,700 Pennsylvanians died prematurely in 2018 due to Pennsylvania’s air pollution, due in good measure to the electric industry. Pennsylvania’s pollution is also believed to have contributed to more than 2,300 premature deaths in other states,” Hescox said. “All told, Pennsylvania holds the auspicious claim of having the third highest rate of air pollution-related deaths in the U.S., after California and New York. RGGI will help Pennsylvania defend our kids’ health, but our energy workers are caught in the middle. Men, women, and families suffer much to provide our energy, and we cannot leave them behind as has been done in the past. The reality is that coal plants will close in Pennsylvania, and RGGI will not likely hasten coal’s demise. That’s already occurring, and gas will be next. Fossil fuels are simply no longer economically viable. In reality, they never really were if you consider that our children paid the cost in their hearts and lungs. The true, average cost of coal is 14.87 US cent/kWh over what we paid on our meter due to pollution’s impact on public health.”Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance:“We applaud Gov. Wolf’s leadership,” said Matt Elliott, executive director for the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). “For years, Pennsylvania has sat on the sidelines as other states in the region enjoy the benefits of RGGI. The results from participating RGGI states are clear: their economies have grown, their air is cleaner, and their clean energy markets are expanding.”Natural Resources Defense Council:“The governor’s veto of this anti-climate legislation comes as the #ClimateCrisisjeopardizes people’s health, safety, and livelihoods,” said Mark Szybist, senior attorney of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Energy Program, in a tweet.Nuclear Powers PA Coalition:“(Gov. Wolf) just took a huge stand for Pennsylvania’s #cleanenergy industry and the ~100K jobs it supports in our commonwealth,” said the Nuclear Powers PA Coalition in a tweet.Moms Clean Air Force:“Moms across the Commonwealth are thankful to Gov. Wolf for his veto of House Bill2025, which further shows his commitment to reducing climate pollution and protecting the health and future of Pennsylvania’s children. Linking to RGGI will protect our children from the power sector’s dirty air pollution that impacts health and contributes to climate change,” said Patrice Tomcik, Butler County resident and Project Manager for State Campaigns for Moms Clean Air Force. “Pennsylvania’s children and other vulnerable communities deserve to breathe clean air. Reductions in carbon and the associated harmful air pollution from the power sector can improve children’s health. A recent children’s study showed that by lowering harmful pollution from power plants, RGGI has helped to avoid asthma attacks, preterm births, low birth weight, and more. The health benefits were quantified between $191 million and $350 million. In addition, Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI is critical to achieving the Governor’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.”PennEnvironment:“We applaud Gov. Wolf for his veto of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s misguided attack on climate solutions. RGGI enjoys the support of a bipartisan group of governors in the region, and this valuable program offers key mechanisms for reducing pollution and fighting climate change. Joining our neighboring states to the north, east and south in this alliance can create a healthier, more vibrant region with clean air that transcends borders,” said PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s Executive Director David Masur. “As the Western U.S. suffers through devastating wildfires, the Gulf Coast recovers from another hurricane, and after the Keystone state experienced a sweltering, record-hot summer, many Pennsylvanians are wondering how to fight the climate crisis here at home. Gov. Wolf is providing a bold answer. Given a choice between living in the past with dirty fuels or being on the right side of history, Gov. Wolf is showing he’s ready to protect our communities and future generations across the state.“Still, the passage of House Bill 2025 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly serves as a stark reminder that many politicians are lagging behind the science of climate change and the will of their constituents to solve this existential crisis. It’s high time that politicians in Harrisburg come up with solutions to address climate change instead of continually putting up roadblocks to commonsense action,” Masur said. “PennEnvironment applauds the Environmental Quality Board for giving RGGI the green light and Gov. Wolf for vetoing this rollback of climate protections. We’re confident that the public comment period will show how broad and deep support runs for RGGI and for implementing solutions to address climate change.”PennFuture:“We applaud Gov. Wolf for doing the right thing in vetoing House Bill 2025,” said Rob Altenburg, director of the PennFuture Energy Center. “It’s clear that the governor possesses the legal authority to implement a cap-and-invest carbon reduction program in Pennsylvania, and there’s no good reason for the legislature to attempt to take away that authority. The science is crystal clear: we need immediate and meaningful action to cut our carbon pollution, and implementing a program similar to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is our best chance to accomplish that goal.”Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund:“The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund commend the Governor for vetoing House Bill 2025 and thank him and his administration for their steadfast leadership to advance pollution limits for power plants. House Bill 2025 would have allowed the General Assembly, through mere inaction, to block any proposal by the Administration to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This includes, but would not have been limited to, draft rulemaking now under consideration for Pennsylvania to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)– a market-based platform that has, for over a decade, proven to both reduce emissions and further economic investment and growth.“Despite acknowledgment that climate change presents a very real and immediate threat to Pennsylvania, there has been no action taken by the General Assembly to address it. Over a decade ago, the legislature passed a law requiring recurrent climate change impact assessments and policy recommendations be developed, and time and time again the calls generated through those reports – matched by scientists, businesses, the military, investors and more worldwide – have gone unheeded.“While we encourage legislative engagement on this critical issue, the legislature must commit to action. This includes affirmative steps to reduce emissions, protect communities and public health, help workers, and strategically position Pennsylvania for the inevitable, net-zero energy future. The options and opportunities are there; the days of idleness should be behind us.”Sierra Club:“The RGGI program is truly going to be the most important action Pennsylvania has taken on climate to date, and we applaud Gov. Wolf’s continued leadership in pushing this program forward. According to DEP’s analysis, RGGI will provide thousands of jobs and increase overall economic activity in PA by $1.9 billion by 2030. This is the program we need in a post-COVID economy recovery plan. Thank you Governor Wolf for acting on climate and working to protect future generations,” said Tom Schuster, Pennsylvania Clean Energy Program director for the Sierra Club. “If we do not start acting immediately to reign in climate disrupting pollution, it will be too late. We cannot sacrifice our children’s future in an attempt to support the coal industry, which is dying with or without RGGI. If the legislature wants to play a more productive role, they can start by supporting community transition packages or designating some of the RGGI allowance proceeds to help communities adapt to inevitable change.”Further, a recent letter from a coalition of nearly two dozen businesses expressed their support for Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI, noting, in part, “RGGI presents one of our most cost-efficient opportunities to accelerate emissions reductions while preserving Pennsylvania’s proud status as an economic powerhouse for the many years to come. We encourage Pennsylvania’s lawmakers and stakeholders to constructively work together to support and swiftly implement the Commonwealth’s participation in this important initiative.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: Clean Energy, Business, Faith, Environmental Advocacy Organizations Support Veto of Bill that Ignored Dangers of Climate Change
Stuttgart, GermanyMarch 5 – 7 1997Eurocargo ’97. Huss-Verlag GmbH, Joseph-Dollinger-Bogen 5, D-80807 München, Germany.Fax: +49 89 323 91-416New York, USAMarch 10 – 12 1997Annual Global Forum on Railroad Finance. Information Management Network, 25 West 45th Street, Suite 1505, New York 10036, USA.Fax: +1 212 768 2484e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOkayama, JapanMarch 11 – 13 1997Sanyo Shinkansen 25-year Commemorative International High Speed Conference. Director, High Speed Conference Secretariat, West Japan Railway, 4-24 Shibata 2-chome, Kita-ku, 530 Osaka, Japan.Fax: +81 6376 6025London, Great BritainMarch 12 – 13 1997Competitive Opportunities and Critical Commercial Issues in Pan-European Rail Freight. SMi Ltd,1 New Concordia Wharf, Mill Street, London SE12BB, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 252 2272Amsterdam, NetherlandsMarch 13 – 14 1997European Rail ’97. Business Seminars International Ltd, Sussex House, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN330AL, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1424 773334London, Great BritainMarch 13 – 14 1997Optimising Safety Investment in Emerging Urban Transit Systems. AIC Conferences Ltd, 2nd Floor, 100 Hatton Garden, London EC1N8NX, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 242 2320Washington DC, USAMarch 18 – 19 1997Opportunities in Railway Restructuring. World Research Group, 12 E 49th Street, 17th Floor, New York NY10017, USA.Fax: +1 212 421 9410e-mail: email@example.comHong KongMarch 18 – 20 1997Asia Rail ’97 and Rail Ops seminars. IIR Ltd, 20/F Siu ON Centre, 188 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.Fax: +852 2507 5666Paris, FranceMarch 19 1997Euromodal ’97. UIC, 16 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France.Fax: +33 1 44 49 20 29Hanoi, VietnamMarch 19 – 21 1997Vietnam Transport Infrastructure Congress ’97. IBC Asia Ltd, 268 Orchard Road, #18-02, Singapore 238856.Fax: +65 733 5087Lille, FranceMarch 20 – 21 1997The Channel Tunnel Experience – Lessons for the Future. CT97 Secretariat, Institution of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, London WC2R0BL, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 240 8830London, Great BritainMarch 20 – 21 1997Second Annual Conference on Electronic Payment Systems in Transport. IBC Technical Services Ltd, Gilmoora House, 57-61 Mortimer Street, London W1N8JX, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 636 1976Cape Town, South AfricaApril 7 – 11 19976th International Heavy Haul Association conference – Beyond 2000. Danie Van Zijl, Spoornet, Paul Kruger Building, Wolmarans Street, Johannesburg, South Africa 2000.Fax: +27 11 773 2393Hannover, GermanyApril 14 – 19 1997Rail Transport Technology at Hannover Fair ’97. Wolfgang Pech, Deutsche Messe AG, Messegelände, D-30521 Hannover, Germany.Fax: +49 511 89 32694York, Great BritainApril 23 – 24 1997Train Maintenance Tomorrow … and Beyond. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, London SW1H9JJ.Fax: +44 171 222 4557Utrecht, NetherlandsApril 23 – 25 1997Rail Tech Holland conference and exhibition. Europoint BV, Johan H J Haarhuis, PO Box 344, 3840 AH Harderwijk, Netherlands.Fax: +31 341 425614Dallas, Texas, USAMay 13 – 15 1997AAR 10th Annual Hazardous Materials Seminar. Cyndi Stone, Association of American Railroads, 50 F Street NW, Room 5003A, Washington DC 20001, USA.Fax: +1 202 639 2204Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMay 14 – 16 1997Exporail (Asia) 97, and associated conference on Mass Transit Management and seminars on Vehicle & Track Performance. Interfama Brooks Exhibitions Pte Ltd, Forum Place, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL100RN, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1707 275544Conference details from Judy Whitham, Independent Technical Conferences.Fax: +44 1234 841375Seminar details from Rachel Connix, Institution of Civil Engineers.Fax: +44 171 233 1743Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMay 19 – 22 1997Latin Rail ’97. Christian Ernst Suarez, AIC Conferences Chile, Nueva de Lyon 96, Of 405, Santiago, Chile.Fax: +56 2 246 8109København, DenmarkMay 22 – 26 1997High Speed Train exhibition. Secretariat for DSB Jubilee, Sølvgade 40, DK-1349 København K, Denmark.Fax: +45 3315 0400Yangon, MyanmarMay 22 – 26 1997Myanmar Transport Expo ’97. CP Exhibition, Room 1703, 109 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.Fax: +852 2511 9692e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgLuzern, SwitzerlandMay 26 – 28 1997International congress ’Sustainable top achievements of the railways – long-term solutions’. Projektleitung Jubiläum 1997, SBB, Mittelstrasse 43, CH-3030 Bern, Switzerland.Fax: +41 512 20 40 99Stuttgart, GermanyJune 2 – 6 199752nd UITP World Congress and City Transport 97 exhibition. UITP, Avenue de l’Uruguay 19, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.Fax: +32 2 660 10 72
Towers Watson has predicted UK pension funds will look increasingly to de-risk by offering members cash in lieu of inflation-linked increases.The consultancy said 23% of respondents to a UK pension strategy survey said they hoped to undertake a pension increase exchange (PIE) exercise over the next three years, while one-third said they would use a retirement transfer option (RTO) for members yet to retire.Both exercises allow for the transfer of risk away from a defined benefit (DB) fund, with members who agree to a PIE forsaking future inflationary benefit increases in favour of an immediate, one-off increase in benefits.Fiona Matthews, head of implemented settlement solutions at Towers Watson, said an industry-led Code of Practice for such incentive exercises had addressed previous concerns that members did not “fully understand all the factors around PIEs”. “The Code of Good Practice for Incentive Exercises has addressed these concerns with the provision of financial advice to pensioners if the company offer is less valuable than the increases foregone,” she added.“Thus, members’ desires for flexibility can be met at the same time as providing the scheme and the company with the benefit of a reduction in the liabilities.”Matthews also welcomed a greater level of involvement from trustees in agreeing such incentive exercises, noting that a collaborative approach was “more likely to meet joint objectives besides giving members’ choice”.The consultancy also said the potential use of RTOs, allowing for the transfer of the equivalent cash sum DB benefit to a defined contribution (DC) fund, would be taken up by 30% of survey respondents within the next three years.In other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has estimated that the aggregate deficit among UK DB funds had fallen to just above £60bn (€73bn) at the end of last month, resulting in an average funding ratio of nearly 95%.According to the PPF 7800 Index, the universe’s liabilities increased marginally – by 0.2% – over the course of February, while assets increased by 1.6% over the same period.The average funding ratio, which at the end of February stood at 94.9%, was a marked improvement over the same period in 2013 – the change both a result of a £67bn drop in aggregate liabilities and a nearly £46bn increase in assets under management.
Sea Puffin 1 has completed transit and push-on trials at the Horns Rev 1 offshore wind farm in Denmark at a significant wave height of 1.5m, demonstrating record low fuel consumption of <100l/h.WindPartner AS, the vessel owner and manager, said it is currently testing Sea Puffin 1 at Ørsted’s Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm and intends to continue testing it in severe weather conditions and at wave heights of 1.8m.The test at Horns Rev 2 is scheduled to be completed by 16 September, when the 15-meter long daughter craft will be ready to take on contracts and commercial operations.“We are very proud and satisfied to see that the vessel has performed according to our expectations, and especially the clear demonstration of a significant reduction in fuel oil consumption compared to standard CTVs,” said Trygve H. Espeland, Naval Architect and Co-Founder of ESNA, the designer of the vessel.The world’s first daughter craft based on surface-effect-ship (SES) technology commenced two months of sea trials on the two wind farms at the beginning of August.The sea trials, funded through the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) program, are expected to demonstrate that the Sea Puffin 1 can work in an operational wind farm environment in preparation for charter and full commercial operation.WindPartner and ESNA have a long-term cooperation agreement with the ambition to build a series of this vessel type over the next few years.
LACK of concentration, consistency and the lure of fame and fortune of T20 could prevent the West Indies from ever recapturing their glory days.This is the picture Chris Gayle paints of the West Indies, who won their second T20 world title in April, defeating England in a dramatic final in India.Since that time the West Indies have lost consecutive Test series to India and Pakistan. Gayle suggests that this could be an indication of potential fortune of the region’s Test-playing.It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket,” said Gayle, who boasts two Test triple-centuries among his 7 214 Test runs.Gayle, one of the best T20 batsmen in the world, said the current players lack the concentration and the consistency to excel at Test cricket.“The structure of modern day cricket is such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency,” Gayle told Indiaustantimes.com“If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a turnaround, it seems difficult as of now.”Gayle also opined that the money that players can now make playing the shortest form of the game, makes it hard for players to play Test cricket.“You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career,” said Gayle.“With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40.” (Sportsmax.com)
The first match of the provincial competition gets underway at 4 o’clock.Tipp boss Michael Ryan thinks the game at Semple Stadium could be one to savour.His opposite number Kieran Kingston is hoping the conditions will suit his slightly depleted side. Tipp FM’s live coverage of the big match will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh – our build-up gets underway just after 3 o’clock.