Study: Low-carbon fuel feasible

first_imgThe study also concludes that an emissions credit system – in which overachieving refineries can sell credits to those failing to meet the standard – could stimulate enough competition and investment in alternative fuels that California could more than achieve its 10 percent reduction goal by 2020. “Our low-carbon standard is a solution, a policy to recognize that we can’t transform our multibillion-dollar fuels market unless the private sector sees a reason to invest and customers see a reason to buy,” Schwarzenegger said. In customary style, he cast the state’s challenge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in outsized terms. “This is our race to the moon,” the governor said. “And like that race, this, too, would be `one giant leap for mankind.”‘ Refineries, gasoline companies and auto producers took pains Friday to stress that they support the governor’s efforts. But they also raised concerns about how the state will implement the study, which will be released in full May 31. “With all the uncertainty and unanswered questions, how do you come to the conclusion that … it’s really feasible?” said Catherine H. Reheis-Boyd, chief operating officer for the Western States Petroleum Association, representing refineries that produce about 90 percent of all gasoline in California. She said the industry must ask tough questions before the regulation is made final. For example, she said, in developing a fair formula, California must consider the greenhouse gases produced in growing and processing corn for ethanol. “We don’t want unintended consequences,” she said. Scientists offered only a peek at the formula Friday, acknowledging that many of the details must still be worked out. The California Air Resources Board is expected to vote on it next month. If approved, it would launch an 18-month rule-making process that would start the clock ticking toward a 2010 deadline to implement the so-called low-carbon fuel standard, said Daniel Sperling, a co-author of the report. He said one of the advantages of the credit-trading program is that it would not push refineries and fuel producers toward one technology or another. “The government is not picking winners and losers,” said Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. “We’re creating a framework, a process to guide investment and introduce clean fuels.” If refineries have trouble meeting the standard, he said, they might be able to buy credits by investing in electricity for electric cars. Sperling and other advocates also said they believe the low-carbon fuel standard could help stabilize, if not reduce, gas prices by introducing competition to traditional gasoline imports and production.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a University of California study Friday showing that the state can cut gasoline prices and stimulate the economy by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in transportation fuels. In January, he signed an executive order mandating that California refineries reduce the carbon content of passenger vehicle fuels 10 percent by 2020. The effort is critical for California to reach its target of cutting all greenhouse-gas emissions over the same time by about 25 percent. For the state to begin working on a plan to do so, however, it first needs a formula to calculate pollution from refineries and companies that blend gasoline, as well as measuring the progress. The UC study attempts to solve that problem. It creates a complex means for measuring total greenhouse-gas emissions created during fuel production in the state. last_img


first_imgaThe Cavern Bar are providing an opportunity for talented singers to showcase their talents at the Karaoke Championships on Wednesday September 10th.For songbirds who didn’t quite make the breakthrough on high profile manufactured TV music shows like the X-Factor and The Voice of Ireland, this competition in The Cavern bar could be your chance to shine.One female singer and one male singer will be chosen to represent Ireland at the World Karoke Championships in Stockholm. The lucky singers will be provided with free flights and free accommodation to Sweden to take part in the competition.While they’re also in with a chance of netting an incredible €10,000 if they win.The Cavern Bar is the only venue in Donegal that the Karaoke championships are taken place.So make sure and get down their on Wednesday night and showcase your singing talents. ENTER THE CAVERN BAR KARAOKE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING €10,000 was last modified: September 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesKaraokenewsThe Cavern Barlast_img read more

Recession ‘won’t jeopardise SKA’

first_img27 February 2009 Karoo site visit The European Commission’s Dr Robert-Jam Smits confirmed the European Union’s support for the project, because of its enormous potential to shift the frontiers of knowledge, and called on SKA project leaders to broaden the political support for the project in more countries around the world. The two countries shortlisted to host the SKA are South Africa and Australia, and both are building radio telescopes (called “pathfinders”) to contribute to the SKA technology. Both pathfinder telescopes will be premier telescopes in their own right. Delegates attending the Square Kilometre Array Forum in Cape Town this week believe the global economic crisis will not have a negative impact on the radio telescope project, saying it presents a unique opportunity to invest in critical science and infrastructure skills. “It often produces new technologies which later give rise to innovations and products which can be commercialised, which we can’t predict at this stage.” Speakers at the forum – the highlight of two weeks of specialist meetings focusing on the design, construction and science goals of the telescope – argued that countries that would recover best from the economic malaise were those which invested in the future. European Union support Already 19 countries and 55 scientific institutions are involved in the SKA project, and several more countries are expected to join the consortium soon. The SKA will consist of thousands of dishes and other collecting devices, spread over a vast area, but working together as one instrument with a joint receiving surface of one square kilometre. Cutting edge technologies and computing power like never before will make it a true “time machine”, able to detect very faint celestial signals in order to look back to the early universe. Preceding the Forum, 60 astronomers and funding agency representatives visited South Africa’s site in the Karoo, in the Northern Cape Province, and everyone was tremendously impressed by the progress on the infrastructure and facilities in place. Cutting edge technologies “Telescopes look at very weak signals and so we need to push the limits of technology,” said SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff, adding that the project presented a new way of looking at development.center_img He pointed out that only 20-30% of astronomy was about understanding the universe, with the biggest challenge being training people. Construction on the SKA should start in 2013 and early SKA science will be done from 2017 onwards. South Africa has begun construction on the Karoo Array Telescope (called MeerKAT) and the Australians are working on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). Because of the complementary nature of the two telescopes, the two countries announced a collaborative venture on science programmes at the forum. SAinfo reporter If the SKA is built in South Africa, it will have outstations in at least eight other African countries, and these African partners were also at the forum to re-affirm their commitment to this project and to plan with the South African project team for future SKA preparations in their countries. Before the final site for the SKA can be announced between 2011 and 2012, many more studies will be done to compare radio frequency interference, configuration, availability and cost of infrastructure, cost of construction and life-cycle costs for the South African and Australian sites. Professor Malcolm Longair, an eminent cosmologist from Cambridge University in the UK supported the view, adding that the SKA project would open up a new era in astrophysics and cosmology for all astronomers and had huge potential for new discoveries. “South Africa probably has a cost advantage and we also have excellent legislation to protect our site from radio frequency interference, now and in the future,” Fanaroff said. “What will definitely improve our chances is to be able to show that South Africans are behind this bid, as they were in the Football World Cup bid.” “Once the SKA comes online, its computing power will be equal to all the people on the planet doing a billion calculations per second all at the same time,” explained IBM’s Dr Bruce Elmegreen. “The world’s current and future challenges demand scientific thinkers and technological innovation,” said Professor John Womersley of the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK. “The quickest way to get out of the economic dilemma is to be able to evolve scientifically, and that requires a scientifically trained workforce.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gautrain Pretoria route opens soon

first_imgFrom 1 July the Gautrain will startoperating between Hatfield in Pretoriaand Park Station in Johannesburg.(Image: Formore free images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Viwe QeguGautrain+27 11 997 8011Nosimilo RamelaSouth African motorists say they are looking forward to leaving their cars at home and travelling between Pretoria and Johannesburg on the speedy Gautrain, once it begins operating along that route from 1 July 2011.The train will travel between Hatfield in Pretoria and Park Station in Johannesburg.Johannesburg and Pretoria are the biggest cities in Gauteng province, with more than 157 000 cars travelling along the N1 Ben Schoeman highway between the two centres daily. This makes it the most congested route in the country.The aim of the Gautrain is to cut the number of vehicles on the N1 Ben Schoeman highway and provide a viable mode of public transport as an alternative for commuters.“I hate spending hours in the traffic when I could have been using that time catching up on some work or sleep,” said David Richter from Johannesburg. “I drive my car from Johannesburg to Pretoria for work every day and it really takes its toll on me. I really look forward to the Gautrain starting to operate so I don’t have to sit for hours in the traffic every day.”It can take motorists about two hours to make a single trip between the two cities, at a cost of about R61 (US$8.9). “With the petrol price constantly increasing you end up spending all your money on just filling up your tank,” said Colin Liebenberg from Pretoria. “Having an alternative means of transport will be really great for us. It’s about time we had a good, reliable public transport system in our country.”Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi said he believes the Gautrain prices will attract motorists to shift from private car use to the rapid railway system. A single trip between Pretoria and Johannesburg will cost R39 ($5.6) for a monthly ticket holder, he said.This is almost half of what it currently costs motorists to use their own cars. “The Gautrain will be able to transport commuters every day in all directions, providing economic mobility and the convenience of door-to-door commuting,” Vadi added.Mduduzi Nene from Pretoria said the new service will be a big saving for him. “I will be spending less money on my daily travels and servicing my car, as I will not be using it as often. The government is also planning to introduce toll fees on the Johannesburg-Pretoria route later this year – that’s an added expense if you’re travelling with a private car, but with the Gautrain you’ll make a once-off payment on your monthly ticket and you’re set.”Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said: “Currently, congestion is a major threat to the development of the province where traffic volumes grow at a rate of 7% per year on the main corridor between Johannesburg and Pretoria.”Nene said he believes the country would be more productive if people spent less time on the road. “We currently spend most of our mornings trying to get to work. By the time we get there, we’re so tired and irritable. If we had a transport system that would reduce the extra-long time we spend on the roads, we would be more productive.”Currently, most South Africans who have their own cars would not choose to use the country’s public transport system, as they view it as being poorly maintained and at times unsafe and unreliable. Minibus taxis are the most popular means of transport in the country, followed by buses.The Gauteng transport department believes the Gautrain is the catalyst the country needs to make public transnport a mode of choice for commuters, including those who have the means to purchase and use a private vehicle.last_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, Aug. 28

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have been dry for the last two weeks. We had a sprinkle and that is it. They are calling for a couple of inches through today, tomorrow and Wednesday.The dry conditions are starting to really show in the crops. Beans are starting to turn as they dry up a little bit. The corn is starting to fire up from the bottom, though it is time for it to start changing. The corn is pretty well done.Hopefully this rain will catch some of our later beans and get them filling out a little longer. Some of the beans are too far along, though, for these rains to help.The beans still mostly have a good color to them but they are starting to change on the hills. I think we’ll be running beans before the Farm Science Review.Beans yields are not going to be what they could have been. They will not be what we thought they could be from the way they started growing. They took off and got the rains, but the rains quit and here we sit.Everyone else around here is complaining about short beans. We have a bunch of different varieties and all of ours are tall. The shortest beans we have are about waist high and most of them are around chest high. Beans up at New Paris look pretty good.Our latest corn is 112-day. I think it is about done. If you pull back the ears they look good, big and consistent. Corn yields in general look pretty good. We had that 17 acres we replanted this spring and it is caught up and looks as good as anything.We got the pulling tractor ready and we’ll be pulling in Palestine next Monday.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — August 3, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A cool front pushed into Ohio overnight, and we are looking at slightly cooler temps today. There can be some clouds lingering this morning and we wont rule out a renegade shower or two in northern Ohio. But generally, we should see sunshine emerge statewide today, especially this afternoon, and dry weather is back in control through the weekend.  Moisture from our next system is here later Monday, increasing in coverage and frequency overnight Monday. The best rains will be on Tuesday, and we think rains will linger into early Wednesday morning. In fact, there could be some strong thunderstorms Wednesday morning in east and NE Ohio. We are leaving general rain totals at .25”-1” with coverage at 80% of the state over the two-day period. However, our thunderstorm threat looks better than 24 hours ago, and therefore, we will leave the door open to higher rain totals where those thunderstorms develop. We also will not rule out some severe weather in a few spots. The map at right shows rain totals for the event through midnight Tuesday night.  We are dry by midday Wednesday, and have no change in our thoughts for Thursday. There, we still are looking for mostly dry weather, however we keep seeing potential for moisture from a second wave coming up our old front and move into far southern Indiana and SW Ohio. We are still of the opinion that this action will want to stay mostly south of the Ohio river, but will revisit this again on Monday. For now, we see no reason to deviate from our dry forecast. The dry pattern extends through Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For the extended period, we do not see any significant frontal action to start. There can be some scattered showers developing around the 14th, but coverage looks less impressive this morning, and totals may end up only around a quarter of an inch or less. Better showers develop around the 17th, with .2”-.5” rain totals and 60% coverage.  Temps look cooler for a day or two behind our front early next week. Then we warm to normal and above normal levels again late next week and through the extended period.last_img read more

99% Mumbaikars would now back the Coastal Road Project: Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgVirtually all Mumbai citizens would vote in favour of the city’s ambitious Coastal Road Project, if asked today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has asserted in defence of the project recently stayed by the Bombay High Court due to environmental concerns.“I respect the Court’s verdict… but when we started planning it, there were no regulations for such a project,” Mr. Fadnavis told The Hindu in an interview. “We just followed what the Centre told us to do… If today a signature campaign is started, 99% of Mumbai’s citizens will vote in favour of a coastal road,” he said.Stressing that big-ticket infrastructure projects like the bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune will boost the State’s economy, the CM expressed concern about projects facing time and cost overruns due to “unnecessary litigation”.Terming the recent floods in western Maharashtra a “fallout of climate change”, Mr. Fadnavis dismissed the charge that his administration failed to provide adequate and timely relief to the flood-affected.“After an unprecedented 700% rainfall in seven days… nobody could have anticipated that the water would rise like this… We are experiencing a real fallout of climate change,” he argued.Terming any criticism on this front as “unfair”, the CM pointed out that rescue teams could also not reach the affected areas “as the highways were cut off and the planes could not land”.“After two days of trying to get them to land, I spoke to Union Defence Minister RajnathSinghji who provided us with a Dauphin aircraft from Rajasthan, which could land in marshy conditions. We then created a green corridor without losing a single life to the floods, and (the) deaths (that occurred) resulted from a boat capsize,” he underlined.While exuding confidence that a good monsoon and the Centre’s interventions will stir up India’s slowing economy, the CM said he was worried about the adverse impact of the floods on the State’s sugar industry. “We may have to reschedule their debts in the near future,” he said.last_img read more

Mason Jobst leading the way for Ohio State mens hockeys freshman class

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) celebrates with the bench in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorIt’s 9:31 p.m. on Friday and the Ohio State men’s hockey team is in overtime with Big Ten rival and 14th-ranked Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. Buckeye freshman forward Mason Jobst has just blocked a slapshot with his left leg with 2:42 remaining and is visibly in pain.In stereotypical hockey player fashion, Jobst doesn’t stay down. Although slow to get up, he musters all the strength he has left in him and frantically tries to help his teammates clear the puck out of the zone so he can get off of the ice.Fourteen seconds after blocking that shot, just as Jobst returns to the action, Penn State freshman forward Alec Marsh ends the game with his sixth goal of the season.Questions are immediately raised as to whether the leading scorer in the Buckeyes’ nine-man freshman class would return for Game 2 of the series the next night.Twenty-four hours later, Jobst dekes Nittany Lions’ junior goaltender Eamon McAdam out of his jockstrap on a breakaway and buries the fourth of his team’s five goals on the night in a 5-1 OSU win.For Jobst, the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer with six goals and 14 assists, the path to success this season has come through the patience of sitting out most of his final year of junior hockey.The former captain of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in the country, Jobst, who had already had both of his shoulders repaired, heard an all-too-familiar pop during a home game in October 2014.“I had a good summer working out and I was hoping to have a good year,” Jobst said. “I can’t really describe how deflating it was mentally that I had been through a full year of rehab and trying to take care of my body and for it to pop out again was devastating.”After speaking with his future coaches in Columbus, he determined that it was best to shut it down, have yet another surgery, and hope for an elusive healthy season next fall.However, the true captain and determined player that he is, Jobst battled back through rehab to rejoin his team for the Clark Cup Finals, where he contributed a goal and two assists, but his Lumberjacks were swept in three games by current teammate and classmate Dakota Joshua’s Sioux Falls Stampede.Jobst’s journey then continued to Ohio’s capital city to join coach Steve Rohlik’s Buckeyes.For Rohlik, he was not worried one bit about his somewhat injury-prone center. His recruitment of Jobst told him all that he needed to know about not just the type of player he was getting, but the type of person he is too.“First and foremost, I saw his competitiveness. Everybody would look at him and say that he’s not a very big kid in stature,” Rohlik said. “What we saw is a kid that competes all over the ice. He wants the puck. He’s not afraid to have the puck. He’s not afraid to go in tough areas. Sometimes guys get to the next level and they are afraid to make mistakes. Mason’s made mistakes, but he’s not afraid. Everyone that has coached him said, ‘Wow, you are going to get a heck of a player here.’”Jobst, who stands at 5-foot-7 and 159 pounds, has been exactly that through 22 games this season. Not only is he producing on the stat sheet, but in the faceoff circle as well, where he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning 52.5 percent of his draws.His play has more than impressed the veteran leaders on the team.“He has the right to be confident out there,” said junior captain Nick Schilkey, who also plays at a height disadvantage at 5-foot-10. “Things are going the right way because he’s playing hard and he is a relentless forward out there and that is what we have to be as smaller guys. You have to pretend that you’re not 5-foot-8 and play like you’re six feet tall. The bounces are going his way and rightfully so.”After an 0-7 start and a 3-11 record heading into the winter break, Jobst and the Scarlet and Gray are starting to put things together.OSU is 4-2-2 since the second half started on Dec. 28, and three of those wins have come over top-15 ranked opponents. Jobst had seven points (three goals, four assists) in the 14 games he played in the first half of the season. In the seven games he has played in during the second half, his play mirrors that of his team’s, as he has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). He also recently garnered the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week after a seven-point weekend against rival and sixth-ranked Michigan.  “When we went down to Florida and had those two big wins (over then-No. 4 Boston College and then-No. 9 Cornell), I think that was a huge confidence booster for all of us,” Jobst said. “In the locker room, the whole attitude is just like, ‘Wow, we do have it.’”Time will tell if Jobst and the Buckeyes still “have it” this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Michigan State for a two-game series. Puck drop on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Spartak Moscow name Oleg Kononov as new manager

first_imgSpartak Moscow have announced the appointment of Oleg Kononov as their new managerThe Russian Premier League side fired previous coach Massimo Carrera last month after a poor run of results this season.Spartak’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal Tula on October 21 proved to be the final straw with Carrera being dismissed a day later.Now Spartak have turned to Tula coach Kononov to turn around their fortunes this season.“The offer from Spartak was unexpected for Arsenal, but they wished me success with a new team,” Kononov told the club website.“The fans also reacted warmly and I thank them for that.“I have been coaching for 18 years. I started as an assistant and went through every stage.Joao Mario is delighted to have joined Lokomotiv Moscow Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Joao Mario has left Italian Lega Serie A side Internazionale Milan to join Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League.“I’ve always experienced pressure from my first days of work. The stronger the pressure was, the more I liked it.“Pressure is the path to progress. Under it, you work for more than 100 per cent. No coach or player will develop without it.“Nothing is lost yet. We need to win every match. I’m sure the players are ready to develop.“They just need to realise their potential on the pitch.”Kononov previously led Krasnodar to a third-place finish in the 2014/15 Russian league season.Spartak are eighth in the league table with 19 points from 14 games this term.last_img read more

Tony Adams pinpoints two defensive mistakes by Arsenal

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Tony Adams has pinpointed two defensive mistakes made by the club during their 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Gunners traveled to Old Trafford on the back of an unbeaten streak which has lasted more than 15 games across all competitions.Unai Emery’s men took the lead twice through Shkodran Mustafi and an own-goal from United defender Marcos Rojo but defensive lapses which led to goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ensured the hosts got a share of the spoils.Adams said, according to Mirror:“The first mistake, they didn’t follow it in.”“It is something you are taught as a defender, we used to say these things before a game – ‘make sure you follow the ball in’.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Adams continued: “The second is when you take the lead, and I used to do it regularly as a captain but Ramsey is off the pitch.”Someone has to go ‘come on, let’s concentrate, next five minutes, let’s be solid.“The ball comes in, Sokratis is rolled and it is 2-2.”The Gunners legend was also critical of the team’s approach after going ahead for the second time.He said: “Arsenal, with a bit of concentration when we went 2-1 up, should have seen it off and got all three points.”“But it is 20 games now, they are gathering momentum and it is still a difficult place to come.”last_img read more