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Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with $2.7 billion, 496MW wind farm off the French coast

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Spain’s Iberdrola has taken a final investment decision to develop the long-awaited €2.4bn ($2.72bn) Saint-Brieuc wind farm after acquiring 100% ownership of Ailes Marines – the company developing, constructing and operating the project off the French coast.The move comes after the French ministry of economy granted Iberdrola, which previously owned 70% of the consortium’s capital, the go-ahead to acquire the remaining 30% from its two partners, developer RES and finance group Caisse des Depots et Consignations.“The Saint-Brieuc project is now ready to get started on construction. All agreements are in place, the funding is secured, and contracts are signed,” said Jonathan Cole, Iberdrola’s global managing director for offshore wind, who told Recharge the 496MW wind farm will begin operations in 2023.Located around 16km off the coast of Brittany, the wind farm will be equipped with 62 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines, installed in a 75 square km area. Siemens Gamesa signed agreements last December to build a new turbine and blades factory on a 36-hectare site in the port of Le Havre. The facility, scheduled to start construction in mid-2020 with commissioning at the end of 2021, will be used to supply the Saint-Brieuc, Dieppe-Le Treport, and Yeu-Noirmoutier offshore wind projects.Offshore construction work is scheduled to begin with the installation of foundation piles in 2021, and to be completed in 2023 with turbines installation and the project being made fully operational.[Christopher Hopson]More: Iberdrola to build $2.7bn Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in France after taking full control Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with $2.7 billion, 496MW wind farm off the French coastlast_img read more

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Honduran Service Members Fight Forest Fires that Afflict the Country

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo June 02, 2020 About 5,000 elements of the Ecosystem and Environmental Management Support Command (C-9) of the Honduran Armed Forces deployed in different parts of Honduras to fight forest fires that have been devastating the country since early 2020. From January to mid-May, 835 forest fires damaged nearly 55,000 hectares, the Honduran National Institute of Forest Conservation and Development (ICF, in Spanish) reported.“We are fighting more than six forest fires a day countrywide,” Air Force Colonel Yuri Chávez, director of Public Affairs for the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. C-9 service members are working side by side with units of the Honduran Fire Department and ICF officers to control the fires, which according to the C-9, are caused mostly by burning for crops.C-9 units control a fire in a Central District forest, Francisco Morazán department, in early April 2020. (Photo: Honduran Armed Forces Public Affairs)According to the ICF, the drought and higher temperatures in the last two years have increased forest fires in Honduras. All of Central America, with a forest area of almost 20 million hectares, faces the threat of forest fires, especially during the dry season from February to May.Sandra Canales, head of the ICF’s forest protection unit, told the international news agency EFE that Honduras loses an average of $1,200 for every hectare of forest affected by fire. “When there is a fire, it doesn’t inflict damage on a specific individual, but on the entire community,” Canales told EFE.The hardest hit forest areas, according to ICF data, are those in Gracias a Dios department, an area in the country’s east home to one of Honduras’s three biosphere reserves, and those in Francisco Morazán department, where the capital Tegucigalpa is located. In those two areas, 195 fires have destroyed 25,800 hectares since the beginning of 2020.In addition to the serious environmental consequences, forest fires generate a dense smoke layer that covers many regions in the country, affecting people’s health. Pulmonologist Carlos Aguilar, a physician at the Cardiopulmonary Hospital in Tegucigalpa and former minister of Health, told the Honduran newspaper La Tribuna that the smoke has caused an increase in respiratory diseases, which might worsen the COVID-19 emergency, as respiratory problems are some of the virus symptoms.With land, air, and sea resources, as well as 170 military detachments for forest protection, the C-9 is highly qualified to respond to these emergencies. “We have a military presence at the national level,” Army Colonel Juan Ramón Hernández, C-9 commander, told Diálogo. “The institution has specialized personnel to carry out activities, such as officers who are also forest engineers, biologists, and personnel certified by the U.S. Forest Service to fight forest fires.”So far, the C-9 has not required partner nation support to control the fires, said Col. Hernández. “But we have provided support to CFAC [Central American Armed Forces Conference] member nations at their request.”Since 2018, the C-9 annually coordinates the International Fire Management Course to train CFAC members (El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic) that face forest fires with similar characteristics. In 2019, U.S. Southern Command provided support for the course with Joint Task Force’s (JTF-Bravo) 612th Air Base Squadron Fire Department. Twice a year, military firefighters also improve their skills and take part in the Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experiences (CENTAM SMOKE) exercise, taught by JTF-Bravo at its headquarters in Comayagua, Honduras.last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal, P.V.Sindhu, Marin bag hefty deals

first_imgNew Delhi: Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin was on Monday bought by debutant PBL franchise Pune 7 Aces, while Indian stars Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu were picked up by Hyderabad Hunters and North Eastern Warriors respectively during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) auction here on Monday.Saina, the London Olympics bronze medallist, was bought as the icon player by the North Eastern Warriors for Rs 80 lakh. She had earlier represented the Awadhe Warriors for the past three editions.Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, will feature for the Hyderabad franchise after the defending champions picked her up for Rs 80 lakh, while Rio gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain also went for the same price to Pune. World No.9 Sung Ji Hyun was snapped up by Chennai Smashers, also for Rs 80 lakh.Among the big names in men’s badminton, former World No.1 Victor Axelsen of Denmark was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 80 lakh, while World No.6 Kidambi Srikanth joined Bengaluru Raptor for the same amount.H.S. Prannoy was bought by Delhi Dashers after a bidding war with Mumbai Rockets for Rs 80 lakh, while South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae also went for the same amount to Chennai Smashers and Mumbai, respectively.The Awadh Warriors spent Rs 70 lakh to bag the services of South Korean Son Wan Ho while Pune bought Denmark’s Mathias Boe for Rs 50 lakh.Teenaged sensation Lakshya Sen was bought by Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another youngster Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went for a whopping Rs 52 lakh to the Ahmedabad Smash Masters. IANSlast_img read more

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first_imgThe move gives the Panthers the experienced cornerback they coveted after James Bradberry signed as a free agent with the Giants.Apple has started 48 games during four seasons in the NFL and has 233 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. But he’s never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State.He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBoston marathon canceled Hyde signs with SeahawksRENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign.Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUIT Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points.Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason. May 28, 2020 Associated Press — Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday. — The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them— Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-RULE CHANGESNFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least eight major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.— Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.center_img UNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating. Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.NFL-PANTHERS-APPLEPanthers work out deal with AppleUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple. — The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races.NFL-SEAHAWKS-HYDE Update on the latest sports Williamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.”TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title Nine HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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