FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The European Union wants a massive increase in offshore wind to help clean up the electricity industry and aid the recovery after the pandemic.To meet its mid-century goal of becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent, the region needs to boost offshore wind capacity to 300 gigawatts by 2050 from just 12 gigawatts now, according to an EU roadmap published on Thursday. That will require as much as 789 billion euros ($940 billion) in investment, mostly from utilities and energy majors.The strategy proposed by the European Commission details how to unlock the potential for wind farms at sea that’s getting cheaper every year and are more powerful than those on land. But the industry is still struggling with bureaucratic hurdles, while fierce competition for deals makes each project less profitable.“With our vast sea basins and industrial leadership, the European Union has all that it needs to rise up to the challenge,” said Frans Timmermans, the commission’s executive vice-president. “Already, offshore renewable energy is a true European success story. We aim to turn it into an even greater opportunity for clean energy, high quality jobs, sustainable growth, and international competitiveness.”As an interim objective, the EC targets 60 gigawatts of offshore wind and at least 1 gigawatt of tidal and wave energy by 2030. The goal for offshore is realistic, according to Imogen Brown, analyst at BloombergNEF, which forecasts the EU capacity at 57.2 gigawatts by then.The acceleration that the EU is targeting post-2030 is a bigger challenge and the key for meeting the 2050 offshore wind goal of 300 gigawatts will be collaboration between nations on planning, grid development and innovation, Brown said. The commission is also eyeing 40 gigawatts of tidal and wave energy by the middle of the century.[Ewa Krukowska]More: Europe seeks $940 billion boost for giant offshore wind farms Europe plans massive expansion in offshore wind: 60GW by 2030, 300GW by 2050
Donegal TD Thomas Pringle is today calling for the establishment of a process to allow a Eurozone member state to voluntarily leave the Union, in a motion to be debated this evening in the Dáil.The Independent TD for Donegal is also calling for the initiation of a wide ranging public debate through civil society on the future direction of the European Union, as part of his motion to be debated this evening and tomorrow.“There is no doubt that there are big changes coming down the line in terms of our relationship with the Union and what it will mean for us as a nation, and indeed whether we will be a nation afterwards or not. “The government is content to allow the debate in Europe to move on to treaty change and the development of a full banking union. Most European commentators and politicians are calling for closer and closer integration, despite the Taoiseach stating in the Dáil last June that we were not heading towards a federal Europe.“Yet we see the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso saying that a federal Europe will soon become a ‘reality’ and has insisted that the fiscal union will lead to an ‘intensified political union’ for all twenty-seven member states. And more recently French President François Hollande has called for a European Government to deal with the financial crisis with full powers to deal with all the issues involved in solving the crisis. So are we really to believe the Taoiseach even when he gives a categorical answer?“There is an attitude amongst the European elite that we should not waste this crisis, that the crisis should be used to push on with European integration and the creation of a European Super State.“I think it is appropriate at this time during our six month presidency of the European Union and the fortieth anniversary of our joining that we should evaluate where we are and where we are likely to go in the future and to go beyond the debate of how much Europe has been good for us, to discussing how flaws in the Eurozone have been detrimental from an Irish perspective. “As has been observed by a prominent economist, ‘the drive for austerity was about using the crisis, not solving it’. What is needed here is a constructive debate based on what is best for Ireland and solving our financial crisis, and to move beyond pleasing those who don’t have our country’s best interests at heart,” he added. BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EURO was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EURO
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia judge is expected to release his verdict on Dec. 20 in the case of a retired RCMP inspector charged with sexually assaulting a civilian employee in the workplace.Fifty-two-year-old Tim Shields, who was a high-profile spokesman for the RCMP in B.C., has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The provincial court trial heard the assault was alleged to have occurred in 2009 in a ground-floor washroom of the force’s British Columbia headquarters.The complainant, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, testified that Shields led her to a unisex washroom before kissing and groping her.Shields told the trial the woman enthusiastically participated in sex acts and then accused him of sexual assault.He was charged in May 2016, five months after he retired following a suspension in the middle of a code of conduct investigation.
The vast majority of the attention given to the Carmelo Anthony trade has focused on Oklahoma City, and rightfully so. The Thunder, coming off a campaign in which MVP Russell Westbrook was perhaps the NBA’s loneliest franchise player, have added two All-Stars this summer and possibly positioned themselves as the top challenger to the Golden State Warriors.Meanwhile, the Knicks — the league’s most valuable club and the team on the other end of the Anthony deal — have been an afterthought in all this. The swap was one New York badly needed to make so it could fully turn the page on an era in which the Knicks haven’t secured a playoff berth in four seasons. But this new chapter without Anthony figures to present an entirely new set of questions.Chief among them: Can 22-year-old Kristaps Porzingis — who averaged 18 points a night as a second or third option — step into Anthony’s role and become the Knicks’ leading man?At first glance, the answer would appear to be yes. This past season, Porzingis became a far more efficient scorer at the rim and from midrange. He improved from 58 percent at the basket as a rookie to 70 percent in Year 2 while also jumping from 41 percent from the 10-to-16-foot range to 48 percent. He managed to get better from the 3-point stripe, too, knocking down shots from the arc at a league-average clip. And it can’t be overlooked that the 7-foot-3 big man with the skill set of a guard actually managed to shoot better when Anthony (and former MVP Derrick Rose) was off the court than when they played together.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/kpfadeaway.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/kpdrive.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, that detail alone isn’t evidence that Porzingis will thrive without Anthony. In fact, when you look more closely, it appears that at least some of Porzingis’s success as a lead option stemmed from who his competition was. Specifically, he turned in some of his most accurate shooting during the first six minutes of second and fourth periods last season, per NBA Savant — times where he likely would’ve been feasting on second-string defenses.1Though it may be a coincidence, Porzingis has struggled most in his first two seasons during first quarters, when he’d likely be facing starting-level competition. By contrast, he’s shot nearly 50 percent for his career during the first six minutes of second periods, when he’d be facing backups, since the majority of NBA starters catch their breath for the first few minutes of the second quarter.That speaks to why the Knicks were just 2-16 without Anthony2And 2-11 when Porzingis played without Anthony. the past two seasons: No one else on the roster could generate offense as efficiently as Melo while also facing the sort of defensive pressure he was seeing.3While he generated a greater share of his own baskets with Anthony off the court, it’s worth noting that nearly 42 percent of Porzingis’s makes last season were assisted by Anthony, Derrick Rose or Brandon Jennings, all players who are no longer with the Knicks. That was especially the case in one-on-ones and post-ups, for which Melo has an affinity.New York scored on 47 percent of Anthony’s one-on-one plays and came away with at least one point when he was aggressively double-teamed in the post 43 percent of the time, according to Synergy Sports. The Knicks scored on just 34 percent of Porzingis’s one-on-ones and were successful just 23 percent of the time — for a measly 0.57 points per play — when opponents sent hard double-teams at him in the post. A lot can be attributed to Porzingis’s need to develop more lower-body strength and establish better position, as he often catches the ball way too far from the paint to back down his man.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/badearlyshot.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/porzingistoofarout.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.None of this is to suggest that Porzingis — the rare budding star who has as much defensive ability as offensive ability — isn’t capable of eventually being the centerpiece of a team. At this point, he should be the least of the Knicks’ worries; the club should be using this coming season to figure out who to slot next to him going forward.However, that open-tryout mentality will be complicated by the current roster configuration, as the Knicks are currently heavy on bigs they need to find playing time for. Enes Kanter (acquired in the trade), Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn are all talented, but figure to create a logjam at center if they all make it to opening night. The presence of 32-year-old Joakim Noah, who has three years left on one of the NBA’s worst contracts, doesn’t help matters, either.A trade to move one of them — and possibly veteran swingman Courtney Lee, who deserves an opportunity to latch on with a contender rather than taking part in a rebuild — would make sense. Ideally, the Knicks would use those returns to get future draft picks and a young player or two who can defend, since Kanter, Doug McDermott (also acquired in the Melo deal) and Tim Hardaway Jr. are all solid scorers while being subpar on the other side of the ball. New York, which has ranked in the bottom 10 on defense for 11 of the last 15 seasons, will need to find some sense of balance — a process that will likely take the better part of the next few years as these players figure themselves out.But even if the next couple seasons are marked by growing pains, at least the Knicks can finally turn their attention to roster development instead of wondering how to make the failed marriage with Anthony work.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017 Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter