U.K. plans for a U.S.-style fracking boom not happening FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN:The United Kingdom once hoped that fracking would unlock its shale energy reserves, enhancing the country’s energy security and creating jobs and new tax revenues in the process. That now looks unlikely to ever happen.Only three wells have been fracked in the country to date, according to a report this week from the National Audit Office (NAO), which monitors government spending. The U.K. government had been hoping for 20 wells by the middle of 2020.The NAO cites multiple factors for the slow start: Public support for fracking was weak to begin with and has dropped over time. The size of U.K. shale reserves remains unknown and the cost effectiveness of extraction has not been studied by the government.Even more dramatic, each of the three wells have caused earthquakes more powerful than the 0.5 magnitude threshold that requires a pause in operations, according to the NAO. The most recent was a 2.9 magnitude quake in August.In 2016, fracking accounted for more than two-thirds of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.U.S. oil production has more than doubled over the past decade to about 12 million barrels per day. The United States briefly overtook Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world top oil exporter in June, according to the International Energy Agency.In addition to environmental concerns, the fracking industry faces another big challenge: the cost of renewable energy is falling fast.The U.K. government wants the country to become a global leader in renewables and plans to derive a third of its electricity from offshore wind by 2030. For fracking, the game may already be up.More: The UK once hoped for an American-style fracking boom. It’s not happening.
U.S. coal-fired generation hit hard by coronavirus, falling electric demand—Rhodium Group FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News ($):Coal-fired electricity and oil demand suffered record drops between mid-March and mid-April, according to a new study examining the widespread impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic across the energy sector.The analysis Friday from the Rhodium Group found electricity demand was “weaker” over the past month, partly because of warmer temperatures along with the pandemic. The demand plunge slammed U.S. coal generation, which averaged 16.4% of the U.S. total over the last month, compared with 22.5% over the same period last year.For the week of April 8-14, coal fell further, averaging 15% of total U.S. power generation, with wind and solar generation surpassing coal during a three-day period for the first time in recorded history, the analysis said. Coal’s decreased share of total generation was also affected by lower natural gas prices, the brief said.“Coal generation has borne the brunt of the electricity demand decline,” the analysis said. It followed a report earlier this month finding that renewable energy had surpassed coal for generating electricity in the first quarter of 2020 — the first time that has happened in a three-month period.Coal last year accounted for 23.5% of U.S. electricity generation, followed by nuclear and renewables at 19.7% and 17.5%, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Rhodium said that coal’s decreased share is subject to change if the pace of new solar and wind construction is slowed by “COVID-driven economic weakness.” Still, the report noted: “[E]xisting renewable assets have so far fared considerably better than their coal-fired peers.”[Carlos Anchondo]More ($): ‘Coal generation has borne the brunt’
Press Association Chelsea took a mighty stride towards a place in next season’s Champions League as Juan Mata’s deflected late winner earned a 1-0 victory over 10-man Manchester United. With Michael Carrick missing, United were forced to look to Ryan Giggs for some incisive passing and it took the veteran Welshman some time to find his range. In the meantime, both Rafael and Jones burst into the box, only for Petr Cech’s massive frame to get in the way. On the latter occasion, the ball broke to Tom Cleverley, who blazed over, just as Antonio Valencia had done in the opening stages. The end of season feel was rather at odds with Chelsea’s predicament. The Europa League finalists may be good for interim manager Rafa Benitez’s CV, but there is no certainty they will be featuring in next season’s Champions League yet. Demba Ba put a couple of chances over, as did Victor Moses in the opening period. Mata belted a free-kick into the United wall and Valencia overhit a cross as Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres were introduced deep into the second half. The deadlock should have been broken 15 minutes from time when Frank Lampard picked out Mata with a sublime chip into the box, but, unmarked, the Spain midfielder inexplicably failed to make any contact with his header and Rafael bundled away. It was all rather humdrum until the final five minutes. Rooney felt Ramires had fouled him on the edge of the Chelsea area to win possession in the first place, but once they countered, the visitors always had an extra man. The ball was eventually ferried out to Mata, whose shot may have been creeping in, but definitely did after it flicked off Jones, bouncing in off the post. United’s frustrations boiled over almost immediately as Rafael went through the back of Luiz by the corner flag for which referee Howard Webb produced a red card. The drabbest of affairs seemed certain to end in a goalless stalemate until Mata’s shot flicked off Phil Jones and crept in at the far post. United thought they should have had a free-kick earlier in the move and their frustrations boiled over as Rafael was sent off in the final minute for chopping down David Luiz. The result means victory for Chelsea against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday will seal a top-four spot thanks to their superior goal difference.
Trainer John McConnell feels the future is bright for Play The Game after a tremendous effort from the front in last week’s Canford Cliffs Stakes. McConnell said: “We were delighted with him. It was a very good run, up against some good opposition. “It’s always a bit gutting to get done late on like that, but the over-riding feeling was that we were very pleased. “He’s always shown us promise, but we wouldn’t empty them at home and we leave a little bit for the track. “The ground was quick when he won at Leopardstown and he seemed to handle that softer ground well the other night, so he seems pretty versatile. “We don’t have anything specific in mind. He’ll probably be entered for what used to be the Golden Fleece Stakes in Leopardstown (Juvenile Turf Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend) and the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. We might even look at races further afield. “There’s not a lot for him for the next couple of weeks, so we’ll leave him off now and look forward to seeing him over a mile and taking a lead.” An impressive winner on his debut at Leopardstown in late June, the Lawman colt set out to make all the running stepped up to Listed class at Tipperary and was only caught late in the day by the more experienced Waipu Cove from Ger Lyons’ stable. Play The Game was a clear second and is now set for a short break before tackling a mile next month. Press Association
Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — Andrew Brown remembers when an injury wasn’t such a bad option.It was September 2014, and Brown was a freshman on the Ellsworth/Sumner football team. The team, which had ended 56 seasons without a football program just two years earlier, was 0-3 and en route to its third winless season in a row.As the team concluded a practice session, Brown and then-teammate Devin Wright were joking with one another as the two walked off the field — “horsing around” as Brown called it. Then, Brown slipped on a muddy patch of grass and broke his ankle.Ellsworth/Sumner football coach Duane Crawford looks on during his team’s evening practice Aug. 17 in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLIn another situation, the injury, which ended Brown’s season, would have been devastating. In this instance, that wasn’t necessarily the case.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Part of me was kind of thankful I broke it,” said Brown, who’s now a junior playing wingback and safety for the Eagles. “[That season] was so frustrating, and it was just hard to keep confidence on that team.”Fast forward three years, and the difference in the Ellsworth/Sumner football team’s attitude couldn’t be more apparent. The Eagles are coming off a 5-3 season and are looking to make another statement in their final season without playoff eligibility before the makes the move from Class D to Class C in 2017.This year, when Brown and his teammates are sweating through two-a-day practices on muggy August days, there’s a sense of capability and attainment. The players direct each other with confidence, and practices move smoothly and efficiently in the buildup to the first game of the season against Mattanawcook Academy on Sept. 2.“I remember when I used to come out and watch the team play in eighth grade, and it’s just so much better [now],” sophomore safety and wide receiver Javon Williams said. “We’re going through the plays like it’s nothing, and that used to take forever. We’ve also picked up the intensity on defense.”In past years, Ellsworth/Sumner would begin each season without a sense of progress. Going three full years without a win left the Eagles with a constant empty feeling, and the improvements coaches and players sought weren’t made very often.Once the team finally got over that hump last year by beating Washington Academy 22-8 in its second game, though, the victories kept coming and the confidence kept building. Now that the Eagles know they can win, their losing past has gradually been forgotten.“For the first time, we aren’t really talking about the years before where we weren’t very good,” Brown said. “We want to think of ourselves as a competitive team in this conference, and that mindset wasn’t really there before.”In the brief few years since the football program’s revival, it’s been hard to paint the team as an opportunity for success. The athletics scene at Ellsworth High School has revolved more around the school’s more successful boys’ soccer and basketball programs, both of which have played in state championship games in recent years.More success on the football field could soon change that. Players on the team noticed more spectators sitting on the hill next to the football stadium last season than in previous ones, and they’ve also earned the respect of the school’s more traditionally successful programs.Ellsworth/Sumner running back Jacob Shorey spins past teammate Keith Jordan during evening practice Aug. 18 in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“It used to be that the soccer players would get all the attention, and we were reminded of that all the time,” senior lineman Keith Jordan said. “Now that we’ve started winning, we’re putting ourselves in that conversation.”Other schools are taking notice, too. In addition to Washington Academy, Ellsworth/Sumner’s other wins in 2015 came against Stearns, Camden Hills, Houlton and Dexter, although the victory after Camden Hills was the result of a forfeit. The Eagles didn’t play Camden Hills or Houlton in 2014, but the other three beat them by a combined 62 points.“Whenever I went to camps, I’d hear kids from the other schools we played say, ‘Hey, you guys did really well last year,’” Williams said. “In past years, we were just a mop-up game. They would throw in whoever they wanted and beat us.”What changed? One positive development was that Wright, whom coach Duane Crawford said was the conference’s top running back, broke through. After a less-than-stellar 2014 season, Wright rushed for over 1,500 yards, including 398 against Houlton. Elsewhere, the Eagles were much improved on the offensive and defensive lines.Yet even though Ellsworth/Sumner will play nine games instead of eight this year, repeating last season’s five-win campaign will be challenging. The Eagles will have to find a replacement for Wright, who graduated in June and will play football at Husson University in Bangor. The team could also face some issues with its roster size if it has to deal with numerous defections and injuries, both of which can become common over the course of a season.“We’re definitely ahead of where we were last year with everything, but we’re thin at all the positions,” coach Duane Crawford said. “We’ve got 28 on the team right now. I was expecting to have in the mid-30s.”Replacing Wright and dealing with depth concerns could determine how successful Ellsworth/Sumner is this year, but the Eagles have endured worse.At the very least, there almost certainly won’t be anyone wishing for a premature end to the season this time around.“I think this is the most confident we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Brown said. “We might not be going to the playoffs, but we’re ready to win, and we’ve proven to ourselves and to everybody that we can.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
Ghana’s women’s 4x100m relay team have qualified for the finals of the 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan.The quartet qualified in 2nd place (44.12s) in a chaotic Heat 2 in which Great Britain and France dropped their batons and did not finish their races; while Canada were disqualified. Nigeria also encountered baton change problems before recovering to finish in a disappointing 4th place and miss out on a place in the finals.Ghana will now qualify for the World Athletics Championships irrespective of their position in the final. They just need to avoid disqualification in the race to qualify.Running in Lane 5, Flings Owusu-Agyapong started Ghana off on the first leg and handed over Gemma Acheampong on the second leg.Persis William-Mensah ran a strong 3rd leg to hold off the challenge from Great Britain but she still handed off to Hor Halutie in 5th position on the anchor leg with the likes of Denmark, France, Great Britain and Canada all ahead of Ghana.While the change over for Ghana was smooth, Britain and France dropped theirs in the final change over and Nigeria struggled with their handover. That allowed Hor to slip through and finish in 3rd with a time of 44.12s, behind Denmark (1st) and Canada (2nd).Canada were then disqualified and Ghana moved into 2nd position and a place the final.Overall, Ghana qualified the slowest, and will now come up against USA, Germany, Brazil, Jamaica, Australia, Italy and Denmark in tomorrow’s final.
One Winning Canadian Ticket Pays $605,997.20 In Friday’s 20 Cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot At Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2020)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot produced a life-changing score on Friday, as one lucky ticket had number three, Best Chance in the day’s eighth and final race and was thus worth $605,997. Best Chance, who was ridden by leading man Joel Rosario, got home on top by 1 ¾ lengths and returned $9.00 to win.The single winning ticket was purchased for $2,048 (Canadian) via a Woodbine Race Course wagering hub, based in Toronto.With a carryover of $366,953 from Monday, there was $114,710 in new money wagered today, creating a total pool of $481,663 U.S., which translates to $605,997.20 in Canadian money.The winning numbers and win payoffs in today’s Rainbow Six, beginning in race three were: R3, (4) $46.00, R4 (5) $13.40, R5 (6) $54.20, R6 (3) $10.00, R7 (4) $15.60 and R8 (3) $9.00.Racing resumes with a nine-race program on Saturday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Two Guyanese, along with five Venezuelans, were on Wednesday nabbed by ranks of G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands) with illegal fuel. They are currently in Police custody assisting with investigations.According to information reaching Guyana Times, a joint operation was conducted by personnel from the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and Police, and around midday they intercepted an unnamed unregistered wooden vessel at the mouth of the Pomeroon River.The vessel was loaded with approximately 100 barrels of gasoline. The captain, along with the other occupants, was arrested.