FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KUT:For the first time ever, wind has surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas. Data released this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows wind created 22 percent of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%.Texas is the largest consumer of coal in the country, according to the Energy Information Administration. But cheap natural gas and renewable energy prices are biting into coal’s market share.Natural gas still continues to produce more electricity than any other source, at 38%. Solar energy accounts for about 1% of electricity here. Daniel Cohan, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Rice University, said that number could slowly tick up.“For several years in a row now, we’ve had almost a doubling of the amount of solar farms in Texas,” he said. “And it looks like we’re set to have a few more doublings ahead. So, Texas is really becoming one of the growth areas for solar after a very slow start.”“It still remains to be seen whether [wind] surpasses coal for the entire year,” he said. July and August are typically the biggest months for coal generation, and coal could pull ahead. “But, so far, it just illustrates the big transition that we’re having away from coal and toward wind power,” he said.More: Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal so far this year Wind generation tops coal in Texas for first six months of 2019
This Carolina roots rock band thrives on the road…Just looking at the tour schedule of Big Daddy Love is exhausting. The North Carolina-based roots rock crew hits the road with reckless abandon, typically playing shows in front of growing crowds four or five nights a week.Since forming in 2009, the group has been turning heads at festivals and underground music haunts in the Southeast. An energetic sound the band self-dubbed “Appalachian Rock” mingles gritty electric blues guitar licks with mountain-bred banjo rolls. It’s an Americana amalgamation that can move in a number of versatile directions: the airy newgrass of Carolina favorites Acoustic Syndicate, the gonzo punch of Colorado slam-grassers Leftover Salmon, or even a distorted Southern-flavored blitz in the vein of the Allman Brothers Band.When the band first emerged, there was immediate success, including a win at FloydFest’s “Under the Radar” contest in 2010, but a line-up shuffle threatened to thwart the early momentum.In the past two years, though, the band—formed in Sparta but now primarily calling Winston-Salem home—has solidified a new roster, adding guitarist and songwriter Scott Moss, as well as drummer Scotty Lewis, who joined founding banjo player Brian Swenk, bassist Ashley Sutton, and guitarist Joe Recchio. Things are back on track.“We’ve really started finding the pocket with each other,” said Swenk. “The playing is as good as anything we’ve ever known.”The songbook and hearty vocals of Moss, who replaced original lead singer Daniel Smith in 2012, has particularly given the band a revived spark.“His songwriting is growing with our comfort level and all of us are willing to try new things,” Swenk continued. “We’re not relying on bluegrass as much as we used to. We’re incorporating some country rockers and blues songs—finding different grooves.”On last year’s live album, Live at Ziggy’s, the band harnessed the seasoned precision of its 200-shows-a-year touring ethic into an impressive sampling of its dynamic performances. Fist-pumping originals including opener “Nashville Flood” mix with twangy takes on interesting covers like Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street.”More fresh material is on the way. Earlier this year the band recorded a new album at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, N.Y. The upcoming effort could be released as early as this summer on the small North Carolina label Little King Records, which put out Syndicate’s early albums. As the first studio output with the new line-up, the Big Daddy Love band members decided to call the album This Time Around, named after a song Moss brought to the table late in the recording session. “As soon as we heard the phrase, we realized it fit us on so many levels,” Swenk said.Before the album surfaces, the band will continue traversing the country, earning more fans one show at a time. The group has found support in the Northeast and Rocky Mountains, but in June the tour docket lists familiar cities in the South: Wilmington, Savannah, Charleston, and Johnson City.“It’s fun to find the little pockets of coolness where people really appreciate us coming,” Swenk said. “We’re discovering a lot of brand new favorite places, many that are unexpected small towns. We’d much rather play for a smaller crowd that appreciates every note than a bigger crowd that’s just there for the bar scene.”
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Stronger togetherWhile COVID-19 patients and suspected carriers have often been stigmatized, some residents of Central Jakarta have reached out to help three siblings in their neighborhood who were left without their parents as a result of COVID-19.The siblings were left alone after their mother was quarantined by health authorities in the wake of her husband’s death and burial according to COVID-19 safety protocols.Meanwhile, some Jakartans have decided not to participate in mudik to protect their loved ones in their hometowns. Members of the LGBT community in Manado, North Sulawesi, raised funds and distributed aid to elderly people and others affected by the outbreak.Read also: Video: A Ramadan like never beforeA friend in need is friend indeedForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia had received US$3 million and medical supplies from the United States for COVID-19 relief. US President Donald Trump also promised President Jokowi that he would send ventilators once the equipment was ready.South Korea sent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits to Indonesia as part of the country’s US$500,000 in-kind grant to help Indonesia battle the outbreak.More local initiatives to support the treatment of COVID-19 patients and expedite COVID-19 testingAs a greater number of ventilators has become necessary to treat COVID-19 patients, the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and the Padjadjaran University Medical School in West Java have worked together to produce the equipment. A new batch of ventilators is expected to ship soon as they have met the Health Ministry’s general safety criteria.Diponegoro National Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, launched the first drive-through PCR testing location for COVID-19 in Central Java – allowing people to have samples taken and tested without getting out of their vehicles.Researchers at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta created a swab chamber to protect medical workers taking samples from patients to help lessen the adverse effects of the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE).Read also: Staying positive: A roundup of good COVID-19-related newsLight at the end of the tunnelBecause the government has banned this year’s mudik and imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some regions, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has predicted the outbreak will end in June. The association considers the policies sufficient to break the chain of transmission in the country.A bright future for the country’s economy may also be on the horizon as surveys have shown that more than half of Indonesians are optimistic about the economy’s outlook and expect to spend more after the pandemic.The outbreak may also provide an opportunity for certain business to flourish.As patients recover, the Earth does tooAs Jakartans have been trying to stay home, the capital has seen clearer skies. Even nearby mountains have become visible from the city. Authorities have reported that the air quality has improved since the policy was imposed in late March.The outbreak has reignited calls to stop the wildlife trade, which has been a hotbed of zoonotic disease transmission, including in Indonesia. Environmental authorities have also been working around the clock during the pandemic to preserve Indonesia’s biodiversity.Topics : It has been almost two months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in the country, which has since been gripped by fear as the outbreak continues to grow.A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout the archipelago when the government decided to ban this year’s Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to curb the transmission of the disease.That was not the only good news this week. The Jakarta Post has compiled some additional positive stories to provide a dose of optimism amid the outbreak:
Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today – Saturday March 4.The latest Urbis Market Outlook for Chermside reveals the current population is forecast to grow by 7,695 new residents between now and 2036.“Strong population growth coupled with increasing employment is expected to continue to drive residential dwelling demand in the Chermside catchment,” Mr Honeycombe said.Ray White City Precinct director of project and investment sales Elisa McMahon said she was expecting the project to particularly appeal to downsizers.“Eight on Thomas is a project that presents downsizers with the opportunity to enjoy the convenience of apartment living without compromising space, comfort and high quality finishes,” she said.“Being only 45 metres to the Chermside bus interchange and just 90m from the Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre, Eight on Thomas really does make for the perfect location.”Eight on Thomas has a resort-style landscaped pool and a residents-only recreation deck and private lounge. The grand opening is taking place today at the Eight on Thomas Sales and Information Centre from 10am to 4pm, at 8 Thomas Street, Chermside. Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today – Saturday March 4.“Chermside offers a wealth of lifestyle amenity and connectivity, the area is one of the largest employment nodes on the north side and, being situated only 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, it’s the ideal location for both first home buyers and downsizers,” Mr Honeycombe said.“Honeycombes prides itself on being innovative and reacting to market conditions. At Eight on Thomas, we identified a gap in the market for a two-bedroom plus multipurpose room apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Not only did we include this unique apartment type in our mix, but when inquiry and demand for it spiked we reconfigured the project to offer more.”The complex is directly across the road from Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre which is undergoing a $355 million redevelopment set to make it the largest shopping centre in Queensland. Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today with downsizers in their sights.THE market is talking and developers are listening with the launch of Eight on Thomas at Chermside today, offering two and three-bedroom plus size apartmentsDeveloped by Honeycombes Property Group the 12 storey complex offers 104 one, two and three-bedroom apartments above a ground floor and mezzanine retail level, with construction expected to start midyear.Honeycombes Property Group managing director Peter Honeycombe said the project ticked all of the boxes, including location, generous apartment sizing, resident amenity and quality finishes.
The situation poses a risk of supply chains being logjammed as ships without crews won’t be able to sail. The Philippines opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders, helping alleviate the crew change crisis that has left hundreds of seafarers stranded at sea. The circular covers seafarers, licensed manning agencies, shipping companies, airlines and other entities involved in facilitating the travel of seafarers for purposes of crew change and repatriation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Joint Circular will facilitate the creation of controlled travel corridors to open the Philippines for people-to-people and economic exchange and stimulate the country’s economy amidst its ongoing bout against the pandemic. Image Courtesy: Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs The country is known for being the world’s largest crew supplier to the international shipping industry. By the end of June, DFA managed to repatriate over 59,000 overseas Filipinos from sea-based and land-based positions from across the globe who were stranded due to lockdown restrictions. “We need to address the situation of the world’s seafarers without whom there would be no shipping and who ensure the maintenance of global supply chains,” the Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said. It sets the minimum standards and process flows for each applicable scenario that all stakeholders should follow to facilitate the speedy and safe conduct of crew change or repatriation. It also aims to complement the existing standard health and safety protocols. “With these guidelines, we are answering the call of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the maritime industries, to put in place a framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we are doing more.” The travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spreading of the COVID-29 virus has affected around 400,000 seafarers, with 200,000 workers who have overrun their contracts and are currently stranded on ships, and another 200,000 are at shore, waiting to start their tours of duty, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). This also intends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for both Filipino and foreign seafarers whether inbound, outbound or transiting during crew change or repatriation The repatriation of crews is being faciliatetd by the signing of a Joint Circular, an effort led by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, which has been working hard over the past few months to repatrate thousands of its sailors. The Joint Circular, which took effect upon signing on July 2, is created by the Philippine government to ensure that seafarers are accorded speedy and safe travel, subject to health protocols mandated by the Philippine government, including safe and swift disembarkation and crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Press Association The 35-year-old will make his 737th and final Reds appearance against QPR on Sunday before moving into television punditry next season. However, Werner said the club would welcome back Carragher’s experience with open arms. “We wish Jamie well in his new career and the door will always be open for him at Liverpool,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “I really hope we see him back at the club one day because with all that experience and knowledge we know he has so much to offer. “Whether it’s as a coach, an analyst or whatever, there will always be a job for him here. “We hoped he would play on for another season but we fully respect his decision to retire. “He wants to leave the party before the last call and I understand that. “I have nothing but admiration for him – both on and off the field. “It’s a big challenge to try to replace him. He’s a unique individual and I think finding another player just like him will be impossible.” Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has promised Jamie Carragher there will always be a job for him at the club after he retires as a player this weekend.
United boss Van Gaal is under heavy pressure at Old Trafford after a sequence of poor results and an even longer spell of uninspiring performances. Jose Mourinho – who left Chelsea last week – has been heavily tipped as a potential successor should United decide to sack the veteran former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Holland manager. And Hughes, a revered former United striker, could turn up the heat even more if his Stoke team condemn Van Gaal’s men to a fourth successive loss on Boxing Day. Hughes said: “I said last week when Jose lost his role that no-one is immune. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the game previously, and his record as a top-line manager is exceptional, you have to win football matches. “He has been in the game a long, long time and he knows better than most if the results and perception is you are not doing particularly well, you come under pressure. He understands that. We all do.” United have lost their last three games in all competitions and not won in six – a run which has seen them eliminated from the Champions League and slip to fifth in the Barclays Premier League. The team were booed off after losing to Norwich on Saturday and Hughes is well aware of the expectations fans have at United. He said: “I think with all Man United teams there is a responsibility and an onus on the players to go out and perform and play like Man United players, and understand what the demands of being part of a big club like Man United entail. “There’s a responsibility to entertain, I would suggest. That’s always been the Manchester United way. It’s always been woven into the fabric of the club and the teams that have put the shirt on. It’s a huge demand to play for Manchester United and a lot of players can’t deal with it. “People go to United in numbers and if the level of performance isn’t correct then they will let their feelings be known.” Mark Hughes does not expect Louis van Gaal’s reputation to save him if his Manchester United side continue to under-perform. This season is the third of relative under-achievement at Old Trafford since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. Adding to the pressure could be the number of former United players, from the glory years under Ferguson, who are now commenting on the current side as media pundits. Hughes, speaking at a press conference, said: “People at Man United know that they’re in a period of transition since Sir Alex left, and that they’re on a different cycle now. “A lot of key players that were there for many years are still around the place but obviously not on the field of play, so that’s having an impact as well. “A lot of things are changing and these periods of success are a cycle, and when it’s closed somebody else starts a cycle. United might have to wait to get back to the level they were at before.” Press Association
ON the strength of a record-breaking year in one-day cricket, David Warner has been honoured as Australia’s foremost cricketer by winning the Allan Border Medal for the second consecutive year.Warner polled an overall tally of 269 votes cast across all three (Test, ODI and T20I) formats by his fellow players as well as umpires and media representatives to finish ahead of his skipper Steve Smith (248) and fast bowler Mitchell Starc (197).Despite enduring a comparatively lean 12 months in the Test arena – Warner went almost a year without scoring a Test century and failed to reach 70 in five matches played outside Australia. – he polled heavily in the ODI format where he scored seven centuries during the voting period, spanning early January 2016 to 7 January this year, which is a new record for an Australia batter in 50-over internationals.Eclipsing the five that Ricky Ponting scored in the 2003 calendar year, Warner was also named ODI Player-of-the-Year, as was expected, given his exploits against the white ball, although the fact that he had not previously earned that honour was as remarkable as his recent ball striking.He becomes the fourth player to have his name engraved on the Border Medal more than once, joining four-time winners Ricky Ponting (2004-7 and 2009), and Michael Clarke (2005, 2009 and 2012-13) and Shane Watson (2010-11).Warner was the second-highest runs-scorer across all three formats during the voting period, with 2 420 runs at 46.54 which was exceeded only by Smith’s 2 489 at 52.96 from one more international appearance.He has now won four separate awards at the annual Allan Border presentation, held this year at Star Sydney.In addition to Australian cricket’s top individual honour, Warner has been awarded Test Player-of-the-Year, ODI Player-of-the-Year and Bradman Young Cricketer-of-the-Year.Perhaps surprisingly, Warner has yet to add his name to the list of winners in the T20 International game which was where he first made his name in Australia colours as a top-order thrasher in 2009.However, he joins the select group of Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Ponting, Smith and Watson to have earned the Test and ODI Player-of-the-Year honours as well as the Border Medal.Fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named Australia’s Test player of 2016 and all-rounder Shane Watson took the Twenty20 award in his final year of playing for his country.Perhaps due to his lack of dominance in the Test arena during the middle of the year, it was thought that Warner might finish behind Smith in the final voting.As he felt after winning the award for the first time last year: “I was totally surprised and shocked, I thought Steve Smith would have taken it out, he’s had a great 12 months,” Warner said when he was named the 2016 Border Medallist.“I’m humbled and honoured to receive the award and I think it will sink in during the next week or so when I have some time to reflect on it.”