Vattenfall has signed a Framework Agreement with two UK and one Danish company to provide up-tower blade maintenance and repair at the company’s wind farms for a minimum period of two years. The Swedish energy company selected GEV Wind Power, James Fisher Marine Services, and Danish Blade Service to provide the blade maintenance and repair services. The agreement will cover over 900 turbines at 50 wind farms across the UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The sites are located both onshore and offshore. “The UK’s offshore wind industry is world-leading, and will make a crucial contribution to achieving the ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. I’m delighted that these companies will share their services and experience in pursuit of this goal,” Danielle Lane, Vattenfall’s UK Country Manager, said. “The launch of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal in the UK last year has boosted investor confidence, because it defines a number of targets, which are to be achieved by the UK Government and the offshore wind sector. These targets cover offshore wind deployment, creation and security of tens of thousands of jobs, employing a more diverse and skilled workforce, and significant opportunities for UK businesses. Our collaboration with GEV Wind Power and James Fisher Marine Services, both based in the East of England, demonstrates our commitment to enable the untapped potential of UK companies in the renewables sector to be realised, and boosting local employment and economic regeneration.”
11 Jan 2017 New opportunities for women to improve world rankings Women golfers playing in top English scratch events will have new opportunities to improve their world ranking in 2017. Existing 36-hole scratch events have been paired up to create five 72-hole tournaments and competitors will receive World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points. The timings and dates of the existing 36-hole events will not change, but a leaderboard will be created to show overall results for the paired tournaments. Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “We are working hard to increase competitive opportunities for women and girl players in England and this is great news. All the clubs are fully supportive and equally as excited as us about the initiative.” The five 72-hole events for 2017 are: Comboy Leveret – Comboy Scratch at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, on 26 March; and The Leveret at Formby Ladies’, Lancashire, on 1 April. The Gold Rose – Roehampton Gold Cup at Roehampton, Surrey, on 1 April; and the Hampshire Rose at North Hants, Hampshire, on 9 April. Critchley Astor – the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, Surrey, on 23 May; and the Astor Salver at The Berkshire on 7 June. Frilford Jackson – Frilford Heath Scratch, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire on 2 June; and Bridget Jackson Bowl, Handsworth, Warwickshire on 4 July. Birkdale Putter – Pleasington Putter, Pleasington, Lancashire on 12 July; and Royal Birkdale Scratch, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, on 25 August. Caption: Alison Hewson is England’s highest ranked player at 27th in the world (image © Leaderboard Photography).
Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street makes a catch during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)IRVING, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys have signed fifth-round draft pick Devin Street to a four-year contract.Street is a receiver from Pittsburgh, where his 202 career receptions are the most in school history. He was the 146th overall pick earlier this month.With Street signing Friday, the Cowboys have left unsigned only their top three draft picks. All five of their seventh-round draft picks signed during a rookie minicamp last weekend.Unsigned are first-round pick Zack Martin, the offensive tackle from Notre Dame; second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence, a defensive end from Boise State; and fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens, a linebacker from Iowa.
The Nelson Bantam Reps open the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League playoffs Saturday against Castlegar at the NDCC Arena.The game is the first in the first-team-to-four-point series.Game time is 5:45 p.m. The Reps earned the home-ice advantage in the three-game set after edging out the Sunflower City gang by two points in league standings.Nelson finished the season with a 7-5 record while Castlegar was 6-6.Spokane won the league with a 9-3 record but does not qualify to play in B.C. Hockey Provincial playdowns.Game two of the series goes Tuesday in Castlegar at 7 p.m.Game three, if necessary, is scheduled for the NDCC Arena on February 16.
–30– HEAVILY FAVORED TEXAS RED RALLIES FROM LAST TO RUN BIG SECOND DESPITE SLOW PACE ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2015)–Deftly handled by Rafael Bejarano, Lord Nelson sat a close fourth with a quarter mile to run and surged late for a neck victory in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for Derby hopefuls at seven furlongs. Conditioned by Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson got the distance in 1:22.15.Heavily favored Texas Red, who hadn’t run since winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1, was last in a field of six turning for home behind pedestrian splits of 23.08, 45.98 and 1:09.92, split horses two off the rail inside the furlong pole and just missed in a big effort.Breaking from the rail, Bejarano bided his time around the far turn behind a three-horse spread consisting of Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson. Turning for home, Bejarano swung four-wide and overhauled “Red” right on the money.“I had a perfect trip,” said Bejarano. “he broke a little slow but then he took off and I was able to find a position right away. I knew (Serbian Syclone, Jazzy Josh and Sir Samson) were going to have speed so I let them go and tried to save ground around the turn.“I let him go once we were clear…Texas Red was the horse to beat and I was waiting for him. When he came to us I let him go and my horse took off again.”The second choice in the wagering at 9-5, Lord Nelson paid $5.80, $2.60 and $2.20.A Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit out of the Seeking the Gold mare African Jade, Lord Nelson notched his third win from five starts for his owners, the Peachtree Stable. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $249,571.“I was concerned about the one hole, but they were going easy and he was behind them,” said Baffert. “(Bejarano) had him going nice and easy and he went wide and looked like he was sort of hanging. I saw Desormeaux’s horse (Texas Red) coming up the rail and I thought, ‘Well, he’s (Lord Nelson) gone.’ But he sort of kicked back in. Coming up to this race he was training really well, but sometimes they’ll do that and won’t run. But he ran like he’s been working.”Trained by Keith Desormeaux and off at 3-5, Texas Red finished three quarters of a length in front of Sir Samson and paid $2.20 and $2.10.“It’s a little disappointing, you know, ’cause it’s so close to winning, but the long-term goal (Kentucky Derby) is well within reach,” said Desormeaux, who purchased the chestnut son of Afleet Alex on behalf of his owners for $17,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. “The pace was slow. They go faster for maiden 30s ($30,000), so you’d have seen a more visible cut if the pace was quicker. Still to do what he did, you can’t be disappointed.“Right now…he’s probably going to go to the Risen Star (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles at Fair Grounds, New Orleans on Feb. 21), and then we’ll come back for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.”Sir Samson, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was off at 23-1 and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Bench Warrant and Tyler Baze. Sir Samson paid $3.40 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 7, 2015)–Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Gaga A made an auspicious U.S. debut at a mile and a half on grass Sunday at Santa Anita, as the 6-year-old Uruguayan-bred mare sat close to lethargic fractions and outsprinted favored Gas Total to take the $75,000 Possibly Perfect Handicap under Tyler Baze by 1 ¼ lengths. With favored Gas Total sauntering on the lead through splits of 25.91, 50.57, 1:16.50, 1:41.91 and 2:06.35, Gaga A angled off the rail a furlong out and stopped the clock at 2:29.78.Idle since winning a Group III stakes at 1 5/16 miles in France on Nov. 11, Gaga A was off at 6-1 in a field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $15.80, $4.80 and $4.20.“They were walking!” said Drysdale. “A mile in 1:41 and four?…She quickened well which was nice to see. The plan is to take her to Arlington next for the Modesty (Grade III, 1 3/16 miles on July 11).In a racing rarity, owner/breeder Haras Phillipson owns the one-two finishers in the Possibly Perfect and has them with two different trainers (Richard Mandella has Brazilian-bred Gas Total).“Mr. Phillipson has a stud farm in Brazil and a stud farm in Uruguay, but these horses have all come to us from France,” said Drysdale.“Neil got her ready and she was just a dream to ride,” said Baze. “I didn’t really have to steady turning for home but I threaded the needle. She’s a push-button horse to ride. She galloped out well after the wire and she was full of energy. I gave her a nice pat crossing the wire, she threw her ears up and was just having a good time.”Gaga A, who improved her overall record to 29-5-3-5, picked up $46,080 for the win, increasing her career earnings to $273,031.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Gas Total, who came off a second place finish on the main track in the Grade I Vanity Stakes May 9, was the heavy 3-5 favorite and finished 1 ¾ lengths clear of Irish-bred Halljoy. Gas Total paid $2.60 and $2.20.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, HallJoy sat second early and proved third best, finishing a head in front of Customer Base. Off at 9-1, she paid $3.60 to show.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2016)–A close fourth mid-way down the backstretch, favored Tara’s Tango split horses three off the rail coming to the quarter pole and went on to a hard earned half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Martin Garcia, Tara’s Tango outran Yahilwa late and got 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.48.Third, beaten a neck here in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes Jan. 23, Tara’s Tango, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Unbridled’s Song, registered her first graded stakes win in her ninth career start.“I think this is the distance she wants to run, I think she wants two turns,” said Garcia. “She doesn’t have a lot of early speed. I think she prefers to go at her own pace and this distance lets her run at her own pace.”The 9-5 favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Tara’s Tango paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.60.“We thought she could route because she did run against the Eclipse Award winner (3-year-old Filly, Stellar Wind, who beat Tara’s Tango by a nose in Santa Anita’s Summertime Oaks on June 20),” said Hollendorfer. “I was a little distressed when she came away from the gate slower than we wanted her to, but Martin got her into a good position right away…I think one of the key things was that Martin let (Birdatthewire) go, so that he could make his own pace.”Owned and bred by Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Tara’s Tango improved her overall mark to 9-3-3-1. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $318,004.Yahilwa, who came off a third place finish in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles La Canada Stakes on Jan. 16, pressed the pace under Joe Talamo and stayed gamely for the place, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Living The Life. Off at 7-2, Yahilwa paid $3.80 and $2.80.“She ran a helluva race, she really did,” said Talamo. “The plan was to let her break out of there and place herself, which she pretty much did. She ran huge, I mean the winner came to us and she fought back. She did everything but win.Irish-bred Living The Life had the lead into the Club House turn and ran a huge race under Gary Stevens, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Kyriaki. Off at 9-2, Living The Life paid $3.20 to show.The disappointment in the race was Birdatthewire, who was the second choice with Mike Smith at 2-1 and finished a non-threatening fifth.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 46.97, 1:11.45 and 1:37.73.First post time for a nine-race card Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman, and a team of senior ranks visited several areas in and around Georgetown. These include the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) Georgetown Stelling, Stabroek Market Square, Stabroek City Police Outpost, America Street, Croal Street, the route 44 Bus Park, the route 45 Bus Park, the route 47 Bus Park and the Stabroek Police Mobile Outpost where he met with the ranks and encouraged them to remain alert and carry out all of their duties efficiently.A courtesy visit was also made to Fire Chief Marlon Gentle.The Commander and his team meeting with vendors in the Stabroek Market areaIssues and concerns raised by business owners, vendors and members of the public were addressed by the A Division Commander and his team, including robberies committed on vendors and customers around the Stabroek area; the loitering of school children on the various minibus parks; the threatening of vendors by armed robbers when they report matters to the Police; minibuses blocking the entrance to the bazaar of Stabroek Market; private hire car vehicles parking on the bus parks; the requests for the presence of more plain clothes ranks between the hours of 15:00h-20:00h on the bus parks and in and around the Stabroek Market area; better partnership between the Guyana Police Force and the City Police in dealing with crime and a better vendors/stakeholders and Police partnership.The Commander and his team were commended for the visit and they are looking forward for his continuous support.
School desks are being made out of the recycled caps and labels of plastic bottles; 15 double-seater desks made this way have been donated to an inner city Johannesburg primary school.Tania Krain (left), deputy principal of CityKidz Pre- and Primary School, shakes hands with Chandru Wadhwani, joint managing director of Extrupet (right). Also pictured are several learners. (Images supplied)Brand South Africa reporterA class of 30 children at the CityKidz Pre- and Primary School in Johannesburg will start the year with new school desks made out of recycled plastic.The 15 double-seater school desks were delivered on Friday, 1 December 2017 to the school. They were donated by Extrupet, a PET and HDPE bottle recycling company; Petco, the PET plastic recycling company of South Africa; and Ashith Sodha of self-storage facility Akrara.PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is best known as the clear plastic used for water and cold drink bottles. HDPE, high-density polyethylene, has several applications, including packaging for foods and cleaners. It is also used for pipe fittings, trays and hinges.The desks – which look and feel like wood – are made from the caps and labels of plastic bottles that are recycled at Extrupet. They are almost indestructible, but are also comfortable, low maintenance and portable.Earlier last year, the 15 double-seater desks were pledged by Extrupet, Petco and Akrara as part of the Joburg City Clean-up. The pledge was made in an effort to combat the shortage of school desks.Janine Basson, Petco stakeholder relations manager, said the desks met a real need at schools; at the same time, they demonstrated the importance of sustainable waste management and highlighted the great value in so-called “waste” materials in a circular economy.“Petco believes that schools are a critical platform for promoting the understanding of important waste management principles, such as recycling, among young people and at their homes. This is why we are so proud to be making this donation,” said Chandru Wadhwani, Extrupet joint managing director.Wadhwani and Basson called on corporates to respond positively and donate similar desks to schools.Wadhwani said: “Other corporates can make a real and practical contribution to our children’s education and our transition to a circular economy in South Africa by simply donating desks like these to schools. We challenge corporate South Africa to match or exceed these donations.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderAnytime the words “invasive species” are used to describe a new pest, people take notice. That is the hope when it comes to the brown marmorated stink bug. Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University Extension entomologist, hopes farmers will take advantage of the new Stink Bugs pocket guide and quick reference card. The new pocket guide and quick reference cards were produced with funding from the North Central Soybean Research Program and the Ohio Soybean Council and the soybean checkoff. Stink bugs are pests that may decrease soybean yields and quality significantly without proper management. “The good news it this is a manageable pest,” Tilmon said. “Most of our pyrethroid insecticides are effective against stink bugs. The use of organophosphates is not generally recommended.” Stink bugs attack soybeans by inserting their piercing and sucking mouthparts directly into the pod and developing seed. “In essence, they feed on the good stuff that the seed needs to develop,” Tilmon said. “In fields where stink bug infestations are severe, yield losses above 20 bushels per acre have been realized. There has been over a 50% loss in seed quality in those same fields.” From a quality standpoint, pods impacted will appear to be flat where the seeds were fed on. As the pod matures and dries down, those affected seeds will appear shriveled and discolored. Depending on the stage of the soybean at the time of feeding, they may even be aborted. Another concern when it comes to yield is the potential for green stem syndrome. Green stem syndrome occurs when soybean plants stay green at the time when the leaves should be maturing (turning yellow) and dropping to the ground. This results in delayed maturity. The predominant thought is that green stem syndrome is caused by disease, insect feeding (such as stink bugs), and environmental stress during the reproductive stages of the plant. “Awareness of the pest is the first step. You will not typically notice damage by simply walking the field. Scouting involves the use of a sweep net,” Tilmon said. The economic threshold is an average of four stinkbugs in 10 sweeps for commodity soybeans. That threshold drops to an average of two stinkbugs per 10 sweeps if the beans are for seed production. Tilmon recommends scouting when soybeans are at the R3 stage of development to create a baseline. Scouting should continue throughout the remainder of the growing season. There are a variety of problematic stink bugs found in Ohio. “While the brown marmorated stink bug is the invasive species, other common species include the green stink bug, redshouldered stink bug, brown stink bug, dusky stink bug, and onespotted stink bug. All these can cause damage to soybeans,” Tilmon said. Tilmon reminds growers that if a treatment is warranted for stink bugs, to keep in mind that the later we get in the season, pre-harvest intervals could come into play. “Applicators should be sure to check the product label for the respective pre-harvest interval that must be followed,” Tilmon said.There are also beneficial stink bugs in Ohio. The two-spotted stink bug and spined shouldered bug are predatory species. These are the good bugs,” Tilmon said. Currently a good deal of stink bug and general entomology research is being conducted in Ohio and the surrounding states. The North Central Soybean Research Program is funding studies of the various beneficial insects that exist. Parasitoid wasps attach the eggs of stink bugs and ladybugs will feed on the stink bug eggs. Entomologists are investigating the release of beneficial insects found in Asia where the brown marmorated stink bug is native. There is also research being conducted investigating potential soybean variety susceptibility and traits.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.