Renewables produced record 33% of U.K. electricity in third quarter

first_imgRenewables produced record 33% of U.K. electricity in third quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Almost a third of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources between July and September, as wind turbines and solar panels helped achieve a quarterly record for green energy. Major new offshore windfarms connecting to the grid pushed renewables to 33.1% of electricity generation across the quarter, up from 30% the year before.The speed at which green energy projects are being installed has resulted in records tumbling this year. Wind power broke records during the “beast from the east”, which was eclipsed during Storm Diana last month, and again this week when wind generation hit 15GW on Tuesday.The trend is expected to continue next year as more windfarms around the coast near completion. Initial analysis of some recently built offshore projects also shows they are generating more power than expected.Meanwhile, gas and coal slumped to a new low of just over 41.1%, according to official statistics published on Thursday.Low carbon sources of power, which include the country’s eight nuclear power stations, account for 56% of the UK’s electricity supply. The 50% mark was hit only two years ago.More: New offshore windfarms push UK renewables to recordlast_img read more

US narrowing support to seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates, expects them to be free for many

first_imgThe Trump administration aims to narrow its financial support to about seven experimental coronavirus vaccines from the 14 it has been working with so far, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Tuesday.US government officials also said that they expect many Americans to get an approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19 at no charge once it begins distribution, potentially in January.“For any American who is vulnerable, who cannot afford the vaccines, and desires the vaccine, we will provide it for free,” a US government official said during a call with reporters, requesting anonymity. Topics : The Trump Administration previously announced it has put more than $2 billion behind three vaccines in development, one being tested by AstraZeneca Plc along with the University of Oxford, a Moderna Inc candidate and one from Johnson & Johnson. It has also given more than $30 million each to Merck & Co and Sanofi SA for their separate vaccine efforts.A government official said it was still deliberating which companies would ultimately be among those it will support, based on the success of closely watched trials and manufacturing capability.The New York Times reported earlier this month that the White House had selected five companies: Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc, J&J and Merck. center_img The official also said that based on conversations with commercial health insurers, it expects a vaccine to be covered with no out-of-pocket costs, similar to coverage policies insurers have put in place for COVID-19 related medical services.”We will be working with insurers,” the official said.The Trump Administration last month launched “Operation Warp Speed” – a joint HHS and Department of Defense program – to accelerate development of coronavirus vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.The effort has “maximized the possibility” of having a vaccine before year end, the government official said.last_img read more

EPL: Wolves force Arsenal to draw

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal were pegged back for the third time in six days as under-pressure Unai Emery saw his side draw 1-1 with Wolves.A week on from drawing 2-2 against Crystal Palace having gone 2-0 up, as well as losing in the Carabao Cup on penalties to Liverpool having been 4-2 up, Emery’s men were denied again.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, captain in Granit Xhaka’s absence, gave Arsenal the lead on 21 minutes but Raul Jimenez equalised 15 minutes from time.Emery’s team selection was a talking point ahead of kickoff, with Xhaka omitted following his clash with Arsenal fans and Mesut Ozil returning for only his second Premier League appearance of the season.Ozil and Arsenal started nervously, though, as Wolves begun brightly as they camped inside the hosts’ half.But it was Emery’s men who took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half when Alexandre Lacazette found Aubameyang, who coolly slotted home from 12 years to put his side in front.Wolves thought they had equalised just before half time but Matt Doherty’s effort was superbly kept out by Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.Leno was alert to deny Ruben Neves in the second half as Wolves pushed for the all-important equaliser but he could do nothing to deny Jimenez on 75 minutes.Joao Moutinho hooked over a cross and Jimenez rose highest and nodded in to crank up the pressure on Emery. Tags: ArsenalWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Jamaica’s Master Blender Joy Spence to speak at JWOF Empowerment Conference…

first_imgJoy Spence, OD, CD, the first woman to achieve the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry globally, will share her story when she appears as the guest speaker at the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon.This high achiever joins a notable list of empowering women who have graced the JWOF conference stage sharing the hills and valleys of their climb to such prestigious positions.This is the sixth anniversary of this vibrant women’s organization continuing the mission of empowering women through mentorship and education.The event continues to attract large numbers of professionals, students, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs as March is celebrated as International Women’s Month.Joy Spence is the first woman in a traditionally male-dominated position since joining Jamaica’s Appleton Estate, as Chief Chemist in 1981.Her passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor and mentor Master Blender, Owen Tulloch, who retired, then paving the way for her appointment as Master Blender in 1997.However, in this position, Spence said that she faced little resistance within her own company, when given the appointment.With the major task for creating new rum blends, her responsibility is to ensure that all Appleton Estate rum blends meet the high standards that consumers have grown to love and expect – ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends, creating new blends and monitoring the Company’s inventory of aging rum stocks.She has been named The Creator of Fine Rums and Spirits as over the last 20 years, Joy has created some of the finest rums that the world has ever seen.Most recently, Joy created the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend which was released in 2017 to mark her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender.  This rum was voted Rum of the year 2017 by Liquor.com.  The Appleton brand continues to do well on the international market.Empowerment ConferenceThe 5th Annual Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 2019, at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132)The one day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00 p.m.Scheduled events will include a panel of mentors, a silent auction, a day long shopping gallery with unique items, a signature to JWOF events.Powerful Women….Next Generation Scholarship LuncheonFive graduating high school seniors will be awarded the JWOF annual renewable Powerful Women….Next Generation scholarships at the Awards Luncheon.Since its inception in 2014, one awardee has completed an Undergraduate programme in Criminal Justice and Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).JWOF Empowerment Conference PanelistsCorporate leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders will form two panels as they share varied experiences and insights in Transformation and Mentoring.  We will be transformed by the stories related by nutrition and exercise guru, Kamila McDonald; Chief Executive Officer, LASCO Chin Foundation, Professor Rosalea Hamilton; performing artist/writer/producer, Debra Erhardt; and merchandise executive, Sasha Dunn Belizare.The annual conference highlights the culmination of support for upcoming powerful young women.last_img read more