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EOWDC Delivers First Power

EOWDC Delivers First Power

first_imgSource: VattenfallVattenfall’s 93.2MW European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) has generated its first power.The first out of a total of 11 recently installed turbines exported the first power to the National Grid on 1 July via 66kV subsea cabling.This is the first time cabling of this capacity has been installed on a commercial offshore wind project in Scotland, Vattenfall said, emphasizing that in comparison to conventional 33kV cabling, less inter-array cabling is required leading to reduced construction cost.“We have overcome major engineering and technical challenges to achieve first power on the cutting edge EOWDC thanks to the collective expertise of Vattenfall, and our contractors MHI Vestas, Boskalis and Murphy. Our priority now is to fully commission the windfarm safely throughout the summer,” Adam Ezzamel, Vattenfall’s EOWDC Project Director, said.“First power from EOWDC reinforces North-east Scotland’s status as Europe’s energy capital and will help establish the region as an international centre for offshore wind generation.” According to the Swedish energy company, over 21km of cabling has been installed from the offshore wind project in the Aberdeen Bay to Blackdog Substation.EOWDC, also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, comprises nine MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines and two MHI Vestas turbines with a record-breaking capacity of 8.8MW.Apart from generating electricity, the wind farm will be a centre for testing and developing new technologies for offshore wind power.last_img read more

The next marriage redefinition? Massachusetts lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting their first child (Video)

The next marriage redefinition? Massachusetts lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting their first child (Video)

first_imgLifeSiteNews 24 April 2014Three “married” lesbians in Massachusetts have announced they are expecting the first of several children intended for their polygamous union. But marriage advocates say the story confirms their warnings about the slippery slope created by redefining marriage and granting legal privileges based on a self-identified characteristic like sexual orientation.The three women – Doll, 30; Brynn, 32; and Kitten, 27 – are not legally married to all the members of the polyamorous coupling, something not permitted under state or federal law.Brynn and Doll have been together since 2009. However, it is Brynn and Kitten who were legally “married” in a ceremony last August; Doll was “handfasted” to both.“We had specialist lawyers draw up paperwork so our assets are equally divided,” Brynn said.They consider themselves a “throuple.” Brynn said, “I like to think of us as a romantic committee.”The idea for the ceremony, culminated when each of their fathers walked them down the aisle, came from Kitten. “Marriage had always been an important symbol of commitment for me,” she said.After the ceremony, the three set up house and divided chores, with Brynn working a 40-hour week to bring home the money, Doll cooking, and Kitten cleaning the house. And bearing the children.Kitten announced that she had used IVF to become pregnant by an anonymous sperm donor. She hopes to bear three children, one for each of the mothers. She expects to deliver the first in July.Until it occurred, proponents of same-sex “marriage” dismissed the argument that gay “marriage” would undermine monogamy. But Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of The Ruth Institute, said she was not surprised to learn of the trio. “We have been saying for some time that once you remove the gender requirement there is no reason for marriage to be confined to only two people,” Dr. Morse told LifeSiteNews.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-next-marriage-redefinition-massachusetts-lesbian-throuple-expecting-thelast_img read more

Cricket News England women’s cricket team end Australia juggernaut, win final Twenty20 International match

Cricket News England women’s cricket team end Australia juggernaut, win final Twenty20 International match

first_imghighlights Australia won the Ashes contest 12-4 to retain the Urn.Australia swept the ODIs 3-0 and drew the Test match.Australia won the first two Twenty20 Internationals. New Delhi: Heading into the final Twenty20 International of the Women’s Ashes contest between England and Australia, there was plenty at stake for the hosts who were desperate to snap their losing streak. Australia, on the other hand, looked to continue their dominance and end their tour on the ultimate high having already retained the Ashes. However, their chances of a 3-0 sweep were halted after a disciplined bowling performance from Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone and Mady Villiers helped England withstand yet another fifty from Ellyse Perry and win the final Twenty20 International by 17 runs. Australia retained the Ashes with a 12-4 scoreline but the hosts ended the series on a high. Australia chose to bowl against England but the hosts got off to an aggressive start with Danielle Wyatt scoring quickly. However, England lost Tammy Beaumont to Jess Jonassen but Heather Knight continued the good work. Although England lost Natalie Sciver, they continued to find the boundary on a regular basis. Laura Winfield and Katherine Brunt found the boundary on a regular basis to help England reach 139/5. In response, Allysa Healy began aggressively and continued her good run but Australia lost Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning in succession. Healy’s departure saw a flood of wickets with the middle order folding up against the spin of Ecclestone and Villiers. No batter reached double figures with only Ellyse Perry keeping the fight going for Australia. The Australian all-rounder, who recently became the first individual in Twenty20 cricket to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in this format, blasted a six and a four off Villiers. Perry went past her fifty and smashed yet another six off Jonassen but two wickets in the same over killed the contest and Australia ended up losing the match by 17 runs. Speaking after the match, Australia skipper Meg Lanning was disappointed with the loss but praised the side for the dominance shown. “Very proud of the group as to how we’ve performed throughout the series, when the series was on the line were able to perform at our best, which is nice.” England skipper Heather Knight said it was nice to get a consolation win.Also Read | Cricketer suffers flu, nausea in Women’s Big Bash League final but still helps the side to the title”They’ve outplayed us, they’ve won the key moments in the start of that series and then the momentum in the series was very hard to change. I’m really proud of how the girls stuck together,” Knight remarked.Also Read | Five runs needed off one ball – See this dramatic finish in Women’s Big Bash LeagueWith Australia’s women retaining the Ashes, the onus will be on the men’s team to emulate their feat as Australia aim to break an 18-year jinx in England.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Silver the medal of the day for Neptune swimmers at the Kootenay Regionals

Silver the medal of the day for Neptune swimmers at the Kootenay Regionals

first_imgMatthew Holitzki in Division two boys won silver in 50-meter breaststroke (time: 47.13) and bronze in 50-meter backstroke (time: 51.61).Madeline Holitzki, swimming in Division one girls, won silver in 100-meter IM  (time: 1:47.62), silver in 50-meter butterfly (time: 50.23), silver 50-meter backstroke (time: 51.10) and gold in 50-meter breaststroke (time: 47.13 PQT).Sage Cowan, competing in Division four girls won three gold in 100-meter backstroke (time: 1:22.53) and 100-meter freestyle (time: 1:12.69) and 200-meter IM (time: 2:51.14) before finishing with silver in 50-meter freestyle (time: 32.71).Olivia Cowan, in Division three girls won silver in 100 meter IM (time: 1:26.54).In Division five girls, Emma Borhi won silver in 100-meter backstroke (time: 1:21.38) and two bronze medals in 200-meter IM (3:05.98) and 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:34.35).Joanna Blishen in Division four girls won silver in 50-meter butterfly (time: 38.66) and 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:36.44).Coach Afford, in Division seven girls, took four silver medals in 200-meter IM (time: 2:51.50 PQT), 50-meter freestyle (time: 30.48), 50-meter butterfly (time: 34.86) and 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:25.37 PQT).“It was a really rewarding experience for me to see how the work that we have all put in resulted in some outstanding races and such great improvements in their swimming,” Afford explained.“Elissa Centrone swam fanatically this weekend taking 6.24 seconds off of her 100m freestyle, 5.54 seconds off of her 50-meter breaststroke, and 10.64 seconds off of her 100-meter IM.“Jaylen Ruston also got a great best time taking 4.69 seconds off in her 100-meter IM and broke the regional record but was unfortunately was disqualified.”The Neptunes are nowhere near the team that dominated the Kootenay swim scene for years.However, Afford was able to get the best out of the small numbers that signed up for the program in the spring.And she the season prepares the swimmers for their future. If the price of silver continues to rise as metal experts predict, then there’s going to be some pretty happy Nelson Neptune swimmers.The local swim team took home more than 15 medals of the silver variety at the Kootenay Regional Swim Championship Sunday in Colville, Washington.The results mean Neptune swimmers have the opportunity to compete in at least 15 events at the upcoming B.C. Swim Championships later this month in Nanaimo.“This meet was not only a great weekend to end the season for most of the swimmers because of the times that they were swimming, but also they had a really great time racing and spending time together as a cohesive group,” Nelson coach Rebecca Afford said of the small by numbers but big in heart Neptune squad.“We had a small turn out which made it possible for us to go out for dinner as a team which we never really get the chance to do especially at meets.”The Regional Championship is run in a slightly different way than regular season meets.Top three medals are awarded for each race and those swimmers earn spots on the regional team that will compete in Nanaimo August 17-19.Jaylen Rushton in Division one girls captured gold in the 50-meter butterfly (time: 48.78 PQT), silver in 50-meter breaststroke (time: 53.91PQT), and silver in the 100-meter freestyle (time: 1:34.67)(PQT stand for “provincial qualifying time” which is the time that is faster than the average eighth place finish time over the last five years at the provincial championship meet.)In Division four boys, Samuel Matthew captured silver in 200-meter individual medley (time: 2:46.11), silver in 50-meter butterfly – (time: 35.13), silver in 100-meter backstroke (time: 1:21.15) and silver in 100-meter breaststroke (time: 1:23.57 PQT).last_img read more