TenneT Rolls Out IJmuiden Ver Record-Breaker

first_imgTenneT is set to deploy two 2GW direct current connections for the IJmuiden Ver offshore wind zone in the Netherlands, the first ever time this capacity is to be used.Illustration of a 2GW connection. Source: TenneTThe connection will see two 525kV cables used, which allows lower costs, smaller space requirements and fewer routes on land, TenneT said.According to the transmission system operator, the offshore converters and turbines at IJmuiden Ver, located some 80km from the coast, will not be visible from land.BLIX Consultancy also deemed an island-hub network as technically and economically feasible, however it was concluded that it could not be operational in time.Namely, as the Dutch company said, the island-hub would take until 2028 to be constructed with risks of further delays and additional costs, which is not in line with the country’s 2030 wind energy roadmap.Ultimately, BLIX found that the direct current platforms with a 2GW capacity are the most attractive in terms of costs, risks and planning.“Building an innovative island-hub brings a greater uncertainty of delay in the planning phase then building a well-known direct current platform,” said Mark de la Vieter, Researcher of BLIX Consultancy.“Therefore a direct current platform fits within the ambitions of the national government’s need for speed. I predict that in the longer term island-hubs will be part of our Dutch electrical infrastructure at sea.”The 4GW IJmuiden Ver is one of three sites identified by the Dutch Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. The three sites have a combined capacity of 6.1GW and are expected to help the Netherlands reach the target of 11.5GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.The wind farms at the sites are expected to be commissioned between 2024 and 2030.last_img read more

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Gay adoption a step too far – John Roughan

first_imgNZ Herald 2 June 2012It’s children, not parents – straight or homosexual – who are importantGay adoption has always seemed to me to be a step too far.Marriage, sure. A couple’s genuine commitment is worthy of legal recognition. But adoption puts a child in the front line of a social challenge. I’m not sure that is fair.It is not clear what sort of parentage was envisaged when the National Party’s northern conference voted last weekend for gay couples in a civil union to be legally entitled to adopt, or precisely what is in a bill that Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says she has been working on with the Greens’ Kevin Hague.It might go no further than to let a woman be a legal parent of a child born to her partner, which would be a fine thing to do. But in the name of gender equality it probably would allow a male couple to be legal parents too.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10810169last_img read more

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Women poorer, men lonelier after divorce – study

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 24 July 2012WOMEN’S household incomes suffer more than men’s after divorce, but it takes men longer to recover emotionally, a study has found. The joint research, led by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, also highlights the significant impact divorce has on the financial assets of divorcees, which leads to many requiring greater government support in later life. The research – to be presented at the institute’s conference in Melbourne later this week – shows the household income after divorce declined for women, but not for men. In fact, while women’s household income dropped significantly, particularly in the first year after divorce, males’ income continued to rise. While the research showed some women were able to return to their pre-divorce income after six years through re-partnering, increased labour force participation and government benefits, this was not the case for divorced women with dependent children, who found it more difficult to combine paid work with family responsibilities.… The study – which also looked at the emotional wellbeing of divorcees – revealed that men reported greater feelings of isolation and loneliness than women, even up to six years after divorce. After two years of divorce, 24 per cent of men said they felt isolated, compared with 12 per cent of women. After six years, more men (19 per cent) than women (12 per cent) still reported feelings of isolation. Meanwhile, 35 per cent of men reported feeling ”very lonely” two years after divorce, compared with 25 per cent of women and after six years, 26 per cent of men still reported loneliness compared with 20 per cent of womenhttp://www.theage.com.au/national/women-poorer-men-lonelier-after-divorce-20120723-22kpd.htmllast_img read more

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Michael O’Neill keen for Kyle Lafferty to play more club football

first_img Lafferty scored seven times in nine games to help his country qualify for Euro 2016 – their first major tournament in 30 years – but has seen his club career stall at Norwich. Despite his heroics on the international stage he has managed only two substitute appearances for the Canaries all season. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has welcomed interest in star striker Kyle Lafferty. Press Association The 28-year-old remains key to O’Neill’s plans next summer and managed 54 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 friendly win over Latvia despite suffering an upset stomach. But his lack of game time has had a clear effect on his sharpness and with Leeds having registered an interest in taking Lafferty on loan, O’Neill is hoping that will soon change. Asked if he had discussed Leeds with the striker, O’Neill said: “I’ve had absolutely no involvement in that at all, but the most important thing for me is that Kyle gets playing. “It’s a hard situation. It’s November now and he hasn’t started a game for his club. That’s not an easy situation to deal with. “I thought he did extremely well given the circumstances. “But there’s no secret and he knows it himself, to be at his best he needs to be playing. “That applies to any player and I know that personally. There were times I played internationally when I wasn’t playing for my club and it’s a very difficult situation for a player to find themselves in.” Captain Steven Davis was the match-winner at Windsor Park, converting from close range after his initial header had been well saved. Having scored twice in the history-making win over Greece last month, he now has eight Northern Ireland goals to his name and five for club and country this season. Like so many of his team-mates, the Southampton midfielder has seen lean times in a green shirt but he admits things are currently better than ever. “It has been the best year in my career as a Northern Ireland player and it was fantastic to end it on a high with another win,” he said. “I have always said that I love playing in front of our fans at Windsor. They have always been great to me and they gave the team fantastic backing again. To get the standing ovation at the end was really special. “It was nice to score again but I won’t be getting too carried away. It was a great ball from Craig Cathcart and I got the rebound in. I had another few chances as well but to score again was great.” O’Neill’s side are now eight matches unbeaten and could find themselves moving to a new record high in the FIFA rankings when the standings update. They are currently 29th in the world, with a previous best of 27th under Lawrie Sanchez. “We wanted to keep the momentum going and keep that intensity and desire in our play,” said Davis. “We knew going into the game we were on a good run and we knew that the last Northern Ireland team to go unbeaten in eight matches was 30 years ago so we wanted to match that. “We will all keep in touch over the course of the next few months before we meet up again in March. “Now it is important now that everyone does well for their club. We want everyone to be coming into games next year with good fitness and feeling confident.” last_img read more

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Louis van Gaal claims 2015 was “a very good year” and targets title in 2016

first_imgLouis van Gaal believes 2015 should largely be regarded as “a very good year” for Manchester United despite their current woes. United are out of the Champions League and in the middle of their worst run for 26 seasons, but the United manager thinks it would be wrong to judge the year based on their displays in December. After a dour 0-0 draw against PSV and a stalemate against Leicester, United began the month with a goalless encounter against West Ham. Press Association Defeats against Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and Wolfsburg followed – as well as another goalless draw against Chelsea – and all of a sudden United were nine points behind leaders Arsenal in sixth position. United may be ending the year on a low point, but after guiding the club to fourth last season and adding more “balance” to the squad in the summer, Van Gaal believes the team has moved forward over the last 12 months. “When you don’t assess December it was a very good year, 2015,” said the United manager, who has spent more than £250million since taking over 18 months ago. “But you cannot do that because a year has 12 months. “I think we have fulfilled the wish and our aim in the first season and after that we have managed to give balance to the team and that resulted in November we were first. “Then we are out of the Champions League and that gives us a big blow.” Those comments may not go down well with the United fans who voiced their concerns about Van Gaal and his style of play long before December. Some United supporters have booed their team off and implored them to attack during matches after becoming annoyed at the ponderous, possession-based style often on display at Old Trafford. Despite United’s poor form, Van Gaal still has his eyes on the title. “We need to win because at the end of the season I want to be top, not middle,” Van Gaal said. Although United failed to beat Chelsea on Monday, the team’s performance in the goalless stalemate was encouraging enough to prevent a fan revolt and save the manager. Van Gaal admits the pressure is still on him, however, as he cannot afford for the likes of Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester City and Tottenham to break away. Van Gaal added: “We have to get points otherwise the gap is too big and that is why we have to do what we have to do. “We have to work, prepare the game, perform and then evaluate the game again. That is of course much more difficult when you don’t win than when you win.” The pressure on Van Gaal will increase if United fail to beat Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday. “You have to show it for 90 minutes against the resistance of the opponent and also under the pressure of the environment and the pressure you put yourself under,” said Van Gaal, who has lost all three games against Swansea since becoming United manager. “And you have to cope with that. “I was three times lost against Swansea, and then you have to evaluate why you lost. It is always like that, then you continue with the same vicious circle of working. “There is no magic, it is looking at what has happened and what can improve, as a team but also as an individual player.” Jesse Lingard remains a doubt for the game on Saturday. last_img read more

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Kyle Naughton cleared to face Watford after red card is scrapped

first_img “A claim of wrongful dismissal for Naughton in relation to Swansea City’s game against Sunderland on Wednesday 13 January 2016 was upheld.” Both Curtis and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce criticised referee Graham Scott’s decision to send off Naughton in what was the Oxfordshire official’s only fourth Barclays Premier League game. Naughton will now be available for Monday’s home game with Watford and Curtis has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he attempts to win for only the second time as Swansea manager. Provisional squad: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Ki, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Bartley, Tabanou, Grimes, Montero, Barrow, Eder, Kingsley. Press Association Naughton was sent off in the first half of the 4-2 defeat for a challenge on Black Cats midfielder Yann M’Vila, although television replays showed the defender had clearly won the ball. ” Kyle Naughton’s 3-match suspension for serious foul play withdrawn with immediate effect following Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,” the Football Association posted on their official Twitter account on Friday. center_img Swansea have won their appeal against the red card Kyle Naughton received at home to Sunderland on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Ajax ‘Confident, Fit and Eager’ for Spurs Match

first_imgAjax upset Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semifinal with a fast, attacking style of play, and initially dominated Tottenham in their 1-0 away win last week.But the Dutch team, which features several players polished in the club’s famed academy, struggled in the second half in London as Tottenham increased the pressure on their defence.“Our minds were a bit too much on defending the lead”, Ten Hag said. “But it was also a show of strength by Spurs. It showed we have to cross another frontier on Wednesday. But we are confident we can do it. We are fit and we are eager.”Ten Hag said his team had no injuries following Sunday’s Cup Final win against Willem II Tilburg, although it was not yet clear whether Brazilian forward David Neres could start the match.Ajax’s first domestic cup win since 2010 did not interfere with preparations for tonight’s match, the coach said.“The players were happy, but you could see they immediately turned their focus to Wednesday’s match. Everyone knows what this is about.”Four-time European champions Ajax are looking to reach their first Champions League final since 1996. Many pundits have suggested it has become impossible for Dutch teams to compete with their much wealthier English, Spanish and Italian peers, but Ten Hag is ignoring them.“A few people who knew this level of success said it would still be possible for a Dutch team to reach the Champions League final; people like Johan Cruijff, Louis van Gaal and (Ajax director) Marc Overmars”, Ten Hag said.“It’s up to us on Wednesday to prove them right.”Ajax defender Daley Blind said he had never expected his return to Ajax last summer, after four years at Manchester United, would turn out to be so exciting.“The team has grown tremendously in many aspects this year,” the 29-year old son of former European cup winner and Ajax Captain Danny Blind said.“This really is a team effort, and I am proud to be part of it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CHAMPIONS LEAGUEA fully fit Ajax Amsterdam will focus on its attacking strengths in their Champions League semifinal second leg against Tottenham Hotspur tonight despite a draw being enough to take them to the final, Coach Erik ten Hag announced yesterday.“We need to win this match tomorrow (Wednesday), that will be our mindset”, Ten Hag said a pre-match press conference. “We have to stick to our own strengths.”last_img read more

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Sumaila set to leave Sundowns as offers pour in from France, Belgium

first_imgGhana defender Rashid Sumaila is set to leave South African side Mamelodi Sundowns after receiving offers from France, Russia and Belgium for the centre-back.Belgian giants Standard Liege are among the clubs interested in the defender who is out-of-favour at the South African club.Sundowns says they will not prevent Sumaila from achieving his dream of playing in the top-flight leagues of Europe and will allow the Ghanaian to leave if the offer is right.The 21-year-old defender joined Sundowns at the beginning of the season from Ghanaian side Asante Kotoko and formed a solid partnership in the heart of the defence alongside Alje Schut. But after the arrival of Thabo Nthethe from Bloemfontein Celtic, Sumaila has been relegated to the bench. This has resulted in clubs making offers for the centre-back, with one believed to be coming from Standard Liege.“I won’t mention the name of the clubs but I can confirm to you that we have received offers from Russia, France and Belgium and are prepared to listen,” Sundowns communications co-ordinator Thulani Thuswa told KickOff.com.“It has always been our policy not to stand in the way of players, and if the offer is right for Sumaila we are prepared to engage with interested parties,” adds Thuswa.Should Sumaila leave at the end of the season, it will leave Pitso Mosimane with Wayne Arendse as the alternative option for the centre-back position.last_img read more

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I want to coach Brazil – Roberto Carlos

first_imgFormer Brazil star Roberto Carlos has set his sights on coaching the national team once he has established himself as a manager.According to Goal, the 42-year-old represented his country between 1992 and 2006, winning one World Cup and two Copa Americas.Following his retirement from playing in 2012, he has held roles at Turkish clubs Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor but has set himself lofty ambitions for the future.“My objective is to coach the national team,” he told Folha de Sao Paulo.“I know I have a long way to go yet and for that reason I won’t put a timeframe on how long it will take.”Roberto Carlos was blamed for his side’s exit from the 2006 World Cup but insists he would have no problem returning to the Selecao fold. “I don’t hold any resentment. Everything I experienced in the national team was amazing. I was there for 14 years and won several titles: the Copa America, Confederations Cup and the World Cup.“I have a lot of affection for the team and I’m enthusiastic to return.”The former Inter and Real Madrid man also claimed that he had been preparing for a career on the bench when he was a player and has found coaching simple.“It’s very easy. I was well prepared by playing football and living under pressure. I spent my career at big clubs.“I’ve learned something from all the coaches I’ve worked with (Mario) Zagallo, (Carlos Alberto) Parreira, (Vicente) Del Bosque, (Fabio) Capello, (Luiz Felipe) Scolari and Roy Hodgson.”last_img read more

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Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry handed fine for tampering

first_imgBucks co-owner Marc Lasry was fined $25,000 for comments about sought-out Pelicans star Anthony Davis.Lasry violated the NBA’s league tampering rules, which prohibit team representatives from making remarks concerning other teams’ players, according to a report from ESPN, which cited an unidentified league source with knowledge of the situation. NBA wrap: Wizards blown out by Bucks on eve of trade deadline Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry has been fined 25K for his comments about Anthony Davis, league sources tell ESPN. The comments violated league tampering rules.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) February 11, 2019Davis has requested to be traded from the Pelicans and the six-time All-Star had his sights set on Milwaukee, among other teams. “I saw that report, and I think it’s great,” Lasry told Sporting News. “It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win. It doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Milwaukee, New York or L.A. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee.” Related Newscenter_img NBA trade deadline update: Anthony Davis intends to test free agency in 2020, report says However, Davis remained in New Orleans through the Feb. 7 trade deadline. Still, Milwaukee will likely shop the 2017 NBA All-Star Game MVP this offseason.last_img read more

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