Preview: TCU to take on red-hot Chanticleers

first_imgTCU students receive evacuation text by mistake Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin printTwo facts sum up the history of TCU baseball’s postseason play:1) TCU has won its opening game in the College World Series all four times the Frogs have been to Omaha, and:2) TCU has lost its second game in the College World Series in each of the previous three times the Frogs have been to Omaha.In other words, something’s gotta give for the Frogs if they want to break on through and reach the CWS final series.They’ll get their chance to do just that on Tuesday night, when they take on the upstart Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (49-16, 21-3 Big South).To save you a Google search, a “Chanticleer,” according to the CCU media guide, is “a rooster who rules the barnyard with cunning wit.” The name derives from a reference in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” the university says.TCU fans can be forgiven for expecting a different opponent in the second game of the College Word Series. This, of course, is not meant as disrespect to the Chanticleers, but rather a reflection of whom CCU beat to get here.Coastal Carolina has knocked off two SEC powerhouses in the past two weekends, LSU and Florida. The Chanticleers upset LSU in a three-game series in Baton Rouge to win a Super Regional, and then beat No. 1 ranked Florida in a tense 2-1 game on Sunday.“I just keep telling them we’re playing people that are better than them and they keep proving me wrong,” CCU head coach Gary Gilmore said after the Florida win.In short, CCU has a strong “team of destiny” sense about them — heck, Chanticleer alum Dustin Johnson even won the U.S. Open on Sunday, adding to a great weekend for the school. The Frogs will have to combat that mentality on Tuesday.Here’s a complete position-by-position breakdown of Coastal Carolina, for those of you looking to impress your friends with your knowledge of the Chanticleers’ shortstop’s batting average during the game. The projected lineup is based on who CCU started against Florida on Sunday.C: Matt Beaird (Sophomore) .209, 18 RBI, 0 HRBeaird, a defensive catcher, will most likely start the game behind the plate for CCU. He saw some starting action in his freshman year, but took over the primary role this season.Beaird is error-free in 32 straight games, which makes him a valuable asset for the Chanticleers. He’s also been perfect on sacrifice bunts, with 11 on the year.Although he has a batting average that’s the worst on the team, he picked up a base hit against Florida in the CWS opener.1B: Kevin Woodall, Jr. (Junior) .227, 16 RBI, 3 HRWoodall, primarily a defensive replacement and pinch hitter, got the start against Florida on Sunday.He’s normally a light-hitting first baseman, but has also come up big when the team needs him, including hitting a grand slam against Georgia Tech in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs.He was 0-4 with a strikeout against Florida.2B: Tyler Chadwick (Senior) .261, 42 RBI, 7 HRListed as a first baseman, Chadwick started at second against Florida with normal starter Seth Lancaster injured. The senior said after the game it was a team effort to get him ready to play out of his normal position, but he performed admirably, avoiding an error.Chadwick has cooled off in his senior season from last year, when he averaged .303, but his power is still a presence. He was the Big South Player of the Week when he hit three home runs, including a grand slam, in a series against Stetson in March.Chadwick was 0-3 against Florida on Sunday.SS: Michael Paez (Junior) .287, 52 RBI, 15 HRPaez was drafted in the 4th round by the New York Mets this year, and it’s easy to see why — the shortstop has great power for his position, and was a preseason All-American.He’s 2nd in the NCAA in home runs by shortstops, and leads the Big South in runs scored. Paez typically bats in the 2nd spot for CCU, and he’ll be an important out for the Frogs.He was 2-5 against Florida on Sunday.3B: Zach Remillard (Senior) .347, 69 RBI, 19 HRRemillard, a 3rd-Team All-American drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox, is the Chanticleer’s most potent offensive threat.He ranks third in the NCAA in total bases, 8th in home runs, and 11th in RBI, and leads the Big South in all of those categories. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Raleigh Regional this year.He kept his hot bat going against Florida, when he had a double and a triple and drove in both Chanticleer runs. He’s a dangerous player on the level of Luken Baker, and will pose a major threat Tuesday night.LF: Anthony Marks (Senior) .278, 24 RBI, 1 HRMarks is a solid defensive outfielder, and normally bats as the leadoff man for Coastal Carolina.While his average has dipped from .343 to .278 this year, Marks has drawn 47 walks this season, and often stretches out at-bats from pitchers. He’s a tough out at the beginning of the game.Marks went 2-5 against Florida, and scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning.CF: Billy Cooke (Sophomore) .344, 35 RBI, 3 HRCooke has enjoyed a successful season in his first full season with the Chanticleers after injuring his hand in the third game of his freshman year.His average jumped from .148 in his limited time last season to .344 this year, and he has 20 2-out RBI on the season. He’s suffered some bad luck, having failed to score a run in his last 10 games.He went 1-3 against Florida on Sunday.RF: Connor Owings (Senior) .379, 53 RBI, 16 HROwings has started the last 182 games for the Chanticleers — that’s three straight seasons — and was named the 2016 Big South Player of the Year, in addition to earning a 1st-Team All-American spot.He’s one of just 6 players in the NCAA to have a .370 batting average, .470 on-base percentage, and .670 slugging percentage, and hit 2 home runs and a double at the Baton Rouge Super Regional. He bats in the third hole, one spot ahead of Remillard, and the two make for a formidable tandem.Owings went 1-3 against Florida, with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks as well.DH: G.K. Young (Junior) .345, 65 RBI, 17 HRYet another 1st-Team All-American for the Chanticleers, Young has reached base safely in 59 of 65 games this season.Young had an outstanding year, homering in three consecutive games at one point and placing first in the Big South with 91 hits. He’ll normally bat in the fifth spot, behind Remillard.He went 1-3 against Florida.SP: Alex Cunningham (Junior) 9-3, 3.23 ERA, 91 K/34 BBGilmore has not said who his starter will be for the game against TCU, but Cunningham has typically pitched the game after ace Andrew Beckwith and threw the second game of the Baton Rouge Super Regional, so he’s a safe projection.The righty was 2nd-Team All-Big South this season, and has exited each postseason game he’s pitched with the lead. Cunningham has just one complete game in his career, a 10-strikeout gem against Presbyterian this year, but has shown the ability to pitch deep into other games.There’s your rundown of the Chanticleer lineup. The Frogs will most likely start Mitchell Traver* on the mound Tuesday night.First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.*UPDATE: Brian Howard will start on Tuesday, not Mitchell Traver, the 360 has learned. Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Coastal Carolina’s Zach Remillard is just one of the powerful hitters that TCU will have to face Tuesday night. 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ROSSNICK, GERALD H., D.D.S.

first_img94, passed away at home on June 19, 2017, after a brief illness. Born and raised in Jersey City, Dr. Rossnick lived in Bayonne for 68 years. Jerry attended Jersey City State College, NYU, and the University of Pittsburgh. In 1949, he graduated from Temple University’s Dental School in Philadelphia. He maintained a dental office in Jersey City for many years before moving his practice to Bayonne, retiring in 1988. He served stateside in the US Army during World War II. Dr. Rossnick was very active in Bayonne civic affairs, having been a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Board of Adjustment, and Board of Education (vice-president), Chairperson of Bayonne’s Centennial Celebration, and Treasurer of the Student Exchange Program with Bayonne, France. He was a past member of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family and Counseling Service, Knights of Pythias, and Temple Beth Am where he served as Brotherhood president. He also was a past honoree of the National Council of Christians and Jews. Jerry was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Muriel (Sams), brother Robert Ross (Elaine), sister Gertrude Lowenthal (Bernard), son-in-law William Manieri, and parents Samuel and Anna (Teitlebaum) Rossnick. His memory will be cherished by his children Susan Miller (Donald), Linda Manieri, and Barry Rossnick (Nancy Castor). He is also survived by grandchildren Jane Metacarpa (John), Lisa Kawalek (Stephen), and Amy Shaman (Dr. Jeffrey), and great-grandchildren, Johnny and Molly Metacarpa, Asher and Judah Kawalek, and Levi and Lilah Shaman. He leaves behind a very special friend, Michael O’Neill, and wonderful caretakers, Jean Cubberly, Ana Ramos, and Michelle Rowan. Donations in Gerald’s name may be made to Temple Beth Am, 111 Avenue B, Bayonne, or the American Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements by GUTTERMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 463 Monmouth St., Jersey City.last_img read more

Morgan and Bopara rescue England

first_img Press Association Eoin Morgan hit a superb century against his native Ireland to ensure his adopted country England avoided embarrassment in the RSA Challenge one-day international. When Tim Murtagh then took three early England wickets, Ireland’s hopes of repeating their famous 2011 World Cup win over their neighbours were high. But although the hosts continued to look much sharper in the field than under-strength England had done, the experience of Morgan and Bopara – making amends for falling short in the Champions Trophy final in June and reaching his highest ODI score – shone through. Morgan ended unbeaten on 124 after hitting eight fours and four sixes and Bopara finished in a hurry, reaching 101 after 10 fours and five sixes. It was a world record fifth-wicket partnership in one-day international cricket. Despite the flat finish, it was still a momentous occasion for Irish cricket with a near-capacity crowd of 10,000 spectators being fully entertained. There had been suggestions the Irish had been slighted by England’s decision to rest a number of star names after their Ashes summer, and irritated by the selections of Morgan and Rankin. But the home team’s batting performance was excellent, with Porterfield leading from the front with his 142-ball 112, his sixth ODI hundred. Overcoming his poor form for Warwickshire this summer, he struck 14 fours and a six before falling to Rankin, who was the only one of England’s three debutants to shine. It was not a day for another making his first ODI appearance, Michael Carberry, to remember. The Hampshire batsman dropped two regulation catches in the deep, including one off Porterfield on 85, and then fell early in the reply. Rankin overcame an initially wayward start – his second delivery went for five wides – to finish with four for 46. He had Peter Stirling caught off the edge by the third debutant, Gary Ballance, at second slip and then forced former England batsman Ed Joyce back to dislodge a bail with his foot. That double strike reduced the hosts to 36 for two but Porterfield began to repair the damage in a 59-run partnership with fellow left-hander Niall O’Brien for the third wicket. Off-spinner James Tredwell, with two for 35, caused some problems and was unlucky when O’Brien skied him to Carberry at deep midwicket and saw the chance put down. O’Brien then flashed narrowly wide of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, a miss compounded by Balance’s comical failure to prevent a four. His luck finally ran out when Tredwell nipped one back through his defences to bowl him for 26. Tredwell followed up by bringing one back the other way into right-hander Gary Wilson to win a leg before decision, although replays suggested the wicketkeeper-batsman was unlucky. Kevin O’Brien was unable to build on a promising start and his slightly mistimed pull off Bopara was brilliantly caught by Morgan. Porterfield had a scare when he nicked one straight past Ballance at slip and his innings should have ended 15 short of three figures when the hapless Carberry dropped another catch. Carberry, by then a figure of fun for the crowd, made an unimpressive entry into the attack, going for 12 off his one over with Porterfield particularly keen to get stuck in as he approached his hundred. He reached the landmark off 131 balls with a pulled six off Rankin. Rankin hit back to bowl his county colleague in the 46th over and then trapped John Mooney lbw for 27 four balls later. That briefly slowed Ireland’s momentum but Max Sorensen took up the challenge, clubbing an unbeaten 24, with two sixes, in the closing overs as the hosts finished on 269 for seven. England’s reply began poorly as Carberry’s dismal day continued when he was trapped leg before by Trent Johnston for 10 in the fourth over. Luke Wright had a lucky escape when Murtagh had a strong lbw appeal turned down. The reprieve was only temporary as Murtagh forced Wright to chop onto his own stumps in the ninth over. Two balls later Ballance was unable to get his bat out of the way of a ball he attempted to leave and was caught behind. James Taylor looked composed for his 25 but his dismissal, clean bowled by Murtagh in the 15th over, left England in trouble. Yet there was to be no stopping Morgan and Bopara, who began slowly but eventually finished with a flourish. Morgan brought up his century with a six, and after being dropped on the boundary by Niall O’Brien he finished the job with another maximum. Ravi Bopara also cracked a rapid hundred, his first in an ODI, in a superb unbroken 226-run stand with Morgan as England recovered from 48 for four to win in Malahide by six wickets with seven overs to spare. Ireland’s score of 269 for seven had been based around a fine century by their captain William Porterfield, who eventually became one of four victims for another of England’s Irishmen, Boyd Rankin. last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonSunshine is a sweet young mixed breed dog with a gorgeous brown and white coat. She has been spayed, weighs 48 pounds, and is up to date on her vaccinations and rabies shot. Sunshine is an incredible dog who enjoys people of all types. She is loving, very smart, and ready to learn obedience and tricks. Sunshine knows sit, shake, and loves to walk on the trails with the volunteers. She is vocal and will be happy to tell you her life story. She was great on her ride in the car, and did well in her crate. Sunshine is truly a ray of bright sunshine for all the volunteers here at the Adopt-A-Pet kennels. Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email us at [email protected]  or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

YouTube star rises for young Capetonian vlogger

first_imgVlogger Mark Fitzgibbon makes videos about a subject close to his heart – his community on the Cape Flats. The UCT student’s language is certainly not suitable for work, but he brings laughs to his many followers, and is earning growing fame and fortune for himself. Mark Fitzgibbon, a student in Cape Town is making name for himself on YouTube by “educating” his fans on Cape coloureds. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube)• Young South Africans pushed to take a stand • Beading and computer programming a way out of prison • South Africa’s born-frees talk about life • Recollections of 16 June 1976 • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media Melissa JavanHe sees his vlog as an online CV and hopes that someday he will get a job offer from Good Hope FM or Heart FM. At 21, Mark Fitzgibbon is making a name for himself on YouTube with his vlogs about the Cape coloured community – and insights into student life, gossip, consumerism and more, all with strong Afrikaans slang that’s as colourful as it’s not suitable for work.Originally from Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats, Fitzgibbon later moved to Parow Valley. He is currently a fourth-year student at the University of Cape Town, reading applied biology, ecology and evolution. Science is his biggest passion, he says. “Vlogging comes in at a close second.”A video blog or video log, shortened to vlog, is an increasingly popular form of web television that, on sites such as YouTube, also help the vlogger earn an income.A friend introduced him to YouTube vloggers in 2013, Fitzgibbon says. “Up until then I thought YouTube was only about music videos and funny cats playing the piano. I was immediately hooked and started watching vlogs every week. I found them enjoyable, but they were not very relatable to me as a South African.“The popular channels all belonged to American and British people. I thought that making a South African one would be interesting and relevant to many others like me who enjoy watching vlogs but would relate to more South African language and culture.”And his friend encouraged him: “He said ‘Mark, you have so much stuff to say about the Cape coloured people. You should totally start a YouTube channel!’ I thought this was a brilliant idea … I was bored one afternoon and thought ‘Okay, today is the day!’ My first video got about 200 views in the first day – which was a lot for a South African back then – so I continued and remained consistent until today.”So far, Fitzgibbon has made over 100 videos and has more than 8 000 subscribers to his channel.Note that this video contains language that some may find offensive, and is not suitable for work. Watch at your own discretion.His themesHis videos are about his community – Cape coloured people, their slang and their mannerisms. “The stories we tell and the way we explain it, makes us special,” says Fitzgibbon. “We are people who say it like it is. The manner and the way we talk are so funny and not a lot of people know of this. I want to get it out there.”Inspiration comes from his friends and family in Mitchells Plain. His audience is mostly this very community, although he says his videos are well-known among whites as well. “It educates them,” he laughs.He chooses topics by keeping an eye on social media. “Usually I go to Twitter and look at the tweets my audience sends me. They usually ask me questions or bring up topics that they would like me to speak about,” he says.“Recently I have enjoyed speaking about elements from my childhood years as a Capetonian.”Note that this video contains language that some may find offensive, and is not suitable for work. Watch at your own discretion.Negative commentsFitzgibbon says the worst part of having a YouTube channel is that controversial topics are met with negativity or contrasting opinions. “I usually read all of the negative comments I get; some of them are actually helpful.“When someone disses my lighting, video quality or speaking ability, this usually means I need to up my game. Yet I do get some very horrible comments.”Fitzgibbon told Son, a local newspaper, In the beginning his mother didn’t like his videos, he explains, especially as he uses the word “tief” (coloured slang for “bitch”) in all of them. “She said I must stop making these videos, because it is vulgar. Then she would say: ‘Mark, did you have to say that again?’”But she supports him now, because YouTube has brought him opportunities such as radio interviews and master of ceremonies jobs. He even interviewed comedian Casper de Vries for Gareth Cliff’s online radio station, Cliff Central.“The popularity also helped my personality. I used to be extremely shy and didn’t like public speaking. Now with all the eyes on me, I have more self-confidence.”And he earns a small income out of the advertisements that YouTube puts on his videos. “It’s not much yet though. You begin making more money the more popular you get.”Last year, he was sponsored by the cellphone app WeChat. He just had to mention the name of the app to make an extra few rand.Fitzgibbon shoots and edits his own videos. “It is very easy. I just need my room, lighting and a bed.”Note that this video contains language that some may find offensive, and is not suitable for work. Watch at your own discretion.The role of young leadersAs the news coordinator of the university’s radio station, Fitzgibbon needs to be on top of events on campus. He was active in the Rhodes Must Fall movement. “This has reminded me that we as the youth should not forget the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before us.“It has also reminded me that racism, gender inequality and homophobia are still real problems in society and that the youth of today can fight against it,” he says. “Young leaders are those who make a tangible difference in today’s society – those who look to the future, without forgetting the past, but not dwelling in our past grievances.”Young people should not lose sight of their dreams based on their current financial status or standard of living.Speaking of reaching for your dreams, he has some advice for aspiring vloggers:Stay consistent. Making videos to keep your audience updated every week or month assures that they will want to subscribe to your channel so they can be updated of future vlogs.Find your niche. Having a specific theme or genre is important.Planning is everything. For example, having a script is helpful.Edit your videos.Have fun and be yourself. Don’t expect greatness, rather make videos because you enjoy creating and sharing memories with your audience.last_img read more

Why Solar Microgrids Are Not a Cure-All for Puerto Rico’s Power Woes

first_imgThe power system before MariaPrior to Maria, Puerto Rico had one of the largest public power authorities in the U.S., known as PREPA, serving a population of 3.4 million people from 31 power plants, 293 substations and 32,000 miles of wire. Almost half its generation was from old, very expensive oil-fired plants, resulting in prices of about 22 cents per kilowatt hour, among the highest in the U.S. The island has several photovoltaic (solar electric) farms but gets about 46% of its power from oil and only about 3% from solar.At the center of all this is PREPA and its outsized role in Puerto Rico. With $9 billion of debt, PREPA has been part of the contentious refinancing process that ultimately required congressional action. PREPA is also the largest employer on the island, with strong connections to the island’s leadership, so proposals perceived to adversely impact PREPA can be difficult to enact. Recently the island has established a new energy commission called PREC with oversight over PREPA’s plans, spending, and rates.The PREC’s efforts at reform underscore the enormous challenges the utility faces. In September 2016 the PREC issued an order directing PREPA to convert some of its oil plants to gas, renegotiate some high-priced renewables contracts, and purchase more renewable energy.In April 2017 PREPA issued a new financial plan with starkly grim prospects: a $4 billion maintenance backlog, the loss of fully one-quarter of its sales in the next 10 years, and continued red ink as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile, renewable power developers who have tried to build plants on the island have encountered great difficulties, as chronicled in this blog post.Then, just before Maria, PREPA declared bankruptcy. Maria therefore destroyed the grid of a system that was already bankrupt, having trouble maintaining its service and paying its bills, resistant to renewable interconnections, and politically difficult to reform. RELATED ARTICLES Dr. Fox-Penner is the director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University. The author thanks Scott Sklar, Phil Hanser, Sameer Reddy, Thomas McAndrew and Jennie Hatch for input. All errors are his own. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Solar Industry Offers Help in Puerto RicoWhy We Still Need to Discuss Grid DefectionAn Introduction to the Duck CurveA Neighborhood Microgrid Takes Shape in Brooklyn Getting Power From Solar Equipment When the Grid is DownVermont Utility to Develop New Grid TechnologyWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes Solar By PETER FOX-PENNERIn addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80% of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.This shameful outcome should have been avoided with strong, swift federal leadership. Yet more than five weeks after the storm, only about 40% of the grid has been rebuilt, and service remains unreliable even where power is restored.As the recovery process inches its way forward, the questions many are asking go like this: Why are we rebuilding the grid to be the same as it was before the storm? Can’t we use this as an opportunity to create a more modern, resilient, renewable power system? Isn’t this the perfect opportunity for an upgrade?center_img The answer to these questions, from my perspective having worked with and researched the power industry for four decades, has little to do with technologies and everything to do with some nearly insurmountable financial and governance challenges. There is a path forward, but it will not be easy. A sustainable, resilient path forwardPuerto Rico’s citizens have endured great hardship and tragedy. We as a society certainly owe it to them to do whatever we can to lessen the damage from the next hurricane and speed power restoration. However, the path to a sustainable and resilient grid for the island is not as simple as air-dropping solar panels and other equipment onto the island and assuming all will be well. The suggestion that restoring power by replanting the current poles and wires will foreclose a more distributed solution isn’t correct, nor is it the most equitable way to restore power to everyone as quickly as possible.This isn’t to say that the installation of fully independent solar systems and microgrids should be discouraged in any way. With the important provision that the hardware is maintained properly, the more solar and storage we can get onto the island sooner the better.At this point, Puerto Rico’s grid is being rebuilt essentially as it was before.But even as the grid is rebuilt as quickly as possible, the planning and engineering should begin on how to migrate the grid to smaller sections that self-island. This must include all the main aspects of power system development and operation, including financing, ownership, operation, and maintenance of the systems.The only logical way for Puerto Rico — and every other storm-prone electric system — to become a series of resilient and clean microgrids is to first get the entire grid functioning and then to create sections that can separate themselves and operate independently when trouble hits. Proposals for rebuilding with microgridsThe challenge, then, is to 1) restore energy access as quickly as possible; 2) begin to build a long-term resilient and operable grid; and 3) reform a broken regulatory system. In the wake of the storm, clean energy experts and businesses saw this as the perfect opportunity to start over.“Puerto Rico will lead the way for the new generation of clean energy infrastructure,” one solar CEO asserted, “and the world will follow.” Elon Musk also famously tweeted an offer to solve the island’s energy problems with Tesla solar systems and batteries.With an array of solar panels and batteries, a group of buildings, such as a hospital or a neighborhood, can power itself and operate independently in the case of an outage with the central grid — called “islanding” in industry parlance.Provided they can be paid for and operated safely, quickly setting up these solar microgrid systems is an excellent measure that is both stopgap and long-term contributor. These systems can be set up in a matter of days, providing enough power to help neighborhoods with critical power needs, such as cellphone charging, powering cash machines, and providing electricity service for health care and first responders.However, these systems cost tens of thousands of dollars, and there is currently no substantial way to pay for them other than the kindness of strangers. Three-and-a-half million people would need perhaps 350,000 of these systems — at a price tag in the billions — to provide only a fraction of most families’ power needs.Even if costs were not a consideration, these distributed systems aren’t a substitute for the grid. Many people think that microgrids don’t need poles and wires, but if they serve more than one building they use pretty much the same grid as we use today.Once the grid is rebuilt, the new grid-independent systems should then become part of a series of new community microgrids, or networks of multiple solar panel installations backed up by storage. These interconnected systems would be able to “island” together to keep the whole community running at partial if not complete levels of service. With the necessary planning and approvals, new community power organizations could be set up — perhaps separate from PREPA — to finance the conversion of local grids to a more resilient form.So there is a path from the current grid to one that is far cleaner and more resilient, but it’s not simple or quick. It would require melding complete and rapid restoration of power with a major infusion of capital.Changing the base of generation from PREPA’s aging, inefficient fleet to clean sources is an essential part of this path. However, even at an extremely fast pace, it takes months to plan the economics, financing, and engineering of this transition. More commonly, it takes years and careful economic and financial planning to raise the billions of dollars of capital needed and then spend it wisely.last_img read more

Ford to skip Level 3 autonomy to keep sleepy drivers happy

first_imgDavid Curry Tags:#autonomous cars#Autonomy#driverless#featured#Ford#Level 3#Level 5#Self-Driving#top Ford plans to skip ‘Level 3’ autonomy and shoot right for Level 5, the highest level of car automation. The automaker decided to skip the midway point after it noticed a few of its engineers dozing while testing semi-autonomous vehicles.Even with “bells, buzzers, warning lights, vibrating seats and steering wheels, and another engineer in the passenger seat” the engineers struggled to maintain situational awareness, according to Raj Nair, Ford’s chief product development officer.See Also: Ford rolls out gas- and driver-less fleet of tomorrowNair said the more the engineers became comfortable with the self-driving tech, the less attention they paid to the road. This could be a major issue for automakers deploying Level 3 cars, which cede some control to the human driver.“These are trained engineers who are there to observe what’s happening,” said Nair to Bloomberg. “But it’s human nature that you start trusting the vehicle more and more and that you feel you don’t need to be paying attention.”Will loss of incremental improvements turn clients off?Going straight to Level 5 may hurt Ford in the short-term, as competitors will be able to offer some self-driving functionality to customers that want it. However, the decision let’s Ford power on ahead with its driverless dream, which it aims to have on the road by 2021.Ford said it would deploy a fleet of driverless vehicles in major cities in four years time. The cars will work similar to Uber, but without the driver. This should reduce the cost of the cab by at least half, since driver payment is the most expensive part of a taxi business.The company also said it would sell the vehicles to customers, but details are thin.Ford has shown how confident it is in the driverless future with a $1 billion acquisition of Argo AI, a small robotics and autonomous systems startup that held some of the hottest talent in the self-driving industry. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Mbala says ‘I did not intend to hit or hurt’ Nieto

first_imgBen Mbala said that he didn’t mean any harm on Matt Nieto when the two collided late in the first half of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals.“It’s part of basketball,” Mbala said after La Salle fell to Ateneo, 70-76, on Saturday. “I had the ball, I spun and it was late on the rotation the double and that’s why he got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Nieto was left bloodied as he sustained a cut above his right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from Mbala.READ: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” the two-time UAAP MVP said.The Ateneo gallery, which included the Nieto family patriarch, was outraged over the incident. “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me and threatening me. I wasn’t trying to listen to what he was saying, but from where I saw him, he was threatening me and pointing at me telling me I’m dead,” he said. “I’ll just say he was probably going through the emotion of the game and he saw his son on the floor bloodied. But it is part of the game.”“He’s been in the sport for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time and I did not intend to hurt his son. That’s not something you should be doing during a finals game, especially when you’re a father of two players on the court,” he said. But rather than dwell on it, Mbala and the rest of the Green Archers have “Obviously, if we lose the next game then it’s over. We are not gonna go out here just to have a regular and mediocre game,” said Mbala, who is also eyeing to rebound from his season-low eight point-performance in Game 1.“We just have to go out there and win the game because without it, we are gonna be out. Everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just be gone to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

Draw & Livestream for NYC & NSC 2018

first_imgThe National Youth Championships (NYC) and National Schools Cup 2018 run from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th September!Check out the draw here: NYC 2018 DrawAnd tune in to the livestream of games on Field 1 via one of these links:NYC websiteTFA wesbiteTFA YoutubeTFA Facebooklast_img

2 days agoDe Visser urges Chelsea to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth

first_imgDe Visser urges Chelsea to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouthby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea transfers adviser Piet de Visser has urged the club to re-sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.Netherlands international Ake switched from Stamford Bridge to the South Coast for £20m in 2017, having struggled to break from the academy into the Blues first team.Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Ajax in the Champions League, De Visser told De Volkskrant: “Ake should have played for Chelsea by now. He’s so good.”How often does he not score with his head? He has timing and insight. I hope they buy him back. “That boy is perfect for them and he has played with Lampard.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img