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Solar facility begins operating at closed coal plant in Ontario

first_imgSolar facility begins operating at closed coal plant in Ontario FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mining.com:The former Nanticoke Generating Station site, located on the northern shore of Lake Erie, has been transformed into a 44-megawatt clean energy facility that hosts 192,431 solar panels across 260 acres.The project has just been completed by PCL Construction, a company that was commissioned to design, engineer and build it, as well as supply the photovoltaic solar panels and racking system. Behind the idea and funding are Ontario Power Generation, the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.The opening of the solar facility coincides with the one-year anniversary of the demolition of the Nanticoke 650-feet smokestacks. It has also been almost five years since the station burned its last piece of coal.In its heyday, the Nanticoke Generating Station was the largest coal-fired plant in North America, providing 15% of Ontario’s electricity. After serving the province for more than 40 years, it stopped using coal as fuel in 2013. Two years later, the site was safely closed while the switchyards, operated by Hydro One Networks, remain in operation as a significant hub for the electricity grid in the southwestern part of the region.Since 2014, Ontario Power Generation stopped using coal to generate electricity in Canada’s most populous province, a move that resulted in the equivalent of taking 7 million cars off the road.More: Former coal-fired power plant in Ontario becomes solar facilitylast_img read more

Diego Costa and Oscar separated after training ground exchange

first_imgDiego Costa and Chelsea team-mate Oscar had to be separated after exchanging robust tackles in training on Thursday. Press Association Brazil-born Spain striker Costa took exception to a challenge from Brazil playmaker Oscar and responded in kind in a competitive training session, with a confrontation swiftly diffused. Press Association Sport understands the incident was laughed off afterwards ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie with Scunthorpe. If Chelsea cannot offer him regular first-team football for the rest of the campaign, it is understood the Colombian would prefer to return to Monaco. Press Association Sport understands Falcao has recently rejected approaches from Mexican and Turkish clubs. Falcao’s contract with Monaco expires in 2018. Monaco signed the striker from Atletico in 2013 for GBP52million, but he spent just one season in Ligue 1, suffering a major knee injury midway through, before embarking on a disappointing loan spell at Manchester United in which he scored just four goals in 29 appearances. Prior to his time in England, Falcao was regarded as one of the best strikers in the world following prolific spells at Atletico, Porto and River Plate. Meanwhile, Chelsea have loaned out full-back Wallace to Gremio until June 2017. The 21-year-old spent the first half of the season in Serie A with Carpi and now returns to Brazil until the end of the next campaign. Oscar referenced it himself, writing tongue-in-cheek on Twitter: “For those who are talking to me and @diegocosta struggle today in training he’s lying, he’s one of my best friends and never fight.” Interim boss Guus Hiddink is likely to be asked about the kerfuffle during his scheduled pre-match media conference on Friday. Radamel Falcao was present at Chelsea’s Cobham training base on Thursday after flying back to parent club Monaco earlier this week. The Colombian returned to the Principality for checks on his thigh injury at Monaco’s training ground ahead of a potential return to the club. Falcao was hoping to resurrect his ailing career at Chelsea this year, but halfway through a season-long loan with the Premier League champions, he has scored just one goal. The 29-year-old has not played for Chelsea since the end of October due to a thigh injury and is expected to be out for at least another week with the problem. The striker returned to Chelsea’s Surrey base on Wednesday, but he is understood to be considering an attempt to cut his loan short and return to Monaco. With Costa and Loic Remy ahead of him in the pecking order, Falcao appears unlikely to get much playing time with the Blues for the rest of the season, which is of concern to the former Atletico Madrid forward. last_img read more

Change of heart: Goalkeeper Anghel rekindled her love for soccer to become standout at SU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu She loved the sport. She loved being active, and she especially loved diving in the mud. But for reasons unknown to this day, 6-year-old Brittany Anghel walked to the middle of the soccer field one day, crossed her arms and made a definite declaration: “I’m not playing this sport anymore.”Her mother asked the reason for the sudden change of heart, but Brittany simply said she didn’t want to play.“I said, ‘I just paid for you to play the whole season,’” Karen Anghel recalled. “She said, ‘Well get your money back because I’m not going to play.’ I realized there was nothing I could do. The whole object is for her to have fun and exercise, and I realized she wasn’t going to have any fun. So she didn’t play.”How times have changed.Anghel has rediscovered her love of soccer and “couldn’t be happier” as the goalkeeper for Syracuse. While she’s had her ups and downs, Anghel, now a junior, has become a celebrated keeper at SU. She ranks second on the school’s all-time list with 18 shutouts and her 21 wins are tied for third all-time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel returned to soccer at 11, playing recreationally in East Meadow, N.Y., for coach Pete Galantino. Galantino saw her potential and invited her to play as a guest on his travel team. She made the team full time the next year.“In August they had a neighborhood clinic at the local park and on the last night they had goalkeeper training. And they taught the girls how to dive,” Karen Anghel recalled. “She loved it. I mean she was like diving all the way to the car, diving on the concrete. She was like, ‘Oh, this is so much fun.’”Even in her first travel game she shined. The tournament she played in had a strange rule that goalkeepers couldn’t take more than six steps in the goal box, and Anghel didn’t know this. She was continuously penalized and her opponent took penalty kick after penalty kick.“Somehow the ball would get through the wall and every time she’d come out with the ball on the other side,” Anghel’s mother said. “It was amazing. And this kept on happening because she kept on taking more than six steps.”Anghel’s success continued with stints on various travel and school teams, including the renowned Albertson Fury.“Over the years she always came up with saves that were just mind boggling,” Fury coach Phil Casella said. “She’s just perfected the position as well as anyone could have done at her age on Long Island or in New York.”Although she took over the starting position at SU early in her freshmen season, her success didn’t come easily. She struggled with the team’s fitness standards.“I got pretty down on myself,” she said. “After that, after I dug myself out of that little rut, I stopped complaining and being negative and became this really positive person. Every day I kind of just tell myself to be happy and just seize the moment.”About three years ago, Anghel began keeping a journal. She chronicles everything in life, soccer and not. She tries to do it three times a week, and says it’s a great way to clear her mind. She goes into games “lighthearted” and relaxed, and it’s a big reason for her success.“When I came back to school (for sophomore year), I came from a spring where I was struggling, wasn’t fit, wasn’t ready for the standard,” Anghel said. “I came back after the summer I was killing all the fitness tests. The coaches were so proud of me.”SU head coach Phil Wheddon said one thing that’s impressed him about Anghel is her never-ending drive to get better, specifically with fitness. Anghel ranks in the top eight on the team in fitness and Wheddon said she’s set a standard for field players as well.Wheddon, who was also a goalkeeper and has experience as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s national teams, has mentored Anghel. Wheddon works with her for an hour each practice and the two occasionally meet to watch film.“He strives for perfection, and that’s what I want. I want to be perfect,” Anghel said. “He’s the best of the best, he really is. He’s trained Hope Solo, Tim Howard, been to the highest levels, World Cups. He’s seen the world. And to have him coaching me, teaching me how to play the game, that’s pretty special.”Wheddon rewarded Anghel for her play when he invited her to the U.S. national camp in May.“He’s so cheesy,” Anghel said. “He was like, ‘Do you have sunscreen?’ I’m like, ‘What, what are you talking about, Phil?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you just got invited to L.A. to train with the (U-23) national team.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa.’”Wheddon said a roster spot opened up and he naturally recommended Anghel. Wheddon said she performed so well in camp that if there were an international game to be played at that point, she would have been the starting keeper.Wheddon said he sees the competitive drive in Anghel that Solo and U.S. goaltending great Briana Scurry have, and that will help her as she improves.Anghel has five shutouts this year and is a big reason for the team’s nine wins. As the team preps for the postseason, Anghel is ready to take another step in her career.“Although it was hard at the beginning, it was all worth it,” she said. “I’ve learned valuable things here that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I really think these girls have an opportunity to do something not only this year, but in years coming. I really think that Syracuse is going to be a powerhouse.”SU’s turnaround strongly correlates with Anghel’s arrival. She’s a main character in a narrative that could have a fairytale ending this season. A story Anghel would surely make room for in her journal. Commentslast_img read more

Hayne equals RLWC all-time try-scoring record

first_imgHayne was instrumental in Fiji’s win, having a hand in most of the Bati’s 11 tries and leading the way in both attack and defence.His 46th minute try took the star five-eighth try scoring tally in three World Cups with Fiji and Australia to 13, equalling the record held by the legendary Bob Fulton since 1975.Hayne’s 13 tries include nine for Australia and four for Fiji.Captain Kevin Naiqama, winger Suliasi Vunivalu and centre Taane Milne each scored two tries, while secondrower Viliame Kikau, centre Akuila Uate, prop Kane Evans and halfback Henry Raiwalui also crossed for the Bati.The only downside to the big win was a broken wrist suffered by Evans when he crashed over for his 18th minute try.Tears flowed as the Fiji contingent sung their national anthem with immense pride before linking arm-in-arm for a moving pre-game prayer. Shortly after the kick-off to start the game, Fiji wasted no time in going on the attack and looking for points.It took just two minutes for Fiji to cross the USA’s try-line after Vunivalu managed to get an offload away under pressure, finding Milne who crossed in the corner.With an extra zip in their step, Fiji started moving the ball with ease as the USA struggled to keep up with their opposition.And within 20 minutes of the opening stanza Fiji had scored at more than a point a minute, running in five tries as the shell-shocked USA finally got their hands on the ball.With their first attacking chance of the game, the USA made the most of their opportunity through second-rower Matt Shipway.The talented back-rower showed great footwork to beat multiple Fiji defenders before slamming the ball down for an important four-pointer.Despite being behind 26-6 after just 21 minutes of play, the USA showed plenty of heart and effort in trying to contain the ruthless Fiji attack.But the skill and speed of the Fijian side was too much as Fiji crossed for another two tries, building a 38-6 lead as the half-time siren sounded.Returning to the field for the second half, the USA had a monumental task ahead of them to limit Fiji’s attacking opportunities and claw back the deficit.But as he had done the whole game, Hayne terrorised the USA defence and despite having a hand in almost all of Fiji’s tries, the Gold Coast Titan finally dotted down for his own four-pointer.Following a Uate line-break deep in his own half, Hayne was right next to him in support to score right under the posts for his second of the night.With the scores then 44-6 with most of the second half still yet to play, things were looking very ugly for the USA.But a try in the 71st minute to Junior Vaivai gave the visitors something to cheer about as Fiji cruised home to their comfortable 58-12 victory.last_img read more