Unrepentant Pellegrini praises Man City youngsters

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini praised his young players after their 5-1 defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup.Pellegrini fielded a vastly under-strength team, giving full debuts to five players in the fifth-round clash at Stamford Bridge.And they caused some problems for Chelsea before the hosts scored four times in the second half to clinch a quarter-final place.“In the first half we played very well and it was a very tight game,” Pellegrini said. “We played with six young players and I’m very happy with them.“It is important for young players to take their chance when they play, and I was very happy with that.“Unfortunately for us, in five minutes we threw away what we did and at 3-1 it was very difficult.“It is never good to lose 5-1, so I am not so happy about that. But there were a lot of positives.”Pellegrini, whose team play Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday, was unrepentant when asked about his team selection.“I always take the best decision for the club,” he said.See also:Hiddink praises players after Chelsea winChelsea thrash City to reach quarter-finalsChelsea v Man City player ratings’World class’ Hazard suffered dip in confidence – CahillFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Basic Four’ recommit to climate agenda

first_img26 January 2010Ministers from the “Basic Four” countries – South Africa, India, China and Brazil -have affirmed their commitment to work together for an agreed outcome at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Mexico later this year.It follows up on the summit that was held in Copenhagen last month, where South Africa was represented by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.Sonjica was one of the ministers who met in New Delhi on Sunday to evaluate the inroads that were made in Copenhagen while also preparing for the Mexico round of talks.“The ministers underscored the centrality of the climate change framework process and the decision of the parties to carry forward the negotiations on the two tracks of ad hoc working group on long-term cooperative action,” read a statement issued by the group.They reiterated that all negotiations must be conducted in an inclusive and transparent manner.Setting bold targetsWhile the Copenhagen accord produced political commitments to mitigate climate change by some leaders, rich nations were slammed for their failure to set bold targets on greenhouse gas emissions.The members of the Basic Four group have already announced a series of voluntary mitigation actions for 2020 and have expressed their intention to communicate information on their voluntary mitigation actions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by January 31.They also called for the early flow of the pledged US$10-billion in 2010 with focus on the least developed countries, small island developing states and countries of Africa, as proof of their commitment to urgently address the global challenge of climate change.The four ministers expressed hope of a successful conclusion of ongoing negotiations leading to Mexico.‘Show of commitment’The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) described the group’s early lead on continuing climate negotiations as a show of commitment shown by the countries to a fair and effective UN-based outcome to climate change this year.“South Africa is standing by its commitment to negotiate a multilateral agreement as part of the Africa Group and to maintain the two-track process under the UNFCCC,” said the organisation’s Richard Worthington.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New equipment for Gauteng hospitals

first_img22 June 2012 Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, south-west of Johannesburg, was the first to benefit from a project to replace deteriorating electro-mechanical equipment in health facilities across South Africa’s Gauteng province. Gauteng Infrastructure MEC Bheki Nkosi visited Chris Hani Baragwanath on Thursday to inspect the newly replaced laundry equipment at the hospital. “Electro-mechanical equipment is central to the functionality of health facilities and the creation of a habitable healing environment,” Nkosi said. The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development embarked on the project last year, and was allocated R57-million for construction and R296-million for maintenance for 2012/13. The project includes the replacement and refurbishment of boilers, lifts, laundries, chillers, autoclaves, electrical reticulation and change-over switches of generators which have exceeded their life-span. The first phase of the project included the upgrading of the laundry at Baragwanath, which was recently completed at a cost of R16.5-million. With the new tumble dryer, iron liner and two roller ironers, the 2 880-bed hospital is now able to complete the washing and ironing of 1 200 sheets per hour – an improvement on the 450 sheets completed by the old machines. The new laundry equipment will also service other clinics in the Soweto, Vaal and Roodepoort areas, as well as forensic pathology units. It will also service the soon- to-be-completed Jabulani District Hospital. “We are very happy because the hospital is now able to handle the speed of the load, it is also of high quality and will ensure savings on energy, water and detergents,” Nkosi said. He added that the process of bringing the new technology to hospitals was being rolled out phase by phase. Other hospitals that will benefit include the Charlotte Maxeke, George Mukhari, Jubilee, and Helen Joseph hospital. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Environmental assessment overhaul tanker ban bills face final vote in Senate

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government’s push to make climate change impacts part of the assessment process for new national resource projects faces its final hurdle today.Bill C-69 is back in the Senate for another vote after the House of Commons rejected more than half of the 200-plus amendments proposed by the upper house.Also back in the Senate facing its final decision is Bill C-48, which imposes a ban on oil tankers off the northern coast of British Columbia.The two bills have become a flashpoint between the Liberals and Conservatives over how Canada can protect the environment without driving away investment from the fossil fuel sector.The unelected Senate has generally voted to accept the will of the elected House of Commons when there is a dispute between the two parliamentary chambers about legislation.The bills are expected to be fodder for both major parties on the campaign trail to this fall’s election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Why this summer might be a test for the Texas electric grid

Credit: University of Texas at Austin Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Summer is fast approaching here in Texas, and even if it is a mild one, it will be hot. Once again we’ll walk from our air-conditioned houses to our air-conditioned cars to our air-conditioned parking garages to our air-conditioned places of work. Americans ramp up use of solar, wind energy Provided by University of Texas at Austin Citation: Why this summer might be a test for the Texas electric grid (2018, April 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-summer-texas-electric-grid.html All that AC comes at a cost, however. A big cost. During the hottest parts of the summer, nearly 50 percent of the total output from all power plants in Texas goes toward powering air conditioners. About this time each year, some people question whether the Texas grid will be able to supply the power we need to get through another tortuous summer. This year, some are worrying more than wondering.There is a lot of change happening right now: coal plants retiring, solar panel tariffs delaying solar projects, constrained capacity leading to higher prices. Should we be concerned about it? Maybe, maybe not. Coal is on the decline in Texas. There is not a single new coal plant under construction. Certain environmental regulations make it more difficult to build new ones, but we wouldn’t be building them even if those regulations didn’t exist. In fact, we are moving the opposite direction and retiring a significant portion of the Texas coal fleet. The average coal plant in Texas is more than 30 years old, and many in the fleet were built in the 1970s. Some are likely to soon need substantial capital investment just to keep running. Other technologies available today—natural gas and wind—have established themselves as lower-cost options. In fact, some of the biggest coal utilities in Texas are heavily invested in these new cheaper and cleaner alternatives. Just as the Texas summer is inevitably on its way, so is Texas solar. The grid is expecting to triple the amount of large-scale solar during the next few years. A few projects might be delayed because of the solar tariffs that President Donald Trump has imposed, but the overall effect will be minimal, perhaps raising the cost of solar electricity by one-tenth of a penny.The prime locations for wind and solar in Texas are out west, with the best wind near Lubbock and the best solar close to Big Bend. Lucky for Texas, the state completed a massive transmission line project in those areas a few years ago. In doing so, it allowed us to build so much wind that we now rank No. 1 in the U.S., and No. 7 in the world, in terms of overall renewable energy production. Recent coal plant retirements mean that supply will go down, and thanks to our booming Texas economy, electricity demand will be up. Our modeling projects higher yearly average prices this year but also show that trend reversing next year, as more wind and solar come on line. So, high prices shouldn’t be a long-term problem. In fact, prices have been at historical lows for years because of the low cost of natural gas, and, to a lesser extent, large amounts of wind.Long term, the era of large centralized power plants appears to be drawing to a close. The market is changing, and other technologies—such as wind and solar, and soon, energy storage—are lining up to play every larger roles.This summer might be the toughest test our grid has faced in a while, but early analysis indicates we will get by. The high prices will send a signal to the market for what kinds of resources need to be developed, and that is how the market is supposed to work: out with the old and inefficient, and in with the new. read more