first_imgØrsted has joined a GBP 400,000 sea state forecasting project, launched by UK’s national Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Centre of Excellence, a collaboration between the University of Hull and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. “This big-marine-data approach, along with bathymetry and site configuration data, is enabling researchers to produce an artificial intelligence-based method that will be used to make a step-change in the resolution and accuracy of fine-scale at offshore windfarm sites”, ORE Catapult said. Downward-facing radars have been installed on wind turbines turbines at Ørsted’s 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm. The radars will record wave height, direction and period, together with combined met-ocean data and existing forecasts. The project’s goal is to deliver a significant reduction in missed working days by developing an innovative approach to sea state forecasting. By improving wave forecast modelling, the project team aims to contribute to increasing the accuracy of sea state forecasting at the level of an individual offshore wind turbine. This should drive efficiency gains in operations and maintenance, increase safety, and contribute to further reductions in the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) for offshore wind, according to ORE Catapult. “With total O&M costs contributing around 25% to the lifetime costs of a typical offshore wind farm, the positive impact on planning by owners/operators is clear, with ORE Catapult analysis suggesting that innovations in forecasting techniques could help to reduce missed working days by a quarter”, ORE Catapult states.last_img read more


first_imgAt 44, Chuck Noll had joined an elite level of NFL coaches with Vince Lombardi and Don Shula after the win in Super Bowl X. Noll, hired at 37, endured a 12-30 record in his first three seasons in Pittsburgh before the success came. (Phil Sandlin, AP)Chuck Noll.You see the name and you immediately think four time Super Bowl winning coach. Noll was one of the best to ever coach the game and fortunately for the Steelers, he spent his entire 22 year head coaching career with the black and gold.After being a defensive assistant with the Chargers for six seasons and then three more years under Don Shula in Baltimore, Noll was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 at the age of 37.Noll struggled out of the gates only winning 12 games in his first 42 tries and not making the playoffs until his fourth year with the Steelers.  By year six, the team that would form the eventual dynasty of the 70’s was born and Noll led his Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in a span of six seasons.In 22 seasons, Noll compiled a record of 209-156-1, won nine division championships, four conference titles and four super bowl championships as well.  Two years after his retirement, Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll was the father of the Steelers as we know them. Without him, the expectation to win a championship each year would not exist, the team would not have the most Super Bowl rings in league history and the rabid fan base may not even exist as it does today. Noll was a winner through and through and a true representation of the Pittsburgh culture.The Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more


first_imgThe Trafalgar Girl’s Volleyball team earned the elite status after capturing the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball Championships Saturday at Mount Sentinel Gymnasium in South Slocan.It was Trafalgar versus Trafalgar in the final, with Trafalgar winning the title.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to bestow the honour on the Trafalgar squad of Team of the Week.The squad includes: coach Staci Proctor, Amanda Creak, Maia Thibault, Alicia Griko, Lily Huttemann, Sophie Borhi, Mimi Lockhurst, Maia Robertson-Weir, Jaydon Rushton, Brynn Belland, Kristin Vanhorne, Rylee Zondervan, Michaela Anderson, Camryn Parnell, Bryce Winters, Reece Hunt, Shayla Elias, Olivia Kelly, Sophie Edney, Finn Pitcairn and Maren Kernan. They’re back in the Mallard’s Team of the Week winner’s circle.last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A motor vehicle accident has closed at least one northbound lane of the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John this afternoon.The crash happened shortly before 1:30 P.M. in the middle of the intersection and appears to have involved two vehicles: a newer model Ford pickup truck, and an older model Ford minivan. Police and fire crews are currently on the scene along with several tow trucks, and have at least one lane of the Alaska Highway closed, along with 108th St. northbound north of the intersection. No word of any injuries, or when the roads will reopen. Photo credit: Chris Newton Photo credit: Chris Newton Photo credit: Chris Newton Photo credit: Chris Newton – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE become the lifeblood of many GAA clubs and the weekly lotto draw throws up a jackpot winner every now and then.This week’s celebrations are at St Eunan’s.Jack McLaughlin is pictured receiving his cheque after scooping the St. Eunan’s GAA Club Lotto. Jack matched all 4 numbers and won €3,650. He is pictured receiving his cheque from the seller of the winning ticket, Adrian Shiels. Also included are Paul Carr (Chairman), Charlie McAteer (Secretary) and Elaina Gallagher (Treasurer). GAA NEWS: JACK CELEBRATES LOTTO WIN was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lotto winnerSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more


first_imgRecently the FD Early Intervention team was able to sit down with Carol M. Trivette, PhD., an associate professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.   In this short video she shares her thoughts on how early interventionists can best support military families facing deployment.Carol says, “Deployment can be a time of stress for families and when there is a child with a disability, it can be even more stressful. However you can reduce some of this stress by helping a parent identify successful strategies that were used in the past and new strategies the parent might want to try during the upcoming deployment. Taking the time to really listen to what a parent wants to share about previous deployment experiences including who helped, how daily routines and activities were accomplished as well as what challenges they encountered is an key first step in supporting families through this experience.”Carol M. Trivette, PhD earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Child Development and Family Relations. She provided direct supports to children with disabilities and their families in home-base programs and in classrooms and was the director of an early intervention program. During most of her career, she has also been involved in applied research. Her research interests focus on identifying evidence-based practices for working with children and families in the areas of responsive parental interactions with their children with disabilities, children’s early language and literacy development, family-centered practices and family support, and the development of tools and scales to support the implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity. She is currently an Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, where she works mainly with doctoral students focused on enhancing their research skills.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: A group of activists under the banner of recently formed Indians for Actualization of Democracy (IAD) on Wednesday released a fact-finding report on the March 25 communal violence at Vadavali in Patan district of north Gujarat, following a visit to the area.Vinod Chand, the president of IAD, called the incident as a “dacoity” rather than “riots,” and said the incident sparked off after a tiff between two schoolboys, one Hindu and the other Muslim, when the latter reprimanded the former for throwing stones at a beehive.last_img read more


first_imgAn Army jawan was reported missing from central Kashmir’s Budgam district Friday evening with police suspecting he could have been abducted by a terror group, officials said. The family of Mohammad Yaseen, posted with Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, informed police that some people came to their house at Qazipora Chadura and took him away. Yaseen had come home on a vacation. Efforts are on to locate his whereabouts.last_img


first_img The survey was designed to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of child labour. National Project Coordinator, Regional Initiative, International Labour Organization (ILO), Resel Melville, has commended the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on completing the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016, which aims to bring an end to child labour in Jamaica.The survey was designed to collect statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of child labour.Conducted by STATIN with support from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the ILO, the survey was launched at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on April 25.Speaking at the launch, Ms. Melville said the survey sets a standard and is an example for other nations in the Caribbean and other regions to follow.“This report and these statistics are not only important at the local or national level, but they actually have a very significant impact at the regional level and at the hemispheric level in terms of our efforts and interventions to eliminate and prevent child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Ms. Melville said.She argued that the report has been launched at the right time, as there are upcoming initiatives where the data will be needed.“The timing of the release of this report dovetails perfectly with several other key initiatives that the ILO has been collaborating with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica and others partners in Jamaica on,” Ms. Melville said.“Jamaica is one of the countries accepted for the pilot application of the Child Labour Risk Identification Model, which has been developed by the Regional Initiative. This particular model will seek to use the country’s existing data to create maps to show the specific areas in the country and the levels of probability or levels of vulnerability to the risk factors for child labour,” she added.She said that with the survey, various organisations will be better able to target specific areas where children are in need, and define multisectoral actions that will be most effective in addressing, preventing and interrupting the trajectory of child labour.“At the regional level, Jamaica continues to be a leader in the Caribbean, an exemplar to the other eight countries which have signed on with us for this regional initiative,” Ms. Melville said.“The other CARICOM members who are currently considering joining the regional initiative are looking at the examples and the leadership of Jamaica, in terms of its activities and interventions,” she added.Ms. Melville said that in the next two weeks, there will be the third face-to-face meeting of the focal-point network for a regional initiative, which brings together the country representatives from all of the participating countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. At this meeting, the data from the survey will also be analysed.“This particular meeting is important, because it is not only going to provide us with a status report on the progress that the Regional Initiative has made in the past year or four years but it also maps an event for strategic planning for what we consider to be the second phase of the regional initiative,” she said.The Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016 is the first stand-alone survey of children’s activities conducted nationally.Objectives of the survey were to collect comprehensive information on children’s engagement in economic activities; improve information on working children, child labour and hazardous work at the national and regional levels; strengthen the capacity of the Government of Jamaica to conduct future data collection, research and analysis of child labour and to use information collected to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 8, Target 8.7.The survey found that approximately 53,274 children participated in economic activities and were working between five and 17 years of age (33,436 boys and 19,838 girls). The survey also found that 37,965 of the children engaged in child labour, which refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children and interferes with their schooling. Speaking at the launch, Ms. Melville said the survey sets a standard and is an example for other nations in the Caribbean and other regions to follow. Story Highlights National Project Coordinator, Regional Initiative, International Labour Organization (ILO), Resel Melville, has commended the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) on completing the Jamaica Youth Activity Survey 2016, which aims to bring an end to child labour in Jamaica. last_img read more


first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says good customer service has to be a top priority, for the justice system to operate at the highest level of efficiency. Speaking at the recent launch of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) for the Rural Circuit and Coroner’s Courts at the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry has been investing a lot of resources into improving its customer service delivery, as “this is the most important part of the justice sector.” “Many of them are coming for the first time and it is important that our court staff treat them as if they are helping a pupil. We have to remember that many of them are ignorant of court processes, so we have to make it welcoming…we have to make it a pleasant experience,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says good customer service has to be a top priority, for the justice system to operate at the highest level of efficiency.Speaking at the recent launch of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) for the Rural Circuit and Coroner’s Courts at the Jewel Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry has been investing a lot of resources into improving its customer service delivery, as “this is the most important part of the justice sector.”“When our citizens come to the courts to access justice…to get information…this is where customer service is very important,” the Minister emphasised.“Many of them are coming for the first time and it is important that our court staff treat them as if they are helping a pupil. We have to remember that many of them are ignorant of court processes, so we have to make it welcoming…we have to make it a pleasant experience,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck implored court workers to ensure that all files are documented so as to make for a speedier trial process.“This way we will know for sure as to how many files are there and which require immediate attention or closure. Not only will every case now has a number, but we will see how that case is progressing through the system,” he said.“I am looking forward to the day…maybe in a matter of months…certainly no more than two to three years…when our citizens go to court to access justice, and within a certain timeframe they can get a result…the file can be closed,” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck said that while judges and court workers sometimes get a bad rap and are unfairly accused of tardiness, “the truth of the matter is that when you see the statistics, the judges and the courts are overburdened with work.”“The statistics will be able to demonstrate that more personnel, more equipment, more technology and more resources must be allocated to the justice sector,” he pointed out.Mr. Chuck said it is important that the resources that are going into making the justice system better be used wisely and “where we can see that it is money well spent.”last_img read more