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_imgFrank Lampard has admitted it would be a “disaster” if Chelsea failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.A goalless draw against Fulham on Monday saw the champions remain in fifth place in the Premier League.With Chelsea trailing leaders Manchester United by 12 points, the 32-year-old midfielder denied that the cup competitions were now the priority.Speaking at the launch of the England Footballers’ Foundation, Lampard told BBC Sport: “We must finish in the top four and can never take our eye off the ball, it would be a disaster if we didn’t qualify.”Chelsea host Everton in round four of the FA Cup on Saturday and play FC Copenhagen in the first knockout round of the Champions League three days later.And Lampard admitted that the two competitions were now vital to his club. He said: “There’s huge importance because you can see the league’s going to be difficult and that means it’s more important to reach finals.”The club’s record signing Fernando Torres has failed to score in the two matches he has played since his £50m move from Liverpool but Lampard also backed his team-mate to star for his new club.“He’s made a huge difference,” he said. “No, he hasn’t scored in two games but all the spotlight is on him.“There’s a huge responsibility, people are looking to him to do it instantly, but he will make a difference to us.“He’s a top-class player, he has boosted the lads already and for sure will come good, he’s going to add to us in a big way. “David Luiz has come in as well and has been fantastic.”With £25m for Luiz, Chelsea splashed out £75m on transfer window deadline day and Lampard said he was delighted by the January spending spree.“I was slightly surprised but it was very exciting and I was pleased,” he said.“It’s a huge boost to have such quality players that we needed at the time.“We haven’t spent much in recent years compared to some by our standards, but last season we won the [League and FA Cup] double and this was a good time for us to go into the market. “I’m just thankful we’ve got the funds to do this.”Lampard admitted Chelsea’s inconsistent form this season has been down to “a few factors”.“We haven’t performed as well, there’s been injuries, and some unsettling moments, but if you don’t perform you fall behind in the title race and that’s the reason really.”Lampard is the nephew of Harry Redknapp, and after seeing his uncle mastermind Spurs’ victory over AC Milan on Tuesday, the Chelsea player admitted he would like to see him manage England after Fabio Capello steps down in 2012.“There’d be a few candidates,” he said. “It’s for him and the FA to decide but it’d be nice if it were an English manager. “At the moment Harry’s doing a fantastic job at Spurs and if he has an opportunity to manage England I’m sure he’d be an outstanding manager. But at the moment we have to play for Capello and we have to win something.”Lampard captained England to victory over Denmark on 9 February but insists there is still a lot of work to do before the national team can claim to have fully recovered from their World Cup debacle in South Africa.“Since the World Cup we’ve had good and not so good results,” he said.“We haven’t turned the corner yet. That is a process and takes time.“When we reach the European Championships and do better than we did at the World Cup then we can say we have.” Source: BBClast_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Class of 1984 and 1989 are holding their reunions this weekend in conjunction with the Kansas Wheat Festival. The Class of 1964 are looking for some classmates for their reunion on Oct. 3-4.Wellington High School Class of 1984 and Class of 1989 will be holding their reunions on Saturday, July 12 at the American Legion Hall. There will be D.J. and karaoke. It is open at 9 p.m. Cost is $5 per person.•••••The Class of 1964 will be holding its 50th Class Reunion in October and is looking for seven classmates. If anyone has any information about: Elandor Higgins JohnsonJohn HallGary GerouxMike McNettKent BrownTerry McBrideDwayne Sigman… contact Karen Bell at•••••If you have any reunion information just send us an e-mail at or place an announcement in the comment section below.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgRaising its profile as an all-weather tourism hotspot, Kerala rolled out a high-voltage ‘Visit Kerala 2015’ campaign with an array of innovative programmes, ranging from Ayurveda to adventure trips, from destination weddings to heritage tourism, from food festivals to quiz competitions.Unfolding the initiatives in the national capital, Kerala Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said the major focus of the campaign is to strengthen the promotion of tourism products that are unique to the state, such as Ayurveda, Responsible Tourism and Spice Route – Muziris heritage.“Plans are underway to host a tourism industrial meet to promote Responsible Tourism and encourage the participation of local communities in the tourism sector,” he said, adding, “the meet will provide guidance to people on setting up home stays and villas with investments on a small scale.”As part of the campaign to showcase the state’s alluring destinations and products that justify its moniker as God’s Own Country’, Kerala Tourism will foray into new markets in China and Sri Lanka through trade fairs, roadshows and familiarisation tours. In addition, it will launch aggressive campaigns in traditional markets like UK, France and Germany to woo potential travellers by holding trade fairs and roadshows. Consumer fairs and familiarisation trips will be introduced in upcoming markets like the U.S.“For Kerala, domestic tourism is equally important in our strategy. We are planning a major offseason promotional blitz in the country to counter seasonality in arrivals and make Kerala an all-weather destination,” he pointed out.‘Visit Kerala 2015’ will also promote Kerala Tourism products like cultural festivals, weddings, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE). It will also showcase the Spice Route and Muziris heritage through an international campaign to promote heritage tourism in the state.Kerala Tourism Secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao said a comprehensive calendar of festivals and events would be prepared and promoted through multiple channels, including India tourism offices and Indian embassies abroad. Kerala will be promoted as a major ‘Wedding and MICE destination’ through online campaigns. The tourism department will also prepare wedding venue databases. In addition, adventure and cycling holidays will be promoted to attract youths and students.To create a destination pull, food festivals will be held in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad to market Kerala’s authentic cuisine, one of the tourist attractions in the state.Highlighting the importance of Responsible Tourism, Kerala Tourism Director P I Sheik Pareeth said a ‘God’s Own Country, People’s Own Tourism’ campaign would be conducted across the state to sensitise local communities to tourism and its opportunities.As part of the destination development initiative, Kerala will embark on industry-driven cleanliness campaign in major destinations in the state. A hop-on hop-off bus will also be introduced in Thiruvananthapuram to enable the tourists go around the city with a single ticket.last_img read more