Japan launches its first auction for a floating offshore wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Japan officially launched its effort to seek participants in the nation’s first auction for a floating offshore wind farm.The nation’s economy and land ministries will select the winner of the auction around June 2021 to construct the floating turbines off the southern prefecture of Nagasaki, according to a joint statement on Wednesday. The deadline for bidding in the auction is Dec. 24. Winning bidders will be chosen after consulting with experts on the feasibility and efficiency of the proposed business plans, according to a spokesman of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.The capacity of the floating farm must be a minimum of 16.8 megawatts. The feed-in tariff for the farm is set at 36 yen ($0.34) per kilowatt hour.The auction will be the first under Japan’s offshore wind promotion law, which took effect April 1, 2019, as the nation aims to achieve the target of boosting renewable energy to 24% of its total power generation by 2030, from about 17% in 2019. Developing affordable floating offshore wind technology is seen as key to meeting those goals, as available land is scarce and Japan doesn’t have the shallow coastal areas that have allowed traditional offshore turbines to prosper in places like Denmark and the U.K.BloombergNEF expects Toda Corp. to win the auction as the company is already planning to develop a 22-megawatt floating project in the same location, and the tender process gives preference to existing developers with good community ties and offshore wind experience, according to analyst Isshu Kikuma.[Aya Takada]More: Japan starts to seek bidders for first floating wind farm auction
By U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office June 29, 2016 Representatives from the United States and 17 partner nations kicked off Phase II of exercise Tradewinds 2016 with an opening ceremony held at the Jamaica Defence Force Up Park Camp, in Kingston, Jamaica, beginning on June 20th. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise which has multinational military interacting in training that also promotes regional security cooperation. Phase II of the exercise includes both maritime and land events, which further enhance opportunities for participating countries to improve their security and disaster assistance capabilities. “During this exercise we will have 18 countries and about 1,000 participants, [who speak four languages]”, said Major General Antony Anderson, Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaican Defence Force. “It’s a great opportunity to [familiarize each other with the procedures of partner nations] who perhaps don’t work together that much, but also between cultures and languages, and how we make all of that work together, to ensure that we have a safer region.” The participating nations conducted numerous training events, which included internal security training, counter-illicit trafficking training, and dive and ship operations training. Throughout the exercise, the participating countries were integrated with service members from other nations allowing them to strengthen their interoperability. “What’s most important, are the relationships that we build and develop, because they will determine how well we come together when faced with a crisis or natural disaster,” said Colonel David Carbonero, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Marine Forces, South. “Lasting partnerships of friendship and trust will enable us to combat and defeat transnational organized crime and provide security and stability for our region.” Tradewinds was conducted from June 20th-28th throughout various locations around Jamaica, including Up Park Camp, Moneague Training Area, and Montego Bay.
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Stafford (back) was limited in practice all week, but he is expected to play against Arizona despite a “questionable” tag.Mired in a slump that’s seen him throw two TDs compared to four turnovers the past three games, Stafford has quickly fallen out of favor with fantasy owners. Arizona has done a good job limiting fantasy QBs this year (third-fewest fantasy points allowed), so Stafford shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups anyway, but if he’s out, that would put Kenny Golladay on the WR3 bubble. Matt Cassel would start in Stafford’s place. Mitchell Trubisky and Sam Darnold have already been declared healthy and will start for their respective teams this week, leaving Matthew Stafford and Joe Flacco as the only injured quarterbacks on the Week 14 active/inactive bubble. And while neither would make for particularly good options in the fantasy playoffs, both could affect fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions, especially if you were going to use Lamar Jackson in season-long or NFL DFS lineups.We’ll updates this article with the official statuses of these QBs once they’re released, so check back throughout the day. For more on injured RBs Isaiah Crowell and Doug Martin, check here; for more on injured WRs, including Doug Baldwin and T.Y. Hilton, click here. For the Week 14 weather report, go here. You can also follow us on Twitter (@SN_Fantasy ) for more advice and updates. Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerIs Joe Flacco playing Week 14?UPDATE 2: Flacco is officially OUT.UPDATE 1: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Flacco will be active but only as a backup to Lamar Jackson.Flacco (hip) managed to get in limited practices this week, and despite being “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, he seems likely to be active for the first time since Week 9. Last Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport reported Flacco and Lamar Jackson “could split time” in Week 14, but there have been no further indications that will actually happen. However, coach John Harbaugh also hasn’t officially named a starting QB, so it’s unclear exactly what the Ravens are planning to do under center, which is why people are asking…Is Lamar Jackson starting in Week 14?UPDATE: Jackson is officially STARTING.Based on reports, it would be a pretty big shock if Jackson didn’t start against the Chiefs in Week 14. While still not showing much as a passer, Jackson has impressed as a runner, gaining at least 70 rushing yards in all three games he’s started. Most important for the Ravens, they’ve won all three games.While the Chiefs allow a lot of fantasy points to QBs, a decent portion of that is due to the league-leading 317.1 QB passing yards/game they allow. Jackson still has a high floor because of his rushing ability, but his ceiling isn’t as high as most QBs against Kansas City. WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIs Matthew Stafford playing in Week 14?UPDATE: Stafford is officially ACTIVE.
If you thought we could resist the temptation to call Matisse Thybulle an artist on defense, we are sorry to disappoint. Hey, didn’t his parents dare us to abuse that allusion by assigning him that first name? Doesn’t Matisse himself mandate it by performing with such elegance, such élan?You may not believe theft and destruction can be beautiful, but we dare you to stay up late enough to watch Washington rampage through the Pacific-12 Conference, to see Thybulle steal the basketball from an opponent or wreck its offense with a series of authoritative shot-blocks. MORE: SN’s latest March Madness bracket projectionsA 6-5 senior from suburban Seattle, Thybulle’s excellence as a defender has been an essential component of the Huskies’ success in 2018-19. They are 22-5 overall and 13-1 in the Pac-12. They have clinched a share of the regular season title and can seize all the glory by winning Thursday night at Cal. They have a team defense ranked 13th in the nation.Washington coach Mike Hopkins compares Thybulle’s command of defense to that of Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. Hopkins points to an interview clip of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who once observed Reed demonstrate such a profound understanding of defense that he was able to con fellow Hall of Famer Peyton Manning into throwing an interception.“He’s got THAT,” Hopkins told Sporting News.“Guys that love to play defense, they take pride in it. And they have not only great anticipation, but he also has incredible athleticism. He has the anticipation and then the coverage of space.”Thybulle’s 96 steals and 3.6 per-game average lead all NCAA Division I players. He averages 2.3 blocks a game, which ranks second in the Pac-12 and 20th in the NCAA. Every player ranked ahead of him on the national list is 6-7 or taller, and the next 15 players ranked behind him are, as well. There’s no other 6-5 guy among the top 60 shot-blockers.Given those amazing statistics, it’s no surprise he was on the list of semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award, along with Duke’s Zion Williamson, Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke and Michigan’s Zavier Simpson, among others.Here’s the question, though, that Thybulle forces us to ponder: Can the best defensive player in college basketball be a guy who plays zone?“I think there’s no question about it,” Hopkins said. He is a little biased, though.“It maybe makes him stand out more because he’s playing zone,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, a member of the Naismith board of selectors, told SN. “He’s as good a zone defender as I can remember seeing in the past 25 years. I think he’s a great defender regardless of what defense he’s playing.”MORE: Zion makes case for DPOY simply by being absentThybulle played two seasons with the Huskies under coach Lorenzo Romar. In the second of those, though he averaged 10.1 points and 2.1 steals, the Huskies won two league games. Romar was fired March 15, 2017; four days later word started to leak his replacement would be Hopkins.“I was really lost, because I didn’t know whether I wanted to stay or if I wanted to go,” Thybulle told SN. “My mind was all over the place. I met him, and for anyone who has met him, he was nothing short of crazy. This guy’s got so much energy, he’s so excited. He thinks that we’re going to be able to do all these amazing things. I was like, ‘Man, what if it’s too good to be true?’“I talked to my dad. And Coach Hop is such a genuine guy and he’s really big on family, and I was able to connect to him on that level. And so was my dad. So it was a leap of faith. This was his first time as, essentially, a head coach. We’ve seen how it turned out. We made the right choice.”It was Thybulle’s father, Gregory, who took the inspiration to name his child Matisse after a backpacking trip through Europe exposed him to some of the artist’s masterpieces. Thybulle said there were prints of several Henri Matisse paintings around his home.“I’m a big fan. I would say I have a couple favorites,” Thybulle said. “I would say in terms of artists, my two favorites are Matisse, obviously, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.”He acknowledges that when he began playing pickup ball last summer after a full year in what now should be termed “the U-Dub Zone”, it took a few runs to get used to the idea, “I don’t need to stand at the top of the key anymore. Like, I actually need to follow my guy.”Although Thybulle’s scoring is down to 9.9 points per game this season, he is widely recognized for his remarkable defense and is considered to be a promising NBA prospect.“I do what we need to win,” Thybulle said. “And me forcing up shots is not going to help us win. If anything, it’s going to hurt us. So I don’t try to force anything, and as you’ve seen, we don’t need me to. My personal numbers don’t mean anything to me, and that goes for offense and defense.”MORE: Five storylines that will shape remainder of seasonThybulle will admit to being a little skeptical about the conversion to playing zone almost exclusively. “Before Coach Hop, you looked at a zone, when a team was in a zone, like they just couldn’t play man. We thought of it as a more passive defense,” Thybulle said. “Going into it, I had an open mind. I didn’t know anything about the Syracuse zone. So I didn’t know where I was going to fit in, how I could fit in. But I know that defensively, I always give it my all, no matter what. So I was never worried I wasn’t going to be able to do it.”Hopkins is in his second year at UW, nearly three decades after he was a player and assistant coach under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse. He didn’t originally plan to import the Syracuse zone to the West Coast. But after trying to incorporate multiple schemes — pressing, matchup zone, some man-to-man, similar to what Rick Pitino employed at Louisville — Hopkins and his staff determined they were trying to teach too many different concepts. He went back to what he knows best in preparing for the start of his first season as head coach.He installed the Syracuse 2-3, a more active, disruptive zone than most coaches who play zone employ. The Huskies faced Saint Martin’s in an exhibition game, and the opposition went 6 of 10 from 3-point range to start the game. They dumped the zone that day and went man-to-man.“But we kept getting better at it, and then in a private scrimmage we went against Boise State,” Hopkins said. “One of my assistants said, ‘Hey Coach, you ever think about putting Matisse exclusively on top of the zone? That was a hell of a suggestion, right? Good staff.” Thybulle’s block numbers are even more amazing given that playing at the top means he most often begins a possession stationed 15 feet or more from the basket. But he has grown to understand how to make the greatest impact from his position.“I think something that is a little bit misunderstood in zone, or at least in our zone, we still guard the ball. I still have to sit down and keep the guy with the ball in front of me,” Thybulle said. “I’ve had to guard guys driving the lane. I’ve had to guard pull-up jumpers. These are all things you’re going to see in a man.“I think I might have a little more help because it’s zone so guys can shift a little bit. But aside from that, zone or man, we’re still playing defense. In football, they play zone or man, they’re still playing defense.”
By John BurtonThis year’s election wasn’t going to be much, with low voter turnout predicted and safe seats up for Assembly, county seats and locally. But those political prognosticators were wrong in a Monmouth County legislative race and for a surprising number of local contests.They were correct about the turnout, which was a historic low at 23 percent, and with low turnout elections come the informed and passionate voters, analysts agree.Results continue to remain fluid in a number of races around the area; some, as of Wednesday, continuing to be too close to call in Belmar, Neptune and Long Branch until provisional ballots are counted Monday. To further complicate things, result totals were delayed as county election officials worked with a computer software contractor Dominion Voting Services employed by the county to recover accidentally deleted vote-by-mail numbers by an employee of Dominion but were restored. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano apologized to the candidates whose results changed as a result of the error and noted the county is more than displeased with the “chronic” problems with the company.Because the turnout was expected to be a few points below the previous historic low, Patrick Murray, founding director the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said “It didn’t look like there was going to be a huge turnout effect,” to sway elections, Murray said. But the low response may have factored into some noteworthy upsets. Democrats increased that party’s majority by taking two Assembly seats in the traditionally Republican bedrock of Monmouth County, in the 11th District. Democratic challengers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated eight-year Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.Murray called this “a huge upset.”“There was talk of this all along that this would be a potential pickup,” Murray said. The major factors being that the 2011 redistricting appeared to favor Democrats, with more registered Democrats – by one estimate as much as 10,000 more Democrats. But the defining factor was likely a last minute influx of about $1 million in Democratic PAC money into the district.“They smelled blood in the water,” Murray said of the Democrats. “And they threw some money into the race.”And ultimately, “The Republicans were caught sleeping on this race,” Murray maintained. “No question about it.”What that “onslaught of money” was able to do was to buy TV ad time and mailers contending the Republicans were continuously in league with Republican governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie, “tarring him with his feathers, if you will,” observed Ingrid Reed, a Rutgers University political scientist and former executive director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.The Democrats’ strong showing was likely a mandate on Christie, even as Christie stayed out of state during campaign season (and rarely appeared in GOP candidates’ campaign photos – much like President Barack Obama did in the 2010 Congressional races) Reed suspected.The candidates failing to distance themselves from the increasingly unpopular governor could be blamed for Angelini and Casagrande’s loss, Murray suspected. Neither of the lawmakers ever voted for a veto override and “sometimes you have to stand up for your constituents,” Murray said, explaining that may have lead to Republican voters staying home. “The Republican Party has reaped what they’ve sown,” in this case, he observed.“The county GOP is still strong,” countered Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman. Golden pointed to continued comfortable victories for freeholder and county clerk and solid wins in many of the municipalities, including picking up at least one seat, and probably two, in Democratic stalwart Red Bank. The Republicans have a four-vote lead for the second seat. He insisted the 11th District loss was the product of outside money and district gerrymandering. “But we’re going to get it back in two years,” which will be a gubernatorial, Senate and Assembly election. Republicans easily won the 13th legislative district returning a.“I think the incumbents in the 11th failed to show that they should be re-elected,” was how Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal saw it. He accused the GOP incumbents of “arrogance.”Gopal observed “When you take voters for granted it doesn’t work out.”Democrats, Gopal noted, had “some very big wins,” in Matawan, Manalapan, and Spring Lake Heights. They picked up the mayor’s spot in Atlantic Highlands and very likely Oceanpor t.What is interesting about Atlantic Highlands and Oceanport is that in both of those races, incumbents crossed party lines and offered endorsements. In Atlantic Highlands outgoing Republican Mayor Frederick Rast supported the victorious Democrat Rhonda LeGrice for mayor; and Oceanport Republican Councilman actively worked for write-in mayoral candidate and presumptive winner John Coffey.When you have such low turnout those who bother coming to the polls tend to be the most informed and passionate, Reed pointed out.Murray agreed. “These are the surprises you get with a low turnout.”Local 2015 election coverage on The Two River TimesUnexpected Results in a Historically Low Turnout YearGOP Takes Red Bank By 4 VotesIncumbents Ousted in HighlandsGOP Sweeps, Other Than Stunning Angelini and Casagrande Loss‘Quixotic’ Oceanport Mayoral Attempt SucceededLocal Election ResultsVoters Approve Liquor Sales in Little SilverVIDEO: Local Candidate DebateEvery Vote Counts (Editorial)
By Jay Cook |RED BANK – Jersey Shore residents have been glued to TV screens over the past few days, painfully watching Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston, Texas, and its surrounding communities.It’s a scene New Jerseyans have come to know all too well – from the historic rainfall and flooding, to the loss of homes and memories in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. And because of those unfortunate experiences, many locals haven’t thought twice about helping their fellow Americans.Proactive residents across the Bayshore are coordinating in myriad ways to assist those affected by Harvey, from planning day-long drives to the greater Houston area, to organizing local drop-off sites for collected goods.In Union Beach, which became the face of Sandy after the “half house” photograph made national rounds, a local restaurateur is in the midst of collecting gift cards for Harvey victims.And along the Navesink in Red Bank, a Texas transplant now living locally is doing her part to help the Texans she grew up with.Chemayne Myers spent years with her family in George West, Texas, a few hours west of Houston. Both her parents still live there. Now a member of Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 and a Red Bank resident, Myers hatched the idea to gather donated goods at the West Front Street lodge after seeing her family’s personal struggle.“My sister lost her house, my brother lost his house, and three of my cousins lost their houses,” Myers said. “I wanted to find a way to help.”On Tuesday evening, she watched in appreciation as numerous people pulled up in the pouring rain to donate cases of ramen noodles, diapers, and miscellaneous kitchen supplies for delivery to Houston.Ellen Gillis, a Red Bank Catholic Class of ’77 graduate, stopped by the lodge at around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. She currently lives in Seabrook, Texas, located in southeast Houston on Galveston Bay, with her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Katie.But Gillis has been in Middletown the past two weeks tending to her mother who suffered a fall. It’s unlikely she’ll be home before next week, she said.Since Harvey hit, Gillis was scanning local Facebook pages, looking for donation drop sites for hurricane victims. She has been looking to coordinate donations from Rumson Country Day school to send about 200 desks and chairs to schools in the greater Houston area.“I think people up here are amazingly sympathetic and very empathetic to what we’re going through,” Gillis said.“This is unprecedented,” she continued. “The opportunity is there to see people reach out. That’s what we want the world to see.”On Sept. 1, Elks from the Red Bank and Marlton lodges will pack an RV to the brim with any donated goods gathered during this week, and will trek down south to give the goods to Houstonians in need.In Union Beach, Gigi Dorr, co-owner of JakeaBob’s Bay restaurant, has begun collecting prepaid debit and gift cards to send down to Houston.Those cards are “easier to transport, and can get right into the hands of the people that need it,” Dorr said.After Sandy hit, Dorr said Texas parishes drove to New Jersey and helped with the Sandy recovery efforts. Now, she’s coordinating with Southside Church of Christ, Fort Worth, to be their point of contact for the Harvey recovery.“If you were in Sandy and directly affected by Sandy, and you got the help, it’s not even a question,” Dorr said, about paying it back. “You know who came and helped you. That’s just humanity. It has to be done.”Plans are in place for Bob Parcells, a retired Union Beach code enforcer, to drive to Houston and hand the cards out to anyone in need.When asked about any advice she would provide to someone in Houston, Dorr kept her answer simple.“Pray,” she said.Harvey’s pounding damage upon southeastern Texas has been unprecedented. According to the National Weather Service, the storm dumped a continental United States record amount of rainfall, totaling over 51 inches.Accuweather, a commercial weather forecasting service, estimates Hurricane Harvey will cause more than $160 billion in damage. That figure is similar to the combined costs of both Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, Accuweather officials have said.Other local organizations and charities are doing their part to gather goods for Harvey’s victims, with more school-community based efforts expected to start up when children return to classes. Here are a few local efforts:IMA Urgent Care facilities in Shrewsbury, Middletown, and Hazlet are collecting personal hygiene items for Harvey victims. Everything collected by Sept. 4 will be shipped to Bay Area Church in League City, Texas. A post on the Shrewsbury location’s Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon said they already have over $5000 worth of donated goods.All seven Windmill Hot Dogs locations have partnered with Convoy of Hope, a children’s feeding initiative; Deal Police Department; SeaCoast Chevrolet; and Taste The Cakes and Ice Cream ice cream shop to gather strictly new merchandise to send to Houston. That includes any clothing, dry food, cleaning supplies, and hygienic products. Windmill announced on Wednesday afternoon a tractor trailer of supplies will be packed within 10 days for delivery to Texas.The boroughs of Sea Bright, Keansburg, and Union Beach, among others, have set up donation drops at their respective borough halls.The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is accepting donations for Harvey relief. To make a donation, visit helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.The American Red Cross has a crew of 19 New Jersey disaster workers in Houston currently helping with relief efforts. To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.This article was first published in the Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsSaturday, during the Leafs game against the Creston Valley Thunder, two lucky fans will get an opportunity to shoot for a 2011 Ford Fiesta.The chance occurs during the second-period intermission of final Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season home game for the Leafs.“Two fans, one selected from the list of second-period shooting contestants during the season and one from the program buyers at Saturday’s game receive a chance to shoot for the Ford Fiesta,” said Leaf president Russell Stocks.The two contestants receive one chance from center ice and must score on the Fiesta Shootout board over the goal.The Ford Fiesta shoot to win is the highlight of what promises to be an evening of fun and games.Also for fans at the game is a Wheel of prizes game. For $2, fans have a chance to spin the wheel to receive prizes donated by Nelson and District Community Complex, Save On Foods and Nelson Ford.The Leafs are also donating some of the game proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Child Heath of B.C. The foundation, an initiative of B.C. Children’s Hospital, is a network of health authorities and health care providers dedicated to excellence in care of infant children and youth in B.C.Executive decision to bring coach Shaw back It’s not even playoff time and the Nelson Leafs executive is already planning for next season.Team president Russell Stocks announced earlier this week that the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise has retained current skipper Chris Shaw for another season as skipper of the Green and White.“Chris had expressed interest in returning for next year, and if there wasn’t any issue and he agreed to come back we wanted to get that right out of the way,” Stocks told The Nelson Daily Thursday. “We wanted to get that done and out of the way.”The Leafs were stung a little when last year’s coach and GM, Simon Wheeldon announced at the end of the season he was stepping down from a headman of the team.The decision came after a long run by the Leafs through the playoffs and well into recruiting season.That, combined with the fact Shaw could not start the job until June, left the Leafs behind other teams in the recruiting game.“Most of the work for next season starts in the next two to three weeks after playoffs so we wanted to Chris to focus on what we need to do to win some games and not be worried if he’s going to have a job or not.”Despite the Leafs failing to find any success against the Beaver Valley’s or Castlegar’s of the Murdoch Division, the Leaf executive is happy with the job of their coach and GM.“We never based this year for Chris on wins and losses . . . we feel Chris has done a good job,” Stocks explained. “We also didn’t want to make it part of his success in the playoffs. His job wasn’t dependent on that. We wanted to make sure he knew that and the community at large knew that.“So regardless of how we do in the playoffs won’t affect our decision moving forward.”The Leafs are 24-21-0-3 under Shaw, good enough for third place in the Murdoch Division behind front running Castlegar Rebels.Nelson concludes the regular season this weekend with a home and home series against Creston.Friday Nelson opens in the Creston Valley before finishing off the campaign at home Saturday.The Leafs open the KIJHL playoffs Tuesday in Fruitvale against the Hawks.The first home game is Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the NDCC [email protected]