A-League games return to Tasmania

first_imgA-League games return to Tasmania Peter Gutwein,PremierJane Howlett,Minister for Sport and RecreationFor the first time since 2013, A-League games will be played in Tasmania this year following an agreement between the Tasmanian Government, Western United Football Club, and Football Tasmania.Premier Peter Gutwein said the agreement would see Victorian club Western United host two games per year at UTAS Stadium in Launceston across the 2021 and 2022 seasons.Calder United, a women’s team affiliated with Western United, will also play a match against a Tasmanian women’s select team in 2021, with a W-League game to be played in 2022.“The return of A-League games to Launceston is a great win for our State and once again confirms Tasmania’s ability to host elite level sport,” the Premier said.“Tasmania has a rich sporting history and this partnership is another important marker in our plan to secure elite sports that deliver numerous economic benefits, as well as positioning Tasmania as a destination of choice for visitors.“We have seen strong growth in football participation in recent years in Tasmania, and this will further create opportunities and incentives to develop our local talent, as well as further our ambition to establish an A-League team of our own here in Tasmania.”As part of the agreement, the Government will provide funding of $480,000 across two years which will include junior football clinics and youth camps attended by the WUFC and Calder United players and coaches.Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett said the partnership would encourage further participation in football across the State.“Football is surging in popularity as a participation sport in Tasmania and this partnership with Western United Football Club and the A-League will further encourage people to take up the sport at all levels,” Minister Howlett said.“Tasmania is already punching above our weight in our ability to host elite level sporting events, including the introduction of our very own NBL team later this year.“There is no doubt that Tasmanians love their sport and I encourage everyone to turn out in force and get behind Western United in their home away from home, as well as supporting our own Tasmanian women’s team when they face Calder United.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, AusPol, Australia, elite sports, football, Force, Game, Government, Launceston, love, Minister, Premier, Sport and Recreation, sports, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Weight, winlast_img read more

‘Morphing’ wind turbine goes up near Boulder

first_imgPublished: Sept. 26, 2018 • By Josh Rhoten Photo of Pao with the blade after it was delivered to NREL.New research and testing at the National Renewable Energy Lab outside of Boulder, with the help of CU Engineering, could transform the way wind turbines are created and used around the world – reducing costs along the way.Starting next week, the lab will begin testing a small, scaled down version of a 13-megawatt turbine with two 105-meter blades, which will be positioned downwind rather than the traditional upwind configuration. The scaled blades should be visible from the highway, are 20-meters long and are being installed on the 2-bladed Controls Advanced Research Turbine (known as CART2) at NREL.CU Professor Lucy Pao is leading the project here along with colleagues at other institutions as part of a project funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. It aims to solve several issues that have limited the potential of turbines to this point, including the need for ever larger stiff blades to increase power output. “Conventional upwind turbines have been able to scale up to this point, but 13 megawatts seems to be the limit beyond which traditional upscaling will encounter a number of challenges for a variety of reasons,” Pao explained. The largest three-bladed turbine commercially available today generates 9.5 megawatts with approximately 80-meter blades. The team’s two blades are designed to be “morphing,” meaning they are much lighter and more flexible than traditional versions. Inspired by nature, Pao said the idea is that the blades can bend like palm trees, making them ideal for offshore use, where turbines have to withstand hurricanes.The downwind positioning of the rotor is also unique to the project. In a traditional upwind configuration, wind passes the blades and then the base. This can create problems when the blades are lengthened because they may be pushed into the tower in harsh conditions. Blades in the downwind alignment however will bend away from the base of the structure instead. Further, the two-blade design would lead to a reduction in the total material needed to operate.The ultimate idea is for the blades to also be “segmented,” meaning they are created in parts, reducing the overall cost of manufacturing, transporting and installing them. That means if they were to go into commercial production, and Pao hopes they will eventually, larger wind turbines would not require larger foundries, cranes, or trucks for making and transporting the blades. The current experimental blades are not segmented, but the team has submitted a new proposal for future research funding under which they hope to more fully investigate and develop the segmentation aspects. After the novel scaled blades are installed on the research turbine at NREL, the team will test basic control strategies and gather data through the high wind winter season in Boulder. There will also be some testing of advanced controls as the team searches for ways to improve the control of blade pitch angles and generator torque as conditions dictate.The ability to adapt and function in harsh climates, lower overhead costs and the downwind configuration could all contribute to a more economical system that produces more power, said Pao. 
“We have done a detailed analysis which shows that 25 percent levelized cost of energy reductions are possible relative to conventional upwind 3-bladed wind turbines,” she said. “If all goes well, this new concept could lower the cost of wind energy significantly.”  Pao is working on the project with her former PhD student Kathryn Johnson, now an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and colleagues from the University of Virginia, University of Illinois, University of Texas at Dallas and NREL. Tags:Blog Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via E-maillast_img read more

Lloyds counsels calm on credit

first_imgHigh street firms should not fear a ‘kneejerk’ reaction from banks restricting lending in the wake of high-profile firm failures, according to a big-four bank. The collapse of Manchester firm Cobbetts in January, which followed the demise in 2010 of regional giant Halliwells, has led to acute concerns over the availability of credit. But Chris Marston, head of professional practices at Lloyds TSB, told the Gazette: ‘There will be no kneejerk reaction from banks, nor would that be appropriate.’ He said firms can ‘take comfort’ from the fact banks will not change their approach to lending to the legal sector due to one-off high-profile collapses, but will consider a range of factors. Marston said the bank views solicitors as being of high integrity and the instances where it has written off law firm debt have been low compared with other sectors. ‘The partnership model has been a factor, as partners are jointly and severally personally liable,’ he said. Lloyds TSB, said Marston, has credit policies for all important sectors, including legal, which are reviewed twice a year. The next review for solicitors’ firms will be in around four months. The bank considers a number of factors, including how its book is performing and whether there are loans that are not being serviced, as well as external factors affecting the sector, such as alternative business structures. ‘We look at trends, not single instances,’ he added. Despite the economic climate and potential for increased competition from certain ABSs, he said the bank has seen a ‘surprising’ number of start-ups.last_img read more

Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday 11 – 17 March 2011

first_imgFriday9.30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Aqua Aerobics at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: 300 baht per session. Tel. 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 1pm at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome and we will always find you a partner.  Details are on the website – www.pattayabridge.com or call Terry on 038 422 924.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Friday at Somboons Restaurant in Jomtien Beach for a tournament. For further details go to www.pattayaback gammonleague.com 2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at Pattaya Plus Bowl (north of Big C), Second Road. Contact La at P.S. after 1:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. Mickey Mouse Darts League takes place at the following venues: OK Corral, Devonshire, Cheers, Drum and Monkey, Helicopter, Londoner, Palmer’s, Rising Sun, Stars in your Eyes. For further information please call Denis on 047794050 or E-mail [email protected] Everyone Welcome!SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets every, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Pirates of Pattaya Shooting Club in Hua Yai. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattaya-archery-club.comOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: [email protected]:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 212111 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya for beginners and intermediate: 300 baht per session. Tel. 038 425611- DFiT.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at [email protected]:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: [email protected]:30 p.m.  Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays at the fields of Pattaya Sport Flying Club.  The fields are situated as follows: follow Sukhumvit Road in the direction of Sattahip and turn left just past Greenway Driving Range.  Follow the road for about 5km till you see a sign saying Pattaya Sport Flying Club on your left hand side.  Turn in the sandy road for another 3/4km till you see the fields on your left side.  For more details contact Dirk at: [email protected] or phone at 015754528 or Alan at 061574795.3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.5:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Lawn Bowling Section.  Fun roll-ups on Sunday nights at 5 p.m. that will be instructional, build camaraderie, and fun.  Teams will be drawn for matches, with beginners and experienced bowlers mixed together.  Very generous discounts are offered for PSC members, just show up with your PSC card and flat-soled shoes if you have them.  Equipment is for hire at a modest cost if you don’t have your own.  Contact Bowling Green – Pattaya on 038 720 741 or email [email protected] or just call at the Bowling Green located on Soi Fuengfa between Soi Buakow and 3rd Road.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattayabridge.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3.15 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road). The bus leaves at 3.30 pm, and the run starts at 5pm. Call Patrick 081 687 2410 for details.6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya for beginners and intermediate: 300 baht per session. Tel.  038-425611 ext. DFiT.8:30 p.m. The next Monday Quiz Night is on March 14.  The fixtures are as follows: Legends v Cheers, Nom’s Bar v W. Tankie, Offshore v Londoner, Palmers v Nervous Wreck, Rising Sun v Bowling Green.  Everyone is invited to test your knowledge and join the fun. Email: [email protected] a.m. – 12 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT.Chess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Wednesday9.30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Aqua Aerobics at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: 300 baht per session. Tel. 038-425611 ext. DFiT.11:00 to 12:00 pm. Salsa Aerobics at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Baht 100 per session. Tel. 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets at the Bowling Green, Soi Fuengfa (Soi Xyte). Visitors of all standards are welcome (a suitable partner if necessary) and the venue is non-smoking. For all the latest information, times, location map etc. visit: – www.pattayabridge.com3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at [email protected]:30 p.m. Yoga at DFiT fitness centre, Dusit Thani Pattaya for advanced levels: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT.Thursday11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pilates at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya:  Great workout for the abdominals, bottom and thighs along with some stress-relieving stretches: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT6:30 p.m. Yoga at DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Tel. 038 425611 ext. DFiT.7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or [email protected]:30 p.m.  PSC Thursday Darts League.  Participating teams include Pleasure Dome, Fishermen, Roxy, Queen Vic, PSI, Helicopter, Rising Sun, Londoner and Crazy Eddie’s.  For details, contact Len Banfield, PSC Darts chairman, phone 038 420 432.last_img read more

SEJ charges into grand final

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER AFL VICTORIA JUNIOR METROPOLITAN CHAMPIONSHIPS BOOKING a place in the AFL Victoria Metropolitan Junior Championships grand final…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img