CIP Hikes Beatrice Stake

first_imgScotland-based SSE has sold a further 10% stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to its joint venture partner Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).SSE now holds a 40% stake in the project, with CIP controlling a 35% stake, and Repsol the remaining 25%.SSE says that the sale marks another key step in the project’s preparation for construction, in advance of the upcoming final investment decision due in March 2016.The 588MW site is located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline at the closest point.CIP bought the initial 25% stake in the project from SSE back in November 2014.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup Pushed Back Until 2022

first_imgFive teams – hosts New Zealand and the top four in the ICC Women’s Championship of Australia, England, South Africa and India – have already qualified for the event. The latest decision by the ICC follows a similar one to also scrap this year’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, and stage an event in 2021 and 2022. “We now have absolute clarity on the future of ICC events enabling all of our members to focus on the rescheduling of lost international and domestic cricket,” he said. “Moving the event by 12 months gives all competing teams the chance to play a sufficient level of cricket ahead of both the qualification event and leading into a Cricket World Cup so the integrity of the tournament is maintained.” India will play host to next year’s tournament with Australia staging the 2022 showpiece. “The decisions the Board have taken today are in the best interests of the sport, our partners and importantly our fans.” “We have taken the decision to move the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to give players from every competing nation, the best opportunity to be ready for the world’s biggest stage and there is still a global qualifier to complete to decide the final three teams,” Sawhney said. However, chief executive Manu Sawhney said pushing back the tournament would help ensure the quality of the tournament, since there had been no women’s cricket played since the global lockdown of sport began six months ago. Sawhney pointed out due to the governing body’s early rejigging of the fixtures, participating teams could now plan strategically.center_img “Over the last few months as we have considered how we return to staging global events, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in ICC events,” he stressed. Acting ICC chairman Imran Khwaja said the revising of the global itinerary had been necessary in light of the fallout from the pandemic, and done in the best interest of the sport. LONDON, Aug 7, CMC – Cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, announced Friday it was postponing the 50-over Women’s World Cup until 2022, amid the ongoing global health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. West Indies, who finished seventh in the Championship standings, will enter a qualifier next year to determine the remaining three spots for the World Cup. “There has been no women’s international cricket played since the conclusion of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year and due to the varying impact of COVID-19 globally that is likely to remain the situation for a number of the teams. CMC Three weeks ago, the ICC said it could continue “to evaluate the situation” regarding the staging of the tournament in New Zealand next February, noting that planning would continue as scheduled.last_img read more

Explosive drama of ‘August’ muffled by laughter at Vintage

first_imgAURORA | Vintage Theatre’s production of “August: Osage County” is the very definition of ambitious local theater.The Pulitzer-Prize-winning play features 13 characters, numerous storylines running parallel to one another and enough family dysfunction to fill a season of a Maury Povich-hosted television show. It takes a herculean effort from cast and crew to make it all work.The story centers around the Weston clan’s impromptu reunion after the disappearance of its patriarch Beverly. Their gathering is like several tornadoes of resentment and combative family ties colliding into a perfect storm that leaves nothing standing. Clocking in at three-plus hours, the audience gets the brewing storm, its destructive force and the shell-shocked aftermath.At its best, Vintage’s incarnation of “August: Osage County” is the perfect example of why local theater should never shy away from a challenging show. It can make the audience erupt in laughter one moment and then squirm in their seats the next as this family, so full of anger and pain, communicates almost exclusively through sharp-as-knife barbs and physical violence.By the time the show ends, the audience is left to crawl out of the crater that has been created by this family going nuclear.Deborah Persoff is a force of nature as Violet, the matriarch of the Weston family who is filled with nothing but pills, pain and venom for her brood. Violet’s importance to the show cannot be overstated: if Persoff had failed in the challenge, the entire show would have been doomed. But Persoff is more than game for the test — she owns it, bringing one of modern theater’s most vicious and heartbreaking characters to life on the Vintage’s stage.Haley Johnson is pitch-perfect as Violet’s eldest daughter Barbara, a mother struggling with her own family’s disintegration while still carrying the weight of growing up in household’s caustic environment. Johnson holds back on the emotion in the first act, leaving enough on the table for her to truly show the downward spiral Barbara is doomed to take in the second and third acts.But for all this production has going for it, there are times when it all comes off as disconnected and incongruous. The humor and pain throughout often require a subtle approach to make it seem real and allow the audience a chance to get immersed in the chaos. The exaggerated search for humor in “August” makes for some laugh-out-loud moments, but it comes at the cost of the play’s emotional punch.But even when it misses the mark, this play is worth the hourslong commitment. There is some fine acting to be seen, especially from John Ashton (Charlie Aiken), Brandon Palmer (Little Charles Aiken), Marc Stith (Bill Fordham) and Kaitlin Weinstein (Jean Fordham). And director Bernie Cardell keeps a firm handle on the chaos of the play, particularly during the climactic dinner scene as the second act closes — that one scene alone is worth the price of admission.Despite an imperfect execution, Vintage Theater should be applauded for tackling a difficult show that would make even larger theaters second-guess themselves. This play is one every theatergoer should experience at least once live, and Vintage — despite some hiccups — is up to the challenge.last_img read more

Hantuchova takes Pattaya Open 2011 crown

first_imgThe first set was over quickly as Hantuchova expertly attacked her opponent’s serve and did not give Errani any opportunity to play her game.Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia holds the trophy after winning her final match over Sara Errani of Italy in the PTT Pattaya Open tennis tournament in Pattaya, Sunday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)The Italian finally got on the scoreboard in the opening game of the 2nd set, however any hopes she had of a comeback were quickly snuffed out by Hantuchova, who held serve and then broke her opponent to take a 2–1 lead.  Errani did win one more game to make it 5–2, but once again Hantuchova stepped up her game and served out to take the match and the Pattaya title on her first visit to the beachside venue.“It was a great match,” the 32nd-ranked Hantuchova said.  “I didn’t lose a set five matches in a row which is good news.  It shows that I’m really focused and physically and mentally strong in this kind of condition.“Today I knew it was going to be tough,” continued the new champion.  “But I stayed focused and played point by point, not giving anything away, trying to get the job done.  I was really hungry for another title.”Sara Errani returned to take part in the doubles final with her friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci, their opponents were Zheng Jie and Sun Shengnan from China.  It was the Chinese pair who won the opening set of the match by 6–3.  In the 2nd set the match went with serve until the eighth game when the Italian pair broke their opponents to lead 5–3 and duly served out the set.  The super tie-break was won by Vinci and Errani 10–5 and was some consolation for the Italian’s loss in the singles final.  (Source Pentangle Promotions)The doubles champions and runners-up pose with their trophies.Daniela Hantuchova, right, poses with Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont following her straight sets win over Sara Errani of Italy.Hantuchova serves to Errani during the first set.Errani scrambles to chase down a cross court forehand from Hantuchova. Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia secured her first WTA title since 2007, cruising to a convincing 6–0, 6–2 victory over Sara Errani of Italy in just one hour and 16 minutes on Sunday afternoon at the Dusit Thani Pattaya.  She did it on the back of a power game which had her opponent running from side to side of the court and despite some deft touches from Errani, she was unable to gain a foothold into the match.last_img read more

Magee Hospital hosts baby pep rally

first_imgTINY STEELER FANS–Newborns at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC with their Steelers gear. (Photo by J.L. Martello)Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC is showing their Steeler pride during the playoffs by hosting a nursery pep rally featuring Pittsburgh’s newest members of Steeler Nation before every game. The newborns will be swaddled in Terrible Towels and sport hand-knitted black and gold caps made by Magee’s Volunteer Knitters. The first rally was held Jan. 8, the day before the Steelers won against the Bengals to go on and play against the Broncos.STEELER FAMILY–New mother Glennice Thomas holds her 2-day-old Steelers fan, Djibril Diallo, who is wrapped up in the terrible towel and rooting the team on in their playoff bid in the 2015-2016 season. She is supported by her sister, Mattie Thomas.(Photo by J.L. Martello)Pictured are participants of the first baby rally, Glennice Thomas and her son, Djibril Diallo, just two days after she gave birth.Glennice, who thought what the hospital is doing is really nice since all the babies were born in Pittsburgh, said it does not matter to her what Diallo does when he grows up as long as he is happy and he is good at whatever he does.Mattie Thomas, Glennice’s sister, a diehard devoted Steelers fan, said, “Djibril makes me believe even more that we are going to win.”BABY SUPPORT—Then two-day-old Djibril Diallo supporting the Steelers in their playoff run. (Photo by J.L. Martello)last_img read more

Pearse Stadium Double Header Confirmed For Saturday

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The CCCC have confirmed the details of the Allianz National Hurling League Quarter Finals. Galway’s Quarter Final with Wexford will be played as a doubleheader with the Allianz National Football League clash of Galway and Roscommon in Pearse Stadium on Saturday next.  The Hurling Quarter Final between Galway and Wexford will throw in at 1.30 with the Football throwing in at 3.30. All three Hurling Quarter Finals will be played on Saturday with Waterford and Clare in Walsh Park at 3pm and Tipperary and Dublin in Semple Stadium at 4.30. The Division One A Relegation Play-off between Kilkenny and Cork will be played at Nowlan Park and will throw in at 2pm. last_img read more