The Irish Government has approved a foreshore lease to the Marine Institute for the installation of a quarter-scale renewable energy test facility that will also see floating wind testing. However, the approval came with a limit for only one floating wind device being tested at a time.The Galway Bay Marine and Renewable Energy Test site at Spiddal will enable offshore renewable energy technology developers to move from the model testing in University College Cork through the quarter-scale testing at the Galway Bay Test Site.Ireland’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English, said: “This lease is not part of any future commercial offshore renewable energy generating facility. I have consented to this application on the basis that there is no provision to export power from the test site to the National Grid.” Nevertheless, this testing will give the technology developers an opportunity to deploy an up-scaled device in the future at the consented full scale, pre-commercial, grid-connected Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) in County Mayo. There are currently 13 projects at various stages of development waiting for access to the site.The quarter-scale testing is a necessary phase before commercial scale ocean energy development can proceed and will help underpin the Irish government’s objective of producing 50GW from ocean energy by 2050 by enabling devices to demonstrate their ability of surviving in the country’s open ocean conditions.Regarding the conditions for operating the site, besides testing one floating wind device at a time, Marine Institute must also provide a communications centre and a community liaison officer to keep the public informed of activities at the site, according to Minister English.“I have also decided to restrict the number of floating wind energy devices to one at any one time and I am restricting the time period by which the specified devices must be tested to the first 10 years of the 35 year lease. This will help to assure the public that this site is purely for testing of devices and will not result in an offshore electricity generating station in Galway bay,” English explained.Restricting the testing period to the first ten years and to the devices as described in the current application means that applications to test a device after the first ten-year period has expired and applications to test devices not specified in the current application at any time will require a separate foreshore licence application and will be subject to the full consultation process including a period of public consultation.
The Environment Agency’s Lincolnshire Beach Management (LBM) scheme gets underway on 13 May, reports the EA.Over the course of the £7 million LBM scheme, the EA’s contractors will pump around 400,000 cubic meters of sand onto Lincolnshire’s beaches.Mark Robinson, senior flood risk adviser for the Environment Agency, said: “While our annual beach nourishment works continue to be very effective, our long-term estimates suggest that it will not be sustainable to continue with just sand as a method of flood risk management in the future due to the impact of climate change.”“This is why we have worked over a number of years to review our strategy for coastal flood risk management between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point. We took a shortlist of options to public consultation in early 2019 and are currently finalizing our new draft strategy for coastal flood risk management over the next 100 years,” added Robinson.Over the next six weeks, beaches at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft will be replenished.The sand that is used to replenish the beaches is dredged from licensed offshore locations by a trailing suction hopper dredger HAM316Twice a day – just before high tide – the dredger moves closer to the beach to pump approximately 5,000 cubic meters of sand onto the beach.
Garrett Wagner will be a junior at Batesville High School this fall. He is a hurdler and quarter miler on the high school track team. He won both hurdle events at the sectional this year as a sophomore. Garrett just missed reaching the state finals in the 110m high hurdles.This summer Garrett entered the Jr. Olympics on the local level. He is participating in the 400m hurdles which is the distance that collegiate runners cover. Garrett not only advanced from the sectional, but also from the regional. In a couple of weeks he will run in the Nationals in California.Good Luck, Garrett!
British born Ghanaian and former NBA player Pops Mensah Bonsu has fulfilled a dream by staging his first ever basketball skills and training camp in Ghana.Currently serving as General Manager of the Capital City Go-Go, Pops is hoping to give kids an opportunity to pursue their respective dreams while establishing the foundations in Ghana ahead of the commencement of the Basketball Africa League.However, his trip to Ghana has not been all business and basketball.He opened up to Citi News on some of his favourites things including cars, sneakers and his top places to travel and unwind.CARSThe life of a general manager must be tedious and to get around Mensah-Bonsu has a good mix of luxury, off road and next generation technology vehicles to help him do just that.This includes an Infiniti QX 56 which he reveals is his first ever car.Porsche PanameraTeslaRange RoverBMW 760 Infiniti QX 5 TOP FIVE MUSICIANSLife has no spice without music, making it a good to medium for all moods and scenarios. As a man who has spent a greater part of his life on air planes and buses travelling to various destinations to play ball having the right music mix makes a big differenceOnce again Mensah Bonsu displays his dexterity in music in naming his most coveted musicians of all time1.Jay Z2. Notorious BIG3.Stevie Wonder4.Michael Jackson5. Beyonce The Audacity of Hope (Barrack Obama) Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business Review) For the love of the game Energy Bus (John Gordon) The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz) MOVIESSafe to say the man loves his classic movies and is happy to keep it old school for most part.1.The Shawshank Redemption 2.Usual Suspects3.He Got game4.Coming to America 5.Hoop Dreams SNEAKERSSneaker culture is deeply embedded in the DNA of most athletes and the former Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks power forward is no exception.Air Jordan OneAir Jordan Four,Air Jordan Eleven, Adidas Super Star (Shell toe) Nike Huarache. BOOKSThere is no friend as loyal as a book and Pops has a conscious collection to recommend to anyone who is interested in building their knowledge base. ALL TIME NBA FIVEPutting together a list of just five in a league that has produced so many legends can be one of the most daunting tasks ever but Mensah Bonsu did a good job.1. Hakeen Olajuwon2.Kevin Garnett3. Lebron James 4.Micheal Jordan 5.Gary Payton