Irish Marine Institute Gets Galway Bay Test Site Approval

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Long turns in poor performance in season finale; Lester discusses Hunt as part of improvements looking to next season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Since becoming Syracuse’s offense coordinator five games into the season, Tim Lester’s overlooked games from the coach’s booth.As a result, his reactions to his offense’s struggles have gone unseen. That is until he stood on the sideline for the entirety of Syracuse’s (3-9, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) 28-7 loss to Boston College (7-5, 4-4) at Alumni Stadium on Saturday, as his offense — most notably freshman quarterback AJ Long — turned in one last dud to put a woeful season in perspective. Lester spent most of the game talking with Long and rallying his offense onto and off the field. But when Long threw an interception right into the arms of Eagles linebacker Mike Strizak on the second play of the second half, Lester hung his head. “The good thing is I get to go back and watch AJ,” Lester said. “… He just didn’t hit anybody.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe loss to Boston College wasn’t just the end to the Orange’s season, it was also an end of a two-week stretch that the SU coaching staff had advertised as an experimentation for its young quarterbacks. That includes Long and sophomores Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble, but Long was the only one of the three to play meaningful snaps against the Eagles, which was the last time Syracuse will see any of the three against a live opponent until the program starts making decisions next August. And even Long wasn’t given much of a shot early on, as the Orange tried to establish a run game with running backs that haven’t scored a touchdown since the team’s opener against Villanova on Aug. 29. When Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy hit wide receiver Sherman Alston for a 26-yard touchdown with 1:10 left in the first half, Boston College had 14 points and Syracuse had 9 passing yards. On the ensuing possession, the Orange ran George Morris II three times and didn’t attempt a pass as the second-quarter clock wound down. “We have a lot of work to do with those kids,” Shafer said of the three quarterbacks. “We’re just trying to win football games. We know a lot about these kids now because they’ve prepared for game planning and that sort of thing.”Lester said that Kimble’s struggles against Pittsburgh narrowed this week’s game plan down to Long and Wilson. The offensive coordinator added that being on the sideline gave him a worse look at the quarterbacks than he normally would have, but wanted to call plays from there to encourage the offense and work hands-on with Long and Wilson. Long, playing behind a fully healthy offensive line, finished 7-for-18 for 59 yards and an interception. Wilson came on for Syracuse’s last possession, down three touchdowns, and threw a pick on his second pass. “I have to say this is my worst game other than Clemson,” Long said. “I didn’t throw the ball well and didn’t make good reads. I had a lot of mental errors. If I had to grade it, it would be my worst game right next to Clemson.”With an hour and a half until kickoff on Saturday, Terrel Hunt limped around the middle of the field and threw passes to the Orange’s tight ends. The fractured fibula that has kept him out since Syracuse lost to Louisville on Oct. 3 kept him from moving too much. His passes were spirals but expectedly didn’t have much zip. He wore a blue jump suit, SU beanie and smiled as if it wasn’t the end of the line for a team that hasn’t been bowl eligible since Nov. 8. Because for him it’s not. Hobbled or not, Hunt was the best quarterback that took to the Alumni Stadium field for the Orange and that’s why Lester pointed to the will-be fifth-year senior when asked how he plans to improve his offense heading into the offseason. The Orange didn’t get a great look at any of its young quarterbacks against the Eagles, but Hunt’s expected return had Lester not too worried.Said Lester: “Having a fifth-year senior quarterback is going to change a lot.” Comments Published on November 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Picture Special: Jazz legend celebrates Bealtaine 2017 launch

first_imgBealtaine 2017 got off to a great start today when the programme was launched by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. The audience was treated to a special concert by living Jazz legend Guy McIntyre accompanied by John Trotter and Roan Armstrong. Bealtaine in Donegal features a wide range of over 150 events in libraries, arts and community venues and day care centres throughout the county over the month of May. Speaking at the launch Shaun Hannigan outlined a small number of the 160+ events taking place in Donegal during Bealtaine 2017 – from Plein Air painting workshops to the Lad from Laghey showing in a number of venues throughout Donegal to the ‘Then there was Light’ event which will remember the Rural Electrification Scheme to tips on keeping your brain healthy at a dedicated event in the Central Library in Letterkenny. Many of these events are free to attend with excellent concessions available for paid events.“A lot of work has gone into putting together this extensive programme which will see over 160 events taking place in Donegal to celebrate creativity and art among older people and we are hoping that as many people as possible will come along and join us in celebrating Bealtaine.  Events are taking place in libraries, arts and community venues and day care centres throughout the county” says Shaun Hannigan.Councillor Terrance Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council. Photo Clive WassonRita Chapman, Grainne Hines, Chair Active Retirement Ireland, Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Francis Crapmsie at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonFrancis Crampsie, Carmel Barron, Maureen Carr, Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Grainne Hines, Active Retirement Ireland, Cllr. Gerry McMongile and Sean Hannigan, RCC, Rory Gallagher and Rita Chatman at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonTwo Derry jazz elders, Gay McIntyre on sax and clarinet and John Trotter on piano and vocals, ably assisted by the young Rowan Armstrong on double bass. at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonGrainne Hines from Active Retirement Ireland also spoke at the launch and highlighted the valuable work being done by older people in Donegal and how this work contributes to our positive mental health and wellbeing. Ms. Hines referred to the many challenges that older people continue to face from poverty, to access to health care, to transport needs and referred specifically to the positive role played by the Older People’s Council in Donegal which has a key role in informing policy and services as well as providing information to older people. In his official launch of the 2017 Bealtaine programme in Donegal, Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey encouraged older people across the county to participate in and attend the many events taking place, urging people to tell their own stories, share their own experiences and enjoy the many events taking place as part of this year’s festival. Free Bealtaine events at Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny include ‘An Introduction to Plein Air Painting’ workshop at 11am on Saturday May 6th, a Tea Dance and Book Launch by Letterkenny Active Retirement Association on Thursday May 11th at 2pm and ‘The Lad from Laghey’, a one woman show starring Jean Curran on Tuesday May 16th at 2pm. ‘The Lad from Laghey’ will also be performed at Mevagh Family Resource Centre on May 17th at 6.30pm and Aislann Kilcar on May 18th at 2pm. Grainne Hines, Chair Active Retirement at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonRita McConigley, Betty Harris and Máire Coyle Pat McPaul, Margaret Boyce, Mable McIlwaine and Kenneth McIlwaine Ester McMahon, Mary O’Donnell and Mary Duffy Anne Malone, Mary Kennedy a and Marcella Molloy Mary Toland, Dermot Toland and Martin McGinleyMonica Woods, Anne Boyle, Anna Kennedy, Graine Hines, Myra O’Reilly, Eileen Farley and Nora Curran A very extensive programme of events in libraries includes a series of, Songs and Stories by Patsy Cavanagh, Hand Weaving Demonstrations by Clare O’Presco, Music and Craic with Fergus Cleary, Basket Weaving by Brendan Farren and Tips For Personal Safety by Neil Martin. The library programme also includes lunchtime concerts by the RTE Lyric FM Quartet at Central Library, Letterkenny on May 11th at 12 noon and at Twin Towns Community Library on May 12th at 1pm and Brain Health, tips how to keep your brain healthy, at Central Library, Letterkenny on May 18th at 6.30pm. Bealtaine in Donegal is part of the national Bealtaine festival, co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity in partnership with local authorities and arts and older people’s organisations. The theme of Bealtaine 2017 is All Together Now, celebrating collective action and includes a diverse range of events throughout Ireland.For further information on what’s on in Donegal during Bealtaine 2017, click here: Bealtaine 2017 BrochurePicture Special: Jazz legend celebrates Bealtaine 2017 launch was last modified: May 2nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Artsbealtaine 2017CulturefestivalGuy McIntyrelaunchlast_img read more