Sea Installer Ready for Rentel Turbine Pick-Up

first_imgA2Sea’s wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) Sea Installer has arrived at the Port of Oostende, Belgium, to load the first turbines destined for installation at the Rentel offshore wind farm.Source: Port OostendeThe WTIV has been moored at the head of the REBO offshore wind terminal, where Siemens started the loading procedure of its 7MW turbines.According to the port, two wind turbines will be transported to the offshore site per sailing, which means that 21 trips will be made in total, with an average turnaround time being about four days.The 87-meter tall towers are transported vertically, with the blades protruding 26 meters on the starboard side and 13 meters on the port side, which means the total width of the transport is 78 meters, the port said.The assembling of the wind turbines for the Belgian offshore wind project started in the Port of Oostende in mid-February after the first parts arrived at the REBO terminal.The 309MW Rentel wind farm will comprise 42 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbines expected to deliver first power to the grid by the middle of the year, while the entire wind farm is scheduled for full commissioning by the end of 2018.last_img read more

Winning debuts for South Africa, Uganda coaches

first_imgIn other matches, there were away victories for Mozambique over Kenya and the Central African Republic over Niger while the Ivory Coast defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo in France.Benin at home and Malawi away snatched late draws against Zambia and Lesotho respectively and Togo came from behind to hold Equatorial Guinea in France. Ntseki was a controversial choice to succeed English coach Stuart Baxter after South Africa exited the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the quarter-finals.He had never been a head coach at senior level and critics alleged his appointment had more to do with the cash-strapped national football association needing a “cheap” replacement.– Immediate goal –But Ntseki insists he is up to the task with his immediate goal being to achieve a top-two finish in a 2021 Cup of Nations qualifying group including Ghana, Sudan and Sao Tome e Principe and reaching the finals.South Africa controlled most of the match against Mali, but a 75th-minute goal from Sekou Koita for the visitors created a tense finish.Judgment on Ntseki will have to be delayed as Mali lacked many of the players who took them to the last 16 of the Cup of Nations in Egypt this year.The 1-0 win for Mozambique over Kenya in Nairobi was a surprise with the only goal coming from Amansio Canhembe midway through the second half.Justin Shonga twice gave Zambia the lead against Benin in Porto Novo, but Michel Pote salvaged a 2-2 draw for the home side with a stoppage-time goal.Malawi left it almost as late to rescue a 1-1 draw away to Lesotho in Maseru with Hassan Kajoke scoring two minutes from time after Hlompho Kalake had put the home team ahead.Record seven-time African champions Egypt host Botswana Monday and 2019 Cup of Nations winners Algeria meet Colombia in France Tuesday as a six-day friendlies schedule continues.The matches are being used to prepare teams for the first two rounds of qualifying during November for the 2021 Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Share on: WhatsApp McKinstry (middle) with his new team of coaches. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAResultsEthiopia 0 Uganda 1South Africa 2 Mali 1 Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South Africa and Uganda won international friendlies Sunday to give new coaches Molefi Ntseki and Northern Ireland-born Johnny McKinstry successful debuts.Goals from Dean Furman and Themba Zwane earned South Africa a 2-1 home victory in Port Elizabeth over Mali, who were missing many stars, including Southampton forward Moussa Djenepo.It was the first match for Bafana Bafana (The Boys) since xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa last month led Zambia and Madagascar to cancel friendlies.McKinstry guided Uganda to a 1-0 away win over Ethiopia in Bahir Dar with long-serving Emmanuel Okwi scoring the only goal midway through the first half.This is the third national coach post for the Irishman, who took charge of Sierra Leone in 2013 when only 27 years old and was later hired by Rwanda.last_img read more

FIFA Secretary General urges Uganda to fast track new Sports Law

first_imgFUFA  has been receiving Shs 10 billion annually from government since July 2018 as the most funded sports association in Uganda.Samoura also praised Kadaga and government of Uganda for supporting football.Samoura, who hails from Senegal, was elected  FIFA Secretary General in May 2016. She is visiting Uganda on the invitation of FUFA to witness the launch of FUFA extended headquarters and also projects such as stadiums in Lugazi, Lungujja and FUFA Technical Training Centre, Njeru.FUFA President, Moses Magogo informed Kadaga that Samoura will commission the FUFA headquarters, and also lauded FIFA for supporting the development of football in Uganda.Samoura will inspect, evaluate and commission FUFA projects financed under the FIFA Forward Programme including the headquarter expansion. The headquarter expansion project commenced in 2018 as a result of the FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s visit to Uganda in 2017.Her visit comes a month after FUFA President Moses Magogo returned to office after two months of suspension from all football-related activities. FIFA also fined him Shs 37 million for his role in the resale  of 2014 World Cup tickets.She however declined to comment on the impact Magogo’s suspension and plea bargaining has had on FUFA- FIFA relationship.******URNShare on: WhatsApp FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. PHOTO via  @fatma_samouraKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Secretary General of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Fatma Samoura urged Parliament of Uganda to fast track amendments to the Sports Law.Samoura made the statement when she paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday afternoon.She noted that the government of Uganda pledged that it would amend the National Council of Sports Act, 1964 by 2018 but this has not been done to date.The government has in the recent past promised to bring the Sports and Physical Activity bill to Parliament so as to repeal the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act and address deficiencies in the management and administration of the sports sub sector. Cabinet is yet to approve the bill.NCS is mandated to administer the sports sub sector which includes monitoring operations and also extend government funding to various sports associations and federations.The Federation for Uganda Football Associations – FUFA is among the 48 sports associations and federations currently recognized by NCS.Now, Samoura says that the current law is a challenge because FUFA’s legal status is not compatible with FIFA regulations. Therefore, amendments to the sports law will address the challenge, particularly the steps FUFA will be required to take to register its affiliation with FIFAShe says that her visit is an opportunity to remind officials about the need for a new sports law.The Speaker, Kadaga says that  she will ask the new sports minister, Hamson Obua on the progress of the bill and when it will be brought to Parliament for further scrutiny and enactment.Kadaga said that she was excited to meet Samoura in person, having watched her on TV giving interviews on her job as the first African and first female to hold the position of FIFA Secretary General.Kadaga lauded FIFA for extending $6million US dollars (approximately Shs 22 billion) annually to FUFA, but also urges FIFA to consider funding more infrastructure projects in Uganda especially stadiums to promote football at the grassroots.last_img read more

Darren achieves English golf’s first DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark

first_img27 Sep 2016 Darren achieves English golf’s first DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark Lincolnshire PGA professional Darren Game has achieved golf’s first DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark in England. DEAFinitely Inclusive is UK Deaf Sports’ programme to provide deaf and hard of hearing people with information about clubs and facilities so they can be confident of receiving a fun and friendly sporting experience. The DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark is a quality assurance mark that deaf and hard of hearing people will receive a good service, including: • Coaches trained in deaf awareness • Clear details of how to contact the club by text or email • Support and expertise on how to develop as a player coach or volunteer Game, who teaches at his indoor Bourne Golf Centre and his Lincolnshire Junior Academy at Toft Golf Club, said: “Golf is a great sport for deaf and disabled people, whether it’s developing your own skills and etiquette or playing as part of a team. “Making the game accessible to all within the local community is a passion of mine and obtaining the DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark will open up the game to more people.” Becoming DEAFinitely Inclusive was a key aim for Game as he continued to develop his skills and make his existing coaching and playing opportunities more inclusive of deaf and hard of hearing people. He is a keen advocate that golf can be a game for all and has worked hard to develop links in his local area. These include Willoughby School where pupils with a range of impairments have benefitted from being involved in golf. Two of the pupils are continuing their golf at Toft, where Game has a junior development role. Jamie Blair, Disability Manager for England Golf commented: “It is really pleasing to see a coach and a facility make a strong commitment to including deaf participants in their golfing activity. “England Golf will continue to encourage more facilities to adopt the Mark and engage with their local deaf networks in partnership with UK Deaf Sport and England Deaf Golf.” Clive Breedon, National Participation Officer from UK Deaf Sport commented: “UK Deaf Sport are very pleased to accredit Bourne Golf Centre and their work with The Lincolnshire Junior Golf Academy as DEAFinitely Inclusive. Darren is keen to make golf accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing so we look forward to supporting him to do so.”last_img read more

The Evolution of Display Connectors

first_imgDisplay connections are evolving to keep up with new video technology and data rates. See what lies ahead for the future.Chances are, you have a shoebox filled with a bunch of obsolete connectors collecting dust in your garage, or worse, your parents’ house. Each of these cables and display connectors can only fulfill one specific connection. You can’t mix a VGA cable with a tri-colored composite cord and expect it to work; the connections look and act differently from each other. This was the norm for years.Today, the trend is moving toward fewer display connectors that handle more. This will be great news for your parents, who will bug you a little less about clearing out those ratty shoeboxes. They’ll still bug you, just about other stuff.Connectors now are able to handle multiple signal formats, so they can carry video, audio, and data information while often being able to charge the connected device. This’ll be familiar to anyone who’s got a smartphone, and in fact, this connectivity trend is being driven by consumer devices like advanced phones and tablets. Compare this to a decade ago, where connections were driven by advances and needs of professional equipment.The interfaces through which we connect our devices are getting smaller, denser, and faster, much like the phones themselves, now sporting fewer ports. The interfaces can make decisions about display resolutions, audio formats, Ethernet connectivity, and can receive and send control signals, so you don’t have to sweat the details. All of these interfaces use Extended Display Identification Data which allows your video card to configure itself automatically. This is what makes your display rotate to landscape mode when you plug in your phone to display content on a TV. What’s more, wireless connections are also right around the corner.Image: Apple Thunderbolt ConnectorsThunderbolt is a great example of this technology, as is Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and DockPort, a USB connection over DisplayPort. MHL, a smaller version of HDMI carrying signal over Micro USB, can be used for a wide variety of applications, including using the phone as a game controller to replace standard hand-held ones. MHL can also be used in a phone-docking scenario to operate as a full-fledged computer. Other models that turn phones into tablets exist as well.Certain types of DisplayPort utilizing USB 3.0 have built-in chips that enable the interface to configure automatically to the connected system. The cables are also symmetrical so it doesn’t matter which way you plug it in. You’ve seen this on more modern iPhone chargers and Apple’s display connector.A Look Into The FutureAll this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who owns one or more of these devices. The problem is the looming inevitability of 4k and later, 8k footage, which will put an intense strain on these interfaces.4k video will become standard on the next generations of smart phones, so this issue is about to come to a head. Models released by LG, Sony and Samsung will all utilize playback through MHL and will come equipped with 13 megapixel cameras. It’s not just about servicing a greater array of pixels, though. Any developments in refresh rates, dynamic range, and color gamut will affect how much information needs to be pushed through these multi-purpose connectors.Let’s take a look at the two most common connectors, HDMI and DisplayPort, to see how they fare. HDMI can carry 4k video at 60p but is limited to 8-bit color only, according to the HDMI 1.4 and 2.0 specs. At higher formats, we’ll encounter speed problems in the actual connector portion of the signal chain.DisplayPort 1.2 is robust enough to handle 10-bit color with a 4k signal at 60p, running at a data rate of 21.6 Gb/s. DisplayPort 1.3, announced in September this year, will carry a maximum data rate of 32.4 Gb/s, utilizing the device’s four separate lanes running at 8.1 Gb/s each. It’s almost twice as fast as HDMI.Image: Displayport CableHelping DisplayPort achieve this is something called Display Stream Compression. As the name suggests, the technology condenses information packets coming to the monitor from the video card. The standard would support an 8k stream, although at a lower color space of 4:2:0. Once the video signal itself is taken care of, there would still be a fair amount of room to pass other devices such as Thunderbolt, USB and Ethernet connectivity through the connection.This gives us some ammunition when confronted with claims that a manufacturer’s products are “UltraHD ready.” Be sure to ask which interface is making the connection happen, as there are large differences between the current states of HDMI and DisplayPort technology. Many TVs contain HDMI but they may be an older specification that cannot carry as robust a signal.High dynamic range is something we’ll be looking for aside from just having large image support. As more entertainment gets streamed from what are essentially computers tuned to RGB color spaces, the throughput to display these images also demands more. It’s increasingly important to develop the specs properly to accommodate the highest quality possible.last_img read more