Energinet has commenced the feasibility studies for the Thor offshore wind farm in the Danish North Sea.Preliminary investigations start immediately, while the first vessels will begin working on the project site after the summer holidays, the Danish transmission system operator said.Energinet’s Board of Directors decided that approximately DKK 180 million (some EUR 24 million) will be used on the investigations.According to Chairman of the Board Lars Barfoed, it is important that thorough feasibility studies are conducted to make sure Denmark receives the best and most competitive bids for constructing and operating the project.“If bidders know the geology under the seabed, know the environmental consequences, wind conditions, currents, wave heights, etc., we remove a lot of uncertainties and risks and get a sharper price. This makes the offshore wind farm cheaper for Denmark and the Danes,” said Barfoed.Thor is the first of three 800MW offshore wind farms to be constructed in Danish waters before 2030, with an option for the developer to boost the wind farm’s capacity to up to 1,000MW.The project will be built off Nissum Fjord in the North Sea and is expected to feature 13-15MW turbines set to be operational between 2024 and 2027.
Ulster secured one of the most memorable away Heineken Cup wins as they comprehensively beat last season’s quarter-finalists Montpellier 25-8 in southern France. Andrew Trimble crossed for Ulster’s only try on 11 minutes before Ruan Pienaar paved the way for victory with 15 points from his boot. Paddy Jackson also added five points. Ulster had waited 15 matches in the Heineken Cup to beat a French side on their own soil when they edged Castres 9-8 to reach the last-eight last season, but this was a far more impressive triumph to show how much they have grown. The score cut the gap to two points, but the conversion attempt failed to level the scores. That could have been the springboard for a major revival from the Montpellier side, but they were never able to get on top of the dogged Ulster pack. They wasted one glorious try-scoring opportunity, but generally made far too many mistakes for their own good. All the while Pienaar made them pay as he kicked three penalties to stretch the visitors’ lead to 22-8 before Jackson added the coup de gras with a sixth penalty with the final kick of the game to leave his side in very good shape after two rounds. Not only did this win move Ulster two points clear of Leicester Tigers – who they beat last week – in Pool Five, but it also prevented Montpellier a point of their own Yves du Manoir stadium. The French side were in good form heading into the match having opened their own European campaign with a useful away win over Benetton Treviso while they sit level on points at the head of Top 14 with Toulon and Toulouse. They were also unbeaten at home this season but trailed at half-time after Trimble’s try. A brilliant counter-attacking move involving four back-line players, which started on their own 10-metre line, ended with a score to remember for the Irish winger. Jonathan Pelisse gave the home side an encouraging early lead with a penalty, but that was much less than their early endeavour should have brought. Ulster rode the expected early storm and came thundering back into the contest with Trimble’s try. A long kick down field was gathered on his 10-metre line by Jarad Payne. His long pass opened up an avenue on the left touchline and Trimble took a pass from Darren Cave on the outside, passed inside to Tommy Bowe and then took a return ball from his wing partner before cutting inside to score a try which Jackson converted. There were three missed penalties from Ulster, and a wayward drop-goal attempt from home fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc before half-time and the game was evenly balance at 7-3 at the break. Pienaar then opened the second half with a long-range penalty before TMO Gareth Simmonds confirmed there had not been a knock-on in a build-up to a breakaway try for winger Yoan Audrin. Press Association
Matt Hankin | Design Editor Published on April 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds The only thing Luke Schwasnick cares about is getting the ball. He doesn’t care that he only plays for a fraction of games. He doesn’t care if he needs to sacrifice his body. He doesn’t even care if he has to take out his own teammates in practice.About a month or two ago, assistant coach Kevin Donahue had to tell Schwasnick to settle down. Schwasnick ran in from the side of the field at full speed and crashed into faceoff specialist Ben Williams, arguably Syracuse’s most valuable player.“I just always have that thought in my mind,” Schwasnick said. “You got to get the ball.”The 6-foot-1, 228-pound redshirt freshman has made his biggest mark on No. 8 Syracuse (7-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) in the past two games while picking up four ground balls, half of his season total. He’s played an increasing amount as the Orange’s short-stick midfielder rushing in from the wing on faceoffs. Known for his physical nature at the position, Schwasnick utilizes his size while providing depth for SU.Though playing on the wing in college is much more specialized than it was in high school, Orange coaches have seen Schwasnick’s potential on the wing for years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s fearless. He’s big, strong, athletic,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I know why we recruited him. You can see it in him, just him physically and athletically.”The most comfortable Schwasnick has felt all season came against Cornell on April 12. For the first time, he received significant reps on the wing, where Tom Grimm received the majority of time in the beginning of the season. But Grimm went down with an injury on April 2, and SU had been scrambling for answers since.In came Schwasnick, who plays with a tenacity that matches his size. He’s as tall as any of Syracuse’s short-stick defensive midfielders. He’s 30 pounds bigger than the second heaviest. And when he rushes in from the wing, opposing players have to take notice.“Wow, that’s a big boy,” short-stick midfielder Paolo Ciferri said of his first impressions of Schwasnick. “He’s going to be able to knock some people around.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Paolo Ciferri fills in as Syracuse lacrosse defensive midfielder Against North Carolina on Saturday, Schwasnick got even more playing time than against Cornell.About 10 minutes into the game, the ball squirted toward UNC’s attacks after a faceoff. Schwasnick charged toward them and knocked the ball away from the player who had it. As the scrum continued, he kept boxing out. And after another Tar Heels player picked it up, he leaped into the air, wrapped his stick around their body and forced another loose ball before SU eventually earned the possession.Then midway through the second quarter, Schwasnick matched up against North Carolina’s Steve Pontrello. As Pontrello caught a pass about 12 yards in front of Syracuse’s net, he didn’t shield himself from pressure. Schwasnick took a running start and laid his body into the 5-foot-9, 198-pound Pontrello. When the two collided, Pontrello, his stick and the ball dropped to the turf as the Orange began its transition offense.“Schwasnick’s been great. He’s been terrific,” Desko said. “He’s just a warrior in there.”As Williams and UNC’s Stephen Kelly battled for even just a sliver of space to flip the ball out to their teammates, Schwasnick fought to get in position for the faceoff win.They often ended up in a stalemate and Schwasnick was forced to box out. And that’s what he does best.“I love the position. I love the grinding mentality,” Schwasnick said. “… The whole physical aspect is something else I thrive off of.”With Grimm injured, Ciferri and Joe Gillis had to take on a more physically-taxing role as defensive midfielders. But by adding Schwasnick into the rotation on the wing, Ciferri and Gillis can save their energy.In his first season receiving playing time, Schwasnick can still improve his offense and defense. For the time being, though, he’s able to contribute by sticking to his simple “get the ball” mindset.“I think you’ll see him a lot on the wing going forward,” Desko said. Comments
Sony will launch its Sony Movie Channel in the UK this week on the Sky platform. The launch is the first for the channel internationally.Speaking to our sister publication TBI at the channel’s launch yesterday, Kate Marsh, senior vice-president of broadcast and channel development at Sony Pictures Television said: “This is the first Sony Movie Channel outside the US and hopefully it will be the first of many.”Marsh added that alongside Sony’s own movies there will be titles from MGM and other third-party studio and indies and that roster will be added to in coming months.Sony’s first-run movies air on Sky’s own movie channels and Sony also has distribution deals with Lovefilm and Netflix.The focus on the Sony Movie Channel will be films from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.The channel launches on the BSkyB platform this Thursday and will start with Woody Allen movie Manhattan Murder Mystery.Other titles on launch night include Big Fish and Resident Evil: Extinction and there will be themed action movie nights (Mondays) and double bills of movies from famous Hollywood stars.This article has been amended from an earlier version.
UK broadcaster Channel 5 is to increase its news and original programming output, according to new licensing rules set out by Ofcom that follow Viacom’s buyout of the station.According to the UK broadcast regulator’s Channel 5 ‘change of control’ review, which was published today, the network must increase its minimum quota of news programmes in peak hours by 20% from 100 hours to 120 hours annually.Channel 5’s overall news quota has risen from 260 hours to 280 hours per year.In addition, the terrestrial network’s quota for original UK production in peak hours has increased from 40% to 45%.Viacom said this increase recognises the fact that more than half of the channel’s peak time schedule is now originated and that Viacom has pledged to increase investment in UK original production.The minimum quota for current affairs programmes and shows produced outside the M25 remain the same – 130 hours per year and 10% by spend and volume respectively.“Ofcom is pleased that Viacom has shown a strong commitment to invest in original UK productions and news on Channel 5. These are important features of public service broadcasting that we know viewers value highly,” said Claudio Pollack, Ofcom’s group director of consumer and content.With the increase of its news quota, Channel 5 owner Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) today said it has extended its 5 News contract with ITN by a further two years. This will now run until 2017.“We’re very pleased to have this early opportunity to demonstrate Channel 5’s unambiguous commitment to news programming under Viacom’s ownership,” said VIMN UK president, David Lynn.“The 5 News team at ITN has done a widely admired job in differentiating its bulletins to engage audiences that aren’t being reached by other broadcasters and they should be very proud of the recognition their efforts have received.”VIMN closed its £450 million acquisition of Channel 5 from Northern & Shell Media Group in September, after receiving unconditional clearance from the European Commission. The deal was first announced on May 1.