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Super Seniors

first_imgAs the Wisconsin volleyball team gears up in hopes of makinga deep run in its 12th straight NCAA tournament appearance, five seniors’Badger careers will end in just three short weeks.Amanda Berkeley, Megan Mills, Jackie Simpson, Taylor Reinekeand Jocelyn Wack have been the core of the volleyball team that has won almost100 matches over the last four years from day one.Now, with three weeks at most left in their careers, thesefive seniors are beginning to look back at their time as Badgers before theymake one final push toward the Final Four.”I try not to think about that,” Wack said about the thoughtof her career as a Badger coming to an end.”Thisis it,” Reineke added. “Some of us might not be able get the chance to playvolleyball again. It’s just kind of play hard or go home. This is it. This isall we have left. We are going to work hard and play like we have nothing tolose.”The early yearsFor these five seniors, putting on the Wisconsin uniform forthe first time back in 2004 provided them with mixed emotions.”Just to have that jersey on, and be a Badger and realizethere is so much to come was so exciting,” Simpson said.”I was excited and nervous,” Berkeley added. “I’ve neverplayed in front of so many people before. I was more excited to be on the teamand be playing at the Field House when I use to watch games here.”However, from the beginning, this senior class hit the groundrunning, immediately contributing on the court. Wack earned the starting liberospot from the get-go and Simpson and Reineke quickly made their way into thestarting lineup as setter and middle blocker, respectively. Mills and Berkeley,who both walked onto the team freshman year, also contributed as defensivespecialists coming off the bench.”It’s very rare for a class to come in with as many peopleas they have and to start right away and to continue on for four yearscontributing in such a big way,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They clearlyearned their spots as freshmen. You (also) have a situation with two walk-onswho have contributed in big ways during their careers, which is also veryrare.”It was this experience that was gained during their firstyear that the seniors attribute their successes to today.”Just getting that experience was invaluable,” Wack said.”We’ve been through everything together on and off the court and that is reallypaying off this year.””It’s to the point now where you don’t even have to hearsomeone or see them to know where they are on the court,” Simpson added. “It’slike we are connected on a whole other level. A lot of that has to do with thechemistry we have off the court. We truly are a family.”Entering their first NCAA tournament, the Badgers were notexpected to make a deep run. However, Wisconsin shocked many in the volleyballworld when it upset No. 2 and undefeated Hawaii in the Sweet 16 before losingto the eventual champions, Stanford, in the next round.”The biggest thing I remember from that is how it went backand forth,” Wack said. “I remember Jill Odenthal pulling everybody in themiddle and saying, ‘We are going to win this game.’ It was just an amazingfeeling to take such a great team like Hawaii and send them back home.”Wisconsin followed up the Hawaii upset with two more upsetsthe following year by beating then-No. 2 Minnesota and then a favored NotreDame in the Sweet 16.It is these big upsets early in their careers that givesthis Badger quintet the confidence they can make a deep run in this year’stournament.”Onceyou get in the tournament, you get faced with these teams that are expected towin,” Mills said. “After we beat Hawaii and all the big matches that followed,it showed us that we could play up to that level and that we had so muchpotential that we could be good. It gave us that extra confidence.”Finally upperclassmenEntering their junior year, the Badgers were now anexperienced bunch and many expected them to make a run at a Big Ten title.However, Waite enjoyed the 2006 season because he was ableto see how the group of girls matured during their first two years.”It was fun to see them go from being kind of frustratedplayers earlier in their career, because of the mistakes they might have beenmaking — the freshmen mistakes,” Waite said, “to go to the point where they arereally enjoying the game their junior and senior year because they’ve made thecorrections, they’ve worked hard in the offseasons to be better players.”During Halloween weekend, the Badgers pulled off anotherupset, sweeping No. 2 Penn State in what the seniors consider one of thebiggest matches of their careers. All five of them contributed in Wisconsin’sdominating performance, as the trio of Wack, Mill and Berkeley combined for 16digs, while Simpson and Reineke combined for 12 kills and eight blocks.”It was unbelievable because everybody played flawlessly,”Wack said of the Penn State match. “That was awesome because it doesn’t happena whole lot. Sometimes people have off-nights here and there, but everybody onthe team picks it up here and there. That night we couldn’t be stopped.”Mills echoed Wack’s assessment of the match.”We were all in the zone,” Mills said. “We weren’t forcingit or trying to do anything miraculous. We all worked together really well.”While the Badgers rode the high of the win to moreconference wins, for the third-straight year their season ended indisappointment.After making it to the Elite Eight in their freshmen andsophomore year, the quintet was stopped short of their goal of making the FinalFour when they lost to Texas in the Sweet 16. The seniors have used that lossto motivate them to finish strong this year.”Wekind of had a chip on our shoulder, and we knew this year we wanted to do a lotbetter and we didn’t want it to end there,” Reineke said about the Texas loss.”It made us work a lot harder this season.”One last pushAfter their most successful campaign, the seniors are nowready to make their final push at making it to the Final Four.”Sometimes our staff has been spoiled and our fans have beenspoiled by the level of play they have brought to us and the effort they havegiven us,” Waite said. “It has been a great jolt, and now as we enter thetournament, they’re eager to play great and make a deep run. I know they haveset high goals, and they are going to give everything they can to the programnow.”While none of the seniors wanted to think about the fact thattheir careers could be all over Friday, the realization that their time as Badgersis winding down is beginning to set in as the quintet signed the hitting boxesthey use in practice Tuesday, a Wisconsin tradition.However, the seniors were excited to find out they will nothave to leave Madison again unless they make it to the Final Four, which wouldbe welcomed by all.”It was nice for the seniors,” Mills said about finding outWisconsin would host the first four rounds. “Either we make it to the FinalFour, or we lose at home. We are definitely striving for the Final Four, but ifwe don’t make it, there is no place to end like home.”Because the Badgers are hosting the first four rounds, theseniors feel their last shot at making to the Final Four is their best.”This is just a great place to play,” Simpson said of theField House. “The energy level is just up another notch. When you have allthose people cheering for you want to bring your game up to another level. Iknow as our season as gotten closer and closer to the end, we have all startedstepping it up.”However, whenever Wisconsin’s run in the tournament comes toan end — whether Friday or as national champions — the seniors will begin to gotheir own ways as the finish up their education and peruse other ventures likegraduate school and playing overseas. But no matter how far they end up away fromeach other, they all agreed that no one could take away the bond they developedover the last four years.”Wekind of like each other,” Wack joked. “We are like sisters. We see each otherevery day. We talk about the stupidest things all the time. We are just therefor each other for anything. I think we going to be life friends, and that issomething we are going to take away forever.”Legacy and futureRegardless of how far Wisconsin makes it in this year’stournament, the senior class will go down as one of the most decorated in UWhistory.In four years they amassed a 99-28 record overall and 61-19in the Big Ten, pulled off numerous upsets, brought record numbers of fans tothe Field House and had strong showings in the NCAA tournament.They have also accumulated numerous personal achievements. Alook in the Badger volleyball record books, and you would see the seniors allover the page.Wack is not only Wisconsin’s all-time dig leader but alsoholds an NCAA record with an 80-match streak of at least 10 digs or more.Reineke is a three-time member of the All-Big Ten team and ranks second inblocks in UW history. Simpson was a second-team All-American last season andalso ranks second in assists.”I think if you were to ask any player on this team, it’sall about the team,” Simpson said. “Any personal accolades that any of us haveearned, we would trade it in a heartbeat to have a Big Ten title. That’s whatvolleyball is all about. It’s a team sport. It’s a puzzle, and if you’remissing any single piece at any given moment, it’s not going to be complete.It’s a very unique sport in that matter.”Now as the seniors get ready to leave the program, they areconfident they are leaving the team in great shape.”It’s Wisconsin volleyball. With or without us, it is alwaysgoing to be Wisconsin volleyball,” Simpson said. “Had we not come here, itstill would have been a top 10 team with great recruits coming through. It isone of the best places to play in the country. That is a huge reason why peoplecome here. The girls next year are going to be awesome. It is a bright futurefor Wisconsin.””I think it will keep getting better and better,” Berkeleyadded. “We are always a top-notch team so I think it will continue to be thatway.”Even though the foundation is set for Wisconsin to continueit success, Waite knows replacing this class will be one of the toughest thingshe has had to do in a long time.”It will be very tough,” Waite said. “We’ll miss them forthe level of play they bring, for the effort they give in the classroom and onthe court, and just for the people they are. They enjoy this game and havegreat passion for playing it. They have been great role models for thereturning players.”I think that is something they will pass on to the groupfor next year, how hard you need to work to be good and how much fun you canhave by giving everything you can to the team every day.”last_img read more

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Golf drives £3.4 billion into England’s economy

first_img9 Jul 2014 Golf drives £3.4 billion into England’s economy Golf is worth a massive £3.4 billion annually to the economy of England and employs nearly 50,000 people.The value of the game is revealed in a new report, commissioned by the England Golf Partnership and prepared by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC.It shows that one person in every 19 in England plays golf at least once a year – a total of 2.8m – and that the sport’s contribution to the economy includes:•    £1.88 billion from golf facilities, via green fees, membership fees, food and beverage, driving ranges and golf lessons•    £836m from golf equipment, with clothing accounting for £305m and clubs for £170m•    £800m in wages for almost 48,500 employees•    £442m in golf course maintenance and investment•    £108m from golf tourism•    £40m-plus to charityThe report states: “Even in difficult economic times and against a background of concerns that the game may not be being played to the extent that it once was, it is still a huge contributor to the English economy with an economic contribution of £3.4 billion.”By comparison, the Manchester United sports franchise was reported by Forbes in January 2013 to be worth £2.1 billion.  The Premier League is reportedly generating £3.4 billion from domestic broadcasting over the next three years, says the report.Roger Moreland, the EGP’s Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Golf is hugely important to the economy of England and has the potential to make an even greater contribution. This report shows the scale of the golf industry and underlines the importance of developing the game and growing the number of regular golfers and club members.”In total, golf’s £3.4 billion annual contribution is equal to £61 for every man, woman and child in the country. This is expected to grow as the national economy improves and is coupled with robust efforts to recruit and retain new golfers and to encourage lapsed players back into the game.In particular, the report identifies the “immense” opportunity for further growth if more women can be attracted into the game.The country currently lags behind the other main European golfing nations with its proportion of women players: in England around 14 per cent of golfers are women; in the leading European countries the figure is around 30 per cent.The report also anticipates greater revenues from tourism and real estate as the economy recovers.The England Golf Partnership brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professionals Golfers’ Association to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding.The title of the full report is:  The Economic Impact of Golf on the Economy of England.last_img read more

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GAMELY STAKES QUOTES

first_imgPETER FLUOR, PART-OWNER HARD NOT TO LIKE, WINNER: “She’s our first winner. We now own two horses but only Hard Not to Like is running right now. It’s just the beginning. We got her last fall in the November sale and it’s Hard Not to Like that decision right now.“I grew up in Arcadia, went to USC and moved to Texas in 1972. My father and my partner’s (K.C. Weiner) father were horse partners and nine months ago I told K.C., ‘Let’s get some horses.’ My father was Bob Flour, who had El Rancho Murrietta.“It’s been a homecoming. It was an amazing ride by Victor. K.C. is home watching the race on TV today.“Our office address in Houston is on Buffalo Speedway Blvd. and we thought Speedway (Stables) would be better than ‘Buffalo’. Those buffalo aren’t as fast.” TYLER BAZE, BLINGISMYTHING, THIRD: “She’s a hard-trying filly. I let her get comfortable. She’s a nice filly and she gives me 100 percent; so happy with the way she ran. I didn’t think I’d be that close to the pace but when there’s only one speed horse in the race I’d hate to get stuck behind a bunch of horses and not have a chance to run.” JOE TALAMO, FANTICOLA, SECOND: “Tough beat, a real tough beat. She ran her butt off.” TRAINER QUOTES -30-             LEE VICKERS, ASSISTANT TO CHRISTOPHE CLEMENT, HARD NOT TO LIKE, WINNER: “I thought she always looked the winner, but I thought she was going to be the unluckiest loser of the day. He’s got some pair of (shorthand for male anatomy), Victor Espinoza. That was a brilliant ride, but the man’s on fire and he rode with confidence, that’s all I can say.”Pre-race instructions? “He was told to get cover, he did exactly that and he rode the race accordingly.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, HARD NOT TO LIKE, WINNER: “When she broke and crossed the dirt everyone was going a different direction so I dropped her all the way down to the rail. I was going to stay there and if it opened up, it opened.“In the stretch when I saw the rider in front of me switch his stick to his left hand I knew that normally a horse will drift out a little. I knew it was my chance and that’s how I got through on the inside.“I called Christophe and he told me to put her in the middle of the pack and to cover her up and move her to the outside if she got rank. Sometimes things can change and when she crossed the dirt and was so forward, she was doing it so easily, and was comfortable, so I left her alone.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner, who race as Speedway Stable, LLC.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2016

first_imgTRAINERS FANCY CHROME FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR            Arrogate or California Chrome, California Chrome or Arrogate.Arrogate defeated California Chrome by a half-length in a dramatic running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. It was his second stakes appearance, both wins in Grade I races.Chrome’s body of work last year took him from the Golden State to Dubai as the popular California-bred boosted his earnings to $14,452,650, a North American record.So when it comes to Horse of the Year for 2016, a random sampling of Santa Anita-based trainers Saturday morning when the main track was closed for training due to rain drew a majority of Chrome votes:Richard Baltas: Arrogate. He beat Chrome heads up.Rafael Beccera: Chrome. Art Sherman, he’s my man.Simon Callaghan: Arrogate.Jack Carava: Chrome. He ran well all year. He’s a tough horse.Victor Garcia: Chrome’s been solid all the time. He deserves it.Mark Glatt: They should be co-winners. You can’t take anything away from Chrome but Arrogate did beat him, and it wasn’t because of a bad ride. Chrome’s been a machine.Bruce Headley: Chrome. Art (trainer Art Sherman) has the best horse in the world, and when he was young, he galloped the best horse in the world–Swaps.Brian Koriner: Chrome deserves it for the year he had. He traveled all over. He’s retiring; Arrogate can win it next year.Paulo Lobo: Arrogate. He beat Chrome.Mike Machowsky: Chrome should get it. Arrogate’s racing next year and he can get it then. This is more about bragging rights, anyway. Chrome’s people were true sportsmen for racing him all year when they could have retired him, but they’re both super horses.Alfredo Marquez: Chrome. He should have won the Classic. He’s a great horse.Jeff Mullins: Chrome deserves it. I hope he gets it.Jorge Periban: Chrome.John Shirreffs: I’m a Chromie. He’s a Cal-bred, c’mon.Gary Stute: No comment. FINISH LINES: Arrogate galloped one mile on the training track Saturday at 8:40 a.m. under exercise rider Dana Barnes . . . There are no guaranteed pools in exotic wagering today due to inclement weather . . . Hearty get-well wishes to longtime horse owner and Major League baseball star (three World Series rings with the 1952, ’53 and ’56 Yankees) Irv Noren, 92, who was hospitalized yesterday but is now recovering at home in Oceanside from a bout with pneumonia . . . Belated condolences to family and friends of late handicapper and turf writer Russ Harris, who died Tuesday in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at the age of 93. A 2011 inductee in the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor and one of the best and most widely recognized public handicappers of all time, Harris served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Normandy, France, and also participated in the Rhineland Ardennes and Central Europe campaign, receiving several medals for his service. Harris swept the nine-race card at Belmont Park with his top selections on May 8, 1981 . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day tomorrow, with hot dogs, beer and soda available for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday, with live racing resuming Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest. HORSE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER ARROGATE IN 2017 DEBUTA ‘POLL’ OF TRAINERS FAVORS CHROME OVER ARROGATE ARROGATE GALLOPS MILE FOR TOMORROW’S SAN PASQUALcenter_img ARROGATE SAN PASQUAL WIN WOULD AID HOY BIDArrogate is a certainty to be a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the 2016 Horse of the Year, his credentials confirmed with wins in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August and a memorable victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The quest for a 2017 championship begins at the first opportunity–in Sunday’s $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.Ballots for the 2016 championship are due on Jan. 3 with an announcement on the finalists to be made later.Arrogate is a no-brainer for three-year-old male, while his main rival for Horse of the Year, California Chrome, is a lock for top older horse.Both have merits for the Horse of the Year title“It’s a tough call,” said respected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young. “I think they are by far and away the best horses in America, and Arrogate definitely should be three-year-old of the year, and Chrome should definitely be older horse of the year.“Now who gets Horse of the Year? I don’t know. They’re two very, very good horses. I couldn’t fault people who vote for either horse.”For the record, Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, fresh off a Triple Crown triumph with Horse of the Year American Pharoah in 2015, has but two stakes wins this year, the Grade I Travers by 13 ½ lengths in track record time, and the Classic, which capped a five-race winning streak.Chrome, on the other hand, was undefeated this year under the direction of trainer Art Sherman until Arrogate took his measure, winning six straight, three of them Grade I’s.“To have two horses back to back like a Pharoah and an Arrogate in this close of a time frame, that’s like when Lucien Lauren had Riva Ridge and Secretariat back to back (Riva Ridge was the Eclipse Award-winning two-year-old male in 1971 and outstanding older male in 1973; the mighty Secretariat was Horse of the Year as a two-year-old in 1972 and at three in 1973).“Arrogate and California Chrome are just two really good horses,” Young said. “We’ll just leave it at that for now.”            As an afterthought, what about two-year-old filly champion of 2015 Songbird, who won four Grade I stakes from coast to coast on three different tracks and suffered her lone defeat by the narrowest of noses to an older mare, three-time Eclipse champion Beholder?Not exactly chopped liver.The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Arrogate, Mike Smith, 1-5.last_img read more

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South African Scuba Diving Links

first_imgEastern CapeExpert Tours , in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, specialises in dive tours and dive adventures within South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana. The company has been involved in numerous film productions, including of the Sardine Run, diving with elephants and crocodiles, and free diving with whales and sharks.Ocean Divers International Port Elizabeth has been in business for over 25 years and boasts a flawless safety record. The retail shop is located in Walmer and is a one-stop dive shop, offering equipment, rentals, and the “We drive You dive” concept in which customers are taken to different launch sites. There are plenty of options located inside and outside of the Port Elizabeth Bay, including reefs, wrecks, and shark diving.Outdoor Focus , in Port Alfred, provides speciality diving and leadership diving courses, the DAN Oxygen Provider course and first aid courses, as well as skippers’ tuition for those seeking a skippers’ licence.Pro Dive Port Elizabeth is a PADI five-Star Dive Centre offering diving courses and charters in Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay. Also on offer is equipment rental, snorkelling, shark tank dives, equipment sales, and dives at sites in South Africa, the Maldives, the Red Sea, Zanzibar, and Indonesia.Free State Specialised Diving Academy is based in Bloemfontein. It offers a fully- stocked shop and PADI courses, with training taking place in Bloemfontein and at Aliwal Shoal. Accomodation is provided at Umkomaas Lodge.Gauteng2 Dive 4 Scuba offers scuba courses at either Bass Lake or Miracle Waters, gear, and equipment. It also offers diving trips to Sodwana Bay, Aliwal Shoal, and Protea Banks, as well as beyond the borders of South Africa to Mozambique, Zanzibar, and the Red Sea.4 Ways Scuba is located in the Fourways Mall in Johannesburg. If offers a multitude of scuba diving courses and equipment, as well as diving in Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana, Madagascar, the Comores, Zanzibar, the Maldives, the Red Sea, and Thailand.AHA Dive Centre is located in Centurion. It offers scuba diving courses, with 11 instructors attached to the centre, doing training from open water diver to instructor trainer. In addition, it retails dive equipment, and offers diving at a number of locations in Mozambique.Aquazoo Scuba is located in Roodepoort in Gauteng. For those undecided on whether or not scuba diving is for them, they offer free Scuba Experiences on most Saturday mornings. Other diving courses are also offered, while diving is also done in Sodwana Bay, the Mozambique, and the Red Sea.Calypso Scuba Dive and Adventure Centre in Northcliff, Johannesburg, does on-site training in a heated pool/aquarium. Classrooms and shopping are also on-site, as well as servicing on all diving equipment. Trips are taken to as far afield as the Red Sea.Dive Locker can be found in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg. It offers PADI diver training, equipment sales, equipment servicing, gear rental, second hand gear sales, and air fills, as well as local and foreign dive travel, including to Aliwal Shoal, Rocktail Bay, Mozambique, Zanzibar and the Red Sea.The Dive Shop is located in Roodepoort. It stocks a wide variety of scuba diving gear and diving accessories. It offers PADI diving courses, from the basic open water level, right up to Dive Master and Specialities. Diving trips are undertaken to Sodwana Bay and locations in Mozambique.Dive South Africa specialises in scuba diving safaris and holidays in Southern Africa and Mozambique. A recognised BSAC dive safari operator, they make use of local BSAC, PADI, NAUI, CMAS and SSI recognized dive charters and resorts in South Africa and Mozambique. Packages feature dives with many types of sharks, rays, and the Sardine Run. They’re based in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.Divetek, which is based in Randburg, Johannesburg, sells diving equipment, services it too, and offers training courses. They have instructors for many different qualifications, including NAUI, ISDA, SAUU, CMAS, TDI, Divetek, and their recommendation PADI.Dive Travel Centre, in Craighall, Johannesburg, offers diving courses and tours to locations all along South Africa’s coast line, including diving with sharks, whales, and cage diving with Great White Sharks. In addition, diving tours are also undertaken to Zanzibar, Mozambique, and the Red Sea.East Rand Scuba has an indoor pool in which they conduct training. Sharklife courses, including ocean conservation, the Ragged-Tooth Shark, the Bull Shark, the Tiger Shark, Black-Tip Shark, Great White Shark, Manta Ray, and Whale Shark are available. Excursions are taken to various sites, including to Mozambique.Flippers to Fins Scuba Academy, in Midrand, organizes regular excursions to Sodwana, Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks and Mozambique. They present courses with a focus on dive safety and environmental conservation.Geko Divers, a PADI dive centre situated in Protea, presents diving courses, offers online shopping, and travel to many different dive sites, including Mozambique, Sodwana Bay, Aliwal Shoal, Wondergat, Badgat, Miracle Waters, Bass Lake, Cape Town, and even such far away destinations as Cuba, Phuket in Thailand, and wreck diving in Denmark and Greenland!Hartley’s Oceans and Islands, located in the north of Johannesburg, specialises in Island holidays with particular specialist knowledge on scuba diving. It offers holidays to remote island and beach wilderness destinations all over the world. In South Africa, shark and wreck diving is undertaken along the coasts of the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as a little further north in Mozambique. Liquid Edge Technical Diving offers technical courses from NAUI, TDI/SDI or IANTD in both English and Afrikaans. It has a school in Northcliff, Johannesburg, and a shop at Calypso on Beyers Naude Drive. Liquid Edge also sells technical equipment. At the sites it visits, you can search for the famous Coelocanth, go Great White Shark spotting, take in the sardine Run, and visit Bosmansgat, the third largest water-filled cave in the world.O² Scuba can be found in Sandton, Johannesburg. They sell equipment, host courses specialising in PADI, and organise tours to Sodwana Bay, the Aliwal Shoal, and Mozambique.Ocean Dreamers is based in Pretoria and offers NAUI and PADI courses. They also offer dives at Miracle Waters, Sodwana Bay, Bass Lake, and Mozambique, among other destinations.Ocean Vision , based in Pretoria, is primarily a provider of under water learning, focusing on underwater naturalist, ship wreck diving and ocean knowledge development that includes shark diving courses. Guided tours of shipwrecks and marine environments include coral reefs off the South African coastline. Ocean Vision also offers a variety of diver instruction for the beginner through to master scuba diver and dive master professionals.Reef Divers is located in Brooklyn in Pretoria. They offer PADI courses, a dive shop, and travel, including locally and abroad.Scuba Centre is based in Randburg. It has an on site pool and lecture facilities, and welcomes freelance instructors. It also has equipment for rental and offers limited free airfills. In addition, Scuba Centre has another shop in Tyger Valley in the Cape.ScubaQ is situated in Springs, Gauteng. It teaches scuba diving through numerous courses, and offers wreck diving, diving with sharks, and scuba diving equipment. Excursions are undertaken in South Africa, as well as Mozambique, Mauritius, Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Madagascar, Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, and the Red Sea.Scuba Scene has three branches, in Menlyn, Greenstone, and Centurion. It provides equipment and training. It is also associated with Oxygene Diving, which has dive centres and liveaboards in Sweden, Finland, England, Malta, Egypt, Philippines, Pemba, Croatia, Estonia, Canada, Thailand, Tenerife, Indonesia, South Africa and Mozambique.Scuba World International is based in Linden, Johannesburg. It offers NAUI courses, as well as specialities, including Advanced Swimming, Shark Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Environment, Deep Diver, Underwater Photography, Search and Recovery Diving, Training Assistance, Scuba Rescue Diver, and Advanced Scuba Rescue Diver. Equipment is also for sale. Diving destinations include the Red Sea, Sodwana Bay, Guinjata Bay in Mozambique, and Wondergat.Scubaversity is a club located in Roodepoort. It hosts courses and has four lecture rooms, a showroom, store and workshop, in addition to a recreation area that includes a bar and pool table. The pool is uniquely adapted for scuba training. Trips are made to various destinations, including Mozambique, Lesotho, Wondergat, and Sodwana.Twin Palms Dive Emporium is the first National Geographic-accredited dive centre in South Africa. It is located only 10 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and offers onside pool facilities, accommodation, restaurant, lecture rooms, and a dive shop. Twin Palms is a five-star PADI Centre which specialises in master scuba dive training. It organises regular tours to among others, Malongane, Ponta do Ouro and Guinjata in Mozambique, and Sodwana and Aliwal Shoal in KwaZulu-Natal.Kwazulu-NatalAdventure Diving Safaris, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, just 25 minutes from Durban, offers scuba diving at the reefs and wrecks of Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks, Rocky Bay, Gansbaai, Mossel Bay, and in Mozambique. The diving includes Great White Shark cage diving, and diving for the gentle giant of the deep, the Whale Shark.Africa Dive Adventures, operates from the Shelley Beach Ski Boat Club and offers diving at Protea Banks, in Mozambique, and also during the famed Sardine run. It also focuses on diving with sharks, including the Ragged-Tooth Shark and the Zambezi Shark.Africa Dive Expeditions operates out of Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. They are a dive operation, with a big focus and emphasis on ocean/shark reseach and conservation. Different trip packages are available to locations such as the nearby Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay, Rocktail Bay, and southern Mozambique.African Watersports is concerned with the exploration and preservation of the Aliwal Shoal. It also offers combination tours – on land and in the water. It is located in Umkomaas, close to the Shoal itself, where most of the diving is concentrated.African Odyssea, operating out of Shelley Beach, is the founder dive operator on Protea Banks, which pioneered safe cageless diving with Bull Sharks (Zambezis), Tigers and Great Whites. Trevor Krull offers a unique dive safari through southern Africa. Casual day divers are also welcome.Aliwal Dive Centre , on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast offers diving with Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, Dolphins and Whale Sharks. The world famous Sardine Run is another possibility. Diving courses are also on offer, as well as gear for hire, and accomodation is available on site at the Aliwal Dive Lodge.Aliwal Rest & Dive is a self-catered accommodation and dive charter located in Umkomaas, close to the famous Aliwal Shoal. They also offer training and tours.Aliwal Shoal provides a guide to dive operators and accomodation at the famous diving site located off of Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.The Aquaplanet Dive Centre is located in Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Their offerings include baited shark diving and the Sardine Run. The sites they visit include Protea Banks, Aliwal Shoal, the Aquarium at Ushaka Marine World and, for advanced divers, a couple of wrecks. They present a large number of courses and have a well- stocked shop.Blue Wilderness is an underwater filming logistics and expedition company. They operate from the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and organise expeditions to Struis Baai, the Aliwal Shoal, the Sardine Run, and Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Champion free diver, Hanli Prinsloo, also teaches a course on free diving techniques, and the Chokka Run, which offers an an interesting insight into the life of the Chokka squids.Coral Divers operates a dive camp at Sodwana Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, offering dive packages, equipment hire and accommodation, as well as various PADI dive courses.Dive Den Scuba is located in Newcastle, northern KwaZulu-Natal. It’s a dive shop that sells and rents out equipment, as well as a club. They also present diving courses, with club members receiving discounted prices. Diving trips are undertaken to among other sites, Sodwana, Mozambique, and Aliwal Shoal.Diving with Sharks operates out of Scottburgh and is led by Debbie Smith, the first woman from Africa to be elected into the international Women Divers Hall of Fame. It is an eco-tourism company specialising in shark conservation and research diving, shark conservation courses and shark diving, ocean awareness courses for divers and non-divers, PADI dive courses, dive expeditions, casual diving, and diving at the Aliwal Shoal and during the Sardine Run.H20 Scuba is a scuba dive resort situated very close to the Uvongo Beach and lagoon on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It offers a wide variety of courses and has a saltwater pool on the premises. Dives are done at Protea Banks. KwaMnandi Lodge is located in Umkomaas, perfectly position to access many of South Africa’s prime diving sites. It offers accomodation, as well as daily dives to Aliwal Shoal, Rocky Bay, Protea Banks and Gansbaai. There are also regular dive excursions to Sodwana Bay and Southern Mozambique.Mako Diving offers practical diving and skipper training at Sodwana Bay, in addition to accommodation at Rod’s Lodge and ocean charters. The courses are not aimed to provide certification, but to introduce non-divers to diving.Meridian Dive Centre is located on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. It offers RAID and PADI courses. In addition, dive safaris include the Sardine Run, coral reef diving at Sodwana, and Tiger Shark diving. Great White Shark cage diving is included, and other destinations include Aliwal Shoal, Mozambique, Protea Banks, and Rocky Bay.Oceanworx provides a total diving experience, including accommodation only one minute from the Umkomaas Dive Centre. Most of the diving is done at the Aliwal Shoal, where diving with sharks is a speciality. The Sardine Run, which usually occurs some time between May and July, provides remarkable diving opportunities.Pendragon Diving , based near the Aliwal Shoal, near Umkomaas, Pendragon Diving offers extensive dive instruction. It offers diving at Aliwal Shoal, wreck dives to The Produce and The Nebo, and superb Tiger Shark dives. Pendragon Diving also boasts extensive experience of underwater filming.Reefteach is located in the diving hotspot of Sodwana Bay. It offers diving courses and environmental courses, and luxurious accomodation is available at Reafteach. Diving takes place at Sodwana Bay on a variety of reefs, each offering something different and special.Sea Escapes is based in Sodwana Bay. They offer diving at Sodwana at seven different reefs. In addition, they also offer turtle tours. Self-catering accomodation is available at Toad Tree Cabins.The Shoal operates in Umkomaas and has a dive centre and caters for diving enthusiasts of all capabilities. It offers training in the PADI and SSI systems, from open water level to instructor. Gear is available for rental, and among the higlights of options available is diving with Tiger Sharks.Triton Dive Charters and Lodge is located at the diving hotspot of Sodwana Bay. It specialises in “the deeper side of diving”; in 1998 it initiated, organised and hosted the Wright Canyon Expedition, which is where the search for the elusive coelacanth started in Sodwana Bay. It took until October 2001, but the famous fish was finally found. Triton also provides accomodation, courses, and equipment hire.Umkomaas Lodge Dive Charters is a PADI Gold Palm scuba diving resort. It is situated on the beach, only a stone’s throw from the mouth of the Umkomaas River, and offers accomodation as well as plentiful diving options. These include PADI courses from open water to dive master to instructor. Diving with Ragged-Tooth and Tiger Sharks is available.Underwater World, in Durban, specialises in the retail and maintenance of diving equipment and Scuba Dive training courses that include beginners, up to instructor’s courses. The company is affiliated to both PADI and NAUI. Dives are undertaken to locations all over the world, including in Micronesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, and at local dive sites.MpumalangaBuddy Scuba Diving Adventures, in Witbank, offers recreational and technical scuba diving courses. Among their offerings is personalised underwater video photography, Spear fishing, and charters to Sodwana Bay, as well as other local destinations.Dive the Big Five , located in White River, specialises in scuba diving and wildlife safaris. The dive sites include the Cape Peninsula, Gansbaai, Sodwana, Protea Banks, and Aliwal Shoal, as well as a number of locations in Mozambique. The diving expeditions can also be combined with wildlife expeditions.North WestAll About Scuba has shops in Klerksdorp and Rustenburg. Dives are offered in Sodwana Bay, Mozambique, Egypt, and Indonesia, and an extensive list of equipment is available.Western CapeAdventure Bookings offers shark diving in Simonstown, at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, at Protea Banks, Mossel Bay, and Gansbaai, famous for its Great White Sharks. Adventure Bookings is an online adventure travel office, which offers a fast and easy service for booking adventure experiences throughout South Africa.Africa Dive Safaris is a professional booking agency, located in Kleinbaai, aimed at ensuring excellent holiday experiences. It features Great White Shark cage diving, White Shark breaching, whale watching and scuba diving tours in South Africa and Mozambique, as well as Cape Town and Garden Route tours, aerial tours and wildlife safaris.Africa Shark Dive Safaris operates out of the Great White Shark hot spot of Gansbaai. A variety of tours are on offer, including, among others, shark cage diving, shark breaching, whale watching, and scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal, Protea Banks, and Sodwana Bay.The Alpha Dive Centre is in Main Road, Strand, Cape Town. It offers diving courses, equipment, sales, services, airfills, and dive trips in Gordons Bay and False Bay, as well as Rooi Els and Simonstown. There is wreck diving too, and seals and sharks abound.Bubble Blowers is a scuba dive centre, based in Cape Town. Instruction in both NAUI and PADI is done in an onsite training pool. Bubble Blowers also offers regular scuba charters around the Cape Peninsula, as well as to more distant locations around South Africa and Mozambique.Dive Action Cape Town is a one-stop shop for PADI, NAUI and IANTD training, scuba gear purchasing and servicing and recreational scuba diving. Wreck and reef dives are available in both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with a total of 32 sites on offer.Duck ‘n Dive is a Cape Town dive shop that retails diving equipment and accessories. It is also a dive school, offering a number of different courses, including rescue diver and master diver courses, as well as an organiser of tours, including to Hermanus and Mozambique.Electrodive is located in Mossel Bay. It offers diving courses; first aid courses; boat charters and rides; scuba and spearfishing; equipment sales, rental, and servicing; air fills and cyclinder testing; and the playing and coaching of underwater hockey. Dives are undertaken to a number of sites, including Santos Reef, the Santos Wreck, Mitch’s Reefs, Sponge Reef, Phluffy Reef, Butterfly Wall, Windvogel, and “Dolosse”.Hippo Dive Campus is located at the Knysna Heads in Knysna. It offers shore entry dives to the wreck of the Paquita and Tapas Jetty, where the famous Knysna Seahorse may be found. Hippo Dive Centre is a PADI dive centre, with courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving up to Instructor level and Emergency First Response. It features a shop that carries a full range of diving equipment, and servicing.Into the Blue Dive School, in Cape Town, presents a wide variety of PADI courses, from Discover Scuba to Dive Master to Diver specialities. Various types of dives are also available, including at the wrecks of The Maori and the SAS Pietermaritzburg. For a big thrill, shark cage diving takes place at False Bay and Gansbaai, two of the best spots in the world to watch the Great White Shark in action.Learn to Dive Today is Cape Town-based, and is run by diving instructor Tony Lindeque, whose core credentials include Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and Emergency First Responder (EFR) Instructor. The courses cover a wide range of abilties and experience and include specialities such as underwater digital photography.Ocean Logic International offers IANTD and NAUI free diving courses. Trevor Hutton is the man behind the business, which is located in Noorder Paarl, and his list of achievements includes a free immersion world record, established in Namibia in 2001.Orca Industries is located in Claremont, Cape Town. It has a workshop dedicated to the servicing of scuba equipment, and also does repairs to backpacks, tents, bags and general hiking equipment. They also sell underwater cameras and accessories. In addition, Orca offers NAUI and PADI courses, including a number speciality courses.Pisces Divers, South Africa is a PADI dive centre located just a few metres from the False Bay coast in Glencairn which offers all levels of PADI dive training from beginner to professional level, as well as diving equipment rental and sales, a servicing workshop, and an airfill and nitrox service. It also hosts wreck and reef dives, including at the SAS Gelderland, the Ark Rock Barge, the Brunswick, the Glencairn Barge and Reef, the SAS Good Hope, the SAS Fleur, and the Lusitania.Pro Seafaris is based in Cape Town and offers drive and dive packages to, among others, Mozambique and the Sardine Run. They offer a choice of 15 different wrecks and South African sites include Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, Protea Banks, Aliwal Shoal, and Sodwana Bay.Scuba Diving South Africa is located in Noordhoek, Cape Town, close to to False Bay and its multitude of spectacular and beautiful dive sites. It’s run by Justin Villiers, an experienced PADI scuba diving instructor who has dived all round the world. Scuba Dive South Africa offers a variety of PADI courses, from beginner to the more advanced. They also offer equipment rental, as well as accompanied boat and shore dives.Scuba Shack has two PADI dive centres in Cape Town: one is a five-star instructor development dive resort and the other a purpose-built training centre in Kommetjie with its own training pool. The retail shop is filled with dive equipment and accessories. Reef diving is offered in False Bay and in the Atlantic Ocean. There are also a number of wrecks that can be dived, including the SAS Pietermaritzburg, which was scuttled in 1994 to form an artificial reef in False Bay.Shark Bookings operates out of Gansbaai, a hot bed for Great White Shark viewing. They offer diving at Aliwal Shoal, Cape Town, and Protea Banks. They also dive at other destinations around the world. Besides the Great White, other sharks include the Great White, Blue, Mako, Tiger, Bull or Zambezi, Ragged-Tooth, and the Hammerhead. The gentle Whale Shark can also be viewed.The Great White House, in Kleinbaai, offers African cottage-style accommodation, superb food, whale watching and Great White Shark cage diving tours in Gansbaai.The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town offers dives with Ragged-Tooth Sharks, rays, and turles in the I&J Predator Exhibit. Fish may also be fed in the Kelp Forest Exhibit. There are numerous other attractions for visitors to the aquarium and the venue caters for the physically disabled.Underwater Explorers are situated in Cape Town. Their primary focus is the provision of technical dive courses. They offer a wide variety of dives, including, among many wrecks available, those of the SAS Pietermaritzburg, the SS Lusitania, the SAS Transvaal, the SAS Goodhope, the SAS Fleur, and the SAS Bloemfontein.Unreal Dive Expeditions, in Cape Town, offers a number of shark and scuba diving expeditions that also include diving with whale sharks, the humpback whale and the sardine run. The diving takes place in the Cape, along the Garden Route, and in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as is Mozambique.White Shark Projects is located in Gansbaai, the world capital of the Great White Shark. Diving is done in a cage, able to hold four to five people, and divers get to spend about 20 minutes with the ocean’s most feared predator. All diving and safety equipment is provided.SAinfo reporter and South African Tourismlast_img read more

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Green Building Priority #2 — Reduce Water Use

first_imgWater is such a high priority in part because so much else depends on it. Most of our power plants draw water from rivers and lakes for cooling, and during severe droughts power plants have to shut down. (In 2007 one nuclear plant in Alabama had to shut down for lack of water.) Our food system depends on irrigation—though the U.S. is less dependent on irrigation than China, India, and many other countries. We drink and wash with water. And it takes a lot of water to generate electricity: on average 2.0 gallons per kilowatt-hour in the U.S.In addition, water is energy-intensive. Pumping water out of the ground, moving it from one place to another, treating it, and then treating the wastewater after we use it accounts for about 4% of the nation’s electricity. In many municipalities, water and wastewater infrastructure comprises the single largest use of electricity.There are lots of good ways to reduce water use. A few of my favorites are listed here:Replace showerheadsOne of the easiest, least expensive strategies for reducing water use is to replace older showerheads with models that use significantly less water. Some older showerheads use 5 gallons per minute (gpm) or more, while models sold (legally) since 1994 use no more than 2.5 gpm. I’ve been using a Delta H2Okinetic 1.5 gpm showerhead for years and find it highly satisfactory, even with the low water pressure on my rural water system. Saving water with a showerhead also saves energy—because it’s heated water that you’re using less of.Replace toiletsIf you have a pre-1994 toilet (one that doesn’t list the water consumption on it), chances are pretty good that it’s using at least 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Since 1994, all toilets sold in the U.S. have had to use 1.6 gpf or less. More recently WaterSense-certified “high-efficiency toilets” (HETs) have been introduced that use no more than 1.28 gpm and meet various flush performance standards defined by the EPA WaterSense program. Unless your house has very long drainline runs (over 20 feet) with very low slope (nearly horizontal), choose WaterSense HET toilets.Reduce the water consumption of bathroom faucetsMore and more new lavatory faucets today meet the WaterSense limit of 1.5 gpf, while most faucets in use deliver far more water. Since 1994, faucets could use no more than 2.2 gpm (at 60 psi water pressure), but older faucets often use a lot more. Most relatively modern faucets can be retrofit with screw-in low-flow aerators. You can go as low as 0.5 gpm, which is usually plenty for brushing teeth, washing hands and face, and shaving. Note that the lower the flow, the longer it will take hot water to reach the tap.Install an on-demand circulator pumpTo avoid wasting water as you wait for hot water to reach your bathroom or kitchen, you can install an on-demand recirculation system. Unlike continuous-circulation systems that are used in hotels, on-demand systems are activated by a user. Several companies make these systems, most using D’MAND technology licensed by ACT Metlund.Buy a water-saving clothes washerHorizontal-axis, front-loading clothes washers use significantly less water than most vertical-axis top-loaders. They also use half the detergent, and most of them wring more moisture out during the spin cycle (saving energy needed for drying). If you’re replacing a clothes washer or buying your first, look for a water-saving front-loader.Buy a water-conserving dishwasherCheck the energy- and water-efficiency of available dishwashers if you’re in the market for a new one. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) has the best information.Plant low-water-use landscapingIn many parts of the country, outdoor water use exceeds indoor use. Native landscaping that does not require irrigation can save a tremendous amount of water, compared with lawns and most other conventional landscaping. The term “xeriscaping” is sometimes used to describe this landscaping practice.Harvest rainwater for irrigatingIf you must irrigate, capture rainwater and use that for irrigating. You can install a simple rainbarrel that sits under a downspout at the corner of your house, or install a more sophisticated system with greater storage capacity.These suggestions are just a starting point; there are lots of other opportunities for savings. Huge savings can also be achieved simply by changing your behavior: taking shorter showers, and not running the water when washing dishes or brushing your teeth, and skipping lawn-watering, for example. To a significant extent, water savings is about common sense.My top-10 list of green building priorities so far:#2. Reduce water use#3. Ensure a healthy indoor environment#4. Reduce the need for driving#5. Build smaller and optimize materials use#6. Ensure durability and reuse existing buildings#7. Protect and restore the site#8. Use green materials#9. Create resilient, climate-adapted buildings#10. Make it easy for homeowners to be green In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasWater, Water EverywhereIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Reducing water consumption should be a high priority not only in the parched Southwest but throughout the country. Some argue, in fact, that water is going to be an even bigger challenge than energy over the coming decades.In the United States, nowhere is the focus on water greater today than in the Colorado River Basin. A series of reservoirs on the Colorado, including Lake Powell and Lake Mead, provide water for some 25 million Americans, and allocations of water from the river exceed the available flow. Lake Mead currently stands at half-full, its scenic shore marred by a giant bathtub ring several hundred feet high. A university study a few years ago said there was a 50% chance that the reservoir would be functionally empty (its level too low to draw from) by 2021!But in many ways, water resource issues are an even bigger problem in parts of the country that aren’t as used to thinking about water. In the fall of 2007, Atlanta came within 30 days of running out of water, with no provisions for what to do if that occurred. Eastern reservoirs tend to be a lot shallower than western reservoirs, so have less storage capacity.last_img read more

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Solar Electricity Growing More Competitive

first_imgWithout the tax credit, the picture isn’t as rosyThe current federal investment tax credit is due to expire at the end of 2016, and should it not survive in any form, the report says solar electricity costs will increase from 10 to 16 cents/kWh to a total of 15 to 21 cents/kWh, leaving only Hawaii at grid parity.“In a 2017+ 10% ITC [investment tax credit] environment, solar would be at grid parity in ~36 states (vs. ~47 states with 30% ITC), assuming system prices and financing costs decline although the economics for solar would not be as attractive,” the bank report says. “Consequently, we expect to see a big rush of new installations ahead of the 2016 ITC expiration.”Other key findings:Lower financing costs would be another boost for solar. The bank says that for every drop in financing costs of 100 basis points, the levelized cost of solar drops by 1 cents/kWh.More leasing will propel growth. Solar leasing companies are highly profitable, the report says, and they have a strong incentive to increase their customer base in advance of the tax credit expiration in 2016.Separately, the International Energy Agency predicts solar will be the dominant form of energy by 2050, according to a report from Reuters. PV panels could generate as much as 16 percent of the world’s power while concentrating solar power plants would provide an additional 11 percent.“The rapid cost decrease of photovoltaic modules and systems in the last few years has opened new perspectives for using solar energy as a major source of electricity in the coming years and decades,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven told Reuters. If the current federal tax credit for solar equipment remains intact, electricity generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels will cost no more than electricity provided by local utilities in 47 U.S. states by 2016, according to a report from Deutsche Bank.Even if the tax credit drops from its current level of 30 percent to 10 percent at the end of 2016, the cost of solar electricity would reach this milestone (called “grid parity”) in 36 states, bank analyst Vishal Shah wrote in the October 26 report.Already, the levelized cost of energy from solar sources is competitive in 10 states without any additional subsidies, the report said. In these states, the cost of solar electricity ranges from 11 cents to 15 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to the 11 to 37 cents/kWh retail price for grid power. (Two recent GBA news stories provide more perspective on this topic: PV Cost Reaches Grid Parity in 11 States and Solar Energy Costs Fall in 2013.)The findings were contained in a lengthy market research report and summarized in an article posted at Bloomberg. (Deutsche Bank shared the report but wouldn’t authorize a link to its full content.)“The reason solar-power generation will increasingly dominate: it’s a technology, not a fuel,” Tom Randall wrote at Bloomberg. “As such, efficiency increases and prices fall as time goes on. The price of Earth’s limited fossil fuels tends to go the other direction.”last_img read more

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Florida’s Governor Is Sending Personal Letters To Football Recruits Who Stay Home, Play For Gators

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Yesterday, 5-star Florida defensive end signee CeCe Jefferson shared that he had received a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for staying in-state for college. It appears Scott is sending these letters to other UF signees from the Sunshine State. Here is a photo of the letter that was sent to Pasco High School defensive lineman Andrew Ivie, courtesy of his coach Tom McHugh. To Andrew Ivie pic.twitter.com/gWzqsyPNzw— Tom McHugh (@tmac114) April 1, 2015This is interesting, because it appears Scott is making a concerted effort to thank recruits for playing in-state. Wonder how FSU fans feel about this, unless he is sending them to Seminole signees as well.last_img read more

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