Polish utilities suspend work on 1GW Ostroleka coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Polish state-run utilities Energa and Enea have suspended financing of their joint project to build 1 GW power plant in Ostroleka, which could freeze construction works which have already started, they said.Construction of the plant, which was supposed to be Poland’s last coal-fired one, has already started, but Energa and Enea have not yet secured full financing as banks have shied away from backing such projects for environmental and sustainability reasons.Poland’s biggest oil refiner, state-run PKN Orlen, which in December announced plans to take over Energa, signaled that it may opt to replace coal with less carbon-heavy gas as a fuel source for the plant which is built in north-east Poland.Energa and Enea said that PKN Orlen’s plans as well as EU climate policy and a shift in European Investment Bank financing policies have all had an impact on the decision to suspend the project.“The decision to suspend financing the project could also result in suspending the construction works,” the companies said in a statement.The agreement signed with contractors – GE Power and Alstom Power Systems – allows for suspending the construction for up to 90 days. Construction works at Ostroleka were advanced in 5% as of end of January.[Agnieszka Barteczko]More: Polish utilities suspend coal-fueled plant project Polish utilities suspend work on 1GW Ostroleka coal plantlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virusUNDATED (AP) — Golf’s annual rite of spring won’t happen this year. Augusta National has decided to postpone the Masters because of the spread of the coronavirus. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. — Boston Marathon organizers are postponing the prestigious race until Sept. 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The April 20 race was expected to draw 31,000 runners and about 1 million spectators.— The first four races of the Formula One season have been called off because of the virus. Organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix just hours ahead f the first official practice sessions, after McLaren withdrew because one of its team members tested positive for the virus. Now the Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have also been postponed. The China Grand Prix was postponed previously. No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.— IndyCar and NASCAR are still planning to race this weekend, but without spectators. IndyCar is scheduled to pen ts season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Only essential personnel will be permitted to attend, nd competitors will have to undergo a questionnaire for health screening before entry. Today’s practice sessions nd other events have been canceled. NASCAR will race this week at Atlanta and next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway under similar restrictions.— The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season, for the first time since 1940. The league has decided to cancel the season. Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.— The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. March 13, 2020 Associated Press The decision came 12 hours after PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan canceled four tournaments, starting with the final three rounds of The Players Championship and its $15 million purse.The Masters had been scheduled for April 9-12.In a statement, Masters chairman Fred Ridley said he hoped the postponement puts Augusta National in the best position to host the Masters and its two other amateur events “at some later date.” He did not indicate when the Masters might be played. The private club traditionally closes in May and does not open for its members until October.The decision is the latest big hit to the spring sports calendar caused by the COVID-19 oubreak, which has already caused the cancellation of March Madness and disrupted schedules across the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer.Among other virus-related developments in sports: — The English Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday. Matches in England will be stopped until at least April 3 after five Premier League clubs said some players or staff were in self-isolation. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the virus, as has Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.— The Greek Olympic committee has suspended the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee said a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit yesterday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

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Women’s hockey hopes to poison Ivy

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhile the talk on campus of No. 1 seeds, conference championships, and rankings at the top of the polls may usually circulate around the men’s basketball program, there’s another UW team closing in on a national championship and the spotlight.The No. 1 UW women’s hockey team — and the only Badger squad playing at home this weekend — will take center stage as they host an NCAA quarterfinal game against No. 6 Harvard Saturday night at the Kohl Center.Last year, Wisconsin also earned a first-round home game, but was forced to play at the Capital Center. Having this season’s game on campus will offer the Badgers a significant home-ice advantage as they try to advance to the Frozen Four for the second consecutive season.”We really feed off of it,” alternate captain Phoebe Monteleone said of having an energetic crowd. “It’s really exciting, and we love it when people come. Last year kind of got us on the radar, and now it’s a time for us to showcase who we are as a team.”Whether they win or lose their showcase, this will also mark the final home game for the UW seniors, a bittersweet thought for them.”It’s hard to put into words,” senior captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “I guess end strong. That’s what I’m hoping for.”For Monteleone, skating for the last time in Madison gives an opportunity to reflect on her time with the program.”It’s pretty special for us; our senior class has come a long way,” Monteleone echoed. “This is what we worked for all year, to host an NCAA tournament game in our last game here.”On the other side, Harvard will be doing everything it can to ruin the seniors’ final game and send Wisconsin packing early. The Crimson’s offense comes into the game averaging 4.30 goals per game, the most prolific offense the Badgers have played all season and good for best in the nation.In fact, Harvard’s team statistics largely mirror those of UW’s, as both teams post outstanding numbers in scoring and defense. Leading the Harvard charge is senior Patty Kazmaier finalist and the NCAA’s all time leading scorer Julie Chu. A win this weekend for Wisconsin means shutting down Chu without ignoring the rest of her talented teammates.Wisconsin is quite familiar with Chu, though; coach Mark Johnson coached her in the Four Nation’s Cup earlier in the season. In the same tournament, Slusar, playing for Team Canada, got a chance to play against Harvard’s leading scorer.”She’s a great player,” Slusar said of Chu. “That’s just something we have to recognize when she’s on the ice, and we have to take it to her.”While Chu certainly has outstanding credentials, the Badgers also understand that they can’t play in awe of her.”There’s no doubt how talented she is,” Monteleone said. “At the same time she’s just another hockey player.”Current Patty Kazmaier Award holder and second-time finalist Sara Bauer won’t be paying too much attention to the showcase of her and Chu.”I think if you get distracted by one-on-one battles you’re not doing what you need to do to help the team,” Bauer said.A virtual lock to earn an NCAA tournament bid since the start of the season, this weekend will mark the first time all season for the Badgers when a loss means a certain end to the season. That, along with earning the opportunity to defend their national championship, means that their expectations are high, and there’s plenty at stake for the Badgers Saturday.”There’s definitely a need to prove ourselves,” Slusar said. “But we’re all really energized and fired up and excited. It’s going to be a challenge and a hard fought battle; we have to be consistent and positive and solid.”Even though Wisconsin may face added pressure as the defending national champions, the pressure does not fall on the Badgers alone.”Of course there’s pressure,” Monteleone said. “But there’s just as much on them as there is on us.”With women’s hockey’s most prestigious award — a trip to the Frozen Four — and a shot at the national championship on the line, there’s plenty of pressure to go around.last_img read more

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Premier League Player Enters Guinness World Records Book

first_imgRelatedTransfer: Eagles Star Musa Set For CSKA Moscow Loan Move; Medical To Hold In LondonJanuary 29, 2018In “National Team”BunuelJune 30, 2017Similar post2017/2018 Premier League: Who Makes The Top Four?August 11, 2017In “England” Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has made the 2018 Guinness World Records book for scoring the most headed goals in the English Premier League (EPL).The 36-year old has scored 51 out of his 105 EPL goals via head and that’s five more than the 46 headed goals managed by EPL record goalscorer Alan Shearer.Speaking on his achievement, Crouch said:“If you are a centre-forward, you should be in the box, ready for the ball.”“That is the way I have always played my game and that will never change. I see centre-forwards hanging around outside the box and it blows my mind, I just can’t get my head around it.” he added.last_img read more

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