Pandemic hits Iowa’s wind energy industry hard

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Renewable energy is among the many industries seeing major disruptions during the pandemic. Observers say that’s troubling news for states such as Iowa as a national leader in producing wind energy.Last year, Iowa joined Kansas as the first states to have wind power become a top source of electricity, However, the COVID-19 crisis is showing its effect. John Hensley, vice president for research and analytics at the American Wind Energy Association, said it started with the global supply chain and later caused slowdowns in other key areas.“With the virus spreading,” he said, “obviously, health and safety have become a big concern for many companies, which have slowed everything down, from transportational logistics to the actual construction of the projects themselves.”According to a research firm, the United States lost more than 100,000 renewable-energy jobs in March, with more than 1,000 in Iowa. One of the state’s two U.S. senators, Republican Charles Grassley, is working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to protect stalled projects from losing their federal tax-credit status. The lawmakers are urging the Treasury Department to extend provisions that would allow them to still qualify.Hensley said it’s frustrating to see any progress for clean energy hit a roadblock. He said 2020 was supposed to be a banner year for wind energy, but a lot has changed in recent weeks.“We’ve seen anywhere from two- up to six- to eight-week delays in delivery of components,” he said, “which can lead to multiple weeks or months of delays to those projects — and, ultimately, even some folks pulling out of projects.”Late last month, a wind-turbine manufacturing plant in Iowa was forced to close temporarily after at least two dozen workers tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

42 new cases of COVID-19 in our listening area over the weekend

first_imgRecoveredNew Recovered Butler16 Worth Wright2 Wright6020 Worth3 Butler1 Kossuth161 Cerro Gordo213 Franklin Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd19 Winnebago111 Cerro Gordo1 Area Total39942 Winnebago Floyd16 Franklin71 Kossuth Deaths Hospitalized Worth3 Franklin1 Butler131 Mitchell Butler2 DES MOINES — Over 40 more cases of COVID-19 were reported in our immediate listening area over the weekend.In the time period between 11:00 AM Friday and 11:00 AM this morning, 42 cases were reported — 22 new cases in Wright County; 12 more in Franklin; six more in Hancock; and single cases in Cerro Gordo and Kossuth counties. That brings the area total now to 399 — 244 in Wright; 34 in Cerro Gordo; 30 in Franklin; 22 in Hancock; 19 in Floyd; 16 each in Butler and Kossuth; 11 in Winnebago; four in Mitchell; and three in Worth.26 more people in our area have fully recovered — 20 in Wright; three in Cerro Gordo; and single cases in Butler, Franklin and Winnebago — for a total number of recovered in our area now at 151.10 people remain hospitalized in our area at last report — two each in Wright, Hancock, Floyd, and Butler; with single hospitalizations in Cerro Gordo and Franklin.Looking at the statewide numbers, five more deaths were reported between Sunday morning and this morning for a total now of 607. 329 more cases were reported statewide in that same time period for a total now of 21,918. Winnebago Floyd2 Hancock226 Mitchell4 Mitchell4 Hancock8 Kossuth8 Kossuth Wright24422 Area Total10 Hancock Worth Cerro Gordo341 Winnebago11 Hancock2 Franklin3012 Floyd1 Mitchell Area Total15126 Cerro Gordo1 Wright Area Total3last_img read more

Former Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock teacher charged with stealing money from district

first_imgROCKFORD — A former special education teacher in the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School District has been arrested and charged with stealing over $20,000 from the school district. The State Auditor’s Office released a report back on June 30th naming 52-year-old Deborah Kadera as being responsible for $18,086 in undeposited collections, $3783 in improper payments, and $3162 in unsupported payments. Kadera was responsible for the money in the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Parent Teacher Organization and the district’s junior class account when the alleged misappropriation happened. Kadera at the time was placed on paid administrative leave and she later resigned from the district.A criminal complaint was filed on July 23rd and she was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree theft, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Kadera is due in court for her preliminary hearing on August 14th.last_img read more

Uganda leaps 8 places in World Rugby rankings

first_imgRugby Cranes celebrate a try during the Namibia game in Kampala. Photo via @WorldRugbyUganda is the biggest climber in the latest World Rugby rankings, leaping eight places after scooping 1.91 points for that spectacular win in Zimbabwe.On Saturday the Rugby Cranes pulled off a shock win over Zimbabwe on their own turf, the their first loss at home in three years, and the first time they were losing to Uganda.That the Sables threw away an early lead to the visitors makes the accomplishment sweeter. The rampaging Cranes managed five tries past the Sables, matching the hosts pound-for-pound until they run away with the win.Tomorrow, Thursday, Rugby Cranes travel to Nairobi for an all-out-war duel on Saturday against their noisy neighbours at RFUEA grounds.Share on: WhatsApplast_img

F1 pays tribute to stricken Schumacher on his 50th birthday

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Michael SchumacherMaranello, Italy | AFP | Ferrari issued an emotional message on Thursday to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Schumacher, who has not been seen in public since he suffered head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago.The German, who won a record seven Formula One drivers’ championships and 91 Grands Prix, collected five consecutive titles with the Italian team from 2000 to 2004.Ferrari also won six constructors’ titles while Schumacher was with them.“Our champ turns 50 today. We’re all with you Michael #KeepFighting,” Scuderia Ferrari tweeted.The official Formula 1 account tweeted: “We join the whole of the #F1 family in sending Michael @Schumacher our very best wishes on his 50th birthday #KeepFightingMichael #Michael50.”The Ferrari Museum at Maranello in northern Italy is dedicating a special exhibition to Schumacher as a celebration of the team’s most successful driver.F1 team Mercedes have hailed Schumacher as one of the “founding fathers” for their recent success.Schumacher came out of retirement in 2010 for a three-season spell with Mercedes before he was eventually replaced by Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton last year celebrated his fifth world championship, and his fourth racing for the Silver Arrows. “Michael is one of the founding fathers of the success we have had in the last five years,” said Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff. “There is no other driver like him and his vast experience contributed tremendously in the development of our team.”Hamilton is now the closest driver to matching Schumacher’s records. The Briton is two championships and 18 race victories shy of the German’s hauls.“Michael has had a tremendous impact on Formula One,” added Wolff. “Not only did he set an incredible record — a record that is yet to be beaten — but he also shaped and changed the sport forever.”Schumacher’s medical condition has been held a closely guarded secret since he fell and hit his head while skiing on the French Alps in December, 2013.His family issued a statement on Facebook ahead of his birthday and have launched an app to celebrate his successes in the sport.“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” they said.Schumacher’s daughter Gina also published a short message to her Instagram page, writing: “Happy Birthday to the best dad”, accompanied with three pictures.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steely Serena in ‘different space’, ready for record Slam win – coach

first_img“Having a baby is a big thing. So for a top-level athlete to come back and be 100 percent fit after having a baby any time, I think there was not enough time.“So I think now she’s ready physically. I think emotionally too because it’s a big change in anyone’s life to have a baby and you need to get used to a new life, and it took a bit of time.“But I feel now she’s back to being Serena on both the physical and emotional side. So I think her level is good. I think she needed a big fight, and it happened (against Halep) and I think it’s a great thing,” he added.Williams, seeded just 16, beat world number one Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, repelling a gutsy fightback from the Romanian after blitzing her in the first set.She next plays seventh seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in the semi-finals, where she could meet either Osaka or sixth seed Elina Svitolina.Asked if the 37-year-old could go on and win her eighth title in Melbourne to match Court’s long-standing record, Mouratoglou replied: “Of course I believe she will win.“First of all, I always think she can win, and she will win. I think I should be in that state of mind. Because she’s Serena.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO; Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Serena Williams is emotionally and physically ready to win another Grand Slam, unlike during her famous meltdown in the final of the US Open last year, according to coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 37-year-old American stormed past top seed Simona Halep to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Monday, with the Romanian saying it felt like being “hit by a train”.Long-time coach Mouratoglou said Williams was in a different space to the one she occupied at Flushing Meadows, when she controversially lost the decider to Naomi Osaka during her comeback from having a baby.In that match, Williams lost the plot, receiving a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “liar” and a “thief”.Mouratoglou admitted “I don’t think she was ready” to win a final back then.“There is a big difference between reaching a final and winning it,” he added.But four months on from that chapter of her life that Williams now refuses to talk about, he said she was “back to being Serena”.“I think she’s fitter than she was last year, because even though she made really a lot of efforts to come back in shape last year, I don’t think she had enough time,” he said.last_img read more

Djokovic is a ‘deadly spider’, says opponent’s coach

first_imgNovak Djokovic at Wimbledon. photo via @WimbledonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin.The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals.Goffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone.“It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic.“He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall.“I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back.“You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court — otherwise he will kill you.”Goffin, 28, has matched his best-ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final.Four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 record over Goffin — but the Belgian won their last encounter, on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals in 2017.“It’s very important for David to have beaten him once. Most of the guys never have,” Johansson said.“Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he is the defending champion.“We are the underdog — and we like it.”Johansson, 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic, namely a much-improved slice and drawing the top seed to the net. “We will try to find a good solution because rallying with him is not an option,” the Swede said.– Stress and nerves –Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals — and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924.Malisse, 38, said the odds were heavily in favour of Djokovic — but Goffin could still spring a surprise.“It’s going to be tough. Everyone knows it — including him,” the former world number 19 said.“But it’s one match. If he’s on good form and Djokovic is off a bit, gets a little stressed or nervous, that can change things.“It’s about 60 to 65 percent in Djokovic’s favour.”Goffin’s route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn, Jeremy Chardy, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco.Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said her compatriot had been playing better than ever.“It’s very exciting,” said the retired 36-year-old.“He has nothing to lose. It’s been a lot of fun watching him do well and seeing him being more emotionally outgoing and showing his fighting spirit.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Man faces capital murder charge after shooting child who startled him

first_imgAn Alabama man is currently facing a capital murder charge after he fatally shot a 7-year-old who startled him out of his sleep.The incident occurred early Friday at a trailer park in Montgomery.Officials reported that Omarion Greenhouse was sleeping on the couch in the trailer when the child startled him awake. That’s when Greenhouse immediately grabbed his gun and shot the child.Authorities were called to the scene and the child was taken to the hospital where he later died.  It is unclear in the shooting was intentional, however, it is considered a capital offense in Alabama to kill anyone under the age of 14.last_img

Florida Woman Fatally Shot By Deputies Was a U.S. Army Veteran

first_imgThe unidentified man told investigators Drowne hit him during an argument about his teenage daughter.Drowne’s ex-husband told the Orlando Sentinel that she was struggling recently. Mina adds that the two deputies are on leave pending an investigation. A woman who authorities say was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in Central Florida this week after a confrontation with a neighbor, was a veteran of the U.S. Army.Orange County Sheriff John Mina says his deputies shot Tracy Drowne on Tuesday afternoon, when she pointed a gun at them.They were investigating a battery call involving an incident with her neighbor.last_img

Nations Cup team named for Spanish championship

first_img17 Feb 2016 Nations Cup team named for Spanish championship England’s team for the Nations Cup event at the Spanish women’s amateur championship will be the internationals Gemma Clews, Sammie Giles and Sophie Lamb. All three were all members of England’s winning team at the 2015 women’s Home Internationals. The Spanish championship takes place at Escorpion Golf Club from 2-6 March. The Nations Cup event will be played on the first two days, during the stroke play qualifying for the matchplay stages. The best two scores from three will count in each of the two rounds. The players: Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest) had top ten finishes in last year’s English women’s amateur and the Scottish and Irish stroke play championships. She tied 20th in the European Amateur and represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. Sammie Giles, 21, (St Mellion) is the English women’s stroke play champion, adding it to her win in the 2014 English mid-amateur. She was sixth in the English women’s amateur and won the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) was runner-up in the 2015 England Girls’ Order of Merit for 2015 and sixth on the women’s table. She was also runner-up in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 in Sweden. She was England’s leading scorer in the recent Portuguese Amateur, finishing 21st.last_img read more