New UN report takes stock of renewable energy’s decade-long growth spurt

first_img2018 was the ninth year in a row in which renewable energy capacity investments exceeded $200 billion and the fifth year in a row in which they exceeded $250 billion, according to a report released by the UN ahead of the Climate Action Summit to be held in New York City later this month.That means that, by the time it’s over, the current decade — 2010 to 2019 — will have seen a total of $2.6 trillion in renewable energy investments and a four-fold increase in global renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydroelectric dams, i.e. those with electricity generation capacity of 50 megawatts or more).Of all the major generating technologies, including those that burn fossil fuels, solar accounts for 638 GW of new power capacity installed since 2010, the largest single share claimed by any technology. Coal-fired power comes in second at 529 GW, wind in third at 487 GW, and gas in fourth at 438 GW. Thanks to the nearly $280 billion invested in electricity generation from renewable sources last year — three times the amount invested in coal and gas-fired generation capacity combined — a record 167 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity was installed around the globe, beating the previous record of 160 gigawatts set in 2017.2018 was the ninth year in a row in which renewable energy capacity investments exceeded $200 billion and the fifth year in a row in which they exceeded $250 billion, according to a report released by the UN ahead of the Climate Action Summit to be held in New York City later this month. That means that, by the time it’s over, the current decade — 2010 to 2019 — will have seen a total of $2.6 trillion in renewable energy investments and a four-fold increase in global renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydroelectric dams, i.e. those with electricity generation capacity of 50 megawatts or more).By the close of 2009, the world was capable of producing 414 gigawatts (GW) of energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, and geothermal, the report states. When 2019 comes to an end, the world is projected to have just over 1,650 GW of renewable generation capacity.Half of the investments made since 2010 went towards building out solar capacity, with the result being that more gigawatts of solar energy were installed over the past decade than any other generation technology. There will be 663 GW of solar capacity by the end of 2019, per the report, up from 25 GW at the beginning of the decade.Jon Moore, CEO of BloombergNEF (BNEF), the research company that provided the data and analysis for the report, noted that a major factor in the growth of clean energy technologies is their falling cost, which has made them increasingly competitive with fossil-fueled electricity generation.“Sharp falls in the cost of electricity from wind and solar over recent years have transformed the choice facing policy‐makers,” Moore said in a statement. “These technologies were always low-carbon and relatively quick to build. Now, in many countries around the world, either wind or solar is the cheapest option for electricity generation.”Germany’s Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Svenja Schulze, says that his country will be producing at least two-thirds of its electricity from renewable sources within the next 10 years. But he added that, despite the gains made by the renewable sector over the past decade, the pace of investments in clean energy — and the phasing out of fossil fuels like coal — must be ratcheted up even further.“We are demonstrating that an industrial country can phase out coal and, at the same time, nuclear energy without putting its economy at risk. We know that renewables make sense for the climate and for the economy,” Schulze said in a statement. “Yet we are not investing nearly enough to decarbonize power production, transport and heat in time to limit global warming to 2C or ideally 1.5C. If we want to achieve a safe and sustainable future, we need to do a lot more now in terms of creating an enabling regulatory environment and infrastructure that encourage investment in renewables.”Solar accounts for 638 GW of the 2,366 GW of new power generation capacity the world netted since 2010, the largest single share claimed by any technology, including those that burn fossil fuels. Coal-fired power comes in second at 529 GW, wind in third at 487 GW, and gas in fourth at 438 GW.In total, renewables supplied 12.9 percent of global electricity consumption last year, up from 11.6 percent in 2017. The UN report estimates that about 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions were avoided in 2018 alone due to renewable energy usage. The energy sector globally was responsible for about 13.7 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2018.“Investing in renewable energy is investing in a sustainable and profitable future, as the last decade of incredible growth in renewables has shown,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme. (Andersen appeared on the Mongabay Newscast back in January 2019, when she was still director general of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature).“But we cannot afford to be complacent. Global power sector emissions have risen about 10 per cent over this period. It is clear that we need to rapidly step up the pace of the global switch to renewables if we are to meet international climate and development goals.”The Solar Settlement, a sustainable housing community project in Freiburg, Germany. Photo by Andrewglaser, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Mike Gaworecki Alternative Energy, Clean Energy, Environment, Finance, Fossil Fuels, Geothermal Energy, Green Energy, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar Power, Wind Power center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

What’s at stake after Chile cancels its hosting of COP25?

first_imgCarbon Emissions, Climate Change, Climate Science, Conservation, COP21, Earth Science, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forest People, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Green, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Illegal Logging, IPCC, Oceans And Climate Change, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, United Nations Article published by John Cannon Massive protests triggered by social unrest over economic, justice and environmental issues have forced Chile to cancel its hosting of this year’s U.N. climate change summit in December.As the organizer of the 25th Conference of Parties, Chile was to have led the effort to bolster ambitions in the fight against climate change aimed at ensuring that global temperatures don’t increase by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.On Oct. 31, a day after Chile’s president announced the cancellation, Spain offered to hold the conference on the scheduled dates, Dec. 2-13, in Madrid. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced on Oct. 30 that his country was cancelling the 25th annual United Nations climate conference due to the social crisis that has swept the country in the past two weeks.The meeting, known as the Conference of the Parties or COP 25, was scheduled to be held in the capital Santiago from Dec. 2-13.“This has been a very hard decision to make and it causes us much pain because we understand the importance of the COP for Chile and for the world,” Piñera said in a statement from the governmental palace. He said the decision was based on “the wise principle of common sense” since “as the president of all Chileans I always have to put their problems, interests, needs, desires, and hopes at the top of the list.”This is the first time that the annual U.N. climate conference has been cancelled.“We are currently exploring alternative hosting options,” Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said in a statement on Oct 30.A day later, in another statement, Espinosa said that Spain had offered to hold the conference on the same dates in Madrid.The Putaendo River hasn’t had water for years and has become a dumpsite. Image by Michelle Carrere.What’s at stake?“This meeting was key at the global level to get to the 2020 climate summit with new commitments,” said Ricardo Bosshard, director of WWF Chile, as the commitments made at the 2015 COP in Paris expire next year. He added that the Paris commitments were “unambitious” and “not being met.”Manuel Rodríguez Becerra, Colombia’s former environment minister, said that “The voluntary national goals are not leading us to the path of not increasing the temperature of the planet by 1.5 degrees Centigrade [2.7 degrees Fahrenheit] but [rather] on a path of [an increase of] 2 or 3 degrees [3.6 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit], which, as has already been said, is not enough.”For that reason, COP25 had the significant challenge of increasing ambitions in the fight against climate change.In addition, at the Latin American level, this COP was expected to bring agreements to stop forest degradation and restore large areas of forest. Agreements were also expected for ocean protection. All of these demands “are still present because global emergencies are still as urgent as they were one week or one day ago,” Bosshard said.The question now is where the conference will take place, “because we need to get to Glasgow with many solutions.” COP26 is scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2020.The Putaendo River Valley, where only 31.6 millimeters (1.24 inches) of rain has fallen this year. Image by Michelle Carrere.The optionsAccording to Rodríguez, the possibility of holding the COP in Costa Rica could be explored. The country had been helping organize the meeting in Chile. “What is certain is that it won’t happen on the scheduled date,” he said.Peru’s former environment minister and now WWF’s climate and energy leader, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, said the COP “is a very big event for any country, even for a developed one, and it requires logistics that cannot be arranged at such short notice.” For Pulgar-Vidal, who presided over COP20 in Lima in 2014, the most realistic option would be to hold the event during the “intersessional” meeting scheduled for June 2020 in Bonn, Germany, or to hold an additional intersessional meeting.He said that intersessional meetings, which take place throughout the year, are led mainly by negotiators, while the COP is a key event where leaders meet to make decisions that are important to the process of tackling climate change. If the COP were to happen in one of these situations, “The leaders should be invited to make the decisions they were expected to make in December this year,” Pulgar-Vidal said, adding that it was unlikely they would be able to bring together all heads of state at an intersessional meeting.The COP is also a space where other actors from the private sector, civil society, indigenous groups and academia meet. The cancellation of the event also suggests that these connections won’t happen in the short term.“Hundreds of organizations from the private sector and NGOs participate in a COP, and that is not often replicated in an intersessional [meeting],” Pulgar-Vidal said.He added that he remains optimistic, even though “the process of the negotiation is going to be a bit delayed.”“Many times crises have been the catalyzer of new decision-making,” he said, adding that he thought the world would remain committed to agreeing on the need to continue to address the climate “emergency” we face.Land cracked by drought. Image by Michelle Carrere.Chile’s environmental demandsThe decision by Piñera to cancel his country’s hosting of the COP was precipitated by massive protests nationwide stemming initially from a hike in subway fares. The protesters have since seized on other issues, including high living costs and growing economic inequality, and their confrontations with the security forces have frequently turned violent. As of Oct. 29, Chile’s National Human Rights Institute (INDH) had recorded 1,233 people hospitalized as a result of these clashes and 3,712 arrested. Twenty people have died. The INDH has also taken up 138 legal cases, 92 of them relating to illegal mistreatment or torture, 18 to sexual violence, and five related to homicide allegedly committed by the authorities.Environmental problems rank among the concerns being raised by the protesters, along with pensions, health care, education, and justice. Among the environmental issues making headlines even before the protests began in mid-October is the serious drought that has intensified this year. Another is the unequal distribution of water. Residents of central Chile complain that the agriculture industry is taking most of the water, leaving little for human consumption. There are also complaints about the severe pollution in the so-called sacrifice zones in northern and central Chile and the damage it has caused over years to the health of the local population. Other issues include lithium mining in the north of Chile, which scientists, experts and residents say is causing a decrease in the water levels in the Salar de Atacama Basin.More than a million Chileans have taken to the streets to demand that the government take immediate action to address these issues.In his speech on Oct. 30, Piñera reaffirmed Chile’s commitment to the COP and said that “In this matter, [Chile] has [provided] firm, clear and recognized leadership.” He also said the country has adopted commitments to fight climate change and global warming, focusing especially on ocean protection, decarbonizing the country before 2050, and forest conservation.Banner image of the Salar de Atacama Basin by Francesco Mocellin via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

C1 : l’Ajax doit confirmer, Tottenham s’accroche à son rêve

first_img Partager La génération Matthijs de Ligt, devenu à 19 ans le plus jeune capitaine de l’histoire du club, rêve en tout cas de réaliser le même exploit que la génération Patrick Kluivert : conquérir l’Europe, comme en 1995, avec une bande de gamins aussi talentueux qu’insouciants.“La vérité, c’est que nous ne nous attendions pas du tout en début de saison à nous retrouver dans cette position”, a admis Daley Blind. “Échouer (mercredi) serait une déception”, a encore souligné le fils de Danny Blind, lui-même ancien joueur de l’Ajax et vainqueur de la C1… en 1995.Après avoir commencé leur épopée en juillet par le 2e tour préliminaire, presque deux mois avant l’entrée en lice des gros bras du continent, les joueurs d’Erik ten Hag se sont offert le scalp des principaux prétendants à la victoire finale. Avec panache et sens de l’esthétique.“Déclic” Ils ont d’abord tenu tête au Bayern Munich en phase de groupes, “le déclic”, de l’aveu même de Blind, avant de balayer en huitièmes le Real Madrid, pourtant triple tenant du titre, et d’offrir en quarts une leçon de football à la Juventus Turin de Cristiano Ronaldo, l’un des grandissimes favoris.En cas de résultat positif mercredi soir, l’Ajax peut s’offrir la possibilité d’un incroyable triplé Coupe-championnat-Ligue des champions. Un exploit qui n’a plus été réalisé depuis… 1972 et l’équipe d’un certain Johan Cruyff.“Nous allons jouer comme si le score était de 0-0. Pourquoi changer de style? L’Ajax, c’est l’attaque”, a d’ores et déjà prévenu son entraîneur Erik ten Hag, qui devrait pouvoir compter sur toutes ses forces vives pour ce choc, malgré la légère incertitude autour de David Neres.De son côté, Tottenham n’aborde pas son grand rendez-vous dans les meilleurs dispositions.Défaits samedi (1-0 contre Bournemouth en championnat d’Angleterre) pour la 3e fois d’affilée, toutes compétitions confondues, les Spurs ont manqué l’occasion de se rassurer avant leur déplacement aux Pays-Bas.Le “rêve” de Pochettino Qu’importe, le “rêve” que sont en train de vivre les Spurs de Mauricio Pochettino n’est pas prêt de s’achever aussi facilement.“Il y a cinq ans, en raison de la manière dont évoluait le projet, je pense que personne n’aurait imaginé que nous jouerions la Ligue des champions chaque saison et que nous serions à ce niveau de la compétition”, a savouré le technicien argentin.“Le plus important est d’apprécier, d’essayer de donner confiance aux joueurs et de faire de notre mieux pour aller en finale”, a-t-il ajouté.Pour réussir l’exploit à la Johan Cruyff Arena, Pochettino pourra compter sur les conseils de quatre de ses joueurs : Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez et Christian Eriksen connaissent en effet parfaitement la maison Ajax pour y avoir fait leurs premiers pas au plus haut niveau.Mais son principal atout sera son buteur Son, de retour de suspension et qui avait beaucoup manqué à l’aller, alors que Vertonghen, victime d’un violent choc au nez à White Hart Lane, devrait également pouvoir tenir sa place.Le Sud-Coréen, qui a reçu un carton rouge contre Bournemouth, devra toutefois garder ses nerfs s’il veut refaire le même numéro que contre Manchester City au tour précédent (un but à l’aller, deux au retour).“Il était le premier déçu après ce qui s’est passé. C’est une chose qui ne doit plus se reproduire. Au haut niveau, il faut savoir rester relax. (Mercredi), nous allons avoir besoin d’une grosse performance collective”, a souligné Pochettino. Battre l’Ajax à son propre jeu, sacré défi!AFP L’Ajax y est presque : en ballottage favorable après son succès à l’aller (1-0), le club d’Amsterdam doit confirmer à domicile en demi-finale retour mercredi (21h) pour poursuivre son incroyable épopée. Tottenham rêve, lui, de sa première finale en Ligue des champions, avec le retour de son buteur providentiel Son Heung-min.Après une traversée du désert de presque un quart de siècle dans la plus prestigieuse des compétitions européennes, le mythique club amstellodamois n’a jamais été aussi proche de revivre une finale de C1.Mais pas question de s’enflammer. L’incroyable “remontada” subie mardi par Barcelone à Liverpool, défaite 4-0 au retour après gagné 3-0 à l’aller, a une nouvelle fois démontré qu’en Ligue des champions, nul n’est à l’abri des scénarios les plus fous…last_img read more

Djokovic wins before rain returns in Eastbourne

first_imgWith the women’s draw 64 players strong and the men’s half that size, WTA third-round matches were backed up at an event which finishes on Saturday.Women were due to play twice on Wednesday in a plan which was ruined as just eight matches of 16 were completed, while the men got through seven of 12.Among those who may have to play twice on Thursday are women’s top seed Angelique Kerber and number two Simona Halep.Djokovic passed his first grass-court test of the season, defeating Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3.The former world number one claimed his fifth victory in as many attempts against Pospisil, who is now 4-22 against top-10 opponents in his career.The Serbian is playing a pre-Wimbledon tournament for the first time since 2010 and will next face Donald Young, who beat Jared Donaldson 6-4, 7-5. “I’m glad that I came here to Eastbourne,” Djokovic said.“I have had a great couple of days of training with good players, different styles of game. “Yesterday it obviously wasn’t really enjoyable to see the rain falling all day.“But today we almost played a full match, so I’m glad for that. I felt good on the court, considering it’s the first match.”The world number four Djokovic, who will be advised by Andre Agassi at Wimbledon, is the second-highest-ranked men’s player to ever compete at the Aegon International, behind then number two Marcelo Rios in 1998. In the first round, Russian Daniil Medvedev knocked out fifth seed Sam Querrey, beating the American 6-3, 7-5. German Mischa Zverev, seeded sixth, beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 7-6 (11/9).Seventh seed Richard Gasquet stopped Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.On the women’s side, Kerber recovered to beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, as the German returned to action for the first time since her opening round defeat at the French Open.Kerber is fighting to hold onto her world number one ranking and withdrew from last week’s Birmingham event with a hamstring strain.She trained in Mallorca after recovering from her injury but has yet to capture a title this year or beaten an opponent inside the top 20.Roland Garros finalist Halep, who trails Kerber by just 115 ranking points, rallied to defeat China’s Duan Ying-Ying 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Tsvetana Pironkova — a 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist — thumped Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-0, 6-4.The Bulgarian Pironkova led Halep by a set and a break in their third-round clash though when the rains came, with the match to be completed on Thursday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Novak Djokovic in action in Eastbourne, southern England, on June 28, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKEastbourne, United Kingdom, Jun 28 – Top seed Novak Djokovic moved into the quarter-finals at Eastbourne before rain brought an early finish on Wednesday.The interruption was the second major hit on the Wimbledon warm-up event after a near-total washout on Tuesday.last_img read more

Alarcón rescinds motion that could have aided wife

first_imgAlarcón had tried to move into his wife’s newer, larger house while the Wakefield property is being developed. But that house is in Councilwoman Wendy Greuel’s district, and she does not support redrawing district boundaries. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While the motion may not have been a conflict of interest while Montes de Oca was Alarcón’s girlfriend or fiancee, state law prohibits officials from making decisions on property owned by their spouses. Alarcón initially said he would recuse himself from voting on the motion after the couple married. But in a statement Tuesday, he said he would entirely withdraw the proposal. “Irrespective of the truth of the matter, I am rescinding the motion so as to eliminate any perception of favoritism, as I reside on Wakefield Avenue in property that has been owned by my wife, whom I married last Saturday, for over eight years,” he said. He added that the motion would have made the width of the street consistent with the community plan and the residential character of the neighborhood. But his aides said no council colleagues would reintroduce the motion. After reports that a street-classification change introduced by Councilman Richard Alarcón could help his wife’s development plans, the veteran councilman said Tuesday that he is rescinding the proposal to “eliminate any perception of favoritism.” Alarcón married Flora Montes de Oca on Saturday in Studio City. The couple now lives in her small home on Wakefield Avenue in Panorama City, which Montes de Oca plans to develop into nine single-family homes. But the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that Alarcón introduced a motion in June seeking to downgrade that short segment of Wakefield Street from a major thoroughfare to a local street. The change would mean Montes de Oca wouldn’t have to give up 2,850 square feet of her lot to widen the street when she develops the property. last_img read more

Liverpool transfer report: Reds flop Luis Alberto set for Sevilla return

first_img Luis Alberto could be set for a return Sevilla just three years after leaving them for Anfield Liverpool flop Luis Alberto could be on his way back to former club Sevilla this summer, according to reports in Spain.The winger arrived at Anfield from the La Liga club in 2013 for £6.8million but has struggled to make an impact on Merseyside, making just 11 appearances in all competitions in the last three years.Alberto has spent the last two campaigns on loan at Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna respectively but hasn’t done enough to persuade Liverpool he can be a hit in the Premier League.And now Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to remove the 23-year-old from the wage bill by sanctioning a move back to Sevilla.According to El Correo, Sevilla representatives have travelled to Liverpool to try and thrash out terms and a deal could be done as early as next week.Alberto has one year remaining on his current contract and Liverpool are keen to cash in on him this summer, with reports claiming the Reds could look for around £7m for the youngster. 1last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 18

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we look back on the final day of The Open at Royal Troon as Henrik Stenson carded a joint record eight-under-par 63 to win his first major by three shots after an enthralling final-round tussle with Phil Mickelson.We discuss the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lords as the visitors won by 75-runs.We also look back on yesterday’s Tour de France and Super League action. All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ SATURDAY Intertribal Arts Marketplace, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Autry National Center, Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way. Call (323) 667-2000. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Flu and pneumonia vaccinations, noon-4 p.m. today through Sunday, Westfield Topanga and Westfield Valencia malls. Cost: $25 for flu shots, $40 for pneumonia shots. See www.westfield.com. FRIDAY Red Cross First Aid/CPR class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Advance registration required. Call (805) 339-2234, Ext. 233. last_img read more

The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Our Favorite Moments in the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

first_img# 6 – Tony Stark says “I am Iron Man.”When the first Iron Man was released in 2008, a lot of what we take for granted today just didn’t exist. The “Marvel” superhero movies that came out in 2007 included the awful Spider-Man 3 (which included Harry Osborne’s amnesia storyline and not one but TWO songs performed by Mary Jane), the even worse Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the even worse than that Ghost Rider. There was no shared universe. No one outside of comic book nerds knew who Iron Man was. Robert Downey Jr. was far removed from being an A-List talent, and had just begun the second act of his career after some great performances in movies such as Zodiack, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.But Iron Man’s shocking near $100M opening weekend (back when that wasn’t something that happened often) changed everything. This was the rare film that both audiences and critics loved. Robert Downey Jr. was Tony Stark. The after credits sequence featuring Nick Fury teasing “the Avengers Initiative” was a true shocker.The film itself was filled with wonderful moments, including some of our personal favorites such as Tony learning to fly, Obadiah Stane’s “Tony Stark built this in a cave!,” and one of Stark’s robots coming in for a last minute save, but it was the close of the movie that showed the Marvel Cinematic Universe was going to be different than all the superhero movies we had seen before.Tony was brought in front of a group of reporters, ready to repeat a prepared speech, when he decided to admit “I am Iron Man.” For us viewers, we have been trained for these heroes to do everything they could to keep their identity a secret, and here was Stark putting it all out in the open. This was different. This was fun. This was AWESOME.Tony Stark in front  of press..Tony reads from a card.“I am Iron Man.”Press goes crazy. CUE CREDITS.# 5 – The Elevator Fight in Winter Soldier“Before we begin, does anyone want to get out?”The action scenes in the last two Captain America films are some of the best done for any movie, superhero or otherwise. One of the most exciting moments happens in Winter Soldier, where Cap takes on 10 Hydra members in an elevator. The scene builds perfectly, as Cap gets on the elevator alone after just having a tense meeting with Robert Redford’s character Alexander Pierce. People keep getting on the elevator at several stops, and Cap slowly realizes he’s been set up. The choreography needed to make a fight like this exciting – having the constraints of such a small area and so many people in it – is no small feat, and yet the movie hits a giant home run. This fight was quickly followed by Cap single handedly taking out a fighter jet, and yet unlike Bruce Willis in Die Hard 4, it made sense.Cap realizes he’s about to get in a fight..You’re gonna need more men.Cap throws a guy’s face into the security camera filming them.Cap takes out Rumlow last.USA! USA! USA!# 4 – Ego Reveals He Killed Peter Quill’s Mom in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2We mentioned earlier that only comic book fans knew who Iron Man was before the first movie, but even many comic book fans didn’t know who the Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) were before their first film. This was a deep dive into the Marvel Universe itself, and director James Gunn took five characters whom most people had never heard of – including a talking raccoon – and immediately established them to be among the best superheroes ever put on film.While all Marvel films had employed a lot of humor, the two GOTG films could almost be classified as comedies with superhero elements. They are legitimate laugh-out-loud movies, yet also contain some of the most heartbreaking moments in the MCU. The first GOTG film established how much the death of his mother weighed on Peter Quill, including the powerful “take my hand” moment at the end.In GOTG vol 2, Peter Quill met his dad, Ego. After spending a lot of quality time together, Ego finally showed Peter his masterplan for the two of them to control the galaxy together. Peter wondered what would happen to his friends, and Ego told him to put aside the mortal part of him. Ego explained that he too had to once break himself off from something he loved, and revealed that he had put the tumor in Peter’s mother. For both the audience and Peter, this was a “what…” moment (and for Peter it led to immediately blasting away in rage at Ego.)Ego shows Peter the galaxy.Ego reveals the master plan.“But my mother. You said you loved my mother.”“And that I did. My river lilly who knew all the words to every song that came over the radio. I returned to earth to see her three times, and I knew if I returned a fourth I would never leave. The expansion, the reason for my very existence would be over. So I did what I had to do. But it broke my heart to put that tumor in her head.”“….what”Peter lashes out.# 3 – The reveal of The Vulture as Liz’s dad in Spider-Man: HomecomingBecause of the overall high quality of the MCU in general, people have had to resort to nitpicking to find some complaints. The most often you’ll see is that Marvel has a “villain problem” and many don’t think there have been many good baddies in the MCU outside of Loki. To that I say Nay Nay. As mentioned above, Ego in GOTG vol 2 was a rich character whose dastardly evil plot made sense (from his perspective.) Another heel who stole the show was Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.The Vulture was a working class American who only turned to crime because what he felt were injustices put upon him by the rich and powerful. Despite putting a lot of breadcrumbs out there for the audience to put together, when Peter Parker rang the doorbell to Liz’s house, only to find out her father was the Vulture, the film had delivered a “HOLY S#IT” moment that very few superhero movies can ever achieve. I was able to see the movie in the theaters several times, and at each showing this was the moment for everyone in the audience to collectively gasp.Peter arrives to take Liz to the homecoming dance.Peter rings the doorbell.The Vulture answers. “You must be Peter!”Not long after we got another absolutely great scene, where Michael Keaton’s character offered to drive the kids to their dance. Peter knew who Vulture really was, but it wasn’t until the car ride in which the Vulture figured out who Peter really was. A terrific performance by all involved and helps establish to non-comic book readers the complicated history Spider-Man has with his rogue’s gallery.Spider-Man: Homecoming.Spider-Man: Homecoming.# 2 – Vision picks up Thor’s Hammer in Age of UltronEarly in Avengers: Age of Ultron we are treated to a wonderful scene in which the Avengers have a party. The rapport between all the characters is off the charts, and it is capped with a brilliant moment in which each character tries to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Thor explains that only those who “are worthy” can ever lift the hammer, but the rest of the Avengers think its a cheap party trick. One by one they try to lift the hammer, only for it to never budge (although Steve Rogers does get it to move for just this much, causing Thor to sweat a bit.)Hawkeye calling out Thor.Hawkeye fruitlessly tries to lift the hammer.Tony Stark and James Rhodes using their powered gloves to try and lift the hammer…to no effect.Captain America gets a barely noticeable movement.Much later in the movie, the character of Vision is created. Ulton, the lead villain of the movie, had created Vision and when he was brought to “life” the Avengers were ready to fight him. While the characters didn’t know if he was good or bad, it wasn’t until Vision picked up Thor’s hammer with ease that they knew they could trust him.“Maybe I am a monster. I don’t think I’d know if I were one. I’m not what you are, and not what you intended. So there may be no way to make you trust me…”“…but we need to go.” – Vision, handing Thor’s hammer to Thor.Thor can’t believe it.The rest of the Avengers can’t believe it either.# 1 – Airport Fight in Civil War“Underoos!”We could probably do an entire SATURDAY SIX just on our favorite moments in Captain America: Civil War. For Disney fans there was the “D23” reference. There was the introduction of the Raft super prison, along with actually seeing the Black Panther on the silver screen (something a lifelong comic book fan like myself didn’t think would ever happen.) The final act of the movie contains the heartbreaking moment where Tony Stark discovers it was the Winter Solider who killed his parents, and the ensuing fight between Iron Man and Cap/Bucky is one for the all time books.However it is the fight midway through the movie that takes our number one slot on the list because it was a literal dream come true for comic book readers. For years people would debate who would win in a fight between _____ and _____? The actual winner didn’t matter because deep down we knew we would never see the fight. Civil War gave us the fight. Civil War had Team Captain America (Cap, Winter Solider, Falcon, Hawkeye, Ant Man, and Scarlett Witch) square off versus Team Iron Man (Iron Man, War Machine, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow and Spider-Man.)The fight was everything comic book fans have always wanted, and then some. Each character got a chance to shine, and all the action made complete sense (compared to many, MANY other superhero films where similar battles involving many characters are incomprehensible. We’re looking in your direction Justice League…) The airport fight in Civil War was the culmination of years of great storytelling and even better character work by the actors and actresses involved. Both sides had legitimate reasons behind their actions, the actual fight itself was superb, and we had the trademark Marvel humor sprinkled on top.Spider-Man enters the MCU, something many comic book fans had given up on ever happening.What a moment.The reveal of Ant-Man hiding in the shield was something I never saw coming, and I’ve seen A LOT of superhero films.The overall airport fight was made better by several mini-fights within the battle. One of my personal favorites was Spider-Man taking on Falcon and Winter Soldier. After Falcon used his Redwing drone to drag Spidey away from them, Winter Soldier asked, “You couldn’t have done that sooner? To which Falcon responded, “I hate you.”Ant-Man hands Captain America what looks like a toy truck and tells him to throw it.The truck was thrown at War Machine, and after it came back to full size revealed it was a gasoline truck. “I thought it was a water truck.” – Ant ManTeam Captain America.Team Iron Man.Getting chills just thinking about this moment ago when the two sides just charge each other and battle it out.After Cap quickly dispatches the overmatched Spider-Man, he asked Spidey where he was from. “Queens.” Cap gives an approving smile and responds, “Brooklyn.”Ant-Man on top of Hawkeye’s arrow. Turns out we all wanted to always see that, we just didn’t know it.Ant-Man slides into Iron Man’s armor.“Oh, you’re gonna have to take this thing to the shop.” – Ant-ManAnt-Man turns into GIANT MAN in a moment every single other superhero movie would have ruined in the trailer months before the film came out.Ol’ Web Head using War Machine as a ride.Spidey crawling over Giant Man. THIS IS HAPPENING IN A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. AS A COMIC BOOK FAN, PINCH ME I’M DREAMING.Black Widow slows down Black Panther to help Cap and Bucky escape.War Machine knocked out of the sky.The fight ends when War Machine crashes to the ground. I don’t know about anyone reading this, but to me that was a surprise, because in moments like this characters are always saved at the last second by others. Despite it probably all being CGI, viewers felt it when War Machine crashed with a thud because of how the stakes of the fight had been set up and how invested we were in the character.BEST STAN LEE CAMEO: Avengers: Age of UltronBesides humor and great action, there’s one more thing that all films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have in common: a cameo by Stan Lee, the co-creator of all these great characters.For our favorite cameo, we’re going to go back to that awesome party scene during Age of Ultron. Thor is pouring out a drink that he claims has been aged for a 1,000 years and was not made for mortal men. Stan Lee was then revealed to be a World War II veteran asking for a sip. Thor agrees, and seconds later Stan Lee is being carried out of the party.“This was aged for a thousand years in barrels made from the wreck of Gronhill’s fleet. It was not meant for mortal men.”“Neither was Omaha beach, blondie. Stop trying to scare us.”Captain America and Thor look at each other and think, “why not?”“Excelsior…”Before we close, let’s go over some of our favorite gags from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.“That man is playing Galaga. Didn’t think we would notice. But we did.”When Tony Stark entered the SHIELD helicarrier in the first Avengers, he used his rapid fire delivery and wit to great effect (including calling Thor “Point Break,” something which would be referred to again years later in Thor: Ragnarok.) At one point he started making up nonsense directions to the SHIELD agents on board and mentioned someone playing the video game Galaga. The line itself was funny, because it such a non sequitur, but the capper of the scene revealed one of the agents actually was playing Galaga on the sly!The SHIELD guy was playing Galaga!“Go get him. I can swim.”Captain America: The First Avenger is one of the true underrated gems of the MCU. Filled with many great moments (including pre-Cap Steve Rogers taking a beating and saying “I can do this all day,” getting the flag in bootcamp, and jumping on a dummy grenade not knowing it was a test) there was one scene which showed what sets the MCU apart from its distinguished competition.When Cap was chasing a Hydra agent who had stolen the last of the super serum, he followed the agent to the docks. The agent grabbed a nearby kid and threatened to kill him. Out of bullets, he tossed the kid into the water, knowing – like we the audience did because we’ve seen stuff like this a million times – that Cap would jump in to rescue the kid. Instead, Cap goes to jump in but the kid says he can swim, allowing Cap to rejoin his chase. It’s a small moment, but First Avenger gets right what so many other comic book movies got wrong.Kid being held hostage.Cap imploring the Hydra agent not to shoot.Out of bullets, the Hydra agent picks up the boy.And throws him into the water.Cap gets ready to jump in.“I can swim.”“I’ll add it to the list.”Another small moment came in the follow up to First Avenger in Winter Soldier. After a terrific “meet cute” with Sam Wilson, we are given a quick glimpse of a notebook Cap has been using to make notes of things he needs to catch up on. This notebook moment is even more impressive after you find out they made different lists for various countries around the world. So while we in the US saw items such as “Nirvana” and the “Moon Landing,” audiences in the UK saw “the Beatles” and “Sean Connery.”Steve’s notebook. Hey, where’s THE SATURDAY SIX on that list?!!“Baskin Robbins don’t play.”How great was this scene in Ant-Man?!“Hey Scotty. What’s up? Thought you were supposed to be at work.” “I was. I got fired.”“Baskin Robbins always finds out bro.”“Baskin Robbins don’t play.”“I’m Mary Poppins Y’All!”While this moment in Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 worked with everyone, it certainly rang even more true for us theme park fans (especially those of us who saw Saving Mr. Banks.) The actual Mary Poppins line from Yondu is great, but it’s Peter’s “Hell yeah, he’s cool” line which shows the heart of GOTG and why these characters are so beloved.“Haha” “What?” “You look like Mary Poppins.” “Is he cool?”“Hell yeah he’s cool.”“I’m Mary Poppins y’all!”“Puny God.”It’s safe to say the character of The Hulk stole every scene he was in during the first Avengers movie. One of the most memorable moments of the entire movie was an unexpected one, when Loki finally had enough of the battle and announced that a creature like Hulk was beneath him. Hulk just grabbed Loki and completely laid waste to him like a rag doll. No one saw that coming.“ENOUGH! You are, all of you are beneath me. I am a GOD you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by..” “Puny god.”“We know each other. He’s a friend from work!”Speaking of Hulk, he came back in Thor: Ragnaok during a great scene in which Thor was set to battle “the champion.” As Thor steadied himself for what was coming, he was relieved to find out his fellow combatant was “a friend from work.” Said friend then charged Thor to begin a fight…Thor readies himself for battle.Loki smiles in glee that his brother is about to get his butt kicked.The Champion is revealed to be the Hulk.“YES!”“I have to get off this planet.”“He’s a friend from work!”Best Ending to a Marvel Film: Spider-Man: HomecomingPeter Park opens the door to his bedroom.Sees a bag left by Tony Stark.It’s the Spidey suit that Tony had taken away earlier in the film.“What the F$%#?!”So there you have it: Six of our Favorite Moments in the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Looking at ways Disney can introduce MARVEL into the theme parks6 Reasons We Love MARVEL SUPERHERO ISLAND at UniversalAre Disney’s Hotels Going To The Dogs? A Review.Walt Disney World Locations Used in Hulk Hogan’s THUNDER IN PARADISESpecial Thanks to our spirit animal Brandon Glover, SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, the FourSquare Mayor of ‘Ohana Tim Grassey, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Schwarma. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at our favorite moments in the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE! With Avengers: Infinity War less than one week away, its time to look back at some of the great moments that got us here. It has been a decade filled with some good, many great, and a couple downright incredible movies filled with action, humor, and – most importantly – heart. These are characters we can both identify with and believe in. Today we are going to look at some of the moments in the MCU we found most powerful, starting with…last_img read more

SA, Australia touch base

first_img8 February 2005South Africa and Australia have agreed to consolidate and extend their co-operation in a number of areas, including trade and sport.This commitment was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Sue van der Merwe and her Australian counterpart, Bruce Billson, after talks at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.According to Foreign Affairs officials, the two discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, including trade and sport, ahead of Wednesday’s friendly football match between the two countries at Absa Stadium in Durban.Although South Africa and Australia are fierce rivals in cricket, rugby, swimming and soccer, the two countries enjoy sound trade relations, valued at about R11.4-billion.Australia is South Africa’s third-largest trading partner in Asia, after Japan and China.Australia is also a big investor in South Africa; the merger in the 1990s of Australian BHP Billiton and Gencor created the largest mining company in the world.“We share common values and a common history, and our two countries will continue to work together with that as a base”, said Billson, who is Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more