Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano sweeps San Beda for 3rd NCAA title in 4 years READ: Arellano sweeps San Beda for 3rd title in 4 years“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Arocha in Filipino. “I’m just so happy right now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m so happy for her because she really improved a lot,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.Arocha finished with 15 points and 12 digs on Sunday to lead Arellano’s dominating Game 2 performance as an encore to her 14-point outing in a five-set win in the finals opener three days ago. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We just really wanted to win,” said the third-year spiker. “Yesterday in training we were really telling ourselves that it would be our last practice this season that’s why we worked very hard to get the championship today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMany believed Regine Arocha deserved to be the Finals MVP in Arellano University’s championship run last season.But nonetheless, Arocha now has her own trophy apart from another championship after leading the Lady Chiefs to their third NCAA women’s volleyball crown in four years following a sweep of the San Beda Lady Red Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, July 29

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Dimitar Berbatov is on the brink of joining Aston Villa after his close friend Stiliyan Petrov told Tim Sherwood the Bulgarian was ready for one last blast in the Premier League. (Daily Express)Emmanuel Adebayor is expected quit Tottenham for Aston Villa on loan tomorrow after rejecting a late move from Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are poised to step up their interest in Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez once Emmanuel Adebayor’s exit is sealed. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are also considering a move for Manchester United winger Ashley Young after Crystal Palace slapped a whopping £25million price tag on Yannick Bolasie. (Daily Mirror)And Spurs will open talks with Everton over midfielder James McCarthy this week. The north London club are confident of prising McCarthy away despite boss Roberto Martinez’s insistence that he is not leaving, with the player disillusioned at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has revealed that the club are keen to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, if the Premier League side are willing to lower their £7m asking price. (Daily Mail)Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is expected to tie up his protracted move to Roma on Wednesday. The Egyptian winger had agreed to join the Serie A side at the weekend and the clubs have discussed a £1.4million loan fee with a buy-out figure of £16m. (Daily Mail)West Ham are preparing a £12million move for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow. (Daily Express)West Ham have enquired about Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante as a deal for Alex Song stalls. Paris-born midfielder Kante is valued at around £5million and has been likened to former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele. (Daily Mail)Southampton youngster Sam Gallagher is set to join MK Dons on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old is in advanced talks with the Championship club and is expected to complete his move in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest headlines…Arsenal striker Joel Campbell set to agree season-long deal with PalermoInter Milan poised to tie up deal for Everton target Ivan PerisicNo bid! West Brom deny Spurs have made official approach for Saido BerahinoPedro latest: Manchester United expected to win race for Barcelona forwardStoke transfer news: Mark Hughes still working on record deal for Andriy YarmolenkoExclusive – Ex-Real Madrid chief expects David de Gea to quit Manchester UnitedStefano Okaka snubs interest from Watford to join Anderlecht in £2m dealExclusive – Sergio Ramos has not used Manchester United, claims Ramon CalderonAston Villa close to completing £10m deal for Nantes midfielder Jordan VeretoutBournemouth expect to complete signing of Saint-Etienne winger Max Gradellast_img read more

Dunfanaghy man released on bail following Australian crash

first_imgA Dunfanaghy man who was listed to appear before a court in Sydney Australia on August 15th in relation to a serious road traffic collision has had his case adjourned until October 10th.The Tirconail Tribune reports that Terence Wilkinson was arrested on board a flight destined for Ireland a number of days after it is alleged he was the driver of a car involved in a serious road traffic collision in a suburb of Sydney on July 27th. He is charged with not give particulars in relation to damage of property, two counts of bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of a vehicle, dangerous and negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm.He was also charged with two counts of failing to stop and assist after impact causing injury and one charge of failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact. He was released on continuing bail for his case appear at local court, Downing Centre, Sydney on October 10th but he waas excused from attending on that occasion.His bail terms include: surrender of his passport and he is not allowed to apply for another, sign on daily at a local police station. Refrain from consuming alcohol or un-prescribed drugs and observe a curfew to remain at a fixed address between the hours of 9.00pm and 5.00am daily.Dunfanaghy man released on bail following Australian crash was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliacrashdonegalDunfanaghyTerence Wilkinsonlast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Questions pour in after offensive woes in opener

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — A 24-16, season-opening loss has 49ers fans concerned, and rightfully so. Let’s get to this week’s mailbag and answer their prayers, er, questions:Do you see a switch from run first to pass first? (@The_Rhone_1) I see this offense as field-goal first. Regardless of how they get into the red zone, they need touchdowns, all due respect to the golden boot of Robbie Gould. With Fred Warner’s …last_img read more

Building a Small House in the White Mountains

first_imgCrash and recovery – Spring 2013I knew that building a house would be challenging, but our first significant issue arose while the lot was still just a pile of felled trees. Approximately one week before we expected to break ground and with no warning, our friend and builder called to let us know that he wasn’t comfortable working on our house build anymore. It was related to the budget and our desire to push energy efficiency goals towards the net zero house concept.It’s also possible he thought we would be too high-maintenance because we were getting so invested in the project from a building science perspective. There was an opportunity to discuss and work out the budget and house spec issues, but we made the decision that it was best to move on.We were pretty devastated by this development, but decided to push forward and seek other options. We solicited information from several well-known companies in the Northeast that specialize in high-performance building including an architectural firm, modular companies, and custom builders. After exploring options, taking into account our budget and builder availability, we narrowed down our choices to quotes from two contractors that had experience with energy-efficient building. The options and quotes from each company were similar. We made a decision and signed a contract in early July 2013. Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of blogs chronicling the design and construction of a house owned by Brian Post and Kyra Salancy. RELATED ARTICLES Pretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseThe Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstKicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectThe Pretty Good HouseMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoGreen Building for Beginners Breaking Ground – Summer 2013We had spent the past year frequently visiting the lot and slowly clearing trees, so it was pretty shocking to see how much change can happen once a 24-ton excavator was on site. Within just a few days in mid-July 2013, we had a cleared building site and a rough driveway passable by car (see Images #5 and #6, below).This was exciting, but the start of major work was stressful to building novices like ourselves. The initial site work was more expensive than expected and the shallow soil had already started to impact some plans. We were hoping to bury the power lines from the pole at the road to the house, but that wasn’t going to be possible due to the amount of ledge.Work started in early August on foundation prep. I visited the site on a very rainy morning to see lots of activity; trucks of crushed stone were arriving with a small excavator buzzing back and forth to prep for the slab. The heavy rain that morning was actually helpful because it showed some of the water patterns on site; an extra load of crushed stone was brought in to slightly elevate and provide more drainage under the slab.Slab Prep 08-09-2013 from Brian Post.The next layers that needed to be installed before the slab could be poured were a layer of rigid foam insulation and a vapor barrier. Before that could happen, though, we had to get the plumber and electrician on site to do their sub-slab work. This was scheduled to happen in mid August. Planning and tree cuttingMy girlfriend (now wife), Kyra, and I started to think about building. She was living in Portland, Maine, at the time and was spending many weekends at the house I was renting in Jackson.At the time, I thought that energy-efficient building meant going with fiberglass-insulated 2×6 walls instead of 2×4 walls. The GBA community should take note of this, because those of us engrossed in building science talk need to remember the knowledge level of the general public.While we had no building experience, the concept of a small energy-efficient house was on our minds. Aside from being outdoorsy people who are concerned with environmental issues, I’m sure that the energy efficiency theme arose in part because of the drafty and cold house I was renting at the time.Our initial building discussions included everything from a temporary yurt to kit homes. I remember the breakthrough came when I typed something along the lines of “small energy efficient building in cold climates” into Google. I stumbled upon the GO Home Passive House from GO Logic. That was it — that was along the lines of what we wanted.This discovery led to research via books, online forums (including GBA), blogs, architect and builder websites, the Passive House movement, the “net zero” concept, house visits, and more.With our new knowledge and an idea of what we wanted to build, we connected with a friend and local builder. He had just completed a really nice house that incorporated continuous exterior insulation, solid construction, an HRV, a PV array, and more. We had rough plans, a budget, and were on schedule to break ground after the spring road weight limits were lifted (see Image #3, below). During the fall of 2012 and the winter that followed, we spent time up at the lot cutting down trees, burning brush, and marking the house footprint (see Image #4).Taking Down Trees – 11/09/2012 from Brian Post. ARTICLES BY BRIAN POST Pouring the Slab and Framing the WallsWindows, Housewrap, and Roofing UnderlaymentSiding and Interior Finish Work in New Hampshire Finishing Touches for a Pretty Good House in New Hampshire I hired a local company to survey the lot, design a septic plan, and apply for approval from the state. The first step involved getting a small excavator on the land to dig test pits. The initial pits confirmed that the soil is shallow (2 feet or less to ledge), but the operator found deeper soil (4 feet+) in a flatter area towards the back of the lot. The design and approval process stretched out over the summer of 2012, but the design was finally approved and I closed on the lot in early September (see Image #2, below). We’re the GCsThe arrangement was that we would act as general contractors, and that our main subcontractor would handle the slab, framing, sheathing, window installation, door installation, and insulation. In addition, he would provide advice on mechanical choices. We would be responsible for site work, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, siding, and all finish work.Some of the main house specs included:R-20 monolithic slabR-40+ double-stud wall insulated with dense-packed celluloseR-70+ cellulose in the atticAn air leakage rate of 0.60 ACH @ 50 Pascals or lessAn exhaust ventilation system using Panasonic bath fans and passive air inletsA ductless minisplit for heating/cooling. (We dropped the wood stove idea from our initial plans.)Nearly two months after we were expecting to break ground, we were back on track to have a house built in 2013. Brian Post is a photographer and website builder. He lives in Jackson, New Hampshire with his wife, Kyra Salancy, and a fluffy black dog. When not working on their house, Brian and Kyra enjoy climbing and skiing in the White Mountains. Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a multi-part blog series on the construction of Brian and Kyra’s home in New Hampshire. Here is a link to Part 2: Pouring the Slab and Framing the Walls. In late April of 2012, I signed a purchase agreement on a one-acre lot in the small town of Jackson, New Hampshire. Much of Jackson is bordered by the White Mountain National Forest. The lot is located in a quiet residential area next to Black Mountain Ski Area at an elevation of 1,400 feet. The lot has some drawbacks such as an abundance of rock and exposed ledge, but is relatively flat (for Jackson) and has great southern exposure.Like the rest of New England, Jackson experiences the classic four seasons, with cold and snowy winters often being the topic of discussion. For any weather geeks out there, the Mount Washington Observatory has a permanent weather station on the summit of its namesake mountain. This is located 10 miles northwest of the lot.One of the terms of the purchase agreement allowed me to apply for an approved septic system design from the state of New Hampshire before closing. Theoretically, this would mean that a standard septic system could be installed and the lot could be built on.last_img read more

Is Google Launching Its Own Version Of Amazon Prime?

first_imgAccording to a report today from TechCrunch, Google is at work on its own version of Amazon’s premium fast-shipping subscription service, Amazon Prime. The service would be called “Google Shopping Express” and could undercut Amazon Prime’s $79 annual membership rates by as much as $15. TechCrunch’s report names Google e-commerce product manager Tom Fallows as the head of the project.Assuming the report reflects what’s on the way (Google had not responded to inquiries at press time), Google’s Prime competitor would partner with brick and mortar retailers – Walmart, Target and the like. The service would tie into the Google’s Amazon lookalike shopping portal, Google Shopping.We’d be interested to see what a Google Shopping Express-like service might offer in the way of digital perks – after all, Amazon Prime not only nets its users free two-day shipping, but also access to instant streaming videos and Kindle e-book lending perks. Fortunately, Google has plenty of virtual goodies of its own to offer in the Play store.  Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce#Google#shopping taylor hatmaker A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts It may dominate in areas like search and mobile, but Google remains an underdog in e-commerce, where giants like Amazon and Ebay run the show. And after the Google Wallet buzz fizzled out – you know, since no one could actually use Google Wallet – its efforts in online shopping and payments have been pretty quiet. It might not be enough to make the new service a success, but same-day shipping would at least speed up the process for anyone out there still waiting to for their Nexus 4 to show up in the mail.Images via Shutterstock and Google. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Rahul attacks Modi on farmers’ plight

first_imgTaking forward his ‘question-a-day’ campaign, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on December 7 targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the problems afflicting the farm sector and farmers.Asking his 9th question in the series, he asked, “Neither loan waiver, nor remunerative price for produce, neither received crop insurance benefit, nor were tubewells installed.”The Congress leader also used the ‘Gabbar’ jibe to target the Prime Minister. “Agriculture hit by Gabbar Singh, land snatched and the (Annadatta) farmer was rendered useless. PM sahib, explain why such step-motherly treatment with the farm labour?” he said on Twitter.Mr. Gandhi had earlier termed the Goods and Services Tax as Gabbar Singh Tax to attack the government.Under the ongoing offensive, the Congress leader is using the tagline 22 saal ka hisab, Gujarat maange jawab (22 years of account, Gujarat demands answers), in the run-up to Gujarat elections starting December 9.The Congress vice-president has been tweeting to pose daily questions to the Prime Minister over the performance of the BJP in Gujarat and its “unkept” promises over the past 22 years of its rule in the State.last_img read more

Nietes, Viloria go for world crowns

first_imgViloria, a full-blooded Filipino born and raised in Hawaii, on the other hand, will tangle with unbeaten Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight crown.For nearly a month, thrice a week, for four rounds each time, the 35-year-old Nietes, and Viloria, 37, sparred with each other at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, learning from their respective strengths and weaknesses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAccording to Marvin Somodio, who serves as Roach’s chief assistant and Viloria’s head trainer for the Dalakian bout, Viloria packs the stronger punch while Nietes is a superb technical fighter. FILE PHOTO – Donnie Nietes. Photo by Roy LuarcaThey fed off each other while training together. Now, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will tackle separate rivals to show their gains from the novel set-up in SuperFly 2.Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion of all-time at 10 years and 8 months, will dangle his International Boxing Federation flyweight title for the first time against Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Peping accepts defeat, vows to continue his programs as part of executive board MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Liverpool vs Man Utd: Team news & TV

first_imgPremier League Liverpool vs Manchester United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 14:15 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jose Mourinho Manchester United 200917 Getty Premier League Manchester United Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Jose Mourinho’s side travel to Anfield with an unbeaten record to defend and they will be keen to inflict further woe on their rivals The Premier League returns after the international break with rivals Liverpool and Manchester United getting things under way at Anfield in the early kick-off on Saturday.Jose Mourinho’s men come into the clash against their bitter foes with an unbeaten record in the 2017-18 league campaign thus far and they will be aiming to collect another three points as they attempt to pull clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.The hosts, meanwhile, have endured an inconsistent start to the season, picking up just one win in their last seven matches in all competitions, but they will be determined to use their derby clash with United as a springboard. 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Game Liverpool vs Manchester United Date Saturday, October 14 Time 12:30 BST / 07:30 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolIn the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League, as well as being available to stream live using Sky Go.  UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, the game will broadcast live on television on NBCSN and it will also be available to stream online using the NBC Sports App. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports App SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Flanagan, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Coutinho, Henderson, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Markovic, Ejaria, Wilson Forwards Firmino, Sturridge, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn Liverpool have had little luck when it comes to injuries this season and they come into arguably their biggest game of the season without their star player Sadio Mane, who is ruled out with a hamstring injury.As well as Mane, the Reds will be without midfielder Adam Lallana, while defender Nathaniel Clyne is also likely to miss out.Potential starting XI: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Salah; Firmino. Position Manchester United players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira Defenders Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Blind, Shaw, Darmian, Tuanzebe Midfielders Mata, Lingard, Young, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Matic, Mitchell, McTominay Forwards Lukaku, Martial, Rashford While Liverpool have had their share of injury woes, they pale in comparison to Man United’s. The Red Devils head into the game against their bitter rivals without the services of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, while there are doubts over Romelu Lukaku’s availability.As well as that, United are without long-term absentees Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, who continue to work their way back from knee injuries.Potential starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young; Herrera, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Lukaku.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Romelu Lukaku Manchester UnitedDespite playing away from home, Manchester United are deemed slight favourites to win at 13/8, according to dabblebet. Liverpool are priced at 7/4 to inflict defeat on the Red Devils and a draw is available at odds of 23/10.Click here to see the full array of markets available for the game, including first goalscorer, correct score and more.GAME PREVIEW Marcus Rashford Premier League Liverpool v Manchester United 17101The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is one of the most intense in the Premier League, with the two most successful clubs in English football regularly serving up spectacles when they meet. Nothing could separate the teams when they locked horns last season, with both Anfield and Old Trafford playing host to close-fought draws, but, given the developments at both clubs since then, that could well change at the weekend.Mourinho’s Red Devils are a much improved unit compared to last season and are currently averaging three goals a game in the league. Klopp’s Reds, on the other hand, have shown particular weakness in defence, conceding 1.7 goals per game, which does not bode well for them as they desperately attempt to keep up with the early pace-setters at the top.Indeed, without their chief attacking threat Mane, the Liverpool forward line has been dulled somewhat and Klopp will need the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to raise their games if they are to have a good chance of winning.While Liverpool have won just once in their last seven games, United have strung together six successive victories in all competitions, but the game at Anfield will be their first match against a team that finished in the top four last season, so it will be a further test of their mettle as they endeavour to challenge for the title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

NRGs Carbon Capture System Doing Its Job But Is It Enough

first_imgListen X 00:00 /03:56 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Florian MartinPetra Nova carbon capture systemAt a recent ribbon-cutting of the Petra Nova carbon capture system at NRG’s W.A. Parish coal power plant near Sugar Land, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott compared it to the first Texas oil boom in 1901. “116 years after Spindletop, Texas is once again the epicenter of energy innovation,” he said. “We see that innovation right here at Petra Nova.”NRG and its partners developed the first carbon capture system at a commercial coal power plant.It captures about 40 percent of the CO2 that’s produced by one of the plant’s four carbon power units.That CO2 is piped to the West Ranch oil field 80 miles southwest of here. There, it’s injected into the ground and used to extract oil in a method called Enhanced Oil Recovery.Florian MartinNRG’s W.A. Parish coal power plant near Sugar LandSo far, NRG said they’ve kept more than 330,000 tons of CO2 from the air, and daily oil production at West Ranch has increased tenfold.In other words, it’s a win-win, according to Perry. “It shows we don’t have to pit the environment on one side and the economy on the other side,” he said. “We can and we will be good stewards of both.”That all sounds great. But Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, thinks it’s too little too late.He said coal simply faces too much competition from other sources of energy.“The fact that natural gas prices got decoupled from oil, natural gas prices are ridiculously low – supply is in large excess – and you’ve got wind and solar that are starting to become competitive and the horizon for them looking even more competitive with time,” he said. “That’s what makes me look at it from a purely economical perspective and question its applicability in the United States.”David Knox, NRG spokesman in Houston, responds that while natural gas and renewables are becoming more important, coal is still a big part of the energy mix.“There are coal plants that are closing down, but there are coal plants that are going to be running for another 20 or 30 years and maybe longer,” he said. “So it’s critical that unless we want to have a ton of carbon going into the atmosphere for every megawatt hour that a coal plant generates, we got to do something about that.”Both agree that on a global scale, carbon capture is useful and necessary, because in many countries coal is still king.But with all the talk about CO2 and global warming, we may forget how pollutants from coal power plants affect their communities.That’s what Adrian Shelley argues.He’s the director of the Texas branch of Public Citizen, an advocacy group that among other topics is concerned about environmental issues. He was previously with Air Alliance Houston.Shelley said NRG’s W.A. Parish plant is the biggest polluter in Greater Houston, when it comes to contaminants like sulfur dioxide and soot, and toxics like mercury and arsenic.“So while we are, again, interested in projects that reduce carbon emissions, the W.A. Parish plant is a real health hazard in the community where it’s located and really for all of the Greater Houston region,” he said. “And that’s our big concern.”He said the billion dollars for the carbon capture system would have been better used to install “scrubbers” on the other three units of the power plant, which remove sulfur dioxide.Currently, this only happens at the unit where the CO2 is captured.Knox said that would simply not work out economically and shut the plant down.Of course, that’s what Shelley would like to see.He said it’s time for coal power plants to make way for renewables. last_img read more