Illustration (Photo: Pixabay) Oregon State University (OSU) has submitted a 1,000-page draft license application that outlines construction and operation details of a wave energy test site off the Oregon coast.Culminating five years of work, the plan also includes the measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential environmental effects of the center – designed to allow commercial wave energy developers the opportunity to test different technologies for harnessing the untapped energy of ocean waves.Submission of the draft license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent agency that regulates the transmission of electricity, opens a 90-day public comment period.The test site, dubbed Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS), will be located about seven miles west of Seal Rock, which is between Newport and Waldport on the Oregon coast.As the first pre-permitted full-scale, utility grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States, it will be able to accommodate up to 20 wave energy converters with a peak capacity to generate as much as 20MW of electricity.PMEC-SETS will be connected with cables to a shoreside facility where electricity generated by the wave energy converters will be ‘conditioned’ and fed onto the local utility distribution system – potentially providing 20,000 homes with clean power when operating at full capacity.Burke Hales, Professor at OSU and Chief Scientist for the project, said: “Submitting the draft license application is an important milestone for this project. It represents five years of work by a dedicated group of more than 40 partners from federal, state and community groups, including the Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy (FINE), who represent the local fishing interests.”The draft license application is a key component of a $35 million grant that OSU received in December 2016 from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and build-out the site, the University noted.In addition, the project has also received financial support from the State of Oregon.After the public comment period is over, OSU will address concerns that are raised and finalize project plans before submitting a final license application to FERC possibly in late 2018.The test site project is housed within OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), an internationally recognized, comprehensive earth system science program which has expertise across coastal oceanography and collaborative research programs that span basic science, engineering, policy and practice.
July 26, 2020 Associated Press Upstart Dash win the Challenge Cup 2-0 over the Red Stars McCaskill had another chance from distance in the 67th minute, but Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell tipped it up and over the crossbar. The Dash took a hit in the 29th minute when Mewis had to come out of the game with a hamstring injury. She sobbed as she was subbed out. The NWSL was the first professional team sport to return in the United States. Eight of the league’s nine teams have been sequestered in Utah for the duration of the tournament, which started on June 27.The league’s ninth team, the Orlando Pride, withdrew shortly before the start because of positive COVID-19 tests. But there were no positive tests in the so-called bubble in Utah for the duration of the event.The Red Stars were the tournament’s sixth seed going into the knockout round. They advanced to the semifinals on penalties after a scoreless draw with OL Reign, then held off Sky Blue 3-2 on Wednesday. Chicago had just two total goals in the tournament before the outburst against Sky Blue.“I think our challenge has been putting away our final crosses and getting some goals this tournament,” Chicago’s Julie Ertz said. “So I think in the first half after (the penalty kick), we had a really good reaction to it. And it got harder because once they got up 1-0, they dropped really low in the box, so it’s hard to break down when a lot of numbers are in there. Obviously disappointing, but I’m so proud of the girls.”The Dash were the upstart underdogs of the Challenge Cup, after finishing seventh in the NWSL last season. Daly, who plays for England’s national team, led Houston with three goals in the tournament and was the Challenge Cup’s most valuable player.Daly had a chance to increase Houston’s lead in the 73rd minute, but couldn’t quite get set after a cross from Nichelle Prince and the shot went wide. Daly assisted on Groom’s goal in the 91st minute. It was Groom’s third goal of the tournament and she was named player of the match. The tournament was the National Women’s Soccer League’s re-boot after the regular season was shut down by the coronavirus outbreak. Houston, in its seventh year in the league, had never previously made the playoffs. “Grit and determination and courage, I could use all of those cliche words but they actually mean something within our team,” Daly said. “After every postgame I say ‘Nothing breaks our circle, and if anything breaks our circle, we’ll lose.’ Today nothing broke our circle.”The Red Stars went to the NWSL championship game last season, but were routed 4-0 by the North Carolina Courage. Houston was aggressive from the start. Kristie Mewis was on the run when she was fouled by Kayla Sharples for a Dash penalty kick. Schmidt nailed the PK in the fifth minute. It was the tournament’s first penalty kick in regulation. The Red Stars nearly drew even in the 15th minute, but Savannah McCaskill’s header off a rebound hit the post. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSANDY, Utah (AP) — As the underdog Houston Dash celebrated winning the Challenge Cup title, forward Rachel Daly was asked if she could define the team’s identity after the month-long tournament. “Winners,” the Dash co-captain simply said. Sophie Schmidt scored on an early penalty kick and Shea Groom added a stoppage-time goal to give Houston the trophy with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. “From day one, we had a goal to win this thing and we took it one step at a time, one game at a time, one minute at a time. And I think obviously we’re excited with how it went today,” said Groom, who was traded to the Dash in the offseason. “Individually, I want to be a part of a club that valued me and wanted to just bring out the best in me, and that’s what they’ve done.”Sunday’s game at Rio Tinto Stadium, home of the NWSL’s Utah Royals and Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, was broadcast nationally on CBS, the league’s new television partner this season.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
BiH basketball coach Nenad Marković is the new coach of Greek First-league team KAO Dramas. Marković replaced on that position Giorgos Kalafatakis, who left the club after 18 months, reports FENA.KAO Dramas decided to change the coach after they lost a match against Apollon Patras.Marković already worked as a coach in Greek championship, and from 2007 to 2010 he lead Panionios and in 2010 he was chosen as one of the coaches on ”All Star” match of Greek league.As a player, Marković played for Greek teams Panionios and Olympiakos.BiH basketball player Edin Bavčić is the player of KAO Dramas.
Employees’ unique skills and expertise determine what software they will deliver, how profitable it will be for the company and what benefits it will bring to the customer.Employees create a collaborative culture in software development. Dynamic collaboration is the basis of the popular DevOps strategy that puts together software development and software operations. And although tools can support DevOps, only people can make it alive by spreading the collaborative culture.Employees build up customer relationships. Collaboration in software development supposes active interaction with customers. And only employees can ensure an individual approach to each customer, thus forging long-term partnerships.When tools outdo peopleHuman collaboration can exist without tools. However, collaboration tools offer teams and an entire software development company several advantages.Connecting people remotely. Team members differ by character, position, communication habits, interests, so it can be hard for them to collaborate in person. Fortunately, with a tool on their hands, employees can collaborate even without meeting each other.Keeping collaboration records. Once people stop their communication, it’s only saved in their minds. So even two days later, it’s hard to remember in detail what was discussed. Tools allow recording all the collaboration so that employees review and reuse it or its components at any moment.Support teams’ unity. Using tools, newcomers can assimilate with other team members and get involved in a software development project quicker.Enable continuous collaboration between a software development company and their customers. Tools support collaboration regardless of physical location of the involved parties. Five critical requirements to collaboration tools in software developmentAs you can see, the role of collaboration tools in the software development process is essential. But there is a certain risk too. For example, if a team member doesn’t fit the project requirements, he or she can be replaced quickly with no impact on the project. But if a collaboration tool is ineffective, it can take some time to identify the problem and to replace the tool.So choosing tools, make sure they meet the following requirements:Cover different collaboration scenarios. To ensure quality software development services, the company should enable quality collaboration between all the stakeholders. So collaboration tools should support BAs-to-developers, PMs-to-BAs, PMs-to-customers and other collaboration scenarios equally well.Structure collaboration. When collaboration becomes massive, it’s critical to structure it and make it suitable for further reuse. For example, threads in such collaboration tools as Microsoft Teams or Slack allow finding relevant pieces of information by subtopics.Meet collaboration habits of different users. Software developers are usually introverts and aren’t interested in communication, while business analysts can be quite chatty. So consider implementing a tool that will support collaboration adepts and won’t annoy closed-off employees, along with keeping them tuned into the project.Enable external users to participate. When customers participate in the software development process actively, collaboration tools should be available for them too.Integrate with other solutions. If a collaboration tool is integrated with other enterprise systems (a CRM, ERP or a project management system), you can manage a project taking into consideration all the information about the customer and previous communication experience.Support the synergy of people and toolsAs you can see, collaboration tools are often indispensable to lead the software development project to success. They can structure collaboration, make it manageable and reusable. At the same time, the human factor is crucial. If a team is disintegrated even effective tools can’t guarantee success. That’s why organizations should support the synergy of employees and collaboration tools and to foster a collaborative culture to reach positive results. The success of a software development project depends on individual skills of the dedicated specialists, as well as on how effectively they complement each other and collaborate. At the same time, collaboration itself often rolls within collaboration tools. The latter not only determine how collaboration flows but also can turn it into a flexible business process.So what is more important in software development collaboration: employees’ expertise and communication skills or a correctly selected collaboration tool that powers team members and leads them to success?When people outdo toolsEmployees are the most valuable asset in a software development company, which can be proved by several facts.