The Final Word: Beat writers break down Syracuse’s 74-70 loss to North Carolina State

first_img Comments Syracuse (17-9, 6-7 Atlantic Coast) lost a tough game at home to North Carolina State (17-9, 7-6), 74-70, in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. SU got strong performances from Oshae Brissett, Frank Howard and Tyus Battle, but a 3-point barrage from the Wolfpack was too much for the Orange to overcome. Published on February 15, 2018 at 1:21 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Airtel Rising Stars 2015 kicks off in Takoradi on Saturday

first_imgGhana’s most authentic and credible football talent competition, Airtel Rising Stars is set to begin in Takoradi on the this weekend, Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th July, 2015.The award winning competition will see the Regional Under-15 select teams of the Western and Central regions go head to head in a feisty competition for a slot at the national finals of the tournament hailed by the bigwigs of Ghana football.Anchored on Airtel’s thematic campaign dubbed “Its Now,” Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi wished all teams the best of competition and talent showcasing during this year’s Airtel Rising Stars.“This is the most important competition in Ghana football. There is so much talent at this Under 15 level. Being identified early means being developed early. Very soon, only players from competitions such as the Airtel Rising Stars which combines football with education will be the ones playing for the national teams. I wish every region well,” the GFA boss concluded.The Takoradi event will feature two male teams from both Western and Central Regions as well as a female team each.  The female teams will face off in one single match while the male teams will be locked in a knockout fight for honors. “Airtel Rising Stars is the most potent competition we have in Ghana at the Under-15 level. It is the competition for the year. All the Under 15 players want to be part of it and it means a lot to the players,” said National Juvenile Football competition Chairman, Nii Doku.”In Takoradi, we expect some youngster’s national dream to begin. Both Central and Western Region have strong football traditions. So I tell you my brothers, we know it’s going to be extremely tough,” he continued.”The beauty of Airtel Rising Stars is that the players are so talented and they want to make their families and friends proud of them. So it is the most beautiful spectacle of football you can find,” Nii Doku affirmed.The Gyandu Park will host the Takoradi event, which is one of five zonal competitions preceding the national finals in Sunyani later in the year. Other venues this year for the zonal games of Airtel Rising Stars are Konongo for the Ashanti Region, Tamale for the Northern Region, Wa for the Upper West Region and Denu in the Volta Region.”We want to increase the footprints of Airtel Rising Stars across the country,” said Kwame Gyan, the Brands and Assets Manager of Airtel Ghana. “Very few celebrated or award winning national competitions happen in Wa, Denu or in Konongo and there is certainly no national finals that chooses Sunyani as a shrine. This is Airtel’s way of saying we are willing to spread the efficacy of our network and the beauty of our competition to as many touch points as possible every year,” Mr. Gyan added.From Takoradi, Airtel Rising Stars heads to Konongo which will host the Ashanti and Eastern Regions. Tamale and WA follow in quick succession where Upper East and Northern Regions will compete followed by the Upper West and Brong Ahafo Regions. The Volta Regional town of Denu completes the zonal journey and the national finals will be held in Sunyani on the 29th and 30th August 2015.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

California proposes DC metering standards for fast chargers companies ask for more

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine There is a proposal on the table in California that has to do with setting standards for energy metering on DC fast charging stations. Basically, the state is looking to enact regulations on EV charging similar to those that already exist for gasoline sales – gas pumps are regularly certified to ensure that when you pay for a gallon of gasoline, that’s what the pump dispenses, within a small margin of error.While this may seem like a no-brainer for DC fast charging, industry stakeholders have been quick to speak up about the details of the proposal – mainly asking for more time to iron out the exact details of DC metering.(This is one of a three-part report on new regulations that some argue could hold back EV charging development, originally published in Charged Issue 42 – March/April 2019.)The California Department of Food and Agriculture has proposed amendments to Code of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44, Specifications, Tolerances, and other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices. California is the first state to take this spec and push for it as an actual requirement. Regulators are looking to have the metering feature on all new DC fast chargers, and also retrofitted on existing public hardware, by January 1st, 2020.According to some in the charging industry, meeting this requirement is unlikely in the time frame allotted because of a lack of commercially viable technical solutions that achieve the proposed spec. There is additional concern about the high costs of retrofitting existing chargers, even if such high-accuracy meters were available.Of course, all of the DC charging equipment in question already has some sort of a metering capability designed by the manufacturers. However, they are not all designed to the same spec, calibrated in the exact same way, or certifiable by outside agencies.The biggest hurdle is that there is no robust market for this kind of DC metering technology in other industries. On the other hand, AC metering hardware provides an example of a mature market with plenty of competition. AC meters are found not only at every home and business that’s connected to the grid, but also on distribution transformers. As a result, there are a lot of different suppliers and competition for AC metering globally, so the cost is low and the technology is standardized. DC charging stakeholders are arguing that this is not the case for DC metering.There is also an open question about the amount of accuracy needed for DC fast charging. Does it need to be highly accurate across the whole range of current levels, even if that’s cost-prohibitive?   More timeFortunately, according to charging industry stakeholders we spoke to, the regulators are open to feedback. The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now in the process of considering public comments, soliciting feedback from stakeholders and reaching out individually to discuss the impact of the proposed changes. The next step will be to release a revision, followed by another commenting period.A similar regulation has been proposed in Germany [Anwendungsregel VDE-AR-E 2418-3-100], and authorities received over 900 comments from industry leaders.While most agree that DC metering devices will have value in the long run, charging stakeholders are mostly concerned with the currently proposed timeframe in which they will be required. They believe that more time will allow for a consensus to be reached on the levels of accuracy required and that, with sufficient time before the new regulation kicks in, other businesses will enter the new market for DC metering that the regulation will create, offering a competitive marketplace with multiple sources to procure from. SEE ALSO:The EV industry sees problems with California’s proposal to mandate credit card readers for public chargersDetermining ENERGY STAR specifications for high-power EV fast chargers proves challengingcenter_img This article appeared in Charged Issue 42 – March/April 2019 – Subscribe now.last_img read more