Virginia’s Old Dominion University has won a USD 775,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study mitigation solutions for offshore wind projects in relation to the military. The grant is expected to help create a wind energy siting solution to mitigate the effects of location decisions on military training, readiness and research, covering both offshore and onshore wind projects. “The grant will combine the University’s strong capabilities in wind energy and geographic information systems, along with the entrepreneurial business development expertise of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to create a sustainable solution that extends beyond the life of the grant,” said Jerry Cronin of ODU’s OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub. The agreement is based on providing research and support for the local offshore wind sector, with focus on the Coastal Virginia project. Last year, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Old Dominion University (ODU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the state’s offshore wind projects. Partners in the study also include the College of William & Mary and James Madison University.
Justin Gatlin says he will boycott the BBC and other British media outlets in protest at their “biased” reports of the 100m final in Beijing.The American, who has twice been suspended for doping, won a silver medal behind Usain Bolt. The race had been built up as a battle between “good and evil” in some quarters.“He’s saved his title, he’s saved his reputation – he may have even saved his sport,” BBC commentator Steve Cram said as Bolt crossed the line just 0.01 seconds ahead of favourite Gatlin. Twitter footage showed commentators from the corporation celebrating Bolt’s win, while Gatlin is understood to have avoided three different interviewers from the broadcaster afterwards. Gatlin’s agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, told the Guardian: “Justin, as well as I, feel that the British media and journalists have been extremely unkind to him.There’s been nothing positive said about him now for some time. Every characterisation is solely about doping and vilifying him. “So, to maintain his own dignity and self-respect, he feels it best not to speak to them.It’s very unfortunate, but he’s been hurt tremendously by these attacks. And as human beings, we should be better than that. “The BBC in particular should report without lacing their comments and reporting with biased views.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Welcome Marañón has written his name in gold letters in the history of football in Asia. Andalusian striker Ceres Negros rose AFC Cup all-time top scorer – continental competition equivalent to the Europa League – after scoring a double for Bali United in one of the few matches in Asian competition that were not affected by the coronavirus crisis.Marañón, about to turn five years without interruption in Ceres Negros, current champion of the Philippine First Division, reached 35 goals in the AFC Cup beating, among others, the Singaporean Aleksandar Duric, the Iraqi Amjad Radhi or the Brazilian Rico, all with more than 30 annotations. The Andalusian striker arrived in the Philippines endorsed by Carli De Murga in 2015 and since then has become one of the most outstanding players in Southeast Asia. “I can’t explain how happy I am! I can only say that the hard work is worth it,” said Bienve Marañón, who took the opportunity to thank Leo Rey Yanson, president of Ceres Negros; His trainer, Risto Vidakovic –Ex from Betis, Cádiz or Écija Balompié-, and all the club staff. The Andalusian also had words for the aforementioned De Murga, who was in Spain recovering from an injury when he met Bienve in Bilbao and offered to join what was then his team.With two wins and a draw in the first three days of the group stage, Ceres Negros leads his group in the AFC Cup with a three point advantage over Than Quang Ninh, Bienve being the tournament’s top scorer with five scores. The Philippine team to which the central defender Manuel Herrera ‘Súper’ also belongs is facing the start of the Philippines Football League, which is scheduled to start next week and has not been affected by the coronavirus crisis so far.