In a message to fans on Insomniac‘s website, founder Pasquale Rotella announced, among other news, that Electric Daisy Carnival will not be returning to New York in 2017. After five years on the East Coast, the EDC will not hold a New York event in May. Instead, the EDC team is focusing on the original Las Vegas version of the premier electronic music festival (set for June 16th-18th, 2017) as well as expanding the event on the international stage (EDC Japan is on the books for 2017). You can read Pasquale’s statement about EDC New York below, or check out the full message here.“Although EDC New York 2016 was one of my favorites hosted in the Big Apple, we’ve decided to take a break in 2017. We hope many of you East Coast Headliners will join us in Vegas. We’ll have an art car sound system paying homage to New York DJs past and present. As I write this, I’ve gotta mention all the hard work and creativity going into the completely reimagined kineticFIELD, as well as an entirely new additional stage. The team and I are energized about an epic EDC Las Vegas 2017!”For tickets and information about EDC Vegas, head to the festival’s website.
Europe added close to 3.2GW of offshore wind capacity last year, taking the total installed and grid-connected capacity from 12.6GW in 2016 to 15.8GW at the end of 2017 and thus marking a 25% increase in just one year. Including sites with partial grid connection, there are now 92 offshore wind farms in eleven European countries and 4,149 grid-connected wind turbines, WindEurope reports in its annual offshore wind statistics. Illustration; Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/ Statoil (archive)The UK is first with 43% of all grid-connected turbines, followed by Germany (28%), Denmark (12%), the Netherlands (9%) and Belgium (6%), representing the top five markets. Combined, the top five countries represent 98% of all grid-connected turbines in Europe.Fourteen projects were completed in 2017, including the first floating offshore wind farm, with the UK and Germany leading the way in new installations last year by adding 1.7GW and 1.3GW, respectively.Work is currently underway on further eleven projects, also in Germany and the UK. Once completed, these projects will add a further 2.9GW and bring the cumulative capacity in Europe to 18.7GW. By 2020, offshore wind is projected to grow to a total installed capacity of 25GW, WindEurope states.Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, said: “A 25% increase in one year is spectacular. Offshore wind is now a mainstream part of the power system. And the costs have fallen rapidly. Investing in offshore wind today costs no more than in conventional power generation. It just shows Europe’s ready to embrace a much higher renewables target for 2030. 35% is easily achievable. Not least now that floating offshore wind farms are also coming on line.”The average size of installed offshore wind turbine in 2017 was 5.9MW, a 23% increase on 2016. The average size of the grid-connected offshore wind farms in 2017 was 493MW, 34% higher than the previous year.
Liverpool have rejected a bid from Arsenal for Luis Suarez and remain steadfast in their insistence the striker is not for sale. Press Association Press Association Sport understands the Gunners made an offer in the region of £30million for the Uruguay international last week which was rejected out of hand by the Reds. Despite the 26-year-old this summer voicing his dislike of his treatment by the English media and suggesting a move to Real Madrid would appeal, the club have no intention of selling, a stance which was not even tested by an offer well below what is considered Suarez’s true value. Suarez, who has three years remaining on an improved contract he signed last summer, is currently on extended leave after his involvement in the Confederations Cup. Neither he nor his representatives have spoken to Liverpool about any intention to ask for a move but his comments while on international duty in South America have left the club in a difficult position. It was expected any approach from Madrid would come after the end of the Confederations Cup but so far has nothing has materialised and the fear is the Spanish giants will leave it late in the window in order to drive the price down. Arsenal’s surprise bid may have been more strategic than realistic as they are currently trying to push through a deal to sign Real striker Gonzalo Higuain. Making an offer for Suarez may have just been a ploy intended to focus the minds of Bernabeu officials on signing off the Higuain move. Suarez is not due back for pre-season until July 22 and he will then be expected to join the club’s tour matches in Australia and Thailand.
– No new caps, Beaton named in 14-man squadBy Rajiv BisnauthGUYANA Jaguars Head Coach Esaun Crandon said he is happy with the 14-man squadJonathan Fooselected and is optimistic about the players giving a good account of themselves during the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super 50 tournament.The senior selection panel announced the 14-man squad yesterday, with no real surprises, but Crandon is of the opinion that the squad is one of the most well-balanced units comprising the maximum number of match-winners, and feels it is the best chance for the Guyanese to bag their tenth coveted title at this level.Ronsford Beaton“I think we have a good all-round and balanced squad. Obviously we have a lot of players who are frequently in the one day squad, so the experience is there.“I think we have a decent mix of players which I’m satisfied and prepared to work along with,” said Crandon during an exclusive interview yesterday with Chronicle sport.The left-handed Leon Johnson is once again at the helm, and he will have a bunch of experienced players to call on, among them is middle-order batting stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul.The squad includes seven players who have represented the regional side in Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20s, and Crandon believes the team’s flexibility provided by the presence of batting and bowling all-rounders will be a major asset in the tournament.“We stand a good chance of bettering last year’s performance. I am confident of us doing well and I feel it is our best chance of winning our 10th title at this level,” said the 35-year-old former national all-rounder.The squad this year is further strengthened with the inclusion of West Indies Test opener Rajendra Chandrika and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. The squad also includes West Indies A team pacer Ronsford Beaton, former West Indies youth captain Shimron Hetmyer and hard-hitting batsman Jonathan Foo.The five players were not part of the squad last year. However, they replaced recent West Indies A team players, middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, fast bowler Romario Shepherd, opening batsman Kevon Boodie and all-rounder Royston Crandon who were all part of last year’s squad.Further,when questioned about Beaton’s selection to the squad, chairman of selectors Rayon Griffith said Beaton was named among the 28 players selected for training, and was eligible for selection.Earlier in the week it was reported that Beaton will turn out for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes during the upcoming tournament, with the Leeward Islands Cricket Board chief and operations officer, Vernon Springer, confirming to the Observer newspaper that Beaton, West Indies right-hander Marlon Samuels and Trinidadian Daron Cruickshank will be making their appearance for Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, Griffith pointed out that the Leeward Islands Cricket Board did not inform the selection panel regrading Beaton’s position. Griffith also mentioned that Beaton himself did not inform the selection panel on any such move.The Guyana Jaguars will do battle in Group B of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Group B comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions,Guyana Jaguars and ICC Americas.Meanwhile, title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, the West Indies U-19s, and visiting English County Kent Spitfires have been installed in Group A.When the action bowls, the Guyanese will be aiming for a 10th regional 50-over title, the last of which was achieved in 2005 when they defeated Barbados in near darkness in the final of the KFC Cup at the GCC ground, Bourda.Prior to that, Guyana reigned supreme in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003.The Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (Captain), Veerasammy Permaul (Vice-Captain), Anthony Bramble (Wkp), Shimron Hetmyer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Rajendra Chandrika, Steven Jacobs, Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Paul Wintz and Jonathan Foo.Management Staff: Esaun Crandon (Head-coach), Rayon Griffith (Assistant-Coach) and Ernesto Gonzalez (Physiotherapist).
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoWisconsin (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) received a scare of its own Halloween weekend, needing a defensive stand on Illinois’ (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten) last drive to fend off the Illini for a 30-24 victory.The No. 17 Badgers started the game out flat, trailing at halftime for the first time all season and playing catch-up for the first three quarters.”We expected to play a lot better, especially coming out of the gate,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “We knew we were a better team but we didn’t play that way in the first half.”Illinois jumped out to the lead off a 41-yard interception return by freshman safety Travon Bellamy toward the end of the first quarter and kept pouring it on, leading by as many as 18 points in the first half.Wisconsin wasn’t able to establish a sustaining drive early on and with running back P.J Hill going down with a nerve injury in the second quarter, head coach Bret Bielema looked to senior quarterback John Stocco and the passing game to turn the game around.”It was very interesting to see the game unfold and see how [Stocco] handled it,” Bielema said. “You can’t faze him no matter what happens. It’s not only the plays that he makes, but our offense entirely. We need someone to control the game.”Stocco completed 11-of-15 passes in the second half, connecting with Luke Swan for a 17-yard touchdown pass on Wisconsin’s first offensive possession in the third quarter to pull within 7 points.But it was linebacker Mark Zalewski’s interception on the previous series that Bielema felt was the spark UW needed.”‘Zew’ doesn’t have the best hands in the world, so I was just happy to see him catch it,” Bielema said. “But that converted into our first touchdown offensively.”Hill returned in the second half, but only carried the ball three times and sat out the rest of the game following another injury with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.Hill’s backup, true freshman Lance Smith, didn’t have the best day on the ground, rushing 21 times for 46 yards, but managed to punch in a 1-yard touchdown.Illinois’ true freshman, on the other hand, caused problems for Wisconsin’s defense all day long.The Michael Vick-esque quarterback Juice Williams threw for 171 yards and touchdown and also ran for 53 yards, juking and jiving past Badger defenders.”We knew this game was going to come down to one-on-one tackling,” Bielema said. “[Williams] was able to win some of those.””He can do some things with his feet,” Zalewski added. “He can make guys miss, and he’s got some speed. He’s pretty tough.”Wisconsin was able to contain Williams in the second half, however, holding him to only 2 rushing yards after halftime.With the Badger defense stepping up and pulling Illinois’ offense to a screeching halt in the second half, Wisconsin’s offense was able to go to work, scoring 20 unanswered points.Following Swan’s 17-yard touchdown catch, Illinois had a chance to respond and keep its momentum going.With a third-and-one on its own 42-yard line, Illinois completely fooled Wisconsin’s defense as running back E.B. Halsey streaked downfield on a route every Badger assumed was a running play, after the Illini hustled to the line of scrimmage for a quick snap after breaking the huddle expeditiously.But Williams overthrew Halsey by 5 yards, forcing Illinois to punt and putting the fight out of the Illini.Wisconsin captured its first lead in the start of the fourth quarter when Stocco hit tight end Andy Crooks on a screen pass in which Crooks stormed downfield for 21 yards, fumbled at the 1-yard line and recovered his own fumble for a touchdown.Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff later hit a 33-yard field goal — his longest of three on the day — to give Wisconsin a 30-24 lead.After Mehlhaff’s kick, Illinois failed to gain a first down and after a Wisconsin three-and out, the Illini got the ball back at their own 18-yard line and 1:28 remaining on the clock.Down by only 6 points, Illinois had the opportunity to tie or win the game, but Wisconsin’s defense simply wasn’t having it.”You got to man up that drive,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “If they convert, they’re coming back and got a shot now, but if we get them off the field, the game’s over.”While the game wasn’t the most convincing victory for Wisconsin, many team members felt as though it will help them in the long run.”I’m happy it happened now than later down the road,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “We just have to learn from it.”