Another week, another great piece of news for Psyonix and Rocket League. It has been announced that Rocket league will form a part of this summer’s X Games, and in turn, will be broadcast on ESPN3.This follows on from the news of NBC’s plans for the title which will see a $100,000 (£76,979) tournament (in partnership with FACEIT) aired on its network. You can read the full story on this here. This X Games partnership is also in connection with FACEIT and features a similar prize pool though it falls a little short at $75,000 (£57,734). The Rocket League part of the X Games will be on ESPN3 over July 14-16. This isn’t X Games’ first foray into esports; they worked with MLG for some Call of Duty and CS:GO in the past, but this fast paced, highly skilled rocket car based title definitely seems a better fit. The Psyonix Esports Manager, Josh Watson said of the news:“The X Games and ESPN have done a great job of bringing attention to nontraditional sports over the years. Adding esports and Rocket League to that lineup is something we at Psyonix are very excited about.”The X Games, which is split into the summer and winter editions, have been running since 1995 with participants competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in addition to money. Extreme sports including motox, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding more typically feature. Now Rocket league will compete for attention amongst these. It has been a great few months for the title with recent announcements in addition to the NBC tournament including a partnership with WWE, the game coming to Nintendo’s Switch and RLCS Season 3 securing Brisk and Old Spice as sponsors. Other smaller tournaments such as the League of Rockets’ Rocket League World Cup (which you can read about here) and the Pro Rivalry League (read about this here) are also garnering considerable attention which is vital for the grassroots growth of the title. Esports Insider says: We’re big believers in Rocket League and this is yet more fantastic news for the game. It’s one which makes so much sense for bringing esports into ‘the mainstream’ and it’s especially in keeping with the X Games. Good work by FACEIT on delivering both the NBC deal and this one, which’ll see it on ESPN3 this summer.
WYNGRAIVE (LONDON & CARRICK)Annie Wyngraive, Carrick, Co Donegal, who has died in London. Remains will be removed from Belfast Airport on Wednesday to arrive at St Columba’s Church, Carrick, at 8.30 pm. Funeral mass on Thursday at 11 am, with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.CARLIN The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Sally Carlin, formerly of Iskaheen, Muff. Her remains will leave the Chapel of Rest, Letterkenny today at 2pm going to her Daughter Mary and Son-in-Law Liam Graham’s residence at Drumfries, Clonmany. Funeral from there on Thursday for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Isakeen, followed by interment in the adjoining Cemtery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Buncrana Nursing Unit c/o McFeely Undertakers or any family member.DOHERTYThe death has taken place of Annie Doherty, Ballinacraig, Glenvar. Her remains will repose at St Marys Star of the Sea Church Glenvar from 12 noon today (Tuesday), with Rosary tonight at 9pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am, followed by interment in Glenvar Cemetery.DOHERTY The death has taken place of Rena Doherty, Woodview Terrace Stranorlar. Her remains will repose at her home from 12 noon today. Funeral from her home on Thursday at 10.45am for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, followed by interment in Drumboe cemetery. Family time please from 11 pm until 10 am.McFADDENThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Kathleen McFadden, Gortmacall, Milford. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Wednesday, at 11am in St Peter’s Church Milford. Burial afterwards in Milford Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Sweeney Funeral Directors or any Family member. Family time from 11pm to 10am.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAYNOVEMBER 22 read more
Electricity generated on the rooftops of buildings in the U.S. has the potential to hit 39% of current electricity sales, nearly double the amount that was estimated in 2008.In a report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory said that the “technical potential” of equipping all suitable rooftops was 1,118 gigawatts of capacity and 1,432 terawatt hours of electricity annually. That’s compared with 664 GW and 800 TWh in an analysis eight years ago.The authors of the study said that previous estimates “lacked a rigorous foundation in geospatial data and statistical analysis.” This time, researchers said that they used light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data and other sophisticated tools to calculate the suitability for PV of rooftops in 128 cities around the country, collectively representing 23% of all U.S. buildings. The results were extrapolated to cover the entire continental U.S.The PV potential was greater in some states than in others. California, for example, has the greatest potential to offset electricity, according to the report: 74% of all the electricity sold by state utilities in 2013. Percentages also were very high, 55% or more, in several New England states; they had a lower solar potential, but also lower per-capita consumption. Florida and Michigan also had better-than-average potential.Even Washington State, with the lowest solar resource in the country, could generate 27% of its electricity with rooftop PV systems.Researchers developed two statistical models, one for buildings under 5,000 square feet in size, and the other for medium and large buildings. Only about 26% of the small buildings were considered suitable for PV, but the huge number of buildings in this size class gave them the greatest technical potential — 739 GW of capacity and 926 TWh of electricity annually. Modules are getting more efficientTo represent the mix of technology in the marketplace, the analysis assumes that PV modules have an efficiency of 16%. If a module efficiency of 20% is used instead — an efficiency that “premium systems” are now capable of delivering — each of the technical potential estimates would go up by 25% over the values in the report, the authors said.“Furthermore, our results are only estimates of the potential from existing suitable roof planes, and they do not consider the immense potential of ground-mounted PV,” the report adds. “Actual generation from PV in urban areas could exceed these estimates by installing systems on less suitable roof area, mounting PV on canopies over open spaces such as parking lots, or integrating PV into building facades.”The estimates represent “technical potential,” smaller than the total “resource potential” but greater than the “economic potential,” which in turn is bigger than the “market potential.” The report defines it this way: “Technical potential, which is the topic of this report, estimates how much of that total resource could actually be captured, given physically available area and technology performance without considering economics.”The technical potential does not, for example, take into account what would be required to get all the PV-generated electricity to end users.“In practice, the integration of a significant quantity of rooftop PV into the national portfolio of generation capacity would require a flexible grid, supporting infrastructure, and a suite of enabling technologies,” the authors said.Even so, the report says that rooftops provide “a large expanse of untapped area for solar energy generation, and onsite distributed generation could potentially reduce the costs and losses associated with the transmission and distribution of electricity.” read more
In numbers: The NRC exercise Deadline extendedThe window for 40.07 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants excluded from the complete draft was opened on September 25. It was to have closed on December 15, but the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the exercise, extended the last day to December 31 after the Assam government said the panchayat election, held on December 5 and 9, had robbed the people and officials of precious time.NRC officials said the pace of submission of claims had picked up in the last fortnight. “As of Sunday, 30 lakh of those excluded from the complete draft reapplied. With some more submitting their claims today [on Monday], the reapplication works out to 75%,” an official said.A.B. Khandakar, a Guwahati-based activist, said the number of applications increased after a clause was removed from the standard operating procedure issued by the Centre. That clause had made documents obtained after August 31, 2015, “inadmissible” for claims. “While this came as a relief for many, others hit the hurdle of not being allowed to use a fresh legacy. This meant applicants could not change the person from whom they had drawn their ancestry in the original application that was rejected at the time of the complete draft,” he said.There have been cases in which illiterate people, dependent on NRC Seva Kendras or cybercafe operators, used the same legacy person as others genealogically linked to someone else. While some cases were fraudulent, many were cases of the legacy person having the same name or belonging to the same area. A legacy person is one who figures in the NRC of 1951, which is being updated, the voters lists published up to March 24, 1971, and other documents, including refugee registration certificate.“What marked the claims round was lack of campaign or awareness drive. An overwhelming majority of the ground-level officials appeared ignorant of the court’s directives and many of those manning NRC service centres went beyond their brief to reject documents whimsically,” said Dharmananda Deb, an advocate and activist in Silchar.The deadline for completing the exercise after processing the claims and objections is June 2019. The service centres, officials said, would be open from January 2 to 31 for correction of the names published in the complete draft. About 30 lakh of the 40.07 lakh people left out of the final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) published five months ago have applied again for inclusion during the claims and objections round that ended on Monday.During the phase, 600 objections also came in from those who doubted the citizenship of others included in the draft. read more