Rohit Sharma appointed as the brand ambassador of LaLiga

first_imgAdvertisement 49olNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs41jxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) uhd1Would you ever consider trying this?😱fCan your students do this? 🌚7gmkrRoller skating! Powered by Firework Explosive India opener and football aficionado, Rohit Sharma, has joined hands with LaLiga – Spain’s top division football league as its brand ambassador in India. He is the first non-footballer in the history of the league to have signed the dotted line with them. Rohit comes on-board following a series of major initiatives by LaLiga in India since 2017. #LaLiga #RohitSharma #EPLAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img

FAVORED APACHE PRINCESS MUCH BEST IN SLOP AS SHE TAKES $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES BY 3 ¼ LENGTHS

first_imgFAVORED APACHE PRINCESS MUCH BEST IN SLOP AS SHE TAKES $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES BY 3 ¼ LENGTHS; MOVED FROM THE TURF TO MAIN TRACK, SHE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.82 FOR ‘BROTHERS DESORMEAUX’ ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2019)–A California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, KMN Racing’s homebred Apache Princess relished a change in surface from Santa Anita’s hillside turf course to 6 ½ furlongs on a sloppy main track as she rallied up the rail to take the $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes by 3 ¼ lengths.  Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his Hall of Fame brother Kent, Apache Princess got the distance in 1:16.82 despite the fact Kent dropped his stick inside the furlong pole.“That’s embarrassing, but (it’s) the second time I’ve done that with her and she’s won the race for me,” said Kent.  “She proves that she doesn’t need it, she just needs encouragement with my mouth.  If I kiss at her, shake the reins at her, throw crosses and she continues…”A maiden winner down the hillside turf two starts back and a 3 ½ length allowance winner over the hillside course on Jan. 21, Apache Princess was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40.Out of KMN Racing’s Indian Charlie mare Puskita, Apache Princess, who became the first three-time winner at the meet, now has three wins from six starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $171,960.English-bred Thriving, who was head and head for the early lead with eventual fourth place finisher Nomizar, was off at 9-2 and paid $3.80 and $2.60 while finishing a nose in front of Splashy Kisses.Ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, Splashy Kisses was off at 2-1 and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.35, 45.12 and 1:10.15.Originally a Grade III on turf, today’s Sweet Life Stakes result will be evaluated by the American Graded Stakes Committee in the coming days to determine if today’s race will retain its graded status.With the surface changed announced prior to today’s fifth race, there was one late scratch out of the Sweet Life, Irish-bred Ginger Nut, a turf specialist, who was to have made her U.S. debut for trainer John Sadler.last_img read more

Marcelo Ríos: “Tennis let me shit inside”

first_imgMarcelo Ríos lives a fancy second, after confessing that he underwent a brand new surgical intervention, due to the issues that he has been dragging since his tennis time.In that sense, he makes a broad evaluation of his profession, and acknowledges that the sequels he lives are large, regardless of the millionaire figures he gained because of the game.“I broke the labrum and aside I had a decompression of the sciatic. I’m doing rehabilitation alone, as a result of I’ve at all times had the idea that compresses and warmth is a waste of time. I really feel higher, though I’ve bother sleeping. The ache at evening is robust; Within the day it hurts much less, as a result of I like to maneuver, however I limp. I by no means imagined a hip harm, however analyzing it properly, all of the gamers have cracked the hip: Kuerten, Murray … It’s what tennis leaves you. It left me financially properly, thank God, however accomplished shit inside, ”he displays from america, the place he lives,” he says.Imperdible: The ilharante story of the ‘Chino’ kiss with a personIn the identical manner, he speaks of the doping suffered by Nicolas Jarry, who nonetheless doesn’t know his ultimate sanction.“I used to be very grateful that Dad referred to as me to inform me what was occurring. I additionally talked to Nicolás and he advised me his model. I keep in mind after they did the doping. We arrived in Madrid that day, at 6 within the morning, and so they had been ready for Garin. With the examination they discover you every thing. After I performed, it was simply pee. Now it’s also by blood. So, attempting to cover one thing may be very tough and at present you might be caught something you wish to do. It looks as if a can. I do know they each did the doping check within the Davis Cup. And I don’t put my fingers to the hearth for anybody. It’s tremendous tough. I need Nico very fed up and I advised him: “You’ll proceed to be Nico Jarry in case you are suspended for 4 years or no matter. I really like you as a buddy, I really like you as a participant and if I by no means play once more, you’ll proceed to be my buddy. ” Different phrasesAgassi doping: “He was caught 4 occasions and the ATP coated him as a result of he was Agassi and the tennis was going to hell. At ATP I discover it smells essentially the most shit on the market. Pure gringos caught. At the moment the masters had been at all times in indoor and quick court docket for Sampras to win. With Bruguera we talked concerning the Grasp being on a unique floor yearly. And who we screwed up? The South Individuals. I bodily screwed up at 26 as a result of I burst. If I didn’t measure 1.90 … It’s absurd. Somebody invented it and it’s numerous benefit for the egg that measures 2.14. I used to be seeing Karlovic, he’s 40 years previous … And when he’s going to retire, if he takes out from a constructing! ”Absence within the ATP Cup: “The explanations had been extra private. I’ve spent little with my household and with my woman. It was a sophisticated time. They wouldn’t let me out of my home. I’m on my birthday on that date, my woman and my sister are additionally there, it’s New Yr … Nevertheless it wasn’t as a result of I left the workforce apart. I might have cherished to go. Moreover, it already got here with the issue of the again, which I’ve at all times had, and now that of the hip. ”Federer’s Imaginative and prescient: “He’s a man who tennis is ideal. That has the motivation to proceed profitable at this age … I take off my hat. I might be at my home 10 years in the past, throwing away the smells. He needed me for the Corridor of Fame. That they select me for the Corridor of Fame I don’t care a couple of slit, I don’t even wish to be. That hue is gringa and I’m not . However Federer has already stated that I’m among the best, for me that’s extra necessary. With that I gained the Corridor of Fame, the Federer Corridor. That the perfect participant in historical past says the issues he stated about me, it’s way more necessary that they provide me any prize which will exist. With that I pay myself to have been a tennis participant. ”Subsequent exhibition: “Sure, I’ve an exhibition for June 26 on the Gran Enviornment Monticello with Alex Corretja, who was quantity two on the planet and finalist of Roland Garros. A tennis basic. I made a decision to have hip surgical procedure to be high quality. I nonetheless have March, April and Might to get well properly and practice. It is going to be an exquisite occasion. Moreover, it appears to me that Corretja has not been in an exhibition in Chile. ”last_img read more

Hope looms for Region Five RDC

first_img…VC optimistic about ending impasse Vice Chairman of Region Five, Rian Pieters is optimistic that the current impasse which exists between the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition will be resolved very shortly.Chairman Vickchand RamphalThe two sides are in disagreement over whether Ovid Morrison, who is the Clerk of Council and also the Regional Executive Officer (REO), can perform the duties as Clerk outside of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).Additionally, the appointment of three new Councillors has caused the RDC to be at a standstill over the past three sittings.According to Pieters, a mediation mechanism has been put in place which could result in the two sides reaching an agreement.“I have spoken to the Chief Whips of both sides and at this point, at some [point], the issue will be resolved,” Pieters told reporters following Thursday’s RDC meeting which he was forced to adjourn.Vice Chairman of Region Five, Rian PietersWhen the May meeting was called to order, Chairman Vickchand Ramphal said he saw three persons at the horseshoe and was told that they were new Councillors who took the oath of office before Morrison at a private ceremony.Ramphal argued then that Morrison did not have the authority in his capacity as REO to perform the ceremony but Morrison and the coalition Councillors felt otherwise and supported Morrison’s walkout.The three persons are Frank Wilson, Emerson Benjamin and Marian Fordyce who replaced Carol Joseph and Dolston Huston, who resigned, and Renie McCalmont, who never took her seat.Pieters on Thursday acknowledged that independently, the RDC has been unable to resolve several issues.“The one that would have caused today’s meeting to be adjourned, was the one that seems to suggest that the Councillors were not properly sworn in and then they were placed around this horseshoe, occupying positions as if elected members of the Regional Democratic Council. This is a clear contradiction of our legislation,” Pieters said, while adding that he wants the three persons to occupy their seats but it must be done legally.“It is my view and my hope that the Clerk of Council will understand his role as it relates to his legal mandate to the Council.It is the consul that makes the policies channels general direction and it is not the bureaucrats that direct the Council.”He said that as an elected member of the Council, he will not condone any breach of the regulations which govern how individuals become Councillors.He added that as Vice Chairman of the RDC, he remains committed to ensuring that the basic services are provided to all the people of the region.“We are committed to development as residents of this region and as a region, we can only move forward by abiding by the regulations that would direct us along the path that we all want the follow.”last_img read more

Former hot-shot Kempes joins Maradona in offering to coach Argentina

first_img“Of course!” he said when asked by current employers ESPN, for whom he works as a commentator, if he would be interested in the job.“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s enough time to come up with a good project to tackle a very interesting challenge, and I’m sure it would win,” said Kempes, Argentina’s star striker during their 1978 World Cup triumph, scoring two goals in the final.His assertion comes just two days after legend Maradona, who lifted the World Cup in 1986, offered to coach the team for free.Maradona spent two years at the Argentina helm from 2008 to 2010 but saw his side crash out of the South Africa World Cup in a humbling 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Germany.The 63-year-old Kempes, though, has not coached since 2002 and his career was hardly glorious, taking in teams in Indonesia, Albania, Costa Rica and Bolivia, as well as lower league sides in Spain and Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Kempes interested in coaching Argentina © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jul 6 – Hot on the heels of Diego Maradona, another Arentine World Cup winner has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next national team coach.Jorge Sampaoli may still be resisting pressure to resign after Argentina’s World Cup debacle and last 16 elimination against France in Russia, but now Mario Kempes has said he wants to take over.last_img read more

‘Arsenal signed a World Cup winner in the closing stages of deadline day… we can do it again!’

first_imgIt has been a quiet day at the Emirates on transfer deadline day.But many Arsenal fans are not too surprised.Is the lack of news in the red half of north London a sign of a lack of ambition from the club’s board? That was the view of some Gooners, who were hoping to see another striker arrive before the 6pm cut off point.So far, Petr Cech is the only first team player to arrive during the transfer window, so here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from Arsenal fans. 1 Arsenal fans are a bit annoyed at the lack of action from manager Arsene Wenger last_img

HURLING: SETANTA CROWNED 2013 COUNTY U-21 CHAMPS AFTER NARROW WIN OVER ST EUNAN’S

first_imgSETANTA U-21 hurlers are county champions.They defeated St Eunan’s by a single point in the 2013 final which was rescheduled and played in Convoy today.The final score was 1-05 to 0-07, with Setanta a point ahead at half-time 0-04 to 0-03. The sides held a minute’s silence before the game in memory of the Brogan sisters who lost their lives in a house fire in Letterkenny yesterday. HURLING: SETANTA CROWNED 2013 COUNTY U-21 CHAMPS AFTER NARROW WIN OVER ST EUNAN’S was last modified: January 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:SETANTASt EunansU-21 hurling finallast_img read more

Properly seated – Wringing more room out of less space

first_imgAirlines and seat manufacturers are far wiser about their seats these days than they used to be. For the most part gone are the days when – as was the case in some coach seats – a metal plate barely embedded in the back cushion would bother some passengers’ backs. Contrary to conventional wisdom, today’s seats – even some economy seats – are more comfortable than ever. It’s the spacing of those seats that annoys passengers. Seat pitch in the back of airliners the world over seems in perpetual retreat as carriers have seen fuel prices skyrocket in the past few years. One way to ease that problem is to add more seats, to squeeze more revenue out of each flight. The trick is how to do that without cutting into a passenger’’ perceived space.Better Than You Think Economy ClassFirst, some perspective. Economy Class ‘seat sets’ (usually three seats to a set) sell for between US$7,500 and US$15,000 absent the in-flight entertainment, or IFE. Despite all the focus on the front of the aircraft, where business class seats cost carriers from US$100,000 to US$150,000, airlines and seat manufacturers are investing heavily in re-working economy class.Some deal with shrinking seat pitch by adding articulated, moving ‘seat-bottom pans.’ They contend the idea seat comfort is automatically linked to seat recline is wrong. Robert Funk, Zodiac Seat US’s vice president of sales and marketing says data show as your seat reclines, if that bottom pan is fixed and doesn’t move, the angle “between where your waist opens up from your thighs” increases. “As that angle opens more and more, it actually becomes more uncomfortable.” That’s why many seat manufacturers use seat bottom pans “that will move a little bit,” dropping down to render the angle comparatively comfortable.With the goal to “own” the economy class seat segment of the airline industry, TIMCO Aerosystems is focusing on airlines that want to improve the comfort of flyers in the back of the aircraft. “The good news for passengers,” says TIMCO Aviation Services Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Leonard Kazmerski, is “there’s a greater emphasis on [seat] comfort and aesthetics.” Despite all-consuming fuel costs and the mandate to cut aircraft weight, Kazmerski believes the pendulum is swinging from “[airline] financial guys who are much more interested in [cutting back] immediate capital costs” and toward marketers, who want to put more paying passengers in more comfortable seats.Most seat manufacturers spend a lot of time up front on ergonomics, ‘pressure mapping’ precisely where seats and passengers meet. That’s where you determine weight distribution of various types of people – short and tall, slim and not-so-slim. Sensors detect where the “hot spots” are says TIMCO Aerosystems President Rick Salanitri. “It’s an amazing science.”One particularly bothersome hot spot lay at the leading edge of the seat cushion, which can rub up against the back of the knee. On longer flights that can be a problem. It would seem simple enough to shave off a bit of seat cushion foam. The issue is, how to do that without violating regulatory requirements regarding cushion flotation capabilities.Violating a larger passenger’s lap space can be a problem too. TIMCO, like many seat manufacturers, sees it customer base as global. Seats have got to accommodate passengers ranging from tall, lanky Scandinavian males to petite Asian females. In testing earlier seat/tray combinations, “Larger passengers found…seat trays sitting on top of their laps,” says Kazmerski. “That can be very uncomfortable.”In response, the company designed a tray table a little bit more elevated. “At the same time, we addressed the cushion height of the seat…[so] the smaller passenger’s feet are not left dangling.”Tweak, tweak, tweak – and, on occasion – compromise. Kazmerski says, “There are always going to be compromises at some level [in] such a confined space.”What Southwest Airlines manifestly didn’t want to do in designing its new Evolve interior was compromise passengers’ personal space. Yet the airline was able to add another full seat row to its Boeing 737-700s without, it says, cutting into it passengers’ living room. “The objective of Evolve wasn’t to see how many seats we could cram into the cabin,” contends Angela Vargo, the airline’s manager of product innovation. “We just wanted to improve the seat.”Southwest’s old bottom seat cushions were too fat, the victim of weighty flotation diaphragms. The carrier removed the old cushions and put life vests under every seat to meet regulatory requirements. As a result, each of its refitted jets shed 635 pounds of weight, saved fuel and boosted the seat count from 137 to 143. In the process it shaved an inch off overall average seat pitch. What was 32 inches is now 31. Still, Vargo asserts “the cubic space around your body actually increased.”Southwest did that by substituting a slimmer bottom cushion, one that “provides more personal space,” she says. “Because all of a sudden you’re sitting further back in the seat.”A couple of added advantages flow from that. First, you now actually feel the lumbar support. The old cushion masked it, because it was simply too plump. You’re also now far more engaged with the armrests. Before, you had to scrunch down to properly reach them. You also had to crane down your neck to see out of the window. Over the course of a long flight that can, quite literally, be pain in the neck.Passenger perceptions of the seat have been “positive” says Vargo, although she concedes, “It’s hard to overcome the [shrunken seat pitch] perceptions people come on board with. It can influence how they feel about the seat.”To see a video of Southwest mechanics fitting a 737 with the new seats click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjMq0zEUABkBack to that pain in the neck for a moment. British Airways is attacking the problem by installing hammock-style neck rests in place of traditional neck rests in its World Traveller economy cabin. “The design decision was a direct result of comfort trials with customers,” says Kathryn Slack, BA’s cabin development manager.Pure Premium EconomyBA’s also battling it out in the next higher tier, increasingly popular premium economy. It’s laying on more seat pitch, seat width and – yes-recline in World Traveller Plus to fashion what Slack says is more “living space in a smaller, more intimate and quiet environment.”Don’t mistake some offerings as “true” international premium economy cautions Zodiac Seats US’s Robert Funk. “There are airlines which offer an expanded coach class product, when they identify as ‘premium.’…But all they’ve done is take a standard coach seat and increase the pitch.”True premium economy usually offers about 38 inches of pitch, gives you in a wider seat, and offers more recline – while easing that annoying angle Funk alluded to by employing a movable seat pan. But seat pans are not necessarily the whole answer. Remember, all passengers are not created equal with it comes to physical stature.Funk says designers need to consider the consequences of that forward-moving seat pan. You don’t want “the front edge of the pan lifting your feet off the floor. Because then it will cut off the blood into your legs by bighting into underside of your legs.” That can help trigger Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), blood clots that can form in your legs. The consequences can be very bad indeed.Premium economy seats are largely mechanical – as opposed to the larger, more luxurious, electronically-actuated seats in business class. Premium economy seats cost carriers anywhere from US$20,000 to US$30,000 per seat set (two seats usually).Direct-Aisle Access Business ClassUp beyond the curtain lies business class, the place where dreams come true. It’s also where carriers make a significant amount of their money. That’s why they’re willing to invest so much in their premium product. Ben Orson sums it up best. Business class seats are “far more than something just to take your weight,” says the managing director of London-based JPA Design, a high-end travel design house. They’ve got to be bedroom, office, theater and restaurant – all “in one carefully managed space.”What’s popular just now is direct-aisle access. Window seat business class flyers hate having to stumble over their seatmate in the middle of the night to get to the lavatory. Zodiac’s Cirrus seat is arrayed so you don’t have to climb over the person next to you. The seat was designed by JPA for Zodiac. Its true genius lies in “how you [arrange] the’‘deck chairs’,” says Funk, “whether you point the feet together, whether you angle the feet out.” The result is a 1x2x1 set-up that makes the most of scarce cabin space. Zodiac Seats US’s marketing vp says direct aisle access now “comes up [in] virtually every conversation we have with customers when talking about business class seats.”Orson says the direct-aisle access concept “has gone on to be one of the giants in terms of seat design.” It’s flying on Cathay Pacific, American, Delta, EVA and Air France and Orson says, “there are multiple other customers coming down the pipeline.”First Class – the Final FrontierFirst class suites, fully enclosed and very private, have come of age. Exploring the pleasures and perks of these most preeminent of airline seats is a story in itself, one better saved for another time. Singapore Airlines helped pioneer the concept back in 1998, fitting its 747s with its then breathtakingly new Singapore Suite.It’s in first class that Orson says passenger comfort and national pride meet. Suites are “overtly luxurious,” reflecting both the airline brand and the country from which the airline comes, all in the same instant.Regular RebirthAirlines, the really competitive upper-tier ones, renew their cabins every five to seven years. The focus is firmly on the seat. Perhaps on the way two to three years from now, says Orson without being terribly specific about it, could be seating arrangements that accommodate groups of passengers. “Middle Eastern carriers will tell you that they have a fairly high percentage of families who travel business class; while Asian airlines will tell you [their passengers] place a high priority on privacy.”Orson says JPA is looking at ways to give the former “a chance to enjoy group experiences” such as “dining or watching a movie together”– while nearby passengers particularly partial to privacy get some work done or sleep.And so it is that seat design is a matter of creative compromise – combining smart space management with subtle sex appeal. “I think,” says Ben Orson, “there’s always an appetite on the part of [passengers] to walk into a cabin and say, “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this before!”last_img read more

Rattray signs on for MX World Champs

first_img9 September 2013 At the time, the teenage Rattray was relatively unknown in international motocross circles. He joined fellow South Africa Gareth Swanepoel on the international circuit, and the two of them made waves until Rattray finally picked up a ride with the KTM factory team. He went on to be crowned world champion in 2008. Now 28, he first relocated from South Africa to Germany in 2000 to compete internationally and qualified for his first GP races in 2001 at the age of just 15. Waters, who team up with Rattray in the MX1 line-up for Husqvarna, is currently racing for the Motorex KTM Racing Team in Australia. He has overcome injury in the current season to be in second position in the 2013 National Championship after nine of 10 rounds. Langston got his break in 1998 when he moved to the Netherlands, followed two years later by his victory in the 125cc World Championships. South Africa’s Tyla Rattray has been signed by the Husqvarna Factory Racing team for the 2014 FIM Motorcross World Championships. Rattray is a former world champion, having won the MX2 (250cc) title in 2008. ManagerFinnish Motocross legend Antti Pyrhonen, presently of F1 star Kimi Raikkonen’s Ice One Racing, will manage the Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Racing MX1 team and brings with him a wealth of first-hand experience in motocross and personal association with the Husqvarna brand. “The new Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna factory team is aiming for the top. We believe it can be reached by our dedication to the sport, and by the commitment of our riders and their determined will to win.” Husqvarna, which is based in Austria after a 2013 takeover by Pierer Industrie AG, recently made clear its intention to be a major player in next year’s Championship series by entering a full factory team for both MX1 and MX2 classes. AMA competitionRattray, who won the MX2 World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in 2008, has spent recent seasons competing in the AMA Supercross (SX) and Motocross (MX) competitions in the USA, and ended the 2011 season as runner-up in the AMA 250 MX class. SA’s first world championTwo decades ago Albertyn became South Africa’s first MX world champion when he won the 125cc (two-stroke) Championship in 1992. He later won two 250cc World Championships – in 1993 and 1994 – before relocating to the USA. In the MX1 (450cc) class it will be Rattray and Australian Todd Waters wearing the Husqvarna colours, while in the MX2 (250cc) class Romain Febvre of France and Alexandr Tonkov of Russia will represent the new team. “Ice One Racing is pleased to welcome Tyla Rattray and Todd Waters, both from outside Europe, to the World Championship series,’ said Raikkonen. SAinfo reporter Five years ago, Rattray became only the third South African to win a FIM Motocross World Championship, following in the footsteps of Grant Langston and Greg Albertyn, when he became the MX2 world champion after the Italian Grand Prix in September 2008. last_img read more

Saudi Arabia Embraces Solar Energy

first_imgThe production of solar electricity is about to get a big boost in a country sitting on some of the richest oil reserves on the planet. According to an article in The Atlantic, the Saudi Arabian government is set to get into the photovoltaics (PV) business in a big way by beginning construction of solar projects around the country and by opening a commercial-scale PV module factory of its own. Although it has since pushed back the target date, the government announced three years ago that it would have 41 gigawatts of solar capacity online by 2032, besting the output of the current No. 1 solar country in the world, Germany. It also sees an international market for the solar panels it produces as the global market for PV continues to expand.The root of the Saudi push for solar energy has nothing to do with concerns about lowering the country’s carbon footprint, the article says, and everything to do with self-preservation.With a population of just 30 million people, Saudi Arabia is the sixth largest consumer of oil in the world. The country burns about one-quarter of the oil it produces, and consumption has been rising by 7% per year, three times the rate of population growth. If the trend continues, a 2011 report predicted, domestic consumption would eat into exports in another six years, and turn the kingdom into a net importer of oil by 2038.Unless its use of oil can be trimmed, the country faces an alarming future. Great potential for solar growthOn the production side, the Saudis are planning to open a big solar panel factory near Riyadh. On the coast of the Persian Gulf, another factory will soon begin producing large quantities of polysilicon, a key raw material for PV cells, Ball reports.Saudi Arabia not only has huge oil reserves, but also some of the best solar potential on earth. Next year, two state-owned companies plan to break ground on 10 PV projects around the country.There are still many difficulties ahead, Ball says, including bureaucratic infighting that pits entrenched oil interests against the nascent renewables industry, dust and sandstorms that can blot out the sun and cut the production of electricity quickly, and a lack of public interest in conserving oil.The threat posed by unchecked consumption at home is a powerful incentive. Aramco sells oil to the Saudi Electric Company for about $4 a barrel, and with global prices now about $60 a barrel it means that the kingdom forfeits some $56 for every barrel of oil it uses at home and doesn’t send to market.More domestic oil consumption also lowers the country’s ability to keep competitors like the U.S. shale oil industry from gaining too much power.But moving to a solar future will be difficult. Skeptics think even the revised 2040 target date for the 41 GW of solar capacity is impossible.“Proving them wrong would require reshuffling an economic deck that the kingdom’s leaders have stacked for decades to favor petroleum,” Ball writes. “In that sense, Saudi Arabia’s energy challenge is a more extreme version of the one that faces the rest of the world. But if the kingdom’s leaders can find the political courage to act decisively, Saudi Arabia, of all nations, could become a model for other countries trying to shift away from oil.” Great reserves means great wasteIts huge reserves of oil make it easy for Saudi Arabia to put energy conservation on a back burner.“The government sells gasoline to consumers for about 50 cents a gallon and electricity for as little as 1 cent a kilowatt-hour, a fraction of the lowest prices in the United States,” Jeffrey Ball writes in The Atlantic. “As a result, the highways buzz with Cadillacs, Lincolns, and monster SUVs; few buildings have insulation; and people keep their home air conditioners running — often at temperatures that require sweaters — even when they go on vacation.”Air conditioning consumes about 70% of all electricity in the kingdom, much of which is produced by burning oil. Power plants are inefficient.If this trend continues, the outcome would be “cataclysmic” for the kingdom, Ball says. Oil exports underwrite the generous benefits available to Saudi citizens — not only cheap energy at home, but extensive social services (all in a country without income taxes). If oil exports decline, so does the income that pays for all of that.last_img read more