REUTERS: Billy Root claimed a chunk of family bragging rights family bragging rights over older brother and England test captain Joe Root on Sunday when the pair came face to face in the County Championship. Glamorgan's left-handed batsman Billy, aged 28 and almost two years Joe's junior, followed up his first innings 43 with an unbeaten 110 in the Group 3 match against Yorkshire at Headingley. Starting with an overnight score of 77, Billy completed his sixth first-class hundred with a double worked off Joe's off-spin. He earned a well-deserved fist bump and a pat on the back from his big brother as Glamorgan set Yorkshire 379 to win an hour into day four. In response, Yorkshire were rocked by three early wickets, with Joe falling for 13 shortly after lunch. But Adam Lyth and Harry Brook added 131 in a solid fourth-wicket partnership to halt Glamorgan's charge and earn Yorkshire a hard-fought draw. (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian ... » Learn More about England skipper Joe Root overshadowed by brother Billy in County clash
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The railway, which stretches more than 1,000 km from Kunming, capital of China's Yunnan Province, to Vientiane of Laos is scheduled to open in December this year. Upon completion, it will slash the travel time between the two cities to less than one day, according to China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. The main China section of the railway linking the city of Yuxi and Mohan, a township on the China-Laos border, is flanked by 19 nature reserves with rich biodiversity, three of them at the national level. Located along the railway section, the Shanggang No. 1 Tunnel in Mengla County is of great significance, yet given its location in an environmentally sensitive nature reserve, with a forest coverage rate of 87 percent, as well as abundant minerals and water resources, its construction is particularly complex. "We canceled the original design of the inclined shaft in the reserve to dig the tunnel, reducing its footprint by more than 2.6 hectares," said Huang Ming, a project ... » Learn More about An engineering marvel – China builds green rail linking Laos
KUALA LUMPUR: Solar enthusiasts are jumping on the bandwagon to promote the renewable energy (RE) source, harping that it is freely available and more cost-effective. But is this true? And is too much solar a good thing? Let’s explore this further. Solar is available only during the day, thus you still need to cater for energy during the night. This will normally be provided by other conventional plants (i.e coal, gas and hydro). This means that conventional plants are still needed even though solar is introduced into the system. Alternatively, battery can also be used to store some of the solar energy for the night. However, this comes as an additional cost. Battery technology is still new and expensive with a current price tag of RM5000/kW, compared with RM3000/kW for the typical cost of a gas plant. Not only are batteries for the power system costly, they can only be used for a limited time, depending on their type and design. A 100MW solar plant is not equivalent to a ... » Learn More about Solar in Malaysia – Challenges, and too much of a good thing?