Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announces $484,300 in grant funds for biofuels

first_imgSource: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Aug 28, 2009 The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) has announced that $484,300 in grant funds have been awarded to develop homegrown biofuels through its Vermont Biofuels Initiative (VBI). The purpose of the VBI is to foster the development of a viable biomass-to-biofuels industry in Vermont that uses local resources to supply a portion of the state’s liquid fuel energy needs in an effort to help the state meet 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.  The VBI is funded by a Congressionally Directed Award from the Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy through the U.S. Department of Energy, various private foundation sources, and the Vermont General Fund.The VSJF awarded $224,300 in strategically-directed funds, as well as an additional $260,000 from five competitive grant rounds designed to accelerate the development of Vermont’s biofuels production. Funds from the VBI are helping to support over $1million worth of on-going biofuels projects throughout the state.In total, Senator Leahy has secured $2.9 million over the course of three federal appropriations bills for biofuels research, development and demonstration projects in Vermont.  The Senator announced the level of funding he has secured for the VSJF while touring the North Hardwick Dairy, a recent grantee, on Friday.  Senator Leahy stated that “Vermont Sustainable Job Fund’s new Biofuels Initiative is forging a partnership with farmers across our state that will help identify the best matches among potential new energy sources, the resources on our farms, and the needs of our communities.  This is the kind of practical help with the ways and means of production and of marketing that can open the doors to new markets and to greater value for farmers.  This initiative fits squarely at the intersection of fuel security, economic development, agricultural diversification and self-reliance.  It’s a good step here in Vermont, and it could also benefit other rural communities across the country.”The VSJF is providing farmers, entrepreneurs, and educators with opportunities to build markets for sustainable development through the Vermont Biofuels Initiative. “VSJF grants are supporting diversified, value-added operations, education and workforce training. The projects we fund will help Vermont’s dairy and other farms control fuel and feed costs by producing biodiesel and protein meal, and also create new sources of farm revenue and markets for local livestock feed, vegetable oil, and bio-based energy,” said Biofuels Director Netaka White.According to VSJF Executive Director Ellen Kahler, “the projects we are funding are representative of a unique agricultural model emerging in Vermont and the region. Unlike the large mid-west operations, the “New England model” of biofuel production is focused on rotational cropping of grains, grasses, cover crops and oilseeds for local consumption. VSJF is very grateful for the interest and support Senator Leahy has shown for community-scale biofuel production for local use.”The VSJF is also working with UVM Extension and the Biomass Energy Resource Center on a staff directed Grass Energy Research project and with the Vermont Center for Geographic Information to develop a Renewable EnergyAtlas for Vermont.  Even greater levels of US DOE funding will be made available in 2010 through competitive grant rounds and staff directed projects, all aimed at developing a vibrant biofuels market, creating new economic opportunities for farmers and creating new green jobs in Vermont.The VSJF is a nonprofit organization formed by the State Legislature in 1995 to provide early stage grant funding and technical assistance to catalyze and accelerate the development of markets for sustainably produced goods and services.  The VSJF currently focuses on biofuels development, sustainable forest products industry development, and the expansion of local food systems in Vermont.For more information on the Vermont Biofuels Initiative and available funding, visit www.vsjf.org(link is external).15 Biofuels Grant Awards Totaling $484,300 Announced Today Include:•    Biofuels Feedstock Analysis for Oilseed Crop Research and Development,Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont & State Agriculture College / UVM Extension, Burlington, $67,000.•    Biofuels Feedstock Analysis for Grass Energy Research and Development,Dr. Sid Bosworth, University of Vermont & State Agriculture College / UVM Extension, Burlington, $58,500.•    On-Farm Oilseed Processing and Biodiesel Production, John Williamson,State Line Biofuels, Shaftsbury, $30,000. •    Small-Scale Biodiesel Production Research Facility, Roger Rainville,Borderview Farm, Alburgh, $40,000. •    Biomass-to-Biofuels Industry Network Development, Andrew Perchlik,Renewable Energy Vermont, Montpelier, $28,800.•    Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Andrew Knafel, Clearbrook Farm,Shaftsbury, $20,000.•    Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Jon Satz, Lilyquest Farm /Otter Creek Biofuels, Brandon, $20,000.•    Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Larry Scott, Ekolott Farm,Newbury, $17,000.•    Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Nicholas Meyer, North HardwickDairy, Hardwick, $13,000. •    On-Farm Biodiesel Facility, William & Mark Mordasky, Rainbow ValleyBiodiesel, Brandon $65,000.•    Biomass-to-Biofuels Course Development, University of Vermont andState Agricultural College, Burlington, $20,000.•    Biomass-to-Biofuels Course Development, Vermont Technical College,Randolph, $20,000.•    Algepower, Algae Production Techniques, Gail Busch, Montpelier,$20,000.•    Carbon Harvest Energy, LLC, Algae Feedstock Research and Development,Williston, $20,000.•    Bourne’s Energy, Biofuel Blending Project, Morrisville, $45,000.last_img read more

An India First: More Renewable Capacity Than Coal Installed Last Year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz India:For the first time ever, India has added more production capacity from renewable energy in a year than from conventional sources like coal.Between April 2017 and March 2018, the country added around 11,788 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity. That’s more than double the 5,400 MW of capacity addition in the thermal and hydro power sectors during the same period.The numbers are in sync with the Narendra Modi government’s plan to promote renewable power, targeting capacity additions of 175,000 MW from renewable sources by 2022. Yet, new capacity in major sectors like wind and solar power has fallen short of targets. Instead, it is energy sources like small hydro, waste-to-energy, and biomass that have picked up the pace, and even surpassed the annual targets set by the government.The country’s wind power sector added around 1700 MW of capacity during the last financial year, far short of the targeted 4,000 MW. This was predominantly due to issues with the implementation of a policy change that the government introduced in 2017. The problems have since been fixed, and the sector is getting back on its feet.Meanwhile, the solar power sector just about managed to go past its annual target of 9,000 MW last year. The target was revised downward from the 15,000 MW set in 2016. This sector, too, had a rough year due to policy uncertainties and fewer government tenders for setting up solar power projects.The rooftop solar sector added around 350 MW in capacity, woefully short of the 1,000 MW target that was scaled down by the government from 5,000 MW last year.More: India Added More Energy Capacity From Renewables Than Coal Last Year An India First: More Renewable Capacity Than Coal Installed Last Yearlast_img read more

PILS is the ‘conscience of our profession’

first_imgPILS is the ‘conscience of our profession’ PILS is the ‘conscience of our profession’ Associate EditorFormer Bar President Terry Russell confessed to those gathered at the Public Interest Law Section luncheon that he does not share one-tenth of the knowledge of the people who served on the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children.When last year’s president, Tod Aronovitz, asked Russell to chair the commission’s implementation committee, because of his legislative lobbying prowess, Russell said he thought about it, talked about it with his wife, Mary Kay, and agreed to give it a try.“But you’ve got to put people on there who really know what they’re doing, because I’m simply going to direct traffic to try to keep the process focused,” Russell said he told Aronovitz.The problems of “unparented, underprivileged, and abused children” are daunting, Russell said, and implementing the recommendations of the Bar’s commission (which ended three years of study with a final report in 2002 available on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org) is an enormous task.“So far, to me it’s like looking down an endless, bottomless pit. I don’t see an end to it,” Russell admitted. “I can’t quite figure out where the beginning is. I don’t know what the answer is. I don’t know how you change human nature and make sure people properly parent their kids and be responsible about bringing them into this world and moving them on. As I look at this problem, it is going to be forever.“The first thing I noticed, as we started this process, was that since the problem was going to take forever to fix, we probably needed a committee that was going to last that long. And we have recommended to Miles (McGrane) — and how could the timing be better to have a child advocate as president of The Florida Bar? — our first concrete recommendation was he make the committee we are serving on now a permanent standing committee of the Bar.”On June 26, the day before the PILS luncheon, Russell said McGrane informed him that he intends to do just that. Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, Russell said, “advised me that he was really thrilled that was our first recommendation. So we are now looking forward to the process of creating a standing committee, a larger committee.. . with permanence, complete permanence, so that this problem from year to year, one step at a time, can be tackled.”One of the primary recommendations of the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children to tackle, Russell said, is to create a Statewide Office of the Child’s Advocate. With help from children’s advocate lawyers Sharon Langer, Gerry Glynn, and Bernie Perlmutter, Russell said, they are drafting legislation to accomplish such a goal that would provide lawyers for children, in addition to guardians ad litem. That proposed legislation will be the focus of the implementation committee’s September meeting.Getting a Statewide Office of the Child’s Advocate funded, Russell acknowledged, will be a challenge “considering what we’re dealing with right now in Tallahassee.”“We will tackle this thing one major project at a time,” Russell said. “I’m excited about how it’s going. It looks good. But it looks enormously challenging. I’m pleased we have gotten as far as we have. I have to tell you that the knowledge that those who served on that commission have, the dedication they have, the belief they have in this cause, is inspiring. It is unbelievably inspiring. Thank God that we have people that, like you, are interested in securing the rights and improving the lives of the most innocent among us — children. I am pleased to be part of it, though, frankly, I feel I am the least qualified part of it. I’m happy to be there and watching all of you people do what you do.”Looking out at many child advocates and legal services lawyers in the audience, Russell said: “I want to thank you for your dedication to the profession. Kent Spuhler, (of Florida Legal Services), I’m going to steal this from you: ‘The Public Interest Law Section is the conscience of our profession.’ Kent said that as I was walking in the door. And I said, ‘Yes, Kent, and sometimes we don’t like to hear what our conscience has to say, because you give us tough messages sometimes.’”The day before, at The Florida Bar Foundation meeting, Russell said, he was listening to a discussion about prisoners’ rights, the way people charged with horrible crimes had their rights denied them.“There are two parts of your brain working. Part of you says: ‘OK, so what?’ But the rational side says: ‘How we treat the least among us is how we should expect to be treated ourselves. If you can’t protect the rights of prisoners, then how can we hope to protect our own?’“That really is the test of dedication when you can step in and try to assist someone who you know shares none of your values, probably deserves to be precisely where he or she is, but whose rights have been violated by those who don’t understand the importance of human rights. I applaud you for that dedication.”Civil Legal Assistance Act R ussell gave an update on his pet project as president: state funding for civil legal services for the poor through the Civil Legal Assistance Act.“Somehow, we managed to get more money somehow. I think we begged,” Russell said, of a 2003 legislative budget “where there is not a single turkey.”He said he was grateful for this year’s $1.5 million, even though it was less than last year’s $2 million.“The idea was to get the money to go up. But when we finally looked at the legislative agenda this year and saw the amount of money they were going to be spending, we knew there was simply no way to break the impasse in terms of revenue. We felt very grateful to keep this program going. It’s still a pilot program. It’s going to take about $5.5 million to get the program spread statewide.”Russell called Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, “a hero to the profession.. . . He has been an awesome performer at the Florida Legislature for us. And if you know him or see him, please thank him. Because without his support last year, or his support this year, we could not have gotten this legislation passed or this bill funded.”The challenge, Russell said, is to find a permanent, recurring source of funding, because so far the money, strangely enough, has come out of the state highway fund.The Foundation will be appointing a task force, Russell said, toward that end.Russell said members of the legislature heard this “powerful and pure message”: “We let them know how much we – you – do in the area of delivery of legal services to the poor. The numbers are enormous, tens of millions of dollars worth of your time, millions of dollars of your contributed money, a $50-million-a-year program in this state. All of that effort only translates into helping one out of three.“That message worked. They understood it. And they understand the need. The governor told me this, as late as two weeks ago, that he is happy with the program and happy he is part of it. There is common ground,” Russell said,“People ask me, ‘How did you do that?’ Look for common ground. I don’t challenge where I can’t win. You don’t want to beat yourself to death up against a stone wall. Bide your time.”Russell ended with this encouraging prediction:“I believe things will begin to improve for the Florida justice system within a year or two or three. Because there are young leaders in the Florida Legislature who understand the need and are moving into leadership positions. I have confidence in them, and I think they, ultimately, will help.” August 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

In the balance: Returning from latest setback, Carter has faith based on how he has reacted before

first_img Been there before. Delone, White and Delone’s mother, April Carter-White, have been there before. Many times. Together. But together is not where they were when Delone reacted to his lowest spiritual and emotional points of the past seven years. The binding force between Delone and his parents has been an obvious one: the telephone. And conversations over the course of the time since Hoban tell the stories of how and when Delone has been in unnatural situations before. How he has given a force back after being negatively exerted upon. Through that medium, Robert, April and Delone have maintained and strengthened the bond forged through Delone’s football career. A bond conceived all the way back in 1992, when Delone was a 5-year-old about to be hooked on a game he was meant to play. That game Delone was meant for was almost taken from him prior to his sophomore season at SU in 2007. Via phone, White informed Delone’s Akron football family that that game was perhaps ripped from his son forever due to the injury. The force had been exerted. ‘It’s not good. I just got the phone call I didn’t want to get,’ White said to Delone’s coach at Copley, Dan Boarman. It was the worst-case scenario. Looking back, it was a stark contrast to the cold call Boarman received when Delone was a high school sophomore in 2004. White’s number was unknown, but the outcome was undisputed success for Boarman. It was that natural physics answer to the strife Delone was facing as a backup running back at Hoban. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the reaction to Delone’s lack of playing time at Hoban was a transfer. It was an answer to the force Hoban inflicted on Delone. It was a 16-year-old, 5-foot-10 force Boarman received. Said Boarman: ‘(Delone) called me up and he said, ‘I would like to come to Copley.’ I said, ‘Do you live in the district?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘All I can offer you is a fair shake.” With that, Delone’s career attained security at Copley. It took off, as he became Ohio’s Mr. Football in 2005. A freshman All-American year at SU in 2006 followed. Then came the injury, and the continuation of the bond forged via phone communication. The kid who had now grown into a man — the kid Boarman himself proclaims he wishes was his own son — was hurt. Delone was down and out. But because of the unity between the Akron football family, Delone bounced back. He became SU’s starting running back once again in 2009, eliciting fear out of opposing Big East defenses. Louisville’s defense took a poll at the end of the year to choose the toughest opposing running back to face in the conference. They chose Carter. But on April 14, Carter hit his lowest point yet. Carter and teammate Ryan Gillum were questioned by the Syracuse Police Department about the alleged incident, and Carter was charged with misdemeanor assault. The suspension followed. Soon, he was back in Akron. Back home, searching for his reaction again. But what Carter found as the force which helped him recover this last time was actually the closest thing to himself. Facebook Twitter Google+ Caden turns 3 on Oct. 2, the same Saturday his father will be off on an SU bye week. The birthday celebration will come about a month after Carter’s homecoming Saturday, when Akron hosts Syracuse. Caden, Pap Pap and Mi Mi will get to see their father and son return from the suspension just a mile and a half down Akron’s East Exchange Street from Hoban. Carter will have come full circle, reacting subconsciously to the sudden actions of would-be tacklers on an Akron football field, just like he did seven years earlier as that 16-year-old at Hoban. ‘Akron is King,’ Carter said, pointing to a tattoo of Ohio on his arm. ‘That is where my heart is… somewhere I always feel safe going.’ But for Carter, now, he is able to grasp everything that has occurred within these last seven years better than he could have as a 16-year-old. Everything that has happened is a small part of it all. With his last go-around at SU starting, it will be more of the same for Carter. He has done it before. He does it every day in the weight room with Hicks and Luther. The ground is where it starts. And again, Carter has recovered from the initial blow of that ‘ground force contact,’ which divulges his story. But, come Saturday, Carter believes he is done letting chance creep back into his life. He knows dads have to take fewer chances as time goes on. And once it’s all over Saturday, the ground will be the place Carter will look toward to find his solution to it all. Anew. There, Caden Carter will assuredly be smiling up at Dad. It’s the one reaction Dad is looking forward to the most. ‘There will be no more butterflies. I’m too old for that,’ Carter said. ‘I am going to be so prepared that I can’t even be nervous. I’m not taking chances. I have to be all the way ready.’ [email protected] Pap Pap and Mi Mi were there for Carter when he returned to Akron in April. They were there with the person responsible for those nicknames for Robert White and April Carter-White, respectively — Caden. Caden, Delone, Pap Pap and Mi Mi were back together. No telephone needed. But a telephone was needed on Aug. 9, shortly after noon. That is when Delone called White to inform his father that he was officially reinstated. Delone was back, and White needed to inform one person. An inaugural member of the phone chain: Doug Marrone. ‘The reason that I felt to call Coach Marrone as quickly as I did was because Marrone was very, very supportive of my son,’ White said. With the phone call, Carter was on his way back to Syracuse, leaving Caden behind once again. But it came after an impromptu summer of balance, of father and son home in Akron. If you ask White, despite the uncertainty around the suspension, his son was at his most stable with his son. In any bout between an action and a reaction, balance is everything. The stability was a silver lining for Delone with Caden. ‘No one could take that bond from him,’ White said. ‘(Before the summer) it was a lot about Pap Pap and Mi Mi. Now, when Delone gets up to move, Caden is in his footsteps.’ Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Delone Carter wrestles with Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. Even if it is a simple enough idea, for Carter, simplicity is not a word to use when describing how physics pertain to his life journey and football career. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Reaction is the entity which has engulfed the life and football career of Delone Carter. Reaction is exactly the thing that became of Carter’s 2010 summer after he was suspended from the university and football team. Carter was independent. He remained in Akron, Ohio, reacting to what occurred last spring. Carter was suspended from the team for allegedly punching a fellow Syracuse student in a snowball-throwing incident on Feb. 27. Carter was reinstated to the university and football team on Aug. 9 and will not serve a suspension for any games this coming season. His trial in Syracuse City Court is pending.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘It just shapes the man that you are going to be,’ Carter said of the suspension. ‘Whatever comes in front of me, I am going to be able to handle.’ Carter has handled before. Carter has reacted before. He’s not new to situations like this. The past seven long years have been chock-full of Carter reacting. He believes, whenever given the time to respond, he can mold it into opportunity. It became opportunity for him when he transferred across Akron from Archbishop Hoban High School to Copley High School as a 16-year-old. It became opportunity when coping with his dislocated hip while sitting out the entirety of the 2007 season. It became opportunity this past summer when months spent away from Syracuse, in Akron, marked the longest period of time Carter has spent with his 2-year-old son, Caden. Heading into his final season, Carter is Syracuse’s No. 1 weapon and starting running back. In 2009, Carter amassed 1,021 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. And now, Carter is banking on reaction breathing life into liberty yet again. ‘He went through some things that he had control over and some that he didn’t,’ said Robert White, Carter’s stepfather. ‘(He has) learned a valuable lesson from all of the things that he has gone through.’ Truth be told, situations like these Carter knows better than almost every other Division-I football player. He has traversed the hurdles before. But coming off the suspension, he knows this is his biggest hurdle yet. Carter thinks he can succeed, as long as he can stay stable. For Carter, stability is the key. From the makeup and upkeep of his leviathan body, to his role as SU’s main threat, to fatherhood back in Akron. Maintaining a balance has always been Carter’s challenge. It’s an inherent challenge for an inimitable athlete and person. It’s a test which correlates with what is most important to him: home. Home yields family. Family leads to faith. And faith is where Carter’s mindset and struggle truly resides… Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’ That is the devoutly religious Carter’s favorite Bible passage. He lives by the scripture. For anyone who knows Carter, his faith is no secret. Syracuse strength and conditioning coach William Hicks — who has been with Carter longer than most of the Syracuse coaching staff — says Carter is thankful through his faith for the natural talent he was born with, the bullish body he had as that 16-year-old at Hoban. ‘The good Lord made Delone look the way he does the day we saw him,’ Hicks said. ‘Use his abilities for what would be the best, as opposed to what it would naturally be. ‘We put him in natural and unnatural positions.’ Natural and unnatural positions. Hicks simulates them where he and Carter can harness Carter’s God-given attributes in the football team’s weight room. The natural and unnatural positions Hicks and his partner, Hal Luther, put Carter in are planned. And they are all brewed with the goal of training Carter so that he doesn’t hurt himself. Because, naturally, he would hurt himself. He has before. His muscles are just too dense. He is too much for himself to remain secure. In the simulated unnatural situations, Carter becomes resolute. His body has been stable since devising these plans after the muscular balance around his hip was lost with the injury in 2007, Hicks said. The schemed situations start with the Delone-specific training equipment Hicks and Luther bought solely for Carter: rubber bands and Physioballs. The most paramount of the stability workouts consists of a drill where Carter jumps onto the blow-up Physioball, straddles and clamps onto it with the insides of his knees. Carter then attempts to remain upright, clenching the ball with his legs, almost surfing it while training the muscles around his hips. Luther compares strength coaching to teaching math: Two plus two will always equal four. But when strength coaching, two plus two doesn’t always equal four. When coaching Carter, the sum is ever-changing. ‘If you exert a force against it, it’s giving you a force back,’ Hicks said. ‘Part of speed training is what they call ‘ground-force contact’: The force given is the force received. Strike a surface, the more force you are going to get out of that surface.’ Metaphorically, the ‘ground-force contact’ in the weight room parlays with the physics and motion of Carter’s football career. If you exert a force against it, it’s giving you a force back. The force given is the force received. And Hicks’ words speak directly to the situations Carter has faced. His words speak directly to his suspension. ‘You kind of put yourself in an unnatural position in a controlled environment,’ Hicks said. ‘So that’s what happens in competition when you are in an uncontrolled environment: You’ve been there before.’ Commentslast_img read more

Europa League fixtures.

Everton make their first appearance in the Europa League since 2010 this evening.They’re at home to German side Wolfsburg in their Group H opener.Before that, Tottenham start their Group C campaign in Serbia against Partizan Belgrade. And Celtic begin at Austrian side Salzburg, after missing out on the group stages of the Champions League.

“Double Meteor” Streaks Across South Florida Sky

first_imgWhat was that streak of light across the South Florida sky last night?Was it a meteor, a comet, space junk falling to Earth or something else? From Deerfield Beach to Vero Beach, people were perplexed by the strange object. The double meteor looked like an “elongated orange stream flowing from the west coast of Florida to the east coast.”The flash of light lasted about 30 to 45 seconds.No, we were not invaded last night by Martians but we appreciate the level of confidence you have of us to stop intergalactic invaders. pic.twitter.com/ziSw40vjlO— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) July 3, 2019 Whatever it was, residents across South Florida and the Treasure Coast took to social media to show photos and video of a large fireball streaking across the sky early Wednesday morning. last_img

England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain

first_img10 May 2015 England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain England scored a convincing 19-11 win over Spain to regain the Seve Ballesteros Trophy at the end of the two-day mixed international at Burnham & Berrow.The team built on yesterday’s four-point lead with a steady foursomes performance – sharing the morning points – and a runaway success in the singles, winning six of the matches and halving two more.The result extends England’s outstanding record in the biennial match, which started in 1985. The team lost last time – at El Prat in 2013 – but in total now have 14 victories to Spain’s two – and have never been beaten at home.“It’s a fantastic result,” said Graham Walker, the England men’s captain. “The welcome we have received from the members and staff at Burnham and Berrow, has really played a part because it has made it feel like a real home venue.”This is the first time that women have been included in the team and they certainly played their part. Gemma Clews, like Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, won all four of her matches and in the final day’s singles the women won 2½ matches out of a possible four.Steve Robinson, the women’s captain, said: “I am really proud of how they have worked this week, how they have risen to the challenge of playing what, on paper, was a very, very strong Spanish women’s team. Every player has played their part this week.“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of coaching a small group of players at a venue like this and I feel it’s been massively beneficial to the women’s squad to have been invited to play in this match.”The day began in relatively calm conditions and England produced a fighting performance to share the foursomes, thanks to a last gasp half from the final pair, Nick Marsh and Michael Saunders, who had been three down after 12 holes but managed to halve their game.England’s two wins were provided by Gemma Clews and Hollie Muse; and by Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, who set off at high speed, with five birdies in the first eight holes and who won on the 14th.In the afternoon, with the wind steadily strengthening, the Spanish started strongly in the women’s games and were ahead in three of the four until the turn. Nuria Iturrios, playing in the first match against Alice Hewson, provided one of the talking points of the afternoon when she drove the 369-yard second hole and sank a 6ft putt for eagle.However, Gemma Clews was always in front and put England’s first point on the board; Bethan Popel turned the tide in her match to win; and Alice Hewson steadily pulled back from two down after 12 to halve her game.Jimmy Mullen was the first of the England men to claim his point with a comprehensive 6/4 win which resulted from immaculate play: just one bogey, two birdies and a string of pars. Ashton Turner was another big winner, with a 5/3 result, which included a magical spell of scoring: 3, 3, 2 or birdie, eagle, birdie from the third hole.Sean Towndrow was in front throughout his match and his highlights included driving the 370-yard third hole, with his ball finishing about 8ft from the cup – and he wasn’t required to putt.Ashley Chesters, the double European Champion, trailed by two holes towards the turn, but he was back on level terms with a birdie on 10 and a par on 11. He got ahead for the first time with a par on the 15th and held on to the slender advantage to win one up (pictured below on the final green)Nick Marsh was also battling. He was two down after eight holes, despite being one-under par – and then lost the 10th to a birdie to go three down. However, he steadily pulled his way back, helped by a birdie on the par three 14th, and was all square after 16. Both players parred the 17th and, after adventurous progress down the 18th which included deep rough and a bunker, they shared the hole for a sporting half.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more