NSWPH consortium seeks support in discussions with policymakers

first_imgThe power is then converted into direct current electricity by converters on the hub islands before being exported by a series of interconnectors (the spokes) to connecting North Sea countries. This is due to the scale of the offshore wind roll-out required to meet the Paris Agreement climate targets (~150-450 GW), the short time window for realisation (30 years) and the unfolding energy transition as a whole (form fossil to net-zero emission). Through this tender, the consortium intends to procure support services to assist in structuring, initiation, and management of structured discussions with policymakers to realise the first hub-and-spoke project in the early 2030s. Source: TenneT The successful candidate will also manage a transparent process of discussion preparation, collection, and integration of feedback and preparation for decision making; as well as develop or manage the procurement of external services for the development of discussion papers on key topics. The overall goal of the services requested is to support the consortium in delivering on the topical agenda, and maximise the success of it, through the development and execution of a structured process to establish political consensus and prepare timely decision making on key issues to facilitate international agreements to support cross-border, cross-sector offshore wind projects after 2030.center_img The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) consortium is seeking assistance in structured discussions with policymakers to realise the first large scale European electricity system for offshore wind. All activities aim to facilitate public commitment in the form of a project-specific Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or intergovernmental agreements between countries. TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany, Energinet, Gasunie, and the Port of Rotterdam joined forces to develop a ”hub-and-spoke” concept, where offshore wind farms will connect to one or several hub islands via alternating current cables. A new approach to offshore wind connection and grid integration is required, both from a techno-economical as well as from a market and regulatory perspective, the consortium said. last_img read more

Sea Bright Voters Elect Kelly, Birdsall To Council

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Republican incumbent Brian Kelly, who has served on the council for 11 years, was reelected to the Borough Council by a large margin for another three-year term, according to unofficial results.Newcomer independent Kevin Birdsall was also elected to the council for a three-year term, beating out Kelly’s Republican running mate, Jennifer Walsh, and independent Linda Lamia.Republican Peggy Bills decided not to run again for the council seat after 11 years as a member because she no longer had the time to dedicate to the position. “I learned a lot, I’m glad I did it,” she said Tuesday.According to the Monmouth County Clerk’s office, Councilman Kelly received 561 votes, and Walsh got 303; Birdsall received 383 with Lamia tallying 151.The 6-member council now has three Republicans: Kelly, Council President Jack Keeler and John Lamia. There are also two Democrats and now one independent, Birdsall.But recently, important issues in the borough have seen council members of the same party divided in their decisions on what is the best course of action for the council to take.When the bond issue to pay the town’s $5.7 million share of the $13 million cost to replace the fire house, library, police headquarters and the existing Borough Hall was opposed by Keeler and Lamia, who said the projected costs were too high and had to be lowered, Kelly and Bills joined with the two Democrats on the council, Charles Rooney III and Marc Leckstein, to pass the bond ordinance.And when a petition signed by borough residents forced a referendum on the bond issue the council had passed, Republican Kelly went door to door with Democrats Rooney and Leckstein to ask for votes for approval of the bond issue.Birdsall, 45, a computer programmer and developer, said after the election results were announced that he was “nervous and excited.”“I love this town. I feel I identify with those who are the heart and soul of the town,” he said.In an interview before the election, Birdsall said he was against the discussed noise ordinance that would limit noise levels after 10 p.m.“It’s always been a fun shore town and had the energy of outdoors,” he said.After the election results were read at Borough Hall, 48-year old Kelly, the president of Sea Bright Solar, said he was happy to be able “to see all the projects go through” that he has been working on as a council member. He cited the progress on the new library and beach facility building and municipal complex, which he had championed from the beginning through the final approval by a referendum that permitted a bond issue.Kelly said the streetscape project would begin in the borough next week.This project will include bumping out sections of sidewalks on Ocean Avenue so pedestrians will have a shorter distance to cross the busy highway, and placing decorative street lights, new signage, landscaping and trees, and more benches.Part of the proposal was to eliminate parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue and have head-out-angle parking, where motorists would back into an angled parking spot.Before the election, Kelly said that part of the project, which was being carried out by the state Department of Transportation, was now in question. Tuesday night, he said he was not sure what would be done in regard to it.Frank Lawrence, a staff administrator for the borough, said Wednesday the decision had not yet been made. He said on the state and town level there was support both for including or removing the new parking method in the town.Lawrence said one of the problems with the plans for the street changes, including bicycle lanes on both sides of Ocean Avenue and the new parking method was the narrowness of the street, which could not be changed.last_img read more

Hall, Martel busy in off season; Nelson Baseball prepares for 2014 season

first_imgSoon sounds of baseball cracking off bats will be flowing through Fairview and Uphill districts of the Heritage City as Nelson Baseball Association begins another season of diamond play.Registration, which has climbed again for the fourth consecutive season, for the 2014 season closed Tuesday.Now it’s up to the NBA board to select teams, which is scheduled to be completed by Monday (April 7).Two players not waiting for the snow to leave the diamonds at Queen Elizabeth and Lions Parks, are Quin Hall and Brendan Martel. Hall just returned from a winter baseball tournament in Phoenix Arizona during spring break. The Nelson Little League player was picked up the BC Big League Experience team that recruited players (14 year old) from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan.  BLE finished third place with a 4-2 record. The tournament attracted teams from throughout United States. Meanwhile, Brendan Martel has been chosen to play with the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in the BC AAA midget baseball league this season.  Martel’s season started this past weekend in the Best of the West tournament held in Kamloops. West Kelowna started the weekend with a 12-1 win over Sherwood park on Friday but came up short against the North Shore Twins, Badlands Baseball Academy and Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs brought 60 players(2 teams) so their bull pen was very deep. Martel went 6 for 11 at the plate and played catcher and second base. The Diamondbacks play in a 12 team BC AAA  league.last_img read more

Kofi Woods to Deliver Armed Forces Day Address

first_imgHuman rights activist and former Minister of Public Works and Labor, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, will tomorrow deliver the 2015 Armed Forces Day keynote address at the Barclay Training Center (BTC), where the official celebration commemorating the day will be held. Up to press time last night it was not clear as to what topic the former Minister, now a critic of the Johnson Sirleaf administration, would  address, but the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) says Wednesday’s celebration of the 58th Armed Forces Day will be hosted under the theme, ““Enhancing the Capability of the Armed Forces of Liberia to Conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations.”Woods was born in Monrovia on May 1, 1964. He was one of 20 children and has worked tirelessly in the field of human rights, exposing child labor practices and injustices throughout Liberia.Mr. Woods, who began his activism as a student, was first arrested in 1981, during the early days of the Samuel K. Doe regime. During the Liberian civil war in 1989 Woods escaped to Ghana, but returned to Liberia in 1991 and founded a human rights organization, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC). He operated a radio program aimed at exposing improper arrests, unlawful executions and informing citizens of their civil rights. In 1994 Woods created the Forefront Organization in order to shed light on human rights abuses during the second Liberian civil war.In 2006, Woods became the Minister of Labor under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, only to be later appointed Minister of Public Works in 2009 following a cabinet shake-up.As part of this year’s celebration, the soldiers on Friday, February 6, observed the “Jummat Service” at the Gurley Street Mosque in Monrovia. This part of the program formed the religious activity of the Armed Forces Day. On Saturday, February 7, they carried out a clean-up campaign exercise at five different communities in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The clean-up campaign was followed by a “Thanksgiving Service” on Sunday at Tubman Memorial United Methodist Church on Duport Road, Paynseville. After the Thanksgiving Service, the MOD authorities, yesterday hosted a one-day symposium at the Monrovia City Hall, under the theme, “Military Support to Civil Authorities: The Way Forward.” The entire Armed Forces Day activities will be climaxed on Wednesday, February 11, with a military parade commencing from the Barclay Training Center (BTC) through the principal streets of Monrovia by way of Lynch Street. Wednesday’s anniversary is expected to bring together members of the diplomatic corps and the general public, as well as an array of government officials from the three branches and members of the business community, among others.Presidential ProclamationPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a proclamation declaring Armed Forces Day 2015 to be observed throughout the Republic as a National Holiday.Yesterday’s Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature of Liberia which declared the 11th day of February of each year as Armed Forces Day to be observed as a National Holiday in recognition of the vital role of the AFL in defending and protecting the country’s territorial integrity. The Proclamation directs and orders all military and paramilitary organizations within the Republic to organize and execute appropriate programs, parades and ceremonies in recognition of the day.   According to the Proclamation, special attention and honor are to be given to the “veterans” of the Army and the Coastguard, who have seen active and experienced actual service therein.The Proclamation further directed and ordered all government offices, public and business houses closed during the observance of the day.A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated that Liberia has found it necessary to recognize the talents, services, patriotism, loyalty and gallantry for the upkeep of country’s noble heritage by those men and women who are now memorialized through the establishment of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as ordered by the Act Of The National Legislature Of Liberia on  July 22, 2008.“With the passage of the National Defense Act Of 2008, the AFL remains steadfast in supporting the foundation for long-term security and economic development in Liberia as well as fostering regional peace for the consolidation of our emerging democracy”, the presidential  proclamation further declared.The proclamation also asserted that with the professional development of its men and women, the AFL has been reinvigorated to discharge its constitutional responsibilities of safeguarding the Liberian borders including remaining vigilant for possible foreign aggression, against the state and throughout the fight in containing the Ebola epidemic  outbreak in the country.The proclamation further noted that the observance of the event will inculcate the sense of loyalty and patriotism in the citizens of the nation and recognize the immense and sacrificial services rendered by the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia for the protection of the free and democratic state of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Retail complex to include Burger King, Esso, others

first_imgA retail complex is in the works that will be home to a new Burger King, Esso, and other tenants in Fort St. John. The Burger King is expected to be open late this year, or early next year and the Esso should be completed next springThe buildings will be a part of the Gateway Plaza which is located at 111 Street and the Alaska Highway, in front of where the new Hilton Hotel will be built according to Trevor Bolin of RE/MAX.It’s expected there will be five new stores on top of the Burger King and Esso. Bolin said he was unable to say what the stores will be as negotiations are continuing, however he did say there would be a variation of clothing, speciality, and boutique stores.- Advertisement -The other stores will be open come the summer and fall of 2016.last_img read more

Special-interest cash muddles bill-signing period

first_imgSo, ho hum, here we are again, facing yet another bill signing period. By the hundreds, putative new laws are now and will be piled upon the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who must decide whether to sign them, exercise a veto or let them become law without his signature. It’s a heady, if hectic, time for any governor, one made more crowded by the fact that there are fundraisers to attend and campaign donors to glad-hand. Nothing different there from any previous governor. Except this governor promised not to do it. While campaigning in the 2003 recall election, he observed that, “There is no question these contributions have some influence. Any of these kinds of real, big special interests, if you take money from them, you owe them something.” Since then, of course, he has maintained nothing can influence his decisions, that he is his own man pure and simple, beyond influencing. But the facts argue otherwise. Schwarzenegger, who campaigned on the promise of eliminating contributions to both governors and legislators during the budget-making period and pledged to end contributions to governors while their desks are loaded with passed bills, continually sets records for fundraising in both periods. And yet, his 2003 analysis remains as correct today as it was then. All you need to do is look at his past actions: Twice he has vetoed a bill that would mandate a comprehensive study of whether California has any immediate need for liquefied natural gas. Sempra Energy, which will soon begin bringing LNG into the state from its under-construction gas receiving facility in Baja California, Mexico, has kicked more than $400,000 into his various political committees. ChevronTexaco is another contributor, the big company and its executives having kicked in $665,000 as of the June 15 reporting date. If it reaches him, what will Schwarzenegger do with AB 118, the bill by Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian N ez aiming to tax oil companies that drill in California to the tune of about $137 million per year to fund research on alternative energy? ChevronTexaco was one of several oil companies that kicked in tens of millions of dollars last year, when a similar proposal made the November ballot as an initiative and was overwhelmed by the tide of petro dollars thrown against it. Schwarzenegger hit on the problem when he first sought office: Unless he signs the N ez bill, his motives will be open to question, no matter what his real, underlying beliefs about it may be. Even before the bill-signing period began, the governor ran afoul of the more than $15 million contributed to his committees by developers like the Spanos Companies of Stockton ($2.7 million), statewide homebuilder KB Home and its top executives Eli Broad and Bruce Karatz ($429,000) and Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso ($653,000). When Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff and cabinet secretary lobbied the Air Resources Board to go slow with rules regulating particulate smog from old diesel construction equipment, critics immediately noted the amounts contributed by developers and the fact that Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy and Cabinet Secretary Dan Dunmoyer actually are paid more by Schwarzenegger’s campaign committees than by the state. This, of course, came at the very time Schwarzenegger was traveling the world posing as a leading opponent of greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions. “A tarnished green giant,” some critics said. Others began calling him “the pollutinator.” The question raised by these facts is simple: Who do he and they really work for, the people or the donors who pay those salaries and for Schwarzenegger’s private jet and the klieg lights at his every public appearance? Similar questions have arisen in previous bill-signing periods, when Schwarzenegger vetoed consumerist bills like one that would have guaranteed cell phone users the right to cancel contracts within 30 days if unsatisfied with service (AT&T and affiliates have contributed $235,000) and another toughening the state’s automotive lemon laws (car dealers have tossed in more than $2.8 million). The bottom line: If Schwarzenegger wants to be taken seriously as both an impartial decision-maker acting on his own convictions and as the world leader in the fight against climate change, he will first have to clean up the foul image created by the very existence of his vast corps of big-money business contributors. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Infographic: BRICS Bank’s renewable energy boost

first_imgThe 8th Annual BRICS Leaders Summit in India will look at how its New Development Bank is strengthening ties among its member states. The bank has already taken the first step towards bolstering relations by investing R13-billion into renewable energies for its members.BRICS’ New Development Bank is injecting $911-million (R13-billion) into renewable energy projects in its five member states. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Words by Shamin ChibbaDesign by Sandile KhumaloDeepening the partnership among BRICS member nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) will be high on the agenda at the 8th Annual BRICS Summit is taking place in Goa, India, between 15 and 16 October.The host nation usually sets the agenda, and this year, India wishes to discuss how member states can further deepen, sustain and institutionalise BRICS cooperation, implement decisions from previous summits, integrate existing cooperation mechanisms, innovation and continuing existing cooperation mechanisms.Strengthening the BRICS’ New Development Bank is also a priority at the summit. Established in July 2014, the multilateral bank provides support for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in member states.In July this year, the bank approved funding of $911-million (R13-billion) for its first set of projects, all of which were renewable energy ventures in its five member states. The bank’s vice president in South Africa, Leslie Maasdorp, said it wants to cooperate with other institutions to expand green financing and promote environment protection.Below, we look at the renewable energy projects the New Development Bank is supporting.Click on the image for a larger view:last_img read more

Igesund: Bafana set for African Nations Champs

first_img“After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning,” Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said. (Image: South African Football Association) MEDIA CONTACTS • South African Football Association +27 11 567 2010 + 27 11 494 3522 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Photo library: Soccer fans and stadiums • Women’s sport in the spotlight with gsport • Rugby museum stirs Bok memories • Journos get the Afcon experience • Mandela meets Bafana BafanaBrad MorganSouth African national football coach Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the Orange African Nations Championship 2014, or Chan 2014, which the country will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.The habit of winning“After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well,” Igesund told Daniel Mothowagae of City Press.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here,” he said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus.”With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for Chan 2014. The team from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who won the first tournament in 2009, are already in the country, as are Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.Download the full list of Chan 2014 fixtures herelast_img read more

Get a jump on small marestail

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even small early weeds can hurt crop yields, especially marestail. So it’s important to get a head start on controlling those early weeds, especially, if they are herbicide resistant. Some facts about early emerging weeds and tips on their control are given below:• There are many early emerging weeds but the main one to scout for is mares tail, which is also known as horseweed. Herbicide resistant populations of marestail are becoming harder to control in some areas.• According to the University of Nebraska, marestail seeds can germinate on the surface and thrive in no-till fields. Each marestail plant can produce up to 200,000 seeds which are mainly spread by wind. So even if you did not have marestail in your fields before but your neighbor had, you should scout your fields before planting so you are not surprised later.• In the fall, marestail produces non-dormant seeds that germinate and form an over-wintering rosette. Seeds can also survive over winter and germinate the next spring. Studies have shown that fall emerging marestail seedlings tend to experience higher mortality rates.• Marestail starts off as a small rosette and is difficult to see if it is covered by crop residue. Small rosettes can hide between mature soybean plants in the fall, under the soybean residue and resume growth in the spring.• Since marestail seeds can germinate in the fall as well as in the spring, scouting is also recommended for fields that were sprayed in the fall. Marestail is most susceptible to herbicides when still in the rosette stage before bolting. So, for proper marestail management, burndown along with residual herbicides should be used to control established plants and to suppress the ones that are yet to emerge.last_img read more

Meryl Streep Honored At Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala

first_imgMeryl Streep has been honoured with the Ally For Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.The award-winning actress spoke of the importance of equality, the work of the HRC and the bigotry of the new US government.“I am grateful to this incredible organization for what you’ve done, in such a smart, systematic and strategic way, to secure and safeguard the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans,” she said. “Much of the credit for the advances in acceptance, advocacy and law comes in a straight line from your efforts. When I was a young girl growing up in middle-class New Jersey, my entire artistic life was curated by people who lived in the straightjacket of conformist suburban life. The goal was to put pennies in your loafers, to look alike and act alike. Standing out, being different was like drawing a target on your forehead. You had to have a special kind of courage to do it. Some of my teachers were obliged to live their whole lives hidden, covertly.“Human life has been organized in a certain way, the hierarchies set, who’s in charge, who makes the laws and who enforces them, pretty much the same way for, oh, about 40,000 years. Yes, I know, there were a small number of matrilineal cultures, some outliers who were more tolerant of difference, some so-called democracies 2,000 years ago (who excluded women and slaves, of course), but pretty much, throughout history, might made right, the biggest and richest and baddest was the best, and “The Man” was pretty much always a man. But suddenly, at one point in the 20th century, for reasons I can’t possibly enumerate in my two remaining minutes, the clouds parted. Something changed. For the first time in 39,999 years, women began to be regarded as, if not equal, at least deserving of equal rights. Men and women of color demanded their equal rights. People of sexual orientation and gender identification outside the status quo also demanded equal regard under the law.“Which brings us to now. We should not be surprised that fundamentalists, of every stripe, are exercised and fuming. We should not be surprised that these profound changes come at a steeper cost than we originally thought. We should not be surprised that not everyone is actually cool with it.“If we live through this precarious moment, if his catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is. His whisperers will have alerted us to potential flaws in the balance of power in government. To how we have relied on the goodwill and selflessness of most previous occupants of the Oval Office. How quaint notions of custom, honor and duty compelled them to adhere to certain practices of transparency and responsibility. To how it all can be ignored. How the authority of the executive, in the hands of a self-dealer, can be wielded against the people, their Constitution and Bill of Rights. The whip of the executive, through a Twitter feed, can lash and intimidate, punish and humiliate, delegitimize the press and imagined enemies with spasmodic regularity and easily provoked predictability.“Here we are in 2017, the year the browser seems to have gone down. In danger of losing much of our information, we seem to be reverting to factory settings. But we are not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and harassment, oppression and hiding who we are. Because we owe it to the people who have died for our rights (and who died before they got their own). We owe it to the pioneers of the LGBTQ movement, like Paula Grossman, and to the people on the frontlines of all civil-rights movements, not to let them down.“Yes, I am the most overrated, overdecorated and, currently, over-berated actress, who likes football, of my generation. But that is why you invited me here! Right?“The weight of all these honors is part of what brings me to this podium. It compels me, against my normal instinct (which is to stay home), it compels me to stand up in front of people and say words that haven’t been written for me, but that come from my life and my conviction and that I have to stand by. It’s hard to stand up. I don’t want to do it. I want to read and garden and load the dishwasher. It’s embarrassing and terrifying to put the target on your forehead. And it sets you up for troll attacks and armies of brownshirt bots and worse, and the only way you can do it is if you feel you have to. You have to. You have no choice, but you have to speak up and stand up and act up.”last_img read more