Developers begin work on 500MW, $2.2 billion wind farm off the French coast

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The developers of the 500-MW Fecamp offshore wind project today announced the launch of the construction process, having closed financing deals between them and the financial partners.EDF Renewables and Canada-based Enbridge Inc each hold 35% stakes in the project, while the offshore wind unit of Wpd has the remaining 30% interest. They said that the total project capital cost amounts to EUR 2 billion (USD 2.23bn) and that most of it will be covered with non-recourse project level debt.The parties also confirmed they have awarded a wind turbine supply contract to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, which yesterday said it will deliver 71 units of the SWT-7.0-154 model for the project. SGRE plans to start building works on a new turbine manufacturing plant in Le Havre this summer.The Fecamp wind park is expected to be commissioned in 2023, when it will start selling electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that was awarded to the consortium in June 2018. The output of the plant will be enough to meet the annual consumption of about 770,000 people.[Ivan Shumkov]More: Developer trio kicks off construction of 500-MW Fecamp offshore wind farm Developers begin work on 500MW, $2.2 billion wind farm off the French coastlast_img read more

Sunday blog: Talking Kansas constitution, marijuana shops, Bieber and Harding

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for January 19, 2014… Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 342 weeks ago A quick check of the Kansas Constitution verifies that the Legislature can’t just change the Constitution willy-nilly. Two-thirds of each house have to approve the amendment and then it has to be submitted to voters. It only becomes part of the Constitution if a majority of voters vote to adopt it. I don’t think there’s much to worry about. Report Reply 0 replies · active 342 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 342 weeks ago The other side of this school legislative story is that local school boards have lost control to federal laws that keep them from being fiscally responsible. If local school boards would be able to control the transportation (none), feeding (by mom), and hiring and paying of teachers within a budget they had 100% control of, instead of only rubber stamp control. We might not have to worry about the legislature or the federal court system running the schools. Report Reply 0 replies · active 342 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Not a Fan · 342 weeks ago I don’t think Kerrigan was much above being trash either. She married her coach who was much older. Her brother murdered on of their parents. Yep it sure sounds like Kerrigan was from an upstanding family. Harding and Kerrigan were equal in their moral standings. But the two did make Womens figure skating in America a billion dollar business. On the school finance issue. Why is it that property owners should pay the bulk of the cost of educating peoples kids? Education is a States only issue, the federal government has no place in it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 342 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 342 weeks ago Finding ways to make cuts in a budget isn’t easy. It can be done though. Report Reply 0 replies · active 342 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 1. A constitutional crisis in Kansas?…A Sumner Newscow reader sent me this link of an editorial piece in the New York Times: “What’s the Matter with Kansas Schools?” See article here.The article outlines the Republican-led Legislature’s cuts in school spending that now sits before the state Supreme Court. “The outcome of that decision could resonate nationwide. Forty-five states have had lawsuits challenging the failure of governors and legislators to provide essential resources for a constitutional education.” The article goes on to point out that the Kansas Legislature slashed public funding to 16.5 percent below the 2008 level. Class sizes have increased, teachers and staff members have been laid off and services to at-risk students were eliminated.David Sciarra and Wade Henderson of the New York Times wrote that their biggest fear is if the Kansas Supreme Court orders restoration of the funding, Kansas legislators are threatening to amend the state’s Constitution by removing the requirement for “suitable” school fund and to strip Kansas courts of jurisdiction to hear school finance cases altogether.The outcome could strip the judiciary of any authority and allow the legislature to run amok with no checks and balances.This is some scary stuff. I urge you to read the full article. It’s one thing to make spending cuts and our governmental entities more fiscally accountable. It’s a whole different story to rewrite the state constitution to suit your wants and needs. Then it becomes dictatorial government. 2. No pugnacious odor …Last week, I expressed opposition for legalizing marijuana. But that doesn’t mean I’m not fascinated by the whole implementation of the law in Colorado.Colorado marijuana shop owners are making a mint — that is if they can get one open. Part of the problem is getting your neighbors to cooperate.The Denver City Council has been deluged with zoning complaints. So much so a new policy has been created. A neighboring business owner can’t just protest because he/she doesn’t like the new law, but has to demonstrate how this new Mary Jane distribution center is hurting his/her business.For instance, the smell. If you can whiff weed at an adjacent business, then you can legitimately derail the chances of a marijuana shop opening nearby. Colorado state and city officials are pretty specific that a marijuana shop owner needs proper ventilation and complete odor containment within the confines of his/her business, or there won’t be a business to sell the wacky tobacky.I like that policy. I wonder if the same rules can apply to feedlots in Kansas? 4. Tonya Harding…Tonya HardingAnd then there is Tonya Harding. You remember her. She was the white trash figure skater who allegedly planned the knee whacking of fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan in an attempt to win the 1994 Winter Olympic gold medal.ESPN did a retrospective 30 for 30 documentary on the torrid story — still one of my favorite sports scandals of all time.Today, Harding is a lot bigger, and as nasty as ever. I was stunned with her candor in the 30 for 30 interview. That’s a vindictive woman who will go to her grave with two fists clenched screaming how she hates Nancy Kerrigan.Harding didn’t seem to have any friends throughout the fiasco in the early 1990s. Where were the people who were supposed to protect her? Heck she didn’t even have security and had to workout in a mall skating rink when the scandal was at its peak.Come to think of it, Harding and Bieber are the same people — two misbegotten souls without legitimate friends to protect them from themselves. Could Justin be the illegitimate son of Tonya? They do kind of look alike. Hmmm….. 5. Shout out of the week… This week’s shout out goes to Karla Defore’s Wellington High School Leadership classes for organizing a Leadership Summit at the high school this Tuesday which will have more than 1,000 Sumner County students attending. See story here.There’s little doubt, Wellington has some great kids going through the system right now. I can’t wait for them to become future community leaders – no matter where they choose to live. 3. Justin Bieber…Another topic that fascinates me is Justin Bieber. Not that I find the punk a particularly talented performer or someone I’d want to spend two seconds with.Justin BieberI’m just intrigued how self destructing this neanderthal has become. You can’t go a week without hearing a story about something stupid he has done.His latest exploits last week was he and his entourage were throwing eggs at the neighbor’s house. What are they: 12? It earned him a trip to the police station and a search of his mansion. While there, the police found cocaine in the room of his no-talent rapper buddy – who is obviously sponging off of Bieber.Bieber is doing a good job ruining his life and I’m OK with that. But I have to question, where the heck are his handlers — you know people like his parents, his agent, his money manager, the guy in charge of babysitting him?Do any of these people realize, Bieber is their meal ticket? If Bieber is throwing away his career, he’s throwing their career away along with it.Bieber is obviously an idiot. But it’s also obvious the people he surrounds himself with aren’t any smarter.last_img read more

GOP Says Renomination of Trump to Be Held in Private

first_imgThe GOP has announced a change in this year’s nomination process.The vote to re-nominate President Trump will be conducted in private later this month, and without any members of the news media present.A spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention cites the coronavirus pandemic for restricting press coverage from the Aug. 24 vote in Charlotte, North Carolina.“Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed press Friday, August 21 — Monday, August 24,” the RNC convention spokesperson said in a statement Saturday.“We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events,” the spokesperson added.The pandemic has prompted numerous changes to the nominating process. Last month, the president cancelled convention activities that were set to take place in Jacksonville, Florida.Formal proceedings of the Republican National Convention, including the vote to formally nominate Trump as the 2020 GOP nominee, are still expected to take place in Charlotte.The proceedings on the Monday of the convention, including the re-nomination vote, will be live-streamed.Space restrictions mean that not all delegates will attend either. Instead, 336 delegates will there, or one for every six delegates.Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, has called the decision to close convention activities to the press an “an ill-advised decision” and is asking the GOP to “reconsider.” He tweeted: Nominating conventions are typically major media events, as political parties try to gain coverage of the events to spread their message to as many voters as possible.If the GOP’s decision stands, it will mark the first time in modern history that a party nominating convention would be closed to reporters.last_img read more

Women Police Association hosts annual hat competition

first_imgThe Guyana Association of Women Police (GAWP) on Saturday hosted its annual Hat Show and CompetitionOne of the participants in the elegant category of the competition displaying her hatwith the aim of providing bursaries for six students who would be writing the Secondary School Entrance Examination (SSEE) and in celebration of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary.The event hosted at Police Officers’ Mess Annexe, Eve Leary, saw children, women young and old, beautifully attired in colourful dresses, complimented by exquisitely designed hats.The atmosphere was one of delight with many ‘oohs and ahhs’ by onlookers as each participant walked in with their hat displays which mainly depicted Guyana’s diverse culture.The competition consisted of three main categories – elegant, comical, and children.Those participating were from the general public and also youth groups from D Division of the Guyana Police Force.The winners were all awarded.The event culminated with song and dance and the audience feasting on tea and a variety of dishes.Speaking to Guyana Times, event coordinator Superintendent Maxine Graham explained that the event started last year is focused on providing finances for students who excelled at the SSEE examination to further their studies.“The Police Force would usually give bursaries to some children that are writing the grade six exams each year, especially those who excel and they would usually get from one to fifth prizes.”Graham explained that GAWP would normally award only five students with bursaries but that the association wanted to do more, thus hosting the hat show and competition.“We at the association wanted to do more for the students, so in order to raise funds which will enable us to do this; we have decided to make this hat show and competition an annual event. So that means that we will have another child that will benefit from our bursary award”.The coordinator hopes with the continued support of the Police Force and the general public, next year can see the event being hosted yet again.Also speaking with this publication, one parent expressed delight and appreciation for the interest GAWP has shown towards assisting students who are not financially stable.“I want to thank them for this because there are a lot of parents that cannot afford to allow their child to pursue a higher education and this will be very helpful for them”.last_img read more

Chelsea youngsters beaten after amazing comeback by Everton

first_imgEverton stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 in an action-packed Under-21 Premier League match at Goodison Park.The young Blues looked set for a fifth consecutive victory after goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Swift.Loftus-Cheek tucked away the loose ball after Alex Kiwomya’s shot had been parried, before Swift found the net with a cracking 30-yard effort to leave Chelsea two ahead at half-time.Swift then hit the bar with another long-range shot, and with Kiwomya and Islam Feruz also going close for the visitors, they seemed in complete control.But Hallam Hope pulled a goal back for Everton and then pounced on keeper Jamal Blackman’s poor clearance to equalise.Chris Long scored Everton’s winner, netting from the rebound after Blackman had saved John Lundstram’s penalty.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Communities urged to embrace tourism

first_img28 September 2012The government has urged communities to embrace tourism development, saying it is central to South Africa’s economic growth.Within the next decade the tourism sector will become the biggest employer in the country, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in Mbashe village in the Eastern Cape province on World Tourism Day on Thursday.“We are seeing major developments on the horizon, and we want to take you with us and we want you to help us as we make tourism the biggest employer and contributor to our country’s economy,” Van Schalkwyk said.Building on growth potentialHis audience consisted mainly of unskilled people whose livelihood depends on community projects and selling handmade crafts.Situated on the banks of the Mbashe River, Mbashe has been identified as a growing tourist destination in the Wild coast area.The gvernment has seen the growth potential in the area and officials say it could be crucial to plans to reposition the Wild Coast area as one of the region’s most loved tourist attractions.Recently, President Jacob Zuma visited the construction site of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge near Mbashe. Once completed, the bridge will connect Ludondolo to Mvezo, on the other side of the Mbashe River.Bridging tourist destinationsIt will also be connected to a new 10km tar road linking Mvezo to the N2. The development is expected to reduce the distance between Mvezo and East London, Mthatha and Idutywa by more than 50km.Locals say the developments in the area will attract visitors to this poverty-stricken community, which also happens to be the birthplace of Nelson Mandela.“While this area is rich in history and heritage, a lack of access to proper amenities and roads as well as employment has meant that Mbashe and the entire district is reduced to a poverty hole and all of that should change now,” said local leader Chief Mandla Mandela.“We are growing the area, we are building roads, bridges and dams.”Mandela said South Africans often forgot about the beauty of their country due to the slow pace of development.“People lose interest and stop appreciating this beauty because to them it means nothing when you are poor and unemployed. On this Tourism Day, we say let’s go back to the basics and start protecting our nature and make something out of the natural resources at our disposal.”Fastest growing sectorThe United Nations declared 27 September World Tourism Day to highlight the importance of the sector in promoting growth and development.“Tourism is at the moment the fastest growing sector of our economy,” Van Schalkwyk said.“As a country we are outpacing all our competitors and our own figures show that we are growing fast. These figures translate into real jobs and we would like to urge all South Africans to take this opportunity.”World Tourism Day 2012 was celebrated under the theme “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development”.South Africa, like many other countries, seeks to introduce more environmentally friendly and cost-effective innovations in the tourism sector, with a focus on sustainable energy and green jobs.Van Schalkwyk said his department had embarked on initiatives to empower tourism entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to boost community tourism and encourage South Africans to travel more within the country.Community tourism crucial to growth“We still believe that community tourism – and in particular domestic tourism – is still crucial to our growth so we encourage more and more South Africans to travel around.”Globally, tourism is a leading export sector, accounting for 30% of the world’s services exports, estimated at US$1-trillion a year.It now also constitutes 45% of the total services exports in developing countries and contributes a significant source of export revenue for South Africa. In 2011, travel and tourism exports constituted 67.9% of all services exports from the country.Travel and tourism exports earnings for South Africa also exceed exports of automotive manufacturing, chemicals manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, education and construction.In fact, mining is the only sector that beats tourism’s share of total exports.Tourism officials say over the past year, South Africa’s travel receipts have also increased by an encouraging R10.6-billion, or 14% year-on-year.The South African Reserve Bank reported last week that travel receipts increased again in the second quarter of 2012, rising by R5-billion to R83.5-billion.This is an all-time record high, and now far exceeds the level of travel receipts recorded during the second quarter of 2010, more or less at the time of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.Economists believe that the current trend can be maintained – especially as South Africa has established an exceptional profile for itself globally.Source: read more

Even with ONE bantamweight belt in his arms, Kevin Belingon remains hungry as ever

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed History is within Team Lakay’s reach with 3 fighters featured in 1st ONE Japan card P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img While the 31-year-old out of Team Lakay is aware that Fernandes, the man he defeated for the belt, is eager for the win, but he knows he needs to be hungrier than his Brazilian opponent.“The Bibi I faced in my previous fight is the same Bibi I will face again but I won’t ever underestimate his skills because he’s that good of a fighter,” said Belingon (20-5) Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway during Team Lakay’s media lunch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I’ll train hard for this fight because I know he’s really hungry coming into the fight but I am hungrier than him. I’m hungrier for that victory.”Belingon had been on a six-fight winning streak since he lost to Fernandes in their first fight back in January of 2016 and this string of victories set up their second fight on November 9, 2018 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end It was a split decision win for Belingon but it was still a stinging loss to Fernandes (22-4), who hadn’t lost a fight since December of 2010 and had ruled the ONE Championship bantamweight division since 2013.Belingon said he has a different mindset coming into his third fight against Fernandez when he still entered the ring as the challenger.“Now I’m the champion and of course I’m always motivated because I’m the one holding the title,” said Belingon. “To remain as the champion I have to train hard and be at my best.”ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It is said that familiarity breeds contempt, but for Kevin Belingon it creates hunger.Belingon is set to fight rival Biniano Fernades for the third time in his career but this time it’s the defense of his ONE World bantamweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more


first_imgRelated Filesa_page_from_the_diary_-entry_3-doc Australia’s battle to defend their champion nation status at the 2007 World Cup continues in earnest at the Daniel Craven Stadium in Stelenbosch. Australian Men’s Open Player Ben Robinson, National Women’s Open Vice Captain Melissa Pitfield, and Australian Open Mixed lynchpin Matt Tope give readers a fly on the wall account of all the latest news and views from deep inside the Aussie Team bunker in South Africa.Open the attachment to read the latest installment in the World Cup journey from the three Australian Open representatives.last_img

10 months agoReal Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibaly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are competing with Manchester United for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.United have eyed the Napoli defender since the summer, with former manager Jose Mourinho viewing him as the man to fix his leaky defence, and they made a world-record bid for him.But Il Mattino says they could face a serious rival for his signature.Koulibaly has grown into one of the finest defenders on the continent over the last season and a half.And that has led to Real eyeing him as a potential January addition as they look to recover from their shaky start to the season.Napoli are believed to be willing to accept a bid of around £90million for the Senegalese star. last_img read more

9 months ago​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridgeby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes another loan could be on the cards for Sam Surridge.The 20-year-old is back from his spell at Oldham, where he netted 12 goals in 20 matches in League Two.But clubs such as Oxford United and Bradford want to take him for the rest of the season. And Cherries boss Howe admits it is a possibility.Quizzed on Surridge, Howe told the Daily Echo: “That’s a very difficult question to answer [on him going back out on loan]. We will wait and see.”I’ve been pleased with him and the loan spell has had a positive effect, which is not always the case.”My recent experiences have been that we have had more negative reactions from loan spells than positive.”It depends on the individual. Sam played and scored goals. He’s feeling good about himself and that has shown in his training here.”There are a lot of admirers out there which is only good for him and us.”He has built his profile to a level where people are aware of him and talking about him, which is the beauty of the loan spell.” last_img read more