Veja Mate Enters Turbine Installation Phase

first_imgThe Veja Mate offshore wind farm project has entered the turbine installation phase with two of the wind farm installation vessels (WFIVs) contracted for the task currently loading the first batch of turbine components at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark, according to Siemens.The two WFIVs tasked with installing the 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines at the 402MW wind farm are Seajacks Scylla and Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern.Seajacks Scylla had already worked on the project, installing 67 monopiles at the site located some 95km north west of the island of Borkum in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Seajacks Zaratan installed all of the transition pieces at the site.Veja Mate is a EUR 1.9 billion offshore wind project owned by the Highland Group Holdings Ltd, Siemens Financial Services, and CI II managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.The wind farm is expected to be fully operational by late 2017/early 2018.last_img read more

Next shinkansen corridors picked

first_imgJAPAN’s state owned JR Construction Corp announced on February 3 that it had selected routes for shinkansen extensions to Nagasaki and Sapporo (below). This paves the way for the start of environmental assessment, but construction is not envisaged for some years.The Nagasaki line will leave the Kyushu Shinkansen to Kagoshima at Shin-Tosu and head west to Takeo-Onsen and Ureshino-Onsen before looping south through Isahaya. The Hokkaido Shinkansen will start from the Tohoku terminus at Aomori in Honshu and reach the northern island via the 53·9 km Seikan tunnel. It would follow the present main line as far as Oshamambe, with a station at Shin-Hakodate avoiding a detour into the port. Beyond Oshamambe the shinkansen will diverge from the coastal main line and head through the mountains to reach Sapporo.On January 20 the government and three ruling parties agreed that the Tohoku, Hokuriku and Kyushu extensions would be formally approved by the end of the financial year on March 31 (RG 2.98 p71). ´6bn has been allocated for the current year, split equally between the three routes; this will enable a start of work this month. However, the bulk of the investment has been delayed until after 2000, when the Tohoku and Kyushu lines will get priority. olast_img read more

Former chief dissatisfied with Kalinago Festival planning

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews Former chief dissatisfied with Kalinago Festival planning by: Dominica Vibes News – May 2, 2015 Share Sharecenter_img 173 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Former Kalinago Chief Garnet Joseph (file photo)Former Kalinago Chief Garnet Joseph is dissatisfied with the manner in which a major festival carded to take place in the Territory is being organized. The Kalinago Council announced last month that it will host the first ever Kalinago Festival from 3-5 July 2015 which is expected to enhance the service industry and to foster a greater economic climate for the people of the East-North Eastern district of Dominica.A number of activities have been planned for the major event which is expected to attract citizens of the French territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe.Joseph told an interview with Dominica Vibes on Friday 1 May 2015, the possibilities of hosting the event as planned are slim as no consultation has been held with residents and that activities such as these need proper planning. “I have heard the Chief on the radio talking about an activity that is planned for the 4th of July, what is interesting is that we have not been hearing too much regarding the preparation of this activity”.“So while we would like to support and ensure the successful implementation of this activity, its’ just that majority of the Territory is not up to date as to what stage that activity is at this time,” Joseph said. Dominica Vibes has been reliably informed that the Kalinago Council wrote to government seeking over three hundred thousand dollars to execute the event. It is not clear whether government has responded to the request. However, according to the former chief, there is not enough time to raise that amount of money for the 4th of July event. “I believe the successful implementation of that activity would be entirely dependent on raising that amount of money, so I have some concerns about that because between now and July, it doesn’t leave us with much time”.“So unless there is some godfather somewhere to be able to make these funds available, I am kind of doubtful that it will be executed as planned,” he said. The former chief informed that the Ministry of Kalinago Affairs has not been consulted on the preparations for the event which “is total disrespect to the office”. “The minister and ministry have not been involved, nor has the government of Dominica been involved. I think unless a major donor doesn’t come forward to make these funds available, I am not certain the full implementation of that event,” Joseph said. Kalinago affairs minister, Cassius Darroux told Dominica Vibes last week that he has not been consulted on the event. When Vibes News contacted Chief Charles Williams but he declined to comment.last_img read more

An Spideal crowned Connacht Intermediate football champions

first_imgAn enthralling battle at Tuam Stadium yesterday saw An Spidéal become the first Galway club to become Connacht Intermediate Football champions since 2010, as they held off a second-half comeback from Fuerty to edge out the Roscommon men by a single point. The game burst into life with a stunning solo run and goal from Finnian Ó Laoí after just two minutes, and An Spideál had a 1-9 to 0-7 half-time lead after Fuerty lost Philip Neilan to a straight red card shortly before the interval. Fuerty rallied though with five points in succession after half-time, the last of which was scored after An Spideal’s Éamon Ó Conláin picked up his second yellow card to leave both sides down to 14 men. Thirteen of Fuerty’s sixteen points came from the placed ball, with all but one being scored by their dynamic inside duo Niall Kilroy and Gearoid Ennis. In total contrast An Spideal scored 1-11 from play, with Man of the Match Antoine O’Laoi landing 0-4 in another brilliant display. The sides were level at 1-12 to 0-15 heading into the closing stages before points from Antoine O’Laoi and Padraig Ooin O’Curraoin edged the Galway men 2 points clear, and although Fuerty narrowed the gap during the six added minutes of stoppage time a last gasp effort to force extra time went agonisingly wide. The final whistle sparked wild scenes of celebration for the huge crowd supporting An Spideal, who now march on to an All Ireland semi final meeting with either Naomh Éanna (Antrim) or Mullahoran (Cavan) An Spidéal – M Breathnach; É Ó Conláin, L Ó Ceallaigh, C Ó Caoimh; E Ó’Droighneáin, M Ó Curraoín, Ciarán Ó Laoí; PE Ó Curraoín, D Mac an Rí; S Ó Droighneáin, A Ó Laoí, F Ó Laoí; B Ó Conghaíle, Cormac Ó’Laoí, S Ó’Curraoín. Subs: L Ó Conghaíle for S Ó Droighneáin (48), A Ó Curraoín for S Ó Curraoín (53) C Ó Droighneáin for Ciarán Ó Laoí (60+2).Fuerty – L Byrne; A Whyte, T Bannon, M Ward; B McGahan, J Brennan, P Kellehan; P Neilan, N Keenan; O Lyons, E Bannon, C Murray; A Lyons, N Kilroy, G Ennis. Subs: D Heavey for McGahan (HT), R Fallon for Murray (35), C Leahy for Keenan (41, black card), Murray for A Lyons (58, black card), McGahan for Ward (60+2) After the game Tommy Devane spoke to Donal O’Fathartha from the management team of An Spideal…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Tommy also spoke to Man of the Match Antoine O’Laoi…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Scorers – An Spidéal: A Ó Laoí 0-4 (1f), F Ó Laoí 1-0, S Ó’Curraoín, Cormac Ó Laoí, M Breathnach (2f) 0-2 each, B Ó’Conghaíle, D Mac an Rí, S Ó Droighneáin, PE Ó Curraoín 0-1 each. Fuerty: G Ennis 0-9 (7f, 1 ’45), N Kilroy 0-6 (5f), B McGahan 0-1.last_img read more

Hawks double up Sr. Bombers, Juniors drop heartbreaker

first_imgWalgren said the Seniors played well but ran out of gas in the second half to the Hawks.LVR struck first on a goal from Paige Miesner on a nice pass from Hanna Quinn. Walgren said the high tempo by Crowe overwhelmed the Bombers as the Hawks struck for four straight before the Bombers could recover.”Illness and injuries hurt the seniors as they played most of the game with eleven players,” Walgren said.Walgren said a huge highlight was junior keeper Johanna Brochhagen making two saves on two JL Crowe penalty strokes. He said the play of Brochhagen gave the Bombers some life and striker Hanna Quinn scored on a Bomber penalty stroke, but too late in the game to recover.Next up for the Bombers is the West Kootenay semi – final against Stanley Humphries of Castlegar on Tuesday (October 24) at Pass Creek Park. L.V. Rogers Bombers took it on the chin during High School Field Hockey action Tuesday in Pass Creek, dropping a pair of games to rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks.The Junior Bombers lost a tight battle 1-0 while the Seniors were doubled 4-2 by the Hawks.”The Juniors were playing short and sick as key players were unable to make the game,” said coach Bruce Walgren.”A great highlight in the game was Junior keeper Johanna Brochhagen making a save on a penalty stroke.”last_img read more

Weinfurter, Gress battle for wins in CWRA action at Marshfield Motor Speedway

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD – It was tight, action-packed Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA) Stars to Legends Tour racing at Marshfield Motor Speedway June 6, with Jeff Weinfurter, Wisconsin Rapids, and Darek Gress, Neillsville, each taking extremely close wins in the two 30-lap main events held that evening.Mike Sievers, Wisconsin Rapids, had the lucky drawing of the night and started on the pole of the first 30-lap Feature. He took an early lead but within a lap it was Derrick Van Dreel, Wisconsin Rapids, grabbing the lead. His lead was short lived as well as Jeff Weinfurter moved in front. Darren Jackson, Wisconsin Rapids, moved into second spot with Mark Mackesy, Wausau, who has been on a hot streak of late, settling into the third spot. Positions were rapidly changing throughout the 17-car field when the caution waved for a Jack Greenwood, Phillips, spin.With the race realigned for the restart, it was once again Weinfurter taking the lead. Jackson and Mackesy were putting the pressure on, however, looking for their chance to supplant Weinfurter from the top spot. Darek Gress was on the move, and with 15 laps to go, moved all the way to fourth from his 15th starting position on the grid. The order remained the same as Weinfurter was looking to hang on to the top spot with eight laps remaining.Weinfurter stretched his lead as Jackson and Mackesy battled side by side for second spot. Mackesy eventually grabbed the position and immediately got up alongside Weinfurter looking for the lead.  The two battled that way for the remainder of the race with Weinfurter taking the checkered flag a car length ahead of Mackesy who was ahead of Jackson by the same margin. Gress kept the fourth spot at the stripe and was followed by Frank Nitzke, Berlin, and Jesse Bernhagen, Stevens Point, in sixth.Darek Gress took the second main Feature at Marshfield Motor Speedway on July 6. Tom Loos photoThe second 30-lap main event once again found Sievers on the pole via the inverted line up from Feature one, and he immediately motored out front. A lap was all he would pace the field for however, as Van Dreel took over the first position the next round. Rachal Kallas, Winneconne, from her fifth starting position on the grid, moved into second position in hot pursuit of Van Dreel. In the blink of an eye, rookie contender, Bernhagen, moved into third and was fast closing on the leaders. Second spot was his at Kallas’s expense two laps later and Van Dreel became his next victim within a lap.Bernhagen looked strong, pacing the field, but no less than a five-car train was hot on his heels. Gress and Weinfurter were two of those pursuers, and they dispatched of Bernhagen with 12 laps left in the race. Lapped traffic came into play and as a result Weinfurter was able to sneak in front of Gress and take the lead. With 10 laps to go it was Weinfurter and Gress battling side by side and nose to tail with fast closing Mackesy right behind. A caution for a multi car spin slowed the action with nine laps to go, but once again, Weinfurter took the point on the restart. Gress wasn’t finished however and taking the extreme outside groove moved alongside Weinfurter. Mackesy made it a three-car battle nearly splitting the two leaders making a move in the middle of the wide track.With one lap to go Gress made a last gasp attempt at an outside move making it work going down the front stretch, heading toward the checkered flag, beating Weinfurter at the line by a mere inches. Weinfurter had to settle for second with Mackesy third in one of the closest finishes ever witnessed in CWRA Stars to Legends Tour competition. Following the leading trio was Jackson, Bernhagen, and Kallas, in the top six.The wins for Weinfurter and Gress ended Mackesy’s consecutive win streak at three, but Mackesy hopes to get back in victory lane at the next Tour event, the Marlin Walbeck Classic, at Dells Raceway Park, Wisconsin Dells on July 21.last_img read more

Positive regional growth by 2010: IMF

first_img“We expect growth in sub-Saharan Africa to rise to four percent in 2010 and five percent in 2011,” IMF African department director Antoinette Monsio Sayeh said in Washington DC this week. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a positive recovery in sub-Saharan Africa, despite the negative effects of the global economic crisis. “In many countries the prudent macroeconomic policies pursued in recent years have provided some policy space to counter the effects of the slowdown. Commenting on the main findings of the IMF’s 2009 Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, Sayeh noted that many of the regional member states were hard hit by the crisis, reducing economic growth to just one percent in 2009 after a period of sustained high economic growth. “Accordingly, most countries have been able to maintain or even raise public spending, allowing fiscal deficits to widen temporarily. Where possible, monetary policy has also played a supportive role,” she said. Sayeh said oil exporters and middle income countries in the region have been particularly badly affected, while most low-income countries somewhat less so, adding that in most countries, however, the crisis will likely slow, if not reverse, progress on poverty reduction. According to the IMF, the fiscal balance – including grants – for the region as a whole has swung from a surplus of just over 1.25% of GDP in 2008 to an expected deficit of 4.75% in 2009. “As the recovery gains strength, the emphasis of fiscal policy will need to shift from stabilisation to medium-term considerations, including debt sustainability. “In countries with binding financing constraints, the room for fiscal policy is more limited and the primary focus will need to remain on reducing macroeconomic imbalances.” “This contrasts with the much more limited increase in deficits observed in past global slowdowns, not only because the output shocks were smaller but also most likely because in previous downturns high initial deficits, often accompanied by high debt, limited room for manoeuvre,” the report noted. Increased IMF commitmentcenter_img 7 October 2009 “Looking ahead, it will be critical that other development partners support this effort and those of other international financial institutions.” Downside risks remain Sayeh said that scaled-up financial support from the IMF has supported countries’ policy response, saying the doubling of lending limits and more flexible policies had facilitated a rapid response to countries’ needs. Financial sectors have been for the most part resilient, but prudential supervision will need to remain vigilant in the face of the impact of the economic slowdown on the quality of banks’ portfolios, the report noted. Source: BuaNews-NNN Prudent economic policies Sayeh noted, however, that there were significant downside risks, to which, wherever possible, the IMF would remain supportive until economic recovery was well-established. New IMF commitments to sub-Saharan Africa had reached over US$3-billion so far this year, compared to some $1.1-billion for the whole of 2008 and only $0.1-billion in 2007, she said.last_img read more

SA commits R1bn to supporting black industrialists

first_img27 March 2015A R1-billion incentive scheme to support the creation of large and competitive black industrialists is to be made available, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the closing session of the Black Industrialists Indaba on Thursday.The indaba, hosted by the DTI and held over two days in Midrand in Gauteng, aimed to engage and generate dialogue between the public sector and key private sector stakeholders on black industrialisationDavies said that South Africa’s path to economic prosperity should continue to be anchored on the twin imperatives of industrialisation on the one hand; and economic inclusion, of which the Black Industrialists Development Programme is an important pillar, on the other.100 black industrialistsThe DTI launched the Black Industrialists Development Programme in August last year and is aimed at creating more than 100 black industrialists within three years and put black industrialists at the forefront of South Africa’s industrialisation efforts.The programme promotes the participation of black industrialists as manufacturers for the key sectors identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as well as other sectors driving economic growth and development.The programme outlines key measures aimed at supporting black-owned manufacturing companies such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, and standards, quality and productivity improvement.Davies said the government was committed to deracialising the economy through the accelerated development of black industrialists. He said the government had committed financial resources and support to expand and upscale support for black industrialists.FundersOn Wednesday, DTI Director-General Lionel October said the R1-billion in funding was expected to attract an estimated R10-billion to R20-billion from other funders, such as the Industrial Development Corporation, the Development Bank of South Africa, the National Empowerment Fund and the Public Investment Corporation.October said that when South Africa’s new broad-based black economic empowerment codes came into effect in May, only companies with a minimum level of four would qualify for the incentives, Business Day reported.Access to finance was the primary constraint for existing and emerging black industrialists and financial support initiatives would help accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation, October said.Three commissions set up at the Indaba looked at access to finance, access to markets and state procurement, as well as policy and skills development.Recommendations from the commissions included:A committee comprising government and the private sector and comprising experts be established to explore more ways and instruments to accelerate the implementation of the Black Industrialists Development Programme;Review of the Preferential Public Procurement Act,Setting up the black majority threshold at 75% for companies qualifying for the Programme, andSkills development should be at the centre of the Programme.SAinfo reporter and read more

Your chance to have your black and white veteran photos transformed into full color by our colorist Benoit

first_imgHere at to help remember and celebrate our veterans around the world we are offering the chance to have your black and white veteran photos transformed into full color by our colorist Benoit.To be in with a chance of winning this prize, please send a high resolution scan of the black and white photo to: [email protected]’ll be showcasing the winning photos on our Facebook page on 11 November.Click here to follow us for more competitions and videos.last_img

Ashton Agar claims five as Australia A beat India A

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ashton Agar claimed an impressive five-wicket haul and Chris Lynn’s 63 steered Australia A to a comfortable three-wicket win over India A in a 50-over tri-series match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Monday.Choosing to bat, India A posted 258 runs on the board as Agar got a match-winning figures of 5-39. In reply, the visitors overhauled the target with easy, scoring 262/7 in 48.3 overs as Callum Ferguson and James Pattinson remained unbeaten on 45 and 0 respectively.With this win, Australia A are on the top of the table with 14 points, winning all three matches played, while India are in the second spot with five points, winning one out of three. South Africa A are yet to register a win out of two matches played.India began the day on a poor note as they lost skipper Unmukt Chand (5) in the seventh over. But opener Mayank Agarwal (61) and Manish Pandey (50) held on to take the score close to 100-run mark.Also read: When India A’s Mandeep Singh fielded for the ProteasBut the dismissals of Agarwal in the 19th over proved costly as incoming batsman Kedar Jadav also fell without troubling the scorers. India were reduced to 98/3 in the 19th over due to the two quick wickets.But contributions from middle and lower order batsmen Karun Nair (32), Sanju Samson (23), Axar Patel (20) and Rishi Dhawan (26 not out) helped the team cross the 250-run mark.Spinner Agar and right-arm medium pacer Gurinder Sandhu (2-66) were the pick of Australia A bowlers.advertisementChasing a total of 258, Australia openers Usman Khawaja (18) and Travis Head (45) got off to a flying start, scoring at a run rate of more than six in the first seven overs. But the ninth over brought back fortunes for India A as Rishi claimed the wicket of skipper Khawaja to bring the hosts back into the game.His partner Head was also dismissed in space of six overs but, Lynn struck a fluent 63 of 61 balls to make the task easier for the visitors in the death overs.But after the dismissal of Lynn in the 28th over, two quick wickets of Mathew Wade and Ashton Agar brought back the hosts into the game. Australia A were 178/6 in 34.3 overs.However, Ferguson and Adam Zampa (54) had other plans. A brilliant 80-run partnership helped them get the close to the target at ease.For India, spinner Karn Sharma (3-45) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more