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ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’

first_imgTurbines are a waste of money, says expertONE OF Europe’s leading energy specialists has told the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that building more wind turbines around Ireland is ‘madness’.Dr Tony White, who has 35 years experience in international power markets and the low carbon economy was in Glenties this afternoon.Ireland aims to generate 40pc of all its electricity by 2020 from renewable sources, and Dr White says we are going about this the wrong way by following an ‘all wind’ approach. He says: “Attainment of the 40pc target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9bn, according to Eirgrid.”Dr White argues the same targets could be reached for one tenth of the cost by converting Moneypoint power station in Co Clare to biomass.He says this option would not just save billions of euros but would not put at risk Ireland’s world famous tourism and bloodstock industries.“We wouldn’t need to pepper the countryside with industrial scale wind turbines and transmission towers,” he says. Some of these turbines are 169 metres in height – almost three times taller that the Liberty Hall building in Dublin. Or one sixth the height of Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrantuohill.Dr White also says that replacing dirty coal at Moneypoint with sustainable biomass is far more effective at lowering emissions than building additional wind turbines.And biomass will impose lower costs on consumers, something to be welcomed in a country with very high electricity prices.He says: “Customers are already suffering from amongst the highest power prices in Europe and it is surely madness to carry on and build yet more wind when there is a cheaper alternative.”Dr Tony White is a director of BW Energy, was lead analyst for the top ranked energy team at investment bank, James Capel, which advised the UK Government on privatising the power sector. As Head of Citigroup’s pan-European power team, he oversaw market liberalisation in other European markets. He was the UK National Grid’s Group Head of Strategy in the 1990s.Sustainable biomass is made from branches, tops of trees and other low grade product that is often left to rot, as well as sawdust and chips.ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’ was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:biomassdonegalGlentiesPowerSUMMER SCHOOLtony whiteTURBINESwind farmslast_img read more

Fulham to beat Everton to signing of Wigan star – reports

first_imgFulham are reportedly set to beat Everton to the signing of out-of-contract Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.The Daily Mirror say Aston Villa and Stoke were also in the frame to sign the Colombian, while The Sun claim Celtic were keen on him.Meanwhile, QPR face competition from Liverpool for the signing of Celtic star Ki Sung-Yueng, according to The Sun.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is planning to offer £7m for the 23-year-old South Korean in a bid to beat R’s manager Mark Hughes to his signature.Rubin Kazan, Deportivo La Coruna and a number of German clubs are also said to be interested. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

R150m financial aid boost for students

first_imgR17-million to fund 258 first-year students.R4-million for the Dipaleseng Special Bursary Scheme.R4.6-million for 67 first-year bursaries.R11.5-million to support 245 first-year students pursuing studies in chartered accountancy at the University of Fort Hare. In a bid to ease access to Further Education and Training colleges and help the country to meet its needs for intermediate and technical skills, hard-working students from poor families would this year be exempted from paying academic fees. The bursary, to be allocated to students whose parents earn a combined salary of R122 000 per annum, will cover tuition, accommodation, meals and transport costs. However, Nzimande called on recipients to work hard, as the department will be monitoring their performances, warning that if they failed to produce good marks, the bursary would be forfeited. “This is not a free ride, we require students to work hard,” he said. “You can’t continue to get a bursary if you don’t deliver.”Career guidance Nzimande also announced that his department and the South African Qualifications Authority had entered into a partnership with the SABC to provide pupils with information on career guidance. The career information will be broadcast on all Nguni radio stations. “Our aim is to ensure that information flows to rural schools and that no learners go to school without such information. It should be made available earlier in their schooling careers.” Pupils and ex-pupils can get advice from the career advice website www.careerhelp.org.za or from the Career Advice Helpline on 0860 111 673. The helpline can also be contacted via SMS on 072 2045 056 or by e-mailing help@nqf.org.za. Source: BuaNews 11 January 2011 South Africa has allocated an additional R150-million to its National Student Financial Aid Scheme to help tackle the backlog of scarce skills in the country. Making the announcement in Pretoria on Monday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said that, through the National Skills Fund, the government had set aside R22.9-million for funding 820 first-year students and R7-million for a bursary scheme targeting rural students who did exceptionally well in the 2010 Grade 12 exams. R21-million had been set aside for 300 first-year bursaries for students with disabilities, with the balance of R99.1-million to be allocated to students who were already studying in fields of scarce skills.Career Wise bursaries The National Skills Fund will also be allocating R100-million Career Wise bursaries in the following categories:last_img read more

Cartridge recycling helps babies

first_imgBulk collection boxes are placed on site and removed at no charge once they are full, making it convenient for businesses to participate.(Image: Lexmark South Africa) Cotlands has reduced its hospice care component considerably, showing the significant impact of antiretroviral therapy on reducing the death rate among HIV-infected infants and children. In partnership with Cotlands, Lexmark raises funds for the organisation’s programmes, and contribute towards the daily costs associated with looking after children.(Images: Cotlands)MEDIA CONTACTS• Celine Patterson Grapevine Communications+27 21 706 9600Wilma den HartighLexmark South Africa’s cartridge recycling initiative for babies (Crib) is putting empty printer cartridges to good use by protecting the environment and helping children in need.Mark Hiller, country GM of Lexmark South Africa says the printing industry has a unique responsibility to ensure that the millions of consumable items discarded every year don’t end up in landfill sites, or pollute the environment.This is why Lexmark has a zero landfill policy to reduce landfill waste, recycle 100% of the components of every cartridge sold, and ensure toxic or hazardous material is treated safely.According to an itweb article, the problem with printing consumables, besides filling up landfills, is that residual inks and powders in print cartridges release hazardous substances into the air, soil and water. They can also contain poisonous heavy metals such as lead and mercury.Lexmark’s cartridge recycling project is addressing both environmental concerns while making a difference to the lives of children in South Africa.The printing products company is using discarded cartridges to raise funds for Cotlands, a national children’s charity that has been operational in South Africa for 76 years.In partnership with Cotlands, Lexmark established Crib to raise funds for the organisation’s programmes, and contribute towards the daily costs associated with looking after children.Hiller says that when they approached the charity to find out where their contribution would make the biggest impact, Cotlands pointed out that the daily expenses of children was the organisation’s greatest ongoing need.Through Crib, Lexmark recovers used inkjet cartridges and laser toners from its customers, recycles them, and in return makes a financial contribution to Cotlands in the form of a currency called baby days.One baby day equals the cost of housing, feeding, clothing and medical care for one child at Cotlands for the period of one day. Lexmark’s financial contribution equates to a certain number of cartridges returned.Over the past 11 years, Lexmark has raised R4.5-million (US$518 000) for Cotlands, and they have sponsored 87 000 baby days.“Cotlands does amazing work and has a major impact on South Africa,” says Hiller. “They’ve helped to introduce a care model that a lot of organisations are copying in their communities on a smaller scale. We see our financial contribution as money well invested.”Better care, reducing HIV deathsCotlands provides housing and care to abandoned, abused and HIV-positive children from birth to 14 years of age.The charity offers numerous residential and community-based programmes to meet the needs of vulnerable children, such as children’s hospices, places of safety, community care projects, nutrition and early childhood development programmes.In recent years the organisation has shifted its focus from residential to community-based care facilities, as the long term benefits of a supportive family and community have a positive impact on the holistic development of children.Lois Moodley, fund development manager at Cotlands, explains that they are doing more work to strengthen communities and empower families to help them take better care of children. However, in severe cases of neglect or abuse, children are still removed from their home environment.Another achievement for Cotlands is that it has reduced its hospice care component considerably, showing the significant impact of antiretroviral therapy on reducing the death rate among HIV-infected infants and children.Making recycling easySince the inception of Lexmark’s recycling project about 200 tons of discarded printing consumables destined for landfills was recycled instead. The company has also changed the composition of its plastic to use more recycled materials.The programme is designed in such a way that it’s easy for consumers to recycle empty cartridges.For clients using a large number of laser or inkjet cartridges, bulk collection boxes are placed on site and removed at no charge once they are full, making it convenient for businesses to participate. A centralised collection service also reduces the amount of transport needed to dispose of the cartridges.“Interest from corporate clients is increasing, and the boxes remove the logistical hurdles to return cartridges,” Hiller says.For home users who perhaps only buy one cartridge at a time, Lexmark includes an envelope inside all inkjet boxes that enables consumers to send back their empty cartridge, via free post.Thanks to the programme, Lexmark has successfully increased the percentage of laser empties collected each year, and they’ve noticed that more corporates are participating in the initiative.By returning the empty cartridges consumers can be assured that they are re-used and recycled and that money is being raised for a worthy cause.Once the cartridges are collected and sorted, they are shipped to a specialised recycling plant in eastern Europe, where the different grades of plastic are sorted, ferrous and non-ferrous metals are separated, and toxic materials are removed.In the process moving parts which can be re-used, such as springs, are recovered.“A lot of technology is contained in that cartridge – it is not just a container to hold the ink. There are many working parts and ingredients,” Hiller says.Lexmark also compiles reports for their corporate clients, detailing how they are meeting their own recycling initiatives. He says the reports are popular with clients, such as Woolworths, who prioritise green business practices. The report contains a summary of the number of cartridges that have been collected and how many tons of waste was not sent to landfills.Encouraging more recyclingHiller says although the level of environmental awareness in South Africa is not yet as advanced as that of Europe, for example, he believes it is increasing as more initiatives are put in place.“It is heart-warming and humbling to see Crib’s success.”last_img read more

TCI Premier Robinson Announces Final Extension For Import Duty Exemption

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2018 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to announce the extension of the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) Order 2018. The Order may be cited as the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) Order 2018 and will now expire on 31st March 2018.The import duty exemption shall apply to individuals seeking to import goods of a description specifically furniture, appliances and general construction/building materials for personal use and not for resale. Merchants are excluded from this final extension and residents are reminded that no letter need to be written to the Minister of Finance.  Persons are encouraged to consult with the Customs Department to ensure compliance and to avoid unnecessary challenges ahead of imports.  Be sure that your items are included within the Order and all documentation is provided even ahead of of shipment.An individual seeking to import goods of the description specified and; to be granted the import duty exemption shall on importation of any such goods produce to the Collector of Customs –(a) Evidence of ownership of the damaged property or long-term residence at the property.(b) Evidence of damage to property, furniture or appliances, either through photographs or insurance assessments and;(c) Proof of the value of the replacement furniture or appliance either by invoice or quotation. This Government is seeking to channel resources quickly, flexibly and efficiently to ensure that they reach those most adversely affected. My Government will ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are in a position to rebuild bigger and better.Premier Robinson in announcing this final extension said, “These remain challenging times in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  In the face of fallen revenue and early in our continuing early recovery efforts, it is important to support our residents where we can.  I am pleased to announce the final extension.  We recognize the challenge with insurers, shipping delays and orders being filled and believe that many will be grateful for this final extension.  This has been a wait and see period as we watch our revenue performances and are happy to offer this final extension.  I wish to remind us all that this is a great sacrifice  at this time and I must encourage persons to cease the attempts to abuse this opportunity being presented.  We are not at the revenue levels that we wish to record nor have we recovered what was loss but we are committed to helping those who are able to help themselves in their repairs.As we seek to finalize our firm recovery plans, I wish to encourage our residents by our present state.  No Irma, No Maria, no super-storm is superior to our indomitable spirit.  We are Turks and Caicos Strong and we will emerge from these natural phenomena better, smarter, stronger and more united as we seek to rebuild.Rest assured that my Government will explore strategies, implement policies and legislation to ensure that we remain a resilient people”. Related Items:last_img read more

Former employees sue Disney for replacing them with Indian workers

first_imgFormer information technology (IT) workers have sued Walt Disney for firing and replacing them with contractors from India two years ago. The group of 30-odd former employees filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on Monday in an Orlando federal court. The group alleges that they were laid off “based solely on their national origin and race and were replaced with Indians, who received special treatment,” the Chicago Tribune reported. Additionally, the workers said they were forced to train the people replacing them, which was humiliating. The lawsuit claims that about 250 IT workers in Florida were asked to train their replacement workers in order to earn severance pay. They said they were replaced specifically by “Indian workers” who were brought in from overseas or on H-1B visas. However, the court papers do not specify the race, nationality or ethnicity of the workers who have filed the lawsuit, Press Trust of India reported. The workers said that they had applied for other  roles in the same company, but were not hired. Refuting the allegations, Disney said: “like the two other dismissed cases brought by this lawyer, this latest lawsuit is nonsense and we will defend it vigorously.”Two similar lawsuits were dismissed by a federal judge a few months ago. In those cases, two ex-Disney IT workers claimed that the contractors made false statements on the visa forms for the workers who replaced them. However, the judgement ruled that Disney and its outsourcing contractors did not violate any rules, the Chicago Tribune added.last_img read more

Oikya Front candidate Rony attacked

first_imgGolam Maola RonySome unidentified miscreants carried out an attack on former Awami League MP Golam Maola Rony, who is contesting the national election as Oikya Front candidate for Patuakhali-3 constituency, near his residence at Ulania Port in Golachipa upazila of Patuakhali on Friday evening, reports UNB.Rony claimed that some miscreants swooped on him while he was returning home after performing his Maghrib prayers at a nearby mosque and beat him indiscriminately, leaving him injured.Later, Rony informed Golachipa police over phone and demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.However, officer-in-charge of Golachipa police station Akhter Morshed said miscreants hurled eggs targeting Rony in the evening.last_img read more

Texas Court Rules Cheerleaders Can Display Bible Verses at High School Games

first_imgTwitter user @ednewsdaily Late last week, a Texas appeals court ruled that cheerleaders can display bible verses at high school football games – citing protected private speech. Speech and protests during sporting events have been a recent topic for many school districts. Cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Southeast Texas sued back in 2012 when the district said that banners with bible verses could not be displayed. The district later changed their policy, and now a Texas appeals court has sided with the cheerleaders. An attorney for the school district told the Dallas Morning News it hasn’t decided if it will appeal. Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted on Sunday, “God bless these Texas cheerleaders who had the courage to display Bible verses on football banners.” God Bless these Texas Cheerleaders who had the courage to display Bible verses on Football Banners. #txlege #tcot https://t.co/H5j4tdZoz1— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 2, 2017This comes at a time when football players who kneel in protest during the national anthem at games have been scrutinized nationwide. Two high school football players in Crosby were kicked off their team on Friday, after one player knelt and another raised a fist during the national anthem.  Sharelast_img read more

Rakhee Kanes SURREAL WALL

first_imgStanding on the small grassy plot next to the gallery walls at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, viewers could gaze at the surreal designs made by sunlight on Rakhee Kane’s ceramic wall with metal, and rammed earth wall in raw multi coloured clay. Pondicherry dweller Kane creates a seamless 3 dimensional double panel with large circular holes that act as a sieve to filter the sun’s rays that seem to flirt with the apertures.Repetition of patterns Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the two panels it is the design dictates with repetition of patterns that points to a sequence of surreal juxtapositions under the natural skylight. The beauty of the concept is the hallmark that panels that can be integrated together in many different ways to create totally unique sculpted walls and that is what makes this installation a stand alone creation. The flat and formulated designs make it possible to create a seamless sculptural wall where the designs flow and change across the surface just as in nature according to the inclination of the sun. As a consequence, the two panels are not identical, they offer myriad options in the unveiling of mass and materials. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTribute to the Jali “This installation is a tribute to several of these elements of the Jali form, through a series of three dimensional studies in the medium of fired and unfired clay, through various processes of high temperature firing and glazes,” says Kane. “It is an exploration to celebrate versatility of a form that is synonymous with interconnectedness, unity and transparency. Its quality of enclosure while being connected with the other side, its play with light, form and ability to evoke one’s emotions and associations with the past to bring in elements of nature within a dwelling. It is essentially a play of aesthetics created by filtering and bouncing of light, created by exploring Jali form along with a Rammed Earth Wall, around which the installation is created.” Rakhee says in the context of this venue, (designed by Charles Correa) which itself is a monumental work of architecture that celebrates the spirit of the land and the play of light, this installation is a reflection of how traditional architecture and elements can inspire contemporary expressions in architecture and art. Magic of materials Rakhee is a magician with materials, she is concerned with the making of ceramic ware and the nature of materials she uses while having a strong affinity towards the manifestations of firing and glazing. In her two panels and single wall we can discern an enthusiasm for the symbolic manifestations that are inherent within materials and how a ceramic sculpture can actually aid in all types of the aesthetic communication. After having created stunning platters, landscapes as well as tower like totems, Rakhee’s veering into the expanded terrain known as “installations”reveals that she has a distinctlyaesthetic approach which includes the traditional techniques of modelling, coaxing and casting her mosaic of panels even as she weaves in radical forms of assemblage. Astonishing vocabulary Throughout her creation of the three wall panels run the threads of coherent contexts as well as an astonishing vocabularyof formal attributes in design. So we as viewers, are offered possibilities when encountering her creation: in these two panels – there is history, concrete manifestations of the real and ephemeral expressions of evocation, and the drama of silhouettes. Then within the building of organic substance we discern a passion for ingredients and firing processes with oxidation origins. Kane fires at 1300 degrees centigrade in a wood kiln and used Shino glaze for this stupendous installation. As the refractive index of sunlight splits into levels that create different perceptions of depth, there is a creation of rhythms on the walls with a pleasant natural effect. Fruit of the sophisticated “tile repetition ” technique there is a graphic density to the wall panels, and a deepened understanding of cubism and tactile and powerful material rendering. The metal and the ceramic walls are constructed from a series of pre-cast panels that are bonded to the substrate. The panel joints are then filled and sanded and the absence of decoration creates an aura of traditional hand sculpted designs that fit together with total accuracy yet retain the essence of being hand crafted. At the Jawahar Kala Kendra Shifting Identities as an installation is a lesson in the natural finish of form because excessive decoration eclipses materials and takes away from the edifice of design and sculptural formalism.last_img read more