first_imgLandowners across Donegal who lease land to wind farm companies may be liable for the future costs of decommissioning the giant turbines, it has been claimed.The claim was made by the Glenties Wind Farm Information group who say they have received legal advice on the matter.The group, who are leading on oral hearing into the 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy next Tuesday, issued a statement to Donegal Daily last night. The group claims “It is a common practice that the applicant companies, once they have obtained the relative planning permissions and grid connection for wind farms then proceed to sell on this permission encompassing the lease agreements with local landowners for the location of the wind farms.“While this in itself is totally legal and above board it can have future implications for the landlords agreement with the leasee and can result in the landowner being held responsible in the future for the cost of the removal of structures associated with the wind farm from their lands.”The group says wind farms are often leased from landowners by the developers for periods of 20-30 years with landowners getting various lump sum payments as well as a yearly rent of €15,000 or more per turbine.The statement from GWFIG said “A landowner with four turbines on his or her land could earn more than €2 million over the lifetime of such a lease. “What happens when the wind farm reaches the end of its life?“Leases typically have clauses where the developer promises to remove and decommission the turbines and make good any damage to the land.”The windfarm group says problems can arise where the developer company goes bust and cannot decommission the wind farm or simply abandons the wind farm.It says that it would seem likely that the landowners would have to pay for the decommissioning.“Otherwise, the developer company may sell its interest in the wind farm to another company who might seek to avoid the responsibility of decommissioning. “Donegal County Council granted planning permission to Straboy Wind Energy Ltd with a planning condition that the developer would give security to the Council to secure the satisfactory reinstatement of the site.“But the Department of the Environment (Heritage and Local Government) in their Guidelines for wind energy, advise that the use of long-term bonds to secure reinstatement of wind farm sites “puts an unreasonable burden on developers” and is “difficult to enforce”.It adds that if the developer company sell its interest in the wind farm to another company, that company may wish to say it is not responsible for any security to decommission the site.“In these circumstances, it would seem likely that the landowners would have to pay for the decommissioning.” American analysts have put forward decommissioning costs of the order of €70,000 ($100,000) per turbine.WIND FARM OBJECTORS CLAIM LANDOWNERS WILL HAVE TO PAY TO TAKE DOWN OLD TURBINES was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:GLENTIES WIND FARM INFORMATION GROUPLANDOWNERSOLDpayTURBINESlast_img read more

Waddock returns as Aldershot boss

first_imgGary Waddock has returned to Aldershot Town for a second spell as manager.The former QPR player and manager, from Kingsbury, has left his job as assistant first-team coach at Barnet to return to the National League club on a rolling contract.Waddock led the Shots into the Football League in 2008 with a then record points total of 101. He has since managed Wycombe and had short spells in charge at Oxford United and Portsmouth.His first managerial job was at Rangers, where he was a hugely popular player in the 1980s and also had a spell as youth coach.He succeeded Ian Holloway at Loftus Road in 2006 but was replaced by John Gregory later that year following a series of poor results and behind-the-scenes problems.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Darrelle Revis And the Paradox of Cornerback Stats

Less than a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Darrelle Revis one of the splashiest acquisitions of the 2013 NFL off-season, the star cornerback is on the move again — this time as a free agent to the New England Patriots.The economics behind Tampa Bay’s desire to divest themselves of Revis were predictably complex, given the league’s byzantine salary-cap rules. But suffice it to say, Revis would have cost the Buccaneers’ front office a lot of money. On the field, though, he will bring a lot of value to New England. Last season, he ranked first among cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus’ play-by-play-based grading system (this data is behind a paywall), making it the second time he’s led the NFL in that metric over the past three years. (He also finished first in 2011.)But more importantly, Revis’ 2013 contributions extended beyond the stat sheet. Paradoxically, a top-flight cornerback’s statistics — particularly his interceptions — tend to go down as he plays better.Take the great Deion Sanders. According to Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (a measure of an NFL player’s overall value to his team), Sanders peaked during the 1996 season, when he was named first-team All-Pro while playing every game for the Dallas Cowboys. Yet that same season, he tied his career-low for interceptions in a season (two) — even a broken-down, 37-year-old Sanders had more picks with the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.What was going on? Teams were afraid to throw in Sanders’ direction. He wasn’t accumulating interceptions because he rarely had the chance to do so. The same was true for Revis last season. Despite posting one of the lower interception totals of his career, he was effectively shutting off one half of the field, keeping receivers from getting open and/or scaring the opposing quarterback away from risking a throw in his vicinity.Among qualified cornerbacks, only the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman discouraged opposing passes more than Revis. Teams threw in Sherman’s direction once every 17 snaps. Revis was targeted once every 15 snaps. Only two other CBs, the Atlanta Falcons’ Asante Samuel and the New Orleans Saints’ Keenan Lewis, even cracked the one-in-13 barrier last season. You can’t complete a pass if you don’t attempt it, so a lot of Revis’ value lies in this deterrent factor.All of this isn’t to say that the Buccaneers were wrong to release Revis. They’re a rebuilding team with a new coach, Lovie Smith, and have little use for a veteran soaking up a massive amount of cap room and costing them an extra draft slot. But the Patriots are getting a cornerback who still ranks among the game’s elite. read more

REMINDER RMLD To Hold Free Electric Vehicle Ride Drive Event At Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend a free Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Swain Green parking lot located at the corner of Middlesex Avenue and School Street in Wilmington across from the Town Common.The event will take place concurrently with the Wilmington Farmers Market.Attendees are invited to view and test drive (or ride) an assortment of plug-in vehicles from local automobile dealers. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and RMLD rebate programs will also be available. Local electric vehicle owners will also be in attendance to offer insider reviews and commentary.RMLD recently launched a summer pilot program offering residential customers a $1,500 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and a $1,000 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Plus (PHEV+) with an on-board battery capacity greater than 10 kWh. Customers must take delivery of the vehicle by October 31, 2018 in order to qualify. RMLD also updated its existing residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program to rebate 100% of equipment costs up to $500 for a networked (or “smart”) AC level 2 charging station.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel costs for EV owners, and help keep rates low.For more information on RMLD’s electric vehicle program, visit thanks to the Wilmington Farmers Market and the Town of Wilmington for supporting this event.(NOTE: The above press release is from the RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Receptionist at CareOneFull-Time Warehouse Driver at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Production Support Coordinator at Charles River LabsFull-Time & Part-Time Cashier at Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Assistant Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Site Manager at Packer Sanitation ServicesFull-Time Branch Manager (Tier 2) at Citizens BankPart-Time Guest Advocate TargetFull-Time Reset Specialist at Pepsi Co.Part-Time Officer Administrator at ChemGenes(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Prabhas releases a new intriguing poster of Saaho to give a dose

first_imgPrabhas’ Saaho movie new postersInstagramBaahubali actor Prabhas has released a new poster from his upcoming movie Saaho, which is set for release on August 15. This intriguing poster is sure to give a dose of thrill to the audience.More than a month after creating his Instagram account, Prabhas had earlier released a poster of Saaho on his page which had gone viral. Six days after this post, the Baahubali actor has shared another brand new poster from the movie. He captioned it with, “Hey darlings, the second poster of my film, Saaho is here. Check it out! #15AugWithSaaho.”In this poster of Saaho, Prabhas is seen riding a bike and he carries an intense look with this intriguing poster. His deadly look will give a dose of thrill to his fans. A fierce look and fast paced chases are all the hints we can get from this new outing from the much awaited high octane movie. The background has broken glasses and flying cop cars to add to the action-packed poster.This new poster of Saaho has action filled to its brim which tells us that this movie will be the one to remember. Prabhas’ commendable look on the bike has set the right notes for action lovers. It has raised the bars of the viewers’ expectations and curiosity really high for the release of the film.Saaho is undoubtedly the most anticipated and highly talked film of 2019 in India. Prabhas is paired alongside Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor in the movie, which is simultaneously shot in three languages Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. It also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay and Murali Sharma.Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth. The makers are reportedly spending Rs 300 crore on its production and it is definitely the highest budget action film in India.last_img read more

DCB Bank launches DCB UPI mobile app

first_imgDCB Bank on Monday launched its Unified Payment Interface (UPI) app, a month after the application developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) went live. The DCB UPI app is aimed at enhancing banking experience for customers, the lender said in a statement. The app dispenses with the need to swipe debit or credit cards while making payments at merchandise outlets by creating a “virtual payment address” for customers, which in turn serves as an identifier for enabling transactions.”In the coming months, UPI is likely to create a significant change in the way transactions are done, especially peer-to-peer transactions, known as P2P. A very important and powerful feature of UPI is the ability to send a ‘collect’ request, which did not exist in the industry,” Murali Natrajan, DCB Bank MD and CEO, said in a statement.The UPI interface was billed as a revolutionary of sorts in digital banking by the NCPI.”This is a success of enormous significance. Real-time sending and receiving money through a mobile application at such a scale on interoperable basis had not been attempted anywhere else in the world. Now the UPI App will be made available on Google Play Store by banks,” AP Hota, MD and CEO of NPCI, had said in a statement last month.last_img read more

London tower block fire What we know

first_imgAt least 12 people were killed in a massive blaze that engulfed a London tower block on Wednesday, raising serious questions about fire safety in Britain’s housing blocks.Here is what we know so far:How many victims?The police have said at least 12 people were killed at Grenfell Tower in west London and they expect the number to rise as emergency workers make their way through the building.”Sadly I don’t anticipate that there will be further survivors,” Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said in a televised address.The London Ambulance Service said it had treated 69 patients, 18 of whom remained in critical condition by Wednesday afternoon.The 24-storey tower is home to between 600 and 800 residents and has one stairway through which people could escape, locals told AFP.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters were only able to reach the 12th floor of the 24-storey block at the height of the blaze.More than 200 firefighters were deployed to put out the fire. Some 100 medics tended the casualties.What happened?Fire services said they received the first call at 00:54 am on Wednesday (2354 GMT Tuesday) and were on scene at the Grenfell Tower public housing complex within six minutes.Witnesses reported the entire building was on fire by around 2:00 am (0100 GMT). Around an hour later the London Fire Brigade also tweeted that the whole building was in flames, starting from the second floor.Survivors said they saw the flames outside their windows, rising up the exterior of the building, which had recently been covered in cladding during a major refurbishment finished last year.”It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire,” said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.Where was the fire?Grenfell Tower is a concrete block built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington in west London.The £8.7 million (9.9 million euro, $11 million) refurbishment of the block was completed last year and included new windows and heating system.The area neighbours the wealthy district of Notting Hill.What were residents’ concerns?Construction firm Rydon, which completed the refurbishment of the tower in 2016, said the work “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”If the same concerns were had in a wealthy part of Kensington and Chelsea they would have got resolved, but here they didn’t get resolved,” Collins told AFP.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” he said.Local residents had warned a year ago about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during the refurbishment.”This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works,” read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.”The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out,” it said.Some residents said the official advice was that people should stay inside in the event of a fire.Khan said the advice would be looked into.”We can’t have is a situation (where) people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as it’s been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced and maintained,” he told the BBC.British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, promised a review of building regulations covering fire safety following a fatal 2009 fire in another London local authority apartment block.The review has not been published.last_img read more

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaking during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6 December 2017, upending decades of careful US policy and ignoring dire warnings from allies across the Middle East and the world. AFP file photoPresident Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, upending decades of careful US policy and ignoring dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East.A senior administration official said Trump would make the landmark announcement-which flies in the face of warnings from America’s allies across the region and the world-at 1 pm (1800 GMT) from the White House.“He will say that that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.“He views this as a recognition of reality, both historic reality,” the source added, “and modern reality.”Plunging further into a bitter centuries-old argument between Jews, Muslims and Christians, Trump will also order planning to begin on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.“It will take some time to find a site, to address security concerns, design a new facility, fund a new facility and build it,” the official said, indicating that the move will not be immediate.“It will be a matter of some years, it won’t be months, it’s going to take time.”The status of Jerusalem is a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides claiming the city as their capital, and expectations of Trump’s announcement have roiled the combustible region.In a frantic series of calls on its eve, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the EU, France, Germany and Turkey all warned Trump against the move.Anticipating widespread demonstrations, US government officials have been ordered to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank.But Trump’s move comes close to fulfilling a campaign promise and will delight his political donors and the conservative and evangelical base that is so vital for the embattled president.‘Red line’Most of the international community does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, insisting the issue can only be resolved in final status negotiations.US officials talk of “threading the needle”-fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge, while keeping the peace process on the rails.The White House argues that such a move would not prejudge final talks and would represent the reality that west Jerusalem is and will continue to be part of Israel under any settlement.“President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and is optimistic that peace can be achieved,” a second official said.“President Trump is prepared to support a two State solution… If agreed to by the two parties.”But critics say Trump’s approach is more like “splitting the baby” and could also extinguish his own much-vaunted efforts to broker Middle East peace while igniting the flames of conflict in a region already reeling from crises in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Qatar.The armed Islamist Hamas movement has threatened to launch a new “intifada” or uprising.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman warned his close ally that moving the US embassy was a “dangerous step” that could rile Muslims around the world.“Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a raucous televised speech, echoing alarm expressed by Palestinian and Arab leaders.‘Embassy Act’Israel seized the largely-Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its “eternal and undivided capital.”But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.Trump was pushed to act on the embassy as a result of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, which stated that the city “should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel” and that the US embassy should be moved there.An inbuilt waiver has been repeatedly invoked by successive US presidents, postponing the move on grounds of “national security” once every six months, meaning the law has never taken effect.Several peace plans have unravelled over the issue of how to divide sovereignty or oversee sites in the city that are holy for Christians, Jews and Muslims.last_img read more

Italy police arrest top mafia fugitive

first_imgItaly police. Photo: CollectedItalian police have arrested top mafia fugitive Marco Di Lauro, the fourth son of Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro and the only one still at large, officials said on Saturday.Di Lauro, 38, was arrested without a fight at an apartment in the Chiaiano district in southern city Naples where he was with his wife, Italian news agencies reported.An international arrest warrant was issued for him in 2006, and he was second on Italy’s most-wanted list after notorious Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro.Photos in Italian media showed Di Lauro wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt being brought to the police station in Naples by car, with a police helicopter overhead.Around 100 people including police gathered outside shouting “well done, well done”, local media reported.Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini hailed a “very important operation, no respite for criminals.”Di Lauro had been on the run since he escaped a massive police swoop in 2004 known as the “night of the handcuffs”.An informant said in 2010 that Di Lauro was responsible for at least four murders.Marco’s father Paolo Di Lauro was head of the Camorra clan that operates in Naples’ impoverished Scampia and Secondigliano neighbourhoods.At least 130 people were killed in a bloody turf war there after the Amato-Pagano clan split from the Di Lauro clan in 2004.last_img read more