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Interview with Offshore WIND Conference Speaker David Molenaar

first_imgQ&A with David Molenaar, Country Manager Siemens Wind Power, Siemens GamesaSpeaker during Offshore WIND Conference, session: Human CapitalWhat are the immediate human capital challenges?We need more speed to achieve a nationwide educational approach for offshore wind technicians, a specific wind service (on land and on sea) paragraph in the Working Hours Act. Furthermore, to solve the ‘who does provide the GWO training’ question – either the schools or the sector. Who is required to enable students to have a valuable on-site training and education during internships?The growing offshore wind market requires a new breed of personnel – who are they according to you?I do not agree that we need a new breed of personnel. I believe we have to combine several groups in a smart way: including: experienced offshore wind technicians, experts from other sectors / fields and specially educated students.What challenges are you finding in recruiting for Siemens Gamesa?Our challenges lie mostly in recruiting the right persons that match the not always known and changing requirements. Finding the right locations for on the job trainings and creating the right quality mindset and safety culture.What do you hope people will take-away from your contribution during Offshore WIND Conference?That working in offshore wind is challenging and fun, that the sector needs best-in-class and motivated employees and students, and also that we need your support to achieve a nationwide educational approach.Reprinted from the Offshore WIND Magazine, edition 4, which is out now!last_img read more

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AMS Trenchless Specialists Scores Hornsea Two Onshore Gig

first_imgØrsted has contracted AMS Trenchless Specialists to conduct part of the onshore cable works for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK.AMS Trenchless Specialists will conduct Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) at the landfall site in Horseshoe Point where the offshore cables meet the onshore cables under the more than GBP 1 million worth contract.Using HDD means that the cable can be buried underground without using trenches or disrupting the existing sea defenses in the intertidal area that links the offshore and onshore infrastructure, Ørsted said.According to the Danish company, the works are expected to start in May and continue until September.“We’re delighted to welcome another UK firm to join us in building the UK’s largest renewable energy project currently under construction,” said Duncan Clark, Project Director for Hornsea One and Two.“Lancashire-based VolkerInfra are installing the onshore cable, the onshore substation is being built by Balfour Beatty, and the fact that AMS Trenchless Specialists, who are based literally up the road from our onshore site, will be working with us again is a testament to their previous work on Hornsea One.”The contract follows the companies’ previous cooperation on Hornsea Project One, where AMS No-Dig designed, supplied and installed cable ducts.“We feel proud to again have the opportunity to work on a project that will make a significant difference to the UK’s clean electricity system. HDD is a fast, efficient and environmentally friendly way to install this much needed infrastructure, whilst minimising disruption,” said George Aitkenhead, Managing Director at AMS Trenchless Specialists.The 1.4GW Hornsea Two is located 89km north-east of Grimsby and will comprise 165 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines. Once operational in 2022, it will become the largest wind farm in the world.last_img read more

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Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘green’ home improvement loan

first_imgWith the recent announcement of the government’s new Climate Action Plan, many households will be working to reduce their carbon footprint.Most importantly for homeowners, the new strategy includes plans for the retrofitting of 500,000 homes. This will be hugely beneficial for our local environment in Letterkenny, and for the country in general. However, as with anything that has major long-term human and societal benefits, making our homes ‘greener’ will come with a significant cost. The good news is that Letterkenny Credit Union stands ready to provide loans for those looking to retrofit their homes in the coming months.Gordon Randles, CEO says Letterkenny Credit Union has launched a new ‘green’ home loan for those wanting to retrofit their homes, but who might need some financial assistance to do so.“The new loan is as affordable as it is flexible. To mark the recent announcement of Ireland’s new climate plan, the loan is currently being offered at an APR of 8.2% *.“The loan is typically approved within 24 hours and does not have any hidden fees or costs. Letterkenny Credit Union is happy to work with borrowers to structure the repayments in a way that suits their financial circumstances best. “The product is designed to take the toxic stress out of home improvements, so you can focus on the greener aspects of your upgrade.”In addition, Letterkenny Credit Union can also help with a loan to assist those homeowners using SEAI home energy improvement grants to retrofit their homes.The Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant aims to increase the Building Energy Rating (BER) for homes.The grant ranges from €300 for attic insulation, to €700 for upgrades to heating controls and to €6,000 for external wall insulation.The added benefit for homeowners is their return on investment; saving money on their heating bills once the work is completed.The SEAI Grants typically cover one-third of the total cost of the works for an average home. Homeowners can apply to Letterkenny Credit Union for a loan should they need assistance with the remaining balance of the energy upgrade.For further information on the new, green home loan, contact Letterkenny Credit Union at 0749102126 or email [email protected]*For a €20,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €405.06, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.25%, the total amount payable by the member is €24306.04. Information correct as at 23/08/2019Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘green’ home improvement loan was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Africans on Time magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential list

first_img29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazinelast_img read more

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Syngenta Seeds lawsuit: What to consider if you were notified

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentUPDATE May 23, 2018: A proposed settlement has been reached between plaintiffs and Syngenta in litigation over the sale of Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade seed. Those who may be eligible for a claim in this settlement may receive a claim notice in the mail. If you feel you may be entitled to a claim, you can visit www.cornseedsettlement.com to read more about the case and file a claim.All claims must be filed by Oct. 12, 2018. Class members have until August 10, 2018 to exclude themselves from this settlement and preserve any individual claims. OFBF and AFBF were not involved with this litigation, but want to make sure farmers receiving these notices have access to information to make an informed decision.PREVIOUSLY: Some Farm Bureau members may have recently received a notification letter about the opportunity to participate in a class action lawsuit against Syngenta Seeds, Inc. This lawsuit deals with the release of Viptera and Duracade corn seed and allegations that the sale of this seed hurt the larger corn market.Many corn growers will be eligible to participate as a member of the class covered by the lawsuit, and if Syngenta is found to be liable in the suit or a settlement is obtained, those in the class-action lawsuit could receive payment.“AFBF and OFBF are not involved in this litigation and have no position in this litigation,” said Leah Curtis, Farm Bureau’s director of agricultural law. “As many members may be contacted, we wanted to provide the following information solely to help our members who received a letter make an informed decision regarding their own participation.”Those eligible to participate in the class-action lawsuit must meet the following requirements: • Be listed as a corn producer, including farmers and crop-share landlords, on government Farm Service Agency Form 578; • Priced at least one bushel of corn after Nov. 18, 2013; • Did not purchase Agrisure Viptera or Agrisure Duracade; • Are not an officer, employee or relative of the court; a governmental entity; or an officer, director, employee, contract or agent of Syngenta; and, • Are not one of the excluded producers who (1) produced corn in Minnesota or (2) filed a separate lawsuit in Minnesota on or before June 15, 2016 and hired one of the law firms listed in the class notification. If you meet these qualifications, you have two choices: • Do nothing and be automatically included with the class. You will await the outcome of the class-action lawsuit and give up the right to sue individually. • Ask the court to exclude you from the class. If you ask to be excluded, you will not be able to receive any claim disbursement from any eventual court award or settlement. You will, however, retain the right to proceed individually with claims against Syngenta.In either case, Curtis said farmers should feel free to consult with their own private counsel regarding how to proceed.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Hate Facebook Learn why you meekly log in again

first_imgHave you felt like walking away from Facebook or to shut down your account swearing never to return, only to meekly log back in a week later? You are not alone.Researchers from Cornell University have found four key reasons why people make the pledge not to log in to Facebook but ultimately could not resist the allure of Facebook’s social network. “The first reason is perceived addiction. Those who feel that Facebook is addictive or habitual were more likely to return,” said lead researcher Eric Baumer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One participant described this habitual aspect by saying, “In the first 10 days, whenever I opened up an internet browser, my fingers would automatically go to ‘f.’”Another reason is privacy and surveillance. Users who felt their Facebook activity was being monitored were less likely to revert, while those who use Facebook largely to manage how other people think of them are more likely to log back in.“The third reason is subjective mood. In a good mood? You’re less likely to renege on your pledge to stay off Facebook,” the authors noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe research group also found that Facebook users were less likely to log back in if they had other social media outlets like Twitter, for instance. Those who reflected on the appropriate role for technology in their social lives were more likely to revert.“In many of these cases, people returned to Facebook but altered their use, for example, uninstalling the app from their phones, reducing their number of friends or limiting the amount of time spent on the platform,” the authors noted. The team’s findings were drawn from more than 5,000 surveys issued to participants by “Just”, the Dutch creative agency. The survey data was provided by 99daysoffreedom.com—an online campaign that encouraged participants to log off Facebook for 99 days. These surveys were intended to gauge each user’s mood throughout the Facebook detox. A sampling of this data was then shared with the Cornell research team.“People who leave social media and then return provide the opportunity to understand better what’s at stake when people use or don’t use sites like Facebook,” the authors pointed out in a paper published in the journal Social Media + Society.last_img read more

Fuel in state to be Rs 1 cheaper CM

first_imgKolkata: In view of the rising price of fuel in the country and the Centre’s unceasing apathy towards the same, the Mamata Banerjee government announced the decision to withdraw Re 1 cess on both petrol and diesel.This comes at a time when the BJP-led government at the Centre has increased excise duty nine times despite a fall in the global oil prices. The Centre has increased the tax by Rs 10 and Rs 11.77 on a litre of petrol and diesel respectively. On the contrary, the Bengal government had neither increased the tax on the same nor the cess has gone up in the past few years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter announcing the withdrawal of Re 1 cess on petrol and diesel in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also demanded the withdrawal of duty that was imposed by the Centre on petrol and diesel prices.While leaving Nabanna on Tuesday evening, the Chief Minister said: “Unlike other states, we are repaying a huge debt of Rs 48,000 crore. In such a situation, the decision has been taken to withdraw the cess to help the common man as our government is a pro-people one.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe also took a dig at the Centre saying that petrol and diesel prices are going up every day. “It is the outcome of total financial mismanagement and no one even bothers to take the necessary steps to bring about some stability,” Banerjee said adding that the petrol price in January 2016 was Rs 65.12 per litre and it went up to Rs 81.60 in September. Similarly, the diesel price went up to Rs 73.26 per litre at the beginning of September while the price was Rs 48.80 in January 2016. “The hefty increase in the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 16.48 per litre and Rs 24.46 per litre respectively is hitting the common man,” the Chief Minister said and stated it to be a manner in which “the BJP-led government is punishing the masses”.It may be mentioned that the BJP government has increased tax on petrol from Rs 9.48 per litre to Rs 19.48. Again, in case of diesel, the duty imposed by the Centre increased from Rs 3.56 per litre to Rs 15.33 per litre. The state doesn’t get any share of the duty imposed by the Centre.She further added that some states are trying to reduce their taxes by Re 1 or Rs 1.50 on petroleum products with an eye on the forthcoming elections there. “Andhra Pradesh had reduced it by Rs 2 as there is election in some time and they do not have the burden of huge debt like Bengal.”Both the common man and the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association have welcomed the move of the Chief Minister.In a statement, Ramesh Agarwal, president, Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the move of the state government to reduce prices of petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre.last_img read more