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RWE’s Atlantic Array offshore wind farm raises further concerns and disapproval from residents in Devon and Lundy and environmental and heritage groups, The Telegraph writes. Those opposing the offshore wind project say that it will cause permanent damage primarily to tourism and, through that, to the local economy, because of its scale that would ruin the landscape. The National Trust said that the Atlantic Array would “fundamentally change” views from North Devon and Lundy. Even though RWE has reduced the size of the offshore wind farm, opponents claim that it is still an oversized infrastructure to be put close to touristic spots. The wind farm would be located around 16.5km from the closest point to shore on the North Devon coast, 22.5km from the closest point to shore on the South Wales coast and 13.5km from Lundy Island.“It is an inappropriate place to put anything of that scale. Opposition is growing at a considerable pace now – we have thousands of people signed up to the campaign and we expect that to treble,” Steve Crowther, of the Slay the Array campaign group, is quoted by The Telegraph as saying. On the other hand, RWE says that it revised the plan in May 2012, and in March 2013. The company further revised the wind farm boundary and maximum number of turbines to take into account consultation and engineering assessment results. Also, the company says that the project will be a big boost for the British economy and will create thousands of jobs, while helping the country in meeting its renewable energy target.[mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, August 19, 2013; Image: RWE
Associated British Ports (ABP) has decided not to challenge the Government’s approval of plans for the development of the £450million Able Marine Energy Park on the South Bank of the Humber.Able UK Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson said: “I am sure that across the whole region there will be a sigh of relief that this saga, which has gone on for so long, is now coming to an end and that we can all now concentrate on driving forward AMEP and the commitment we all share to transform the economy of the area and establish the Humber as world leader in the renewable energy industries.”The High Court has recently refused the application by ABP seeking a judicial review of the Government’s decision Secretary of State for Transport to grant a Development Control Order for the AMEP project.The project comprises 790 acres of developable land and 1.3km of new deep water quays, particularly designed for the offshore wind sector.“With regard to timescales much of the on-site works are now well underway under other planning consents. As far as the quay construction is concerned the extensive environmental safeguards within the Development Consent Order mean that work cannot commence until June next year. This schedule would however provide quays at the beginning of 2018 which accords with the needs of the offshore wind sector as a whole,” Stephenson explained.Source: Able UK
The government has today announced a four-pronged strategy to tackle overseas bribery. The strategy aims to strengthen the UK’s bribery laws through the new bribery bill; encourage UK companies to apply appropriate ethical standards; support law enforcement agencies in the detection of corruption; and reduce the demand for bribes by supporting international anti-corruption efforts. The bribery bill currently before parliament would increase the penalty for bribery to a maximum 10 years prison sentence and an unlimited fine. Justice secretary Jack Straw said the strategy would strengthen the UK’s reputation as one of the world’s least corrupt nations. Sam Eastwood, a dispute resolution partner at City firm Norton Rose, said the enforcement regime for bribery was now much more rigorous than before. He said: ‘The UK government is intent on addressing the trenchant criticism from the US and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in particular about its historic corruption enforcement record. This strategy paper sets the bribery bill in context. ‘So far as active enforcement is concerned, it is notable that only this week news broke of indictments against five UK citizens in an FBI sting involving military and law enforcement supplies. This followed the active involvement of the City of London Police.’
‘Problem-solving’ courts, which tackle issues such as alcohol or drug-addiction alongside their immediate caseload, should be extended in the criminal sector, a thinktank recommends today. Outlining an ‘affordable’ plan to trial 10 criminal courts over the next three years, the Centre for Justice Innovation says the ‘time has come’ for an ambitious programme. A paper, Problem-solving courts: a delivery plan, estimates that trialling three existing and seven new courts in the criminal system between 2017 and 2020 would cost £2.6m. The Ministry of Justice’s current ambition, set out last month in its £1bn transforming justice programme is only to ‘continue to explore’ the use of problem-solving courts. The Centre for Justice Innovation’s paper focuses on criminal courts, recognising that efforts are already taking place in the family division, where the UK’s first problem-solving courts were set up. The centre proposes £1.3m for a ’court innovation’ fund which would be set up by the Ministry of Justice, from which pilot sites could request support for set-up costs. The fund, which would fall from £500,000 in 2017 to £150,000 in 2020, could be set up so bids for central funds are approved only if there are equivalent matched local funds.A national practice development service, giving advice on approaches proven elsewhere, would cost £871,000 over three years. Providing a forum through which practitioners can share experience is essential, the paper states, ‘because most problems have been solved by someone somewhere’.External evaluation would cost £500,000 over three years.Phil Bowen (pictured), director of the Centre for Justice Innovation, said there was a real opportunity to enable the criminal courts to contribute to cutting crime. ’With our courts under unprecedented strain, problem-solving courts aren’t a silver bullet but they offer a window of opportunity to cut crime, turn lives around and keep communities safer.’Today’s paper states that, on top of the 13 family drug and alcohol courts that already exist in the family justice system, five magistrates’ courts are exploring new approaches to young adult offenders and at least four youth courts are adopting problem-solving approaches.It adds: ’There is also much to learn from previous trials of problem-solving models, notably at the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre and the Home Office’s dedicated drug court pilot. Learning and sharing practice from existing projects should, therefore, be as much part of the future approach to problem-solving as trialling brand new ideas.’
CANADA: Canadian Pacific formally unveiled its next-generation grain trainsets on December 4, during the opening of an upgraded loading terminal near Moose Jaw attended by Saskatchewan’s Minister of Highways & Infrastructure Lori Carr.Designated High Efficiency Product, the 2 590 m long unit trains are expected to carry 44% more grain than the older trainsets that they are replacing.Under a C$500m investment package announced on June 7, CP intends to procure 5 900 new hopper wagons for grain transport over the next four years. It has ordered an initial batch of 1 000 vehicles from National Steel Car for delivery by the spring of 2019, and expects to have 500 in traffic by the end of this year.The new hopper wagons are 5% shorter than the traditional ‘Government of Canada’ model which form the bulk of the present fleet, allowing the railway to increase its grain trains from 112 to 118 vehicles within the current 2 135 m length or 147 vehicles in the longer HEP sets. Each wagon carries a payload 10% greater by weight and 15% by volume.The opening of a new balloon loop and fast loading facility at the G3 Pasqua elevator complex allows the main line locomotives to remain attached to the train in their distributed power configuration, speeding the loading process and improving throughput.‘A state-of-the-art loop track terminal like this is the perfect backdrop for launching our first HEP train and bringing in a new, more efficient era of moving Canada’s grain to market’, said CP’s Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Grain & Fertilizers, Joan Hardy. ‘As CP continues to take delivery of new railcars, and elevator operators expand their facilities, this HEP train will become the new gold standard, driving further efficiencies for farmers, shippers and the entire grain supply chain.’On the same day, CP reported that it had broken its previous monthly record for shipping grain and grain products to the Port of Vancouver, during ‘another very strong month for the movement of Canadian grain’. In November it transported more than 17 150 carloads totalling 1·54 million tonnes.
CMC The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the islands of Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts Nevis, and Anguilla. “Based on current projections, the Department of Meteorology will likely issue alert messages starting Thursday.” Residents have been advised to closely monitor the progress of the system and to heed local advisories. NASSAU, Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is in the process of monitoring a weather disturbance that could threaten the country by this weekend. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. “The system is moving generally west northwestward at 15 to 20 mph. Computer models presently indicate that this system is to eventually move into The Bahamas by Sunday, with the likelihood of it strengthening into a hurricane as it passes through the our chain of islands,” said Trevor Basden, director of the Department of Meteorology. In a statement explaining the reversal of his decision, Minnis said the decision was made after Cabinet was briefed by weather officials on a storm that may impact the country and after residents raised concerns with him. This follows an announcement earlier this week in which Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis reversed the harsh seven-day lockdown imposed on New Providence a day earlier, which mandated the closure of food stores, water depots, private pharmacies, and gas stations. In a statement on Wednesday, NEMA said that a broad area of low pressure located about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands is being monitored for possible development into a tropical storm, as environmental conditions are conducive for its growth. The Miami based National Hurricane Centre says that interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this system, as additional tropical storm watches or warnings will be required for portions of those areas later in the day on Thursday.
Eli Mooneyham Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Related TopicsCleveland MonstersColumbus Blue JacketsMarkus HannikainenSeth Jones The Blue Jackets get a huge boost going into tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. The team announced earlier today that defenseman Seth Jones was activated off of the injured reserve. To make room for the returning Jones, Columbus sent down forward Markus Hannikainen to Cleveland. Below is a tweet from Aaron Portzline reporting the transaction.There you have it: #CBJ activate D Seth Jones from injured list, send RW Markus Hannikainen to @monstershockey #Avs— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 21, 2016This is good news for the Monsters, who need a boost offensively. Hannikainen can certainly provide that, as he leads the team in goals with five on the season.