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The DanTysk offshore wind farm project has reached the halfway stage: 40 out of the total of 80 wind turbines that Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (SWM) are erecting 70 km west of the island of Sylt are now in place.Eighty Siemens wind turbines in the 3.6-megawatt (MW) class are being installed, with a maximum rotor tip height above sea level of just under 150 metres. Vattenfall began erecting the first wind turbine in mid-April this year, with installation of all 80 turbines expected to take five months up to autumn 2014, depending on weather conditions in the North Sea. The project currently requires around 19 hours to install each wind turbine, so progress is well on track. Cabling work to connect the wind turbines to the offshore substation is likewise now in full swing.Gunnar Groebler, Head of the Renewables Business Unit for Vattenfall‘s Continental/UK region said: “If we take account of all the projects that we are currently building in the Continental/UK region, the increase in wind capacity comes to a total of 600 megawatts. For the Continental/UK region, this means growth of 50%. We are thus consolidating our position as a market leader in wind power. For this reason, we welcome the efforts by policymakers to create dependable framework conditions by reaching a swift agreement on the new German Renewable Energy Act (EEG). This is the only way that we can continue to pursue our ambitious plans for growth,” Groebler continued.Christian Vogt, Head of Corporate Investment Management at Stadtwerke München, said: “SWM has a very ambitious target for the expansion of renewables: by 2025, we aim to generate enough green energy through our own generation plants to supply all of Munich. In order to achieve this, we need strong projects and reliable partners. The progress made on the DanTysk project confirms us in our belief that, with Vattenfall, we are moving in the right direction. Offshore wind power is a major pillar in our renewable energy strategy. Provided there is a stable legal framework, we can see ourselves completing further projects in Germany.”The DanTysk offshore wind farm covers an area of 70 square kilometres (approximately 7,000 football pitches) in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on the border to Danish territorial waters. The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 288 megawatts (MW) and will generate climate-neutral power equivalent to the consumption of up to 400,000 households. The foundations for all 80 DanTysk wind turbines and the offshore substation have already been built. DanTysk is a joint venture of Vattenfall (51%) and Stadtwerke München (49%). The subsequent commissioning of the wind farm is planned for autumn 2014.Press release, June 30, 2014; Image: dantysk
Israeli containership owner and operator ZIM has managed to cut its loss for the quarter ending September 30 on the back of improved freight rates and the decline in fuel prices, the company said in its financial report for the third quarter 2014.The USD 3.4 billion debt restructuring, which included a debt to equity swap of USD 1.4 billion, ”significantly improved the company’s financial strength and brought the company to report positive equity,” according to ZIM. ”This, together with the deletion of the ‘going concern’ qualification already in Q2 2014 reports, placed ZIM in a favorable position to ride the wave of global economic recovery.”Excluding the impact of debt restructuring ZIM completed on July 16, the company ended the quarter with USD 41 million EBIDTA, an improvement of USD 18 million compared to the previous quarter, and USD 30 million compared to the corresponding quarter last year.The net loss excluding the effects of debt restructuring was USD 20 million, an improvement of USD 56 million compared to the corresponding quarter last year.ZIM had a negative EBITDA of USD 97 million in the third quarter, and a net loss of USD 63 million when the effects of debt restructuring are included.The company carried 557 thousand TEUs during the quarter, reflecting a 10% decrease compared to the previous quarter and 13% compared to the corresponding quarter in 2013. Most of the decrease was as a result of terminating the service from Asia to Northern Europe as part of the business plan.The total revenues in the quarter were USD 854 million compared to USD 875 million in the previous quarter and USD 900 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The reduction in revenues was also a result of terminating the service from Asia to northern Europe. The average freight rates per TEU was USD 1,281, an increase of USD 75 per TEU (6%) compared to the freight rate in the previous quarter, and an increase of USD 79 per TEU (7%) compared to the corresponding quarter last year.‘‘In spite of the reduction in revenues and volume of containers carried, ZIM managed to reduce the net loss and recorded an operating profit thanks to the company’s continued streamlining activities, improving the sales and service, combined with the decline in fuel prices (accelerated further after the balance sheet date), reducing activities of unprofitable lines, and increase in freight rates in certain lines,” ZIM said in the report.Press Release
In Nigeria, a non-profit organization is aiming to empower women in some of the country’s poorest areas.It’s offering training courses in weaving to give women skills that can help them earn a living.Sophia Adengo reports from Abuja.
Related Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BERKELEY, Calif.) — President Donald Trump’s apparent warning that the University of California at Berkeley could be at risk of losing federal funds after campus police canceled a talk by a controversial news editor has raised questions about whether the U.S. government can restrict funding to a particular university.Terry Hartle, a senior vice president at the American Council of Education, which represents U.S. colleges and universities, says it’s possible, but only under “clearly dictated procedures” that relate to “financial fraud or scientific misconduct,” not over alleged violations of free speech or violence.Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at the university before police cleared out unruly crowds of people protesting his visit. The university eventually canceled the talk after some of the protestors threw smoke bombs and started a fire.Yiannopoulos is a vocal Trump backer who has been called a racist and misogynist, among other criticisms.Trump took offense Thursday morning over the canceled speech. “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” he wrote on Twitter.Berkeley does receive a significant amount of federal funding, mostly in two forms, Hartle of the American Council of Education said.“The first is student financial assistance in the form of Pell grants and federal loans,” he said of the federal subsidies. “The second is in the form of federal grants for research and development.”The latter allows university faculty and students to work on projects that could benefit agencies like the National Institutes of Health, under which the money would be distributed.According to Berkeley’s 2014-2015 annual financial report, the most recent posted on its website, the university received $417.3 million in federal grants and contracts, plus an additional $39.4 million in Pell grants for students during 2015.For Trump to follow through on his tweet, however, Congress would have to establish a provision to regulations guiding the funding of grants and loan programs to include ramifications for alleged free speech violations or campus violence, which would likely face legal challenges, Hartle says.The president could also seek to reduce the government’s funding for the university by submitting a budget to Congress that de-emphasizes grants to universities and student loans and directing his Cabinet to divert funds elsewhere. But that would affect all schools and students, not just Berkeley.A larger question, in the aftermath of Trump’s response, has been whether Berkeley deserved such a rebuke from the president. There’s no evidence that the event was canceled in order to suppress Yiannopoulos’ views, but rather for precautionary safety reasons after some protesters broke windows and threw rocks, which university officials cited.“Of paramount importance was the campus’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of those attending the event, the speaker, those who came to engage in lawful protest and members of the public and the Berkeley campus community,” they said in a statement Wednesday.It a statement on its Facebook page, the Berkeley College Republicans, the group which organized the event, thanked police and the “university administration for doing all they could to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” criticizing instead the “criminals and thugs” who contributed to the violence.Prior to Yiannopoulos’ arrival, as members of the community voiced opposition to his appearance, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks wrote a public message in which he reminded the school of the “right to free expression, enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” and of the campus’s history as a center of free speech.Dirks sent an additional open letter Thursday, decrying the violence that took place Wednesday night and saying that the university went to “extraordinary lengths” to ensure the event could occur amid the contentious environment.“UC Berkeley condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of individuals who invaded the campus, infiltrated a crowd of peaceful students and used violent tactics to close down the event,” Dirks wrote. “We deeply regret that the violence unleashed by this group undermined the First Amendment rights of the speaker as well as those who came to lawfully assemble and protest his presence.”He added that it was the University of California Police Department that decided to evacuate Yiannopoulos and cancel the event.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Alfresco has released the results of their periodic “Open Source Barometer” survey.It’s important to note up front that the survey results are from 25,163 members of the Alfresco on-line community who have become Alfresco members from April 1st to September 30th — so this is a highly biased population to be surveying. These are people who are already convinced of the benefits of Open Source and very likely organizations that use or have no problem using a Java-based platform.But nonetheless, since the survey pool represents 5000 global organizations, the results are interesting. When questioned about Microsoft SharePoint and related products and technology, Microsoft did not fare well. The results of the survey were:· Open source users as a whole and respondents using Windows are rejecting Silverlight and .NET/Web parts· 92% do not use or intend to use Silverlight· 86% do not use or intend to use .NET/Web Parts· 71% use or intend to use an open stack based on a Java architecture· 58% use or intend to use AJAX with 21% choosing Flex· 53% of respondents using Windows use or intend to use a stack based on a Java architecture· 52% of respondents using Windows use or intend to use AJAX
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A club game in Srinagar’s Hazratbal areaWho knows what they made of Danish Ahsan, as he walked to keep pace with the arrival of dawn? Surely they would have seen him, the men with guns on both sides of the Valley’s barbed wire. The teenager setting off at four every,A club game in Srinagar’s Hazratbal areaWho knows what they made of Danish Ahsan, as he walked to keep pace with the arrival of dawn? Surely they would have seen him, the men with guns on both sides of the Valley’s barbed wire. The teenager setting off at four every morning, the soft tattoo of his footsteps the only sound on the dark, cool road from Dialagam to Anantnag. The boy was neither runaway nor renegade but a dreamer, who would not let distance – or unreliable transport – gets in his way of arriving at his own promised land: a rundown sports ground in Anantnag. By 6:30 a.m. Ahsan’s long walk was complete but his journey just begun. With 200 others, he would change out of his dusty clothes into carefully preserved white shirt and trousers, and for a few hours become someone else. That most unexpected of natives, the Kashmiri cricketer.FEAR FACTOR: Sher-e-Kashmir stadium wears a deserted lookAt the ground, it is match day for boys across three age groups selected from a talent search camp and Ahsan is among them. It’s Friday, the khutba is ringing out from the mosque that overlooks the ground.The men in charge of the cricket exchange shrugs about missing the badi namaaz and keep going. Among them is district captain Ghulam Rasool, who once rushed into a mosque with fellow cricketers, all still in their whites. The puzzled congregation had looked at each other and whispered, “Yeh kaunsi jamaat ke hain?” (Which sect is this?). Rasool’s smile is saucer-size, “We said, ‘hum bat-waale hain’.”This acknowledgement of two varying faiths is both incongrous and organic, but cricket in Kashmir is itself incongrous, something so frivolous and normal in a place that has lost its frivolity, and its normalcy.advertisementCRICKET FEVER: The new ground in SeerThe game in the Valley lives in its own time zone. When the rest of the country’s season ends, Kashmir’s begins; as the others curse the heat, the Valley’s cricketers swarm onto the Polo ground, college playfields and disused golf-courses, each one proof that the game has survived.In 1996, when the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) decided to open up their home ground, the Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium at Srinagar after a seven-year freeze, it took 20 workers four months to unearth the playing square under four feet high grass. The city’s club league was quietly re-initiated with 15-16 clubs.”When I think about it today, how foolish we were to risk initiating formal cricket again,” says Manzoor Ahmed Wazir, JKCA vice-chairman. Sixty clubs now contest the Srinagar league.PROFILE ABID NABIFirst Down, More To ComeHis name is now uttered across J&K with hope in its echo. Visitors are asked if he will ever play for India. His coach Mansoor Ahmed, knows what will happen, “If Abid goes through, many, many more will follow.” Only two seasons into the game and 40 first-class wickets, Nabi 20, is the first player from J & K to make it to the North Zone Deodhar Trophy team and the first to play a first-class game against a touring side. He was called up to give India’s finest a workout in the nets before the Test against England.Nabi grew up in Srinagar. Spotted in school by Ahmed, Nabi was given two instructions. Just bowl. And just bowl fast. The ACC took him on and everything else was kept simple.Nabi is one of a joint family whose livelihoods depend on learning trades, not sport. Three ACC coaches assured his father, a mason, that the club would look after all expenses and this game would help the young bowler find a job. And play for India.”I didn’t have to worry about a thing,” Abid says, “I was told just perform.” From the time he played juniors, Nabi was told, “You’re the only one from Kashmir who can make it.)”The lean, 6 ft 2 inch baby-face wears weighty expectation like a medal. He is proud to represent his state, his surroundings, even if the state’s Ranji team does not get a proper set of kit and plays matches in a series of assorted white shirts.If things go well, he could wear a shirt given to only the few. Bowling to the Indians in Mohali and then unwinding in the dressing room has left its trace. “You cannot understand what it meant to be there,” he says. “I had dreamt of just seeing players of the calibre of Tendulkar, Dravid. There I was, bowling at Laxman, sitting with them, talking to them-me, a boy from Kashmir, imagine that…”In Anantnag, everyone with anything to do in the district’s cricket is pitching in, led by Abdul Qayuum, the state’s most successful fast bowler (“as fast as Srinath”, they say). Matches are umpired by Mohammed Shafi, opening batsman of the Ranji team and Sajid Nisar, who played state under-17s and under-19s.advertisementThey coach while umpiring, checking footwork and follow through. Mushtaq Ahmed, an ex-intervarsity player lost his son in an accident and has come “because I think of all these boys as my son.”The sentiment and energy found in Kashmir’s scattered grounds is tangible but to the outsider, inexplicable. J&K has only a couple of turf wickets, there is little formal coaching outside Srinagar, no settled calendar. The state team has never made it past the Ranji Trophy first round bar once (in 2002, captained by Qayuum). Role models are thin on the ground and no player from the state has played for India.ON STRONG WICKET: A girl bats in a Gulmarg schoolTo Kashmir’s cricketers, these are home truths, like soldiers and sandbags. Each time they enter the stadium, they show their special ID cards and submit to a security check. The CRPF has occupied the stadium and clubhouse for the last 15 years. The old dressing rooms are now storehouses for ammunition.Still, the players change into whites. Still, bowlers swivel around and holler, “how’s that?” at umpires. Still, batsmen uncurl cover drives and hold their pose a tad longer than modesty demands. In Kashmir, cricket’s mythology is reinvented, its fussy rituals given a new layer of meaning. Besieged by insanity and inhumanity, the game represents order, rootedness, even sanity.Srinagar held its first Ranji Trophy match after a 16-year-gap last season. When former India bowlers T.A. Sekhar and Javagal Srinath came talent scouting for the MRF Pace Foundation, 400 turned up. Fast bowler Abid Nabi has just become the first Jammu & Kashmir player to be picked for the North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy.To a generation that grew up during insurgency, all of this represents a mighty stride. When Shafi was picked for the state junior team for the national under-17 event, militants had put out notices forbidding local boys from representing Kashmir outside the state. So he stayed at home. Nisar says his father sent him to learn cricket to keep him away from the twin scourges of the time-‘the smoking drinking crowd and militancy’. After an average Ranji season, pacer Fayaz Ahmed vanished. “Paar chala gaya” (went across the border), some say, a euphemism for taking up the gun.INNING ENDS: Close of play called over Pulwama’s saffron fieldsThere is a game on in the Mirza Nooruddin Memorial Knock Out run by the Amateur Cricket Club (ACC) and they have hoardings around the boundary. The club has been given a three-year shot at hosting matches on campus and a field on which to prepare new turf wickets. Its location, one long hit from the Dal Lake, delights the ACC’s Mansoor Ahmed, also Nabi’s coach. The breeze off the Dal, he says, helps the ball swing prodigiously. He would like teams from outside Kashmir to come to the Valley in the summer to show locals where they stand.Qayuum wants the state team to be invited to events like Buchi Babu and Moin-ud-Dowla to know how the game is really played. Even as the JKCA’s share of gym equipment sent out by the cash-rich BCCI to all association is lying unusued, there is talk of building a new stadium outside the Sher-e-Kashmir’s high security surroundings.advertisementTHE BAT MAKERSAn Industry Under SiegeSHARP BLADE: Bats being testedIn a 5 sq km area of a place called Hallamulla Sangam, India’s traditional bat-making industry is grappling with the flickering moods of the times. All through the town, advertising the virtues of the famous Kashmiri willow tree, bats and their colourful bat cases are hung out on display like so many pieces of exotic fruit. The Valley’s willow, an established rival to the more expensvie English willow used to make cricket bats, still travels far. To Jalandhar and Meerut, where the seasoned wood is given the finish needed and sent to the major metros where the big brands put their stickers on it.Kashmir’s 150 bat-making units annually earn between Rs 3 lakhs-Rs 101-12 lakhs depending on the size of their businesses. But today, the bat makers find that business is dipping. Not because of fluctuating tourist numbers, but the smuggling of willow wood outside the state in trucks ostensibly carrying apples. This trend started a decade ago, and has cut into the demand for willow treated and seasoned in the area.A proposal to widen the Srinagar to Anantnag highway is also threatening to push the showrooms and bat shops that now line the road.What does cricket in Kashmir mean? To the game? The national project? The state’s young players learnt to love the game from Doordarshan’s telecasts! Formal coaching to them is not dreary discipline but epiphany. They want to know how to adjust to turf wickets, how to read quality spin. “Dravid’s cover drive? I want to hit the ball like that,” says Raees Ahmed Nedaf, from Pahalgam. In the Anantnag camp, Ahsan was told about the use of the top hand and suddenly, miraculously, could control his strokes.Kashmir’s cricket will always be a little surreal and the only way to build on it is to embrace its imperfections. To accept that the new police ground in Seer near Pahalgam might also do double duty as a helipad. To understand that if the game must go on in this beautiful, blighted landscape, those inside it must think outside its boundaries and those outside must sense the Valley’s will.Danish Ahsan was picked for the Anantnag district under-19 team. Sometime in mid-September, the boy will bat on a real turf wicket for the first time in his life.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allotted Eden Gardens to host the ICC World Twenty20 final and the board too announced other venues that will host the tournament starting from March 11 to April 3, 2016.Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamshala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the venues along with Kolkata, which will also host the final of the event. These venues will host the matches subject to fulfilling the prescribed requirements of the ICC and BCCI while adhering to the statutory obligations that are mandatory for hosting an international match.Speaking to the media, honorary secretary of the BCCI, Anurag Thakur said, “BCCI is extremely proud to host this prestigious event. All the venues identified have hosted many prestigious matches. With this announcement, we have begun our preparations in right earnest. We want this T20 WC to be a memorable experience for our participants and fans. I am confident that all the venues nominated will deliver a world class event.”BCCI also constituted a Managing Committee for the T20 World Cup comprising of the following members:President of BCCI, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya would be the chairman of this committee along with the following members;Mr. Anurag Thakur, convenor and Hon. Secretary, BCCI.Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Hon. Joint Secretary, BCCI.Mr. Anirudh Chaudhry, Hon. Treasurer, BCCI.Mr. G. Ganga Raju, Vice President, BCCI.Mr. Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL.Mr. Ashish Shelar, Vice President, Mumbai Cricket Association.Mr. Ashirbad Behera, Hon. Secretary, Orissa Cricket Association.
The whole family will enjoy live music as it fills the stunning architecture of Arcosanti amidst a beautiful canyon landscape. Don’t miss the Saturday night highlight of a lively dance party under the Arcosanti Vaults. There will also be food and retail vendors, fine art, crafts, hiking, raffles, and games. Chairs are provided, but feel free to bring a blanket and curl up to the music. [photos: sue & text: Arcosanti PR press release]