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LandSecs plots hi-tech strategy

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ONP Management Taking Part in Saudi Arabian Floating Wind Project

first_imgHamburg-based ONP Management GmbH has been named the Technical Advisor for the 500MW floating wind project offshore Saudi Arabia being developed by Plambeck Emirates LLC.As reported earlier this week, Plambeck Emirates and Italy’s Saipem signed a Memorandum of Understanding and an exclusive agreement for the development of the 500MW project.Saipem and Plambec will sign the EPCI contract once financial agreements for the project are finalized.The project is part of the 5GW New Wind Market concept proposed by Plambeck to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ONP Management is also Technical Advisor for the remaining 4.5GW capacity.The floating wind project will be a part of the Saudi Arabian government’s policy “Vision 2030”, Plambeck said.last_img

Ernst urges peers to close law enforcement consent loophole

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst is pressing her GOP colleagues to make it a crime for federal agents to engage in a sex act with a person in their custody.Federal judges, prosecutors and probation officers would also be barred from sexual contact with a defendant. That kind of activity is already a crime for employees in federal prisons. “That would be specifically in prison systems where those guards are taking advantage of their position of authority and engaging in ill-advised activities with those that are imprisoned,” Ernst said.Democrats in the U.S. House included this provision in the 2019 bill that reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, but the bill did not clear the GOP-led Senate. Ernst is lobbying for this issue to be included in the GOP’s police reform package that could be debated yet this month.“Certainly we need to wrap up that loophole, make sure we’re closing down on that and hold our law enforcement officials to a higher standard of conduct,” Ernst said.Ernst said current law lets federal law enforcement officers claim a sexual encounter with a defendant or a person in custody was consensual in order to avoid assault charges. At least 20 states have enacted legislation similar to what Ernst and two of her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. Senate first proposed at the federal level last year.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–After 11 starts, John Parker’s homebred colt by Private Gold, Gold Rush Dancer, has found a home on turf as he took Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes by a nose under Flavien Prat. Trained by Vann Belvoir, Gold Rush Dancer, who is out of Parker’s In Excess mare Dances On Water, sat a comfortable second to the top of the lane and in a protracted stretch drive, covered a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:49.37 while just holding off the late charge of Ralis and Mario Gutierrez.With longshot Glory Bound and Edwin Maldonado carving out splits of 23.75, 48.56, 1:13.24 and 1:37.42, Gold Rush Dancer, who came off a length and a quarter win in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1, was into the bridle to the pacesetter’s outside until the pair reached the sixteenth pole and the winner inched clear as Maldonado steadied at the rail.“When I saw the pace wasn’t quite as fast as we thought it would be, I was a little worried he’d be a little keen with Flavien,” said Belvoir. “In the race up north, he had cover and that helped him relax, but he ended up relaxing pretty well today up the backside.“I’m more impressed with this race today, because he leveled so well through the stretch. They were really running there. I think he’s a lot better horse on the turf and that’s where he’s going to stay.”The 3-2 favorite in a field of five sophomores, Gold Rush Dancer, who was making his second-ever start on grass, paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.10. A winner of the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs near Seattle on Sept. 27, Gold Rush Dancer picked up his third stakes win and his fourth overall victory from 11 starts. With the winner’s share of $110,000, he now has earnings of $294,423.“I had a good trip today, but he was still a bit aggressive,” said Prat, who was aboard for the win at Golden Gate as well. “Even though he’s run a lot, he’s still green, he’s still learning…He came in a little bit in the stretch but I don’t think he did anything wrong.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Ralis saved ground at the rail into the far turn, swung three wide turning for home and just missed, finishing second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Tough It Out. Off at 2-1, Ralis paid $3.20 and $2.20Tough It Out, ridden by Joe Talamo, sat a joint third with Ralis into the far turn and was a bit erratic through the drive, finishing third, three quarters of a length in front of Glory Bound. The second choice at 2-1, Tough It Out paid $2.10 to show.The stewards posted the inquiry sign regarding the stretch run, but in a unanimous decision, determined that although Maldonado steadied at the sixteenth pole aboard a tiring Glory Bound, the winner was not at fault. Glory Bound ended up finishing fourth. RACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERSlast_img read more

How will Damian Jones fare as the Warriors’ starting center?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors gush about Damian Jones’ qualities as quickly as he moves with his 7-foot, 245-pound frame.“He’s obviously a physical force of nature,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s powerful and explosive.”The Warriors rave about Jones’ attributes with his post presence, his passing, his work ethic and his inviting personality. No wonder the Warriors drafted him at No. 30 in the 2016 NBA Draft.“It’s great to see how aggressive he’s become, especially on the offensive glass …last_img

All About Rainscreens

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img UPDATED on June 24, 2018 with new product informationTwenty years ago, very few residential builders knew what a rainscreen was. These days, however, it’s no longer unusual to see siding being installed on vertical furring strips or a plastic drainage mat. As rainscreens become more common, mainstream builders are beginning to ask, “What’s a rainscreen? How do I know if I need one?”This article will pull together information to answer the most common questions about rainscreen gaps between siding and sheathing.You can’t really point to a rainscreen, because it isn’t a thing — it’s a system. That’s why I prefer to talk about a “rainscreen installation,” a “rainscreen approach,” or a “rainscreen gap.”For most residential builders, a rainscreen siding installation is one that includes an air gap between the siding and the water-resistive barrier (the asphalt felt or housewrap).Some purists insist that you can’t call it a rainscreen gap unless you have ventilation gaps at the top of the wall as well as the bottom of the wall. If it only has drainage gaps at the bottom, but no openings at the top, the purists insist that the system is more accurately called a “cavity wall.”However, the distinction between a cavity wall and a rainscreen wall isn’t particularly useful — in part because the distinction is based on a faulty understanding of “pressure equalization” principles — so I side with those who use the word “rainscreen” for either type of wall.Every well-designed rainscreen wall needs:Ventilation openings at the top of the wall are optional.Rainscreen gaps help walls manage moisture. A rainscreen gap helps to dry the sheathing, which may accumulate moisture during cold weather. It also helps to dry the siding when it is soaked by rain.These… last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CanadaCBC will move increasingly to online presentation of content. Already, it offers a bewildering array of web series and it depends on acquiring viewers through the online platform to add to its audience for TV content. In the meantime, on its main English TV channel, it will continue to ruin many first-rate programs with insensitive, crudely done commercial interruptions. It has given up on making truly great TV, one suspects, as it offers more and more formulaic legal and crime dramas. It continues to overly rely on content creators with famous last names, which suggests a nervousness, if not outright negativity, about the new and about newcomers.The end of the golden age of TVAbout 500 scripted series aired in the United States, across all services, in 2017. Recent corporate manoeuvres suggest more original TV is coming, but media consolidation is the death of freewheeling creativity.READ MORE Advertisement Let’s move forward, shall we? Who doesn’t want this year of toxicity to end?Well, let’s say we’re looking forward but there is no guarantee that next year will be better than the last. What happens in 2018 is likely to be seismic in the worlds of television and media. The culture is shifting, the corporate side of TV and media is avaricious for a bigger foothold in the digital age it did not see coming.The end is nigh for what we see now. There will be good, bad and awful in 2018, is my feeling. Dire predictions are in order.last_img read more

Analyst refutes refinery rhetoric for Alberta

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Building a refinery in Alberta would be an effort in futility according to one petroleum analyst. Premier Rachel Notley floated the idea Tuesday that her government may be willing to approve such a project.Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague believes any proposal would be unwarranted in this province.“Of all the places in the country that doesn’t need a refinery, it’s Alberta.”He believes there are better options available if we want to deal with our heavy oil.“We could talk about upgrading our heavy oil, but there is (already) a substantial market for that. It’s called condensates mixed in with oil, and then we could move that to other countries and get 50-60 dollars a barrel for it.”He notes if Canada can’t get a pipeline approved, there certainly wouldn’t be an appetite for building a refinery in 10 years.“The climate to build a refinery requires stability not rule of thumb. We’ve seen both Ottawa and we’ve seen British Columbia act in ways that even if a government were to give a guarantee one year, it can be reversed the next.”He contends the answer to Alberta’s economic woes still hasn’t changed.“Let’s turn off the nonsense about building a refinery, which we do not need here in Alberta, and start dealing with the fact that we do need pipelines.”Political Scientist Duane Bratt with Mount Royal University said refineries cost billions of dollars and there is an entire regulatory process around building them, making it a risky venture.“I can see the benefits of a refinery, I’m not sure about the economics of a refinery. But this would take 10 years or longer, it is not a short-term solution,”Bratt said that when the NDP was in opposition they talked about refineries and upgrading all the time, but it’s taken them three and a half years in office to mention it again.last_img read more

Centre sets up tribunal to decide if JeI JK is an unlawful

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has constituted a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir as an unlawful association.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on March 23 issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Justice Gupta is presently heading another tribunal set up under UAPA to ascertain whether there was sufficient cause to extend the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an unlawful association. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The tribunal’s proceedings with regard to the ban on SIMI commenced on February 28 and is ongoing. As the proceedings against SIMI commenced, the same day, the Centre banned Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir for five years under the anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and is expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state. The government in its February 28 notification banning JeI said it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose. The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.last_img read more

Resentment among tribals may dim BJPs chances in land of Statue of

first_imgKevadiya/Bodeli (Guj): They got a helipad, a four-lane road and many headlines with the Statue of Unity’, billed as the world’s largest, but real development has bypassed them with water scarcity, unemployment and inadequate healthcare making life a daily struggle for survival, say many tribals here.Living under the shadow of the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel near the Narmada dam, development dominates the concerns of the tribal population, comprising a majority in the Chhota Udaipur parliamentary constituency. Many tribals here said they are unhappy with the BJP-led government for its “failure” to fulfil promises. This may ultimately benefit the Congress in the elections being held on Tuesday. Chhota Udaipur, which has over 16 lakh voters, is a reserved seat for Scheduled Tribes. The BJP, which has dropped its sitting MP Ramsinh Rathwa, has fielded local leader Geeta Rathwa, who will be fighting her first major election, against Congress’ Ranjit Rathwa. The imposing statue of India’s first home minister, which attracts scores of tourists, has ironically become the focus of resentment with those living in the area saying they are yet to glimpse the development they were promised. Umang Tadvi, a 29-year-old farmer, standing on a piece of land marked as a helipad outside Kevadiya village, said, “This is what we have received. A helipad for VIP choppers.” Kevadiya village is part of Narmada district and falls in Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity on October 31 last year. At the time, some tribals held protests against the acquisition of their land for various developmental works near the statue. “Though local tribals were promised jobs at the Statue of Unity, very few were given employment. Instead of the government, outsourcing agencies are doing the recruitment. We are offered a monthly salary of Rs 7,000 to 9,000, which is a pittance. Further, we are asked to clean toilets, which no tribal will do. This development brought nothing for us,” Tadvi said. Another local, Ranjit Tadvi, agreed. There is no employment and many youths had migrated to Surat in search of work, he said. Though Kevadiya village is now world famous for the Statue of Unity, there are no roads or drinking water facility in our village. We were not benefited by this statue. I am now working as a mason in Surat,” he said. According to Ramkrishna Tadvi of nearby Gora village, tribals living near the statue will not vote for the BJP this time. “Over 7,000 voters living near the statue are not happy with the project, as several of them have lost their land for it. The BJP will have to suffer this time. Though we live near the (Narmada) dam, we are facing acute water shortage. We were not given jobs. Even I am working in a factory in Bharuch,” he said. Dr Praful Vasava, who has been leading a campaign against various projects coming up near the statue, said tribals from other parts of the constituency were also angry and would vote against the BJP in this election. “This four-lane road between Dabhoi and the Statue of Unity was built just for the tourists, not for us. Many people lost their land due to this road too. Tribals are feeling helpless. We believe a large number of tribals of other parts of Chhota Udaipur will also vote against BJP,” he said. In the chorus of disapproval, there are many who claimed tribals need to accept reality and adapt to a changing world. “Around 500 people from this area are earning well by selling food items and tea to tourists. Around 400 were given jobs as security guards or in housekeeping department. I am also working as a clerk at the tourist inquiry counter. Locals need to change their thinking,” said Mahesh Tadvi. People are also happy to see development in and around towns such as Tilakwada and Dabhoi. “The government has built wide roads here. You can earn Rs 500 to Rs 800 per day opening roadside eateries or tea stalls. Many people are getting good income due to the tourist inflow. Prices of land have also gone up,” said Arvind Sagar, who owns a small eatery on Dabhoi-Tilakwada road. According to Congress’ Rathwa, 53, the son of 10-time Congress MLA Mohansinh Rathwa, issues such as water scarcity, poor education and lack of jobs will be key issues in this election. “Though Narmada canal passes through Chhota Udaipur, a large part of this area is still deprived of water. Instead of building a road till Kevadiya, the government should have built a canal network. Unemployment is also rampant. Farmers are unhappy as they are not getting better MSP. I am confident people will put their trust on me this time,” he said. BJP’s Geeta Rathwa, 47, is equally confident. “I have been getting elected to Chhota Udaipur district panchayat since 1996. The rural population of this seat knows me very well. I am confident of winning,” she said. Ultimately, it is not just about parties but also deep-rooted cynicism. In Naswadi village, for instance, many said they have no hope from any of the parties. “Elections come and go,but our condition never improves. We are yet to see real development. We want proper roads, water for irrigation and health facilities. These are basic needs. But we wonder why no one pays attention on us,” said a villager who did not wish to be named. The Congress has won from Chhota Udaipur six times and BJP thrice, including in 2009 and 2014. Gujarat votes on Tuesday in the third round of the seven-phase elections. PTIlast_img read more